099: How to parent highly sensitive children

In this episode, Dr. Michael Pluess provides valuable guidance on understanding and parenting highly sensitive children. If you suspect your child is highly sensitive or are new to the concept, this discussion will equip you with insights to better support your child’s unique needs. Discover effective strategies for nurturing their sensitivity and empowering them to flourish and fulfill their potential.

128: Should I Redshirt My Child?

Discover the redshirting phenomenon and its implications for parents considering holding their child back a year before kindergarten or first grade. Explores the origins of redshirting in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” and addresses the concerns raised by statisticians regarding its statistical claims. Gain insights into how redshirting may affect your child’s individual development and the classroom dynamics.

068: Do I HAVE to pretend play with my child?

Pretty regularly I see posts in online parenting groups saying “My child loves to pretend, and they always want me to participate.  I dare not tell anyone else, but I CAN’T STAND PRETEND PLAY.  What should I do?” In this final (unless something else catches my interest!) episode in our extended series on play, Dr.…

052: Grit: The unique factor in your child’s success?

In Professor Angela Duckworth’s TED talk, she says of her research: “One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success.  And it wasn’t social intelligence.  It wasn’t good looks, physical health, and it wasn’t IQ.  It was grit.” The effusive blurbs on the book cover go even beyond Professor Duckworth’s own dramatic pronouncements: Daniel Gilbert, the…