I have been listening to Rona Renner's show since it began around 2002 or so. At the time I had two boys, and basically just enjoyed the various topics about parenting, plus learning about other areas such as children and disabilities. What I liked best was the format of hearing from experts in the field, and then hearing from the callers who are just parents like myself. I think this combination works extremely well for this type of show. Childhool Matters went off the air for some time, and I missed it. Several years later, I gave birth to identical twins boys. When my twins were 4 yrs old, my marriage fell apart just around the time I was trying to convince my husband that something wasn't right with them. It was such a difficult and emotional time. I remembered one of Rona's shows from years before because I remembered how interesting it was: about Autism. I did my own computer research and decided "that's what my twins have!" and this eventually led to a successful diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Since they are high-functioning, it looked like just a language delay and difficult behavior, but finally I was relieved to know it was a real disorder and that I could now work on the treatments. I was working with Contra Costa Child Care Council and went to one of their events one day, and there was Rona at a booth. I went over and met her, and my tears just wouldn't hold back because it was due to her show that I realized as a parent, I should follow my gut no matter what everyone else said. Basically I was the only one show believed there was something wrong with my twins. And I give that credit to Childhood Matters, because this show really advocates for children. It was because of this show, that I even suspected Autism. Before that, I knew nothing about this disorder. I have been an avid listener, and when I can't listen to the show live I listen later on podcast. I have also been a regular participant because I feel with my experiences I have a lot to offer. This show is truly about giving valuable information to caregivers (not only parents) in our community. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and Childhood Matters is exactly about bringing us all together for that purpose. To me, this show is a valuable resource and has touched on so many topics that are relevent to my family.