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Dr. Sears Family Podcast

Dr. Sears Family Podcast

By Matt Sears
Pediatrician and author Dr. Jim Sears and Health Coach Hayden Sears are here to answer your parenting questions, discuss a wide range of topics related to raising healthy families, and share stories from the Sears household. From pregnancy and behavior to health and nutrition, follow us on this crazy and wonderful journey that we call parenting.
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Ep. 15 - Lessons from Summer Camp with Audrey Monke

Dr. Sears Family Podcast

Ep. 29 - Baby Powder Recall, Parenting Mistakes, and Boosting Your Immune System
Today we discuss the recent recall of Johnson & Johnson baby powder amid asbestos contamination concerns, an article about common parenting mistakes, and Dr. Jim's latest tips for boosting your immune system as we head into the holiday season.
December 9, 2019
Ep. 28 - Tips for New Moms with Erin Sears-Basile
Our sister Erin (Sears kid #5) joins us today to chat about life as a first-time mom and discuss several questions that new moms often have. Topics include: starting solid foods, giving infants water, gentle parenting/discipline, celebrating the "mom bod", and cultivating your "mom squad".
December 1, 2019
Ep. 27 - Cold Remedies, Overindulging Your Kids
Today we discuss some of our favorite cold remedies, including prevention tips and ways to kick the cold quickly. Also, we talk about the topic of overindulging your children, why it's not a good idea to "just give them everything they want" or do everything for them, and how it helps to develop patience and independence.
November 10, 2019
Ep. 26 - School Anxiety, Breakfast Tips
With school back in full-swing and your family settling into the school routine, we discuss some potential sources of school-related stress and anxiety to be mindful of and ways to manage it. We then focus in on perhaps the single most important tip for a successful school (and work) day: eating a healthy breakfast.
September 18, 2019
Ep. 25 - Fever, Check-Ups, Antibiotics, Sprains, and Constipation
Today we open up our book The Portable Pediatrician and explore what it says about fevers, yearly check-ups, antibiotics, sprains, broken bones, and constipation.
September 5, 2019
Ep. 24 - Back to School and Anxiety
Today we share our Back-to-School episode, discussing tips to help your family make a smooth transition out of summer-mode and into your school-day routine. We also talk about the subject of anxiety and all the important tools you can use to manage it. We also take a phone call asking advice on how to practice attachment parenting when the parents are separated and disagree about parenting styles.
August 19, 2019
Ep. 23 - Summer Wrap-Up, Constipation
Today we have our summer wrap-up, going over topics such as "debriefing" from summer camp and taking advantage of the last week or so before school starts to get your kids ready. Also, we discuss the topic of constipation - what causes it, how to relieve it, and how to prevent it.
August 14, 2019
Ep. 22 - Telemedicine, Best High-Fiber Foods, and Worst Drinks
Today we talk about telemedicine and some of its upsides and downsides. Also on today's episode: the best high-fiber foods your family should be eating and the worst drinks your family should be avoiding.
August 10, 2019
Ep. 21 - Housecall, Token Economy, Barefoot Talk
Sticker charts, reward systems, bribery... whatever you call it, a token economy system can be a great way to encourage good behavior while also teaching your child valuable lessons and life-skills. Today we share some tips and crucial elements to keep in mind when setting up a system that works for your family. Also, we explore the question of "Should I let my child go barefoot?" And Dr. Jim takes a "housecall" at the studio to take a look at a patient's rash.
July 20, 2019
Ep. 20 -, Mouth Lacerations, Abdominal Pain, Vomiting
Today we welcome in Meg and Cindy of, which provides fleece poncho capes to kids and adults for extra comfort during hospital stays, to discuss some tips to help make your family's lengthy hospital stays a little more bearable. We also explore topics from the Sears' book The Portable Pediatrician: what to do about mouth lacerations/injuring from trauma, abdominal pain, and staying hydrated during vomiting episodes.
July 11, 2019
Ep. 19 - All about Vitamin D with Guest Carole Baggerly
Carole Baggerly, founder of, joins the show to teach us about the amazing head-to-toe health benefits of Vitamin D. She shares how research is showing that proper levels of Vitamin D can prevent an incredible amount of health crises such as breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, arthritis and many more. We also discuss blood tests for Vitamin D levels, its significance for breastfeeding and pregnant moms, the importance of quality "sun time," and the issues regarding sunscreen.
July 3, 2019
Ep. 18 - Bedtime Tantrums, and How to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables
Bedtime can be one of the most frustrating times of the day for parents. Everybody's tired and cranky, tensions are running high and patience is running low. So today we tackle the subject of bedtime tantrums to put an end to the exhausting battle of wills and instead make it one of your favorite, most relaxing times of the day. // We also continue discussing the age-old question of "How do I get my kid to eat more vegetables?"
May 22, 2019
Ep. 17 - Mother's Day with Martha Sears
Our mom Martha Sears joins us today in-studio as we celebrate Mother's Day, learn about Martha's mothering experience and wisdom, and discuss her and Hayden's new book, The Healthy Pregnancy Journal.
May 8, 2019
Ep. 16 - Snack Attack!
Today we dive into the world of snacks! Does your child only snack on junk food? What are some healthy snacks? Is there such thing as snacking too much? We also explore a few more of the "33 things to stop doing to your kids RIGHT NOW!"
April 25, 2019
Ep. 15 - Lessons from Summer Camp with Audrey Monke
