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The Motherhood Meets Medicine Podcast is a space that brings all women together. It's for those who hope to be a mom one day, those who are already mothers, and mothers of mothers. This podcast will give you candid, informal interviews on motherhood topics that you can listen to while you're driving to work, folding laundry or whatever else your busy day may bring. Each week, Your host, Lynzy Coughlin, will be focusing on topics ranging from postpartum issues to parenting teens. She's bringing in experts with formal training to cover everything motherhood! So grab your coffee and join us for a weekly chat on your time. All are welcome! Lynzy is a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Department where she has practiced medicine for the last 15 years. You can connect with Lynzy on her Substack account, Badass Matriarch.

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The benefits of attachment parenting cannot be overstated. Securely attached kids are more confident, connected and more prepared to enter the world. They also tend to experience fewer health problems. But why?  Here to share more about the science behind attachment parenting and how we can raise confident connected children is Eli Harwood. Eli is a licensed therapist who lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. She's an expert on attachment theory and the author of Raising Securely Attached Kids, which will be available September 2024. She also loves playing dress up with her kids, obsessing about sourdough starter. And reminiscing about that one time, she won a set of globes as a Price Is Right contestant. The good news is that even if you haven’t been parenting in a way that promotes attachment up to now, this process is flexible and ever changing. The best time to start is right now. Listen in to hear all of Eli’s tips and tricks no matter the age of your children.  In this episode, we discuss:  What securely attached parenting is. How it benefits children throughout their lives. How you can cultivate it in your own home. We touch on highly sensitive children, how you can connect with them and help them to feel more seen and secure. Resources: Raising Securely Attached Kids: Using Connection-Focused Parenting to Create Confidence, Empathy, and Resilience By Eli Harwood Connect with Eli: Attachment Nerd - Instagram - YouTube - LinkedIn - Questions:  What is securely attached parenting? How is secure attachment parenting different from William Sears’ attachment parenting? What are common life events that test the bond between kids and parents, and how can they be overcome? How can you restore the bond with your kid if it has been broken? Is it ever too late to switch to a secure attachment parenting style? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Trying to navigate the world of learning disabilities with your children and just getting more and more confused? Trust me, I know. I’ve been there. Which is why I keep bringing in the experts to provide you ways to understand learning disabilities in the classroom.  Something I just learned was that a lot of the terms that educators have started to use aren’t even true medical diagnoses recognized by medical professionals. Crazy! Here to share more about learning disabilities is Katie Davis. She is a Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University and a clinical Neuropsychologist in New York City. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of learning and attention disorders. Katie is an expert in statistics and her research focuses on helping clinicians and educators apply statistical rigor to their data analysis. Listen in to learn more about the most often diagnosed disorders, what the terms actually mean, and how to talk to your kids about their learning disabilities. Katie also shares her thoughts on how to get the best support for your children within their school system. In this episode, we discuss:  What the terms Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia mean. How they are different from learning disorders in Reading, Writing and Math. When diagnostic labels are useful and not useful. How to talk to your child about their learning disorder. Resources: Connect with Katie: Dr. Katie Davis - TeenSights Instagram - Questions:  What do the terms dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia mean, and how are they different from learning disorders in reading, writing, and math? What are the differences between a diagnosis, a disability, and a school classification? What do we mean when we say “processing”? When are diagnostic labels useful and not useful? What labels do professionals commonly use that aren’t official diagnoses, and what is the utility (or lack thereof) of those labels? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Access to sexual education for our youth is unbelievably important both from a health standpoint and from an education standpoint. But so many schools these days have sex education as optional and many don’t even require the curriculum to be medically accurate.  That’s why I’m so excited to talk with Tara Jones all about how she’s helping to change the landscape of sexual education.  Tara is a black queer sex educator based in Philadelphia and New York. For the last five years that work has consisted of creating sex education, social media content aimed at young adults, writing for various publications and speaking at events. She is also the founder of the Youth Sexpert Program, a digital training program that aims to provide comprehensive sex education for high school enrolled youth.  Listen in to hear her thoughts on why educating tweens and teens and creating peer advocates is so much more effective than traditional sex education and how she’s affecting this change now.  