Growing Nimble Families
By Melitsa Avila
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Raising school age kids. We are celebrating the energy of Middle Childhood ( or Midhood) development and discussing parenting challenges of school age children ( Ages 5-14)
||Clean7 ways to support your child at school move towards independence||Tools and ideas about moving from guided homework to independent homework with school-age kids. Homework demands change. As kids get older, there are new skills to master with homework. Examples like time management on a project,||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Michele Borba on Empathy and how to succeed in an all about me world||Our guest today Dr Michele Borba talks about how to help our kids tap into empathy. We talk about social and emotional learning and its value both now in school and as adults, the empathy advantage, how to talk about empathy with school age kids and||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 Ways To Make Sure Your Back To School Season Is Not Crazy||How about a different run-up to the start of back to school time? With a little planning and a little sharing, there’s a better way to have a successful back to school season. As the school age kids are getting older,||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRethinking learning, motivation and grades for kids that are 11+||Middle and secondary school kids have a lot of new things to handle. We’ve talked about managing projects and how to study in previous episodes. Today we’re talking with Jessica Lahey, author of the New York Times bestselling book,||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow do you help support and gently direct your child in choosing a career path||Jobs are disappearing and lots of new types of jobs appear all the time. The path towards school age kids future career and job ideas doesn’t have to be random. With the student ratio of students to career counselor in many schools being 491:1 it is r||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting on with the changing school age kid without losing your mind||Anyone else experiencing a new normal with the kids? Things are different. There’s more of things happening that didn’t use to happen like arguments or talking back. You know it’s part of growing up but this doesn’t seem like the kids you know.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAwesome Emotionally Healthy Kids||As school age kids mature they bump up against a few truths. They are not perfect or the best. There are others who are better. They have to work harder at some things than others and it doesn’t seem fair that others find it easier. Feelings are hurt.||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRituals for Parents||This episode we are looking for the good in the stage we are in. We love to look back and remember fondly especially when times are tough in our current stage. If you’ve ever been stuck looking back and worrying about the future this is the episode||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to completely change how school kids study for quizzes and tests||Did you know there are six scientifically better ways to study and prepare for tests and quizzes that will help kids learn? As kids are starting back to school many are experiencing those words, ” Study for the test on Friday!||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMindfulness practices for families to have peaceful homes||School age kids have a lot of big feelings. Dr Carla Naumburg from Carla Naumburg shares mindfulness practices families can do that help develop skills of listening, paying attention and empathy. Mindfulness sets the stage for dealing with stress a||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPositive Phrases all kids should hear||May is the season of testing. With testing comes stress and anxiety. And that’s just the parents! Just kidding. Well not really. There’s a different tone in the house as each child in the family prepares for tests.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKids and project work not a breeze? Try these||Project work can really test the limits of modern families. We all tackle projects differently and each child is no different. Do you have a cram it all in at the last minute, stay up late child? Do you have a start strong and get sidetracked with th||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig changes||There are some big changes for RaisingPlayfulTots and Play-Activities. Tune in and hear what’s up! Would welcome your feedback WHAT TO DO NEXT: So you’ve listened to this episode – if you liked it and want to hear other ones – and I rea||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to protect without being overprotective||That gap between loving them in a protective cocoon and letting them experience the struggles and hardships of life is so hard for parents. Even a butterfly has to leave that protective cocoon and fly. Parents are often told they are overprotective||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNurturing Whole Family Systems||Routines and Rhythms become more important as our lifestyles change. In the early years there were a lot individual milestones like walking, reading first words, blowing bubbles, staying and playing with something for longer and longer times.||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding Family Culture during the school age years||We know about Early Childhood, Tweens and Teens but what is that time between Early Childhood and Tweens all about? We discuss that school aged time I call Midhood that starts at aged 5 and goes through to about 12.||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStart with teaching kindness online with Galit Breen||If you’ve not seen,Raising a digital kid without having been one by Galit Breen of theselittlewaves.net you are missing out. It’s a really good TED talk. Galit is our guest today and is author of the book Kindness Wins. In an age of grit,||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTackling Ten Tricky Social Life Skills||Today we’re continuing the theme of Life Skills but not the practical hands on life skills of mowing the lawn or following a system like learning how to use a washing machine. We’re going to look at 10 social life skills.||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to thrive more with your partner and there’s kids about||Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo, who are best selling authors and hosts of the world’s #1 Marriage Podcast, One extraordinary marriage. share their tips on maintaining relationships, marriage and the art of balancing kids,||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeveloping your family meal ritual||Part two of creating a family meal ritual that lasts for families. Listen to part one Now we’re at the table and beginning to eat. Listen in to hear ideas on how to create your family meal ritual full of memories and connection that grows wit||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to prepare for the school year as a parent||New choices to make with the new school year for everyone. What will happen in your family this year? It’s really easy to just fall into a routine with back to school but our family is different each and every year.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStart your family meal ritual||Families should gather together over a meal. Yeah yeah yeah! We’ve heard that before. Tried it before and it didn’t really work out. This week we we focus less on the why and more on the how we create a meal ritual so that family times run smoot||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProgress as a better measure for children||We only know what we know. This episode is a little different, perhaps in mindset as different education systems are shared. But the theme is simple parenting. We want all our children to make progress and achieve.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen they make mistakes and fail-practical ways to help parents and children learn how to navigate this undertalked about topic during childhood||Do you get stuck in the loop of nag, complain, wait, nag, complain and wait? We know that learning from our mistakes and failures makes us a better person but it is so so hard to see our children heading for a fall or when failure is just visible.||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeveloping habits, Goal setting, Unity and cooperation Character Conversation Audio||Character Conversation Cards are available in two formats: task cards (pdf) and an audio file. The audio file is a downloadable .mp3 file of the 25 conversation task cards read with a special effect to signal when to stop the audio to answer questions||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSimple Summer Traditions for Families||Summer is coming! What memories do you have of childhood? Often they are around summer. If you want to create lasting memories why not try some simple family traditions. Every season is a good opportunity to have special traditions just for that||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree things we don’t rotate in our parenting but maybe we should||There are so many things that we are juggling with parenting. If this is you then this episode might be just what you’re looking for because if we’re so busy trying to keep all the plates spinning we may not realize that we don’t actually ne||4/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy losing sleep is a big deal for kids||Who doesn’t love sleep? When I cut my sleep time I know what will happen and often we assume the same thing will happen to our children. We’ll just be a little blurry and we just have to get through it! Brain science is telling us differently now||3/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSolving Screen time woes and suggestions||Screens are a magnet in some homes and not in others. Lisa Weiner from Handmade Parenting in this episode talks about what types of things children can be doing if they are not on screens. We look at other screen time woes in this interview and p||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 easy ways to close the “Word Gap” and have quality verbal interactions||If I want to have quality verbal interactions, what are 5 ways that I can improve that? The famous Hart/Risley study showed us the massive ( 30 million) word gap that happens between a low income family and other families in a very specific age group||3/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This is wonderful podcast. New and refreshing information is shared in each podcasts. The topics covered are ones that parents and childcare professional and preschool teachers can really find useful in day to day care and development of toddlers. Thank you so much for creating this podcast.
This is one of my favorite podcasts for parenting. It is full of useful and doable ideas. I often listen to it and feel inspired instead of feeling discouraged and overwhelmed!
So many useful tips!
I love patenting podcasts and this is a great one. Her podcasts are well thought out and I can always take something away from them. She breaks each podcast down at the end so that you can be reminded of all her thoughtful suggestions and ideas.