Podcast Episode 115: How to Have a Less Commercial Christmas with Your Kids

Podcast Episode 115: How to Have a Less Commercial Holiday with Your Kids

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 115 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about how to have a less commercial holiday season with your family.

With the holidays approaching, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what it takes to find meaning among the near-constant hum of commercial messages that come at us —and our kids — this time of year. I knew that Dr. Michele Borba would have some good advice on how to find more meaning and encourage our kids to think more about others and less about what’s under the tree, so I asked her to come back on the show for this episode. Dr. Borba is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, empathy and character development. She is an award-winning author of twenty-two books, the latest of which is the acclaimed UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World. She shares some great ideas about how parents can get the focus off of the material and onto thinking more about others.

Podcast Episode 115: How to Have a Less Commercial Christmas with Your Kids

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Dr. Borba.

Dr. Borba’s book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World

Previous episode featuring Dr. Borba: Raising Empathetic Kids

Related Episode: Why We Should Spend Less Money on Our Kids

My Toronto Star column, “Making the holidays about traditions — not things”

Dr. Borba’s website

Dr. Borba’s other books

Dr. Borba’s blog

Dr. Borba’s Facebook page

Dr. Borba on Twitter

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today’s Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.


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