Parents are trying to navigate children through a world they themselves don’t often understand. America’s Mom, Dr. Meg Meeker, the country's trusted authority on parenting, teens, & children's health, offers practical insights to help parents simplify. The pediatrician, mother, & best selling author engages with experts & parents to take on relevant issues, answer real questions, & provide simple hope & encouragement to every parent.
#137: Father's Day Special
Today’s media loves to try and make men out to be generally irrelevant and idiotic. What they overlook is the importance of a father figure, whether biological or just a friend. That’s why Father’s Day is so special to Dr. Meg, and on this day she wants you fathers to feel how important you actually are to the people in your lives. Television shows, social media memes, and perceptions in general work to break fathers down and make them feel insignificant, but Dr. Meg wants to give you advice and encouragement instead. Fathers, listen in as Dr. Meeker speaks words of life into you as you navigate the world of raising great kids! Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!
#136: Love Centered Parenting (with guest Crystal Paine)
The stress and pressure of raising kids can make you question whether you are messing your kids up or setting them up for success when they “leave the nest”. Do you constantly ask yourself if your kids future is going to be everything it should be for them? If you can relate to either of these things, this episode is for you. Dr. Meg talks with the Money Saving Mom, Crystal Paine. Crystal is best-known for her blog and her podcast, The Crystal Paine Show, as well as being an author of several great books. In this conversation, Crystal shares the story of writing her latest book, Love Centered Parenting: The No-fail Guide to Launching Your Kids, and the struggles she and her husband went through with one of their children’s anxiety problems that showed itself through bullying. What Crystal has learned through this journey can help you in any stage of your parenting journey, and this episode is full of encouragement to help you along the way. Also, do you have a question for Dr. Meeker? If so, email them to email@example.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is answered in an “Ask Dr. Meg” feature episode!
#135: Simple Discipline That Works
Mornings around the house can be a bit of chaos. As a parent, do you give instructions like, “brush your teeth” or “load your backpack” only to have your kids not listen and disobey? Do you find yourself threatening to ground your teen or count to three repeatedly to your five-year-old? If this sounds like you, then you are going to love this episode. Dr. Meeker talks you through five secrets to help you know what to do when this happens and she teaches you how to speak in a way that makes your kids listen the first time, all without tantrums, fighting, back-talk, and screaming. This is an episode that every parent can learn from as they go about raising great kids! Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!
#134: Mother's Day Special
Mother’s Day is a special day where we get to honor our mothers. It’s also a day that can evoke a wide variety of emotions. Some people are blessed to be able to call their mother and talk to her on the phone, some are experiencing their first Mother’s Day without their moms, and others desperately want to become a mother but haven’t been able to yet. In any of those situations, it can be tough to be a mother in the midst of all the emotions all at once. That’s why Dr. Meg wanted to take some time to devote to the special mothers that listen to this podcast. She shares words of encouragement as well as ways to make this season special regardless of what you are dealing with as a mom. Mothers, let America’s Mom speak words of life into you as you navigate the world of raising great kids! Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to email@example.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!
#133: Quieting Our Kids' World
As a parent, does your day look something like getting up later than you should, rushing around to get ready, going from activity to activity, throw in some homework, mix a little staying up late to watch the latest TV show, and then get up late the next morning to do it all over again? This can lead to burnout for you and your kids, and it happens quicker than you can imagine! Do you wish there was something that could bring some order to your mind in the midst of all the crazy? That’s where mindfulness based stress reduction (MBST) can really bring about some change in your daily routine. Just a few minutes a day of calm, directed thought, and you’ll start to see a difference. Because all of us can use mindfulness, Dr. Meg talks with wellness consultant and mindfulness based stress reduction teacher, Wendy Weckstein. Wendy is a Physical Therapist, Wellness Consultant, and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher for Adults through Brown University as well as certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T). Because of her work with pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults, this conversation is one that everyone can pull something from to make each day a little less stressful! Also, do you have a question for Dr. Meeker? If so, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and listen to future episodes to see if your question is answered in an “Ask Dr. Meg” feature episode!
#132: ADHD Part 2
Sometimes, as a parent, it’s tempting to throw around the letters A-D-H-D without a proper diagnosis. Just because your kid seems to be hyperactive or make impulsive decisions does not necessarily mean that he/she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. A lot of times young children have a difficult time focusing on single tasks or sitting still for long periods of time even without ADHD, but these could be indicators of something more. If you have questions, always talk to your doctor. In this second of the two-part series, Dr. Meg guides you through some common treatments and next steps if you or your kid is diagnosed with ADHD. The information Dr. Meg brings in this series can bring about some really beneficial changes in your family! Do you have a question for Dr. Meeker? If so, email them to email@example.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!
Such a great, informative podcast. Amazing topics and guests. I could do without the ‘say a prayer’ nonsense but otherwise lovely and fantastic ❤️
Love the insight!
I enjoy listening to this podcast as I have learned a lot about my son who’s 8yrs old and was diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety, and ODD when he was 6yrs old. Every day is a struggle, but I keep my head up and know he’s also struggling with his mental illness and I need to be there to be the best mom and never give up!
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Severely lacking an understanding of child development/psychology. We now have 50+ years of data to help guide parenting/discipline in order to improve the outcome of our children’s mental health and overall success. We should be trying to get these science-backed strategies to become mainstream, rather than perpetuating our parents’ and their parents’ fear-based, authoritarian methods.