Powerful Parenting for Today's Kids

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 452 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Self-care when times get busy!
I am finding myself feeling busier and busier getting ready for our conference, which happens exactly two months from today! How do we keep ourselves well cared-for when times get busy? Join me to find out! ► Subscribe to my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFMYuRYxQS6LR10bqneIOA?sub_confirmation=1 Get your copy of my book here - https://amzn.to/2LFw3l0 Join my FREE Facebook group where we talk about all things parenting - https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/ Follow me online here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErinTaylorOfficial/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erintaylor_ma/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-taylor-5706bb1/ Website: http://erin-taylor.com/
07:27
February 24, 2020
Ep 451 Should we introduce our kids to our passion?
In this throwback to episode 30 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talk about introducing our kids to our passions and whether that is a good idea and if so, how to go about it. We hope we give you some good food for thought in this episode, and we share what we think is the deepest goal for parents. ► Subscribe to my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFMYuRYxQS6LR10bqneIOA?sub_confirmation=1 Get your copy of my book here - https://amzn.to/2LFw3l0 Join my FREE Facebook group where we talk about all things parenting - https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/ Follow me online here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErinTaylorOfficial/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erintaylor_ma/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-taylor-5706bb1/ Website: http://erin-taylor.com/
35:08
February 21, 2020
Ep 450 Embrace the ordinary
In today's episode, I talk about verse 35 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Can we embrace the ordinary instead of constantly striving for the extraordinary as society encourages us to do? When we only focus on the extraordinary, we miss out on most of our lives along the way. One of my favorite books is by my friend Katrina Kenison, called The Gift of an Ordinary Day. If you have not yet read it, I highly encourage you to pick up your copy today here - https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Ordinary-Day-Mothers-Memoir/dp/0446409499/ref=sr_1_1?crid=YNCNLU2374A1&keywords=the+gift+of+an+ordinary+day+by+katrina+kenison&qid=1582149026&sprefix=the+gift+of+an+ordinary%2Caps%2C899&sr=8-1. ► Subscribe to my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFMYuRYxQS6LR10bqneIOA?sub_confirmation=1 __   Get your copy of my book here - https://amzn.to/2LFw3l0     Join my FREE Facebook group where we talk about all things parenting - https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulparentingfortodayskids/ __   Check out my FREE resources - http://erin-taylor.com/free-resources/ __   Follow me online here:   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErinTaylorOfficial/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erintaylor_ma/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-taylor-5706bb1/  Website: http://erin-taylor.com/
07:28
February 20, 2020
Ep 449 Should you have the password to your teenager's phone?
Today, I am reposting episode 193. This has been the most downloaded episode of my almost 450 so far! This is an important topic and I want to make sure no one misses it. 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.
18:21
February 18, 2020
Ep 448 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Checking in with yourself to make sure you are on track
In today's episode, I talk about how easy it is to veer off track and how important it is to regularly check in with yourself to help you to make micro adjustments in order to avoid finding yourself waaaaay off track. Join me! 
11:14
February 17, 2020
Ep 447 Find your TRIBE!
In this throwback to episode 29 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talk about how important it is to build your tribe in whatever it is you do. It is valuable to find like-minded people doing similar work in the world. This gives you people to collaborate with and bounce ideas off of. It is helpful to organize gatherings with people in your space. We talk about all of this and more in this episode!
25:41
February 14, 2020
Ep 446 Can you love your child without controlling them?
In today's episode, we review verse 34 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Join me!
08:04
February 13, 2020
Ep 445 What do you do when you are "stuck" as a parent?
In today's episode, I share an epiphany one of my client's came to when she was stuck with her children. I hope this helps you when you feel stuck too! Join me!
10:56
February 11, 2020
Ep 444 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) How fear can make us less mindful
In this episode, I talk about fear, especially when it comes to parenting, and how it can rob us of the mindfulness that is so vital to building a healthy connection with our children. Join me! 
11:17
February 10, 2020
Ep 443 Should girls and boys teams compete against each other?
I finally managed to catch Jay long enough to record a new episode with him! Today, we talk about whether boys and girls teams should play each other in competition. Our son's team played a girls' team last weekend in soccer and it was, well....listen in to hear more! 
41:46
February 7, 2020
Ep 442 What do you REALLY need to know as a parent?
