Parenting Translator

Parenting Translator

I’m Dr. Cara Goodwin, child psychologist and mom of three. Parents, here’s the problem. We face questions each moment of the day about what is best for our children but we lack the time to research each and every question we face. My primary goal is to get research-backed information into your hands that is accurate, relevant, and helpful. As a parent of four young kids, I am definitely “in it” myself. Parenting Translator is where we share all the research that is important to me as a psychologist and mom and explain it in an unbiased way that can change your life and your kids’ lives today.


March 13, 2024 39 mins

Let's talk about the awkwardness of puberty. Things have changed since we were going through it, and most of us want to be much more open with our children than our parents are with us.  

But how do we do that without confusing them further or embarrassing them?

Today, we're joined by Dr. Cara Natterson and Vanessa Kroll-Bennett from the Puberty Podcast to discuss the importance of open communication, using accurate terminol...

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Even though I've been through the crib to toddler bed transition three times, I'm still a little anxious about how it will go and the prospect of not sleeping for a week or maybe even more. Yikes!

Many parents wonder when is the best time to make the switch, and what's even normal when it comes to the transition process.

Let's find out what the research tells us!


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Today we're discussing the five core principles of parenting: relationship, reflection, regulation, rules, and repair. 

How can these principles positively impact your child's development? And how do we think about them to raise resilient children?

Dr. Aliza Pressman is a developmental psychologist with over fifteen years of experience working with families. She's the host of the Raising Good Humans Podcast, and author o...

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Today we welcome Dr. Rina Bliss to discuss the concept of intelligence and learning, and how parents can reframe their thinking to focus on children's individual strengths.  

We go over questions such as: 

  • Is intelligence is fixed and inherited?  
  • How much does environment factor in? 
  • How can we reduce stress in the learning environment
  • Should we avoid telling our children that they're smart?
  • And how should we think about gr...
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Is Santa Claus a fun holiday tradition or a harmful lie?

Critics of Santa argue that using a fictional character to judge behavior and the idea of a naughty and nice list is not only ineffective, but moreover teaches children to behave only to avoid being on the naughty list. And this messaging may even have a negative impact on children in the longterm.

Many parents are worried. So what does the research tell us? Does Santa...

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Today, Dr. Cara Goodwin and Dr. Emily Edlynn discuss the concept of autonomy supportive parenting - a style of parenting based on the idea of three fundamental needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. It involves strategies such as taking a child's perspective, using empathy, giving choices, and involving decision making.

Can this style reduce stress in the home and help children build resilience?

Dr. Emily Edlynn is a...

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Nearly every parent has a moment when they say or do something and they wonder, "Oh my gosh, am I turning into my mother/father?" This particularly happens at times of stress or overwhelm, and it seems that we can't help but default to parenting in the same way our parents did when we are stressed out and overwhelmed.

For some parents who don't want to repeat the mistakes of their own parents, this experience is beyond frus...

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November 30, 2023 16 mins

Tis the season to be bombarded with toy advertisements at every turn! Every influencer on social media, and every parenting blogger seems to have a gift guide with hundreds of potential gifts for children.

It's overwhelming for us as parents to dig through all of this information and choose a reasonable number of gifts for our children.

So this episode is a different kind of gift guide - one that actually helps you to unde...

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November 29, 2023 9 mins

Playfulness, as we all know, is something that comes really easily and naturally to our children. It seems like they could turn any object into a toy. They can turn the most boring thing into a game, but it does not come so easily to us parents. Our lives are serious and stressful, and we often don't have the time or the capacity to be playful.

It's hard to be playful when you're thinking about all the tragic world events t...

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November 21, 2023 19 mins

This week's episode is on tongue ties, which seems like a very niche topic, but it's actually one of my most requested topics that I have on my platform.

With a difficult parenting decision, medical professionals on this topic are likely to give parents different guidance based on their area of expertise, and they often leave the decision up to parents. So this leaves parents in a position where it's really important to und...

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November 20, 2023 11 mins

Today is all about how to handle ungrateful children, and the research behind what is commonly called bratty or even spoiled behavior. So as many of us are spending increased time with extended family members over the holidays, We may be feeling dread or stress about our children showing a lack of gratitude, or as some of our older relatives may call it, bratty or spoiled behavior.

For some reason, our children being ungrat...

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Have you ever worried that you may be too overprotective as a parent?

Previous research has found that overprotective parenting is linked to anxiety in children, but researchers do not fully understand why this relationship exists. In a new study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, researchers examined whether emotional regulation skills might explain the relationship between overprotective paren...

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November 9, 2023 30 mins

We've all been there. Our child lies to us, and we absolutely know it's happening. But what should we do about it?  And how does lying change as they get older and the lies become more significant?  Let's find out from Dr. Victoria Talwar.

About Our Guest
Dr. Victoria Talwar is a Canada Research Chair (II) and a Professor at McGill University. She has been working in the area of developmental psychology for over fift...

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November 8, 2023 32 mins

As awareness of ADHD grows, particularly among women, more are facing the intricacies of managing symptoms alongside the rollercoaster of motherhood. So is there a safe path through therapy, medication, and self-care that ensures both parent and child thrive?

It's an intricate issue, and today we're shedding light on the little-discussed challenges like disorganization, distractibility, and the relentless need for patience—...

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November 1, 2023 20 mins

Today we explore the research on gentle parenting, and more specifically, what you do when gentle parenting doesn't seem to be working. 

I have four kids now, and with my first, I was really into the gentle parenting movement...


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Parenting Translator is hosted by Dr. Cara Goodwin and is produced by Earfluence.

Dr. Cara Goodwin, Ph.D., is a child...

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As Halloween approaches, today we're talking about a hot topic, the "sugar high".  

How does sugar impacts kids' behavior. Does it really make kids more hyperactive? Does it really cause more challenging behavior? 

Let's dig into the research. I think you will be very surprised by what it finds!


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October 25, 2023 14 mins

We've all been on a play date with our kids where they have struggled with sharing with another child. They might scream "That's mine!" or "Give me that!" or get into a fight with another child over sharing. 

What should we do in those moments? How do we encourage them to share? And should we force them to share? 

Let's find out what the research says.


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October 18, 2023 15 mins

How do you know if your child has anxiety? And as a parent, what should you do about it?

Let's find out what the research tells us.


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Parenting Translator is hosted by Dr. Cara Goodwin and is produced by Earfluence.

Dr. Cara Goodwin, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and mother to three children who "translates" research on parenting and child devel...

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October 11, 2023 55 mins

When is the right time to start your baby on solids? 4 Months? 6 Months? There's so much information out there on what is right for our kids, and it can all be overwhelming.

Today, we debunk outdated advice and explore the true signs of developmental readiness for introducing solids. We also unravel the myths around tongue thrust reflex, first food choices, and the one-food-per-week rule.

Discover the secrets behind iron-ri...

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October 4, 2023 10 mins

The Pew Research Center recently published the results of a survey that they conducted to understand how most parents are functioning right now in the United States.

Results of a survey like this are interesting because they help us to understand how other parents experience parenthood, and maybe we feel a little bit less alone in our own journey.

So what did the study find?


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