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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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Jul 26, 2016

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My guest today is Rebecca Michi, a children’s sleep consultant and mother of two daughters. In her work with families over the years, Rebecca found that sleep issues were a common problem. This realization led her to specialize on the subject and offer coaching help to many parents. I’m thrilled to get her insights into this issue—and( let’s be truthful),haven’t we all had some pull-our-hair-out moments? Whether you’re a brand new parent or the parent of teens, Rebecca has great tips to share. Join us!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Temperaments and sleep patterns are unique to each person.
  • Rebecca’s average client is 8 months old!
  • Most children need help falling asleep and STAYING asleep.
  • Her philosophy? Support parents in their parenting style
  • Unique family dynamics
  • Sleep: Why it’s a very basic need
  • Sleeping “through the night” is usually defined as 5 consecutive hours AFTER midnight.
  • “Good sleeper” or “bad sleeper”
  • At bedtime, focus on relaxation and physically slowing down.
  • Other bedtime routines can be singing songs, reading books, and quiet play.
  • Negotiables and non-negotiables about bedtime
  • Giving children SOME choices gives them healthy empowerment.
  • Teens’ sleep patterns change (but they STILL need 8-9 hours!)
  • Limit evening electronics and bright lights (use incandescent bulbs)
  • Rebecca shares the guidelines for number of sleep hours needed, from ages 0-3 months to 13 years.
  • It’s normal to wake 2-6 times each night.
  • The goal for your child? The ability to get themselves back to sleep when waking
  • Don’t make sleep or the bedroom a means of punishment!
  • What does Joyful Courage mean to you? “It means going forward on your parenting journey, even when it’s unknown, and trying to enjoy it! Look at it in a positive way.”

Resources:

www.childrenssleepconsultant.com

Find Rebecca on Facebook, too!

The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

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Brain Informed Parenting - A Webinar
This week for Wednesday Webinar (7.27.16), I will share some basic brain science that you don't need to be a genius to understand. When we have a basic understanding of our kids brain development, and our own, it can shift the way we interact with our kids, deepening our relationships and keeping us focused on teaching skills. You DO NOT want to miss this hour!

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Jul 22, 2016

I am THRILLED to have my friend, mentor and CO-CONSPIRATOR on the show today to talk about being women, mamas, and our middle school girl's workshop, GLAM CAMP 2016!  Krista Petty Raimer is the founder of Boldly Embody Life and a beacon of lite and transformation to all who have the pleasure of crossing paths with her.

Take a little time to listen in and hear what we are up to and consider what it means to be a caretaker of the daughter you have...  :)

Check out GLAM CAMP here!!

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Jul 19, 2016

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Welcome! My guest today is Sarah MacLaughlin, a compassion coach, child behavior decoder, parent educator, author, speaker, and warrior for kindness. Sounds like a busy woman, doesn’t she? There is more! She is also the mother of an eight-year-old and is a licensed social worker in Maine. Sarah was a guest for Episode 30, when she discussed Setting Limits. I’m so excited to have her back to help us make sense out of some of the troubling current events in our country. How do we raise our kids to treat ALL people with dignity and respect in the midst of a predominantly white culture? How are we raising our kids to make a better world? Join us for this important and timely conversation.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The responsibility of parents today
  • Stop talking and LISTEN!
  • Making it all make sense to kids
  • Implicit bias: What is it?
  • Being rich vs. being wealthy
  • Why we fear discomfort
  • Our hierarchal society (it exists)
  • Finding opportunities for diversity
  • What’s NORMAL?
  • The anti-bias classroom
  • Why we can’t ignore US history
  • Why being “colorblind” is NOT the answer
  • Kids—they are ALWAYS watching!
  • How to confront others and express your discomfort
  • Is your home “whitewashed”?

Resources:

www.sarahmaclaughlin.com

Use Sarah’s name to find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Love First: Parenting to Reduce Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Other Forms of Hate, by Sarah MacLaughlin

Laying the Groundwork for Acceptance and Inclusion, by Sarah MacLaughlin

Talking to my White Child About Race, by Sarah MacLaughlin 

40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child, by Barbara Mathias

EDITORIAL: What I Said When My White Friend Asked For My black Opinion on White Privilege, by Lori Lakin Hutcherson

Thoughts From A Middle Class White Mama, by Casey O'Roarty

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh 

Another Round podcast

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Jul 12, 2016

Welcome! My guest for today’s show is Tracy Cutchlow, the author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far). The book fulfills Tracy’s passion to help new parents with information and support as they embark on the parenthood journey. Tracy also writes a blog and articles for the Washington Post and Huffington Post. Tracy and her husband, Luke, live in Seattle, where they enjoy life with their four-year- old daughter, Geneva. Unbelievably, Tracy wrote her book during the first 18 months of Geneva’s life! We’ll talk about the tools and wisdom in her book and the topic of helping our youngest children develop a growth mindset. Join us!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The unusual format in her book that makes it helpful for busy, new parents
  • Development challenges of very young children
  • “How many times do I have to tell you?”
  • Why children follow their desires (even when they don’t follow OUR desires)
  • Our expectations vs. normal development
  • Why parenting education should be included in well-child visits to the pediatrician Behaviors: Why they meet the child’s innate needs of experience, power, and connection
  • Why children seek connection, but will settle for attention
  • Look at their behavior through the lens of their needs.
  • Growth mindset: What is it?
  • Acknowledgement vs. praise: What’s the difference?
  • How empathy fits naturally into the growth mindset
  • What it takes is small tweaks in our language
  • Why our kids NEED to make mistakes
  • The power of teaching kids about their brains

