Tag: Kids These Days

Work/Family Life Balance

There are only so many hours in the day in which to balance a career, a family, a social life, and all the other obligations that go along with being a well-rounded person - how to juggle it all with grace? And, what happens when there's a new baby or an illness added to this mix? We'll take a look at how employment policies do or don't support working families with our guests... KSKA: Tues 1/31 @ 2pm & 7pm

Starting a Family: Adopting

Continuing our conversation on starting a family, next time on Kids These Days! we'll be talking about adoption. There are many ways to adopt a child - as an infant, through the foster care program, internationally or from right here in Alaska - and those who are considering it have many questions. Joining us to answer these questions are guests from Catholic Social Services of Alaska and the State of Alaska Office of Children Services. KSKA: Tuesday 1/24 @ 2pm and 7pm

Learning from Failure

Failure is an essential part of the learning process, and learning how to handle failure appropriately without giving up or freaking out is all part of maturing. How can caregivers help kids to "fail" well? Studies show that kids who are praised for their effort instead of their intelligence are more likely to overcome failures and do better in school and life. The leading international researcher in this field, Dr. Carol Dweck, joins us as well as Dr. Maria Ippolito from UAA. KSKA: Tuesday, 1/10 at 2pm and 8pm

The Family Vacation!

The holiday season for many of us means planning family travel. Are you headed out of town for the holidays with your family? Or will your clan enjoy a "stay-cation" this year? Where do you go and how do you get there safely, affordably and with the least amount of headache while keeping everyone happy? Host Shana Sheehy explores these questions and more with our guests Scott McMurren of Alaska TravelGram and Erin Kirkland of AKontheGo. KSKA: Tuesday, 12/27 @ 2pm and 7pm

The Giving Show

Learning to give starts at a young age. It's the right time of year to think about generosity, compassion and kindness, so next time on KTD we're exploring how we can help our young people to become contributing members of a family and eventually, of their community. The Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock and Prof. Paul Ongtooguk join us to discuss teaching compassion and instiling generosity in kids; and how do different cultures celebrate when children make their first contribution to the community? KSKA: Tuesday, Dec 20 @ 2pm and 7pm

Advertising to Kids

It's almost the holidays and that means toys, presents and shopping in many households. Kids know what they want and they won't hesitate to let you know which toy/gadget/game/thing they absolutely must have this year. So, what exactly informs these desires? Next time on KTD! we’ll learn about how our kids are marketed to and what strategies we can use to help kids be more media savvy. Joel Bakan and Aliza Sherman are guests. KSKA: Tuesday, 12/13 at 2pm and 7pm

Children & Divorce

Divorce is a reality for many families and couples will decide to split for a number of reasons. But no matter the cause, breaking up is hard to do - especially when there are children involved. In this episode we ask: How can parents minimize their child's suffering when mom and dad are also in pain? Is it possible to successfully co-parent once a divorce is final? What are kids really going through when their parents end the marriage? And, how to share time on the holidays? Guests Christina McGhee and Al Levy join. KSKA: Tuesday, 12/6 at 2pm & 7pm

Favorite Featured Stories

In the spirit of getting together with our families this holiday season, talking and sharing stories - we brought our favorite featured stories together for this very special episode. These are the pieces that you listened to the most this year - from Teaching Language in the Lower Kuskokwim to Preventing Abuse Through Storytelling; from Boys Talking About Becoming Men to how Modern Technology Helps Deaf Students - plus, Alaska's talented kids and a sweet idea from Chef KTD that's perfect for holiday family gatherings! KSKA: Tuesday 11/29 at 2pm & 7pm


There's a lot to learn about ending bullying among children. Three school district administrators join us to talk about what programs are currently in place in the schools and where is there room for improvement? They'll share what their respective districts are doing to create a kinder, more compassionate school climate, and we'll learn how Social and Emotional Learning curricula are playing an important part in alleviating the problem. KSKA: Tuesday, 11/22 at 2pm and 7pm

Homeless Youth In Alaska

Half of the population of homeless people in Anchorage are children under the age of 12, and the rate of rural teens coming into urban areas for services is on the rise. Who is helping these kids and what can be done in our state to reduce the number of those without a permenant place to sleep each night? Guests David Mayo-Kiely from the Children in Transition/Homeless program at the Anchorage School District and Lauren Rice from Covenant House Alaska join host Shana Sheehy to discuss. KSKA: Tuesday, 11/15 at 2pm and 7pm.

