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The Count of Three

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A Podcast for Parents

The Count of Three is a podcast from Texas PTA, hosted by President Suzi Kennon and Executive Director Kyle Ward. As parents, Suzi and Kyle are raising their children like the rest of us — by trial and error, with a lot of laughter along the way.

Each episode invites a special guest to discuss something on nearly every parent’s mind (and search engine). Season one topics include deciphering our parenting style; taking a vacation from guilt trips; navigating the health foods aisle; and much more.

Listen, learn, and laugh your way through this crazy thing called parenting!

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Current Episode

04: Bigger Kids, Bigger Problems

Dr. Holly Harris

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We’ve all heard someone say, “Just wait until they’re teenagers!” Hitting double digits seems to amplify problems for our kids, which can be especially overwhelming for families with children with developmental disorders like Autism. Guest Dr. Holly Harris (developmental pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital) discusses what families can expect during puberty and how to start the conversation early.

Previous Episodes

01: How To Talk To Kids About Race and Racism

Jordan Thierry & Shimon Cohen

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Many parents tend to shield their children from difficult things—deciding they’re too young to understand something—or feel unequipped to talk about the issues themselves. Guests Jordan Thierry (author, “A Kids Book About Systemic Racism”) and Shimon Cohen (social work educator and podcaster, “Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change”) discuss how all families can start this important conversation at home.

02: Landing the Helicopter

Julie Lythcott-Haims

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Parenting styles come in all shapes and sizes, but there is one we hear about all the time that can be bad for parent and child. We’re talking about helicopter parenting. Guest Julie Lythcott-Haims (author, “How to Raise an Adult”) will help listeners identify whether they fall into this parenting style and what to do to finally “land the helicopter.”

03: Are Your Teens Vaping?

Meredith Berkman & Dorian Fuhrman

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For many parents, vaping may seem like a far-off problem, but the reality is that e-cigarettes can easily sneak into our homes and schools under the watchful eye of adults. Guests Meredith Berkman and Dorian Fuhrman (co-founders, Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes) discuss the tell-tale signs of vape use and what we can do for our kids.

The views and opinions expressed in these stories are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Texas PTA.