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WebTalkRadio.net HostEvery mom and dad wants to raise a great kid. Even if we don’t all agree on what it means to BE a great kid, we all know one when we see one. Raising a great kid takes smart parenting, but who has time to read all those advice filled books? In “30-Minute Mom,” Karen Quinn talks to experts and experienced parents, tackling difficult parenting questions for insights and advice on how to make the toughest job in the world just a little bit easier. Give us 30 minutes a week, and we’ll help you raise a great kid!

 

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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 […]

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30 Minute Mom with Karen Quinn

Karen Quinn began writing at the age of 45, after being downsized from her corporate job. She then starting a business helping Manhattan families get their children into the most in-demand private and public nursery schools and kindergartens. Her first book, “The Ivy Chronicles”, is a humorous novel based on that experience. She has since gone on to write “Wife in the Fast Lane”, “Holly Would Dream”, and “The Sister Diaries,” two of which have been optioned as movies.
Karen’s fifth book, “Testing for Kindergarten”, guides parents on working with their children at home, building the 7 types of intelligences kids need to do well on IQ tests and in school. At her website, www.TestingMom.com, she helps parents get their children into the country’s best public gifted programs, private schools, and public charter and magnet programs.
Karen’s web sites are www.TestingMom.com, www.testingforkindergarten.com and www.karenquinn.net. She has been a featured expert on ABC’s The View, 20/20, The Daily Buzz, More Magazine, Forbes, Woman’s Day, Redbook, The New York Times, and more.

 

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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – Raising Kids When You’re a Mother Who Started Off Older! What are the special challenges of raising kids when you don’t become a mother until you’re over 35? On the plus side, you have more wisdom and (maybe) more money than you had at 25! On the not-so-plus side, you may have had to contend with infertility treatments or surrogacy, perhaps you’re dealing with raging ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – Family Pets: The Secret Sauce to Raising Empathetic, Responsible, Confident Kids! The research is clear. Children brought up in homes with pets (especially cats and dogs) are more empathetic, nurturing, responsible and self-confident. Positive relationships with pets can help children develop trusting relationships with others. Curling up with a cat or dog makes homework-time more appealing to kids. When children are anxious, their animals offer a ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – How to Empower Your Children For Safety Did you know that 90% of child molestation is done by someone the children knows? We must teach our kids how to be the boss of their own bodies, how to say “no” to an adult who wants them to do something inappropriate, and how to react to an uncomfortable advance. Did you know that ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – How to Raise a Child Who Has Self-Control Social scientists say three things matter for success in life: IQ, family’s socioeconomic status and self-control. While IQ and socioeconomic status are tougher to change, self-control can be taught – and the earlier the better. Children who have greater self-control as preschoolers grow up to be healthier, have higher SAT scores, and get better jobs. ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – Fun With Brothers and Sisters! Why Siblings Fight and How to Help Them Get Along According to studies, siblings between the ages of 3 and 7 clash 3.5 time each hour. Nothing can be more painful for a parent than to watch her kids, usually playmates, taunt and threaten each other – maybe even come to blows – out of nowhere. It’s frustrating to try to figure out who started ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – The Trouble with Boys – How to Help Your Son Thrive in School Is your smart, capable son struggling in school? When he talks about school, is he bored, disengaged, or fearful? Or does he just seem to be falling out of love with learning? Many parents from all walks of life are noticing the same thing. They are wondering what has changed about our boys, their schools, ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – Discipline 101 – How to Solve The Most Common Misbehavior Problems of the Parenting World Wouldn’t this parenting “thing” be amazing if kids didn’t misbehave? Think about it, who doesn’t love reading bedtime stories all snuggled together or going on outings to the toy store with our little ones in tow? Unfortunately, our fantasy parenting bubble gets burst when little Leo refuses to go to sleep or tiny Tina drops ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – Why Children Lie and What You Can Do About It For the last twenty years, parents have rated “honesty” as the trait they most wanted in their children. Meanwhile, 98% of teens report lying to their parents. By age 4, most kids start lying to avoid punishment. Studies show that the typical 4-year-old lies once every two hours, while 6-year-olds lie once every hour and ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – How to Parent a Shy Child – 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. Here’s ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – NurtureShock – New Thinking About Children – Meet co-author Ashley Merryman! NurtureShock – New Thinking About Children is one of today’s hottest books on parenting, kids, and education. In it, our guest, Ashley Merryman and co-author Po Bronson use the latest science to debunk much of the conventional wisdom that is behind the way we raise and educate our kids. For example, we think praising our ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – How to Choose a Summer Program For Your Child About 10 million kids attend summer camps each year, continuing a tradition that has been around for generations of American children. While schools teach academic skills, camp is for learning life skills –– how to be independent, take risks, get along with new people, problem solve, lead, be part of a team, get fit, hone ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – Kindergarten Testing: To Prepare or Not to Prepare? The most important test your child will ever take comes 13 years before the SAT. Around the country, life altering placement decisions are made every day by gifted programs and private schools based on the test results of a 4, 5, and 6-year-old. Public school children aren’t immune from this. Children starting public school are ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – Family Meals: The Magic Bullet For Raising a Great Kid! The benefits of something as simple as family meals on kids are astounding. We’re talking higher grades, better vocabulary, improved communication with parents, lower risk for eating disorders, depression, smoking, alcohol, drug use and obesity. The reasons most folks cite for not having family meals: parents don’t have time to cook or they’d rather watch ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – How to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read (…And How to Help Your Struggling Reader) If a child can read, he can learn anything. If a child struggles with reading, the world is a scary place. Join us as we talk with Dr. Marion Blank, one of the world’s leading experts on how children learn to read, and this year’s winner of the Upton Sinclair award for her work in ...
  • 30 Minute Mom – How NOT To Raise a Spoiled Child Join us as we talk to Tracey Jackson, screenwriter of Confessions of a Shopaholic and writer, director, producer, and co-star of Lucky Ducks, a documentary the NY Post described as one where “a mom ships her ‘brat’ to the slums of Mumbai to cure her spoiled behavior.” But the movie is more than that – ...