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How to set limits with your kids... DON'T! - Another controversial podcast with Sujai and Vivek

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Recovering after Yelling – The Power of Self-Compassion S07E05
Recovering after Yelling – The Power of Self-Compassion S07E05 ---------------------- If you enjoyed this ep, please share it around and leave us a review wherever you listen to your pods
30:58
January 14, 2022
It's Never Too Late to Heal - Parenting Without Wrongness - S07E04
It's Never Too Late to Heal - Parenting Without Wrongness - S07E04 In this episode Sujai encourages us that it's never too late to change our parenting and it's never too late to heal. It might be challenging, but you can do it. Then Vivek talks about parenting with No Wrongness. No Wrongness is seeing our kids as always learning, not making mistakes. Seeing ourselves that way too! ---------------------- If you enjoyed this ep, please share it around and leave us a review wherever you listen to your pods
31:45
October 20, 2021
Impact vs Intent & Talking to your Inner Child – S07E03
Impact vs Intent & Talking to your Inner Child – S07E03 In this week’s episode Sujai talks about being aware of our impact, even when we have a good intention. Both with our kids and in adult relationships. Then Vivek shares how he talks to his inner child and offers ideas on how you can become a more loving support for YOURSELF. This of course leaks out to your kids. ---------------------- If you enjoyed this ep, please share it around and leave us a review wherever you listen to your pods
34:04
September 28, 2021
Relationship is the Root of Manners - S07E02
Relationship is the Root of Manners - S07E02 This week Sujai and Vivek discuss a very common question, “How do I teach my kid manners?” Making kids say “please and thank you” only reinforces a habit. Real manners are about caring for the relationship with the other person. Instead of focusing on the behaviour, let’s think about how can we inspire the feelings that give rise to this respect? ---------------------- If you enjoyed this ep, please share it around and leave us a review wherever you listen to your pods
43:48
September 20, 2021
Don’t let your kid run into the street and get hit by a car – The Gentle Parenting Way S07E01
Don’t let your kid run into the street and get hit by a car – The Gentle Parenting Way S07E01 Sujai and Vivek talk about how do we guide our kids without using consequences, punishment and rewards? In the Gentle Parenting philosophy we choose not to force our kids to do things against their will. Yet we still guide them, support them and help them learn about life. In this weeks episode we discuss just that, including a real life example of how Vivek helped a rambunctious 6 year old learn to look both ways when crossing the street using Connection, Play and Imagination. If you enjoyed this ep, please share it around and leave us a review wherever you listen to your pods
45:08
September 17, 2021
POWER STRUGGLES! – What causes then and How to Avoid them s06e09
POWER STRUGGLES! – What causes then and How to Avoid them s06e09 Vivek just finished offering teaching a workshop on power struggles so we decided to go into depth about the topic on today’s podcast ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. If you’d like to hear more of these talks, participate in the coaching calls and more, join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw Pandora https://www.pandora.com/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/PC:60566 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:00:08
June 30, 2021
Narcissism, poor communication patterns and parenting – s06e08
Narcissism, poor communication patterns and parenting – s06e08 In this episode Sujai discusses how the label of narcissist is applied incorrectly to many situations. In fact many times it is a situation of poor communication patterns and trauma responses. Vivek talks about how we can parent in a way that we create more empowered communication patterns. ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. If you’d like to hear more of these talks, participate in the coaching calls and more, join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw Pandora https://www.pandora.com/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/PC:60566 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
36:52
May 17, 2021
Relationship First Parenting – An interview with Author Melody Schmitke S06E06
Relationship First Parenting – An interview with Author Melody Schmitke We loved talking with Melody about her new book. Here’s the description: Want more cooperation from your kids? Want to stop yelling and threatening to gain compliance? Want a better relationship? Want a create a lifelong relationship? This book is for you!! Through three simple effective techniques you can improve connection, cooperation, and life with your children. Available at https://gentlevillage.wordpress.com/2021/03/31/relationship-first-parenting/  Audio book coming soon! ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. If you’d like to hear more of these talks, participate in the coaching calls and more, join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw Pandora https://www.pandora.com/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/PC:60566 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:06:06
April 19, 2021
Being OK with things not being OK – Season 6 bonus episode
Being OK with things not being OK – Season 6 bonus episode Sujai and Vivek host a group coaching call each week in our membership space. This is the talk Vivek gave at this week’s coaching call. Parenting is super challenging. There are always going to be ups and downs. Our kids will often do things that stress us out, frustrate us and make life difficult for us. This is when it's important for us to be centered and come from a place of deep understanding. Even when things appear like they're not okay it is a part of the natural process of our kids development. In this audio I give some ideas around how to relate to those moments when things are not okay. I'd love to hear your thoughts on what I share. What strategies do you use to keep calm, centered and focused when things are super challenging and stressful? ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. If you’d like to hear more of these talks, participate in the coaching calls and more, join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw Pandora https://www.pandora.com/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/PC:60566 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
37:21
March 20, 2021
Non Violent Communication and Parenting with Marji Zintz S06E05
Non Violent Communication and Parenting with Marji Zintz S06E05 Marji Zintz is the Peaceful Parent Whisperer. She is as wise as she is loving. She was also our co-host on the Gentle Parents Unite podcast for seasons 1-4. We are so happy to have her back for this special episode. Marji shares the basics of Non Violent Communication (NVC) and how we can use it to create more connection and harmony with our kids and in all our relationships. You can find Marji at https://www.peacefulparentwhisperer.com/ https://www.facebook.com/peacefulparentwhisperer ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. Join Sujai Johnston and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw Pandora https://www.pandora.com/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/PC:60566 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:02:53
