Jan 31
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Radio Show – Peace in the Home?

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Hi friends – Today is an encore performance of “It Takes a Parent” – I hope you enjoy it all over again. (This is one of the shows I had my kids themselves listen to – I felt there was so much good stuff in here for them!) Listen to the “It Takes a Parent” show today at 2:00 central (AM/1160 or live streaming on WYLL.com) and afterward here or on NationalReview.com. You’ll hear Ken Sande, President of the International Mediation group Peacemaker Ministries, talk with producer Lynne and me about sibling conflict. Ken says not always should conflict not always be avoided, but that conflict always produces an opportunity for positive things to happen. (You know what? This is true in every area of life.) Tune in to find out how that works!

Happy parenting!

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Jan 28
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Column – The Price of Privilege

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Hi Friends – here’s this week’s column. Guess which is one of our most at-risk groups of youth? It’s the most privileged. I blogged before about a great book “The Price of Privilege” – here’s the column I wrote on lessons from the book which can apply to all our kids.

My Column

Happy Parenting!

Betsy Hart

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Jan 24
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Radio Show – The Changing Landscape for the Abortion-rights movement

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Hi friends – we have a great show for you today. Producer Lynne and I will be talking live with Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony list, a pro-life political action group. As you know, this week marked the commemoration of the tragic supreme court decision legalizing abortion. The good news is that minds and hearts continue to be changed in the pro-life direction. Marjorie (a dear friend of mine) will be talking about where we are legally, politically, and culturally in the pro-life cause. You will not want to miss this – she’s terrific.

Next week, the Susan B. Anthony list will be hosting a ten-year gala celebration! I urge you, if you are anywhere in the D.C. metropolitan area, to make it your plan to join these great folks on January 30th. You can find out more by going to sba-list.org.

Be sure to listen today on WYLL/AM1160 in Chicago, streaming on WYLL.com, or pick up the podcast here after the show or tomorrow and over the weekend on nationalreview.com

As always, thanks for listening!

Betsy

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Jan 22
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Today’s Parenting Tip – Bill Cosby on why “It Takes a Parent”

Hi Friends – I hope you had a great three-day weekend.

Well, Bill Cosby was at it again on MLK today, stirring up controversy and reminding people it really does take a parent. His focus was the Black community, but his words are for every parent!  You’ll want to sese what he has to say.

Bill Cosby

And hey, we’re putting together a great show this week so be sure to tune in.

Happy Parenting!

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Jan 17
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Radio Show – Are We Built for Optimism? Yes! With WSJ science writer Robert Lee Hotz

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Hi friends – Hey, producer Lynne and I have a great show for you today. We’ll talk with Wall Street Journal science writer Robert Lee Hotz about. . . optimism. It seems we humans are built for it. Literally. Lynne and I agree that with 9 kids between us – we’d better be optimists or we couldn’t get up in the morning! (This is the subject I wrote about recently.)

Hotz offers a offers a very easy – and surprising – technique for building on the optimism we were created to experience. You’ll definitely want to listen in!

That’s today at 2:00 central time, AM1160/WYLL radio, or afterward via podcast here or on NationalReview.com

And thanks for listening!

Betsy

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Jan 13
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Column – When it Comes to College, the Student is More Important than the School

Hi friends – Here’s this week’s column. So many of my friends and even family members are going through the college “rat race.” Just watching it is enough to make a person nuts!

I’m not at all sure it has to be that way. Maybe my brother was onto something when he went through this process decades ago. Talk about a laissez-faire attitude.

Enjoy.

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Jan 10
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Radio Show – The Price of Privilege

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Hi friends – As promised, this week on “It Takes a Parent” Producer Lynne and I talked live live to Dr. Madeline Levine, a practicing psychotherapist and author of “The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids” (Harper Collins.) I’ll also be writing about her book in my column next week. (I passed on to you a lot of this information earlier in the week. See the last “parenting tip” for an excerpt from her book.)

Levine deals in her practice with teenagers who get plenty of attention from parents and school, they have a good standard of living – but they are extraordinarily unhappy, more so than teens in the past. Her experience is echoed by her professional peers around the country and in amazing studies we talked about on the air. Did you know studies show the highest rates of depression and substance abuse are in the most affluent teen communities? What’s going on?

Here’s one hint:

Levine writes that today we set academic standards for our kids that are exceedingly high, while at the same time we have standards for their involvement in family life that are exceedingly low. How true!

I don’t agree with everything she says – she seems to take a more “hands off” view of the teen years than I would – but wow she makes some great points. And this isn’t just about affluent teens, there’s so much here for all parents. You’ll definitely want to have a read of the excerpt, and a listen to the show – and pass it on!

Happy parenting – Betsy

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Jan 08
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Today’s Parenting Tip – The Price of Privilege

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Hi friends – this week on the radio show I’ll be talking live to Dr. Madeline Levine, a practicing psychotherapist and author of “The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids.” (I’ll also be writing about her book in my column.)

Here’s why – it’s an excerpt from the book I wanted to share with you in today’s parenting tip (this link you’ll have to paste into your browser)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/06/25/CMG5EJ6PF71.DTL

Levine deals in her practice with teenagers who get plenty of attention from parents and school, they have a good standard of living – but they are extraordinarily unhappy, more so than teens in the past. Her experience is echoed by her professional peers around the country. What’s going on?

Here’s one hint:

Levine writes that today we set academic standards for our kids that are exceedingly high, while at the same time we have standards for their involvement in family life that are exceedingly low. How true!

I don’t agree with everything she says – she seems to take a more “hands off” view of the teen years than I would – but wow she makes some great points. And this isn’t just about affluent teens, there’s so much here for all parents. You’ll definitely want to have a read of the excerpt- and pass it on!

Happy parenting – Betsy

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Jan 04
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Column – We Humans Are Built to be Sunny Side Up

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This week’s column is about the new year – and the sunny side of the street. It turns out we humans are built to walk on it!

My Column

Happy New Year!

Betsy Hart

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Jan 03
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Radio Show – Wendy Mogel and “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee”

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Hi Friends – today’s show is a “Best of It Takes a Parent” – I hope you got a chance to listen! Dr. Wendy Mogel is the author of the best selling, “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee.” She is a wonderful child psychologist in southern California, and she is just filled with common sense. As she put it to me when I was working on my book, “It Takes a Parent,” “I think the word ’special’ and ‘child’ are used way to much in the same sentence.”Producer Lynne and I are a little tired of our kids whining, or telling us things like “that’s stupid” – no matter what we suggest doing, say on a Saturday afternoon) – and in my case I’m tired of my kids asking me to go out to dinner all the time. What is that??

Dr. Mogel will talk to us about how to help our kids become more grateful. Thank goodness!

Dr. Mogel takes on what I call “the parenting culture” so beautifully, you’ll want to listen to the show and then buy her book on Amazon.com

Be sure to tune in – and thanks for listening.

Betsy Hart

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