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By Kelsey Higgins
Parently taps into the unique experiences and perspectives of parents to celebrate the joys and honor the challenges of child-rearing. With new interviews each week, this is a podcast for moms and dads seeking an empowering community and a little levity.
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S2 E20: Stephanie Haynes: College Is Not Mandatory


S3 E10: Jay Aedo: Conscious Bible Stories
What stories do you read to your children? Have you ever thought about the subconscious messages being passed on through them? Jay Aedo teaches modern lessons through empowering stories and believes one generation of conscious parents can change the world. Music:
June 24, 2022
S3 E9: Mariam El Houli: The Olive Tree
Mariam - a 33 year-old Australian author, entrepreneur, and mother of 5 - explains how she manages her priorities and why it’s ok to float instead of always trying to swim. We discuss the themes in her new book, The Olive Tree, and the importance of believing in yourself when nobody else will. Music:
June 17, 2022
S3 E8: Kathleen Doyle Anderson & Libby Holden: Moms Demand Action
Kathleen Doyle Anderson & Libby Holden are co-leads of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Moms Demand Action groups. Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. They pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of families. They also work in their own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. They know that gun violence is preventable, and is committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe. Music:
June 10, 2022
S3 E7: Andrea Dolan: Autism & Teaching
Andrea joins Parently to share what the last couple years have been like teaching students with autism, during a pandemic, all while expanding her family from 3 to 4. Her passion and positivity shine through in this honest, feel-good conversation. Music:
June 03, 2022
S3 E6: Alexandra Stockwell: The Intimacy Doctor
Are you in a toxic, termination, or toleration relationship? Dr. Alexandra Stockwell - an intimate marriage expert who specializes in showing couples how to build beautiful, long-lasting, passionate relationships - explains how having a fantastic relationship is a learnable skill and why a nourishing relationship with your partner can positively impact your parenting. Music:
May 27, 2022
S3 E5: Nick Zerwas: A Dad’s Heart
As a result of being born with a three-chambered heart, Nick Zerwas has been told 6 separate times that he had less than 6 months to live. He shares how his experience has impacted all aspects of life - from his parenting approach to his career in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Music:
May 20, 2022
S3 E4: Sandy Lown: The Teddy Bear Den
Since 1996 the Teddy Bear Den has inspired over 25,500 economically disadvantaged pregnant women in the Sioux Falls, SD community to seek early and regular prenatal care. Executive Director Sandy Lown’s passion shines through as she joins Parently to explain how their non-profit assists limited income pregnant women and helps build strong, healthy families. Music:
May 13, 2022
S3 E3: Dr. Jeannine Jannot: The Disintegrating Student
With over 25 years of experience working with children, teenagers, and young adults, Dr. Jeannine Jannot has learned there are many factors that cause students to struggle - several of which are hidden from parents and educators. She explains why students need control, competence, and connection to succeed and shares why today’s data-driven achievement culture can have a negative impact. Music:
May 06, 2022
S3 E2: Tess Holman: Beyond the Playdate: Building Authentic Friendships
Parenting can be an isolating experience under normal circumstances, but moving to a new city right before a global pandemic is next level! Tess Holman pops onto Parently to share her struggles and successes forging new adult friendships. Music:
April 29, 2022
S3 E1: Alyssa Goldwater: Type 1 Diabetes
CEO, wife, mom, and Digital Influencer Alyssa Goldwater kicks off Season 3 of Parently with a little bit humor and a whole lot of candor! Nothing could have prepared her for her son’s T1D diagnosis and the whirlwind that followed. Navigating her new normal of blood sugar testing, label reading, and insulin injections, Alyssa shares how T1D has impacted her family as well as some helpful advice for those in the thick of it. @alyssagoldwater Music:
