• What To Do When Our Child Says “I Hate You”

    Have you ever been stung by your child's words? Have you felt the sting of "I hate you" or "shut up" from those you love most? It's a moment that cuts deep, triggering a whirlwind of emotions and questions about our parenting. But what if I told you it's not about us?


    Today, I explore the reasons behind hurtful moments, how children react, and how we can respond with grace and empathy. I’ll share some practical tips on supporting our children's emotions without disregarding our own and why punishment is not the solution. It's all about understanding, connection, and allowing our children to express their feelings without judgment. Ultimately, it's not just about how they communicate with us but how we choose to respond that truly makes a difference.


    In this Episode

    • Understanding children's emotional outbursts
    • How to shift focus from personal to empathetic responses
    • The importance of holding space for children's feelings
    • Exploring the impact of punishment on communication
    • Recognizing the role of your environment in behavior
    • Embracing grace and compassion in parenting


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    S5E315 - 14m - May 16, 2024
  • Case Study: How Being Playful Helped with My Strong-Willed Son

    Today, I’m joined by guest Mariah, one of our vibrant Peace of Parenting community members. Mariah shares her journey of discovering a new approach to parenting that prioritizes understanding over obedience. From navigating challenges with her strong-willed son to embracing playful corrections, Mariah offers insights that resonate with every parent striving for deeper connections with their children.


    We delve into the layers of traditional disciplinary methods, shedding light on the pitfalls of shame and the power of empathy. This episode is packed with practical insights and actionable strategies that you can immediately apply to nurture stronger bonds with your children.


    In this Episode:

    • How playfulness fosters deeper parent-child connections
    • Shifting from correction to empathy-based discipline
    • Challenges with strong-willed children and playful solutions
    • The importance of avoiding shame in parenting
    • Prioritizing understanding over blind obedience
    • Cultivating trust, respect, and resilience in children


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    S5E314 - 18m - May 14, 2024
  • This Is Connective Parenting Not Gentle Parenting

    Many people often compare connective parenting to gentle parenting, but in reality, they are very different. Today, I want to clarify the misconceptions surrounding gentle parenting and explain how connective parenting encourages children to learn and grow on their own terms. Through empathy, understanding, and a lot of support, connective parenting empowers both parents and kids to navigate life's challenges with resilience and grace. It allows children to fail, stumble, and learn from their experiences.


    In this Episode:

    • Connective parenting vs. gentle parenting
    • Embracing failure as a pathway to growth
    • A grounded approach fosters resilience in children
    • Empathy and support are foundational parenting tools
    • Navigating boundaries with empathy and understanding
    • Allowing children autonomy while providing guidance


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    S5E313 - 16m - May 9, 2024
  • Case Study: The Science Behind Attachment Parenting with Eli Harwood

    How can parents cultivate a healthy balance between responsiveness and setting boundaries? Today, I’m joined by Eli Harwood from Attachment Nerd. Eli's expertise in attachment theory sheds light on the complexities of parenting in today's world. Eli and I delve into the essence of secure attachment, exploring its profound impact on children and parents alike.


    Today, we’ll explore the various attachment styles, from avoidant to resistant and even disorganized, and dissect how our childhood experiences influence our parenting styles. Eli will share her four strategies for transforming your parenting journey: show up, listen up, light up, and make up.


    In this Episode:

    • Attachment parenting styles and their impact
    • What is secure attachment: trust, regulation, and support
    • Parenting challenges: emotions, boundaries, and repair
    • Recognizing and addressing inherited attachment patterns
    • Strategies: Show up, listen, light up, make up
    • Aim for 30% synchronicity in interactions
    • Importance of ongoing research and learning


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    S5E312 - 29m - May 7, 2024
  • How I Nearly Lost My Relationship with My Oldest - Don’t Make the Same Mistake

    Have you ever felt like you were losing the bond with your child? Or struggle to navigate their strong will without resorting to traditional methods of discipline. Today, I want to share my personal experiences with my daughter Esme, whose unwavering spirit challenged me to rethink my approach to parenting.


    Parenting my daughter has been a challenging journey. Her strong will and refusal to conform led to moments of frustration and doubt. However, I have witnessed a remarkable transformation in my relationship with Esme by adopting connection-based parenting. By shifting my focus to nurturing our bond, I have created an environment of understanding and empathy in which she has thrived.


