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Join clinical psychologist and mom of three Dr. Becky Kennedy on her weekly podcast, as she takes on tough parenting questions and delivers actionable guidance—all in short episodes, because we know time is hard to find as a parent. Her breakthrough approach has enabled thousands of people to get more comfortable in discomfort, make repairs after mistakes, and always see the good inside. You'll gain the tools to embody your authority while developing a stronger parent-child connection, helping you become the parent you want to be and helping your child develop the skills necessary for life success.

Good Inside with Dr. Becky Dr. Becky Kennedy

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

Join clinical psychologist and mom of three Dr. Becky Kennedy on her weekly podcast, as she takes on tough parenting questions and delivers actionable guidance—all in short episodes, because we know time is hard to find as a parent. Her breakthrough approach has enabled thousands of people to get more comfortable in discomfort, make repairs after mistakes, and always see the good inside. You'll gain the tools to embody your authority while developing a stronger parent-child connection, helping you become the parent you want to be and helping your child develop the skills necessary for life success.

    I struggle with codependency. How do I raise my kids differently?

    I struggle with codependency. How do I raise my kids differently?

    One of the best things we can do as parents is recognize the traits we need to repair in ourselves, so we don't unintentionally pass them on to our kids. If you grew up defining who you are based on other people's reactions, it can be hard to tune in to your own wants and needs. But it's never too late to change these patterns. In this episode, Dr. Becky hears from three parents with codependent tendencies working to show up differently for their children. She offers multiple strategies for rewiring your own codependence, while raising kids with a strong sense of self.

    (2:10-2:48): Unintentionally fostering codependency
    (9:11-10:33): Separating your feelings from your child's
    (16:58-17:34): Establishing boundaries with parents
    (22:37-23:38): Tying it all together

    • 25 min
    Talking with your kids about private parts, how babies are made, and more...

    Talking with your kids about private parts, how babies are made, and more...

    There's no "appropriate age" to start talking about sensitive topics, like sex or private parts, with kids. When a child asks a question, it means they're ready for a (developmentally appropriate) answer. Of course, while many of us want to talk openly with our kids, few of us had honest conversations about these topics when we were younger. It's normal to feel stuck or awkward! In this episode, Dr. Becky walks through multiple scripts for affirming your child's natural curiosity about bodies, babies, and more without any shame, so they feel safe coming to you with all sorts of questions as they get older. Remember this: It's not our honesty, but our avoidance, that makes kids uncomfortable about their bodies.

    A preview of the good inside this episode:

    (4:30-5:20): Why are private parts private
    (11:42-12:19): My son can't stop touching himself
    (17:52-18:41): Where do babies come from
    (24:48-26:04): Tying it all together

    • 27 min
    How do I handle sibling competition?

    How do I handle sibling competition?

    It's hard for kids to share their parents. Siblings can feel like they're competing for the ultimate resource: your love and attention. While we can't get rid of those competitive feelings, we can help our kids learn to recognize and regulate them (and this of course is what leads to improved behavior!). In this week's episode, Dr. Becky offers several strategies to parents navigating sibling rivalry—from validating our kid's tricky feelings about siblinghood to encouraging cooperation to introducing mantras through play.

    A preview of the good inside this episode:
    (2:32-4:04): Encouraging cooperation, not competition
    (7:56-9:06): Needing to be first
    (16:29-17:50): Struggling when a sibling succeeds
    (24:06-25:30): Tying it all together

    • 26 min
    What can I do to stop my kid's aggressive behavior?

    What can I do to stop my kid's aggressive behavior?

    When our child is kicking or biting someone, our first thought is probably, "How do I protect the other person?!" But here's something to consider: We also need to protect our child from associating their bad behavior with being a bad kid. In this episode, Dr. Becky advises three parents on how to respond to aggressive behavior while keeping everyone safe. She walks through distancing "the urge" from "the action," emotionally vaccinating kids for frustrating moments, and enforcing boundaries instead of punishments. In every situation, she gently reminds each caller that they're a good parent with a good kid.

    A preview of the good inside this episode:
    (2:55-4:22): Biting siblings
    (11:12-12:11): Impulse control at the park
    (16:27:17:34): Defining consequences
    (24:45-26:06): Tying it all together

    • 27 min
    Deep Dive: Myriam Sandler of MOTHERCOULD on frustration tolerance and sibling dynamics

    Deep Dive: Myriam Sandler of MOTHERCOULD on frustration tolerance and sibling dynamics

    We want our kids to know what they want and stand up for their beliefs—and we want them to be flexible and get along with others. In this Deep Dive episode, Myriam Sandler of MOTHERCOULD comes to Dr. Becky for advice on helping her oldest daughter in moments of intense frustration: the ones that lead to shutting down and declaring "It's all ruined now!" or "I'm not doing it anymore!" As Dr. Becky and Myriam look at what's really driving these tough moments, they talk about building resilience, managing feelings about siblinghood, and recognizing ourselves in our kids. As always, Dr. Becky translates deep thoughts into actionable strategies, modeling scripts and how-tos along the way.

    A preview of the good inside this episode:
    (3:35-5:53): Frustration tolerance
    (6:00-11:30): Narration
    (11:48-14:18): Adding a choice
    (15:14-19:17): Model realistic regulation
    (21:45-25:17): Practice
    (25:18-36:31): Sibling dynamics
    (36:53-38:38): Tying it all together

    • 39 min
    What should I say when my kid is afraid?

    What should I say when my kid is afraid?

    How do we help our children face what feels scary? In this episode, Dr. Becky hears from three parents looking for ways to help their kids work through fears. She shares why kids develop fears, the significance of how we respond to their fears, and nearly 10 strategies to help them cope—from retelling the story of what happened to naming conflicting feelings (like scared and excited) with "parts language."

    A preview of the good inside this episode:
    (3:02-4:00): The unexpected
    (8:36-9:57): Scary spaces
    (17:37-18:11): Hesitation
    (24:50-25:54): Tying it all together

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Sophiak123 ,

Brilliant resource for all parents

The world would be a better place if everyone could put Becky’s advice into practice

Hefflady ,

Excited!

Dr Becky is such a great resource and so relatable!

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