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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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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
If you’ve seen the news at all lately, you’ve likely heard that the Supreme Court of Alabama has ruled that all embryos are children. But what does that mean? What implications does this ruling have for the future of IVF?  Here to share more about what this could mean for hopeful families is Dr. Erica Bove.  Erica is a double board certified OB-GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist (REI) physician at the University of Vermont, as well as a certified life coach through The Life Coach School. She is also the founder of Love and Science: Thriving Through Infertility. She empowers women professionals to thrive while building their families. Listen as she shares her thoughts on this new ruling as well as her expertise around IVF. Because there’s so much more to IVF these days than creating viable embryos.  In this episode, we discuss:  The recent court decision in Alabama around IVF What it means for the future of IVF Common misconceptions about fertility How to strengthen your relationship when you are going through treatments Resources:  Connect with Erica: LinkedIn: IG: FB: Questions: Where is the best place to find reliable information about fertility? How does my relationship with my physician and care team influence my trust and confidence that I'm getting the best care for me? What do I do if I don't feel I'm getting what I need with my fertility care team? What can I do when I feel I'm going down the "rabbit hole" of data and the internet? Where can I turn for more support? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Your postpartum brain is amazing. Not only is your body going through the physical changes that come with motherhood, but your brain is processing a ton of hormones and inputs that help you take care of your new baby.  Matrescence is essentially the process of becoming a mother. It’s a word that describes what your brain and body are going through as you leave the world of pre-motherhood and prepare to usher life into the world. Here to share more is Dr. Nikki Pensak. Dr. Nikki is a Clinical Psychologist, author and researcher specializing in treating postpartum, mental health, anxiety, OCD and depression. She provides evidence based therapy to her patients and is certified in postpartum mental health. She also serves on the expert review board for Parents Magazine, her new book Rattled:How To Calm New Mom Anxiety With the Power of the Postpartum Brain is now available for pre-order.  As you listen, remember that one of the most important things for you to take care of as you become a mom is your mental health. Protect your sleep. Protect your brain. Protect your mental health and get together a team to help you in advance.  In this episode, we discuss:  What Matrescence is The wonders of the maternal brain Pregnancy and giving birth during COVID   Resources:  Connect with Nikki: Rattled: How to Calm New Mom Anxiety with the Power of the Postpartum Brain Nikki’s TedX talk - The Power of the Maternal Brain Discount Codes from Our Sponsors: Apostrophe: Get started for only $5 when you go and use the code lynzy Factor: Get 50% off when you go and use the code lynzy50 Questions: What is your new book about? What inspired you to write this book? What are some main takeaways from this book? What kind of patients do you see in your private practice? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
What is your first thought when your child lies to you? Are you reactive? Or do you take a moment and think through what their lie is really telling you?  I’m sure you’re not thinking to yourself, this lie is a gift, but what if that’s exactly what it is? Amie Anger joins me to share what to do when your child lies and strategies for figuring out the root cause of their lying.  Amie is a child and family therapist and mom of 6. After two years of post-grad training at Yale Child Study Center, she’s been a therapist in private practice for 16 years. Last year she saw the mental health fallout of Covid for our children and families and she decided to take the advice and strategies she shares with the families that she works with and make it widely available to all families through her platform on Instagram. Remember, your child is watching everything that you do and say. If you want your children to feel comfortable with being truthful, model that in your day to day life as well. Listen in to hear all of Amie’s tips and tricks and her strategies for supporting all of your children when you have multiple children in your household. In this episode, we discuss:  Navigating when children lie no matter what age. Why they lie? What we can do as parents to make it less likely they will lie. Resources:  Connect with Amie: 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 is helpful for parents to remember when they discover their child has lied? What are the things I might inadvertently do as a parent that make it more likely my child will lie, and what can I do to make it less likely they will lie? Why do children lie, and how can I use this understanding in my response to this behavior? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