March 10, 2021
No Punishment, No Rewards - In Conversation with Greg Santucci OT - S06E04
No Punishment, No Rewards - In Conversation with Greg Santucci OT - S06E04 In this special episode we talk with the wise and compassionate Greg Santucci, Occupational Therapist. Greg is at the leading edge of working with children from a brain science based perspective. He advocates for a non-coercive, relationship based approach that honours the individuality and humanity of each child. Our conversation is full of heart, humour and profound ideas. It was a pleasure spending time talking with him about our favourite subject. We’re sure you’ll love and learn a lot from it. Please follow Greg on his Social Media https://www.facebook.com/gregsantucciOT/ http://powerplaytherapy.com/ ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. Join Sujai Johnston and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
59:19
February 28, 2021
Preventing Power Struggles and Dealing with Bullying - S06E03
Preventing Power Struggles and Dealing with Bullying - S06E03 In today's episode we discuss how to avoid power struggles with our kids. They are damaging and lead to disconnection, resistance and rebellion. In the end we lose the ability to connect deeply with our kids. We also talk about bullying some of the causes that lead to it. As well as how to help our kids through it. ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. Join Sujai Johnston and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle/episodes/Untigering--an-interview-with-Author-and-Parenting-educator-Iris-Chen-eosg8e Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:34:48
January 19, 2021
Untigering – an interview with Author and Parenting educator Iris Chen
Untigering – an interview with Author and Parenting educator Iris Chen S06E02 – Iris Chen is a deconstructing Tiger Mom who is all about peaceful parenting, intersectional unschooling, and anti-oppression work. Her new book “Untigering: Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent” is a brilliant and moving work. One that will change the lives of everyone who reads it. Sujai and Vivek have an in depth discussion with Iris about rewiring our parenting from the old ways while honouring our cultural roots. We also talk about anti-oppression work and how it relates to conscious parenting. You can find Iris’ work at https://www.facebook.com/untigering https://www.instagram.com/untigering/ and you can pick up a copy of her book here https://untigering.com/untigering-peaceful-parenting-for-the-deconstructing-tiger-parent/ https://www.amazon.com/Untigering-Peaceful-Parenting-Deconstructing-Parent-ebook/dp/B08QG3C9F3/ ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:07:11
January 12, 2021
How to set limits with your kids... DON'T! - Another controversial podcast with Sujai and Vivek
How to set limits with your kids... DON'T! - Another controversial podcast with Sujai and Vivek S06E01 - The idea of "Loving Limits" is quite prevalent in the gentle parenting world these days. This is when we say no to our kids about something and they complain, cry, scream and or beg, and we hold firm to the limit while validating their feelings. Gentle Parenting is operating from a whole different mindset. It is not traditional parenting done gently. We don't want our kids to feel us as authority figures that have power and control over them. We want them to feel we are walking alongside them as friends and Wise Guides. In this episode we look at ways to reframe the idea of limits and engage with our kids in a more collaborative spirit. ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:31:15
January 08, 2021
Your child is an entrepreneur - S05E08 Conversation with Britta Ofori-Kuragu,
Your child is an entrepreneur - S05E08 Conversation with Britta Ofori-Kuragu, In this episode of the Gentle Parents Unite Podcast Sujai and Vivek have a laughter and wisdom filled conversation with Britta Ofori-Kuragu ,  Purposeful Parenting Paradigm Coach, Raising 2 ‘Youngerpreneurs’. Britta shares her story of how she empowers her children’s entrepreneurial spirit and financial literacy. Her book ‘Raising Young Entrepreneurs: The Purposeful Parenting Paradigm’ is available at https://is.gd/RaisingYoungEntrepreneurs Her kid’s businesses are https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PlushPlaysoap https://is.gd/MyBeyoutifulIdentityByVerity ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:09:24
December 31, 2020
Taking Kid’s Ideas Seriously - S05 Special Episode
Taking Kid’s Ideas Seriously - S05 Special Episode Gentle Parents Unite Podcast with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel In this episode Vivek talks about the importance of taking kids ideas seriously. In  doing this we are helping  them feel deeply valued. He shares the philosophy as well as practical tips on how to do this.   At least three times a week Vivek and Sujai go live in the group and share ideas like this. ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss
27:49
December 05, 2020
Meditation for the Busy Parent - S05E07 Gentle Parents Unite Podcast with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel
Meditation for the Busy Parent - S05E07 Gentle Parents Unite Podcast with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel We host a weekly PARENTING MEDITATION in our membership group. Meditation is a wonderful way for us to learn about our  thoughts  and become more familiar with our body mind connection. This has a profound effect on our day-to-day, moment to moment experience with our children. Life can be really stressful and meditation can help ease that stress. In this special edition podcast we have recorded one of our weekly meditations and are sharing it with you. First  Vivek gives a talk on meditation and then leads us through one of the 15 meditations he’s created specifically for parenting. This one is the “Progressive breathing self-love affirmation meditation.” Don’t listen to the meditation while driving!  The intro should be okay, but stop when the meditation starts. ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ We would love for you to subscribe and rate/review our Parenting Podcast. Here are the links to different platforms Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gentle-parents-unite-podcast/id1487676899?uo=4 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7M5za9t0BqhBF2wLgLjk4k Google https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDVjZTU2Yy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=482306&refid=stpr Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Overcast.fm https://overcast.fm/itunes1487676899/gentle-parents-unite-podcast Pocket Casts https://pca.st/4739s0lr Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/gentle-parents-unite-podcast-G19Ogj RSS Feed https://anchor.fm/s/105ce56c/podcast/rss Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
55:01
November 28, 2020
What does Social Justice have to do with Parenting? - S05E06 Gentle Parents Unite Podcast with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel
What does Social Justice have to do with Parenting? - S05E06 Gentle Parents Unite Podcast with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel This week we go deep into talking about social justice and oppression and how that relates to gentle parenting. ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path.  Have a listen and let us know what you think. We would love it if you would share this around, and leave us a review wherever you listen to this podcast. https://anchor.fm/gpubecominggentle/episodes/Vivek-breaks-down-and-cries-in-this-episode----Talking-about-Praise---S05E05-ekv7vm Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.meaningfulideas.com  Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
54:40
October 27, 2020
Vivek cries in this episode! - Talking about Praise - S05E05
Vivek in this episode! - Talking about Praise - S05E05 Gentle Parents Unite Pod with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel Today we talk about praise. So often in Gentle Parenting work we talk about the damage of using priase and rewards to try and get our kids to obey us. It's important, however not to give up on praise altogether. We can use celebration, validation and positive observations to uplift our children. Sujai and Vivek go into detail about how to use praise in a way that is empowering and connecting. ---------------------- As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path.  Have a listen and let us know what you think. We would love it if you would share this surround, and leave us a review wherever you listen to this podcast. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.meaningfulideas.com  Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
57:40
October 12, 2020
"If Then, When Then" How we manipulate our kids and how to stop! - S05E04 Gentle Parents Unite Pod with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel
"If Then, When Then" How we manipulate our kids and how to stop! - S05E04 Gentle Parents Unite Pod with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel When we manipulate our kids consciously or unconsciously, they end up having to defend themselves against us. How many teenagers do you know that react defensively to their parents? They're not being rude, they are protecting themselves. we start the pattern early when we tell kids if then when then. if you brush your teeth, then we'll have time for a story. when you finish your dinner we will go to the park. if you don't at least try one bite you can't have dessert. The examples of course are endless.  In this episode Sujai and Vivek explore in detail how to recognize  these subtle manipulations and transform them into collaborations. As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path.  -------------------------- Have a listen and let us know what you think. We would love it if you would share this surround, and leave us a review wherever you listen to this podcast. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.com/membership  Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/  Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.meaningfulideas.com  Note: the theme music is called �Joyful� by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:06:11
October 05, 2020
Dealing with Defensiveness - S05E03 Gentle Parents Unite Pod with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel
Dealing with Defensiveness - S05E03 Gentle Parents Unite Pod with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel Definsiveness is a relationship killer. Whether it's with our kids or with other adults, defensiveness pushes people away and makes effective communication impossible. Sujai and Vivek go into detail about how to recognize and manage our defensive responses so we can be better communicators and better parents. If you find yourself saying "I don't get defensive" this podcast likely applies even more to you :) As always thanks for listening and we hope the info contained here helps you on your parenting path.  -------------------------- Have a listen and let us know what you think. We would love it if you'd leave us a review wherever you listen to this podcast. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.podia.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.meaningfulideas.com  Note: the theme music is called “Joyful” by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
45:17
September 07, 2020
How can I stop yelling? - A convo with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel - S05E02
How can I stop yelling?  Managing the struggles of transitioning to gentle parenting and the deep healing required to engage in it - A convo with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel - S05E02 ---------------------- Have a listen and let us know what you think. We would love it if you'd leave us a review wherever you listen to this podcast. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.podia.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.meaningfulideas.com  Note: the theme music is called “Joyful” by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us -------------------------
01:37:08
August 27, 2020
Helping Kids Build Resilience - A convo with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel - S05E01
Helping Kids Build Resilience - A convo with Sujai Johnston and Vivek Patel - S05E01 Join Sujai and Vivek as they discuss  how to inspire resilience in our children. It's a multi-layered approach that takes into account the whole being. Have a listen and let us know what you think. We would love it if you'd leave us a review wherever you listen to this podcast. Join Sujai and Vivek on our Parenting Support Membership site https://gentleparentsunite.podia.com/membership Our Facebook group Gentle Parents Unite https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.meaningfulideas.com  Note: the theme music is called “Joyful” by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
51:34
August 11, 2020
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E12 - A Conversation with Eric Greene of 1Awesome Dad
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E12 - A Conversation with Eric Greene of 1Awesome Dad Eric is a powerful child's rights activist as well as a parent coach and educator. He devotes himself to spreading the message of Peaceful Parenting. He helps parents all over the world find ways to work more harmoniously with their kids. You can find Eric's social media at: https://www.instagram.com/1awesomedad https://www.facebook.com/1AwesomeDad https://www.facebook.com/groups/PeacefulParentingCommunity http://www.1awesomedad.com/ ------------------------ Join Sujai and Vivek on our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his social media http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.meaningfulideas.com  Note: the theme music is called “Joyful” by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:25:47
July 30, 2020
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E10 - Setting Boundaries and Impact vs Intent
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E10 - Setting Boundaries and Impact vs Intent In today's episode Vivek goes into detail about how to think about setting boundaries from a Non-Coercive, Collaborative mindset (NCCM). Sujai then explores the difference between intent and impact when interacting with our kids. ------------------------ Join us on our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note: the theme music is called “Joyful” by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:07:19
