100 episodes

Parenting Understood is a podcast aimed at helping parents become more confident and relaxed in their parenting. We explore the current research on different parenting and child development topics and break it down into an easy to understand, relatable content. We know there is an abundance of information out there which can make it feel overwhelming. Maybe trying to determine what’s fact vs opinion makes you want to bury your head in the sand. Let us help you find and understand the evidence based resources you need, to feel more confident in the choices you make as parents. Join us each week to get a breakdown of the current research and let us guide you to becoming a more confident and relaxed parent, able to provide the sensitive and responsive care your child needs.

Parenting Understood Erin O'Connor and Michelle Tangeman

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 41 Ratings

Parenting Understood is a podcast aimed at helping parents become more confident and relaxed in their parenting. We explore the current research on different parenting and child development topics and break it down into an easy to understand, relatable content. We know there is an abundance of information out there which can make it feel overwhelming. Maybe trying to determine what’s fact vs opinion makes you want to bury your head in the sand. Let us help you find and understand the evidence based resources you need, to feel more confident in the choices you make as parents. Join us each week to get a breakdown of the current research and let us guide you to becoming a more confident and relaxed parent, able to provide the sensitive and responsive care your child needs.

    Ep. 29 [Revisited] - Self-Regulation With Dr. Clancy Blair

    Ep. 29 [Revisited] - Self-Regulation With Dr. Clancy Blair

    We are thrilled to be re-releasing our episode with Dr. Clancy Blair as part of our four week back to school series before our reflection on the past 100 plus episodes in two weeks. Dr. Blair is a developmental psychologist and Professor at New York University, who studies self-regulation in young children. His primary interest concerns the development of cognitive abilities, referred to as executive functions, and the ways in which these aspects of cognition are important for school readiness and early school achievement. He is also interested in the development and evaluation of preschool and elementary school curricula designed to promote executive functions as a means of preventing school failure. Prior to coming to NYU, Blair spent ten years as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. 
     
    Dr. Blair spoke with us regarding self-regulation, and the different stages that can be expected in children as they age from infants to adolescents. We also explored the ways in which the environment can impact self-regulation, and how parents can utilize different strategies for trying to best promote positive self-regulation.
     
    If you would like to learn more about the work of Dr. Blair, you can visit his Google Scholar page at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=duCRaqgAAAAJ&hl=en

    • 16 min
    Ep. 90 [Revisited] - How to Build a Balanced Plate: Successfully Tackling Selective Eating in Children with Success with Dr. Holly Gover

    Ep. 90 [Revisited] - How to Build a Balanced Plate: Successfully Tackling Selective Eating in Children with Success with Dr. Holly Gover

    In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Holly Gover, a board-certified behavior analyst with extensive experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Gover, currently a faculty member in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, joins us to tackle a common concern for parents: picky eaters.
    Dr. Gover shares valuable insights on how to encourage children to try new foods in a relaxed and enjoyable manner, empowering them to feel in control of their eating choices. We also explore the warning signs that may indicate the presence of an eating disorder and discuss the pressures faced by parents when preparing meals for their children and families.
    Delving deeper, we uncover three essential techniques: creating a culture of trying, increasing exposure to diverse foods, and avoiding mealtime battles. These strategies serve as powerful tools for parents seeking to overcome the challenges of picky eating and to foster healthier eating habits in their children.
    Join us for this discussion that empowers parents with practical advice and effective approaches to navigate the world of picky eaters, ultimately creating a positive mealtime experience for the entire family.
     
