Powerful Parenting for Today's Kids

Ep 305 Communication is a vital part of a healthy relationship

An episode of Powerful Parenting for Today's Kids

By Erin Taylor
Welcome to Powerful Parenting for Today's Kids - a podcast to help stressed and overwhelmed parents end struggles with disrespect, tantrums, social media, anxiety, sensory issues, sports & more with their children! Erin is a Mom, Entrepreneur, Certified Parent Coach, Mindfulness Coach, Author, and Motivational Speaker. Please send your parenting questions to erin@erin-taylor.com.
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Ep 353 The trouble with youth sports, part 2
In this throwback to episode 17 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we come back to finish talking about a particularly aggressive soccer game that our son was involved in recently. Jay wanted to ponder what might be going on in the minds of the coaches, players and parents on both teams, so join us as we take this little journey into their minds....
51:28
August 16, 2019
Ep 352 Are you afraid of your child failing?
In today's episode, we review verse 13 of The Parents Tao te Ching, Fear of Failure. Hopefully, you will get some useful nuggets out of this one!
06:32
August 15, 2019
Ep 351 Finding the good in childhood transitions
Today's episode was inspired by the Back-to-School season we are entering. This is a big time of change for kids every year and here, I share my thoughts on how we can make the most of it. Join me! 
12:53
August 14, 2019
Ep 350 Reframing nervousness to something more productive
In today's episode, I share a technique that I learned from the book I am currently reading, High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. My daughter was nervous about the start of tryouts for the high school volleyball team which she hopes to make. This one technique I learned from Brendon really helped her and I share it here in the hopes that it might help your child too!
06:11
August 13, 2019
Ep 349 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A technique to ground yourself when you are anxious
In today's MOM episode, I share a technique you can use yourself when you are anxious, or with your child when they are anxious. Join me!
04:45
August 12, 2019
Ep 347 In order to create a quiet place for your child, you must do THIS first
How can you create a quiet place for your child? Tune in to today's episode to find out!
09:16
August 8, 2019
Ep 346 The 2 things you MUST consider when getting your kids ready to go back to school
Everyone is thinking about pencils and backpacks this time of year, but I have two things that are even more important for you to consider when you help to prepare your child for this new school year. Tune in to find out what they are!
07:14
August 7, 2019
Ep 345 Is it normal for your teen to spend so much time alone in their room?
I know I used to wonder this very thing myself. Today's episode was inspired by my own teenagers and an article I read in Grown and Flown talking about this very subject! Tune in if you've got a teen at home who likes to be alone! 
09:57
August 6, 2019
Ep 344 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) All about our Vagus Nerve!
In this MOM episode, I share all about our Vagus Nerve and how important it is in helping us to calm down. Join me to calm your Vagus Nerve!
05:46
August 5, 2019
Ep 343 The problem with youth sports, part 1
In this throwback to episode 16 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talk about a game that our son played in during last week's soccer tournament. This game illustrated a lot of what is wrong with youth sports today. We talk about many different aspects of the game and the situation, but Jay brings up some powerful questions that are so good, we decided to save them and cover part 2 of this topic in episode 17 next week! Join us!
34:22
August 2, 2019
Ep 342 Being the Still Point in your child's life
Today's episode is based on verse 11 of the Parents Tao te Ching. Are you the still point in your child's life? Tune in to find out!
05:24
August 1, 2019
Ep 341 The stories we tell ourselves are not usually productive
In today's episode, I share a story about a story my daughter told herself and how it turned out to be based on fiction instead of reality. Perhaps you have found your child or yourself doing this?
07:30
July 31, 2019
Ep 340 A parents' strategic use of the word "No"
In this episode, I share why you should really try to limit your use of the word "no" as well as how this can help you in the future. Join me!
12:24
July 30, 2019
Ep 339 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Take a mindful walk with me!
In today's episode, I talk about the benefits of taking a walk and what to tune in to when you go on one. Join me today for a mindful walk!
04:58
July 29, 2019
Ep 338 Talking teenagers!
In this throwback to episode 15 of Maximizing Life in the middle, we talk about a time when our son found himself in a situation where he got a chance to utilize one of the things we discussed with him months earlier. In this story, we share the value of open communication and why it is so vital to build that line of communication between you and your child.
33:51
July 27, 2019
Ep 337 Children are the best mindfulness teachers
In today's episode, I review verse 10 of The Parents Tao te Ching, As They Are. This verse talks about how children, if you allow them to, will teach you better than anyone else how to tune in to the present moment. Ah, but can you do it? Join me to hear more!
05:40
July 26, 2019
Ep 336 The ability to shift focus is a parental super power!
In this episode, I talk about how important it is to be able to shift focus as a parent. This is not something I was born easily able to do. As a task-oriented, goal-driven, organized person, I know what I want to do and I work hard to accomplish it. Children don't always allow you to achieve those goals and until I realized that and learned how to shift focus, I struggled mightily. I share my story here with you today in the hopes that it helps you get there faster!
11:07
July 25, 2019
Ep 335 When life gives you lemons....be grateful!
I recorded today's episode just a few minutes before I published it. A storm knocked out our power last night and it's still not on today, and so I am working from the library which thankfully still has power. Tune in to find out how I navigated my way through this challenging situation without slipping into negativity and misery, which never gets you anywhere. 
15:18
July 23, 2019
Ep 334 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Get outside!
We are at about the midpoint of summer, at least according to our school schedules. How much have you been outside so far? If not, I encourage you to listen to this episode and get out there ASAP! Join me!
05:15
July 22, 2019
Ep 333 The monster of distraction and how we deal with it!
In this throwback to episode 14 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talk about how easy it is to get distracted when you live a maximized life. How do we manage all the stimuli that is coming at us? And how do we support each other when we do get distracted? This is the ultimate question, right? In this episode, we talk about some ideas to help keep the Monster of Distraction at bay!
34:37
July 19, 2019
Ep 332 Can you make room?
Today, I discuss verse 9 of The Parents Tao te Ching, talking about making space in your life and in your world. Join me to learn more! 
08:56
July 18, 2019
Ep 331 A review of Life360
Today, I wanted to share an app that I am using with my new teenage driver son and why I love it so much. Join me!
11:16
July 17, 2019
Ep 330 The SECRET to vacation success!
In this episode, I share with you the ONE thing you must do in order to have a successful summer family vacation. Join me to find out what it is!
10:07
July 16, 2019
Ep 329 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Practicing gratitude can alter your experience of life
In today's MOM episode, I talk about how powerfully practicing gratitude can change your life. The crazy thing is, the circumstances in your life don't have to change, but if you change your perspective and practice gratitude, your experience of life will change dramatically!
06:17
July 15, 2019
Ep 328 Your perspective is EVERYTHING
In today's episode, Jay and I talk about some expenses that came up for us recently, and how he moved through from a place of lack and scarcity to a place of gratitude. Join us, as this might just help you too! Oh and here is the link to the commercial that he references in this episode!
26:27
July 12, 2019
Ep 327 Modeling contentment
In today's episode, we look at verse 8 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Are you modeling contentment for your children?
05:04
July 11, 2019
Ep 326 THIS is the example of being a good sports parent!
Coco Gauff just had a remarkable run for a 15 year old at Wimbledon. Today, I share an article written about her parents, and I find it so inspiring for how we should all treat our young athletes. Here is the link to the article if you'd like to read it too!
06:04
July 10, 2019
Ep 325 A nifty tip for work-from-home moms!
In today's episode, I share with you a helpful idea I came up with for being able to work in the summer while all the kids are home. I hope this helps you too!
07:46
July 9, 2019
Ep 324 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Making mindful choices
In today's episode, I share an experience we had last week and how I initially struggled through it, but then found a way to structure it so that I did not get drained in the process. Living mindfully is such an important and helpful way to live. Join me!
10:56
July 8, 2019
Ep 323 When life gets full
In this throwback episode to episode 13 of Maximizing Life in the Middle that Jay and I recorded, we talk about the first week back to school and how it flew by and how it went in our family. Sometimes, life goes faster than we can keep up and sometimes it goes slower. That is part of why I am fascinated by time. Join us!
34:42
July 6, 2019
Ep 322 Can you be present for all, whether it is your child or someone else's?
Happy July 4th to all of my American listeners! Today, I discussed Verse 7 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Its message REALLY applies to youth sports and other things of that nature. I invite you to join me!
12:00
July 4, 2019
Ep 321 I don't know what I'm doing any more than you do
This episode was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend when she was struggling with her teenage son. I hope this inspires you if you find yourself in a similar situation. Join me!
08:47
July 3, 2019
Ep 320 Celebrating the differences between moms and dads
In today's episode, I share a conversation I had this weekend and how it got me to thinking about how moms and dads are different and how we can embrace those differences to benefit everyone. Join me!
