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
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