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Joyful Courage - A Conscious Parenting Podcast

Joyful Courage is a Conscious Parenting Podcast. Be inspired, entertained and educated as we navigate the challenges and celebrations of choosing to be a conscious parent. Interviews and solo shows will provide listeners with tools, strategies and inspiration that can be directly applied to their parenting journey.
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Dec 5, 2022

Today's guests are Jean Chatzky and Kathryn Tuggle. Casey, Jean and Kathryn discuss their new book, "How to Money".

 

 

Key takeaways from the show:

  • How do young people learn financial literacy like short-term spending and long-term planning? 
  • What are families missing when they teach their children about money? 
  • Tracking spending, budgeting, & apps 
  • What resources can parents use to educate themselves to better educate their kids about finances? 
  • When to start teaching kids/teens about money 
  • Teens working & earning their own money 
  • Why or why not connect allowance/payment to chores 
  • How to help your teen set-up an IRA  
  • Tips for teens regarding choosing majors & schools, student loans, and first jobs

 

Find more details about the show on our website. 

 

Nov 28, 2022

My guest today is Julie Lythcott-Haims.  

Casey and Julie chat about Julie’s newest book, “Your Turn: How to Be an Adult,” including what topics are covered, reactions from young adults & parents, and what Julie was hoping for while she wrote this book.  They talk on how young adults learn to “fend for themselves” and find self-acceptance.  Casey and Julie dig into how and when young adults claim their own narratives and the challenges of when that’s different from your vision for them.  They get into the unknown and lifelong effects of Gen Z and the pandemic and wrap-up by touching on how great self-agency and problem-solving feels for everyone, especially these young adults.

 

Takeaways from the show

  • How young people learn to “fend for themselves” 
  • What surprises young adults when they move away from home 
  • Using Julie’s new book “Your Turn: How to Be an Adult” as a roadmap for adulthood 
  • Young adults claiming their own narratives (and when that’s different from your own vision for them) 
  • Young adults finding self-acceptance 
  • COVID-19 impacting Gen Z 
  • Self-agency & problem-solving

Looking for more? Check out our website for more + transcripts of the episode. 

Nov 21, 2022

My guest today is Alicia Robertson. 

Casey and Alicia discuss how to keep and grow your self-worth, healthy boundaries, communication, and confidence during and after divorce.  Alicia advises on what to share with kids about your divorce and how to give them (and yourself) safety, security, and stability during this complex, emotional time.  Casey and Alicia talk custody agreements, single parenting, co-parenting challenges, and tweens and teens having a parental preference.  They wrap up by digging into dating after divorce.

 

Takeaways from the show:

  • Creating a new family dynamic after divorce 
  • What kids need to know about divorce and why you’re separating
  • Boundaries, communication, follow-through, and safety with your previous partner 
  • Responding instead of reacting 
  • Typical custody agreements 
  • Single parenting & co-parenting 
  • Tweens and teens having strong opinions & parental preferences 
  • Dating after divorce

 

See full show details including transcription here. 

Nov 17, 2022

Another throwback!! Love going into the vault to revisit some of the Joyful Courage solo shows of the past. This one is especialy sweet. Our teens are doing the best they can with the tools they have in the moment. They are responding to the external events and experineces around them. Listen in as I guide listeners through an experiential activity that highlights how the WAY we communicate influences how our kids are feeling, thinking and deciding to do.

You're kids are not manipulating you.

Get the full show notes for this show at https://www.besproutable.com/podcasts/eps-183-your-kids-are-not-manipulating-you/

Nov 14, 2022

My guest today is Todd Adams. 


Todd and Casey talk about raising young, straight, cis-gendered, white men and how to balance teaching them about the responsibility that comes with their privilege without over-burdening them.  They discuss what it means to “be a man” and how to nurture a young man’s emotional intelligence & the importance of modeling.  Todd shares how important it is for parents to be self-aware, curious, and willing to learn.  He gives strategies for connecting with and calling-in teenagers and why to connect when they’re ready.  Casey and Todd remind us that there’s not a perfect script, but an ongoing conversation, when it comes to tough topics like consent, substance use, & being advocates.  Todd wraps up by talking about what healthy masculinity and “mature masculinity” look like to him.

