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 16, 2016

Cathy Kawakami is on the show today and we are talking all about the ways we can encourage our youngest kids to explore their capabilities.

Sorry folks, the bad news in a lot of the reason our kids don't believe they can do things is because we spend so much time and effort telling them that - and they're getting the message!!  Then we get frustrated that our kids are uncooperative or don't want to contribute - it's crazytown!!

Cathy and Casey offer a bunch of ideas around how to set up an environment that is designed for kids to grow and thrive, to gain life skills and the belief that they can have healthy control over their life.

You can find Cathy at:
her website
And on Facebook

Don't forget to join our growing Facebook community for like minded support and conversation - Live and Love with Joyful Courage

Feb 11, 2016

Oh friends - this is a good one!!

My new friend (and someone we should all have on speed dial), Susan Stiffelman is on the show today talking about the Parenting in the Digital Age Telesummit.  

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY for all of us to learn from some of the most AMAZING speakers and thinkers of our time.

  • Dr. Dan Siegel, author of Whole Brain Child and creator of Brain in th ePalm of Your Hand
  • Byron Katie, developer of The Work
  • Rachel Macy Stafford, author and blogger behind the Hands Free Revolution (she has been on the show and is super fabulous)
  • Glennon Doyle Melton. author and founder of online community Momastery
  • Roasalind Weisman, author of Queen Bees and Wanna Bees and amazing human

And there are MOREand they are ALL amazing humans - and ALL amazing humans with SO MUCH WISDOM TO SHARE!!!

Listen in to the episode and when you are ready to sign up for the telesummit, just click this link ---->

Its FREE!!  More information and registration is here --->


AND don't forget that we are doing the Baby Carrier Drive for Carry the Future through the month of January - more information on THAT goodness by clicking here


And keep up with the parenting conversation in our facebook community, Live and Love with Joyful Courage - WE WANT YOU THERE!!  



Get in touch with any feedback or questions as

Feb 9, 2016

Amy Lang of is back on this show and THIS time we are going next level....

We are talking about dating and middle school.

You all know that as a mother of a 13 year old, this topic is near and dear to my heart... Amy breaks it down for us, offers insights to contemplate, and may make a few of you a wee bit uncomfortable with her no-nonsense talk about what it developmentally appropriate at this age.

The result is a fun, informative and candid conversation that may take you back to your own middle school dating years.... 



Awkward boy, "Uh, do you want to go with me?"

Me, "Sure."

My mom, "Where are you gonna GO???"


Bwahahahaaaa --- listen in!!

We do talk about sex, so the show may not be one you want to play over the speakers of your car or home.

Follow Amy:
Sign up for her newsletter on her website -
On Facebook 
On Twitter
On Instagram



Jan 28, 2016

I am so EXCITED to share this BONUS podcast with you all!!  I had the honor of talking to Alison Soracchi from Carry the Future about the incredible work they are doing, providing baby carriers to refugees in Greece.

This conversation is an emotional one, and really highlights how meaningful a small gesture from one human being to another can be...  Alison shares stories about the work volunteers are engaged in here in the states, and paints a picture of how the volunteers on the ground in Greece are living the vision.

Just listen.  No doubt you will be inspired :)

You can find out more about Carry the Future at
You can find out more about Operation Refugee Child at
Find Carry the Future on Facebook at
On twitter at


Joyful Courage will be teaming with Grow With Me Boutique
to run a baby carrier drive in February

  • Locals can drop off new or gently used carriers to Grow with Me Boutique here in Monroe any time during the hours of operation.
  • OR listeners can send carriers or supplies for Operation Refugee Child to the drop off center through Carry the Future (click here for details on where to send - and click "donate")
  • Be sure to write a little note that you are participating in the Joyful Courage Baby Carrier Drive so we can keep track of the impact of our community!!

Thank you for listening!!!

Don't forget to you the Live and Love with Joyful Courage Facebook community and keep up with the conversation!

Jan 26, 2016

Ahhhh, babies.  We spend so much time preparing for their arrival and then BAM - they totally turn our world upside down and we can't remember WHY we ever though parenthood was a good idea....

Hahaha, well, maybe that wasn't exactly your experience....  

