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30 Minute Mom

30 Minute Mom – How to Parent a Shy Child – Part 2 – Help Your Child Warm up, Open up, and Join the Fun!

If you are the parent of a shy child, it can be painful to watch him struggle. The key is to help him work with, rather than against, his natural tendencies, says today’s guest, Bernardo J. Carducci, Ph.D., author of The Shyness Breakthrough and director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast. In this interview, you’ll learn what shyness is, whether or not children are born shy, what triggers the shyness response in children, how you can help your shy child make new friends, join in conversations, and succeed in interviews if he has to be tested for a special school program. If you have a shy child, you won’t want to miss today’s show!

30 Minute Mom – Get Your Child to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling!

Why is it so hard to get kids to listen? You ask your child to turn off the TV, do her homework, get ready for school or bedtime. You know she hears you, but she ignores you. You ask again…and again…and no response. Nagging doesn’t work. Screaming frustrates everyone. Counting to 3 is useless. What’s a parent to do? Enter Amy McCready, author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time… and founder of the popular online course, Positive Parenting Solutions. In this interview, learn some of the most effective tools Amy teachers in her course and book to help parents get their kids to listen and cooperate at home.

30 Minute Mom – How to Raise a Child With Self-Control, Discipline, and Focus!

You are going to be SHOCKED when you find out the secret to raising a child with self-control, discipline, focus and flexibility. It’s none other than letting your child play! Today’s guest, Dr. Adele Diamond, is one of the world’s leading researchers in cognitive functions (which are also called “executive functions” or “self regulation”). She is an expert on how play builds a child’s executive functions and why it is a MUST for a child’s life success. At a time when so many schools are eliminating recess from their daily schedules and focusing on math and spelling drills and, the importance of play is a critical concept for parents to understand and act upon.

30 Minute Mom – How to Start a Child-Inspired Business

Have you ever had a problem with your child, solved it in a unique way, and wondered if other parents might have the same need? If so, you may have the beginning of a great business idea. When Julie Azuma’s daughter, Miranda, was diagnosed with Autism 15 years ago, there were very few resources to help Autistic children. Therapists would tell Julie to cut out pictures of fruit, furniture, and people from magazines and clue them to cards because language flashcards didn’t exist then. Julie’s desperate need for tools to help Miranda gain language inspired her to launch Different Roads To Learning (www.DiffLearn.com), a website selling educational products for children diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other developmental disabilities. What began on her kitchen table is now a multi-million dollar enterprise. Find out how Julie started and grew this business, and what she says to other parents who might want to launch their own child-inspired businesses!

30 Minute Mom – Making the Most of Travel With Your Kids

Summer is here and that means vacation-time with your children! No one knows more about where to head for summer fun with kids than Beth Blair, from TheVacationGals.com. In this interview, Beth will talk about the best kid destinations, keeping kids occupied on airplanes, finding a trustworthy babysitter when traveling, when you can leave your kids alone in a resort, those kid’s clubs that so many hotels offer, how to make the most of a Disney vacation, avoiding sunburns, keeping kids safe on the road, finding great restaurants for kids, where to find a great vacation house to rent, best bets on trips that include the grandparents, and much more! If you are heading out on the road with your children this summer, you won’t want to miss this information-packed interview with travel writer Beth Blair.

30 Minute Mom – Is Your Child Gifted? Part 2

What does it really mean for a child to be gifted? Can you measure it on an IQ test? Is giftedness defined by a group of qualities that can be observed such as an extensive vocabulary, strong curiosity, and great thinking skills? Does your child seem brilliant at times, but the teacher says he’s lazy at school? Could a child like that be gifted, but bored? If you’ve ever wondered if your child might be gifted, don’t miss this week’s (and last week’s!) show on gifted children with one of the world’s leading experts on giftedness, Dr. Linda Silverman. Dr. Silverman is a psychologist who directs The Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado where over 6,000 children have been assessed since 1979. Dr. Silverman will tell you how to recognize if your own child is gifted, what special issues gifted children face, and what you as a parent MUST do to help your gifted child succeed in school and life.

30 Minute Mom – Is Your Child Gifted? Part I

What does it really mean for a child to be gifted? Can you measure it on an IQ test? Is giftedness defined by a group of qualities that can be observed such an extensive vocabulary, strong curiosity, and great thinking skills? Does your child seem brilliant at times, but the teacher says he’s lazy at school? Could a child like that be gifted, but bored? If you’ve ever wondered if your child might be gifted, don’t miss this week’s (and next week’s!) show on gifted children with one of the world’s leading experts on giftedness, Dr. Linda Silverman. Dr. Silverman is a psychologist who directs The Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado where over 6,000 children have been assessed since 1979. Dr. Silverman will tell you how to recognize if your own child is gifted, what special issues gifted children face, and what you as a parent MUST do to help your gifted child succeed in school and life.

30 Minute Mom – Private School Admissions – How to Get Past that Velvet Rope!

With public schools facing financial crisis and class sizes growing larger every year, more families are turning to private schools for their kids. In some markets, it can be harder to get into private school than Harvard. How can you help your child stand out? How do you make your family appeal to the school as one they would like to have as part of their community? Do you have to be rich? Do you have to be connected? What more are they looking for? Today’s guest, Victoria Goldman, is the guru of getting into private school in the most competitive market in the country – New York City. She’s the author of The Manhattan Guide to Private Schools and Selective Public Schools. Victoria will tell us what it takes to get accepted by the most discerning private schools and what admissions directors are really looking for when they assess your child and family.

30 Minute Mom – How Sleep Affects Your Child’s IQ, Emotional Well-Being, ADHD, and Obesity!

What does staying up one-hour late three nights in a row mean for a school age child? A sleepy 6th grader performs in school like a 4th grader. That’s right – the loss of an hour of sleep for three nights can cause the loss of two years of cognitive development in a child! Beyond school performance, sleep deprivation affects children’s emotional stability – sleep deprived kids are less able to recall positive memories compared to depressive ones. Kids who receive less than eight hours of sleep in a night are 300% more likely to be obese than kids getting ten hours of shut-eye. Learn what every must parent know about how sleep (or the lack thereof) affects our kids as we speak to Dr. Monique LeBourgeois, who studies how sleep affects children at The University of Colorado. Find out how much sleep your child needs at different stages of life, what impact the lack of sleep has on kids, and how we can help our kids get more of the sleep they desperately need!

30 Minute Mom – Scream-Free Parenting – How to Keep Your Cool No Matter What!

Every kid wants to have “cool” parents. This doesn’t mean they want their parents hip to the latest styles, nor do they crave parents who don’t make rules. What every child wants and needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Join us as we talk to Hal Runkel, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and author of Scream-Free Parenting – Raising Your Kids By Keeping Your Cool. Discover why it is the greatest thing a parent can do is to focus on themselves rather than the child, learn what to do when your child seems out of control, and find out how to keep your sanity when it comes to disciplining your child.