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Parents are trying to navigate children through a world they themselves don’t often understand. America’s Mom, Dr. Meg Meeker, the country's trusted authority on parenting, teens, & children's health, offers practical insights to help parents simplify. The pediatrician, mother, & best selling author engages with experts & parents to take on relevant issues, answer real questions, & provide simple hope & encouragement to every parent.
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#126: Ask Dr. Meg

#126: Ask Dr. Meg

2021-01-1928:57

One of Dr. Meg’s favorite things is to answer questions from you, the listener. This is a special episode of the “Parenting Great Kids” podcast as Dr. Meg devotes the entire episode to doing just that, helping you make sense of roadblocks we all encounter as parents. Listen in as “America’s Mom” helps you navigate many situations with your kids that can often be tricky. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg talks about how much she enjoys answering listener questions and that she decided to devote an entire episode to doing just that! This is another installment of the “Ask Dr. Meg” episodes, and she covers lots of topics.   ASK DR. MEG (PART 1) Dr. Meg answers listener questions for the entire episode today to give you advice for dealing with many issues parents face when raising great kids! Have a question not addressed in this episode? Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet her a question @MegMeekerMD.   BREAK   ASK DR. MEG (PART 2) Dr. Meg answers listener questions for the entire episode today to give you advice for dealing with many issues parents face when raising great kids! Have a question not addressed in this episode? Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet her a question @MegMeekerMD.   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 126, Ask Dr. Meg and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Life is busy, very busy. In the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, you can lose sight of what’s important. Engagement in extracurricular activities is at an all-time high, and burnout seems to rise daily. There was a time when we danced through our days with childlike wonder, in awe of the experience of the moment and excited for the promise of tomorrow. In his new book IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy, John O’Leary invites readers to return to the joy of navigating life like a child and identify the five senses that children innately possess. In this episode, Dr. Meg talks with John about his book and what exactly those “five senses” are and how you can return to them. John is a survivor of a fire that burned 100% of his body, and he was given only a 1% chance of surviving. He has turned this story into the foundation of his first book On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, and he also speaks at conferences and events around the country. His emotional story-telling, unexpected humor and authenticity make each of his talks truly transformational. This is a great conversation that you will want to pay close attention to as they talk through living in awe! Do you have a question for Dr. Meeker? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her guest, John O’Leary, author of the new book IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away. Dr. Meeker also introduces her free webinar, When No Stops Working that you can find at meekerparenting.com!   A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN O’LEARY (PART 1) In today’s episode, Dr. Meeker talks with John O’Leary, author of the new book IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy. Their conversation centers around recapturing the childlike awe that you can have in the experience of the moments you’re given each day.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN O’LEARY (PART 2) In today’s episode, Dr. Meeker talks with John O’Leary, author of the new book IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy. Their conversation centers around recapturing the childlike awe that you can have in the experience of the moments you’re given each day.     PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 125, Living In Awe and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach over FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at MeekerParenting.com/resources. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There’s a common philosophy among parents that says, “I just want my kids to be happy!” On the surface, that sounds well and good, but when you dig deeper, you see that happiness is temporary, and chasing it will ultimately lead to disappointment. On the other hand, joy isn’t as fickle as happiness. Joy gives you a deep sense of satisfaction that is greater than happiness. When you have joy underlying your heart, when you experience pain and trouble there is still a sense that in the end, all will be well. In this episode, Dr. Meg talks with Shaunti Feldhahn, author of the book Find Joy: A Devotional Journey to Unshakable Wonder in an Uncertain World. In this devotional guide, Shaunti helps the readers understand that joy is a gift from God, and it’s something your great kids can experience when you teach them that joy is an intentional choice that will transform their hearts. This is a conversation that you just don’t want to miss! If you have any questions for Dr. Meeker, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured! WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her guest, Shaunti Feldhahn, author of the book Find Joy: A Devotional Journey to Unshakable Wonder in an Uncertain World. