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4/21/08 - Dentistry in the 21st Century - More than Just "Open" and "Rinse"!(Listen to Audio)
 
It is more important than ever to pay attention to dental hygiene. The good news is – it is easier than ever to take care of your teeth, gums, and your whole mouth! Dr. Susan Turben again welcomes Dr. Lisa Richards and Dr. Andrea Miller to “Friend of the Family” to share their views and knowledge of pediatric dentistry. There have been many changes and breakthroughs in their field but one thing remains the same – you need to maintain a home routine for good dental hygiene, starting with infancy. Dr. Richards and Dr. Miller will share important prevention techniques and answer your questions. Learn how diet can affect your teeth and gums. Are the new whitening methods safe for your children? Are they safe for you? Find out who “Molar” is and celebrate the joys of good dental care!
 
4/14/08 - Good Habits Lead to Good Health! – Special Encore Presentation! [Listen to Audio]
 
Healthy eating and exercise start with family habits. It is the parents' responsibility to learn all over again how to feed kids....after years of over scheduling, focusing on jobs and careers. Susan and Dr. Marilee Gallagher will discuss with listeners what parents should focus on in order to stimulate healthy growth, good eating habits, and regulated sports and play activity levels. All of these activities are required to prevent childhood and youth illnesses, social and affective disabilities and emotional disorders. Prevention is the absolute number 1 primary factor in raising healthy children in these times of earlier and earlier incidences of childhood diseases, such as Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, Diabetes, bipolar and autistic spectrum and more. Call us! We have the answers you need!
 
4/7/08 - FRIEND OF THE FAMILY’S Youngest Guest Ever – a Most Talented Young Man! – Special Encore Presentation! [Listen to Audio]
 
Dr. Susan Turben introduces, Dominic Cantanese, a 17 year old talented teen with professional accomplishments! Dominic, a junior in high school, has just published his first book “Al L. Gator”! The book was created with the help of his aunt and uncle, who served as illustrators! The story of Al L. Gator evolved when Dominic was given the assignment to write a children’s book in the eighth grade. Dominic also keeps busy, working toward his rank as an Eagle Scout. But that’s not all! Dominic works part time in building maintenance AND has a landscaping business! What drives this young man? Dr. Susan asks intriguing questions that define this teenager’s drive to achieve! Call in with comments, questions or concerns – is opportunity also knocking on your teenager’s door?
 
3/31/08 - Play Time is Vital – a Brand New Show [Listen to Audio]
 
We have another fun and exciting show for you today! Dr. Ernest Dettore, author of “To Play or Not to Play: Is It Really a Question?” once again joins Susan Turben to discuss the need to play! It has become increasingly clear, through research on the brain, that children and all of us need play. Today, children have little time for unstructured play. The precious time they do have is being consumed by academic rigor, busy schedules, television, computers and extracurricular activities. Studies show that unstructured play is healthy, in fact, essential for helping children reach important social, emotional, and cognitive goals in their development. Have fun with Dr. Susan on this week’s “Friend of the Family” – it’s good for you – it’s good for your children!
 
3/24/08 - Native American Parenting Skills [Listen to Audio]
 
Dr. Susan Turben welcomes back Laura Ramirez, author of Keepers of the Children for an insightful discussion on using native ideas to teach parents how to raise children to discover who they are and what their strengths are as they are growing up. Parenting is universal! How can different cultures help each other? Laura tells her personal story of raising children as a Native American family in the sage-dotted foothills of Northern Nevada. Susan and Laura take your calls on any topic! Join Susan and Laura - toll free calls are welcome.
 
3/17/08 - Jeff Moyer, Producer, Songwriter, Speaker [Listen to Audio]
 
Jeff Moyer, producer, songwriter and champion of those with disabilities, joins Dr. Susan Turben, for personal reflections on growing up with blindness and hearing loss. Join Susan and Jeff Moyer to listen, learn and “love the skin you are in,” an expression that has special meaning to Jeff. He and Susan share insights into their growing up years as children caught between wanting to be like all the other kids but feeling different. Music and conversation includes listeners who call the participation line TOLL FREE 1. 866 .472 .5792. Susan and Jeff share their unique experiences with families whose special needs children are standout kids. How about yours? How about you? What growing pains did you have? Don’t you and your family wonder what your children will be like as they change and grow? How will your children turn out? Join Susan and Jeff for inspiring conversation and lyrics.
 
3/10/08 - Dental Care for kids, teens and infants…Parents beware! [Listen to Audio]
 
Today’s Friend of the Family topic is serious and yes, scary! Dr. Susan Turben invites parents to learn the basics of oral hygiene from two professionals who are dedicated to prevention of childhood oral diseases. They have disturbing news about the American Diet and how families unknowingly contribute to a growing epidemic of oral disease in young children. The preventable disease is called Baby Bottle tooth decay or Early Childhood Caries (EEC.) Susan interviews experts in the fields of preventative dental health and the practice of Childhood Dentistry. Dr. Andrea Miller and Dr. Lisa Richards are dynamic dentists on a mission to change parent’s attitudes and habits regarding sugary foods and liquids, naps and no-no’s in the American child’s diet. Parent-child dentistry is undergoing a transformation into pleasant teaching and learning experiences. Learn how children can enjoy brushing, flossing, cleaning, surgical repairs and more.
 
