Curious Neuron

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Rating
5
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65 reviews
This podcast has
65 episodes
Language
Explicit
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Date created
2018/10/29
Last published
2022/06/27
Average duration
51 min.
Release period
7 days

Description

Curious Neuron supports parents by offering scientifically-backed advice. Our host, Dr. Cindy Hovington is a mom of 3 with a doctorate degree in neuroscience. Join her every Monday as she chats with scientists, clinicians, parenting experts and everyday parents to bring all the info you need to make parenting decisions that meet both your needs and your child's. We cover topics around child development and wellness as well as parental mental health and behaviours. Join Curious Neuron on Instagram @curious_neuron for daily posts about your child's brain development and your mental health. If you have a child under the age of 12, subscribe to our podcast today!

Podcast episodes

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Screentime is not just a passive activity with Cheryl Gotthelf
2022/06/27
In today’s episode, we chat with Cheryl Gotthelf, educator by trade and TV child development consultant. Cheryl shares her years of experience in terms of deciding whether a show is developmentally appropriate for a child. We discuss the criteria television channels evaluate to decide what age category to place a show. Take out your Curious Neuron notebooks because Cheryl gives us a list of questions to ask before deciding on a show to present to the children. We take some time to chat about screen time and positive/negative effects of spending time in front of a screen. We touch on the importance of balancing a busy schedule and trusting yourself as a parent. Most importantly, we speak about the amazing new Knowledge Kids television show “Luna, Chip & Inkie: Adventure Rangers Go”. Lastly, we discuss commercials and the appearance of fearful stimuli – are they bad for our kids? Resources from this episode: https://www.knowledgekids.ca/ Luna, Chip & Inkie: https://www.knowledgekids.ca/videos/luna-chip-inkie TV Show rating platform: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ Thank you to our supporter the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at The Neuro. The Neuro is the first health sciences institution in the world to commit to Open Science, an approach to research that ensures scientific knowledge is shared widely and transparently. Please leave a rating for our podcast on iTunes! Join our community: Instagram: @curious_neuron Website: www.curiousneuron.com Podcast website: www.curiousneuron.com/curiousneuronpodcast Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify The Podcast Tackling Men's Mental HealthSimple lifestyle advice to help men and their families take action for better well-being.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Well Balanced: A podcast from Balance, Google's App of the YearEach week, expert meditation coaches share practical tips for a healthier, happier life.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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Advice for new parents with Cindy Hovington
2022/06/20
3 tips or conversations I wish someone would have told me when I was expecting my first child. In today's episode, our host, Dr. Cindy Hovington, discusses some tips she wishes she would have received when she was expecting her first child. We often get advice as new parents. How should we hold our baby? How should we feed them? Where should they sleep? However, in today's episode, we move past this type of advice and dig deeper into what all new parents should think of. Thank you to our supporter the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at The Neuro. The Neuro is the first health sciences institution in the world to commit to Open Science, an approach to research that ensures scientific knowledge is shared widely and transparently. Please leave a rating for our podcast on iTunes! Join our community: Instagram: @curious_neuron Website: www.curiousneuron.com Podcast website: www.curiousneuron.com/curiousneuronpodcast Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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Supporting men on their emotional growth journey
2022/06/13
Trigger warning: physical and sexual abuse In today’s episode, we speak with two dads and men's mental health advocates Emmanuel Flores and therapist Travis Goodman, LMFT. We cover so many important topics, I think this is one of my favorite episodes. We talk about how men are often told to push their emotions under the carpet and be strong, while also being told they need to open up more. We highlight the importance of communication between couples, about your past, present, and future; it is so necessary to understand your partner’s behavior. Emmanuel shares with us his childhood experience, how it has influenced his parenting style, and how his wife helped him grow as a person. Travis gives us advice on how partners can support their men during their emotional growth journey. Take out your Curious Neuron notebooks, there’s so much great information here! Join Travis on his website https://www.therapy4dads.com/ and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/therapy4dads/ You can reach Emmanuel on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/emmanuelfloresabad/ and join his men's safe space https://www.instagram.com/bronchclub/ Resources mentioned in this episode: The Four Agreements: https://www.amazon.ca/Four-Agreements-Practical-Personal-Freedom/dp/1878424319 Justin Baldoni’s Man Enough movement https://manenough.com/ and book HERE Check out Curious Neuron episode 34 for more info https://www.curiousneuron.com/podcast/2021/9/16/ep-34-fatherhood-and-masculinity Thank you to our supporter the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at The Neuro. The Neuro is the first health sciences institution in the world to commit to Open Science, an approach to research that ensures scientific knowledge is shared widely and transparently. Please leave a rating for our podcast on iTunes! Join our community: Instagram: @curious_neuron Website: www.curiousneuron.com Podcast website: www.curiousneuron.com/curiousneuronpodcast Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify The Podcast Tackling Men's Mental HealthSimple lifestyle advice to help men and their families take action for better well-being.