Raising Sons with Dr. Richelle Whittaker

Dr. Richelle Whittaker

"Raising Sons," a compelling podcast hosted by a mom of boys and an educational psychologist, offers a unique and insightful perspective on the challenges and joys of raising boys. With a blend of personal experiences and professional expertise, the host provides a comprehensive exploration of the complexities that come with parenting sons in today's world. This podcast delves into various crucial topics, from nurturing emotional intelligence and encouraging positive masculinity to promoting educational growth and dealing with behavioral challenges.

Drawing from her own experiences and research, the host delivers practical advice and relatable stories that resonate with parents and caregivers who are navigating the rewarding yet sometimes puzzling journey of raising sons. "Raising Sons" is a must-listen for those seeking a holistic approach to nurturing well-rounded, confident, and emotionally intelligent young men in an ever-evolving society.

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Episodes

Parenting Encouragement: Navigating Test Anxiety with Your Son
May 2 2024
Parenting Encouragement: Navigating Test Anxiety with Your Son
Dr. Richelle shares a personal story about addressing test anxiety with her son during a car ride to school. Dr. Shell discusses recognizing her son's academic struggle, despite high classwork scores, and initiates a heartfelt conversation about coping strategies. These strategies include prayer, meditation on scripture, breathing exercises, and reaching out to teachers for a holistic understanding of his performance. The episode emphasizes the importance of open communication, applying religious faith in daily challenges, and practical steps for preparation and anxiety management. Dr. Shell also offers support and advice to other parents facing similar issues, encouraging them to schedule a consultation for tailored guidance. If you're having challenges with your son's development or behavior and need help, schedule a consultation, here.Send us an email or text to let us know what questions you have. Email us at drrichelle@richellewhittaker.com or text Raising Sons to 1.833.638.5442. 00:00 Welcome to Raising Sons: Navigating Your Son's Journey 00:24 The Car Conversation: Tackling Test Anxiety Together 02:05 Empowering Strategies: Prayer, Meditation, and Preparation 03:17 Applying Faith and Discipline: Beyond Sunday School 04:15 Holistic Approaches and Personal Experiences 05:43 Creating a Supportive Space for Your Son 06:23 A Message of Hope for the Weary Mama 07:30 Closing Thoughts and Next StepsDisclaimer: Dr. Richelle is a therapist, but she is not your therapist. All information provided is not to be taken as therapy.
Navigating Overwhelm: A Mother's Journey Through Autism Diagnosis & Motherhood
Apr 18 2024
Navigating Overwhelm: A Mother's Journey Through Autism Diagnosis & Motherhood
On this episode of the podcast, we explore the topic of autism to bring awareness and aid for mothers navigating their son's developmental challenges. On this episode, Toya shares her personal journey with her son, who is on the autism spectrum, detailing the early signs of autism, the diagnosis process, and how her background in speech and developmental disorders provided a unique perspective on addressing and managing these challenges. The episode highlights the importance of early intervention, the value of parental instincts, and the resources available to parents of children with disabilities. Dr. Richelle also discusses balancing motherhood with educational and mental health advocacy, aiming to empower mothers with knowledge and support.If you're having challenges with your son's development or behavior and need help, schedule a consultation, here.Send us an email to let us know what questions you have. Email us at drrichelle@richellewhittaker.com. Text Autism to 1.833.638.5442 to receive the worksheet on the 5 Most Common Misconceptions about Autism.00:00 Welcome to Raising Sons: Navigating Autism00:25 Autism Awareness: A Personal Journey00:59 Family Dynamics and the Autism Spectrum02:35 The Path to Diagnosis: Challenges and Insights04:57 Navigating Motherhood and Autism: A Personal Story07:19 Insider Perspective: The Advantage of Professional Knowledge09:55 Wrapping Up: Insights and Encouragement
Empowering Our Sons: Nurturing Self-Efficacy- A Must Listen Episode
Apr 4 2024
Empowering Our Sons: Nurturing Self-Efficacy- A Must Listen Episode