08:46
July 2, 2019
Ep 319 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) How's your transition to summer going?
In today's episode, I touch base to see how your transition to summer is going with your children. Join me!
05:09
July 1, 2019
Ep 318 Does it benefit us to be attached to material possessions?
In this throwback to episode 12 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we share our thoughts Hurricane Harvey, and talk about the positive reminders we can take away from this devastating event. We talk about how Dr. Shefali shows us that Hurricane Harvey offers us a reminder of how important it is to reduce our attachment to material possessions, because they can all be gone in a moment. 
37:37
June 28, 2019
Ep 317 Should we relax our "grip" on our children?
In today's episode, I review verse 6 of The Parents' Tao te Ching. May this offer you a new perspective! 
08:44
June 27, 2019
Ep 316 How should our children handle a peer who is being unkind?
In today's episode, I share a story about my daughter and how she processed how or whether to respond to a peer who was being kind and what the outcome was. I hope this helps you in your home. Join me! 
12:54
June 26, 2019
Ep 315 If something special breaks, is it the end of the world?
In today's episode, I share a story of when a special collection of my children's artwork dropped and broke and how I worked through the experience. I hope this gives you some value in your own life! 
14:20
June 25, 2019
Ep 314 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Making a smooth transition into summer
Today marks the first week of summer break for my kids, and my friend helped me to remember how important it is to set an intention with our kids when we are transitioning. It is important to talk about expectations, desires as well as limits and boundaries. I hope this one gives you some great value as you head into this wonderful season!
06:04
June 24, 2019
Ep 313 Changing identities and how that impacts us
In this Throwback episode to our 11th episode of Maximizing Life in the Middle, Jay and I talk about his decision to transition from comic book artist to comic book writer and what a surprising challenge that has been for him. But in this transition, he learned a lot about the importance of not attaching too much to our identities, as that can impede our growth. Join us!
25:15
June 21, 2019
Ep 312 Seeing to the heart of your child
In today's episode, we discuss verse 5 of The Parents Tao te Ching. This may be my all-time favorite verse in this wonderful book as it is another way to explain the iceberg that I always talk about. Join me!
05:46
June 20, 2019
Ep 311 An idea to help your serious child lighten up a little and have fun
This weekend was my daughter's 8th grade dance, which is a huge deal in our schools. She was quite nervous leading up to it, but I gave her an idea that helped her to tremendously enjoy herself, which was a surprise to both of us. Join me if you have a serious kiddo at home! 
07:46
June 19, 2019
Ep 310 Must-have tip for teaching your teen to parallel park!
Today's episode was inspired by taking my son out yesterday to practice parallel parking in preparation for his upcoming driver's test. He was struggling to get the feel of the car just right, and I happened upon this little nugget to help him. Once I did, he parked perfectly within 4-5 inches every time. If your child is getting ready to take their driver's test, you don't want to miss this episode! 
06:20
June 18, 2019
Ep 309 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A meditation for those with anxiety
In today's episode, I share a beautiful meditation from Corinne Zupko's book, From Anxiety to Love. This will help anyone suffering with anxiety, so if that is you or your child or partner, join me!
05:40
June 17, 2019
Ep 308 It may be hard for a man to ask for help, but it's much easier for a man to offer help
This episode just may be my favorite episode of all time. Jay and I sat down to discuss the suicide of a dear friend of his. During our discussion, he happened upon an idea that I think could pretty much change the world for men and change the course of our history. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but please join us to hear more and see what kind of value you can get out of his profoundly simple yet powerful idea.  This episode is dedicated to the amazingly talented Eric Zaun, gone far too soon. Fly free, Eric. 
34:53
June 14, 2019
Ep 307 What is our deepest responsibility to our children?
In this episode, I share with you verse 4 from the Parents Tao te Ching. This is one of my favorite verses and it offers us the highest and deepest goal we can aspire to as parents. Join me!
14:50
June 13, 2019
Ep 306 Your reputation can hurt or help you
In this episode, I share a valuable learning experience that my daughter had recently in school and how her reputation helped her, but she didn't see it at the time. I hope this inspires you in your home. Join me! 
10:47
June 12, 2019
Ep 305 Communication is a vital part of a healthy relationship
Communication is so vital to a healthy relationship, but sometimes when we are busy it can be so hard to keep that at the top of our list. However, when we are busy, it is even more important to have good, solid, clear communication. I made a mistake with my teenager this week and I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that it helps you in your home. Join me!
12:33
June 11, 2019
Ep 304 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Filling your own bucket
In today's episode, I talk about the importance of filling your own bucket. You may have heard the quote that you can't pour from an empty cup? You can't show up as the parent you want to be when you are drained and depleted. Take some time with me today to fill your own bucket!
07:06
June 10, 2019
Ep 303 Mile Markers on the journey called life
In this throwback to episode 10 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talk about our annual camping trip that now includes over 35 people most years and how it has changed in the 20+ years we have been doing it. This has been a great opportunity to watch marriages flourish (or perish), watch children grow and see how lives weave together but uniquely on their own journey.
39:08
June 7, 2019
Ep 302 Happiness is contagious
In today's episode, I read verse 3 from The Parents Tao Te Ching, where it talks about true happiness and how we can teach and model that for our children. Join me! 
08:17
June 6, 2019
Ep 301 Learning the moves of the Intricate Boundary Dance with our children
This episode was inspired by a conversation I had with a new client about how to connect with her child while also not "allowing" their less-than-desirable behavior. This can be one of the most difficult things to do as a parent and also one of the most important. Join me to learn more! And if you want to check out our course, The Chaos Cure, click here! 
10:15
June 5, 2019
Ep 300 Why self-care is absolutely vital as a mom
My dear friend Louise joined me for today's episode. She and I spoke at the Rise Gatherings retreat this weekend, and before I took her to the airport to fly home to Canada this morning, we recorded this episode based on a HUGE message that we got from and observed this weekend. Join us - it is a very important episode for moms. 
27:41
June 4, 2019
Ep 299 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A few minutes of peace for you
I don't know about you, but May and the end of the school year seem to dramatically increase the demands on our time. It can make us feel stressed! Today, I want to offer you a short respite from the hectic pace of it all. Join me! 
06:16
June 3, 2019
Ep 298 (Throwback) Maximize your life by decluttering!
In this throwback episode to Maximizing Life in the Middle episode 9, we continue our talk about decluttering, but this time we are not talking about decluttering our physical space. Rather, we talk about decluttering our mind, our time and our lives overall. We asked an important question - how do you determine what is a priority in your life and then how do you go about prioritizing it? 
41:24
May 31, 2019
Ep 297 Be careful with labels...
In this episode, I read verse 2 from The Parents Tao Te Ching, where it talks about how we must be careful with labeling things and people and how that can have unintended consequences. Join me! 
12:08
May 30, 2019
Ep 296 What does your child REALLY need most from you?
In this episode, I share some thoughts on what our children really need from us and sadly, it's often different from what parents actually give to their children. Join me!
05:43
May 29, 2019
Ep 295 Manifesting the career of your dreams with Dr. Shefali
This is a special episode for me as I chat with my dear friend, Dr. Shefali about her new Conscious Coaching School. This is so exciting because I have been "bugging" her to create this school for about six years. And I love that she didn't do it until SHE was READY. I love how she lives her teachings every day. Join us!  For more info on her coaching school, click here.
18:00
May 28, 2019
Ep 294 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) The power of the pause to build connection with your teen
In today's episode, I continue the discussion from last week about helping our children to build resilience, independence and self-confidence. In order for us to become our teen's Trusted Advisor, we must build trust with them and that cannot be done when we are constantly overreacting to what they do or say. In this episode, I share with you what you can do instead. Join me! 
10:18
May 27, 2019
Ep 293 (Throwback) The amazing benefits of decluttering!
Today's episode is a throwback to episode 8 that Jay and I did in the Maximizing Life in the Middle podcast. In this episode, we talk about the process of decluttering and all of its benefits to living a higher quality life. When we have excessive "things" in our homes, it not only robs us of space, but it robs us of time as we now have to dedicate time to dealing with all of the "stuff." We talk about how to accomplish keeping an organized and decluttered house with children. Is it possible? Stay tuned to hear what we think and then weigh in by emailing us!
32:49
May 24, 2019
Ep 292 Words of life - when to teach and when to allow
Today I am beginning a new series on the podcast where I will cover chapters in The Parents Tao te Ching: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents by William Martin. In this episode, I read verse 1 and discuss its meaning. Join me! 
06:41
May 23, 2019
Ep 291 Do you want your child to call you as an adult?
Today's episode is part 2 of episode 290 where I talked about an article looking at why Generation Z is so depressed and anxious. In today's episode, I share with you what YOU can do to prevent this. Join me! 
