Life Kit: Parenting

Life Kit: Parenting
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How To Work With — Not Against — Screen Time
Jul 21 • 15 min
Some parents think the best way to manage a child’s screen time is to set hard limits. But those rules are particularly difficult to keep during a pandemic, when screens are a lifeline for all of us. So what should the rules be? Sonia Livingstone and…
Kids Know How To Occupy Themselves. We Need To Let Them Do It
Jun 22 • 12 min
American parents often feel like event planners for their kids. There’s a pressure to make sure kids are entertained and content every minute of the day. NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff says kids can be trained to occupy themselves.
Discussing ‘The Talk’
Jun 11 • 20 min
It’s Been A Minute host Sam Sanders talks with his colleague Kenya Young, executive producer of Morning Edition and mother of three boys about “the talk” — The series of conversations black parents have with their kids, particularly their sons, about how…
How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race
Jun 4 • 10 min
NPR’s Michel Martin talks with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, about how to talk with white kids about racially charged events — and how to keep the conversation going. If you’re a white…
Be Honest And Concrete: Tips For Talking To Kids About Death
May 28 • 23 min
Whether it’s a family pet or a loved one, every child will experience a death at some point — and their parents will likely struggle to explain it. This episode, we revisit the Mr. Hooper episode of Sesame Street, which provides a master class in talking…
Decision Day Is Almost Here. Here’s How To Decide For An Unknown Future
May 26 • 16 min
While it’s hard to know what college will look like this fall, college decision day is almost here. So what can students do to make a sound choice during this uncertain time? Education reporter Elissa Nadworny gives an update on what incoming college…
When Will This Be Over? Sesame Workshop’s Tips For Parenting During A Pandemic
May 12 • 17 min
Many parents are struggling right now — juggling kids at home 24/7 and coping with their own losses. In this episode, Rosemarie Truglio, a developmental psychologist and senior vice president of curriculum and content at Sesame Workshop, offers helpful…
Sesame Street’s Grover On Coping During Coronavirus: Just For Kids
May 10 • 12 min
Hey kids! Sesame Street’s Grover is here and he’s got some great ideas for making your days brighter during coronavirus. Grover explains how to make virtual play dates more fun, how to daydream and how to be a helper.
Kid-Friendly TV Show Recommendations
May 8 • 16 min
Parenting during self-isolation can be challenging, and let’s be honest — sometimes screen time helps you just get through the day. Our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour offer TV recommendations for those with young kids at home.
Here’s How To Pick A College During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Apr 2 • 21 min
The coronavirus pandemic is making college decisions more complicated. This episode answers the burning questions: How do I get a hold of final transcripts if my school is closed? How do I decide on a school I can’t visit? What if I need more financial…
6 Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus
Mar 24 • 17 min
Tens of millions of parents are homeschooling their kids during the coronavirus. Here’s a realistic guide to keeping kids engaged and everyone sane. Hint: this is a good time for passion projects and sleeping in a bit.
Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now
Mar 13 • 13 min
Life Kit answers your questions about parenting and the coronavirus.
‘Big Mouth’ Creators On Embracing The Awkwardness Of Puberty
Mar 12 • 17 min
Life Kit talks to the Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, the creator’s of Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ about sex education.
What Your Teen Wishes You Knew About Sex Education
Feb 11 • 27 min
Consent, dating, masturbation, porn. It can be difficult talking with teens about sex and relationships. NPR’s Life Kit has a few tips to help make those conversations with your kids a little easier.
Helping A Child Whose Parent Is Struggling With Addiction
Feb 6 • 25 min
What can you do if you suspect a child is being impacted by a family member’s addiction? Experts say you don’t need to be an addiction expert, just a caring adult. This episode offers guidance to help a kid through a tumultuous time.
What Is Postpartum Depression? Recognizing The Signs And Getting Help
Jan 28 • 25 min
One in seven women experiences postpartum depression. But it’s easy to feel alone — especially when you’re told having a baby is supposed to be blissful. This episode helps both struggling moms and loved ones identify the symptoms and find treatment.
The Birds And The Bees — How To Talk To Children About Sex
Dec 17, 2019 • 26 min
Sex, genitals, consent, self-touching — it’s tricky to talk to younger kids about these topics. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids.
