Fund Drive: The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting

Tune in2265 on Dec. 12th to “About Health”

KPFA, 94.1FM, from 2-3PM.

You will hear Dr. Brené Brown talking about Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection

Drawing on her 12 years of research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, she presents guideposts to creating “whole-hebrene-brown-home-360x239arted” families. 

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  She is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.imagesTis the season of giving, so please think about making a tax-deductible donation to KPFA, so they can do what they’ve been doing for 67 years, speaking truth to power, fostering real change, and making a transformative impact. Please donate at 

Raising Human Beings

urlIn the new book,  Raising Human Beings, Creating A Collaborative Partnership with Your Child, the renowned child psychologist and New York Times bestselling author explains how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence.


It was a pleasure to interview Dr. Ross Greene. We discussed the important role parents play in raising a healthy child who has the potential to be a productive, self-aware, and empathic adult.


Ross Greeene, PhD, is the author of many books including Lost and Found, and The Explosive Child. His new book is, Raising Human Beings…Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child. Ross Greene was on faculty at Harvard Medical School for more than twenty years and is the founding director of the nonprofit—Lives in the Balance, through which he disseminates the model of care called Collaborative and Proactive Solutions.



Raising Kids Who Thrive

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“About Health”

Raising children to be healthy and happy is not an easy task. Parents face challenges based on their own childhood, temperament, and life circumstances. There are some guidelines that can help all parents create strong family bonds and help kids grow up to be responsible and loving adults.

My Guest:


Erica Reischer, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and parent educator based in Oakland.  She sits on the advisory board for and leads popular parenting classes and workshops at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Habitot Children’s Museum, and the University of California. Her writing about children and families appears in Psychology TodayThe Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. Her book What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive, will be available on Aug. 16th. Learn more about her at


Child Abuse and Neglect—Breaking The Cycle


In the US approximately 5 children die every day as a result of child abuse.

Today on we discussed the complex subject of Child Abuse and Neglect.

You can listen now at 

Every child deserves to be safe and healthy. We all need to do our part!images



My Guest:

Abigail Stewart Kahn, LCSW,  is photothe Director of Community Education and Strategic Partnership at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. She has worked on issues of child trauma and family violence in the clinical, program development, and advocacy context for more than 15 years.  A social worker and clinician by training, she joined the Prevention Center in August 2008 and is responsible for the organization’s education, partnership and collective impact strategy approaches. She is the author of “From Trauma to Healing—a social workers guide to working with survivors.”



A Quest To Understand Adoption, Attachment, and Suicide

Listen now to  “About Health:

The Girl Behind the Door, A Father’s Quest to Understand His Daughter’s Suicide, by John Brooks, provides a profound look into adoption, teenage suicide, and attachment issues. 

“When John and Erika’s daughter Casey jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008, John began to unravel a heartbreaking truth—Casey had been in pain since birth, living in an Orphanage in Poland until she was adopted at 14 months.”

John spent many years after Casey’s suicide trying to understand what lead to her taking her life. He learned so much—the things he didn’t know, the mistakes he made, and the help he didn’t get from the professional community. He asks, “What did everyone miss? What could have been done differently?”

When you tune in to hear John’s story, you’ll understand more about the struggles children who are adopted face, and the heartache any parent feels when a child’s behavior is out of control, and challenging to understand. 

John Brooks, a former senior financial executive in the broadcast and media industry, has turned to writing, mental health activism, and volunteer work with teenagers in Marin County. He maintains a blog: to share his experience and educate other adoptive families about parenting and therapy techniques unique to children with attachment disorders.
Nancy Newton Verrier, M.A., is a psychotherapist in private practice in Lafayette, CA, specializing in adoption issues. She is an internationally acclaimed lextureer on the effects of early childhood trauma and deprivation caused by the premature separation of mother and child. She is the author of, Coming Home to Self and The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child.