Check out the latest parenting news and advice from Parents magazine editors and expert advisors in our podcasts -- cool radio shows you can listen to on your computer or iPod.
Episode 29: Imaginary Friends
What should parents do when their kids have imaginary friends? Should you encourage your child's pretend pals? Will they help or hurt your child's ability to make in-person friends? Host Barrie Gillies and health and psychology editor Diane Debrovner chat with social psychologist Dr. Susan Newman about what these made-up buddies mean for kids. Then news editor Kourtney Eidam shares our favorite new toys of 2008. Finally, since so many families are feeling the squeeze this season, senior editor Judy Goldberg and podcast producer Curtis Fox chat about how to make sure your kids aren't affected by your money anxieties.
Episode 28: Night Nurses
Night nurses are becoming increasingly popular: They take care of your kids (usually babies) at night so mom and dad can sleep. But the issue of whether parents should hire one is super-polarizing. If you have childcare during the day and at night, are you ever spending time with your kids? What's wrong with having someone help you through those first few exhausting weeks of parenthood? And why is hiring parenting help such a sensitive subject? Host Barrie Gillies, senior editor Judy Goldberg, health and psychology editor Diane Debrovner, and producer Curtis Fox chat about the issues.
Episode 27: Shy Kids
What do you do when your child is really shy -- when she's even scared to approach a trusted grandparent or say hi to her friends? Child psychologist Dr. Pete Stavinoha joins hosts Barrie and Diane to explain why some kids are naturally less outgoing and what you can do as a parent to help her combat her social anxiety.
Episode 26: More Parent Tips
The editors and staff of Parents magazine dish their quick tips and parenting secrets. Hear our strategies for how to limit sweets at special events, teach your kids to stick to it, and sooth your child's nightmares.
Episode 25: Setting Limits
What do you do when you feel like a doormat mom -- when you just can't say no to your kids' demands? Pediatrician and Parents advisor Dr. Ari Brown joins host Barrie and senior editor Judy to explain why setting boundaries is really important for your child's development. Dr. Brown also shares some tips for putting your foot down without turning everything into a power struggle.
Episode 24: All About Sunscreen
We slather our kids in sunscreen and never leave the house without their hats, but could being the "sun police" actually contribute to vitamin D deficiency? (Our bodies produce the essential vitamin in response to sunlight.) Dermatologist and Parents advisor Dr. Jody Alpert Levine joins host Barrie and health and psychology editor Diane to help us figure it out -- and share more sun safety tips.
Episode 23: Strawberry Shortcake Gets a Makeover
Strawberry Shortcake (the classic 80's doll) recently got a makeover, which sparked a discussion on the trend of updating classic toys -- and making them subtly sexier. How do these toys and images impact our kids? Parents media editor, Amanda Wolfe, joins our host, Barrie Gillies, to chat about this trend and what parents can do.
Episode 22: Crying
When you hear a baby crying, doesn't it just get you where you live? As a parent, it's hard to know when your child is crying about something serious and when he's just blowing off steam. Dr. Ari Brown, a Parents advisor and author of Baby 411, shares her advice about how to decode your baby's cries and how to cope.
Episode 21: Better Bedtimes and More Tips
The editors and staff of Parents magazine dish their quick tips and parenting secrets. Hear our strategies for how to get your kid to sleep through the night, leaving the playground without a fuss, and how to sneak in some "me time" as a single mom.
Episode 20: All About Babysitters
Whether you need a full-time nanny or an occasional Friday night babysitter, every parent needs a little help sometimes. How do you find the right kind of babysitter for your kids and your life? Expert Susan Davis, one of the editors of Searching for Mary Poppins, shares her advice about managing this all-important relationship. Finally, what do you do when you have a super-sensitive child? Our host Barrie Gillies and Parents Health & Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner tackle this and other parenting dilemmas when moms call in with questions.
- Susan's book: Searching for Mary Poppins: Women Write About the Intense Relationship Between Mothers and Nannies
Episode 19: Getting Your Kids to Cooperate
The editors and staff of Parents magazine dish their quick tips and parenting tricks:
- Getting your kids to cooperate
- Stopping power struggles in their tracks
- Teaching kids to tell time
Episode 18: Breastfeeding Dilemmas
Everyone knows that the breast is best, but what happens if you just can't breastfeed your baby, or you choose not to? And what about all that peer pressure? Our expert, Dr. Jane Morton, shares the facts on the benefits of nursing, and advice on what to do if it's just not working for you. Finally, what do you do when your kid won't stay in bed at night? Our host Barrie Gillies and Parents Health & Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner tackle this and other parenting dilemmas when moms call in with questions.
Episode 17: Throw a Super-Fun Birthday Party
The editors and staff of Parents magazine dish their quick tips and parenting tricks on this and more:
- Getting your kids to do what you want
- Staying sane as a busy parent
Episode 16: Combat a Cranky Kid!
The editors and staff of Parents magazine dish their favorite quick tips and parenting tricks on this and more:
- Tailoring discipline to your kid's personality
- Helping your family get exercise on a rainy day
- Keeping your linen closet clutter-free
Episode 15: Toy Safety
Toys are supposed to be fun, not stressful -- right? But with all the recalls and scares about toy safety, how does a parent know when a toy is safe -- and when it's not? Our expert, journalist and lawyer Daphne Eviatar, helps us put our fears into perspective and shares steps that parents can take to make sure their kids are safe. Plus, Parents Creative Director Jeffrey Saks dishes his secret for getting his son to behave. Finally, what do you do when you have a super-picky eater? Our host Barrie Gillies and Parents Health & Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner tackle this and other parenting dilemmas when moms call in with questions.
Episode 14: Get Your Kid to Listen!
Parents editors dish their favorite quick tips and parenting tricks on this and more:
- Making Time for Family Dinners
- Getting the Kids to Sleep on Time
- Easier nighttime feedings for baby