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FIreborn Institue PodCast SponsorA podcast for parents on promoting happy academic and social lives. Each week, in short episodes, learn practical strategies to help your child conquer a messy backpack, write a hard essay, develop empathy and stand up to bullies, and much more! Listen while you are in the car, at the gym, or waiting in line.

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Episode 65

Episode 65

Bullying is a big problem kids have to deal with. One of the best ways to decrease bullying is to empower bystanders to do the right thing when they see bullying happen...

Episode 64

Episode 64

ADHD manifests in a multitude of ways. It can be challenging, incredibly hard, as well as rewarding for the child with ADHD and his parents. Sam Hopkins grew up with ADHD and went on to graduate from college as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, but...

Episode 63

Episode 63

Giving your kids time-outs has become controversial, to Fireborn's surprise. So we decided to figure out what was so controversial about them? We found that the time-outs experts recommend and the time-outs experts say are hurting your kids are not the same...

Episode 62

Episode 62

Parent Coach Alison Smith joins us to talk about what to do when your child "talks back". Alison's gentle approach allows parents to parent with compassion and boundaries. She teaches us that when kids talk back it's a surprisingly great opportunity...

Episode 61

Episode 61

Giving logical consequences is easier said than done. So this week we talk about a specific example of giving a logical consequence during a challenging time: when your underage teen drives the car. 

Episode 60

Episode 60

Last week we talked about some general tips for discipline. And we obviously think those general tips, like remaining calm and staying focused on why the behavior was bad and not giving the impression that you think the child is bad...

Episode 59

Episode 59

Working to make this enormous topic of discipline manageable, Fireborn continues its series on discipline by talking about the general rules (guidelines for parents) of discipline...

Episode 58

Episode 58

Discipline is a pretty overwhelming topic. It can also be pretty overwhelming when you are trying to discipline your kids and follow all of the advice! How do you provide logical consequences?...

Episode 57

Episode 57

Usually we focus on keeping track of what we do have to do, but sometimes it can make life a lot easier if we also keep track of what we don't have to do...

Episode 56

Episode 56

Being a slow reader is frustrating! It stinks to have to spend so much more time than your peers just to read through and remember the same amount of information! ...

Episode 55

Episode 55

So often helping kids with homework feels more like nagging them to just sit down and do their homework. That stinks. It’s really no fun for parents or kids. So how do you shift from being the homework nag to your kid’s homework coach?...

Episode 54

Episode 54

Being sick and pregnant this week, I'm realizing just how amazing parents are because they never get to be sick. So this episode is a tribute to all those parents...

Episode 53

Episode 53

My teachers consistently told my parents that my standardized test scores never reflected my true abilities. One major area that came from was reading comprehension. I had tutors and special classes for the SSAT, PSAT, and the SAT, but it wasn’t until...

Episode 52

Episode 52

Finding the right after-school activity can be hard. What if your kid isn’t doing enough extracurriculars? What if she’s doing too many?...

Episode 51

Episode 51

Sometimes the start of the school year just doesn’t go your way. You missed some things the teacher said; you weren’t organized; you misbehaved; whatever...

Episode 50

Episode 50

Every year my husband and I watch Home Alone to start the holiday season off right and every year I hear the things the adults in the movie say to Kevin...

Episode 49

Episode 49

Video games are so entertaining, they can engage your kids (and distract them from the rest of the world) for hours. This can be a bit freaky for parents who...

Episode 48

Episode 48

Parents' patience for their kids can be incredible. And other times, when it feels like kids are purposefully misbehaving, it's easy to get frustrated...

Episode 47

Episode 47

Dr. Brad Jerson and Petra Amrein of the Connecticut Children's Medical Center talk with us about how chronic medical conditions affect children's school life...

Episode 46

Episode 46

Today we dive into how to help our kids be kind people with Dr. Richard of @thedailyhelping. Dr. Richard has a kindness movement...

Episode 45

Episode 45

Rewards are tricky things. They are so clear - study now and then you can have screen time. But they can also decrease kids' internal motivation...

Episode 44

Episode 44

It can be hard for kids to know if what is happening online is actually cyberbullying and if it's serious enough that they should talk to an adult about it...

Episode 43

Episode 43

Kids are constantly communicating with their peers, but how much do you hear them actually talking with others?....

Episode 42

Episode 42

Teenagers do a lot of crazy stuff, which can make raising teens super challenging. But teenagers' brains are also really amazing...

