Julie Gunlock talks to IWF visiting fellow Danielle Butcher. Danielle is also the co-founder and Executive Vice President of the Conservative Conservation Coalition, an environmental group that aims to engage young people and inform them of the importance of conservation and good environmental stewardship through common sense, free-market, and innovative ideas and policies.

 

Julie Gunlock speaks to Sylvia Bennett-Stone, director of Voices of Black Mothers United, whose 19-year-old daughter Krystal Joy was killed 17 years ago when she was caught in the gun crossfire. Sylvia shares her opinion on how communities and the police can work together to reduce street violence, on police reform, and on the well-meaning but dangerous “defund the police” movement.

 

Julie Gunlock talks to Rachel Gerli, co-founder of Primerrily, an exciting and much-needed organization dedicated to providing parents educational resources to help push back on the liberal indoctrination that’s become common in the public schools today. Rachel and Julie share their own experiences as moms and homeschoolers and discuss why raising kids with character-building virtues and foundational American values will help them develop into healthy, happy, productive adults.

 

On this week’s Bespoke Parenting Hour, host Julie Gunlock talks to Lisa Gable, the CEO of the Food Allergy Research and Education organization, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life and health of individuals with food allergies and funding research for new treatments. Lisa covers a variety of topics on the podcast — from what a food allergy actually is, the top ten allergens in foods, the number of kids in the U.S. that suffer from food allergies, the food innovations that could make food allergies a thing of the past, the “eyeroll” phenomenon experienced by many allergy kids and families, and what we can all do to help keep allergy kids safe and healthy.

 

On this week’s Bespoke Parenting Hour, host Julie Gunlock talks to writer and education advocate Erika Sanzi, whe serves as the chief editor at Project Forever Free–an online platform for education activists. Julie and Erika (both moms of three school-aged boys) talk about what Erika calls “the boy crisis in American schools” and the very grim statistics that show boys are falling behind both in school and life. In addition, they discuss why it’s become acceptable (even fashionable) in American culture to disparage boys and men and why terms like “the future is female ” and “girls rule” creates an unhelpful (and weird!) “us against them” way of thinking that harms both sexes and creates unnecessary hostility. Julie and Erika also discuss what Erika says is the “narrative that boys are inherently bad or broken” and the media-driven generalizations about boys and men, which suggest they are “unworthy, expendable and deserving of scorn … just for being male.” Tune in!

 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Bespoke Parenting Hour host Julie Gunlock and IWF policy director Hadley Heath discuss TURKEY and all the other nagging cooking questions you might have before the big holiday. Julie and Hadley also talk about Hadley’s oped “Not Your Mother’s Feminism” and what new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett means to conservative women in America.

 

On this week’s Bespoke Parenting Hour, host Julie Gunlock talks to writer (and coolest aunt on the planet!) Melanie Notkin, an expert on the emerging demographic of childless, often single women, which she wrote about in her memoir, Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness.

 

American Enterprise Institute Scholar and IWF Senior Fellow Naoimi Schaeffer Riley’s book “Be the Parent: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat” addresses the need for better parental control over screens and screen time. Yet, how do we do that in the age of COVID-19 when kids are getting mixed messages on screen time. How can you be an authority when school authorities are telling kids that there are virtually no limits to screen time?

 

Cato’s Chelsea Follett recently wrote an article about her baby’s near death during delivery and how modern medicine saved her her child. We’ll discuss that, the pressure on women to have “natural” births, the misinformation out there for new moms, and what it’s like to be a new mom in 2020.

 

Inez and Jarrett Stepman both focus on on educational trends in the United States. They will discuss how history is being taught in our nation’s schools and how increasingly, teachers see themselves as activists. How has this affected history instruction in the United States and how does the 1619 Project fit into this issue?