14:17
May 22, 2019
Ep 290 Are overprotective parents making kids depressed?
In this episode, I discuss an article I read called Why is Generation Z so Depressed: Overprotective Parents. I share my thoughts about why this might be true and I will cover what we can do about it in part 2, episode 291. Join me! 
12:41
May 21, 2019
Ep 289 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Recharging after "Mental Gymnastics"
Do you ever feel like you are doing mental gymnastics all day with your children and all the other stimulation that comes along with life? Today's episode was inspired by a conversation I had with a mom a few days ago and how we can all recharge after doing "mental gymnastics" all day long. Join me! 
07:06
May 20, 2019
Ep 288 (Throwback) Surviving a crazy schedule
This episode is a throwback to episode 7 of Maximizing Life in the Middle that Jay and I recorded. We recorded this episode at the end of a particularly crazy week for all of us. In this episode, we process the week that we had, and how we navigated it. Sometimes things don’t always turn out the way we envision them, and how do we adjust to that on the fly? We talk about how important mindfulness is to successfully making it through challenging periods of time. We also discuss the “elephant” in the kid’s room – screen time. How do we balance screen time with time in the 3D world, and how do we help our kids balance that as well? Some of the summer-fun things I have done with my kids include games, bike rides, tennis, playing at the park, and watching Dude Perfect videos - my favorite you-tubers!
31:48
May 17, 2019
Ep 287 How do you react when your child brings home a bad grade?
This is such a common struggle for parents, and when we overreact to our child's poor grade, it helps no one, as it closes down the lines of communication between us, and doesn't help them to do a better job next time. Join me to find out how to navigate this situation in a much more productive way. 
15:31
May 16, 2019
Ep 286 Using the "Sacred NO" with your teen
How often do you say "No" to your teen? How does it work for you? In this episode, I explain how we can look at that word as sacred, especially with our teens, and how effective it is to minimize its use. Join me to get some useful nuggets! 
09:20
May 15, 2019
Ep 285 Making the transition from main organizer to advisor to our children with Deanne Barrett
On today's show, I talked with teen expert Deanne Barrett about how we can be leaders in our home with our growing children. She explains brilliantly how we can help our teens practice and strengthen their critical thinking skills, something they will need throughout adulthood. We also talk about asking good, productive questions of our teens without having a judgmental tone in our voices, which can be challenging! But we must if we want our children to come to us as trusted advisors. This episode is packed full of useful nuggets so whether you have teens at home or will someday, be sure to to tune in! You can find out more about Deanne at https://www.gratitudework.com/.
49:50
May 14, 2019
Ep 284 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A bit of peace and a gentle nudge in this crazy month of May!
To follow up on last week's discussions of the craziness of the end of the school year, I wanted to offer you this little bit of wisdom today....
04:45
May 13, 2019
Ep 283 What is the "right" age to reduce the size of your child's birthday party invite list?
Today, Jay and I talk about our son's 12th birthday party last weekend with 13 of his closest friends, which got us to wondering when is the right age to begin pairing down that list? Join us to hear more! 
11:32
May 10, 2019
Ep 282 The relentlessness of modern parenting
I was inspired to record today's episode based on this article that I read yesterday. What are we doing to ourselves and our children, and what can we do to change it? Join me to hear more! 
14:01
May 9, 2019
Ep 281 Every child has a superpower with special guest Bolaji Oyejide
Today, Jay and I talked with a very special guest who is a dad and a writer who has created a series of books to inspire children who may feel different, or marginalized. His stories help children to realize that each and every one of us has something that makes us special and unique and we must celebrate it. I hope you find some good nuggets in here! You can check out Bolaji's wonderful books at http://bravernewworld.us/.
41:32
May 8, 2019
Ep 280 Surviving the craziness of May with school-aged children
This episode was inspired by a listener who wrote in talking about how crazy May can get and how to stay sane during this end-of-school-year month. Join me! 
11:11
May 7, 2019
Ep 279 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) The platform technique to combat anxiety
Today, I revisit the Platform Technique and talk particularly about how it can help to combat anxiety, either for you or for your child. Join me! If you are new to my podcast, welcome! If you have been listening for a while, thank you. It means the world to me. I would really appreciate if you'd hop over to iTunes and leave a review!  
18:21
May 6, 2019
Ep 278 (Throwback) Celebrating life together
This is a Throwback to episode 6 of Maximizing Life in the Middle that Jay and I did for a while. I hope you enjoy!  Maximizing Life in the Middle goes on the road! We recorded this episode on our drive to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in Cape May. We talked about the privilege of being together for 20 years and how we have made it work all these years. We talk about how you really pay homage to your loved one and whether it requires a greeting card :) We also cover the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman and how helpful it is to keep them in mind when trying to show your loved one how you feel. And we remember my dear friend Kerri, who tragically died of breast cancer only a few short years after she married the love of her life. Life is precious – let’s appreciate it while we can.
18:34
May 3, 2019
Ep 277 What you should REALLY focus on as a parent
This episode was inspired by a video I saw from Jay Shetty about what we should really focus on as parents. Hint: often times, it's NOT what we tend to focus on. Join me! 
07:57
May 2, 2019
Ep 276 Can prayer be our go-to in tough times even if we are not religious?
This is a very special episode, and one I was very much looking forward to. I chatted with my good friend, Aaron Schiller, who shared his family's journey over the past few months through his wife's near-death experience with something that began as the flu. In this episode, Aaron and I talk about the lessons that he has learned thus far and he updates us on how his wife is doing now. We dove deep into the topic of prayer, which was not necessarily our plan. But the conversation turned on to it and it was too beautiful not to share. I hope you get something really valuable out of today's episode.  In the episode, Aaron mentions Love it Forward List, a wonderful organization that has been supporting Aaron's wife Megan with get-well letters from around the world. You can check them out on Instagram here.  Aaron also mentions the great work his wife has done through her work at The Art Pantry. 
55:45
May 1, 2019
Ep 275 What makes a great dad?
I dedicate today's episode to my dad, who was the greatest dad of all time, in my humble opinion. He would have turned 81 on the day I recorded this episode, and I thought it fitting to talk about what makes a dad great. He was a wonderful example of everything a dad should be. I hope you find inspiration and joy in this episode. Happy birthday in Heaven, Dad <3 
14:39
April 30, 2019
Ep 274 How practicing mindfulness can turn into a living meditation
In this episode, I share how a regular mindfulness/meditation practice helps you to be mindful not only for five or twenty minutes while you are sitting in silence, but for your entire day. I hope this episode inspires you to make this a regular part of your life! 
08:58
April 29, 2019
Ep 273 Your perspective changes EVERYTHING!
Today's episode is a throwback to Episode 5 from Maximizing Life in the Middle, the podcast that my husband Jay and I did.  In episode 5, we talk about our son's freshman year of high school playing on the varsity volleyball team and helping him to see his frustrations with the season from a different angle so that he could see all the good that came out of it. We can apply this technique in all of our challenging or frustrating situations, even when dealing with a serious illness, loss or something similar. We also talked about a concept we heard about giving 100% of yourself to every interaction you have with another person for an entire day. Could you do it? Finally, we talk about being vigilant about not making negative or limiting statements. They are so subtle sometimes that we might not even recognize them when we say them.
25:48
April 26, 2019
Ep 272 Self-care and mindset are vital to parenting well!
In this episode, I illustrate through a tumultuous yesterday, how important self-care and mindset are. I hope you find some valuable nuggets in here! 
29:40
April 25, 2019
Ep 271 Nurturing persistence in our children even when it's not convenient
In today's episode, I share a story that happened with my daughter and how my husband came to my rescue to help nurture our daughter's persistence (a valuable life skill) when I did not want to. Join me! 
08:21
April 24, 2019
Ep 270 How do I spend time with my teens when they don't want to spend time with me?
Today's episode is an answer to a listener's question - shout-out to Loyal Listener Lucy! Lucy wanted to know how to spend time with her teenage girls when they are not interested in spending time with her. This one's for you, Lucy - and anyone else who wonders this same thing! 
10:46
April 23, 2019
Ep 269 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) The importance of practicing mindfulness
In today's episode, I talk about the importance of practicing mindfulness on a regular basis. The more we practice, the easier it gets! 
06:59
April 22, 2019
Ep 268 Why it's so hard to parent teens - from a dad's perspective, part 2
In this episode, Jay and I continue our discussion about why it's so hard to parent teens - from a dad's perspective. In this episode, we talk about the Boundary Dance and how it gets even trickier when our children become teens!
19:40
April 19, 2019
Ep 267 A very personal story about how a child's environment affects them
Today, I went back in time and shared a very personal story from my childhood. In talking with my mother-in-law last week, I came to a profound realization about a situation from my childhood and I think it will be really helpful for you. Take a listen and see what nuggets you might get out of this for your parenting or even understanding your child a little bit better. 