April 22, 2022
S2 E20: Stephanie Haynes: College Is Not Mandatory
Stephanie Haynes is a coach, author, and speaker who specializes in custom education consulting and coaching for teens, educators, and schools. She believes every teen deserves to be equipped to build a future they are excited about on their own terms. We talk about the struggles teens face today, alternative options to a traditional college path, and her new book: College Is Not Mandatory. Music:
August 27, 2021
S2 E19: Amy & Kelsi Koppel: Two Moms, One Family
As a same sex couple, the Koppels weren’t sure how or if their family dreams would come true. Through extensive research, a willing donor, and at-home intracervical insemination, Amy and Kelsi had the experience of a lifetime being pregnant together and giving birth to their sons less than 3 months apart. Music:
August 20, 2021
S2 E18: Casey Plante-Theis: First Time (Pandemic) Parent
After becoming a first time parent in the middle of a pandemic, Casey learned a lot about letting go of the things you can’t control. She explains how the good and the bad are simultaneously present in her journey and why she believes experiences are ultimately what you choose to make of them. Music:
August 13, 2021
S2 E17: Adam Bauer: Lasternight
Don’t know what lasternight means? Neither did Adam until his daughter started dropping it in casual conversation. In addition to adorable child mispronunciations, Adam shares his male perspective on therapy, infertility, and doulas. Music:
August 06, 2021
S2 E16: Emily, Sarah, Kilian, & Annemarie: Mom Panel
Five moms unite to share tips and opinions on topics ranging from work-life balance to minivans to Jibbitz. You probably won’t learn anything new, but you might giggle and you will definitely feel seen! Music:
July 30, 2021
S2 E15: Dr. Art Hoffman: Pediatric Chiropractic
Dr. Art is in the house answering all your burning questions about chiropractic care for your family. Is it safe during pregnancy? Can it really help with colic? What the heck is that popping sound anyway?! Contact Dr. Art: Music:
July 23, 2021
S2 E14: Bryan Atchison: Band Dad
Bryan's been rocking out in his world-renowned band Koo Koo Kangaroo for the last 14 years while gaining the title of dad 4 years ago. He joins Parently to share his thoughts on the important topics of dad guilt, parenting in a pandemic, slip n slides, condiments and more. Get ready for lots of laughs and a bomb banana pancake recipe.  Music:
July 16, 2021
S2 E13: Michelle Fyle: Early Intervention
What does early intervention, adoption, and single parenting have in common? Michelle Fyle! She joins today’s episode to share how each of these experiences led to the next in her journey to motherhood. She also breaks down the importance of early intervention and what red flags parents should keep an eye out for. Music:
July 09, 2021
S2 E12: Andy Higgins: Dad Life
Parently gets personal when Kelsey’s hubby, Andy, jumps on to share his two cents on parenting. They talk about his misconceptions of fatherhood and parental leave as well as the struggle to nurture their marriage through the newborn stage and beyond. Music:
July 02, 2021
S2 E11: Lynn DeFabo: Grandparenting
Granny Lynn joins Parently to talk all things grandparenting and give some hot tips for new parents and grandparents. She shares how things have changed over the years, including a hilarious misunderstanding of tummy time. Music:
June 25, 2021
S2 E10: Maggie Rogness, Part 2: Postpartum Hemorrhage
As if hyperemesis and gestational diabetes weren't enough, Maggie describes how her pregnancy was followed by a near-death experience due to a postpartum hemorrhage. We talk about letting go of the idea of perfectionism in motherhood and the importance of encouraging all women to pursue lives that fulfill them - whatever that may be. Music:
June 18, 2021
S2 E9: Maggie Rogness, Part 1: Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)
Maggie Rogness crosses off a bucket list item by joining Parently to share her struggles with hyperemesis (yes - the one Amy Schumer had). She talks about all the difficulties she faced creating her beautiful family, including a miscarriage and postpartum depression. Music:
June 11, 2021
S2 E8: Rachel Hachem: Love in Dubai
Kelsey’s old pal Rachel Hachem joins the podcast to catch Kelsey (and the listeners) up on what she’s been up to the last decade! Life somehow landed the elementary music education teacher in Dubai where she met and married her Lebanese husband before moving back to the states and starting a family. Music:
June 04, 2021
S2 E7: Andrew Fuller: Tricky Kids
As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is the author of several books and has established programs for the promotion of mental health in schools in addition to conducting workshops for organisations, parents, students, teachers and health professionals on a wide range of topics. He joins Parently with tips on how to manage those fiery, feisty kids - aka the movers and the shakers of the future. Music:
May 28, 2021
S2 E6: Nina Hickman: Mental Health & Child Development
Simultaneously filling the roles as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, mother, and wife, Nina has a full plate! She explains how her experience growing up with anxiety led to a rewarding career in therapy and shares a few tips on how to help navigate your child through those tough moments. Music:
May 21, 2021
S2 E5: Cayla Harrington: Childhood Epilepsy
Cayla Harrington’s youngest endured several months of Febrile seizures before being diagnosed with epilepsy. Cayla describes her experience of not only trying to find the right medication, but coercing a strong-willed toddler to take it! Luckily, her awesome sons make the sleepless nights and constant worry all worth it. Music:
May 14, 2021
S2 E4: Lauren Jerle: Infertility and Donor Embryos
Lauren Jerle talks about her journey through infertility which ultimately led to a successful donor embryo pregnancy. She reflects on her postpartum depression and shares advice on how to honor the hard moments of motherhood. Music:
May 07, 2021
S2 E3: Melissa Cornman: Natural Family Planning
Leave those preconceived notions at the door for this interesting, enlightening conversation about Natural Family Planning with Certified Fertility Care Practitioner Melissa Cornman. This isn’t your Grandmother’s rhythm method - we dive into the Creighton model which helps women track their health and fertility through biological markers. Music:
April 30, 2021
S2 E2: Sabrina Dalman: Navigating the Landscape of LGBTQ Parenting
When Sabrina’s oldest came out as gay, she understood. When Sabrina’s youngest came out as pansexual, she hit the books! She has approached her children's journeys with an open mind and a mama bear heart. Sabrina suggests helpful resources to help navigate the LGBTQ world as a parent and gives tips on how to set healthy boundaries with friends and family. Music:
April 23, 2021
S2 E1: Alec Pramhus M.D.: Scrubbing In
Doctor Pramhus drops in to talk about his journey through med school and how much time was dedicated to learning about global pandemics (spoiler: not much)! He also shares his thoughts on the COVID vaccine and how parents and kids can stay healthy and happy. Music:
April 16, 2021
S1 E30: Mary Fitzpatrick: Adoption
Imagine waiting on a call that may never come, but knowing if it does, your life will be forever changed. Mary wraps up Parently’s inaugural season by sharing her family’s experience adopting a child. Music:
November 13, 2020
S1 E29: Jen McKay Albig, Part 2: Fostering Family
Jen returns to discuss her family’s journey of fostering and the importance of being self-aware when opening your heart and home to children. Music:
November 06, 2020
S1 E28: Jen McKay Albig, Part 1: International Teacher Turned Parent
Jen is just your typical east coast girl living in South Dakota (via Illinois > Arizona > Honduras > Colombia!). In part 1 of a 2 part episode, she shares her experience living, teaching, and birthing a child abroad. Music:
October 30, 2020
S1 E27: Maggie McKay: Beauty From Ashes
Maggie, a mother of 4 adult children, shares her pragmatic parenting approach and the importance of guiding your children through life’s challenges and disappointments. She also reflects on her journey from a child to a woman and how she has found peace through forgiveness. Music:
October 23, 2020
S1 E26: Emily Gulling: Maestra y Mama