In this episode, we discuss:  The importance of access to sexual education for kids. Why Tara created the Youth Sexpert Program and what it entails. The barriers that exist when it comes to accessing sex education. Resources: The Youth Sexpert Program - Instagram - The Importance of Comprehensive Sex Education - Sex Positive Families - Good Sex Illustrated - Come As You Are: Revised and Updated: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life - Right to Sex- Questions:  How did The Youth Sexpert Program come to be? How was The Youth Sexpert Program's curriculum built and what does it contain? What have your observations been regarding how students approach talking about sex? What have your observations been regarding conversations between youth and parents about sex? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It is not productive to think negatively of our children's teenage years. Instead we need to find ways to embrace this time period and support the changes they’re experiencing while giving them room to grow, learn, and fail with us.  But it seems like all the literature out there is designed to scare and dishearten parents as their children reach these later years. What should we be reading?  Thankfully, Ellen Galinsky decided it was time to share the positive side of parenting teenagers.  Ellen is President of Families and Work Institute, elected President of the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN), and senior research advisor to AASA, the School Superintendent Organization. Previous jobs include Chief Science Officer at the Bezos Family Foundation and faculty at Bank Street College. Her life’s work revolves around identifying important societal questions, conducting research to seek answers, and turning the findings into action.  Her research is focused on work-life, children’s development, youth voice, child-care, parent-professional relationship, and parental development. She’s the author of the best-selling Mind in the Making and The Breakthrough Years. She’s also authored 90 books/reports and 360 articles. Career highlights include serving as President of NAEYC, a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, a parent expert on the Mister Rogers Talks with Parents TV series, receiving a Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College and the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from WFRN. Listen as Ellen shares more about the research she’s done and how we as parents can lean into the teenage years in such a way that provides our children with opportunities to practice autonomy and self-determination.  In this episode, we discuss:  What teens want most from us as parents. Ways to give teens autonomy support. What shared solutions are and how we can use them to help our teens build their executive function. The five basic needs teenagers have. Resources: Message 1 Understanding Adolescent Development - Message 2 Talk With, Not At Teens - Listening is Where Love Begins - A Skill-Building Approach: Don’t Hold the Leash Too Tight- Shared Solutions: An Autonomy Supportive Approach - Introducing a Possibilities Mindset - Message 3 The Power of Positive Risk Taking - Beyond Queen Bees, Wannabees, Masterminds, and Wingmen - Age Discrimination Hidden in Plain Sight - Understanding Adolescent Development - Questions:  What do teens most want from their parents? What are teenagers' 5 basic needs? What are shared solutions? How can these help our teens with executive function? How to support our kids with risk taking? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
If there was a program out there that could help you plan your weekly meals, come up with fun activities for your kids, give you gift and party ideas and so much more… would you use it?  Fun fact, this does exist! It’s called AI and tools like Chat GPT and Gemini are an amazing way to take off some of the mental load and stress of making day to day decisions. Here to share more is Michelle Tangeman.  Before opening Michelle Tangeman Behavioral Health as a child and family therapist, Michelle served as a Clinical Manager for STAR of CA, where she oversaw a clinical team providing children's behavioral treatment programs. Michelle has extensive experience and individualized behavior intervention, functional behavior assessments, school based services, family focused intervention, Early Start services and social skills training, and has provided these services to families across Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. She has also completed the training as part of the Postpartum Support internationals advanced perinatal mental health psychotherapy training program.  When she's not helping parents and families as a therapist. She is a mother of two beautiful children. As a parent, she knows how challenging it can be combining her personal experience as a parent. Along with her behavioral health background, she launched her online education company thriving toddler through thriving toddler courses and free resources. She aims to help as many people as possible become the parents they want to be. Michelle is also a podcast host and the Co-Founder of the Parenting Understood Podcast. Michelle and her co host are passionate about teaching parents about evidence based interventions grounded in science to make a positive impact on the parent child relationship. I know that we can all use more time in our day. Using AI to help take some of the mental load off our plates can definitely change the way we tackle all the responsibilities of life and parenting for the better.  In this episode, we discuss:  Ways to use AI assisted tools like Gemini or Chat gpt in your daily parenting. Which prompts make your life as a parent a little easier. Resources: Badass Matriarch- Connect with Michelle: Michelle Tangeman - Pocket Parent Membership Toddler Tantrum Master Class - Questions:  What exactly is executive functioning? How can parents promote executive functioning skills in toddlers? What is toxic stress and how does that play into brain development and child development outcomes? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Media addiction among children is a huge problem. We know this and you know that I’ve been talking about it for a while. Thankfully there is a movement out there working to make changes at the policy level.  Enter MAMA - Mothers Against Media Addiction, founded by Julie Scelfo. Julie is a former New York Times journalist, Media Ecologist and founder of Mothers Against Media Addiction, otherwise known as MAMA, a grassroots movement of parents fighting back against media addiction to create a world where real life experiences remain at the heart of childhood.  She is also a mother of three, and her years of reporting on the issue of phones and social media exposed her to the epidemic of youth mental illness, including increased suicide rates among teens and tweens, and the crisis that media addiction and unchecked Tech was causing. This led her to recognize the need for a movement of parents and allies focused on addressing the crisis of media addiction among our children. Listen as we talk about everything from appropriate ages to introduce phones as well as what you can do at the local level to start enacting change and how MAMA can help.  In this episode, we discuss:  What inspired Julie to found Mothers Against Media Addiction (MAMA). What their goals are. How parents can get more involved on a community and national level. How to handle phones and social media under your own roof. Resources: Badass Matriarch- Mothers Against Media Addiction - NY Times - Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection HuffPost - How To Prevent Suicide Among Tweens NY Post – Opinion: Violence, bullying, suicide: It’s time to fight digital addiction in kids like drunk driving SF Chronicle – Opinion: The surgeon general warns that social media is dangerous for kids. Why aren’t medical professional associations? Questions:  What inspired you to found Mothers Against Media Addiction? How are we as a society misunderstanding social media and smartphones? One of MAMA's main goals is phone-free schools. Can you speak about why that is such an important policy for you and do you find teachers, parents and students receptive to that proposal? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Some really important things are happening in the world of women’s health and reproductive rights. In case you weren’t aware or if you’ve heard of EMTALA and the case that is with the Supreme Court coming out of Idaho, I wanted to bring on an expert to explain what is happening and what it could mean for health care providers in the future.  Alexa is a deputy director at the ACLU reproductive freedom project located in New York City. For almost 20 years, Alexa has been litigating in states across the country, including at the US Supreme Court to protect and expand access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care. A number of those cases have concerned EMTALA, the federal law that guarantees hospitals provide abortions to pregnant patients facing a medical emergency.  Alexa decided when she was 15 that she wanted to be an ACLU lawyer. Since graduating college, she has essentially never worked anywhere else. She started as an assistant paralegal doing racial justice, First Amendment and national security work one week after 911. Then she went to law school and came straight back during college and law school she was always involved in abortion rights advocacy, and when a fellowship opened up at the ACLU reproductive freedom project in 2007. She applied and has been there ever since. In this episode, we discuss:  The background and history of EMTALA. How and why it was started. The recent case in Idaho that went to the Supreme Court. What the future of reproductive rights would look like for patients and providers if the court sides with Idaho Resources: Amicus brief: The ACLU, ACLU of Idaho and law firm Cooley LLP filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court to explain that Idaho’s arguments cannot be justified. TIME: What Blocking Emergency Abortion Care in Idaho Means for Doctors Like Me: An op-ed by Dr. Caitlin Gustafson, a family physician in Mccall, Idaho, and the co-president of the Idaho Coalition for Safe Healthcare. ACLU: Supreme Court to Determine Whether Politicians Can Deny Medical Emergency Medical Care to Pregnant People: A press release from the ACLU on the United States Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in Idaho and Moyle, et al. v. United States. Questions:  What is the background/history of EMTALA? This act started with protecting pregnant people; how did we get here? Since the Supreme Court took this case, Idaho has been allowed to prevent doctors from providing emergency abortion care, which has long been protected under EMTALA. Can you talk about the effects this has had on people in Idaho? What are the possible outcomes of this Supreme Court case? Who would be impacted the most? Will this impact states outside of Idaho? What threats does this case pose to medical professionals who are trying to provide care — alongside those trying to build their families? There is also a Supreme Court case before the justices on access to mifepristone — a pill used for medication abortion and miscarriage care. How will this impact reproductive health care, and are there other federal threats looming? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Your teenager is meant to make mistakes and push the envelope when it comes to boundaries and expectations. They’re learning who they are as individuals rather than as sons or daughters.  So how do we keep them safe while still letting them try and fail?  It all starts with the boundaries you’re setting with your young children today. If you’re having your very first talk about curfews and drinking with your child as you drop them off at a school party, you’re too late.  Dr. Jenny Rose joins me to share more about how we can get inside the teenage mind and how to start laying a sturdy foundation upon which to build our future relationship with our children.  