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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 struggle to get your kids out the door in the morning? Are you ever late for things because you’re arguing with your kids or having trouble getting them ready for the day? You’re not alone. Kristen from our Present Play community asked for advice about how to deal with this.    In this episode I’ll discuss my thoughts and help you get back your sanity!   [00:38] Kristen's question: How can I motivate my child to get ready more quickly? [03:37] More love isn't always the answer [06:59] Natural consequences are great when they can play themselves out. [07:32] Are there any morning activities that will be missed if they aren't ready in time? [08:26] Your frustration and depleted patience is a natural consequence too. [09:29] Try playful parenting [11:26] Set a clear boundary and follow through [15:37] Avoid power struggles. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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.   Resources:   Join my membership, Present Play! Book Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/99
Do you have a little toddler at home and you're tearing your hair out, trying to find ways to keep this person busy without always resorting to screens?    If so, I've got you. I totally feel it. And I am here with five ways that toddlers generally love playing independently and that you can use today to keep your little person occupied and busy without screens.   [00:53] #1 - Sensory Play [04:30] #2 - Movement [06:17] #3 - Music [07:21] #4 - Dressing up [08:52] #5 - Pretend play If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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.   Resources:   Join my membership, Present Play! Download your Childhood Design Guide   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/98
Can babies play independently? Is that even possible? Or is it something that only develops later (if at all)? The answer is...they can! And in this episode I’m going to talk about 10 ways they can play and how to encourage them to do so.    [01:05] #1 - Don't entertain your baby [02:39] #2 - Le Pause [04:13] #3 - Don't overstimulate - keep it simple [06:23] #4 - Don't interfere [07:52] #5 - Keep things low [09:20] #6 - Keep trying [10:59] #7 - Try different times [12:43] #8 - Try different positions [13:38] #9 - Make sure they're comfortable [14:21] #10 - Experiment with music   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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.   Resources:   Join my membership, Present Play! Join our free Facebook community, Love Parenting with Avital How To Create A YES space (video) Book "Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer" by Tracy Hogg Book “Bringing Up Bébé” by Pamela Druckerman   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/97
When you’re pregnant, it can be so hard to get enough sleep. Between the hormones and feeling so uncomfortable, it can be very hard to sleep. And if you have other children or issues in the mix, it can be even more challenging to get the rest we need.     While there certainly are some things outside of our control, there are quite a few things that are within our control. In that light, I’d like to offer 10 suggestions to help you prioritize sleep so you can get more rest.     [01:39] 1. Keep your bedroom clean and tidy [03:11] 2. Use calming fragrances [03:37] 3. Use comfy PJs and sheets [04:58] 4. Keep your room cooler [06:11] 5. Use comfy pillows [06:51] 6. Reduce light exposure [10:04] 7. Talk to your health care provider about sleep supplements [11:25] 8. Drink more water in the morning and less in the evening [12:05] 9. Try out some gadgets and gizmos [13:36] 10. Go to bed earlier   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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.   Resources:   Join my membership, Present Play! Join our free Facebook community, Love Parenting with Avital   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/96
Do you ever hate this whole parenting thing? There’s absolutely no shame here...I think most parents feel this way at some point in their parenting journey.    In this episode I’m going to cover 10 reasons you might hate parenting, and most importantly what you can do about it.    [00:53] 1 - haven't come to terms with your own childhood [03:02] 2 - You're still waiting to be parented yourself [05:39] 3 - Your home is a mess [07:29] 4 - You haven't stepped into your leadership role yet [10:06] 5 - You're giving waaaay too much of yourself [13:40] 6 - You're not addressing key behaviors that are disruptive [16:06] 7 - You're not sleeping enough [19:00] 8 - You're not making it fun for you [22:33] 9 - You're comparing yourself to others [25:18] 10 - You have a fixed mindset   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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.   Resources:   Join my membership, Present Play! Join our free Facebook community, Love Parenting with Avital Check out the book Parenting From The Inside Out by Dan Siegel Check out the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/95
