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A podcast for parents who want to learn specific, practical strategies to help their kids succeed in school both academically and socially

A podcast for parents who want to learn specific, practical strategies to help their kids succeed in school both academically and socially
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A podcast for parents who want to learn specific, practical strategies to help their kids succeed in school both academically and socially






#81: Shock Your Teens with Radical Calmness

Teens often do crazy things. Sometimes they even tell you about it beforehand, and despite your explanation of why it’s a terrible idea, they go ahead and do it any way! One way you can get your teens to listen to you is to use radical calmness. When you use radical calmness, you stay calm when your kids say something crazy (instead of launching into why it’s a bad idea), which can shock your children into listening to you and hopefully help them decide to do something less...


#55: How to Not Be a Homework Nag

So often helping kids with homework feels more like nagging them to just sit down and do their homework. That stinks. It’s really no fun for parents or kids. So how do you shift from being the homework nag to your kid’s homework coach? Fireborn’s got 6 tips for you on how to stop being a homework nag so that homework becomes potentially a pleasant, collaborative, relationship-building opportunity instead of an all out fight!


#80: Now That I Have Your Attention

Okay – somehow you got your kid to start doing their homework. That’s amazing. How do you now help them maintain their focus on their homework? Fireborn has 8 tips to help your children sustain their attention. Talk with your kids about which strategies they want to try when school starts. That way, when they start their homework, they can keep working, finish their assignments, and start the school year off right!


#79: Prepare to Be Distracted

Distractions surround our kids – their attention doesn’t stand a chance. There are TVs, video games, phones, tablets, computers, and apps. Distractions are a big problem because they interrupt our focus. Maintaining our focus while we work is really important. When we get distracted, it takes us longer to get back into whatever we were doing before – there are transaction costs to switching between activities. To help prepare kids to succeed this school year, start helping them make a plan...


#32: Back to School Already? Okay, here are some tips

It’s just about time to be going back to school - can you believe it? We can't. But we do have some tips to help your child feel prepared for and excited to start the first day of school. In the episode, we review a few general things you can do to help your child get ready for school, as well as a few tips to help your kid if he’s going to a new school, and then a few more tips on how to help your child be organized this school year. There are some general tips, like buy page protectors to...


#78: Developing Character with Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman

Helping our kids develop character helps them with their academic lives. Being kind makes our days happier. Being optimistic increases our chances of persevering. Persevering helps us overcome challenges. Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman is working on helping kids focus on and develop their character strengths to help them do better in school and beyond. Hear from Caren about what character strengths are and how you can help your kids! Resources: To learn more about the different types of...


#31: Calming Anxious Kids

School is hard enough without the added burden of anxiety. When you’re anxious, your IQ literally drops – you are incapable of thinking at your highest level. You start overthinking and overanalyzing. Or your mind is blank and you can’t be mentally present. Sometimes anxious kids are so anxious that they won’t know the answer to a question, that when the question is actually asked, even if they know the answer, they just go blank. This is a problem at school (and in the rest of life). Help...


#77: Helping Your Kid Make Friends with Dr. Emily Anastasio

A happy social life means having good friends. A happy social life is essential to school success because if you are worried about your social life, you can’t focus on your school work. School is a much safer, happier place when you have friends, making it much easier to thrive there. So it’s no wonder that parents worry about if their child is making friends. And when their child seems to be overly pushy, constantly texting friends, or perhaps wants to be friends with someone who doesn’t...


#76: The Privacy Dilemma

Being a kid feels really dangerous these days. Kids are eating Tide Pods, getting cyberbullied, and sending sexts. And technology is really leading the way for so many of these dangerous things. Kids are watching YouTube and Instagram stars do stupid, risky things and they are constantly getting notifications from apps about who knows what. And so in response to this, we have more apps. Apps that are meant to keep our kids safe and that let parents know a lot of information about their kids...


#75 Getting Your Child Ready for College

For those of you with kids transitioning to college this year, it’s getting really close to time for your kids to head off to school. This is really exciting and also probably pretty terrifying. How do you know if your child is really ready to go to college? Your child is also probably pretty excited and also pretty scared for this big change. For a lot of kids, college will offer the most independence they have ever had, but that freedom can be dangerous if they aren’t ready for...