Family Sleep Issues

Sleep: we need it like the air we breathe - to function, think and stay in the best mental and physical shape possible - but what happens to people of all ages when we don't get enough? We'll speak with the experts about how to maximize the Zzzzz's and we'll learn about the adverse effects of a lack of sleep. Dr. Robert Lada, head of Providence Sleep Center, and Karen McBride a school nurse who's spent years spreading the good sleep message to students are our guests. KSKA: Tuesday, 11/8 at 2pm and 7pm


Siblings have a relationship with one another like no other relationship in life – they are our first playmates and the people we can remain friends with as adults. So next time we're turning the spotlight on the sibling relationship - how’s it changed throughout history, what it means in the present day and why it’s so important through the course of our lives. Our guests are Dr. Ann Jache, a Professor of Sociology at UAA specializing in gerontology and Dr. Dallett Hemphill, Professor of History at Ursinus University and author of Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in American History. Kathleen McCoy guest hosts. KSKA: Tuesday, 11/1 at 2pm and 7pm

The Value of Pretend

Halloween is coming and people young and old are looking forward to dressing up and pretending to be something else for a day. Make believe is fun, silly, freeing and it's also important to a young child's development. Many say that “Play is a child’s work” so just how do pretending, playing and imagining play a part in helping us grow up? Joining host Shana Sheehy in the studio are Dr. Robert Capuozzo, a Early Childhood Development professor at UAA as well as a parent educator at Providence Medical Center, and Shona Strauser, Education Director at Perseverance Theater in Juneau. KSKA: Tuesday, 10/25 @ 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Gifted & Talented Education

On this episode (our 50th!) we're exploring the education of Alaska's brightest youth. Joining host Shana Sheehy in the studio to discuss how gifted and talented kids are identified, tested and educated are Peter Ljubicich, director of the Anchorage School District's Gifted Program; Annie Bill, director of the Mat-Su Borough's Talented and Gifted Program; and Susan Dulong Langley of the Nat'l Association for Gifted Children in Massachusetts. Plus - Dr. Carol Dweck says don't tell kids they're smart; minorities in G&T; a teen tells us why he's proud to be a "nerd". KSKA: Tuesday 10/18 at 2pm and 7pm

Postpartum Mood Disorders

A new baby is a reason to celebrate but the time after birth can bring with it a wealth of conflicting emotions that sometimes go beyond typical "baby blues". What does everyone need to know about recognizing and treating postpartum depression, and supporting those who are suffering? KSKA: Tuesday 10/11 at 2pm and 7pm

The Sex Talk

Parents dread it and kids would rather hear it from strangers, yes, we're talking about the sex talk. But did you know - caregivers who learn how to speak with their children are helping their kids to be healthier individuals. Research has found that more teens would prefer to get information about contraceptives from their parents than from a health center, class, hospital, media or friends, and studies show that adolescents who feel open to discussing sexual health with their parents are more likely to delay initiating sexual intercourse. Our guests help caregivers learn how to talk the talk! KSKA: Tuesday 10/4 at 2pm and 7pm

Youth Arts Showcase!

Young artists abound in the 49th state and next time on Kids These Days! we're celebrating the singing, painting, acting, sculpting, poetry-slamming, music-making, writing, dancing lot of them! Throughout the hour we'll meet a few of Alaska's talented young people while our guests, Annie Calkins and Suzie Gaffney from the Alaska Arts Education Consortium, fill us in on the state of the arts in our state. KSKA: Tuesday 9/27 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Special Education in Alaska 101

When a child tests into or is placed in special education parents will have a lot of questions about navigating the system, planning an IEP (Individual Education Plan) with their child's educators, and they'll wonder what is the long term outlook for their child's schooling? Teresa Holt, operations manager from the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education and Julie Broyles, a local high school resource teacher who's son has Down Syndrome join us to discuss the basics of navigating the special education system in Alaska's schools. KSKA: Tuesday 9/20 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

The Adolescent Girl

Are today's young women under so much pressure to be beautiful, to succeed at school and sports and to be sweet and nice that they are becoming depressed earlier in life? One new book thinks so. "The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teen Girls from Today's Pressures" presents an interesting look at how the pressure on young girls can take a nasty toll. So, where's the balance and what can be done? KSKA: Tuesday 9/13 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

The Adolescent Boy

Boys will be boys - but why exactly? We ask what makes adolescent boys 11-14 unique and what changes are their bodies - and their minds - going through at this developmental stage? Do boys and girls really learn differently? And what is necessary to help a boy become a good man? Michael Gurian author of "The Minds of Boys" is our guest. KSKA: Tuesday 9/6 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm