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Confused by all the parenting resources? Looking for the definitive voice? Let our experts cut through the noise. Subscribe to the Bright Horizons® podcast, "Teach. Play. Love. Parenting Advice for the Early Years." Listen as parents and early childhood educators come together to cull the competing advice, separate fact from fiction, and focus on what does – and doesn’t – matter during these early years. Be more confident, have less worry…and let Bright Horizons help make parenting the joy i ...
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Spock Talk: A Parenting Advice Podcast

Deborah Copperud and Katie Curler

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A conversation about the history of parenting advice. In ten episodes we explore: what's the deal with Dr. Benjamin Spock? What was so great about the Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care? And who gets to tell parents how to parent? Listen and learn about twentieth century history, weird recipes, gentle parenting, anti-war protests, the Paris Olympics, book publishing, medical school education, women's magazines, and more!
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What class do you take to become a good parent? Raising a child is the biggest and most important thing that a parent will do in their life, yet so many are going through the process blindly without any skill or direction. This podcast will go through the actionable steps of things you can do to become a better parent every day. The future needs it.
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The Encouraging Christian Fathers podcast is a weekly source of encouragement and parenting insight for christian fathers. The show is co-hosted by Joshua Sheats (a 30-year-old father of 2 young children) and Joshua's own father, David Sheats (a 73-year-old father of 7 grown children and grandfather of 11). The combination of David's 51 years of parenting experience and Joshua's fresh and current challenges lead to engaging and relevant discussions on all aspects of parenting!
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Ever wished you could have a heart-to-heart with your younger self? Join me, a 50-year-old with a lifetime of stories, wisdom, and a dash of wit, as I share hindsight and advice on love, relationships, children, friendships, and life in general. Straightforward and candid, this podcast is your go-to for all the lessons I wish I knew back then. Tune in for a journey of reflection and insight, designed to guide and entertain the younger version of you.
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Welcome to "Listen Up Younger Self." I'm your host, Heather Solomon, bringing you the real talk about the roller coasters of marriage, wild relationships, and navigating parenthood without a user manual. In this episode, we delve into the importance of showing vulnerability to our kids. We'll explore how putting up walls and always appearing strong…
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Welcome to Listen Up Younger Self, I;m your host, Heather Solomon. In this episode, I will discuss the often uncomfortable topic of vulnerability and its critical role in maintaining a healthy and intimate relationship. You will here me share a personal journey, revealing how early life experiences shaped my views on vulnerability and how I learned…
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Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation only to be interrupted by someone who just had to tell you how they did it better? We've all encountered the infamous one-upper. I'm your host, Heather Solomon and in this episode of Listen Up Younger Self, I will deep dive into identifying and handling this frustrating behavior. Join me as I share…
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Welcome to Listen Up Younger Self, hosted by me Heather Solomon, where we dish out real talk about the roller coasters of marriage, navigating wild relationships, and the elusive user manual for raising kids. Ever felt unseen and unheard in your relationships? This episode dives deep into those feelings of neglect and the walls we build in response…
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Welcome to today's episode of Listen Up Younger Self. I'm your host, Heather Solomon, and today we're diving deep into a topic that will resonate with many: the Superwoman Syndrome. Do you often feel exhausted, burnt out, and burdened with the weight of trying to do it all? If so, this episode is for you. In this candid discussion, I reflect on my …
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In this stirring episode of 'Listen Up, Younger Self', host Heather Solomon shares a deeply personal retelling of a recent marital argumet and how essential the power of pause emerged in resolving it. Heather explores how seemingly slight miscommunications can rapidly evolve into major tensions, offering her hard-won wisdom and insights along the w…
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Welcome to Listen Up Younger Self! I'm your host, Heather Solomon, dishing out real talk about the roller coasters of marriage, navigating wild relationships, and the elusive user manual we all wish we had for parenting. Ever felt like your kids are driving you up the wall and no one is listening? You're not alone. In today's episode, I dive into t…
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Welcome to the very first episode of "Listen Up Younger Self," I'm your host, Heather Solomon. If you're feeling a bit disconnected from your partner, I have a simple yet powerful tip that can make a significant impact on your relationship. In this episode, we will dive into the importance of physical touch and the courage to go first in rekindling…
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Ever wished you could have a heart-to-heart with your younger self? Join me, a 50-year-old with a lifetime of stories, wisdom, and a dash of wit, as I share hindsight and advice on love, relationships, children, friendships, and life in general. Straightforward and candid, this podcast is your go-to for all the lessons I wish I knew back then. Tune…
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In this episode of Teach, Play, Love, our hosts & early childhood education experts Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss, explore the topic of friendships in early childhood. They examine how friendships and play encourage social-emotional development, how to have a successful playdate, and what to do when aggressive behavior happens between children.…
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In this episode, our education experts Rachel and Claire discuss the benefits of giving chores to young children. Listen for tips on what chores are best for certain ages, and learn how giving your child responsibilities leads to not only a tidier home, but also builds your child’s confidence and independence.…
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Join Rachel and Claire as they discuss how executive function skills develop and how to work on these skills with your children as they grow and learn. As children grow and learn, they continue to develop and refine their executive function skills, which are crucial for success in school and in life. In this episode of Teach. Play. Love., Rachel an…
