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    The Birds And The Bees — How To Talk To Children About Sex

    The Birds And The Bees — How To Talk To Children About Sex

    Sex, genitals, consent, self-touching — it's tricky to talk to younger kids about these topics. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids.

    • 26 min
    How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety

    How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety

    When is your kid just scared of the dark and when are they dealing with a larger anxiety disorder? This episode will teach you how to help a child with anxiety and reach them in stressful moments.

    • 24 min
    How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change

    How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change

    Today's kids are bombarded with the realities of climate change — whether through extreme weather or in the news. These tips will help you and your kids cope with the overwhelming feelings to move beyond helplessness and toward action.

    • 23 min
    Rethinking Brilliance: Raising Caring, Collaborative Kids

    Rethinking Brilliance: Raising Caring, Collaborative Kids

    We all want our kids to succeed, but that doesn't mean running math drills. Author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek explains the "6 C's" that kids need to thrive and why raising brilliant kids starts with redefining brilliant.

    • 16 min
    From First Phones To Online Porn: Answers To Your Screentime Questions

    From First Phones To Online Porn: Answers To Your Screentime Questions

    NPR's Life Kit answers parents' questions about their kids' screen use. Education consultant Ana Homayoun says it's all about empowering your kids to make good decisions when you're not around.

    • 21 min
    Parents, Check Your Own Screen Habits

    Parents, Check Your Own Screen Habits

    From distracted parenting to "sharenting," an honest look at our own use of electronic media can make us into more skillful parents and better role models.
    Here's what to remember:
    - Put your phone away whenever possible when you're with your kids.
    - If you want calmer children, be a more focused parent.
    - Before you post a picture or share a cute story about your kids on social media, think twice and get their permission if possible.
    - Don't use technology to stalk your children.
    - Work for healthier technology for your kids, and for all of us.

    • 22 min

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