3/3/08 - Holding Hands Across the Generations [Listen to Audio]
 
The special relationship between the young and old fosters mentoring and learning that greatly impacts the lives of both generations! Dr. Susan Turben hosts “Friends” of the Family from Jennings Center for Older Adults, Allison Salopeck, Chief Operating Officer and Administrator and Rachiel Agay Director of The Learning Circle. The Learning Circle is an enriching infant and child care program with a combination of classroom structure and free play, which creates a positive environment for learning as well as child development and growth. The most unique aspect of The Learning Circle is its location on the campus of the Jennings Center for Older Adults! Pre-schoolers through teens learn respect for people around them. Adolescents and teens learn about careers and volunteerism. All participants learn about the value of diversity! The most valuable life experiences may come from your own family members! Call us with your stories of lessons learned from those special relatives in your life
 
2/25/08 - Teenagers… Dr. Susan Turben interviews a savvy high school junior, her mother and you! [Listen to Audio]
 
Following up last week’s teen show with counterpart, Dominic Catanese, Dr. Susan Turben travels to Florida’s north Coast, to meet this week’s teen guest, Caroline Kimberly and her mother, Beth Osterman Kimberly. This all-female program promises to be full of humor, all-girl opinion and parent-teen gossip! Caroline’s kudos and complaints about teenage life focus on how girls and guys communicate and why school achievement, friendships and daily destinations are her top priorities. Caroline and Beth debate drug use, group dating and teenage habits about neatness, sleep and the propensity to hang out! Friend of the Family takes listener’s teen’s talents and achievements seriously, so call during the show and share accomplishments. Let’s “MySpace it,” from clothes (shoes and purses!) to travel, from sports to academics, the teenage to adult years is the transition of a lifetime!
 
2/18/08 - FRIEND OF THE FAMILY’S Youngest Guest Ever – a Most Talented Young Man! [Listen to Audio]
 
Dr. Susan Turben introduces, Dominic Cantanese, a 17 year old talented teen with professional accomplishments! Dominic, a junior in high school, has just published his first book “Al L. Gator”! The book was created with the help of his aunt and uncle, who served as illustrators! The story of Al L. Gator evolved when Dominic was given the assignment to write a children’s book in the eighth grade. Dominic also keeps busy, working toward his rank as an Eagle Scout. But that’s not all! Dominic works part time in building maintenance AND has a landscaping business! What drives this young man? Dr. Susan asks intriguing questions that define this teenager’s drive to achieve! Call in with comments, questions or concerns – is opportunity also knocking on your teenager’s door?
 
2/11/08 - Parents Supporting Parents: Strengthen Your Family! [Listen to Audio]
 
Today’s parents strive to do their very best when it comes to providing opportunities for enrichment and fun for their little ones. Dr. Susan Turben introduces you to members of the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA). LECPTA is a network of families supporting families through the precious and fleeting years of early childhood. LECPTA joins Dr. Turben, to answer your questions regarding parenting styles for pre-schoolers, learning how to help them socialize, gain confidence and learn through the early years. LECPTA members will discuss activities and services geared to the needs of children. Families visit museums, theaters, parks, fire stations, and much more! Monthly meetings feature local parenting experts and informative speakers on topics relating to all aspects of parenting preschoolers. If you’re not already in a parent support group, here’s advice on how to find one that is right for you! Call in and ask Susan AND Lakewood Early Childhood PTA ANTHING at 1-866-472-5792.
 
2/4/08 - Cultures, Caring and Concerns [Listen to Audio]
 
Dr. Susan Turben invites her listeners to an exceptional learning experience! Laura Ramirez, author of Keepers of the Children joins Dr. Turben for an insightful discussion on using native ideas to teach parents how to raise children to discover who they are and what their strengths are as they are growing up. Susan’s DVD, “Teach Your Children Well; Every Parents Responsibility”, free and available to listeners, also reflects different cultures and child-rearing practices. Susan and Laura take your calls on any topic! Join Susan and Laura - toll free calls are welcome. Laura tells her personal story of raising children as a Native American family in the sage-dotted foothills of Northern Nevada. In celebration of our One Year Anniversary of “Friend of the Family”, Susan will send you a free DVD, available through our website – www.turben.com
 
1/28/08 - Have Fun with your Family While Helping Our Environment [Listen to Audio]
 
Challenge your children to become environmental stewards! Children around the world can work individually and collectively in playing a vital role in preserving our precious natural resources for future generations. Susan Turben and Deb Yandala, Chief Executive Officer of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park System travel through the calendar, offering fun ideas to get your family interested in preserving our planet. What kind of air quality will we experience in spring? All kids love the sand and surf in summer! Take on an autumnal recycling project. Teach your children to be aware of the environmental risks that occur during the holiday season. Kids are resourceful! Through awareness and positive reinforcement they will come up with their own ideal solutions! Be Green! Call in with your ideas and suggestions!
 
