Podcast #21: When Temperaments Clash!

Check out the line up for our latest thrilling episode!

Situation of the Week (Jenn): Mutual Problem-Solving with a Babysitter

Topic: When Temperaments Clash! (begins 13:33)

Link: Podcast #2: Temperament

Q & A: Is it effective for parents to play good cop/bad cop with their kids? If so, why? And if not, what do you think the root of parents playing these roles is? (begins 37:49)

Links: Books by Barbara Coloroso Kids Are Worth It! : Giving Your Child The Gift Of Inner Discipline and The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to HighSchool--How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle (Updated Edition)

As always, thanks for listening, and thanks for your feedback! Email us or send us questions, we'd love to hear from you. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Podcast #20: Talking about Parenting Ideas with Your Kids

We are happy to bring you yet another exciting episode of Cultivating the Virtues! This episode is a whole lot funnier than the others somehow. . . we laugh a lot. Yay!

Situation of the Week (Kelly): "Storming off in a museum because of a pottery disagreement" If you want that to make sense, you have to listen!

Topic: Talking about your parenting ideas and principles with your kids (begins 7:05)

Link: Parenting Principles at Rational Jenn

Q & A: When (if ever) should you intervene with other people's kids in public situations? (begins 24:24)

As always, send us feedback and comments, we'd love to hear them! And send us questions, too. (Why none of the links ever work here at Podbean, I truly don't know. Head over to cultivatingthevirtues.blogspot.com for the links!)


Podcast #19: Let’s Talk About Sex

Okay, so we skipped putting out a podcast last week, so we're making up for it by posting a REALLY INTERESTING podcast this time. :D

Situation of the Week (Jenn): Teaching kids what to do instead of just fussing at them for making mistakes. Amazing how helpful that is.

Links: On Minilectures at Rational Jenn

Topic: Talking to your kids about sex (begins 6:02)

Links: It's Not the Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends (The Family Library) and It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families (The Family Library) (that's the book we couldn't remember the name of)

Q & A: What is the best way to deal with rude behavior that is not physically aggressive such as name-calling or sticking your tongue out, particularly in very young children? (begins 31:17)

Please send us comments and feedback and give us more questions to answer in future podcasts! And thanks for listening!


Podcast #18: Living an “Adult-Centered” vs a “Child-Centered” Life

Look at that! Three weeks, three podcasts, woohoo!

Situation of the Week (Jenn): "If I scream, he wins." (It'll make sense when you listen!)

Topic: Living an "Adult-Centered" vs a "Child-Centered" Life (begins 8:48)

Link: "Child Friendly without being Child Centered" at Reepicheep's Coracle (Kelly's blog)

Q & A: How do you handle a parenting mistake when you realize you were unfair, but your child communicated his displeasure in an unacceptable manner (such as hitting or yelling)? (begins 27:38)

Link: "Parenting Toolbox: 3 Rs of Recovery" at Reepicheep's Coracle

Enjoy! And please send us questions or email us your comments and feedback.

NOTE: I have no clue why the formatting isn't working here at Podbean. But it's fine at our regular blog. Will try to fix soon!


Podcast #17: Brainstorming a Parenting Problem

Yay! Another episode! Please forgive the buzzing in the background; we're trying to figure it out.

Situation of the Week: Handling problems among children when some of the children are ignoring another

Topic: Brainstorming Parenting Problems--Kelly and Jenn discuss a problem that Kelly is having and come up with some solutions together (begins 6:01)

Q & A: What should you do when other people try to force their kids to share or give stuff to your kids? (begins 21:11) We hope you enjoy this episode!

Send feedback and comments to cultivatingthevirtues@gmail.com. And send your questions for our Q & A section to our Google Moderator page.


Podcast #16: Our Favorite Books for Kids

Hey there! We're back and recording lots of podcasts this summer, woohoo!

Astute listeners will have noticed that we've skipped ahead a bit in our numbering. We have not published podcasts 14 and 15 yet due to some technical issues, but we put them up as soon as we can. Rather than put everything on hold to get those other podcasts up, we decided to forge on ahead and get some new podcasts out there. We trust you won't mind TOO much if the publication goes out of order.

