59 episodes

I’m Dr. Cara Goodwin, child psychologist and mom of three.

Parents, here’s the problem. We face questions each moment of the day about what is best for our children but we lack the time to research each and every question we face. My primary goal is to get research-backed information into your hands that is accurate, relevant, and helpful.

As a parent of four young kids, I am definitely “in it” myself. Parenting Translator is where we share all the research that is important to me as a psychologist and mom and explain it in an unbiased way that can change your life and your kids’ lives today.

Parenting Translator Dr. Cara Goodwin

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 27 Ratings

I’m Dr. Cara Goodwin, child psychologist and mom of three.

Parents, here’s the problem. We face questions each moment of the day about what is best for our children but we lack the time to research each and every question we face. My primary goal is to get research-backed information into your hands that is accurate, relevant, and helpful.

As a parent of four young kids, I am definitely “in it” myself. Parenting Translator is where we share all the research that is important to me as a psychologist and mom and explain it in an unbiased way that can change your life and your kids’ lives today.

    Puberty Has Changed. How to Talk About It, with Puberty Podcast's Dr. Cara Natterson and Vanessa Kroll-Bennett

    Puberty Has Changed. How to Talk About It, with Puberty Podcast's Dr. Cara Natterson and Vanessa Kroll-Bennett

    Let's talk about the awkwardness of puberty. Things have changed since we were going through it, and most of us want to be much more open with our children than our parents are with us.  
    But how do we do that without confusing them further or embarrassing them?
    Today, we're joined by Dr. Cara Natterson and Vanessa Kroll-Bennett from the Puberty Podcast to discuss the importance of open communication, using accurate terminology, and teaching kids about consent. We also highlight the impact of social media on body image and self-perception during puberty, and the need for critical thinking and parental involvement. 
    The modern puberty experience is unquestionably different, and this episode will help guide you through it.
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    Dr. Cara Natterson is a pediatrician, popular speaker, consultant, and New York Times bestselling author of multiple parenting and health books, including The Care and Keeping of You, a three-book series with more than six million copies in print, and Guy Stuff, the corollary for boys. Vanessa Kroll-Bennett is a bestselling author, puberty educator, and podcaster who helps adults navigate uncertainty while supporting the kids they love. Together they host the Puberty Podcast and wrote This Is So Awkward: Modern Puberty Explained.
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    Parenting Translator is hosted by Dr. Cara Goodwin and is produced by Earfluence.
    Dr. Cara Goodwin, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and mother to three children who "translates" research on parenting and child development into information that is accurate, relevant, and useful to parents.

    • 39 min
    Transitioning from Crib to Bed

    Transitioning from Crib to Bed

    Even though I've been through the crib to toddler bed transition three times, I'm still a little anxious about how it will go and the prospect of not sleeping for a week or maybe even more. Yikes!
    Many parents wonder when is the best time to make the switch, and what's even normal when it comes to the transition process.
    Let's find out what the research tells us!
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    Parenting Translator is hosted by Dr. Cara Goodwin and is produced by Earfluence.
    Dr. Cara Goodwin, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and mother to three children who "translates" research on parenting and child development into information that is accurate, relevant, and useful to parents.

    • 8 min
    Aliza Pressman and the Five Core Principles of Parenting

    Aliza Pressman and the Five Core Principles of Parenting

    Today we're discussing the five core principles of parenting: relationship, reflection, regulation, rules, and repair. 
    How can these principles positively impact your child's development? And how do we think about them to raise resilient children?
    Dr. Aliza Pressman is a developmental psychologist with over fifteen years of experience working with families. She's the host of the Raising Good Humans Podcast, and author of The Five Principles of Parenting: Your Essential Guide to Raising Good Humans.
    [00:00:02] How do we embrace mistakes, bounce back, and learn?[00:04:27] Simplifying parenting science for easier decisions.[00:09:23] Five principles of parenting: relationship, reflection, regulation, rules, and repair.[00:13:58] Summarizing Aliza's new book, and the importance of boundaries, limit setting, and repair in parenting to raise resilient and good humans.[00:18:17] What is a good human?[00:22:51] Brain architecture and stress[00:27:10] Perfect parenting is detrimental to children.[00:32:51] Social media amplifies parenting pressures.------
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    Parenting Translator is hosted by Dr. Cara Goodwin and is produced by Earfluence.
    Dr. Cara Goodwin, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and mother to three children who "translates" research on parenting and child development into information that is accurate, relevant, and useful to parents.

