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
Building a Thriving Marriage While Raising Kids
33:48

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

Jun 17, 2019
Father’s Day Special
30:25

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
39:45

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
28:48

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
28:21

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

May 20, 2019
Listener Question— Grandparents
28:47

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
28:57

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
30:16

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
29:39

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
27:38

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
26:52

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

Apr 08, 2019
Body Knowledge: How to Read Your Children
29:44

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?
33:04

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
32:56

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
32:55

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
29:35

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
29:59

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
33:43

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
33:27

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
36:00

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
32:40

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

Jan 28, 2019
Helping Boys Thrive in a #MeToo World
31:49
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
28:53
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
34:22
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
23:32
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
17:05
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!
28:28

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
31:35

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?
26:27

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
28:56

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
29:22

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
29:09

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
28:06

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
30:46

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
28:13

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
25:37

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
26:40

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
25:52

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
28:51

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?
28:13

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?
25:01

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
27:35

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