July 14, 2020
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E09 - Interview with Leslie Arreola-Hillenbrand
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E09 - Interview with Leslie Arreola-Hillenbrand In this interview we go deep into the connection between anti-oppression work and conscious parenting. Leslie brings her wealth of experience and wisdom to the conversation.  Leslie, Sujai and Vivek are all parent educators and social-jutice activists so this discussion was facinating to engage in. Leslie Arreola-Hillenbrand is a first generation non-Black Chicana mother to three biracial children ages 8, 2, and 1.  She founded the Latinx Parenting organization and movement intententionally rooted in children's rights, social and racial justice, the individual and collective practice of nonviolence and reparenting, intergenerational and ancestral healing, cultural sustenance, and the active decolonization of oppressive practices in our families.  Leslie shares her medicine by offering coaching, workshops, support and advocacy for Latinx/Chicanx families locally, nationally, and internationally  both in-person and online via the Latinx Parenting organization. You can find Leslie at https://www.latinxparenting.org/ https://www.facebook.com/latinxparenting https://www.instagram.com/latinxparenting/ ------------------------ Join us on our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note: the theme music is called “Joyful” by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
59:23
July 07, 2020
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E07 - The importance of a self-affirmation practice & working with stress and anger
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E07 - The importance of a self-affirmation practice & working with stress and anger In this episode Sujai and Vivek discuss the importance of a self-affirmation practice. Speaking kindness and compassion to ourselves helps us create a supportive inner world.  We also talk about how to notice the signs of stress and anger and what to do when they arise. Join us on our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note: the theme music is called “Joyful” by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
56:38
June 27, 2020
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E06 - Interview with Salina Robinson
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E06 - Interview with Salina Robinson @journeytogentle In today's episode we interview Salina Robinson. Salina is an admin on our Facebook page Gentle Parents Unite where we have over 55k members. She has also been working intensely on her own parenting with Sujai and I in our patreon for the past year or so. She has delved deep into the Gentle Parenting philosphy.  She shares with us her understanding, her challenges and her journey. She also discusses life as a Black mother of 2 Black boys in today's climate and looking forward to the future. ------------------------ Join us on our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note: the theme music is called “Joyful” by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:21:51
June 16, 2020
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E05 - Interview with Vivek's daughter!
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E05 - Interview with Vivek's daughter! For more personalized and intimate parenting support and to listen to the podcasts 2 weeks early and ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite In this very special episode our guest is my brilliant, beautiful, wise and powerful daughter Veets. She is 23 years old and has been brought up from the very beginning with the gentle parenting philosophy. she's never been punished, given a consequence, or even told you was wrong for any decision that she made. Everything we did was through communication and collaboration. Our focus was always on relationship and not her behaviour. In this interview we ask her questions from the members of our patreon parenting group about what her experience was like and how she relates to the world. This is a fascinating discussion especially for those who think that punishment is necessary in order to teach kids values. Join us on our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note: the theme music is called “Joyful” by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:37:22
June 09, 2020
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E04 - Interview with Kirsty Lee of Gentle Parenting Memes
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E04 - Interview with Kirsty Lee of Gentle Parenting Memes For more personalized and intimate parenting support and to listen to the podcasts 2 weeks early and ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Summary: In this special episode Sujai and Vivek have the pleasure of speaking with our good friend and wise colleague, Kirsty Lee of Gentle Parenting Memes. Kirsty talks about how she came to Gentle Parenting. She shares different ideas on how to help support our kids during this time of home isolation. There is a lot of great Parenting info in this week's podcast! You can find Kirsty and her wonderful Gentle Parenting Memes books and inspiration cards at: https://www.instagram.com/gentleparenting_memes https://www.facebook.com/gentleparentingmemes and https://www.gentleparentingmemes.com Join us on our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:17:00
June 02, 2020
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E03 - The Benefits and Problems with Praise, Reconnecting with kids after we yell
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E03 - The Benefits and Problems with Praise, Reconnecting with kids after we yell For more personalized and intimate parenting support and to listen to the podcasts 2 weeks early and ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Summary: in this episode Sujai and Vivek discuss the ways that praise can uplift our children or create a dependency on approval.  We also give a detailed explanation of how to reconnect with our kids when we yell, punish, threatened or are harsh with them in other ways. Unfortunately these things can create a disconnection and damage trust. We want our kids to trust us therefore having a conscious and deliberate way of reconnecting can be really useful. Join us on our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/gentleparentsunite/ Our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji Zintz: www.marjizintz.us
01:18:47
May 27, 2020
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E02 - The Importance of Relationship- Interrupted Empathy, Autonomy, Apology
Gentle Parents Unite Podcast S04E02 - The Importance of Relationship- Interrupted Empathy, Autonomy, Apology Summary: Sujai and Vivek discuss the benefits of focusing on our person to person relationship with our children. Often we get caught up in the tasks of daily life. Keeping them fed, clothed, schooled, clean and safe. We can forget that what we're doing is creating relational patterns that will last a lifetime. We also discuss how to deepen our practice of Empathy, Autonomy and Apology and how we interrupt these things. I call it "Empathy But... Autonomy But... and Apology But..." Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is marjizintz.us.
