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Parent Talk | Saturdays 8-9 am

By Linda OConnor

Linda OConnor started her career in radio in 2010 with the launch of Parent Talk, a weekly parenting show on WECK. A widely published freelance writer and mother of two daughters, Linda specializes in parenting issues and has a monthly column “Talking About Tweens & Teens” in Western New York Family Magazine. Her work has appeared in Redbook, Good Housekeeping, American Baby, Writer’s Digest, Mens’ Health, The Buffalo News, Teens Today and many others. Born, raised and educated in Buffalo, Linda enjoys acting and has appeared on stage at Aurora Players and Lancaster Opera House.

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Parent Talk 4/29/17

April 29th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Parent Talk 4/22/17

April 22nd, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Parent Talk 4/15/17

April 15th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Tips for Parents of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Children

April 8th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

You may be in disbelief that your child could be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. You may be feeling confused, angry and skeptical. For this show, we’ll share tips on how to adjust and process this information, deal with your feelings, help support and assist your child, and approach the situation with forethought and compassion.

Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool

April 1st, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

When your child refuses to do even the little things like picking up their toys, taking a bath, getting in the car to go to school, it’s easy to become frustrated. Rona Renner, RN, a leading authority on parenting and author of Is That Me Yelling, will discuss a gentle, effective way to yell less and enjoy your kids more.

Keeping Families Safe While Home or Away

March 25th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Before you head out of town, to an amusement park, museum or even the local mall, make sure your children understand the basic rules of safety including what to do if they are separated from you. Do you have an emergency plan? Do you know what your kids are wearing and have a recent photo of them? Are cell phones charged? Do you have a meeting spot? Ed Suk, executive director, NY, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), will discuss these and other procedures that should be in place to ensure your family's safety.

Dealing With Adult Children Who "Fail To Launch"

March 18th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

There's a growing number of young adults who never moved out of their parents home -- or have returned. For this show, we'll talk with Dr. Shoshana Bennett, clinical psychologist, author and keynote speaker, who will offer tips and advice on how to set home ground rules and expectations, avoid feeling resentful or frustrated, and work towards launching your adult child into the world.

College Talk

March 11th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

How to help your child with their college search, determine the number of colleges to visit and apply to, understand the application process, evaluate colleges, and deal with the inevitable rejection. We'll talk with local educational consultant Carl "Sandy" Behrend. We will also discuss an upcoming event that should be on your college-bound child's calendar (and yours!)

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

March 4th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

We'll talk with a spokesperson from the March of Dimes about its comprehensive initiative to prevent preventable preterm birth, with a focus on reducing elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation.

How to Help Kids Deal with Death

February 25th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Knowing how to help kids cope with loss of a loved one can be difficult. How much they understand about death depends upon their age and life experiences. You can’t protect your kids from the pain of a loss, but you can help them build healthy coping skills. Clinical psychologist, author, and keynote speaker Dr. Shoshana Bennett will discuss points to keep in mind when helping your child deal with a loss.

Should You Donate Your Organs?

February 18th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

National Organ Donor Day is Feb. 14. Sure, it's uncomfortable to think of our own death, especially an early one, but if it was to happen, would you want to save other lives by donating your organs and tissue? We'll discuss what to consider when deciding whether to donate and how to discuss your choice with your family.

Put the Sizzle Back In Your Marriage

February 11th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Make every day Valentine’s Day! Kids. Careers. Life. Keeping the romance alive takes effort. Clinical psychologist, author, and keynote speaker Dr. Shoshana Bennett will offer tips on how to keep the spark alive in your marriage!

Winter Safety Tips for Families

February 4th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

We'll get easy tips to keep your family safe and healthy during the cold winter months.

Kids and TV

January 28th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

We'll talk with the experts about the effects of television viewing on our kids and we'll get advice on how much is too much. We'll discuss policing our kids TV viewing, using TV to keep kids occupied, and whether educational TV shows have merit.

How To Prevent An Infant Abduction

January 21st, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

In light of the recent recovering of Kamiaya Mobley, the 18 year old who was abducted from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital as an infant and raised by her alledged abductor, we will offer tips for expecting parents on how to prevent an abduction when we talk with Ed Suk, Executive Director, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC is a resource for law enforcement and the health care industry about the topic of infant abductions.

The Princess Problem

January 14th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

We'll talk with the author of a new book that offers sound, sensible, and parent-tested advice for helping children thrive in today's consumer culture. We'll offer tips on how parents can help their children navigate the overwhelming princess marketing, media, and negative stereotypes. We'll even offer suggestions on how to start honest conversations with our children to teach them to be thoughtful and open-minded.

What To Do When You Don't Like Who Your Child is Dating

January 7th, 2017 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Let's face it, sometimes its tough to watch your teenage and young adult children make decisions, especially when it comes to dating. For this show, we'll offer pointers on how to deal with dates that don't measure up (to your expectations) and discuss how, when and whether to share your feelings with your child.

An Inspirational True Story (Replay from 12/17/16)

December 31st, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

We'll talk with Ollie Cantos, a blind Filipino-American who was the object of bullying and taunts as a little boy. He defied conventional thinking by rising to become the highest ranking person with a disability in the United States government. He' also the legal guardian to triplet boys who are blind, making his extraordinary journey even more remarkable.

An Inspirational True Story

December 17th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

We'll talk with Ollie Cantos, a blind Filipino-American who was the object of bullying and taunts as a little boy. He defied conventional thinking by rising to become the highest ranking person with a disability in the United States government. He' also the legal guardian to triplet boys who are blind, making his extraordinary journey even more remarkable.

How to Keep Your Family Safe During the Holidays

December 10th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

We'll get tips and advice for safe travel -- whether out of town or just to the local mall -- from Ed Suk, Executive Director New York National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Later, we'll talk with Orchard Park Police Detective John Payne about how to avoid falling victim to a crime.

10 Worst Toys

December 3rd, 2016 09:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Before heading to the stores this holiday season, catch our interview with W.A.T.C.H. (WORLD AGAINST TOYS CAUSING HARM) to learn which toys made its 10 Worst Toys List. Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death. W.A.T.C.H. urges parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toys— especially during the upcoming holiday season, which accounts for more than 65% of all toy sales.

Reducing Holiday Stress

November 26th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Holidays can be stressful and over stimulating. For this show, we’ll talk with clinical psychologist, author and keynote speaker Dr. Shoshana Bennet about how to protect your sanity during the holidays. We’ll look at how to manage the holidays, as well as how to simplify and manage the holidays, keeping holiday spending in line to help reduce the stress of overspending.

Winter Fun

November 19th, 2016 09:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

A look at local offerings and activities for families. WNY has so many wonderful events and offerings. We’ll look at some well know places and little know treasures to help you plan your winter activities.

How To Deal With A Difficult Child

November 12th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Defiance. Tantrums. Destruction. For this show, we’ll offer tips on dealing with a difficult child, from understanding their pursuit of independence to reinforcing good behavior.

“Spooktacular” Tips to Keep Young Ghosts & Goblins Safe

October 29th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

We’ll discuss family safety tips and practices for Halloween. We’ll also offer tips to keep our four-legged friends safe and calm on Halloween. Plus we’ll learn about some great Halloween children’s books.

Heavy Backpacks and Back Injuries

October 22nd, 2016 09:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

October is National Chiropractic Health Month. Kids carrying heavy backpacks can hurt their backs. For this show, we’ll talk with Dr. Scott Bautch, a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, and discuss what parents can do to help reduce the risk of back injury from heavy backpacks. Dr. Scott Bautch is certified by the American Chiropractic Board of Occupational Health, maintains certification in Chiropractic Spinal Trauma, and is a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. Later in the show, we’ll talk about fire prevention. It’s fire prevention week so Judy Comoletti, National Fire Protection Association’s public education division manager, will discuss fire prevention and what families should do to prevent fires and why it’s so important to have an escape plan in place in case a fire ever does occur.

How To Prevent Bullying

October 15th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

World Bullying Prevention Day is Oct. 7. Bullying is a serious issue and one we will discuss indepth, offering tips and suggestions on how to protect your children and what to do if you feel they are being bullied, as well as or how to proceed if you discover your child is a bully.