Episode 41

Episode 41

Kids are taught to be nice and to share and to do things that other kids want to do. Unfortunately, sometimes that can mean that kids are terrified of standing up for...

Episode 40

Episode 40

Kids need to do so much to get into a good college and "succeed". They have to be the soccer star, play the oboe...

Episode 39

Episode 39

Having difficulty getting your kid off of her smart phone and doing work? Or what about stepping away from video games to leave the house...

Episode 38

Episode 38

Fireborn's Founder and the host of The Happy Student, Katherine Firestone, talks about growing up with undiagnosed ADHD...

Episode 37

Episode 37

Is your child always putting work off, or rather "saving it for later"? Procrastination is a problem most of us struggle with...

Episode 36

Episode 36

Group work can be the WORST. There are so many to-dos, people, and deadlines to coordinate - it can be a nightmare for your tween. We have 7 tips that you can do to help...

Episode 35

Episode 35

We are obsessed with being busy. It's a status symbol. "Oh, I'm so busy" translates into I'm really important. But that's silly because being busy isn't good for you...

Episode 34

Episode 34

Having trouble getting your slow moving, very distracted kid/teenager out the door on the way to school? Is it that he just isn't motivated to go to school...

Episode 33

Episode 33

Organization (our main back to school topic from last week) isn't the only thing we need to work on as we go back to school. Being on time and able to manage our time is also super helpful...

Episode 32

Episode 32

Kids are already back in school - can you believe it? We can't. But we do have some tips to help your child feel prepared for and excited to start the first day of school.

Episode 31

Episode 31

When you are anxious, you lose IQ points. That's a problem at school (and the rest of life). Help your child learn to calm his anxiety with these 10 tips!

Episode 30

Episode 30

The Happy Student's second episode on fun, active, "edutaining" things to do this summer, including some ideas for art and engineering projects, a not-another-lemonade-stand idea...

Episode 29

Episode 29

Is it ever okay to say "Because I said so" to our kids? And why do I need to apologize to my kids when I mess up? That doesn't feel right. In this episode, featuring Dr. Frank Bartolomeo...

Episode 28

Episode 28

Summer vacation is here and now parents are 100% in charge of kids - no more teachers to share the task of discipline. This week's episode focuses on how to communicate with kids this summer...

Episode 27

Episode 27

Anytime you hear those two terrible, though well-intentioned, words, "Calm down", tempers are sure to flare! So what should you say when your child really should calm down...

Episode 26

Episode 26

Having trouble dieting? Building up the courage to meet new people? Actually getting down to business and studying hard for that upcoming test? Getting Gritty features Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman...

Episode 25

Episode 25

We know breaks are important for our productivity, but it turns out not all breaks are created equal. Learn how to help your children get the most out of their breaks so they can be happy, healthy, and productive!

Episode 24

Episode 24

What to do when your child is angry - start cracking some jokes.

Episode 23

Episode 23

How do you deal with a tough teacher? This week on the show, we talk about how to have difficult conversations with our kids' teachers when the teacher has messed up...

Episode 22

Episode 22

No, not the slide at the playground - the summer slide. Today we discuss some ways to help your kids have a fun and productive summer!

Episode 21

Episode 21

Help your child learn to self-advocate and build good will with her teacher in this quick Fireborn Spark.

Episode 20

Episode 20

The #1 way kids across species learn is by watching what their parents do and by mimicking the behavior. In this episode, we go through some tips to improve your communication with your children...

Episode 19

Episode 19

Our third and final round features Tony Wagner, author of "Creating Innovators" and Strategic Advisor to the documentary "Most Likely to Succeed". What is most important to help kids succeed?

Episode 18

Episode 18

In a special mid-week episode, Headmaster Adam Rohdie joins us to discuss how his school encourages both a love of learning and academic rigor.

Episode 17

Episode 17

It can be hard to balance encouraging your child to do well in school and helping her develop a love of learning. In our first of three episodes, Fireborn talks with Chris Lehman...

Episode 16

Episode 16

Help your kids to learn to overcome failure by telling them about your own failures - or at least faking a few failures if you're too perfect.

Episode 15

Episode 15

Does your child struggle with writing papers? They can be really intimidating! In this episode, you will learn ways to help your kid get started with essays without writing the essay for your kid. It may even be fun... Imagine that!

Episode 14

Episode 14

Catherine Collins joins us to talk about her struggles in school and what her parents did to help her: they took her crazy kid ideas seriously.

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