Let’s talk depression. First I want to say that I have gone through seasons where I needed professional help, and there’s absolutely no shame in that. If you feel you need some help, please don’t hesitate. It can make a world of difference.  But even if you’re not feeling clinically depressed, it’s common to go through seasons of feeling “the blues” or feeling down. Thankfully, there are some things we can do to help bolster our mood and help us feel better!  In this episode I’m going to give you 15 things you can do when you’re feeling down. [00:45] 1 - Normalize [02:56] 2 - Express don't suppress [04:23] 3 - Seek professional help [05:54] 4 - Do "The Work" by Byron Katie [06:40] 5 - Get outside [07:18] 6 - Get a listening partnership [08:33] 7 - Get enough sleep [09:14] 8 - Move your body [10:09] 9 - Laugh (watch some comedy) [10:47] 10 - Pamper yourself [11:25] 11 - Eat well [12:58] 12 - Check if you need supplements or a dietary change [13:14] 13 - Cleanse your mental diet [14:41] 14 - Take a break from social media [15:10] 15 - Help others If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources mentioned: Book "Loving What Is" By Byron Katie Join my membership, Present Play! Books about CBT: Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders by Aaron Beck Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns CBT Made Simple by Seth J. Gillihan (I haven’t read this...yet. It looks promising) Books about mindset: Don't Just Sit There!: 44 Insights to Get Your Meditation Practice Off the Cushion and Into the Real World by Biet Simkin Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabby Bernstein  Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther & Jerry Hicks  Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/94 
Do you feel overwhelmed by your life at home with young children? I’m a mother of 5, I run my own business, I homeschool part-time...I have a lot on my plate (and I’m sure you do too). It can be so easy to feel overwhelmed! But we’re not helpless. There are things within our control that can make a big difference and reduce the overwhelm in our lives.  In this episode I’ll give you 10 tips to help you reduce the overwhelm. [00:52] #1 Declutter [02:37] #2 Create storage systems [03:58] #3 Clean as you go [06:01] #4 Batch your cooking [08:03] #5 Develop consistency & routine [10:18] #6 Buy things in sets [12:05] #7 Store similar things together [14:21] #8 Create a family color pallette  [16:36] #9 Get clear on your vision [17:53] #10 Put systems in place If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources: Podcast episode 90 about creating a great atmosphere at home Present Play
In our culture it’s quite acceptable to wear yoga pants all day, have cheerios in your hair, have spit up on your shirt, and always look a little bit like a hot mess once you become a mom. And you know what? It’s OK if you do! Being a mom is exhausting and demanding. Compared to the childless life, it’s a lot harder to look and feel phenomenal as you’re running around after toddlers all day, taking care of newborns all night, chauffeuring kids around all day, preparing lunches, making loads of meals, washing loads of dishes, cleaning all the time, and the list goes on. I get it. I really get it. I’m not a lifestyle, fashion and makeup guru, but I do know this: when I feel put together, somewhat taken care of, and I like the way that I look, I operate better.  I’m a much more patient, upbeat, and positive person. So I happen to think that it’s an incredibly powerful parenting tool to make yourself feel like the best version of yourself. When we feel good and feel confident going out into the world we have more energy to show up for our children with more love, patience, energy, space and joy! We just have more of ourselves to give. In this episode I’ll give you 8 tips to help feel phenomenal as a mom with littles!  [02:33] #1 - Don't snooze [05:07] #2 - Get dressed in the morning [06:51] #3 - Do something to take care of yourself in the morning [08:29] #4 - Add fragrance to yourself and/or your home [09:41] #5 - Play music you love [11:00] #6 - Make food you love [13:55] #7 - Take time to do little things for yourself throughout the day. [15:58] #8 - Take care of yourself at night [19:03] Speaking of nighttime...go to bed earlier! [20:42] Feeling phenomenal as a parent is a form of good parenting! If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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.
In this episode I’ll be addressing a question from a member of our Present Play community.  Tracy from Georgia asked what to do when your children use rude or inappropriate language, and also how to address their negative self-talk.  Thank you for your question Tracy! You are certainly not alone in this struggle. All parents are presented with these challenges (including myself). There are a few ways to go about it, but I'd like to talk about my preferred approach.  [04:59] Keep in mind: Childhood development is a slow process. Changes are gradual and it takes time, repetition, and consistency. [06:22] Typical approach #1: Authoritarian Approach [09:02] Typical approach #2: Permissive Approach [11:20] 3rd option: Be calm but firm and address the situation. [12:16] We have to be responsive to the situation, but not reactive. [12:30] Step 1: Pause, breathe, and calm yourself down. Then state clearly and calmly to yourself and your child what you DO want to see. [13:23] Say to yourself "I will respond when I've gathered myself and collected my thoughts." [15:14] Step 2: Calmly explain what will happen if they continue. Just a logical consequence for continuing. [17:00] It's not a threat or punishment. We're trying to teach them what the results of certain behaviors are. [17:34] Step 3: Follow through immediately. [21:13] How to address a child's negative self talk. [22:38] Center yourself. This is a normal part of childhood and every child needs to work through it.  [25:22] Help them focus on the right things. [25:53] We're trying to teach our children what advances their agenda and what takes away from it. [30:36] The energy at which we have these interactions is the most important factor. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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.