1/21/08 - Play Matters – An Important Teaching Tool – Special Encore Presentation! [Listen to Audio]
 
Join us as we welcomes Dr. Christine Ferguson and Dr. Ernest Dettore, co-authors of “To Play or Not to Play: Is It Really a Question?” for a brand new show on the importance of unstructured playtime with your child. Play develops curiosity, invention, persistence, problem solving and creativity in children. Dr. Susan invites Dr. Dettore and Dr. Ferguson to talk about the many simple pleasures that play brings and why parents need to take the time to have fun with their children. Play builds the kind of free-and-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself spirit that our future needs. With this lively, unpressured and naturalistic approach to learning, children will continue to experience opportunities to practice new skills and functions, occasions to build the imagination and alternatives to violence and despair. Call in with your questions and ideas!
 
1/14/08 - Breaking Language (and Other) Barriers! [Listen to Audio]
 
Although we may not be conscious of it, we all use augmentative communication techniques on a daily basis, such as facial expressions, gestures, writing, and increasingly, sending test messages and pictures on mobile phones. Susan Turben and co-host, Jeff Moyer, author, singer, song-writer are joined by special guest, Susan Armbrecht, an outgoing and busy person who maintains an active lifestyle through assisted technology. Find out how! People with severe speech or language problems rely on standard techniques as well as special augmentative techniques that have been specifically developed for them such as specialized gestures, sign language, or Morse code. Many people who rely on these techniques are living productive and fulfilling lives. This program is sure to be a fun-filled hour! Don’t miss it!
 
1/7/08 - Fit from Top to Bottom [Listen to Audio]
 
Imagine a body that moves through the daily stresses and demands of life with an economy of ease, form and function. A body trained to move as a unified structure, “originating from a strong core” can be yours! Your introduction to Pilates starts here. Susan Turben shares her enthusiasm for the Pilates method of staying fit for all ages with Charlotte Wilson, a superstar instructor at White Cloud Studios, Cleveland, Ohio. Charlotte’s goal is to seek out, develop and bring, innovative ways to her students to keep the body balanced, poised and toned. Unlike most gyms or health clubs, the practice of Pilates offers an environment that is non-competitive, creating an atmosphere of true balance of mind and body. Pilates is for moms, dads and kids! Call us with your fitness questions and concerns. Pull out a floor mat and listen to Friend of the Family with Dr. Susan Turben.
 
12/24/07 - How Families Can Learn to Be Heroes of the Environment Park – Special Encore Presentation! [Listen to Audio]
 
Though home to all of us, our earth has no voice of its own! It is up to us to be speakers for the planet, a planet hanging in the balance. Do you as a family believe there is a crisis? Do you accept conditions such as global warming, risks of pesticides, acid rain, or extinction of animal species as examples of climate change? What can families do to enjoy and protect our earth? Join Dr. Susan Turben and her guest, Deb Yandala, Chief Executive Officer of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as they explore ways to partner with nature. Susan and her guest, Deb Yandala discuss educational programs that make every family a conservation family! Susan and Deb offer tips for a healthier planet and healthier families through an educated look at ways to conserve and enjoy the wonders of the Ohio National Park System outdoors.
 
12/17/07 - Friend of the Family Invites Jeff Moyer Back Again! [Listen to Audio]
 
Friend of the Family and Susan Turben welcome the talented Jeff Moyer, songwriter, producer, historian, public speaker and advocate for disabilities and human rights. Jeff will offer poems, songs and musical drama to entertain listeners at this holiday time. Dealing with progressive blindness and hearing loss, Jeff’s gifts of words and songs offer passionate and articulate insight into diversity, culture and inclusion. At holiday time, Jeff Moyer’s message especially hits “home”; reflecting both Susan and Jeff’s passion for community advocacy and stirring up community action. They will even sing together! Friend of the Family is “proud” to have this international entertainer back again. Clap your hands, tap your feet, and enjoy an hour of enlightening music – right from the heart of a great “performer”.
 
12/10/07 - Learning is a Journey of the Mind and Heart [Listen to Audio]
 
The holidays have come to “Friend of the Family with Susan Turben”! What type of activities do you do with your family to make the season special and meaningful? Dr. Susan Turben visits with Carol Bersani, Director of the Child Development Center at Kent State University and the families that are a part of this comprehensive program. Experience the “magic” the holiday season brings to children of all ages! The Child Development Center serves young children and their families through its four-part mission; research, professional preparation, outreach, and service to families. The school also serves as a laboratory for undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education and related fields. Deep relationships are formed when children, families and teachers work to create an environment for learning together. Feel the warmth of this special time of year as children, parents and teachers share their favorite holiday traditions! YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THE FUN!
 
