Mister Mom with David Marin
The radio show for hopeful parents.
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Past Shows and Schedule:
Friday, June 21.
Where does bias come from? How is it developed in children? Anthony Greenwald is a co-author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.

Friday, June 28:
Are your children safe with your dog? Best dogs and best to avoid. And, pit bulls - love them or ban them?
Guest: Victoria Stilwell, actress, author and dog trainer best known as the host of Animal Planet's hit TV series "It's Me or the Dog."
Her surprising advice: No family with kids under seven should have a dog - any dog.
Mr. Mom's advice: Don't own a pet stronger than your weakest child.

Friday, July 5:
My 11-year-old son wants to go to Stanford and become a Navy Seal sniper. Good idea? Or... options, like the FBI, Secret Service, and other law enforcement careers.
Guest #1: Brandon Webb, former Navy Seal, Navy Seal sniper course trainer, and best-selling author of The Red Circle
Guest #2: John Roberts, Special Agent, U.S. Secret Service

Friday, July 12:
Best ways to motivate, and discipline children.
Guest: Dr. Thomas Phelan, clinical psychologist, internationally renowned expert on child discipline, and the author of 1-2-3 Magic - 1,250,000 copies sold.

Friday, July 19:
Topic: Adoption. 
Guest: Mr. Jeff Katz, founder of Listening to Parents, a national adoption advocacy group. Jeff will have stunning numbers about the disconnect between the number of people willing to adopt (it's huge) and the number that actually adopt, and why.

Friday, July 26:
Topic: Adoption reform.
Guest: Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet, adoptive mother of two and author of
's Children: Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative.
"An extraordinary book. Chilling and inspiring..."
We'll discuss how kids get into and out of foster care and Professor Bartholet's radical ideas for reforming child welfare services, like drug testing for ALL newborns and getting kids out of bad homes faster without concern for cultural and heritage issues.  
Nobody's Children on Amazon

Friday, August 2:
Topic: Shy children and introverts.
We'll talk about shy kids, introverts, and the best-selling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.
Guest: Aurianne Dorsay, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in San Jose, California. She works with parents, children and families, across a variety of cultures.

Friday, August 9:
Topic: Are vitamins good for children? How can we raise healthy children? Are there things we don't know? Things we should know?
Guest: Dr. Paul Offit
the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a nationally recognized authority on the tried and true and the new. We'll discuss his book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.

Friday, August 23:
Topic: Mr. Mom is the radio show for "hopeful parents." However, this week, we're doing a show for hopeless parents... We all have our challenging days, right?
We'll discuss parenting miscues, like the time I was thrown out of my daughter's kindergarten assessment test and the time I bought a castrated chicken I thought was a turkey... 

Friday, August 30:
Back to School Special!
Topic: Straight A's.
I'll interview the authors of a new book for teens (and their parents): The Straight A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School... And Totally Ruling the World.
Building on research publicized by mega-author Malcolm Gladwell, the Harvard-educated authors write a smart, fun book for students telling them the idea that straight A's are only for the smart kids is a lie. That's what they say.
The truth? All kids can get great grades if they work hard.
The Straight A Conspiracy

Friday, September 6:
Topic: Bullying.
Are your kids bullied at school? Are they bullies?
And you - bullied, bully, or bystander? Me? All three.
Should schools be required to report bullying to parents?
Join me and my guest, Carrie Goldman, author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear.

Friday, September 13:
Topic: Sex education in public schools.
Every year I sign three forms for three kids saying, "Sure, go ahead and teach them sex ed."
But then, a book comes along called
You're Teaching My Child What
I'll interview nationally recognized sex education expert and author, Dr. Miriam Grossman. She's not a fan of the curriculum...

Friday, September 20:
Topic: Kids using social media or, not. Do your kids have an i-pod, cell phone, XBox, and access to cable TV, Facebook, and Twitter? Why? Have you thought about unplugging them? I did and I unplugged.
My guest will be Raffi Cavoukian. Yes, that Raffi. Described by the Washington Post as the most popular children's entertainer in the Western world - the sonwgwriter has a written a book called Lightweb/Darkweb: Three Reasons to Reform Social Media Before it Re-Forms Us, calling for radical social media reform, especially as regards children.

