How To Raise Your Kids More Mindfully And Skillfully (And ENJOY Doing It) | Dr. Alison Escalante

EPISODE 233 – Alison Escalante, MD, is a Pediatrician, author of the upcoming book Sigh, See, Start: How To Be The Parent Your Child Needs In A World That Won’t Stop Pushing, TEDx Speaker, writer, and woman on a mission to ease the epidemic of anxiety that has convinced us we are always failing and is stealing our joy. She has developed a 3-step method to help parents raise their kids mindfully and skillfully—AND enjoy doing it. Dr. Escalante has also presented this method at conferences and corporate events for professionals looking for greater effectiveness and wellness under pressure. She writes for Forbes on the science of human performance and Psychology Today on life in the culture of anxiety. She has degrees from Princeton in the history of ideas and Rutgers in medicine and did her pediatric training at Duke and University of Chicago. She is an adjunct faculty member of Rush University School of Medicine. In the episode, Dr. Escalante shares why parents are more anxious today than ever, when parenting advice is helpful (and when it’s not), how to approach any situation with your child feeling calm and confident…and more!


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  • Early in your career, you were seeing patients in a well-to-do area outside of Chicago and were surprised by what parents asked. What were they asking?
  • Before you became a parent, what kind of mother did you want to be or see for yourself? How has that changed? And why?
  • What is a “ShouldStorm”?
  • How is parenting today different than it was just one generation ago, during what you call “old school” parenting? Why is it so different today?
  • You talk about a lot of different parenting approaches that have been marketed to contemporary parents, including one which is rather popular now: gentle parenting. How do you feel about this parenting approach over any other?
  • How does Sigh, See, Start work? Can you describe the method?
  • In the book you say that Sigh, See, Start will NOT make you a perfect parent. What does Sigh, See, Start give parents that is so valuable?
  • How can parents effectively navigate challenges such as tantrums, defiance, or sibling rivalry?