Raising Good Humans

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 Jan 16, 2020
Absolutely love this podcast!! Can you do a segment on toddler biting (my 1 year old is a bitter) and I really don't know what to do. He's on his 2nd daycare because of it. I'm desperate for professional advice. Thank you.


As a parent, do you ever wish someone could just whisper some realistic and trustworthy support in your ear? And not make you feel awful for not having all the answers? Well, that’s what I’m here for. I'm Dr. Aliza Pressman, developmental psychologist, parent educator, asst. clinical professor, and co-founder of both Mount Sinai Parenting Center and SeedlingsGroup. And I'm a mom... trying to raise two good humans myself, so I'm in this with you! In each episode, we'll go deep (but brief) with both experts and parents to share the most effective approaches and tools and talk about the important bigger picture of raising good humans. My goal is to make your parenting journey less overwhelming and a lot more joyful! Please join me every Friday for new episodes of Raising Good Humans.

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The Power of Discord with renowned developmental psychologist Edward Tronick, PhD

How the experience of connection and discord and back to connection shape healthy relationships, with renowned developmental psychologist, Edward Tronick, PhD


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Show notes

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Apr 03, 2020
Tips for Health Care Providers, Hospital Staff and Their Co-Parents During COVID-19

Dr. Aliza Pressman and Mariel Benjamin, LCSW from The Mount Sinai Parenting Center answer questions from health care providers and staff on the front lines to help support their parenting curing COVID-19

This will also be relevant for any essential workers taking care of all of us during this crisis. Thank you for your service. 


Resources for parenting during COVID-19:


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Apr 01, 2020
Growing Pains: How Humans Grow and What That Means for Behavior

Those pediatric growth curves are kind of misleading! Babies don’t grow a little each day, Professor Michelle Lampl discovered that

humans don’t grow continuously but in spurts at key moments in their

development. She also studied babies’ behavior during growth spurts

and realized that changes in mood, appetite and sleep patterns

coincide with growth spurts from infancy through adolescence. 

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Mar 27, 2020
What to do with little ones when you can't go anywhere or buy anything (and even when you can!)

Dr. Aliza talks with early childhood educator Lisa Zaretsky, M.Ed, founder of PlayAgain, about using repurposed materials, household items and expanding book reading. This is particularly helpful for those staying at home. Plus listener q and a. 


show notes

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Mar 20, 2020
The New Coronavirus and Kids: an Immunologist, a Pediatrician and a Psychologist weigh in.

We are talking about the new Coronavirus from the different perspectives of immunology, pediatrics and mental health.

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Mar 13, 2020
Real time Q and A with mom of 3 young boys and founder of This Is About Humanity, Zoe Winkler Reinis.

Dr. Aliza talks through parenting challenges and concerns with mother of three boys. Talking through throwing up for attention, car seats tantrums, anxiety and temperament.

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Mar 06, 2020
How to talk to kids about race, gender and other taboo topics
Dr Aliza learns about teaching tolerance with educator Liz Kleinrock
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Feb 28, 2020
Anxiety and Children: what it looks like, how to respond and when to worry

Dr. Meena Dasari, renowned Clinical Pychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine, speaks with Dr. Aliza about kids and anxiety. 


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Feb 21, 2020
What to think about before we post and talk about our kids online with law Professor Leah Plunkett

We spend time making sure our children know about digital safety while sometimes forgetting to check on our own behavior. Law Professor Leah Plunkett shares helpful guidelines and insight into our own digital safety and how to make the informed decisions before we post. Plus Dr. Aliza answers listener questions. 

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Feb 14, 2020
Rewiring your brain through mindfulness and self compassion can change how you parent with Dr. Shauna Shapiro

Author,  Clinical Psychologist and world renowned mindfulness Dr. Shauna Shapiro talks about the golden nuggets from her new book, Good Morning I Love You: mindfulness + self compassion. Practices to to rewire your brain for calm, clarity + joy.