The line up this time:

  • Situation of the Week (Kelly): Dealing with a fear that you and your child share, and getting back on the horse!
  • Topic (begins 5:50): Our favorite books for kids (and yes, we'll link them all below)
  • Q & A (begins 30:43): What were some of the factors in our decision to homeschool our children?

Thanks for listening! We'd love your feedback at cultivatingthevirtues@gmail.com, and more questions for our Q & A at the Google Moderator page we've set up.

Here are the books we discussed in the podcast (the links are through our Amazon Associates account, so we might get a couple of cents if you click through and purchase, so please do!):

Babies through PreK

Sandra Boynton (Blue Hat Green Hat)

Hand Hand Fingers Thumb

I Spy

Richard Scarry (Cars and Trucks and Things That Go)

Byron Barton (Boats, Trains, Planes, Trucks)

The Carrot Seed

Elementary ages

Ox-Cart Man

Little House on the Prairie (series and audiobooks)

Will's Quill

Robert Louis Stevenson poetry (A Child's Garden of Verses)

Charlotte's Web


If You Give a Pig a Pancake

Bob Books

Grimm's Fairy Tales

James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small

Kids of all ages

Harry Potter (and audiobooks)

Ender's Game

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

Geraldine McCaughrean (The OdysseyBlack Ships Before TroyGod's People)

Childhood of Famous Americans series

Percy Jackson series

The Kane Chronicles

Narnia series

The Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit

By no means an exhaustive list! Do you have any to add? Leave them in the comments! :D


SnowCon Preview!

As you may know, Kelly and Jenn will be giving a talk at Front Range Objectivism's SnowCon on March 12. We recorded a mini-podcast as a preview of our talk "Effective Communication: How Objectivists can Use Positive Discipline Tools in their Adult Relationships." We will be giving this talk at ATLOSCon, too.

Give it a listen! And we hope to see you at SnowCon!


Podcast 13: A Glimpse Into the Relationships of Parents and Their Young Adult Children

We're pleased to present the 13th episode at long last! Please know that we are aware of some technical issues--Kelly has a lot of static on her mic, but believe us when we say that it was much worse before Brendan got a hold of the files! Please bear with us while we work through some of these issues (which will likely exist on the next podcast, too, since we recorded them at the same time).

Situation of the Week (Jenn): Helping a toddler cope with fears and enjoying his self-awareness

Topic: A view of what it's like to be the parent of a young adult (begins 7:06)

Q & A: Does parenting involve sacrifice? (begins 20:09)

As always, feel free to send questions, suggestions, and critiques to cultivatingthevirtues@gmail.com. And we have a new place for you to send questions for future podcasts: check out our Google Moderator page. Please add your own questions and vote for existing questions that you like.


Podcast #12: The Nature of Children

And we're back! Our longish break from publishing podcasts was mostly unintentional, though once it became clear we would be taking some time off, I suppose we could have written a post to let everyone know. Basically, we just got busy pursuing other values in our lives--grad school, homeschool, vacations, etc. But we missed podcasting, and we have more coming soon, hopefully on a semi-regular basis. Yay!

The Line Up

  • Situation of the Week (Jenn): How Jenn handled an ongoing issue with kids not cooperating and being rude (it has to do with going to the pool, so you can tell this was recorded in the summer!)
  • Topic: The Nature of Children (begins 8:59)
  • Q & A: When did we start using PD with our kids? (begins 32:39)

Most of what we discuss in the Topic section is based on a post written by Kelly called "The Nature of Children." So don't miss that post!

Thanks for listening!


Podcast #11: Money

At long last, we are happy to present our 11th podcast! We are grateful for the feedback we received from our listeners about the technical issues with the last podcast. Hopefully this one sounds a little better--Brendan turned the sound way up, so we're hoping that will solve at least some of the problem. We didn't test it on an iPod (because we're currently on vacation!), but I think we'll start this testing as part of our production process. If you have feedback about the podcast--technical or content or otherwise!--please drop us a line at cultivatingthevirtues@gmail.com.

Our line up this time is:

Situation of the Week (Kelly): Dealing with the jealous feelings of her child when she (Kelly) pays attention to other children

Topic: Money (begins 8:00)

Q & A: How did your relationships with other adults change after the arrival of children? (begins 29:34)

Thanks for listening! We'd love your comments and feedback and questions!