01:17:09
May 19, 2020
GPU Podcast S04E01 - What is Gentle Parenting - Why we don't use consequences
GPU Podcast S04E01 - What is Gentle Parenting - Why we don't use consequences Summary:  In this episode we discuss the essence of the Gentle Parenting philosophy. We also dig deep into why imposed consequences are ineffective and even harmful when working with our children to learn about life. We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! ----------------- For more personalized and intimate parenting support and to listen to the podcasts 2 weeks early and ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us
54:50
May 12, 2020
Season 3, Bonus Episode #2: Excerpts from Parent coaching calls
Season 3, Bonus Episode #2: Excerpts from Parent coaching calls In our Patreon parent support space (hosted by Sujai Johnson and Vivek Patel) we lead weekly group coaching calls. At the start of the call we share some Gentle Parenting concepts and ideas. This podcast is a compilation of a few of these talks. Season 4 Episode 1 starts next week! For more personalized and intimate parenting support and to listen to the podcasts 2 weeks early and ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.
46:33
May 05, 2020
Season 3, Bonus Episode #1: Parenting Meditation: Where do my thoughts come from?
Season 3, Bonus Episode #1: Parenting Meditation: Where do my thoughts come from? In our Patreon parent support space (hosted by Sujai Johnson and Vivek Patel) we lead a weekly guided meditation for parents. Today's episode is a recording of a recent meditation called "Where do my thoughts come from?" It is based on the process of looking at our thoughts and asking them 2 questions: "Where do you come from?" "What message do you have for me?" We start with a guided relaxation and then move into our thought exploration. I love doing these weekly Meditations with our members. It's a chance for us to slow down and tune in together. Something extra valuable in these times. You can follow along with the guided meditation to get an idea of what we do in our member's parenting support space. We encourage parents to participate in these meditations even if you have your kids crawling all over you. Many of our parents do and they still receive profound benefit. Meditation doesn't always have to be in stillness and silence. It can integrate into our every day lives. Our awareness is always with us, no matter how busy we get :) Season 4 will be launching in two weeks! For more personalized and intimate parenting support and to listen to the podcasts 2 weeks early and ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.
01:08:13
April 28, 2020
Season 03, Episode 12: Children and Consent
Season 03, Episode 12: Children and Consent Summary:  This week, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji discuss how to teach consent to children, how to model it in our interactions as well as why and how to respect their consent and autonomy. This is often a touchy subject for parents and a good one to dig into. We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! For more personalized and intimate parenting support and to listen to the podcasts 2 weeks early and ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.
51:19
April 21, 2020
Stopping a Fight at a Youth Conference - Season 03, Episode 11: Working with Teens,
Stopping a Fight at a Youth Conference - Season 03, Episode 11: Working with Teens,  Summary:  This week, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji have an in depth conversation. Vivek shares a deeply personal story about a powerful experience he had with some teens while volunteering at a youth conference a couple months ago (before all the covid isolation started). Sujai offers great insight on manners, a different way to look at them and how to inspire them. Finally, Marji talks about Autonomy, long-term goals and Cooperation  We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! For more personalized and intimate parenting support and to listen to the podcasts 2 weeks early and ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite   Vivek's articles and videos can be found on his personal social media http://www.meaningfulideas.com  http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas  http://www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas  Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us. 
01:38:49
April 15, 2020
Season 3, Episode 10: Interview with Bridgett Miller, Author of the new book "What Young Children Need You to Know"
In this week's episode we interview the wonderful, loving and wise Bridgett Miller. She is the author of the new book "What Young Children Need You to Know: How to see them so you know what to do for them". I've read the book and it blew me away. As I said in the testimonial I wrote for the beginning of the book "If there was a manual for parents, this would be it". From Bridgett's website: "Bridgett believes that joyful parenting is a journey of both the head and the heart and her emphasis is on supporting parents to bring their childrearing practices into alignment with their heartfelt intentions. By expanding on their current understanding of child development she supports parents to be more mindful about their parenting choices and guides them to become more conscious in their everyday interactions with their children." You can find Bridgett's book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=bridgett+miller+what+kids+need+you+to+know Her website: https://www.bridgettmiller.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/look.with.love.bridgett --------------------------------------------- Please join us on our Patreon parent support group: https://www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas/ YouTube page:  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.
