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Parenting isn't easy - especially when you're trying to navigate changing science, technology, economic, financial, social and cultural landscapes to develop humans who thrive in crazy times. Combating our own psychology, biology and cognitive dissonances the art of being a great parent in this next generation isn't so much about just providing for kids, but helping them develop in a healthy way that they'll survive and thrive in dynamic times ahead. Perhaps easier said than implemented, we're here to share our neuroscience, business and parenting thoughts with other parents looking to raise functional humans for the upcoming generations. Producing podcasts weekly, we share our stories, thoughts, insights and inspirations in the hope that if we can save the parents from themselves, we can indeed save the kids of follow-on generations.
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26. The Mortality Problem

26. The Mortality Problem

2018-11-2901:01:35

Fewer topics solicit more fear, dread and influence than death. Most people prefer to avoid talking about death - forcing you to come to terms with the mortality reality of you, your spouse, your kids, your animals, your parents, etc. It's scary, hard and emotionally painful. Imaging the world without your key people in them is painful... and often so easy to not think about, or come to terms with. But mortality, death and survivor ship is a real thing that's likely not going away and can often be more painful emotionally if you're not prepared and aware of these risks. So why do we fear death so much? Perhaps it goes back to our own biological survival mechanisms trying to keep us (and our offspring) alive... or perhaps its the fear of unknown. Either way, we know the world continues on without us (or worse, without our kids or spouse), and it's really emotionally hard to understand. So why not just bury this issue? Why not just sweep it under the rug, not worry about it and pretend that it's never a risk or not going to happen. But then you die (just like our dog - unexpected, sudden and ever-changing). What happens to your debts, estate, kids, family, possessions or obligations? If you've never looked into wills, student debt repayment obligations, life insurance, etc chances are your family is at risk. But as young parents - the obligations we already face (both in time and money) are pretty strong. It's so easy (and often emotionally advantageous) to put these wills, life insurance and conversations to the bottom of your priority list. But the risk is there, and it's worth having these conversations to both better come to peace with your own mortality, and better prepare for these unfortunate scenarios. Unfortunately, we had the opportunity to reflect upon all of this when our Great Dane, Lena passed away unexpectedly on Thanksgiving day. Seeing her pass over the "rainbow bridge", helping our kids understand what exactly happens, and then reflecting upon how we as parents can better manage the reality of death that faces everyone. So in the interest of you learning from our experiences, here's a podcast reflecting on our own mortality. Although a somber topic, may it be helpful to you and your family. Save the Parents Podcast is a podcast by & for parents brought to you by the generosity of our Patreon Supporters and fans. If you like our work, please follow us, share and like our podcasts through reviews, support and engagement. We sincerely appreciate all our listeners. Check out www.save-the-parents.org and www.patreon.com/savetheparents to learn more. Thanks for listening!
23. Should We HATE Hate? by Jennifer Thuen
24. The 'Burbs