29:42
April 18, 2019
Ep 266 What can we learn from Tiger Woods' comeback?
I was inspired to talk about Tiger Woods' comeback after he won a Master's last weekend after 11 years. There are a lot of lessons here for us - join me! 
11:49
April 17, 2019
Ep 265 Fishing can be beneficial for reasons you might not have considered!
My son recently went fishing for the first time since he was a young boy and he LOVED it. It was remarkable to hear him articulate why he loved it so much, and I wanted to share it with you here in the hopes that it inspires you in some way with your teen!
07:06
April 16, 2019
Ep 264 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) An update on Analytical Meditation!
I tried Analytical Meditation this week and was AMAZED at the experience. In here, I share with you what it did for me in the hopes it inspires you to try it as well!
06:33
April 15, 2019
Ep 263 Why it's so hard to parent teens - from a dad's perspective, part 1
In today's episode, I asked Jay for his perspective on why it's so hard to parent teens as a dad. His answer took us on an entirely unexpected adventure and it was so rich that we decided to record part 2 for next Friday! Join us here for part 1!
27:01
April 12, 2019
Ep 262 Teaching our young teens to advocate for themselves
In this episode, I talk about the value of teaching our young teens to advocate for themselves and illustrate it with a story from my family. Join me! 
10:42
April 12, 2019
Ep 261 The Illusion of Pressure for Teens
In today's episode, I share a concept that I just recently learned about called The Illusion of Pressure and how it affects our teens and what we can do about it. Join me! 
11:38
April 10, 2019
Ep 260 Parenting teens is SO hard - and here's why!
If you have a teen at home, do you ever feel lost, confused and stressed? It didn't used to be this hard, did it? Odds are, it wasn't! And it's getting harder, but why? Tune in to today's episode to find out! 
13:59
April 9, 2019
Ep 259 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Analytical Meditation
Today, I share a new form of meditation with you - one that helps you to directly solve problems. Intrigued? Join me to hear more!
08:41
April 8, 2019
Ep 258 The challenges and pitfalls of being your child's sports coach
In this episode, we talk about the potential pitfalls and traps of being a coach of your child's team and what you have to be careful to avoid as their coach. Join us! 
30:16
April 5, 2019
Ep 257 For all you single parents out there...
This episode is in honor of my best friend who is a single mom. We were talking this weekend at our girls' weekend about the very real challenges of being a single parent. I hope you find some useful nuggets in here to help you in your parenting whether you are single or not!
09:28
April 4, 2019
Ep 256 The unbelievable value and importance of sleep!
Recently, I have been helping my son improve his sleep hygiene, and even though I am a believer in the importance of sleep, even I am shocked at how much it is helping him! Join me to find out more about why you should help your children AND yourself get a better night's sleep!
09:27
April 3, 2019
Ep 255 Helping our kids manage the stress of Junior year of high school
In this episode, I share some of the journey my son has been on this year and how stressful it has been, even with us as parents trying not to pressure him! There is so much coming at him from the outside that it's almost too much. Here, I share how we are helping him to manage the onlsaught of junior year. If you've got a high schooler, you will likely find good value in this, and if you've got a younger child, it will help you for the future. Join me!
19:00
April 2, 2019
Ep 254 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Self-care is of utmost importance for you!
Nothing is more important than self-care for being the kind of parent you want to be and the kind your children need. Join me to find out more! 
09:28
April 1, 2019
Ep 253 Juggling schedules in a busy household
This is a throwback to episode 4 of the podcast that Jay and I did for a while. In this, we talk about juggling schedules in a busy household. I'm thinking you can relate???? Join us to hear more! 
26:52
March 29, 2019
Ep 247 A special guest who will open your heart just a little bit more!
In today's episode I have my very good friend, Heidi Dellaire joining me. Heidi's book Roots and Tendrils will be released tomorrow. In this chat, we talk about her book and how it came to be. Join me for a delightful conversation! And if you'd like to purchase a copy of her book, you can do so here! 
23:16
March 28, 2019
Ep 252 What is your biggest fear as a parent?
In this episode, I talk all fear and how it negatively and subtly impacts our parenting. Join me! 
11:51
March 28, 2019
Ep 251 The many benefits of nature
With the arrival of spring, I thought it was the perfect time to revisit the many benefits of nature, and how you can bring some more of it into your life. Join me! 
11:06
March 27, 2019
Ep 250 An intro to Restorative Justice in Schools
Today I wanted to share a program with you that I learned about a while ago that I'm very excited about. It's called Restorative Justice and is being used with great success in schools all across the country. Tune in to learn more about it and see if it might be a good fit for YOUR school! 
14:49
March 26, 2019
Ep 249 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) The power of a 1-minute meditation
Today, I share with you a mindfulness study I am participating in and how powerful the effects have been so far. Maybe you'd even like to join me! 
07:16
March 25, 2019
Ep 248 Go for what you want in life!
In today's episode, I update you on my daughter's attempt to make the track team at her middle school for the first time as an 8th grader. This experience taught her a very valuable lesson about life. Join me to find out about it! 
05:19
March 22, 2019
Ep 246 A PSA about ticks and Lyme disease
With the weather getting warmer here in the US, I thought today was a great day to talk about ticks and Lyme disease and what you can do to be on the lookout for possible signs and symptoms. As with everything I do, my goal is not to instill fear and panic in you as a parent, but rather to educate and inform you so that you are equipped to NOT be fearful of this treatable condition. Join me! 
14:59
March 20, 2019
Ep 245 If you're even willing to try, you've already won
My daughter was really nervous last night about her next track tryout tomorrow and whether she will make the team. Through our discussion, I was able to help her to recognize that regardless of whether she makes the team, she's already won because she had the courage to try something new without being assured of the outcome. I hope this helps any listeners out there who's child may be nervous about an upcoming tryout or event where the outcome is not guaranteed! 
08:49
March 19, 2019
Ep 244 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) This too shall pass
Today, I wanted to share a bit of advice my dear mother-in-law gave me and how helpful it is to remember. Join me! 
05:03
March 18, 2019
Ep 243 What we can learn from the college cheating scandal
In today's episode, Jay and I talk about the recent college cheating scandal that has involved many high-profile, wealthy and powerful individuals. We can learn a lot from looking at this story from many angles as well as take a word of caution from it all. Join us! 
31:40
March 15, 2019
Ep 242 How long after having a child does it take to get a good night's sleep again?
Do you have young children? Do you feel like you are just running on fumes and that good sleep is nothing but a distant memory? A recent study might help explain why. Tune in to today's episode to learn more and find out what you can do to get a good night's sleep!
06:17
March 14, 2019
Ep 241 Helping our children reframe when they are nervous to something more productive
Does your child ever feel nervous about something they are about to embark on? Or do you? In this episode, I share a story from my family where my daughter was feeling nervous and together we helped her to reframe it to something much less daunting. I hope this helps you too!
05:58
March 13, 2019
Ep 240 Supporting our children through the pain of regret
In this episode, I share a story where my daughter made a choice she came to regret and how I supported her through it by NOT saying "I told you so." Moving through regret is a difficult but important life lesson. Join me if your child is struggling with regret. 
08:52
March 12, 2019
Ep 239 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) The hidden value of decluttering
In this episode, I share some of my journey of decluttering and the amazing benefits I am experiencing from it! Also, here I invite you to join me in this adventure. Come along, won't you? 
11:14
March 11, 2019
Ep 238 Happy 18th birthday to my daughter in Heaven
I recorded this episode on what would be my daughter's 18th birthday had she lived. I so appreciate all of you who listen and I wanted to share a little bit more about me and how I got to where I am and what changed me. I hope you get a lot of value out of this episode and at the end you feel like you know me a little more. And be warned - you may want to listen with some tissues...
33:27
March 8, 2019
Ep 237 Identifying and managing your child's anxiety
I have found myself in many conversations with my coaching clients and other parents about symptoms that they are not recognizing as anxiety. I knew it was time to revisit this topic here on the show. In this episode, I talk about what anxiety might look like in your child and how to identify it, as well as some techniques to begin learn to manage it. Join me!
15:00
March 7, 2019
Ep 236 The pressure our children are under to succeed
Today's episode was inspired by a concerning conversation I had with a teacher recently about catching her 8th grade students cheating. It's not the cheating that startles me the most - it's the REASON they cheated. Tune in and listen. Together, we need to change some things. 
13:22
March 6, 2019
Ep 235 Talking Boys! with Janet Allison of Boys Alive
I very much enjoyed chatting with today's guest, Janet Allison about boys and how we can best support them as we raise them. Join us!  Janet has a special audio to help parents help boys with anger. You can grab that here - http://boysalive.com/anger You can also check out Janet's podcast here - http://on-boys-podcast.com/
22:16
March 5, 2019
Ep 234 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Oprah and Deepak's latest 21 Day Meditation Experience!
