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Author: Victoria Ang-Nolasco, MD

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Are there days you feel you’ve had it with the sleepless nights, the temper tantrums, the constant fatigue of trying to keep up with an active baby? Does it feel like you’re always working so hard as a parent, trying to do everything for your kids and family, and yet it never feels enough? We get it. You love your child more than anything, and yet parenting is also exhausting and challenging. Especially when you’re bombarded with criticism and pressure to be the perfect parent (which, spoiler alert, does not exist!). But what if you had experts who understand exactly what you’re going through help you navigate the everyday challenges of parenting your baby, toddler, or preschooler? What if they help you use scientific research to your advantage, so you become the calmer, happier, and more empowered parent you’ve always wanted to be? That's why we created "Discerning Parenting," the podcast that helps you cut through the noise and focus on what truly matters in your parenting journey. Join Dr. Victoria Ang-Nolasco, developmental and behavioral pediatrician, positive parenting coach, author, speaker, and mom, as she and our guest experts tackle your most pressing parenting concerns. From toddler discipline to helping kids learn to talk or to read, from starting solids and potty training to promoting social and emotional development, this podcast is jam-packed with valuable insights and practical tips specifically tailored for parents of kids age 5 and below. So join us and discover how you can use the combined power of science, knowing your child, and your own intuition in making the best parenting decisions for you and your family. Head over to discerningparenting.com and get our FREE parenting resource library too!

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"You need to show who's boss!""You shouldn't say no to your child!""Ignore them!""Validate feelings!"You've probably heard A LOT of tantrum advice. What's a stressed parent to do?!Each time I ask moms what's their number one concern, it's always "tantrums" that come up. That’s why in this episode, we’ll talk about the ONE thing missing from a lot of the advice on the internet, and ONE question to ask when your child has a tantrum.Answering this ONE question will help us discern whether all th...
"My child is sick almost every month.""We've had so many rounds of antibiotics.""My toddler brings home endless viruses from daycare."In this enlightening episode, we dive into an intriguing alternative remedy: homeopathy. During my residency training in pediatrics, I was fortunate to have incredible mentors who shaped my medical journey. One of those mentors, now practicing homeopathy, joins us today to discuss its potential benefits for children - Dr. Ma. Ysabel Lesaca-Medina, a pediatric o...
Are you considering a furry addition to your family? If your child's clamoring for a dog or showing love for furry friends, you're not alone. But when is it truly the right time, and how do you choose?In today's episode, we're joined by psychiatric nurse and dog trainer, Jane Rosenblum, for expert insights. Whether it's readiness, responsibility, or lifestyle fit, we'll cover all the essential factors to consider. And if you're a dog owner prepping for a new baby, check out our last episode f...
This episode delves into the delightful yet complex world of pets and parenthood. With a surge of inquiries from concerned parents about introducing a new baby into a household with pets, we turn to Jane Rosenblum, a seasoned authority on dogs, kids, and family dynamics.In the first installment of a two-part series, we focus on the crucial considerations for expectant parents and moms with young babies who share their homes with furry companions. Jane Rosenblum offers invaluable insights, add...
Do your toddler’s kicks or hits have you questioning if it’s more than just the "terrible two's"? One of the most common questions is “When should I worry about my toddler's aggressive behavior?” And if that's your question, we've got you covered today because I've invited two trusted developmental and behavioral pediatricians to join us.BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH: •The single most common reason behind a lot of what we call "toddler aggression" (and it has no...
How can I help my baby or toddler learn to talk?As parents, we play a pivotal role in shaping our little one's linguistic journey, laying the foundation for their future communication abilities. Join us today as we explore five invaluable tips to effectively engage with your baby or toddler, boosting their language skills and enhancing their cognitive development.By implementing these strategies, you'll discover how simple interactions can become powerful tools for fostering your child's ling...
In the second part of our series on managing the challenges of the clingy toddler phase, we'll discuss practical solutions to ease both parent and child through this demanding stage. Drawing from a listener's heartfelt question about the struggles of managing a clingy toddler, we explore the concern of leaving them with a babysitter for the first time.Expect expert advice on how to handle anxiety and its potential impact on a toddler's development and mental health when introducing new caregi...
In this episode, we delve into a common concern shared by many parents: toddler clinginess. Our listener's question reflects the daily struggle of balancing parental responsibilities with the needs of a clingy toddler. From crying during restroom breaks to sleeping beside them at night, the challenges can be overwhelming. The impending need to leave the toddler with a babysitter raises concerns about potential anxiety triggers and impacts on their mental health and development.Join us as...
