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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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Mar 7, 2017

Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Today’s guest is Kim Muench, a mother of five, parenting writer, a certified parenting coach and lover of parents of adolescents. We are discussing navigating decisions around technology with our kids. Join us!

 

“Instead of looking at it as a tool of potential destruction, we are looking at it as a vehicle for us to build a circle of trust and communicate even better.”

Conscious parenting: being mindful and walking the tight rope between giving them autonomy and knowing when to step in and help them see the potential consequences of choices”

 

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Balancing your need for control and desire to protect your kids with providing access to benefits of smart phones
  • Building trust, letting go of our own experiences and not projecting our own mischief (which can lead to friction)
  • Navigating the tightrope: being honest, open and self-aware as you work through technology use with your kids
  • Negotiating smart phone boundaries within your family
  • Scaffolding social media communication – building progressively
  • Adolescent boundary pushing as learning
  • Falling off the tight rope – learning as a practice and getting back up
  • Creating an agreement around technology usage – a collaborative approach subject to revision as needed initiated by either party
  • Limits as helping
  • Why you need open conversation about social media including topics such as safeguards and kindness
  • Technology as distraction and disconnection
  • Reassessing agreements on technology without blame and shame
  • The value of eye contact and being fully present in resolving conflict
  • How to address reigning in technology use under the umbrella of conscious parenting – identifying the source
  • Working collaboratively vs exerting control – what are the outcomes of these approaches?

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

Joyful Courage is embracing your authentic self with enthusiasm and being brave enough to share that with the world – it is an every day practice.

Resources:

Screenagers documentary

 

Where to find Kim:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

LinkedIn

Facebook Group Real Life Parenting Community

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FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link

Click her to go donate to the Feeding America page.

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Journey to Joy - a FREE mini ecourse
This month, I am offering you the chance to do the Journey to Joy mini-course as a way to honor all parents.  

Journey to joy is about shifting the dynamics of your being to shift the dynamics of your home.

For more information (did I mention it is FREE?) click here. If you already know you are a yes, simply scroll to the bottom of that page, enter your email, and get ready to elevate your life!

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Join the LIVING JOYFUL COURAGE information list TODAY and enjoy freebies and reminders for when it is time to REGISTER for the membership program!!

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Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Joyful Courage Podcast on iTunes to get the latest shows STRAIGHT to your device!!  AND PLEASE rate and review the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast on iTunes to help me spread the show to an ever larger audience!!

Feb 28, 2017

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Today's guest is Melissa Benaroya. Melissa is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working with children and families. Melissa has a Masters degree in Social Work, is a Credentialed School Counselor and is trained in Positive Discipline. She is also a Certified Gottman Educator offering the Bringing Baby Home Program for families with young children and workshops on Emotion Coaching. Melissa practices as a parenting consultant, coach and speaker to groups and individuals by blending her clinical training with her knowledge of child development and discipline. In 2011 she co-authored the book The Childproof Parent.

Melissa lives in Seattle with her husband and two children and keeps her sanity with an active lifestyle of running and Crossfit!

“Empathy is the ability to feel and understand what another person may be feeling but ultimately … it means connection … and feeling understood.”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

·      Learning to use empathy as a first response and a parenting tool

·      Empathy as reflecting your child’s feeling back to them versus owning their feelings or relating our own personal experiences

·      How using personal experiences in place of empathy can escalate conflict

·      How to use empathy to help your child build emotional resilience

·      Using empathy effectively to help your child feel heard

·      Empathy as a practice and a gradual learning process

·      Childhood developmental milestones in empathy

·      How to model empathy for your kids

·      Using the “Fake It Til You Become It” approach to empathy in your parenting

·      Being mindful of your physical self in how you demonstrate and model empathy

·      Parenting from the couch as a barrier to empathy

·      Echoing, mirroring and repetition as empathy

·      The power of validation in feeling heard – when looking on the bright side gets in the way

·      Empathy as a transferrable skill.

 

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

It takes courage to take risks and try new things and that’s where joy exists. It’s what parenting requires of us – taking risks and trying new things. Empathy might be taking a risk because it doesn’t feel natural and we are going to have to take lots of risks and try new things throughout our parenting journey. It not only makes us a better parent but it also helps us to grow as an individual and that’s where the joy exists.

