Paedeia Episode 26: 2016 PCSB Candidate Forum
This podcast is the audio from a forum sponsored by the Citizens for Better Educational Leadership (CBEL) and comprised of the candidates for the 2016 Polk County School Board election. Dr. Berney served as the moderator and nine of the 11 candidates for school board were present. While the candidate forum is specific to Polk County, many of the issues discussed are relevant to those living in other districts and states. As a result of the acoustics in the room, the audio is not great. Nonetheless, we wanted to share it because the forum was a great way to learn more about the candidates and their positions on various issues. Read More
TMB Episode 71: Personality Tests and Tribalism
In this podcast, Dr. Berney discusses the difference between being independent and being self-sufficient. As parents, it is important that we use our child’s developmental drive for independence to build competence and self-esteem. Instead of doing everything for our child – “because it is faster” – it is critical that we allow our children to try, fail, and then try again. It is through this cycle that they become truly self-sufficient.
We have all heard kids say it. No, demand it! “I WANT TO DO IT!”
The ultimate goal of parenting is to help our children become competent, productive, and happy adults. This 18+ year process is never easy, but as children develop and attempt to explore the range of their own abilities, parents often find themselves trying to strike a balance between allowing their kids to be independent and making sure that everything gets done in the best, most efficient manner. Read More