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Childhood Matters Radio Show
January, 2005
Show Descriptions

Tune in to Childhood Matters every Sunday from 9 - 10 a.m. on 98.1 KISS FM for information, resources and advice for parents and others who care about kids.

We want to hear from you! Call host Rona Renner, RN with your questions or comments at 877-372-KIDS. Or log onto to learn more and listen to all our past shows.

January 2, 2005 - The Best Things Parents Do

Most parents don't realize that they are the true experts when it comes to their kids. Join Rona and guests Susan Isaacs Kohl, author of The Best Things Parents Do, and Johnny Symons, director of the documentary Daddy and Papa, for a new year's celebration of the wonderful ways parents love and encourage their children. And share your resolutions to make the coming year even better!

January 9, 2005 - Choosing a School That Fits Your Child

The right school or pre-school for your child may not be the one with the best test scores - or the highest tuition. Bill Jackson, founder of, a guide to K-12 schools in the Bay Area, and Fred Ferrer, Executive Director of Estrella Family Services in San Jose join Rona to discuss what makes a school a good fit with your family.

January 16, 2005 - Raising Healthy Eaters

Overweight kids are a growing crisis in America. So how do you encourage your children to eat good food, exercise more, and get healthy? Rona and guest Nora Norback, clinical nutrition educator at Kaiser Permanente, will share strategies to get the whole family eating better and moving more.

January 23, 2005 - Understanding Multi-Ethnic Families

Who are you? That's an easy question for most of us, but not for the increasing numbers of biracial and transracial children. Rona and guest Tarah Fleming, the Diversity Specialist at Berkeley's Childcare Health Program and mother of a biracial child, address the unique issues facing multi-ethnic families, including prejudice, cultural biases and the development of racial identity.

January 30, 2005 - Maternal Desire

What does it mean to be a mother? Rona and guest Daphne de Marneffe, an author, clinical psychologist and mother of three, discuss the complex feelings many women have about becoming mothers, including juggling careers, creating a new sense of identity, dealing with boredom and finding meaning in motherhood.

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