Friday, September 27:
Topic: Homeschooling.
Good idea? How can a parent teach history, science, math, music, and a foreign language?
My guest will be Laura Grace Weldon, author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. We'll discuss the possibility, logistics, and the pros and cons.

Friday, October 4:
Little babies, little babies... Do your diapers make you look fat?
Topic: Body Image.
Should kids be muscle bound or slender as a  reed. Who cares?
Kids care.
Join me and my guest Marci Warhaft-Nadler, author of The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens Thrive.
Marci is a nationally recognized expert on kids and body image. She writes for the Huffington Post and has had numerous TV appearances.

Sunday, October 13:
Physician Dr. Elisa Medhus, a long-time Huffington Post blogger, lost her son to suicide. We'll discuss her book My Son and the Afterlife.

Sunday, October 20:
Topic: Boys will be boys...
Guest: Rosalind Wiseman is the internationally known author of the New York Times best-seller, Queen Bees and Wannabees. She's been on CNN, the Today Show, NPR, Oprah, Nightline, and Good Morning America. We'll discuss her brand new book, Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World.
Masterminds & Wingmen

Sunday, October 27:
Topic: Sibling rivalry.
After many years with no sibling rivalry - it's now invaded our home.
Guest: Adele Faber is the co-author of many books, including How to Talk So Kids Will Listen (3 million copies sold) and the New York Times best-seller: Siblings Without Rivalry.

Sunday, November 3:
Topic: How cool is adoption? Very.
Guest: Dave Boschen is a licensed family therapist. He has worked on orphan projects around the world and is the Executive Director of the Hand in Hand Foundation.
We'll discuss domestic adoptions from social services (Mr. Mom adopted three!).
How many kids are available on the central coast? What's the best way to meet them and how can you explore adopting locally?
Hand in Hand Foundation

Sunday, November 10:
Topic: Learning challenges and differences.
Guest: John Fleming has a Masters degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities, Emotional Distress, Crises Therapy and Methods, Math, Reading, Science, Social Sciences and Individual and Group Therapy. He was the coordinator of the Cognitive Development Program at the George Washington University and helped develop the Educational Therapy certificate program at UC-Santa Cruz, Extension Program. He's the founder of Developmental Learning Solutions in Santa Cruz. We'll discuss the New York Times best-selling book, The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent and IQ.
The Genius in All of Us
Developmental Learning Solutions

Sunday, November 17
Topic: Plan B birth control
As soon as the packaging is re-designed, Plan B - the "morning after" pill - will be available at drug stores over the counter, without a prescription or parental notification, for kids as young as... there's no age limit. My 14-year-old daughter could ride her bike to Walgreens and buy Plan B and gum.
My guest will be UC Berkeley Professor of Law and Sociology Kristin Luker. She's the director of the Center of Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley and the author of When Sex Goes to School, Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood, and Dubious Conceptions.
We'll discuss Plan B - can it end abortion forever - and what parents need to know. Should parents tell their kids about Plan B? Should we buy some, just in case?

Sunday, November 24
Topic: Helping children grieve.
My kids grandmother, my mother, died last month. My announcement to the kids was awkward, let's say. There's a better way. We'll discuss how to help kids understand the concept of death and how you and they can handle grief from a lost loved one or a tragedy.
My guest is Yale Divinity School graduate Joseph Primo. He's the CEO of Good Grief, the President of the National Alliance of Grieving Children, and the author of What Do We Tell the Children.

Sunday, December 1
Topic: Step parenting
40% of marriages with children end with divorce - many parents go on to be a step parent and raise step children. What's the secret? A sense of humor...
My guest, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, is an award-winning author, attorney and stepparent. Her newest book, How To Screw Up Your Kids: Blending Families Blendered Style won a USA Book Award. It's funny. And irreverent.

Sunday, December 8
Topic: Developing character in children.
My guest will be Paul Tough, the author of the New York Times best-seller, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.
"A fine and provocative book." The Economist
"A vivid and persuasive social polemic... Brilliantly readable." The Independent

Sunday, December 15
Topic: Kids, stress, and learning
Dr. Regalena 'Reggie' Melrose is a clinical psychologist and the creator of Brain Charge: The K-12 Curriculum. The author of You Can Heal Your Child, she has a new book, The 60 Seconds Fix, about her technique to reduce classroom stress, for kids and teachers.

