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Author: Avital Schreiber Levy

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Hi,
I’m Avital.
(pronounced Ah-Vee-Tal)
I’m a mindful parenting coach, childhood designer, and mother. My work is dedicated to empowering intentional, imperfect parents (like you and me!) who face chaos, clutter, and conflict, through online tools to reclaim peace, presence and play for your family.
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Do you desperately need help, but you’re worried you can’t afford it? Do you want a mother’s helper or assistant, but you’re not sure where to find them or how much they’ll cost? Do you wonder if there’s an affordable option for those who are less privileged? Do you feel guilty at the thought of paying for help?   In this episode we’ll discuss getting the help you so desperately need!   [4:24] Nicole’s story: How she found a free mother’s helper. [6:38] Your need for help is someone else’s opportunity for connection, community, & meaningful contribution. [7:54] Find or create a co-op with other parents. [8:30] If you can, pay for help! [10:07] What to do if there’s no wiggle room in your budget. [12:40] Be open and receptive to help. [13:46] It’s not as expensive as you think. You’d be surprised to see how far a few dollars can go. [14:38] Sometimes “I can’t afford it” is an excuse for not prioritizing it or placing enough value on it. [15:42] Help is a worthy expense. [18:20] You may need to rearrange your budget. [21:42] Abraham Hick’s quote: “You can’t get sick enough to help sick people get better. You can’t get poor enough to help poor people thrive. It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone…” [22:08] Sometimes it comes down to choice. [23:31] You are worth it. [25:47] Don’t kill the golden goose. [29:19] Consider the cost of not getting help.   Links & Resources Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/24 Related Blog Post: Supermom Syndrome (https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/let-go-of-supermom-syndrome/ Podcast episode on Parental Burnout https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/22) Podcast episode on Parenting Like an Olympic Champion (https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/15)   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can! Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.   Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital.
Do you desperately need a break, but feel like you can’t trust anyone with your kids? Do you fear what might happen to them (some disaster or catastrophe), what might be said to them, or what might be taught to them if you’re not there?   In this episode we’ll address some common fears that parents have about leaving their kids with other people.     [5:04] Are these fears holding you back? [7:37] Anything that’s rooted in fear will not lead us down the path of joy. [8:26] The inability to trust others with our children leads to burnout. [9:25] There are risks when you don’t trust your kids with other people. [11:49] Allow your children to have secure attachments to more than one adult. [12:43] Are you the only perfect caregiver for your children? [14:04] You can’t work on any job, project or relationship 24/7. You need time off. [15:11] It’s time to get help. [18:03] I get it…some relatives make it really, really hard. [19:12] Practice an attitude of gratitude. [19:48] Practice compassion & mindfulness. [20:22] Have faith in your child’s competency. [20:44] Model politeness & affection without forcing it.   [21:02] Set firm, empathic limits when boundaries are crossed. [21:52] Get professional help with toxicity. [22:44] Don’t be afraid to use mother’s helpers, baby-sitters, or nannies.     To checkout the role play series with Dr. Laura Markham mentioned in this episode head over to the blog.   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can!Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.   Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital.   Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/23
Have you ever looked at your kids and wondered why you had them? Do you find yourself why you got into this or wanting some way out at times? Whether you’re feeling burned out or want to prevent burnout, this episode is for you. Burnout is a very real risk we face as parents, and if you’re experiencing it now (or have ever experienced it), you’re not alone. And if you haven’t experienced it yet…prepare yourself, because it’s inevitable unless you take these precautions.   In this episode, I’m sharing what parental burnout is, why it is important to avoid, and practical steps to take to avoid burning out...here’s what you’ll hear:    [2:27] What is parental burnout? [8:31] Your warning light is on [14:29] One more “B” to add to Attachment Parenting [15:36] Take a Break 🏝 [19:27] Get Help! (More on this in upcoming episodes!) [20:31] Just say NO! [24:11] Bundle! 💕 [26:34] Talk to someone [27:07] Back to basics   You are worth it. Your children are worth it. You deserve to enjoy this season of life and your kids deserve to see a parent who enjoys life and who takes good care of herself. Don’t wait until you burnout. Start taking these steps today!   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can!Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.   Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital.   Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/22   If nursing happens to be one of the things causing you to feel burnt out checkout my blog post on Gentle Weaning here.