Resources:

The Child-proof Parent
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Where to find Melissa:

Website
Child-proof Parenting website

Facebook

Twitter

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FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link

Click her to go donate to the Feeding America page.

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Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Joyful Courage Podcast on iTunes to get the latest shows STRAIGHT to your device!!  AND PLEASE rate and review the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast on iTunes to help me spread the show to an ever larger audience!!

Feb 21, 2017

Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Today’s guest is Rachel Macy Stafford, founder of Handsfree Mama, best selling author and special education teacher. We are discussing letting go of distractions so you can focus on what really matters. Join us!

“There is no space for perfection in parenting and living boldly. I want to live bravely, boldly, flawed and full of hope.”

 

What you’ll hear in this episode: 

  • Parenting and opportunities to choose to be mindful
  • Avoiding getting caught up in the moment as a practice
  • Making a “presence” pledge to yourself
  • Surrendering and learning to let go of control and expectations of mastery or of a certain outcome
  • Raising future adults and allowing space for practice
  • Self-care and the importance of “do nothing” moments
  • The value of physical self-care

Resources:

Only Love Today – pre-order until March 7

Where to find Rachel:

Website l Facebook l Twitter

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FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link

Click her to go donate to the Feeding America page.

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Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Joyful Courage Podcast on iTunes to get the latest shows STRAIGHT to your device!!  AND PLEASE rate and review the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast on iTunes to help me spread the show to an ever larger audience!!

Feb 17, 2017

Welcome to DAY THREE of the Mindfulness Mini Summit brought to you by Joyful Courage!

 

I am thrilled to be talking today with Molly Knight Forde (Episode 7) meditation teacher and guide at the Awareness School.

Listen in to learn:

  • What is a meditation practice?
  • How to create a practice that works for you?

And enjoy a 10 minute guided meditation guided by Molly.

Happy Meditating!!

Click here to check out the newest online offer from Molly!

 

**  Stay tuned friends!!  I will be creating a page with all the meditations from the summit available to subscribers of the podcasters!!

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FAMILY MEETING ECOURSE - STARTS FEBRUARY 20TH

The Family Meeting Ecourse is a six week program that will guide you in the process of creating space and excitement for Family Meetings.  You will receive emails every Monday that will inspire and motive you to create a routine that works for your unique family.

This will transform the climate of your home.

Click here for more information!

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FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link or to donate to the Feeding America fundraiser page, click here.

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Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Joyful Courage Podcast on iTunes to get the latest shows STRAIGHT to your device!!  AND PLEASE rate and review the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast on iTunes to help me spread the show to an ever larger audience!!

 

Feb 16, 2017

Welcome to DAY TWO of the Mindfulness Mini Summit brought to you by Joyful Courage!

 

I am thrilled to be talking today with Sara Harvey Yao (Episode 68) author of Drop In: Lead With Deeper Presence and Influence.

Listen in to learn:

  • Who is meditation for?
  • What are the benefits of meditation?

And enjoy a 10 minute guided meditation guided by Sara.

Happy Meditating!!

Join me tomorrow as I finish up the mini-summit with a conversation with Molly Knight Forde about creating a lasting meditation practice.

 

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FAMILY MEETING ECOURSE - STARTS FEBRUARY 20TH

The Family Meeting Ecourse is a six week program that will guide you in the process of creating space and excitement for Family Meetings.  You will receive emails every Monday that will inspire and motive you to create a routine that works for your unique family.

This will transform the climate of your home.

Click here for more information!

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FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link or to donate to the Feeding America fundraiser page, click here.

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Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Joyful Courage Podcast on iTunes to get the latest shows STRAIGHT to your device!!  AND PLEASE rate and review the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast on iTunes to help me spread the show to an ever larger audience!!

 

Feb 15, 2017

Welcome to DAY ONE of the Mindfulness Mini Summit brought to you by Joyful Courage!

 

I am thrilled to be talking today with Jiovann Carrasco (Episode 43) from the Austin Mindfulness Center.

Listen in to learn:

  • What is meditation?
  • What isn't meditation?