In today's episode, I talk about verse 33 of The Parents Tao te Ching. You may be surprised by what you really need to know as a parent. Join me!
08:13
February 6, 2020
Ep 441 Thoughts on the JLo/Shakira half-time show
There has been lots of talk this week about the half-time show during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Tune in to hear my thoughts, and see if you agree or disagree! 
13:17
February 4, 2020
Ep 440 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) In honor of Kobe Bryant
In today's Mindfulness on Monday episode, I wanted to speak to something good we can all take away from Kobe's tragic and untimely death. Join me and get inspired. 
09:16
February 3, 2020
Ep 439 How do you fit things in when your life is so full?
In this throwback to episode 28 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, Jay and I talk about finding time to fit things in when your life is full. It can be challenging, but it is vitally important to make sure you make time for the things and people who really matter to you. Join us!
12:43
January 31, 2020
Ep 438 Do rules give your child life?
In today's episode, I talk about verse 32 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Join me!
07:04
January 30, 2020
Ep 437 Some memorization study tips to help your child!
I have been helping my daughter memorize things for tests and presentations for years. Today, I wanted to share some of the tips and techniques I have taught her that have helped her to get nearly 100% every single time!
18:43
January 28, 2020
Ep 436 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) It helps to let people know you are struggling
In this MOM episode, I talk about how my week went last week with two kids home with the flu and how I decided later in the week to navigate it to help myself. I hope you find some useful nuggets in here!
07:58
January 27, 2020
Ep 435 Can you view the flu as a gift?
The flu is running through my home right now and today, I talk about how you can reframe illnesses when they stop by for a visit. Join me! 
06:45
January 21, 2020
Ep 434 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A simple technique to relax
This year has not exactly started off with the bang of enthusiasm that I was feeling at the end of last year. I don't know if you have experienced the same thing, but today, I offer something that benefits me as much as I hope it benefits you. Join me!
07:39
January 20, 2020
Ep 433 Get up and MOVE!
In this throwback to episode 26 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talk about the value of moving our bodies and caring for ourselves. The more full your life gets, the easier it is to let fitness go out the window. But that is the last thing we should be doing. We talk about how to get back on track and take care of our bodies - the only vehicle we will ever truly have!
23:18
January 17, 2020
Ep 432 Your children are not your enemies
In today's episode, we talk about verse 31 of The Parents Tao te Ching. My favorite line of this verse is "Weapons of mass destruction are no longer needed. Curious? Join me to hear more!
07:34
January 16, 2020
Ep 431 Should you post your child's college acceptance letters on social media?
Trigger warning: this episode may stir up some uncomfortable feelings for you, or maybe not! I was inspired to record this episode after learning of something troubling. Please join me in this very important conversation. 
16:40
January 14, 2020
Ep 430 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) How is 2020 going for you so far?
In today's episode, I wanted to follow up on something I talked about last week in episode 426 - join me! 
05:07
January 13, 2020
Ep 429 Can a broken hot water heater make your life BETTER?
In today's throwback to episode 25 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talk about our broken hot water heater and how we used it to bring huge amounts of gratitude into our lives and how you can too!
29:37
January 10, 2020
Ep 428 Can you relinquish even a little bit of control?
In this episode, I talk about verse 30 of The Parents Tao te Ching. This is a good one - join me! 
07:27
January 9, 2020
Ep 427 Do routines bring you comfort?
In this episode, I share with you my joy at returning to a routine after the fun of the holiday season. Do you feel the same? Join me!
09:11
January 7, 2020
Ep 426 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Seeing clearly in 2020
In today's episode, I talk about seeing clearly in 2020 and how that can help you in all aspects of your life. Join me!
08:16
January 6, 2020
Ep 425 Welcome to 2020!!!!
In this episode, I share why the beginning of this new year has been a .... "slow start" for me. I also share one of my exciting announcements for you for 2020! Tune in to this episode and visit https://www.erin-taylor.com/new-year-new-you-for-moms-in-2020/ for more information and to join me! 
13:21
January 3, 2020
Ep 424 Helping siblings to work together
This holiday season, I had my three kids go out Christmas shopping together to get family gifts, and it was a great success! Tune in to find out how I helped to create a bonding time for them!
05:47
December 31, 2019
Ep 423 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A bit of serenity for you
In this episode, I share some calming self-care with you. Join me!
05:55
December 30, 2019
Ep 421 Your child is the very energy of the Universe
In this episode, we look at verse 29 of The Parents Tao te Ching, where it talks about the true nature of your child, and how you can best honor them. Join me!
09:57
December 27, 2019
Ep 420 What it looks like to truly see, hear and value your child
In this episode, I share a story that happened with my younger son where things did not go as he had planned due to a miscommunication. He was angry about the turn of events. I share with you how I helped him to navigate this situation in a way that worked for everyone. Join me!
23:30
December 26, 2019
Ep 419 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A quick way to actually ENJOY this holiday season
We are in the final stretch of the holiday season, and I'm guessing you might today's reminder more than ever. Join me!  And please consider joining us for our conference, Revolutionizing Parenthood, being held April 24-25, 2020. My podcast listeners can get $25 off their registration ticket by using discount code PODCAST25. For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit https://revolutionizingparenthood.com/.
05:40
December 23, 2019
Ep 418 Reliving a wonderful Superbowl memory
In today's episode, we throwback to episode 24 of Maximizing Life in the Middle where Jay and I relived the Eagles' Superbowl victory. Given that the Eagles are not yet out of the running, maybe we can repeat last year's win???? And please consider joining us for our conference, Revolutionizing Parenthood, being held April 24-25, 2020. My podcast listeners can get $25 off their registration ticket by using discount code PODCAST25. For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit https://revolutionizingparenthood.com/.
50:01
December 20, 2019
Ep 417 Dancing with life
In today's episode, I talk about verse 28 of The Parents Tao te Ching. I also reference Dr. Shefali's teachings about playing with the form of life and how to not take it so seriously and to see it for what it is. Join me!  And please consider joining us for our conference, Revolutionizing Parenthood, being held April 24-25, 2020. My podcast listeners can get $25 off their registration ticket by using discount code PODCAST25. For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit https://revolutionizingparenthood.com/.
09:53
December 19, 2019
Ep 416 Soothing our inner child to help us to parent better
In this episode, I share a breakthrough one of my clients had in a recent session and how powerfully it allowed her to parent her children with deeper connection. Join me! And please consider joining us for our conference, Revolutionizing Parenthood, being held April 24-25, 2020. My podcast listeners can get $25 off their registration ticket by using discount code PODCAST25. For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit https://revolutionizingparenthood.com/.
10:03
December 17, 2019
Ep 415 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A moment of peace for you
In today's episode, I offer you a guided relaxation exercise to help calm you in the midst of this busy holiday season and really, any time of year. I hope you enjoy it!
06:56
December 16, 2019
Ep 414 Fan the spark of your child's curiosity
In today's episode, I talk about verse 27 of The Parents Tao te Ching, and how important it is for us to fan the spark of our chid's curiosity and learning. Join me! 
09:53
December 12, 2019
Ep 413 - A beautiful example of compassion breaking down barriers
In today's episode, I share an article I was very moved by this weekend. I hope you are too! And here is the link to the original article I am referencing - https://www.boredpanda.com/non-binary-model-changes-parent-view-rain-dove/?fbclid=IwAR2H1PkoXZdVlXi9xoEowxSAuxhKILpbKJm5duvm41IYPuKZvdeMicr2bWw&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic.
14:49
December 10, 2019
Ep 412 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Just say no!
In this episode, I talk about moving through this holiday season without falling apart and how you can accomplish this. Join me! 
06:24
December 9, 2019
Ep 406 Pursuing your dreams, part 2
This episode is being posted out of order (yikes!) because we did not get a chance to record it when I had planned to. Either way, join Jay and I as we discuss the process and benefit of pursuing your soul's calling. 
40:10
December 6, 2019
Ep 411 Become the student of your child
In this episode, I talk about verse 26 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Can we become the students and allow our children to be our teachers? Join me to hear more!
07:48
December 5, 2019
Ep 410 The power of really seeing our children as they are
In today's episode, I talk about a development that occurred yesterday in my family and how I moved through it with my son. If I had not been able to truly "see" him, it would not have gone as well as it did. Join me!
08:38
December 3, 2019
Ep 409 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Thanksgiving recap!
Join me on this Mindful Monday as I talk about the Thanksgiving weekend and how we can take a precious part of it into this holiday season!