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Well Balanced: A podcast from Balance, Google's App of the YearEach week, expert meditation coaches share practical tips for a healthier, happier life.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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Parental & workplace burnout with Shelley Kemmerer PA-C & Dr. Jaclyn Margolis
2022/06/06
In today’s episode we chat with two experts about burnout. Dr. Jaclyn Margolis, PhD explains how to manage and prevent burnout in the workplace. Meanwhile Shelley Kemmerer, PA-C, sheds light on parental burnout and how to maintain wellbeing at home when demand is higher than your resources. We learn about the main symptoms of this syndrome and how to recognize when your stress has turned into burnout.  Shelley helps us understand how family planning is burnout prevention while Jaclyn explains how to deal with an unmanageable expectations and setting boundaries at work. We talk about realistic ways to include self-care in your routine to restore your energy. Research paper discussed: The biology & consequences of burnout Join Shelley on Instagram  and TikTok Visit the Run Tell Mom Website Join Jaclyn on Instagram ~ Thank you to our supporter the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at The Neuro. The Neuro is the first health sciences institution in the world to commit to Open Science, an approach to research that ensures scientific knowledge is shared widely and transparently. Please leave a rating for our podcast on iTunes! Join our community: Instagram: @curious_neuron Website: www.curiousneuron.com Podcast website: www.curiousneuron.com/curiousneuronpodcast Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify The Podcast Tackling Men's Mental HealthSimple lifestyle advice to help men and their families take action for better well-being.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Well Balanced: A podcast from Balance, Google's App of the YearEach week, expert meditation coaches share practical tips for a healthier, happier life.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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Being a parent is similar to being a CEO
2022/05/30
I think that being a parent is similar to being a CEO of a company. You need to be a great leader, you need to understand the members of your team and communicate goals and strategies you want them to execute. Listen to today's episode to get 3 tips that will change how you feel and think as a parent. Take out your Curious Neuron notebooks! Thank you to our supporter the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at The Neuro. The Neuro is the first health sciences institution in the world to commit to Open Science, an approach to research that ensures scientific knowledge is shared widely and transparently. Please leave a rating for our podcast on iTunes! Join our community: Instagram: @curious_neuron Website: www.curiousneuron.com Podcast website: https://www.curiousneuron.com/curiousneuronpodcast   Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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Can a child's teeth predict their mental health with Dr. Erin Dunn
2022/05/23
Trigger warning: early life stress, child abuse, spousal abuse. In today’s episode, we speak to Dr. Erin Dunn, social and psychiatric epidemiologist at Harvard University. We discuss the difference between stress, early life adversity, and childhood trauma. We learn about the long-term effects of adversity and what parents can do to mediate or buffer them. Dr. Dunn answers questions from the audience using scientific research as evidence.  My favorite part of the episode is talking about TEETH! But why teeth? Dr. Dunn studies the layers within your child’s baby teeth to understand how early life stress can be recorded in tooth development. This discussion is absolutely fascinating, I’m so sure you’re going to love it!  If you’re interested in donating your child’s teeth, visit  https://teethforscience.com/ e-mail Dr. Dunn edunn2@mgh.harvard.edu or visit Dr. Dunn's website http://www.thedunnlab.com Follow the Dunn Lab for updates on  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheDunnLab Twitter https://twitter.com/ErinDunnScDInstagram @thesciencetoothfairy Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify The Podcast Tackling Men's Mental HealthSimple lifestyle advice to help men and their families take action for better well-being.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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How to teach young children to think critically with Julie Bogart
2022/05/16