 

Takeaways from the show

  • Raising teenagers is messy- especially right now. 
  • What is privilege? 
  • What does it mean to “be a man?” 
  • What are the men in your home modeling for your teens? 
  • What do boys need from their parents? 
  • What are ways to call-in & connect with teens? 
  • It’s natural for kids to pull away from us in their teen years. 
  • There’s no script for tough topics with teens like consent & being advocates - it’s an ongoing conversation.  
  • What is healthy masculinity? 

 

For more see our website here.

Nov 10, 2022

Hi listeners! I am always so honored when you chose to listen in to what I have to say to you all over here! Thank you for showing up, staying open, and considering how this content can make an impact on your relationships with your family.

This week is another throwback. We (parents) get so stuck in the right/wrong conversation that we forget or miss all of the LAYERS to the human experience!

In this episode, I talk about the mistaken belief that "Kids have to pay for their behavior" and invite parents to consider something new...

We get into brain science and self regulation, the power of not taking things personally, the sometimes short sightedness of consequence... and so much more.

You can find the full show notes at https://www.besproutable.com/podcasts/eps-231-solo-show-moving-from-right-wrong-to-effective-and-remembering-that-self-regulation-is-learned-over-time-with-practice/ 

Nov 7, 2022

My guest today is Dr. Anjali Ferguson.  

 

Dr. Anjali Ferguson and Casey dig deep in this episode on how to be in conversation with teens about social-political issues, including abortion.  Dr. Ferguson weighs in on if we should bring up tricky topics or wait for children to ask questions and gives tips on how to be ready for emotionally-charged topics.  They share advice on when and how to take a moment during challenging conversations and the work that’s needed to parent differently than we were parented.  Dr. Ferguson explains how to validate and hear what your teen is sharing, even when you have a difference of opinion.  Casey asks Dr. Ferguson about best practices for being open with tweens and teens, especially regarding reproductive rights.  They talk about the pros and cons of teenagers getting news and information from social media like TikTok.  Dr. Ferguson shares how Parenting Culture provides resources for and supports families of different races, faiths, and cultures to address tough topics and difficult questions.  She wraps up by speaking on openness, racial socialization, and cultural identity.

 

Key takeaways from the show

  • All kids and teens will ask you hard questions and want answers - expect it & prepare to be open 
  • Inviting open dialogue, staying non-judgmental, & communicating around emotionally-charged topics
  • How to handle your child or teen having different opinions than you do 
  • Kids will stop coming to us if they don’t feel heard, seen, & validated, especially when we have differing opinions 
  • Knowing when to be open with tweens & teens, especially regarding reproductive rights and when to fall back on facts 
  • Destigmatizing why people choose abortion 
  • How do we handle teens getting their news and information from social media like TikTok? 
  • Asking questions to model & foster critical thinking 
  • Resources for families of different races, faiths, and cultures to address difficult questions and tough topics like reproductive rights, Covid-19, healthcare, & more 
  • What’s racial socialization?  What’s your cultural identity?

 

Looking for more? Find all the show details on our website here:

www.besproutable.com/podcasts/tough-conversations-election-anjali-ferguson

Nov 3, 2022

So glad to be highlighting this show again - wowzer. This is such a profound invitation, every day, to be who our teens need then to be. Yes, love them with all of you, stand by them, AND give them space to discover all there is to learn from mistakes and risks, triumphs and failures - these are THEIRS to experience. Doesn't mean we abandon them, it DOES mean that we love them through it all regardless of how it looks. This is what all kids need, even those adult ones!

