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Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan: Podcast Episodes on Essential Strengths to Thrive and How Kindness Matters
Dr. Dan had two new guests on the podcast recently: psychologist Michele Borba and author Kristin Bair talk to Dr. Dan about parenting issues relevant to our families today.
Michele Borba, Ed. D., is the bestselling author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World, and is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying, and character development who has spoken to over one million participants on five continents. She is a regular NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, Dr. Oz, and The Early Show, among many others.
Dr. Dan and Dr. Borba talk about how kids need essential character strengths to become “thrivers”– young people who flourish in a rapidly changing, digitally- driven, and uncertain world. Dr. Borba discovered seven characteristics that set Thrivers apart (and set them up for happiness and greater accomplishment later in life): Self-confidence, Empathy, Self-control, Integrity, Curiosity, Perseverance, and Optimism.
Fear, Facebook Mom Groups, and Kindness with Kristin Bair
Dr. Dan welcomed author and parentKristin Bair to discuss her poignant, revealing, and popular essay published on Scary Mommy about Facebook Mom groups, kindness, empathy, bullying, and parenting in the digital age. Dr. Dan and Kristin also speak about fear and anxiety and her new novel Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything (named a best book by PEOPLE magazine).
Kristin’s Scary Mommy essay Why Some Women Wield Exclusion Like A Superpower instantly resonates with all parents everywhere because it deals with Facebook Mom Groups, exclusion, bullying, kindness, friendship, empathy, mean girls, and more.
Today’s episode encourages parents and families to discuss how to be kind and why kindness matters more than ever. Kristin shares a lovely Parent Footprint Moment about her daughter that will make listeners smile to wrap up the show.
"All of us have got to help our kids learn who they really are. And then keep on providing them with coping skills. Because in this world, it isn’t going to be a GPA that gets our kids through life. It’s going to be those skills that help you bounce back and keep on moving."
--Dr. Michele Borba on Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan
April 20 (tonight!): SENGinar - Insight into a Bright Mind: The Latest Neuroscience of Giftedness and Living as Liberated Beings, presented by Nicole Tetreault, Ph.D. $40. Learn more and register
April 20 (today!): First session of Let’s Talk 2e Community Parent Empowerment, a 9-week series, providing live, expert-led education and the opportunity to connect with like-minded parents in a supportive environment. $147. Learn more and register
April 22: Reel Palo Alto presents a Fireside Chat with Dr. Melanie Hayes, founder of Big Minds Unschool, and an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist at Summit Center. Dr. Hayes will talk about the importance of strength-based learning for 2e and neurodivergent kids. This Thursday at 7 pm PT via Zoom. RSVP here
May 1: California Association for Gifted (CAG) Parent Conference will provide sessions from experts on the social, emotional, intellectual, and academic needs of gifted and advanced learners for families to use at home. Learn more
May 14: EmpowerED Parent Conference at Fusion Academy South Bay (Los Angeles area); Dr. Lisa Hancock will present on How Can An Assessment Benefit Your Child. Learn more
Several of our colleagues recommend Your Turn: How to Be an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. The former Stanford dean and best-selling author of How to Raise an Adult shares stories from young people of diverse backgrounds, showing how they overcame setbacks to successfully launch their adult lives. A great gift for a high school or college grad.
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