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The Parenting Horizons Podcast

32 EpisodesProduced by Julie Ross M.A.Website

A parenting expert and a Ninja Turtle walk into a bar...A lively presentation of insights, tips and techniques for parents of children ages 12 months through 25 years. Hosted by best selling author and parenting expert Julie Ross M.A. ( and actor/writer/father (and actual M… read more

32 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Raising Resilient Children

April 22nd, 2022


In this episode we interview Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe (, the author of “Calm Within The Storm: A Pathway to Everyday Resiliency.”

Many parents wonder why some kids “get up” while other just “give …

$%@#!! - Why Blowing Up Backfires

April 1st, 2022


Your kids are your greatest treasure AND they sometimes drive you to the brink. It’s perfectly normal for parents to feel all kinds of uncomfortable emotions about your kids (frustration, fear, anger) and it's often …

Are The Kids Still Alright?

March 11th, 2022


Are The Kids Still Alright?

We’re seeing increased anxiety and depression in kids these days in the wake of so many events that are simply out of our …

Food Do's And Dont's and The Dinner Table Wars: Children and Food - Part 2

February 24th, 2022


Do’s and Dont’s Around Food

In this episode, we continue our discussion with Amy Bernsten ( about countering some of the forces that foster eating disorders among children.

We offer concrete ways to …

The Dinner Table War Zone: Children and Food - Part 1

February 11th, 2022


Food. At  its most basic, we need it to live. But it can also be a source of pleasure and community. Unfortunately, our society benefits from …

The "Pearls of Wisdom" Episode

January 19th, 2022


In this episode, we start the new year by revisiting some of Julie’s core principles and techniques.

Communication 101 Refresher:  Respectful …

Truth, Fiction and Lies

December 20th, 2021


In this holiday themed episode we talk about the value in preserving the magic in some of our cherished myths and fantasies: Santa, the tooth fairy, …

The Holiday Episode - "Thanks for nothing, Norman Rockwell !!"

November 22nd, 2021


The holidays are upon us and with them comes a whole host of expectations, some realistic and some…not.  

Emotions (positive and negative) run high …

DON'T PANIC! Myths and Fears When Your Child Comes Out As LGBTQ+

November 11th, 2021


DON'T PANIC! Myths and Fears When Your Child Comes Out As LGBTQ+

If your child comes out as LGBTQ+  many parents must confront head on a host of widespread but patently false myths about what it means when a young …

My kid just came out as LGBTQ+. What do I do?

October 29th, 2021


My child just came out as LGBTQ+ to me. What does that mean and what do I do?

Even in the most accepting and loving families, coming out is never easy for the child. If your child trusts you enough to come out, it’s …

From Zero to Sixty in Eight Seconds: The Not So Smooth Transition Back To School

October 15th, 2021


As our children return to school, parents and children alike are facing an entirely new, and potentially frightening, landscape. In this episode, we …

The Kids Are (Sort Of) Alright

September 29th, 2021


In this episode our guest is psychologist Dr. Barbara Nussbaum, who has written extensively on the topic of resiliency. We’ll discuss the hidden (and …

Sibling Rivlary - Part 2

September 13th, 2021


Mature, rational conflict resolution isn't in vogue much these days (have you seen an episode of "Real Housewives" lately?) 

When siblings fight, …

Sibling Rivalry - Part 1

August 20th, 2021


“Siblings are our partners and rivals, our first friends and our first enemies.”

In this episode we discuss Sibling Rivalry, the destroyer of many …

Neurodiversity and Parenting

August 4th, 2021


Neurological variations are a vital part of humanity, as much as variations in size, shape, skin color and personality. None of us has the right (or …

SEX and SEX and SEX and SEX!

July 21st, 2021


Alright, now that we have your attention… 

In this episode we’re going to cut through all the mixed messages our culture sends out about sex and …

Money, Allowances and the Greedy Gimmees

July 7th, 2021


Money. You can save it, spend it, invest it, lose it, hate it, love it, give it away and horde it. And it’s our responsibility as parents to teach our kids about it in a healthy way. 

Allowances are probably the most …

Got those “Oh why, oh why, won’t you go PLEASE go to sleep!” Bedtime Blues

June 16th, 2021


I get more calls about sleep and bedtime challenges than practically any other topic. Whether you have a two year old who just won’t go to sleep at …

Couplehood Part 2

June 2nd, 2021


Imagine you’re in a heated argument with your partner (or child). If your goal is to “win at all costs”, you may win the battle, but at what cost to your relationship?

In this episode, we talk more about “the box step …

Couplehood Part 1

May 20th, 2021


If you are raising a child with a partner (together or divorced) you will never be able to entirely avoid conflicts. Flying by the seat of your pants is going to happen from time to time. But there are ways to approach …

Rethinking Family Meetings

May 16th, 2021


Family Meetings. They’re not just for emergencies anymore.

If you roll your eyes at the thought of holding a “family meeting”,  this episode is for …

Rethinking Family Meetings

May 5th, 2021


Family Meetings. They’re not just for emergencies anymore.

If you roll your eyes at the thought of holding a “family meeting”, this episode is for …

Just Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)

April 21st, 2021


In our previous episode we opened up a can of worms, talking about the ways parents (and people in general) inadvertently shut down communication. In this episode we continue our countdown of the top 10 communication …

Just Another Brick In The Wall (Part 1)

April 7th, 2021


If you feel like your kids just aren’t listening to you anymore, there’s a good chance you’ve fallen into one or more classic communication blocks, practically guaranteeing that they shut you out. While parents often …

Courage, self-esteem and the problem with praise

March 25th, 2021


Courage and positive self esteem are essential to living authentic lives. They are the greatest gifts we can give our children. We’ll uncover the ways you may be unintentionally robbing your child of self-esteem (yes, …

Suck it up.

March 9th, 2021


Frustration. Despair. Jealousy. Grief. Powerlessness. 

Uncomfortable, unpleasant feelings are a fact of life. Everybody has them, including your kids. But some parents make the mistake of pretending they don’t exist, …

Risky Business

February 16th, 2021


Risky Business

Have you ever watched a baby take their first steps, fall down, get back up again? No one taught them to keep trying, it’s baked into our very DNA.  The fact is, humans are natural risk takers.  But …

The "Nag Then Yell" Technique

February 2nd, 2021


The “Nag Then Yell" Technique

Spoiler alert: This extremely common parenting technique DOES NOT WORK! We’ll explain what it is, why it falls flat, and how to replace it with something that is way more effective!

The …

Questions & Answers

January 19th, 2021


In this episode we answer some parent questions and reflect on some common threads of concern with our listeners.

In case it’s not obvious, shame is NOT a motivator.

Kids are struggling with motivation. It’s okay for …

Parental Burnout

January 5th, 2021


Invisible Labor and Mental Load

It’s the work that goes unnoticed and rarely gets tallied in the family housework scorecard. But once you become aware of it, you’ll never be able to unsee it.

“Never mind the kids! Now …

Parenting During A Pandemic: Part 2

December 17th, 2020


If you find yourself knocking your parenting skills during COVID, we provide ways to grade on a curve and cut yourself some slack. 

We’ll talk about how to reevaluate the pros and cons of screen time and social media. …

Parenting During A Pandemic: Part 1

November 27th, 2020


In their first episode, Julie and Greg discuss the importance of creating joy, even when the floor seems to have dropped out from under you. 

They …

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