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Parenting Smarts! We need them, and sometimes we feel them. Our host, MaryRuth Hackett, is a mom of four with a doctorate in educational psychology, specializing in child development. Parenting Smarts blends together the science of child development and the realities of family life.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 91 Ratings

Parenting Smarts! We need them, and sometimes we feel them. Our host, MaryRuth Hackett, is a mom of four with a doctorate in educational psychology, specializing in child development. Parenting Smarts blends together the science of child development and the realities of family life.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe, download, and share with the people you know who could use some Parenting Smarts!

    50: Baby Brains

    50: Baby Brains

    Newborns might not be able to do much physically, but their brains are working nonstop! What parents do during this critical time is so important for their healthy development. Missy Powers joins MaryRuth to help us understand baby brains and how we can nurture healthy growth. Spoiler alert: screens are bad.

    Parenting Smarts blends together the science of child development and the realities of family life. We hope it helps you.

    • 49 min
    49: Teens

    49: Teens

    Navigating the teen years is not easy! Their brains are reorganizing, they are trying to figure out who they are, and sometimes making poor decisions. MaryRuth explores how teen brains work and provides tips for parents in dealing with teens.

    Parenting Smarts blends together the science of child development and the realities of family life. We hope it helps you. Be sure to subscribe, download, and share with other people you know who could use some Parenting Smarts!

    • 56 min
    48: Prayer

    48: Prayer

    Growing in relationship with God takes effort. Prayer takes effort and discipline. Katie Prejean-McGrady joins MaryRuth to talk about practical ways to cultivate fruitful prayer for ourselves and our children.

    Parenting Smarts blends together the science of child development and the realities of family life. We hope it helps you. Be sure to subscribe, download, and share with other people you know who could use some Parenting Smarts!

    • 32 min
    47: Nutrition

    47: Nutrition

    Our bodies are temples, let's get better at taking care of them. Kelli Shallal joins MaryRuth to discuss nutrition; how to make good food choices for ourselves and our children. It's a refreshing look at how to approach food, choose language about food and examine attitudes about food.

    Parenting Smarts blends together the science of child development and the realities of family life. We hope it helps you. people you know who could use some Parenting Smarts!

    • 51 min
    46: Potty Training

    46: Potty Training

    It's a messy job, but we all have to do it. Getting rid of diapers is worth it! Every child starts at their own time, but usually complete it around the same age. MaryRuth helps us understand how to know when your child is ready. She gives us some tips on making a successful transition.

    Parenting Smarts blends together the science of child development and the realities of family life. We hope it helps you.

    • 24 min
    45: Anxiety

    45: Anxiety

    Many of us have experienced some level of anxiety, especially in 2020. MaryRuth and Maraeca Butler explore the brain, what anxiety looks like. Find out how to recognize signs of anxiety and how to help your kids.

    Parenting Smarts blends together the science of child development and the realities of family life. We hope it helps you. Be sure to subscribe, download, and share with other people you know who could use some Parenting Smarts!

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

brun.hanna ,

Full of Tips and Insights!

This is a great podcast that covers a variety of topics with great guests that bring valuable insights and tips. Thank you so much and keep up the great work!!

hayleylily ,

Wealth of tips and engaging discussion

A friend turned me onto this podcast last year and I immediately listened to every episode I could. Such a wondering guide to have in these developing years with kids. Thank you for this beloved podcast!

RA CLE ,

Keeping things real

Practical and relevant parenting advise keeping us focused on what matters. With 3 kids grown amd two still at home, this podcast is helping me parent my kids better. Can’t wait to share with my husband. Thank you thank you thank you!

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