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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...


Mar 20, 2017

When Teens Talk Back
 
In this episode, Dr. Sara decides to consult with Dr. John about her hypothetical “friend’s” teenage and pre-teen boys, who coincidently, happen to be the same ages as Sara’s own children. Other than being a disastrously bad consultant, John ends up complaining about how disrespectful our...


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, when...


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...