When you’re home with young children it can feel really overwhelming and stressful. Between all the messes, the tantrums, the whining, the noise, and the smells, it can make your home a place you want to escape from instead of a place to escape to.    In this episode I’ll give you 10 practical tips to bring more pleasure, peace, joy, fun, and energy into your home.    [02:07] #1 - Add some plants [04:51] #2 - Play music [06:23] #3 - Use aromas and fragrances [08:11] #4 - Keep surfaces clear [11:06] #5 - Decorate with affirming words [12:55] #6 - Print and display family photos [14:49] #7 - Use neutral colors [17:46] #8 - Use natural and soft lighting [20:15] #9 - Add beautiful objects (and remove ugly objects) [24:31] #10 - Comfortable furniture pieces   If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/90 
Do you ever feel like you don't want to do this anymore? This parenting thing, I mean. The nagging, the fighting, the wining, the dishes, the laundry, feeling tired and drained and sometimes, hopeless. Angry. Vengeful. Exhausted.  We all go through seasons like this. But the good news is we don’t have to stay there. One thing that can make a huge difference and give you the extra push to get through the lows is to create a vision for your family.  That’s what I want to talk about today.  [02:53] What do we do when we don't feel like we can keep going? [04:37] That's why it's so important to have a vision. [05:35] We need to understand what it's all for. [06:07] We all need a vision for our families [06:57] If you don't already have one, it's time to start working on it! [07:18] Examples, to get the creative juices flowing... [07:54] It needs to be meaningful. Something to get you up in the morning. Something worth fighting for. [08:44] If you'd like help crafting yours, I've put together a package to guide you through the process step by step. Creating a big juicy vision for your family will help you push through the challenging times. It’ll provide a north star, a guiding light, taking you closer to what you really want for you and your family.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources: Ready to create the vision for your family? Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/89
Many people find they lose aspects of their identity when they have kids. Can you relate? This year has certainly made it more challenging to hold onto our identities. Many things in our lives have been “lost” (or put on hold) during the pandemic, and it has been hard.  If you’re feeling like you’ve lost yourself, this episode is for you.  [00:36] Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong!  [05:34] Ready to create the vision for your family? [05:39] Many of us feel a loss of identity as we enter parenthood. [05:56] Let's evaluate the source of our identity [06:57] Changes in life can change our identities. [08:05] The things we are or do make for superficial identities. [09:48] Where else can we find our identity?  [12:36] Start focusing more on the "how" and less on the "what" As we start to focus more on how we show up, how we go about our days, we’ll find that our identities are much more stable and steady in the face of adversity. The “what” might change, but how we show up remains constant.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources: Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong! Ready to create the vision for your family? Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/88 
Everyone makes mistakes and experiences failures. We all have shortcomings, weaknesses, and areas of lack. And many people are stuck in a fixed mindset, thinking that it’s just how they are.  But not everyone. Some people have adopted a growth mindset, and see mistakes and failures in a different (and positive) light. Do you want to be one of them? Join me in this episode as we discuss how to do just that.  [00:36] Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong!  [02:36] Do you feel like there have been some mistakes either on your part or other people's part? [03:20] Many people are stuck in a Fixed Mindset [04:31] We can decide to change and grow. [05:23] How my 97 year old grandma stays young and vibrant [06:32] It's tragic when people say things like "that's just how I am" [06:42] Our brains have plasticity and we can continue to change and learn [07:07] Adopt a growth mindset [07:47] Successful people view their mistakes and failures as learning opportunities. [08:36] Do you beat yourself up over mistakes and failures? [09:25] Everything is in a constant state of change.  We don't have to stay stuck. We can change, adapt, and grow (and so can our kids). Let’s start to view our mistakes and failures as learning opportunities and continue to improve and develop.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources: Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong! Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/87 
Kids (and adults, if we’re being honest) often have a rigid way of thinking. It’s often black or white, all or nothing. We see our truth, and find it hard to understand that someone else may have a different truth.  But life (and people) are much more complex and nuanced than that, and we often live with a duality that can be hard to cope with. Today we’re going to talk about a hallmark of maturity that can help us (and our kids) deal with this.  [01:14] Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong!  [02:50] Children often have a rigid way of thinking [04:16] The ability to hold 2 conflicting truths at the same time is a hallmark of maturity. [05:09] Let's replace the word "but" & “or” with "and" [06:44] Sometimes we can feel both a like and dislike for the same thing. What do we do with that?  [08:01] It's immature to reduce things or people down to just one thing, all or nothing.  [08:32] Let's try to coach our kids and introduce them to other perspectives. As we experience challenges and difficult circumstances (and difficult people), Let's try to use "and" more than "or" or "but". Let’s give people space for their complex views and truths and realize that we all live with some duality in our lives.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources: Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong! Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/86 