What does Joyful Courage mean to you? “It means taking action, but having a lightness and a playfulness—looking for the good instead of the bad.”

Resources:

www.zerotofive.net (Find parenting tips and more!)

Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far) by Tracy Cutchlow

Find Tracy on Facebook and Twitter: Zero to Five Book

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Jul 7, 2016

Excited to dig into sibling rivalry today on the Ask Casey episode!!

A listener wrote in:

My kids - particularly my 8 and 9 yo - feel like they have to compete with each other all the time. Every time one does something/gets something different from the other, they tend to mention to the other almost like a taunt. I think on one hand they want their sibling to be happy for them (like mom or dad would be), and on the other hand, I think they want to show how much more special they are.
 
Even if it is innocent, the other kid will still take it as a put down as if it's expected and react with shock, become grudgingly upset, and whining. It is so annoying and constant. It even goes so far as every question I ask has to be directed at one individual bc they will get upset over who answers first. They will even just smile in a nonverbal taunting sort of way to get the other one upset.
 
This happens anytime of day from when they first get up to evening. It happens at home, in the car, in the store. They don't usually do it if there are other kids their age or a little older around - I think bc they get embarrassed. I've seen them snap out of it instantly. It seems to happen less at bedtime maybe because of routine and parent led family time?
 
When it happens my physical response is to get tense in my face and jaw, my breath gets short, and then I feel tension in my shoulders. Emotionally, I start to feel exasperated. 
 
Yes, this is all probably normal on some level and we are working deliberately to include special/individual child led time with each kid.  Bugs and wishes has helped bc they feel like others hear them and respect them more. Just looking for the next step to take it to the next level. 
 
We don't want to foster competition in our family we value working together and supporting one another. I want them to be able to be happy for their sibling without feeling less. I feel like just writing this out is helping form some ideas to try, but I would love to hear yours as I'm sure mine are not the only kids who tend to do this. (I was fiercely and painfully competitive with my sister growing up).
 
Resources for parenting siblings:
 
Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen
Siblings Without Rivalry by Faber and Mazlish
Peaceful Parent, Happy Sibling by Dr. Laura Markham
Eps 37: Dr. Laura Markham on holding space for siblings to get along
 

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Listeners!!! Chime in!! What are your tips/thoughts/experiences around sibling rivalry??

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Jul 5, 2016

Kate Orson is on the podcast today, and I absolutely love where our conversation went!!

Kate's bio from her website:

KAte is a Hand in Hand parenting instructor, and author of Tears Heal: How To Listen To Children. Originally from the UK she now live in Basel, Switzerland, with her husband, author Toni Davidson, and our four year old daughter Ruby.

Kate has written articles for a number of different parenting magazines including The Green Parent, Juno and Smallish.

Kate offer parenting workshops, consultations, both online via skype or in person.

I reached out to Kate to talk about getting children's cooperation around chores.  In talking to her, and learning more about the Hand In Hand parenting approach, our conversation lead us down the road to understanding how intentional listening and presence with children can invite the very cooperation we are looking for.

Kate wrote an article titled 25 Tips for Having Fun While Cleaning Up

Here is the Montessori list of age appropriate chores ((super helpful!))

Things to remember when we are hoping for cooperation:

  • set limits
  • lightness
  • play
  • show faith and trust your child's ability
  • listen
  • practice special time

More about "stay listening"

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Where to find Kate:

website i facebook i twitter

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Jun 28, 2016

Welcome! Today’s episode features TWO guests, Amy Lang and Dr. Jen O’Ryan. Amy is a sexuality educator who helps parents have conversations with kids about healthy sexuality; she previously joined us for Episodes 8 and 33. Jen holds a PhD in human behavior and specifically works with children and adolescents in gender minorities, especially LGBTQ kids. She joined us for Episode 35. These conversations were prompted by the important talking points which emerged from two recent news stories: the Stanford rape case and the Orlando nightclub shooting. Join us for these important conversations!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

From Amy:

  • The Stanford case boils down to consent: How do we help our kids be smarter than that?
  • Bad decisions and entitlement: a dangerous mix
  • Teach kids about consent: Use the words permission, asking and giving, and agreement.
  • When everyone is “out of their heads,” there is NO CONSENT!
  • Yes means YES. No means NO. Stop means STOP!
  • With young kids, respect their right to say no to unwanted hugs/kisses; as adults, ASK for a hug/kiss.
  • How to use transition phrases to awkward moments
  • “Tricky people”
    • Be explicit with kids about family rules.
    • Plant seeds about sexuality conversations.
    • Teach them NOT to expect entitlement.
  • Amy’s book about dating, to help kids figure out their dating values (See Resources below)
  • Why we need to model conflict resolution for our kids
  • “Yes” girls and red flags in dating—Are you ready for sex?
  • Be open, available, and neutral for your kids.