In this episode, I talk about Oprah and Deepak's 21 Meditation Experience and invite you to join me!
04:24
March 4, 2019
Ep 233 Update on the Whole30 a month later...
It's been a month since Jay and I finished the Whole30, so we decided it was time to update you on where we are and where we are headed. Join us! 
15:51
March 1, 2019
Ep 232 Making connections with our children
Do you ever struggle to figure out how to connect, or stay connected, to your child? I have that pretty well figured out with two of my children, but the youngest one, well, he was a different story. Until last weekend. Join me to find out what we did!
12:24
February 28, 2019
Ep 231 When sibling squabbles pay off later on...
When our kids are growing, and squabbling, it can feel like there is no end in sight and no good can come of it but that's not true. Our siblings are the training ground for us to learn how to compromise with others. Join me as I share something that happened last week in my home and how I got to see the fruits of my parental labor. 
14:27
February 27, 2019
Ep 230 Is it possible to stay neutral when siblings argue?
Do you ever feel frustrated when your kids fight with each other? Do you always find yourself embroiled in the middle of it with no one left feeling satisfied at the end? Join me in this episode as I talk about this very thing, and also learn a great way to change this dysfunctional dance in your home!
15:08
February 26, 2019
Ep 229 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A walking meditation for you
In this episode, I talk about a walking meditation and invite you to do one!
08:35
February 25, 2019
Ep 228 Conveying your parental knowledge without saying "I told you so"
In this episode, Jay and I share an injury that our daughter sustained this week and how we helped her through it, as well as what we and she learned along the way. Join us!
22:55
February 22, 2019
Ep 227 Teaching our children about money
Money can be a complicated thing and as parents, it is imperative that we teach our children about it. But first, we must try to develop a healthy relationship with it. Having a healthy relationship with money is a vital life skill that we need to impart to our children to help them to launch into adulthood. I hope this inspires you to start talking about this big topic if you have not yet already!
14:23
February 21, 2019
Ep 226 The fine art of surrender in parenting
I recorded today's episode the morning I published it. It is Wednesday, and two of my three kids have yet to go to school this week. So far, we've had a holiday, a sick day and now a snow day. If I didn't learn how to surrender years ago, my head might be exploding today! I share my journey in the hopes that it helps you, too!
10:47
February 20, 2019
Ep 225 Helping our young children with their BIG emotions
Does your young child ever have BIG emotions that leave you puzzled and  a bit shocked at the magnitude of it all? In this episode, I share a listener question that I got in the hopes that it helps you, too!
06:17
February 19, 2019
Ep 224 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) The Platform Technique revisited
Do you need a few minutes just to quiet your racing mind? If so, you came to the right place! Join me as I take you through the Platform Technique to accomplish just that! 
07:39
February 18, 2019
Ep 223 Juggling schedules in a busy household
How do we do all that we do? It takes a village to raise a child and we couldn't do it without Jay's wonderful mom! She is always there to help us with our kids and their schedules. It also takes a good deal of "calendar syncing" to make sure we are doing what we want to do and making sure everyone gets where they need to be.  One of the most fundamental beliefs we share is that we each chose to spend our lives with the other one of us. Who are we to tell the other person how they should be spending their time? If the activity makes the other person happy and can fit in with our lifestyle, why not? And then, with all that we have going on, how do we not become ships passing in the night?
27:17
February 17, 2019
Ep 222 Watching girls take a stand for themselves
In episode #3 of Maximizing Life in the Middle (throwback) we talk about a stand that our daughter and her classmates took to be allowed to wear tank tops to school when the weather gets warm. The initial reason years ago for banning tank tops in her school was so that boys would not be "distracted" by seeing girls' shoulders. At what point does it stop being the girl's responsibility to not be a distraction and instead become a boy's responsibility to not be distracted by the girl? We also talk about how each individual is responsible for their own behavior and should not blame their choices on another person. We cannot control what happens in the world; we can only control our own response. Join us!
37:54
February 16, 2019
Ep 221 Long socks and what our children can teach us
Do you ever find yourself amazed at what you learn from your child? In today's episode, Jay shares something that one of children taught him and how that reinforced his desire to stay open to learning from them whenever possible. Join us as we dive in!
15:27
February 15, 2019
Ep 220 Monitoring our children's social media use
Do you struggle with social media use with your children? In this episode, I share a story about my younger son and his social media use, my feelings about it and how we moved forward even though he was not happy with me. It is vital that as parents we monitor their social media use, not only to keep them safe, but also to help them develop sound judgment. Join me!
06:38
February 14, 2019
Ep 219 Teaching entrepreneurship to our children
In today's episode, I share a story about how I am teaching my daughter many lessons through a project we are working on. She is learning about the value of money, mindfulness about possessions, and entrepreneurship. Join me! 
09:59
February 13, 2019
Ep 218 Protecting our children's sense of self
In today's episode, I share a story that happened with my son in order to illustrate how we can take almost any situation and turn it into gold for us as parents and for our children. It is vital that as parents we protect their fragile and developing sense of self. Join me!
12:18
February 12, 2019
Ep 217 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) I have a confession!
In this episode, I make a confession. None of us are perfect, and I certainly don't claim to be. So join me as I confess my recent shortfall and vow to do better moving forward. 
10:00
February 11, 2019
Ep 216 How to feel like you have it all
In this mashup episode, we talk about how things might have fit in one phase of our lives but no longer fit or how we would love them to fit but they don’t quite yet. The phrase “have it all” should be changed to “have all that you want” because if you try to have it all, your life will be over-stuffed and stressful and much of “it” is not even something that fits your life anyway. At the end of this episode, we offer our listeners a useful activity they can do to take a good look at their lives.
44:19
February 10, 2019
Ep 215 A mashup from Maximizing Life in the Middle!
My husband Jay and I have a podcast called Maximizing Life in the Middle. We have decided to merge the two together into Powerful Parenting for Today's Kids. I am going to be sharing our MLIM episodes with you here. Here is episode 1 that we recorded over year ago. I hope you enjoy! 
36:43
February 9, 2019
Ep 214 Intro to my new, special regular guest!
In today's episode, I introduce you to a very special guest who I think may end up being a regular ;)  Join us! And here is the recipe we talked about - https://www.vitamix.com/us/en_us/recipes/roasted-red-pepper-soup
14:13
February 8, 2019
Ep 213 A teacher's gift that will last a lifetime
In today's episode, I share a project my daughter's teacher has her class do each year. It is incredibly powerful, and gives to the students a gift so priceless to their lives. Join me to find out what it is and then please share with your own students or other teachers you know! 
13:09
February 7, 2019
Ep 212 How to use text messaging as a tool in your parenting
Too often, I hear parents bashing social media and technology as the enemy to parenting. But when you look at things like that, it prevents you from seeing how you can use it to your advantage. Join me as I share with you how I use text messaging to my advantage in parenting my kids. 
08:16
February 6, 2019
Ep 211 How does it feel to eat clean for a Whole30 days?
Now that I've come to the end of my Whole30 adventure, I wanted to update you on how it went, what my results were and how I feel now. After listening to this episode, I dare you not to jump on board and try Whole30 for yourself!
07:57
February 5, 2019
Ep 210 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) The power of even a short daily meditation
In today's episode, I share a story of a mom I'm coaching and how a simple meditation I recorded just for her is helping to unlock her hidden potential. Tune in to hear more!
05:37
February 4, 2019
Ep 209 How parents and teachers can bring out the best in our children
I have a very special guest with me today. Matt Beaudreau, who runs Acton Academy Placer, a fantastic outside-the-box school the nurtures their students' strengths and brings out the best in them. In this interview, Matt shares wisdom for how parents and traditional-school teachers can bring out the best in our children. You are NOT going to want to miss this! If you'd like to connect with Matt, you can find him at https://www.mattbeaudreau.com/ and if you would like to learn more about his school you can do so here - https://www.actonplacer.com/.
37:49
February 1, 2019
Ep 208 Parents - give yourself a pat on the back!
I have not done an episode like this for a while, so I knew it was time. As parents, we tend to be so hard on ourselves and can get overly focused on the times we mess up while not giving ourselves credit for our successes and triumphs. If this describes you, PLEASE tune in to today's episode. It may be JUST what you needed to hear today!
08:46
January 31, 2019
Ep 207 Navigating the Birthday Party Invite List!
I was recently interview by Linda Grasso of the SheSez podcast over at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shesez-with-linda-grasso/id1281371313?mt=2. We talked about some listener questions and I wanted to share one of them with you here. How do you handle it when your child only wants to invite a few friends to his party but the teacher expects all children in the class to be invited? Listen as I share my answer!