Ariadne Brill, parent educator, writer and the force behind the insanely helpful and popular website, Positive Parenting Connection, has returned to the podcast this week to dig into raising babies with a healthy attachment. This conversation is so useful for parents who are living and loving the smallest and newest among us...

Listen in for tips on connecting and creating the very beginnings of a foundation for empathy and compassion.

If you have friends or family that are expecting a new baby, or have recently been blessed with one, pass this show on to them - they will thank you!!


You can find Ariadne and her work at:

Her Website -
On Facebook -
On Twitter -
On Pinterest -


And don't forget to join the conversation on the Live and Love with Joyful Courage Facebook Group Page!!

Jan 22, 2016

It was so fun to have the chance to speak one on one with a listener about the challenges she is facing with your your son.

Listen in and notice how universal some of the feelings and thoughts are that you hear Stephanie speak into...  

The parenting journey is a collective experience.  You are not alone!  


Jan 19, 2016

Who doesn't get into power struggles with their kids???

Listen in as Debbie Zeichner, LCSW and parent coach, and I discuss the triggers for power struggles and how to navigate them in a way that leaves your kids with MORE skills and MORE likely to cooperate.

Sound good?

Check out Debbie's website :
And like her facebook page:

Jan 11, 2016

This podcast interview is a long one, because the conversation was just that good.

Listen in as I talk with Denise Dryden, integrative coach, about how we can shed the stories and emotional baggage we show up to parent with so that we can be conscious and available to the child we find in front of us.

One of my favorite quotes from the conversation is Denise encouraging parents to think about in regards to their children, "what do I see that is unique and different, and how do I let them lead me into the future?"

She is a wise woman and it is my honor to know her!

Here are some links mentioned in the podcast:

Brandy Carlile - The Eye
Denise's website -
Denise's Ecourse - Parenting the New Earth's Children
Follow Denise on Facebook

Dec 29, 2015

I love you people!!!

Thank you so much for all you have given me in 2015.  This show is short and sweet today, as I know you have things to do and people to see (as do I).

I announce the winners of the Subscribe-A-Thon Giveaway (finally)!!

I share a poem from Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map.

I invite you to let go of what brought you down in 2015 and invite in what you want for 2016.


Dec 24, 2015

Hellooooooo Friends!!!

Merry, merry, happy, happy...  Hoping this podcast finds you well and joyful.  Listen in to hear some exciting news about the year to come, details about how to be a part of the giveaway, and inquiry about how YOU will make e2016 the BEST YEAR for YOU!

Big huge love to all of you....  Honored you are out there listening and supporting and celebrating all we can do to make the world better!!

Dec 15, 2015

Amanda Rue, the force behind the popular blog, Dirt and Boogers, is on the podcast today.  She has created a FABULOUS resource for parents around how to bring more calm and connection to the holiday season.

I don't know about you, but this came at the perfect time for me!  

Resources mentioned:

Check out Amanda's Ebook, Take the Chaos out of Christmas, by clicking here.

Mama's Anger Management cCourse

The Stop Yelling Challenge on Facebook


Where to follow Amanda:

Her blog/website

Dirt and Boogers on Facebook

Dirt and Boogers on Instagram

Dirt and Boogers on Pinterest

Dirt and Boogers on Twitter

Dec 8, 2015

Such a great conversation!

Jessica Lahey is smart and funny and real when it comes to talking straight up about how we rob our kids of their future when we protect the from failure...

It doesn't matter if they are in the sandbox or a high school classroom, our kids only learn the tools for relationship, empathy and resiliency when we (parents) allow them the gift of discomfort, making mistakes and yes, failure.

Listen in to this candid conversation and consider where you could pull back a bit, where you could allow your kids a little bit more room to learn from their missteps, to own when they've hurt someone, to problem solve it when they've left their homework or lunch at home (again!)...

We all love our kids, we want them to grow into the fullest, best versions of themselves, sometimes that requires us to back off and let them figure some things out...  You may be surprised by just how capable they are!


The book: The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

The article in the Atlantic that started it all: Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail

Why Back to School Night Made Me Feel Like a Bad Mom

Glennon Doyle Melton on

How to Raise and Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

The Price of Priviledge by Madeline Levine


Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST!!!  Special perks could be coming your way --- just search JOYFUL COURAGE PARENTING PODCAST on iTunes and hit that purple SUBSCRIBE button!!!

