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Cardigan Academy

Cardigan Academy

By Stacy Foley & Devany LeDrew
Stacy Foley and Devany LeDrew are the therapist and teacher duo behind Cardigan Academy. Your helpers for all things parenting, mental health, and education, they are inspired by the warm gentleness of one of their heroes, Mister Rogers. Stacy and Devany embrace the same kind, straightforward manner as they tackle topics from breaking unhealthy patterns to grief to trauma and more, and they do it all with laughter, learning, thoughtfulness, inclusion, and a whole lot of excited geeking out!
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Respecting Our Kids
Cardigan Academy is on summer break! We're re-releasing this episode from last year about why we choose to foster mutual respect when parenting our kids. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
48:54
July 21, 2022
Healing Through Community
Cardigan Academy is on summer break! We're re-releasing this episode from last year about how important community is for our mental well being. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
55:20
July 07, 2022
How Our Emotional Thermostats Vary & Affect Us
Cardigan Academy is on summer break! We're re-releasing this episode from last year about how our internal emotional thermostats vary and affect us. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
49:08
June 23, 2022
Summer Fun!
Cardigan Academy is on summer break! We're re-releasing this episode from last summer about what we love to do during this season! Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
26:60
June 09, 2022
Summer Schedule
You won't want to miss Stacy & Devany's chat about what Cardigan Academy is up to this summer! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
06:13
May 26, 2022
Role Models
Cardigan Academy answers a letter about how to find the right mentors for your kids. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
27:02
May 12, 2022
Evelyn's Interview
Cardigan Academy interview's Devany's oldest, Evelyn, about homeschooling and gentle parenting. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
50:15
May 05, 2022
Tips for Trauma
Cardigan Academy discusses how to help kids (or anyone) who may be struggling. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
33:29
April 21, 2022
Turning Red
Cardigan Academy discusses Pixar's Turning Red. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
42:02
April 14, 2022
Cafeteria Time: Filet-o-Fish
Cardigan Academy is having Cafeteria Time where we discuss whatever comes to mind! This episode includes mystery and magic puzzles, what we're watching, cravings, talking fish, homeschool math, multiplication songs, and a pregnant rhinoceros! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
42:24
April 07, 2022
Body Image & Health
Cardigan Academy answers a parent's letter about how to discuss body image, physical activity, and health with kids. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
19:50
March 31, 2022
Trust
Cardigan Academy discusses navigating trust when a child confides in you. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
13:48
March 24, 2022
Max's Interview
Cardigan Academy interviews Stacy's youngest, Max, about homeschooling and gentle parenting. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
01:15:00
March 10, 2022
Productivity
Cardigan Academy discusses productivity. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
21:55
March 03, 2022
Childhood Emotional Neglect
Cardigan Academy answers a listener's question about emotions tied to childhood. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
14:46
February 24, 2022
Encanto
Cardigan Academy discusses Disney's Encanto from a mental health perspective. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
31:12
February 17, 2022
Kate's Interview
Cardigan Academy interviews Stacy's oldest, Kate, about homeschooling and gentle parenting. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
01:04:26
February 10, 2022
Homeschool Doldrums
Cardigan Academy discusses how to handle a homeschooling slump. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
32:13
February 03, 2022
Feeling Judged
Cardigan Academy gives advice to a parent who feels judged. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
18:38
January 27, 2022
AV Club
Cardigan Academy introduces AV Club! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
49:49
January 20, 2022
ADHD Diagnosis
Cardigan Academy gives advice about an ADHD diagnosis. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
20:05
January 13, 2022
Cafeteria Time: Little Foods
Cardigan Academy is having another Cafeteria Time! On the menu today, they're discussing dog DNA, salami pickles, Jenga the elephant, custom puzzles, blood types, and more! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
43:20
January 06, 2022
Gratitude and Announcements
Cardigan Academy is grateful for so much this year! This episode also has several BIG announcements you won't want to miss! Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
29:56
November 23, 2021
Cafeteria Time: Baklava
Cardigan Academy is having Cafeteria Time! On the menu today they're discussing therapy, turning 40, book clubs, funny voicemails, puzzles, & games.
