Wonder of Parenting - A Brain-Science Approach to Parenting

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Wouldn’t it be great if your child came with an owner’s manual? A how-to book on how to raise your child? And if your child came with such a manual, wouldn’t it be helpful to have someone walk you through it, making that owner’s manual come alive? Michael Gurian and Tim Wright serve as your guides through what they believe is the owner’s manual for your child: Your child’s brain. While the brain doesn’t tell the whole story, it does offer a treasure trove of insights into your son or daughter. Michael and Tim each have over 30 years of experience using brain science research, best-practices, and their own experiences as dads in helping parents read, understand, and implement the gift of your child’s brain, the built-in how-to manual that will help you enjoy the wonder of parenting.

Episode Date
Racism and Your Child

Tim asks Michael for advice on how to talk with our children about the images they are seeing on TV around racism.  (End at 21:12 or so where Michael says…solved at a community level)

Jul 06, 2020
Listener Question: Reconciling with Kids

A mom is wondering how she can reconnect with her two step children.

Jun 29, 2020
Listener Question: Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety

A mom is concerned she will pass her anxiety disorder on to her son.

Jun 22, 2020
Listener Question: When Daddy Comes Home From Deployment
Mom asks how to help her daughter transition to dad’s return from Iraq after being gone for a year.
Jun 15, 2020
Listener Question: The Closed Off Child
A mother writes about the challenges they’re deal with concerning their 10 year old son, especially his on-going frustrations and lack of willingness to talk about them or deal with them.
Jun 08, 2020
Why is the Y so Vulnerable?

60-70% of all Covid 19 deaths are male. Michael and Tim look at the unique fragilities of the Y chromosome and strategies for building resiliency in our sons.

Jun 01, 2020
Education, Your Child, and the New Normal

Michael and Tim look at the disruption of Covid 19 and how to navigate the education of our kids through it.

May 25, 2020
Listener Question: My Niece is a Handful

An Aunt writes in about behaviors she’s concerned about in her young niece.

May 18, 2020
Listener Question: The Sensitive Son

A mom writes about the conflict between her “doesn’t do feelings” husband and their overly emotional son.

May 11, 2020
Listener Question: Personality or Trauma?
A Grandmother writes about a trauma her granddaughter experienced at two weeks of age and wonders if that might have affected the granddaughter’s personality.
May 04, 2020
Special: How to Keep Your Kids Brains Engaged while Sheltered in Home

Michael and Tim discuss healthy brain habits for kids while sheltered in home.

Apr 27, 2020
Special: How to Keep Parents Sane while Sheltered in Home

Tim asks Michael for practical ideas on how to keep sane as adults, as parents, and as couples. 

Apr 20, 2020
Listener Question: How Do I Talk to My Kids About Substance Abuse

The writer lost her brother to Meth many years ago and now, raising her own kids, wants advice on how to help them make wise decision about drugs.

Apr 13, 2020
Listener Question: What Do I Tell My Son about His Dad?

A single mom asks this question as she anticipates her son, whose biological dad is not and has never been in the picture, asking it of her one day.

Apr 06, 2020
Listener Question: Sibling Rivalries or Sibling Friendships

A mom writes to ask how she can her 3 year adjust to her soon to be new sibling and how to help them get along as they grow.

Mar 30, 2020
Listener Question—Motivating a 6th Grader to Learn

A 6th grader loves to read and play, but has a hard time motivating himself in school.

Mar 23, 2020
Special Edition: Talking to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

Tim asks Michael about how we can help our kids navigate this pandemic.

Mar 18, 2020
Listener Question—School Meltdowns

A mom writes to ask why her son might be having meltdowns in school when at home he always seems perfectly fine.

Mar 16, 2020
Neurotoxins, Your Child, and Your Child’s Brain

Neurotoxins are everywhere. Tim asks Michael what they are, what they do to our brains, and how we can protect our children from them.

