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In this episode I sit down with Daniel, father to two girls, ages 9 and 15. Daniel has been following peaceful parenting practices in recent years and finds it a struggle that his wife isn’t onboard.   We go into: [4:36] How ending the yelling and power struggles has changed Daniel’s relationship with his daughters  [9:30] Why we can force our partners to be aligned with peaceful parenting [10:10] Tips to navigate your relationship with your partner when it comes to peaceful parenting  [17:05] Daniel’s update after a few weeks Resources mentioned in this episode www.sarahrosensweet.com/freeworkshop  Episode 19: When Your Partner Is Not On Board with Peaceful Parenting with Sarah Rosensweet www.sarahrosensweet.com/parentingcourse Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
In this episode, I’m sharing three reasons why you don’t have to be a perfect parent.    There is a lot of pressure when it comes to parenting. Often we feel like people are judging us for what we do, say and act with our kids. The truth is, no one is judging us as harshly as we’re judging ourselves.    Listen in to learn why you are a better parent if you don’t hold yourself to an impossible standard of perfection! We go into: [4:40] Why being a perfect parent is unrealistic  [7:45] Helping our kids develop resilience  [9:35] Why perfectionism makes us worse parents  Resources mentioned in this episode www.sarahrosensweet.com/freeworkshop Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
I’m popping onto your Podcast feed today to let you know I am hosting a workshop on Monday, August 8th at 8:00 PM EST and Thursday, August 11th at 12pm EST.   It’s called Peaceful Discipline: How to Get Your Kids to Cooperate Without Using Threats, Yelling or Punishment and I would love for you to join me.   You can go and sign up for free at www.sarahrosensweet.com/freeworkshop.    If you can't make it live, I will have a replay available for you that you can watch later. If you can make it live, I will be answering all of your questions about discipline and how to get your kids to listen to you without using yelling, threats, bribes, punishment, all of those things that we don't want to use in peaceful parenting.   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
Mainstream parenting is W.E.I.R.D! Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic. Well, maybe not everyone. But parenting in North American culture has changed a lot in the past few hundred years and it’s a lot different currently than some other places in the world.    My guest in this podcast set out to look at how some other families around the world operate, how American parenting is different, and what we can learn from parents in other places.   Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hunt, Gather, Parent. The book describes a way of raising helpful and confident children, which moms and dads have turned to for millennia. It also explains how American families can incorporate this approach into their busy lives.   Doucleff is also a global health correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk, where she reports about disease outbreaks and children’s health.    We go into: [3:00] Why Michaeleen wrote her book and what influenced it [6:30] How the nuclear family has been a failed social experiment  [13:10] Michaeleen’s TEAM acronym  [20:00] The interesting thing about encouraging our kids to develop autonomy  [37:30] The importance of having minimal interference with our kids [45:55] Culturally specific traits when raising kids [52:00] Advice Michaeleen would give her younger parent self   Doucleff has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Berkeley, California, a master’s degree in viticulture and enology from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Caltech.   In 2015, Doucleff was part of the team that earned a George Foster Peabody award for its coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Before coming to NPR in 2012, Doucleff was an editor at the journal Cell, where she wrote about the science behind pop culture.    She lives in Alpine, Texas, with her husband, daughter and German Shepherd, Savanna. Resources mentioned in this episode Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaeleen Doucleff Ask your question: www.speakpipe.com/peacefulparentingpodcast Brain-Body Parenting by Dr. Mona Delahooke Connect with Michaeleen Doucleff On Twitter www.michaeleendoucleff.com   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
This week’s episode is a coaching call with Sameera, mom to four-year-old Ananth who has big feelings.   Sameera shares how Ananth gets unsettled when things don't go according to plan and how to help him navigate missing his dad when he’s at work.   We go into: [2:10] The challenges Sameera is facing [7:20] Tips to navigate big feelings [9:50] How to empathize if you can’t relate to the situation  [19:00] Strategies to handle emotional outbursts [25:00] What to do if you feel powerless [33:30] Part 2: how things went for Sameera Resources mentioned in this episode We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