24. The 'Burbs

2018-10-2650:08

Livin' in the 'burbs is a unique facet of life. Built largely out of necessity for people looking to live within proximity to a city & community but unable to afford and manage kids in a more urban center the great suburbia landscape has really expanded in the past 50 years. But suburbia life has unique challenges. With close proximity and decreased privacy, suburbia life seems to offer close geographical proximity to neighbors without necessarily mandating that neighbors build a personally-connected community. When people live 20 feet away from each other and fail to "meet" their neighbors, a unique phenomenon happens. Throw in an HOA organization to manage conflict resolution, renter bias and moral hazard and kids' need for space to play and explore... and you've got a rather interesting situation. You can discount these issues as "first world problems", but for many "first world" residents, these problems seem to pose very real threats and challenges to their well being and livelihood. How is it, that with such close geographic proximity communities can feel hollow, cold and impersonal? How is it that parents within these communities can feel disconnected to the point of inaction? How is it that more neighborhood regulations within an HOA often seem to feel like they are ineffective and insufficient? Whether your neighbors are 20 feet away or an acre, chances are you'll empathize with this cultural and social phenomenon that seems to ripple across neighborhoods around the country. But acknowledging and dealing with these issues seems incredibly necessary. With global populations continuing to expand with urban centers and requirements, rockin' life in the 'burbs will be a skill we all could stand to improve upon. Save the Parents Podcast is a podcast by & for parents raisisng kids in today's crazy world. We're here thanks to the support of our Patrons and supporters, and welcome your reviews and feedback through www.patreon.com/savetheparents and via email at jenny@save-the-parents.org and within your listening app. Thanks for listening!
Bullshit is a wonderfully flexible word - spanning the realm of something jovial you do with friends, to frustrating misinformation. Regardless of the context used though, this "engagement" touches on the greater topic of influential information and what seems to trigger us to respond to other people's actions. Better yet, it's an opportunity for us to dive into what bullshit is, why we perceive it this way, why we often prefer it this way, and what it means to us as small businesses, marketers and people trying to get information out in a noisy world. So what does this mean for us as parents? Everyone - exceptionally parents with limited time to put toward news, information, product research and greater conversation - is privy to environmental influences, reinforced cognitive dissonances, and information wars whether you think you're susceptible or not. As parents, we're inherently tasked with both modeling "good citizenry" to our kids, and helping to battle forces today that will be cumbersome and problematic for our kids tomorrow. Often times we as parents (managing work, kids & life) have exceptionally limited time to concern ourselves with this... but in this case our over-drive lifestyles often make us even more susceptible to sway. How can we navigate around this? Part of it, is recognizing what's going on and acknowledging that you're inclined to be influenced whether you're a mental ninja or not. Secondly, changing your habits and questions surrounding information verification, gathering and discussion can be helpful. Thirdly, perhaps unplugging altogether to reset a bit might even be a good call. In this podcast, we’ll discuss the works - you know us. We sincerely hope you enjoy our “bullshit”, and welcome questions or inquiries at jenny@save-the-parents.org. Thanks for listening!
Guilt and shame can be powerful motivators, de-motivators and depressors in both raising kids, and governing your own life. Founded deep within our desire to assimilate with our "tribe", these emotions might drive more than we know. As parents, guilt and shame are emotions we likely feel a lot - no matter how confident you may be in your approach, decisions or network. Turns out, we're only human... and as such we're privy to these emotions and their cascading effects on our lives and decision making. With no ONE way to do things, and often no clear immediate "correct!" response coming from our actions a lot of our decisions as parents get made, executed and repeated with long-term implications that we frequently don't have time to consider. Although shame and guilt are often conditional, situational, dynamic and temporary in nature these emotions tie into a greater topic - conditional morality and ethics. This conditional morality comes from our own theory of mind, and how these big emotions of shame and guilt play into our own view of the world. Depending on what we're trying to do, these morals and ethics have a way of changing and being manipulated by immediate environment to enable assimilation with other people, or upholding your own priority. But I guess that's the thing. Everything's flexible and dynamic whether you want it to be, or not. Things change - constantly - including to some degree your morals and ethics... and chances are a survival situation would highlight this best of all. Knowing that these drivers are flexible though can help you better navigate this "grey". Knowing that the guilt you feel for doing/not doing something is a natural, human feeling as a result of trying to best assimilate with your closest group. Additionally - the shame you feel for not better assimilating with a group (ex. work) at the cost of another group (ex. family), is also a human response. Having the theory of mind, self awareness and empathy to work around these will help you better maintain your ethical and moral code and find solace in all of these emotional pulls. But.... then it will all likely change! Enjoy the podcast, and as always share comments, questions, recommendations, topic requests and all through this Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents, or by emailing me directly at jenny@save-the-parents.org. Thank you!
With the continual integration of AI into our lives and work, we're often faced with efficiency breaks that will help us complete our current scope better, faster and more effectively. As pattern recognition software can help expedite mundane tasks, our attention is freed up. But for most parents, these breaks in efficiency aren't necessarily a "go home early" ticket, or path towards a reduced workweek. In fact, what we more frequently recognize is the opposite. Although we can get more efficient in our work, we can't rush innovation. And innovation - big, world changing, market changing innovation - has never been more important to the salvation of our careers. But as everyone seeks to make themselves more efficient in their roles (to ensure their own marketability and family's stability), we get faced with what feels like ever more work. And not just easy stuff - the big, hard tasks that don't have clean, easy endings. Why? Because if it was an easy efficiency, the machines would do it. Instead, we get faced with the requirement of generating big innovations - and that's the hard part. Staying ahead of the big innovation curve by really applying your creativity to transform businesses and processes will be the goal - and that's not easy, time constrained or predictable. Perhaps the most disheartening part about this podcast, is there really isn't a good, positive takeaway for parents or their kids. Businesses, people and countries will continue to compete for scarce resources, and the role of people in these endeavors is, and will continue to, change. The more efficient you get today, the more the weight of innovation will rest on your shoulders tomorrow. But the competitiveness of your market, shareholders and company a lot on these changes, because if they don't integrate, they'll face being left behind. So is there a way to break this cycle? Sadly, we don't know of one. But knowing the paradox is afoot can help you better maintain long-term and big-picture perspectives on your work, market and business. Knowing that efficiency brings more work and requirement will aid your efforts in the "race to the top" offering more to your markets and customers. Save the Parents Podcast is a podcast by & for parents with a dedicated interest in envisioning and preparing our kids for the dynamic future that lies ahead. Touching on various science, technology, political, cultural and economic issues facing our kids' generations we look use our own experience, education, research and understanding to craft a unique inspiration of the work ahead. None of this content would be possible without our beloved Patreon supporters. Thank you to everyone who has, and will continue to support these initiatives! Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to learn more.
19. What's Your Gig?

