We have a conversation about the impact of raising children to believe in a god, or not.

Dan Arel is the author of the new book, Parenting Without God. He'll explain why he thinks raising children in a religious household is a recipe for poor critical thinking, and more. Our guests in studio offer a counterpoint, talking about the possible benefits of raising children to have faith in a deity. Our guests:

Parents might find it a frustrating challenge when they try to understand their teenagers. John Duffy's book, The Available Parent, attempts to bridge that lack of understanding, underscoring the need for parents to be available to their children. As Duffy says, a parent can be sitting next to a teenager and still not be really available. When a child feels that distance, problems can worsen. Duffy is in Rochester as a guest of the Pittsford PTSA. In studio:

  • John Duffy, author of The Available Parent
  • Trish Blake-Jones, chair, Pittsford Mendon High School PTSA 
  • Jori Cincotta, co-president, Pittsford District PTSA

Children from low-income families may face a big hurdle when they get ready to start school.

Some of them are exposed to stresses that have been linked to elevated or lower levels of the hormone cortisol – a change associated with impaired cognitive function.

Researchers at the University of Rochester recently published a 3-year study of 2, 3 and 4-year-old children and their mothers at Mount Hope Family Center.

We look at corporal punishment in light of the Adrian Peterson case. What is appropriate and what is not? What do the studies show about long-term impact? We discuss this with our panel: 

  • Deb Rosen, director of children and family services, Child Protective Services
  • Mary Whittier, Executive Director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center

Would you leave your child in your car alone while you quickly run into the store for a carton of milk? In some states, this is illegal, and some feel this is overpolicing of parents. Have laws discouraged individual preferences on parenting kids? Are these laws leading to parents overpolicing children? We discuss these issues with our panel:

Tips for Talking About Shooting With Your Kids

Dec 14, 2012

How do you talk about today's events with your children?  Here are some strategies from PBS Parents.