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As we approach graduation season, some moms are getting ready to launch their children into a more independent life.  Even for those who don’t have high school graduates yet, moms often reflect on their children and how long it will be until their children graduate.  As moms, we want to do everything we can to help our kids succeed as adults.  There is no one checklist that can determine if every child is ready.  However, there are a few skills that help indicate their readiness to launch.  My guest, Kristi Steele, an international education consultant shares 2 important indicators that a child is ready to be successful on their own.Learn More from KristiWebsite: https://www.kc360.co/Financial Consult:  https://calendly.com/kc360/15-min-quick-financial-picture?month=2022-05 Student Assessment Consult https://calendly.com/kc360/pathway-planner-assessing-the-best-major-for-you?month=2022-05 Fall College & Gap Year Fair (TBA in August)Links to Relevant PodcastsTeaching Your Kids to Navigate Emotions in a Healthy Way  Episode #39-42 Building Trust with Your Teen Episode #55TCKs and Identity with Lauren Wells Episode #49 & #50Expat Mom Personality Testhttps://www.tryinteract.com/share/quiz/6098aee0341e7b0017c866d2 Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Have you ever noticed some moms seem to sail through sorting and moving fairly smoothly, but others are scrambling and stressing?  Have you noticed some expat moms take a long time to adjust to a new place and others seem to adapt quickly?   Have you noticed that some moms encourage their kids to get out and have new experiences, while others are an emotional safe space for their kids?  Our personalities can have a significant impact on how we mother and how we navigate expat life.  In this episode we discuss the impact of personality on our emotional health as an expat mom and how our personality impacts the emotional health of your children.  On this podcast you'll learn:How personality impacts your mothering abroadWhat attributes research shows tend to predict success in expat life and in motheringFour types of expat mom personality typesThe superpower and limitation of each type of expat mom personalityExpat Mom Personality Testhttps://www.tryinteract.com/share/quiz/6098aee0341e7b0017c866d2 Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
As expat moms, we are in a unique position to live all over the world in the midst of other cultures.  This comes with some amazing benefits of exposure and significant relationships with people of many cultures and colors—this is one of the research-supported ways to promote anti-racism.  If we have close personal relationships with people who are different from us we can lose our inaccurate bias’.  However, being an expat and living in another culture also introduces new bias'.  Expat children have difficult experiences abroad that can cause bias’ in a very real and personal way.   Without deliberate mothering, these experiences can cause our children to associate an entire culture with a bad experience they had.  We need mothers who are actively training the minds of their children to be anti-racist so we can build a more fair society and we can all enjoy and learn from the diversity of each other.  I hope this podcast will give you some helpful tools to raise Anti-racist kids as I discuss this topic with Rosemay Webster. Things You'll Learn on the Podcast:Why avoiding talking about skin color promotes racismHow to talk about race with your childWhat creates implicit biasHow to minimize implicit bias in our childrenUnique ways expat kids develop bias' they might not in their home countryHow to help kids avoid turning negative experiences with your host culture into broader biasResources Mentioned in the ShowPodcast:  Real Talk/Almost Docshttps://www.instagram.com/realtalkalmostdocs/Implicit Bias Testhttps://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.htmlDiAngelo, R. (2011). White Fragility. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 3(3), 54-70.Mounk, Yascha.  (2022) “Yascha Mounk on the Future of Diverse Democracies”. The Lawfare Podcast. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/yascha-mounk-on-the-future-of-diverse-democracies/id498897343?i=1000558014962 Kendi, Ibram X. How to Be an Antiracist. New York, NY: One World, 2019Munger, K. Tweetment Effects on the Tweeted: Experimentally Reducing Racist Harassment. Polit Behav 39, 629–649 (2017). The First Name Basis Podcast with Jasmine Bradshawhttps://firstnamebasis.libsyn.com/anti-racism-where-do-i-start Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
As mothers, we have an important impact on shaping our children’s beliefs, preferences, and ideas.  That means how we feel about others is often absorbed by them.  Most of us have an implicit bias that we don’t even recognize.  This is the first part of a two-part interview with Rosemay Webster discussing how we can raise anti-racist kids.  The first essential part of raising anti-racist kids is becoming anti-racist yourself.  In this episode, we will break down the difference between racism and discrimination.  We’ll discuss microaggressions and implicit bias.  We’ll discuss privilege; what it is and how to spend it. In the next interview, we will build on these principles and discuss how to apply them to mothering and raising anti-racist children.  Resources Mentioned in the ShowPodcast:  Real Talk/Almost Docshttps://www.instagram.com/realtalkalmostdocs/Implicit Bias Testhttps://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.htmlMounk, Yascha.  (2022) “Yascha Mounk on the Future of Diverse Democracies”. The Lawfare Podcast. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/yascha-mounk-on-the-future-of-diverse-democracies/id498897343?i=1000558014962 DiAngelo, R. (2011). White Fragility. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 3(3), 54-70.Kendi, Ibram X. How to Be an Antiracist. New York, NY: One World, 2019Munger, K. Tweetment Effects on the Tweeted: Experimentally Reducing Racist Harassment. Polit Behav 39, 629–649 (2017). The First Name Basis Podcast with Jasmine Bradshawhttps://firstnamebasis.libsyn.com/anti-racism-where-do-i-start Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Have you ever had someone give you unsolicited advice about how to mother?  Living in another culture can compound this experience many times.  Different cultures have different styles and values about parenting which drives different behaviors and expectations.  As expat moms, we are often navigating not only deciding what’s best for our kids but doing it in a context when other parents around us are making very different decisions.  This can cause confusion, frustration, and even self-doubt.  Having lived abroad for the last decade and a half with my 4 daughters, I know this experience well.  On the podcast, you’ll likely resonate with some of the stories of parenting culture clashes!  And I’ll share three tools about how to navigate cultural parenting differences while living abroad.  Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Between events in Ukraine and COVID and school shootings and other world events, there are a lot of news stories that can feel scary to kids.  They hear things on the news, at school, and from adults talking that we may not even be aware of.  Kids are often good at observing and listening, but not as able to process and interpret it accurately.   68% of kids said the news made them anxious, angry, or depressed.  As expats we are often more involved in events and it’s important to know how to address this topic with kids in a way that will support their mental health rather than detract from it.   On today’s podcast I’d like to address how to talk to kids about them.    I'll be sharing 4 tools about how to do this.  Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoachHelp in Ukraine:UNICEFUNICEF supports health, nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without BordersMSF is conducting a range of activities in Ukraine to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.International Committee of the Red CrossThe Switzerland-based international organization seeks to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.Save the ChildrenThe London-based organization helps deliver essential humanitarian aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine and worldwide.UN Refugee AgencyThe international organization provides emergency assistance to families in Ukraine, including cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement.Voices of ChildrenThe charitable foundation of this organization is helping to provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the Ukrainian conflict.United Help UkraineThey are focused on organizing fundraisers to benefit people in Ukraine affected by the war conditions and raising awareness about the war.
Labels on food items can be useful, but they can also be misleading if we aren’t careful.  The same can happen with labels on ourselves and our children.  We unknowingly label ourselves and others in order to understand and organize the world.  However, these labels can limit our personal growth and progression and disconnect us from others.  This podcast does a deep dive into labels, how they impact us and how to change them when we realize they are harmful.  Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoachHelp in Ukraine:UNICEFUNICEF supports health, nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without BordersMSF is conducting a range of activities in Ukraine to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.International Committee of the Red CrossThe Switzerland-based international organization seeks to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.Save the ChildrenThe London-based organization helps deliver essential humanitarian aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine and worldwide.UN Refugee AgencyThe international organization provides emergency assistance to families in Ukraine, including cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement.Voices of ChildrenThe charitable foundation of this organization is helping to provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the Ukrainian conflict.United Help UkraineThey are focused on organizing fundraisers to benefit people in Ukraine affected by the war conditions and raising awareness about the war.
Mindfulness for Moms

Mindfulness for Moms

2022-02-2147:38

If you picture mindfulness as a monk on a green mountain, or you've dismissed "mindfulness" or "meditation" as something you don't have time for, this episode is for you.   Today I'm talking with Annalee Little, a Wellness Coach and Mindfulness Teacher.  We dig into a little of the science and why of mindfulness and get practical about how to apply it as a busy mom on-the-go.  Here Now Collective Websitehttps://www.herenowcollective.com/offerings Brain Basement Podcasthttps://brainbasement.libsyn.com/Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
It’s clear that play has tremendous benefits to kids and adults of all ages.  As kids, play comes naturally.  As an adult playing can feel awkward, unproductive, frustrating, and even unenjoyable sometimes.   As counter-intuitive as it sounds, adults sometimes have to re-learn how to play.   This podcast will offer some mindset shifts and practical ideas to help parents make play a natural and regular part of their lives and relationships.  Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Play is something we tend to associate with children.  Play is essential for children’s development.  However play also has tremendous potential to improve emotional health in adults as well as children and to strengthen family relationships.  This podcast breaks down some of the science behind play and fun and helps offer some insight into the specific benefits of play in your family.  On the podcast you’ll learn: Why play is essential for adult’s emotional healthWhy play is one of the best ways to connect with your childHow fun improves learningWhy play helps in conflict resolutionWhy it’s harder for adults to “play” as they get olderFree Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
A common complaint I hear from moms is, “I don’t have enough time.”  As moms we balance so many things: caring for our children, working on our marriages, keeping up the house, working or volunteering, not to mention taking care of ourselves.  Often there doesn’t seem to be any time left for us and our interests or dreams.  We can start to feel like we are in a never-ending sea of “have-to’s” and that we never have time for “want-to’s.”  We can begin to feel a growing resentment and frustration that there isn't enough time.  But there is a simple shift that can help us feel more peace and contentment in our lives, without having any more time.  We explore this on the podcast episode this week.  Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Traditions are important ways to connect and build families—however they can become counterproductive and destructive if we don’t know how to adapt them for our circumstances.  Traditions are living things—they need to grow and evolve with us. This podcast shares three ways we can adapt traditions based on our stage of life and on where we live.  Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Traditions can be a way of creating identity, strengthening family bonds and passing along values and a sense of family to our children.  In this podcast we talk about the science of traditions and how they impact kids.  We also talk about how to sort through which traditions to continue with your family, how to personalize cultural traditions to our family and how to create your own family’s traditions to help teach and share what’s most important to you with your children in a fun way they look forward to.On the podcast you'll learn:The definition of traditionsThe 5 B's or benefits of traditionsHow to personalize cultural traditions for your familyHow to create traditions that help you teach your kids the values you want to pass on Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Many of us look forward to December and holiday traditions, festivities and getting together.  However, sometimes in our excitement, we overestimate our capacity; we add all sorts of things into a schedule that is already busy!   It’s like trying to add 4 more hours a day to the the 24 hours a day we already have planned with our normal activities like sleeping, caring for our kids, doing work, caring for the house, and still hoping to get 24 hours! It’s bad math!  The whole reason most of us look forward to these things is because we anticipate they will bring us and others joy!  And when we try to cram too much in, we end up feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and disappointed….the exact opposite of why we wanted to do them in the first place.  On the podcast, we’re going to help identify if you might have some bad math this holiday season.  And, if so—how to improve your math so you can get the result you want.  Free Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a  minute.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Most of us have known someone at some time that was grieving.  If you’re like most people you want to help!  You don’t want the person to suffer.   But, it can be challenging sometimes to know how to help.  On the podcast this week, I share 5 common mistakes we may make in trying to help someone who as lost someone.Free Mini-Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a   minute or two.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Gratitude has physical and emotional benefits, particularly when it’s practiced regularly.  In this episode we discuss some of these benefits, how gratitude creates them, how gratitude isn’t something that happens to you, it’s something you can cultivate, and some fresh ideas about how to cultivate gratitude.Free Mini-Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a   minute or two.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
In Grief Part 2 (episode #64), I shared my grief journey through the first two tasks of grief.  In this episode I continue sharing my grief journey through the last two tasks of grief which are adjusting to the new life without the loved one, and reinvesting in a new reality.   I found I was a bit like the little bird in PD Eastman's Book asking "Are you my mother?"  I share how I found her--and a new version of me after her passing.  Free Mini-Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a   minute or two.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach or on Facebook:  @theexpatmomcoach
Grief is as different as the number of people on earth.  But sometimes it’s easy to wonder if what we’re experiencing is “normal.”  I’m so thankful to my siblings for being willing to share about their varied grief experiences—it paints a picture of how different grief journeys can be for people who even lost the same person in the same way. On this episode we’ll cover: Experiences of acute grief right after our mother’s passingExperience of longer-term grief over the past ten yearsA difficult part of griefSomething that surprised us about griefFree Mini-Coaching SessionSign-up for a free coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a   minute or two.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach
The experience of grief journeys, the timelines, and the ways we find more normalcy and re-calibrate are different too.  In the second part of the interview with my siblings, we explore more about healing and help in grief. On this episode we’ll cover:What things were most helpful to you during your grief journey? Was there anything you did or do that has helped?How are you different after this experience?Free Mini-Coaching SessionSign-up for a free 30-min. mini-coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a   minute or two.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach
This week on the podcast, I share my personal journey of grief around losing my mother.  I hope it will be helpful to you in your own grief journeys of loss.  There is something about other’s stories that can be more reassuring than science or models—other’s experiences can offer validation, understanding, empathy and connection.  I’m getting a bit more raw and personal in this podcast because that is exactly the nature of grief.  I talk about how I navigated the first 2 tasks of grief.  1) Accepting the reality of the loss.  2) Experiencing the pain of the loss.Free Mini-Coaching SessionSign-up for a free 30-min. mini-coaching session.ScheduleOne-Minute WisdomEach week I carefully craft a short perspective shift or tool that you can read in about a   minute or two.  You can sign up here.Follow me on Instagram: @theexpatmomcoach
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