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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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Dec 26, 2016

High quality sleep drives nearly everything; it improves your memory, enhances emotional stability, and contributes to good health. This means that nap-time and sleeping through the night is equally good for children and parents. In episode 5, Sleep Well in 2017 and Beyond, Dr. Sara Polanchek shares her personal...


Dec 12, 2016

All children misbehave—at least sometimes. You know that. You also know your particular child or children will misbehave; it might even happen every day. And you know how to use positive discipline—partly because it was covered in the two previous episodes of the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast. Why then,...


Nov 28, 2016

Practically Perfect Positive Discipline Part 2. When a child misbehaves, parents often just react. Sometimes these reactions come in ways that we regret later. How do we stop reacting to bad behavior and doing the things that just don't work? This podcast picks up with strategies for parents to use when dealing...


Nov 14, 2016

Discipline is something that so many parents can struggle with. How do we as parents teach our children to make smart choices? Does it have to be my way or the highway? This are just some of the many topics discussed in this three part series as we explore the ideas and myths surrounding discipline and children....


Oct 30, 2016

Nobody is perfect and kids don't come with an instruction manual! Some of the most challenging and rewarding life experiences come with children. Sure we want our kids to like us, and we also know that ice cream for breakfast is not always a sound choice. In our debut podcast we explore the difficulties parents...