Dr. Dan and Dr. Atlas discuss how deeply trauma, love, loss, violence, and secrets travel through generations; how parents unconsciously transmit fears and losses as part of their parenting; and how we suppress what we are too afraid to face.
Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential with Dr. Dana Suskind
In this episode, Dr. Dan’s guest is world-class pediatric surgeon, social scientist, and best-selling author Dr. Dana Suskind. They discuss her newest book of Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential. Anyone looking for a blueprint for how to build a brighter future for our children will want to listen to this episode.
Dr. Suskind talks about why she proposes a paradigm shift in how we view early childhood education, childcare, and early childhood brain development. It’s a revelatory new look at the neuroscience of early childhood development—and how it can guide us toward a future in which every child has the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
Dr. Dan speaks to anti-racist educator, founder of Check Your Privilege, and author Myisha T on today’s episode. Their conversation will deepen listeners’ awareness of unconscious bias and educate parents and families everywhere.
Myisha T. Hill is a mental health activist, speaker, and entrepreneur who is passionate about mental wellness and empowerment for all. Her organization Check Your Privilege organizations taking white people on a self-reflective journey to explore their relationship with power, privilege, and racism. Additionally, Myisha T.’s book Check Your Privilege: Live Into the Work invites readers to embark on their own anti-racism journey.
Atomic Anna: What a Novel Can Teach Us about Raising Girls To Love Science, Math, and Sports with Rachel Barenbaum
Dr. Dan talks to author and mother Rachel Barenbaum about her new novel Atomic Anna (including the novel’s timely relevance to the war in Ukraine); why she is passionate about raising girls to embrace math, science, sports (Rachel was a D1 athlete in college); the complexity of the motherhood journey (including struggles between generations of mothers and daughters); and what defines family (for many there is the family we are born into and the family we choose or create).
Rachel’s first novel A Bend In The Stars was a New York Times Summer Reading Selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a Boston Globe Bestseller.
California Association for the Gifted Family Conference, April 30
The 60th Annual CAG Parent Conference takes place on Saturday, April 30, virtually. The 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. Speakers include Dr. Edward Amend on “Practical Strategies for Guiding Gifted Children” and Dr. Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott on “The Balancing Act.” $49 for non-members.
Our parent consultant Kathleen Crombie also works as a professional organizer and hoarding expert. She participated in the filming of the documentary, "Do I Need This?" premiered on April 14 in San Francisco. The movie is about American’s relationship with stuff, from items they don’t need to things deeply connected to family and relationships. Look for the movie to come to a film festival or theater near you.
"You can't fix it right away. You can't unlearn years of shame and association to these larger system issues in a day or even a year. But to live into [the work] means that you just imperfectly engage in the dialogue. In a world that pushes perfectionism, I think it's hard for us to drop down our guards to our own children and show up as vulnerable human beings."
-- Myisha T. about "Check Your Privilege" on Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan
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