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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.

Parenting Great Kids with Dr. Meg Meeker Dr. Meg Meeker

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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.

    #104: Coronavirus - What To Do As A Parent

    #104: Coronavirus - What To Do As A Parent

    As our country faces a crisis unlike anything we have faced, Dr. Meeker felt it was important to talk to you about Coronavirus. All of us are working diligently to keep our families protected and naturally there are concerns about whether we are doing the right things or doing enough to stay well. In today’s episode, Dr. Meg gives you practical advice on taking care of your family, teaching your kids about avoiding infection, and what to do if you think you have been exposed to Coronavirus. Your kids need to be able to look to their parents for great information, instructions on what to do, and know that their family is going to be ok, and you are just the great parent to do that! Also in this episode, Dr. Meg will give you her points to ponder that you can start using right away and answers a question from two different moms about the impact of Coronavirus on their families. If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode or on the Meeker Parenting Community page, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to see if your question is featured next!
     
    0:00 – AD – KHAN ACADEMY KIDS
    Khan Academy Kids is an award-winning educational app with thousands of interactive activities, exercises, games, and books that will inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery for kids ages 2-7. It covers a range of subjects including early literacy, reading, writing, math, social emotional learning, PLUS creative and physical activities. Best of all, it’s 100% FREE! Learn more at khan.co/freekidsapp.
     
    1:19 – WELCOME
    Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Coronavirus: What To Do As A Parent” and teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.
     
    2:16 – A CONVERSATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (PART 1)
    Dr. Meeker talks to her listeners about the impact of the Coronavirus on all of our lives. She gives insight into things like how to protect yourself and your family as well as what to do if you think you’ve been exposed.
     
    9:22 – AD – BETTER HELP
    TeenCounseling.com connects your 13 to 19-year-old with a licensed professional counselor right where they spend most of their time, on their smartphone. Simply complete a short questionnaire and you'll be matched with a skilled therapist in TeenCounseling.com’s network of specialists. Then, once you review their credentials and approve, the counselor and your teen will begin communicating directly. Visit TeenCounseling.com/megand help your teen take charge of their mental health. Parenting Great Kids listeners can get 10% off your first month!
     
    10:44 – AD – THIRD LOVE
    Using thousands of real women’s measurements, Third Love designs their bras with real sizes and shapes in mind! With their Fit Finder quiz, ThirdLove helps you identify your breast shape and find styles that fit your body in less than a minute! ThirdLove values comfort and quality with straps that don’t slip, ultra-soft smoothing fabrics, and lightweight memory foam. Go to thirdlove.com/meg now to find your perfect fitting bra and receive 15% off your first purchase!
     
    12:11 – A CONVERSATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (PART 2)
    Dr. Meeker talks to her listeners about the impact of the Coronavirus on all of our lives. She gives insight into things like how to protect yourself and your family as well as what to do if you think you’ve been exposed.
     
    24:16 – POINTS TO PONDER
    Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you consider how to take care of your family during the Coronavirus pandemic.
     
    28:14 – LET’S GET SOCIAL
    Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet your question to her @MegMeekerMD. In today’s episode, Dr. Meg answers a question from Alyssa about the chances of her 6-year-old, who until recently was in school, could infect the rest of the family with Coronavirus and another question from Lisa who is concerned about her husband poss

    • 32 min
    #103: Save My Marriage (with guest Tracey Lynn Russell)

    #103: Save My Marriage (with guest Tracey Lynn Russell)

    When you get to the “storybook” wedding day, often you can’t imagine how your marriage could possibly end in divorce. The reality is, it happens, but that doesn’t make you a terrible person or a bad parent. Sometimes a redemption story comes out of the rubble as was the case with Dr. Meg’s guest this episode, Tracey Lynn Russell. Tracey felt like she was living a dream marrying what she thought was the man of her dreams. It turns out, that day became a nightmare as her husband felt they made a mistake. Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there, and Tracey’s story is helpful to those going through similar things. You’re going to enjoy this conversation! Also in this episode, Dr. Meg will give you her points to ponder that you can start using right away and answers a question from a mom about her shy 6 year old and from another mom about appropriate screen time for her 4 year old. If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode or on the Meeker Parenting Community page, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to see if your question is featured next!
     