In this episode, I introduce you to Corey and Stoney, the two new Peaceful Parenting Coaches here at Sarah Rosensweet Peaceful Parenting. We chat about our peaceful parenting journeys as well as our most influential parenting books over the years.   We go into: [1:45] Introducing Corey to the team [3:10] Introducing Stoney to the team [5:50] Sarah’s most influential parenting books [8:35] Corey’s most influential parenting books [13:00] Stoney’s most influential parenting books [24:30] The importance of equal partnership [32:50] What to do if you’re struggling with burnout    Resources mentioned in this episode Episode 24: Coaching call with Corey: When Peaceful Parenting Wasn’t Enough Episode 47: Shame-Proof Parenting with Mercedes Samudio Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Marham  Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn  Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn   Shame Proof Parenting by Mercedes Samudio  Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne  The Soul of Discipline by Kim John Payne  Raising Human Beings by Ross Greene  Find Your Unicorn Space by Eve Rodsky  Fair Play by Eve Rodsky  Impossible Parenting by Olivia Scobie  How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn  All The Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and The Myth of Equal Partnership by Darcy Lockman  Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
Have you heard the term ‘stable misery’?    It’s Dr. Lynyetta Willis’s term to describe the ‘in-between’ space we sometimes experience as parents: The house isn’t burning down but things aren’t great.   In this episode, Dr. Willis joins me for a conversation about how to break out of stable misery.   As a psychologist and family empowerment coach, Dr. Lynyetta Willis, helps frustrated families stop Stable Misery® cycles or unhelpful patterns that keep them stuck, so they can create more joy in their parenting or partnerships. Her Triggered to Transformed® Parent Coaching Program has helped parents all over the world to confidently deal with their triggers so they can pass on the best parts of themselves and enjoy parenting more.   We go into: [2:40] How Dr. Lynyetta became a family empowerment coach [3:45] What stable misery is [5:55] How to recognize when you’re in stable misery [9:00] The Five Paths Framework [21:10] Tips to get in touch with your feelings and emotions [27:20] The difference between stressors and triggers [40:20] Dr. Lynyetta’s advice to her younger parent self   Resources mentioned in this episode Ask your question: www.speakpipe.com/peacefulparentingpodcast Quiz: What’s Your Parenting Trigger Score - https://drlwillis.link/trigger-score  Stable Misery Free Roadmap - www.healingstablemisery.com   Connect with Dr. Lynyetta Willis On Instagram On LinkedIn On Facebook www.drlwillis.com   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
What is the impact of healing the relationship we have with our kids by healing ourselves?   It’s significant. When we start to understand why we have the beliefs and thoughts we do, and how it impacts our kids and relationships, it changes our outlook and how we approach our kids.   In this episode, Yvonne joins me for a coaching call to talk about how her relationship to herself has impacted the way she relates to her kids: Molly who is 7, and Fionntan who is 6.    We go into: [2:40] Yvonne’s upbringing and how it influences the topic for this conversation [5:20] Getting pregnant unexpectedly [7:50] How Yvonne’s emotional regulation has changed since the early years  [11:10] Having conversations about repairs with our kids [18:30] How to check in with your nervous system [24:35] Two week check in: How it went for Yvonne [32:20] The impact and importance of rest  [41:40] Why we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves Resources mentioned in this episode www.sarahrosensweet.com/newsletter   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
In this very special episode of The Peaceful Parenting Podcast, I have compiled a list of advice former podcast guests have shared about what they would say to their younger parent selves.   I know you will find this episode so inspiring. I’ve created a cheat sheet that you can download for free with all of my guests’ expert advice for you to reference. You can get it here: www.sarahrosensweet.com/guestexpertadvice. We go into: [3:30] Dr. Laura Markham’s advice [5:05] Ned Johnson’s advice [7:30] Yolanda Williams’ advice [9:31] Dayna Abraham’s advice [10:55] Leslie Priscilla’s advice [12:21] Dr. Sharon Saline’s advice [13:50] Mr. Chazz’s advice [15:50] Kristy Forbes’ advice [17:35] Eve Rodsky’s advice [19:30] Teacher Tom’s advice [22:10] Iris Chen’s advice [23:45] Lynn Lyons’ advice [26:10] Julie Lythcott-Haims’ advice [30:45] Janine Halloran’s advice [33:00] Dr. Mona’s advice [34:50] My advice to my younger self Resources mentioned in this episode Episode 2: When Your Child Refuses with Dr. Laura Markham Episode 8: Raising A Self-Driven Child with Ned Johnson Episode 14: Decolonizing Parenting and Raising Anti-Racist Children with Yolanda Williams Episode 17: Sensory Processing Challenges/Disorder with Dayna Abraham Episode 20: Reparenting Ourselves: Being the Parents We Want To Be with Leslie Priscilla Episode 22: Understanding ADHD with Dr. Sharon Saline Episode 25: Seeing, Guiding and Trusting our Kids with Mr. Chazz Episode 27: Understanding Autism with Kristy Forbes Episode 30: Find Your Unicorn Space with Eve Rodsky Episode 31: Play-Based Learning with Teacher Tom Episode 34: Untigering: Moving From Coercion to Compassion with Iris Chen Episode 35: Three Skills to Protect Our Kids’ Mental Health with Lynn Lyons Episode 37: Your Turn: How to Be An Adult with Julie Lythcott-Haims Episode 41: Healthy Coping Strategies for Kids with Janine Halloran Episode 42: Brain-Body Parenting with Dr. Mona Delahooke   Books Authored by Our Guests Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Marham  Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings by Dr. Laura Markham  What Do You Say with Ned Johnson and William Stixrud  Find Your Unicorn Space by Eve Rodsky  Purchase: Fair Play by Eve Rodsky  Untigering: Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent by Iris Chen Anxious Kids Anxious Parents by Lynn Lyons  How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims  Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims Your Turn: How to Be An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims  Brain-Body Parenting by Dr. Mona Delahooke    Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
How much sleep do tweens and teens need? Are they getting enough? How do we help them get more?   It’s no secret that our kids lead busy lives– between schoolwork, activities, volunteering, and more, how can we ensure our kids get enough sleep?   Joining me for this conversation about our teens and sleep is Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright, psychotherapists and sleep specialists.    We go into: [3:30] An inside look at their new book, Generation Sleepless [4:35] The big dangers of our teenagers not getting enough sleep [7:35] The impact of social media on sleep [9:00] The learning challenges that come from lack of sleep [11:10] How to get your kids on board in changing their sleep habits [19:25] The importance of modeling what’s important and helping kids who have a hard time with priorities [29:50] Tips for parents who are struggling with getting their kids to sleep They are authors of the popular parenting book, The Happy Sleeper. Their work has appeared in outlets like the New York Times and NPR. Their new book is called, Generation Sleepless: Why tweens and teens aren't sleeping enough, and how we can help them.   Resources mentioned in this episode The Happy Sleeper by Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright  Generation Sleepless by Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright  The Self-Driven Child by Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson  Staying Connected to Your Teenager by Michael Riera    Connect with Heather and Julie On Instagram https://www.thehappysleeper.com/   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
Is your strong-willed child being defiant? Are you looking for guidance on closing the gap between your expectations and what is actually happening when it comes to setting peaceful limits?   This episode is a solo episode, based on a question I received from Susanne via Speakpipe (you can leave your questions there for me too)!   We cover: [1:50] Suzanne’s question for this episode [3:35] 3 big ideas behind parenting Strong Willed kids [5:40] How to close the gap between expectations and realities without yelling [9:50] Finding a win-win solution Resources mentioned in this episode: Ask your question: www.speakpipe.com/peacefulparentingpodcast  Connection strategies free ebook Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
In this episode, Rachel Rainbolt joins us in talking about how to have more simplicity as a family.    Our world is packed with stuff and activities, some of which we want and need, and a lot of which we don’t. Rachel teaches us tips to simplify our time and space so we can have more ease and joy.   Rachel, the founder of Sage Family, is a gentle parenting, natural homeschooling, and simple living mentor. With a master’s degree in marital and family therapy, she has spent decades guiding thousands of overwhelmed families to peace and joy. Rachel works from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives wild and free in connection with her 3 wildlings and the papa bear in their fixer upper on the beach.   We go into: [2:15] The case study that frames this conversation [7:00] The simplicity mindset [15:50] Why transitions are hard for kids [17:20] Where to put yourself on your to do list [22:00] How to help kids get rid of stuff [26:20] The biggest blocks parents get when it comes to simplicity  [29:45] Best practices for getting started with simplifying your space [33:30] Reframing trying to ‘do it all’   Resources mentioned in this episode The Sage Family Podcast  Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski  Rachel’s Freebies Sage Family Village   Connect with Rachel On Instagram On Facebook https://sagefamily.com   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