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away. Dr. Meeker also introduces her free webinar, When No Stops Working that you can find at meekerparenting.com! A CONVERSATION WITH SHAUNTI FELDHAHN (PART 1) In today’s episode, Dr. Meeker talks with Shaunti Feldhahn, author of the book Find Joy: A Devotional Journey to Unshakable Wonder in an Uncertain World. The conversation centers around helping your children understand joy and how it’s much better to choose joy over happiness. BREAK A CONVERSATION WITH SHAUNTI FELDHAHN (PART 2) In today’s episode, Dr. Meeker talks with Shaunti Feldhahn, author of the book Find Joy: A Devotional Journey to Unshakable Wonder in an Uncertain World. The conversation centers around helping your children understand joy and how it’s much better to choose joy over happiness. PARENT PEP RALLY FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 124, Finding Joy in an Uncertain World and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach over FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode! Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at MeekerParenting.com/resources. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As we enter the season traditionally centered around kids getting gifts, it can be hard to help them remember that it’s better to give than to receive. For kids, this can be a hard concept to grasp. In light of this, Dr. Meg spends most of this episode giving you practical advice on how to teach your kids to be givers. Teaching them to have giving hearts teaches them about the value of other people being equal to their value, and it also helps get rid of any sense of entitlement. Dr. Meeker also talks to her friend Jonathan Wicksall about his organization NeedU.org where you can set up giving opportunities for people you know who are in need. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg to answer in an upcoming social question episode? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing this special episode around the idea of giving and how it makes your kids happier in the long term. She also talks about her friend, Jonathan Wicksall’s organization NeedU.   A SPECIAL TALK ON TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN TO BE GIVERS   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH JONATHAN WICKSALL In today’s episode Dr. Meeker talks with Jonathan Wicksall about his organization, NeedU, and how you can use their website to set up giving opportunities for people in need.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 12, Why Giving Makes Your Kids Happier and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Being a father in this day in time can be filled with distractions, stress, and seemingly impossible to overcome issues with your kids. Pair that with society using fathers as the butt of every joke on television and advertisements giving you every reason to ignore your family and invest in temporary excitement, and you have a toxic recipe for failure as a father. In comes The Good Dad Project founder Larry Hagner. He’s got no accolades behind his name, he’s got no special degrees, he’s a normal dad just like you. He started a simple movement called The Good Dad Project that has turned into a strong community of fathers who all share the same set of values in raising children and loving their wives. That’s why Dr. Meg couldn’t wait to have him as a guest on today’s episode. They talk about all kinds of things that will help you be a better father and husband. Be sure to listen to this episode with a notebook, you don’t want to miss this one! Do you have a question for Dr. Meg to answer in an upcoming social question episode? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guest, Larry Hagner. Founder of The Good Dad Project. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH LARRY HAGNER (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker talks with Larry Hagner. They talk about Larry’s newest book The Dad’s Edge and how dads can have unlimited patience, improve relationships, and make positive lasting memories.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH LARRY HAGNER (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker talks with Larry Hagner. They talk about Larry’s newest book The Dad’s Edge and how dads can have unlimited patience, improve relationships, and make positive lasting memories.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about how dads can have unlimited patience, improve relationships, and make positive lasting memories.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 122, The Dad’s Edge and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Child sexual abuse comes in many forms and from many different directions. It can be difficult to spot and identify, but it’s critical to know the signs to look for as well as what you can do to prevent it in your children, or really any child in your life. Dr. Meeker gives you part two of two in this incredible conversation with Shelaine Maxfield and Chris Yadon. Shelaine is the founder of the Younique Foundation, and Chris is the executive director and spokesperson for the foundation. Together they have a compelling conversation with Dr. Meg about how hope and healing are possible for victims of childhood sexual abuse. They also give great information about how you can teach your children how to avoid “tricky people” and things you as a parent can look for to spot abusive situations in your children. This is an interview that you just cannot miss! Do you have a question for Dr. Meg to answer in an upcoming social question episode? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guests, Shelaine Maxfield and Chris Yadon, founder and executive director/spokesperson for the Younique Foundation. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH SHELAINE MAXFIELD AND CHRIS YADON (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker talks with Shelaine Maxfield and Chris Yadon, founder and executive director/spokesperson for the Younique Foundation. The conversation centers around preventing child sexual abuse and is episode 2 of 2 in this series.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH SHELAINE MAXFIELD AND CHRIS YADON (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker talks with Shelaine Maxfield and Chris Yadon, founder and executive director/spokesperson for the Younique Foundation. The conversation centers around preventing child sexual abuse and is episode 2 of 2 in this series.     POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about how you can identify and prevent child sexual abuse.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 121, Defend Innocence Part 2 and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Child sexual abuse comes in many forms and from many different directions. It can be difficult to spot and identify, but it’s critical to know the signs to look for as well as what you can do to prevent it in your children, or really any child in your life. Dr. Meeker gives you part one of two in this incredible conversation with Shelaine Maxfield and Chris Yadon. Shelaine is the founder of the Younique Foundation, and Chris is the executive director and spokesperson for the foundation. Together they have a compelling conversation with Dr. Meg about how hope and healing are possible for victims of childhood sexual abuse. They also give great information about how you can teach your children how to avoid “tricky people” and things you as a parent can look for to spot abusive situations in your children. This is an interview that you just cannot miss! Do you have a question for Dr. Meg to answer in an upcoming social question episode? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guests, Shelaine Maxfield and Chris Yadon, founder and executive director/spokesperson for the Younique Foundation. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH SHELAINE MAXFIELD AND CHRIS YADON (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker talks with Shelaine Maxfield and Chris Yadon, founder and executive director/spokesperson for the Younique Foundation. The conversation centers around preventing child sexual abuse and is episode 1 of 2 in this series.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH SHELAINE MAXFIELD AND CHRIS YADON (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker talks with Shelaine Maxfield and Chris Yadon, founder and executive director/spokesperson for the Younique Foundation. The conversation centers around preventing child sexual abuse and is episode 1 of 2 in this series.     POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about how you can identify and prevent child sexual abuse.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 120, Defend Innocence Part 1 and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As a parent, it’s easy to get distracted in the day-to-day and only half listen to what’s going on in your kids’ lives. It’s also easy to think that your job is to enforce, task master things, and correct at every turn. In Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with our Kids, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Macy Stafford tackles the biggest challenges facing kids today and equips adults to engage them with humanness and heart, compassion and honesty to discover the deep, life-giving connection everyone is longing for. It’s packed with strategies for helping you be an encourager not an enforcer, guides not half-listeners, and truth-tellers not taskmasters. Dr. Meg sits down with Rachel for a great conversation about these principles and how no matter what has happened in the past, you can help your kids face the biggest stressors in their lives today. This is an interview you don’t want to miss! Do you have a question for Dr. Meg to answer in an upcoming social question episode? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guest, Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with our Kids. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH RACHEL MACY STAFFORD (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker talks with Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with our Kids, about how to be the parent that your kids really need. Rachel speaks to how you can encourage your kids to become who they are created to be.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH RACHEL MACY STAFFORD (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker talks with Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with our Kids, about how to be the parent that your kids really need. Rachel speaks to how you can encourage your kids to become who they are created to be.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about how you can encourage instead of enforce, guide instead of half-listen, and tell the truth instead of being a taskmaster.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 119, Helping Kids Navigate Uncertainty and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When things are normal, parenting is difficult. When you add in children that come into your home from difficult backgrounds and bring their own unique set of needs, there are even more challenges on top of that. Connecting with adopted children is also difficult, and that’s why Dr. Meg is speaking with Lisa Qualls, author of The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment. The conversation will give you practical advice and powerful tools you can use to encourage secure attachment in your family. On the other side you will see that there is hope for every child, every parent, and every family! Do you have a question for Dr. Meg to answer in an upcoming social question episode? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guest, Lisa Qualls, author of The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH LISA QUALLS (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a great conversation with Lisa Qualls about how to make connections with your children, both adopted and birth children. They also talk about her new book The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH LISA QUALLS (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a great conversation with Lisa Qualls about how to make connections with your children, both adopted and birth children. They also talk about her new book The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about how you can create a deeper connection with your children, both adopted and birth.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 118, The Connected Parent and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A frequent topic that Dr. Meeker talks about is the importance of a father in his children’s life. In this episode, she digs into how impactful a father’s conversations with his daughter can be. When life presents difficult choices about sexual relationships, drugs, or alcohol, a father having a close relationship with his daughter can help her have the confidence to make good decisions in those areas. With these things in mind, Dr. Meg wanted you to hear her conversation with Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield and her new book titled Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters For Dads And Daughters. Dr. Canfield is the founder of “The Abba Project”, author of several books on the topic of dads and daughters, and host of the radio program The Dad Whisperer where her purpose is to provide practical resources for dads, especially ones with daughters. This is a conversation for anyone with a daughter in their life! Do you have a question for Dr. Meg to answer in an upcoming social question episode? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guest, Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield, and her book Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters For Dads And Daughters. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MICHELLE WATSON CANFIELD (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has an important conversation with Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield about fathers and the impact of talking with their daughters, which is the subject of Dr. Canfield’s newest book Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters For Dads And Daughters.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MICHELLE WATSON CANFIELD (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has an important conversation with Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield about fathers and the impact of talking with their daughters, which is the subject of Dr. Canfield’s newest book Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters For Dads And Daughters.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about the impact of fathers having conversations with their daughters.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 117, Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters For Dads And Daughters and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Parenting great kids that are wired differently than their peers takes a lot of patience, kindness, and a support group to help you get through the tough times. Whether you are dealing with ADHD, ADD, Autism, or some other differently wired child, having access to the right resources is extremely helpful. That’s why in this episode Dr. Meeker invited Debbie Reber to join her and talk about her new book Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. Debbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a top podcast, community, and educational resource for parents raising differently wired children. After living abroad in the Netherlands for the past five years, Debbie, her husband, and 15-year-old son recently moved back to NYC. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg to answer in an upcoming social question episode? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guest, Debbie Reber, and the topic of their conversation: raising differently wired children. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH DEBBIE REBER (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has an impactful conversation with Debbie Reber about how to raise a differently wired child.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH DEBBIE REBER (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has an impactful conversation with Debbie Reber about how to raise a differently wired child.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about how to raise exceptional children who are wired differently.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 116, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
#115: Ask Dr. Meg

#115: Ask Dr. Meg

2020-08-2529:10

One of Dr. Meg’s favorite things is to answer questions from you, the listener. This is a special episode of the “Parenting Great Kids” podcast as Dr. Meg devotes the entire episode to doing just that, helping you make sense of roadblocks we all encounter as parents. Listen in as “America’s Mom” helps you navigate many situations with your kids that can often be tricky. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg talks about how much she enjoys answering listener questions and that she decided to devote an entire episode to doing just that! This is another installment of the “Ask Dr. Meg” episodes, and she covers lots of topics.   ASK DR. MEG (PART 1) Dr. Meg answers listener questions for the entire episode today to give you advice for dealing with many issues parents face when raising great kids! Have a question not addressed in this episode? Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet her a question @MegMeekerMD.   BREAK   ASK DR. MEG (PART 2) Dr. Meg answers listener questions for the entire episode today to give you advice for dealing with many issues parents face when raising great kids! Have a question not addressed in this episode? Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet her a question @MegMeekerMD.   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 115, Ask Dr. Meg and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than FOUR MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Being a stepparent is a wonderful blessing, but it comes with its fair share of challenges. Blending families, with or without children involved, is hard because you have to get to know a new normal, but you also don’t want to overstep appropriate boundaries that involves loving and discipling any children involved. Often you’re left wondering how you can ever become the step-parent you wanted to be when you said “I do!” These hurdles aren’t impossible to jump, but they do take a good bit of wisdom and discernment. That’s where bestselling author, licensed marriage & family therapist, podcaster, and popular conference speaker, Ron Deal, can bring a good bit of help to a seemingly unwinnable situation. Dr. Meg shares the second part of a 2-part conversation with Ron, and they have a great talk about being a smarter stepparent in a blended family. Ron has a new book called Building Love Together in Blended Families: The Five Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart. This book will give you incredible insight into how to show and receive love in your new family. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by again introducing her special guest, Ron Deal and the second part of their conversation regarding becoming “stepfamily smart”. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH RON DEAL (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker finishes her conversation from last episode with Ron Deal about how to navigate the challenging transition into a stepfamily.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH RON DEAL (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker finishes her conversation from last episode with Ron Deal about how to navigate the challenging transition into a stepfamily.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about navigating the journey into a stepfamily.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 114, Building Healthy Stepfamilies Part 2 and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.meekerparenting.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Being a stepparent is a wonderful blessing, but it comes with its fair share of challenges. Blending families, with or without children involved, is hard because you have to get to know a new normal, but you also don’t want to overstep appropriate boundaries that involves loving and discipling any children involved. Often you’re left wondering how you can ever become the step-parent you wanted to be when you said “I do!” These hurdles aren’t impossible to jump, but they do take a good bit of wisdom and discernment. That’s where bestselling author, licensed marriage & family therapist, podcaster, and popular conference speaker, Ron Deal, can bring a good bit of help to a seemingly unwinnable situation. Dr. Meg shares the first of a 2-part conversation with Ron, and they have a great talk about being a smarter stepparent in a blended family. Ron has a new book called Building Love Together in Blended Families: The Five Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart. This book will give you incredible insight into how to show and receive love in your new family. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guest, Ron Deal and their conversation regarding becoming “stepfamily smart”. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH RON DEAL (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a great conversation with Ron Deal about how to navigate the challenging transition into a stepfamily.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH RON DEAL (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a great conversation with Ron Deal about how to navigate the challenging transition into a stepfamily   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about navigating the journey into a stepfamily.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 113, Building Healthy Stepfamilies Part 1 and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.meekerparenting.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Talking to your kids about sex seems to be one of the most difficult conversations you will have as a parent. You may be wondering when is the right time, what should you say, and how do you bring up the conversation without making things awkward? These questions are normal, but they don’t have to be something that keeps you from teaching your kids about sex the way they should learn: from someone that loves them and someone they know and trust. If you don’t teach them, someone else will. This is why Dr. Meg wanted to have her friend Dr. Joe McIlhaney on the show to talk about all the concerns you may have going into this discussion. Dr. McIlhaney is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and founded the Medical Institute of Sexual Health in 1992, and with a resume like that he’s sure to give some great information to help you in your parenting journey. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guest, Dr. Joe McIlhaney and their conversation regarding how to have a conversation with your kids about sex. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JOE MCILHANEY (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has an important conversation with Dr. Joe McIlhaney about the importance of having a conversation with your kids around the topic of sex.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JOE MCILHANEY (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has an important conversation with Dr. Joe McIlhaney about the importance of having a conversation with your kids around the topic of sex.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about how to have the important conversation with your kids about sex.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 112, Talking To Your Kids About Sex and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Relationships are hard, but they are also a great source of personal happiness. Things get complicated dealing with differing expectations of the people involved in the relationships regardless of whether it’s a simple friendship or as close as marriage. The number one question people ask relationship experts is what is the single most important thing you can do for your relationships? That’s the topic of today’s episode as Dr. Meg talks with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. They tackle this subject in their new book Healthy Me, Healthy Us: Your Relationships Are Only as Strong as You Are. The three doctors have a great conversation about trying to build intimacy with another person before you have gotten whole on your own causes all your relationships to become an attempt to complete yourself.  Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guests, Les and Leslie Parrott, and talks about their new book Healthy Me, Healthy Us.   A CONVERSATION WITH LES AND LESLIE PARROTT (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a great conversation with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott about their new book Healthy Me, Healthy Us and how working on yourself really does play an important role in healthy relationships.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH LES AND LESLIE PARROTT (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a great conversation with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott about their new book Healthy Me, Healthy Us and how working on yourself really does play an important role in healthy relationships.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about becoming healthy and whole to improve your relationships with other people.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 111, Health Me, Healthy Us and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With Father’s Day right around the corner, Dr. Meg thought it would be great to devote this entire episode to her conversation with gifted comedian, actor, The Tonight Show guest, children’s book author, and best of all a wonderful dad to five children: Michael Jr! Dr. Meg and Michael Jr. have been friends for many years, and their conversation reflects the depth of their respect for each other. After listening to their conversation about the importance of dads in the lives of kids, hopefully you’ll be inspired to encourage the dads in your life to be a bigger part in their children’s lives. When a dad is involved in the lives of his children, it gives them a greater sense of self-esteem and belief that they can take on what the world throws at them. Dr. Meeker and Michael Jr. also talk about his upcoming movie Selfie Dad and how he and the film crew worked to ensure that the dad in the movie wasn’t the typical buffoon in the script, but that he was a strong figure in his children’s day-to-day life while also incorporating Michael Jr.’s incredible sense of comedy into the film as well. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guest, Michael Jr. and also sharing about his new movie Selfie Dad.   A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL JR (PART 1) In today’s episode, Dr. Meg talks with the great comedian and amazing husband and father of five Michael Jr. They have a special conversation about the importance of fathers and his new movie Selfie Dad.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL JR (PART 2) In today’s episode, Dr. Meg talks with the great comedian and amazing husband and father of five Michael Jr. They have a special conversation about the importance of fathers and his new movie Selfie Dad.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 110, Selfie Dad and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FIVE MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
#109: Ask Dr. Meg

