142: Division of Responsibility with Ellyn Satter

Do you worry that your child isn’t eating enough…or is eating too much? Do you wish they would eat a more balanced diet…but don’t want to be the Vegetable Police? Do you find yourself in constant negotiations over your child’s favorite snacks? You’re not alone! Join me for a conversation with Ellyn Satter MS, MSSW,…

SYPM 014: The power of healing in community

When you’re learning a new skill, information is critical.  Without that, it’s very difficult to make any kind of meaningful change.   But I see a parallel between learning new skills and respectful parenting: I like to say that love between parent and child is necessary but not sufficient – and that respect is the…

141: The Body Keeps The Score with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

How does trauma affect us?   Yes, we feel it in our brains – we get scared, frustrated, and angry – often for reasons we don’t fully understand.   But even if our brains have managed to cover up the trauma; to paper a veneer over it so everything seems fine, that doesn’t mean everything…

SYPM 013: Triggered all the time to emotional safety

When we’re having a hard time interacting with our family members, it’s pretty common for our first reaction to be: “I need this person (or these people!) to change their behavior” – especially when this person (or these people!) are children.  After all, we’ve been around for longer and we know what we’re doing and…

140: Mythbusting about fat and BMI with Dr. Lindo Bacon

This episode kicks off a series on the intersection of parenting and food.   We begin today with a conversation with Dr. Lindo Bacon, where we bust a LOT of myths about the obesity epidemic that is said to be plaguing people in the United States and other countries that follow a similar diet.   The messaging…