In today’s episode, we are joined by Julie Bogart, author of Raising Critical Thinkers and The Brave Learner. We all know the story of the three little pigs, but have you heard it from the wolf’s perspective? Every story has two sides, Julie explains how we can use simple storytelling and poems to introduce the concept of critical thinking to our young children. She urges parents to stop with the “parental propaganda” and allow children to collect their own data and draw conclusions for themselves. Getting your kids to cooperate boils down to understanding why your child doesn’t want to cooperate, what is the WHY behind the meltdown? We take some time to understand the baby steps of learning to read and really realize how important reading is for success in all subjects. Julie has a very interesting stance on how important homework and testing are, tune in to see if you agree! “Follow your child but follow as his leader” – Maria Montessori You can join Julie: https://bravewriter.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliebravewriter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BraveWriter The Brave Learner: https://thebravelearner.com/ Raising Critical Thinkers: https://raisingcriticalthinkers.com/ Books mentioned in this episode: Pedagogy of the Oppressed HERE Raising Critical Thinkers by Julie Bogart HERE The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life by Julie Bogart HERE Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify The Podcast Tackling Men's Mental HealthSimple lifestyle advice to help men and their families take action for better well-being.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Well Balanced: A podcast from Balance, Google's App of the YearEach week, expert meditation coaches share practical tips for a healthier, happier life.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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The importance of community when you have a neurodivergent child
2022/05/09
In today’s episode, we are joined by Megan Champion M. Ed. Teacher, and mother of 3. She shares with us her journey being a mother to a neurodivergent child and we learn the difference between tantrums and meltdowns and define what sensory sensitivities are. Megan sheds light on how she would like mothers of neurodivergent and neurotypical children to support each other and explains what she looks for in parenting advice platforms online. She gives us an insight into how to beat “mom guilt”. Tune in to find out why Cindy labels her kids as air, water, and fire and understand what parenting the “Champion way” means. Today’s episode is all about giving yourself a break and doing what works best at the moment. Join Megan and other mothers on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/on.the.hard.days/?hl=en Mother Together support group: https://www.ontheharddays.com/motherstogether On the hard day's podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/on-the-hard-days/id1551044106 TILT parenting podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/tilt-parenting-raising-differently-wired-kids/id1102055778 The explosive child  “what you could do”: https://www.amazon.ca/Explosive-Child-Understanding-Frustrated-Chronically/dp/0062270451 The Highly Sensitive Person: https://hsperson.com/books/the-highly-sensitive-child/ Thank you to our supporter the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at The Neuro. The Neuro is the first health sciences institution in the world to commit to Open Science, an approach to research that ensures scientific knowledge is shared widely and transparently. Please leave a rating for our podcast on iTunes! Join our community: Instagram: @curious_neuron Website: www.curiousneuron.com Podcast website: https://www.curiousneuron.com/curiousneuronpodcast Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify The Podcast Tackling Men's Mental HealthSimple lifestyle advice to help men and their families take action for better well-being.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Well Balanced: A podcast from Balance, Google's App of the YearEach week, expert meditation coaches share practical tips for a healthier, happier life.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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This will change how you view your child's behavior
2022/05/02
In today's solo episode with Cindy, she helps you view your child's behavior in a way that will help you be more compassionate. It is easy to see whining, tantrums, hitting, yelling, and talking back as disruptive or bad behaviors, but when you add the word "because" after you describe their behavior....it sheds light on something very important.  Listen to this episode to find out more. Thank you to our supporter the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at The Neuro. The Neuro is the first health sciences institution in the world to commit to Open Science, an approach to research that ensures scientific knowledge is shared widely and transparently. Please leave a rating for our podcast on iTunes! Join our community: Instagram: @curious_neuron Website: www.curiousneuron.com Podcast website: https://www.curiousneuron.com/curiousneuronpodcast
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Parenting that focuses on mutual respect with Alyson Schafer
2022/04/25
In today’s episode, we chat with Alyson Schafer, one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. Have you ever heard of Adlerian or democratic parenting? If not, this episode will teach you all about Alfred Adler’s parenting strategies founded on mutual respect. Alyson discusses how important it is to regulate your own emotions and learn to be uncomfortable so you can better parent your child. We touch on the importance of “me time” whether it be alone or with your children, and how therapy can be very beneficial. Overall, we discuss how parenting has changed over the years and where it's heading. For more resources, you can head to Alyson’s website https://alysonschafer.com/ where you can find a free “Home Responsibilities By Age” tip sheet. Parenting Teens Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/alysonschafersparentingteens/ Books mentioned in this episode: Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers https://www.amazon.ca/Why-Zebras-Dont-Ulcers-Stress-Related/dp/0805073698 Atomic Habits https://www.amazon.ca/Atomic-Habits-Proven-Build-Break/dp/0735211299 Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify The Podcast Tackling Men's Mental HealthSimple lifestyle advice to help men and their families take action for better well-being.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Well Balanced: A podcast from Balance, Google's App of the YearEach week, expert meditation coaches share practical tips for a healthier, happier life.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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Encore: Eating real food during and after pregnancy with Lily Nichols
