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 70: Kirrilie Smout: Self-Harm in Teens: What Parents Can Do

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What can parents do to reduce the chance of teens hurting themselves? This is the title of an article (and today’s podcast) with Kirrilie Smout, clinical psychologist and founder of Developing Minds: Helping kids & teens learn life skills & manage tough times, located near Adelaide, Australia. In a nutshell, Kirrilie says: We should do [More...]

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Podcast 69: Dana Suchow: Eating Disorders – What Parents Can Do

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Are you worried about an eating disorder in your child? Then you’ll definitely want to listen to this podcast with Dana Suchow, national speaker and activist on eating disorders. Dana has personally overcome bulimia, binge eating, and exercise compulsion and has a firsthand understanding of how eating disorders can get started and what parents can [More...]

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Podcast 68: Parenting Through Puberty: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains

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“Parenting through puberty is demanding; [but] remember that your teen needs and loves you, even in the moment that he or she appears to have forgotten this fact!” This is just one of the many great reminders about parenting adolescents in a wonderful new book by pediatrician, Dr. Suanne Kowal-Connelly called Parenting Through Puberty: Mood [More...]

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Podcast 67: Shannon Evans, The Scholar Coach: Finding the Right College

“What do parents of high school and college kids fear most?” This is a question I ask Shannon Evans, the scholar coach. A former teacher, Shannon turned to helping families find the right college because as a teacher, she found that kids were not often coming up with the right fit for themselves when it [More...]

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Podcast 66: Ed and Linda Murphy: “We were drowning…”

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As a parent, have you ever felt like you were drowning? It can be a lonely feeling when your child or your family is going off-track.  Where do you turn?  What do you do? Ed and Linda Murphy found help at the Hyde School in Bath, Maine. And through The Biggest Job Family Program they [More...]

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Podcast 65: Caroline Knorr – How to raise a happy kid in the digital age

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Are you worried about the effect of social media on your kids? If so, this podcast may put your mind at ease, at least about some aspects of all that kids are exposed to in the media and on devices. Caroline Knorr, senior parenting editor for Common Sense Media,* shares with us her wisdom about [More...]

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Podcast 64: Sheri & Alan Brooks – The Elephant in the Room

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Do you consider yourself an honest family, but you don’t talk about the elephant in the room? Many families are like this; they avoid talking about the really tough stuff; and then kids quickly learn what it’s okay to talk about and what is off limits. Sheri and Alan Brooks sent three kids to The [More...]

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Podcast 63: Amy Lang: Birds + Bees + Your Kids

Amy Lang Birds Bees Your Kids

“Providing information about sex is not the same as giving permission.”  ~ Amy Lang Amy Lang has written two great books on how to talk to your kids about sex. The first one, titled Birds + Bees + Your Kids is also the name of her company: BirdsAndBeesAndKids.com. She teaches parents the importance of clarifying [More...]

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Podcast 62: Laura Gauld: Embrace curiosity, Mantras 96-100

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“The greatest impact on children are the unlived lives of adults.”  Carl Jung In our last five parenting mantras, Laura Gauld, co-author of the book, The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have, mentions this quote by Jung. “We need the help of others to get to our own greatness as parents,” she says. The mantras in this [More...]

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Podcast 61: Kristin Harman, Exceptional Parenting: Seeing Teens in a Multidimensional Way

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Do you see your teen in a way that is only one dimensional? Does your teen see you the same way? This is a question that Kristin Harman, Director of Admissions at The Hyde School, encourages parents to look at as they decide if they want to start parenting in the exceptional way that The [More...]

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