Voices of Your Village

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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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When a Child Prefers One Parent

 

 

Howdy Villagers! And welcome to episode 104 of the Voices of your Village podcast. In today’s episode, I answer your questions and address your comments about one specific incident that arises in parenting: what does it look like when a child appears to favor one parent over the other.

 

There are adult feelings attached no matter which side you’re on.

 

When you are the parent who is the one your kiddo doesn’t want right now, there can be feelings of sadness and frustration. It can be lonely and disappointing, and you may feel left out when you are needed and desired by your kiddo for a long time at the beginning of their life to being no longer...

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Helicopter Parenting, Projection, and the Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey

 

 

Happy New Year everyone, and happy first podcast episode of 2020! This week I sat down with Jessica Lahey, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “The Gift of Failure”. Guys, this book is no joke. After I read it last year I had my whole team read it and, because my team is made up of parents and teachers, it really resonated with us. If you haven’t yet, you’ve gotta check it out. 

In addition to being a bestselling author, Jessica has been teaching English, writing, and Latin to six through twelfth graders for the past 20 years. When Jessica noticed that her own kids weren’t being motivated in school for the right reasons-...

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Other People’s Opinions

 

 

Guys, we did it! We made it to episode 100 of the Voices of your Village podcast! I am so grateful to any and all of you who have been listening since we first hit record in February of 2018. It has been one heck of a rollercoaster, y’all as we dove headfirst into a vast array of topics, most of which were directly requested by you, my village! So take a moment here to give yourself a pat on the back, because I couldn’t have gotten to 100 episodes without you! Not only did I get to share my insight on sleep, emotional development, and behavior support for your kiddos, but we also got to tap into the brilliant minds of so many other professionals whose passion...

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Punishments, Rewards, and Behavior Charts with Alfie Kohn

 

 

Hey villager, welcome to episode 99 of Voices of Your Village! Before we dive into this week’s topic-  Reward, Punishment, and Behavior Charts- I need to preface this episode by saying it is unlike any episode we’ve ever released before.

I got to interview Alfie Kohn who is widely known for his work on unconditional love and moving away from things like punishment reward systems. He is very outspoken and I find his message to be rather intense. He and I had only half an hour to speak, within that limited time I found it really hard to get a word in. It was a different type of interview than I’ve ever done before. I’ve been holding onto...

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Intimacy, Sexuality, and Connection in Parenthood

 

 

Hey guys! We are here today for a very requested episode about how to connect with your partner and what intimacy really looks like after having kids. I hung out on this episode with Michaela Boehm, a psychologist with extensive training in the yogic arts. She is fascinated by the intersection of relationships, sexuality, and the body. Specifically, she is driven by the quest to give people information in the realm of relationships, how their bodies work, and how to connect with their own bodies. Michaela has done more than 40,000 one-on-one client sessions in her career. Both focused on the feeling domain and the sexual, sensual domain so that all of her clients are...

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Independent Play

voices of your village Nov 28, 2019

 

 

In this episode, I was jazzed to talk with Lizzie Asso, the mom behind the Workspace for Children. Prior to becoming a mom, Lizzie received her Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education and taught nursery school in NYC. Fast forward a few years and she is a mom of three creative kids, ages six, nine, and eleven. She is a blogger and content creator, living in Maplewood, NJ, combining her passion for play, art, and parenting. It is her joy to provide knowledge that helps parents, teachers, and caregivers find joy in making space to be playful. At The Workspace for Children, you will find creative inspiration for living a play-based life with kids. 

We...

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Raising a Trans Child

 

 

Hey there! This week on the podcast I am joined by Mimi Lemay, author of the memoir “What We Will Become: A Mother, A Son, and a Journey of Transformation.” Back in 2010, Mimi and her husband had what they initially thought were three little girls until their middle child, M, began telling Mimi that they were a boy. With this new expression of identity came some uncharacteristic behavior changes with M, they were growing increasingly anxious and angry all the while insisting that they were a boy. This insistence lasted two years before Mimi and her husband gave M the option to transition.

 

“From that moment on M was Jacob and the transformation was...

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