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February 13 2014

08:01

Stress And Consequences For American Teens

American teens are stressed. They may not outgrow it in adulthood says a new report. We’ll look at troubling new findings, and solutions.

Students enter MS88, a New York City public middle school in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. A new AMA study suggests stress habits formed as young adults will follow teens throughout their lives. (AP)

Students enter MS88, a New York City public middle school in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. A new AMA study suggests stress habits formed as young adults will follow teens throughout their lives. (AP)

Guests

Dr . David Palmiter, professor of psychology and director of the psychological services center at Marywood University. Consultant physiologist on the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey. Author of “Working Parents, Thriving Families: 10 Strategies That Make A Difference.” (@helpingparents)

Michael Bradley, psychologist. Author of “Yes Your Teen Is Crazy,” “Yes, Your Parents Are Crazy,” “The Heart & Soul of the Next Generation: Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Teens” and “When Things Get Crazy With Your Teen.”

Dr. Kristen Race, expert in child, family and school psychology. Author of “Mindful Parenting.” (@KristenRacePHD)

From Tom’s Reading List

USA Today: Teens feeling stressed, and many not managing it well — “As a result of stress, 40% of teens report feeling irritable or angry; 36% nervous or anxious. A third say stress makes them feel overwhelmed, depressed or sad. Teen girls are more stressed than boys, just as women nationally are more stressed than men.”

American Psychological Association:  Are Teens Adopting Adults’ Stress Habits? – “While the news about American stress levels is not new, what’s troubling is the stress outlook for teens in the United States. In many cases, American teens report experiences with stress that follow a similar pattern to those of adults.”

Boston Globe: Forum, fund planned in Newton after deaths of two teens –”Katie Stack, 15, also struggled with depression, her mother said, and was in treatment. The Newton South High School sophomore took her own life Wednesday. Stack’s death came less than two weeks after Newton North High School student Karen Douglas, 18, also took her own life.”

January 23 2014

20:19

Parenting A Child Who's Fallen 'Far From The Tree' : NPR

Andrew Solomon's book is about families with children who are profoundly different or likely to be stigmatized. "We all love flawed children," says Solomon, "and the general assumption that these more extreme flaws make ... children somehow unlovable — it wasn't true of most of my experience." http://www.npr.org/2013/10/11/231637209/parenting-a-child-whos-fallen-far-from-the-tree
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December 30 2013

06:41

The Choice To Be Childfree

This Program Is Rebroadcast From August 23, 2013

Childless by choice.  We look at the trend of couples saying “no thanks” to having kids.

(Jenny Huey/Flickr)

(Jenny Huey/Flickr)

In 1970, just one in ten American women never bore a child.  Today, it’s one in five.  More and more American women, men, couples are going childfree.  Once there was a stigma.  Today it’s not so clear.

Some of the childfree say it’s too expensive.  Some say the world’s population is enough.  Some say it’s too much trouble.  They’re just not inclined.  The Bible says “be fruitful and multiply.”  We’ve certainly done that.  What about the childfree way?  For individuals?  Couples?  For society?

This hour, On Point:  going childfree in America.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Lauren Sandler, author of the Time magazine article “Having It All Without Having Children.” Also author of “One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One.”

Laura Scott, director of the Childless by Choice Project. Author of “Two is Enough: A Couple’s Guide to Living Childless by Choice.”

D’Vera Cohn, senior writer at the Pew Research Center.

From Tom’s Reading List

Time Magazine: Having It All Without Having Children – ”The decision to have a child or not is a private one, but it takes place, in America, in a culture that often equates womanhood with motherhood. Any national discussion about the struggle to reconcile womanhood with modernity tends to begin and end with one subject: parenting. If you’re a woman who’s not in the mommy trenches, more often than not you’re excluded from the discussion.”