Mar 09, 2020
Listener Question: Separation Anxiety

A listener from Germany writes to ask about navigating separation issues at school and in other areas of life.

Mar 02, 2020
Helping Boys Thrive

While lots of attention and resources are directed to helping out girls thrive, our boys are greatly underserved. Michael and Tim talk about the challenges our boys face and a way to rally local communities to address the issues of boys and girls.

Feb 24, 2020
Listener Question: My Brain Made Me Do It!

A 3 year old is wrestling with impulse control and blames his brain. Michael and Tim dig into the brain science to talk about how to help our kids manage their impulses as they grow into adults.

Feb 17, 2020
Listener Question: How to Help My Parents Better Understand their Grandchildren

The listener wants to know what insights she can pass on to her parents about her daughters and son and help grandma and grandpa better connect.

Feb 10, 2020
Listener Question: Sleep!

The mom of a one year old wants advice on how to get her child to sleep through the night. Michael and Tim expand the question to look at the sleep needs of kids through adolescence…and the sleep needs of parents.

Feb 03, 2020
Listener Question: The Best School for Boys

An expectant mom is already thinking about the best school for her soon to be born son.

Jan 27, 2020
Listener Question: How to talk about Death and Suicide with Kids

The listener wants to know how to talk about Grandpa’s suicide with her young children.

Jan 20, 2020
Listener Question: Boy, Girls, and Pornography

 Michael and Tim look at the effects of pornography on a boy’s brain and the legal issues surrounding online porn when it comes to our boys and girls

Jan 13, 2020
Listener Question: Raising Boys in a Gay Household.

Two dads are looking to adopt sons and have questions about how raising their sons in a Gay Household.

Jan 06, 2020
Listeners Questions: The Three Year Old Wrecking Ball and the “Color Blind” Grandson

These two questions focus on harnessing the energy of boys, one with lots of physical energy, the other with energy expressed through humor.

Dec 30, 2019
Nurturing Generosity in Your Kids

Michael and Tim look at the science of generosity and offer practical strategies for nurturing a generous spirit in our children.

Dec 23, 2019
Nurturing Generosity in Your Kids

Michael and Tim look at the science of generosity and offer practical strategies for nurturing a generous spirit in our children.

Dec 23, 2019
Listeners Questions: The New Mom and Nature vs. Nurture

 A new mom wants advice on how to raise her new son and another mom wants to know how to discern inborn traits vs. learned behavior.

Dec 16, 2019
Santa and Other Imaginary Friends

Michael looks at the power of imagination in our kids and Tim asks if it’s ok to foster a belief in Santa.

Dec 09, 2019
Listeners Questions - Boundaries and Inner Strength

Michael and Tim take on two questions one having to do with boundary setting and the other with a daughter who seemingly needs more inner strength.

Dec 02, 2019
Building Gratitude in Your Kids

Michael and Tim look at the science behind gratitude and how it can set up your child for a good life.

Nov 25, 2019
Listener Questions: Empowering a Daughter and The Independent Preschooler

The first question deals with a young daughter who doesn’t seem to stand up for herself with her friends. The second question is about a very independent Preschooler who struggles with boundaries.

Nov 18, 2019
Listener Questions: Parental Social Media Use and the Boy who Reads too Much

A parent writes in wondering about the impact parental use of social media can have on kids and a mom is concerned that her son might be reading too much.

Nov 11, 2019
Listener Questions: The Teen who Won’t Study and Language Immersion

Michael and Tim respond to the family who are struggling to get their teen son to study and to the mom who’s wondering about immersing her young son in French.

Nov 04, 2019
Understanding the Effects of Trauma on our Boys and Girls
Michael and Tim focus on the broader issue of trauma, what forms it takes, what signs to look for, and how to respond when our kids are traumatized.
Oct 28, 2019
Protecting Our Sons from Sexual Trauma Part 2
Tim asks Michael about how to protect our sons from sexual trauma and what signs of sexual trauma parents should look for.
Oct 21, 2019
Protecting Our Sons from Sexual Trauma Part 1

Tim interviews Michael about the sexual trauma Michael experienced as a 10 year old boy.