08:17
December 2, 2019
Ep 408 A GRATITUDE practice for you this Thanksgiving!
In today's episode, I take you through my gratitude practice so that you can see how far-reaching and delicious it can be. Join me!
15:57
November 28, 2019
Ep 407 Talking youth sports with John O'Sullivan!
In this episode, I am thrilled to chat again with my good friend, John O'Sullivan about his upcoming book, Every Moment Matters: How the world's best coach inspire their athletes and build championship teams. Here is John's website where you can purchase his book. And here his wonderful TED Talk that I reference in our chat - I remember every single time I drop my son off for his soccer games. 
37:04
November 26, 2019
Ep 405 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) How do you want to spend the next two months?
I am going to be talking about how to move mindfully through this holiday season all during this holiday season. Join me for today's thoughts!  And here is the link to the article I wrote on LinkedIn about this very topic! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/its-most-wonderful-time-year-erin-taylor
08:52
November 25, 2019
Ep 404 Can you see the true magnificence of your child?
In this episode, we look at verse 25 of The Parents Tao te Ching, which is so timely for this upcoming holiday season. Join me for some inspiration!
05:22
November 21, 2019
Ep 403 Connecting with your kids in the kitchen with Katie Kimball
I loved chatting with Katie Kimball in today's interview. She is FULL of ideas on how we can connect with our kids in the kitchen. In this episode, we talk about all the different life lessons kids can learn in the kitchen.  Here is Katie's website if you'd like to learn more about what she does - https://kidscookrealfood.com/ And here is the link to the adorable video of her children in the kitchen that we talked about - https://kidscookrealfood.com/pizza/
22:21
November 20, 2019
Ep 402 You can still up-level even when you work hard to parent well
In today's episode, I share a story that happened between me and my daughter and how surprised I was at what I needed to do as a result. Join me! 
07:54
November 19, 2019
Ep 401 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) JOYFULLY experiencing this holiday season
In this episode, I encourage you to re-evaluate all that you will do over the next two months. There IS a way to make this time of year wonderful and joyful, and in this episode, I share some of the ways you can do just that. Join me!
09:09
November 18, 2019
Ep 400 Pursuing your dreams, part 1
In today's episode, I have a special guest with me - my husband! This is actually a live conversation we recorded, and it's been several months, so we were really excited to share this update with you. Join us!
16:15
November 15, 2019
Ep 399 Agendas - yours or theirs?
In this episode, we look at verse 24 of The Parents Tao te Ching, where it talks about whether we are raising children with our own agendas and whether that is actually helping them. Join me!
07:11
November 14, 2019
Ep 398 Why negotiating can be a good thing
In this episode, I talk about why you should give serious consideration to negotiating with your child, as there may be hidden benefits you never even considered. Join me! 
09:51
November 12, 2019
Ep 397 No mixed messages
In today's episode, I look at verse 23 of The Parents Tao te Ching, where it looks at how we can avoid sending our children mixed messages and instead truly lean into who we are so that we can be the best role models for them. Join me! 
08:13
November 7, 2019
Ep 396 Become INDISTRACTABLE with Nir Eyal
I am super-excited to share with you today's episode, where I interviewed Nir Eyal, author of Indistractable. I only promote books that I personally have read and loved and this one is no exception! Nir and I talk about some really vital topics in this interview. If you are interested in getting more out of your life, you definitely don't want to miss this! You can check our Nir's book here. Here is Nir's schedule tool he mentioned. Here is Nir's distraction guide. And here is an article Nir wrote on habits vs. routines. 
43:41
November 5, 2019
Ep 395 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) When we get overwhelmed and overstressed
In today's episode, I share with you how I have recently veered off my path of mindfulness and self-care and the realizations I made along the way. I hope this inspires you to look at what you might need to do to care for your self. Join me!
11:20
November 4, 2019
Ep 394 - Snow days - love 'em or hate 'em?
In this throwback to episode 23 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talk about snow days and how to manage them successfully when you have kiddos. I also share one of my words for 2018 - FUN - and why I chose it!
14:32
November 1, 2019
Ep 393 Your greatest legacy
In today's episode, we look at verse 22 of The Parents Tao te Ching. You don't have to hide your mistakes, failures and mess-ups from your kids. In fact, they may be the most important thing you show them. Join me to learn more!
