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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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Every so often I'll get a note from a parent who's feeling guilty that they have to work so much and can't be home with their little kids.   So often these parents write to me saying they feel bad that the kids don't see them as much as they could, or they feel bad that they're distracted and that their attention is going elsewhere other than just their children.    I feel really passionate about this subject because here's one thing that I'm allergic to: dogmatic one-size-fits-all parenting advice.   When people make blanket statements like “mothers should be home with their babies” I think they’re missing so much nuance and it's really doing a huge disservice to all of us parents who are unique individuals with very unique circumstances. We're all different. Our children are all different. Our needs, aspirations, goals, beliefs, value systems, cultures, origins, and our resources are all different.   And therefore the answer is always going to be, as Magda Gerber said: It depends.    In this episode I’ll talk about why you should feel great if you’re a working parent.    [03:19] One isn't better than the other [04:59] You're providing for your children [05:48] Making money is part of parenting [07:28] You're modeling for your children   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/108
Are you pregnant? If so, congratulations! And if you’d like your partner to be an amazing support to you during your birth (and who wouldn’t, right?) then this episode is for you.    [03:37] 1. Communicate well and often [04:58] 2. Create a to-do list [05:41] 3. Education [08:28] 4. Explain what is supportive [09:23] 5. Ensure they know it's not personal [09:47] 6. Give them tools [10:20] 7. Practice positions & massage/acupressure points [11:29] 8. Empower them to stay calm and take ownership   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/107
At the time of this recording, I’m pregnant with my fifth child. So far I've given birth in hospitals and birthing centers, and for a long list of reasons this time around, I decided to have a home birth. In this episode I’ll be sharing how I've been preparing in order to set myself up for maximum success in my home birth.    This is a list of what has been working for me, and that I'm excited to do. Take and leave what works for you.    There are a million reasons to have, or to not have, a home birth. It's deeply personal. It 100% depends on your unique individual situation, and I'm not making any recommendations. You need to work with your healthcare providers and your intuition and do what’s best for you.    Also, all births are beautiful and all we really want is for ourselves and our baby to be healthy. So if this isn't in the cards for you, don't worry. All across the spectrum, from C-sections to unassisted home births, it can be an incredibly empowering experience. There's no one right way to birth your baby into the world.   [01:39] 1. Share with supportive people [02:57] 2. Create a great team [04:27] 3. Make preparations for your other children [06:29] 4. Prepare your space.  [06:44] We want to increase calming hormones and decrease stress related hormones. [08:41] 5. Prepare for the birthing process [10:58] 6. Set aside something comfortable to wear [12:00] 7. Set out some pictures [12:25] 8. Have snacks on-hand [14:10] 9. Put thought into your presentation and communication [14:51] 10. Have the car seat ready to go   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:   My friend Andrea’s video (Go Diaper Free) about having a free/unassisted home birth.    Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/106
By the time you're reading this, I hope to have had my fifth baby. But at the time of this recording, I'm pregnant with number five, and I want to share some self-care tips for when you're pregnant. To some, self-care is a luxury. But I believe it’s a necessity.     It's been a hectic, crazy time in my life being home with my kids and running my business. Even so, I prioritize self-care and it has made this pregnancy so much more joyful for me.    And I want to share those tips with you because I think self care is something that sometimes goes out the window. When we're parents to young children, especially when we have a lot of stress going on, when we're busy with work or running a home, we often take care of everyone except ourselves.    Unfortunately, that is not a sustainable strategy. We are likely to burn out. We are likely to build resentment and we are likely to not perform the best that we can.    I know I’m so lucky to be able to do all of these things, and not everyone is able to prioritize self-care. So just like with all my work, take what works for you and leave the rest. It may or may not resonate. But if it does, I hope you find this helpful and inspiring!    [03:17] I like to feel put together and wear things that don't make me feel extra "frumpy" [04:02] 1. Dress and get ready for the day [07:10] 2. Move your body [08:40] 3. Prioritize your sleep [08:52] 4. Intermittent fasting [11:44] 5. Eat well & take supplements [12:29] 6. Address fears and past birthing trauma [14:59] 7. Take care of your mind [17:20] 8. Declutter, organize, and decorate [18:38] 9. Make your home comfortable [19:18] 10. Incorporate nature [21:34] Ask yourself "How can I make this work for me?"   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:   The Paula Method Pregnancy & birth meditations   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/105
