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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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Feb 2, 2023

This solo show takes a closer look at how parenting with Positive Discipline does NOT equal avoiding the hard stuff, instead it is about leaning into relationship WHEN the hard stuff shows up. Being brave is something we are invited into over and over again as we parent through the seasons of adolescence. Listen in as I explore what that looks like internally, as well as externally. 

 

Jan 30, 2023

My guest today is Dr. Stephanie Kriesberg. 

 

Stephanie starts by explaining what a narcissist is, what they’re driven by, & what that may look like.  Stephanie shares what it’s like to be in relationship with a narcissist, how you might feel growing up with a narcissistic parent, and how that ripples out into other relationships.  Casey asks for indicators that someone may be a narcissistic parent and what that relationship looks like as an adult.  They talk about setting limits & boundaries that work versus cutting a parent out.  Stephanie shares her wisdom on radical acceptance & letting go. Casey & Stephanie dig into how people can start dismantling their negative thinking. 

 

Takeaways from the show

  • What is narcissism? 
  • What’s the experience of someone who’s in relationship with a narcissist? 
  • Indicators that someone might be a narcissist 
  • Role-reversal & daughters comforting mothers 
  • Relationships with narcissistic mothers as an adult 
  • Setting limits & boundaries that work 
  • Radical acceptance 
  • Dismantling negative thinking
Jan 26, 2023

A solo show all about how to shift into the "roommate mentality" when inviting our teens to contribute and help out around the house. I know, I know, it can feel really tough to get them up and moving... But I am confident there are some nuggets here in this pod that will help you turn things around.

Enjoy!

Jan 23, 2023

My guest today is Olatunde Sobomehin.  

 

Olatunde Sobomehin shares about his life-changing sabbatical and how that led to him co-authoring the book, “Creative Hustle: Blaze Your Own Path and Make Work That Matters.”  Olatunde shares how to name and know your and your teen’s gifts & goals and how principles, people, & practice can help you move from gifts to goals.  He shares specific questions to reflect on to discover your gifts and what he sees getting in the way for young people.  They dig into how to help young adults choose work that matters while still needing to make money.  Casey shares some of her story about finding and choosing work that matters to her.  Sobomehin wraps up by sharing more about his book, who is profiled inside, and practical tips for encouraging your teen to stretch & find their own ‘creative hustle.’

 

Takeaways from the show

  • Knowing and naming your and your teen’s gifts & goals 
  • Principles, people, and practice 
  • Questions to ask to discover your gifts 
  • What gets in the way for young people? 
  • Choosing work that matters and balancing that with finances 
  • Encouraging teens to stretch into their “creative hustle”

 

For more episode info, visit our website here

Jan 19, 2023

Today is a solo show that highlights shifting our thinking about how we are showing up for Gen Z and why this is crucial as we move through the adolescent years with our kids. I share three essential tools for making this shift in a way that strengthens relationship and provides space for our kids to discover who they're meant to be.

Jan 16, 2023

My guest today is Titania Jordan. 

 

Casey and Titania share an engaging, relatable conversation about kids, tweens, teens, and their access to technology & apps.  Kids & teens having access to screens can be really convenient, and many of us have brought these tools into our lives.  At the same time, they also bring a lot of struggles.  Titania shares the importance of modeling healthy use with your own phone.  They dig into how to talk to your kids about sexting, nudes, & consent.  Casey asks how to know which apps are okay and how to keep up with new apps.  Titania shares her thoughts on parental controls, screen time limits, & filters.  They also talk about resources like Bark & Skyward, and how much parents really need to know.

 

Takeaways from the show

  • Struggles with teens & their screens 
  • Conversations to have with your teen about tech 
  • Modeling a healthy relationship with your phone & other screens 
  • Prioritizing face-to-face connections 
  • Sexting, nudes, & consent 
  • Knowing which apps are okay - old & new 
  • Using parental controls, screen time limits, & filters 
  • Can parents over-monitor?

 

For more episode information including full show transcripts, visit our website here

 

Jan 9, 2023

My guest today is Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart.


Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart & Casey dig into ADHD in the adolescent years.  Parents of teens with ADHD may see dysregulation looking like compulsiveness, messiness, impulsivity, & a lack of motivation.  Parents may think that their kids are lazy or lacking willpower, when in reality, their executive functioning skills are truly off balance.  Dr. Lockhart & Casey talk about discussing long-term goals with teens, moving backwards from there, baby steps, as well as figuring out what feels hard so we can best support them.  They discuss how to support adolescents with ADHD and how that may differ from what neurotypical teen brains need.  Dr. Lockhart explains what rejection sensitive dysphoria is & how to talk to teens about their ADHD.  Casey asks how to get buy-in from a teen to work with an ADHD coach or other outside support or services.  They finish by talking about what teens with ADHD need most.

 

Takeaways from the show

  • Keeping your focus on teaching life skills, not compliance 
  • What does ADHD look like in an adolescent?  
  • Misconceptions about teens with ADHD 
  • Asking “what’s hard about it?” 
  • Scaffolding & strategies like body doubling and creating a false sense of urgency 
  • Do teens with ADHD need different things to support brain development than a neurotypical adolescent? 
  • Rejection sensitive dysphoria
  • Talking to teens about their ADHD 
  • Getting your teen to utilize an ADHD coach or other outside support
  • What do teens with ADHD need most? 

 

For more episode details including transcripts, visit our website here

Jan 5, 2023

Today I am on solo to talk about moving into a new year and how community supports us in growing through what we are going through. I am here to speak directly to you, the listener, and hopeful that you feel seen and heard in what I share.

