Parenting In The Thick Of It with Louise Clarke

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By Louise Clarke
Welcome to the Parenting In The Thick Of It show - the place where you will feel heard, supported and guided through YOUR parenting challenges. If you are tired, stressed, frustrated & struggle with kids not listening/being disrespectful, difficult behaviours, social media, or have a son with ADHD, tune in! By taking inspired action steps, I can help you re-align & create the life you deserve as a parent: to be the parent you know you can be and the parent your child needs you to be. You can find out more about me and get some great FREE parenting tips and tools at www.yourparentingpartner.com
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Episode 26: Exams, Tests, End Of The Year Pressure...Help!
May 31, 201810:28
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Episode 41: The "Woowoos" Were Onto Something. Something HUGE...
Jun 18, 201812:23
Episode 40: Do You Know What Has Helped Me MOST As A Mom?
Jun 18, 201813:09
Episode 39: How To Stay Calm In The Thick Of It? There Is A Way...
Jun 18, 201811:08
Episode 38: Arghhhh... I'm So Caught Up In It
Jun 18, 201806:26
Episode 37: Top Strategies For Discussing Report Cards With Your Kids
Jun 15, 201813:39
Episode 36: Fed Up With The Kids Bugging Each Other & Fighting?
Jun 14, 201812:30
Episode 35: Instagram... Are You On It? Do You Follow Your Kids On It?
Jun 13, 201808:11
Episode 34: "My Son Is Soooo Disrespectful"... R.E.S.P.E.C.T... Show Me Some!
Jun 12, 201812:52
Episode 33: OMG... Teenagers! They Are So Amazing And Yet So...
Jun 11, 201812:33
Episode 32: All Families Need To Do This... Do You?
Jun 8, 201815:10
Episode 31: Hot Topic Alert! Devices, Screen Time, Social Media... It's A Biggie!
Jun 7, 201810:32
Episode 30: The Most Encouraging Parenting Tip I Can Think Of...
Jun 6, 201815:49
Episode 29: Dealing With Things In The Heat Of The Moment
Jun 5, 201810:13
Episode 28: Wait Till Your Hear My Consequence Story!
Jun 4, 201813:36
Episode 27: Teenagers...Parties, Alcohol, Drugs & Rock 'n Roll
Jun 1, 201813:11
Episode 25: How Do I Get My Kid To Eat?
May 30, 201812:33
Episode 24: Why It Is Vital To Hold The Limits
May 29, 201816:16
Episode 23: You Ask Once, Twice, Thrice And Then What?
May 28, 201812:45
Episode 22: Why The Parenting Books Don't Always Work
May 25, 201810:47
Episode 21: Why Judging Our Kiddos Is So Toxic
May 24, 201811:38
Episode 20: How To Help An Anxious Child Before They Go To Sleep
May 23, 201806:59
Episode 19: You Just Lost Your Sh*t, Exploded And Stormed out...Now What?
May 22, 201808:59
Episode 18: When We Let Fear Drive Us
May 21, 201809:35
Episode 17: What To Do When Things Don’t Go To Plan
May 18, 201811:22
Episode 16: Preparing Ourselves For Report Cards
May 17, 201811:57
Episode 15: Is Your Behaviour "Good" For Your Kids To Copy?
May 16, 201813:28
Episode 14: Bribes, Rewards, Punishment... Do They Really Work?
May 15, 201811:25
Episode 13: How To “React” When Your Kids Interrupt You
May 14, 201811:08
Episode 12: WT*... Did My TEENAGER Really Just Say That!
May 11, 201812:30
Episode 11: Arrghhhh Picky Eaters
May 10, 201813:53
Episode 10: Why You Need To Be An Unabashedly Badass Mom!
May 9, 201808:58
Episode 9: Are Your Kids On Their Devices ALL.THE. TIME?
May 8, 201810:49
Episode 8: Why Managing Your Expectations Plays Such A Vital Part In Parenting Well
May 7, 201811:02
Episode 7: We Cannot Parent Each Child The Same Way!
May 4, 201808:18
Episode 6: Teenagers And How To Tame Your Reactivity When Dealing With Them
May 1, 201809:00
How To Get Your Kids To Listen - Listen In!