Dr. Jenny is a clinical psychologist specializing in work with teens and children. She has her PhD in attachment based parenting and works at an inpatient psychiatric institution. She is on a mission to support kids and teens amidst a pandemic of heightened mental health struggles. She is also all about preventative interventions rather than just jumping in for treatment when things go awry.  Jenny is also a mother of three, and is launching a book in just two months, called mindful meals. This book is about nutrition for the entire family. It will feature a section that concentrates on raising conscious eaters and helping children to develop a healthy relationship with food. It is the first of its kind to focus on the psychology of eating and how as parents, we can safeguard our kids. In this episode, we discuss:  How the teenage brain works. Why they are more prone to taking risks. How we can better connect with our teens. Breaking down the complicated aspects of parenting a teen. Resources:  RECIPE for Jenny’s Chicken Stew Ingredients: 1x brown onion 1 x pack of chicken breasts half a bag of butternut half a bag of pumpkin / sweet potato 3-4 baby marrows (zucchini) one bag of cauliflower / broccoli mix corn on the cob (1-2) Chicken stock seasoning Recipe: Fry your onions until golden and add in chicken breasts (cut into fours).Season chicken with salt, pepper, and chicken spice / seasoning. Once your chicken is browned, add in all your veg. Add in your chicken stock (you can even use 2), and fill your pot with boiling water. Make sure your water covers all the veg. Let it boil for about half an hour (until the veg is nice and soft). Once veg are soft, use a masher to mash all the veg (this will also pull the chicken apart). Add salt and pepper to taste. This recipe is so easy and versatile, remove whatever you don’t enjoy, add other veg you do like, and if you want to make it indulgent, and a dollop or two of cream! The sauce will be nice and thick (if too thick just add a bit of water). You can serve it on rice or pasta, but we actually eat as is (sometimes on the rice it can be a bit dry and loses the delicious, slurpy goodness). Discount Codes from Our Sponsors:  Navy Hair Care Shampoo + Conditioner: use code LYNZY for 30% off Navy Hair Care Charcoal Mask: use code LYNZY for 30% off Questions:  Help us understand how the teenage brain works? What is the biggest thing teenagers need from parents? Why are teens struggling so much? What typical difficulties do you see with teenagers? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Have you ever heard your child say something truly negative about themselves? Do they do it often? We all have a mental talk track that plays in our head through which we process our lives and emotions. So do kids.  What do we do when our kids start to display signs of their talk track becoming negative? Joining me today to share more about why negative self-talk occurs and how to navigate it with our kids is Dr. Emily King.  Dr. King is a child psychologist and former school psychologist who has worked with neurodivergent children and teens for the last 20 years. She received a PhD in School Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, where she worked at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.  She spent five years working as a school psychologist and public schools in Houston, Texas, where she specialized in providing school based mental health services. Dr. Emily now works in private practice in North Carolina specializing in supporting the mental health needs of neurodivergent youth.  Listen as Dr. King shares her tips, tricks, and advice for becoming an effective advocate for our children… to our children. Because they need us to be the ones to help them navigate their feelings and emotions.  In this episode, we discuss:  Negative self-talk and what it is. How negative self-talk presents in children. Ways to determine where negative self-talk is stemming from and how to respond. Why it’s important to get curious rather than to simply react when your child says something negative. Different ways to help your child find their “thing”.   Resources:  Connect with Dr. King Learn with Dr. Emily - Learn with Dr. Emily Substack - Questions:  How do we know if children really mean what they say when they engage in negative self-talk? How can we respond in a way that supports and doesn't invalidate when a child is feeling negative about themselves? Why are neurodivergent children more likely to engage in negative self-talk?   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Traveling with children is not for the faint of heart. Leaving everything you’ve ever known along with family and friends to pursue a different lifestyle in a whole new country? Not a decision to be made lightly.  But when you know that you’re being called to something different, you take the leap and see where you land. Christina Dismuke and her husband did just that and she’s here to tell us all about it.  Christina was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and has her undergraduate and master's degree in education from Texas A&M. She has lived in Perth, Australia for the last four years with her husband and four kids all under the age of seven. When their twins were born, she took a career pause from the classroom, and has enjoyed the impact this has had on her family as they moved abroad.  Their move to Australia and having four kids in general has really moved them toward simplicity, access to next day delivery materials for social media worthy sensory play invitations, etc. Just isn't a thing in Perth, one of the most remote cities in the world. It has steered her ship in a different direction and has invited Christina to be a better noticer picking up on what her kids are watching and giving them access to it.  