And enjoy a 10 minute guided meditation Jiovann designed just for parents like YOU!

Happy Meditating!!

Join me tomorrow as I talk with Sara Harvey Yao about the benefits and possibilities of meditation for parents.

 

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FAMILY MEETING ECOURSE - STARTS FEBRUARY 20TH

The Family Meeting Ecourse is a six week program that will guide you in the process of creating space and excitement for Family Meetings.  You will receive emails every Monday that will inspire and motive you to create a routine that works for your unique family.

This will transform the climate of your home.

Click here for more information!

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FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link or to donate to the Feeding America fundraiser page, click here.

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Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Joyful Courage Podcast on iTunes to get the latest shows STRAIGHT to your device!!  AND PLEASE rate and review the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast on iTunes to help me spread the show to an ever larger audience!!

Feb 14, 2017

Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Today’s guest is Mary Jo, a coach who focuses on relationships and connections. We are discussing love, romance and intimacy after becoming parents. Join us!

“It’s less about the action you take. We look for the action. There’s so many different actions you can take, it doesn’t really matter. The experience is about the connection to your heart. It’s about being connected to what really matters. The actions won’t sustain you or your relationship. Listen to your heart and let that inspire you.”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

•    Finding time for intimacy
•    The importance of intimacy – finding your why
•    Intimacy as parenting: part of role modeling healthy relationships
•    Creating an invitation to intimacy: first steps
•    Masculine and feminine energy – what’s the difference and why they are both in all of us
•    Balancing energy to promote your child’s autonomy
•    Vulnerability, touch and exploring connection
•    Vulnerability as strength
•    Relationships take two people, but relating takes one.
•    Putting up a screen to filter inputs vs putting up a shield
•    Distinguishing sex and intimacy – moving beyond euphemism
•    Connecting to “adjust the volume” vs “turning from off to on” – making smooth transitions to intimacy through ongoing mindfulness and connection
•    Reminding our partner and ourselves of what we appreciate about each other
•    Resolving disconnection through self-celebration and self-care
•    How to be curious about identifying and problem solving barriers to intimacy
•    Engaging universal parenting skills that we practice with our kids
•    The power of “I’ve Missed You” and remembering the intention
•    Improving the likelihood of successful connection through celebration and reverence vs. complaint
•    Letting go of expectations to leave space for what comes naturally     

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

The fun in being courageous is getting on that super big rollercoaster. It’s not just about death defying acts of meeting demons. It’s really fun to be courageous because it brings amazing results. Connecting those two words is so important because it takes courage to be joyful and how amazing is courage when it has joy in it. It means to be inspired.

Where to find MaryJo:

Maryjolorei.com
Boldly embody life

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FAMILY MEETING ECOURSE - STARTS FEBRUARY 20TH

The Family Meeting Ecourse is a six week program that will guide you in the process of creating space and excitement for Family Meetings.  You will receive emails every Monday that will inspire and motive you to create a routine that works for your unique family.

This will transform the climate of your home.

Click here for more information!

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FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link

Click her to go donate to the Feeding America page.

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Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Joyful Courage Podcast on iTunes to get the latest shows STRAIGHT to your device!!  AND PLEASE rate and review the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast on iTunes to help me spread the show to an ever larger audience!!

Feb 9, 2017

Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Surprise!

I am excited to be popping in to encourage, inspire and INFORM you about the how and the why to creating a PARENTING VISION.

Listen to this short solo show and then move into action!

Our parenting vision is our COMPASS and what keeps us moving in our desired direction within our relationships with our children.

Click here for the Parenting Vision Guide.

Have a beautiful day!

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FAMILY MEETING ECOURSE - STARTS FEBRUARY 20TH

The Family Meeting Ecourse is a six week program that will guide you in the process of creating space and excitement for Family Meetings.  You will receive emails every Monday that will inspire and motive you to create a routine that works for your unique family.

This will transform the climate of your home.

Click here for more information!

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FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link

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Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

::::::::::

Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Joyful Courage Podcast on iTunes to get the latest shows STRAIGHT to your device!!  AND PLEASE rate and review the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast on iTunes to help me spread the show to an ever larger audience!!