CBS News: What it costs to raise a kid: $241,080 – “Psst! Want an easy way to save a fortune? Don’t have kids.  Children will cost you roughly one-quarter of a million dollars before they turn age 18. If you send them to college, you could spend twice as much, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

Los Angeles Times: Parenthood Optional — “That’s why this whole childlessness discussion needs to be reframed. It’s great that Time is moving in the direction of validating those who, by choice or circumstance, will never be parents. But the point is not simply that society should stop judging those of us who don’t have children. It’s that society actually needs us. Children need us. It may take a village to raise a child, but not every villager needs to be a mom or dad. Some of us just need to be who we are. The children we never had would thank us. And so should you.”

December 12 2013

00:35

Melissa Atkins Wardy On How To Shop Smart

Our Dec. 11 hour on girls, boys and toys was a fascinating discussion on gender and marketing. Guest Melissa Atkins Wardy, CEO of online clothing and toy company Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, offered a great list of where and how to shop this holiday season. 

With all the talk about gender stereotyped and sexualized toys, families may be wondering where CAN we shop and find healthy, respectful toys? Here’s my list, with my top tip being: your local, independent toy store.

Here is what I recommend:
1. Shop at your local, independent toy store. They are more likely to carry items made by small businesses and most importantly they put a ton of research and care into toys that will stimulate and entertain the young child. There are never pink aisles or blue aisles. Toys are grouped by category or interest and many toys are award winners and eco-friendly. The staff is usually knowledgeable and friendly and knows what to do when  you say, “I’m looking for a gift for an eight year old who likes science and moths.” Everybody wins!
2. Hunt down specific toys on Craigslist or Ebay. If you are someone who plans ahead, rummage sales in the summer are great places to find toys at great prices. Your kids won’t notice it didn’t come in a box.
3. Shop at your nearest museum or children’s museum gift shop. These can be gendered, but for the most part are focused on learning.
4. Books. Done.
5. Scientific Explorer makes some cute science kits. You’ll see these in stores and some are gendered, but online there is a great selection.
6. What about an experience gift — like a membership to a museum or trip to the aquarium? We’re headed to the Shedd and the Field Museum after Christmas.
7. I like toys that get kids active, like bikes, stomp rockets, sports equipment, and seasonal toys like snow shoes, sleds, and igloo block makers.
8. I babysat for a family who once gave their kids a series of cardboard boxes nestled in each other like matryoshka dolls and in the smallest box was tape, box cutters, string, markers, and scraps from the crafting drawer.
9. Tool box, with real tools. Every kid needs one.
10. Here is a list of some of my favorite places to shop at:
- Melissa Atkins Wardy

September 08 2013

05:15

Bringing Up Confident, Happy Children - Culture and Society - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

August 23 2013

14:08

711: Sally Fallon Morrell Says Paleo Unnecessarily Promotes A Low-Fat Diet

August 13 2013

17:28

Anthropology of Childhood

We've seen it blasted all over the news lately: Tiger Mom, Bringing Up Bebe, Italian mothers do it best and more! It seems every culture does it right and we have it all wrong. American mothers are outraged and perplexed as to why they are being targeted and what they can learn from these books and articles making national headlines. Let's face it, we all want to raise bright, strong, independent children. So instead of saying “we do it best” let's discuss what we can learn that has worked and how our children can benefit from the studies of other parenting cultures around the world. Joining Laura & Heather for our hour-long talk show are Charity Matthews of Foodlets & Huffington Post Parents, an American currently living in Italy David F. Lancy, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Utah State University and author of The Anthropology of Childhood Laura Bandak, American mom of twins living in Bahrain About our BlogTalkRadio show: Mommy ‘Bites' Live is our monthly radio show where we mix things up ‘live' with our community of moms and parenting experts. You have a lot of choices on how you can participate in our show – dial in by phone or listen via the internet. Whatever is most convenient for you! We encourage you to send in questions in advance of the show as well as ask them during the show. This is a chance for you to speak to worldwide parenting experts about every parenting topic under the sun. Sign up for more details on how to tune in to this show. Missed any of our past shows, you can find them all here (in easy to listen and/or download format): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mommybites. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mommybites/2012/03/28/us-v-the-world-how-different-are-our-parenting-methods