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Feb 07, 2020
Puberty: Continuing the conversation about talking with boys
Keeping a kid healthy during and through puberty is about keeping a child informed and prepared. Kids are ready before parents are ready so today we get prepared for these conversations with pediatrician and New York Times best selling author Dr. Cara Natterson . 
Show notes:
Books by Cara Natterson, MD
TV show, Big Mouth, mentioned recommended for adults to get into the mind of teen boys:
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Jan 31, 2020
Raising children with special needs with Priscilla Gilman, author of The Anti Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy.

As a college professor turned advocate and educator, Priscilla Gilman gives a personal and inspiring account of her experience raising a special needs child, with practical and thoughtful takeaways for parents of all kinds of children. 



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Jan 24, 2020
Boys and sex (and porn…and masturbation…) with Peggy Orenstein

A conversation with NY Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein  about boys, sex, porn, masturbation and coming of age in the era of #metoo

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Jan 17, 2020
Dr. Dan Siegel and the most powerful influence on your child’s developing brain.

Dr. Dan Siegel talks with Dr. Aliza about attachment strategies and his new book “The Power of Showing Up: how parental presence shapes who our kids become and how their brains get wired. 

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Jan 10, 2020
Lying in Early Childhood

Professor Gail Heyman talks with Dr. Aliza about how children learn to lie. Plus, listener Q and A. 

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Dec 20, 2019
Listener Q and A with Dr. Aliza

Dr. Aliza answers listener questions about perfectionism, being a "sore loser", pacifiers, grandparents and more. 

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Dec 13, 2019
Siblings: Rivalry, fairness, new sibling, and taking sides, with Dr. Joshua Sparrow

A conversation about all things siblings with Dr. Joshua Sparrow of Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital 

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Dec 06, 2019
Drew Barrymore and Dr Aliza Pressman and the holiday episode: is Santa real, weird elf on the shelf issues, making meaningful traditions, and holiday feelings.

Drew Barrymore thinks about the holidays, the pressure and the meaning. Also we are tackling some of the inevitable questions that come up during the holiday season, from making meaning, underplaying materialism, enjoying rituals, and what to say to our children about Santa.

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Nov 29, 2019
Husband and Wife (and parents of 3), Mark Feuerstein and Dana Klein having a “Session”.

Actor Mark Feuerstein and writer Dana Klein bring up parenting questions from toddler hair pulling to tween anxiety and trashy tv. 

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Nov 22, 2019
Parenting is not Paint by numbers: Boundaries and Discipline with Dr. Joshua Sparrow

A conversation about the importance of discipline in the context of a loving parent-child relationship and practical applications from listener q and a. Dr. Joshua Sparrow is a child and adolescent  psychiatrist, Executive Director of The Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital,  Associate Professor at Harvard School of Medicine, and author of many beautiful books on child development.  

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Nov 15, 2019
Transition from childhood to teen, contending with adult authority and all the other goodies that come with raising teenagers with new York Times Bestselling Author, psychologist Lisa Damour, PhD.
Dr. Lisa Damour talks with Dr. Aliza about guiding teen girls into their transition from childhood and guiding parents about some of the trickiest moments. 
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Nov 08, 2019
Transition from childhood to teen, contending with adult authority and all the other goodies that come with raising teenagers with new York Times Bestselling Author, psychologist Lisa Damour, PhD.
Dr. Lisa Damour talks with Dr. Aliza about guiding teen girls into their transition from childhood and guiding parents about some of the trickiest moments. 
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Nov 08, 2019
Every Mother Counts with Christy Turlington Burns

A conversation about maternal health with public health activist Christy Turlington Burns plus listener q and A.

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Nov 01, 2019
Mindful Discipline: Shame doesn’t work, with Dr. Shauna Shapiro.

Mindfulness expert, professor and psychologist Dr. Shauna Shapiro walks through mindfulness practices and the five tenants of mindful discipline. Plus, Dr. Aliza answers listener questions about tweens, crib crawlers and how to talk about death. 

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Oct 25, 2019
Helping your baby sleep: crying, napping, pacifiers and sleep training with Dr. Aliza’s seedlingsgroup co-founder, Dr. Bronwyn Charlton; plus the difference between shame and guilt, praise junkies and productive criticism!