#29: Because I Said So with Dr. Frank Bartolomeo

Is it ever okay to say "Because I said so" to our kids? And why do I need to apologize to my kids when I mess up? That doesn't feel right. In this episode, featuring Dr. Frank Bartolomeo from the Southfield Center for Development, we answer these questions and dive into the different forms of parenting styles and how each of those different styles affect your kids.


#74: Lighthouse Parenting

Deciding what type of parent you want to be can be hard, especially if you want to do things a little differently than your parents did. Knowing what the different parenting styles are is the first step to figuring out how you want to parent. Each style differs in how much they emphasize or de-emphasize warmth and connection with your child and discipline. Fireborn outlines the three parenting styles and the effect that each style can have on your child in the long run. We want to emphasize:...


#73: Your Feelings Aren’t You

Language matters. How we describe ourselves affects how we think of ourselves. If we say “I am sad”, that starts to define us as a sad person. But if you say, “I feel sad” that helps you realize that the feeling is temporary. There is an important distinction between saying “I am” and “I feel”. Saying “I am” is permanent and saying “I feel” is temporary. Saying “I feel” empowers you to take action. “I feel” helps you persevere and move forward and not become that feeling. Saying “I am” can...


#72: Getting the Rest You Need

Everyone knows that sleep is good for them and yet we often don’t get enough of it – and our kids don’t get enough either. How do we prioritize sleep for our kids? And if there simply is no way to get more sleep, what can we do to give our kids’ brains the rest they need to rejuvenate? Fireborn’s got a few tips to help you give your kids more sleep and some good brain breaks to help their brains grow healthily.


#71: Brain Science to the Rescue

Kids love to learn about themselves. Teaching them about their brain in a way they can understand can actually help them remain calm when they have big emotions and help them make good decisions. Find out how! References & Resources in the episode: Jensen, F. & A. Nutt (2015). The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Canada: Collins. Siegel, D. & T. Bryson. (2011). The Whole-Brain Child. New York: Random House. Flipping Your Lid Hand...


#70: Math Games for Young Kids

We do a lot of literacy work with young kids – we read to them, we ask them to tell us stories about their days, we encourage them to color and to write. And for whatever may be the cause of this, it’s just easier for parents to work on these verbal skills rather than math skills. But we really want to encourage those math skills as well! So in this episode Fireborn reviews some easy math activities (and some discussions that even get into science as well) that you can play with your young...


#69: Finding the Right Summer Camp

We are getting so close to summer vacation! For a lot of kids this means going to summer camp – which can be super fun or not so fun if you’re not into it. Finding the right summer camp can be a bit tricky. Fireborn’s got 5 tips to help you find a safe, fun, camp that your kid will love! In the episode, we reference a few things for you to check out: The American Camp Association How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off by Adam Grant


#68: Are You His Mentor or His Tormentor?

Adults do this thing where we assume that if we know something, other people know it too and it’s obvious. Parents even do this to their kids who have a lot less experience and education and for whom things are not so obvious. When we treat things as obvious, when they aren’t to our kids, it hurts our kids’ feelings and they don’t learn what they should do. That is when parents become tormentors. But what we want for our kids is for them to come to us for help to learn what they should be...


#67: How to Study

Studying is not an intuitive skill. Lots of students do not know how to actually study. This can mean kids avoid studying because they aren’t actually sure what to do. Or it can mean they spend a lot of time studying, but not actually learning or retaining very much. Fireborn has a few tips to help kids understand how to study effectively and efficiently by making studying more of an active process and making sure kids don’t spend too much time studying information they already know...


#66: The Self-Compassion Paradox

Self-criticism can be a powerful motivator. It can also really harm your mental health - increasing your anxiety. Teens use self-criticism a lot to motivate themselves and they also seriously struggle with anxiety. Self-compassion (being nice to yourself when you mess up) is the answer! At first glance, teens often think that if you're nice to yourself when you mess up, you'll actually lower your standards and spend all day watching Netflix. Research shows that's not actually the case....