From Jen:

  • With news of any tragedy, it’s better to give kids small pieces of information that they can process rather than overwhelm them with ALL the details.
  • How to “check in” with your LGBTQ kids
  • Jen’s experience in London this week with a drag queen show paying tribute to the Orlando victims
  • Adults have communities and support systems in place, but most kids don’t.
  • The human element of these victims: brother, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, etc.
  • Social change is a product of humanization.
  • The verbage to use? LGBTQ, queer, etc.
  • Remember that kids process information at different speeds than adults.
  • Have conversations with kids about safety, dangers, reassurance, and empowerment.
  • The best response is always unity and solidarity.
  • With 5-7 year olds: listen and watch how they play, and make space for them to express feelings.
  • With older kids: create safe spaces for them to talk, and check for signs of depression or social withdrawal.
  • It’s OK to talk about it!

Resources:

Dating Smarts: What Every Teen Needs to Know to Date, Relate, or Wait by Amy Lang

www.birdsandbeesandkids.com

www.birdsandbeescourse.com (Amy’s new online course for parents!)

www.savvyparentssafekids.com

Tea Consent video (on youtube!)

www.mykidcameout.com  (Jen’s website with resources, blog, and email info. Find her on Facebook, too!)

Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, ages 1-21

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Jun 23, 2016

So happy to welcome Maria Dismondy to the show for my June BONUS episode!!  Maria is an award winning author and has written many books for children that engage and inspire them to consider the skills needed to be a good friend and problem solver.  She spent time in the classroom before having her own children, and uses her time in schools to inform what she writes about in her books.

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Maria's books:

The Littlest Linebacker - A Story of Determination
Chocolate Milk Por Favor - Celebrating Diversity with Empathy
Spoonful of Sweetness - and Other Delicious Manners
Pink Tiara Cookies for Three
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun - Having the Courage to be Who You Are
The Juice Box Bully - Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others
The Potato Chip Champ - Discovering Why Kindness Counts

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Find Maria on You Tube
Follow her on Instagram
Check out her website
Conversation starters from Pinterest

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Jun 21, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is a dear friend, Julietta Skoog, who is a positive discipline trainer. She joined us as a guest on Episode 4 about Family Meetings. It’s hard to believe that we’re here at Episode 48 now! I’m so thrilled to have Julietta back again so that we can all benefit from her wealth of parenting knowledge. She teaches many classes and workshops for parents, in addition to being a school counselor and psychologist in Seattle, where she works with hundreds of students. Her most important parenting work, however, is at home with her children, ages 4 and 7. Today’s topic is all about Toddlers—raising them and dealing with those around us who might not agree with our parenting methods. Join us!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Toddlers are biologically driven to explore the world through visual learning and touch.
  • We need to find a way to bridge between our world and their world.
  • They need to know that you hear them and understand them.
  • Connect with them, see them, and hear them.
  • With 2-3 year olds, redirection and distraction can be effective tools to move them on to what they need to do next.
  • What it means to “get them to the second location”
  • With older toddlers, use curiosity questions and give them a wait time.
  • With younger toddlers, limit their choices to ones that you’re ok with.
  • Mutual respect is essential—even with toddlers!
  • Help them get excited about the next step with PLAY.
  • Use deep firmness and structure.
  • How should we handle destructive behaviors?
    • Speak consistently
    • Model connection and firmness
    • Supervise!
  • Model and help them learn empathy
  • Transitions cause anxiety for kids, so do your prevention work!

In dealing with others’ opinions, remember that we’re all challenged as parents; we’re all doing the best we can with the tools we have.

Resources:

www.besproutable.com (Julietta has video examples and other parenting resources.)

Julietta's website l Facebook 

Join the Joyful Courage Facebook group: Live and Love with Courage.