How do you calm a hypervigilant nervous system? What causes it? How do you support a child when their behavior is challenging? This is what we discuss in this week’s coaching episode with Anita.   Anita lives in Australia and is the mom of two great kids: an 8 year old girl and 5 year old boy  named Louis. Louis has a hypervigilant nervous system and asks for support in navigating it.   We cover: [3:20] Louis’ facial burn and how it exacerbated his hypervigilance and sensitive nature [8:45] How to know if you need an autism diagnosis [11:40] Trauma responses vs. autism [18:15] The fear behind not having enough resources for neurodivergent kids [25:20] Anita’s update after two months   Resources mentioned in this episode  Join my newsletter Episode 33: Why Does My Child Lie and What To Do About It with Sarah Rosensweet Episode 43: Four Big Ideas to Help Stop Sibling Fights with Sarah Rosensweet Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com Book a short consult or coaching session call
We have a solo episode to talk about how to help our kids with transitions this week.   With the end of the school year around the corner, we may not recognize that this is a time of heightened anxiety for our kids. We typically tend to think that going back to school is more stressful for them, when in fact, year end could be just the same.   We cover: [3:05] Recognizing our child’s fear of back to school as a potential anxiety [4:00] Empathizing with our child through their anxieties  [5:45] Listening to our child as they share their worries with you [6:55] The importance of letting your child know they can handle it [10:10] The two best ways to empty your emotional backpack [10:50] What to do if your kids are anxious all year Resources mentioned in this episode: Anxious Kids Anxious Parents by Lynn Lyons Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
In this episode, we talk about how to overcome picky eating. This is a challenge a lot of parents face – how to get their kids to eat without being so picky!   Joining me for this conversation is Jennifer House, who has been a Registered Dietitian for 16 years. She has owned First Step Nutrition for the past 13 years, where she helps to make feeding families easier, with a focus on Baby-led Weaning and Picky Eating. Jennifer has published two books and regularly appears in the media.    We go into: [3:40] This episode’s case study [7:10] Why it’s okay for our kids’ appetites to fluctuate  [9:00] The Division of Responsibility by Ellyn Satter [14:35] The kids’ responsibility when it comes to eating [18:25] Intuitive eating for kids [19:00] How to spot the difference between sensory processing challenges and picky eating [33:50] Why kids are picky to begin with [40:00] Advice parents need to know when it comes to picky eating   Jen earned her BSc in Nutrition & Food Science from the University of Alberta, and before starting First Step Nutrition, she completed an MSc in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. She also worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in outpatient services, often seeing clients with Failure to Thrive or picky eating struggles.   Having a picky eater of her own, Jennifer can relate to the stress and struggles of raising a kid who just won’t try new foods! She has helped hundreds of families implement Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility of feeding in their homes with personal consults and team feeding consults in partnership with an Occupational Therapist. She now works with clients online in a group coaching program to support them in making mealtimes more peaceful with a picky eater at the table.   Resources mentioned in this episode Sequential Oral Sensory Approach by Dr. Kay Toomy The Division of Responsibility by Ellyn Satter   Connect with Jennifer On Instagram On Twitter On LinkedIn On Facebook https://firststepnutrition.com  Free On-Demand Webinar: "How to teach your kids to finally try new foods....without yelling or making separate meals"   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
In this episode, I sit down with Bob, dad to Cody, 6 and Skyler, 2. This conversation specifically focuses on Bob’s challenges with Cody, who is a kid with really big feelings and a lot of sensitivity.   As you’ll hear in the episode, we talk about the triggers Bob experiences because of Cody’s big feelings. We also discuss his fears and challenges with staying calm and emotionally generous in hard moments.   We cover: [6:30] How Cody’s needs show up in their family life [12:50] How our fear as parents shows up in our parenting [19:00] What co-regulation is and the process to get there [21:20] Tips for incorporating Special Time into your routine [34:25] How to empty your Emotional Backpack [40:05] Check in - the changes Bob experienced after our coaching call Resources mentioned in this episode  Episode 38: Why Do Kids Whine? And What To Do About It with Sarah Rosensweet Special Time Guide Rescue dog YouTube video Empathic Limits blog post   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
