The Bespoke Parenting Podcast

The Bespoke Parenting Podcast

The Bespoke Parenting Podcast is about and for parents who are tired of being told how to do it. There’s no one way to parent—there are as many ways as there are kids. Parenting styles, strategies, and philosophies should be bespoke—tailor made to fit you, your family, and most importantly, your kids! Twice a month, Bespoke host Julie Gunlock is joined by a variety of guests who are parenting the way they see fit. You can listen to the latest Bespoke episode(s) here or wherever you get your podcasts. Then subscribe, rate, and share with your friends. If you are already caught up and want more, join our online community at iwf.org/connect. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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April 9, 2024 48 mins

On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to Dr. Chloe Carmichael about youth mental health, parenting, culture, social media harms, and what can be done to alleviate the many problems we are seeing among adolescents and young adults in this country.

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to Maureen Monte about her new book, "Win Like a Girl," her work helping athletes and coaches improve confidence and performance, the dangers of males competing in female sports, why young women need good mentors in today's increasingly political sports environment, and why fixing the confidence problem plaguing young women starts at home.

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to IWF's Hadley Heath Manning about a recent article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics that declared "withholding [gender-affirming care] is harmful to children and amounts to state-sanctioned medical neglect & emotional abuse." Why is the AAP pushing radical surgical and pharmaceutical interventions for minors? What does this AAP position ...

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to IWF Visiting Fellow Elizabeth Matthew about the academic and non-academic benefits of homework, why so many schools are moving to remove homework entirely, and what parents should know about “equitable grading."

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to May Mailman, director of Independent Women's Law Center, about the Kappa Kappa Gamma lawsuit, what it means for the future of sororities nationwide, and why women's spaces on college campuses are more important now than ever before. May also gives her advice to parents sending young women off to college and explains why parents play an important role...

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Are conservative parents better? On this episode of the Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to psychologist and practicing family physician Dr. Leonard Sax about parenting styles and philosophies such as gentle parenting and its unintended consequences, the importance of structure, boundary setting, and guardrails for kids, and the interesting political polarization we're seeing in parenting today.

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to Natalya Murakhver about her new documentary "15 Days"—the real story of school closures told by students, parents, doctors, and everyone who fought back.

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January 2, 2024 26 mins

On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to Kory Booher, known as "Show Me The Data" on X. Kory details her harrowing experience dealing with an online predator who targeted her young daughter and gives helpful tips to parents navigating raising kids in an increasingly online world.

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock interviews IWF Education Freedom Center Director Ginny Gentles. They discuss recent PISA math scores and the Teachers Union Report Cards—both of which reveal the sad state of education in this country and why education freedom is the only way out.

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to series regular Cathy Holman about gift-giving for teens and younger kids. If you’re a parent, you don’t want to miss this episode this holiday season. 

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November 10, 2023 13 mins

On this special pop-up episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to Rhode Island mom and IWF Senior Fellow Nicole Solas about a recent incident involving a male field hockey player who was allowed to play on a female field hockey team, injuring a female player. How many more cases like this will have to happen before sports organizations take action to protect female athletes?

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock interviews Lane Scott, a California writer and homeschool mom, about her new article “The Mother’s Gauntlet,” which describes the paradox of “the misery of comfortable women,” the reason some women choose work over child rearing, the doubts and fears of stay-at-home moms, and why honesty among friends is key to figuring it all out. 

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to Jonathan Rothwell, Gallup’s principal economist and a Brookings Institute senior fellow, about his new research paper, “Parents Matter in Regulating Screen Time.” Julie and Jonathan talk about the decline in mental health among children, the role social media and video platforms play in this ongoing problem, the interesting political split on this is...

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to Lyndsey Fifield and Charlotte Whelan about the rise in society's hostility towards children and parents. Why should parents feel bad about taking their children on an airplane? Why should parents feel on edge every time they’re in public with their children? Are “gentle” parents to blame? Is this a global problem or just an American one? Tune into this li...

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September 26, 2023 24 mins

On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to author Ericka Andersen about a recent viral video involving an actress admitting she lets her daughters drink non-alcoholic beer. Is that appropriate? Is that wise? Is it an overreaction to think that’s a bad idea? Ericka and Julie discuss this issue and the need for moderation when drinking around kids.

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September 12, 2023 23 mins

On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks to Jackie Toboroff about her new book "Supermoms Activated: 12 Profiles of Hero Moms Leading the American Revival." Julie and Jackie discuss the reason she wrote the book, the 12 women featured, and why it's important moms not forget what happened to our kids during COVID. Jackie also describes the difficulty she's faced getting booksellers to offe...

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On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock speaks to IWF Senior Fellow Gabby Hoffman and Wyoming mom-of-five and media figure Cathy Holman about a new Department of Education effort to defund school archery, shooting sports, and hunting programs by withholding federal funds. Julie and her guests discuss the benefits of these school-based programs, how these programs encourage kids to be active outdoors and...

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August 15, 2023 52 mins

On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock speaks to author Nancy McDermott about the state of childhood in America, why it’s being cut short for children today, and what that means for a generation of kids already dealing with significant mental health challenges.

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August 1, 2023 43 mins

On this episode of The Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock speaks to IWF's vice president for policy, Hadley Heath Manning, about her article describing the boy crisis in America and the solutions to this difficult issue.

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July 18, 2023 45 mins

On this episode of the Bespoke Parenting Podcast, host Julie Gunlock talks once again to podcast regular Cathy Holman, the Prairie Wife in Heels. Cathy recently took her whole family (five kids!) on an overseas vacation. She offers travel tips, dos and don'ts, advice on keeping kids entertained and rested, and guidance on ways to avoid overscheduling your family vacation. Have a trip planned in the future? Domestic or abroad, you'l...

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