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  • Writer's pictureRobert Ahdoot

Podcast interview: Parenting Then and Now

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

A lively interview about parenting, teaching, and navigating the age of technology.

Want a good conversation starter for fellow teachers and parents? It’s easy and fun, and you probably do it all the time already. Simply compare what being a kid was like “back in the day” to how it is now, and you’ll set the room alight. Same with pitting parenting styles today vs. then, or what it was like as a student now vs. then.

Certain parenting acts, for example, could be construed either as “motivation” or as “child abuse”, depending on the culture or decade. And as a student, my generation endured a barrage of teacher tactics that just would not fly today.

So you could imagine my ultimate glee when I learned that a podcast exists that focuses entirely on this topic. It’s called Parenting Then and Now, hosted by Samantha (Sam) Kemp-Jackson, whom I instantly found thought provoking, inquisitive, and so personable.

I recently had the good fortune to be interviewed by Sam on her show.

Topics ranged from what it was like as a child compared to parenting now, math education for boys vs. girls, and the pixelated elephant in the room: how imbalanced use of technology undermines our kids’ ability to connect to others and lead fulfilling lives. At times the vibe is funny and at others passionate. I certainly hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Click here to listen on PTAN's podcast, or on the YouTube version below.

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