40:37
November 18, 2021
Setting Boundaries with a Parent
Cardigan Academy gives advice on setting boundaries with a parent. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
20:27
November 16, 2021
Brain Chemicals: Endorphins
Cardigan Academy completes their series on happiness brain chemicals with endorphins. Extracurriculars include Francis Bourgeois and Palmyra Cocoa Bomb Mom. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
41:27
November 11, 2021
A Sibling Situation
Cardigan Academy gives advice about a sibling situation. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
13:34
November 09, 2021
Violet's Story
Cardigan Academy shares the story of Violet's brief life. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
46:13
November 04, 2021
A Thoughtful Surprise Dear Cardigan Academy
Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
02:38
November 02, 2021
Combating SAD
Cardigan Academy discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder, hygge, and ways we attempt to cheer up during the dark, long winter months. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
39:34
October 28, 2021
Teaching a Teen to Drive
Cardigan Academy talks about teaching teens to drive. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
18:01
October 26, 2021
Cheat Sheet: Meal Time Ideas
Cardigan Academy is sharing tips, tricks, and ideas to make meal times more manageable. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
40:21
October 21, 2021
Problem with Partner's Hygiene
Cardigan Academy answers a question from a listener who is having a problem with their partner's hygiene. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
21:02
October 19, 2021
Introverts, Extroverts, & Ambiverts
Cardigan Academy is having a discussion about what being introverted or extroverted tells us about ourselves, our kids, and anyone. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
51:38
October 14, 2021
Grieving a Friendship
Cardigan Academy discusses the loss of a toxic friendship. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
09:36
October 12, 2021
Cafeteria Time: Pretzel
Cardigan Academy is back with another Cafeteria Time (a conversational unplanned episode) discussing providing support when times are tough, Halloween decorations, Halloween candy, a new kitten, and the pandemic ending? Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
41:34
October 07, 2021
Organizing Your Home for Learning
Cardigan Academy discusses how to organize your home (and life) to also be an environment for learning. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
17:37
October 05, 2021
Mental Health Tool Kit
Cardigan Academy is discussing having a mental health tool kit including an emotionally safe community, boundaries, and more. Extracurriculars include Kiwi Berries. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
37:32
September 30, 2021
Reluctant Writer
Cardigan Academy gives advice to a listener asking about how to encourage a child to write. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
18:10
September 28, 2021
Parenting Clichés We Hate
Cardigan Academy discusses tired old parenting clichés that we dislike and what we use instead. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
48:11
September 23, 2021
Acceptance of a Non-Binary Child
Cardigan Academy discusses the acceptance of a non-binary child. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
25:04
September 21, 2021
Mister Rogers
Cardigan Academy discusses Mister Fred Rogers and how much he taught us about so many things. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
46:36
September 16, 2021
Finding Time for Yourself
Cardigan Academy talks about how to find time for yourself to feel fulfilled while balancing and managing so many other priorities. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
21:48
September 14, 2021
Book Club - The Body Keeps the Score
Cardigan Academy is starting a book club! Up first, we're reading and discussing The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk. Learn what trauma does to your body and mind. Extracurriculars include a quiz to see what your dog's career would be and Wally the Walrus. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
47:56
September 09, 2021
What makes a good apology?
Cardigan Academy discusses the five languages of apology and how to apologize as well as what to avoid. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
33:14
September 07, 2021
Cafeteria Time: First Pancake
Cardigan Academy is trying something new! Join Stacy & Devany at the virtual lunch table for a (mostly) unplanned casual conversation.   Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
49:35
September 02, 2021
How do I choose a homeschooling style?
Cardigan Academy gives guidance on homeschooling styles and recommends a quiz to help! Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
29:48
August 31, 2021
Emotional Thermostats
While the term is inspired by the Brains On! podcast about emotions, the concept is one Devany & Stacy have experienced their whole lives. Cardigan Academy discusses what it feels like to feel everything to the fullest. Is it the same as being an empath or a highly sensitive person? What can you do if you're like this or you know someone who is? Extracurriculars include Gamer Pal. Follow Cardigan Academy on: Facebook Instagram YouTube
48:49
August 26, 2021
What is Trauma?
Cardigan Academy discusses trauma. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
22:15
August 24, 2021
Brain Chemicals: Serotonin
Cardigan Academy continues their series on neurotransmitters with a conversation about serotonin. Devany & Stacy discuss happiness, antidepressants, anxiety, depression, and how to boost serotonin. Also mentioned are this 2 Minute Neuroscience video and intermittent dosing of SSRIs for PMDD. During extracurriculars, Devany recommends Smologies! Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
43:27
August 19, 2021
Apprehensive about the School Year
Cardigan Academy answers a parent's concerns about the upcoming school year. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
15:54
August 17, 2021
Beyond Thoughts and Prayers
Cardigan Academy discusses how to offer and accept help when life gets tough. Extracurriculars include the Clue app and Your Local Epidemiologist. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
55:03
August 12, 2021
How do I set a boundary with a co-worker?
Cardigan Academy helps a listener set a boundary with a co-worker. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
18:03
August 10, 2021
The Truth About Home Education - Part 2
Cardigan Academy is back with Part 2 of The Truth About Home Education to debunk homeschooling myths. They also discuss their favorite (and least favorite) teachers. Extracurriculars include a game that Devany needs to know if you already know about and Stacy's tips on making great brownies! Follow Cardigan Academy on: Facebook Instagram YouTube
59:26
August 05, 2021
How do I connect with my kids?
Cardigan Academy gives a parent advice on how to connect with their kids even as they approach adulthood themselves. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
13:10
August 03, 2021
The Importance of Community
Cardigan Academy discusses the importance of community, how it helps us heal, and where to find it or how to create it! Follow Cardigan Academy on: Facebook Instagram YouTube
55:03
July 29, 2021
How do I get my partner to parent respectfully?