12/3/07 - “Read” by Example! A Special Encore Presentation [Listen to Audio]
 
Everyone can learn to read! Parent’s need to know certain essential information about stages of reading and writing that come naturally. The first stage, babbling (listening, hearing and sounds), followed by speaking (sounds and words) and writing (using eyes, hands and mouth) leads to the ability to read! Carole Richards joins host Dr. Susan Turben for an intriguing discussion on ways to promote reading. Parents are the best teachers when it comes to reading. What are you reading at your house? Carole and Susan talk about the fun happenings at the Creative Education Institute’s Academic Fun & Fitness Camp! Campers are being rewarded for their special talents through poetry and a camp play shown on a big screen! Heartwarming stories of big achievements and forging friendships at summer camp!
 
11/26/07 - Helping Young Children Grow: Bet you didn’t know Parents were so Talented! [Listen to Audio]
 
Susan Turben invites you to join her in celebrating important ways of helping young children grow. Bet you never knew how talented parents really are. This weeks show will be a series of stories on the abilities and skills parents, or anyone working with children need to know. Join Susan Turben and her guest, Baird Wiehe, Professor, Case Western Reserve University and Cuyahoga Community College as they provide a wealth of important information on how to “parent”. This up close and personal conversation leads parents and mental health personnel step by step through the first eight years of life, including the critical relationship between parents and babies, childcare and how children think. Susan and Baird will draw on the work of Erna Furman, a non-medical child psychoanalyst. Erna was an expert on what children and parents are all about and most importantly; the relationship between them.
 
11/19/07 - How Families Can Learn to Be Heroes of the Environment [Listen to Audio]
 
Though home to all of us, our earth has no voice of its own! It is up to us to be speakers for the planet, a planet hanging in the balance. Do you as a family believe there is a crisis? Do you accept conditions such as global warming, risks of pesticides, acid rain, or extinction of animal species as examples of climate change? What can families do to enjoy and protect our earth? Join Dr. Susan Turben and her guest, Deb Yandala, Chief Executive Officer of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as they explore ways to partner with nature. Susan and her guest, Deb Yandala discuss educational programs that make every family a conservation family! Susan and Deb offer tips for a healthier planet and healthier families through an educated look at ways to conserve and enjoy the wonders of the Ohio National Park System outdoors.
 
11/12/07 - Animal Companionship – the Best Medicine [Listen to Audio]
 
Pets and animals can provide companionship, relief from loneliness and depression, and serve as aides to those with various disabilities. How does a person respond to an animal that displays vigor, liveliness and movement? Their mood improves, their appetite improves and their outlook on life improves! Dr. Susan Turben invites her guests, Mary Hipp, Head Instructor at Fieldstone Farms Therapeutic Riding Center, and Laura Burks, Volunteer Coordinator at Rescue Village to share their heart-warming stories of the unconditional love from animals and how they’ve made a difference in the lives of others. Animals are not only used as Seeing Eye dogs or service animals. They now take on roles as therapy animals and emotional support companions. What does your pet mean to you and your family? Call in with your questions or stories on “man’s best friends”.
 
11/5/07 - Today’s Topic is FOOD: and Kids Are What They Eat! [Listen to Audio]
 
Today, healthy eaters angle for nutrients from a wide range of foods, layered with ethnic, religious, cultural and personal preference. As a parent and shopper, you know the days of the four basic food groups – dairy, meat, vegetables and fruit – are long gone! When you as a parent, are at the market, is there a food pyramid in your head or…do you do what you always do? Today, a healthy diet encompasses a far wider range of options: whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts, fish, and even plant oils. The options are better than ever before when planning healthy meals and snacks. Dr. Susan Turben invites her guest, Tanya Sussman, a Registered Licensed Dietitian, to guide listeners toward more healthy food choices. Get tips on grocery shopping. Did you know the healthiest foods such as fresh produce, unprocessed meats and dairy products tend to be placed around the perimeter of the store? Live on the “edge” and don’t miss this show!
 
10/29/07 - Good Habits Lead to Good Health! [Listen to Audio]
 
Healthy eating and exercise start with family habits. It is the parents' responsibility to learn all over again how to feed kids....after years of over scheduling, focusing on jobs and careers. Susan and Dr. Marilee Gallagher will discuss with listeners what parents should focus on in order to stimulate healthy growth, good eating habits, and regulated sports and play activity levels. All of these activities are required to prevent childhood and youth illnesses, social and affective disabilities and emotional disorders. Prevention is the absolute number 1 primary factor in raising healthy children in these times of earlier and earlier incidences of childhood diseases, such as Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, Diabetes, bipolar and autistic spectrum and more. Call us! We have the answers you need!
 
10/22/07 - Encore Performance! Jeff Moyer – Innovative and Effective Songwriter [Listen to Audio]
 
Enjoy a repeat presentation from summer when “Friend of the Family with Susan Turben” welcomed the talented Jeff Moyer, songwriter, author, producer, historian, public speaker and advocate for human rights. Jeff writes and speaks from his own experience, offering poems and songs that entertain and teach. Dealing with his own progressive blindness and hearing loss, Jeff’s gifts of words and songs offer insight to diversity, culture and inclusion. Susan and Jeff not only discuss Jeff’s many hours of involvement in community activities – they sing together! Clap your hands, tap your feet, and enjoy an hour of enlightening music – right from the heart!
 
10/8/07 - Speak up for Families of Children who are a Little or a Lot Challenging! [Listen to Audio]
 
Join Friend of the Family host, Dr. Susan Turben as she stirs the pot of differing opinions on America’s slowly merging systems of Regular and Special Education. “Care” and “Education” are inseparable concepts in integrated and coherent learning environments that intend to enhance child development and wellbeing and support parents in a variety of ways. Susan’s guest…Ronnie W. Jeter, Ed.S, Director of Children’s Services, Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities…speaks up during a lively discussion with listeners. The development of talents, skills and capabilities in the early years not only affects well being in childhood but has social, educational, financial and personal impacts as children mature into adulthood. Social inclusion is not only about reducing risk but also about ensuring that opportunities are not missed. Call in with your questions and learn more about inclusion and early childhood education!
 
10/1/07 - Play Matters – An Important Teaching Tool [Listen to Audio]
 
Join us as we welcomes Dr. Christine Ferguson and Dr. Ernest Dettore, co-authors of “To Play or Not to Play: Is It Really a Question?” for a brand new show on the importance of unstructured playtime with your child. Play develops curiosity, invention, persistence, problem solving and creativity in children. Dr. Susan invites Dr. Dettore and Dr. Ferguson to talk about the many simple pleasures that play brings and why parents need to take the time to have fun with their children. Play builds the kind of free-and-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself spirit that our future needs. With this lively, unpressured and naturalistic approach to learning, children will continue to experience opportunities to practice new skills and functions, occasions to build the imagination and alternatives to violence and despair. Call in with your questions and ideas!
 
9/24/07 - “Sticks and stones can break your bones but BULLYING always hurts you." - Special Encore Presentation! [Listen to Audio]
 
This week a sensitive topic is under the "Friend of the Family" microscope...a school, home and community problem that has dramatically escalated each year-Bullying! Join Dr. Susan Turben for a frank and, yes,disturbing,conversation with two licensed public school specialists, Susan Smith and Butch Losey. They will give examples, potential situations and solutions to the dangerous and hurtful practice of bullying! Listen to what you as a member of the community can do when you witness bullying on the street, in the supermarket, even in churches or synagogues. Guests share prevention-intervention techniques and discuss with Susan various causes of this dangerous, but increasingly common part of our culture. Did you know that anger management and conflict resolution techniques are not the same as bullying? Have you been a perpetrator or a victim? Are you a witness to parental bullying of kids, or street gangs and peer abuse? Join Susan Turben and her guests at 1 pm Monday April 30th.
 
9/17/07 - DID YOU KNOW? MUSICAL EXPERIENCES AND STUDIES HAVE PROVEN TO CONTRIBUTE TO SUCCESSFUL LIFE STYLES [Listen to Audio]
 
Dr. Susan Turben welcomes Charlie Lawrence, Executive Director of Cleveland’s Music School Settlement, as he, Ronna Kaplan and Sylvia Easley, persuade listeners that music is a motivator, providing an effective pathway to success in any endeavor from sports to academics. Why does music satisfy and comfort us? Music is part of every culture, around the globe! Why? Call toll free 1.866.472.5792 and join Friend of the Family’s guests, Charlie, Ronna and Sylvia, as they share CD clips of musical offerings by students of all ages. Listeners will be persuaded to expose children of any age to the universal language of MUSIC!
 
9/10/07 - DR. SUSAN TURBEN TALKS TO RUSSIAN TEACHERS (WHO HAPPEN TO BE SISTERS) ABOUT LEARNING, TEACHING AND CHILD-REARING! [Listen to Audio]
 
Today Susan welcomes to Friend of the Family, Inessa Goldberg and Bella Brandelis, Russian-born teachers who grew up in Russia in the 60’s. Bella is on the faculty of the School of Fine Arts, Willoughby, Ohio and Inessa is a preschool teacher at the Jewish Community Center Preschool in Cleveland, Ohio. Listeners may join Susan to discuss similarities and differences growing up in Russia and the U.S. Are Russian children rigorously educated? Why do some children still live in asylums? Call in with your questions about Russian or American parenting from the perspective of Inessa and Bella’s educational experiences. Do American and Russian parents hold children’s academic achievement higher or lower now than in earlier times? Are there teaching methods or family traditions that listeners would like to know about? Susan Turben wants to know what YOU think!
 