    0:00 – AD – KHAN ACADEMY KIDS
    Khan Academy Kids is an award-winning educational app with thousands of interactive activities, exercises, games, and books that will inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery for kids ages 2-7. It covers a range of subjects including early literacy, reading, writing, math, social emotional learning, PLUS creative and physical activities. Best of all, it’s 100% FREE! Learn more at khan.co/freekidsapp.
     
    0:50 – AD – HARD ROCK ALL INCLUSIVE RESORTS
    Book a stay at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana from July 2nd to July 6th, and on July 3rd, the KIDZ BOP Kids will be performing LIVE in concert followed by a meet-and-greet. Your stay will be jam packed with daily activities where kids get to mingle with their favorite KIDZ BOP Kids, with non-stop dance parties, pool parties, and more! For more information visit hardrockhotelpuntacana.com.
     
    1:56 – WELCOME
    Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Save My Marriage” along with her guest Tracey Lynn Russell and teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.
     
    3:27 – A CONVERSATION WITH TRACEY LYNN RUSSELL (PART 1)
    Dr. Meeker talks with her guest, Tracey Lynn Russell, about the story of her marriage ending and how God redeemed the story when she re-married her husband.
     
    14:48 – AD – KIWI CO
    KiwiCo creates super cool, hands-on projects for kids that make learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math fun! KiwiCo’s mission is to provide the next generation of innovators with the tools and foundation they need to become creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers. KiwiCo is offering Parenting Great Kids listeners the opportunity to try them for free. Visit kiwico.com/meg to find out more about their projects for kids!
     
    16:40 – AD – BETTER HELP
    TeenCounseling.com connects your 13 to 19-year-old with a licensed professional counselor right where they spend most of their time, on their smartphone. Simply complete a short questionnaire and you'll be matched with a skilled therapist in TeenCounseling.com’s network of specialists. Then, once you review their credentials and approve, the counselor and your teen will begin communicating directly. Visit TeenCounseling.com/megand help your teen take charge of their mental health. Parenting Great Kids listeners can get 10% off your first month!
     
    17:59 – A CONVERSATION WITH TRACEY LYNN RUSSELL (PART 1)
    Dr. Meeker talks with her guest, Tracey Lynn Russell, about the story of her marriage ending and how God redeemed the story when she re-married her husband.
     
    28:01 – POINTS TO PONDER
    Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about how a divorce affects your family and how you can still be a great pa

    • 36 min
    #102: Parenting A Child With A Birth Defect (with guest Stacey Mandel)

    #102: Parenting A Child With A Birth Defect (with guest Stacey Mandel)

    With the month of March being National Birth Defect Prevention Month, what better interview to conduct than one from a mom that gave birth to a baby with a birth defect. Dr. Meg talks with Stacey Mandel about her daughter who was born at 27 weeks and how she handled having a premature baby and also her feelings about her newborn daughter’s birth defect. Because of an incredible, life-saving injection of pulmonary surfactants (developed with funding provided by the March of Dimes), Stacey’s daughter Maxi was able to survive being born very early and without any lung defects. This conversation is an incredible testament to modern medicine helping provide life in an otherwise hopeless situation. Also in this episode, Dr. Meg will give you her points to ponder that you can start using right away. If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode or on the Meeker Parenting Community page, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to see if your question is featured next!
     
    0:00 – AD – MARCH OF DIMES
    March of Dimes is the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They support research, lead programs, and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, they empower every mom and every family. For more information, visit MarchOfDimes.org/parentinggreatkids!
     
    1:14 – WELCOME
    Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Parenting a Child with a Birth Defect” along with her guest Stacey Mandel and teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.
     
