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Kids Cook Real Food is a hub of information for raising healthy kids, including our weekly podcast, The Healthy Parenting Handbook, with expert interviews, helpful tips, and kid-produced recipes.

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If something doesn't turn out it's not a failure. We just learned one way that doesn't work. -Dr. Robin Dickinson

Episode 024: Why Kids Need to Understand Their Bodies (And a Few Practical Ways to Teach Them) with Dr. Robin Dickinson

What happens when you’re already living your dream…but it’s a dream interrupted? Dr. Robin Dickinson was a family practitioner who loved her job and her patients, and she was GOOD at what she did. But when the pandemic sent her kids home from school, they needed her more. What happened next is nothing short of […]

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Episode 023: Expected Mess Vs. True Clutter – What’s the Difference and How to Solve Them

Confession: My house is VERY cluttered. I have never been good at letting go of things. “I might need that someday!” “What about the grandkids? They’ll want to read that book!” I’m always a little anxious and yet inspired when I talk to organizers and decluttering experts, and this conversation with Katy Wells will not

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12 High Income Skills That Will Unlock Opportunities and Propel Your Career

This post was written by Nadia Tahir of This Mom is On Fire. It was edited by Amanda Kay and fact-checked by Hailey Rose McLaughlin. In today’s dynamic job market, acquiring high income skills isn’t just an option; it’s necessary for those seeking financial success and career growth.  Mastering high income skills can significantly boost

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In the beginning of our country, logic was valued as an important skill to learn. -Kathy Gibbens

Episode 022: Nurturing Young Skeptics: Essential Guide to Teaching Critical Thinking to Kids and Teens with Kathy Gibbens

When is the last time your kids were learning something in school and you got totally pulled in? That happened to today’s podcast guest, Kathy Gibbens, when her daughter was learning logic and critical thinking in middle school, and Kathy became a mom on a mission. She realized critical thinking is, well, critical to our

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Let your kids have the opportunity to boost their confidence by doing tasks that really matter. -Katie Kimball

Episode 020: Why Teaching Your Kids Chores and Life Skills Is NOT Taking Advantage of Them

In today’s Healthy Parenting Handbook episode, I’m going to take 5 different arguments against kids doing chores and learning life skills and counter them with facts, stories, research, and a big ol’ dose of common sense. These are real arguments I hear from both well-meaning parents AND keyboard warriors on social media, plus one from

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We only have so many hours in a day do we really want to spend so much of it staring at a screen? -Katie Kimball

Episode 019: How to Help Kids Thrive with (and in spite of) Tech and Screens with Andrea Davis of Better Screen Time

Oh, parents. Parents in the tech age…there REALLY is no handbook for this! We’ve never seen our parents struggle through having the Internet in our kids’ pockets, and honestly? I don’t like the feeling of making it up as I go along. That’s why I’ve been following Andrea and Tyler at Better Screen Time for

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Strong-willed kids are such a blessing! -Wendy Snyder

Episode 018: The Secret to Raising Strong-Willed “Cactus” Kids with Wendy Snyder

Power. Control. Parenting. Which of these three doesn’t belong? My guest today is Wendy Snyder, a positive parenting educator who reminds us, “Control is not the goal of parenting.” Obviously, there is a balance of power in a parent-child relationship, but taking the power or fighting over who has power isn’t the right game to

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The release of emotion is where the healing takes place and how behaviors shift. -Tosha Schore

Episode 017: Discipline With No Punishment at All! (Especially for Parents of Aggressive Boys!) with Tosha Schore

I used Tosha’s tips the very DAY we recorded this interview, and I have to tell you — they work. So well. Once you hear about her strategy for reducing frustration and nipping “negative spirals” in the bud, you’ll know why when my husband spent a ton of time hanging with our 5-year-old, Gabe, over

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