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Raising kids is tough. Raising adults is tougher. On PrepTalks, we talk with the experts in helping teens and tweens navigate the transition to adulthood to bring you the tools you need to help grow resilient, self-driven, and successful young adults.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

Raising kids is tough. Raising adults is tougher. On PrepTalks, we talk with the experts in helping teens and tweens navigate the transition to adulthood to bring you the tools you need to help grow resilient, self-driven, and successful young adults.

    Michele Borba, Thrivers (020)

    Michele Borba, Thrivers (020)

    On January’s episode of PrepTalks, Ned talks with Michele Borba, expert parenting consultant and the author of 25 books, most recently, Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine (coming out in paperback in March). They dive into Michele’s research into the seven traits — confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism — that allow kids to roll with the punches, navigate our challenging times, and succeed in life. They also discuss the important point that these traits can be taught to children and young adults, and indeed, that it’s essential that parents and educators do teach these skills.


    Follow Ned on Twitter at @nedjohnson and Michele at @micheleborba.

    • 59 min
    Dr. Aviva Legatt, Get Real and Get In (019)

    Dr. Aviva Legatt, Get Real and Get In (019)

    PrepTalks finishes 2021 with a great conversation between Ned and Aviva Legatt talking about the principles behind her new book, Get Real and Get In: How to Get Into the College of Your Dreams by Being Your Authentic Self. Wishing all our listeners Happy Holidays & the best for the new year!

    • 41 min
    Madeline Levine, Ready or Not (018)

    Madeline Levine, Ready or Not (018)

    On November’s episode of PrepTalks, Ned talks with Dr. Madeline Levine, author of several books, most recently, Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World. Ned and Madeline discuss how parents who define success in terms of good grades, test scores, and admissions to elite colleges, and who are determined to shelter children from discomfort and anxiety, are setting future generations up to fail spectacularly. At the same time, they dive into the skills that children will need to remain resilient, confident, and optimistic through rapidly changing and challenging times.


    Follow Ned on Twitter at @nedjohnson and Madeline at @DrMadelineL.

    • 57 min
    Ned Johnson, What Do You Say? (017)

    Ned Johnson, What Do You Say? (017)

    We’ve got a special episode of PrepTalks this month! I’m in the hot seat today, as Katy Dunn, Director of Educational Planning at PrepMatters, interviews me about my new book, “What Do You Say?,” co-authored with Dr. William Stixrud. In “What Do You Say?,” Bill and I offer all sorts of practical advice for parents communicate more effectively with their kids, as we look to help parents raise motivated, resilient children.


    Follow Ned on Twitter at @nedjohnson and Katy at @moxadoodle

    • 45 min
    Michaeleen Doucleff, Hunt, Gather, Parent (016)

    Michaeleen Doucleff, Hunt, Gather, Parent (016)

    On September’s PrepTalks, Ned chats with NPR reporter Michaeleen Doucleff about her recent New York Times bestseller, Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans.


    They discuss what Michaeleen learned by taking her three-year-old daughter to learn parenting strategies from three indigenous communities: the Maya in Yucatán, the Inuit above the Arctic Circle, and the Hadzabe in Tanzania. She talks about finding parenting relationships based on cooperation rather than control, trust instead of fear, and personalized guidance rather than standardized expectations.


    Follow Ned on Twitter at @nedjohnson and Michaeleen at @FoodieScience.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Becky Munsterer Sabky, Valedictorians at the Gate (015)

    Becky Munsterer Sabky, Valedictorians at the Gate (015)

    On the new PrepTalks, Ned Johnson chats with Becky Munsterer Sabky about her brand-new book, Valedictorians at the Gate, an indispensable guide for parents & students applying to college – and staying sane in the process.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Real Helpful, Ryan ,

Great Guests. Great Host. Important Topics.

As parents, I think the pandemic has put what we value in our children’s education, behavior, and mental health into sharp focus. Ned Johnson’s curiosity and sincerity in helping kids to thrive is clear in his book and in this new podcast. I look forward to hearing more and suspect it’ll only get better.

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