You can find the show notes https://www.besproutable.com/podcasts/eps-185-how-to-be-fiercely-committed-and-lovingly-detached/ 

Oct 31, 2022

Aly shares about her own tough teen years and how she started working with parents of teens.  Casey & Aly dig into what misguided ideas parents of teens have and what new brain science is showing us, like behavior-based parenting (ie: punishments and rewards) leading to acting-out & defiance and how much brains grow & change during puberty.  Aly explains what a boundary truly is, and why children & teens should not and cannot be responsible for parent’s feelings.  She shares how common co-dependence is for Gen X and Gen Y and how that can lead to controlling or catering to your teen along with a sense of responsibility for others feelings and behaviors.  Casey breaks down being kind & firm at the same time.  Aly defines boundaries and expectations with examples as well as how & why to stay compassionate and curious with your teen.  Aly wraps up by explaining what teens need to show their best effort, including in an antiquated school system.

 

Takeaways from the show:

  • Misguided ideas about the teen years  
  • We parent the way we were parented 
  • The strategies that worked well with your young child will not work with that same child in the teen years 
  • 100% of behavior is driven by emotion; we must learn relationship-skills and how to connect
  • Gen X and Gen Y were raised with a heavy responsibility for their parent’s feelings, leading to co-dependence  
  • Everyone, including parents and teens, are worthy and deserving of respect
  • You are responsible for your own feelings and behaviors and not anyone else’s (including your teens) 
  • What really is a boundary?  What’s the difference between a boundary and an expectation? 
  • Staying compassionate and curious with your teen 
  • Effort = belief in self + belief in a probable success + understanding the risk of failure 
  • Parenting is a process that starts with you: be gracious, let it be messy, & it’s never too late to change a relationship

For more information + transcripts go to our website here.

 

Oct 27, 2022

I'm outta here!!

For real. I am on a plane with Julietta Skoog, my partner at Sproutable headed out on a WORLD TOUR!! We land later today in the UAE and will be speaking at the Parenthood Unconference next week, alongside so many amazing speakers.

Listen to this SHORT solo show to hear all about it! 

Oct 24, 2022

My guest today is Domari Dickinson. 


Domari shares how she got started on her Conscious Parenting & Positive Discipline journey.  They discuss what Conscious Parenting, Positive Parenting, & Gentle Parenting mean and if those are helpful labels.  Domari shares her tips for those of us who are transitioning to a different parenting style, including identifying & digging into your own triggers, leading with love & grace, and feeling all of your feelings.

 

Takeaways from the show:

  • What does being a conscious parent mean? 
  • Doing the work ourselves & focusing on personal growth 
  • Unpacking your bags and identifying your triggers 
  • Leading with love & grace 
  • Get comfortable asking yourself “why?” 
  • Being okay with not having “the right answer” 
  • Feeling & accepting all of your feelings
Oct 20, 2022

Listeners - you are in for a TREAT!! This Thursday the Joyful Courage podcast feed is being taken over by my good friend, Julie Neale, host and brilliance over at Mothers Quest Podcast

Julie has powerful conversations with incredible guests and I am honored to be sharing one of those convos here with the Joyful Courage community.

Julie's guest is Jonathan Mooney, father, writer, speaker, activist, and self-described “do-gooder.” He is the author of Normal Sucks, How to Live, Learn and Thrive Outside the Lines.

Jonathan forged his own path to Brown University where he co-founded an organization and co-wrote a book to help neurodivergent students like himself succeed in college.

He has been a champion for neurological and physical diversity for more than two decades, and goes deep and wide with Julie about the pervasive impact of institutionalized and cultural ableism and his quest to help himself and others with differences understand they are not deficient.

You are IN FOR A TREAT MY FRIENDS!! 

You can find shownotes for this episode by clicking this link: http://mothersquest.com/different-is-not-deficient-with-normal-sucks-author-jonathan-mooney/

While you're at it, be sure to check out MothersQuest episode 93 where Julie's son, a freshman at UCLA, interviews Jonathan about neurodivergent activism and more!

Appreciating you all so much!

 

 

Oct 17, 2022

My guest today is Kimberly Holmes. 

