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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, so this podcast pairs cutting edge research  and proven technique, because nobody is perfect, but together we can be practically perfect parents. 

This podcast is brought to you by The Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the National Parenting Education Network. If you would like to sponsor this podcast, have a question or a topic idea, drop us a line.

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Nov 13, 2017

Parenting in the Age of Trump . . .
and Dealing with Other Challenging Role Models
Here’s a quick parenting quiz. 
 
Question: “How do you spell opportunity?”
 
Answer: “T-R-U-M-P”
 
Regardless of your politics, most of us American parents agree, there’s more profane and disgusting information...


Oct 23, 2017

Why Parents Spank Their Children and Why They Should Stop
 
What do you feel when your lovely child misbehaves and then the misbehavior continues or repeats? What happens when you feel terribly angry and just want to make your child’s behavior stop? What happens if you spank your child . . . and then . . . much to...


Oct 2, 2017

It would be nice to know everything. And if you have children, it would be nice to know about all the wild parenting adventures awaiting you. But you don’t know. You don’t know because there’s no special instruction manual that comes along with the birth of your first child. In this Practically Perfect Parenting...


Sep 15, 2017

This OPENING episode of Season 2 of the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast is positively packed with information and tantalizing tips. TECHNOLOGY and SCREEN TIME is a huge issue for many parents. In this captivating episode, Dr. Sara and Dr. John are talking back to technology; they’re saying, “Hey technology,...


May 29, 2017

Why Youth Sports Makes Parents Crazy

In this—the final episode of Season One—Dr. Sara and Dr. John talk about how youth sports can be the royal road to emotional problems for parents. Highlights include: (a) a discussion of how easy and natural it is for parents to get overemotional about their child’s athletic...