09:48
January 30, 2019
Ep 206 The pressure of the "College Process"
Today, I am sharing a very real challenge we are having in our home with helping our son to navigate the beginnings of the college search process. This is the beginning of two years of focusing on this until he transitions to whatever college he ends up attending. There is a lot of stress involved in this long-term process, and I am sharing it all with you here today in the hopes that it helps or inspires any of you listening. 
08:39
January 29, 2019
Ep 205 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A check in and some breaths
A check-in on your mindfulness practice for 2019 (if you have started one) and a few deep breaths for you :) Registration for The Chaos Cure ends Jan. 29. Join us! https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/
06:11
January 28, 2019
Ep 204 Crossover Episode!
I connect up with my good friend and colleague, Louise Clarke, to talk about the chaos that is at times motherhood, as well as how to tame it. Join us! And if you'd like to join us for The Chaos Cure, you can do so at www.thechaoscure.net. 
16:00
January 26, 2019
Ep 203 Looking at expectations, part 2 of 2
In the last episode, we talked about the expectations of our children. In today's episode we will talk about parental expectations and how detrimental they can be to all aspects of parenting. Registration for The Chaos Cure closes on Jan. 29. Register now if you want to join us! https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/
13:03
January 25, 2019
Ep 202 Looking at expectations, part 1 of 2
In today's episode, I talk about helping your children to have appropriate expectations and how beneficial that can be to them.  Registration for The Chaos Cure closes on Jan. 29, so if you want to register, do so now! https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/
07:57
January 24, 2019
Ep 201 Understanding and dealing with sibling rivalry
In today's episode, I share a story from a mom I worked with who was frustrated by her kids always fighting. I share how I helped her to see it in a different light, which allowed to approach it very differently.  Registration for The Chaos Cure closes on Jan. 29, so sign up today! https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/
07:09
January 23, 2019
Ep 200 The joy of Tidying Up!
I've done my version of binge-watching Marie Kondo's new Netflix series called Tidying Up. For a person who rarely watches tv, this means I watched six episodes this weekend! It is SO good and I wanted to share with you my thoughts on why you should watch this show and head her advice! Join us for The Chaos Cure for moms, an online course to help you keep your cool and juggle it all well. Registration is ONLY open until Jan. 29. You can sign up here - https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/.
08:23
January 22, 2019
Ep 199 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) The benefits of stress reduction
In this episode, I talk about the wide-ranging benefits of stress reduction, and how you can do it in your life. I go into this in great detail in my new course, The Chaos Cure. Why don't you join me? Registration is ONLY open now until Jan. 29, 2019. https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/
08:28
January 21, 2019
Ep 198 Recognizing our strengths and using them
My daughter's amazing teacher has her students do this intensive project that ends up yielding incredibly powerful results for the kids. In this episode, I tell the story of this project and what my daughter created as a result of it. The impact of a good teacher in a child's life is immeasurable.  Join me in my new course - The Chaos Cure! Registration open now through Jan. 29, 2019! https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/
08:38
January 18, 2019
Ep 197 The Turning Point in my parenting
Have you ever had one of those moments in life where you realize things are WAY off course and something must be changed? I had one of those turning points in my parenting, and in today's episode I share it with you. If you'd like to register for my new course, The Chaos Cure, visit this link. Registration is ONLY open Jan. 15-29, 2019! https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/
10:16
January 17, 2019
Ep 196 The joy of Self-Care after being sick
Last week wiped out me and my family for most of the week. Between fevers, runny noses, kids being home sick and having no energy, I only got to the gym once. I recorded today's episode on a bright, sunny Monday morning after getting back to my routine and feeling energetic and healthy again. It reminded me once again how important self-care is. Join me! And if you'd like to join me in my new online parenting course - The Chaos Cure - visit this link! https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/
10:46
January 16, 2019
Ep 195 Did you know that YOUR behavior is an iceberg too?
I have talked many times on my podcast about how a child's behavior is an iceberg. But today, I'm talking about how YOUR behavior is an iceberg...as well as every single person you come into contact with! In this episode, I talk about Rise Gathering weekend 2019 May 31-June 2. Click this link if you'd like to attend Rise! with me this year, and if you use promo code ERIN2019, you can take $100 off! http://risegatherings.com/annual-weekend/ Also, registration for my new online parenting course - The Chaos Cure, opens today! (Registration is open from Jan. 15-29, 2019. If you'd like to sign up, just go here - https://revolutionizinglife.teachable.com/p/the-chaos-cure/
11:35
January 15, 2019
Ep 194 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A boost of optimism for you
I meet SO MANY people who see the world through a negative lens. That isn't going to get you anywhere, believe me. What's going to get you where you want to go is to shift your mindset to an optimistic, positive one. Join me as I talk about this topic in depth! 
09:27
January 14, 2019
Ep 193 Should you have the password to your 15-year-old's iPhone?
In this episode, I answer a parent's question about whether she should have her 15-year-old's password to their iPhone. Join me as I share my answer and my reasons. 
16:07
January 11, 2019
Ep 192 Friends - why you NEED them
In this episode, I talk again about friends and why they are so special and so valuable in our lives. Join me!
09:15
January 10, 2019
Ep 191 Update on my Whole30 plan - do you want to join me?
In this episode, I update you on my Whole30 month - as of this recording, I am on Day 6 and I feel like a million bucks! Maybe this podcast will inspire you to join me in starting this year off clean and recharged! Find out more about the Whole30 here - https://whole30.com/
11:21
January 9, 2019
Ep 190 Can you declutter AND make money at the same time?
In this episode, I share something I've been doing for several months now with great success! I share it with you here because it addresses two areas - clutter and money - both of which, when they are in good shape in your life, allow you to be the parent you want to be! 
15:39
January 8, 2019
Ep 189 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Welcoming 2019
In this episode, I share a brief meditation to get your mind into the most effective space to welcome the New Year and all it has to offer you. Join me, won't you?
06:01
January 7, 2019
Ep 188 Helping someone who is grieving
Lately, I have heard of many losses people have suffered of their loved ones, and I have read some things on how to help grieving loved ones. Here, I share my best advice for how you can show up for someone you love who is grieving. Join me!
08:53
January 4, 2019
Ep 187 What is your "Word" for 2019?
In this episode, I talk about the power of having a word or words to focus on each year. This really helps to keep your goals and desires in the front of your mind all year long. Tune in to find out more!
06:20
January 3, 2019
Ep 186 Helping kids to make New Year's Resolutions
In this episode, I talk about the benefit of sharing a mindfulness approach to life with your kids, helping them to reflect on the past year and looking forward to the new one. Beware though - I also share some traps that you could find yourself in. Tune in to find out more!
06:07
January 2, 2019
Ep 185 Beginning 2019 right
In this episode, I encourage you to take the reflection you did over the past 7 episodes and use that to look towards 2019. What do you want 2019 to look like for yourself and your family?
04:36
January 1, 2019
Ep 184 Looking back on 2018, part 7: Stress Reduction
In part 7 of my 7 part series, I take you back through a series of questions to consider your relationship in 2018 to Stress. Join me!
07:18
December 31, 2018
Ep 183 Looking back on 2018, part 6: Decluttering
In part 6 of my 7 part series, I take you back through a series of questions to consider your relationship in 2018 to decluttering. Join me!
07:39
December 28, 2018
Ep 182 Looking back on 2018, part 5: Connection
In part 5 of my 7 part series, I take you back through a series of questions to consider your relationship in 2018 to connection, with your kids, your partner (if you have one) and most importantly, yourself. Join me!
08:50
December 27, 2018
Ep 181 Looking back on 2018, part 4: Nutrition
In part 4 of my 7 part series, I take you back through a series of questions to consider your relationship in 2018 to nutrition. Join me!
10:42
December 26, 2018
Ep 180 Looking back on 2018, part 3: Movement
In part 3 of my 7 part series, I take you back over 2018 to look at your relationship with moving your body. Join me!
10:01
December 25, 2018
Ep 179 Looking back on 2018, part 2: Sleep
In part 2 of my 7 part series, I take you through some reflection and questions surrounding your relationship with sleep. Join me!
10:08
December 24, 2018
Ep 178 Looking back on 2018, part 1: Money
Each year at this time, I like to take stock in the past year and see what I'm pleased with and what needs a little more attention in the coming year. Over these next 7 episodes, I am going to take you through a few areas of life to see where you stand. In this episode, I ask you some questions to consider your relationship with money over this past year. Join me!
12:16
December 21, 2018
Ep 177 Keep FEAR out of your questions
I was recently talking to two moms who expressed frustration that their children do not open up to them. What we discovered is that fear was driving them to question their kids, which never gets us closer to our goals as parents.
12:57
December 20, 2018
Ep 176 Listening to your intuition, part 2
In this episode, I share a success story from my own home about a time when I listened to my mother's intuition and how greatly it benefitted my daughter. I hope it inspires you and gives you some hope!