Are you going through something tough in your life? A big transition, problems at home or in your relationships, financial struggles. Maybe you haven’t had the support you’re used to and you feel like you’re drowning. It could even be a series of trivial things that normally wouldn’t amount to much, but with the year we’ve been having...let’s just say it’s been hard on many of us.  When we experience challenges, we often go through a process of grief (even on “small” stuff). There’s a typical progression of 5 stages that most of us go through, and today I want to talk about that and what CAN come after stage 5.  [02:43] Has 2020 been a rough year for you? Are you longing for some change (in the right direction)? Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong! [04:53] Stage 1: Denial [06:22] Stage 2: Anger [06:48] Stage 3: Bargaining [07:39] Stage 4: Depression [08:19] Stage 5: Acceptance [09:26] What comes after acceptance? [10:57] Stage 6: The silver lining [14:45] How we can coach our children through this. We certainly are justified staying in any stage. But we can choose to move forward and search for the silver lining in our challenges, finding the gifts and blessings that are there for the taking.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/85
Have you (or your child) experienced rough times? Are you having a hard time dealing with them? If so, this episode is for you.  [01:29] Has 2020 been a rough year for you? Are you longing for some change (in the right direction)? Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong! [05:58] Mindset is so important when it comes to challenges we’ve faced. [07:18] Integrate any trauma we have experienced. [09:31] When someone has made sense of their narrative, they go a long way toward healing. [10:27] How can we use this today?  [12:08] Here's an example: When a child falls down [14:14] Talk through what happened. [14:51] But wait...do we really want to relive trauma?  [17:01] Eventually it becomes boring (or at least loses it's edge). [17:41] Example from my life: Childbirth trauma [19:55] Start working through the story of this past year. It’s time to put in some work! Start working through your story, talking about what happened, and begin to integrate it into your narrative. It’ll begin the healing process and you’ll find it’ll start to lose it’s sting. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources: Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong! Daniel Siegel’s book Parenting From the Inside Out Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/84
For some reason we sometimes downplay our roles as parents. We often say things like “I’m just a mom/dad”, and at times don’t approach it with the same zest and zeal we would in our career or other leadership role. Why is that? Today I want to discuss parenting and how I think our role as a parent is like being a CEO.  [00:31] Parenting is a high stakes "job" (I know it's a relationship and not a job...but hear me out). [01:02] But we often downplay our role as a parent. [01:53] As parents, we're CEOs of our families.  [03:46] The work we do as parents is meaningful and important. [04:35] Let's start thinking of ourselves as CEOs [04:51] Let's show up with zest, joy, and interest. [05:00] Let's take pride in the work we're doing. We're not "just" moms or dads. We're leaders.  [05:54] We should invest in ourselves like a CEO. Read books, listen to podcasts, learn more about our craft.  [07:01] People who are "successful" aren't necessarily more talented. They're often relentless in their pursuit of growing in their craft. Let’s approach our parenting like we would a CEO role in a business, and work toward mastery in our craft!  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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.
We all want our kids to be resilient. We want them to be critical thinkers. We want them to be respectful, to value diversity, and be tolerant of various lifestyles and backgrounds. Right?  Just like our immune system needs to be challenged by foreign substances, our values, beliefs, and opinions are bolstered and improved by being challenged.  In this episode I’m going to discuss why our kids need to be exposed to alternative points of view in order to become healthy, functioning adults.   [00:43] Have you seen "The Social Dilemma"? [04:05] We are living in an echo chamber. [08:18] Each of us are living in our own little universe online [10:25] If we want our kids to develop critical thinking skills, they must be exposed to alternative points of view. [12:24] We need to resist the urge to "protect" our kids from any views or opinions that we don't agree with. [13:32] Shielding your child from an idea makes them more vulnerable to that idea. [15:43] We want our children to learn how to discern. [16:23] We want our kids to develop balanced and nuanced opinions. [17:34] Even some of the best ideas, when taken to the extreme, can become unhealthy. [19:04] If we want to stay balanced, we need to be exposed to alternative viewpoints. [20:30] Hearing alternative points of view can bolster yours.  [22:33] I want to teach my children that everyone is at least worth listening to. [23:23] We want our kids to develop empathy and diversity. [25:25] I want my kids to understand that it's ok for others to believe differently, live differently, vote differently, etc.  [28:06] I use a Socratic method of asking questions to help my kids think through an idea or opinion. [29:15] There's always something to learn from other people. [29:54] Ideas are something that we can contend with. [31:48] I want my children to understand that we all have more in common with others than what divides us. If we want our kids to develop empathy & critical thinking, to value diversity & tolerance and understand that it’s ok for people to live and believe differently than us, we need to be purposeful about exposing them to alternative points of view. We need to show them that we can contend with ideas, and lead the way as we discern information and value what other people have to say.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources: Join our new course, Depolarize!