Listen in as she shares all about their life now and why they couldn’t have made a better decision for their family. In this episode, we discuss:  Their decision to live and raise their children internationally. Her pregnancy and postpartum care in Perth and how it differs from the United States. The differences in childcare and the schooling system in Perth. Practical tips for traveling or living abroad with kids in general. Resources:  Instant Pot Texas - Style Brisket Tacos Connect with Christina: Instagram - Questions:  Why did you and your husband decide to raise your kids abroad? Is pregnancy and postpartum handled better in Australia? How does the school system in Australia compare to the United States? What are some tips for people traveling and or moving abroad with children? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Protecting our children online is so important. We all know that we need to teach our kids not to share their personal information with strangers online, but what else is there? How can we approach this monumental task with grace and understanding?  Here to share her thoughts is Fareedah Shaheed. Fareedah is an award winning Internet safety expert and a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree. She uses her background in cybersecurity and online gaming to help parents protect their kids online. Her work has been featured in CNN, The Wall Street Journal, NASA, Fox, Yahoo, and many more for Rita offers a course on how to protect your children on their phone, and it will be linked in the show notes below. She's also currently working on a Roblox safety webinar launch and additional free webinars throughout this year. This was a brilliant conversation that provided really important insights on ways to have conversations with your children at all ages and stages and why you might need to look internally before discussing with your kids.  In this episode, we discuss:  How Freedah came to be an internet safety expert. How the landscape of internet safety has changed over the years. Sextortion and how to talk to your children about it. Thoughts on parental control and monitoring software. Resources:  Dr. Nicole Le Pera: The Holistic Psychologist - Train Live with Marisa Peer - Connect with Fareedah: The Hidden Threat: Protecting Your Child On Their Phone PKO Ambassador: My free Protect Kids Online (PKO) Resource Library: Instagram: Questions: What's the number one mistake parents make when it comes to protecting their kids online? What's your thoughts on parental control and monitoring software? What are some effective ways to educate kids on internet safety? Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Over the next few months, I’ll be mixing in some of our earlier Motherhood Meets Medicine interviews with new episodes. These ‘best of’ episodes are the most shared and listened to episodes of all time! Here is today’s featured episode with Kate Mangino, PhD all about unlearning traditional gender norms in the household.  Gender norms are slowly changing in the everyday household. Men used to be the income providers and bring home the money while women would take care of the children and house chores. Since times have been changing, women are expecting more from their partners even as little as switching caregiving roles so the women can have some time to themselves for a minute or two. The women in my community have loved Kate's book Equal Partners and requested to have her on as a guest. Kate's role and expertise in social changes provides incredible insight into hard hitting questions from the community and change. Kate Mangino, PhD is a gender expert and professional facilitator who works with international non-profit organizations to promote positive social change. She has written and delivered curricula in over 20 countries about issues such as: gender equality, women’s empowerment, healthy masculinity, HIV prevention, and early and forced childhood marriage. She brings her lens of gender and social change to her debut book, Equal Partners, which addresses household gender inequality in the United States and offers practical advice as to what each of us can do to rewrite gender norms. While we are still working on changing social norms in this generation. In today's episode, we talk about gender norms and creating household balance. Kate will share what she learned during her research for her book, and she gives some excellent suggestions on how to raise conversations with your partner about gender. She will also share some data on raising boys and give some tips on how we can raise our boys to be caregivers as they grow older. In this episode we discuss: Women who had to leave the workforce to take care of the family and how that impacted the dynamic of the home. How to bring up a life changing conversation about gender roles. Encouraging boys at a young age to feel their emotions and put a name to it. Anyone can work on gender equality- not just those in a nuclear family. Why hours in a work day can be a big issue in dividing up family tasks throughout the day. Resources: Grab a copy of Kate's book, Equal Partners When Moms Outearn Their Husbands, They Gain More Housework, Study Says My sponsors: Navy Hair Care: Navy Hair Care Shampoo + Conditioner Navy Hair Care Charcoal Mask   Connect with Lynzy: Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at Instagram: @motherhoodmeetsmedicine Sign up for the weekly newsletter here Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Over the next few months, I’ll be mixing in some of our earlier Motherhood Meets Medicine interviews with new episodes. These ‘best of’ episodes are the most shared and listened to episodes of all time! Today’s featured episode is an interview with Nate and Kaley Klemp of the 80/80 Marriage. When you start a new relationship, it’s logistics 5% of the time and fun the other 95% of the time. However, when you bring kids into the mix, that ratio tends to flip and now you’re struggling to find the balance of taking care