07:02
October 31, 2019
Ep 392 You are a bigger influence than you think
I often work with parents who are trying to be such a big influence in their children's lives. But when the desire to be an influence comes from a place of fear and unworthiness, it causes inevitable tension and power struggles between parent and child. Parents, I am here to tell you that you are a bigger influence on your children than you can possibly imagine, and you don't have to push your own agenda on your children in order to be that influence. Join me to find out more!
06:50
October 29, 2019
Ep 391 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Give yourself a pat on the back
This episode is for all the moms out there. Too often, I hear moms beating themselves up for times when they fall short, and don't meet their own expectations. Moms - today, instead of lamenting all the times you messed up, I want you to take a moment to celebrate all the times you got it right and showed up the way you want to show up in your live. This is the way that we continue to move forward and become more of who it is we are meant to be. Join me to celebrate, won't you?
03:53
October 28, 2019
Ep 390 Checking in on my way to LA!
This week has been quite busy for me, with two airplane trips to different cities. I wanted to pop in and say Hi to you all while I am sitting in the airport waiting for my next flight to LA. Join me!
02:30
October 18, 2019
Ep 389 Raising our kids to be kind
In this episode, I talk about something beautiful I witnessed at my son's soccer game this weekend. It illustrates what REALLY matters. Join me!
08:11
October 15, 2019
Ep 387 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) How are you showing up?
How are you showing up in your life?  In this MOM episode, I talk about why it is important for you to look at how you do. Join me!
07:24
October 14, 2019
Ep 386 The hidden mystery of your child's being
In today's episode, I reviewed verse 21 of The Parents Tao te Ching, The Hidden Mystery of Their Being. Join me!
05:41
October 10, 2019
Ep 385 Is your child anxious? Check this out!
I am VERY excited to announce to you that my new course, Destination Peace is live! Tune in to hear more about it and find out if it might help YOU! You can also visit this link to find out more! 
06:20
October 8, 2019
Ep 384 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Be the observer of your life
In this episode, I talk about how you can be not only the participant, but the observer in your life. Curious about how? Join me!
08:41
October 7, 2019
Ep 383 Maximize by minimizing!
In this throwback to episode 22 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talked about the power of decluttering to help clear out your physical and mental space to achieve your goals and dreams. Join us!
27:52
October 4, 2019
Ep 382 Model honesty for your children
Today, we look at verse 20 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Join me!
08:19
October 3, 2019
Ep 381 Surviving in the midst of chaos!
In this episode, I share my last two days and why I have not had time to create episodes for the last two days. Sometimes, life gets like that, right? Some of the chaos we can reduce, but there is no way to completely eliminate it. Life happens, right? But it's how we respond when chaos happens that makes all the difference. Join me to hear more!
13:49
October 2, 2019
Ep 380 A new plan for a new year
This episode is a throwback to episode 21 of Maximizing Life in the Middle. Even though this is a little bit early, the new year is a great time to re-evaluate where you are and where you are going. This year, we decided to try a different approach to staying committed to our goals and we wanted to share it with you here!
32:44
September 27, 2019
Ep 379 Do you see what's inside your child's heart?
In this episode, we review verse 19 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Join us!
04:58
September 26, 2019
Ep 378 Children can be SO different - can we see it?
In this episode, I share a story about how two of my children are vastly different and what that requires of me to be able to meet them where they are.  I hope this gives you some ideas in your own parenting!
08:50
September 25, 2019
Ep 377 The power of surrender as a parent
In today's episode, I share a triumphant moment one of my colleagues had with her toddler. She made a HUGE realization in the moment, shifted and realized remarkable results. Join me to hear more! 
10:33
September 24, 2019
Ep 376 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Finding joy in the stress and chaos
In this episode, I share how we moved through a very hectic week last week. I hope that you find some nuggets of wisdom in here to help you through your challenging, stressful times! Join me!
09:00
September 23, 2019
Ep 375 Do you know your child's natural virtues?
In this episode, we review verse 19 of The Parents Tao te Ching. This is an important reminder, so please join me! 
08:59
September 19, 2019
Ep 374 How does your child keep track of their schedule in school?