19. What's Your Gig?

2018-10-0248:15

Specialists used to work for businesses. Now businesses work for specialists. There. We said it. Hello Gig Economy. We're not here to sugar coat the changes coming to the business world - whether you find it scary, daunting or unfathomable. The gig economy is flourishing, and from our experience & insights we think this isn't just going to be a big facet of business here over the next 20 years, but the crux of it. That's why we, as parents, need to consider this. Part of our job as parents is to ensure our family's basic needs are met. In this context, that means crafting, planning and managing our career to be both resilient and flexible. If we want to ensure our kids have a "good" start once they fly the coop at 18, we need to ensure (to the best of our abilities) that we're able to 1) provide for their basic needs until then and 2) set a good example of what resilient careers look like so they can better find their own. In this podcast, we'll discuss not just the gig-economy and what it means to migrate our skill set into a contractor role, but how we can "be comfortable being uncomfortable" throughout these transitional years. Additionally, we'll focus on how we as parents can help build our kids now to step into a gig-economy based market that looks little like the employment progression of which we've become familiar. Save the Parents Podcast is a podcast by & for parents with a dedicated interest in envisioning and preparing our kids for the dynamic future that lies ahead. Touching on various science, technology, political, cultural and economic issues facing our kids' generations we look use our own experience, education, research and understanding to craft a unique inspiration of the work ahead. None of this content would be possible without our beloved Patreon supporters. Thank you to everyone who has, and will continue to support these initiatives! Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to learn more.
18. The Lies We Tell

18. The Lies We Tell

2018-09-2653:40

If you've been a kid anywhere in the past 50 years, chances are you've encountered your fair share of tooth fairies, Santa stories and countless other fictional characters. Bringing enhanced excitement, joy and suspense, we all likely have good (and perhaps disappointing) memories growing up with these fictional friends. As parents though, you've probably come to the realization (if not far before) that these characters are all, well, lies. They're grand stories told to us by our families, friends and communities that enhance our perspective, peak our excitement and focus our attention to where others think it should go. And as parents, it's on us as to whether, or to what extent, we tell our own kids these stories. But, honestly, that's on you. And you'll do whatever your core belief structure and community dictate. We're human after all, and prone to influence. So - let's talk about something extremely interesting, that we really can postulate, consider and discuss - "useful lies" and the tactical implementation of these to influence your own, and your kids'' behavior. As we discuss in the podcast, these "useful lies" are often stories we tell ourselves with temporary duration that can eventually lead us to believing or accepting a greater truth. These "useful lies" can get integrated in all kinds of ways - both in what we as parents tell ourselves, and what we tell our kids to solicit (or stop) a particular behavior. They're powerful influences, and once you start to recognize what these useful lies are that surround our generation, you can try to postulate about what we'll eventually look back upon in future generations and determine are today's useful lies. What are we believing today that's not actually true? Because here in 20 years when kids have flown the coop, these will be the realities of their day. After all, we live in dynamic times. Seeing the lies of today, can help us see the realities of tomorrow. Save the Parents Podcast is a podcast by & for parents with a dedicated interest in envisioning and preparing our kids for the dynamic future that lies ahead. Touching on various science, technology, political, cultural and economic issues facing our kids' generations we look use our own experience, education, research and understanding to craft a unique inspiration of the work ahead. None of this content would be possible without our beloved Patreon supporters. Thank you to everyone who has, and will continue to support these initiatives! Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to learn more.
17. Hello Mr. Robot