College Application Checklist & How To Prepare For A Natural Disaster

October 8th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Two topics this week: College is on the minds of most high school seniors and now is the time to make sure they are on top of the college application process. For this show, we’ll talk with local expert Carl “Sandy” Behrend, Behrend Consulting, about the Common Application, Early Decision and Early Action, number of colleges to apply to, deadlines and the importance of college visits. Segment 2: How To Prepare For A Natural Disaster – In the wake of Hurricane Mathew which pounded the southeastern U.S. coast ((Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas), and the fact that nearly 10 years ago, an unusually early-season lake effect storm dubbed the “October Surprise” struck Buffalo and surrounding areas, the second segment of our Oct. 8 show will look at preparing for a natural disaster. Heavy snow from the October 2006 storm brought down thousands of trees, blocking roads and leaving thousands of homes and businesses without heat and electricity for days. Thirteen people died. Nearly two years ago, a 2014 November storm dumped 7 feet of snow in many local communities. Knowing how to prepare for a disaster could mean the difference between life and death. Jay Bonafede, Chief Communications Officer, with the American Red Cross Western and Central New York Region will offer tips for how to prepare for a natural disaster.

How To Talk With Your Kids About Scary or Tragic Events

October 1st, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

When a terrorist attack, school shooting, or natural disaster occurs, your kids may feel anxious and worry that the same thing may happen to them and their loved ones. Your kids may have lots of questions and look to you for answers. Dr. Shoshana Bennett, clinical psychologist, author, and keynote speaker, will offers tips on how to talk to your kids about a scary or tragic event and what to keep in mind when doing so.

Yes or No to Pacifiers?

September 24th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

We’ll weigh the pros and cons, benefits and risks, of pacifiers to help you decide if using one is right for you and your baby. We’ll look at research, share important safety tips, and discuss when and how to wean your baby from the pacifier.

Gearing Up For Fall

September 17th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

A Look at Local Offerings and Activities for Families – Western New York has so many wonderful events and offerings. We’ll look at some well-known places as well as little known treasures to help you plan your fall activities.

Safety Tips for Back to School

September 10th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Children are more vulnerable to abduction when going to and from school or a school related activity, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Ed Suk, Executive Director, NCMEC, will share some important safety tips, simple safety rules, information, and tools on how to reduce the risk of abduction.

How to Avoid Falling Victim to a Scam

September 3rd, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Scams are everywhere – your inbox, mailbox, phone, even knocking at your front door. Orchard Park Police Detective John Payne will explain the dangers of scams and offer advice on how to protect your family. He’ll discuss current scams and what to do if someone tries to scam you!

How to Help Your Child (and you) Transition into the School Year

August 27th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

The transition from summer break to back to school can be challenging. We’ll discuss how to smoothly transition into the school year, offering tips and advice on how to make things easier for everyone.

Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool

August 20th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

When your child refuses to do even the little things like picking up their toys, taking a bath, getting in the car to go to school, it’s easy to become frustrated. Rona Renner, RN, a leading authority on parenting and author of Is That Me Yelling, will discuss a gentle, effective way to yell less and enjoy your kids more.

Understanding Postpartum Depression

August 13th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Clinical psychologist, author and keynote speaker Dr. Shoshana Bennett, who emerged from her own nightmare with postpartum depression thirty years ago, will shed light on the unseen world of maternal mental health in the U.S., sharing insights from the documentary Dark Side of the Full Moon, which uncovers the disconnect within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat the 1.3 million mothers affected each year.

Is Your Child Meeting Developmental Milestones?

July 30th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

There are behaviors and physical skills seen in infants and children as they grow and develop. Rolling over, crawling, walking, and talking are all considered milestones. A spokesperson for UBMD Pediatrics Women & Children’s Hospital will discuss childhood milestones and whether you should be concerned if your child is not meeting these at what is considered a normal age range.

Are You Overscheduling Your Kids?

July 16th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

How much is too much? More and more children are involved in too many activities, but how do you decide which activities to partake in and which to forgo? Clinical Psychologist, author and keynote speaker Dr. Shoshana Bennett will offer tips and advice on how to make decisions about which activities are right for your kids, how many, and what to factor in to ensure a balanced summer.