    To learn more about Michelle’s Pocket Parent membership, please visit https://www.thrivingtoddler.com/pocketparent
    You can reach out to Dr. Gover by contacting her at holly.gover@vumc.org or by visiting her webpage at https://pediatrics.vumc.org/person/holly-c-gover-phd-bcba-d

    • 49 min
    Ep. 83 [Revisited] - The Fifth Trimester with Lauren Brody

    Ep. 83 [Revisited] - The Fifth Trimester with Lauren Brody

    In this episode, we are joined by Lauren Smith-Brody, founder of the Fifth Trimester movement and the author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby. We discuss with Lauren how her work addresses the research and policy around early parenthood, as well as the practical. Lauren speaks about how her work dissects the systems that drive the inequities that make new motherhood, and especially new employed motherhood, so challenging, and her mission to recruit others to speak up about caregivers in their workplace and their needs. Lauren addresses the parallels between infants’ fourth trimester and mothers’ fifth trimester. She further talks about child care, especially in regards to thinking about how one gets comfortable with one’s decision about care, and how decisions are made. We further talk about the roles of ambivalence and agency in parenting. Lauren also speaks about her current work around rights and caregivers in the workforce. 
     
    For more information on Lauren please visit: 
    http://www.thefifthtrimester.com/founder
     
    For more information on Chambers of Mothers please visit:
    https://www.chamberofmothers.com/

    • 41 min
    Ep. 123 - How to Have Difficult Conversations with Children

    Ep. 123 - How to Have Difficult Conversations with Children

    In this episode, we discuss 9 key principles to consider when having conversations with children around difficult topics, such as illness. We discuss ways to be developmentally appropriate with one’s approach, especially for younger children. In addition, we talk about supports to consider when having these conversations, and the importance of gearing one’s approach towards one’s own child’s needs. 
     
    Resources:
    Talking to Children about Cancer 
    Talking to Children about Mental Illness 
    Talking to Children about Death
     

    • 20 min
    Ep. 122 - Imagining Childhood: Navigating the World of Young Minds with Dr. Paul Harris

    Ep. 122 - Imagining Childhood: Navigating the World of Young Minds with Dr. Paul Harris

    In this episode we are joined by Harvard Professor, Dr. Paul Harris, to delve into the intricate world of children's imagination and its developmental significance. Drawing on his research, Dr. Harris challenges historical views, notably those of Freud and Piaget, highlighting the pragmatic value of children's imaginative play. He shares experiments involving young children's responses to pretend scenarios, revealing their sophisticated understanding and application of imagination in everyday situations. Moreover, Dr. Harris explores children's willingness to believe in unseen phenomena, shedding light on the role of trust, consensus, and attachment in shaping their perceptions. Throughout the discussion, Dr. Harris provides practical insights and thought-provoking reflections, offering a deeper understanding of child development and the dynamics of parent-child interactions.
     
    To learn more about Dr. Harris and his research please visit his website Dr. Paul Harris.
     

    • 28 min
    Ep. 121 - Unlocking Children’s Creativity through Computer Programming

    Ep. 121 - Unlocking Children’s Creativity through Computer Programming

    In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Felienne Hermans to delve into the world of programming and its significance in children's development. We explore why programming is vital for children, emphasizing their shift from being digital consumers to creators. Felienne underscores the importance of fostering creativity in the digital realm, highlighting how programming empowers children to craft their own digital creations.
    Felienne also offers insights into age-appropriate programming activities. Moreover, she addresses common misconceptions about programming and offers practical advice for parents looking to engage their children in coding. She stresses the value of choosing activities aligned with children's interests, whether it's art, storytelling, or gaming.
    Felienne also encourages parents to embrace learning alongside their children, emphasizing the importance of modeling curiosity and resilience.
    To learn more about Dr. Hermans and her coding program, please visit her website https://www.felienne.com/ and https://www.hedycode.com/
     

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

kristen j.m. ,

Becoming a critical consumer

Parenting Understood is an accessible, informative, and easy to take in resource in all things parenting! Erin and Michelle are trustworthy experts committed to communicating the research behind practices, and offer examples of how these practices work in real life. Highly recommend!

rebeccasilver68 ,

Insightful

I find the best advice comes from people who have walked in your shoes which is what these two ladies are giving us. Plus moms are the best researchers on the planet when it comes to their kids so I trust what I heard. Awesome!

Howards0104 ,

Audio Quality

Love the podcast but the audio quality makes it difficult to listen too!

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