Have you ever either felt shame as a parent and then either had a grown up tantrum OR shamed your kids in those tough moments?    As parents, it is impossible to avoid ever feeling shame. Our kids will act out. People will judge us. We will make bad decisions sometimes despite our best intentions.    Shame-proof parenting is about learning how to support yourself when those hard feelings come up so that we can be the parents we want to be instead of getting caught up in our own embarrassment or overwhelm.   Joining me for this conversation is Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, a licensed psychotherapist, parent coach, speaker, and bestselling author who helps parents and children communicate with each other, manage emotional trauma, navigate social media and technology together, and develop healthy parent-child relationships.    We go into: [2:20] What shame-proof parenting is and why it’s so important [7:50] Mercedes’ tips for reducing shame in hard situations [12:25] How to love yourself as a parent, through the shame you’re experiencing  [14:35] The Parental Identity Development Model [28:50] Mercedes’ advice for parents who are just starting out Mercedes is an adjunct professor at Chapman University and Pepperdine University where she teaches psychology, diagnosis of mental illness, and multicultural counseling. She is an accomplished speaker who explores topics such as parenting identity development, multicultural counseling, and developing a clinical identity.    Mercedes started the #EndParentShaming movement as well as coined the term Shame-Proof Parenting – using both to bring awareness to ending parent shame.    Resources mentioned in this episode Episode 30: Find Your Unicorn Space with Eve Rodsky   Connect with Mercedes On Instagram On Twitter On LinkedIn https://shameproofparenting.com/    Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
In this episode, we’re exploring why we don’t need to stress out or fix it when our kids are unhappy about something.    Life is a balance of happy and hard times. Our kids will experience these moments too as they grow older. It’s important to welcome and honor their feelings and emotions, even as we don’t want to see them suffering.   Supporting them through unhappy moments helps them become more resilient. We cover: [1:10] Why parenting with the goal of happiness is troublesome  [2:00] Why it’s hard for us to parent when our kids are unhappy [6:00] How kids develop emotional resilience  [7:50] Why unhappy kids don’t make us bad parents [9:50] Being aware of the stories we tell ourselves Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
In this episode, I’m sharing a glimpse into my incredible membership community.    It’s a monthly membership program. One of the features is group coaching Office Hours every week and one is a guest expert Q&A with other mentors in the parenting space.    Lynn Lyons joined me in my membership for this Q&A call, where community members had the chance to ask her their questions and get support in real time.    We go into: [6:35] How to help anxious kids who reject coping skills [15:02] Helping kids who are anxious going to school [20:04] Guiding our kids who have just learned about death [25:35] How to help kids who get anxious at bedtime [32:10] Helping kids who are anxious about grades and academic performance [38:51] Dealing with perfectionism [41:31] What to look for in a therapist if you feel your child needs some extra support with their anxiety   Lynn is a psychotherapist, author and speaker in Concord, New Hampshire. She has been in private practice for 28 years, and specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children.   She travels globally as a speaker and trainer on the subject of anxiety, its role in families, and the need for a preventative approach at home and in schools. Resources mentioned in this episode Sign up for my membership Anxious Kids Anxious Parents by Lynn Lyons Anxiety and Depression Association of America The International OCD Foundation The Self Driven Child by William Stixrud   Connect with Lynn On Instagram On Twitter On YouTube Facebook https://www.lynnlyons.com    Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
How can we help our sensitive kids when they’re experiencing big emotions and get upset?   It’s not that they don’t want to share their emotions with us. They may be so overwhelmed that adding our emotions as parents on top of theirs can be even more triggering for them.   In this episode, I sit down with Julia, mom of two girls – L who is 8 and T who is 10. Julia shares how L is uncomfortable with her big feelings and working through them together.     We talk about: [5:50] How sensitive kids sometimes shut down when experiencing big feelings  [8:40] Defining emotional backpacks and leading with empathy  [12:05] Challenging our own views of what supporting our kids should look like [17:50] Making repairs out of our own need to do it [27:20] How to ease tensions and incorporate Special Time [34:30] Check in - the changes Julia experienced after our coaching call Resources mentioned in this episode Special Time Guide 5 Day Challenge: Parenting Reset   Connect with Sarah Rosensweet   On Instagram On Facebook https://www.sarahrosensweet.com  Book a short consult or coaching session call
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