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Parenting Understood Podcast

In this research-based parenting podcast, Dr. Erin O’Connor and licensed therapist Michelle Tangeman help parents become more confident and relaxed in their parenting, using evidence-based child development practices.

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About The Show

At Parenting Understood, we know there is an abundance of parenting research and advice out there that can make raising your kids feel overwhelming.

On our research-based parenting podcast, we explore child development and other current parenting research topics. Our goal is to break it down into easy to understand, relatable content that can build your parenting confidence. Join us weekly to develop your parenting skills and provide the sensitive and responsive care your child needs.

The Hosts

Why we’re hosting a research-based parenting podcast


Dr. Erin O'Connor, a host of the research-based parenting podcast Parenting Understood.

Dr. Erin O’Connor

Dr. Erin O’Connor is the director of NYU’s Early Childhood Education program, where she is also a professor. She leads a research program that examines the impacts of mother and teacher relationships on children’s ddevelopment. Erin is also the co-founder of Scientific Mommy, a platform to share child development research with parents and educators.

Michelle Tangeman, LMFT, a host of the research-based parenting podcast Parenting Understood.

Michelle Tangeman, LMFT, BCBA

Michelle Tangeman, LMFT, BCBA (mfc85890) is a mom of two, a wife, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As the founder of Thriving Toddler, she is passionate about teaching evidence-based parenting strategies grounded in science to help parents feel empowered in raising happy, healthy, and emotionally balanced children.

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Latest Episodes


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Intro To Parenting UnderstoodGet To Know The Podcast

Learn more about us and why we started this research based parenting podcast. Plus, discover what to expect from the show going forward.

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Meet Dr. Erin O’Connor and Michelle Tangeman & Our Parenting Stories

Listen to our own parenting journeys and discovery how we first met. We’ll be sharing how our experiences led us to starting this podcast.

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When Does Self-Regulation Begin? From In Utero To 5 Years Old

We’re joined by neuroscientist Natalie H Brito to explore self-regulation in kids, starting with self-regulation in utero and discussing up to age 5.

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The Impacts of Home and School Environment in Preschool

Interview with Meghan McCormick to talk about correlation, causation and how research is conducted in easy to understand terms.

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Where To Listen To The Show


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Free Parenting Resources

Gain even more parenting confidence with these additional free resources from our parenting podcast hosts!


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10 Questions to Discover Your Parenting Values

Have you and your spouse sat down to talk about your parenting values and how you will raise your children? In Michelle Tangeman’s free guide, you’ll get ten questions to help start the conversation so that you can determine your family values. 


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Thriving Toddler: Setting Parents Up For Success

Your child’s behavior is telling you something. Are you listening? Thriving Toddler is the work of Michelle Tangeman, and is focused on helping parents decode their child’s actions (and outbursts) and respond in a way that actually improves behavior.


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Scientific Mommy: Bringing Research to Life

Scientific Mommy is the work of Dr. Erin O’Connor and Robin Neuhaus, sharing bite-sized insights on child development research. Scientific Mommy aims to make the best child development research accessible to all parents.