On this episode of the Bespoke Parenting Hour Podcast, host Julie Gunlock speaks with Laura Carno, IWF senior fellow and founder and executive director of FASTER Colorado—an organization that trains armed K-12 school staff—about the consequences of removing school resource officers (SROs) from public schools. Since the death of George Floyd, there has been a big push, particularly in blue cities, to defund the police. That push has now extended into the public school system, where—in light of much opposition—city councils are cutting SRO budgets and, quite literally, taking the security and safety out of schools.

 

On this week’s Bespoke Parenting Hour, host Julie Gunlock talks to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers about kids and technology, her efforts to explore and expose how Big Tech is affecting children’s mental and emotional wellbeing, and the launch of her new Big Tech Accountability Platform which seeks greater transparency and accountability from Big Tech companies. Julie and the congresswoman also discuss their shared experience as mothers of special needs kids, school closures, and how Congress can (and should!) do more to help special needs kids succeed in the public school setting.

 

Julie Gunlock talks to PR professional and founder of Do Better FCPS (which stands for Fairfax City Public Schools) Sue Zoldak about the unwillingness of public school officials in her community to listen to parents, the slow process of fully opening public schools in her state, the anti-Asian “equity” policy changes happening in her school district, and why she and other parents have had to become activists to demand better public education. Tune in for this lively conversation!

Julie Gunlock speaks to IWF President Carrie Lukas about the CDC’s absurd and cruel masking requirements for kids (as young as 2!) attending summer camp and discuss why public health officials are proving to be so irrational on these issues, how mask theater has affected confidence in the vaccine, and why people, in general, aren’t hearing the good news about plummeting COVID infection and hospitalization rates. Tune in for this quick listen!

Julie Gunlock speaks to Ali, a mom who set up a “pandemic learning pod” in her home for her own four kids as well as a few neighborhood kids. Julie and Ali discuss the challenges of pulling kids out of a traditional school setting, the joys of watching your child thrive and grow educationally, the search for a curriculum that fits, and the question of if there will ever be a return to the public schools (spoiler: not likely!). Tune in for this inspiring conversation!

 

Julie Gunlock speaks to Parents Defending Education President Nicki Neily about politics in the classroom. All across the country, parents are reporting concerning cases of activist teachers using their classroom to push radical leftist ideology on children as young as Kindergarten age. Why is this? What can be done? How can parents fight back? Nicki talks about her new organization—Parents Defending Education, its mission, and its plans to help parents do what must be done to reverse this corrosive trend in education. Tune in!

 

On this week’s Bespoke Parenting Hour, Julie Gunlock talks to investigative reporter Luke Rosiak about the increased politicalization of the PTA—an organization that’s supposed to represent all parents. Julie and Luke discuss his investigation into the lurch left by the National PTA and why the organization was and continues to be absent from the national conversation about school shutdowns.

 

Julie Gunlock talks to IWF legal fellow Erin Hawley about her frightening experience dealing with protestors outside her home, how the police and her neighbors and community reacted, and why politics has become so uncivil in recent years.

The Bespoke Parenting Hour is a podcast about and for parents who are tired of being told how to do it. There’s no one way to parent–there are as many ways as there are kids. Parenting styles, strategies and philosophies should be bespoke–tailor made to fit you, your family, and most importantly, your kids!. Twice a month, Bespoke host Julie Gunlock is joined by a variety of guests who are parenting the way they see fit.

On this week’s Bespoke Parenting Hour, host Julie Gunlock talks to radio host and bestselling author Dana Loesch to talk about gun use, gun safety, Moms Demand bullies, and the recent passage of federal legislation in the House that will make it much harder for women to defend themselves and their children.

 

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?