parenting http://wamc.org en "Rescuing Julia Twice" By Tina Traster http://wamc.org/post/rescuing-julia-twice-tina-traster <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In her new book, <em>Rescuing Julia Twice</em>, <a href="http://www.juliaandme.com/">Tina Traster</a> tells foreign-adoption story - from dealing with the bleak landscape and inscrutable adoption handlers in Siberia, to her feelings of inexperience and ambivalence at being a new mother in her early forties, to her growing realization over months then years that something was “not quite right” with her daughter, Julia, who remained cold and emotionally detached.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92969 at http://wamc.org "Rescuing Julia Twice" By Tina Traster "The Myth Of The Spoiled Child" By Alfie Kohn http://wamc.org/post/myth-spoiled-child-alfie-kohn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Parents are accused of being both permissive and overprotective, unwilling to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. Young people, meanwhile, are routinely described as entitled and narcissistic...among other unflattering adjectives.</p><p>In <em>The Myth of the Spoiled Child</em>, <a href="http://www.alfiekohn.org/index.php">Alfie Kohn</a> systematically debunks these beliefs--not only challenging erroneous factual claims but also exposing the troubling ideology that underlies them. Complaints about pushover parents and coddled kids are hardly new, he shows, and there is no evidence that either phenomenon is especially widespread today--let alone more common than in previous generations.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90816 at http://wamc.org "The Myth Of The Spoiled Child" By Alfie Kohn Listener Essay - Folding Laundry http://wamc.org/post/listener-essay-folding-laundry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Pamela Ethington is a writer who divides her time between Syracuse, where her home is, and Woodstock, N.Y., where her heart is. Her work has been published in New Millenium Writings. She is a student of author Martha Frankel in Woodstock.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Pamela Ethington 87353 at http://wamc.org Listener Essay - Folding Laundry Mayim's Vegan Table http://wamc.org/post/mayims-vegan-table <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>While she's an actress (<em>Blossom</em>, <em>The Big Bang Theory</em>) with a PhD in neuroscience, at the end of the day Mayim Bialik is a mom, one who knows what it's like to be a busy parent with little time to spend in the kitchen.</p><p>She shares the concerns of parents everywhere: when it comes to nutrition and feeding your family, you want healthy meals, but also food that everyone—kids and parents—can enjoy, and a balanced lifestyle that's inexpensive and fuss-free.</p><p><em>Mayim's Vegan Table</em> share more than 100 easy plant-based recipes for dishes that are as good to eat as they are good for you.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87252 at http://wamc.org Mayim's Vegan Table "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty" By Dave Barry http://wamc.org/post/you-can-date-boys-when-youre-forty-dave-barry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In his <em>New York Times</em>–bestselling <em>I’ll Mature When I’m Dead</em>, <a href="http://www.davebarry.com/">Dave Barry</a> embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.</p><p>In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating to funeral instructions, the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em>, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84984 at http://wamc.org "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty" By Dave Barry “Free Spirit: Growing Up On The Road And Off The Grid” By Joshua Safran http://wamc.org/post/free-spirit-growing-road-and-grid-joshua-safran <p>When <a href="http://www.jsafran.com">Joshua Safran </a>was four years old, his mother--determined to protect him from the threats of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan--took to the open road with her young son, leaving the San Francisco countercultural scene behind. Together they embarked on a journey to find a utopia they could call home.</p><p>In&nbsp;<em>Free Spirit: Growing Up On The Road And Off The Grid</em>, Safran tells the harrowing, yet wryly funny story of his childhood chasing this perfect life off the grid--and how they survived the imperfect one they found instead.</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 75973 at http://wamc.org “Free Spirit: Growing Up On The Road And Off The Grid” By Joshua Safran The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition http://wamc.org/post/read-aloud-handbook-seventh-edition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today’s children are glued not only to the television set, but to tablets, computers, and other electronic devices. Millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim </span>Trelease’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> beloved classic to help countless children become avid readers and to improve their language skills.</span></p><p>There is an updated edition of <em>The Read-Aloud Handbook</em> that discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 72038 at http://wamc.org The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition "The Spark" by Kristine Barnett http://wamc.org/post/spark-kristine-barnett <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks.</p><p>But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69427 at http://wamc.org "The Spark" by Kristine Barnett "Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors and High Explosives" http://wamc.org/post/raising-cubby-father-and-sons-adventures-aspergers-trains-tractors-and-high-explosives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>John Elder Robison joins us to talk about his moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son. His new book is: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307884848/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0307884848&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0307884848" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59671 at http://wamc.org "Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors and High Explosives" "The Heavy" by Dara-Lynn Weiss http://wamc.org/post/heavy-dara-lynn-weiss <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When a doctor pronounced Dara-Lynn Weiss’s daughter Bea obese at age seven, the mother of two knew she had to take action. But how could a woman with her own food and body issues—not to mention spotty eating habits—successfully parent a little girl around the issue of obesity?</p><p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 56333 at http://wamc.org "The Heavy" by Dara-Lynn Weiss