#109: Ask Dr. Meg

2020-06-0231:40

One of Dr. Meg’s favorite things is to answer questions from you, the listener. This is a special episode of the “Parenting Great Kids” podcast as Dr. Meg devotes the entire episode to doing just that, helping you make sense of roadblocks we all encounter as parents. Listen in as “America’s Mom” helps you navigate many situations with your kids that can often be tricky. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!   WELCOME Dr. Meg talks about how much she enjoys answering listener questions and that she decided to devote an entire episode to doing just that! This is another installment of the “Ask Dr. Meg” episodes, and she covers lots of topics.   ASK DR. MEG (PART 1) Dr. Meg answers listener questions for the entire episode today to give you advice for dealing with many issues parents face when raising great kids! Have a question not addressed in this episode? Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet her a question @MegMeekerMD.   BREAK   ASK DR. MEG (PART 2) Dr. Meg answers listener questions for the entire episode today to give you advice for dealing with many issues parents face when raising great kids! Have a question not addressed in this episode? Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet her a question @MegMeekerMD.   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 109, Ask Dr. Meg and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than FOUR MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When life just seems like it can’t get any worse, it’s almost instinct to just give up and let life happen to you. There’s a feeling of depression that can creep in, and a sense of helplessness can paralyze you if you let it. It takes a lot to press-on and take back your life, but you can do it! After spending years in a home where her father was abusive to her and her mother, and then losing her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Rebekah Gregory could have given up and decided to be satisfied with her life that seemed like it would always be going from one tragedy to the next. Instead, she stood in the face of adversity and decided to take her life back! Because of all that she’s overcome and how she’s developed into an amazing wife and mother, Dr. Meg knew this was a story that Parenting Great Kids listeners just had to hear. Rebekah tells Dr. Meeker the story of her childhood and how she overcame the odds to become the woman she is today, even though she lost her leg in a terrorist bombing. There’s so much you will be encouraged by from this interview! Also in this episode, Dr. Meeker answers a question from a wife and mother about differing parenting styles between her and her husband beginning to push them apart. If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode or on the Meeker Parenting Community page, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to see if your question is featured next!   WELCOME Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Taking My Life Back” along with her guest Rebekah Gregory and teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH REBEKAH GREGORY (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a wonderful conversation with Rebekah Gregory about taking her life back after it feels like things are spinning out of control.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH REBEKAH GREGORY (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a wonderful conversation with Rebekah Gregory about taking her life back after it feels like things are spinning out of control.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about taking control of your life in the face of adversity.   LET’S GET SOCIAL Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet your question to her @MegMeekerMD. In today’s episode, Dr. Meg answers a question from Samona about differing parenting styles between her and her husband beginning to push them apart.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 108, Taking My Life Back and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than FOUR MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With struggles coming at them from every angle, young boys need all the help from their parents that they can get to avoid temptations. One temptation that all boys face, but that can be extremely destructive, is pornography. That’s why this episode will be so important for parents of young boys since Dr. Meg continues her conversation with Stephen Arterburn. Stephen is the author of the book Every Man’s Battle, and a nationally and internationally known speaker, and he has great advice and warnings about the temptation surrounding young boys, pornography, and how demeaning and objectifying it is toward women. This is an episode that parents of boys cannot afford to miss! Also in this episode, Dr. Meg will give you her points to ponder that you can start using right away and answers questions from a mom about her 6 year old daughter who does a “happy dance” that mom is concerned will turn into OCD and from a mom about her 8 year old son who always wants to sleep with mommy and daddy. If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode or on the Meeker Parenting Community page, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to see if your question is featured next!   WELCOME Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Pornography and Boys: Part 2” along with her guest Stephen Arterburn and teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.   A CONVERSATION WITH STEPHEN ARTERBURN (PART 1) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a powerful conversation with Stephen Arterburn about how pornography affects boys, young and old alike.   BREAK   A CONVERSATION WITH STEPHEN ARTERBURN (PART 2) In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a powerful conversation with Stephen Arterburn about how pornography affects boys, young and old alike.   POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about how to help your boys avoid the pitfalls of pornography.   LET’S GET SOCIAL Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet your question to her @MegMeekerMD. In today’s episode, Dr. Meg answers a question from Kathy about her 6 year old daughter who does a “happy dance” that mom is concerned will turn into OCD and from Julie about her 8 year old son who always wants to sleep with mommy and daddy.   PARENT PEP RALLY   FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 107, Pornography and Boys Part 2 and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than FOUR MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   END See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Jason B

How much did the CDC pay you for this podcast?

Jul 22nd
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Stephanie Lewis Hamadto

I hate to be Debbie Downer but this episode of super triggering for me. my husband and I both worked and struggled to pay the bills. how exactly do you expect a parent to work less when there is all of the financial responsibilities of the family on our shoulders and are you suggesting that both parents don't work or work less or are you suggesting that just moms stop focusing on their career? I hope this isn't coming across abrasive I have always been a working mom and have battled working mom guilt from the beginning. if episode makes me feel so sad I'm so disempowered

May 25th
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Jacqueline

really great podcast! love to hear more on raising the young ages. thank you

Apr 26th
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Sakina Khambaty

xx me be low

Jan 27th
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Anita Fernandez

Sensible advice and really helpful but some guests are too centred on being Christian which can alienate Non-Christian listeners who also believe in bringing up good kids!

Nov 29th
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4 Wheel Steel

soo true!!

Sep 26th
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Julie Oreno

All of this was very helpful and relevant in my life right now. Thank you

Aug 29th
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Nan Mosaleh

Excellent ! I passed this episode to my daughter and son in law .Thank you !

Mar 22nd
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