Sunday, December 22
Topic: School safety.
My daughter's junior high class had a school-shooter safety drill. The kids hid in a corner. The teacher said that if a shooter breaks the glass next to the door handle and tries to reach in to unlock the door the kids can thwart the shooter by "throwing books or cans of soup."
My guest will be Dr. John Nicoletti, a nationally recognized expert on school safety. He worked on the Virginia Tech and Columbine cases and he's the author of Violence Goes to School.
What are the latest school safety developments? What can parents do? Should all school fundraisers be combined into one big one to raise money to build a fence?
John Nicoletti
Violence Goes to School

Sunday, January 5
Topic: Kids learning foreign languages.
My guest, Raymond Samaha PhD, and I will discuss the book, The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language. Learning a second, or third (!) language increases kids confidence and adaptability, teaches new cultures, and enhances college and employment prospects.
The Bilingual Edge
Raymond Samaha

Sunday, January 12
Topic: Childhood nightmares and monsters under the bed. 
My kids hoarded food, lied, hid from "the robbers" at night, and when my daughter was six she forged my signature on a school discipline form...
My guest will be Dr. Lawrence Cohen, author of the opposite of worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears.

Sunday, January 19
Behind nearly every adult who is accused of a crime, becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, or who is severely mentally ill and acting out in public, there is usually at least one extremely stressed-out parent. How can parents cope, help without aiding, support their children without going broke and live their lives without the yoke of guilt?
I'll discuss the book When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart with Dr. Joel Young, the founder and medical director of the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine.
When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart on Amazon

Sunday, January 26
A two-for-one special! My guest will be Ashley Merryman, co-author of the smashing best-seller, Nurtureshock AND a new book, Top Dog.
Nurtureshock postulates that society's strategies for raising children have backfired; Top Dog is about the science of winning.
Nurtureshock: Why Everything We Think About Raising Our Children is Wrong
Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

Sunday, February 2
This is going to be fun!
My guest will be Matt Hertenstein, a U.C. Berkeley Ph.D. grad and now a professor at DePauw University. We'll discuss his new book The Tell: The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are. I'm looking forward to some excellent parenting tips, if you know what I mean.

Sunday, February 16
Pit bulls: Love them or ban them?
If you could stop 60% of drunk driving or 60% of child abuse, would you? It's an easy decision, right? So why isn't everyone in favor of banning pit bulls, responsible for 60% of child deaths and maulings by dogs?
My guest will be Todd Stosuy, the President of the National Animal Control Association. He'll surprise you.
We'll be joined by attorney Kenneth Phillips, called the, "dog bite king of the legal universe," by the Today Show.
National Animal Control Association.
Emergency Room Visits pdf
Attacks and Maulings by Breed - 20 Years
Dog Bite Fatalities by Breed: 2004-2012

Sunday, February 23
Marijuana Legalization
As the parent of three kids, ages 12, 14 and 16, and with two brothers in and out of jail and rehab for drugs, legalizing marijuana is a bad idea. On the other hand, it's none of my business what responsible people do with their time and it is safer than alcohol. 

In California, 7.4% of all randomly stopped drivers have THC (from marijuana) in their system - that's one of every 14 cars on the road. Will it soon be legal in California? Three ballot initiatives are underway.

My guests will be Allen St. Pierre, the Executive Director of NORML - the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws - joining us from Washington, D.C., and  joining us from Colorado, Ben Cort, a board member of SAM - Smart Approaches to Marijuana - an anti-legalization organization started by Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Sunday, March 2
Topic: Girls on the Edge
David reviews the book Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls. The four factors are sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsessions, and environmental toxins. The Atlantic calls Girls on the Edge, "The best book about the current state of girls and young women in America."

Sunday, March 9
The teen brain - a wonder to behold.
Dr. Daniel Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, will give us a tour. He's the author of five books, including the brand new Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.
“By the end of this book, the teenager has been transformed...into a thinking, feeling, and entirely approachable human being.” Publishers Weekly
I can't wait!

Sunday, March 16
Criminal law for kids. It's a worse case scenario - I get it.
What should parents do if their son/daughter gets into trouble? Do kids have the same rights as adults? No. Not even close.
We'll talk with criminal law attorney Angeli Fitch.

