Posts by Pam Hardy

About The Author

Parenting coach Pam Hardy is the director of programs and training for Parenting: The Biggest Job®. Pam presents The Biggest Job® parenting workshops, as well as develops and supervises training for workshop facilitators who deliver the 10 Priorities-the ten core beliefs that comprise the philosophy of The Biggest Job® -to parents, schools, corporations, and communities. A native of Clarion, Pennsylvania, Pam attended Juniata College and earned a B.A. in French. She went on to Columbia University, where she received a Master’s in clinical social work. She has lived in Australia, Brazil, and Europe. She and her husband reside in Denver, and are parents to two adult sons.

Podcast 38: Dawn Menken: “Bullying – the 4 Roles & Getting to the Root”

Raising Parents, Raising Kids, by Dawn Menken

    “What would we have needed in order to be able to talk openly about issues of suicide, teen pregnancy, birth control, addiction, or abuse, (to our parents)?”  Dawn Menken in Raising Parents, Raising Kids. Dawn Menken, author, teacher and workshop leader, has graciously joined us for a second podcast to talk in depth [More...]

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Podcast 37: Hilary Jacobs Hendel – It’s Not Always Depression

Hilary Jacobs Hendel It's Not Always Depression

  How do you respond to your child when they get angry at you?  Is your answer or reaction also one of anger? Wouldn’t it be great if we understood what emotions get triggered in us that make us respond the way we do? This podcast with Hilary Jacobs Hendel will help you answer these [More...]

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Podcast 36: Tricia Uber: College Applications: How much should a parent be involved?

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  Tricia Uber, Director of College Counseling at Hyde School, advises parents on how much to be involved in the college application process, and where to leave things up to the student. “Students need to have a team for the application and decision process,” she says, “but the final decision should be up to the [More...]

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Podcast 35: “This could be good or this could be bad…” Mantras 26-30

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  This sounds like a parenting conundrum, doesn’t it? So many parenting moments are moments of doubting what the outcome will be, and often doubting ourselves. That’s when we need to go back to our principles, and assure ourselves that even a bad outcome will move us into a new place of learning – about [More...]

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Podcast 34: Geno Ring on teens and substance use / abuse

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Are you worried about a child using substances? Would you like to know how to speak with your teen about substance use? In this podcast we hear from Geno Ring, Certified Alcohol and Drug counselor, as he shares his 34 years of experience as a substance abuse counselor with us. Geno is not only knowledgeable [More...]

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Podcast 33: Fundamental #2: Raise children to be accountable to life, Mantras 21-25

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  Just the title of this parenting fundamental tells us that parenting is a big job! If we want to help our children grow into responsible adults, with a moral compass and a conscience that guides them, we need to keep in mind that our goal, even when they are teens, is to help them [More...]

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Podcast 32: Clues on how to teach and model trust, grit, & respect – Mantras 16-20

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Do you want your children to grow up trusting their instincts? Of course you do!  You want them to take responsible risks, trust themselves, have grit, and be respectful – of themselves as well as to others. This podcast, covering the last five mantras or lessons of Parenting Fundamental # 1: Understand Your Job as [More...]

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Podcast 31: The Next Right Step – Mantras 11-15

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  In this podcast, Laura Gauld and I look at parenting lessons that will teach us about the different moments we experience in parenting; there are many easy ones, but then there are some that are “calculus moments.” (Tune in to see what these are!) Be prepared for these calculus moments by listening to the [More...]

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Podcast 30: Dawn Menken: Raising Parents, Raising Kids

Raising Parents, Raising Kids, by Dawn Menken

“If we are awake, children will show us the kind of parenting they need,” says Dawn Menken, author of Raising Parents, Raising Kids: Hands-on Wisdom for the Next Generation. What would that look like? Wouldn’t that be letting the kids be in charge? Not at all says Dawn; it would mean listening differently to our kids [More...]

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Podcast 29: The Book I Wish I Had Read Before My Children Were Born

Raising Kids with Character by Dr. Elizabeth Berger

“Sometimes parenting is two steps forward and one step back,” says author Elizabeth Berger in her book, Raising Kids with Character: Developing Trust and Personal Integrity in Children, “But don’t let that discourage you. Your job as a parent is to control the situation, not the child.” Dr. Berger, a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with [More...]

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