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293: Supporting Parents so All Children Thrive with Dr. Dana Suskind

Today, I interview Dr. Dana Suskind, pediatric surgeon and author of the New York Times best-seller “Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential, Fulfilling Society’s Promise”.

Dr. Suskind is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow for the Council on Early Childhood. Her work has been profiled by numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, NPR, and Freakonomics.

On the show we’ll discuss:

  • Why parents aren’t asking for help during the most difficult years of their children’s lives.
  • What societal supports we need to prevent parents from “going it alone” in the important work of raising children
  • Why paid parental leave and high-quality child care improve children’s brain development and prospects for a better future.

The books she recommended were:

AARP: America’s Largest Interest Group and its Impact by Christine Day

The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale by John a. List

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