Jun 14, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Kris Prochaska, a former therapist who uses her intuition, diagnostic skills, and ability to read people’s energy. Her desire is to coach women in how to embody sacred leadership at home and at work to listen and live according to their inner voice. Kris was a 2015 TEDxBend speaker and is the author of Life Well Spoken: Free Your Inner Voice and Prosper. She is a busy mom to Anja, 7, and Eli, 11, and is happily married to—and still in love with—her hubby, Mike.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Kris began her career journey as a therapist, but tired of focusing on what’s “wrong.” She wanted to discover what’s “right”!
  • Kris approaches her coaching sessions under the premise that the client really does know best.
  • Kris discusses her TED talk experience and the responses she received to her topic: Why don’t we see our kids as equals?
  • Kris shares the irony in her TED talk in that she was not in alignment with her natural energy and truth.
  • The goal in parenting is NOT to control our kids, but to teach them to use their tools to become their very best.
  • Our kids are equally deserving of dignity and respect, but that doesn’t mean there are no limits or boundaries.
  • The parenting attitude should be, “What’s in the highest and best good for our family in the long term?”
  • We should listen to the voice of our kids and let them be a part of decision-making.
  • We’re afraid if we teach them to listen to themselves that they will run rampant.
  • The “little voices,”—do YOU hear them? They seek to make you look good, stay safe, and fit in-- -no matter what.
  • How do you tell the difference between your “little voices” and your intuition?
  • The “little voices” will make you feel small, constricted, and pressured.
  • Your true inner voice is expansive, calm, and peaceful.
  • Your energy shift can affect those around you.

What does Joyful Courage mean to you? “When we have the courage to step into that inner voice place and what we know, it takes courage to do that over and over again. The returns are infinite. That’s the blessing we give to the world.”

Resources:

www.krisprochaska.com

Find her on Facebook and Instagram: MessyMysticMama.

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Jun 9, 2016

Here is what I got from a listener:

Hey lady!

As I said in my post, Sheane (my teacher ;)) is really volatile right now, and so much of what she's saying is full of disrespect and sass. Oh, and often high volume. It's driving me nuts. I suspect it's because summer is upon us, and she is worried about the transition, having to say goodbye to her teacher, etc., as she's so sensitive so it's freaking her out. If I say, "Please sit down and finish your breakfast" (she gets up several times during mealtimes, mostly to cartwheel), she'll yell, "MOM! Stop telling me that! I was going to!!!" Or, she's started to respond, "I don't care!" or "I don't have to!" Shaun and I have really been working on our tone with each other and the kids, so I feel like we're really modeling ways to disagree, ask questions, etc., without being disrespectful. And, we've been working on our connection with her, each of us committing to ensuring that she is feeling that sense of belonging and significance. So, I'm somewhat stumped now as to where to go with this. Often she's outright saying, "NO!" or is moaning and groaning about every situation, even when choice and inviting language is used. I did just take the "is your child sensitive" quiz that was posted on the FB page, and she scores off the charts. Thoughts? This child is teaching the hell out of me.

So grateful for parents who reach out for support!!  Enjoy this episode of Ask Casey as I do my best to share advice and feedback on this behavior that drives us ALL mad!!

  • Back talk video 

  • Article on consent – good man project

  • “Our kids are doing the best they can with the skills they have.”

  • What/How questions

  • Connect before correct

  • Get curious about your child’s experience too

  • Offer the opportunity for a redo

  • They need to have the space for you to say “that wasn’t the best way to handle this situation, let’s try it again.”

  • Practice being non-attached (don’t take it personally)

  • “Tell me about that…” and then LISTEN DEEPLY

  • The goal is to help our kids build skills to navigate disappointment in a way that isn’t hurtful to others, themselves or the environment around them.

  • Soothing basket PDF

  • Hold space for them to be uncomfortable and trust them to get to the other side

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    Listeners!!! Chime in with your thoughts!! What are your tips/thoughts/experiences around setting limits for screen time??

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Jun 7, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Dr. Michele Borba, a globally-recognized educational psychologist and parenting, bullying, and character expert. Her aim is to strengthen children’s empathy and resilience to break the cycle of youth violence. She has delivered keynotes and workshops to over 1 million participants on 5 continents and authored 24 books translated into 14 languages. Her latest book is out on June 7, and is titled Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. Parents and educators will benefit greatly from Dr. Borba’s wisdom and insights. Join us!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Michele has experience as a special education teacher and working on school shooting prevention and bullying prevention programs.
  • Much of the world’s violence narrows down to the primary need of empathy.
  • What is empathy? The ability to “feel” with someone, to step in and understand where another person is coming from.
  • Empathy has emotional and cognitive components.
  • In researching her book, Michele learned from Holocaust rescuers that empathy was modeled for them by their parents, so it was natural for them to care about helping others.
  • In the last 30 years, empathy in children has dropped by 40%, while narcissism has increased by 58%.
  • Michele explains “The Selfie Syndrome” and how it kills empathy.
  • Michele shares the following about learning empathy:
    • It’s a “womb-to-tomb” scenario, so you can start learning at any age.
    • Children are hard-wired for empathy at birth.
    • Infants go through the first step of empathy when they attach to their mothers.
    • Around age 1, emotional literacy begins when a child understands another’s clues to sadness or hurt.
  • The problem today is that children are learning to tune in to digital devices and not to each other.
  • #1 Tip: Teach your child to look at the color of the eyes of the person speaking to learn to “tune in.”
  • Michele’s book teaches activities to cultivate empathy, to listen better, and to stand up to a bully.
  • How to teach children the A, B, C’s of recognizing stress
  • The “empathy gap” of overwhelmed kids
  • Many “self-regulation” techniques are recommended in the book.
  • Why we MUST teach coping strategies to our kids!
  • How to teach them to take care of someone else’s heart
  • Why saying “I’m sorry” is NOT the best option
  • Michele gives some baby steps that parents can take as a starting point to increase empathy in their kids.
  • “Think Big, Start Small”---choose ONE thing to do
  • Michele has “Bully Buster” techniques and skills in the book.
  • What does Joyful Courage mean to you? “Joyful Courage is the most wonderful concept you can imagine. Having courage brings real joy. We need to build kids from the inside out. It’s the real miracle point of your heart opening to another.”