 

Kimberly and Casey talk about their family backgrounds and what common challenges long-term, committed couples are facing.  They discuss couples therapy and intentionally supporting both spouses & a safe environment during Marriage Helpers workshops.  Casey and Kimberly talk similarities and differences between problem solving, using curiosity questions, and compromising with a teen versus with a spouse.  Kimberly shares advice on how to listen to and take feedback from a partner and tips on how parents can find common ground when it comes to their teens.  Casey and Kimberly wrap up digging into the importance of consistency, relationships ending, and the challenges of co-parenting.

 

Takeaways:

  • How do the teen years affect your partnership with your spouse? 
  • Pushing or pulling out of a marriage
  • How do you show up in your relationship?
  • Genuinely asking your spouse questions with curiosity 
  • Receiving feedback from a spouse without getting defensive 
  • Finding common ground, empathy, & being teammates with your spouse 
  • Do parents need to have the same parenting style? 
  • Can every marriage be saved? When is it time to call it quits? 
  • Having peace in your decisions  
  • Co-parenting challenges, disappointments, & tips

 

Find full show notes here: http://www.besproutable.com/eps-341-exploring-intimate-partnerships-kimberly-holmes

Oct 13, 2022

I am so grateful to be bringing back this show. It was a powerful re-listen for me, and I remembered the tension of the early teen years, the mistakes my daughter was telling me she was making, and how challenging it was to hold it all and still feel like I knew what I was doing. If you are committed to relationship centered parenting AND struggling with your teens risky behavior or less than ideal decision making, this show will help you feel seen, no doubt.

If you are interested in the waitlist for my membership program, head to www.besproutable.com/ljc.

For more complete shownotes for this show go to https://www.besproutable.com/podcasts/eps-115-solo-show-exploring-trust-and-surrender-as-i-navigate-all-there-is-to-learn-while-raising-a-teen/

Oct 10, 2022

My guest today is Britt Hawthorne.   

 

Casey and Britt dig into what being anti-biased and anti-racist mean.  Britt shares strategies from her new book, “Raising Anti-Racist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide,” for talking about racism with children and teens including embracing getting uncomfortable & admitting what you don’t know.  Britt shares her wisdom on how to tackle tough topics like police brutality with your kids and family. 

 

Guest Description 

Britt Hawthorne is a black, bi-racial mama, teacher, author, and anti-bias & anti-racist facilitator.  Britt partners with caregivers, educators, and families to raise the next generation of anti-racist children.  Together with her beloved partner, they are raising their kids to be empathetic, critical thinkers embracing justice and activism.  Her days are filled with coffee, teaching, and joy.  You can find out more about Britt at www.britthawthorne.com.

See full show notes here:

http://www.besproutable.com/raising-anti-racist-children-with-britt-hawthorne/

Oct 6, 2022

Raising teenagers is HARD. This solo show explores the dynamic we create when we work to hold on to control and what come alive when we are willing to let go and give our kids the space they need to develop the skills that will serve them in the long term.

Get the full show notes at: 

www.besproutable.com/podcasts/eps-339-solo-having-the-courage-to-let-go

Oct 3, 2022

My guest today is Amy Lang.

 

Amy and Casey discuss the importance of and how to talk about sex and sexuality with your tweens and teens.  This conversation covers sex, sexuality, consent, sex positivity, pornography, safe spaces for sex, gender.  They also share resources and tips for these sometimes-awkward conversations with growing kids. 

 

Amy Lang has been a sexual health educator for over 25 years.  In 2006, she started Birds & Bees & Kids. With her lively, engaging, and down-to-earth style she helps parents become comfortable and confident talking with their kids. Amy’s books, online solutions center, and podcast show parents they really can become their kids' go-to birds and bees source. 

 

Amy is still married to her first husband, and they are getting the hang of parenting their recently launched man-child. She lives in Seattle, WA, and you can learn more about her work at BirdsAndBeesAndKids.com and BBKPros.com.

 

Find out more here.

Sep 29, 2022

Throwing it back this week to episode 171, a solo show were I explore the work of keeping it together when things fall apart. I would argue this is THE work. If you are someone who find youself getting on the emotional freight train with your kids, this show is for you. I share ideas and practices that will support you with staying in the present moment and being who your kids need you to be when they are having a hard time. 