Oct 14, 2019
Listener Question: Discipline and Spanking

To spank or not to spank?  Michael and Tim dive into this controversial parenting subject.

Oct 07, 2019
Listener Questions: Stapled fingers and rough with animals
Listeners Questions: Michael and Tim answer two questions; the first from a mom whose son staples his finger and the second about a son who is rough with his cat.
Sep 30, 2019
Listener Question: The Lying Teenager

A mom writes in about the challenges she and her husband are facing with a son who lies about vaping and other issues.

Sep 23, 2019
Listener Question: The Smart but Challenging Four Year Old

A single mom writes about her very smart 4 year old who is having troubles transitioning to school.

Sep 16, 2019
Listener Question: The Overly-Compliant Daughter
This mom is concerned about her people-pleasing daughter and how she can build resilience in her.
Sep 09, 2019
Listener Question: Boy-Girl Friendships
This mom wants to know why boys tend to befriend boys and girls tend to befriend girls and if there is any benefit to boy-girl friendships.
Sep 02, 2019
Listener Question: Potty Training
The listener is about to begin potty training another child but is concerned about her 6 year old who has issues with bed wetting.
Aug 26, 2019
Parent Guilt
Michael and Tim look at the stressors parents face that can often lead to a sense of guilt and some strategies for positive changes.
Aug 19, 2019
Listener Question: The Disposable Boy

Listener Question: The Disposable Boy. Are boys growing up in a world that sees them as disposable?  What does it mean for a boy’s purpose to be rooted in sacrifice? Are disposable and sacrifice the same thing?  How do we raise our sons with purpose?

Aug 12, 2019
Listener Question: Hyperactivity, ADHD, or Bad Behavior

Listener Question: Hyperactivity, ADHD, or Bad Behavior.   A mom wants to know how to tell the difference between hyperactivity and ADHD and if her child is simply behaving badly.

Aug 05, 2019
Depression and your Child

Depression and your Child.  Tim talks with guest Dr. Gregg Jantz of The Center: A Place of Hope on how to identify depression in kids and strategies to help them.

Jul 29, 2019
Listener Question: The Prek Child With Big Emotions

A mom writes in about her son who tends to push back with deep crying and other emotional behaviors.  Michael and Tim look at the brain science behind it and some strategies, including boundary setting.

Jul 22, 2019
Listener Question: The Child Who Talks Too Much

Michael and Tim answer a question from a mom concerned about her overly talkative child who seems to be disrupting the class.

Jul 15, 2019
Listener Question: Cotton Ballers and Free Range Play

Michael and Tim respond to a question from a mom in Australia who wants to see her child free to engage in play, but feeling outside pressure that seems to say certain types of play are off limits.

Jul 08, 2019
Listeners Questions: Parents and Kids and Teachers, Oh My

Michael and Tim offer strategies for helping teachers, schools, and school districts engage with brain science as they teach.

Jul 01, 2019
Raising Kids When a Marriage Ends

Divorce always brings heartache and helping kids navigate through it, though not always easy, is crucial for the wellbeing of our children.

Jun 24, 2019
Building a Thriving Marriage While Raising Kids

Michael and Tim share practical insights into keeping a marriage strong and vital while raising kids.

Jun 17, 2019
Father’s Day Special

Michael and Tim talk about their dads and about their lives as dads with an emphasis on what makes dads special.

Jun 10, 2019
Traditional Masculinity Meets Biological Masculinity

Michael and Tim look at how masculinity is hardwired into boys and why that is a good thing.

Jun 03, 2019
Listener Question— To helicopter parent or not to helicopter parent

Michael and Tim look at the brain science behind free range play, nurturing the nature of our kids, and over scheduling our kids.

May 27, 2019
Listener Question— The son with the scary thoughts

Michael and Tim talk about scary thoughts that our kids can sometimes have, sensitive boys, and divorce.