Resources:

www.commonsensemedia.org

www.micheleborba.com

Find Dr. Borba on Facebook and Twitter and find her books on Amazon.com.

May 31, 2016

Dr. Deborah MacNamara is a brilliant voice in parent education and if was so fun to get to know her on the podcast!

From her website:

Dr. Deborah MacNamara is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and author of Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one) She presents, teaches, and writes on all facets of child and adolescent development based on the relational-developmental approach of Gordon Neufeld. She is also in private practice where she offers counselling services to parents and professionals in making sense of learning, behavioural, and developmental issues in kids. Deborah is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor who makes developmental science come to life in the everyday context of home and classroom.

She was an amazing guest and I KNOW you will be left is awe of all you have learned while listening to our conversation!!

Show highlights:

  • Core of her work is making sense of kids, to the adults that are responsible to them

  • Childhood is the unfolding of human potential – separate social and adapted human beings

  • Rest, Play Grow is about children ages 2-6 years old.

  • It takes 5-7 years for brains to resemble adult brain.  Before then, their brains  are impulsive, they are all about themselves, their goal is to focus on oneself and become a separate person.  They are ego-centric
  • Play is the leading edge of development

  • Warm up act in preparation

  • Most of the growth happens for this age during play – free of consequences, kids are free to be expressive and exploratory…

  • Children express emotions at play – keeps them balanced and at the surface

  • Play is the unfolding of our early occupations

  • Play that leads development when they are playing on their own…

  • Release a child to play after offering contact and closest first… they know their attachment needs are met an they can move into play.

  • … Under three they stay pretty close to parent

  • 2.5 – 3 signs of venturing out and spread their wings to try things our.  Promote this by using contact and closeness first and set them up to play, then slowly move away and give them space to play

  • What is the space that your child engages in?

  • Temperament matters – 1/5 children are more sensitive and stired up by their environment… they take a little bit longer to be satiated with connection

  • Give each child what they need for play to unfold

  • Resistance and opposition – counter will instincts – instinct to resist others when we are feeling co-ersed

  • We have our own agendas and they have theirs

  • Attachment – if a child is not in active attachment with us (engaged) we have kind of disappeared

  • Growth occurs within relationship – we want to keep them receptive to our message.

  • Acknowledging the child has their own interest and move forward anyways. Children do need to realize that at certain times, the resistance is futile.

  • The more the relationship is in tact, easier it is for kids to roll with it.

  • Say no and give them permission to have their feelings.

  • Emotional self control is something we can get to – over time.

     

  • Encourage expressing feelings

  • Help them feeling feelings

  • Mixing their feelings

  • Reflecting - that it is about the child’s relationship with own feelings

  • In the practice – get to a place of deepening and developing relationship with others

  • The relationship must be with oneself in before one becomes a social being

  • In order to have a relationship with oneself, an adult must have a relationship with us...

  • A child must know who they are first, before they become a social being… The adult is responsible for helping the child know who they are.

  • Help child become civilized relating with emotional expression…  Yes please, lets all make this our goal!!

Where to find Deborah MacNamara:
http://macnamara.ca/

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May 26, 2016

In this bonus episode, I talk with my friend, Victoria Sexton all about how to use aromatherapy for wellness.

She breaks down what essential oils are, how to use a diffuser, and how to handle it when theres loads of snot and a cough (thats when I typically cross over to the over the counter stuff).

I know you will find value in this show and walk away feeling super excited about using aromatherapy in your home.  My diffusers been ordered.

From Victoria - 

Antibacterial Essential oils:

Orange
Eucalyptus
Rosemary
Frankincense
Lavender
Peppermint

Note: Do not apply essential oils to infants. Use a diffuser instead. For kids years 2 and above use a dilution of 1% of essential oils (6 drops per ounce).

How to follow Victoria:

www.naturalgoodnessskincare.com
Facebook
Pinterest

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May 24, 2016

I am so honored to have Rebecca Eanes on the podcast this week!!

Rebecca Eanes is a best selling author, the founder of positive-parents.org, creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond, and a contributing editor to Creative Child Magazine where she does most of her writing currently.

Her books are The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting which has been a #1 best seller in it's category on Amazon, and a co-authored book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early Childhood, which has also been an Amazon best seller internationally.

