Episode #240: Hunt, Gather, Parent with Michaeleen Doucleff

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Dr. Elana interviews Michaeleen Doucleff – author of New York Times bestseller Hunt, Gather, Parent and global health correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk. They discussed Michaeleen’s vulnerable power struggles with her own child and how she overcame the conflict in her home by modeling parenting ways she observed while on assignment in areas like the Yucatan and the Arctic. She couldn’t believe how cooperative and confident the children were while on her travels and decided to dedicate years to learn techniques from parents all over the world so parents can improve relationships with their kids and avoid conflict.


Topics Discussed:

  • How to raise cooperative and collaborative children
  • Benefits of 3 comments per hour max!
  • The leading cause of anxiety and depression in kids and how we can avoid that
  • What we often do wrong as parents and how to easily change it!
  • 3 tips how to raise confident kids
  • How to guide kids versus control them
  • How to encourage shared responsibilities around the house

Show Notes:

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This episode’s guest


Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD, is a global health correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk and the author of the New York Times bestseller Hunt, Gather, Parent. The book describes a way of raising kind and confident children, which moms and dads all over the world have turned to for millennia.

Doucleff has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Berkeley, California, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Caltech.

For the past decade, Doucleff has reported on disease outbreaks and children’s health for NPR. Before that, Doucleff was an editor at the journal Cell, where she wrote about the science behind pop culture.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter and German Shepherd, Savanna

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