Do you ever feel like an imposter? Like one day someone will catch you out as a fraud? Like your kids will need therapy to recover from the dark secrets in your life?   A quick google of imposter syndrome will result in articles all relating to imposter syndrome within our careers or professions.  But what about parenting? Imposter syndrome is just as real in parenting as it is in the professional world and it can leave us feeling frozen, low, alone and end up robbing us of the joy in parenting.   In this episode you’ll discover how to overcome imposter syndrome as a parent. Here’s what you’ll hear:   [3:43] What is imposter syndrome? [8:29] Make it go away!! [9:59] You’re not alone! [12:55] Live in integrity [16:07] There’s more than one way to do it [18:29] It’s not ALL about you! [20:13] Own your greatness! 💪 [23:16] Mistakes are okay [25:33] Put it down! 📱 [26:17] Be weird! [31:06] Your Super Power 🦸‍♀️ [32:31] Fake it ‘til you make it [34:17] You’re a different you [35:35] Be an eternal student [36:44] Extinguish Imposter Syndrome! 🧯 [37:48] Life is short   If you want to see the ways I feel like an imposter check out my blog post here.   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can!Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.   Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital.   Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/21
No matter where you are on your parenting journey - just found out you are expecting, have a newborn at home, toddler, kids in school, kids at home, one child, 10 children, today’s episode is for you!   Being a parent can feel overwhelming, exhausting, isolating, confusing, and challenging.  The good news is it doesn’t have to.   In this episode, I’m sharing my advice for new parents, advice for parents of toddlers, and advice for parents that have been parenting for awhile now...here’s what you’ll hear:   [3:28] Let me tell you a story 📖 [8:26] Expectant Parents or New Parents - this one’s for you... [14:13] Have a toddler? This one's for you... [20:01] Permission Granted (not that you need it) [22:32] Have older kids? Multiple kids? This one’s for you… [27:07] Find your tribe 👯‍♀️   Remember, childhood doesn’t just happen, you get to CREATE it if you so CHOOSE!   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can!Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.   Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital   Present Play is now Open (through May 15th)! Come see if this is the tribe for you!   Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/20
For the first time in two centuries in America children are expected to have shorter life expectancies than their parents.  Luckily there is a free resource available to almost everyone to help combat this statistic.   In the past 2 episodes we’ve been discussing major obstacles to independent play and what can be done about them.  In episode 17 we discussed decluttering which addresses the environment as a hindrance to independent play. Then in episode 18 we outlined what strewing is which addresses dependency as a hindrance to independent play.  The last major obstacle to independent play is time and there is one way of spending time that yields phenomenal gains!   In this episode you’ll discover a free, simple and healing practice to introduce into your flow as much as possible to ensure a healthy, vibrant and happy childhood for your kids...here’s what you’ll hear:   [6:21] The real threat to our children’s health [9:32] A different type of medication [11:17] You CAN do it! [12:42] The challenge [14:20] A total game changer [16:18] The secret to healthier children 💪 [20:56] Going to get a little vulnerable here… [23:46] Yes you CAN!   Remember, this week (or anytime) you are feeling overwhelmed at home and the kids seem stir crazy head outside and reap the benefits!   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can!Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.   Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital   The (free) three week Reclaim Play challenge is dropping April 15th Grab Your Spot NOW!   Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/19
Are you sabotaging your children’s behavior in subconscious ways, without even realizing it? You have a hidden power of influence that you may not even be aware of. Think about the last time you were at an airport or bus station, did someone have to verbally tell you or physically show you what to do?  Would you act the same way in an airport as you do in a church? Or do you feel really creative and expressive in either of those places? Chances are you behave very differently depending on the location you are in and do so without being explicitly told to do so.   In this episode you’ll discover a way to influence your children, your husband - even your own behavior - without the use of words. You can create more ease and flow in your life and reduce friction around day to day activities using this powerful tool. Here’s what you’ll hear:   [5:56] Stop feeling like a nag [9:57] The hidden power that changes everything [11:05] How our behavior is influenced without any words [16:56] Use this to your advantage! [18:43] Clutter creates chaos [19:24] Items hold an energy (from a woo woo and a psychological perspective) [22:52] Create cohesiveness [23:41] Strewing!!! 🎉Spoiler Alert: You do NOT need more Toys!! [28:14] Take it to the next level!   The things we see subconsciously trigger certain thoughts and associations in our mind which make us feel a certain way which make us behave a certain way. Are you using this to help you achieve the behavior you want to see?   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can!Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.   Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital   The (free) three week Reclaim Play challenge is dropping April 15th Grab Your Spot NOW   Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/18