Sunday, March 23
In 2010, four high school students in nearby Morgan Hill, California wore American flag t-shirts to school on Cinco De Mayo to "make a point," according to one mother. About 20 students at a school in San Jose,  just north of Morgan Hill, wore Border Patrol t-shirts on the same day.

Based on prior history at the Morgan Hill school, an assistant principal told the students to remove their t-shirts, turn them inside out, or go home. Three of the four sued. Would you encourage your student so sue?

A March, 2014 federal court ruling says the school acted properly, prioritizing safety over First Amendment rights. Do you agree with that decision?

My guests will be William Becker, the attorney for the students, and Kendall Jones, the father of a student.

Sunday, March 30

A college education in the United States costs as much as a house. Attending community college for two years can save $50,000, or more.
Graduates of California community colleges are guaranteed admission into a California state college, but which one? Which community college should your student target based on his or her goals? They're not all the same.
Does attending hurt, help, or have no impact on job prospects and future educational plans, like advanced degrees?
My guest is Bradley Davis, JD, the president of West Valley Community College in Saratoga, California. He held executive positions at San Jose State and is a former faculty member at Santa Clara University.
Bradley Davis - West Valley College

Sunday, April 13
The children were on stage for viewing and inspection. They'd sing or dance to attract interest. A century ago, the Orphan train movement took orphaned and homeless children from Eastern cities to rural Midwest foster homes to be adopted. 250,000 children. 

My children would have been on the orphan train.

My guest is Christine Baker Kline, mega best-selling author of Orphan Train:
"A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history. Beautiful." Ann Packer - NY Times

Christina Baker Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine. She is the author of five novels: Orphan Train, Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water. She is co-editor, with Anne Burt, of About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror and co-author, with Christina L. Baker, of The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism. She has edited three anthologies: Child of Mine, Room to Grow, and Always Too Soon. Christina taught literature and creative writing at Yale, NYU, UVA, and Drew University. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge University, and the University of Virginia.
Christina Baker Kline.

Sunday, April 20
Have you heard of Baby Sensory?
In some communities in Europe and the Far East, up to 20% of babies attend Baby Sensory classes.
Re-scheduled to Sunday, May 18.

Sunday, April 27
School reform - unusual ideas.
Educator Cassandra Bridge has a Masters Degree in Education and Human Development. She's been a manager and educator in two countries and studied in several others. She's now the School Director of a Waldorf-inspired school in Pacific Grove, California. Ernest Singleton, the Texas Superintendent who cancelled high school sports, will join us to explain what happened to test scores and grades.

We have a long list of ideas - to discuss, not necessarily advocate for - like eliminating high school sports and investing in art and science, school uniforms, eliminating grades (letter grades AND grade levels: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc., how artificial is that?), eliminating school boards, making teachers mandated reporters - to administrators and parents - for bullying, separate classes by gender, and starting school LATER, not earlier, like Finland, with the highest test scores in the world. Finland leaves kids alone to play and grow and starts them in school in what we in the United States know as - third grade.

Sunday, May 4
Swimming - and ocean safety.
More than 50% of Americans live within 50 miles of the coast. Swimming, a fun hobby, is also an important life lesson. My guest will be Tiffany Harmon, former collegiate swimmer and swim teacher to thousands of Monterey Bay area kids and adults.
We'll talk about how to overcome fear of water, in kids and adults, and the central coast beaches you and your family will want to avoid. We'll be joined by former ocean lifeguard Bill Graff to discuss ocean safety, riptides and sneaker waves.
FYI: Tiffany is also known as DJ Tiffany. She has a Mister Mom recommended reggae radio show, Joy in the Morning, every Thursday from 9 AM to noon on KZSC 81.1FM Santa Cruz.
Seahorse Swim School.
Best Monterey Bay beaches.
Best Santa Cruz beaches by activity - families, fishing, dogs, etc.
Ocean safety: Rip current and sleeper waves.

Sunday, May 18
Have you heard of Baby Sensory?

In some communities in Europe and the Far East, up to 20% of babies attend Baby Sensory classes. Baby Sensory is a set of developmental classes for babies, newborns (!) to 18 months old, and their parents, now available in the Silicon Valley - the only classes in California.