Her new book, Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, will be released on June 7, 2016. You can preorder it now at Amazon.

Blog posts and articles by Rebecca mentioned during the podcast:

Parenting the Highly Sensitive Boy
Disciplining the Sensitive Child
Create A Calm Down Area
Does Time-In Reward Children?

Books mentioned on the podcast:

The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine Aron
The Strong Sensitive Boy by Ted Zeff
Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffleman

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Positive Parenting: The Essential Guide NOW

With your preorder you will receive exclusive access to her Facebook Book Club experience where you will get support from Rebecca, complimentary PDF for each chapter, support and accountability for lasting change, AND be entered to win books, ecourse and parent coaching sessions with top parenting coaches!! 

Follow Rebecca:

www.positive-parents.org
Positive Parenting Toddlers and Beyond Facebook Page
Positive Parents on Pinterest
@BeckyEanes on Twitter
@RebeccaEanes on Instagram

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May 17, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Jiovann Carrasco, a psychotherapist in Austin, TX. Jiovann is the owner of the Austin Mindfulness Center, a meditator, and the author of an online mindfulness program called Follow your Breath. He is an engaged and connected father to two young kids and worked as a stay-at-home dad for two years! Let’s jump into this topic of mindfulness with Jiovann!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • How Jiovann began practicing meditation in 2008, as a result of the anxiety and panic attacks from his stressful job as a therapist at a group home
  • How Zen meditation changed Jiovann and allowed him to connect with himself like never before
  • How does Jiovann define mindfulness? “Attending to whatever arises in the present moment without trying to change it or judge it.”
  • Jiovann explains the benefits to mindfulness in parenting.
  • Why Jiovann took a popular course on Positive Discipline and became a certified parent educator
  • Jiovann explains how to bring mindfulness to even the everyday mundane tasks required in parenting.
  • How Jiovann structures his early morning meditation practice and time with his kids
  • How kids already know how to be mindful and present WAY more than adults
  • Fearful thoughts and worries are what our minds naturally focus on; mindfulness finds ways to shine the spotlight on anything else in the present moment.
  • Jiovann explains the basics of his 6-week, on-demand, online course. See details below!
  • What does joyful courage mean to Jiovann? “Mindfulness is one of the most courageous things to do. It’s intentionally moving toward the fears, and joy and happiness are natural by-products.”

Connect with Jiovann:

www.austinmindfulness.org (Find information on the course, Follow Your Breath, including meditation audio, downloadables, journals, practice logs, videos, and access to the Facebook group. The normal price is $299, but through the end of 2016, the course is available for 50% off. But wait, it gets better!

FOLLOW YOUR BREATHE MINDFULNESS COURSE:

For JCP listeners, take an additional 35% off, which brings the price UNDER $100!) --- CLICK HERE FOR THE DISCOUNT!

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May 12, 2016

 

 

A question from Maria…

My 6yo loves his ipad and tv, like I'm sure they all do. I don't allow him to play non-stop and he's generally ok with boundaries. My issue is he's always asking. ALWAYS. I'm forever saying no, or later, or ok for half an hour, or after you do this or that. I'm the bad guy when he really wants to and I'd rather he do something more constructive. I'd like to put the power in his hands, instead of mine, but how. I thought about giving him a weekly limit and letting him go free, when his limit is met, no more screens. But how, he's 6 and doesn't really get time management. Plus, school days vs weekends (and now summer) are different. Right now he doesn't have homework, but when he does, screens should be very limited (I'd imagine) and I don't want to break a habit when that starts. On the weekends, in the morning, he gets to play/watch until dad and I get up and make breakfast. Than maybe more later, but it depends on what we're doing. Ugh this is only going to get worse when he gets older.
I'd like to set some limits he can follow on his own, so I'm not the dictator. One that won't allow him to be on it for hours. His attitude is awful if he's been playing a long time, shoot that happens to me too! 

 

  • I am not an expert on screen time – we are first generation of parents parenting kids with crazy access to screens, also we are the first parents to ALSO have this access.
  • We are the models
  • Time on the screens is time not connecting with other human beings in our life
  • Root of the problem is disconnection
  • No perfect answer
  • No screens Vs No Limits
    • Lots of room in the middle for skill development, self regulation practice, time management exploration
  • Have a conversation about what you are noticing and invite him to speak into his experience
  • Look at the week and the days – then decide what could work for you, what he would like, whiddle it down to a place where you are both satisfied
  • Blog posts:
  • No magic number of miutes
  • Comes down to provide an opportunity for your six year old to be a part of the problem solving process
  • We must give them experience for practicing negotiating, offer/counter offer
  • Notice rigidity
    • Showing up with your plan in mind will not be helpful
    • Go into the conversation to deeply listen and be open minded
  • Use visuals so that he knows when screen time is
  • Give opportunities to be autonomous
  • Try the solution for a week and revisit – tweak if necessary
  • Our children are full of creative ideas
  • When we are a part of the problem solving, we are more likely to follow through with the solution
  • Use daily special time to connect and continue to strengthen relationship
  • When we strengthen relationship with our kids we are increasing our kids sense of belonging and significance
  • When you notice things are challenging, turn your lens towards the relationship

