In this episode of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, we’re talking about bad behavior. Specifically, The Good News About Bad Behavior. That’s the name of a new book by journalist, author, speaker, and parent educator, Katherine Lewis, and in this episode, Katherine and I talk about what our kids’ behavior is telling us and how we as parents, teachers, and other adults in kids’ lives can best respond to it while encouraging our kids to develop into healthy adults.
In researching and writing her book, Katherine connected with one of our favorite parenting thought leaders, Dr. Ross Greene, and reframed her own thinking about bad behavior as being a child’s way of demonstrating lagging skills. Katherine’s book aims to help parents navigate tricky behavioral situations and work with their children toward better solutions. I really enjoyed this conversation and hope it offers you some good food for thought.
About Katherine: Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning journalist and author of The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever – And What to Do About It. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Fortune, Money, Mother Jones, The New York Times, Parade, Slate, USA Today’s magazine group, the Washington Post Magazine and Working Mother. She’s an EWA Education Reporting Fellow and Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. Residencies include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale and Moulin a Nef. Previously, Katherine was a national correspondent for Newhouse and Bloomberg News, covering everything from financial and media policy to Al Gore’s presidential campaign. She holds a BA in physics from Harvard University and is a certified parent educator with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) in Kensington, Md. She and her husband Brian are the proud parents of three children, 25, 14 and 11 years old.
THINGS YOU’LL LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE:
- What brain integration is and how challenges can result when integration isn’t developing as well as it could be
- What brain growth and integration looks like for typical versus atypical kids
- What the three primary integration challenges are: sensory integration, emotional regulation, self/other integration
- How we can help our child rewire their brain
- Why early intervention with differently wired kids is so critical
- What neuroplasticity is
- What parents can expert in their journey of supporting their kids
- The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever, and What to Do About It by Katherine R. Lewis
- The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Dr. Ross Greene
- Lives in the Balance (Dr. Greene’s website)
- Lost at School: Why Our Kids With Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Dr. Ross Greene
- Dr. Ross Greene Talks About How Collaborative and Proactive Solutions Benefits Atypical Kids (podcast)
- Duct Tape Parenting: A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient Kids by Vicki Hoefle
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