Do you feel that parenting teens is the biggest job you’ll ever have?
Are you wondering about how to help your child discover his or her unique potential?
Are you dedicated to raising a child with character and integrity?
Based on the Hyde School’s philosophy of “parents are the primary teachers and the home is the primary classroom,” this podcast was created to help parents understand just how to put this philosophy in place in the home, and to discover the transformative outcomes that happen in families who implement it.
You will hear from not only experts in the field of raising teenagers, such as educational consultants, authors, and therapists, but also hear from former Hyde parents and students who share their stories of challenges and triumphs on this journey.
We welcome you to jump in and start discovering some “ah ha” moments and practices you can implement right away to bring your family closer together and raise self-confident teenagers with character who become inspiring adults.
David Yale: From Parenting by Negotiating to Parenting from Principles
“I was the kind of parent who was a negotiator; when rules were broken, I would give them an out.” David Yale – Hyde Alumni Parent
David’s wife died when his daughter was eleven years old. Their parenting style together had been to negotiate with their kids. “We wanted them to be happy,” he says. David had to parent not only through his own grief, but that of his kids.
David shares what The Biggest Job Parenting Program taught him about his parenting and also the community it helped him
Luc Levensohn: The Need To Be Real
“The more vulnerability that I share with my children, the closer we become.” Luc Levensohn, Hyde Alumni Parent
When Luc and his family found Hyde, he learned a lot about the need for a different kind of communication with his daughter – one based on unconditional love but that still included boundaries and accountability.
In this brief, candid interview with a former Hyde dad, we learn a lot about the specialness of father/daughter relationships and the need to be real.
Pieter Wolters and Ank Stuyfzand: Focus on yourself.
Despite what sounds like a solid foundation in their parenting, they felt their son needed a school with more structure. They were not seeking a character-based school, but after visiting the school and learning about the curriculum, they were sold on Hyde for their son.
“A huge turning point for me,” said Ank Stuyfzand, “was when I was told to focus on myself and let my son focus on himself.”
Parenting Styles… What’s Your Parenting Style?
Whatever your parenting style, you’ll enjoy this brief but sincere conversation with Hyde Alumni Parent, Kate Carey, who realized in their first experience – the interview – that Hyde was the place for her son. She learned that letting go meant allowing her son to make mistakes and learn from them; appreciating that he could teach his parents some things, and that working on her own growth was the best thing for herself and her whole family.
Jeff and Melissa Burroughs: Their daughter brought them back to Hyde…
“I didn’t really want my daughter to go away to school…” Jeff Burroughs, former assistant Head of Hyde School, and Hyde Alumni Parent.
As former teachers and administrators at The Hyde School, both Jeff and Melissa Burroughs knew well what the program was like for students and parents. Yet when they found themselves in The Biggest Job Family program with a daughter at the school, their learning about themselves as parents was deeper than even they expected.
Jason Reid: Teen Suicide “Tell My Story.” - Ryan Reid
“Tell My Story.” - Ryan Reid
Jason (Jay) Reid is doing just that; telling his son, Ryan’s story. Ryan took his life when he was 14, leaving two Post-It Notes: one was the passcode to his computer; the second said “Tell My Story.”
Jay has founded an organization called ChooseLife (www.chooselife.org) and is making a documentary to eradicate – not just raise awareness – but ERADICATE teen suicide by the year 2030.
Good podcast, but sad Because quality sound
Good podcast, unfortunately is had to listen due the sound quality of the interviews by phone. You can hardly hear the audio of some interviews. Needs a bit more postproduction work.