of your kids' while still having fun for yourselves. Far too often, the relationship is challenged due to lost connection, communication issues, and lots of blaming. Kaley and Nate Klemp are on the podcast to share how you can turn this around and find connection again. Nate and Kaley Klemp are authors of the New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for a Happier, Stronger Marriage. Nate is a founding partner at Mindful Magazine and also the coauthor of the New York Times Bestseller Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing. Kaley is one of the nation's leading experts on small-group dynamics and leadership development, a TEDx speaker, and the author of three other books, including the Amazon Bestseller The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, The Drama-Free Office, and 13 Guidelines for Effective Teams. In today’s episode we discuss common traps couples fall into, issues of the 50/50 model of marriage, how you can shift into the 80/80 model, and how to create connections and better communicate with your partner. In this episode we discuss: How couples fall into unconscious habits. The key ingredient to a thriving relationship The benefits of reveal and request. The importance of opening communication to your partner on a day to day basis. How to create daily connections with your spouse. How date nights have been scientifically proven to improve your relationships Resources: 80/80 Marriage Website  Subscribe to the 80/80 Newsletter Free Epic Date Night Guide  Follow Nate and Kaley on Instagram @8080marriage Tips on Reveal and Request Connect with Lynzy: Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at Instagram: @motherhoodmeetsmedicine Sign up for the weekly newsletter here Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Have you ever thought to yourself, man I’m dreading the teen years… I am not ready for the snark, attitude and hormones. Why can’t my babies stay babies? Come to find out, it’s this type of thinking that can and will lead to the teen years being way more difficult than they have to be. So what can you do to maintain your connection with your teens as they grow into themselves and your relationship evolves?  Here to share is Cameron Caswell, PhD, otherwise known as the teen translator is an adolescent psychologist and parent coach TEDx speaker, host of the parenting teens with Dr. Cam podcast and co author of improving school mental health, the thriving school community solution. Dr. Cam is the mom of a teen too, so she not only talks the talk, she walks the walk. Dr. Cam also offers a virtual community for parents raising teens called the thriving Parent Academy. Toward the very end of the conversation Dr. Cam said something that I plan to write down and hang in my kitchen. Start from a place of curiosity rather than accusation or blame. When something happens, take a breath, don’t immediately react. Instead, let your kids tell you more about what happened.  Ask questions. Be curious.  This will empower them to come to you when things feel bigger and heavier than what they can handle. In this episode, we discuss:  The top reasons our teens stop talking to us. How we can build a strong foundation of trust and open communication with our teens. Dr. Cam’s opinion on social media and teens. Resources:  Dr. Cam offers a virtual community for parents raising teens called the Thriving Parent Academy Connect with Dr. Cam: Helping Parents & Teens Thrive Together Instagram - YouTube - LinkedIn - Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam Podcast - Questions: What are the top 3 reasons our teens stop talking to us? What is one easy way to earn back your teen's trust so they'll open up?. What is empathetic listening and why is it better than active listening? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
When a woman becomes a mother, it sometimes feels like she’s entered the wild, wild west without any sort of map, compass or guide. Half the things you read on the internet are purely opinion and not based in fact. The other half may be factual, but how does it apply to your life?  In the U.S. there is a dire need for better and more comprehensive postpartum care. Which is why Megan and Lauren, co-created The Matrescence App. The Matrescence is a maternal mental wellness app created after personal and professional recognition of the gaps in care for women navigating their Matrescence or process of becoming a mother.  Lauren is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, who turned her pain into passion and teamed up with Megan, the marketing and business brains behind the operation to create this space, their app empowers women with valuable mental health resources. As a member only community it serves as a vital place for peer connection, education by accredited experts, and curated mindfulness based stress reduction activities.  This was such an amazing conversation. We originally were going to talk so much more about mindfulness, but with the growing need for more postpartum care, we dug in deep and discussed the app and the reason they created it.  Investing in yourself and your mental health as a mother is a direct investment into your family. Remember that when your first instinct is to put yourself and your needs on the backburner.  