You've heard of mom guilt, how about teacher guilt? Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Teacher Emily Gulling drops in to share her experience and give advice on how to set your kids up for success in school. Music:
October 16, 2020
S1 E25: Caitlyn DeFabo: Wheels Up With Kids
Kelsey’s sister, Caitlyn, has a lot of experience taking to the skies with a young child. She’s here to offer tips and share the ups and downs of family flying. Music:
October 09, 2020
S1 E24: Kilian Bishop: The Miscarriage
Every day 2,000 women lose a baby to miscarriage in the United States. Kilian joins today's episode to break the silence and share her experience in an effort to help others suffering the same loss. Music:
October 02, 2020
S1 E23: Ellie Kuehne: Functional Family Wellness
Step outside your comfort zone, read product labels, and check for added sugar! Ellie explains why flexibility, knowledge, and openness are key components in her family’s wellness journey.  Music:
September 25, 2020
S1 E22: Heather Roy, Part 2: Trauma - Living in the Opposite Spirit
Heather is back to explain how she chooses to walk in joy amid heartache. Music:
September 18, 2020
S1 E21: Heather Roy, Part 1: Neuroblastoma
Heather has faced her share of parenting challenges - postpartum depression and miscarriages (yes, plural) to name a few - but nothing could have prepared her for the devastating news about a tumor found in her daughter, Evelyn. Join us in this two-part episode to follow along with Evelyn’s journey and hear about the beautiful impact she is making on the world. Music:
September 11, 2020
S1 E20: Kym DeLaRosa Allex: Homeschool Perspectives
Step one of being a homeschool parent - get out of your own head! Kym DeLaRosa Allex joins today’s episode to share her family’s homeschooling experience as well as helpful tips on creating a homeschool journey customized to fit your unique lifestyle and goals.  Music:
September 04, 2020
S1 E19: Krysta Klein: Stay-At-Home Mommin’
Beware of tangents as Kelsey catches up with one of her best friends and stay-at-home mom, Krysta Klein. Krysta talks about the challenges and rewards of leaving her teaching career to stay home with her four children. Music:
August 28, 2020
S1 E18: Vince DeFabo: A Society of Social Sharing
As a parent, it is important to understand the risks involved in sharing pictures and information about your child online. Vince DeFabo, a lawyer who specializes in Cyber Law, explains how well-intentioned sharing can open the door to child exploitation and identify theft. Music:
August 21, 2020
S1 E17: Kyle Gulling: A Father’s Journey of Self-Discovery
If your child knows exactly how to push your buttons and you find yourself unreasonably angry, this episode is for you. Kyle explains how parenting has exposed unfavorable traits and the importance of recognizing and addressing those tendencies. He also shares how Febrile seizures and infant eyewear have impacted his parenting experience. Music:
August 14, 2020
S1 E16: Jen Wells: 3 More Makes 4
Jen and her husband Matt got more than bargained for when they decided to complete their family with another child. Jen describes the emotional highs and lows she has experienced adjusting to life as a mama of multiples. Music:
August 07, 2020
S1 E15: Maura Mena: Living by Design
Being present for your kids takes practice. Maura shares how shedding expectations, setting boundaries, and finding her voice has laid the foundation for her to lead a fulfilled, intentional life. Music:
July 31, 2020
S1 E14: Emily Ciccariello: Food Allergies, Anxiety, & Anaphylaxis
According to the CDC, “food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 8% of children in the United States. That’s 1 in 13 children, or about 2 students per classroom.” Emily joins us to recount the experience of discovering her son’s food allergy and to explain the social, financial, and emotional impact it has had on her family. Music:
July 24, 2020
S1 E13: Sarah Lazzari, Part 2: Life and Lessons Learned - Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
Sarah is back to discuss the challenges and joys of raising Donovan and how her experience continues to impact how she interacts with others. Music:
July 17, 2020
S1 E12: Sarah Lazzari, Part 1: An Unexpected Arrival