9/3/07 - All kids Love to hear Music, Sing, Dance and Act! – Special Encore Presentation! [Listen to Audio]
 
Have you noticed how many kids out there are listening to music on their ipods? American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and the numerous shows on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and the ABC Family Channel are big hits with our youth. What is so interesting about the Arts? THEY ARE FUN! Dr. Susan Turben welcomes Jim and Louis Savage, founders of the Fine Arts School in Willoughby, Ohio for music, songs, laughter, stories and FUN! Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an hour of fine art appreciation. Jim and Louise share their passion for fine arts education in the community and beyond. Learn how they made their dream to develop talent and personal development by all the arts a reality!
 
8/27/07 - City Schools – Why can’t education really be equal in Cleveland or in Jamaica or around the world? [Listen to Audio]
 
All children deserve to be educated and even more, all children deserve better economic conditions worldwide. Children are innocent victims of poverty and social conditions not of their making! Join Dr. Susan Turben as she talks to Elaine Turley, Development Officer-Foundations for E-City Charter Schools in Cleveland, Ohio (E Prep) and Rev. Gerard P. Mirbel, President of Freedom Village Prison Ministry and minister to Jamaica’s poorest citizens. Express your concerns! What do you think needs to be done to meet the needs of racially, ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse populations? Susan and her guests will take your calls as they debate the influence of community involvement, National “No Child Left Behind” sponsored reform and reorganization efforts. What is being done to improve the welfare, health and education of children throughout the world?
 
8/20/07 - Back to School Survival Guide [Listen to Audio]
 
Schoolwork, social issues, and appearance – all areas of stress for teens and pre-teens headed back to school. Though these issues are complex, there are steps you can take to reduce your child’s (and your own) stress level and enjoy a new start! Dr. Susan Turben discusses these issues and much more with Deb Baxter, parent of a home-schooled pre-teen, Kathy Dowd, mother of three teenage boys and Carol Lorek, mother of three teens. Be a part of the first of two round table discussions on the problems kids face in our schools today and call in or email a question! Share with our listeners tips that worked for you! Even if your “too cool” teen doesn’t show it, knowing they have your support makes all the difference.
 
8/6/07 - To Play or Not to Play: Is It Really a Question? – Special Encore Presentation! [Listen to Audio]
 
Does playtime have a vital role in child development? Dr. Susan Turben and Dr. Ernest Dettore, author of “To Play or Not to Play: Is It Really a Question?” will find the answer! It has become increasingly clear, through research on the brain, that children and all of us need play. Today, children have little time for unstructured play. The precious time they do have is being consumed by academic rigor, busy schedules, television, computers and extracurricular activities. Studies show that unstructured play is healthy, in fact, essential for helping children reach important social, emotional, and cognitive goals in their development. Have fun with Dr. Susan on this week’s “Friend of the Family” – it’s good for you – it’s good for your children!
 
7/30/07 - Summer Camp, memories not just for a season but for a lifetime! [Listen to Audio]
 
There is still lots of summer left to enjoy and many ways to enjoy it! What type of activities do you and your children stay busy with? What do your kids do on their own? What do you do together as a family? Camp out with Dr. Susan Turben and her guest, Jacob Daling, Youth and Family Director at the YMCA. Find out what children like about summer camp. Share your favorite stories about summer and summer camp! Jacob Daling shares his experiences with our listeners and explains the themes and goals of working with youth and families through the YMCA. Call in or email your questions and stories and have an endless summer!
 
7/23/07 - All kids Love to hear Music, Sing, Dance and Act! [Listen to Audio]
 
Have you noticed how many kids out there are listening to music on their ipods? American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and the numerous shows on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and the ABC Family Channel are big hits with our youth. What is so interesting about the Arts? THEY ARE FUN! Dr. Susan Turben welcomes Jim and Louis Savage, founders of the Fine Arts School in Willoughby, Ohio for music, songs, laughter, stories and FUN! Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an hour of fine art appreciation. Jim and Louise share their passion for fine arts education in the community and beyond. Learn how they made their dream to develop talent and personal development by all the arts a reality!
 
7/16/07 - Summer Reading Fun! [Listen to Audio]
 
Everyone can learn to read! Parent’s need to know certain essential information about stages of reading and writing that come naturally. The first stage, babbling (listening, hearing and sounds), followed by speaking (sounds and words) and writing (using eyes, hands and mouth) leads to the ability to read! Carole Richards joins host Dr. Susan Turben for an intriguing discussion on ways to promote reading. What are you reading at your house this summer? Call in and tell us about your favorite summer titles! And speaking of summer…Carole and Susan talk about the fun happenings at the Creative Education Institute’s Academic Fun & Fitness Summer Camp! Campers are being rewarded for their special talents through poetry and a camp play shown on a big screen! Heartwarming stories of big achievements and forging friendships at summer camp!
 