In this episode, we discuss:  The Matrescence app and what it does for new moms. Our thoughts on wellness capitalism here in America and how it tends to prey on mothers. How simple breathing techniques can help stress relief throughout the day. Ways that journaling can help with wellness. Discount Codes from Our Sponsors: Factor: Get 50% off when you go and use the code lynzy50 to get 50% off your first box and 20% off your second as long as your membership is active. Resources:  Listeners can use code: M3 for a 30 day free trial of our premium membership! - *This code is only available on our website and not the App Store* If you want to make changes systemically - join one of these groups: Connect with Megan & Lauren: The Matrescence - The Matrescence App - Instagram @‌thematrescence - Questions: Can you describe a moment where mindfulness positively affected a challenging situation in your motherhood journey? Many mothers struggle to find time for themselves. How do you integrate mindfulness into your busy schedule with children? In terms of mindfulness, what is one piece of advice you would give to a new mother facing the overwhelming changes that come with parenthood? How does practicing mindfulness contribute to the emotional and mental well-being of both you and your children? Could you provide examples of how you use mindfulness to foster deeper connections with your children? What are some of the resources and exercises you offer through the app that can be done with your children? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Our children are begging for us to listen to them. In fact, recent polls suggest that many of our children, pre-teens and teens feel like we aren’t listening because we’re engaged with our phones and distracted. Is this true? Are we really not listening? Or have we forgotten the importance of active listening in conversations?  Dr. Maisha Clairborne is an integrative family physician, Master Practitioner and trainer of neuro linguistic programming, hypnosis and timeline therapy and founder of the mind remapping Academy. Through her live training, Dr. Clairborne teaches individuals how to master their thoughts, beliefs and communication, while eliminating fear, shame, self doubt and old trauma that interfere with their ability to experience full aliveness and live their best, most fulfilled, productive and peaceful life.  Listen as Dr. Clairborne and I talk about this extremely important topic. She even provides examples of situations where she has used active listening with her own son to help build his confidence and trust.  If you’ve been struggling with communication in your home, you will not want to miss this one.  In this episode, we discuss:  What active listening really is. Tips for balancing communication boundaries and providing safe spaces to talk. Non-verbal ways to show our children that we’re listening. The best ways to communicate with our children. When to incorporate humor into parenting Discount Codes from Our Sponsors: Earth Breeze to get 40% off your subscription plus a free welcome bundle. Resources:  Connect with Dr. Clairborne The Black Mind Garden Podcast Mind ReMapping Academy - Instagram - LinkedIn Twitter - YouTube - Questions: What are some ways we as parents can take care of ourselves when we are emotionally dysregulated? How can we use humor and play to redirect our children when it seems they are not listening? How can understanding our children's values help us to motivate and directionalize their behavior? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Is it impossible to build new friendships when you become a mother? How about maintaining the relationships you already have? No. It’s not. In fact, it’s vitally important to our health that we continue to actively build and maintain our relationships. But how do we do that when we’re juggling all the things as moms, wives, employees, business owners, etc? Here to share her tips and strategies for navigating friendships is Danielle Bayard Jackson.  Danielle is a female friendship coach and educator who speaks nationally on the science of woman's platonic connections. She's also the author of Fighting For Our Friendships, which is coming out in May of this year. She also has a coaching business Friend Forward that is dedicated to teaching women how to create and maintain better female friendships. And her expertise has been featured in The New York Times, NBC News, Psychology Today, Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, Good Morning America, and a host of other media outlets as the resident friendship expert for the global app Bumble for friends.  Listen as she shares her story, research, and why it’s so important that we continue to hone our friendships as we move into different stages of life.  In this episode, we discuss:  Ways to navigate current friendships and make new ones once you are a mom. How to handle different parenting styles or issues that come up between friends. What research has to say about quality friendships. Resources:  Book-preorder - Fighting For Our Friendships Article by Kirsten Powers -The Way We Live in United States is not Normal Article by Rosie Spinks -The Friendship Problem Connect with Danielle: Instagram - @‌daniellebayardjackson - TikTok - @‌thefriendshipexpert - Questions: What is the surprising research around the benefits of women’s friendship? What are 4 tangible ways to make time for friends as a busy mom? Do you know the 3 of the most common conflicts that arise between mom friends (and how to solve them)? What does the research say about how friendship changes for those in their 30s and 40s? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
With processed foods being so excessively available to us, how do we nourish our brains and fuel our bodies for longevity? Believe it or not, you can use nutrition for brainpower and to deter the effects of neurological dysfunction and disease.  Here to do a deep dive on what to eat to support your brain and body for life is Barbie Boules.  Barbie is a registered dietician, certified health coach and meditation teacher with over 22 years of experience. In her practice, she works as a private coach, community educator, passionate speaker, popular corporate wellness programmer, and respected dietetic intern preceptor. She's had the privilege of counseling 1000s of men and women around the country on her journey to better health. Barbie specializes in the unique needs of women over 40.  