Smart Family Podcast

By Toni Nieuwhof & Dr. Rob Meeder

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Do you ever feel like being at home isn’t what you thought it would be? Somehow, it just seems to fall short. You try so hard to juggle the moving pieces and keep everyone happy, but you feel like you’re surviving instead of thriving. There’s so much advice about parenting and adult relationships, it’s hard to focus on what you really need to know. Let us help you. We started The Smart Family Podcast with you in mind. We exist to offer you high quality, practical advice to help you strengthen your marriage and boost your parenting to the next level. We’ll help you understand the latest research. We’ll bring you easy-to-digest conversations with experts on family life. We’ll save you time by doing the leg work for you, so you can thrive at home.

Episode Date
SFP 009 | Shaunti Feldhahn on How to Stop Fighting Over Money; Understand More About Money Conflict and Your Fears; And Start Having Real Conversations About Your Finances

Is it hard for you and your partner to talk about money or budgeting without getting into an argument? Have you had so much tension you just don't talk about it anymore? Our guest Shaunti Feldhahn, social researcher, author and speaker, has a lot to say to shine some light on the issues running under the surface of couples' money woes. She sums it up like this: "It's not about the money". In this episode, Dr. Rob, Toni and Shaunti talk about the common factors you may not be fully aware of, that trip up the vast majority of couples when it comes to managing their finances together.

Apr 01, 2020
SFP 008 | With David Thomas on Understanding How Boys Develop; And How To Talk With (and Listen To) Boys at Every Stage

Do you ever scratch your head as you observe a boy's behaviour? If so, you will appreciate the insights of David Thomas, author and speaker with decades of family counselling experience. With a practice focused specifically on boys, David understands the unique nature of boys, the stages of their development, and most importantly - what is normal behaviour? He also shares with us some really practical tips on how to talk to boys.

Mar 18, 2020
SFP 007|BONUS episode: Coronavirus and Your Kids: Advice from Dr Rob

With all of the constantly evolving information out there about coronavirus - it's hard for parents to stay on top of it. But what are our kids thinking about all of this? Are they worried? Scared? How can we help them cut through the noise to make sense of what is going on around them? In this bonus episode Dr Rob Meeder will give you some practical advice about coronavirus - specifically how it relates to kids - and how you, as parents, can have meaningful and supportive conversations about this with your kids. Although these are uncertain times, they are also opportunities for us to build up our kids and strengthen our family bonds.

Mar 12, 2020
SFP 006| "Why Anxiety in Girls Has Become So Common; The Link With Social Media; How Parents Can Make Anxiety Better (or Worse!)"

You recognize the potential in your daughter, and you see she cares about how well she's doing. The flip side of her desire to succeed makes her prone to becoming anxious. In today's episode, Sissy Goff, an author, speaker and experienced counsellor whose practice is focused on girls and teens, shares insights about the rising epidemic of anxiety, impacting girls at younger and younger ages. We examine the scope of the issue, possible reasons, and what you as a parent can do to help.

Mar 04, 2020
SFP 005 | BONUS Episode: Carey Nieuwhof interviews our co-hosts Dr. Rob and Toni on Avoiding Some of the Trips and Traps of Parenting: Anxiety in Kids, Healthy Tech Limits and Parent Conflict

Last month, Carey Nieuwhof sat down with your co-hosts Toni Nieuwhof and Dr Rob Meeder for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast to bring you what they've been learning from their experiences with family law and paediatrics. This episode brings you practical insights about parenting, marriage and mental health. Rob and Toni talk about the heart behind launching the Smart Family Podcast. We hope you'll find it helpful and fun!

Feb 26, 2020
SFP 004 | Dr Craig Brannan on How Shame has a Negative Impact on Marriage; How Vulnerability Helps Couples with Intimacy; and How Craig Uses Humility to Strengthen his Family Ties

"Ever wonder why your marriage seems stuck or intimacy seems to be absent? In this episode, counsellor and relationship expert Craig Brannan explains how shame may be preventing you from experiencing marriage at a deeper level. Want to learn how a healthy

Feb 12, 2020
SFP 003 | Dr Michael Sytsma on Keeping Your Sex Life Strong When Your Kids are Young; Honest Communication Helps Couples with Babies Stay Intimately Connected

It's common for couples to struggle with their sex life once the first baby comes along. What do you do if physical intimacy seems like one more chore on the list? Maybe you've hit a season where you and your partner don't seem to be on the same page abou

Feb 12, 2020
SFP 002 | With Michael Gurian - Brain Science Explains Why Boys and Girls Learn Differently; Hacks on Enhancing School Success for Boys and STEM for Girls; and Nurturing Aggression but not Violence

Do boys and girls learn differently? Why is it that bright young girls struggle with math, and smart young boys find it a challenge to write a story? Dr Michael Gurian, psychologist and counsellor who applies brain science in his practice, answers these q

Feb 05, 2020
SFP 001 | With Ross Greene - How Collaborative Problem Solving Will Help You Parent Better, Rethinking Rules and Rewards and Why Listening to your Child is So Important.

Dr Ross Greene is a clinical psychologist who is renowned for his incredibly effective parenting method known as Collaborative and Proactive Solutions. If you’ve been parenting for a while, you’ve probably tried laying down the law or offering rewards

Feb 05, 2020
Introducing the Smart Family Podcast!

Ever wonder why being at home doesn’t feel as great as you thought it would? With your partner and as a parent, do you feel like there’s untapped potential to have stronger family ties? You know there’s some unsolved problems, but you’re surrounded by so much information it’s hard to focus on what you really need to know. We’re here to help!

Jan 30, 2020