Should we share our faith with our children in the first place? In today's episode of the Discerning Parenting Podcast, we'll explore how the essence of faith permeates the everyday moments of parenthood. From bedtime stories that instill values to nature walks filled with gratitude, and even through the trials of epic tantrums, parents are already sharing their faith in subtle yet profound ways. Tune in as I share with you 5 strategies that you can do to share your faith with your ...
In this episode of the Discerning Parenting Podcast, we welcome Dr. Amy Kwok, CEO of Penguin Smart, to delve into the transformative power of parent-led interventions in fostering child communication skills. Dr. Amy, with her extensive background in medicine and public health, sheds light on how simple yet intentional practices within everyday routines can significantly impact a child's language development. Drawing from research and practical experience, we explore parents' pivotal role in s...
Welcome to this week's episode of the Discerning Parenting podcast, where we delve into the crucial topic of why kids need to move and explore practical ways to incorporate more movement into their daily lives. As parents, it's a common concern to ensure our children are staying active and healthy, yet many of us face challenges in finding opportunities for them to move, whether it's due to limited space or busy schedules.Today, we're joined by a special guest who brings both personal and pro...
In this episode of the Discerning Parenting Podcast, you are in for an insightful discussion on understanding and supporting emotionally intense children. With us is a seasoned mom and expert in social work, Anouk Briere-Godbout, who herself is raising three emotionally intense kids. The episode promises a wealth of practical wisdom and firsthand experience. Anouk's journey as both a parent and a professional spans over 15 years, providing her with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and ...
Many parents worry when their three-year-olds aren't yet reading or writing, fearing they might be falling behind. Today's podcast episode will address these concerns by exploring early literacy milestones and expectations.Candy Chan, an Oxford Brain Story Certified educator, a Certified Emotional Intelligence Life Coach, and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach are joining today's conversation. With her wealth of knowledge, Candy sheds light on the intricacies of early childhood literacy, o...
Have you ever come across a Facebook Ad promising to eliminate yelling in just 21 days, accompanied by a child's drawing depicting a mom as a monster? The pressure on parents to meet unrealistic standards is relentless, and it's time to confront the potentially harmful effects of unethical marketing on our mental health and parenting journey.Our special guest for this crucial conversation is Dr. Michelle Mazur, a messaging strategist, word wizard, and author with a PhD in communication. ...
In this special Valentine's Day episode, we are treated to an insightful discussion with Dr. Robert and Sharla Snow, a dynamic husband-and-wife duo whose expertise in science, art, and the human experience has been dedicated to enriching marriages. With a combined passion for understanding the intricacies of relationships, they offer valuable insights on maintaining a strong and enduring bond amid the challenges of parenthood—a topic highly requested by their audience.Drawing from their exten...
Did you know that 66% of moms confess that parenthood is more challenging than they initially anticipated? As a parent, you're no stranger to the ceaseless juggle of caring for your children, balancing work commitments, tending to household chores, and tackling the never-ending to-do list. It's a constant struggle to carve out time for yourself amidst the demands of everyday life.If you've found yourself trapped in a cycle of perpetual giving, experiencing burnout, grappling with unexplained ...
In this eye-opening episode of the Discerning Parenting podcast, Dr. Victoria delves into the heart of a common struggle for many parents - the battle against yelling and losing patience. With empathy born from personal experience, Dr. Victoria reflects on her journey, not as a parent initially but as an individual grappling with anger.Frustrated parents often find themselves caught in a cycle of promising to stay calm, only to succumb to the overwhelming surge of frustration. Join us as we e...
Picture this: the fatigue of a long day, the desire for a moment of escape, only to be bombarded by advertisements for parenting perfection. "Be the perfect parent," they say, but the pressure is suffocating.In this episode, we unravel the relentless pressure parents face in a world of idealized parenting standards and societal judgments. From social media perfection to unsolicited remarks during public meltdowns, we explore the common struggles that leave parents feeling they're not doing en...
Are you feeling overwhelmed?In this episode, we explore the aftermath of the holiday season—a mix of joy, chaos, and the struggle to return to routine. Dr. Victoria Nolasco delves into the universal feelings of parental guilt and overwhelm that arise during this transition. Join us for a candid discussion on why parents crave a break and how to navigate these emotions without guilt. Short, insightful, and perfect for those seeking a post-holiday breather.❤️ Find wholeness for yourself, so you...
How often have you pledged to yourself that today will be different, that you won't raise your voice or lose your temper? The grocery shopping, dinner preparation, and myriad other responsibilities seem to pile up, and it feels like the weight of the world rests on your shoulders.Join us as we explore the inevitable cycle of yelling, guilt, and promises to do better next time. Discover the underlying reasons behind the outbursts and explore practical strategies to foster a more serene and nur...
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