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May 10, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Sarah Remmer, a registered dietitian and pediatric nutrition expert. She blogs at Stork to Fork, sharing ideas, advice, and easy recipes for real parents who want their kids to grow into healthy relationships with food. Let’s jump right into this topic with Sarah!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Sarah is the mother of three young kids, so she knows the struggle!
  • In her client work, Sarah noticed that the common denominator was the way they were
  • raised in dysfunctional relationships with food.
  • She rebranded and turned her specialty to helping parents raise kids with healthy habits
  • and positive, functional relationships with food for life.
  • Her practice has been thriving, as she is now recognized as a top pediatric nutritionist.
  • Sarah discusses the biggest challenges in feeding kids; if you’re a parent, then you’ve
  • experienced one or more of these!
  • How a recent blog post by Sarah focuses on the “role reversal” that takes place between
  • parents and kids at mealtimes
  • Why kids should NOT stick exclusively with their favorite snacks, like yogurt or bananas
  • Boundaries are important and help create structure.
  • Sarah advises NO short order cooking, NO special meals, and NO snacking after meals.
  • Desserts are tricky!
  • Why you should NOT require “3 more bites of broccoli” before dessert!
  • Why kids are naturally drawn to energy-rich foods like sweets and carbs
  • Eating a wide variety of foods as a toddler will broaden your child’s palate!
  • Ask your child, “How can I make this food yummier for you?”
  • Bad habits CAN be changed!
  • How to involve kids in meals and meal planning
  • Sometimes, kids are truly NOT hungry!
  • Sarah explains your “long-term feeding lens” vs. the short term.
  • What does “joyful courage” mean to you? “Having the courage to start fresh. Forgive yourself for unhealthy habits. Be kind and end mealtime power struggles.

Connect with Sarah:

www.sarahremmer.com
Facebook
Twitter

Follow Sarah on the Yummy Mummy Club site! 

The Super Healthy Kids Blog

Feeding Kids: How Parents and Kids Often Have Their Roles Mixed Up (and how to fix it) 

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May 3, 2016

Megan Barella loves to help parents unlock their parenting powerthrough her classes and coaching programs. As a Certified PositiveDiscipline Parent Educator, she brings a holistic approach to helppeople live and parent in connection with their highest selves."The Getting to Gold Project" is the program Megan is developingfor parents who are trauma survivors. Megan loves to cook, dance,do art projects, and spend time in the woods with her 7 year oldson in the Portland, OR area. 

Highlights from the conversation:

-       The stress response systemtakes over
-      Through awareness we can bring what ishappening internally into the open
-       Parenting is incredible,courageous work
-       Dan Siegel, Parenting From the Inside Out
-       We want our kids tothrive!
-       BeckyBailey of Conscious Discipline – “Awareness is the first agentof positive change”
-       Be a gentle observer –awareness + self compassion ((you tubevideo))
-       Hand over Heart
-       Mistakes are opportunities tolearn
-       Power of Repair
-       Showing up the best we canwith the tools we have
-       Our mistakes are notus!!  Our patterns are what we have taken on to survive…
-       Narrative therapy
-       “I am not defined by mymistakes”
-       Our body reads stress ASfear
-       The power of our positiveintent

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParentingForTheNextGeneration
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/MamaMegan1/
Instagram: @mama_megan
Twitter: @MamaMeganBlog

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Apr 28, 2016

Raffi Cavoukian is well known for the music he makes for young children...  Many parents today were brought up with that music and are now sharing it with their kids.  I spent many a day in the car singing Baaaaaaby Baluuuuuga to my littles and am so completely THRILLED to have the chance to talk to him on this podcast!!

It was so much fun getting  to know Raffi!  He candidly shares his story of singing folk music to adults, to sharing songs with children - learn more about him by clicking here. He talks about the deep respect he has for young people, and the fun he has when he gets to entertain them.

Raffi is a social activist, and shares about the Center For Child Honouring he founded near his home on Salt Springs Island.  The mission of the centers invites people to "be a part of the global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking societies."

And of course, we talk about some of my favorite songs!

I am so grateful he took the time to talk to me.

Resources mentioned on the show:

Center for Child Honouring
PDF of the Child Honouring Covenant and Principles
FREE download of Take A Breath - a song about self regulation

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Apr 26, 2016

Welcome! Today’s guest is Ryan Hamilton, one of the co-founders of the “Life of Dad,” a social media network for dads. He is changing how dads are represented in the parenting arena and is helping moms be more effective at sharing parenting tools and tips with their male partners. Let’s jump into conversation with Ryan!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Ryan has been a computer geek/tech guy all of his life; he now sees his son following in his footsteps in those interests.

  • Ryan works full-time in the advertising industry, but runs his business on the sides for dads.