    In this Episode:

    • The challenges of parenting a strong-willed child
    • Transitioning from traditional to connection-based parenting
    • The impact of connection on parent-child relationships
    • How to navigate defiance and maintain empathy
    • The importance of nurturing individuality and autonomy


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    S5E311 - 20m - May 2, 2024
  • Case Study: Navigating Your Tweens Social Dilemmas

    Are you worried about the kind of friends your child spends their time with? Do you fear that these bad influences might lead them astray? Join me as I sit down with Anna, a fellow parent who shares her concerns about her children's friendships during their tween years. We discuss practical strategies for empowering our children to trust their instincts, navigate peer pressure, and set healthy boundaries. Let's explore how we can help our children stand up for themselves and make better choices in their friendships.


    In this Episode:

    • Parenting from fear vs. connection
    • Embracing empathy in guiding children's choices
    • Fostering open communication and understanding
    • Navigating peer pressure with resilience
    • Cultivating deeper family connections through support


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    S5E310 - 21m - Apr 30, 2024
  • What Our Kids Need to End Sibling Rivalry

    Ever felt caught in the crossfire of sibling battles, unsure how to step in without taking sides? As parents, we yearn for peaceful homes where our children thrive together. But when it comes to resolving conflicts between siblings, finding the balance between intervention and neutrality can feel like navigating a minefield.


    Today, I delve into the transformative power of neutral intervention in sibling conflicts. I’ll explore practical strategies for defusing tension and fostering understanding between siblings without inadvertently fueling the fire.


    In this Episode:

    • How neutral intervention fosters understanding and harmony
    • Empathy empowers children in conflict resolution
    • Reframe your approach to conflict resolution
    • Create a harmonious sibling dynamic rooted in empathy
    • How to guide children to express themselves authentically


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    S5E309 - 19m - Apr 25, 2024
  • Case Study: Parenting a Strong-Willed Child

    How do you navigate traditional parenting methods when they don't align with your child's temperament? Today, I sit with some of my longtime clients, Danielle and Neal, who discuss their parenting journey with their highly sensitive and strong-willed son, Jack. They tried traditional discipline methods such as timeouts and taking toys away, but these did not work for Jack. As a result, Danielle and Neal sought alternative approaches and eventually discovered Peace and Parenting.


    Danielle and Neal share the significant role that working on their childhood issues played in their journey. They also discuss which techniques worked for them, the impact of setting limits without punishments, and the importance of understanding your child and parenting style.


    In this Episode:

    • Challenges and Traditional Parenting Fails
    • Discovering a New Approach to Parenting
    • The Impact of Coaching on Parenting and Personal Growth
    • The Evolution of Parenting: From Struggles to Success
    • Reflections on Parenting Techniques and Setting Limits


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    S5E308 - 25m - Apr 23, 2024
  • The Time-Tested Strategy for a More Peaceful Home

    Are you spending your time parenting, or is parenting spending your time? Today on Peace and Parenting, I delve into Pam Leo's profound wisdom, exploring the intricate balance between meeting our children's emotional needs and managing their behaviors.


    Drawing from my own personal experiences, I share the transformative power of filling our children's cups with love. From navigating sibling rivalry to taming the spirited soul, we explore how investing in connection yields dividends of resilience and harmony in the years to come.

    In this Episode:

    • Pam Leo's wisdom on parenting priorities
    • Connective parenting vs. traditional methods
    • Investing time in connection reaps long-term benefits
    • Navigating challenges with empathy and play
    • Tools and resources for embracing connective parenting


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    S5E307 - 17m - Apr 18, 2024
  • Case Study: My Toddler Won’t Stop Screaming in Public

    Are you ever mortified in public when your child’s voice rockets through the mall? Today, we unpack the nuances of communication, tantrums, and the genuine distress many parents face.


    It's a scene familiar to many—a peaceful outing shattered by a sudden outburst from a toddler. Cherry, a mom from my Instagram followers, joins me in sharing her dilemma of dealing with her son's screams in public. This opens a world of parenting concerns centered around societal norms and effective communication. Together, we explore the delicate art of understanding your child's unique signals. I guide her through the thorny paths of public judgment, childhood expression, and the profound power of connection over correction.


    In this Episode:

    • Responding to a toddler's screams with play
    • The stigma around public outbursts in children
    • Reflecting on parental reactions to yelling
    • Using affection to address behavioral issues
    • How to use playful interaction as a parenting tool


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    S5E306 - 12m - Apr 16, 2024
  • Obedience vs. Genuine Respect: You Can’t Have Both

    When we punish and discipline our children, are we truly teaching them respect, or are we inadvertently instilling fear? We have been conditioned to believe that respect is synonymous with obedience. But is that really what respect is all about? Today, I want to challenge this conventional thinking and urge you to reconsider your parenting approach. 