2022/04/18
What does "eat well" during pregnancy really mean? What is the difference between micro and macronutrients, and how to make sure my body is getting everything it needs to make sure my baby is developing well? What are the best foods, and what to avoid, according to recent research? Can I trust the conventional prenatal guidelines when it comes to nutrition? I am getting enough protein in my prenatal diet? What is choline, and why is important for fetus development? What about food cravings, what do they mean (and should I listen to them)? What if I crave junk food? If I follow a vegetarian or vegan diet during pregnancy, will my baby get all the nutrients he/she needs? What is gestational diabetes and what can I do to prevent it? Joins us as we chat with Lily Nichols, a registered dietitian/nutritionist, and certified diabetes educator to learn more about nutrition before, during, and after pregnancy. This is the most downloaded episode thus far for the Curious Neuron Podcast which is why we are sharing it with you again. Learn more about Lily on our website here: https://www.curiousneuron.com/podcast/2021/5/19/ep-27-real-food-and-nutrition-with-lily-nichols?rq=lily Follow Curious Neuron on Instagram at @curious_neuron Chase Your Dreams with Brayden ChaseThis podcast is for kids, features kids, and is hosted by a kid, Brayden Chase! Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify The Podcast Tackling Men's Mental HealthSimple lifestyle advice to help men and their families take action for better well-being.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Well Balanced: A podcast from Balance, Google's App of the YearEach week, expert meditation coaches share practical tips for a healthier, happier life.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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Teaching children about gratitude
2022/04/11
In today’s episode, I am solo and I discuss an article I found that explains how to teach children about gratitude. Reminding our children to say thank you when they receive a gift isn’t as impactful as we might think! We also need to keep in mind a child's development, we can’t expect a 3-year-old to say thank you every time! Take out your note pads because at the end of this episode I give you tips you can apply today! I also share a story from my home. If you have a child that looks up to their older sibling and does everything they do, you will want to listen to the first 7 minutes of this episode! Thank you to our supporter the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at The Neuro. The Neuro is the first health sciences institution in the world to commit to Open Science, an approach to research that ensures scientific knowledge is shared widely and transparently. Please leave a rating for our podcast on iTunes! Join our community: Instagram: @curious_neuron Website: www.curiousneuron.com Podcast website: https://www.curiousneuron.com/curiousneuronpodcast Resources: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286063379_Benefits_Mechanisms_and_New_Directions_for_Teaching_Gratitude_to_Children https://www.instagram.com/p/CGQS72oBGoJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
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5 out of 5
65 reviews
jkrlsh 2022/06/15
Science + Behavior
I love how this show brings science and data, then applies it to kids behavior. And gives tips on how to approach and work with our kids. Thankyou!
sharkschae' 2022/06/03
Helpful & informative
I really enjoy listening to Cindy speak on all things parenting! I get so excited every new episode that comes out because I have listened to every si...
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Mari Souris 2022/05/30
Very informative Evidence based podcast
I came across this podcast after I had my second child and think Cindy does a fantastic job providing listeners with excellent research and interestin...
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Priscilla Grace 2022/05/27
Excellent, compassionate, science-based parenting podcast
So glad I found this podcast! Very grounded, compassionate, and helpful parenting support! Love learning from Cindy and her guests.
221155phl 2022/05/06
Truly made me a better parent
This podcast has provided me with so much information to help me be a better parent. As a single parent with a young child, there was a lot I was doin...
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Kellybelly201457 2022/03/16
Easy to digest and firm in the science!
One of the few podcasts I truly listen to on a regular basis. As a mom of 2 (soon to be 3) and a pediatric occupational therapist, I strive to parent ...
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EY2quared 2022/03/09
A staple for all parent, caregivers & teachers!
I spent years reading every parenting book and child development resource to help me navigate teaching littles of before I was pregnant with my own. Y...
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Stephycpoo 2022/03/02
Facts, not fluff!
I have a Masters in Nursing from UCLA and experience working in pediatrics. However, nothing could have prepared me for the onslaught of conflicting i...
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intrepid14 2022/02/11
One of my Favorite Podcasts!
There aren’t many parenting accounts I follow/listen to. So many of them just cause stress and confusion. I love that this is just based on the most u...
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quaintrellism 2022/01/25
Gem!
I am a first time mom (2 months PP now). I came across this podcast and it is such a gem. I love reading books but my hands are full now with a newbor...
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