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The Parent Scoop - bringing research and knowledge to parents, from parents.

Hosted by Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Ed.D., education professor and mom of two. 

The Parent Scoop is produced by Marko Kucher (Ameena's husband and partner). The podcast's theme music - Jazz Baba - features their teenage son, Josef Kucher, on guitar. The artwork for the podcast was created by their daughter, Laila Kucher, in collaboration with her dad.

Apr 30, 2020

In this week's episode we look at how young children learn and what they need from their parents during the pandemic. 

Our parent guest this week is Jennifer Keys Adair, PhD, an early childhood education professor at the University of Texas at Austin and mom of three. We talk about ways to balance our children's needs with our own needs; using technology; the importance of play and boredom; and the benefits of developing agency in young children.

*Episode notes:*

  • What kids need from parents (during the pandemic and beyond): The 15/45 rule
  • Strategies to get work done while caring for your kids
  • How to give children attention
  • Leveraging/understanding technology 
  • Opting out and balancing online learning
  • The importance of play - and boredom


  • Understanding children’s agency
  • Agency in children of color
  • Cultivating agency at home
  • The importance of not overprotecting kids