The classes - I watched one and it was remarkable - happy babies with happy parents - focus on language, physical development, baby social skills and emotional development through the use of sign language, music, songs, puppets and activities, led by European trained instructors.

I'll interview, from Europe, Dr. Lin Day, the founder of Baby Sensory. Dr. Day has worked with babies and toddlers throughout her career, which began as a pediatric nurse working with critically ill babies and children with special needs. Later she learned sign language and worked with children with sensory impairment before going back to college to study childcare and education, achieving a string of diplomas and professional qualifications including a teaching credential and a PhD.
Baby Sensory.
Local classes.

Sunday, June 1
In the U.S., more than 100 people commit suicide every day. The local suicide prevention center gets 300 calls per month.
Among young people, suicide is the second leading cause of death, behind accidents. Girls try three times more often than boys; but boys commit suicide three times more often than girls. 2,000 kids will commit suicide this year; 5,000 if the age extends to 24 years old.

Why? What are the signs? How can you help?

Guest #1: Diane Brice is the Program Director of Suicide Prevention Services of the Central Coast. Diane is a former Director of Domestic Violence programs in Wyoming and California, a job which includes developing safe houses for women and children.
American Association of Suicidology.

Guest #2: Leann Gouveia is the Executive Director of Fresno Survivors of Suicide.
Listen - First hour.
Listen - Second hour.

Sunday, June 8
Another school shooting. Surprise...

An Iowa Republican senate candidate, asked about the Santa Barbara massacre, says it's an "unfortunate accident," like a fallen tree laying across the road. Democrat Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama administration and now the head of the University of California system, says, "impossible to prevent and impossible to predict."
Well... First, we could prevent shootings if mental health professionals could place disturbed individuals in the national gun-buyer background check system. Second, sadly, school shootings are predictable.  

On Sunday, we'll talk about solutions, like gun restraining orders (already used in Connecticut and Texas), tracking ammo sales, no gun sales to individuals under 26 years old, psychiatric gun registry discretion, and limits on gun magazines.

My guest will be NRA arch-rival/retired police chief/professor of criminal justice Dr. Robert Wadman, author of seven books on law enforcement. We'll discuss all of the above.
Law professor Mary Anne Franks, a Harvard and Oxford scholar with appearances on the Today Show, CNN, and NPR, will also join me to discuss misogyny and what parents need to know.

Sunday, June 15
Father's Day with family is GREAT, if you have one. For kids stuck in foster care, not so much.

Cris Beam, author of To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care joins me to discuss the social, racial, political, and economic factors that drive foster care policies.

For the second hour, I'll be joined by Linda Fosler, the Executive Director of CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates in Monterey County. Abandoned as a child, Linda became a high-tech executive and the adoptive mother of three children.

Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. CASA is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children and foster care children in courtrooms and communities.

Linda and I will discuss social services reform, the role CASA plays, and how you can mentor a child in foster care.

Sunday, June 22
Creating better schools and compassionate cultures - a teaching approach.

My kids attend public schools - and I love public school teachers - but there's a different approach to raising kids, one that focuses on emotional growth instead of state tests.
When Pamela Cayton, a student of Lama Yeshe, moved from Nepal to the United States with her family after living in Nepal for many years, she found that the educational options available to her kids did not embody essential qualities she felt were needed to educate the whole child. So, she started her own school!
Pam opened Tara Redwood School in 1989.

In 2009, in response to the strong interest of educators, counselors, and parents, Cayton started to offer workshops around the world on the curriculum and materials she had developed at Tara Redwood School. She named the educational program, The Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength, and Compassion, with the goal of developing mindfulness and compassion in children and youth. In 2012, Creating Compassionate Cultures formed as a nonprofit organization so it could provide programs for youth of all ages both in the United States and around the world.

Sunday, July 6
Why are Scientologists conducting anti drug courses in Bay area public schools?
In 2005, after an expose by the San Francisco Chronicle, medical professionals and the California Department of Education declined to endorse Narconon school antidrug programs.

But since then, Narconon programs have been at Santa Cruz High School, Harbor High, and high schools in San Jose, Santa Clara, Campbell, Fremont, Morgan Hill, Monterey County, Salinas, and Hollister. Why? 

