26 episodes

“Kids Under Construction” is a podcast about parenting with a flip in the script – it’s not about the result, instead, it’s about the process. When we focus on the process, we are more compassionate with our children and ourselves. Hosted by parenting expert, journalist and regular “Dr. Phil’ contributor Donna Tetreault, “Kids Under Construction” explores important and innovative research about children, their brains, their development and the rapidly-changing world they live in. From Internet dangers like cyber bullying and pornography to homework and IEPs to sports to kindness and empathy, this podcast looks at all things kids! Donna interviews top experts, doctors, educators, psychologists, coaches and celebrities to deliver a fresh perspective on parenting and talks with moms, dads, and kids who are going through the ups and downs of childhood, today. Just like a construction site, there may be hazards, it may get messy, but if we work together, we can build something beautiful! Donna is here to give you the tools you need!

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

“Kids Under Construction” is a podcast about parenting with a flip in the script – it’s not about the result, instead, it’s about the process. When we focus on the process, we are more compassionate with our children and ourselves. Hosted by parenting expert, journalist and regular “Dr. Phil’ contributor Donna Tetreault, “Kids Under Construction” explores important and innovative research about children, their brains, their development and the rapidly-changing world they live in. From Internet dangers like cyber bullying and pornography to homework and IEPs to sports to kindness and empathy, this podcast looks at all things kids! Donna interviews top experts, doctors, educators, psychologists, coaches and celebrities to deliver a fresh perspective on parenting and talks with moms, dads, and kids who are going through the ups and downs of childhood, today. Just like a construction site, there may be hazards, it may get messy, but if we work together, we can build something beautiful! Donna is here to give you the tools you need!

    Overcoming addiction with Jessica Lahey

    Overcoming addiction with Jessica Lahey

    In this episode of Kids Under Construction, Donna Tetreault interviews Jessica Lahey. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure and has a new book out, The Addiction Inoculation. Lahey gives parents the foundation to better understand the roots of addiction and helps offer steps toward prevention. This work starts early in life. David Epstein, bestselling author of The Sports Gene and Range says this about Lahey's new book. “Hard and tremendously important conversations are at the core of The Addiction Inoculation. But thanks to Jessica Lahey’s wit, compassion, and beautiful writing, reading it feels like having those conversations with your most entertaining friend who also happens to be an expert in substance abuse research, education, and child development.”Listen in to this honest and important conversation.
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    • 29 min
    News For Kids with Founders of XYZA News

    News For Kids with Founders of XYZA News

    It's been a difficult news week and kids are probably asking a lot of questions. There's no one way to explain frightening news, but on this episode of Kids Under Construction, Donna talks to XYZA News for Kids' founders Joann Suen and Sapna Satagopan to help in the conversations that might come up during family gatherings, with friends and others.
    Kids need help understanding how to source news and put it into context. XYZA founders offer up much needed information and help for parents and kids alike.
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    • 24 min
    Child Mind Institute Expert With Strategies To Get You Happily Through The Holidays

    Child Mind Institute Expert With Strategies To Get You Happily Through The Holidays

    In this episode of Kids Under Construction, Donna Tetreault interviews Dr. Stephanie Lee with the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Lee offers timely and practical advice for families during this pandemic holiday season. Parents are given strategies to help their children, young kids and teens, adapt to and enjoy this very different holiday.
    How can you, your child manage worry? How can you think about starting new traditions? How can you manage your feelings and emotions?
    This episode is a quick guide to truly loving this holiday season and accepting this moment in time.


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    • 24 min
    Authors of "The Parent Compass" Help Parents Better Navigate Middle and High School

    Authors of "The Parent Compass" Help Parents Better Navigate Middle and High School

    The Parent Compass was written to help parents understand their appropriate role in navigating the tween and teen years amidst a competitive academic environment that has resulted in overparenting and, indeed, even fraud and bribery as we've seen play out in the media over the past year. It provides the tools for parents to adopt better parenting behavior and learn to appropriately approach the type of parenting that leads to their children’s academic success and emotional well-being. It addresses how to help kids develop resilience, grit, and intention, and it discusses failure, technology/screen time, the importance of family dinner, study skills, and much more. We strive to help parents keep their relationships with their children intact while they help their kids develop self-reliance and find purpose in their life’s journey to high school, college, and beyond. We called on the expertise of education thought leaders, school counselors, heads of school, teachers, adolescent psychologists, authors, and our own wisdom as mothers and seasoned educational consultants to bring together the most current, up-to-date resource guide for parents. Cindy Clumeck Muchnick, MA and Jenn Curtis MSW, Co-Authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World [Familius/Workman Publishing, 9/2020 release]


