Welcome to Safe Space Radio. We are a nationally broadcast public radio show dedicated to fostering empathy, reducing stigma and inspiring the courage to have difficult conversations that improve our health. Below is a list of episodes that we hope will be of interest to you.
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Talking to Kids About Sex and Sexuality
Social worker Layne Gregory shares strategies that she used with her own kids and gives 6 basic principles that are important for kids to understand about sex and sexuality.
Talking to Kids About Adoption
Psychologist Dr. Robert Childs specializes in working with adoptees and their adoptive families. He addresses the emotional complications of adoption and how families can learn to support and advocate for their adopted children.
TransParenting, or Parenting Trans Kids
Sandy Lovell talks about parenting her trans son. She recalls her early struggle to accept that his transition was really necessary, and how her son’s courage to be himself has inspired her whole family to live more authentically.
Single Child Families
Social psychologist Susan Newman talks through flawed cultural stereotypes about “only” children, including the assumption that they are spoiled, bossy, or lonely, and how parents can support a single child’s wellbeing.
Parenting expert Adele Faber speaks about the importance of listening and validating our kids’ feelings, and how parents can compassionately respond to their child’s anger, jealousy, and even professed hatred of their siblings.
Parenting a Child with Autism
Ellen Jennings’ son is living with high-functioning autism. She describes the long and difficult path to his diagnosis, and about the many ways she had to advocate for him to get the services he needs.
Homophobia in Schools
Educator Betsy Parsons talks about her decision to come out as a teacher in the public school system in the 1990’s and how powerfully bullying can impact LGBTQ students.
Bad Mother Anxiety
Writer Ayelet Waldman talks about the difficulties of living up to the impossible expectations that fit our ideal of a “good mother.” Ayelet argues that being honest with your children about maternal ambivalence helps them feel safe because they can already sense it, and also because it frees them not to judge themselves for it when they become parents.
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