Podcasts, Papers & Articles


Professor, researcher, and author John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D., teams up with parenting, child, and intimate relationship expert Sara Polanchek, Ed.D., to bring you the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast. Children do not come with instruction manuals, and this bi-weekly podcast tackles some of the biggest issues parents face, with humor and wit. Brought to you by The Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the National Parenting Education Network, this podcast pairs cutting edge research  and proven technique, to help make you a practically perfect parent.

Click here to download the episodes for free, and share with your clients, or use them as professional development opportunities! Episodes include:

Parenting in the Age of Trump and Dealing with other Challenging Role Models · Why Parents Spank Their Children and Why They Should Stop · How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen · Technology as a Barrier and a Bridge to Healthy Family Relationships · Why Youth Sports Make Parents Crazy · Youth Sports · How Parents Can Help Children Deal With Grief  · Talking with Children about Life and Death · Teens and Depression · Why Teen’s Talk Back · Let’s Do the Sex Talk Again · Post-Partum Depression — It’s Harder Than You Think · Divorce and Shared Parenting · Love, Sex, Babies and Happiness · The Challenges of Step-Parenting · Sleep Well in 2017 & Beyond · Dear Mom & Dad Please Be My Parent & Not My Bestie · Practically Perfect Positive Discipline, Part 1 · Practically Perfect Positive Discipline, Part 2 · Get Curious, Not Furious: Discipline Again & Again, and Some More 

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Parenting Curricula and Models