Parents want what’s best for their kids. But sometimes, they can take it too far. We talk to two experts about “over-parenting,” the tendency to demand your child earn straight A’s, work to be a sports star, and find the time to work a part-time job and how to fix it.
Carl Honoré, author of Under Pressure: Putting the child back in childhood
Terri Khonsari, author of Raising a Superstar: Simple strategies to bring out the brilliance in every child
A Writer’s World: Jonathan Lethem on literature and his decades-long career: Jonathan Lethem is the award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn and other novels. His latest book is an inside look at his thoughts on literature. He talks to us about the importance of reading, what inspires him, and how he feels about tough critics.
Gene Crunching: The ethics and impact of genetic screenings on children Science enables us to know much more than ever before. We can be aware of what disorders we could pass on to our kids and we can conduct screenings on children to discover irregularities in their genes. Such screenings can help doctors catch issues early…but they can also put a huge burden on families.
The right to an education is guaranteed to all students, regardless of disability, by federal law. But experts and parents are now wondering if we are doing enough to help autistic students maximize their abilities to live their best possible lives. Mark Claypool, co-author of How Autism is Reshaping Special Education, discusses the current status of public schooling for autistic students and how the systems in place can be optimized to help students grow even more.
What should you do if you child tells you they feel they were born as the wrong gender? Do you force them to conform to their born gender or do you support their feeling of being born into the wrong body? We talk to the parent and the doctor of a transgender child to sort through the confusion and discover what science says about gender transitions and how one family navigated the issues associated with having a child you suddenly don’t fully understand.
Raising kids these days isn’t easy. Parents have expectations for their children that often don’t jibe with who the child is and his or her temperament — and that can lead to problems with behavior that disrupt family life, and end up being counterproductive for the child. We talk to a psychologist about why kids behave the way they do in certain situations, and offer strategies for dealing with a child that can help them grow more responsible and independent.
Learning to survive in uncertain times and learning how to treat everyone in our community with respect and equality are lessons we can all benefit from. However, we don’t usually think that primitive peoples are the best teachers of these lessons. Our guest would take exception to that. As a young woman, she lived with the old Bushmen of southwestern Africa and discusses how she learned a lot about how to raise children, find food and water, and about how community cooperation and equality of the sexes enabled these people to survive and thrive in a formidable environment.
Synopsis: Family members are notorious for getting into each other’s business – marriages, jobs, child rearing, romantic relationships – it seems like nothing is off the table! That’s not entirely true, according to our guest. She says that families are very reluctant to discuss money matters with aging parents, spouses or children. She tells us why it’s so important to have the “money talk” with your significant others and even your boss in order to make sure that there are no conflicts during a marriage, in employment and unemployment, in eldercare situations and before a parent or loved-one dies.