STEM, STEAM, and Renegade Rules
LISTEN TO THE FULL SHOW — #123
STEM and STEAM are important fields to introduce and nurture our children’s interest in, especially our girls! Find out why with Jennifer Owens. Also, Heather Shumaker explains how some classic parenting rules might not be as set in stone as you may think.
Segment 1: STEM and STEAM
Segment 2: STEM Girls
Segment 3: Interest in STEM
Segment 4: Don’t Force It
Segment 5: Optional Kindergarten?
Segment 6: Stranger Danger
STEM and STEAM | SEGMENT 1 | #123
Do you know what STEM and STEAM are and why they are important? Working Mother Editorial Director, Jennifer Owens (@working_mother), outlines how important it is to get our children interested in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
STEM Girls | SEGMENT 2 | #123
Why is raising STEM and STEAM children a gender issue and more important to focus on for our girls? Jennifer Owens (@working_mother) explains how prolific the tech industry is and how underrepresented women are in the field today.
Interest in STEM | SEGMENT 3 | #123
Show how STEM can make a difference in the world and instill confidence in your young girls. Jennifer Owens (@working_mother) gives us some sage advice for helping our kids stay interested in science, technology, engineering and math.
Don’t Force It | SEGMENT 4 | #123
You can’t shoehorn your kids into doing something they don’t want to do. Jennifer Owens (@working_mother) affirms that we shouldn’t push our girls into STEM and STEAM if they just aren’t interested. Also, get a glance at what’s in the future for WorkingMother.com.
Optional Kindergarten? | SEGMENT 5 | #123
Is kindergarten optional, and should we be holding our kids back or skipping them ahead? Find out why “It’s OK to Go Up the Slide” Author, Heather Shumaker (@HeatherShumaker), says there isn’t one answer and it all depends on our specific child.
Stranger Danger | SEGMENT 6 | #123
Don’t talk to strangers! Is this age old rule really helping our kids stay safe? Heather Shumaker (@HeatherShumaker) explains why ‘stranger danger’ might be confusing and unhelpful for learning children.