Cody Jane: Able, and Then Some! (Guest: Marly Cornell)

Cody Jane was not a teacher by profession, but she taught us plenty. She taught us that life is a gift, and that we are placed on this planet to use that gift joyfully and completely.

Paralyzed from the waist down due to spina bifida and the ongoing surgeries and medical issues associated with the condition, Cody valued and tirelessly worked toward the sort of independence most of us take for granted. All who knew her were touched by Cody’s courage and drive, her ability to inspire others and, of course, her unsinkable sense of humor. She caused us to focus not on limitations, but on possibilities.

This is Cody’s story. More than that, it is her message. Our special guest on this program is Cody’s mother, Marly Cornell. Marly is an award-winning author, an artist and a social justice advocate living in the Minneapolis area. She’s the author of The Able Life of Cody Jane; Still Celebrating. (26:55)

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Prescriptions for Healing Conflict (Mari Frank interviews Dr. James Sutton)

Communication can be a problem in today’s fast-paced world. When problems of communication begin to wear on the parent-child or teacher-student relationship, serious trouble isn’t far away.

In this program, child and adolescent psychologist, Dr. James Sutton, is interviewed by Mari Frank, host of the west coast radio show, “Prescriptions for Healing Conflict.” Mari is an attorney specializing in mediation, and she’s the author of several books. She is also a law professor of negotiations and mediation at the University of California at Irvine.

In this interview, aired February 6, 2012 from the KUCI studios at the university, Mari and Jim discuss issues of communication in families, including some ways it effectively can be enhanced to the benefit of everyone. Mari also encourges Jim to share some of the finer points of something covered in his newest book, The Changing Behavior Book. It’s a ten-step process parents and teachers can use to resolve conflict with a child or teen. (27:30)

More information about The Changing Behavior Book, as well as a number of free resources, can be accessed through Dr. Sutton’s website:

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January is International Child-Centered Divorce Month (Guest: Rosalind Sedacca)

RSedaccaPhotoJanuary is International Child-Centered Divorce Month. Through the tireless efforts of Rosalind Sedacca, the Voice of Child-Centered Divorce, emphasis in addressing the needs of children in the context of divorce is growing in priority and practice worldwide. More and more, divorce attorneys, mediators, coaches, financial planners, educators and therapists are integrating child-centered principles and are more than pleased with the results.

Intl Child-Centered Divorce Month logo - newListen as Rosalind shares the story of her own divorce as she explains how and why she chose a child-centered approach, and how these early efforts grew into her work today as a Divorce and Parenting Coach and founder of The Child-Centered Divorc Network. And, of course, Rosalind will share the many (FREE) opportunities and resources being offered to parents world-wide during International Child-Centered Divorce Month.

Rosalind is a contributing expert, author and guest blogger on the topic of child-centered divorce, and she is the author of the internationally acclaimed, innovative and creative ebook, How Do I Tell the Kids About the Divorce? A Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Children–with Love. (25:44)

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Why Children Today Don’t Get Enough Free Time, Part Two (Amy Robbins-Wilson

This is the second part and conclusion of the interview with Amy Robbins-Wilson. She continues with ideas for promoting more free play and spontaneity, starting with why being “silly” sometimes is a good thing. She and Dr. Sutton also discuss the value of “true” toys, the sort that help foster free and unstructured play. For the young child, Amy suggests a “listening safari.”

Also in this part of the interview, Amy tells us more about her work as a Musical Parenting Expert and a Healing Music Artist, and stresses the value of reaching individuals in their “singing center.” She explains the concept, purpose and value of the Mommy Jingles program. Amy then directs listeners to her website (www.amyrobbinswilson.com) to learn more and to take advantage of all that’s available there, including a blog, a newsletter and something new (and FREE): the Musical Parenting Video Coaching series.

Perhaps the best part of the conclusion of this interview is the special treat at the very end. Amy closes with an unbelievable rendition of one of the most popular Irish lullabies. (20:07)

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Why Children Today Don’t Get Enough Free Play, Part One (Guest: Amy Robbins-Wilson

When she was a school counselor, Amy Robbins-Wilson witnessed first-hand how young people were not having nearly enough opportunity for free and imaginative play in their lives. She observed how this affected spontaneity, creativity, overall confidence and even social interaction over time.

In this informative interview, Amy shares her insights into the concern about children’s needs for free and unstructured play and the opportunity to be authentically spontaneous. And, of course, she shares what adults can do to encourage more free play and expression. In this first part of a two-part interview, Amy discussed how important it is for parents to offer their time, presence and interaction, including pauses for “quiet” time and the appreciation of wonder. These lead to a healthy willingness to take risks and grow in the process.

Amy is a therapist specializing as a Musical Parenting Expert and a Healing Music Artist. She is also an author and an award-winning recording artist. Join the interview as Amy shares great ideas on how we can enrich the lives and futures of our children. (20:50)

(This interview concludes in Part Two.)

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Parenting Your ADHD Child (Guest: Dr. Craig Wiener)

CWienerphotoIf a person is raising or has raised a child, or works with young people, it’s likely they’ve heard of ADHD, one of the conditions and diagnoses of childhood. ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is characterized by excessive distractability, hyperactivity and impulsive mannerisms.

