Voices of Your Village

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Positive Discipline from Tiny Humans to Teens

voices of your village Apr 02, 2020

 

 

Howdy, hello villagers! Welcome to yet another episode of Voices of Your Village. Today I had the ultimate privilege to sit down with Casey O’Roarty of the Joyful Courage podcast to talk about something we don’t often chat about here at Seed&Sew, raising teenagers. Because as we all know, tiny humans grow up despite our best efforts.

Casey O’Roarty is a school teacher turned parent educator, with an emphasis on positive discipline training. When her kids were 1 and 4 she found positive discipline and quickly realized how powerful the work was going to be within her own family. She learned what parenting she did not want to repeat, and knew she had to...

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The Mom Mental Load

voices of your village Mar 26, 2020

 

 

Hi Villagers, welcome to another sunshine soaked Podcast Day. Here’s a hot social-distancing tip: The Voices of Your Village podcast pairs nicely with a walk around the neighborhood. Slip on some sneakers and headphones, click on this week’s episode, head out into the sunshine, snap a selfie, and tag me in it @SeedandSew! Seeing you all self-care at a safe distance with an assist from Voices of Your Village is always the highlight of my day.

This week we are chatting about the mental load of motherhood. I shared a post about the struggles of this mom mental load a few weeks ago and so many of you reached out to say, “Yes! And, what do we do about...

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Letting go of control

voices of your village Mar 19, 2020

 

Hi, everyone, well this episode is coming at a wild time. Honestly, I recorded it before the world felt like it was on fire, and Coronavirus upended our lives in the U.S. Recently I have been sharing on social media about my journey towards letting go of control, which in turn invited you all to share your questions about the process with me. Today we are going to dive into your questions and the truth about letting go of control.

The thing with control is that it comes up in a bunch of different ways and gives us a false sense of security. For me, a lot of control work was similar to anxiety work. The sense of feeling like I am in control helps me feel less afraid. And we know...

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Teaching Children About Differences

voices of your village Mar 12, 2020

 

 

Come one, come all to this week’s episode of Voices of Your Village. And babe, have we got an absolutely gorgeous episode for you this week. I chatted with Magda Newman, who wrote the book, Normal: A Mother and Her Beautiful Son. At the encouragement of the author of Wonder, R. J. Palacio, she wrote her book to share the story of her life, because Normal was a goal for her since her son was born. 

Magda gave birth to a son who did not fit into the social definition of “normal,” which to Magda means “like everybody else.” Her baby was born without the ability to eat, breathe, or hear but the first thing she saw when he was...

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Spring Daylight Savings Time

 

 

Welcome to Podcast Wednesday! The days are getting longer, the light is getting brighter and you know what that means… Daylight savings time is upon us! I know this is dreaded by so many of you, but let me tell ya- it doesn’t have to rock your world. This episode is designed to give you tangible tips on how to navigate this time change without it being all-consuming. We have gotten through so much worse than this one hour time change you guys, we can handle this!

I am going to keep this short and sweet, because we do not need to overthink Daylight Savings Time. So often we get more nervous about what it’s going to be than what it actually is. Let’s...

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Timeouts, time-ins, and taking space

 

 

Hello and welcome to the 110th episode of Voices of Your Village! Today we’re talking about everyone’s favorite hot-button issue: timeouts. This topic was first brought to light a while ago when there were a few posts in our Facebook group asking for our village’s take on time outs. This began an ongoing discussion about how we save space for our kiddos to feel things, without punishing them in a time out.

Dr. Allison Mark joins me today to really get to the bottom of this timeout discussion. Allison is a clinical psychologist based in Miami, Florida who tests children in school who have learning and attention issues and works with parents to develop their...

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Use Your Words

voices of your village Feb 20, 2020

 

 

Hey guys! Happy podcast day, welcome to this week’s episode of Voices of Your Village. Today I had the immense pleasure of sitting down with Emily Lesher. Emily is a speech language pathologist in her tenth year, working closely with occupational therapists and focusing on how kiddos use language within play. She has been looking a lot at regulation, which is a term used so often in our world that tends to be misunderstood. What we mean when we say “regulation” is less about being calm all day every day, but instead being able to emotionally react appropriately to our circumstances. Regulation is all about matching the environment we are in. Emily has been...

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Imperfectly Parenting with Respect

 

 

Hi, everyone! Oh man, we have a very special episode of Voices of Your Village today that I am so jazzed about. I sat down with my friend Wendy Bertagnole, of the Exceptional Parenting Podcast, to dive into this idea we have of respectful parenting. While she and I were having this conversation we realized that as the respectful parenting community has grown (#RespectfulParenting) there’s this idea that it has to be perfect, that if you yell or say the wrong word you will somehow screw up parenting. I think we have to find a middle ground here, we’ve swung this pendulum from how a lot of us were raised (potentially without emotional development support) and now...

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Ideal Nap Times for Different Ages

 

 

Hello there, and welcome to episode 107 of Voices of Your Village! Today we are talking about everyone’s favorite topic… sleep regulation! More specifically, this week is a pen and paper in hand episode all about the specifics of ideal nap times for different ages. If you are looking for a deeper dive into sleep pressure and regulation, check out episode 41. Because today is all about the importance of timing and example napping schedules.

 

Sleep is a little like food-  when you want your body to be ready to sit down for a meal at breakfast, lunch, or dinner you don’t have a snack 10 minutes before you are ready to eat.

 

When we want...

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Welcoming a New Sibling

 

 

Come one, come all to episode 106 of Voices of Your Village! We’ve got a great episode this week, babe. It is chock-full of hot tips and reassurance about welcoming a new sibling into your family. Today I chatted with Bryana Kappa, a licensed marriage and family therapist and early childhood mental health specialist, with a private practice in Redondo Beach who works exclusively with new moms, infants, and toddlers doing attachment-based play therapy. Bryana is dedicated to building a village of mindful, conscious, women, and mothers trying to raise whole, healthy children.

 

“My goal is to create parents who can be therapists for their children while...

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