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When Parents Don't See Eye to Eye (with Melina Gac Levin)

14 November 2023 - 39 mins
Podcast Series Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury Unruffled

We all bring different perspectives to parenting that are borne of our upbringing, culture, or religion. Sometimes, we find these perspectives clash over basic parenting issues like sleep, healthy eating, crying, behavior, to name a few. Janet’s guest this week is Melina Gac Levin, a mother, parenting educator, and founder of Pueblo (parentpueblo.com), an educational and consulting organization that focuses on providing evidence-based advice for helping couples weave their various perspectives together. Through self-reflection, collaboration, and sometimes compromise, there's hope for all of us to find common ground. 

Learn more about Janet's "No Bad Kids Master Course" at: NoBadKidsCourse....

39 mins

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Coping with Your Child's Possessiveness

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