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Dec 1, 2015

OMG.  I can't believe how great it is to be a podcaster!!  

For today's show, I interviewed one of my oldest friends!!  How lucky am I???  This conversation, with Jessica Prentice, is all about her book The Duck With No Legs and all of the underlying themes and messages that show up in the sweet, heart warming story.

We get into all sorts of discussions in this show - from spirituality, to overcome perceived disabilities, to living with the discomfort of not being the child we think our parents want us to be (not to mention parenting a child who marches to the beat of his own drum)...

You are going to love this show!

I do say "asshole" one time, so I marked the episode as explicit - sorry about that. :)


I bring up Nick Vujicic - a parapalegic motivational speaker who has an incredible spirit and message for the world.  You can find him at or watch his youtube video about Never giving up by clicking here.

Click here to get a copy of The Duck with No Legs from Amazon.

Check out Jessica's graphic design work at

Find Jessica on Instagram @sillybird


Nov 26, 2015

Hey hey!!!

Thank you so much for playing and being willing to subscribe to the show - I value you and am honored that you find value in what I put out into the world!!

Here are the deets of the giveaway:

I have super cute Joyful Courage SWAG to give away!!  I can't figure out how to post pics here, but I will put them up on the Live and Love with Joyful Courage facebook group page.  

I have FOUR shirts and FOUR hats to giveaway - 

The shirt is baseball style with red arms and the Joyful Courage logo on the front.

The hat is a trucker style green hat with a white front and the JC logo.

I have TWO Center Parenting Ecourses to giveaway - 

This is an online course that you receive over the course of five weeks. Included each week are videos, audio meditation and workbooks that teach the positive Discipline concepts and guide you towards finding your most centered, authentic self while on the parenting journey.  It's awesome! Learn more here.

And finally, I am giving away a 3 month coaching package -

This is the GRAND PRIZE and I am super excited to offer it up to one lucky winner!  The 3 month coaching package is two hours of coaching a month, which can either be broken up into 2 monthly one hour sessions, or four monthly half hour sessions.  You will have access to me via text and email between sessions as well...  This offer is a POWERFUL way to really deepen your practices and accountability towards being the parent and the human you want to be. Learn more here.

To qualify for ALL of the offers, please head on over to itunes and write a review for the podcast.  This link will help you figure out how to do it from your iphone or ipad:

If you use an android device, you will need to access itunes through your computer and directions for doing that can be found here:

To qualify for the swag (shirts and hats) and the ecourse, please leave a FIVE STAR RATING on iTunes.  Use the link above to do this, the difference being that you don't write a review - just leave the stars :)

To qualify simply for the swag, shoot me an email at and let me know what your favorite episode of the podcast is and why OR why you LOVE the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast!!

Oh man, hopefully that isn't too complicated --- let me know if you have any troubles and I will be happy to help! Big love to each of you and THANK YOU for being on the journey with me!!


xoxo - Casey

Nov 24, 2015

There are a few things that are tough to talk about with our kids.  One of the toughest, I think, is talking about the violent things that happen in the world...

My guest today on the podcast is Dr. Monica Holliday Sherman.  Monica is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago, and she completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at The Adler School of Professional Psychology, with a concentration in childhood and adolescence.

She is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and she regularly facilitates parenting classes in the Chicago community. You can find her on Psychology Today here.

She is also my friend, and someone I trust to speak to this topic from a very thoughtful, experienced place...

As tough as this conversation is, it is important for parents to be talking to their kids about the state of the world. AND, as a community of parents, it is equally as important to get support from each other about how to best support our kids.

My hope is that this show does just that.

Resources mentioned in the interview:

Video of father reassuring his young son that France is their home.
Purple Wagon - "A site for people interested in parents and children, and their explorations and discussions around war, terrorism and peacemaking." Loads of resources for parents here.
Helping Children Feel Safe in an Unsafe World by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

Other resources:

Talking With Children About Disaster also by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD
Talking with Children About Tragic News Stories by Ariadne Brill of Positive Parenting Connection
Terrorism and children:Tough Conversations that Matter by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD or Roots of Action
Explaining Terror to Kids is a NY Times article that covers a French newspaper for kids and how they are engaging in real conversations with kids about the attacks

And more suggestions from Monica:

Books are my go-to when I'm wanting to extend any of these "big" topics into ongoing conversations with my kids. Here are a few to read WITH your kids, relevant to what's going on in the world today:
Finding heroes amidst terrorism.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (there is also a Young Reader's edition)
Multicultural competency.
The Cow of No Color: Riddle Stories and Justice Tales from around the World, Nina Jaffee
Explaining refugees. 
Sometimes it helps to look to history for examples -- one of the most written about examples of children fleeing war zones is the Operation Pied Piper of 1939, when children were evacuated from London during WWII. The beloved Paddington character is even based upon these events. 
--The Sky Is Falling, Kit Pearson
--Visitors from London, Kitty Barne (out of print)
--Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe and Bedknobs and Broomsticks are both storylines based on children having to evacuate. 
--If your kids are American Girl fans, the book Happy Birthday, Molly!  incorporates a story of a British refugee coming to live with the family after being traumatized by living through bombing raids.  
Please get in touch with any thoughts or feedback on this discussion or any of the other podcasts!



Nov 17, 2015

This conversation landed close to my heart...  While my kids are now sleeping in their OWN beds, in their OWN rooms, ALL NIGHT LONG, that was not always the case.

And while my nighttime parenting choices weren't always the same as everyone else, they didn't follow the mainstream advice,  I did the best I could for my babies... 

The thing I really love about Alanna and her approach to supporting parents with sleep, is her willingness to meet parents where they're at.  She really believes in the idea that there is a right approach for each family, and that it is going to be related to what works in each family...

As any parent knows, there is no one size fits all here...  AND it is possible to help your child, and yourself, get better sleep.

Listen in!


Where to find Alanna -

Join the Live and Love with Joyful Courage Community here.

Click here to get started.... 

Nov 10, 2015

What a great time I had talking to Bonnie Harris of Connective Parenting!  She is so full of wisdom and insight...  Which wasn't surprising AT ALL to me :)

I have been following Bonnie's work for years - drawn to her gentle, logical style and advice.  I subscribed to her newsletter list and read her books and often am known to quote her in my parenting classes.

This lady is for real.

AND I am honored to share our conversation with you!!

Click on the links below to follow Bonnie:


I also mention the THANKSGIVING GIVE AWAY to podcast subscribers during the show. Click on this link to watch a short video with how to find the podcast app on your iphone.

Big love to you all and happy parenting!!!

Nov 3, 2015

This solo show is my own download around how resistance has been showing up in my life and what I am learning from it.  We all have those voices, right?  The one that says to us, "who cares, do what you want..." and the other that speaks from our soul and reminds us of who we really are....  Yeah, I dig into that.

I talk about my friend, Molly Knight Forde who is BRILLIANT and my guest on Episode Seven...

I mention the book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo (its super fabulous).

It's the world according to me, and I invite you to come on in and stay awhile.  Let me know what you think, and if you are enjoying these solo rambles or not (I hope you are, because they are really fun to record).

Big huge love to you all!!

Oct 27, 2015

How much do I love this week's guest????


She is my friend and teacher, she inspires and coaches people all over the planet, AND she has taken time to sit down and puzzle out the self care challenges that SO MANY parents face.

I know you know what I'm talking about because you share it with me all the time - there is no time to take care of myself... I feel guilty...  time for me is at the bottom of the list....

I am telling you - not only have I HEARD it all, I have also EXPERIENCED all of these limiting thoughts and beliefs and allowed them to keep me from engaging in what is one of the most important pieces of parenting - SELF CARE.

You will love the conversation I had with Krista.  Listen in and let me know what you think!!!

You won't be able to get enough of her!!

Are you local and interested in finding out more about GRACE Seattle???
Click here for all the deets.

I also did a podcast about my experience at GRACE New York recently --- if you want to hear more about my experience - check out that show!

Here are some places you can go to stay connected to Krista and her work:
Her website: 
The Facebook Community: Global Grace
Follow on Instagram: globalgrace_

And don't forget to head over to the Joyful Courage Facebook community and ask to join in the conversation -  Live and Love with Joyful Courage

Oct 20, 2015

Inspired by the mamas currently enrolled in the Raising Siblings Ecourse - this is a deep dive into why I always begin my work with parents by inviting them to pay more attention to how they respond physically and emotionally to their kids behavior.