Jan 3, 2023

My guest today is Casey Davidson. 

Casey Davidson shares her path to sobriety and becoming a sober coach.  Davidson explains what Dry January is - one of five adults in the US did Dry January last year!   Davidson shares which demographics are drinking more & less and how the pandemic ramped up consumption.  Casey Davidson shares the effects of alcohol on the body, even for light and moderate drinkers, and some benefits that come with not drinking.  They discuss what obstacles can pop up for people who are not drinking.  Casey Davidson shares about the “sober curious” movement - experimenting with not drinking without the pressure of giving up alcohol completely.  They dig into the highs and lows of the first 30 days of sobriety and the best “quit lit.”  

 

Takeaways from the show

  • Experimenting with sobriety 
  • Dry January 
  • Normalization of drinking in our culture 
  • Impacts of using alcohol to “take the edge off” 
  • Benefits of not drinking 
  • Obstacles of not drinking 
  • The “sober curious” movement 
  • The first 30 days of sobriety
  • Finding the approach that resonates with you 
  • The best “Quit Lit”
Dec 26, 2022

Join Casey for the final show of 2022!  Casey’s solo this episode, recapping and reflecting on the year and welcoming 2023.  She revisits her 2022 vision board and some of her favorite episodes & guests from the year.  Casey ends the show by leading an end-of-year manifestation ritual. 

Takeaways from the show:

  • Themes & challenges during the holiday season 
  • Releasing 2022 & welcoming 2023 
  • Favorite Joyful Courage episodes this year 
  • Make a list of the things you did this year 
  • Letting go of & releasing the things you’re done with

For complete transcripts and complete show info, visit our website here

 

Dec 19, 2022

My guest today is Ivy Kwong. 

 

Ivy shares about her journey to become a psychotherapist and how she’s healing her relationship and connecting with her parents.  Ivy talks about increasing your capacity for discomfort and staying regulated during conversations.  Casey and Ivy dig into genetic & experiential intergenerational trauma and how to start healing by expanding your awareness and reparenting yourself.  They talk about knowing your inner-selves at different ages and what brings them out.  Casey asks what clues we can look for that we have trauma to heal and if we need apologies from parents to move forward.  Ivy explains setting boundaries with our parents.  Casey and Ivy wrap up by talking about finding compassion for ourselves on our journey.

 

Key takeaways from the podcast:

  • Creating safe spaces for conversations 
  • Increasing your capacity for discomfort 
  • Healing intergenerational trauma 
  • Reparenting ourselves 
  • Knowing your inner-selves at different ages 
  • Clues that you have trauma to heal 
  • The desire to change our parents 
  • Setting boundaries with our parents 
  • Finding compassion for ourselves

For more details including complete transcripts visit our website here

Dec 15, 2022

Happy to have this episode to lean back on as we find ourselves in yet another holiday season! Ericka came on last year and talk to me about expectations, flexibility, and communication with our teens during this somewhat-stressful-but-we-want-everyone-to-be-happy time of year. 

The struggle is real, right!?

Ericka provides thoughtful ideas around tradition, gratitude and prioritizing OUR happiness during this season.

You can find the full show notes for this episode by going to: https://www.besproutable.com/podcasts/eps-302-creating-tradition-and-connection-with-ericka-souter/ 

Dec 12, 2022

My guest today is Elise Knox.

Casey and Elise share thoughts and advice on taking care of ourselves while connecting with our teens.  How do we keep it together during the turbulent teenage years?  Elise shares how she stays grounded, then Casey and Elise explore what a parent’s role is during the teen years & how parents can define and get their needs met.  They discuss how to show up helpfully, not hurtfully, in the most challenging moments, how to build relationship before the teen years, and how to show up when your teen isn’t feeling connected to you.  Elise touches on how we can have empathy and compassion for teenage troubles without projecting our experiences as adolescents.  Casey and Elise close by talking about what teens want & need from their parents.

 

Takeaways from the show

  • Keeping it together during the turbulent teen years
  • Staying grounded & calm while holding boundaries 
  • Controlling your nervous system 
  • A parent’s role & needs during the teen years 
  • How to show up in challenging moments to be helpful and not hurtful 
  • Phases, behaviors, and challenges won’t last forever 
  • Showing up for your teen when they aren’t feeling connected with you 
  • Building relationship before the teen years 
  • Having compassion for teen troubles without projecting 
  • What teens want & need from us

For more podcast details including transcription, visit our website

Dec 5, 2022

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

 

 

Key takeaways from the show:

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

 

Find more details about the show on our website. 

 

Nov 28, 2022

My guest today is Julie Lythcott-Haims.  

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

 

Takeaways from the show

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

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

Nov 21, 2022

My guest today is Alicia Robertson. 

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

 

Takeaways from the show:

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

 

See full show details including transcription here. 

Nov 17, 2022

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

You're kids are not manipulating you.

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

Nov 14, 2022

My guest today is Todd Adams. 


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

 

Takeaways from the show

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

 

For more see our website here.

Nov 10, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 7, 2022

My guest today is Dr. Anjali Ferguson.  

 

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

 

Key takeaways from the show

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

 

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

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

Nov 3, 2022

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

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

Oct 31, 2022

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

 

Takeaways from the show:

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

For more information + transcripts go to our website here.

 

Oct 27, 2022

I'm outta here!!

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

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

Oct 24, 2022

My guest today is Domari Dickinson. 


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

 

Takeaways from the show:

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

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

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

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

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

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

You are IN FOR A TREAT MY FRIENDS!! 

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

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

Appreciating you all so much!

 

 

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