Feb 7, 2017

Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

Today’s guest is Jason Frelot. Jasen is a community organizer, father, early childhood educator and social justice advocate based in Seattle, WA.  Along with directing Columbia City Preschool of Arts and Culture, he is the co-founder of Kids and Race Seattle, which has been featured in Parent Map Magazine and on NPRs Seattle Affiliate KUOW; the program has served over 500 people to date and rising every month.  His various actions around race and social justice have made front page news in Seattle and have been featured on local news numerous times. He has 15 years of working with children in various capacities.

“What we are going for here is real change. What we are going for here is a real conversation that is messy. That means diving deeper into that discomfort.”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

•    Racial identity and the inherent problems with color blindness
•     How we are teaching white children to be racist and brown/black children they don’t have value (even though we don’t mean to)
•    How to respond to uncomfortable questions about race and social order
•    Silence and it’s role in reinforcing the status quo
•    The role of parenting in promoting diversity
•    Equality vs equity – what’s the difference?
•    Treating everyone the same and how it perpetuates inequity
•    Acknowledging the reality of now: the problem with discussing racism as history and other’s people’s problem
•    Achievement gaps vs opportunity gaps
•    Fear of being labeled racist and how it detracts from race focused conversation.
•    Acknowledging racism as a problem in order to address it
•    Understanding white privilege – situational power, structural power and individual power.
•    The relationship between privilege and struggle – how they can both be present
•    Race as an ongoing conversation
•    Impacts of opting out of race-focused conversations due to the magnitude of the issue and the responsibility to persevere
•    Recognizing your role in the problem and in how to fix it
•    The role of media in how our children view the world and the value of other people - what kids see and what they hear: which impacts children more in the conclusions they draw about the world
•    Analogy and allegory vs. representation and conversation in media
•    Role modeling respect in our relationships
•    Consciously exposing children to diversity
•    Equipping our teachers to have conversations about race
•    How to be the squeaky wheel about promoting diversity
•    Silence as violence: choosing to be uncomfortable and vocal to incite change
•    Handling pushback and using criticism as an access point to empathy as an ally

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

Joyful Courage is talking to your kids about race in a joyful way with a smile on your face. There’s a lot of negativity and rage, rightly so, around this conversation and I, in my workshops, really try to have people leave with a smile on their face. It’s never fun to learn we are unintentionally teaching our kids to be racists. No one wants to hear that but what is fun is having a role in solving a big problem – feeling like you have power, that’s fun. That’s good news! There’s a lot of joy in that! It takes courage to acknowledge we have a blind spot -that there’s something I can do better – to boldly go where very few white people have gone before. It takes courage and it takes joyful courage. I can’t say enough how important it is to be joyful in what it is that we are doing. Go forth, joyfully, be happy about it, have some fun, smile, laugh because this is a long haul. If we’re always miserable about it, we are never going to get where we need to be.

Resources:
Culturally responsive teaching and the brain
Kids and Race Resources

Where to find Jason:
Columbia City Preschool of Arts and Culture, a brand new, social justice based program. Now enrolling for this Spring, and the upcoming school year. for more information go to columbiacitypreschool.org

Kids and Race: Changing the Narrative. March 11th at Epiphany. Tickets available. Contact for future events and information kidsandrace@gmail.com.

Speaking opportunities:
kidsandrace@gmail.com
The Well Queen Anne

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FAMILY MEETING ECOURSE - STARTS FEBRUARY 20TH

The Family Meeting Ecourse is a six week program that will guide you in the process of creating space and excitement for Family Meetings.  You will receive emails every Monday that will inspire and motive you to create a routine that works for your unique family.

This will transform the climate of your home.

Click here for more information!

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FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link

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Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

::::::::::

Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Joyful Courage Podcast on iTunes to get the latest shows STRAIGHT to your device!!  AND PLEASE rate and review the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast on iTunes to help me spread the show to an ever larger audience!!

