Archive for January 2014

Six-time New York Times bestselling author + Personal medical crisis + Happy family expert  = Bruce Feiler on parenting after something bad happens

Across the country, families are already struggling with financial worries, time strain, and emotional stress.

What happens to families when a health crisis hits?

Are there parenting lessons about coping?

Can we find grace and wisdom on a road filled with pain and heartache?

We’ll be interviewing author, television personality, and dad of two Bruce Feiler about parenting through his “lost year” fighting life-threatening cancer, anticipating fatherhood in absentia via his inspired Council of Dads, and how the experience informed his new book The Secrets of Happy Families.

Bruce writes the “This Life” column about today’s families for the Sunday New York Times, including the recent Together at Home and at Work, which offers conflict resolution advice for spouses who are working together. He is talking about professional projects but I think there’s potential applicability to any kind of shared, intense, goal-specific undertaking (including research and treatment options during a medical crisis).

He is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Council of Dads, which was the subject of a one-hour documentary on CNN and Walking the Bible, which has been translated into fifteen languages and inspired a PBS series by the same name.


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 We’re getting down and dirty with Kimberly Ford Chisholm, the author of Hump: True Tales of Sex After Kids.Talk of sex and parents inspires lots of silly jokes and witty wordplay. One my favorites is a variant of Carpe diem…Seize the lay! All kidding aside, this is a really important discussion that yields some great advice inside hilarious, bawdy, angst-filled storytelling.

When we floated the topic with some dad and mom friends and unnamed spouses, this is what we heard:

Families are less functional when parents stop having sex with each other.

If you’re not having sex with your spouse, don’t assume no one is having sex.

Even if it’s absolutely, unequivocally the very last thing in the world you feel like doing, do it anyway. I’m always glad I did.

Give a little, get a little.

Listen to our interview with Kimberly then share the podcast with your favorite adult in the house. You’re welcome.

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Something is urgently wrong with the way that American women are giving birth. Can it be that we are doing it in the wrong place? With the wrong types of professionals? Under the bright lights and prodding equipment of modern medicine? We rank near the bottom of industrialized countries in maternal and infant mortality, and in countries with the best maternal/infant outcome, cesarean rates hover around 15%, and 20-30% of births happen at home. Carefully manipulated studies promoted by obstetricians have showcased the dangers of a physiologic birth at home. Meanwhile, these same physicians are practicing in a field that bases only 30% of its recommendations on quality evidence. Join us as we wade through the myths and lore around hospital-free birthing.

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It keeps us safe. It tells us when we need to do more research. And when we should consider a different path.

We’re talking about that funny feeling we get. A sixth sense. A hunch about something or a vibe from someone. When the hairs on the back of our our neck stand up. Gut. Instinct.

We’ll be talking about the ideas and strategies presented in the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Fear and the companion book Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) by Gavin De Becker.

On any given day, we make hundreds of big and small decisions. Yes, it’s the uneasy feeling about a babysitter or the odd vibe from a stranger that makes us take the next elevator. It’s also what helps us choose among lots of options: the day care program or school for our children, the best job offer, the next book we’ll read.

We rely on on intuition more than we know.

Join us for a fascinating discussion about the technology of intuition and the gift of fear.

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