She focuses on helping her clients achieve optimal metabolic and cognitive fitness. Without the unnecessary and unsustainable rules of FAD dieting, and rather, through a genuine understanding of what each client truly needs to transform their health for good. Listen in as she debunks some of the widely held beliefs about diet, whole grains, coffee and more. Plus she shares tips and tricks for creating a home that supports healthy eating habits early on… without the stress and regrets.  In this episode, we discuss:  The biggest risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s. How you can nourish your body to help protect your cognitive health. Protein and its role as we age. Why coffee and tea are still important for your diet. The importance of whole grains. Resources:  Nutrition Essentials - Everyday Mindfulness - Connect with Barbie: Barbie Boules Longevity and Wellness LinkedIn | Instagram Discount Codes from Our Sponsors: Mosh Protein Bars - - Save 20% + Free Shipping on the Best-Sellers Trial Pack or Plant-Based Trial Pack Questions: What are the biggest risk factors for developing Alzheimer's? Is the MIND-DIET beneficial and what key foods are in it? When it comes to 80-20/90-10 rules, does the time frame matter for the “treat” days? Why does she like coffee and tea being added to the diet? What are the best sources of whole grains? How can what we eat affect our cognitive brain health? What would her approach be with her kids to grow up eating in a similar way? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
If you’ve listened to the podcast for any amount of time, you know that one of our children has been diagnosed with dyslexia. Once she was finally diagnosed, an entire world of knowledge and resources opened up for us. But it took a LONG time to get to this point.  Because of our journey, it’s important to me to share expert information with you about this extremely common neurological condition. Which is why I reached out to April McMurtrey.  April is a professional reading specialist, dyslexia specialist, author, and the developer of the Learn Reading program. She has been helping struggling and dyslexic students for over 30 years, breaking through their reading barriers to unlock the world of words. April is currently preparing for a TED talk about dyslexia awareness that I cannot wait for. Her book, Is That Dyslexia, is now on shelves, and she also has resources that will help struggling and dyslexic students, parents of those students and parents who are those students, including dyslexia screenings and online courses.  Having dyslexia doesn't mean you're at a disadvantage. It's just your brain seeing things differently. Listen in to learn about how you can support your kids, why dyslexia can be a strength, and how to get the right screenings if you notice certain behaviors in your child. In this episode, we discuss:  How common dyslexia is. The signs and symptoms of dyslexia. How to advocate and help your child with dyslexia. Talents and strengths of people with dyslexia may have. Resources:  The Learn Reading Program Is it Dyslexia by April McMurtrey Aaron Slater, Illustrator: A Picture Book (The Questioneers) Connect with April: Learn Reading LinkedIn |Instagram| Facebook Discount Codes from Our Sponsors: Factor: Get 50% off when you go and use the code lynzy50 Questions: What is dyslexia? What are some of the signs and symptoms of dyslexia? How common is dyslexia? How early can dyslexia typically be identified? How important is it to diagnose early as opposed to later on? How do you go about diagnosing dyslexia? What should I do as a parent if I think my child may be dyslexic but the school won't evaluate? How do you help a struggling or dyslexic learner? What are some effective teaching methods and approaches that can be employed to help individuals with dyslexia improve their reading skills? What are some of the talents and strengths that dyslexics have? How can I help foster this in my own child? What are some of your favorite resources for those wanting to learn more about dyslexia? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
When your child is being hurt emotionally or physically by other kids or hurting others themselves do you know how to talk to them? Gabriela Blanco shares some tips on talking to our kids in ways they will understand when something like this happens. She also discusses how to deal with the emotions and feelings this brings up and how to listen deeply to what our children are saying. Gabriela says that validating their feelings but also setting boundaries is much more effective than saying “how do you think the other child feels?” Gabriela is the founder of healing parents, and creator of the healing parents approach. She supports humans who are intentionally healing while parenting with the tools, support and community to experience close lasting and connected relationships with their children and themselves. Gabriela is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, was raised in Southern California, and has been living in Oaxaca, Mexico for the past 18 years.  Listen as Gabriela discusses how to handle sibling fighting to make your home a more drama free environment. If you have kids that fight and argue this is one episode you don’t want to miss. In this episode, we discuss:  Effective ways to help children understand and relate to the feelings of others. How to handle it when our children get hurt emotionally. Techniques to help children take responsibility for their feelings and actions.\ Resources:  Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans by Michaeleen Doucleff A Kids Co Connect with Gabriela: Healing Parents Course Instagram | Email Discount Codes from Our Sponsors: Earth Breeze - to get 40% off your subscription Questions: What would our world look like if everyone who was hurting was able to get help? How can we help our kids understand and relate to children who are mean to them? What examples can you give to help handle the situations as they occur? Sibling fighting, how do we handle it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit