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Growing up: How to do it well, at any age

Christopher Porter

We all grow with time. It’s easiest to see in children: they get physically bigger, hit milestones -- learn to crawl, walk and speak. And the same is true of adults. It might not be as obvious, but our interests and experiences evolve over time, as does our understanding of ourselves. This time on “Take Care,” how we help those around us grow and grow into ourselves.

We’ll start off the discussion with a look at parenting with Dr. Jodi Ann Mullen, licensed mental health counselor and play therapist. Mullen says that when a loving and respectful relationship is the foundation for parenting and discipline, the result is well-behaved, thoughtful and socially conscious children. Also in the sphere of childhood, Dr. Brian Lynch is with us to discuss periods of growth and why nutrition is essential all the way up through high school. Lynch is assistant professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic.

Transitioning to a slightly older demographic, we examine the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we grow into adulthood. The story of a therapist and her therapist with Lori Gottlieb, New York Times Bestselling Author. Her latest novel is “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.”

The oldest members of the population aren’t without growth in their lives, either. A lot of transitions happen in later life, like retirement. So what do seniors do after retirement? Reporter Ellen Abbott gives us a look at how -- even later in life -- growth is important.

For the latest in health: an in-depth look at the urban advantage and paradox with UNICEF Director of Data, Research and Policy Laurence Chandy.

Tune in this Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m. and Friday, May 3 at 1 p.m. for "Take Care," on WRVO. You can also find our podcast on iTunes.