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Parenting through trauma and loss, with Natalie Norton

voices of your village Nov 08, 2018

 

This week I was so grateful for the opportunity to chat with Natalie Norton. Natalie is a motivational speaker, coach, and writer who has experienced immense trauma in her life. She uses her emotional intelligence and awareness to cope with her trauma, continue to thrive in her life, and help others do the same. 

Natalie shared the many traumatic experiences she has had. She lost her brother and later she lost her infant son. A few years later, she and her husband became foster to adopt parents to twins and their seven-year-old sibling. After two years with these children in their family, just before the adoption was to be finalized, the children were reunited with their...

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The answer to 90% of my sleep consultations

 

 

This week we are diving deep into the topic that covers 90% of my sleep consultations: SLEEP PRESSURE.

When we look at sleep, there is always more than we see on the surface. So with our tiny humans, we may see behavioral things (like bedtime resistance) but if we dig a little deeper there is often something else happening. And many times, it is sleep pressure that needs tweaking.   

Sleep pressure is like being the right amount of hungry. I don’t want to be a little hungry and only need a snack and I also don’t want to be hangry. I want to be the perfect amount of hungry so that I’m ready to sit down to a complete and revitalizing meal. The...

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Daylight Savings Time Bonus Episode

 

 

 

Today I’m sliding in with a bonus episode all about daylight savings time.  Pre-kids, daylight savings meant snagging that extra hour of sleep in the morning. With tiny humans, daylight savings has the potential to be tricky.  I’m coming in with two plans, Plan A—if you want to prepare and make changes ahead, and Plan B—if you want to see what happens and adjust from there. 

The two biggest factors in sleep are LIGHT and SLEEP PRESSURE (stay tuned—we are diving deep into sleep pressure in next week’s episode). So we are going to use light to our advantage. If you’re planning ahead, we’re going to start...

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Starting with solids: how and what to feed our littles from a sensory perspective, with OT Lori Goodrich

voices of your village Oct 25, 2018

 

 

This week I was jazzed to have OT, Lori Goodrich back on the podcast. First, we dove into the sensory system with Lori on episode four of Voices of Your Village (check that one out if you haven’t already). This time we looked specifically at the sensory system and how it pertains to feeding tiny humans.

When a young child is experiencing challenges related to eating, there are a number of sensory factors that can be at play. Commonly when we think about an eating experience we think of the look, smell, and feel of the food. Lori looks at a much larger picture. Is their body supported in such a way to allow the movements required for...

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Village Chatter: coping mechanisms vs. coping strategies, and an intro to the CEP Method

 

 

In this episode of Village Chatter, I got to dive into coping strategies and the distinction between coping mechanisms and coping strategies. A coping mechanism might be something like scrolling social media when we’re having an emotion. It’s something we’re doing to try to help ourselves (or to try to avoid an emotion) but it’s not necessarily what we want to be doing to cultivate healthy emotional processing. 

In the five phases of emotion processing that Lauren Stauble and I created with the Collaborative Emotion Processing (CEP) Method, coping is an often missed phase. We often skip right over to problem-solving, but in order for our kiddos...

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Breastfeeding & pumping on the go and in the workplace, with Mamava founders Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer

voices of your village Oct 11, 2018

 

For today’s episode, I was jazzed to chat with Christine and Sascha, the founders of Mamava. Having experienced the logistical challenges of juggling breastfeeding and their careers, Christine and Sascha were inspired to change the culture around breastfeeding and pumping and help breastfeeding parents reach their goals. Mamava provides freestanding lactation suites that are clean, private, and mobile. Mamava is also an app that provides resources for nursing parents who are facing challenges.

We talked about the barriers a nursing parent may experience while trying to maintain their breastfeeding relationship. Employers may be unsupportive, the laws protecting breastfeeding...

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Ear infections, breast feeding, immune support, and all things chiro care, with Dr. Dersham

voices of your village Oct 04, 2018

 

 

For today’s episode, I had the incredible opportunity to talk with my chiropractor pal, Stacy. Stacy graduated from chiropractic college in 2008 and immediately began work at a family practice in Hartford, Ct. Stacy’s practiced worked primarily with women and children beginning at infancy. She has always had an interest in pediatrics and once her practice started rolling that interest just increased with Stacy then beginning to do prenatal chiropractic work as well. Stacy has brought this interest to her practice in Fall River, MA, and has loved getting to service the expansive world of womanhood, birth, and childhood through chiropractic care. 

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Birth story time: Home birth edition, with Tracy

voices of your village Sep 27, 2018

 

 

In today’s episode, I dove into Tracy’s homebirth story. Tracy is a blogger, stylist, and entrepreneur living in California with her husband and 10-month-old son. Tracy shares what led her to homebirth, the obstacles she faced,  and ultimately the peaceful and empowering birth of her son.   

Tracy shares that before becoming pregnant, she associated birth with the hospital, but during her pregnancy, she began researching other options. She connected with other mamas on Instagram and began to feel drawn to homebirth. We touched on the logistics of finding a midwife and navigating insurance coverage and the discrepancies from state to state. In...

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The do's and don'ts of adult conflict in the presence of kids, with marriage and family therapist Chrissy Powers

voices of your village Sep 20, 2018

 

In today’s episode, I was so jazzed to chat with Chrissy Powers, a hilarious and vulnerable marriage and family therapist with three tiny humans of her own. In this episode, Chrissy shares her advice and wealth of knowledge on balancing the crazy worlds of parenting and co-parenting. Chrissy and I got so real during our chat, I couldn’t wait to share this one with all of you!

Chrissy is a mom of three, a 7-year-old, 3 year-old, and a sweet ‘lil 3-month-old who she held during our chat (and who can be heard chiming in from time to time!). She has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2010, after her first babe was born she began blogging her truths...

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Village Chatter: Tiny Humans, Big Emotions

 

In this episode of Village Chatter, I got to answer different questions you sent me all about raising emotionally intelligent tiny humans. If you want to be part of our Village Chatter and contribute and share different questions you have, it is so easy! All you have to do is join the Facebook page at Seed and Sew: Voices of your Village.

The first question that I answered was at what age should you, as a caregiver, start having conversations with your kiddos about messing up like yelling or losing your cool, in front of your kiddo. The good news is, that in order to see lasting effects with emotional intelligence you only need to get it right 20% of the time and it is never too...

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