Well, the programs are free, but wait! Are they effective? Is there a hidden agenda?

Guest #1: Dave Touretzky, a professor in the Computer Science Department and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University. He's not a fan of Narconon or Scientology.

Guest #2: Nanette Asimov is the San Francisco Chronicle education reporter who broke the story in 2005, leading to Scientology being banned from San Francisco and Los Angeles public schools. Her May, 2014 story broke the news again...
She's also written stories that led to changes in charter school laws and exposed cheating and censorship in testing. 

Sunday, July 13
When our kids are different from us...
Andrew Solomon is the author of the blockbuster The New Yorker interview with the father of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter. He's also the author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, his New York Times best-selling book about parents with unusual children.

He writes about, "families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal."

"All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges." Solomon explores families with children exceptional in a variety of ways - emotionally and physically - and those whose actions, like crime or deviance, test the boundaries of parental love.

Sunday, July 20
What are group homes like for children with severe behavioral issues? 
My guest is Dr. Eric Emery, the CEO of Rebekah Children's Services, founded as the Odd-Fellow Rebekah Children's Home of Northern California. It operated as an orphanage until the 1950's; providing a home for orphaned children of order members. At one time Odd-Fellow homes were in every state; today Rebekah Children's Services is the last operating Odd-Fellow Children's Home in the nation.
We'll talk about children with a higher rate of post traumatic stress disorder than soldiers, how parents can find a therapist specializing in traumatic disorders, wrap-around services, and about how some kids rally and lead full lives.

Sunday, August 10
Juvenile delinquency - Patterns and Promise
Full disclosure: Mister Mom was a juvenile delinquent. I rallied, going to law school and having a long media career, but the early years were troublesome.
Dr. Bob Wadman, a former police chief in four metropolitan areas, the author of seven books about law enforcement, and a criminology professor at Weber State University, has developed a set of predictors of juvenile delinquency, and later, crime - like HS drop-out, low household income, and single parent families.
We'll discuss the research, the impact juvenile crime has on people and society, and how to break the chain.

Sunday, August 31
Yoga for kids and families...
My daughter and I attended "hot" yoga classes. Hot means they turn up the thermostat. It's great exercise and we left feeling great - it was a good daddy/daughter time activity and we felt healthier having attended three evenings per week.

What's the deal with yoga? Why is it effective? Do kids enjoy yoga?
My guests are Lynda Meeder and Valerie Moselle with Luma Yoga in Santa Cruz.
Valerie is the founder of Luma Yoga. She studied yoga in Costa Rica and has achieved several distinctive yoga teaching credentials. Lynda is a certified YogaKids trainer specializing in making yoga a playful experience. Her back ground is in education and school counseling.

Sunday, September 7
Fearless Feeding...

After 10 years that started with me taking three adopted kids to McDonald's once a week (I didn't know what they liked to eat!!) and buying junk food for school lunches, I've evolved, but I'm still unsure about what to buy each week and reluctant to experiment.

Authors and registered dieticians Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen join me to discuss their new book, Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters From High Chair to High School.

We'll learn about child growth and development, what to feed and when, problematic eating, and nutrition. Jill and Maryann will debunk feeding myths and provide age based solutions - including how to get a healthy meal on the table fast!

Sunday, September 14
A six-year-old boy on a hike in the hills west of Cupertino/Silicon Valley is attacked by a mountain lion and dragged into the bushes - while adults were only 10 feet away! The lion released the boy when adults came running and yelling.
Attacks on humans are rare - we're advised to hike in groups - kids with parents, etc., etc., but wait,  that's what this family was doing, so...

My guest is Lieutenant Patrick Foy, Public Information Officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He's been on the scene this week. He'll give us updates on the hunt for the mountain lion and tell us what parents need to know.

Several years ago, on a hillside 40 miles south of this attack, Mister Mom was looking into the brush across the street from his home, brush he and his children walked through every night after dinner - and he saw a large male mountain lion wandering by - an apex predator without a care in the world.

Sunday, September 21
Author and documentary filmmaker Cynthia Lowen joins us to discuss her film, Bully and the companion book, and her book Bullying: Prevention and Intervention.