01:09:21
April 06, 2020
Season 3, Episode 9: Letting go of control
In this episode, Vivek and Sujai  go into depth about letting go of controlling our kids and creating a collaborative relationship with them. It's not an easy transition and yet the benefits are profound. Let us know what you think! Links for this episode:   Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle. Check out our online store at Bonfire
51:57
March 30, 2020
Season 3, Episode 8: Gentle Parenting and Diversity
In this episode, Vivek, Sujai, and Marji speak with Joshua Jernigan and Shannon DelVecchio, two members of the Gentle Parents Unite Facebook group admin team. In this conversation, we talk about gentle parenting and such issues as LGBTQIA families, transracial adoption, and gender diversity. Let us know what you think! Links from this episode:  Gender Education Network on the web and Gender Education Network on Facebook Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
01:20:00
March 16, 2020
Season 3, Episode 7: Reflections on Food, Screens, Connection & Trust
In this episode, Vivek, Sujai and Marji converse about helping kids regulate around contentious issues, like the consumption of junk foods and screen time while maintaining connection & trust. Let us know what you think! Links for this episode:  Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle. Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
48:05
March 09, 2020
Season 3, Episode 6: Reflections on Our Journey to Becoming Gentle
In this episode, Vivek, Sujai and Marji reflect on experiences from their own respective childhoods that led them to gentle, peaceful, connected parenting.  Part therapy session, part conversation, all joy!   Transforming that wounded child inside us to be our own powerful advocate is what this work is all about! Let us know what you think! Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
53:38
March 02, 2020
Season 3, Episode 5: Feelings, The Gift of "No," Pivoting
Join us as we take an in-depth look at Feelings (presented by Sujai),  The Gift of "No" (presented by Vivek), and Pivoting (presented by Marji). More practical info that parents on the path can access to implement some very helpful tools that will lead to greater connection and a more satisfying journey!! Let us know what you think! Join our Patreon group at www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUnite Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
01:35:46
February 24, 2020
Season 3, Episode 4: A conversation with Veets, a now-adult, always gently parented child
It's here!!!! Clear your schedule, grab a cuppa something, and get ready to enjoy what may be our favorite episode of the Gentle Parents Unite podcast so far! Veets Patel (@savitac__) is the 22-year-old (at the time of the recording) daughter of Vivek (you know Vivek as one of the co-hosts of this very podcast, the brilliant brain behind the media outlet Meaningful Ideas, a member of the admin team at Gentle Parents Unite, and a founding member of Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle). We asked you, our members, what you would want to know from an always-gently-parented and now-adult child, someone who was rarely told "no," never punished, never told what to think or how to feel, always validated, always respected.  And, you came through with wonderful questions, several of which we put to Veets, who answered them frankly and courageously and lovingly. Veets tackles questions about screen-time, freedom, spirituality, discipline, helping others, relationship, and more! If there ever was a must-listen podcast, this would be it! (And, yes, we say that all our podcasts. It's always true!!!) Let us know what you think! Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
01:46:60
February 17, 2020
Season 3, Episode 3: Resilience, Safety, Music & More!
Join Sujai, Vivek & Marji for this week's pod-conversation, in which we talk about resilience, keeping little kids safe, trusting one's gut, falling in and out of love and back in love with music, balancing intuition with values & principles (the masterpiece that Vivek just nonchalantly threw out there), self-compassion, reflections on connection with aging parents, experiences with piano lessons.  Here's a wonderful quote that came from our Vivek:  "Punishing kids teaches them to not take responsibility for their actions." You're going to want to make sure you listen to this entire episode!  And, there's some special music in this episode! Vivek made reference to his Facebook and YouTube sites, and here are the links to those: Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas/ YouTube page:  https://www.youtube.com/meaningfulideas For a whole lot more support and to listen to the podcasts ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
01:15:49
February 10, 2020
Season 3, Episode 1: Gentle Parents Unite Podcast Season Opener
Summary:  We're baa-aack!  The holidays are behind us and we're gratefully back to recording our Gentle parents Unite podcast.  In this season opener, we discuss a bit about what's in store for the coming season and reflect on the previous two seasons as well as the work we do here in the Patreon group and the large Gentle Parents Unite group.  Join us as we get grounded and focused! To learn more about Gentle Parents Unite and get the podcast ad-free and two weeks earlier than the rest of the world, visit www.patreon.com/gentleparentsunitebecominggentle. (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
47:58
January 27, 2020
Bonus! A sneak-peak from Season 1: Empathy, Stories & YES!
Season three is JUST around the corner, and while we're waiting we thought we'd take a look back to season 1 and share some excerpts from that first collection.  These snippets come from the very first episode in which Vivek discusses empathy, Sujai discusses the power of "yes," and Marji explores the stories that we harbor in our heads that can cause friction and unhappiness. For a whole lot more support and to listen to the podcasts ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
15:52
January 14, 2020
Bonus Q&A Pod
Summary:  You have questions? We have answers! Enjoy this replay from our first season in which we answer three questions that have come in.  The first question concerns the practicalities of how one pivots from their own intense feelings (and subsequent reactions) when a child is pushing buttons to the recommended curiosity about what needs the child might be attempting to communicate through their button-pushing behavior.   Then, address the second question concerning the practicalities of using a collaborative approach with little people. (Our question-asker, a very practical person, used teeth-brushing as a “straw man” for her great question. If you have a child with teeth, this question is for you!) And, finally, we answer a great question about educational choices. For a whole lot more support and to listen to the podcasts ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
01:14:28
January 06, 2020
Season 2 Episode 13 - "Parenting Meditation on Self-Love"
This is the last episode of season 2. In this special episode we are sharing a self-love meditation we created for parents. In our patreon parenting support group we offer twice weekly meditations. We are sharing our latest one with you in the hopes that it will help bring more peace into your life. We hope you enjoy the meditation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! For a whole lot more support and to listen to the podcasts ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
37:56
December 31, 2019
Season 2 Bonus Episode: “Who are these people?”
