Stop Taking and Start Giving + Healthy Twins + Ending Defiance


Kevin Salwen, coauthor of The Power of Half.
Topic: One family’s decision to stop taking and start giving.
Issues: Realizing how much each of us has; what can you give away? The importance of volunteering; starting a family conversation; tapping into anger; experiencing the lives of others.



Joan Friedman, author of Emotionally Healthy Twins.
Topic:
A new philosophy for parenting two unique children.
Issues: Recognizing each twin as a unique individual; fostering each child’s separate friendships and activities; coping with the stress that comes with caring for two babies at the same time.



Alan Kazdin, author of The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child.
Topic: Parenting a defiant child without pills, therapy, or battles.
Issues: Why most of the parenting advice we get is guaranteed to fail; a research-based and proved approach that is guaranteed to work.

The New Knight in Shining Armor

by Stew Friedman The stories we tell children transmit cultural values. Based on the surprising results of a new study my colleagues and I conducted of two generations of Wharton School graduates, I bet that today’s boys and girls are hearing new kinds of stories about men and women than the ones you heard as […]

Putting off Parenthood

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Dear Mr. Dad: By the time my parents were my age (I’m 27), they already had three children. But I’m not married, don’t have any children, and don’t have any plans to. I know there’s been a trend over the past few decades towards having kids at a later age, but in talking with my friends—many of whom feel the same way I do—it seems that there might be a trend towards not having a family at all. Am I right?

A: You are absolutely right. Young people of your generation (Millennials—those born between 1982 and 2002) have some very different ideas about family than their parents and grandparents. Back in 1992, 78% of college grads (79% of women and 78% of men) had plans to either adopt or have children. Twenty years later, in 2002, just 42% (41% of women, 42% of men) intended to become parents. I honestly find that a little scary. With so many people choosing not to have children, who’s going to be making the Social Security contributions that will support those Millennials when they retire?
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Lifelong Love + Using Workplace Skills to Improve Life at Home

Guest 1: Phyllis Koch-Sheras and Peter Sheras, coauthors of Lifelong Love

Topic: Creating and maintaining an extraordinary relationship.

Issues: The 4-step “Couple Power” program that’s based on a dramatic shift in the way in which relationships are viewed—where the couple is seen as an entity in and of itself, greater than the sum of its individual parts.

Guest 2: Andrew Friedman, coauthor of Family, Inc..
Topic:
Office-inspired solutions to reduce the chaos in your home and save your sanity.
Issues: How workplace skills and systems like regular meetings, budget setting, long-term planning, and employee evaluations can help you create a stress-free home.

Creating Extraordinary Relationships + Family, Inc. + Family-Friendly Work + Part-Time Careers

Guest 1: Phyllis Koch-Sheras and Peter Sheras, coauthors of Lifelong Love

Topic: Creating and maintaining an extraordinary relationship.

Issues: The 4-step “Couple Power” program that’s based on a dramatic shift in the way in which relationships are viewed—where the couple is seen as an entity in and of itself, greater than the sum of its individual parts.


Guest 2: Andrew Friedman, coauthor of Family, Inc. .

Topic: Office-inspired solutions to reduce the chaos in your home and save your sanity.

Issues: How workplace skills and systems like regular meetings, budget setting, long-term planning, and employee evaluations can help you create a stress-free home.


Guest 3: Lori Long, author of The Parent’s Guide to Family-Friendly Work.

Topic: Finding the balance between employment and enjoyment.

Issues: How to target family-friendly careers and jobs; evaluating the family-friendly claims of your current employer; negotiating alternate work arrangements; strategies for stay-at-home parents wanting to return to the workplace.


Guest 4: Karen Steede Terry, author of Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career.

Topic: More mothers are opting for part-time work over full-time.

Issues: Lunching a flexible business that fits your life, feeds your family, and fuels your brain; how to transition from full-time to part time or to consulting; the benefits of opening your own business.