Jan 31, 2017

Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

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Carrie Anne Killeen is a Conscious Parent coach who specializes in assisting parents in increasing peace, love, joy, grace and ease in the home.  After living 20 years with a very critical view of herself and those around her, she realized how much love had been missing from her own childhood.  Using her children as her biggest teachers, she learned how to heal her own childhood wounds with love, compassion, forgiveness and inner truth.  She is deeply dedicated to creating a more peaceful world for children and parents. Carrie Anne inspires parents to see beyond their children’s behaviors to see the hidden truth and wisdom that lies inside their heart and soul.  Carrie Anne is a peaceful, single mom of three amazing and highly soulful daughters.  She is currently living her heart’s dream in Massachusetts.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

•    Working through emotional triggers with forgiveness and loving your inner child.
•    The need to exercising self-compassion as you process emotions
•    Emotional purging in a conscious way to move to an easier parenting journey
•    Moving passed mindfulness and consciousness to peacefulness
•    Functioning as a peaceful human being
•    Moving from “doing” to “being”
•    The value of peaceful presence, free of emotional trigger, for your kids
•    Modelling ownership of behavior for your kids
•    Peacefulness as a practice that takes time
•    Parenting as an extension of nature: gradually forging new pathways in your relationships and being expansive, not staying “stuck”
    The healing power of authenticity with your kids
•    Aiming for perseverance and presence, not perfection
•    Exercising compassion for others and recognizing we don’t know their struggles
•    Learning how not to try to control others and focus on self to remain peaceful
•    Journalling as a practice to release emotions
•    Finding opportunities for stillness
•    Releasing others from the responsibility for reading your mind
•    Shifting to a solution focus to create momentum
•    Fear: being curious about it to avoid being driven by it
•    Showing up in your own home to make a difference in the world
•    Practical ways to nourish yourself
•    Unconditional love – what does that look like?

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

Joyful to me is about being present in the moment, choosing to look on the positive side of it. To that actually takes courage. We have a lot of stuff that we have to overcome to be joyful, more joyful. Courage is such an amazing word. I think people have a lot of courage but I don’t think people really know how much courage they can have. To harmonize both of them, and what I feel in your community, is that you can have both of them and be in balance and that’s a beautiful recipe for having a successful and happy life which I feel is available for everybody.

 Where to find Carrie Ann:  Facebook l Website

3 part webinar series on emotional triggers

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FAMILY MEETING ECOURSE - STARTS FEBRUARY 20TH

The Family Meeting Ecourse is a six week program that will guide you in the process of creating space and excitement for Family Meetings.  You will receive emails every Monday that will inspire and motive you to create a routine that works for your unique family.

This will transform the climate of your home.

Click here for more information!

::::::::::

FEED 3,000

LET'S FEED SOME PEOPLE!!

I would love to invite you to join me in making 3,000 snack sacks over the next three months and take them to organizations that serve the hungry!!

Not one of us can make all those lunches ourselves - BUT ALL OF US TOGETHER SURE CAN!!

So here is the plan, host a gathering at your house and invite other families over. Have each family bring some supplies and together make as many snack sacks as you can!!

Click here for the Feed 3,000 Facebook Event Link

::::::::::

Join the Joyful CourageTribe in our community Facebook group - Live and Love with Joyful Courage.  Raising our children while growing ourselves...

::::::::::

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Jan 27, 2017

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Full-time parents Natalie Christensen and Nathan M McTague are the founders of the Center for Emotional Education, with the mission to neurally empower individuals and families through emotional and strategic support.  They offer a comprehensive line-up of courses, one-to-one coaching support, and Feeleez - a full set of emotional education tools.  Natalie and Nathan have been working for over a decade helping families and individuals feel better, do better, and become the best possible versions of themselves. Their next mini-course – Forget Everything Else: The 5 Do-or-Die Parenting Concepts, starts February 13th.

websites:
Nathan M McTague.com
 
FB pages:
Your Self-Fulfilling Life
Parenting on the Same Team
The Father Factor
 
FB groups:
Teaching Children Empathy
The Empathy Hotline
 
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Jan 24, 2017

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Patty Wipfler is the Hand in Hand Parenting Founder and Program Director. Her 40 years of work with parents and children has given rise to Parenting by Connection, a simple but powerful parenting approach that nurtures the parent-child connection. Her Hand in Hand team trains parent leaders in the US and 10 other countries, and offers accessible support for the vital work of parenting. With co-author Tosha Schore, she has written the book, Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges. And Her Listening to Children booklets have sold over 800,000 copies in English, Spanish, and 10 other languages. She is the mother of two sons, and grandmother to three.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

•    Active listening and how it helps people notice how they feel about their own experiences

•     How being listened to and being able to sort through feelings can help activate problem solving.