How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety
Oct 29, 2019 • 24 min
When is your kid just scared of the dark and when are they dealing with a larger anxiety disorder? This episode will teach you how to help a child with anxiety and reach them in stressful moments.
How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change
Oct 24, 2019 • 23 min
Today’s kids are bombarded with the realities of climate change — whether through extreme weather or in the news. These tips will help you and your kids cope with the overwhelming feelings to move beyond helplessness and toward action.
Rethinking Brilliance: Raising Caring, Collaborative Kids
Oct 15, 2019 • 16 min
We all want our kids to succeed, but that doesn’t mean running math drills. Author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek explains the “6 C’s” that kids need to thrive and why raising brilliant kids starts with redefining brilliant.
From First Phones To Online Porn: Answers To Your Screentime Questions
Sep 18, 2019 • 21 min
NPR’s Life Kit answers parents’ questions about their kids’ screen use. Education consultant Ana Homayoun says it’s all about empowering your kids to make good decisions when you’re not around.
Parents, Check Your Own Screen Habits
Jun 28, 2019 • 22 min
From distracted parenting to “sharenting,” an honest look at our own use of electronic media can make us into more skillful parents and better role models. Here’s what to remember:- Put your phone away whenever possible when you’re with your kids. - If…
The Darker Side Of Screen Time
Jun 26, 2019 • 28 min
Emotional outbursts. Lost sleep. These are signs that your kids are spending too much time with digital devices. Here’s what you can do about it. Here’s what to remember:- Pay attention to your children’s emotional relationship with screens, not just how…
The Brighter Side of Screen Time
Jun 24, 2019 • 23 min
The family that plays video games together, stays together. When parents become digital mentors, children can learn empathy, resilience, and prepare for future careers. Here’s how to harness the advantages of screen time. Here’s what to remember:-…
‘We Wanted To Show Children Real Life’: Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano
May 31, 2019 • 18 min
Actress Sonia Manzano is beloved by millions as Maria on Sesame Street. Her character on TV mirrored many of Manzano’s real-life milestones, like marriage and motherhood (Elmo served as ring bearer for Maria’s wedding on the show). She also wrote for…
What Cookie Monster Taught Us About Self-Control
May 17, 2019 • 26 min
Self-regulation skills, including self-control, help us reach our goals, learn in school and get along with others. Millions of children struggle to develop them. We talk to experts for strategies to teach these skills — and get some very special help…
Raising Kids Who Love Math — Even If You Don’t
May 15, 2019 • 23 min
By some estimates, up to 93% of American adults have some degree of math anxiety. The problem often starts in elementary school, but parents can do a lot to fix it. We talk to experts to get some some unexpected strategies for children of all ages, with a…
Kindness Can Be Taught. Here’s How
May 13, 2019 • 31 min
Most kids value success and achievement more than caring for others, according to Harvard’s Making Caring Common project. Who is to blame? We are. We talk to experts for ideas on how to do better, and why.Here’s what to remember:- Children are born to be…
When The News Is Scary, What To Say To Kids
Mar 18, 2019 • 26 min
Whether a school shooting or a deadly tornado, scary events in the news can leave parents struggling to know when — and how — they should talk with their kids about it. Rosemarie Truglio of Sesame Workshop and Tara Conley, a media studies professor at…
‘What If We Lived In Two Houses?’ Talking Kids Through Divorce
Mar 18, 2019 • 22 min
Even the most amicable split is world-changing for young children. Here are a few key tips for grown-ups trying to help their kids navigate this big transition. - Give children as much heads-up as you can — as soon as you’ve made a definite decision to…
The Problem With Toy Guns And Princesses
Mar 18, 2019 • 26 min
Whether it’s mini-makeup kits, gross-smelling slime or semi-automatic foam-dart guns, every parent or caregiver has fielded requests for toys that they’re just not that into. We talk about princesses and superheroes and their influence on kids with…
Death: Talking With Kids About The End
Feb 25, 2019 • 24 min
Whether it’s a goldfish or Grandma, every child will experience a death at some point — and their parents will likely struggle to explain it.
Talking Race With Young Children
Feb 25, 2019 • 20 min
Even babies notice differences like skin color and hair texture. Here’s how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.
Is It OK To Lie About Santa And The Tooth Fairy?
Feb 25, 2019 • 18 min
When it comes to characters like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, parents often play along with elaborate charades. But what should grown-ups do when kids ask tough questions?