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    • 28 min
    Miscarriage Expert Dr. Barbara Toppin: How This Heartbreaking Phenomenon Impacts Women, Relationships and Families

    Miscarriage Expert Dr. Barbara Toppin: How This Heartbreaking Phenomenon Impacts Women, Relationships and Families

    In this episode Donna and nationally recognized miscarriage expert Dr. Barbara Toppin, MD, board-certified and beloved OB/GYN physician, surgeon and a  founding  partner  of  Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists, M.D.P.C., discuss this heartbreaking phenomenon and how it impacts women, their relationships and their families.  Many women don’t openly discuss this issue with their doctors after a miscarriage. They simply move forward and try again, even after multiple miscarriages, leaving them vulnerable to further problems that may be avoidable. 
    Now that women are having babies well into their forties and beyond this issue has never been more relevant.  Using the recent miscarriage suffered by celebrity Chrissy Teigen as a touchstone, Donna and Doctor Toppin take a deep dive into the issues and realities surrounding this not uncommon phenomenon.  What causes them?  Are there warning signs?  Is there a perfect lifestyle that will eliminate the possibility of a miscarriage? At what point should a woman seek treatment and if they keep happening should she find another doctor? Are there tests and therapies that can help prevent miscarriages?  Do genetic factors and family history play a role? Do pre-existing conditions? Is past a predictor of future events?  Is there an age that’s too old to be pregnant safely?   Is there a connection to certain viruses?  Is there a Thyroid connection?  How does PTSD affect a pregnancy? How does one process grief, shame or self-blame?  How does it impact other health issues?
    We want everyone to know that miscarriage is natural and can effect any woman at any point in her reproductive life and that there is help available to deal with the aftermath and perhaps even avoid further problems.  Most of all we want everyone to know that no one has to go through a miscarriage alone. 

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    • 42 min
    Parenting During A Pandemic: “Family Guy” Star Rachael MacFarlane Shares Her Fears For Her Kids!

    Parenting During A Pandemic: “Family Guy” Star Rachael MacFarlane Shares Her Fears For Her Kids!

    In this episode of KIDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, voiceover artist, Rachael MacFarlane and host Donna Tetreault compare notes on their “mom worries.” Donna is in LA with her family, but Rachael has left LA behind along with her kids, husband, her father and his wife. They’re staying on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, zooming, working, going to school and feeling grateful everyday. Not many people can escape to such an idealic place, but Rachael says all the concerns they had in LA came with them. Are the kids happy? Are they doing okay with zooming school? Are they too lonely? Donna says that she has those second thoughts, too. “Are we doing the right thing?” is on her mind as much as on Rachael’s. The women agree that the constant worry goes with you wherever you are. 
    Mom of two girls, Rachael says if her kids were given the choice they’d rather be in school with friends and teachers. While the beach is lovely and they have more freedom to run around, their masks are always on and they are aware the future is uncertain. Even though they were originally scared about work drying up, both Rachael and her animation director husband, Spencer Laudiero, discovered they could work anywhere. Animation is portable – no sets, no big casts. Now the couple is making the most of a challenging situation and developing their own animated show based on the main character in Eleanor Wyatt, Princess and Pirate, the second children’s book they wrote and illustrated. 
    Both Rachael and Donna have tips for getting your kids through the pandemic. Find something new: Donna’s son can no longer play team sports, but he’s learned to play golf. Rachael and her husband have taken on a new project. 
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

lexies16 ,

Podcast

Listening to this podcast would be very beneficial for woman who struggle with health issues. Dr. Toppin is very passionate about what she does and loves helping in every way possible. Without all of her countless hours of work and dedication it would be impossible for some women to have kids. I really think that this should be something everyone listen and engages to.

CMuchnick ,

Informative, thoughtful and entertaining

Donna combines her energetic personality and practical parenting instincts with a great line up of engaging guests. Kids Under Construction helps all listeners find ways to better navigate the messy, 24/7, hard, and rewarding job of parenting. Her podcast is refreshing and topical. I really enjoy listening!

Jackson Bunnib ,

Amazing

What a great podcast. I binged all of the episodes. 5 star rating and great quality.

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