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022: The Impact of Unrecognized Family Patterns, and Giving Our Kids the Awareness to Break Them

022: The Impact of Unrecognized Family Patterns, and Giving Our Kids the Awareness to Break Them

January 6, 2020

The roles we play (or are cast) to play in our families: Patterns that were passed on to us from our parents and the patterns that we might...

021: Mistaking Kindness for Weakness - how we talk to our kids about kindness while cautioning them about being taken advantage of

021: Mistaking Kindness for Weakness – how we talk to our kids about kindness while cautioning them about being taken advantage of

January 3, 2020

Do kind kids (and adults) get taken advantage of? Perhaps, but what we have found is that being -passive- is often confused with kindness and is FAR more...

Episode 020: What got us here won’t get you there… An interview with my dad on growing up as an immigrant in the 60’s

Episode 020: What got us here won't get you there… An interview with my dad on growing up as an immigrant in the 60's

December 28, 2019

Several years ago, I recorded an interview with my father about a month after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. We discussed what it was like as a...

019: Holiday and birthday gifting with our kids: Why we (try to) focus on giving experiences vs toys

Episode 019: Holiday and birthday gifting with our kids: Why we (try to) focus on giving experiences vs toys

December 16, 2019

My six-year-old son recently asked me to tell him a story about Christmas, specifically about the gifts I got when I was a little boy. I told him...

018: Impacts and lessons of social ostracism on parents and kids

Episode 018: Impacts and lessons of social ostracism on parents and kids

December 15, 2019

How our kids will deal with peer pressure, social ostracism, and wanting to “fit in” is determined largely by how they see us dealing with these issues as...

Episode 17: How we talk to our kids (and ourselves) about imposter syndrome

Episode 17: How we talk to our kids (and ourselves) about Imposter Syndrome

December 8, 2019

What matters more, a person's skill set, or the network of people who know about that person and their skillset?  As always, the answer is “it depends.” In...

Episode 16: Conflict Over Screen Time Leads To Deeper More Meaningful Conversation

Episode 16: Conflict Over Screen Time Leads to Meaningful Conversations

December 5, 2019

In this episode of the parenting manual we discuss how conflict over screen time leads to meaningful conversations. So today's episode is another episode featuring my wife and...

Episode 15 Impacts Of Playing Favorites as a parent

Episode 15: The Impacts of Playing Favorites With Your Kids – an example from our family

December 3, 2019

What are the impacts of having a “favorite” child and how can we provide each kid with the parenting they need while avoiding resentment or unhealthy competition among...

Episode 14 Nuances About Kids And Holiday Behavior For Kids And Adults

Episode 14: Nuances about kids and holiday visit behavior – for kids and adults

December 1, 2019

On this episode, we discuss the nuances about kids, holiday visits, and behavior. It is the day after Black Friday here in the United States, and this is...

Giving Thanks

Episode 13: A Thanksgiving Discussion On Parenting and Gratitude With My Wife

November 29, 2019

A Thanksgiving discussion with my wife on what we are grateful for when it comes to our family and how we work together to make parenting decisions that...

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Episode 12: Changing parenting behavior we picked up from our parents

November 27, 2019

On this episode of the The Best We Could – a Parenting Manual for our Kids, we discuss changing parenting behavior we picked up from our parents and...

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Episode 11: Reciprocity and generosity as they relate to the virtue of sharing

November 27, 2019

On this episode of the parenting manual we discuss reciprocity and generosity as they relate to the virtue of sharing. So I'm going to take you for a...

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Episode 10: The Paradox of Choice and Compromise in Parenting

November 27, 2019

One of the challenges that we face on almost a daily basis, not just as parents, but in our careers and in our lives. the paradox of compromise....

episode 9 - who is behind this podcast

Episode 9: Who is behind this parenting manual for their kids anyway?

November 27, 2019

Normally this podcast is focused on helping my children understand how we made parenting decisions along the way. The reason that I feel like this is so important...

episode 8 - stages of competence

Episode 8: Stages of Competence – Parenting Version

November 27, 2019

Today, I want to talk about the phases of competency as they relate to being a parent and being a kid. This is something that I realized is...

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Episode 7: How and why we ask for feedback from our kids

November 27, 2019

In this episode of the parenting manual we discuss how and why we ask for feedback from our kids. Has this ever happened to you? You go out...

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Episode 6: Differentiating between behaviors and skills as a parent

November 27, 2019

In this episode, we're going to discuss skills, behavior, and belief as it relates to parenting. Try to imagine for a minute that you take a time machine,...

episode-5-Effort not Outcome

Episode 5: Why We Chose To Focus on Effort Not Outcome

November 27, 2019

In this episode, I'm going to be explaining to my children why we have been very purposeful in the praise that we provide them. Specifically why we rarely,...

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Episode 4: How To Show Interest In Your Kids

November 27, 2019

In this episode of the parenting manual, we discuss how to show interest in your kids. One of the things that I love about our two young kids...

commitment and compliance

Episode 3: Commitment and Compliance: Parenting Viewpoints

November 26, 2019

In this episode, I want to discuss the topics of commitment and compliance that I spoke with my children about in the last episode. A great example of...

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