7/9/07 - Educating Children in the Early Years [Listen to Audio]
 
Mr. Rogers and the Wiggles are examples of how to talk to 3-5 year-old preschoolers and how to enrich oral language! Why are certain voices and personalities interesting speakers and communicators? Call in if you know why preschoolers and older toddlers are realists and concrete thinkers one minute and off the planet make-believe actors the next! Dr. Susan Turben welcomes back Lisa Siciliano-Miller for songs and games! Teacher and host will tell stories about talents and gifts of each and every preschooler: if parents want to see their children’s talents visit school! Learn how playful singing and movement games make language and social skills easier for kids with autism, mental retardation as well as attention disorders. Call us with your kids’ favorite songs and poems!
 
7/2/07 - Raising Resilient Children – Special Encore Presentation! [Listen to Audio]
 
How do we identify and reinforce our children’s strengths and assets? Dr. Susan Turben and Dr. Robert Brooks, internationally known author, lecturer and faculty member at the Harvard Medical School discuss nurturing resilience in children. Is resilience instinctive or learned? Dr. Brooks, co-author of “Raising Resilient Children” and “Understanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms” has found empathy to be the hallmark for emotional health and intelligence development. Parents and teachers are encouraged to look for strengths to build from and reinforce our children’s belief in themselves by helping them to realize that the accomplishments they experience are based in great part on their own efforts and abilities. Children have an inborn need to help each other. Increasing their self-esteem gives them the confidence they need to get involved and reach out in their community.
 
6/25/07 - A Juggling Act – Job and Family [Listen to Audio]
 
Do you find yourself challenged by the daily balancing act of job, work and family? You are not alone! Find out how one busy family does it. Dr. Susan Turben welcomes Elaine Motylinski, mom, well respected banker and leader in her community. Log on as Susan and Elaine talk about raising an only child with a challenging disability as well as the importance of teaching children about Elaine’s favorite subject: earning, spending and saving money. Join the conversation as Elaine Motylinski wears her “banker hat” and offers advice about earning a living as well as getting involved in the life of the community. Learn about her passionate work with autism, and her colorful description of family relationships. Susan and Elaine discuss ways to do all you can for as many as you can without having to do it all!
 
6/18/07 - To Play or Not to Play: Is It Really a Question? [Listen to Audio]
 
Description: Does playtime have a vital role in child development? Dr. Susan Turben and Dr. Ernest Dettore, author of “To Play or Not to Play: Is It Really a Question?” will find the answer! It has become increasingly clear, through research on the brain, that children and all of us need play. Today, children have little time for unstructured play. The precious time they do have is being consumed by academic rigor, busy schedules, television, computers and extracurricular activities. Studies show that unstructured play is healthy, in fact, essential for helping children reach important social, emotional, and cognitive goals in their development. Have fun with Dr. Susan on this week’s “Friend of the Family” – it’s good for you – it’s good for your children!
 
6/11/07 - Summer Reading [Listen to Audio]
 
What summer recreation activities are free, fun and close to home and neighborhood? You guessed it; School is out, libraries are in! "Friend of the Family with Dr. Susan Turben" explores your neighborhood library as the perfect summer place to be! Colorful library rooms filled with treasures are perfect places for families to enjoy musical or literary events! Dr. Susan Turben invites Dennis Heritage, children's literature expert and head of the children's wing of the Mentor Public Library in Lake County, Ohio to share with listeners reasons why children and youth need to keep up book-reading and game-playing during summer months. Call in during the hour-long show at 1.866.472.5792. Dennis Hermitage believes in a "book-break" every day and a trip to the library every week! Books, magazines, ipods, CD's, DVD's thriller videos, handheld devices, keyboarding and board gaming help keep libraries a top vacation spot while insuring that families' brains stay fine-tuned all summer long!
 
6/4/07 - The story of Big Brothers and Big Sisters: How healthy, long-lasting relationships with caring adults change the lives of children and families. [Listen to Audio]
 
Join Friend of the Family’s host, Dr. Susan Turben for a close up and personal view of a vital community resource available to families who lack role models because of death, divorce, separation or even distance! Just consider the needs of single households whose spouses are in Iraq! Susan talks with her guest, Tim Kehres about the success and affection derived from having a Big Brother or Big Sister in these circumstances! Millions of children have grown up with this support in their lives. Tim Kehres, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio, will take listener’s comments and questions. Call in TOLL FREE at 1 866 472 5792 during quarter-hour breaks. Join Susan Turben and Tim Kehres as they discuss mentoring, coaching and socializing with children in order to prepare them for future roles as leaders, as well as confident moms and dads.
 