Our school did away with agendas this school year. In today's episode, I talk about my thoughts regarding how my son will manage his schedule and his due dates now. Join me, and if you have something that works in your school, I'd love to hear about it! 
09:21
September 18, 2019
Ep 373 The FIRST step you can take to help your anxious child
Raising a child who is anxious is a challenge to be sure. In this episode, I share the very first step you can and must take in order to help your child. Join me! 
08:01
September 17, 2019
Ep 372 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Be the observer of your life
In today's episode, I talk about this one concept that can be extremely powerful to reducing your triggers, or at least reducing acting on your triggers. Join me! 
05:56
September 16, 2019
Ep 371 Holidays and Triggers
In this throwback to episode 20 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talked about the upcoming holidays and being triggered and how they both tie together. To continue the holiday traditions or not? THAT is the question... or is it? Listen to find out!
25:32
September 13, 2019
Ep 370 Why punishments and rewards don't work long-term
Today, we look at verse 17 of The Parents Tao te Ching, where it talks about how we should respond when our child fails or makes a poor choice. This is one of my favorite topics - join me! 
11:19
September 12, 2019
Ep 369 What your children REALLY need from you
In today's episode, I share another excerpt from Kate Northrop's wonderful book Do Less, where she talks about an experience she had as a young mom. We can all learn from this story. Join me! 
09:45
September 11, 2019
Ep 368 Are you willing to accept help?
In today's episode, I share an excerpt from the fabulous Kate Northrop's new book, Do Less. This one concept is vital to being the kind of parent you want to be. Join me!
11:11
September 10, 2019
Ep 367 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) A great technique to keep in your back pocket!
In this episode, I share a powerful, tiny technique you can keep in your back pocket to calm and center yourself whenever you need it. Join me!
04:27
September 9, 2019
Ep 365 Empty yourself of worries
In today's episode, I talk about verse 16 of The Parents Tao te Ching. How does worrying help you? In short, it doesn't. Join me to hear more!
08:57
September 5, 2019
Ep 364 Combatting anxiety-based thoughts
In today's episode, I share a technique to help your child confront and neutralize their anxiety-based thoughts. This might be helpful for you, too! Join me! 
10:30
September 4, 2019
Ep 363 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Paying tribute to the "labor" of parents
In this Mindfulness on Monday Labor Day episode, I pay tribute to the labor that parents expend in the most important job on the planet, raising the next generation. Join me!
05:19
September 2, 2019
Ep 362 Leveling up in life
In this throwback to episode 19 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, we talk about how the cyclical nature of being a creative person. There are times when we are called to create and produce, and there are times when we are called to learn and grow so that we can create and produce even better work in the future. And this concept can apply to many areas of life. Join us!
24:56
August 31, 2019
Ep 361 Be alert and mindful
In today's episode, I talk about verse 15 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Are you ready to shift gears in a moment? Tune in to find out!
06:53
August 30, 2019
Ep 360 The stress we pass down
In this episode, I talk about one very important thing you must do if your child is anxious, stressed and/or displaying "undesirable" behaviors. Join me to find out what it is! 
05:59
August 28, 2019
Ep 359 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Greeting this school year with joyful anticipation
In this episode, I share with you how you can approach this new school year and get it started on the right foot with a tiny shift in your approach to it. Join me! 
04:39
August 26, 2019
Ep 358 Giving thanks
In this throwback to episode 18 of Maximizing Life in the Middle, Jay and I talk about the things we are thankful for, in our lives as well as in our "podcast" world.
22:14
August 23, 2019
Ep 357 Where are they from?
In today's episode, I talk about verse 14 of The Parents Tao te Ching. Where are our children from? And what is our ultimate responsibility as parents? Join me to find out!
08:33
August 22, 2019
Ep 356 Grieving the closing of childhood chapters to welcome the new ones
In this episode, I share the grieving process I went through over the past week as we attended a going-away dinner for my son's friends who are all leaving for college. I hope you find something valuable in here!
11:35
August 21, 2019
Ep 355 Are you driving the speed limit in your life?
Are you driving the appropriate speed limit for a parent? Join me in today's episode to find out! 
09:01
August 20, 2019
Ep 354 Mindfulness on Monday (MOM) Making the most of what's left of this summer
In this episode, I encourage you to find ways to make the most of what's left of this summer. Join me, won't you? 
06:14
August 19, 2019
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