17. Hello Mr. Robot

2018-09-2050:10

The continuing integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into our lives can often solicit fear and uncertainty. Changing the job, workforce, home and education landscape - likely a LOT - is tremendously important. For parents though - we're interested in this revolution in a variety of ways - not just for our own careers and financial planning but for our kids' future. How can we prepare ourselves to stay flexible and marketable throughout these industry and environmental changes? How can we develop our kids to be a part of this movement - equipped with the skillet to make a meaningful impact in spite to changing environment? These are all big, loaded and highly speculative topics. With an onslaught of research coming out trying to postulate what the world will look like, weeding through these forecasts can be half the battle. Throughout this podcast, we'll attempt to do this. Reflecting on changing environments, timeless skillets, and ultimately understanding that the future 20 years from now that we want our kids to be a part of... is in our own hands. We're the ones responsible for both our kids' own development, as with our professional ambitions to craft the world into an environment you would want for them. As we look around and see broken systems, and potential overhauls - it's on us as parents to identify, prepare and correct. It's a big task, but together we're up for it. With that, let's get started! Save the parents podcast is a podcast by & for parents with a dedicated interest in envisioning and preparing our kids for the dynamic future that lies ahead. Touching on various science, technology, political, cultural and economic issues facing our kids' generations we look use our own experience, education, research and understanding to craft a unique inspiration of the work ahead. None of this content would be possible without our beloved patreon supporters. Thank you to everyone who has, and will continue to support these initiatives! Check out our Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/savetheparents to learn more.
16. Human 2040