5/28/07 - Raising Resilient Children [Listen to Audio]
 
How do we identify and reinforce our children’s strengths and assets? Dr. Susan Turben and Dr. Robert Brooks, internationally known author, lecturer and faculty member at the Harvard Medical School discuss nurturing resilience in children. Is resilience instinctive or learned? Dr. Brooks, author of “Raising Resilient Children” and “Understanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms” has found empathy to be the hallmark for emotional health and intelligence development. Parents and teachers are encouraged to look for strengths to build from and reinforce our children’s belief in themselves by helping them to realize that the accomplishments they experience are based in great part on their own efforts and abilities. Children have an inborn need to help each other. Increasing their self-esteem gives them the confidence they need to get involved and reach out in their community.
 
5/21/07 - Speaking out for school age children: Parent’s and Teacher’s responsibility [Listen to Audio]
 
Friend of the Family’s host, Dr. Susan Turben, welcomes listeners to her controversial show! Her guest, Cindy Norwood, Executive Director of the Center for Mental Retardation, Cuyahoga County, Ohio is also a mom and zealous supporter of reforming schools so all children and youth with mental disabilities are included! Please join Susan and Cindy is a frank discussion about a crisis emerging in public education! Teacher preparation and professional educational teaching costs and standards are being challenged by advocates, families and legislators. States cannot afford special education and regular education both! Should special education courses be a standard part of all teachers training? What is your fantasy about the best qualities of an educational system that serves children with disabilities? How does your family get involved at school—is that the answer?
 
5/14/07 - Practically Perfect Parents and Why No Parent Should Try to Be One! [Listen to Audio]
 
What is to be expected during the transition from early years to pre-teen and beyond? Join Dr. Susan and her guests – parents of children at different stages in life, JoEllen Kalin, parent of two preschoolers, Deb Baxter, parent of a home-schooled pre-teen, and Kathy Dowd, mother of three teenage boys and find out what happens in real-life situations! Family values, other family members and friends – what role do they play in the lives of your children? Tune in and learn how family rules, different situations and feelings affect the future of your children. Take a realistic look at how children can achieve and feel confident and how they become good citizens as well. Join Dr. Susan Turben and her guests, 3 busy moms, who know how to handle any situation!
 
5/7/07 - Take care of yourselves; take care of your children! [Listen to Audio]
 
A Look into What Education in Suburban and Urban Areas Will Be Like in 2010 Join Susan Turben as she and Marshall Emerson take calls on this vital topic. His school is an amazing place of learning involving far more than the three “R’s. Dr. Turben and Marshall Emerson discuss meeting every child’s needs: A one on one approach? Boarding schools? Home schooling? Group instruction? Education is a complicated topic so join the fun and start to develop your own vision for your children’s education success. Will technology change school settings so we won’t recognize traditional buildings as the homes of learning? Do you feel strongly about supervision and protection of children in school environments? Will future schools integrate parent and infant education, skill-training for teens and vocational arts at all ages? Tune in for an in-depth look at the new global and diverse reasons for educating in new ways.
 
4/30/07 - “Sticks and stones can break your bones but BULLYING always hurts you."[Listen to Audio]
 
This week a sensitive topic is under the "Friend of the Family" microscope...a school, home and community problem that has dramatically escalated each year-Bullying! Join Dr. Susan Turben for a frank and, yes,disturbing,conversation with two licensed public school specialists, Susan Smith and Butch Losey. They will give examples, potential situations and solutions to the dangerous and hurtful practice of bullying! Listen to what you as a member of the community can do when you witness bullying on the street, in the supermarket, even in churches or synagogues. Guests share prevention-intervention techniques and discuss with Susan various causes of this dangerous, but increasingly common part of our culture. Did you know that anger management and conflict resolution techniques are not the same as bullying? Have you been a perpetrator or a victim? Are you a witness to parental bullying of kids, or street gangs and peer abuse? Join Susan Turben and her guests at 1 pm Monday April 30th.
 
3/12/07 - Everyone can learn to read! Parent’s need to know certain essential information about stages of reading and writing that come naturally. [Listen to Audio]
 
Did you know that newborn babies use their eyes, ears and hands to prepare the brain for reading? Did you know that talking to infants and young children literally starts the reading process? It’s true!!!! Sounds turn into words and words evolve into reading! Listen next week to Friend of the Family with Dr. Susan Turben. Her guest, Carole Richards, author of more than ten books on reading and literacy, helps listeners to develop reading skills and at every age level that teach children to read! Carole will intrigue listeners with ways to use cameras, cell phones, newspaper print, magazines, books, video games, computers, signs on the street and in stores…. even comics, to promote reading! Why not call in and tell other listeners how you use objects around the house and everyday experiences to build literacy and reading activities into each day without even trying!
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