    2:33 – A CONVERSATION WITH STACEY MANDEL (PART 1)
    Dr. Meeker talks with Stacey Mandel about the challenges of giving birth to a premature baby and subsequently managing the fears around birth defects and surgery that helps correct them.
     
    16:50 – AD – MARCH OF DIMES
    March of Dimes is the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They support research, lead programs, and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, they empower every mom and every family. For more information, visit MarchOfDimes.org/parentinggreatkids!
     
    17:49 – A CONVERSATION WITH STACEY MANDEL (PART 2)
    Dr. Meeker talks with Stacey Mandel about the challenges of giving birth to a premature baby and subsequently managing the fears around birth defects and surgery that helps correct them.
     
    32:32 – POINTS TO PONDER
    Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about parenting a child with a birth defect.
     
    35:01 – PARENT PEP RALLY
     
    35:31 – FROM THE PRODUCER
    Thanks for listening to Episode 102, Parenting A Child With A Birth Defect and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than FOUR MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!  
    Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD
     
    Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!
     
    Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!
     
    36:03 – END

    • 35 min
    #101: Fathers In The Field (with guest John Smithbaker)

    #101: Fathers In The Field (with guest John Smithbaker)

    Young boys are growing up every day and will learn what it is to be a man and father from somewhere. More often than it should, the teacher is television programming, music, or a bad example of a man in the young boy’s life. It’s ever more obvious that young boys need someone to look up to and show them what manhood and fatherhood should look like. This is where Dr. Meg’s conversation with John Smithbaker is so important if you have boys in your family or you are a man that feels the call to pour into someone else’s life. Dr. Meeker and John talk about the importance of a “father figure” and how you can be one to a young boy in need. Also in this episode, Dr. Meg will give you her points to ponder that you can start using right away. If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode or on the Meeker Parenting Community page, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to see if your question is featured next!
     
    0:00 – AD – MARCH OF DIMES
    March of Dimes is the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They support research, lead programs, and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, they empower every mom and every family. For more information, visit MarchOfDimes.org/parentinggreatkids!
     
    0:33 – AD – HARD ROCK ALL INCLUSIVE RESORTS
    Book a stay at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana from July 2nd to July 6th, and on July 3rd, the KIDZ BOP Kids will be performing LIVE in concert followed by a meet-and-greet. Your stay will be jam packed with daily activities where kids get to mingle with their favorite KIDZ BOP Kids, with non-stop dance parties, pool parties, and more! For more information visit hardrockhotelpuntacana.com.
     
    1:39 – WELCOME
    Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Fathers In The Field” along with her guest John Smithbaker and teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.
     
    5:06 – A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN SMITHBAKER (PART 1)
    Dr. Meeker talks with founder of Fathers In The Field, John Smithbaker, about the importance of fathers or another strong male figure in the life of a young boy.
     
    21:19 – AD – BETTER HELP
    TeenCounseling.com connects your 13 to 19-year-old with a licensed professional counselor right where they spend most of their time, on their smartphone. Simply complete a short questionnaire and you'll be matched with a skilled therapist in TeenCounseling.com’s network of specialists. Then, once you review their credentials and approve, the counselor and your teen will begin communicating directly. Visit TeenCounseling.com/megand help your teen take charge of their mental health. Parenting Great Kids listeners can get 10% off your first month!
     
    22:32 – AD – MAGIC SPOON
    Magic Spoon is a new cereal company that’s discovered a way to recreate your favorite childhood cereals with 0 sugar, 12 grams of protein, and only 3 net grams of carbs in each serving. Magic Spoon offers 4 flavors based on the all-time classics: Cocoa, Fruity, Frosted, and Blueberry - plus a variety pack that lets you try them all! It’s keto-friendly, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, low carb, and GMO-free, but it tastes so incredible that you (and your kids) would never guess it was healthy. Go to magicspoon.com/MEG to grab a variety pack and try it today, and use promo code MEG at checkout to get free shipping!
     