•    The impact of our own childhood experiences on how we perceive challenges in our children’s lives

•    Parenting by connection and its relationship with positive discipline.

•    Influencing and using presence, setting limits to encourage better behavior.

•    How to hold space for your child who is emotionally elevated and let them deal with big feelings

•    Letting your child feel the feelings and its impact on the healing process

•    The size of the trigger relative to the depth of hurt – helping your child navigate big feelings

•    Emotional upset as efficiently releasing tension

•    Listening partnerships and how they can alleviate parenting stress and facilitate better parenting

•    Emotional projects: ongoing parenting challenges and how to address them

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

Joyful Courage is a human being’s birthright to be joyfully courageous. Joyful courage means to me what a one year old will sometimes do to pull themselves up so they can stand up next to a table or as a toddler is trying to walk across the room it’s like they don’t care what happens, they are just going to try it and they are proud of themselves as they do it. I think it’s the attitude towards life that we are born with, that we get to keep if we aren’t hurt too badly. Sometimes you have to work on hurt to get your birthright back.

Resources:

Listen: 5 simple tools for meeting your every day parenting challenges 

Where to find Patty:

Hand in Hand Parenting  i Instagram l Facebook l Twitter l Youtube

 

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Jan 17, 2017

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Today’s guest is Marcilie Smith Boyle, a certified positive discipline trainer and certified life and leadership coach who teaches positive discipline courses live and online, coaches individuals and groups on transitions and parenting, as well as life coaching and executive leadership coaching. We are discussing the science and research of positive discipline. Join us!

“ The tip of the iceberg is what you can see – that’s your child’s behavior, but underneath the surface so much more is going on.”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

•    Emerging neuro-scientific research about social psychology informed by function MRIs and PET scans.
•     Principles of positive discipline – looking underneath behavior to build skills for long term better behavior.
•    Adlerian theory, the foundation of positive discipline
•    The connection between behavior and a sense of belonging
•    How mutual respect informs better behavior
•    The right to dignity and the value of solutions relative to rewards and punishments
•    Intrinsic motivation, what it is and why it matters long term.
•    The social nature of humans and how that relates to theories of the hierarchy of needs
•    The link between physical and social pain and the connection between learning and belonging
•    The impact of fight or flight on empathy, learning and problem solving skills
•    Relatedness, competence and autonomy and the way they influence behavior and feed intrinsic motivation
•    The positive outcomes of met psychological needs in relation to health, creativity, persistence, flexibility, adjustment, well-being, enjoyment, cooperation, engagement and interest.
•    Why rewards and praise sometimes backfire: the relationship between contingent rewards, autonomy and behavior
•    Baby steps to deepen your positive parenting practice
•   The difference made when we get eye to eye with our kids

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

Courage is about being brave, about feeling some fear but doing it anyways. That takes determination and focus. Courage has a feeling of seriousness. When you add Joyful to it, it adds some fun and lightness. Joyful Courage is about being courageous in a fun way. It’s a choice about how you want to practice your bravery.

Resources:

Social by Matthew Lieberman
Hidden Costs of Reward – Mark R. Lepper

Upcoming Offers from Marcilie:
February 8th:: 6 Obstacles to Peaceful, Positive Parenting – Free tele-class
Starting March 1st: Peaceful Parents, Cooperative Kids Interactive Virtual Workshop Series – 8 week series 

 

Where to find Marcilie:

Website l Facebook l Twitter

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Jan 12, 2017

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Thank you to everyone who chimed in for this month's Ask Casey episode! I chose this particular submission because I believe it is something that MANY of us are challenged by.  Enjoy!

