Dr. Leonard Sax - Cancel the Playdate and Make a Family Date Instead

Celebrate a milestone moment with us as we sit down with the esteemed Dr. Leonard Sax on our 100th episode, unpacking the treasures of the parent-child relationship. Dr. Sax, has both a PhD in Psychology and an MD.  He is noted for his expertise in child and adolescent development and returns to share his insights on why swapping play dates for family adventures can profoundly benefit our children's future. Together, we wade through the nuances of nurturing strong familial bonds, and Dr. Sax offers his seasoned advice on integrating children into everyday activities, such as hiking and baking, that can fortify their health and happiness.

Delve into a discussion that cuts straight to the heart of humility, as we dissect the impactful role of household chores in shaping a young person's character.  His book "The Collapse of Parenting" serves as a springboard for our conversation on cultivating responsibility and contentment in our children. Dr. Sax and I brainstorm inventive ways to transform mundane tasks into moments of joy – think 'power hour' of chores with a musical twist! Meanwhile, we navigate the delicate balance of our digital lives, advocating for device-free zones to promote reflection and self-discovery, which are essential for our children's spiritual and personal growth. (no screens in bedrooms!)

As we wrap up this landmark episode, we confront the evolving nature of family life as children venture into their teenage years. Dr. Sax and I emphasize that quality family time is more crucial than ever to shield against the tide of anxiety and depression linked to excessive screen time. For those seeking to delve deeper into Dr. Sax's profound insights, his speaking engagements can be an invaluable resource for communities navigating the intricacies of parenting, gender differences, and empowering our future generations.

Dr. Sax's excellent books: The Collapse of Parenting, Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, and Girls on the EdgeBook him to speak at your church or school.

Also, check out Jonathan Haidt's book, The Anxious Generation, which Dr. Sax refers to in this episode.

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