If you would like your home to look more beautiful and sophisticated, even on an inexpensive budget while you have little kids at home, then this episode is for you.   My background is in graphics, branding, and identity design. I love talking and thinking about all things design. Primarily from the functional perspective, but also from the aesthetics.    I believe deeply that the things we see around us influence our psychology, influence our behavior, influence our emotions, and they matter. They're tools that we can use to influence how we feel and behave, and how our children feel and behave as well.    You can certainly spend a lot of money on this, but you don't have to. Even when buying things on a budget (or using what you already have), there are things you can do in order to make your home feel more sophisticated, more to your taste, even when there are little children around.    In this episode I'm going to cover 10 common areas that can be addressed to help your home feel more sophisticated and beautiful.    [02:10] #1 - Toy storage [04:11] #2 - Kid's artwork [05:19] #3 - Family pictures [06:06] #4 - The entry way [07:23] #5 - Household items [08:27] #6 - Child specific items [09:21] #7 - Continuously declutter [10:09] #8 - Adult-like furniture [12:03] #9 - Future-proof furniture [13:06] #10 - Linens   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!   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/104
Have you heard of the law of attraction? It’s something that I read about and hear about often. And in fact, it’s something that I intuitively really connect to and practice in my life. Today I'm going to talk with you about how I use the law of attraction to create a life that I love, and invite you to do the same!   [05:30] #1 - Get clear on what you want [08:55] #2 - Focus on what you want [10:01] #3 - Ignore what you don't want [14:41] #4 - Practice gratitude [15:16] #5 - Elevate your expectations [20:53] "Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor." Rumi   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:   Check out my free Facebook group, Love Parenting With Avital Join my membership, Present Play!   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/103
Are you finding yourself in survival mode, feeling like you are running on empty and worried that you might be leading yourself to burnout? If you’re not sure where you fall on the burnout spectrum, go check out last week’s episode on the 10 signals that you might be in survival mode.    Now that we know the signs, it’s time to get practical and do something about it.    What we really want to do is get our expectations to meet our level of support, and work on both sides of that equation. On one hand we need to be realistic about our expectations and in some ways lower the bar. But we can also work on increasing our level of support or perhaps reduce our level of responsibilities.    Let’s dig in and talk about how we can conserve energy and recharge so that we can push ourselves out of survival mode and thrive.   [02:22] #1 - Simplify everything [02:56] #2 - Use more screen time [04:05] #3 - Lower your learning expectations [05:03] #4 - Lower your presence expectations [06:31] #5 - Write out helpful scripts [10:11] #6 - Ask for help (and accept it) [12:11] #7 - Let people in [13:29] #8 - Prioritize self-care [15:20] #9 - Positive self-talk [16:50] #10 - Enlist your children's help   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:   Check out my free Facebook group, Love Parenting With Avital Join my membership, Present Play!   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/102
One of the biggest risks we face as parents is burning out and falling into survival mode. In difficult seasons it becomes especially challenging to stay charged and energized. Many of us (myself included) run the risk of burning out when we don’t take care of ourselves and “refuel our tank.” You can only run on empty for so long.   I have seen so many parents on the brink of burnout (or fully in it), and I’ve been there as well. It's a major issue.   So today I want to share with you 10 signs you want to look for that might be telling you that your tank is empty, that you're about to enter survival mode.    [02:09] #1 - You're constantly stressed [03:10] #2 - You get triggered a lot [04:06] #3 - Meeting basic needs is a struggle [05:52] #4 - Everything feels urgent [06:42] #5 - There’s a sense of impending doom [07:31] #6 - You feel like you're failing [09:29] #7 - You’re stuck in the present moment [10:21] #8 - You feel isolated [11:48] #9 - You feel helpless [12:47] The level of expectations in our lives must match the level of support [13:38] #10 - You feel like you can't measure up   Now that you know the signs, it’s time to do something about it. Check back in next week because I'm going to share a sequel to this and talk about what we can do to get out of survival mode.   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:   Check out my free Facebook group, Love Parenting With Avital Join my membership, Present Play!   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/101
Most of us know that feeling of preparing a lovely meal for our children, sitting down to eat it with them only to have our toddler promptly THROW IT ON THE FLOOR 😡 😭 🤦🏽‍♀️   It can be so aggravating. If you're not sure how to handle the situation and it's repeating in your home, you are so not alone. Let's talk about what we can do about it.   [00:58] #1 - Normalize it [01:41] Trajectory schema [02:32] #2 - Stay calm [04:13] #3 - Say what you want to see [05:00] #4 - Don't play the game [06:36] #5 - Give them alternatives 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:   YouTube Video About Schemas Childhood Design Guide Join my membership, Present Play!   Full Show Notes: https://www.theparentingjunkie.com/100
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
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Sarah Jean Louise

thank you! i have a question. i heard you shouldn't drink raspberry leaf tea until your almost due as it can bring on labour. is that true? Also i was doing intermittent fasting and was told not to do it pregnant. im hoping as you are doing it then it cant be harmful? i really miss doing it. i think right now i cannot as crackers help my morning sickness but maybe second trimester! thanks always xoxo

May 22nd
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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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