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The feature documentary film BULLY brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary, at its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue and whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Produced and written by Cynthia Lowen and Lee Hirsch, BULLY was released in 2012. BULLY is now available on Amazon, Netflix, and i-Tunes.

The filmmakers also launched The BULLY Project, using the power of film to catalyze significant change on this issue, reaching millions of kids, parents, educators and advocates around the world.

Sunday, September 28
Eating healthy food. Encouraging kids to prepare meals.
My guest is Elizabeth Borelli, the author of a new book: Sprout it! Kids in the Kitchen.

After many years of grocery shopping and cooking for my kids - I was lucky if their contribution was putting away groceries - my 13-year-old son now searches for recipes, experiments with recipes, and helps cook dinner twice a week. Love it. Elizabeth's book is great timing....

Elizabeth encourages kids to participate in food growing and preparation and she helps parents understand the importance of labels and controlling sugar and artificial ingredients. She also provides strategies and resources to help young cooks succeed. Elizabeth is also the author of Beanalicious Living: A Step-By-Step Guide to Breaking Free from Processed Foods and Embracing a Healthy, Nutritious Lifestyle.

Sunday, October 26
Triple P Parenting
Developed in Australia, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is now in 25 countries. Based on the concept of community psychology, Triple P gives parents simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life, lie toddler tantrums or teenage rebellion, self-esteem issues, bedtime battles, disobedience, and aggression.

One of the few parenting programs backed by research, including a Santa Cruz study, Triple P teaches parents how to use assertive discipline, have realistic expectations, create a positive environment, and how to take care of themselves, too.

My guests are Nicole Young and Heather Thomsen, PhD. Nicole has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She's an expert in developing Triple P and other community programs, working with non-profits and public agencies.  Heather is a Triple P practitioner.

Show ideas:

Corporal punishment. A Kansas legislator has introduced a bill allowing TEACHERS to spank students up to 10 times. Hmmm.

My daughter wants a chicken. A clucking chicken...
Weird pets and the people who love them.


Mister Mom sponsors and partners:

SantaCruzParent.com is an extensive online resource which connects families with businesses, nonprofits and organizations serving families in Santa Cruz County.  Its Events Calendar is filled with classes, entertainment, art, music, camps, sports and nature pursuits for children and their families.  SantaCruzParent offers a weekly newsletter with informative articles and fun things to do with the kids or on a date night. SantaCruzParent.com is “the go to" local online resource for parents, grandparents and professionals.  
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Campus Kids Connection provides school campus based before and after school care at nine elementary school locations in Santa Cruz County and pre-school at three locations.

Their professional staff encourages learning in a safe, nurturing, diverse environment. They help with home work and keep your kids engaged and healthy with activities like science, art, sports, and field trips. They love to teach and they love to have fun!

Find out why 850 Santa Cruz families choose Campus Kids Connection.

Campus Kids Connection
820 Bay Avenue, Suite 109
Capitola, CA 95010

With the nation's largest indoor RV showroom, See Grins RV, Northern California's largest RV dealer, offers state of the art sales, service, and parts, all conveniently located in Gilroy, just 25 minutes south of San Jose. 

They stock over 250 new and pre-owned RV's, travel trailers, fifth wheelers, toy haulers and motorized coaches, including Class A, diesel, Class C, camper vans and more.

Their cheerful finance department is open everyday to help you achieve your dream of owning an RV. Our service department is always willing to help, and our parts department is second to none.

Open Monday thru Saturday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

See Grins RV
Next to the Gilroy Outlets off Highway 101.
7900 Arroyo Circle, Gilroy CA 95020

Change two lives – theirs and yours – with CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates. Spend 6 to 12 hours per month working with children in foster care.

Advocates partner with the dependency court, social workers and foster parents to enhance foster care and to achieve placement in a permanent home.

Advocate’s are special friends and role models bringing joy into what is often a lonely and frightening time. The beach, a movie, a hike in the hills, says you are special and someone cares.

Men and women age 21 and over are welcome. Training and support provided. Kids are in need right now.

CASA - Monterey County and on Facebook.
CASA - San Mateo County and on Facebook
CASA - San Benito County and on Facebook.  