August 26 2012

01:22

5by5 | The Incomparable #104: Kids Have Bad Taste

5by5 - The Incomparable #104: Kids Have Bad Taste http://5by5.tv/incomparable/104

May 27 2011

13:33

Sharon Shoesmith speaks to Patrick Butler | Society | guardian.co.uk

Sharon Shoesmith tells Patrick Butler that she feels vindicated by her victory in the appeal court, which upheld her claim that her dismissal by Haringey council after the killing of 17-month-old Peter… http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/audio/2011/may/27/baby-p-sharon-shoesmith

May 19 2011

04:25

Children of Sodom and Gomorrah - RN 360 - 7 May 2011

Sodom and Gomorrah is a hellish place in Accra, Ghana where children eke out a living on a scrap heap of discarded computers that The West no longer needs. They sell the computer parts but the toxic chemicals in the waste are slowly poisoning the children. They dream of escaping illegally to Europe to live like the people whose computers they are harvesting. Producer Jens Jarisch went to Sodom and Gomorrah and then followed some of the children on their treacherous journey across Africa. He also followed the e-waste on its journey from the the docks in Germany to a place that's out of sight and out of mind. This is an adaptation in English of a German program that won the Prix Italia prize for Radio Documentary in 2010. The adaptation was produced by Sharon Davis with narration by Rebecca Massey and additional performances from Josef Ber and Thuso Lekwape. Further Information: Photos of the children at Sodom and Gomorrah(http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-49449.html) The children of Sodom and Gomorrah Further reading from German magazine Der Spiegel (http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,665061,00.html) http://www.abc.net.au/rn/360/stories/2011/3206745.htm

March 17 2011

06:46

St Patrick's Day through seven year old eyes

Recording in the Liberties, Dublin, Ireland during the 1960s.

January 12 2011

21:43

21st Century Skills

The 21st Century Skills Movement seeks to reform education to better prepare students for success in the modern workplace. Those skills include creativity, innovation, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. We'll talk to some Silicon Valley veterans who are working to help students attain these skills. And we'll find out why the movement has encountered opposition from some education leaders, who favor an emphasis on core content and knowledge. Guests: - Bernie Trilling, author of "21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times" and former global director of the Oracle Education Foundation - Gregg Witkin, digital media arts teacher at Boynton High School in Campbell - Miguel Salinas, senior manager of Adobe Youth Voices -- a global philanthropic initiative that empowers youth from under-served communities with digital media tools so they can comment on their world and share ideas - Randy Nelson, head of artistic development and training at DreamWorks Animation and former dean of Pixar University

December 09 2010

17:29

Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills : NPR

On October 3, 1955, the Mickey Mouse Club debuted on television. As we all now know, the show quickly became a cultural icon, one of those phenomena that helped define an era. What is less remembered but equally, if not more, important, is that another transformative cultural event happened that day: The Mattel toy company began advertising a gun called the "Thunder Burp." I know — who's ever heard of the Thunder Burp? Well, no one. The reason the advertisement is significant is because it marked the first time that any toy company had attempted to peddle merchandise on television outside of the Christmas season. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19212514

October 08 2010

21:07

Our Time in the Womb

A conversation with Annie Murphy Paul about how our nine months in the womb may shape our entire lives.

July 01 2010

19:58

Jocelyn' Story | American Friends Service Committee

16-year-old Jocelyn recounts the last day she saw her mother and how her family's life has changed since the deportation.

June 30 2010

21:17

Childhood Obesity in the US: Out of control?

One in every three children in America is obese.  We’ll look at why kids are packing on the pounds, and what we can do about it. Guests: Kelly Brownell, co-founder and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, which works to improve the world’s diet, prevent obesity, and reduce weight stigma. He [...]
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