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Raising awesome kids takes help. NPR has science and experts to get you through the toughest parenting moments. Subscribe to get episodes from Life Kit on parenting.

    The consequences of overindulging your kids

    The consequences of overindulging your kids

    Overindulging kids when they're young can lead to negative effects in their adulthoods. But it's hard for parents to put their foot down when they want to avoid a conflict at all costs. Child psychologist Lauren Silvers has tips for families trying to curb overindulging a child.

    • 21 min
    The 5-minute playtime ritual that can help your kids listen

    The 5-minute playtime ritual that can help your kids listen

    Children's health professionals widely recommend a strategy known as 'special time' to help reduce behavioral issues in young children. This episode explains how to do it and why this simple and free tool is so powerful.

    • 13 min
    How to be a supportive adult in a kid's life

    How to be a supportive adult in a kid's life

    While there's endless advice for parents, there's little guidance on supporting kids for non-parents. Whether you're an aunt, uncle, godparent, or a family friend, here's how to have healthy, fulfilling relationships with kids that are not yours. We'll cover how to build those relationships, start routines, and create a safe space for the kids in your life.

    • 22 min
    Why you should play video games with your kid

    Why you should play video games with your kid

    Video games get a bad reputation that's often unwarranted. But kids do need guidance in using them wisely. Here's how to help them, starting with spending some time with the games your kids can't put down.

    • 16 min
    Pregnant? Here's how to deal with the new you

    Pregnant? Here's how to deal with the new you

    Pregnancy is hard work – for the body, mind and soul. There are seemingly endless resources for all the physical and logistical aspects of pregnancy but far fewer for renegotiating your sense of self in every part of your life. We'll discuss the effect of pregnancy on the brain, the importance of embracing negative feelings and strategies for maintaining changing relationships.

    • 23 min
    Build a stronger connection with your kids

    Build a stronger connection with your kids

    It may sound counterintuitive, but if you want to take charge as a parent, stop trying to control your child, says psychologist and author Shefali Tsabary. Her new book, "The Parenting Map," lays out a step-by-step guide for creating conscious parent-child relationships.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
603 Ratings

603 Ratings

JayJay in LA ,

Great info

Love the Special Time episode! So much great info in this podcast

Tresverte ,

Admittedly Couldn’t Finish More Than One Episode

Like all mothers, I love new information on how to raise good kids. And I adore most NPR podcasts. But after scrolling and scrolling through episode titles and previews trying to find one that didn’t sound like a learning capsule from “The School for Good Mothers” from the dystopian Jessamine Chan novel (read that instead), I tried one about getting kids to eat more vegetables. It started with a very young mother of one (the host, presumably?) explaining that her child hasn’t eaten vegetables in a year. WinTactualF? I promptly stopped the podcast and decided I’m doing fine. Find seasoned parents/humans to host and we might not all accidentally raise entitled fairy princess robots. The other episode I tried was just OK. Just savor every moment with your children and don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t squeeze special time in today. You’re doing great.

Bkindle ,

Quite interesting pers[ective

What a broad type of perspectives

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