On this episode of the Raising Sons podcast, host Dr. Richelle delves into strategies for building self-efficacy in sons. Dr. Shell emphasizes the importance of identifying and nurturing a child's natural inclinations, whether it be in academics, building, music, or any other area, and then using those strengths as a foundation to tackle and overcome challenges in less favored areas. She differentiates between self-efficacy (belief in one’s ability to accomplish a specific task successfully) and self-confidence, underscoring that building self-efficacy involves honing specific skills through encouragement, practice, and exposure to activities that reinforce a child’s belief in their capabilities. The episode includes practical advice for parents on how to support their sons in developing a robust sense of self-efficacy by engaging them in activities related to their interests, seeking external validation through competitions or performances, and applying successes in preferred areas to those that are more challenging or less interesting to the child. Dr. Shell invites feedback from listeners and encourages interested parents to seek personalized guidance through one-on-one consultations.If you're having challenges with your son's development or behavior and need help, schedule a consultation, here.Send us an email or text to let us know what questions you have. Email us at drrichelle@richellewhittaker.com or text Raising Sons to 1.833.638.5442.Time Stamp00:23 The Importance of Personalized Guidance in Raising Sons00:50 Building Self-Efficacy in Sons: An In-Depth Guide01:35 Feedback and Interaction: The Heart of Our Community02:39 Understanding Self-Efficacy and Its Impact04:22 Practical Strategies to Boost Your Son's Self-Efficacy06:49 Using Success in One Area to Overcome Challenges in Others11:04 The Difference Between Self-Confidence and Self-Efficacy14:13 Wrapping Up and How to Stay ConnectedDisclaimer: Dr. Richelle is a therapist, but she is not your therapist. All information provided is not to be taken as therapy.
Building Self-Efficacy in Our Sons Through Engagement and Reflection
Mar 21 2024
Building Self-Efficacy in Our Sons Through Engagement and Reflection
This episode of the podcast delves into the crucial topic of academic engagement among boys transitioning from elementary to middle and high school. Dr. Richelle discusses the observed trend of decreased academic interest as boys age and introduces self-efficacy as a key focus for upcoming episodes. To empower parents in supporting their sons' academic journey and future prospects, she proposes a reflective exercise. This involves observing sons' interests and behaviors over a week and reminiscing on past tendencies that indicate natural inclinations. The goal is to empower sons to believe in their capabilities, highlighting the importance of confidence in their actions and decisions. The exercise is seen as a foundational step for parents to guide their sons in building self-efficacy and navigating their academic and personal growth. Dr. Richelle encourages feedback on the exercise through texting or emailing her, emphasizing the significance of personalized guidance in raising boys.If you're having challenges with your son's development or behavior and need help, schedule a consultation, here.Send us an email or text to let us know what questions you have. Email us at drrichelle@richellewhittaker.com or text Raising Sons to 1.833.638.5442.Time Stamp00:25 The Importance of Personalized Guidance in Raising Sons00:52 Introducing a Unique Exercise for Parents01:10 Deep Dive into Academic Engagement and Self Efficacy03:34 The Exercise: Observing and Reflecting on Your Son's Interests07:03 Why Focusing on Boys' Development Matters Now More Than Ever08:40 How This Exercise Prepares You for Future Challenges09:50 Join the Conversation and Share Your Insights10:42 Wrapping Up and How to Stay ConnectedDisclaimer: Dr. Richelle is a therapist, but she is not your therapist. All information provided is not to be taken as therapy.
What does a mom do when her son starts noticing girls?
Aug 2 2023
What does a mom do when her son starts noticing girls?
Welcome to today's powerful and essential episode with Dr. Richelle. Join us as she addresses the topic of what a mom should do when her son starts noticing girls. This episode is a valuable conversation starter for both mothers and their sons, as it navigates the changing landscape of dating in today's world.Are you openly talking to your son about girls? Dr. Richelle encourages mothers to initiate conversations about dating and relationships, guiding their sons through this important phase of life. Dating has indeed evolved over the years and may look different for your son compared to your own experiences.In this episode, Dr. Richelle will spark thoughtful consideration about your son's dating life and how you can teach him about the do's and don'ts of dating and courting a young lady. The advice given in this episode draws from conversations on topics like money and consent, which have been discussed in this season.Prepare to be equipped with the insights and tools to support your son through this important aspect of his life. Dr. Richelle's guidance will empower you to foster open communication and ensure that your son develops a healthy understanding of dating and relationships.Introducing the Raising Sons Manual: This manual was created to make hard conversations easier, to provide reflective thinking, and to offer tools and resources that enable us to parent our sons with the end in mind. Raising sons is just different and it is my hope that this manual serves as a source of support on your parenting journey. Grab your free copy, today by visiting: https://tremendous-founder-2938.ck.page/e681ff32e1Disclaimer: Dr. Richelle is a therapist, but she is not your therapist. All information provided is not to be taken as therapy
How to talk to your son about dealing with the police
Jul 19 2023
How to talk to your son about dealing with the police
Welcome to today's powerful and essential episode, hosted by Dr. Richelle. Join us as she delves into the crucial topic of how to talk to your son about dealing with the police. In our current world, social media has exposed numerous injustices by the police, and we've witnessed heartbreaking instances where black men, including young men, have tragically not made it home.Have you had the conversation with your son about how to conduct themselves when approached or dealing with the police? Dr. Richelle brings together a panel of community members to share their insights and expertise on navigating this necessary and potentially life-saving conversation. These men, with personal experiences as black men offer valuable perspectives that can help you initiate meaningful discussions.This episode serves as an incredible resource for parents committed to raising black sons. Tune in and gain the knowledge and tools to address racism and prepare your child to handle encounters with the police positively. The panel discussion provides practical advice, personal experiences, and expert views to equip you with the confidence to engage in open and constructive conversations.It's essential to empower our children with the necessary skills and understanding to navigate the world safely. By listening to this episode, you'll be better prepared to guide your son in making informed decisions and responding appropriately in encounters with law enforcement. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and grow as a parent and supporter of raising black sons.Introducing the Raising Sons Manual: This manual was created to make hard conversations easier, to provide reflective thinking, and to offer tools and resources that enable us to parent our sons with the end in mind. Raising sons is just different and it is my hope that this manual serves as a source of support on your parenting journey. Grab your free copy, today by visiting: https://tremendous-founder-2938.ck.page/e681ff32e1Disclaimer: Dr. Richelle is a therapist, but she is not your therapist. All information provided is not to be taken as therapy
How to teach your son about racism
Jul 5 2023
How to teach your son about racism
Welcome to today's thought-provoking episode, where Dr. Richelle delves into the crucial topic of teaching your child about racism, specifically focusing on sons. How do you approach the vital conversation about racism with your child? Dr. Richelle offers valuable insights and guidance on navigating this sensitive subject. She shares practical advice on addressing racism that your child may encounter or witness in society, highlighting the importance of fostering awareness and empathy. Additionally, Dr. Richelle explores the various forms that racism can take in today's society, equipping parents with a deeper understanding of its signs. This episode is an invaluable resource for parents who are committed to raising informed and compassionate sons. Tune in and gain the knowledge and tools to initiate meaningful conversations about racism and empower your child to be an advocate for equality and justice.Introducing the Raising Sons Manual: This manual was created to make hard conversations easier, to provide reflective thinking, and to offer tools and resources that enable us to parent our sons with the end in mind. Raising sons is just different and it is my hope that this manual serves as a source of support on your parenting journey. Grab your free copy, today by visiting: https://tremendous-founder-2938.ck.page/e681ff32e1Disclaimer: Dr. Richelle is a therapist, but she is not your therapist. All information provided is not to be taken as therapy