May 20, 2019
Listener Question— Grandparents

Michael and Tim respond to a listener who is in the position of raising her grandchildren as her children and then broaden the discussion to look at the importance of older people like grandparents in the lives of our children.

May 13, 2019
Mother’s Day Edition

Michael and Tim share stories about their moms and look at the gifts moms bring the parenting.

May 06, 2019
Listener Question— When Acting Out is a Red Flag

Michael and Tim answer a question from a listener concerned that the child’s behavior may indicate something deeper going on.

Apr 29, 2019
Listener Question— The Mom, the Son, and the Nerf Gun

Listener Question— The Mom, the Son, and the Nerf Gun.  Michael and Tim respond to a mother’s concern about her son and his use of Nerf guns as she wonders if that might lead him to be violent as he grows older

Apr 22, 2019
Listener Question: The Daughter Who Sticks out Her Tongue

This mom of four has a daughter who continually sticks out her tongue and mom, dad, and others in authority.  Michael and Tim talk about some of the causes and some strategies for dealing with that behavior.

Apr 15, 2019
Listener Question: The Defiant, Impulsive Son

Michael and Tim respond to a mom worn out by her challenging son.

Apr 08, 2019
Body Knowledge: How to Read Your Children

Michael and Tim chat with special guest, Dr. Lori Baudino, about how to recognize what your child is saying to you through his/her body along with the power of movement and mindfulness.

Apr 01, 2019
Are You Raising A Toxic Son?

Is masculinity toxic? Should you raise the masculinity out of your son? Tim asks Michael to talk about the nature of masculinity and the current ideology behind the term, toxic masculinity.

Mar 25, 2019
Girl Drama

Michael talks about the brain science behind girl drama, both the positives and the negatives and the assets moms and dads bring to their daughters to work through that drama.

Mar 18, 2019
Listener Question-Boys, Rules, and Boundaries

A listener from London shares the story of her son and the challenges of having rules that other families don’t necessarily observe. Tim asks Michael to offer some insights for parents of boys and girls on how to work through family boundaries.

Mar 11, 2019
Girls and Peer Pressure

A mom of a 7 month old daughter asks how she can begin to prepare her daughter for the world ahead. Michael offers a “scaffolding” approach for raising wise daughters.

Mar 04, 2019
Boys, Boy Behavior, and Preschool

The listener shares that her 2 year old son has been getting in trouble for acting like a boy at his day care. Michael looks at both preschool systems and families systems, along with developmental and brain science research, offering practical strategies for schools and families for helping boys thrive.

Feb 25, 2019
Parenting Children with Learning Challenges

The listener writes of her frustration helping her sons deal with a list of learning challenges.  Tim shares a similar story about his grandson. Michael responds with practical insights to help parents help their kids.

Feb 18, 2019
Strategies for Navigating our Kids through the #MeToo World

Tim and Michael look at the power of rites of passage for empowering our sons and daughters to be wise, healthy, thriving adults.

Feb 11, 2019
Boys, Girls, and Sex in a #MeToo World

Tim chats with Michael about consent, sex, and how a boy’s body works sexually vs how a girl’s body works sexually and what that means for navigating sexual relationships. 

Feb 04, 2019
Empowering Daughters in a #MeToo World

Michael and Tim look at ways to empower our daughters to thrive in relationships.

Jan 28, 2019
Helping Boys Thrive in a #MeToo World
Tim talks with Michael about the often unseen challenges boys face and how some now label all masculinity as toxic.  Michael gives an overview of why Helping Boys Thrive is important for our boys, our girls, our families, and our communities.
Jan 21, 2019
Listener Question: Toddlers and Tantrums
Listener Question: Toddlers and Tantrums.  A listener voices concern about the way her toddler son throws his tantrums.  Tim chats with Michael about why tantrums happen and how we should respond in the home and in public.
Jan 14, 2019
Anxiety and Your Child
Tim shares the story of his struggle with an anxiety disorder and Michael offers advice to parents on how to identify an anxious child and strategies for dealing with anxiety.
Jan 07, 2019
Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Raising Wonder-Filled Kids
Michael and Tim provide several different practical, implement now resolutions that can set your child up for a year of wonder.
Dec 31, 2018
The Holiday Episode: The Power of Traditions
Michael and Tim talk about the values and memories shaping power of traditions not only during the holidays but throughout the year.
Dec 24, 2018
My Son Hates Me!

Michael and Tim offer encouragement and perspective to all moms who live through that painful time when her son starts moving into manhood.

Dec 17, 2018
Raising Kids in a Gender-Fluid World

What does it mean to raise sons and daughters under an ideology that says there is no male or female?  Michael and Tim tackle that issue from a brain-science and practical perspective.

Dec 10, 2018
Listener Question: Gross Boy Behavior?

A listener sends in a story about her son that caused her and her husband a lot of anxiety.  Listen in to Michael’s and Tim’s answer, and learn the brain-science behind boys and farting!

Dec 03, 2018
Raising Boys in a Kryptonite World, Part 2: Boys and their Emotions

Michael Gurian and Tim Wright look at your son’s brain, how it’s wired to emote, and how you can help him emote in healthy, masculine ways.

Nov 26, 2018
Raising HEROIC Boys in a Kryptonite World—Part 1

Raising HEROIC Boys in a Kryptonite World—Part 1: Boys and Schools.  Boys are systematically falling behind girls in every area of school from Pre-K through Graduate School. Michael and Tim look at some practical, brain-based strategies for helping your son succeed in school.

Nov 19, 2018
Video Games and Your Child’s Brain

Michael and Tim look at the impact of video games on your kids—especially your sons.

Nov 12, 2018
A How To Manual For Screen Time and Your Kids

A How To Manual For Screen Time and Your Kids.  Michael walks through the various stages of child development and offers insights into the use of screen time at each stage.

Nov 05, 2018
Your Child’s Brain and Screen Time

Your Child’s Brain and Screen Time.  We now have lots of research on the impact of screens and social media on our kids and their development.  Michael and Tim unpack the positives and the negatives of the digital world on your child.

Oct 29, 2018
Reclaiming the Power of Family Dinners

Reclaiming the Power of Family Dinners.  Research and brain science tell us that the family meal is one of the most important keys to building thriving families.  Michael and Tim look at the benefits of family meals and offer practical ideas for harnessing the power of that meal.

Oct 22, 2018
Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 4: To Tease or Not To Tease

Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 4: To Tease or Not To Tease.  Michael and Tim look at one of the unique ways in which dads parent—teasing—and the profound benefits to our kids teasing brings.

Oct 15, 2018
Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 3: Tough and Tender

Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 3: Tough and Tender.  Michael Gurian and Tim Wright focus on this unique difference between mom’s style of parenting and dad’s style. 

Oct 08, 2018
Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 2: Protect or Risk

Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 2: Protect or Risk.  Michael Gurian and Tim Wright continue their look at the differences in parenting styles between moms and dads and how to harness the power of both parenting styles.

Oct 01, 2018
Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 1: Words and Play

Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 1: Words and Play.  Michael Gurian and Tim Wright begin a multi-part looks at the different ways in which moms and dad parent…and how important both parenting styles are.

Sep 23, 2018
What Are Boys Made Of?  

What Are Boys Made of?  Michael Gurian and Tim Wright turn their attention to boys and some high level insights into what makes your son tick.

Sep 14, 2018
What Are Girls Made Of?

What Are Girls Made Of? Michael Gurian and Tim Wright take the 30,000 foot view of a girl’s brain and some of the insights it can give you for raising your daughter.

Sep 14, 2018
Help: I'm a Parent

Help: I’m a Parent. Michael Gurian and Tim Wright talk about the adventure of parenting and how understanding your child’s nature and brain can help you experience the wonder of parenting.

Sep 14, 2018