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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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Jun 7, 2018

For this Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast you should just let yourself relax, let go of all expectations, and tune in. You can even practice being bored, because one part of the secret to self-regulation is that it’s all about embracing your boringness (Spoiler alert, Sara gets bored at the end). Another way of...


Mar 26, 2018

In today’s episode, Dr. Sara begins by imagining what it might be like if children, teachers, coworkers, parents, and even world leaders, were able to regulate their emotions.  John is so inspired he starts to sing a song from the Beatles, "Imagine all the people living life in peace...," unfortunately (or...


Feb 1, 2018

Behavior Modification: To Use or Not to Use—That is the Question!

Parenting is difficult. Parenting is also wonderful. As parents, most days we’re reminded of parenting challenges and joys. In today’s episode, Dr. Sara and Dr. John talk (and John dons his professorial persona and talks too much). Sara and John...


Jan 15, 2018

On the Road with the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast: Q and A with Students from the University of Montana

One day, Sara woke up tired; she was tired of always having to go to a studio to record the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast episodes. She emailed John and Mike (the sound guy) and suggested we take the...


Happy New Year

Jan 4, 2018

Happy New Year from all of us at the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast. Have you recovered from the Holidays yet? Join us for some self care as we take a look back at your most downloaded episodes in 2017. 

#1 Parenting in the Age of Trump...

#2 Why Parents Spank, and Why They Should Stop

#3 How to Listen so Parents...