Generally, ADHD is addressed by reminders and immediate redirection, tasks adjusted for attention span, use of contingencies (rewards or punishment) and very close monitoring and supervision. And then, of course, there’s the issue of medication.

But is it possible that these interventions could actually work against the best long-term interests of the child? Our guest on this program, psychologist Dr. Craig Wiener, suggests this is a strong possibility? Dr. Wiener will share with us how successful management of ADHD involves empowering the child out of the condition by teaching them to implement the skills an ADHD youngster needs to be successful, confident, self-reliant and cooperative. It’s a bonus, of course, when this can be accomplished without the need for medication.

CWienerBookphotoDr. Wiener has spent over 30 years helping individuals diagnosed with ADHD. In addition to his private practice, he is a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and he’s the clinical director of outpatient mental health services at the Family Health Center of Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Wiener has written three books on this important topic, the latest being Parenting Your Child with ADHD: a No-Nonsense Guide for Nurturing Self-reliance and Cooperation. (27:30)

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Bullycide: When Cyberbullying Turns Fatal (Guest: Judge Tom Jacobs)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs effective tools of communication and commerce, the internet and cyberspace have changed the way we live. For all the good and benefits they bring, there is a downside. This program addresses loss of life as a result of cyber abuse: bullycide.

The suicide of young people as a result of cyberbullying is a serious issue that is growing in its impact. Our guest on this program, Judge Tom Jacobs,  studies cyber bullycide and the circumstances and events that affect the lives and welfare of our young people. Judge Tom will guide us through the issues of bullycide and how it happens, and he will share his research on legal implications and what we can all do to best protect our children and grandchildren from such a grave threat.

Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info, a teen-law website for and about teen, tweens and the laws that affect them. It’s also a valuable website for parents and educators who want to stay current with issues that affect the safety and welfare of our young people.

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Judge Tom is a retired juvenile judge from Arizona, having spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges, as well as for teens and parents, including the book that covers our topic in this program: Teen Cyberbullying Investigated. (28:04)

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Facing the Emotional Challenges of Family Life (Guest: Loren Buckner)

Being a good mother or father might just be the most important job a person could ever have. Interestingly enough, there’s no job description or operations manual, yet the successes and failures of parents can last for generations. If there was ever a job where it mattered to do it well, being a parent is it.

Whether coping with the challenges of infancy or adolescence, parents frequently ask the same question: “Why didn’t someone tell me what this was REALLY going to be like?” This program poses insights and answers to the issues of the question.

Our guest on this program, Loren Buckner, tells us that parenthood not only rearranges our everyday life, it shakes up our internal world as well. Loren suggests that, perhaps more than any other time in our lives, parenthood causes us to reflect on who WE are. We grow as parents as we better understand ourselves.

Loren is a parent and an experienced psychotherapist living in Florida. She is the author of the book, ParentWise: The Emotional Challenges of Family Life and How to Deal with Them. Her website is www.LorenBuckner.com. (26:51)

 

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Family Centered Parenting (Guest: Dr. Richard Horowitz)

RHorowitzphotoParenting can be a difficult, tough and demanding job. After all, our children don’t arrive with instructions. The task of being a parent often is through trial and error, with successes and mistakes being part of the process.

There’s little doubt that the structure of the family has changed in recent years, putting more challenges on parents than ever before. The good news is that most parents want to do their best in raising and instructing their children and in managing the challenges that crop up along the way.

Our guest on this program, Dr. Richard Horowitz, is the founder of Family Centered Parenting. He has experience and insights on managing critical issues affecting parents today. He will also share how our overall philosophy of behavior and how we communicate with our children can make a tremendous difference in the quality and success of parenting outcomes.

RHorowitzbookphotoDr. Horowitz has been working with children, schools and families for over 35 years. As a professional educator and agency provider, he has filled a variety of roles including teacher, school administrator and CEO of a case management organization. He and his wife, Jane, founded Growing Great Relationships, a coaching/training practice to help families, educators and family support providers who work with young people to face the challenges of parenting, schooling and creating a stable family life.

Dr. Horowitz, a highly evaluated presenter and trainer, is the author of Family Centered Parenting: Your Guide for Growing Great Families. (25:56)

http://www.growinggreatrelationships.com

 

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Peaceful Parenting (Guest: Dr. Nancy Buck)

Dr. Nancy Buck, a developmental psychologist, suggests parents can’t control their children, and they shouldn’t even try. Author of Peaceful Parenting and the more recent Why Do Kids Act That Way?, Nancy shares simple and effective strategies for eliminating battles at home and improving relationships in the family.

Nancy is the founder and president of Peaceful Parenting Inc. and a parent herself. She is a Senior Faculty Member of the William Glasser Institute, and contributes regularly to the Psychology Today blog. Nancy has dedicated her career to helping adults better understand children, what drives them, and how to guide them effectively.

Listen in as Dr. Nancy Buck shows us how power struggles and parental attempts to control and overcontrol their children often bring precisely the problems and issues they don’t want. She will share a better way. In this interview she’ll even suggest a “cure” for ODD.

Dr. Buck’s website is www.peacefulparenting.com. Her books, training programs and additional resources and information are available through the website (20:20).

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