Parents & Guardians - Steve Barkley

Podcast for Parents: When Your Teenager or Pre-Schooler Can’t Get Started on a Task

Deborah Farmer Kris, child development expert and author, shares the Pomodoro Technique and how parents can use it to assist learners in starting a task. Lowering anxiety and decreasing what, at times, becomes a youngster-parent struggle. Parents can use the strategy for themselves too. Visit Deborah’s website here. Read Deborah’s article, “Teach Your Kids This […]

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Podcast for Parents: Parents Encouraging Reflection on the Past School Year

All of us can learn from reflection. A too often problem is that we neglect setting aside the time to do it. The end of a school year is a great time to encourage your children’s reflections on the past school year, regardless of their age. A set of possible starter questions are included in […]

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Podcast for Parents: Coaching Math Learning

I began the podcasts for parents at the start of the quarantine when I wanted to support parents as they worked with their children learning at home. I described the role for parents as a learning coach rather than teacher.  Our guest for this podcast, Dr. Hilary Kreisberg has written two books around parents being […]

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Podcast for Parents: Supporting Learners’ Curiosity

All children are naturally curious and our adult role is to provide an environment where children feel they can ask questions and get support for their explorations. Too often youngsters’ curiosity appears to not be valued as we get more focused on correct answers to questions raised by someone else.  How do we model the […]

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Podcast for Parents: Learning About the Teen Brain

Tara Brown, who has been called the “Teen Whisperer,” shares what we know about the teen brain and how that knowledge can support parents in understanding teen needs.  She describes the teen brain as a Maserati with bicycle brakes. Tara is an experienced teenager and parent life coach. Visit Tara’s website here. Subscribe to the […]

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Podcast for Parents: Promoting Optimal Development Through Joy

Experiencing joy has been described as a tonic for all of us, helping with various ailments and concerns. Joy can be healing and has benefits for children of all ages. How do we increase our focus on experiencing the joyful opportunities around us? Read the article, “How Experiencing Joy Can Help Children and Promote Optimal […]

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