    24:05 – A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN SMITHBAKER (PART 2)
    Dr. Meeker talks with founder of Fathers In The Field, John Smithbaker, about the importance of fathers or another strong male figure in the life of a young boy.
     
    40:34 – POINTS TO PONDER
    Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about the importance of a great male influence on young boys.
     
    42:34 – PA

    • 43 min
    #100: Fearless Parenting (with teaching segments from Dr. Meeker)

    #100: Fearless Parenting (with teaching segments from Dr. Meeker)

    Whether you are a new parent, about to be a parent “again”, or you have been a parent for more than a decade, there are fears that each of you face as you raise your kids. There’s always a voice in your head that says, “you were too harsh this morning,” or “you were way too lenient this afternoon.” With the increase of social media posts, these days are bombarded with comparisons and perfect photos of perfect families. All of those things add extra stress and play into fears that come up in everyone’s parenting journeys. Dr. Meg knows these fears first-hand, and she wants to help you avoid them or overcome them as much as possible. This episode of the Parenting Great Kids podcast deals with your fears surrounding parenting. She gives you practical advice and tips to not let those fears stop you in your tracks, but to make you a stronger more confident mom or dad. This entire episode is dedicated to Dr. Meeker talking about what it means to engage in fearless parenting. You don’t want to miss this one! If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode or on the Meeker Parenting Community page, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to see if your question is featured next!
     
    0:00 – AD – HARD ROCK ALL INCLUSIVE RESORTS
    Book a stay at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana from July 2nd to July 6th, and on July 3rd, the KIDZ BOP Kids will be performing LIVE in concert followed by a meet-and-greet. Your stay will be jam packed with daily activities where kids get to mingle with their favorite KIDZ BOP Kids, with non-stop dance parties, pool parties, and more! For more information visit hardrockhotelpuntacana.com.
     
    0:39 – AD – MARCH OF DIMES
    March of Dimes is the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They support research, lead programs, and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, they empower every mom and every family. In January 2020, they are observing National Birth Defects Prevention Month. For more information, visit MarchOfDimes.org/parentinggreatkids!
     
    1:44 – WELCOME
    Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Fearless Parenting” and lets her listeners know that the entire episode will be devoted to talking about how to be a fearless parent.
     
    3:59 – A LESSON ON PARENTING FROM DR. MEG MEEKER (PART 1)
    Dr. Meeker takes time to break down a whole host of fears that parents face whether they are new to parenting, becoming a parent “again”, or have been parents for more than a decade. Where ever you are on your parenting journey, fear can cause you trouble if you don’t have ways to move through it and around it.
     
    20:09 – AD – THIRD LOVE
    Using thousands of real women’s measurements, Third Love designs their bras with real sizes and shapes in mind! With their Fit Finder quiz, ThirdLove helps you identify your breast shape and find styles that fit your body in less than a minute! ThirdLove values comfort and quality with straps that don’t slip, ultra-soft smoothing fabrics, and lightweight memory foam. Go to thirdlove.com/meg now to find your perfect fitting bra and receive 15% off your first purchase!
     
    21:29 – AD – BETTER HELP
    TeenCounseling.com connects your 13 to 19-year-old with a licensed professional counselor right where they spend most of their time, on their smartphone. Simply complete a short questionnaire and you'll be matched with a skilled therapist in TeenCounseling.com’s network of specialists. Then, once you review their credentials and approve, the counselor and your teen will begin communicating directly. Visit TeenCounseling.com/megand help your teen take charge of their mental health. Parenting Great Kids listeners can get 10% off your first month!
     