Soquel’s Tara Redwood School – on 108 acres of forest and meadows – is a magical place with programs for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and an elementary school in Soquel Village, K through 5th grade. 

Our Montessori theme teaches children insight, authentic speech, kindness, generosity, and tolerance while nurturing the innate positive qualities within each child. 

Summer camp at Tara Redwood School is FUNTASTIC! Weekly themes include art, sports, adventure, crafts, jewelry, games, and cooking. For only $275, children three to eight years old make new friends in a safe nurturing environment. Extended day and sibling discounts available.

Visit tararedwoodschool.org, find us on Facebook, and call 831-462-9632. 

Parenting has it challenges, right?

Santa Cruz County's Triple P Positive Parenting Program,  part of First 5 Santa Cruz, offers FREE group and individualized parenting classes, in English or Spanish, in YOUR HOME and locations throughout the county.

Toddlers to teens, we're here to help. Teen topics include raising resilient children and responsible teens; helping teens get and stay connected by improving social skills; getting organized; and caring for others.

Sessions are from one to eight weeks long. Child care provided. 

831-465-2217. We're on Facebook.

   Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

Head Start: For nearly 50 years, Head Start has delivered education, health and social services to low income families in Santa Cruz County. Free services include early childhood education, in home visits, parent education, dental and health screening, nutrition assessments, and social services. We’re here to help – with locations from Watsonville through San Lorenzo Valley.

Early Head Start: Low income families in Santa Cruz with infants and toddlers are eligible for free Early Head Start programs to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. We help parents be better caregivers and teachers for their children. We help you meet your goals. Early Head Start also provides comprehensive health services, with locations from Watsonville through San Lorenzo Valley.

Encompass Community Services
225 Westridge Drive
Watsonville, California

Every 4th of July, Mister Mom’s family drives to Gizdich Ranch in the foothills near Watsonville and walks the fields picking plump, juicy strawberries, olallieberries, and boysenberries to take home and share with neighbors.

Gizdich Ranch has a wonderful bakery with fresh fruit pies – apple, raspberry and boysenberry - hand-made healthy sandwiches in the deli kitchen, a fun store and antique shop, picnic tables, and a play area for kids.

now, fresh strawberries and olallieberries bursting in the fields. Visit and pick your own!

55 Peckham Road
Watsonville, California 95076

In the past 18 years, more than 40,000 students have taken Musical Me children’s music classes -  infants through six year olds. We'll help you provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities, and to study an instrument should he or she choose to do so.

Our Music Together classes include weekly 45-minute classes of songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences--developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers--regardless of their own musical ability. For only $280, you’ll receive twelve 45-minute classes, 2 CD's, a songbook with activity suggestions for parents, and a parent education booklet with DVD.

We’re in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Ben Lomond, Los Gatos, Campbell and Saratoga. Attend a free preview class!

Musical Me
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Parents – here’s a great summer camp where your middle school aged kids can learn AND have fun.

BASE Camp has two-week long, beginner and intermediate computer game programming day camps at The King’s Academy school in Sunnyvale, starting in June and ending in August.

Early drop off at 8:00 AM and late pick up at 6:00 PM are included. 

Beginner Level Game Programmer I camp – no experience necessary - teaches students the basic of programming and coding. Computer Programmer Level II camp takes students further, with higher programming skills and more practice.


Baby Sensory
Baby Sensory is a set of developmental classes for babies, newborns (!) to 18 months old, and their parents, established in Europe and the Far East and now available in the Silicon Valley - the only classes in California - at the Dance Academy in Cupertino.

The classes - I watched one and it was remarkable - happy babies with happy parents - focus on language, physical development, baby social skills and emotional development through the use of sign language, music, songs, puppets and activities, led by European trained instructors.

Dance Academy
21269 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA
Baby Sensory

Big Sur Visitor Bureau
Land. Meet sea.

The gorgeous visitor bureau website is mobile friendly and can be translated into 66 languages. Site highlights include a 2013 event calendar, lodging, restaurants, galleries, National Geographic Big Sur wildlife videos, great writing about Big Sur, best hikes, and live weather reports and road conditions. 

Named one of the top two destinations in the United States by TripAdvisor, Big Sur is what you need it to be - a rollicking good time or a peaceful retreat into redwoods and bliss.