“You deserve to be held just as much as your baby.” Just one of the many gems Stephanie Defilippis shares in our conversation about navigating motherhood and the quest for support in America. Because in America, we really fall behind in providing support to new moms, both in our communities and from a policy perspective. Stephanie is a perinatal mental health therapist in Illinois. She owns a group therapy practice called crescent moon therapy, where they specialize in working with individuals throughout the reproductive period. She shares her thoughts on the postpartum period women experience in other countries as well as what we can do to create similar experiences here in America. There truly is an invisible village at your fingertips. Listen in to find out more.    In this episode, we discuss:  The invisible village here in America. The importance of having community support throughout motherhood. What our ideal community support system would look like. How you can cultivate your own support system at home.   Resources:  Connect with Stephanie: Website:Maternal Mental Health Instagram Discount Codes from Our Sponsors: Earth Breeze to get 40% off your subscription Questions: Can you give an example of how historically in different culture villages were structured to support women? What are barriers to building a village? We hear these questions a lot- "Why is it so hard for me to ask for help? Why does it feel hard for me to create my own village?" Let's unpack them together How can women create their own village? Both pre-pregnancy and postpartum. Even as a mom with older children, there are ways to create yourself a village Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Have you ever wondered why your child randomly loses their mind over the smallest things? You’re going along, everyone is happy and thriving, and then a pea touches the potatoes and it seems like the world has caught on fire.  Believe it or not, there’s nothing wrong with your peas or potatoes, and there’s also likely nothing wrong with your child.  Dr. Rebecca Hershberg is a Clinical Psychologist, Parenting Coach, Author and Public Speaker, who has been helping parents with their kids and vice versa for more than two decades. She is the author of The Tantrum Survival Guide and has been published widely, including the New York Times, and Today Parents. She’s joining me today to talk all about parenting through tantrums, no matter the age. Because it’s also completely normal for your teen and young adult children to have tantrums as well. Listen in to learn more about how your child’s brain works and develops.   In this episode, we discuss:  What tantrums are and what they mean. How to work through tantrums as a parent. Why tantrums occur, no matter what the age. Connect with Rebecca: Rebecca Hershberg, Ph.D. - IG - @‌rebeccahershbergphd The Tantrum Survival Guide: Tune In to Your Toddler's Mind (and Your Own) to Calm the Craziness and Make Family Fun Again Discount Codes from Our Sponsors: Every Plate: Get started for $1.49 per meal + $1 steaks for life by going to and entering code: 49Lynzy Questions: What are tantrums?  What does it mean when my kid has a tantrum?  How do I help work through tantrums as a parent?  Why do tantrums occur, even as my child gets older?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
What do you do as a family medicine physician when more and more children and young adults are coming to you for anxiety and depression that isn’t made better by medications? You dig deeper. That’s exactly what Dr. Alison Yeung did and what her patients shared with her was astounding. Kids these days are spending an untold amount of time on their phones and its impacting their lives in severely detrimental ways.  Dr. Yeung is a practicing family physician in Ontario, Canada. She has been practicing for the past decade and over that time has become increasingly aware of the mental health crisis facing children and teens. She is hoping to raise awareness about this topic by educating parents and providing strategies to reduce the harm caused by social media and video games. Listen in to learn more about the research that’s being done in this field and what parents need to know about screens and children.    In this episode, we discuss:  What the research is saying about social media use. When is a good time for parents to let children have phones or use social media. How to talk with your kids about establishing their sense of self.   Resources: Dr. Yeung’s IG: @‌thesmartphoneeffect John Haidt Substack is an amazing resource for studies/data - Books: iGen, Dopamine nation, The Collapse of Parenting , The Anxious Generation (currently on preorder) Connect with Dr. Yeung: Dr. Yeung’s IG: @‌thesmartphoneeffect   Discount Codes from Our Sponsors: Apostrophe: Get started for only $5 when you go to and use the code lynzy Questions: When do I feel a child is ready for social media? Suggested boundaries around social media use. (applies to all screens really) Why is there a lot of correlational data on social media and mental health, but not much causational data? What have I learned from talking to parents who have kids struggling with smartphone overuse? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit