Raun and Kristin: Bringing Hope into your Home
Take a fun, feisty, fast-paced break from your day, and get some very useful tips and information to make your daily life easier. Enjoy a bi-weekly half hour with Raun, a funny and sharp international lecturer who is himself fully recovered from severe autism and Kristin, a high-energy inspirational autism mom, national speaker, and diet/sensory integration specialist. The show swings quickly through fun and informative segments, including:
- Argument of the Day: Raun and Kristin argue about a particular (often gender-related) topic.
- Invention of the Week: Brilliant inventions – that don’t exist but should – are concocted by the hosts. Listener ideas are welcome!
- Celebrating Our Kids: An inspirational autism story – sometimes small, sometimes big – is presented to brighten your day. Listener stories are invited!
- Theme of the Show: A more in-depth discussion of a particular topic of immediate use to you, the listener. Chock full of ideas, tips, and techniques.
- Kristin’s Korner: Special tips uncovered by Kristin.
- Raun’s Rant: A raucous sound-off about a current issue. Disagreements (or agreements) from listeners are welcome!
Mon, 05/13/2013 - 2:00pm
Many parents who have a child on the autism spectrum in school find that their child is often contracting illnesses. Raun and Kristin come to the rescue with some tips on what you can do to care for, protect, and boost your child’s immune system. They also argue about whether giving in or standing your ground works better, take time to celebrate our kids, and Kristin outlines nine new rules for succeeding at work and love (and some other things). And Raun sounds off about people who complain about things that they have complete control over stopping.
Mon, 04/29/2013 - 2:00pm
What do we mean when we say that we love our children? Raun and Kristin discuss this question and offer some ideas on how we, as parents, could more intentionally define (and, thus, “live out”) what loving our children means. Your hosts also argue about what it means to say “I love you” in romantic relationships, and they spend some time celebrating our kids. Kristin provides some tips for instant stress relief, and Raun dips his toe into the debate about guns.
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:00pm
Have you ever found yourself talking to someone who vehemently opposes and criticizes the interventions that you are painstakingly implementing with your own child? You’re not alone. Raun and Kristin help you to walk the fine line between standing strong in what you know is working for your child and not needing to convince the other person to see it your way. (If you can master this, you’ll never again feel anxious about others challenging your decisions.) Your two hosts argue about whether lying is ever justified, and they celebrate our kids. Kristin provides some simple solutions to coughs, hot flashes, and gum inflammation, and Raun ends the show with a cringe-inducing rant on the subject of bad kissers.
Mon, 04/01/2013 - 2:00pm
For some parents, it’s their greatest fear: their child slips out of the house and bolts into traffic – or some other unsafe situation. With statistics showing that more than half of children with autism wander from safety, Raun and Kristin take the time to discuss ways to keep your wandering child safe – and you sane. Your hosts also get into a heated debate about whether men or women are better at pleasing their partner in bed. After celebrating our kids, Kristin talks about how specific foods affect your day- to-day mood, and Raun delivers a rant that shall remain nameless.
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 2:00pm
So, you’re in the supermarket (or church, school, etc.), and your child is screaming, biting, and generally making a ruckus. And the people around you are glaring, commenting, judging, or doing something even more unhelpful. Raun and Kristin talk about how to handle these kinds of situations – without having a nervous breakdown. They argue – sort of – about whether large air passengers should be charged additional fees to fly. They also celebrate our kids, and Kristin doles out some smart and simple home solutions. Raun ends the show with a rant about people who complain about TSA agents.
Sun, 03/03/2013 - 2:00pm
Many parents of children on the spectrum find that they have friends or family members who seem unsupportive, critical, or undermining. Some parents experience this as a drag on their morale. Raun and Kristin discuss the importance or surrounding yourself with people who are supportive of you and what you are doing for your child. As well, they argue about what makes a person attractive, and they celebrate our kids. Kristin talks about five mood-boosting foods, and Raun rants about people with extra strong body odor.
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:00pm
Fear, worry, and anxiety are emotions that we all experience. For those of us with children on the spectrum, fear can really get in the way of not only our well-being, but also our ability to be most helpful to our children. Raun and Kristin spend the show giving very concrete practical tips on being fearless that may be very different than anything you’ve heard before. They also argue about the question: “If there are so many fish in the sea, why are there so many single people and so much divorce?” After celebrating our kids, Kristin throws out five additional ways to ward off worry, and Raun rants about the word “patriarchy.”
Mon, 02/04/2013 - 2:00pm
In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, there is, of course, a huge emphasis on boyfriends, girlfriends, and the perfect Valentine’s date. Raun and Kristin head in a completely different direction and discuss, in detail, how to have the perfect date…with yourself. You’ll be surprise at some of the ideas suggested. Your hosts argue about whether men or women are more critical of women, and actually come to some kinds of agreement. In addition to celebrating our kids, Kristin provides some fun and easy strategies for trimming and toning without working out, and Raun sounds off about men who pass laws telling women what kinds of birth control they can have.
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 2:00pm
People talk about the importance of celebrating every step that your child takes, but they don’t often explain all of the how’s and why’s. Raun and Kristin take some time to really flesh this out, discussing all of the far- reaching implications of gratitude and celebration – including a critically overlooked issue: helping your child to be a “good tryer.” Your two hosts also argue about whether there is a correlation between a nation’s productivity and its coffee consumption, and they spend some time celebrating Kristin’s son. Kristin lays out five ways to outrun fear, and Raun ends the show with a rant about reality television.
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 2:00pm
It’s 2013! Can you believe it? You may already have set a New Year’s goal such as exercising three times a week, but what about specific goals for your child in 2013? Raun and Kristin give you some helpful hints about setting useful goals for this year – and then taking that first crucial step toward them. They also argue about whether there is a male and female sense of humor, and they celebrate our kids. Kristin hands you four health- producing tips for the New Year, and Raun rants about rubberneckers (you better check yourself before you neck yourself!).