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Join Rachel and Claire as they sort the fact from the fiction, redefine what matters most, and equip parents with the confidence to provide the experiences their children need to thrive now and in the future. Get parenting advice from Rachel and Claire! You can leave them a voicemail by calling 617-673-8881 and your question may be answered in a fu…
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Did you have a favorite book as a child? Perhaps you remember reading with a loved one or special teacher. In this episode of Teach. Play. Love., Rachel and Claire discuss why reading to your child is so important and how to make story time a memorable bonding and learning experience. Do you need help picking out books for your kids? Check out our …
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In this episode of Teach. Play. Love., explore the advantages of grandparent and extended family support, and learn how to overcome common challenges. Grandparents and other extended family members have the remarkable ability to bring joy to a child's life. When grandparents are actively involved in their grandchild's life, they can provide invalua…
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If you liked Spock Talk, you'll like Your Grandparents Did What? It's a comedy podcast about the history of parenting. Listen to the trailer now, then subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. The new season of Your Grandparents Did What? premiers on October 31! Like Spock Talk? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or email us at spocktalkpodcast@g…
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Listen to this episode of Teach. Play. Love., to learn why play is one of the most important things a child can do each day and get advice on how to have fun playing with your kids. Play allows children to experiment with concepts and ideas to make sense of the world around them. Setting aside time each day to play with your child can foster their …
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Whether you’re preparing for a new baby, answering complicated questions, or encountering defiance from a toddler, it’s important to give yourself grace. Guiding your children through these moments will not only help them build resilience and understanding, but will ensure they know you’re there for them no matter how tricky life may get. Get paren…
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Hands-on, minds-on — that’s how children learn best. When they can touch, wonder, explore, and discover, the opportunities are endless. In this episode, get expert advice from Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss on encouraging immersive and meaningful learning experiences. Plus, you’ll find out how to build a foundation for happy, healthy development.…
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This is our “Behind the Podcast” episode in which we talk about history crushes, library lessons, social media, influencer culture, information source evaluation, and obsolete audio technology. Listeners! Leave a review and let us know how Spock Talk compares to other conversational podcasts. References DeMott, Benjamin. “The Future of Children.” T…
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We discuss Dr. Benjamin Spock’s personal finances and the venture capitalists that brought Baby and Child Care to the World Wide Web. References Associated Press. “Dr. Spock’s Advice - 60 Years Later.” The Canadian Press. 25 Oct. 2004. Carvajal, Doreen. “Dr. Spock, Old and Infirm, Needs Money, Wife Says.” The New York Times. 28 Feb. 1998, p. A6. “D…
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Are you getting ready for a family trip? Join Rachel and Claire as they share their own travel adventures and provide a practical list of tips you can implement right away as you plan your next family getaway. While traveling with kids has challenging moments, it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences your family can have. Make sure to g…
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We explore Spock in the spotlight. Did he have an irresistible, outsized personality? Or was he attention-seeking and fame-hungry? Public domain archival audio courtesy of the Iowa State University Archives. References Bloom, Lynn. Doctor Spock: Biography of a Conservative Radical. The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc.: 1972. Levey, Jane. “‘Spock, I Love…
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We explore Dr. Benjamin Spock’s political activism: Was he a hip protester? Or an anti-establishment pariah? Public domain archival audio courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. References Bates, Richard. “Democratic Babies? Francoise Dolto, Benjamin Spock and the Ideology of Post-ware Parenting Advice.” Journal of Poli…
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We explore Dr. Benjamin Spock’s personal relationships with women: sisters, co-workers, dance partners, mentors, wives, and daughters-in-law. Spock recording used with permission from WNYC Archive Collections. Listeners! Let us know your favorite piece of parenting advice. Leave it in a review or email us at spocktalkpodcast@gmail.com! References C…
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We explore Dr. Benjamin Spock’s treatment of women in his books and magazine columns. Listeners! Let us know your favorite parenting advice book or website. Leave it in a review! Spock recordings used with permission from WNYC Archive Collections and Minnesota Public Radio. References Atkinson, V. Sue. “Shifting Sands: Professional Advice to Mother…
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Sibling relationships can be complicated—camaraderie and closeness sometimes mixed with moments of intense competition and conflict. From understanding the root causes of sibling rivalry to promoting cooperation and empathy, Rachel & Claire will navigate the intricacies of sibling relationships and explore effective strategies to foster harmony amo…
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As the first baby doctor to blend pediatrics with psychology, Dr. Benjamin Spock infused The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care with Freudian psychoanalytic theory. Spock recording used with permission from WNYC Archive Collections. References “Add-Ons to Baby and Child Care: Page 285 Sterilizing Bottles.” www.drspock.com/page-285-sterilizing…
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What was Dr. Benjamin Spock’s role in the professionalization of the domestic sphere (i.e. the patriarchy’s long game)? Spock audio courtesy of the National Library of Medicine. References Atkinson, V. Sue. “Shifting Sands: Professional Advice to Mothers in the First Half of the Twentieth Century.” Journal of Family History vol. 42, no. 2, 2017, pp…