Find all the show notes on the original show page - https://www.besproutable.com/podcasts/eps-171-solo-show-being-the-calm-inside-the-storm/

Sep 26, 2022

Today I am interviewing Esther Goetz. Esther is the mama behind the wildly popular instagram account, Moms of Bigs. We spent time in this interview talking about the power of community during this season of parenting, and how authenticity and transparency about our experiences creates deeper connections with each other, and supports us in moving through the hard times.

See the full show notes at:

Sep 22, 2022

Today I am back with a FRESH solo show for you! I dig into the phrase "I believe you" as I understand it from Dr. Becky Kennedy's work. What would have happened if our parents had said that to us as teens? What could it open up in our relationship with our OWN teens if we are willing to say it to them?

Enjoy!

Sep 19, 2022

My guest today is Fernanda Lee.

Fernanda Lee, M.A.Ed, holds a degree in business administration and worked for Accenture, Bank of America and other investment brokers, until she became a mother, and decided to learn more about child development. 

Fernanda now holds a Master Degree in Education, with a Pupil Personnel Services credential, and has served as a school counselor in elementary and middle public schools. She is a lead trainer in Positive Discipline, serving parents, health professionals, teachers, early childhood educators, couples, and professionals in the workplace in the United States, Brazil, Portugal and Luxembourg. 

Fernanda was featured in two national magazines “Escola” and “English as a Foreign Language” discussing the practical application of Positive Discipline in the classroom. She is very thankful to be raising her two teenagers with Positive Discipline, as without it she would have pulled out all her hair. 

 

Takeaways from the show:

  • How Fernanda first got involved with Positive Discipline
  • Changes in your relationship as your kids grow older
  • Using Positive Discipline with older adolescents and teens
  • Some of the biggest challenges that come with parenting teens
  • Listening to and having open discussions with your teen
  • Being understanding and respectful with your kids 
  • Saying no in a productive way to teens
Sep 15, 2022

I am revisiting Eps 259, exploring the question, "is this Positive Discipline?" Parents in the trenches of naviagating challenging behavior often wonder if what they are doing fits under the PD umbrella. I tease this apart for you with the intention of offering listeners a deeper understanding and encouragement to support them in the Positive Discipline practice.

Find the show notes for this show at https://www.besproutable.com/podcasts/eps-259-solo-show-exploring-is-this-positive-discipline/ 

 

Sep 12, 2022

My guest today is Lisa L. Lewis.

We discuss... 

  • How Lisa first got involved with teens sleep needs and changing school start times
  • Why teens can struggle to get the sleep they need
  • The issues that can come with teens not getting enough sleep
  • How to help your teens move into a rhythm that allows them to get the sleep they need
  • The ways technology affects sleep
  • How to push for a change in school start times in your community
  • And more!

Lisa is the author of The Sleep-Deprived Teen: Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, And How Parents And Schools Can Help Them Thrive, described as “a call to action” by Arianna Huffington and “an urgent and timely read” by Daniel H. Pink.

Sep 5, 2022

This week is a solo show where your host Casey O’Roarty discusses back-to-school strategies for talking with your tweens and teens about expectations in the new school year.

 

Takeaways from the show

  • Working through feelings for the upcoming school year with your teens
  • Talking through goals and expectations with your teenagers
  • Staying calm when talking to your teen about the school year
  • Letting your kids take their own responsibility with their grades
  • Trusting your children to decide what opportunities are important to them
  • Allowing your kids to find their own motivation
Aug 29, 2022

Hi Listeners! Welcome to the Joyful courage  2022 Summer Throwback series! We are wrapping up these throwbacks and are super excited to be offering up BRAND NEW SHOWS to you beginning next week!

Today I am going way back to share a raw and vulnerable conversation with my friend and colleague, Kristin Hovious. You have heard me say before that part of our work as parents is to clean things up when WE have made a mistake or contributed to a dynamic that is hurtful in our home. Kristin and I tease this apart, tell our own stories of making amends to our kids, and offer tools to support you in this powerful work.  

Listen to it on the website at besproutable.com

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