What should you do when you want to parent the Cardigan Academy way but your partner is unsure? Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
19:05
July 27, 2021
The Truth About Home Education - Part 1
Cardigan Academy was born out of the need for families to make sudden choices about education for their children. Stacy and Devany debunk homeschool myths and share how and why they secularly homeschool. Stacy mentions Frostbeard Studio candles. Follow Cardigan academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube
54:18
July 22, 2021
How do I graciously accept a compliment?
Cardigan Academy gives tips on accepting a compliment. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
10:26
July 20, 2021
Brain Chemicals: Oxytocin - The Love Hormone
Cardigan Academy is continuing their series on brain chemicals with oxytocin, the love hormone. Devany & Stacy discuss bonding, empathy, and trust as well as the following resources: TedTalk - Trust, Morality, and Oxytocin by Paul Zak Oxytocin's Effect on Breastfeeding The Top 10 Ways to Boost Good Feelings For extracurriculars, Stacy shares her deep dive on celebrity longevity and Devany recommends Cruel Summer on Hulu for 90s nostalgia. Previous episodes in the Brain Chemical Series: Dopamine Follow Cardigan Academy on: Facebook Instagram YouTube
30:38
July 15, 2021
How do I talk to my kid about sex?
Cardigan Academy gives a parent advice on how to talk to their child about sex. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
12:02
July 13, 2021
Pets as Mental Health Helpers
Cardigan Academy discusses pets and how they benefit our mental health and more! A huge shout out to both PAWS of PA and 1Love4Animals where Devany and Stacy got their respective pets! Extracurriculars include Bug Bite Thing. Follow on: Facebook Instagram YouTube
01:06:36
July 08, 2021
How do I get my child to socialize?
Cardigan Academy answers a concern from a parent with a shy child. At what age do kids need playdates? How do we find the right fit? Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
11:25
July 06, 2021
Our Shifting World
Cardigan Academy discusses our shifting world and re-emerging with what we've learned and how we've changed. Facebook Instagram YouTube
55:29
July 01, 2021
Is it okay to read my child's diary?
Cardigan Academy answers a parent who asks if it is okay to read her child's journal. Devany & Stacy discuss processing emotions through writing and privacy. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
06:55
June 29, 2021
Ideas for Summer
Cardigan Academy discusses all things summer! Ideas include favorite seasonal foods, activities, and ways to keep the family reading! Sand Puffy Paint Summer Reading Calendars Club Book It Moon Box Extracurriculars include Tick Lab and edible cookie dough! Facebook Instagram YouTube
29:49
June 24, 2021
Getting to Know Stacy & Devany
A Cardigan Academy listener asked Stacy & Devany to share more about who they are as individuals. They discuss their favorite shows, foods, podcasts, and what would be listed on their Wikipedia pages, if they had them. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
13:28
June 22, 2021
Brain Chemicals: Dopamine
Cardigan Academy is doing a series on brain chemicals, starting with the neurotransmitter dopamine. Devany & Stacy discuss motivation, the biological reward system, and brain imaging done at Amen Clinics. For extracurriculars, Stacy recommends Alison Bechdel's books and Devany has been working on a Penny Portrait. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
29:22
June 17, 2021
What if I mess up?
Cardigan Academy gives advice on how to trust yourself and your choices as well as what to do if you "mess up." Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
06:60
June 15, 2021
Parenting with Mutual Respect
Cardigan Academy discusses why mutual respect is the foundation for our parenting, what this looks like, and how to implement it in your family. Extracurriculars include "I am Lakshmi Singh!" and Dashing Diva's Pride Collection. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
48:54
June 10, 2021
How do I find the right therapist?
Cardigan Academy gives advice on what to look for in a therapist, where to start your search, and what to do when you're overwhelmed. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
09:01
June 08, 2021
Mental Health Stigma
Devany & Stacy discuss mental health stigma, how it affects us as a society and as individuals, and what we can do to help. Cardigan Academy recommends the app Daylio and remembers Dr. Lorna Breen. This episode's extracurriculars are Teleparty & Cicada Safari as well as Devany's free printable Cicada Observation Sheet on her website Still Playing School. Follow Cardigan Academy on Facebook Instagram YouTube Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice in a future episode.
52:51
June 03, 2021
What should I do when my child lies?
Cardigan Academy's therapist and teacher team give advice to a parent about what to do when their kid starts lying. Devany and Stacy explain what's going on developmentally as well as how to handle the behavior, connect as a family, and encourage the truth. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Facebook Instagram YouTube
07:13
June 01, 2021
What is Cardigan Academy?
In Episode 0, Devany LeDrew and Stacy Foley introduce themselves, Cardigan Academy, and how they strive to help in the areas of parenting, mental health, and education. Submit your own Dear Cardigan Academy Letter to get Stacy & Devany's therapist and teacher advice and guidance! Follow Cardigan Academy on: Facebook Instagram YouTube
10:57
May 27, 2021