14:19
December 19, 2018
Ep 175 Listening to your intuition, part 1
In this episode, I talk about why it is so vitally important to listen to your intuition, especially as a parent. You know your child best, and they need you as an advocate.
07:26
December 18, 2018
Ep 174 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Finding some peace during this busy time of year
In this episode, I remind you to find some time for peace and calm during this Most Wonderful (and BUSY!) time of year. Join me!
04:45
December 17, 2018
Ep 173 We need a screen time detox!
In this episode, I share a realization I had regarding my son and his screen time after a particularly busy time of work for me. Here, I share what my plan is to address this issue and in a future episode, I will update you on how it went!
07:06
December 14, 2018
Ep 172 Navigating sibling squabbles
In this episode, I share how I helped my son and daughter to reduce their sibling squabbles. I hope this helps you with your children!
06:24
December 13, 2018
Ep 171 Be careful about recreating your childhood experiences in your child
In this episode, I share a conversation I had with a mom recently who is very fearful about something her son is going through. When we talked further, it turns out she experienced the same problem when she was his age. I hear about this connection with parents all the time and in this episode, I share how you can break that connection to free your children.
06:45
December 12, 2018
Ep 170 Using a leadership principle in parenting
I had a great chat with a dad last week who is a leadership coach for big companies. He shared with me a very powerful leadership principal he uses with his children, and I wanted to share it with you here!
06:20
December 11, 2018
Ep 169 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Dr. Muker's Manifestation Meditation
In this episode, I share a powerful but incredibly simple meditation that I learned from Dr. Sukhi Muker. Listen in and see if you want to practice it!
06:14
December 10, 2018
Ep 168 Connecting with our kids by entering THEIR world
Here, I share a story of how I connected deeply with my son over rap music of all things. Listen in and see if this episode gives you any ideas or insights with your children!
13:29
December 7, 2018
Ep 167 What is the "holiday season" all about, anyway?
In this episode, I share my thoughts on what we should really be focusing on during this most "wonderful time of the year" as well as how to get there! Here is the link to the article that I mentioned in this episode - https://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/pathological-consumption-has-become-so-normalised-that-we-scarcely-notice-it/?fbclid=IwAR22QI97VHTnABhRBBb3RSpc3mS1QElCD2qC9E3bJFnODFL0znJ0lAb5lyY.
12:12
December 6, 2018
Ep 166 Apologizing to our children
In this episode, I share a story about when I recently owed my daughter an apology for a mistake I made, and I talk about why we should be willing to apologize to our children when we mess up.
11:49
December 5, 2018
Ep 165 Keeping struggles and challenges in perspective
In this episode, I talk about how to keep struggles and challenges in perspective. We must honor the struggle for what it can possibly teach us. Tune in to hear more!
14:25
December 4, 2018
EP 164 Mindfulness on Mondays (MOM) Some peace during the busiest season
In this episode, I talk about how to bring more peace into your life during this busy time of year. Does it have to be as busy and stressful as it is? Listen in and then you decide....
08:42
December 3, 2018
Ep 163 The Chaos Cure Announcement!
In this episode, I share some detailed information about my first online parenting course that my colleague and I are building. This week it was ready to go to our beta testers and will be ready to begin officially on Jan. 28, 2019! Check back here for the link to join us!
07:58
November 30, 2018
Ep 162 Avoiding power struggles with teens
In this episode, I share some thoughts on the frustration and resentment I have heard from many parents of teens lately. Raising teens does NOT have to be that hard, and in this episode, I share some ideas for how you can better navigate it in your home!
19:41
November 29, 2018
Ep 161 Co-parenting through divorce. Is it possible?
Join me as I answer a loyal-listener's question about co-parenting through divorce and how you can best navigate those tricky waters. And join my Facebook group where we talk about all things parenting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
14:50
November 28, 2018
Ep 160 Thoughts on Thanksgiving Weekend
In this episode, I share how my long holiday weekend went and I'm curious how your's went. We are knee-deep in the holiday madness now. Is there a way we can reduce the madness and chaos? You bet there is! Join me to find out more!
06:53
November 27, 2018
Ep 159 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Ending the Yelling-Guilt-Stress-Yelling Cycle
I answer another listener question about yelling at her kids and the stress she feels. Here, I share what we MUST do to end the cycle. Join me!
07:57
November 26, 2018
Ep 158 A deeper explanation of how to allow natural consequences to work for you
In this episode, I share a struggle a parent had and how allowing natural consequences could help her and her daughter move through a challenging situation.
18:45
November 23, 2018
Ep 157 The #1 secret parents need to work better as a team
This episode is my latest blog talking about something I observed and remembered during two talks I gave last week to parents. Curious about what the secret is? Tune in to find out! And please join my Facebook group where we talk about this secret and more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/ And happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends!
12:09
November 22, 2018
Ep 156 Getting kids to help around the house
In this episode, I answer a listener question about how to get our kids to help out around the house without a lot of drama, threats, yelling and punishment. I talk about how to approach the subject with younger children as well as older. Join me!
12:50
November 21, 2018
Ep 155 Why it is imperative that we get clear on setting healthy boundaries
This episode was inspired by a conversation I had with a colleague about the families she works with who have an adult child who is a substance abuser. It really reinforced to me how imperative it is that parents figure out the delicate Boundary Dance while their children are still children, no matter what age they are. Tune in as I share more on this topic! And join me in my Facebook group, where we talk about this and more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
13:10
November 20, 2018
Ep 154 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Hitting the pause button
I was inspired to record this episode based on some feedback that many of you have been giving to me regarding having trouble not reacting to your kids IN THE MOMENT. Join me as I share a very powerful way to start to stop reacting.
06:49
November 19, 2018
Ep 153 Siblings, compassion and getting what we need when we need it
My son and daughter had an interaction this morning that - well - I didn't like. Here I share my thoughts on what happened to give me the clarity I needed to work through it with them.
09:27
November 16, 2018
Ep 152 3 things you may be doing wrong in parenting your anxious children
I was inspired to share some thoughts from my friend Renee Jain, who spoke at Dr. Shefali's Evolve conference a few weeks ago. If you'd like more info about the work Renee does with anxious kiddos, you can check out here work here - https://gozen.com/. And in this episode, I refer to my free download to help you with your anxious child, which you can pick up here - https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/407040?v=7.
07:00
November 15, 2018
Ep 151 Helping toddlers with their BIG emotions
If there's one thing I wish I would have understood when my kids were toddlers, it's how to help them deal with their BIG emotions. Listen in if you have toddlers, and if you have older kids - don't fret - it's never too late!
10:47
November 14, 2018
Ep 150 Can we talk to young girls about puberty in a way that makes them comfortable?
In this episode, I answer a listener's question about how to talk to a young girl about puberty in a way that makes her feel comfortable. Is it possible? I say yes indeed! Tune in to find out how! And please join my Facebook group where we talk about this and more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
10:29
November 13, 2018
Ep 149 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Meditation benefits, thoughts on Evolve and breathing
In this episode, I share some thoughts from Dr. Shefali's 4th annual Evolve summit. I also offer a few minutes of breathing to help you relax. Join me!
07:42
November 12, 2018
Ep 148 If you like a flower, you pluck it...
In this episode, I continue with the theme of LOVE this week. Join me!
05:15
November 9, 2018
Ep 147 3 reasons why love is NOT enough
In this episode, I read my latest blog talking about why love is just not enough. Join me!
11:44
November 8, 2018
Ep 146 Why love is NOT enough
In this episode, I share some thoughts from Dr. Shefali's recent Evolve Summit. Here, I talk about why love is NOT enough.
06:05
November 7, 2018
Ep 145 Before you get rid of stress, find out why you feel it
In this episode, I talk about the concept of not eliminating stress right away but rather, finding out why it is there in the first place, and what you need to do about it. Join me, won't you?
08:41
November 6, 2018
Ep 144 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Loving Kindness Meditation
In this episode, I share a loving kindness meditation by Dr. Mark Berton, which can be found at https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-meditation-guided-practices/. Keep the parenting conversation going in my facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
09:38
November 5, 2018
Ep 143 Should I panic that my toddler has become a picky eater?
In this episode, I share the answer to this question for those of you with picky eaters. The most important message is to try to relax. This too, shall pass. If you find value in my podcast, it would mean the world to me if you would share it with others
09:21
November 2, 2018
Ep 142 Why it's important to invest in yourself
In this episode, I read my latest blog talking about why it's important to invest in ourselves. This is a message that in my opinion, moms cannot hear often enough, as we tend to put ourselves on the back burner in service of our loved ones. If you find value in this podcast, I would deeply appreciate if you would share it with others.
