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May 6, 2009 > Childhood Matters on the radio

Childhood Matters on the radio

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Meenu Gupta

You can have experts answer your queries about how to handle kids' tantrums and learn more about keeping your child safe and healthy, all in the comfort of your home on weekends. Things you never get to ask your pediatrician, like how to manage stress or what to look for in a childcare center, are answered on the radio show Childhood Matters.

It is broadcast on Green 960 AM from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays in the Bay Area and replayed on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on K-OCEAN 105.1 FM in Monterey. Santa Clara County is covered in the range of this talk show, which is originally based in Oakland.

"We reach the entire Bay Area with our show. So we're in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, and some of Napa, Solano and Sonoma. The rebroadcast is for Santa Cruz and Monterey, plus it is heard on other stations in California and England" said Rona Renner, RN, Executive Director, Interactive Parenting Media, and host of Childhood Matters Radio Show.

The main objective of this radio show is to inform and inspire parents through a public forum that is interactive. Anyone can listen on the radio and can call in to participate in the conversation.

The interactive program is for parents of toddlers and young children and focuses on emotional behavioral issues and parenting. It is a good way for parents to discuss being overworked, ask questions and seek information. Society begins at home with the right development of our kids.

Understanding that fact the show focuses on ideas for teaching children to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their families and communities. The show invites guest speakers to give expert advice, like Dr. Dan Delgado, Santa Clara Valley Med Center; Norma Molina, Clinical Dietitian, SC Valley Med Center; Dr. Denise Pope, Founder/Director of Stressed Out Students at Stanford; Dr. John Mark, Lucile Packard at Stanford; Dr. Pamela Carlton, Clinical Educator & Research Associate Division of Adolescent Medicine Department of Pediatrics at Stanford.

Interactive Parenting Media produces two radio talk shows providing parent education to thousands of parents each week. Childhood Matters is the show in English broadcast since 2002, the other show, in Spanish, is Nuestros Ni–os, which can also be heard throughout the Bay Area (www.nuestrosninos.com). It is on air every Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on LaKalle 100.7 FM and 105.7 FM.

"We are a non-profit organization and raise the money to pay most of our stations to carry this important information to parents and childcare providers" said Renner. First 5 Santa Clara County is among the many supporters of the show. "We get funds from grants like First Five, Kaiser Permanente and also from individuals who donate on our website or send a check. We love to have volunteers who help spread the word and pass out our postcards to let other parents know about the shows. They can call our office at (877) 372-KIDS" said Renner.

Renner has been a registered nurse for over 40 years. With her own four children and two grandchildren, she continues to learn from her personal experience. An accomplished parent educator and advocate for parents, she has been a radio host and guest expert for ten years.

"Call us with your discipline struggles or successes," says Renner. "I talk to parents at classes I teach and at community events, and ask them in our weekly newsletter to let us know if there is a topic they would like to hear. We do regular surveys with parents who have called into our show and ask them what issues they are dealing with. We also work with our funded partners and highlight the subjects that are a part of their mission. So for example, we are funded by six of the Bay Area First Five's and so many of our programs are geared towards the importance of the early years in a child's life."

On Saturday, May 9 the radio show will discuss Mother's Day, the eternal dilemma working moms face while struggling with balancing time between work and their children. Many women must earn a living to provide for their family, yet would like to be able to spend more time with their kids. Join Nurse Rona and guests as they honor Mother's Day by discussing the challenges moms experience while making hard decisions about working and caring for their children.

If you miss a show you can always catch up the past shows available as a podcast online. To read a schedule of programs prepared for the month of May go to www.childhoodmatters.org

Childhood Matters
Saturday, May 9
9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Green 960 AM
(877) 372-5437
www.childhoodmatters.org

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