What did you learn from your parents... by accident? (Dec. 10/20)

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Our parents teach us many things... but not all of them are the lessons they intended to impart.

That's what we're looking at this week with guest host Geeta Nadkarni. Read on to find out what's on the show, or download the podcast here (or in chaptered format from iTunes).

You can listen to past episodes of Your DNTO here.


Sometimes what we learn from our parents is what not to do. Geeta takes to the streets to ask: "What did your parents do that you'll never, ever do as a parent?"

When the school principal called Ron Josol's dad, Ron thought he'd be in big trouble. But instead, he discovered a career. We'll find out how a boy, a boiled egg, and a scam lead to a career in stand-up comedy.

For years, JJ Lee's worst nightmare was turning into his father. But Geeta will talk with the Governor General's Award-nominated author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit to find out how a suit helped him learn some valuable lessons from his dad.

We'll get some tips on teaching your kids the ABC's, from a mom who's rated "R" - Sarah "Sweara" Schmidt.

Do you hear that sound? Kind of a dull, thudding "whup whup" sound? It can mean only one thing... helicopter parents. We'll hear from a woman who says we need to stop hovering - Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts With Worry).

What do kids learn from their parents? Well... we'd better ask some kids. Geeta talks with 10- and 11-year-olds about what they've learned from their folks.

We tend to believe what we can see - especially when we're kids. But Trevor Dineen will tell us how he learned not to trust his eyes... thanks to his dad, an inner tube, and a certain "hairstyle choice."

dad_sammy_namu for web.jpgGeeta learned the art of storytelling from her dad, Shirish - who'd make up fantastical serial stories for his daughters at bedtime. Of course, he also got a foot rub out of the deal. So was it really a lesson... or a scam? Geeta will call up her dad to find out. (Left: Geeta's dad with her sisters.)

Sometimes you teach your kids the wrong lesson for the right reason. Emily Carlisle will explain the origin of "naked beans night" - and why she hopes it's a tradition her kids don't carry into adulthood.

People across the country mourned Jack Layton this summer. We'll hear from his son, Mike Layton, about the accidental lessons he learned from his dad.

A woodpile, a Doberman and a can of gasoline. Sounds like an excellent recipe for learning, no? We'll find out what Daniel Proulx gleaned while watching his dad build a bonfire.

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So we heard earlier from Geeta's dad. But her sister, Namrata, also learned some very unexpected lessons from their parents. We'll call her up to find out what. (Right: Geeta with Namu at high tea.)

When Aly Alibhai's daughter entered the high stakes world of middle-school politics,  he began to worry he had taught her all the wrong things. But we'll find out what she - and Aly - learned.

And here's this week's music playlist:

Michael Buble - "Haven't Met You Yet"
Rich Aucoin - "It" (scroll down to see the video!)
Kishore Kumar and Geeta Dutt - "Akhon Mein Tum"
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - "Teach Your Children"
Elliott Brood - "If I Get Old"
Paul Cargnello - "Qui Va Changer le Monde?"
Adam and the Amethysts - "Prophecy"
Andrea Lindsay - "Gin Bombay"
Jeff Stuart and the Hearts - "Pale White Lie"

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