Wednesday Wisdom | Hop on the Podcast Ride

by Melissa on December 8, 2010

I grew up without cable. And the local TV shows I watched were pretty limited (According to mom, Bart Simpson was too disrespectful, and Doogie Howser too racy).

Maybe that’s one of the reasons I never really hopped on the pop-culture train. Which is pretty unusual for someone raised in LA.

When I visit my cousin and her husband, and read their US Weekly Magazines I’ll say things like, “Did you know Britney shaved her head?” or “Oh my gosh- Sarah Silverman and Kimmel broke up!”

They laugh and tell me that every time I come to visit  they feel like they’re in a time machine, as I rehash events that have taken place at least six months before.

The cycle has finally been broken. Thanks to my Uncle Jimmy, I’m actually on the forefront of new technology for the first time in my life, and I’m loving it. Jimmy, my Aunt Stef, and Todd Glass started Comedy and Everything Else, about two years ago. It’s a podcast that I adore. I’m fascinated by what they talk about, and I love how it helps me stay in touch with them, even when we don’t get the chance to hang out as much as we’d like to.

So, what’s a Podcast?

Since I’ve always been so behind the times, I thought it was something everyone was into. Not so. Thankfully, my friend Adam turned me onto the Podcast Answer Man. While listening to a recent episode, I learned that only 10% of the population knows what a podcast is. I’m finally part of the 10%! If you’re not in the know, one of his guests, Dr. Thomas Lamar gives a great explanation on what one is here.

How can this knowledge help me?

I’ve been listening up on podcasts that are out there for parents. Some are good, some not so good. At Tandem Teaching, our goal is to weed through the “not so good” so you don’t have to. We’ll occasionally be featuring different podcasts that are really valuable and amazing, and will be able to help you so much when you’re trying to understand your kiddo, or have a problem that you need help with. It’s great for parents that are busy, because you can listen to them on your own time, when you’re excercising or, (my personal favorite) when you’re dealing with the commute to work.

Where should I begin?

Why not start with the first one I fell in love with. It’s called Leading Edge Parenting. Sandi Schwartz interviews some amazing guests. Start with one of my favorites: A Mom’s Story. It is so lovely.

Sandi interviews Katrina Kenison, the author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day. Sandi has such an amazing talent for interviewing people. She puts them at ease and makes you feel like you’re having tea with old friends.

In this episode, Katrina discusses the power of focusing on your child’s lovable, wonderful qualities, and stresses how important it is to love them for who they truly are. She gives tips on how to create ordinary routines in your very busy schedule that create a deeper bond between you and your children. Her advice is easy to implement, and so very powerful.

Please email or comment to let me know if you need help with the glitches that come along with exploring this vast treasure trove of information.

Or write after you’ve listened to share what you loved about the episodes. I know you will.

And I’ll be sure to pass them along to Sandi and Katrina. Hearing how  their free service impacts your family in a positive way is pretty powerful for them, and I’m looking forward to sharing your feedback with them.

Happy listening!

Melissa Lubaszka is the founder of Tandem Teaching and teaches in the inner-city. She blogs weekly about tips parents can implement to enhance their connection with their children and ways to bring out their children’s inherent gifts. Contact her for a private consulting session.

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Jim December 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Embracing technology is hard, especially as we get older and technology keeps getting younger, fresher, and newer! I avoided a $300 bill by ridding my computer of a nasty virus all by myself! I don’t know where I’m going with this, either way, all forms of technology are great for teaching/learning, especially podcasts!