16. Human 2040

2018-09-1248:38

The world will change a lot between 2018, and 2040. With societal, political, economic, technological and militaristic changes... who knows what kids in 22 years will deal with. Yet - for us as parents looking to prepare our kids and send them off to the world with a higher likeliness of success, we care a lot about this. We may not be able to put much time on a daily basis to thinking about this... but the conversation has never been more important. So what skills will functional members of society need in 2040? Many of these will sound familiar, as they're TIMELESS skills (not "soft" skills - thanks Adam). From being flexible and adaptable, to learning how to think creatively and critically - these timeless skills will benefit both parents and kids to be emphasized. Yet, our education system doesn't necessarily cultivate a strong solution to these critical requirements. Although changes along the way can help keep these public school systems up to speed, there's plenty that parents like us can do on the side. Whether it's learning new skills ourselves, helping our kids solve their own problems, or fostering an ability to survive change through flexibility and adaptability - it's on us. Want resilient kids who can survive changes with ease? Let's first look at how we react to change, and work on our own perspective. Want to help your kid become a critical thinker who's not scared to ask questions? Let's first look at ourselves, how we act around our boss (and other people of authority), and see how we can be more effective... then teach our kids to do the same. It's frustrating, because with busy schedules it's so tempting to just "subcontract" out parenting to schools, teachers and day cares.... but it's truly on us to take ownership. But - here's the good news. 2040 is 22 years away - meaning we have over 8,000 days left to offer daily nudges, challenges and opportunities for our kids to develop. One minute a day, one question a day, one conversation a day - you can help inspire burgeoning minds and encourage their development through tactical engagement. So, with that, we encourage your listening and enjoyment. Hit us up with questions, suggestions and feedback - we're all ears. Thanks for listening, and as always THANK YOU to our Patrons! Misc. Keywords: parenting, podcast, blog, forecast, social questioning, noverbals, mannerisms, communication, love, authority, respect, contextual awareness, empathy, listening, theory of mind, attention to detail, self driven, adaptability, flexibility, learning, education, critical thinking, fear, society, culture, change, change blindness, parent paradox, flynn effect, intelligence, socially aware, kids, parents, caregivers, leadership, timeless skills.
While integrating our listeners' feedback, we've decided to put a bit of a twist on our kitchen table podcast. Why? Because the world is filled with so much noise... and we don't want to be part of it. We want to take less of your time, and pack it with more meaningful information on stuff that has the highest relevancy to your role as a parent. Sound intense? Kinda feels like it. Here's the crux of it. Our global society, economy, technological rate of change and political uncertainty leaves us as parents scratching our heads. What worked for our generation (ex. watching TV) no longer really applies to kids... but when you start trying to figure out where to focus their own skill development (or even how to better manage yourself and your family throughout dynamic times), we quickly get lost. How can we teach kids about AI, polarizing political forces, societal shifts, technological rates of change, changing job & education structures, etc when we don't really know what to say or recommend? It's damn near impossible. Not to mention, we as parents have our own biases clouding our judgement. SHOCKING INDEED! From our own preconceived notions, cognitive dissonance, perspective and interpretation of the world around us... seeing things from multiple angles takes extra attention. Although we can't guarantee you'll like all angles of every topic discussion, we'll share it anyways. Afterall... That's why we're here. From here on out, we're going to start unpacking some of these big, meaningful topics and help you both get a better understanding for their significance and implications... and better communicate this to your kids. We'll bring in experts whenever possible, and do our research when not. Ultimately though - we're hoping to unearth this future of parenting by figuring out what exactly we need to be concerned with in this next 5/10/20 year perspective as we try to launch our kids forward into society. As always, our goal is to spend our time sharing stuff that matters, to you. We would love feedback on these changes and welcome it either here, or via email at jenny@save-the-parents.com. We look forward to this next chapter, and of course, couldn't do this without your tireless support! The Save the Parents podcast (thanks to the support of our patrons) iis a podcast by & for parents like us who appreciate candor, humor and stuff that isn't just noise. Hosted over our kitchen table, Adam & Jenny Thuen share their views, beliefs and comments to help you and other parents rise to the challenge of raising responsible kids amid today's societal challenges. Questions or comments? We would love to hear them. Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to share. Thanks for listening!
