Jonathan Catherman, author of The Manual to Manhood.
Topic: How to cook the perfect steak, change a tire, impress a girl, and 97 other survival skills for young men.
Issues: As a man in the making, you’ll need to know how to do stuff. You also need a strong moral character to back up your new abilities. Here are step-by-step instructions for just about everything you need to know.
Michelle Icard, author of Middle School Makeover.
Topic: Improving the way you and your child experience the middle school years.
Issues: Helping your kid through real middle school problems, including social media, questions about sex, mean girls (and boys), and fitting in, dealing with bullies, fashion, peer pressure, dating, independence, and more.
[amazon asin=0373892381&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 1: Phyllis Koch-Sheras and Peter Sheras, coauthors of Lifelong Love
Topic: Creating and maintaining an extraordinary relationship.
Issues: The 4-step “Couple Power” program that’s based on a dramatic shift in the way in which relationships are viewed—where the couple is seen as an entity in and of itself, greater than the sum of its individual parts.
[amazon asin=1585429422&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 2: Andrew Friedman, coauthor of Family, Inc..
Topic: Office-inspired solutions to reduce the chaos in your home and save your sanity.
Issues: How workplace skills and systems like regular meetings, budget setting, long-term planning, and employee evaluations can help you create a stress-free home.
[amazon asin=1105105040&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: David Marshak, author of Kids Need the Same Teacher for More than One Year.
Topic: The most humane innovation to improve education for your children.
Issues: Why having your child in a classroom with the same teacher for at least two years leads to higher academic achievement, more efficient use of school time, more positive social and emotional learning, more enthusiasm for learning; stronger and more-friendly relationships between you and your child’s teacher.
[amazon asin=1400048109&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Jeffrey Lee, author of Catch a Fish.
Topic: 21 timeless skills every child should know and any parent can teach.
Issues: Can knowing how to fold a paper airplane make you a better parent? How parents can teach their children what they really want to learn. Activities ranging from the practical to the frivolous that every mom and dad can teach (and learn if you don’t already know how).
I’d really like my 5-year-old son to start playing baseball in the Spring, but I wonder if it’s too soon. Our Little League allows children to start as young as 5, but his mother and I aren’t sure if he’s too young. How can I tell when to sign him up for sports? How much do I push him?
One of the great rites of fatherhood is passing on the love of a sport to his child. That said, my first question would be whether your son has expressed an interest in baseball. If he hasn’t, then committing him to a league may be more than he’s ready for. You might take him to watch a local high school or minor league team play a game, gauge his interest, and go from there.
A lot of parents—honestly, this tends to be a bit more of a dad thing and a mom thing—try to solve their parenting problems on their own. But parents are finding that there can be a lot of benefit to tapping into what others know. Researchers in England found that parents of problem children who went to parenting groups two hours per week for eight weeks were able to greatly reduce their kids’ problem behavior and improve their own skills as parents. Not surprising, 100 percent of the parents who went through this peer training program said they were satisfied with the results.