15 episodes

“Reaching Roots” is a podcast for parents that provides ideas and insights to improve the lives of your children and family. On this show, we talk to parenting experts, leaders, and people who inspire us through solutions and education to help you and your children learn and grow. Reaching Roots is a metaphor for continuing to grow and reach further.

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“Reaching Roots” is a podcast for parents that provides ideas and insights to improve the lives of your children and family. On this show, we talk to parenting experts, leaders, and people who inspire us through solutions and education to help you and your children learn and grow. Reaching Roots is a metaphor for continuing to grow and reach further.

    Fourteen Talks by Age 14

    Fourteen Talks by Age 14

    Parents struggle to how to talk to their Tweens and Teens about thorny topics like friends, sex, money, hygiene,  privilege and more.    In this episode, Michelle Icard provides practical approaches and tools on how and when to have these with your kids and steer clear of landmines that shut down the conversation.   

    Michelle Icard in the author of her new book FOURTEEN TALKS BY AGE FOURTEEN and Middle School Makeover.   She is a member of the TODAY show parenting team, NBC News Learn and her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Time, and People.

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    • 39 min
    Create Resilient Kids Through Failure

    Create Resilient Kids Through Failure

    Over-parenting has the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine their education. Parents who rush to school to deliver forgotten assignments, challenge teachers on report cards, interfere in children’s friendships and on the playing field, might be depriving their kids of important life skills.

    In this episode Jessica Lahey talks about how parents can step back from their instincts and embrace their children’s failure. She provides advice for handling everyday school & social situations and how, by letting our children fail, we can set them up to succeed.

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    • 49 min
    Help Your Kids Overcome Procrastination

    Help Your Kids Overcome Procrastination

    Do your kids wait until the night before to do their homework?  Students don’t procrastinate because they are lazy, but instead due to deeper issues of fear and difficulty.   Procrastination can become a bad habit - the more we defer action, the more apprehensive we become, the less we accomplish.  For your kids, this can start a cycle of low self-confidence that sabotages their success in school and life.   In this Episode Leslie Josel, author of “How to Do it Now Because it’s Not Going Away” dives into the deeper issues on why your child procrastinates and ways for them to focus and get stuff done.

    Leslie Josel is an ADHD-academic, parenting coach, award-winning author and a columnist for ADDtitude Magazine and recognized as a top 20 Time Management expert in the world.  

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    • 45 min
    Teach Your Child Physical Literacy

    Teach Your Child Physical Literacy

    Today, our 'digitally distracted' way of life creates social disconnect, poor mental health, obesity and unhappiness.  Basic movement skills, like jumping, running, skipping, throwing are difficult activities for some kids they don’t know how to move. This adds to issues of increased screen time and decreased outdoor free play.  In this episode Melanie, talks to us about going beyond physical fitness and developing Physical Literacy in our children, which is a combination of motivation, confidence, and physical competence to be active.

    Melanie Levenberg is an author, teacher and expert in children’s fitness.    In 2020 alone, over 1 million kids participated in PL3Y fitness programs that follow 3 rules: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself.



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    • 49 min
    Celebrations In A Today's Pandemic Striken World

    Celebrations In A Today's Pandemic Striken World

    Dawn Lopez is the owner of Cutefetti, an award-winning blog with over 300,000 community members. Cutefetti provides practical resources that inspire and help families celebrate life’s most important occasions.

    People who cultivate a daily attitude of celebration and gratitude are happier.  In a pandemic year - your birthdays, thanksgiving and other occasions were very different.  Who knew that large family get-togethers & group celebrations would be a risk to our health?  Online or physical – celebrations involve stresses of finding resources, coming up with ideas, figuring out online platforms, shopping, baking and gifting. 

    In this episode, Dawn Lopez gives us ideas and time saving shortcuts for pandemic celebrations.

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    • 33 min
    Has your Marriage Taken a Backseat to Work, Kids & Life?

    Has your Marriage Taken a Backseat to Work, Kids & Life?

    Monica Tanner is a relationship and intimacy expert.  She helps couples strengthen their marriages given the challenges of work, kids and life.  There are lots of ups and downs in a marriage and sometimes it is too much.  A study at the University of California at Berkeley found that after children, couples' marital satisfaction declines and there is a gradual increase of conflict, negatively affecting kids.  As children grow, there is a cumulative erosion of satisfaction over time.   Complicating this further are the demands of work, business and everyday life that may leave you feeling guilty, unsupported by your spouse or resentful.

    In this episode, we talk to Monica about how you can navigate these, work on your marriage, make it wonderful, feel better and make your children thrive.  Monica  says “It's easier than you might think..."

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    • 49 min

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