    • 47 min
    What It Means to Be Smart, with Dr. Rina Bliss

    What It Means to Be Smart, with Dr. Rina Bliss

    Today we welcome Dr. Rina Bliss to discuss the concept of intelligence and learning, and how parents can reframe their thinking to focus on children's individual strengths.  
    We go over questions such as: 
    Is intelligence is fixed and inherited?  How much does environment factor in? How can we reduce stress in the learning environmentShould we avoid telling our children that they're smart?And how should we think about grades and standardized tests?Dr. Rina Bliss is a science technology and policy analyst, social justice advocate, and author of Rethinking Intelligence: A Radical New Understanding of Our Human Potential.
    [00:00:02] Rethinking intelligence: Is smartness fixed?[00:05:23] DNA and learning from environment.[00:10:11] Connected learning through play.[00:14:40] Brain growth through love, learning, and growth mindset.[00:20:25] Does fixed intelligence harm kids?[00:24:32] Promoting mindfulness and growth mindset in schools.[00:29:43] Opting out of testing?[00:33:57] Rejecting the fixed intelligence model in education[00:38:56] Reducing stress to optimize learning.[00:43:03] Celebrating neurodiverse learning------
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    Parenting Translator is hosted by Dr. Cara Goodwin and is produced by Earfluence.
    Dr. Cara Goodwin, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and mother to three children who "translates" research on parenting and child development into information that is accurate, relevant, and useful to parents.

    • 48 min
    Santa Claus: A Fun Holiday Tradition or a Harmful Lie?

    Santa Claus: A Fun Holiday Tradition or a Harmful Lie?

    Is Santa Claus a fun holiday tradition or a harmful lie?
    Critics of Santa argue that using a fictional character to judge behavior and the idea of a naughty and nice list is not only ineffective, but moreover teaches children to behave only to avoid being on the naughty list. And this messaging may even have a negative impact on children in the longterm.
    Many parents are worried. So what does the research tell us? Does Santa encourage good behavior? Is it lying to encourage a belief in Santa? Will children be upset when they find out the truth? And can parents encourage children to believe for longer?
    Let's find out! ------
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    Parenting Translator is hosted by Dr. Cara Goodwin and is produced by Earfluence.
    Dr. Cara Goodwin, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and mother to three children who "translates" research on parenting and child development into information that is accurate, relevant, and useful to parents.

    • 17 min
    Autonomy Supportive Parenting, with Dr. Emily Edlynn

    Autonomy Supportive Parenting, with Dr. Emily Edlynn

    Today, Dr. Cara Goodwin and Dr. Emily Edlynn discuss the concept of autonomy supportive parenting - a style of parenting based on the idea of three fundamental needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. It involves strategies such as taking a child's perspective, using empathy, giving choices, and involving decision making.
    Can this style reduce stress in the home and help children build resilience?
    Dr. Emily Edlynn is a clinical psychologist and practicing therapist, and author of Autonomy-Supportive Parenting. [00:00:02] Mindful parenting to reduce stress.[00:01:53] Nurture children with autonomy support.[00:04:33] Nurture child's autonomy, competence, relatedness.[00:06:24] Autonomy supportive parenting reduces stress.[00:08:38] Empathize, explain, connect to values.[00:10:45] Empowering child choice, not fear.[00:12:54] Autonomy-supportive parenting: six words[00:15:27] Empathetic parents struggle with controlling kids.[00:17:48] Building resilience through trust.[00:20:16] Unconditional love, making mistakes is okay------
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    Parenting Translator is hosted by Dr. Cara Goodwin and is produced by Earfluence.
    Dr. Cara Goodwin, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and mother to three children who "translates" research on parenting and child development into information that is accurate, relevant, and useful to parents.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Verenazhang ,

Helpful!

I love research-based and evidence-based parenting tips!! I also enjoy the way she delivers those information. Very clear and efficient.

Bryn.Geisel ,

Great research and solid morale-boost!

Listened to the podcast last night and loved how reassuring it was! Honestly, I like BLF, but I do feel like I fall short of gentle parenting because usually when THEY are disregulated, *I* am also disregulated, and it’s hard to validate and maintain my composure during hard moments. I’m going to go back and listen to your podcast about time-outs to see if that might be a good option when everyone is feeling out-of-sorts. Thanks for this post!!!

cooldude12123213 ,

Full of lots of detailed information!

I really enjoyed this podcast. Dr. Goodwin goes very in-depth, explaining not only the process of baby-led weaning and its effects, but even its history and controversy! I have recently followed Dr. Goodwin on multiple platforms, and I have to say that her research is always not only thorough, but also unbiased and free of judgment! Give her a chance if you haven’t already!

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