Parenting with Cheryl Erwin

A note from KUNR General Manager David Stipech: On August 7, Cheryl Erwin signed off from KUNR during Morning Edition with her last Parenting segment (at least for now). We're grateful for Cheryl's generous gift of her time to write and record her insights aired weekly on KUNR for the better part of two decades. Writing and producing radio commentaries takes a lot more time than people might think! Cheryl faithfully has given our listeners useful tips and perspectives, not just for parents raising children, but also for grandparents, relatives, friends—and all of us as adults who are always learning. We're proud of Cheryl's work right here in our community and also globally, having a growing, positive impact with her own practice, in local schools and across the planet. We're fortunate to have Cheryl among our extended KUNR family and as a parenting expert and resource. And we are very glad to continue hosting Cheryl's archive of segments and wealth of wisdom on KUNR's website. Thank you, Cheryl, and keep up the great work! David and the KUNR Staff & Listeners

Parenting with Cheryl Erwin aired during Morning Edition on KUNR for over 18 years. Please use this archive to access Cheryl Erwin's work with KUNR during her tenure with KUNR. 


Cheryl Erwin (left) and KUNR's Danna O'Connor developed a close bond during Cheryl's 18 years of recording weekly Parenting commentaries.
Credit KUNR

Cheryl Erwin is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 25 years of experience in working with parents and children.  She is the author or co-author of several books on parenting, including “Positive Discipline: the First Three Years,” “Positive Discipline for Preschoolers,” and “Positive Discipline for Single Parents.” Cheryl provides professional development training and workshops for teachers and early childhood educators, and is available for personal, online parent coaching. 

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Risk Taking For Kids

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Kids and Sleep

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Picky Eaters

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