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Sara Dimerman, Psychologist and Author of parenting and relationship books, interviews guests with expertise on a variety of relevant topics, to share what they know with you.

Experts Connect (with HelpMeSara & guest) Sara Dimerman

    • Self-Improvement

Sara Dimerman, Psychologist and Author of parenting and relationship books, interviews guests with expertise on a variety of relevant topics, to share what they know with you.

    Diets don't work. So, what does?

    Diets don't work. So, what does?

    Top of the new year resolution list for many people is losing weight or going on "diet." Now that I've spoken to Registered Dietician Shauna Lindzon, I am inspired to change that item on my list to read "Change lifestyle for healthier living" rather than "lose weight to look better." Listen here to be inspired yourself.

    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Shauna Lindzon. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
    Why diets don't work So what does work and for what end goal? Whether dieting is a world wide phenomenon or more of a North American mindset? What kinds of diets are most popular? Has this changed over the years? Whether women are more inclined to follow diets than men and whether there is a gender difference in regards to losing weight as we age? Some ways for people to set themselves up for success in regards to getting off the dieting roller coaster. Why 'mindfulness' is important when considering a change in diet for a healthier lifestyle.

    • 38 min
    How to help your children navigate the complex sexualized digital world in which we live

    How to help your children navigate the complex sexualized digital world in which we live

    Times are not what they used to be. Gone are the days when you could safely wait until your children were just about to hit puberty to talk to them about sex and sexuality. Now they either stumble across pornography or seek it out. Often, the messages they get and the images they receive portrays sex in a way that can be traumatizing. Psychologist, Dr. Jillian Roberts, has helped children and their parents navigate the complex sexualized digital world in which we live. Through this podcast, she will help you too.
    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Dr. Jillian Roberts. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
    What to do and say when your kids stumble upon pornography, participate in sexting, engage in or are victimized by sexualized bullying and feel confused about what consent means. What impact all of the above has on them. Whether "The Talk" is still something parents should prepare themselves for, and if not, how to share important information about sex and sexuality with your children and at what age. How parents role has changed over time, especially in regards to helping protect our children from being prematurely exposed to sexual content or from getting involved in sexualized behaviour at too young of an age. Dr. Jillian Robert's "seven point parental compass" and why knowing more about this can help create a foundation from which effective communication and a strong parent/child bond can be formed.

    • 53 min
    How to become a less distracted parent and why this is so important

    How to become a less distracted parent and why this is so important

    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Ann Douglas. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
    Why parents need distractions Whether technology is what distracts us most these days and why The impact that being a distracted parent has on our children, ourselves and on the development of our relationship with our child How we can become more mindful about modelling intentional distraction  

    • 33 min
    How to move from procrastination to productivity

    How to move from procrastination to productivity

    It's easy to label oneself or one's child a "procrastinator" and to assume that once one, always one. But is procrastination part of one's personality or a choice and are there roadblocks that stand between procrastination and productivity? For answers to these questions, I turned to Dr. Joanne Foster. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
    What procrastination means Whether procrastination is a choice or part of one's personality What causes procrastination Techniques and strategies to help one move from procrastination to productivity How parents can understand the causes of procrastination and help their children or teens become more productive  

    • 47 min
    Identifying and managing traits that prevent you from reaching your life goals

    Identifying and managing traits that prevent you from reaching your life goals

    Many people, despite having goals, feel that there are roadblocks in their way. I contacted Gorett Reis, a life and career coach, for her views on what may be keeping them from moving forward, and what they can do about it. Over the course of this episode, you will learn more about:
    Top traits, identified as roadblocks, for people who feel that they are unable to reach their life or career goals What being a perfectionist looks like, why and how this may get in the way What people pleasing looks like, why and how this may get in the way What over achieving looks like, why and how this may get in the way Some practical ways for people to prevent perfectionism, people pleasing and over achieving behaviour from standing in their way  

    • 35 min
    Why adult imposed consequences don't work with kids (So, what does?)

    Why adult imposed consequences don't work with kids (So, what does?)

    I have always been a fan of Dr. Ross Greene's work. I have read his books and attended several of his workshops and lectures. Most recently, I participated in a two day conference, led by him, in Toronto. I was inspired and grateful to learn more about his collaborative approach to working with kids of all ages, and honoured that he agreed to join me as a guest on this podcast, in order to impart some of his wisdom to you, too. Over the course of this episode, you will learn more about:
    The choices parents have when they're faced with needing to deal with a situation related to their child's "difficult" behaviour. Whether punishments such as suspension from school or time out at home solves the problem and if not, why not. Whether natural and logical consequences unilaterally imposed on children who do not "follow through," solves the problem and if not, why not. How to implement Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model, including: Effective ways to understand the problem and invite collaboration from a child How to move away from looking through the lens of seeing the child as having a problem behaviour and instead identify the problem as one related to lagging skills and unmet expectations The crucial steps that a parent or teacher, for example, would need to take in order to understand why the child is "stuck" and how to solve the problem The age or developmental stage at which a child can be included or involved in this process and whether there are any children who may not be able to participate in the process as well as others what to say and do when a child says "I don't know" when trying to engage him in helping you understand the problem How the CPS Model can change the lives of parents, teachers and caregivers so that neither punishment nor consequence needs to be imposed again Resources that can help you learn even more  

    • 39 min

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