From Mama Kay:

Defiance. My six year old has recently started saying straight out No's to anything I ask. ANYTHING! I've tried explaining why I ask her to do things and even explain how it benefits her. But it's just no. It's many times in a disrespectful and rude way. I think she is just finding her boundaries and her self confidence but I do not know how to interact with her. I don't want to bulldoze over her feelings or bully her into obedience. But I also don't want her to be disrespectful or be an example of disrespect to her younger siblings. Along with the no is an ability to find something negative about everything. I've had to ask her to go to another room many times because she was affecting her siblings attitude too. I am praying this is a stage but I don't want to break or break her through the process.

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Jan 10, 2017

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Today’s guest is Melissa Brown, a blended family podcaster who works with stepfamilies. We are going to talk about blended families and the challenges they face. Join us!

 “Raising children is the biggest rollercoaster ride of your life.”

What you’ll hear in this episode: 

  • The biggest challenge facing blended families today
  • Dealing with drama while protecting kids from triangulation
  • The value of a child-centered approach when navigating difficult relationships with exes
  • The importance of self-awareness, love and patience in creating a positive environment for kids.
  • How to use problem solving tools you use with your kids with your exes to improve relationships
  • Learning to identify what you can’t control and how to deal with that
  • The mixed blessing and additional pressure of sibling rivalry on blended families and how to handle it
  • How to empower your kids for conflict resolution in blended families and learning to stay out of it, resisting the temptation to “fix” things
  • Protecting your relationship from blended family drama
  • Bonding with step kids – particularly teenagers – keeping an open mind.
  • Finding an entry point for building connection
  • Flexibility and scheduling in blended families
  • Routines and rituals – creating a sense of belonging
  • Consistency between houses, managing energy and big feelings.
  • Leveraging patterns in your blended family – approaching problems with curiosity
  • Dealing with (and expecting) setbacks and recovering when things don’t go as planned

 

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

 

It takes a lot of courage to blend a family – it’s not always an easy journey. Joyful courage to me means understanding the importance of finding joy even through the pain in life. Our biggest growth and our biggest lessons always come from hard times.

 

Where to find Melissa:

Blended family podcast l Facebook l Twitter

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Jan 3, 2017

Today’s guest is Ross Greene, an acclaimed author and parenting educator who works with kids with behavioral challenges. We are discussing how collaborative, proactive problem solving can reduce parenting challenges. Join us!

“Kids have information we badly need. If we don’t get that information we are at risk of plunging forward with uninformed solutions based on what we think is going on. Our theories and assumptions are often wrong. If you get what’s the matter wrong, your solution won’t work. The least fallible source of information is the kid.”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The role of problem solving in managing challenging behaviors 
  • Why sticker charts and rationing of privileges doesn’t work for this demographic
  • Making collaborative and proactive solutions work for your family
  • Changing your mission: finding out what is getting in your kid’s way
  • The benefit of a skills based approach – coaching skills improvement through problem solving
  • The difference between control and influence
  • Parenting and education as partnering and helping
  • Collaborative vs unilateral problem solving
  • Prioritizing unmet expectations to plan proactive problem solving
  • Getting out of the heat of the moment in your parenting 
  • Three steps to proactive problem solving
  • The need for realistic, mutually satisfying solutions
  • The danger of too many solutions
  • Differentiating between a failure and a solution that wasn’t mutually beneficial, realistic or incomplete
  • The messy but crucial nature of problem solving
  • Perfection vs improvement over time – being realistic about goals
  • Focusing on the right thing: learning to focus on the root cause of behavior vs the behavior itself. 

What does Joyful Courage mean to you? 

There is courage that comes along with being a parent, a teacher and a staff member and doing something different because what you are finding is that what you are doing now isn’t working. I’m delighted to say that there are many many parents, educators and facilities who have had that courage and they have been remarkably helpful to their children, their students and the children in their care and that should bring them a great deal of joy as well. It takes courage to take a look at what you are doing, think about it, and try to do something differently.

Resources:

The explosive child
Lost at School

Lost and Found

Raising Human Beings

The Drilling Cheat Sheet

The B Team – Facebook Group

Elevate Your Parenting – Facebook Group

Lost & Found – Facebook Group for Educators

Lives in the Balance – Facebook Group for Clinicians

 Where to find Dr. Greene:

Lives In the Balance
Facebook

Twitter

Centre for Collaborative Problem Solving

Dr. Ross Greene

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