Wouldn’t it be great if your child came with an owner’s manual? A how-to book on how to raise your child? And if your child came with such a manual, wouldn’t it be helpful to have someone walk you through it, making that owner’s manual come alive?Michael Gurian and Tim Wright serve as your guides through what they believe is the owner’s manual for your child: Your child’s brain. While the brain doesn’t tell the whole story, it does offer a treasure trove of insights into your son or daughter. Michael and Tim each have over 30 years of experience using brain science research, best-practices, and their own experiences as dads in helping parents read, understand, and implement the gift of your child’s brain, the built-in how-to manual that will help you enjoy the wonder of parenting.
Listener Question: My Brain Made Me Do It! A 3 year old is wrestling with impulse control and blames his brain. Michael and Tim dig into the brain science to talk about how to help our kids manage their impulses as they grow into adults.
The mom of a one year old wants advice on how to get her child to sleep through the night. Michael and Tim expand the question to look at the sleep needs of kids through adolescence…and the sleep needs of parents.
Listeners Questions: The Three Year Old Wrecking Ball and the “Color Blind” Grandson. These two questions focus on harnessing the energy of boys, one with lots of physical energy, the other with energy expressed through humor.
Listener Question: The Disposable Boy. Are boys growing up in a world that sees them as disposable? What does it mean for a boy’s purpose to be rooted in sacrifice? Are disposable and sacrifice the same thing? How do we raise our sons with purpose?
A mom writes in about her son who tends to push back with deep crying and other emotional behaviors. Michael and Tim look at the brain science behind it and some strategies, including boundary setting.
Michael and Tim respond to a listener who is in the position of raising her grandchildren as her children and then broaden the discussion to look at the importance of older people like grandparents in the lives of our children.
Listener Question— The Mom, the Son, and the Nerf Gun. Michael and Tim respond to a mother’s concern about her son and his use of Nerf guns as she wonders if that might lead him to be violent as he grows older
This mom of four has a daughter who continually sticks out her tongue and mom, dad, and others in authority. Michael and Tim talk about some of the causes and some strategies for dealing with that behavior.
A listener from London shares the story of her son and the challenges of having rules that other families don’t necessarily observe. Tim asks Michael to offer some insights for parents of boys and girls on how to work through family boundaries.
The listener shares that her 2 year old son has been getting in trouble for acting like a boy at his day care. Michael looks at both preschool systems and families systems, along with developmental and brain science research, offering practical strategies for schools and families for helping boys thrive.
The listener writes of her frustration helping her sons deal with a list of learning challenges. Tim shares a similar story about his grandson. Michael responds with practical insights to help parents help their kids.
Tim talks with Michael about the often unseen challenges boys face and how some now label all masculinity as toxic. Michael gives an overview of why Helping Boys Thrive is important for our boys, our girls, our families, and our communities.
Listener Question: Toddlers and Tantrums. A listener voices concern about the way her toddler son throws his tantrums. Tim chats with Michael about why tantrums happen and how we should respond in the home and in public.
Raising HEROIC Boys in a Kryptonite World—Part 1: Boys and Schools. Boys are systematically falling behind girls in every area of school from Pre-K through Graduate School. Michael and Tim look at some practical, brain-based strategies for helping your son succeed in school.
Your Child’s Brain and Screen Time. We now have lots of research on the impact of screens and social media on our kids and their development. Michael and Tim unpack the positives and the negatives of the digital world on your child.
Reclaiming the Power of Family Dinners. Research and brain science tell us that the family meal is one of the most important keys to building thriving families. Michael and Tim look at the benefits of family meals and offer practical ideas for harnessing the power of that meal.
Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 2: Protect or Risk. Michael Gurian and Tim Wright continue their look at the differences in parenting styles between moms and dads and how to harness the power of both parenting styles.
Moms and Dads Parent Differently Part 1: Words and Play. Michael Gurian and Tim Wright begin a multi-part looks at the different ways in which moms and dad parent…and how important both parenting styles are.