  • Ryan shares how “Life of Dad” evolved from a heart-wrenching personal story of one of the co-founders.

  • The purpose of “Life of Dad” is to enable a father to share his story via social media.

  • Ryan became involved in the endeavor during a tumultuous time in his life, when he was going through a divorce, job loss, financial collapse, and depression.

  • Ryan began blogging about the darker side of parenting.

  • Ryan discusses how trends and parental role expectations have shifted as dads have pushed for change.

  • Many new resources and dad communities are making change and allowing dads to have a voice.

  • Co-parenting has changed in today’s culture of divorce; Ryan shares how he and his ex-wife make it work for them.

  • Ryan decided to make the journey to veganism about two years ago, when he was depressed and suicidal.

  • He began with being vegetarian, but then transitioned on to veganism.

  • The “cleaning up” of his diet branched out to affect all other areas of his life.

  • Ryan’s advice to other dads is to stay in touch, never feel alone, and reach out to your peer groups. Check out the resources below!

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Resources:

Life of Dad - Website I Twitter I Facebook I IG I You Tube

Ryan E. Hamilton - Twitter I Facebook

Dad 2.0 Summit

National At Home Dad Network

City Dads Group

Dad Bloggers on Facebook

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Apr 22, 2016

I am so excited to offer a monthly podcast episode that is dedicated to answering questions from the community.  Today, I speak about situations that were shared by April and Sarah, both members of the Live and Love with Joyful Courage Facebook Community... 

From April:
My 7 year old is the youngest of three girls. She gets plenty of attention but seems to constantly be begging for more. What is a healthy amount of attention and how I do I limit it? She constantly interrupts her dad and I whenever we are talking to her other sisters. It's as if she can't handle them getting any attention. I don't know how to phrase a question. She is the youngest child who has gotten spoiled with attention because she was the only one home with me while the other girls were at school. Now she expects all the attention all the time and it isn't fun for anyone.

From Sarah:
Ok, here is a hot topic at our house! How can I help my kids get along (or many how can I help my son deal with jealousy)? I have an almost 8 yo son who is much more introverted and independent and a 5 yo daughter who is a bubbly, outgoing people person. She gets lots more attention from people in general just because she is outgoing and comfortable talking to people. But my son is also in school all day and she is not yet so we are having some struggles with jealousy (being purposefully mean to his sis) and defiance. It will still be one more year before she is in school all day like he is. I give him 1-1 time but there just aren't enough hours in the day to give him the same amount of time.

I have a feeling that their stories, their challenges will resonate with the whole community.  Please listen in and let me know what you think!!

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Apr 19, 2016

Welcome! Today’s guest is Nicole Schwarz, who wrote an article recently that caught my attention. Her blog is www.imperfectfamilies.com, and the article was about Helping Kids Deal with Negative Self-Talk. Nicole is the mother of three daughters, and is a parent coach with a license in family therapy. She now devotes her work to online coaching and writing her blog. She loves working with families on positive, respectful parenting techniques.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The two things in kids’ lives that bring the most negative self-doubt
  • How two kids can be doing the same thing, but one will have negative self-doubt and one will be fine
  • How you may think you are supporting your kids in their negative self-doubt, but you may be doing THREE KEY THINGS wrong!
  • All parents face the question of how much to push them and how much to support them.

Nicole has tips to help you connect with your kids in moments of frustration; the key is to find ways to connect with them.

As a parent, you have opportunities to help your kids through their negative self-doubt; the key is to help them with important life skills.

Links and Resources:

Connect with Nicole: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The blog post that started it all... How to Respond to Your Child's Negative Self Talk

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Apr 13, 2016

Dina Emser is on the podcast today digging into what encouragement is really all about…

 

 

 

Apr 5, 2016

I am so so excited to share this conversation with listeners!!  Dr. Laura Markham is one of the leading voices in the parenting arena and full of easy to digest tips and tools for parents with kids of all ages!  

I was beyond honored when she agreed to come on my show...

Listen in as we talk all about how to create space for our kids to get along, explore what keeps kids from connecting, and dig into how one on one time with each of our kids actually helps the sibling bond grow.

Dr. Laura's bio from her website:

Dr. Laura Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist, earning her PhD from Columbia University.  But she's also a mom, so she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want.

The founding editor of AhaParenting.com, Dr. Laura also serves as a parenting expert for Mothering.com, Psychology Today, The Natural Parent Magazine, Pregnancy.org, Girlie Girl Army, SheKnows.com, and several other websites.  She makes frequent TV and radio appearances and has been interviewed for hundreds of articles by publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Newsday, Men's Health, Redbook and Parents Magazine.

Dr. Laura's relationship-based parenting model has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems to sass talk and cell phones. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two terrific kids -- now 20 and 24!

 

Resources mentioned:
Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids
Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings
John Gottman's work with couples and marriage

Where to find/follow Dr. Laura's work:
www.ahaparenting.com
Facebook

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