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Did a privileged upbringing, Yale legacy admission, and dapper fashion sense establish Dr. Benjamin Spock as a trustworthy authority on child rearing? Spock recording used with permission from WNYC Archive Collections. References Bloom, Lynn. Doctor Spock: Biography of a Conservative Radical. The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1972. Cooper, D. “Dr. Benjami…
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Was Dr. Benjamin Spock’s bestseller The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care popular because early twentieth century parenting guides were awful and harsh? Spock recording used with permission from WNYC Archive Collections. References Atkinson, V. Sue. “Shifting Sands: Professional Advice to Mothers in the First Half of the Twentieth Century.” …
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Spock Talk is a new conversational podcast about the history of parenting advice. Over ten episodes, we'll cover the life and legacy of Dr. Benjamin Spock, exploring his predecessors, privilege, medical training, written works, activism, and personal finances, as we try to answer: just who gets to tell parents how to parent? Like Spock Talk? Leave …
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Raising children on your own can feel overwhelming. In addition to caring for your children, it’s also vital to take care of yourself. Learn how to turn to family, friends, and even strangers for support, how to use Prime Times to build connections with your children and find reassurance in your parenting. Join Rachel and Claire as they speak candi…
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Establishing a consistent routine can not only benefit your child, but also make your life as a parent or caregiver much easier. By providing predictability and structure, routines can help everyone in the family feel more confident and prepared for each day. Be sure to give children enough time to get used to new routines and once they do, you’ll …
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Whether you’re coming inside after fun at the playground, going from playtime to bath and bed, or even just leaving the house to go to school, transitions can cause an array of complicated feelings for our children. Learn strategies to help them through these tough moments and make the day a bit easier for everyone! Transitions can be challenging m…
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One of the key ways we can help our children grow in life is to let them fail. While it can be difficult as a parent to see your children struggle, we know we won’t always be by their side to help when things get tough. Developing a child’s resilience can help them prepare to tackle future challenges. We want them to have the confidence to handle a…
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While creative art activities may seem like something that is “just for fun,” they are actually key elements to child development. Remember to let your child take charge of the artistic process! Your job is to provide the rich environment and materials. Then allow your child to take the creative lead. In this episode, Rachel and Claire discuss the …
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While separation anxiety can be tough for both parents and children, it’s reassuring to know it happens because we love each other so very much. Establishing daily routines and rituals – paired with patience and grace -- will help your child trust the process. And YOU can find comfort in knowing that your child is in good hands, even on the most di…
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At what age should a child understand the concept of sharing, and how do we give them tools to develop this important life skill? Join our early childhood experts Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss as they share developmentally appropriate expectations around taking turns and sharing, how to practice and model sharing with your child, and when it’s a…
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Curiosity is an important skill that enhances cognitive and social-emotional development, gives your child confidence, and contributes to their love of learning. If your child is asking you a question, instead of answering, try responding with, "what do you think?" or "let's find out." Minimizing direction and instruction will help your child build…
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Small developmental milestones, such as stranger awareness and imaginative play, give children the chance to think, process, wonder, and act on their curiosity. These minor, often overlooked, milestones can signify growth in cognitive, social, emotional,language, and motor skills. Learn from our early childhood experts, Rachel Robertson and Claire …
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Some love math, many hate it, but we all need it. And no matter how you feel about it, it’s critical to your child’s development. Take another listen to this episode as Rachel Robertson and Ruth Fidino discuss appropriate math activities for your child. Go beyond counting, teach the bigger concept of numbers and what they stand for, and find out ho…
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With the approach of summer comes camps, family vacations, and outdoor fun. But you may be wondering, when will you have time to prepare your child for the new school year? Luckily, outdoor fun encourages learning for your child. Play contributes to the imagination and encourages healthy risk-taking. When we’re outside moving our bodies, we’re doin…
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Does it seem like your child’s favorite word is “no” these days? Why are they suddenly opposed to everything? Find out what’s really going on and how to get through this frustrating phase from our own early childhood experts, Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss. Learn why saying “no” is a positive milestone and hear how to nurture your child’s emotion…
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Biting, hitting, kicking, “I hate you!” Why does physically aggressive behavior happen in the early years? Where does it come from, and what can you do to deal with it proactively and manage it in the moment? Our early childhood experts Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss explain the many different underlying reasons why your young child might get phy…
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“Where do babies come from?” Your child’s inevitable questions are coming — but when? What if they come up in inopportune moments or places? How should you answer? On this episode, early childhood experts (and moms!) Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss share guidance and personal tips. Tune in to learn how to prepare for body conversations, make every…
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Your child’s brain is hardwired to categorize things — so they’re going to notice and ask about differences. The question is: how should you respond? Join early childhood experts Rachel Robertson and Melanie Brooks to find out how to explore race with your child in a sensitive, positive manner. Plus, learn how to use play, books, images, and experi…
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