Raising Humans is a podcast for parents or anyone who spends time with children.
Parenting can be an emotional roller coaster. How can you use the wisdom of emotional intelligence to be the kind of mentor and teacher you want to be for your kids?
Each week, we take a scenario sent in by a parent and we look at it through the lens of emotional intelligence. We also provide tips for your “EQ Parenting Toolkit” so that next time you encounter a similar situation or feeling, you will have some ideas you can practice.
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Arriving at School Ready to Learn- Raising Humans Podcast
Published on April 1, 2017
Have you ever had a rushed morning getting the kids off to school? The speed of our everyday lives can leave kids struggling to be present and ready to learn when they enter the school building. How can parents help children develop an emotional vocabulary and emotional literacy so that they are truly prepared to engage when they get to school? Those all important moments leading up to school and the night before are fertile areas to practice EQ. In…
What Can Parents Learn from Teachers? Raising Humans #18
Published on March 3, 2017
How can parents facilitate good conversations with teachers to support their child's learning?What can parents learn from teachers about how to extend learning outside the classroom? In this short Raising Humans podcast, May Duong, Direct of Parent Education for Six Seconds, talks with Brian Lucette. Brian is a teacher at Synapse School in Menlo Park who uses Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as an integrated concept in his entire curriculum. Find out what he has to say about supporting parents and…
Homework: A Recipe for Learning?
Published on February 12, 2017
Has homework created a battle between parents, children, and teachers? Where is the joy of learning amidst the math problems and book reports coming home to families in their children's backpacks? Can we make it fun? What about other interests? In this podcast from Six Seconds, May Duong and I talk to two teachers at Synapse, Six Seconds' laboratory school about their attitude about homework, and we reflect on our own challenges as parents. Enjoy this short discussion. Part…
Raising Humans #15-On Emotions and Elections
Published on January 12, 2017
Talking to Kids About Difficult Political Moments In the United States on November 9, many parents woke up wondering how to talk to their children about their feelings about the outcome of the national elections. As Michelle Maltais wrote in the L.A. Times, "Parents struggled to contextualize for their children that a candidate for the highest office in the country displayed the very vulgarity and bullying behavior many families and schools worked so hard to combat." In this podcast, we explore…
Raising Humans Through the Holidays-Podcast #14
Published on December 22, 2016
May the turning of the year bring light to all! Happy holidays from Six Seconds. Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy winter solstice, Pancha Ganapati, Yule, Sadeh, Malanka, Boxing Day, Quaid-e-Azam's Day, Hogmanay, Soyal, Yalda, Las Posadas, and Bodhi Day. From all of us at Six Seconds, may the turning of the year toward the light bring light within your heart and emotional intelligence to all! From a kid's perspective: So much build-up and anticipation and…
Raising Humans #13-Reducing Academic Stress
Published on December 2, 2016
Academic stress. Those two words describe a big minefield when it comes to parenting. How can parents and educators instill and support a love of learning, while downplaying messages of competition and conditional approval? A few years back, a friend's five year old announced he planned on attending Harvard. I was half amused, and half horrified. Who had been asking this child which college he was considering? It's one thing to have goals, another altogether to send kids the message…
Raising Humans #12: Sit With Us-A Creative Response to Bullying
Published on November 16, 2016
Bullied Teen Develops App to Help Bullied Middle School Kids Find Friends When Natalie Hampton was in middle school, she was bullied and attacked physically. She is one of the 22% of students ages 12-18 who have experienced bullying. Include cyber-bullying and the rate jumps to 83% for girls and 79% for boys experiencing this at some point in their childhoods. For parents, it can be distressing not knowing how to protect and empower their kids. For Natalie, it was…
How to Raise World Aware Humans
Published on November 9, 2016
Divya Prakash is a young adult who decided to help children in Africa learn to read. What she learned about herself and emotional intelligence in the process is inspiring. Enjoy this short podcast for our Raising Humans podcast series as well as a short video about the African Library Project.
Raising Humans #10-Family Relationships – a Teen’s View
Published on November 3, 2016
This teen's story shows how Emotional Intelligence can spread from family relationships to the broader world No parenting podcast would be complete without a look into the world and thoughts of teens. So much change and growth is happening in such a short time it can feel like a rocky road for parent and child. There seems to be a constant push and pull going on between dependence and independence, security and risk taking. We want to stay emotionally close…
Raising Humans Episode #9-A Child’s Growing Self-Awareness
Published on October 26, 2016
Practicing EQ is Second Nature for Mari and her dad, Damien The author, Annie Dillard wrote, “Children ten years old wake up and find themselves here, discover themselves to have been here all along." It's not everyday one meets a child like Mari, age 9. A student at Six Second's Synapse School in Menlo Park, for four-years she has been studying emotional intelligence as part of the everyday Self Science curriculum. In this podcast, recorded with her dad, Damien, Mari…