Should You Breastfeed Your Baby?

July 9th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Many medical authorities, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist, strongly recommend breastfeeding. You and your baby are unique and the decision, ultimately, is up to you. To help you make that personal choice, we’ll talk about breastfeeding with Dr. Anne Marie Reynolds from UBMD Pediatrics Division of Neonatology and Director of the NICU at Women & Children’s Hospital.

How to Prevent a Poisoning and What to Do if One Occurs

July 2nd, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Would you know how to react in a poisoning emergency? Do you know what plants and products are dangerous? Get the facts on how to keep your family safe.

Gearing Up For Summer: A Look at Local Offerings and Activities for Families

June 25th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Western New York has so many wonderful offerings for families. We’ll look at some well-known places as well as little known treasures to help you plan your summer activities.

How to Protect Your Kids from the Prescription Drug Epidemic

June 18th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Abuse of prescription drugs is growing. Among teens, prescription drugs are the most commonly used drugs next to marijuana, and almost half of the teens abusing prescription drugs are taking painkillers. We’ll discuss why so many young people are turning to prescription drugs to get high and what parents can do to keep their kids safe.

What to do When Your Kids Hang Out With the “Wrong Crowd”

June 11th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

First, what is the “wrong crowd” and how do you determine whether there is cause for concern? While our goal as parents is to keep our children protected and safe, that can get a little touchy when it comes to our children’s friends, particularly since kids want to be with other kids who accept them. Dr. Shoshana Bennett, clinical psychologist, author and keynote speaker, will offer advice on how to proceed when you don’t care for your child’s friends. We’ll look at when a parent’s worries should be acted upon and when they should not.

What to Look for When Selecting Child Care

June 4th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Finding the right child care option for your family can take some time and it should! We’ll discuss how to determine the right child care, including what questions you should ask and what indicators to look for in making your decision.

Parenting to Meet Your Child's Unique Needs

May 28th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Is your child an introvert or extrovert? WECK's own Linda O'connor talks with Dr. Shoshana Bennett about adapting your parenting styles to fit your child's individual needs. Linda also speaks with Jay Heise about Alex Brady, a ninth grader from East Aurora High School who was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a spinal cord injury while on vacation.

Babies, Children and Food Issues

May 21st, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 01:00:00

Linda talks with Dr. Tanya Altman regarding the 11 foundation foods, vegan and vegetarniasim and more. Also speaks with Jay Heise about Alex Brady, a ninth grader at East Aurora High School who was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a spinal cord injury while on vacation.

Rock One Sock for Missing Kids

May 14th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Learn about a light-hearted, but important awareness and fundraising campaign for missing kids that’s asking everyone to wear one sock and post a “footsie” (a photo of your feet with one sock) and post to social media using the hashtag #RockOneSock. The goal is to take an everyday relatable situation and make a viral phenomenon by bringing hope and inspiration to National Missing Children’s Day (May 25). Ed Suk, executive director, NY, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, will tell us about this campaign, which sheds light on the issues of missing kids, long term missing child cases and child safety.

How to Keep Your Prom-Bound Teen Safe

May 7th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

With prom season upon us, countless teens are celebrating their high school years. Sadly, some will not live to experience the next chapter of their lives because of drunk driving and other dangerous activities commonly associated with prom. Orchard Park Police Detective John Payne will offer advice on how to curb dangerous activities that too often accompany prom. He’ll talk about common problems, as well as proven strategies to keep your teen safe.

Suicide Symptoms, Warning Signs and Prevention

April 30th, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Linda is joined by Olivia Retallack, Suicide Prevention Coalition Coordinator and Jessica Pirro from Crisis Services of Buffalo. They discussed the recent CDC report on suicide and how to get help. You are never alone. 24/7 hotline 834-3131.

How to Prevent A Head Injury

April 23rd, 2016 08:00am | Duration: 1:00:00

Head injuries are the leading cause of disability and death among children. Dr. Thomas J. Langan, neurologist, Women & Children’s Hospital and University of Buffalo, will discuss updates, advice and information about head injuries including how to avoid them, when to seek medical attention and how to know when it’s safe to return to a sport or activity after suffering an injury.





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