"Great children are raised, not born. Great parents are taught, not born. Are you ready for greatness?"

Today's Guest(s)

Dr. Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and educator focused on helping parents and schools develop good character in children. He is the founding director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) at SUNY Cortland, where he was a professor of childhood for 40 years. He's published eight books on character and received the Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Character Education in 2001.

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Practicing pediatrician, parent, grandparent, coach, speaker, and author. Say hello @MegMeekerMD

Show Notes

Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate, all things that a parent wants to develop in their children. In this episode, Dr. Meg gives you practical advice that will help you on your journey to raising kids that are filled with kindness. She talks with Dr. Thomas Lickona who is known as the “father of modern character education. As a developmental psychologist, professor of education emeritus, and founding director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) at the State University of New York at Cortland, who better to talk to about developing kindness in your children. Also in this episode, Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder to begin using right away and answers a question from who feels discouraged when listening to the podcast because she has to work full-time and is unable to stay home with her son. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question in an upcoming episode!

0:00 – AD – MARCH OF DIMES

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0:40 – AD – MARC’S MISSION

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1:42 – WELCOME

Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Raising Kind Kids”. She also teases her conversation with Dr. Thomas Lickona, her points to ponder, and a listener question from who feels discouraged when listening to the podcast because she has to work full-time and is unable to stay home with her son.

4:01 – PARENTING RESOURCES

Dr. Meg is also reminding parents about her webinar on discipline available at MegMeekerMD.com! Dr. Meeker’s latest course, Discipline With Courage & Kindness, is designed to help guide you on your journey to being the parent you've always wanted to be — the parent your kids need. Just visit her homepage and click on the parenting course for more information!

4:43 – POINTS TO PONDER

Dr. Meg gives you three points to ponder as you learn more about raising kind kids!

10:43 – A CONVERSATION WITH DR. THOMAS LICKONA (PART 1)

Dr. Meg sits down with Dr. Thomas Lickona, who is known as the “father of modern character education. As a developmental psychologist, professor of education emeritus, and founding director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) at the State University of New York at Cortland, who better to talk to about developing kindness in your children.

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22:47 – AD – SUNBASKET

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24:35 – A CONVERSATION WITH DR. THOMAS LICKONA (PART 2)

Dr. Meg sits down with Dr. Thomas Lickona, who is known as the “father of modern character education. As a developmental psychologist, professor of education emeritus, and founding director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) at the State University of New York at Cortland, who better to talk to about developing kindness in your children.

37:55 – LET’S GET SOCIAL

Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet your question to her @MegMeekerMD. In this segment, Dr. Meg answers a question from a single mom, Michelle, who feels discouraged when listening to the podcast because she has to work full-time and is unable to stay home with her son.

43:31 – PARENT PEP RALLY

44:04 – FROM THE PRODUCER

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