Episode 17 – Inner strength with Dr. Laura Markham

Boy, do I have a treat for you this week!

Dr. Laura Markham
Dr. Laura Markham

Not only does We RAD DADS have our first female guest, but she is also our first professional guest as well. We have for you this week none other than THE Dr. Laura Markham.

Join Dr. Markham and myself as we discuss her upbringings and how her blended family dynamics shaped her into one of the leading experts in Clinical Psychology. Her relatable story and early experiences are directly applicable to any single parent situation.

I was surprised to learn that the role model behind her successful principles is entirely attributed to her very own RAD DAD. Without her father’s compassion which; in her words: “saved my life”, she would not have discovered her full potential. Listen as Dr. Markham describes how her father was the one who showed her what loving guidance was all about.

Dads, you CAN and DO make a difference!

It was a true pleasure to speak with her. I can’t say enough about my conversation with Dr. Markham and all the incredible nuggets she shares. On top of this, listen as we discuss one of her books and the powerful tools and tactics it details. I was very surprised to find extreme value in her book, Peaceful parent, happy kids. I HIGHLY recommend this book for ALL parents, especially RAD DADS. This would be an EXCELLENT FREE book from audible.com. When you  click the link you get a FREE book AND a FREE 30 day trial of audible.com. What are you waiting for?

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Who is Dr. Markham you ask?

Dr. Laura Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist, earning her Ph.D. from Columbia University. But she’s also a mom, so she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want.

Dr. Laura is the author of the books Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting and Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings:How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life.

The founding editor of AhaParenting.com, Dr. Laura also serves as a parenting expert for Mothering.com, Psychology Today, The Natural Parent Magazine, Pregnancy.org, Girlie Girl Army, SheKnows.com, and several other websites. She makes frequent TV and radio appearances and has been interviewed for hundreds of articles by publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Newsday, Men’s Health, Redbook and Parents Magazine.

Dr. Laura’s relationship-based parenting model has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems to sass talk and cell phones. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two terrific kids — now 21 and 25!

Show notes:

6:35 – Parenting Changed my paradigm.

8:39 – Clinical Psychologist

10:18 – What I was born to do. Virginia Axline. “Dibs in search of self”

13:24 – Kids in adult bodies – Not just a parenting book.

15:59 – Deal with your own stuff

18:25 – Go as slow as you need and as fast as you can

22:41 – Grappling with emotions

23:41 – “That’s not me”- Hijacked by emotions

26:35 – Noticing emotional biases

28:59 – Dr. Laura’s advice for single parents from first-hand experience

33:25 – Any parent can do this

34:08 – My dad saved my life

37:10 – Transformative pain creates inner strength

38:47 – Rewiring of the brain

41:25 – Age appropriateness

44:20 – Dare not to discipline

52:06 – What is “loving guidance”

53:55 – Limits, Empathize, Coach

57:40 – Parenting is 90% connection

1:01:21 – Can this work for parents of older kids?

You can reach Dr. Markham at the following links:


AhaParenting Facebook page

Peaceful parent, happy kids

Peaceful parent, happy siblings

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