Answers to real parent questions on effective praise, productive criticism and more...and extra time answering infant sleep questions with my seedlings group co-founder Dr. Bronwyn Charlton.

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Oct 18, 2019
From video games to porn: Dr. Aliza talks boys with Raising Cain author Dr. Michael Thompson.

New York Times best selling author of Raising Cain Dr. Michael Thomas talks about raising boys, and addresses the unique experience of raising emotionally intelligent boys. 


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Oct 11, 2019
Escaping the self-esteem trap with Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath

Dr. Aliza speaks with Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath -author, professor, buddhist psychologist, and Jungian psychoanalyst- about the accidental trappings of trying to build self-esteem through praise, the importance of failure, and helping parents find the balance between support and coddling.  


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Oct 04, 2019
Discipline, Boundaries, "Snowplow Parenting", and Over scheduling: A discussion with Mom Molly Sims

Dr. Aliza talks with Actress, Model and Author Molly Sims about relatable parenting challenges with her 3 kids from tot to school age; plus a talk about discipline. 

Sep 27, 2019
Dr. Aliza answers listener questions about conflicts with friends, preschool grooming battles and toddler tantrums plus a conversation with actress Emily Mortimer

Emily MORTIMER talks about her own parenting, what she feels great about and what she has messed up; also,  how to help kids manage conflicts with friends and listener Q & A 

Sep 20, 2019
Girl friendships: bullies, best friends and true friends
A conversation with New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Simmons about helping girls cultivate healthy friendships and spot the unhealthy ones. 
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Sep 13, 2019
Odd Mom Out creator Jill Kargman parenting pet peeves vs science. Also Jill talks about her son experiencing anti semitism in school.

Comedy writer and actress Jill Kargman tells it as she sees it as we discuss her “Odd Mom Out” parenting pet peeves and determine which ones are backed by science.  Jill also opens up about an upsetting experience with anti semitism.  This episode has adult language and may possibly be offensive to some listeners.

Sep 06, 2019
Feeding episode: Solid foods, picky eaters and dessert
Registered dietician Jennifer Anderson talks about how to teach infants, toddlers and preschoolers to tune into their own bodies and regulate healthy eating. 
Aug 30, 2019
“I can, therefore I must” - the risks of high achieving stressors and the powerful protection of close relationships

Professor Suniya Luthar talks about the counterintuitive finding that kids in high achieving environments are at risk of serious disturbances and most importantly, what parents can do to help! 

Aug 23, 2019
Michael Ian Black on sadness, worries and masculinity; and how to talk to kids about terrifying events

Michael Ian Black shares his children’s books to open up conversations with kids about being sad, being worried and being bored.  Also, raising emotionally vulnerable boys and other useful parenting nuggets. Lastly, in this episode I am deeply disturbed to answer listeners’ questions about developmentally appropriate ways to discuss mass shootings.

Aug 16, 2019
“Mom I want a phone!” with Rachel Simmons

When it comes to phones and social media, delay delay delay! But they are going to happen at some point, and for some earlier than others. Today we are breaking down how to navigate technology on-boarding with NY times bestselling author Rachel Simmons.

Aug 09, 2019
Economist Emily Oster helps making decisions a little bit easier and how to potty train!

How does an economist make a decision about breastfeeding, sleep training, vaccines, going back to work and potty training? Economics Professor Emily Oster tirelessly combs through the data and clears up some longstanding myths. I’m also walking you through potty training! 

Aug 02, 2019
Connect then redirect: using brain science to help us parent with Dr. Dan Siegel
A conversation with Dr. Dan Siegel explaining some of the helpful strategies in his bestselling books such as Parenting From the Inside Out, Whole Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline.
Jul 26, 2019
We’re all just doing our best: a conversation with Drew Barrymore

Aliza and Drew have a real and casual conversation about what this podcast means and go over some of Drew’s parenting questions such as intervening when siblings fight, whether or not to force apologies, and what matters most to Drew when it comes to raising her daughters. 

Jul 26, 2019
Raising Good Humans – Trailer

Tune in every Friday for new episodes of Raising Good Humans!

Jul 15, 2019