    22:45 – A LES

    • 43 min
    #99: Raising A Strong Daughter (with special guest Dr. Meg Meeker)

    #99: Raising A Strong Daughter (with special guest Dr. Meg Meeker)

    With societal pressures about body image, sexual activity, and inclusion in the “it crowds”, daughters have an increasingly difficult time staying strong these days. Even something as simple as an off-handed comment about you needing to lose weight can shift your daughter’s mindset toward an unhealthy body image. All these pressures can make it difficult for your daughters to stay safe, happy, and healthy. That’s why Dr. Meg wrote the book Raising A Strong Daughter: 11 Steps to Keep Her Safe, Happy and Healthy and is the “guest” in the interview in this episode. Our own Lisbeth Keen asks Dr. Meeker questions about her book that focuses in on the challenges, pressures, and dilemmas facing adolescent and teenage girls today. She also helps you answer the questions about how parents can help shepherd their daughters into womanhood while guarding against today's overwhelming social dangers. Also in this episode, Dr. Meg will give you her points to ponder that you can start using right away. If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to see if your question is featured next!
     
    0:00 – AD – MARCH OF DIMES
    March of Dimes is the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They support research, lead programs, and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, they empower every mom and every family. In January 2020, they are observing National Birth Defects Prevention Month. For more information, visit MarchOfDimes.org/parentinggreatkids!
     
    1:04 – WELCOME
    Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Raising A Strong Daughter”. She also talks about this special episode where she’s being interviewed about the topic of her new book and teases her points to ponder.
     
    2:02 – A CONVERSATION WITH LISBETH KEEN AND DR. MEG MEEKER (PART 1)
    Our own, Lisbeth Keen, interviews Dr. Meeker in this special episode talking about Raising A Strong Daughter and Dr. Meg’s book by the same name.
     
    19:10 – AD – MAGIC SPOON
    Magic Spoon is a new cereal company that’s discovered a way to recreate your favorite childhood cereals with 0 sugar, 12 grams of protein, and only 3 net grams of carbs in each serving. Magic Spoon offers 4 flavors based on the all-time classics: Cocoa, Fruity, Frosted, and Blueberry - plus a variety pack that lets you try them all! It’s keto-friendly, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, low carb, and GMO-free, but it tastes so incredible that you (and your kids) would never guess it was healthy. Go to magicspoon.com/MEG to grab a variety pack and try it today, and use promo code MEG at checkout to get free shipping!
     
    21:19 – AD – BETTER HELP
    TeenCounseling.com connects your 13 to 19-year-old with a licensed professional counselor right where they spend most of their time, on their smartphone. Simply complete a short questionnaire and you'll be matched with a skilled therapist in TeenCounseling.com’s network of specialists. Then, once you review their credentials and approve, the counselor and your teen will begin communicating directly. Visit TeenCounseling.com/megand help your teen take charge of their mental health. Parenting Great Kids listeners can get 10% off your first month!
     
    22:23 – A CONVERSATION WITH LISBETH KEEN AND DR. MEG MEEKER (PART 2)
    Our own, Lisbeth Keen, interviews Dr. Meeker in this special episode talking about Raising A Strong Daughter and Dr. Meg’s book by the same name.
     
    38:34 – PARENTING RESOURCES
    Dr. Meg is announcing her new, upcoming Meeker Parenting Community that you can access right on her website MeekerParenting.com! There will be Facebook Live sessions, mini-courses, and a place where you can ask questions and interact with other parents facing the sa

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Customer Reviews

mej- Molly Johnson ,

Great info for all parents!

Meg puts such amazing parenting advice out there for all. I’m a teacher, not a parent, but this podcast is something that has helped me in my role as a teacher.

@theautismcommunity

SEEKINtheBEST ,

Great interviews- consider changing the interrupting music?

Thank you Dr. meeker for valuable interviews and your fresh optimistic outlook on parenting.

Would you consider changing the way you end your podcast? The last few sentences- usually a power moment for an interviewee-is blocked out by your end music that starts playing during those words. The music is fun, but I wish it would wait so I could feel and hear the power of those ending messages. I have wished this during many interviews. Just a personal preference suggestion.
Thank you again.

2SmithsFPU ,

Episode 100

Congratulations on the milestone. I read “Strong Daughters” while in Punta Cana with my wife. We took our 2 kids to a Hard Rock right before Thanksgiving this year. Now, I’ll have another connection to the podcast! Thank you for what you, and your team, do

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