Meet Sarah - an ordinary woman working hard to obtain her PhD while grieving the loss of her grandfather. In part 1 of a 2 part episode, she shares how her ordinary life took an extraordinary turn after she enters an ER with stomach pains and leaves with much, much more. Music:
July 10, 2020
S1 E11: Amy Schmitz: Single to Stepmom
Amy has never dreamed of becoming a parent and did not think she would have children. She explains how becoming a stepparent changed her perspective and shares her experience on finding her role within a preexisting family dynamic.  Music:
July 03, 2020
S1 E10: Europe Gayden: Discrimination in Education
Europe describes the obstacles she encounters in everyday life and how her childhood experiences of racism have directly impacted the way she parents her children. She shares specific examples of racial discrimination in the education system and why it is essential to teach your kids to be an advocate for all their peers. Music:
June 26, 2020
S1 E9: Caroline Wolden: Cancerous Curveballs
Today’s guest is not a parent...yet. Caroline always thought she would have children but has been thrown a few curveballs in life. She talks about the obstacles she has encountered affecting her ability to build the family she imagined and how her experiences have impacted the type of parent she wants to become. Music:
June 19, 2020
S1 E8: Michael Arterberry: White People, Be Encouraged
Kelsey is joined by author, educator, motivational speaker, husband, and father - Michael Arterberry. They talk about privilege, oppression, raising mixed children, and how to talk to your kids about racism. Be Encouraged!!!: 250 Days of Motivation and Encouragement by Michael Arterberry Music:
June 12, 2020
S1 E7: Brittney Stowe: Mommy and Nanny
As a professional nanny, this week’s guest shares her expertise on how to properly hire and legally employ nannies. Brittney also takes us through a day-in-the-life and discloses the most rewarding and challenging parts of her job. Hint: one of these is the parents.  Music:
May 29, 2020
S1 E6: Allison O’Keefe, Part 2: Completing a Family - the Hardest Journeys are Often the Most Beautiful
The conversation continues as Allison shares how she forged on to complete her family after a devastating loss. Music:
May 22, 2020
S1 E5: Allison O’Keefe, Part 1: Mama Trauma - When Baby’s Birth Doesn’t Go According to Plan
Most people will endure some sort of trauma in their lives. Many people become parents during their lifetime. Occasionally, these two monumental events coincide - as they did for Allison O’Keefe - creating a remarkable, bittersweet story. Music:
May 15, 2020
S1 E4: Emily Bauer: Infertility ain't for the Faint of Heart
1 in 8 couples. IUI, IVF, PGS, ICSI - the acronyms alone are enough to make your head spin. Emily Bauer is here to break it down and take us along on her roller coaster journey of infertility. Music:
May 08, 2020
S1 E3: Caitlyn & Vince: Uncle Sam and Babies
This week a dual-military couple drops in to share their thoughts on raising a family. Maintaining a lifestyle filled with early mornings, late nights, and plenty of distance, Vince and Caitlyn share the importance of leaning on family, faith, and one another. Music:
May 01, 2020
S1 E2: Chelsea Clark: How One Ultrasound Can Change Everything
What is heterotaxy syndrome? How many ventricles does someone need? And who is Rhonda?! Chelsea Clark is here to answer all these questions and more as she shares her experience on navigating an ominous medical diagnosis for her child. Music:
April 24, 2020
S1 E1: Kristie Magnuson: An Explanation on 47 > 46
Kelsey is joined by Kristie Magnuson - mom of 4, advocate for Down syndrome awareness, and founder of Gabe the Babe & Co. Kristie takes us through her journey of motherhood beginning with her oldest, Gabe, who surprised her and husband at birth when they found out he had Down syndrome. She talks about grieving the child she imagined, the indescribable love he has brought to her family, and how they are building a meaningful future for him.  Music:
April 17, 2020
Parently taps into the unique experiences and perspectives of parents to celebrate the joys and honor the challenges of child-rearing. With new interviews each week, this is a podcast for moms and dads seeking an empowering community and a little levity. Music:
April 05, 2020