For 75 years, Highlights’ magazine has received thousands of letters and email from kids every year, and we answer every single one. ‘Dear Highlights’ has always served as a way to help ease children’s concerns and help encourage them to become their best selves. In so doing, we’ve sustained an ongoing, authentic dialogue with kids that has deepened our understanding of their worries and fears, as well as their hopes and dreams. Our goal of the’ Dear Highlights’ podcast is is to elevate the voices of children from these letters and help parents raise kids to be curious, creative, caring, and confident.
Kids’ Letters About Divorce
Highlights talks with Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, author of Putting Children First, about how to help children not just survive, but thrive during the big family change of divorce. Listen in as we discuss:* What to say when you tell your kids your family is changing* Naming the “forever” kind of love you have for your children* Reimagining your former spouse as an important colleague in the business of raising kids
Conversation with a Friend: Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey
Juliana Urtubey, 2021 Teacher of the Year, joins us this week for a candid conversation about her experiences in the classroom. Listen in as we discuss:* Why we shouldn’t fixate on “learning loss” during the pandemic* The magic questions that can get your child to tell you more about their day* How we can help every kid love school
Kids’ Letters About Cell Phones
Highlights talks with Common Sense Media’s Erin Wilkey Oh about a modern-day rite of passage for children: their first cell phone. When are kids ready? Listen in as we discuss:● Signs your child is ready to handle a cell phone● Why telling kids what you are doing on your phone is good modeling● Teaching our kids to recognize “red flag” feelings
A Conversation with a Friend: Stephen Dubner on Kids and Public Policy (Ep.16 Rebroadcast)
Author and Freakonomics Radio host, Stephen Dubner joins us on this week’s episode of Dear Highlights to discuss why public policy doesn’t always put kids at the center of the conversation. Listen in to learn:● How an amazing 4th grade teacher introduced Stephen to Highlights● What car seat policy can teach us about how we consider what’s best for kids● How long-term thinking could help us make better policy for kids
Kids Letters About Grandparents
Celebrate Grandparents’ Day by joining our conversation with Stanford Children’s Health’s Nancy Sanchez and Marilyn Swarts, who share tips from their class on grandparenting. Listen in to learn:* When they realized a class on grandparenting was needed* Why social media is often the first conflict between grandparents and parents* What grandparents can do to be welcomed into their grandchildren’s lives
A Conversation with a Friend: Lenore Skenazy on the Value of Free Time
Highlights talks with Free-Range Kids author Lenore Skenazy about how long, boring afternoons are fertile ground for growing and nurturing creativity during childhood. Listen in as we discuss:
● Why Lenore was once dubbed “America’s Worst Mom”
● How remembering our own childhood pastimes can help give us confidence
● If there is still room for boredom in a world filled with digital entertainment
This is excellent!
What a great podcast. The letters Highlights receives from kids gives a really unique insight into what they are actually struggling with. I love that this program seeks to really listen to kids’ voices and respond. I think it is invaluable to parents or really anyone - these lessons go for all of us. Thank you for sharing these lessons!