Parenting Understood is a podcast aimed at helping parents become more confident and relaxed in their parenting. We explore the current research on different parenting and child development topics and break it down into an easy to understand, relatable content. We know there is an abundance of information out there which can make it feel overwhelming. Maybe trying to determine what’s fact vs opinion makes you want to bury your head in the sand. Let us help you find and understand the evidence based resources you need, to feel more confident in the choices you make as parents. Join us each week to get a breakdown of the current research and let us guide you to becoming a more confident and relaxed parent, able to provide the sensitive and responsive care your child needs.
Ep. 12 - Tackling Sleep Problems With Dr. Gregory Hanley
In this episode, we will hear from Dr. Gregory Hanley, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, past Associate Editor of The Behavior Analyst, and past Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice and of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Hanley currently advises doctoral candidates as a Research Professor at WNEU, serves as an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and leads FTF Behavioral, the international training and consulting group based in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is primarily focused on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of problem behavior and sleep problems, teaching strategies for developing life skills, and empirically-derived values for practitioners.
Dr. Hanley will discuss the common sleep problems that most children experience and explain how behavioral intervention management and function based approaches and strategies can be successfully used to combat some of these sleep challenges.
You can find more information on Dr Hanley and his free sleep assessment tool at the link below:
https://practicalfunctionalassessment.com/ and https://ftfbc.com/
Ep. 11 - Navigating the Adoption Process with Dr. Melissa Goldstein
In this episode, we are excited to speak with Dr. Melissa Goldstein, a pediatrician at Carnegie Hill Pediatrics. Along with her practice and research in pediatrics, Dr. Goldstein dedicates much of her time to helping families navigate the steps to adoption, practicing adoption medicine and offering pre-adoption medical counseling.
Dr. Goldstein speaks with us regarding the adoption process domestically and looking at the research and resources that support the best practices for navigating adoption. After this episode, we hope you will be able to begin to understand what to expect with the adoption process whether or not adoption may be in your future.
Ep. 10 - Understanding Racial Socialization with Dr. Briggite Vittrup
In this episode, we speak with Dr. Brigitte Vittrup, Department Chair of Human Development, Family Studies, and Counseling at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Vittrup’s academic and research interests include racial socialization; children's racial attitudes; child discipline; and media influences on children.
Our conversation focuses on the important topic of discussing race with your young children. While this is often an uncomfortable discussion point, Dr. Vittrup explains why it is essential to have these topics and not avoid them. Dr. Vittrup explains the do’s and don'ts of talking about race and how to use a color conscious approach for speaking with children. She also provides useful resources on ways to begin these conversations.
Resources mentioned in episode:
Book : All the Colors We Are/Todos los colores de nuestra piel: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/La historia de por qué tenemos diferentes colores de piel by Katie Kissinger
Book: Something Happened in Our Town (A Child's Story About Racial Injustice) by Marianne Celano
You can find more information on Dr. Vittrup at https://apps.twu.edu/my1cv/profile.aspx?type=twp&id=4pCl%2bq%2b7SWo4Rjfa%2fZ3otQ%3d%3d&dept=humandev
Ep. 9 - Cultural Considerations When Developing Milestones with Dr. Dana McCoy
Dana Charles McCoy is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Her work focuses on understanding the ways that poverty-related risk factors in children's home, school, and neighborhood environments affect the development of their cognitive and socioemotional skills in early childhood. Her research looks at both domestic and international contexts.
Dr. McCoy will speak to us about her work developing The Caregiver Reported Early Development Index (CREDI) and how it is used to measure population-level development for children under age 3 as an easy, cost-effective, and culturally-neutral way of gathering data. CREDI helps to identify basic, universal that can be seen and measured taking into account cultural considerations. This has been especially helpful as other forms of assessment continue to be outdated or only viewed through one cultural lens. We hope that this episode will help you to see that just because values are different amongst groups doesn't mean they are wrong!
To learn more about Dr. McCoy’s research, please visit https://seed.gse.harvard.edu/
Ep. 8 - Welcome to Pinot and Parenting’s First Episode with Caitlin Murray of Big Time Adulting
Welcome to the first episode of the Parenting Understood series known as Pinot and Parenting. These episodes will focus less on research and more on experience. So much goes into parenting and we are excited to often talk about the amazing research and evidence based practices that focus on supporting our children and ourselves. However, we have found that experiences, parenting, teaching and counseling are also vital resources that can be uplifting, funny, and challenging.
In our inaugural episode, we are excited to feature Caitlin Murray of Big Time Adulting who will share her experiences as a mother and how to use everyday family comedy to help handle the good and the bads of life.
You can follow Caitilin Murray @bigtimeadulting
Ep. 7 - Talking Time Out with Dr. Jeanne Donaldson
In this episode, we speak with Dr. Jeanne Donaldson on the topic of giving time outs to children. Dr. Donaldson earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her research focuses on solving problems common in early childhood and assessing child and adult interventions. After this episode, you will understand the different aspects that go into giving a child time out, considerations on when to use the time out strategy, and easier ways to implement an effective time out!
If you are curious and want to learn more about time-out from positive reinforcement, Michelle has several free resources available on her Instagram Account @thriving.toddler.
Visit the guide section that includes seven posts on “Time Away From Positive Reinforcement.” You can also download the time-out check list here: https://www.thrivingtoddler.com/time-out-opt-in