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The Only Child Syndrome: Real or Imagined? – Episode 30

Only Children Are Not Doomed

This New York Times article from 2020 will ease parents anxiety about having only one child. Author Emily Roster breaks down recent studies only children and how being an only child affects their development.

Why only children are still stereotyped as selfish and spoiled

Genevieve Walker’s article discusses why only children are still being stereotyped and research that led to this phenomenon.  This article also highlights the most recent research that debunks only child syndrome.

Books for you:

Parenting an Only Child: the Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only by Susan Norman

In Dr. Susan Norman book Parenting an Only Child, parents are presented with great information regarding: 

  • Making the right family size decision for you
  • Withstanding the pressure to have another
  • Maintaining a balance of power in a three-member household
  • Single-parenting the only child
  • Setting boundaries with a child who is used to having your undivided attention
  • Fostering high achievement, creativity, and independence in only children
  • The effects of having parents, instead of siblings, as role models
  • Confronting age-old only-child stereotypes
  • Building family networks and other support systems for the future

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry: How to help your kids get along  – Episode 29

November 18th, 2021

The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry by Jessica Grose

Jessica Grose’s article talks about the psychology of sibling rivalry and pitfalls parents can avoid in keeping the peace between their children.

Sibling rivalry: Helping your children get along

This article by The Mayo Clinic gives insight into what parents can do to manage sibling rivalry as well as tips on how parents can know when and how to intervene when their children aren’t getting along that will make a difference in how their children relate to each other.

Books for you:

Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish give parents the practical tools they need to cope with conflict, encourage cooperation, reduce competition, and make it possible for children to experience the joys of their special relationship. With humor and understanding―much gained from raising their own children―Faber and Mazlish explain how and when to intervene in fights, provide suggestions on how to help children channel their hostility into creative outlets, and demonstrate how to treat children unequally and still be fair.

How to Talk: Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

From authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish’s series for parents How to Talk, this book, will help parents learn how to:

  • Avoid comparisons and the perils of equality.
  • Intervene helpfully and step away at the right time.
  • Encourage good feelings between your children.

How much homework is too much? – Episode 28

November 11th, 2021

The Value of Parents Helping with Homework

Would you like to help develop your child’s self-confidence and motivation in the classroom?  Dr. Selena Kiser’s article gives parents tips on how to help their children with homework while empowering them at the same time.

Top 10 Homework Tips (For Parents)

Eric Gabor’s article gives 10 great tips that will help you be supportive of your children while they complete homework.

 Is Homework Robbing Your Family of Joy?

Is homework the bane of your family’s existence?  Read this article by Allison Slater Tate to get helpful tips to help your family navigate completing homework. 

Books for you:

Parent’s Homework Dictionary

The Parent’s homework Dictionary is designed to empower parents with knowledge to help their children succeed in school.  This book is self-contained for grades Kindergarten into high school.   Each chapter delivers an easy-to-follow explanation with easy-to-understand examples in all the major subject areas (Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies).


Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning

Using more than fifteen years research involving millions of students John Hattie’s Visible Learning for Teachers shares concise and user-friendly summaries of the most successful interventions and offers practical step-by-step guidance to the successful implementation of visible learning and visible teaching in the classroom.

How to get your Child to Listen without Yelling – Episode 27

November 4th, 2021

How to Get Kids to (REALLY) Listen: 7 Steps for Success

The parenting website Positive Parenting Solutions gives insight on why children may not be responding (listening) to parents and seven tips to reverse the trend.

17 Ways to Get Your Kids to Listen to You and Show You Respect

Rachel Wise’s article gives research-based tips that teach you how to get your kids to listen to you, show you respect, and connect with you.

Books for you:

How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish provide fresh insights and suggestions, as well as their time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways to:

  • Cope with your child’s negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment
  • Express your strong feelings without being hurtful
  • Engage your child’s willing cooperation
  • Set firm limits and maintain goodwill
  • Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
  • Understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise
  • Resolve family conflicts peacefully


How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King

A great book for anyone who lives or works with young kids, Joanna Faber and Julie King’s book provides powerful methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships with children ages two to seven.

How to Deal with a Picky Eater – Episode 26

October 28th, 2021

What makes kids picky eaters – and what may help them get over it

Does it seem like your children are afraid to try new foods? Read this article by Sarah DiGiulio for helpful tips you can use to help raise kids who aren’t afraid of food.

The 6 Types of Picky Eater – And How to Get Then to Eat

All picky eaters aren’t created equally.  Read this article by Stephanie Wood from the renowned parenting website to learn about different types of picky eaters and how you might get them to eat more.

Books for you:

Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating by Katja Rowell and Jenny McGlothlin

Do you worry your child isn’t getting the nutrition he or she needs? Are you tired of fighting over food, suspect that what you’ve tried may be making things worse, but don’t know how to help?  This book offers 5 simple steps (built around the clinically proven STEPS+ approach―Supportive Treatment of Eating in PartnershipS) that transform feeding and meals so your child can learn to enjoy a variety of foods in the right amounts for healthy growth.

Try New Food by Jill Castle

Does your picky eater refuse to try new foods? Have you tried all the tricks and nothing is working? This book teaches parents a step-by-step system to help kids overcome their fussy eating tendencies, employing scientific strategies, developmental insight, and food tips to help parents better understand and navigate the motivations of the picky toddler and child.

Books for your scholar:

Picky Eater by Michael Gordon

Is your scholar a picky eater? Give reading this book a try!  This is an awesome story that helps kids become better eaters and maintain healthy nutrition written with an entertaining rhyme scheme.

The Prince of Picky Eating Tries New Food by Stacey Woodson

This multicultural book is a great story about a child who only eats foods beginning with the letter ‘B’: butter, beans, and blue corn chips.  This book teaches children basic nutrition facts while they discover why Stanton started eating delicious new foods.

The Princess of Picky Eating Tries New Food by Stacey Woodson

This multicultural book is a great story about a child who only eats foods beginning with the letter ‘B’: butter, beans, and blue corn chips.  This book teaches children basic nutrition facts while they discover why Sloane started eating delicious new foods.

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