    From my own experience as a parent, I have realized that respect cannot be forced upon our children. It is something that is earned through genuine connection, kindness, and empathy. While punishments and rewards may seem effective in the short term, they do not necessarily foster respect. Join me as we explore the complexities of respect in parenting and discover how nurturing genuine connections can lead to organic respect from our children.


    In this Episode:

    • Rethinking respect beyond obedience and fear

    • Earning respect through genuine connection and empathy

    • How punishments and rewards hinder organic respect

    • How mutual respect fosters healthier parent-child relationships

    • Nurturing respect: The keys to peaceful parenting


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    S5E305 - 14m - Apr 11, 2024
  • Case Study: Can You Really Discipline With Love Instead of Fear

    Could your pursuit of a "perfectly" behaved child be disrupting the peace in your home? This episode will unravel the intricate dance between setting boundaries and forging bonds of connection.


    As parents, we tend to focus on controlling our children's behavior and enforcing consequences when they make mistakes. However, what really matters is creating an environment where our children feel safe to make mistakes without fear. By showing empathy toward our children's behavior, we can establish a foundation of trust that is unbreakable. 


    Today, I have invited Shauna, one of my Instagram followers, to share how loosening the reins of strict parenting has allowed her to build more authentic relationships with her children. We will discuss how to set boundaries without resorting to punishment, but rather through the warmth of connection. You will learn how to turn homework time into a fun activity and how to handle difficult school transitions with compassion. These methods have the potential to transform challenges into opportunities for growth.


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    S5E304 - 25m - Apr 9, 2024
  • Are We Ruining Our Kids? The Truth About Parenting Imperfections

    Are we unwittingly damaging our children by repeating the mistakes of our own upbringing? Today, I'm diving into a question that plagues many of us: Are we ruining our kids? This thought can grip us in moments of frustration and self-doubt. But let me tell you something: You're not alone, and you're definitely not ruining your kids.


    As parents, we're often held to impossible standards, haunted by our own childhood traumas, and bombarded with societal pressure to be flawless. But here's the truth: It's okay to make mistakes. In fact, it's human. I've been there—I've yelled, lost my cool, and felt like I'm failing. But here's the thing: It's not about being perfect. It's about being willing to grow and change.


    In this Episode:

    • Embracing imperfection is essential for growth
    • Breaking the cycle of generational trauma
    • Cultivating self-compassion in parenting
    • Recognizing the impact of unresolved issues
    • Seeking help is a courageous step


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    S5E303 - 16m - Apr 4, 2024
  • Case Study: How to Break Free from the “Perfectionist” Mindset

    Parenting can be challenging, especially in a world that often values achievement and busyness over connection. Have you ever found yourself caught up in the trap of prioritizing tasks over building stronger bonds with your children? It's a common struggle. Today, I have a heartfelt conversation with Erica, a mother who shared her deeply personal experience of transitioning into motherhood through adoption. Her journey highlights the pressures of perfectionism and the impact of her own dysregulation, which many of us can relate to.


    We talk about the transformative power of prioritizing connection over control and how it has positively impacted Erica's relationship with her daughter. From embracing vulnerability to dealing with guilt and shame, Erica shares her story with honesty and openness and shares the steps she took to create a nurturing and loving environment for her family. I hope her story resonates with you and helps you on your own parenting journey.


    In this Episode:

    • The challenges of transitioning into motherhood
    • Pressure to be a "perfect" parent
    • The impact of personal struggles on parenting
    • Overcoming guilt and self-judgment in parenting


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    S5E302 - 19m - Apr 2, 2024
  • Does Your Child Have a Love-Hate Relationship with School

    Imagine cutting your kids' chaotic bedtime routine in half and witnessing your relationship thrive in the process. That's exactly what unfolded for Karla and her husband. Struggling to manage the nightly wind-down of their three lively children, they discovered that the secret wasn't in a more rigid schedule but in fostering a deeper bond. Today, I am touched to share Karla's story of transformation.


    We unravel how switching up bedtime duties and dedicating special time led to stunning improvements in cooperation and the soul of their family life. This episode isn't just about the strategies that work; it's a testament to the power of empathy, patience, and the ongoing commitment to learning that parenting requires.


    In this Episode:

    • The struggles of traditional schooling
    • Importance of validating children's feelings
    • Impact of generational trauma on parenting
    • Navigating the balance between empathy and worry
    • Exploring alternatives to conventional education


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    S5E301 - 15m - Mar 28, 2024
  • Case Study: How to Cut Bedtime Chaos in Half

    Imagine cutting your kids' chaotic bedtime routine in half and witnessing your relationship thrive in the process. That's exactly what unfolded for Karla and her husband. Struggling to manage the nightly wind-down of their three lively children, they discovered that the secret wasn't in a more rigid schedule but in fostering a deeper bond. Today, I am touched to share Karla's story of transformation.