Have you ever been shamed or humiliated in front of people? Whether it was during school, a social event, or even online, most of us have been publicly shamed at some point. How did it make you feel? Did it make you want to change? Did it feel good? Did it feel like they had your best interest at heart? Odds are good your answer is no.  So why do some think that it’s ok to continue this into adulthood, especially online?  In this episode I’m going to discuss the call-out culture and what we can do instead.  [01:53] The "callout culture” is spreading like a wild fire...even though public shaming was done away with as a legal form of punishment. [05:37] What's true in the micro is true in the macro. [06:35] “How we live each day is how we live our entire lives.” [09:10] Why do some believe you shouldn't publicly shame children, but have no problem doing it to adults? [10:34] The trend of publicly shaming & calling people out online. [11:59] What child psychology tells us about public shaming.  [14:29] Why is it ok to publicly shame adults?  [18:47] What should we do when we see or hear something we don't like? [20:50] Often inaction is the "higher road". [23:20] Let's make a culture and society that allows a margin for error. [24:11] In the moments where you need to say something, let's call people in. [28:15] Let's be curious, humble, and give others the benefit of the doubt. [29:53] We don't influence our children (or anyone) by attacking them or shaming them.  The call-out culture is unhealthy for us, public shaming doesn’t work (and was outlawed for a reason) and people react negatively to being humiliated. Let’s all do our part to end the call-out culture. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources: Join our new course, Depolarize!
Do you ever feel like you’re struggling under the weight of being an adult? Managing your time, finances, relationships, emotions, children, etc...sometimes life can feel so out of control.  Then you add in anxiety, fear, and worry about things going on around you and in the world at large...it’s no wonder so many people are suffering and feel stuck.  In this episode I’ll discuss these challenges and talk about what we can do to overcome them.  [03:08] Wednesday's workshop, 9/30/20 @11a Eastern Time [06:07] What does it mean to be an adult? [13:15] The difference between adults and grown-ups. [13:49] Grown-ups have their emotional life in order. [15:53] Grown-ups have their psychological life in order. [20:52] Grown-ups have their spiritual life in order. [21:31] Immature people are obsessed with themselves and others' thoughts and opinions. [27:18] The key to finding meaning and joy in life is to grow ourselves up.  [31:33] How do we grow up? Mindset work. [32:40] How do we get our emotional life in order? [33:13] We must start to take responsibility for feelings and emotions, and start making different choices. [33:52] How do we get our psychological life in order? [38:49] How do we get our spiritual life in order? [43:23] What does it look like to "show up"? Q&A Section [55:41] How many people are in the group coaching sessions? [56:08] Is this coaching for kids or parents? [56:39] How do you manage a relationship with a family member who is an adult but not a grown-up? [59:30] How do you break out of these immature cycles when you feel stuck there?  This sort of work (mindset work) is where real change takes place. It’s what takes us to the next level and helps us work toward levels of peace, enjoyment, and fulfillment we all crave and deserve. Let’s get to work!  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a selfie of you listening or a screenshot of the show, post it to instagram stories, and tag me @parentingjunkie 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. Resources: Attend Wednesday's webinar “The Unstuck Workshop: 5 scripts you need to flip right now to stop going insane.” Join our new course, Alchemize!
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Crissi Dares

GREAT episode. So reassuring and such important info

Jun 26th
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Clarissa Langford

absolutely brilliant!

Jun 22nd
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Ruska R

Avital, just put those cereals in special boxes. They stay fresh & you don't need to roll anything. Problem solved. (Posting this with humor. 🙂) You are awesome, thank you!❤️

Nov 4th
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Ruska R

This episode is pure GOLD!

Nov 4th
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Jordan Nicole

I'm so incredibly type A and when given a strict guideline I follow it to the T in an almost unhealthy way. So the permission to relax and change things if it's not working for me is the best advice I've ever gotten. I feel more confident in trusting myself and I'm inspired by your advice and experience. Thank you Avital!

Oct 23rd
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Diana Cross

Definitely not for me. I listened to the whole first episode to give it a chance and after wading through 15 minutes of nothing before it properly started, I didn't really agree with anything at all.

Sep 9th
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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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