08:55
November 1, 2018
Ep 141 The Power of the Platform Technique in the first use!
In this episode, I share a story a mom wrote to me about sharing how powerful my platform technique worked the very first time she tried it! She was able to stay calm and neutral and not get reactive, all while still helping her sons navigate a disagreement/battle they were having. Join me to hear what I told this mom and join me in my Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/ And if you don't know what the Platform Technique is, tune in to episode 19 of the show!
05:32
October 31, 2018
Ep 140 When reading ALL the books just doesn't help
In this episode, I share a conversation I had with a client when she first reached out to me, frustrated because she had read ALL the books and yet she was still triggered, reactive and angry. And add to that that she was sad because she just couldn't put it all together. Join me to hear what I told her. And join my facebook group so we can chat too! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
09:29
October 30, 2018
Ep 139 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Breath meditation
In this episode, I share a breath meditation by Dr. Mark Berton, which can be found at https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-meditation-guided-practices/. And consider joining me at https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
05:34
October 29, 2018
Ep 138 Getting help when you bring a new baby home
In this episode, I share a conversation I had with a mom who just brought a new baby home and was struggling with giving her older child the attention they deserved while not getting triggered and reactive and resenting how stressful everything was feeling. Join me as I share my discussion with her, and please consider joining my Facebook group - see you over there! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
06:48
October 26, 2018
Ep 137 Time is a mysterious thing
For today's episode, I read my blog from last week talking about time. Please join me! And please join my Facebook group as well - hope to see you over there! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
07:21
October 25, 2018
Ep 136 A beautiful offering for you
If you've been following my content, you know that I went to the memorial service for a beautiful young woman who died far too young. As I mentioned in episode 135, the service was extraordinarily beautiful. If you love the hymn "Amazing Grace" as much as I do, you will really love this rendition from her service in this episode. Join me, will you? And please join my Facebook group so that I can support you in your parenting journey! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
07:51
October 24, 2018
Ep 135 The strange paradox called life
In this episode, I wax philosophical about life and all of it's intricate, intriguing paradoxes. Join me, as I sort through it all. And please consider joining my Facebook group, where we support each other in parenting https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/.
08:10
October 23, 2018
Ep 134 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Body Scan Meditation
In this episode, I share a Body Scan Meditation by Dr. Mark Berton and you can find this meditation at https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-meditation-guided-practices/.
05:41
October 22, 2018
Ep 133 Don't hold too tight to your agenda!
In this episode, I share a story with one of my clients who was holding on too tight to her agenda. Tune in to find out what happened and what she learned from it. Hopefully, you will find some useful nuggets in here! I invite you to share your parenting stories in my Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
10:42
October 19, 2018
Ep 132 What legacy do you want to leave?
In this episode, I read my blog from last week that was inspired by attending the funeral of a good man who died far too soon. What legacy do you want to leave? Hop over to my Facebook and share! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
06:11
October 18, 2018
Ep 131 Plant seeds, but don't squash them as they try to sprout!
In this episode, I share a story of a mom and her realization of how she was stifling the very thing she was trying to accomplish. Hopefully, this will offer you some valuable insights into your own family.
07:30
October 17, 2018
Ep 130 Getting called out by my own son!
In this episode, I share a story where my teenage son called me out recently on my behavior. I share this with you in the hopes that it gives you insight into your own behavior possibly. Join my parenting facebook group, where we talk about all things parenting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
10:25
October 16, 2018
Ep 129 Mindfulness on Mondays (MOM) You upgrade your iOS, what about your mind?
In this episode, I talk about how important it is to upgrade our minds as often or more often than we upgrade our phones. Our phones are THE operating system of our modern lives, but if we don't keep our minds as upgraded, we will not live the life we dream about. Join my Facebook group where we talk about upgrading and more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
06:51
October 15, 2018
Ep 128 How shame cuts us off from the rest of the world
In this episode, I talk about how shame causes us and our children to suffer in silence. So many parents are struggling, but are ashamed to ask for help. And so many kids are in the same place. When we reach out for help when we need it, it models for our children how to ask for help when they need it. And THAT is powerful. Consider joining my facebook group where we try to bring shame out into the light and make it disappear! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
08:49
October 12, 2018
Ep 127 Give thanks for those people who inspire you!
I recorded this episode on the way home from an event where I got to meet Gary Vaynerchuk, a man who has inspired me greatly and taught me so much. I have deep respect and appreciation for him. It got me to thinking about people who inspire us and I was "inspired" to do an episode about it! Join my facebook group where we talk about all things parenting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
06:16
October 11, 2018
Ep 126 Meal time battles? Get them involved!
In this episode, I share a very successful plan that I came up with with one of my clients who was having mealtime battles with her daughter. This nearly eliminated the battle. Curious about what it was? Tune in! And please consider joining my facebook group where we talk about all these parenting things! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
07:03
October 10, 2018
Ep 125 Time - Do you have enough or not? YOU decide!
In this episode, I talk about how time can affect our parenting, and our entire outlook on life! Do you have enough? If not, you can! Join my facebook group where we talk about time and all things parenting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
08:50
October 9, 2018
Ep 124 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) We are unkind to others when...?
In this episode, I talk about a quote I read recently and it got me to thinking about how it applies to parenting. Take a listen and see what you think! And please consider joining my facebook group where we talk about all things parenting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
05:49
October 8, 2018
Ep 123 What other things can you do while you brush your teeth?
As busy moms, it can be challenging to fit in all the things we need and want to fit in. In today's episode, I share an idea I gave to a mom who was struggling with this very issue. Join my facebook group where you can ask any parenting questions you might have and I will answer them for you! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
07:03
October 5, 2018
Ep 122 How to have a "Reset Conversation" with your child: the steps
Today I am reading my blog from last week about a Reset Conversation. This is a very powerful tool you can keep in your parenting toolbox. Join me as I explain it to you. Here is a free guide to use to help you navigate a struggle with your child AFTER you have the Reset Conversation. https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/407065?v=7 And please join my Facebook group where we talk about all things parenting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
09:09
October 4, 2018
Ep 121 How a small drawer can be a huge win!
Do you ever have a lot of things weighing you down and then you want to make a positive change but you feel so overwhelmed you can't even start? Yet starting is exactly what you need to do to move away from that overwhelm. Tune in as I share a story that happened with one of my clients and how she successfully moved through it! Here in my Facebook group, we keep the parenting conversation going! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
09:20
October 3, 2018
Ep 120 Should we take away our kid's activity when they mess up?
My heart hurt when I was at a back-to-school night recently and a mom asked after the presentation how to remove her son from band because he was not doing what he needed to do. Listen in as I share with you my thoughts on this. Join my facebook group where we can talk about this and more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
10:59
October 2, 2018
Ep 119 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Earthing?
Have you ever heard of Earthing? This is a cool practice that can bring peace and calm into our lives. In today's episode, I share this practice with you so you can try it too! Join my Facebook group, where we talk about earthing and all other things related to parenting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
05:19
October 1, 2018
Ep 118 The ONE birthday gift I give myself
In this episode, I share the ONE gift that I give myself each year on my birthday. Perhaps you would like to give yourself this same gift? Please join my facebook group where we can talk about kids, birthdays, parenting and everything else! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
05:41
September 28, 2018
Ep 117 5 Steps To Help You Connect With Your Teen
In this episode, I read the latest blog sharing ways you can connect with your teen. I have spoken to lots of parents of teens who are struggling with this issue and I wanted to share some ideas with you. Here is the Super Formula I mentioned in this episode https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/409986?v=7. And here is the writing on discipline that I mentioned http://erin-taylor.com/discipline/how-to-use-natural-consequences-to-discipline-your-child/. Please join my Facebook group where we can talk about teens and everything else. https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
06:57
September 27, 2018
Ep 116 Friend or Enforcer?
During a client session last week, a parent asked me if she should be her child's friend or enforcer. I answered her question with a response that surprised even me! But I truly believe what I said to her and I think you will too. Take a listen and see what answer I gave her to this question. And please join my facebook group where you can get access to me to ask any parenting questions you might have! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
11:22
September 26, 2018
Ep 115 How to have a "Reset Conversation" with your child
In this episode, I share a powerful technique for beginning to address problems in your home and the steps you can take moving forward from there. And please join my Facebook group, where you can get access to me to ask any questions you might have! https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/
12:00
September 25, 2018
Ep 114 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) You are doing the best you can!
Often I hear moms beating themselves up for their shortcomings - the times they yelled, the times they were impatient, the times they said something unkind. But whenever I hear that, I want to stop them right there and offer them what I say in this episode. Moms really do work hard and are doing the best they can. We really need to be compassionate with ourselves. I hope I can provide you with a big dose of relief in this one! And please join my Facebook group where you can have daily access to me to ask questions and get the guidance you are seeking. https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/