Dogs have been "man's best friend" for centuries, but as of recent dog-parents have come under fire from judgemental outsiders. Crazy, right? But it "begs" a bunch of deeper questions: do patrons in our society really think dogs are a replacement for kids? Why do dog parents go the route they do? Why do people care so much about this decision? And do dogs really provide good training for following kids? Ultimately, this podcast is just discussion as we reflect on all angles of the issue. We're dog parents (and kid parents), and empathize with both sides of this issue. But what we don't agree with, is how judgemental people can get over another's life choices. Building upon our series of taking hot topics and unpacking them from various perspectives, Save the Dog Parents shares both our own experiences, lessons and insights and applies them to cultural norms and practices. Having been "dog parents" before "kid parents", we provide a unique perspective in reflecting back on this whole endeavor. And what's the big take away? Dog parents and kid parents both take flack from judgemental outsiders. Save 'em all! The Save the Parents podcast is a podcast by & for parents who appreciate cynicism, skepticism, humourous and explicit podcasts. We unpack tricky issues, relate them to our own experiences. Spoken over our kitchen table, Adam & Jenny Thuen share their views, beliefs and comments to help you and other parents rise to the challenge of raising responsible kids amid today's societal challenges. Questions or comments? We would love to hear them. Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to share. Thanks for listening!
Fear is a powerful emotion that governs much more attention, action and motivation than we think. Buried deep in our desire for tribal belonging and species survival, the human response to fear often impacts us subliminally and over time can cause all kinds of more severe impacts. Within our developed society, fear manifests in many ways - from sales pitches inspiring product consumption to news media sources vying for your attention - and this same fear has a way of cascading generations. As parents, we feel this constantly - both in our own fear for our kids' welfare, and in the societal perceptions and laws that have been built as a reaction to this fear. How we engage with our kids, and what perception of the world we encourage is largely determined on how we, and they, perceive these fear sources. Whether it's new kids at the park, changes to their routines, or knowing how to govern themselves in new environments - these situations, emotional drivers and perceptions for governance permeate daily encounters; eventually, these perceptions will set the barriers for cognitive dissonance that will reinforce their thinking for the rest of their lives. What we do about all this is quite tricky. But recognizing the fear and its implications is the first step. Stemming from our blog post (https://www.patreon.com/posts/dandelion-daily-19484782) about fear, this podcast will flush out some of the bigger issues surrounding Fear. You scared, bro? We're not.... well maybe a little bit. The Save the Parents podcast is a podcast by & for parents who appreciate cynicism, skepticism, humourous and explicit podcasts. We unpack tricky issues, relate them to our own experiences. Spoken over our kitchen table, Adam & Jenny Thuen share their views, beliefs and comments to help you and other parents rise to the challenge of raising responsible kids amid today's societal challenges. Questions or comments? We would love to hear them. Check out our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/savetheparents to share. Thanks for listening!
Discussion of religion and politics is often seen as a taboo topic - something that you generally avoid in under-developed social engagements, and one that tends to escalate quickly when prodded. For parents, this is often escalated by pressuring family feeling a vested interest in the moral guidance of their grandkids. Don't want to baptize your child when your family wants you desperately to do so? Not a fun game to play. But instilling moral guidance in your child is important... in my perspective, imperative. Helping them to understand, interpret and navigate the frequently "grey" world around them with a strong ethical code has never been more important. So what's a parent to do? We'll take a swat at the bee's nest. In this podcast, we'll share some of our thoughts on religion, pros & cons with religious upbringing for kids, and our own experiences of moral & ethical guidance as parents. Reflecting on traditional religious establishments with a science & business lens, we're full of criticism, deep thoughts and opinions. But (as always) remember - There is no one way to do things, and our way is by no means the only/best. Finding what works best for your family, situation & belief structure is recommended - through branded religion or not - and respect for others' autonomous beliefs is always encouraged. The Save the Parents podcast is a podcast by & for parents who appreciate cynicism, skepticism, humourous and explicit podcasts. We unpack tricky issues, relate them to our own experiences. Spoken over our kitchen table, Adam & Jenny Thuen share their views, beliefs and comments to help you and other parents rise to the challenge of raising responsible kids amid today's societal challenges. Questions or comments? We would love to hear them. Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to share. Thanks for listening!
The topic of kids and guns is complex, multi-faceted and ever dense. Striking emotions from all listeners, parents, peers, and caregivers fewer topics seem to be broached with such particular hostility. With both kids and firearms well dispersed within our American culture, having the conversation about how to talk with kids about guns (and how to organize your thoughts beforehand) is critical. In this podcast, Adam & I will discuss kids and guns as we reference our own gun-loving son and share our own concerns and quandaries. Coming from different backgrounds and levels of exposure & utilization of firearms, we start to peel the layers of this complex topic and figure out what really ignites this turmoil... and what as parents we can do about it. The Save the Parents podcast is a podcast by & for parents who appreciate cynicism, skepticism, humourous and explicit podcasts. We unpack tricky issues, relate them to our own experiences. Spoken over our kitchen table, Adam & Jenny Thuen share their views, beliefs and comments to help you and other parents rise to the challenge of raising responsible kids amid today's societal challenges. Questions or comments? We would love to hear them. Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to share. Thanks for listening!