“No mommy I love this, this is my all time favorite toy” – said every kid whose parent ever tried to declutter the toy that they have not touched in 2 years.   Sound familiar?   Tens of thousands of parents have gone through this free and simple process with me and it can make such a dramatic difference in their child’s play.  The problem parents run into is not due to the complexity of decluttering but is actually due to their own beliefs sabotaging the efforts they make.     On the surface decluttering toys doesn’t seem like a big deal.  What parents don’t realize is that it usually leads to a pandora’s box of emotions and fears.   In this episode you’ll discover the seven most common reasons people have too many toys and why it’s difficult to downsize. It’s time to overcome these limiting beliefs and clear the way for a decluttered, soothing play space!   [3:37] “You’re not a real minimalist!” [5:36] But EVERYTHING sparks Joy 🥰 [11:20] #1: It’s all about Love! 💕 [13:23] #2: The hidden ball and chain [15:16] #3: How else will she become the next Einstein? [17:42] #4: Gotta keep up with the Jones’ kids! [19:32] #5: The most seductive of our methods [21:49] #6: Don’t pay for it twice! [23:24] #7: Fear Fear Fear 😱   Ultimately the relationship we have with our stuff mimics the relationship we have with ourselves and the world.   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can! Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.    Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital    The (free) three week Reclaim Play challenge started April 15th Grab Your Spot NOW!   Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/17
How can we discipline our children in a way that’s effective, meaningful, and peaceful? Do you ever feel like you are under incredible pressure to “discipline your child” but aren’t quite sure what exactly that means or what to do? It can be difficult with culture’s mandates and our own irritation levels to know exactly what to do.   In this episode, you’ll discover the true meaning of discipline.  I’ll be giving you 3 actionable steps to take toward better disciplining your child.   [2:55] How do punishments work? Hint hint - not the way you think [3:55] What does discipline even mean anyways? [6:51] I’ve told him time and time again [10:05] What does practice have to do with discipline? [13:49] Step 1 - Show, don’t tell [19:28] Step 2 - We get what we pay for [26:14] Step 3 - Be the student   Be the change you wish to see in your child and guide them along the way!   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can!Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.    Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital    The (free) three week Reclaim Play challenge is dropping April 15th Grab Your Spot NOW    Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/16
Do you want to create a meaningful relationship with your children? One that you have earned their trust and respect? A relationship that even a teenager (or any age for that matter) will still find some points of connection or interest in the relationship with you? What does it take to sustain a true relationship? What if we approached our relationship with our children the same way Olympic athletes approach their sport and their training? In this episode you’ll discover how you can be the best parent you can be, worthy of a gold medal. You’ll learn how to develop a game plan and feel confident you’re focusing on the right things – the right things for YOU and YOUR child. Here’s what you’ll hear: [3:20] Why meaningful relationships require a game plan [6:17] Who we are really competing against [9:10] Olympic athletes choose their sport - are you owning your choice? [11:40] Step 1 - Find your area of genius and focus on that [20:51] Step 2 - How to compound your results [25:37] Step 3 - Be Consistent [28:05] Step 4 - Your environment is your biggest supporter or your biggest saboteur. [32:12] Step 5 - Who are you as a parent? Who do you want to be as a parent? What is your identity as a parent? [37:19] Step 6 - Fill your own cup first [39:44] Step 7 - Celebrate your successes and learn from your failures Remember, this journey of parenting is an important, meaningful, and worthy endeavor, let’s show up to it with the same enthusiasm, passion and joy that an olympic athlete shows up to her sport. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @theparentingjunkie or feel free to DM me on instagram, I try to reply to as many as I can!Are you subscribed to my podcast? Subscribe here so that fresh episodes are delivered directly to you. Those shiny 5 star ratings and sweet reviews have me all gushy, thank you. But more importantly they help other parents discover the Parenting Junkie Show and spread the word about Loving parenting and Parenting from Love. If you have a moment to spare, those reviews mean the world to me, you can leave one here.   Want to connect to like minded parenting junkies? Join our (free & awesome) FB community Love Parenting with Avital    The (free) three week Reclaim Play challenge is dropping April 15th Grab Your Spot NOW    Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/15
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Samantha Perry

Thank you Avital! It's like you know what I need to hear and when. You've changed the way I see parenting!

Apr 8th
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