Apr 30, 201808:56
Sharing My Story On Having A Son With ADHD
Apr 6, 201816:21
How To Connect Deeply To Your Child
Mar 17, 201811:01
Dealing With A Controlling Child
Mar 4, 201807:13
Episode 1
Mar 4, 201802:54
Episode 41: The "Woowoos" Were Onto Something. Something HUGE...
And for years I've been onto it too, and trust me, I'm so not "woowoo"! At least I don't think I am. Haha! So many parents say to me that they want to find ways to really connect with their child. This is how you do it. You have to first connect with YOURSELF. Tune in...
12:23
June 21, 2018
Episode 40: Do You Know What Has Helped Me MOST As A Mom?
Doing this has been THE most empowering and rewarding thing in my life as a parent. I cannot stress this enough. I truly believe that THIS is where it is at. It is doing THIS that will help you stay calm in the moment when you are caught up in the thick of it. It's the only way out! Tune in...
13:09
June 20, 2018
Episode 39: How To Stay Calm In The Thick Of It? There Is A Way...
This is where it's at. If you can master this, you are good to go! Haha, wouldn't that be nice! It is a work in progress but with practice, you can become so attuned with where your mind is that in the moment, you are more able to sniff the reactivity rising within you and stop it before you do any further damage! Such an important skill to develop. Tune in...
11:08
June 19, 2018
Episode 38: Arghhhh... I'm So Caught Up In It
Sometimes when you are so caught up IN IT, and in the thick of it, you just can't see a way out. Being able to look into it from the outside, offers us the chance to see the big picture. From here, the next step is often more obvious than you realize. Tune in...
06:26
June 18, 2018
Episode 37: Top Strategies For Discussing Report Cards With Your Kids
In this episode, I read this week's blog post on how to facilitate healthy discussions around your child's report card. Tune in...
13:39
June 15, 2018
Episode 36: Fed Up With The Kids Bugging Each Other & Fighting?
Sibling Rivalry... it's so draining and awful to watch and be a part of. What many parents don't realize is that they are inadvertently, and unintentionally, fuelling the fire. If you struggle with this and it's been going on for too long, you will be fuelling the fire! Tune in and find out why, and what you can do.
12:30
June 14, 2018
Episode 35: Instagram... Are You On It? Do You Follow Your Kids On It?
I had such a cool discussion with a mom about this that I wanted to share it with you. If you follow your kids on Instagram, what are your reasons for doing so? I'd love to hear from you. Tune in...
08:11
June 13, 2018
Episode 34: "My Son Is Soooo Disrespectful"... R.E.S.P.E.C.T... Show Me Some!
This is one of THE most common things parent's complain to me about. Sound familiar? The solution to this is not what you think it will be. Understanding this is so key. Tune in...
12:52
June 12, 2018
Episode 33: OMG... Teenagers! They Are So Amazing And Yet So...
One minute you are oooogling over how much you love them, then BOOM... you are triggered beyond anything you have ever experienced before! In this episode I share with you some ways to help you communicate with your teenagers and steer discussions in a specific direction without lecturing! Tune in...
12:33
June 11, 2018
Episode 32: All Families Need To Do This... Do You?
This is possibly one of the most important things we have done as a family and doing so has given our 3 kids the opportunity to develop some super important life skills. Curious... Tune in! http://yourparentingpartner.com/the-most-successful-families-do-this-do-you/ http://yourparentingpartner.com/how-do-i-get-my-kid-to-eat/ BONUS Downloads included
15:10
June 8, 2018
Episode 31: Hot Topic Alert! Devices, Screen Time, Social Media... It's A Biggie!
Such a HUGE topic and one which I'll no doubt revisit over and over again on the show. It's a challenge to all of us but WHY? Why does it bother us as much as it does? You HAVE TO work out your why in order to deal with this beast. Tune in as I share what I try and do...
10:32
June 7, 2018
Episode 30: The Most Encouraging Parenting Tip I Can Think Of...
Understanding and recognizing the difference between praise and encouragement cannot be under-estimated. One helps your child in more ways than you could imagine whilst the other... it's toxic. Tune in. I also wrote about this in a recent blog post and have an awesome FREE download that accompanies it. Knowing this took my parenting to another level altogether. You can find it here: http://yourparentingpartner.com/discussing-report-cards-with-kids/
15:49
June 6, 2018
Episode 29: Dealing With Things In The Heat Of The Moment
When things get heated it's easy to forget about the most important thing - to validate our child's feelings. All too often we go straight to the point, to "fix" things only to find it fuels the fire. Tune in and find out what you can do...
10:13
June 5, 2018
Episode 28: Wait Till Your Hear My Consequence Story!
Many parents struggle with consequences. How, What, When, Why? Consequences are the greatest of teachers for our children because they teach them cause and effect: if X then Y. This is something they have to learn and these tips will help you handle consequences more effectively. Tune in...
13:36
June 4, 2018
Episode 27: Teenagers...Parties, Alcohol, Drugs & Rock 'n Roll
Have you thought about how a conversation might go in the event that your teen comes home drunk or stoned? What will you say and do? In the episode today I discuss just this. What works and what might not work. Some ideas and food for thought. Tune in...
13:11
June 2, 2018
Episode 25: How Do I Get My Kid To Eat?
There's nothing more frustrating than a child who will not eat what you put in front of him/her. In this podcast I share 8 tips which will help you manage this with more ease. You can find all the tips I discuss in this episode in the blog post (link below) including access to a cheat sheet (summary of all the tips), weekly meal planning table and family food preference table. http://yourparentingpartner.com/how-do-i-get-my-kid-to-eat/
12:33
May 30, 2018
Episode 24: Why It Is Vital To Hold The Limits
Setting the boundary is the easy piece - "You can have 30 minutes on your iPad". However, making sure it IS 30 minutes is the hard part. Why is it so hard? Because kids will push back on it. Every time. They don't want it to end. In this episode I discuss just this and what you can do. Listen in...
16:16
May 29, 2018
Episode 23: You Ask Once, Twice, Thrice And Then What?
The holidays are fast approaching and remember, history repeats itself...They often are far from the relaxing break we thought we would be getting! Yes? In todays episode I discuss what you can do in advance of the holidays to bring more R and R. Tune in...
12:45
May 28, 2018
Episode 22: Why The Parenting Books Don't Always Work
Have you ever read a parenting book, got some awesome advice and tips only to find they missed the biggest piece... that being what to do when what they recommend doesn't work!! In this episode I discuss this help you understand what does work and why. Tune in...
10:47
May 25, 2018
Episode 21: Why Judging Our Kiddos Is So Toxic
Judgment... Do you do it? Are you aware of when you do it and why it never turns out well? It's a toxic pattern and one that many parents do without even knowing they are doing. In this episode I explain why we do it and what you can do to get out of it. Tune in...
11:38
May 24, 2018
Episode 20: How To Help An Anxious Child Before They Go To Sleep
Sometimes kids find it hard to actually get to sleep, adults too!! It can often be just the perfect time for our minds to take us for a ride. In this episode I share how I help my son to mind his mind, exit his mind, and use his breath to help him get to sleep. Listen in...
06:59
May 23, 2018
Episode 19: You Just Lost Your Sh*t, Exploded And Stormed out...Now What?
What do you do? In this episode I discuss this and give you lots of ideas and tips around the subject of apologizing. It is so so vital that our kids are able to apologize and it all starts with us and our ability to role model this behaviour to them.
08:59
May 22, 2018
Episode 18: When We Let Fear Drive Us
What you can do when you realize that you are caught in fear and how it prevents you from being able to do what is needed in the present moment. Tune in!
09:35
May 21, 2018
Episode 17: What To Do When Things Don’t Go To Plan
You are faced with a tantrum, or a reactive teenager, find yourself caught in an argument or you child announces they want to quit something... what do you do? Listen in and I’ll give you some ideas.
11:22
May 18, 2018
Episode 16: Preparing Ourselves For Report Cards
Our behaviours and responses to what we see on our child's report card is critical to them developing courage and self-motivation... or not. We have to be aware of how powerful our influence is regarding this. Listen in.
11:57
May 17, 2018
Episode 15: Is Your Behaviour "Good" For Your Kids To Copy?
Children inherit so many of their behaviours from us, their parents so best we give them something acceptable and good to imitate! In this episode I discuss just this and how being aware of our internal landscape can help us shape our behaviours more positively.
13:28
May 16, 2018
Episode 14: Bribes, Rewards, Punishment... Do They Really Work?
In this episode I discuss just this and what happens when you use these methods to "discipline" your child. I refer to a piece called "No Need For Threats" on page 32 of The Parents Tao Te Ching by William Martin.