Summary:  It’s about time we told you who we are! How did three kids grow up to become passionate advocates for gentle, respectful, compassionate, and effective parenting? And, how did they come together? By popular request, here, then, is a bonus installment from our popular Gentle Parents Unite Podcast! Sujai appropriately gets us started (yet another thing she is great at!) after the first break at about 3:00, sharing the story of her amazing journey.  Then, at about 13:00 or so, Sujai gives us the origin story of Gentle Parents Unite, which is really fascinating! Then, at about 38:00, Vivek tells us all about his journey to the present. It’s a beautiful story, which is not at all surprising, given who the story is about! And, then, at about 57:00, Marji shares her story of her journey through her childhood and early adulthood and how she became a parent and how her childhood informed her adulthood and her parent-child advocacy. Throughout the conversation, there’s a lot of intersectionality, a lot of laughter, a lot of camaraderie, and some very interesting tidbits none of us knew about each other! Visit with us and enjoy the warmth and wisdom of these three friends!   For a whole lot more support and to listen to the podcasts ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.) 
01:40:24
December 23, 2019
Season 2 Episode 11 - "All About Consequences"
Sujai, Vivek, and Marji take an in-depth look at consequences (the natural and the unnatural kind) and how consequences can affect our closest relationships. We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! For a whole lot more support and to listen to the podcasts ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
01:24:49
December 16, 2019
Season 2, Episode 10: “A Conversation with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe”
Season 2, Episode 10:  “A Conversation with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe” Summary:  This week, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji welcome noted author, parenting expert, and registered psychologist, Dr. Vanessa Lapointe.  “Dr. V” shares her experiences and brilliant philosophy, which you can learn more about by visiting her site and/or following her at dr.vanessalapointe on Instagram, where she is very active. Her two books are Discipline with Damage, published by LifeTree Media (January 12, 2016) and Parenting Right from the Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler Years, published by LifeTree Media (October 8, 2019). They're available wherever books are sold and also in audio format. We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well. Remember that you can get immediate access to the podcasts two weeks before the rest of the world--ad-free forever--AND enjoy access to a lot of other cool things, like several live weekly group coaching sessions, live meditation sessions, a weekly "Ask Me Anything" livestream, and other stuff at www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUniteBecomingGentle.  And, you can join for as little as $1 a month.  Yup.)
01:23:54
December 09, 2019
S2 E9 "Empathy Is Patience, Relationships, Older Kid Issues"
Summary:  This week, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji have a lively conversation, kicking it off at about 6:19 when Vivek shares a deeply personal story about living empathy in his closest relationships. Then, at about 33:43, Sujai offers great insight on relationship fractures, how they happen, and what folks can do about them. Finally, at about 46:48, Marji recalls a conversation she had had some time ago with a parent who was convinced that grounding a child and revoking privileges is sometimes what you just gotta do when older kids just won’t listen. (Sujai has quite a bit of helpful perspective to share here, too.) We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! For a whole lot more support and to listen to the podcasts ad-free, considering joining the Gentle Parents Unite: Becoming Gentle Patreon group! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
01:24:51
December 02, 2019
Season 2, Episode 8: “A Conversation with Lelia Schott of Synergy Gentle Parenting Resources”
Summary:  This week, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji enjoy a conversation with Lelia Schott, Becoming Gentle’s newest addition to the team! Enjoy this sweet conversation with a wise and compassionate parent coach and educator! You can learn more about Lelia’s work at www.leliaschott.com and you can visit and like her page at www.facebook.com/synergygentleparenting/. We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.) To learn more about and join the Gentle Parents Unite Becoming Gentle community, visit www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUniteBecomingGentle
01:03:40
November 25, 2019
Season 2, Episode 7: “Teethbrushing, Managing Anxiety, and Handling Criticism & Unwelcome Advice”
Summary:  This week, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji enjoy a conversation with each other, discussing brushing teeth (starting at about 5:22), strategies for managing our own anxiety when that rears its head (starting at about 25:30), and some tried-and-true ways of handling unwelcome advice and criticism (starting at about 57:37). We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.) To learn more about and join the Gentle Parents Unite Becoming Gentle community, visit www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUniteBecomingGentle
01:16:28
November 18, 2019
Season 2, Episode 6: “Healing While Dealing, Micro-Self-Observation, and ‘Life Is Like…’”
Summary:  This week, in Episode 6 of our podcast series, we have a presentation-format episode for you. At 4:05, Sujai starts us off with her wise thoughts about Healing While Dealing with adversity and trauma. It’s a challenging topic about a challenging human experience, and Sujai, Vivek and Marji get granular about how a person can heal from trauma even while living through challenging circumstances. At 42:30, Vivek continues in his micro series. We’ve heard about micro-meditation, micro-self-compassion, and now we get to hear about Micro-Self-Observation. Vivek is, as always, wise, humble, relatable, and engaging.  And, there’s a dash of SMABO in there! And, at about 1:16:30, Marji shares her thoughts about life. More specifically, about how life is kind of like a river.  More specifically, about how life is kind of like kayaking down a river. We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we encourage you to join in by posting your thoughts and questions and comments! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.) To learn more about joining the Becoming Gentle community, visit www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUniteBecomingGentle
01:37:00
November 12, 2019
Season 2, Episode 5: “A Conversation with Shivani Patel”
Summary:  In our Becoming Gentle Conversations series, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji are delighted to have an in-depth discussion with special guest and mom-to-the-pod Shivani Patel, who is not only one of the kindest people and not only one of the most powerfully effective people having an impact in the world, but is also Vivek’s mother. We were excited to talk with Shivani, who is also on the admin team at GPU, about the work she does in the prison system. Her six-week workshop is the most requested workshop by the inmates and also by the staff of the prison because of its effectiveness in helping and transforming the lives of the people who participate. We chat about the work she does in the prison as well as parenting, dealing with that feeling that we’re not good enough, reading, dogs, and even yogurt! We think you’ll really love this sweet conversation with this wise, truly delightful, and deeply inspiring person (a/k/a “Mom” to some)! If you’re not yet in the Gentle Parents Unite Becoming Gentle group, visit www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUniteHealingCircle to learn more and find out how you can join this community and hear these podcasts every week. (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.)
01:53:59
October 22, 2019
Season 2, Episode 4: “A Conversational Conversation about Stealing/Lying and Unhurried Children”
Summary:  In this week’s episode, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji enjoy a loose conversation about things they noticed over the course of the past week. These three friends have much wisdom to share about lying and allowing kids the time and space they need to make sense of themselves and their world. As always, these friends learn from and enjoy each other! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.) Learn more about the Becoming Gentle community by visiting www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUniteBecomingGentle
53:15
October 15, 2019
Season 2, Episode 3: “A Conversation about Hurtful Words and Behaviors, Micro-Compassion, and Unconditioning Our Conditioning”
Summary:  In this week’s episode, Marji starts us off at 3:13 with some theoretical and practical ways of looking at and responding to children’s hurtful words and behaviors. Vivek next (at about 48:18) discusses something he’s been developing, namely micro-self-compassion.  And, at about 1:01:49 (61:49), he takes us through a lovely exercise! Sujai then takes a lovely look starting at about 1:21:47 (81:47) at undoing some of the conditioning that runs our lives and our thoughts and our reactions and the way we see and interact with the world and our kids and each other. It’s cool the way our three apparently disparate topics actually connect in deep and powerful ways!  Enjoy the conversation!!! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.) Learn more about the Becoming Gentle community by visiting www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUniteBecomingGentle
01:42:27
October 08, 2019
Season 2, Episode 2: “A Conversation with Eric D. Greene, a/k/a 1Awesome Dad”
Summary: Welcome to the second episode of Season 2 and the first of our guest interview conversations! In this episode, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji speak first about some wonderful work that Vivek has been doing (starting about 3:07).  Our conversation with Eric starts at about 15:51.  (Note:  Between about 21:00 and 23:23, Eric discusses the loss of a child. If you are sensitive to that subject, consider fast-forwarding when you get to the 21-minute mark.) Also, know that there is one unbeeped expletive. We had quite a lively conversation!! To learn more about Vivek’s work, visit his website Meaningful Ideas. (www.meaningfulideas.com) You can also find him on YouTube (www.youtube.com/channel/UCcBBIOHuEjP6fei2xHXgA_w), Facebook (www.facebook.com/meaningfulideas), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/meaningfulideas/). To learn more about Sujai’s community and the work she and others do, visit (and join) the Gentle Parents Unite Becoming Gentle Patreon group! To learn more about the work that Marji does, you can visit her website, Peaceful Parent Whisperer, and you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram. And, to learn more about our guest, Eric D. Greene, visit 1 Awesome Dad (he truly is awesome, as you will hear). You can also find Eric on Facebook and Instagram. (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.) Learn more about the Becoming Gentle community by visiting www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUniteBecomingGentle
01:18:59
October 01, 2019
Season 2, Episode 1: “A Conversation About Failure, Stories, and Phobias”
Summary: Welcome to the first episode of Season 2! In this episode, Sujai, Vivek, and Marji will follow a slightly different format. They’ll discuss three topics (those familiar and ubiquitous feelings of failure, how to deal with our own stories that often defeat us and wreck the day, and supporting kids through their phobias journey), and instead of three distinct presentations, they will weave the topics into a conversation between three friends and colleagues. Let us know what you think and if you have any questions at all! (Note:  the theme music is called “Joyful” and was written and performed by Marji, whose music site is www.marjizintz.us.  The podcast is produced and edited by Marji as well.) Learn more about the Becoming Gentle community by visiting www.patreon.com/GentleParentsUniteBecomingGentle
46:39
September 24, 2019