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How to Teach Your Kids to Be People, With Author Catherine Newman

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Highlights from this weeks episode
On how we in some cases miss chances to teach our kids crucial life abilities:
She feels like due to the fact that everybodys been home all the time, the veil has been pulled aside and kids can really see how a family runs. And she feels like sort of by mishap, weve been hiding it from our kids. And I really enjoy that since it made me feel like not just do kids not always understand how to do this stuff, they dont even understand its happening.

This week were discovering how to teach our kids the ins and outs of how to be good, responsible, adult individuals with assistance from author Catherine Newman. Catherine is the author of multiple books for both grownups and kids, consisting of Waiting for Birdy, Catastrophic Happiness, and One Mixed-Up Night.

Eavesdrop to hear Catherine talk with fellow moms and dads Editor-in-Chief Alice Bradley and Parenting Editor Meghan Walbert about her own experiences of raising her 2 kids, why its essential to have your kids see you doing the work, and how to get bold children interested in her book.

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On the value of teaching our young boys life skills in the very same method we teach ladies:
[T] here was simply a recent research study that males dont do that much more housework now than our dads did, and I discover that sort of dismaying. And we understand that makes ladiess lives harder, and we understand that adds to various kinds of office variations … I do feel like we do not desire boys to just resemble, “oh, we have no concept how this takes place,” you know? … So I feel like we need to compensate a bit for that by ensuring that the young boys understand it. I suggest not teach it in a different way, but just make certain the expectation exists.

On the culture of helpfulness within her own family:
That said, the culture is kind of like anyone will help you with anything when you need assistance … I indicate, there are things that people do routinely taking out the garbage or recycling, that kind of things. And I feel like my kids are totally helpful. And I do not wait till Im annoyed to ask, you understand what I indicate?

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Episode Transcript

Catherine is the author of multiple books for both kids and grownups, consisting of Waiting for Birdy, Catastrophic Happiness, and One Mixed-Up Night. She feels like since everyones been house all the time, the veil has actually been pulled aside and kids can really see how a home runs. And she feels like sort of by accident, weve been hiding it from our kids. And I truly enjoy that because it made me feel like not only do kids not constantly know how to do this stuff, they do not even know its happening.

And I feel like my kids are totally handy.