11:25
May 15, 2018
Episode 13: How To “React” When Your Kids Interrupt You
In this episode I share something that happened to me last week which highlights this.
11:08
May 14, 2018
Episode 12: WT*... Did My TEENAGER Really Just Say That!
How do you respond to that? It seems like no matter what you say, it's never right? Trust me you are not alone! If you struggle with this, tune in. In this episode I discuss ways that work for me and give you lots of ideas to try out.
12:30
May 11, 2018
Episode 11: Arrghhhh Picky Eaters
Do you have a picky eater? Do you dread meal times and find yourself cooking three different things every night? In this episode I discuss some ideas that might help you out. Listen in...
13:53
May 10, 2018
Episode 10: Why You Need To Be An Unabashedly Badass Mom!
Life is so busy for parents today. There are so many distractions. So many things our children can do and be a part of. We have to be unabashedly badass in our ability to make sure our children are getting their basic needs met.
08:58
May 9, 2018
Episode 9: Are Your Kids On Their Devices ALL.THE. TIME?
If you find yourself frustrated and over-whelmed with this, then tune in. In this episode I give you lots of ideas as to how you can manage the beast, aka technology, and navigate it with more ease.
10:49
May 8, 2018
Episode 8: Why Managing Your Expectations Plays Such A Vital Part In Parenting Well
Almost every emotional reaction you have will be as a result of an unmet expectation. They play a huge part in our lives as parents and learning to manage them well and understand the impact of them, is key to being able to find more joy, calm and ease in your life as a parent.
11:02
May 7, 2018
Episode 7: We Cannot Parent Each Child The Same Way!
In this episode I discuss how there is no one style fits all. We have to learn to fine tune and tweak our parenting style to match our child's unique spirit and make up.
08:18
May 4, 2018
Episode 6: Teenagers And How To Tame Your Reactivity When Dealing With Them
Do you find yourself triggered by your teen, and find it hard to control your reactivity? Then tune in, this is for you. In this episode, I offer some super effective strategies for dealing with this. FYI, I refer to the book "Brainstorm" by Dan Siegel.
09:00
May 1, 2018
How To Get Your Kids To Listen - Listen In!
Do you struggle to get your kids to listen? Many parents do. In this episode I discuss why it is I believe kids don't listen and what you can do to help your kids be better listeners.
08:56
April 30, 2018
Sharing My Story On Having A Son With ADHD
Learning that you have a child with ADHD can be a shock to many parents. It was a shock to me, but also in a funny way, a relief to hear. In this episode I share our story on ADHD and hope that in me sharing mine, it helps you in yours. Here is the link to the You Tube video on ADHD by my then, 15 year old son: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lG0WnkR2DM
16:21
April 6, 2018
How To Connect Deeply To Your Child
Do you feel an increasing sense of dis-connect in communities and in your life as a parent? Being truly connected to your child, family and community is hard today - there are so many distractions. In today's episode I discuss how you can become more connected with your children and family.
11:01
March 17, 2018
Dealing With A Controlling Child
This is such a common problem today and dealing with child that wants to control everything is both exhausting and frustrating. In this episode I reply to a frustrated and about to lose it mum who reached out for help. I discuss a few things you can do in order to start bringing about some positive changes. You have to first understand that you have played a part in creating the patterns of control that exist. You can't change your child but you can change the way in which you respond to them. This is key. You are the leader and the guide. There can be no fight if there are not two people willing to fight. Can you pick two things that you continually fight for control of and let go of them. For example: food, clothes, a raincoat, the chair he sits on at dinner. I know, it seems ridiculous when you read it here, but these are exactly the sorts of things we usually end up fighting over! Can you pick two things that you can ask him to start doing for himself. Can you ask him to help you
07:13
March 4, 2018
Episode 1
Are you tired of your kids not listening to you? Fed up with them being on their devices ALL. THE. TIME? Done with nagging because it doesn't change anything except continue to drain you? Do you feel like you never get any time to yourself? You are not alone. Welcome! I'm so excited to be here with you IN THE THICK OF IT. I understand where you are at and I'm happy you have found this place: a safe place to land. Send me your parenting questions via the CONTACT tab at the top of my website page: www.yourparentingpartner.com Each week, I'll be picking one and helping YOU through the thick of it. Who is going to be first? PS. It's anonymous. No names.
02:54
March 4, 2018
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