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Ep. 22 Jedi Mom Tricks (Part 1) with Maria Horner

These really aren’t ‘tricks.’… In order for any of this stuff to work…you have to have a strong relationship with the kids you’re trying to use these on. -Maria Horner In Episode 22, Maria Horner shares some of the important lessons she’s learned as a mom and now passes along to her summer staff each…

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Ep. 20: The Yes Brain with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

  A ‘Yes Brain’ is one that is open and receptive and resilient. It’s one that, even when something is really hard, we’re willing to stick with it. -Tina Payne Bryson In Episode 20, I’m chatting with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson about her latest book – The Yes Brain – co-authored with Dr. Daniel Siegel. I love…

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Ep. 19: Being a “Tech Positive” Parent with Devorah Heitner

Earlier this year, I devoured Devorah Heitner’s book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World during a single plane trip. Heitner’s insights changed my previously (and very opinionated) negative view of my kids’ screen use. I highly recommend all parents read Screenwise, as the book provides new insights into our kids’ digital world and helps parents…

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Ep. 18: Adventures in Parenting with Tom Holland

In Episode 18, I talk with Tom Holland, a camp director and parent of four who has many excellent ideas for parents to teach kids to approach life with wonder and joy, learn leadership skills, enjoy the outdoors, and learn appropriate tech use habits. Tom attended the camp he and his wife Katherine now own, Wilderness…

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Ep. 17: Unplugged Middle School Lunch with Rebecca Gogel

Inspired by this article, as well as my personal connection to her school, I recently got in touch with Corona del Mar Middle School Principal Rebecca “Becky” Gogel to talk about her new phone-free lunch policy, implemented at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Becky is in her third year leading CDM Middle School…

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Ep. 16: Born to be Wild with Dr. Jess P. Shatkin

In Episode 16, I talk with one of our country’s foremost experts on adolescent mental health, Dr. Jess P. Shatkin, about his parenting book, Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe. We cover a range of topics about teenagers and parenting, including sleep, social skills, summer camp, being…

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Ep. 15: Traits of Parents Who are Great to Work With

I think it’s one of my favorite parts of my job, getting to form these really positive, effective, and fun partnerships with parents. -Sara Kuljis Last week during a trip to Southern California, I had the pleasure of an impromptu visit and Facebook Live session with Sara Kuljis, my dear friend who happens to also…

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Ep. 14: Ignore It! with Catherine Pearlman

In Episode 14 of the Sunshine Parenting podcast, I interview Catherine Pearlman, founder of The Family Coach.  She co-hosts (with her sports writer husband, Jeff Pearlman) The Sports Parent podcast and is author of the recently released parenting book, Ignore It! How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction.  We have…

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Ep. 13: Raising Boys to be “Knights” with Heather Haupt

“You are to use that [strength] to defend the women in your life against men that are abusing their strength.” -Heather Haupt In Episode 13 of the podcast, I’m talking with Heather Haupt about her book Knights in Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys. After interviewing Kathleen Buckstaff about her book Get…

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Ep. 11: The Opposite of Spoiled with Ron Lieber

What summer camp offers is the opportunity to quite deliberately place them [children] in a very different environment, and if you are careful about that, you can use that summer period as almost a “spiritual delousing.” -Ron Lieber In Episode 11 of the podcast, I’m talking with Ron Lieber, author of the 2015 New York Times…

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