Eps 109: Learning How to be a More Conscious Parent by Tuning in to Our Body

Parenting from within takes practice practice practice. What are the significant tools we need to really delve within? Inside of us exists what we need to connect to the way we want to parent.  Using these tools at our disposal will allow us to open up, connect, reset and navigate the challenges that come with development. Just like we are in constant practice it’s key to continue the conversation! Our children are not the only humans in development.

 What you will hear

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  • The emotional journey of choosing Positive Parenting

  • Is your inner voice helping or hindering your practice

  • Our old stories can create blocks when we practice PD

  • What shows up when our children touch on those old stories (triggers)

  • How we talk to ourselves when it seems everyone around us has it together

  • Where do we chose to sit when we are in anger, resentment and “stuckness”

  • Why are you choosing PD and/or Conscious Parenting?

  • What are the themes that drive us to want to parent this way?

  • What themes to we use to keep us on a pendulum

  • Once we choose into the practice we can create habits that navigate through these themes and stories

  • Awareness is the first step to helping us acknowledge the triggers so we can create a connection into this parenting journey

  • This is a collective journey

  • Mindfulness with ground us into the practice and what we need

  • Using mindfulness will bring you into your biggest tool- your body, senses, feelings and emotions

  • Listening to your body is accepting the messages and signals you are sending to your conscious

  • What do you notice in challenging situations?

  • Where do your signals sit? Belly? Shoulders? Chest?

  • Follow the wisdom your body is sending.

  • Fears cloud our vision and takes us into the “what ifs”

  • Getting curious allows us to approach our children without getting stuck in the fog

  • How to use the neutrality of your body to shift into a better experience

  • Shifting can open us up the possibility that we are the best parent for our kids and we can make repairs


Podcast Highlight:

In Her Voice, By Kelly Covers

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Mother’s Journey to Joyful Courage


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Eps 77: Carrie Anne Killeen talks about parenting for our soul

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.

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3 part webinar series on emotional triggers (link coming!)


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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.

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Feed 3,000


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!!

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Eps 69: Laurie Prusso Hatch Helps us Understand Hurtful Behavior in Young Kids

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Today’s guest is Laurie Hatch, a “radical grandma” with strong ideas and opinions about how children who can be raised. She has eleven kids, 44 grandkids and has worked in education, now consulting and training. We are going to talk about kids under 5 and how to handle aggressive behavior. Join us!

“If I could teach parents one thing it would be: never expect kids to share. Kids do not share until the ages of 4 and 5 when it becomes important to them to have a playmate who stays with them and collaborates”

“Sharing is one of the most inappropriate expectations we have in childhood and a huge trigger. We were taught to be nice and share and that if you don’t share you aren’t nice.”

“About the time we start to figure out parenting, we are done”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

•    Exploring the language we use to describe behaviors our kids engage in
*    How separating ourselves from our children’s behavior changes how we describe and perceive it
*     Sibling rivalry and how we help create it
*    The role of supervision in mitigating sibling conflict
*    What is scaffolding and how does it relate to correcting behavior?
*    Setting reasonable expectations around kid’s ability to self-regulate: improvement vs. mastery
*    Child development and how that impacts how sibling conflict plays out
*    Resolving conflict through curiosity
*    Naturalist observational report: talking to kids about what happened absent of judgment and assumption
*    Sharing expectations: why and when developmentally kids share and how expecting it can create challenges
*    Biting and tantrums in context: how language and maturity impact these phases
*    Backtalk versus advocacy: reframing sassy behavior
*    Repetitive behaviors: chances to try different approaches to resolve conflict
•    Nurturing in the heat of conflict: why it helps and how to do it even when it’s hard.
•    Solutions vs punishments. Focusing on the goal and expected behavior and being permissive aren’t the same thing, resolution doesn’t need to be punitive
•    Relationship repair and how to recover from parenting missteps
•    Spanking – where does it come from and what else can you do in the moment
•    Post-conflict recaps: encouraging perspective taking and problem solving
•    The role of family meetings: connecting rather than blaming
•    Parenting education helps learn about parenting process
*    Triggers: why do we have them and what they can teach us about ourselves?
*    Self-care and parenting – how journaling can help
*    Problem solving without fault

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

“Joy is the essence of being centered in truth. Courage is heart. I try to live so my life and heart are centered on the things I know are true. I have limited knowledge so I’m continually looking for that. I draw on my courage so that I can speak out in active ways that are in harmony with what I believe. Joy is not fleeting, it’s not like happiness. Joy is a constant and a choice in life. If you have joy in your heart, you’re able to endure challenges and adversity because you have this constant centered on truth." 

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Eps 24: Navigating Power Struggles with Debbie Zeichner

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.

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Episode 1: A Conversation about Emotional Triggers with Andy Smithson of TRU Parenting

It was my great honor to spend over and hour on the phone with Andy Smithson of TRU Parenting recently.  

We spent our time really digging into the way emotional triggers show up while navigating the challenges of raising kids, and Andy shared some of what he offers parents in the way of finding their calm.  Enjoy!!

"Not knowing is one of the most powerful tools and skills that we have as parents...  It keeps us curious makes us let our children guide the process..."
-  Andy Smithson

Resources mentioned during the podcast:


Childbirth: My Journey from Fear to Peace

The Quick Calm Toolkit

How to Stop Yelling in 21 Days

Get Off That Train!

TRU Calm: Parent Relaxation and Self-Renewal Series
* Be sure to listen at the end of the podcast for a special discount offer from Andy to be used towards this product!