Once we recognize the way our body responds, we can begin to do the work of teaching it a new way of being.

Listen in!

** This is marked explicit because I say "pissed" and "bullshit" - so heads up for that!

Check out all of my online offers at

Oct 13, 2015

I was introduced to Emily Roberts on a Facebook group for parent educators that I belong to...  I knew right away that I wanted to know more about her when she introduced herself and shared about her work with tween and teen girls...

I bought her book, Express Yourself, and quickly realized that this woman is LEGIT!  This book, which I am currently reading out loud to me seventh grade daughter is PACKED with so many nuggets of wisdom for our girls...  Not only that, I am finding that I am learning so much from the tips and advice that Emily shares... 

In this podcast interview, Emily and I discuss her book, plus the importance of supporting our girls in growing their assertive muscles...  We touch on friend drama, social media dos and don'ts, as well as why knowing the outcome you want is the first step to actually getting there.

Emily is a dream.  I think you will enjoy the conversation as much as I did!  

Follow Emily:

On her website at
On Facebook at Guidance Girl
On Twitter at @GuidanceGirlEm
On Instagram at @GuidanceGirlEm
On Pinterest at Guidance Girl
On You Tube at The Guidance Girl Channel

Oct 6, 2015

I had an amazing experience with 49 other women at a workshop in New York...  When I shared about it on social media, the request was made that I share more on the podcast.

So here you go.

I am so grateful for the journey I am on...  So grateful to be alert and alive and awake to all the possibilities that exist in my life.  So grateful for the teachers and the opportunities that have come my way....

Thank you for listening in.

Click here for more information about the Grace Workshop happening in Seattle in November.


Sep 29, 2015

It was such a pleasure to have Katie Hurley on the show!  I have been sharing her work on the Joyful Courage Facebook page for a long time and speaking to her about her new book confirmed what I had come to believe as a reader of her writing; she is a thoughtful, brilliant voice in the parent education community.

Katie's new book, The Happy Kid Handbook is an amazing tool for parents to learn how to meet their kids where they are at, temperamentally.  Her work reminds us that the need to get to know our kids is vital in creating an environment where they can excel, both socially and emotionally.

Being an extrovert raising kids that fall across the extrovert/introvert spectrum, I was excited to dig into this with Katie. I know that you are going to love listening in to the conversation too!!

Visit her website:

Follow Katie:

Instagram: @katiefhurley
Facebook: Practical Parenting by Katie
Twitter: @katiefhurley

Sep 15, 2015

I am really excited to have Andy Smithson, of TRU Parenting, back on the podcast!  He was my very first guest and a parent educator that I have been following for a while now.  

There are a lot of things I like about Andy, I think it is so refreshing to have a Dad's voice speaking into the parenting experience.  His blog posts and articles are always so helpful and full of tips and tools that can be put into action right away.  He has lots of kids so I KNOW he is in the practice of walking his talk, and that always scores a lot of points with me...

Today we are talking about yelling.  Ugh.  Yelling is the worst - it makes our kids feel bad and it leaves US feeling bad and so unskilled.  Andy has an ecourse that is starting the beginning of October...  I have so much faith in this program that I am an affiliate of the program (meaning: I get a kickback when you sign up through me).

So listen up and soak in the zen vibes of Andy Smithson.

Here are some links to the resources mentioned on the show:

Boundaries by Henry Cloud

Andys Quick Calm Technique - FREE DOWNLOAD

Super Better by Jane McGonigal 

21 Day Stop Yelling Coaching Course - Sign up now!

Sep 1, 2015

“I am an ordinary person living in the same distracted culture that everyone else is living in…” 


And that is exactly what is so inspiring about Rachel Macy Stafford.


She is an ordinary person whose work is making an extraordinary impact on parents from around the world.


Most of us found her through her blog, - her writing drew us in and touched our soul.  We also joined her Hands Free Revolution on Facebook, to be even more connected to her and the community space she has created.


Because there is something really special about this ordinary person. 


I am thrilled to be interviewing her on the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast.  Honored that she was willing to take the time to talk to me and share her journey, her vulnerability and her wisdom.


Her new book, Hands Free Life: 9 habits for overcoming distraction, living better & loving more is full of nuggets that will bring you to your knees.


So, so good.  Listen in…






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