Ever wonder why your child comes home from summer camp a little more mature, confident, and independent? Today we welcome into the studio Audrey "Sunshine" Monke, veteran camp director and author of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults. Tune in to hear Audrey share all about the crucial role that summer camp plays in child development, and some great tips to make this "magic" continue at home.
April 8, 2019
Ep. 14 - Nose-Picking and Expanding Vocabulary
Does your child's nose-picking habit worry you? Looking for ways to boost your family's language skills? Tune in today as we discuss what's normal and what's not about nose-picking, as well as ways to curb the habit if necessary. We also share some simple, everyday tips to start expanding your child's vocabulary.
March 31, 2019
Ep. 13 - More Advice from Kathrine Lee, Also Parking Lot Safety Tips
Our friend Kathrine Lee stops by again to help us discuss a few more items from the "33 Things to Stop Doing to Your Kids Right Now" article. We also share some parking lot safety tips.
March 25, 2019
Ep. 12 - Interview with Kathrine Lee Discussing Human Trafficking
Today we are honored to welcome in our dear friend Kathrine Lee, author of Interrupted: The Joy and Mystery of a God-Directed Life (, and founder of the personal development system called The Ultimate Source ( We discuss Kathrine's story of creating Pure Hope Foundation to raise awareness and fight human trafficking, how to protect your family from this growing threat, and the importance of raising children with a strong sense of identity and confidence in today's world.
March 15, 2019
Ep. 11 - 33 Things to Stop Doing Pt. 1, Beige Diet, Listener Questions
Today we discuss items from an article titled "33 Things to Stop Doing to Your Kids Right Now." Is your kid stuck on a "beige diet?" We also answer some listener questions regarding teething problems, french fries, and trouble losing weight.
March 4, 2019
Ep. 10 - Tantrums, Psychologist Dr. Nicole Beurkens, Teacher Fired for Giving Zeroes
Today we discuss the topic of temper tantrums - why they happen and how to deal with them. Joining us today is child psychologist Dr. Nicole Beurkens, sharing her holistic approach to behavior problems and mental health. Also, we discuss the matter of a teacher being fired for giving some students a "zero" grade on a project they failed to turn in.
February 25, 2019
Ep. 9 - Dr. Jim on CNN, Kids' Screen Time, Brandie Hadfield with Nighttime Parenting Tips
Today we discuss Dr. Jim's recent segment on CNN about the ramifications of too much screen time for kids. Also joining us today is family wellness educator Brandie Hadfield (, who will answer some of your nighttime parenting questions and share her advice on how to find the sleeping arrangement that works best for your family.
February 18, 2019
Ep. 8 - Erin Sears-Basile, Exercise and Pregnancy Sleep Tips
Today we have a special guest, our sister and health coach/fitness instructor Erin Sears-Basile, who will share some her tips to sticking to an exercise plan. We'll also discuss some tips for better sleep during pregnancy.
January 31, 2019
Ep. 7 - Dr. Bill Sears, Swallowing Legos, Seizure-Detecting Watch
Today we are honored to welcome our dad, Dr. William Sears, into the studio to share some of his story battling colon cancer 20 years ago and a recent health issue he's currently fighting. We also discuss an article answering the question of "How long does it take for a swallowed lego to come out the other end?" as well as a new device on the market to assist people with epilepsy.
January 25, 2019
Ep. 6 - 12 Discipline Tips, Cell Phone Issues, Flu Talk, and Coffee for Toddlers?
Ever wonder how your child's teacher gets 20+ kids to behave all day long? We discuss 12 discipline strategies used in classrooms that you can adapt for use at home. We also discuss a listener question about what age is appropriate to give your kid a cell phone and some issues that arise with it. Also, how do you know your child has the flu or just a cold? Lastly, we talk about a recent study showing that 15% of toddlers are drinking 4 oz. of coffee every day - is that safe?
January 15, 2019
Ep. 5 - Listener Questions - Diet Plans, Anxiety, New Sibling Problems, PANDAS
Today we discuss four listener questions: 1) Dr. Jim's thoughts on various diet plans like keto, vegan, and so on, 2) tips to curb anxiety, 3) reverting on potty training and other behavior "problems" when a new baby sibling comes along, and 4) what to do if you suspect your child may have an OCD-like disorder known as PANDAS. We also wish Dr. Jim a very happy birthday.
January 7, 2019
Ep. 4 - Car Seat Mistakes, Sleep Tips
Today's topics include: 7 mistakes parents make when installing and using car seats, how to establish good sleep habits with your child, and a listener phone call about helping their child's "sore loser" behavior.
December 31, 2018
Ep. 3 - Health Coach, Materialism, Fruits and Vegetables
Hayden discusses what it means to be a certified health coach. We also talk about 3 ways you might be making your child overly materialistic. Also, just what is it about fruits and vegetables that make them so crucial for optimal health? Listener phone call: What are some signs that you need to take your kid to the doctor?
December 24, 2018
Ep. 2 - Discipline, Stealing, Yelling
Does your child have a problem with stealing? Yelling? In this episode, we discuss some discipline strategies related to these behaviors, as well as the importance of parents not yelling and ways to avoid it. Also, we answer listener questions about a severed frenulum and what to do about an overly-clingy toddler.
December 17, 2018
Ep. 1 - Introductions, Holiday Health, Teaching Kids about Money
Welcome to the official first episode of the Dr. Sears Family Podcast! In this episode we go over some introductions and our vision for the podcast, share tips for staying healthy over the holiday season, and discuss ways to teach kids about money. In addition, we help a caller with some pointers for finding the right pediatrician for your family and answer a Twitter question about how to approach attachment parenting with older kids in regards to setting boundaries.
December 12, 2018