If you’ve ever struggled to connect with your kids, help them solve problems, open up to you, or just give you more than a one-word answer when you ask how school was today…well, help is here!

We have had a lot of favorite Spawned podcast guests over the years, and William Stixrud Ph.D. and Ned Johnson have officially joined that list.They’re the witty, thoughtful, incredibly knowledgable co-authors of the national best-seller, The Self-Driven Child and today we’re talking about their outstanding new book, What Do You Say? Talking with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home.

Do we want happier homes? Motivated kids? Less stress all around? Why yes! Yes we do.

Take a listen right now for truly simple, precise, actionable tips that you’ll want to put to use right away.

Also, make sure you’re a Spawned subscriber so you never miss an episode! We have some good ones coming up before year’s end.

Oh — and @NedJohnson is a terrific follow on Twitter, and if you have kids starting to think about college, be sure to check out his website PrepMatters and his Prep Talks Podcast. He recently spoke with Dr. Madeline Levine too, as he mentioned on the show.


The new parenting must-have book: What Do You Say?: How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home

Find the outstanding What Do You Say? Talking with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home on Amazon or your local indie bookseller.

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Thanks to our sponsors, Google Kids Space and Panasonic

Hot holiday gifts including an affordable Android tablet loaded with Google Kids Space (sponsor)

Google Kids Space is the exciting new kids mode on select Android tablets, all designed to spark a child’s curiosity to help them discover, create, and grow.

It’s a smart way to give kids a library of quality apps, games, books and videos, all easily sorted through 5 tabs: HOME, PLAY, READ, WATCH AND MAKE. Kids will love the library of books and videos, along with recommended apps and games vetted by child education and media experts — and parents love that part too. Although honestly, if your kids are like ours, they may spend as much time customizing their avatar, with more than a thousand possibilities for kids to explore their interests.

Learn more about Google Kids Space on their website, including where to find an Android tablet with Google Kids Space built right in (they start at just $59).


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With customizable alerts, parents can track the sound, motion and temperature that their baby is experiencing in real-time. Motion and sound sensors will let you know when your baby is awake or crying. The temperature alerts will notify you if the baby’s room temperature is below or above the range that you set. And while only one monitor and camera is included, you can connect it to up to four additional cameras to fit your family’s needs.

Above all, it’s got incredible technology to ensure your connection is secure and private. That matters — a lot.

Take a peek at the Panasonic Extra Long-Range Video Baby Monitor in action right from Target.com


Our Cool Picks of the Week

Gifts for Dolly Parton fans: "Anyone but Jolene" welcome mat from Designs Beyond Borders
Jolene welcome mat from Etsy shopDesigns Beyond Borders

Bill: The McCartney 3, 2, 1  miniseries streaming on Hulu. Not to be confused with Peter Jackson’s Get Back docu-series on Disney Plus, which we’re all watching too!

Ned: Curries and Carols… well, you just have to listen to understand, but it’s wonderful!

Liz: Blown away by these tips from kids on creative ways they’re using tech to make holiday gift lists.

Kristen: She’s all about Dolly Parton gifts this year. Can you blame her?