For some, dad bod's are the ultimate compliment to a family priority, but are they really a thing? Is this something that women, and men really like, or a product of situation? Is it a cultural excuse to not care about your body, or an actual avenue out? Is a dad-bod valued any differently than a mom-bod? Why the cultural and societal differences? So, What's the deal with the dad bod? Drawing upon our own experience, reflections and thoughts we'll discuss why the dad bod is a thing, and what it actually means. Additionally, we'll share some of our best practices for what we've found to help kick the dad & mom bod that seem so "comfortable" in the parenting lifestyle. The Save the Parents podcast is a podcast by & for parents who appreciate cynicism, skepticism, humourous and explicit podcasts. We unpack tricky issues, relate them to our own experiences. Spoken over our kitchen table, Adam & Jenny Thuen share their views, beliefs and comments to help you and other parents rise to the challenge of raising responsible kids amid today's societal challenges. Questions or comments? We would love to hear them. Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to share. Thanks for listening! Photo credit to Pixabay.
Having healthy kids is culturally important, but what about healthy parents? With copious distractions, excuses and requirements on our time & attention it's easy to put your own health as a back-burner priority and tell our kids what they SHOULD do. But from our experience and research, this creates a whole bunch of latent issues. This week on our Save the Parents podcast, we ask the grand question, Why do we need healthy parents? Sharing our own experiences, opinions, techniques and best-practices coupled with all kinds of things that haven't worked, hopefully this will provide fresh insight and motivation to learn from us. The Save the Parents podcast is a podcast by & for parents who appreciate cynicism, skepticism, humourous and explicit podcasts. We unpack tricky issues, relate them to our own experiences. Spoken over our kitchen table, Adam & Jenny Thuen share their views, beliefs and comments to help you and other parents rise to the challenge of raising responsible kids amid today's societal challenges. Questions or comments? We would love to hear them. Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to share. Thanks for listening!
We are honored and so thankful to introduce you to Mike Mestas - a dad and family counsellor who recently graduated from MSU and started work building a program to engage and meet with local military families. Through his reflection on his own upbringing, experience raising his own kids, and family counselling education Mike brings incredible perspective and insight into how we can better emotionally engage with kids and help develop their communication skills in a positive environment. Drawing upon recommendations in John Gottman's "How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child" (an excellent read if you're interested!), Mike shares some incredible insights and thoughts. Over this extended duration we cover a gamut of topics - raising kids, helicopter parenting and emotion coaching. Join us on this journey as we figure out better ways to engage with kids (and other adults!) and come to terms with our own limitations as parents. Have questions or recommendations for us? Feel free to send questions & feedback to jenny@save-the-parents.com and we'll pass them along accordingly. Thank you for listening!
Introducing Adam Thuen - Army Major and current Neuroscience PhD student at Montana State University. Father of 2 crazy kids (4 & 5), Adam shares his story, ambitions and recommendations for other parents going through the challenges of small-town life, Army careers and transitions back to school while supporting a family at home. Full of sarchasm, spirit and cynicism Adam has a fantastic perspective and shares candid thoughts, perspectives and opinions that will be well worth the listen. Interested in learning more about this amazing dude? LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-thuen-62360084/ The Save the Parents podcast is a podcast by & for parents who appreciate cynicism, skepticism, humourous and explicit podcasts. We unpack tricky issues, relate them to our own experiences. Spoken over our kitchen table, Adam & Jenny Thuen share their views, beliefs and comments to help you and other parents rise to the challenge of raising responsible kids amid today's societal challenges. Questions or comments? We would love to hear them. Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to share. Thanks for listening!
In this Save the Parents interview, we unveil our real names - kicking Katie & Parker Wilson aside and "coming out" in our own stories. Sharing our experiences, history, motivators and trajectory this interview is intended to set the grounding for all podcasts going forward. With the ambition of inspiring other parents, we're first sharing our own candid, unfiltered, unedited stories that have fueled our ambition to start this podcast. So - Let me introduce Jenny Mousseau Thuen. Jenny is currently a full time mom and serial entrepreneur. Ambitious, passionate and curious Jenny has a long history of working with startups, nonprofits, and businesses with the hope of inspiring greater positive change. Sometimes successful, sometimes just frustrated Jenny is now in her favorite role yet - one that brings tremendous intrinsic value, with profoundly little income. Leaving her lucrative, full time managerial position to support her family full time, Jenny shares her story on why she made this change, what it has meant for their lives, and what she's up to now. Interested in learning a bit more about Jenny? Check out the links below: LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-thuen-6094127/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenny.mousseau Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenny.thuen/?hl=en The Save the Parents podcast is a podcast by & for parents who appreciate cynicism, skepticism, humourous and explicit podcasts. We unpack tricky issues, relate them to our own experiences. Spoken over our kitchen table, Adam & Jenny Thuen share their views, beliefs and comments to help you and other parents rise to the challenge of raising responsible kids amid today's societal challenges. Questions or comments? We would love to hear them. Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/savetheparents to share. Thanks for listening!
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