    We unravel how switching up bedtime duties and dedicating special time led to stunning improvements in cooperation and the soul of their family life. This episode isn't just about the strategies that work; it's a testament to the power of empathy, patience, and the ongoing commitment to learning that parenting requires.


    In this Episode:

    • Strengthening family bonds through bedtime routines
    • Switching off parental duties builds connections
    • Integrating "special time" enhances child cooperation
    • Avoiding punishment fosters emotional health
    • Continuous parenting education promotes improvement


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    S5E300 - 22m - Mar 26, 2024
  • Are We Unknowingly Pushing Our Teens into Lying

    Today I'm diving into a recent eye-opening experience with my teenage daughter, Pia. Picture this: it's a typical evening until I receive a text that sends my heart racing. Pia and her friend have taken an Uber to the ice cream shop, leaving me puzzled and anxious. What unfolds next reveals a deeper layer of trust, peer pressure, and the delicate balance of parenting teens.


    Join me as I navigate the complexities of teenage autonomy, parental trust, and the blurred lines between protection and freedom. We'll uncover the significance of dialogue, understanding, and reevaluating our parenting strategies. How do we balance trust and safety? How can we empower our teens while keeping them grounded? Tune in as we unravel these questions and more because in the world of parenting, every moment is teachable.


    In this Episode:

    • Navigating trust and peer pressure
    • Importance of open communication with teens
    • Balancing autonomy and parental guidance
    • Understanding the teenage developmental stage
    • Reevaluating parenting strategies for teen safety


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    S4E299 - 17m - Mar 21, 2024
  • Case Study: Navigating Neurodiversity with Connective Parenting

    Navigating the emotional ebbs and flows of neurodivergent children can feel like sailing uncharted seas. But what if I told you there's a way to foster connection and understanding even in the midst of these turbulences? Today we delve deep into the unique world of parenting neurodivergent children and how prioritizing connection can make all the difference.


    My guest, Eloise, shares her heartfelt journey of discovering that empathy and genuine connection were the game-changers she needed to guide her neurodivergent son with love and understanding. She talks about embracing play, creating safe spaces, and understanding each child's diverse needs.


    In this Episode:

    • Eloise's parenting journey in a challenging year
    • Overwhelming transitions and traumatic events
    • Discovering the transformative power of connective parenting
    • Using playfulness and connection to manage challenging behaviors
    • Embracing connection and building strong relationships


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    S4E298 - 19m - Mar 19, 2024
  • Are Rules Ruining Your Relationship with Your Kids

    As parents, we often struggle to balance enforcing rules and maintaining a deep, meaningful connection with our children. It's natural to believe that strict guidelines are necessary for shaping our kids' behavior. However, we may unintentionally undermine the very trust and bond we seek to build with them.


    I understand how challenging it can be to navigate the complexities of rule-based parenting. Let's explore the underlying motivations driving our rule obsession and how we can cultivate genuine connections with our children. Doing so can foster organic cooperation and instill moral values more effectively than rule enforcement ever could.


    In this Episode:

    • Rule obsession versus genuine connection.
    • Organic cooperation fosters moral values.
    • Impact of empathy and mutual respect.
    • Breaking free from rule enforcement cycles.
    • Prioritizing relationships over rigid guidelines.


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    S4E297 - 14m - Mar 13, 2024
  • Case Study: How to Go from Controlling to Empathy-Based Discipline

    Are you caught in the cycle of correction and control in your parenting journey? Today, I am joined by Nadia, a parent who bravely shares her journey from a place of control to discovering the impact of connective parenting.


    Nadia candidly shares her experiences of shedding the instinct to correct and control and embracing empathy and connection instead. Through her journey, she unveils her challenges in stepping away from conventional parenting methods and the profound shifts she witnessed in her family dynamics. Tune in to discover the profound impact of prioritizing connection over control in creating a more peaceful and harmonious family dynamic.


    In this Episode:

    • The Awakening: From Correction to Connection

    • Embracing Change: Letting Go of Control & Shame

    • The Impact of Connection: Transforming Family Dynamics

    • A New Way of Parenting: Grace and Empathy

    • The Journey Ahead: The Road to Peaceful Parenting


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    S4E298 - 19m - Mar 12, 2024
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