The Blissful Parenting Podcast
Summary: Let’s face it, raising kids can be challenging at times and parenting is not always as fun as it can be. Every Thursday, join Michelle Abraham, a long-time supporter of Blissful Parenting, as she interviews parenting book authors, coaches, and bloggers who share their best tips for positive parenting as well as stories of raising their own kids. If you want a break from challenging child behavior and want parenting to be a happier and more fulfilling experience, this is the podcast for you.
As parents, we want all the best for our children, we want to prepare them for a successful future. So saving and investing even in their very young age is very important. How can we teach our kids about money? What are the benefits of getting started early with financial planning for our kids? How can we do that? Does it make sense to get insurance for our kids? Joining us is Jamie Madigan, a licensed Certified Financial Planner and a legacy insights expert. He’s helping people build a solid financial security foundation and let them fully understand how their investments are performing. Today, Jamie talked about the 2 main reasons why we would want to get started early with financial planning. Well, it’s time to set our financial goals, and prepare our kids for their brighter future! “The sooner we get started with money, and the more often that we top it up or add more money in, the better. We get the benefit of compounding. Our money earns interest and continues to grow. And the interest that we earn gets reinvested. So the sooner we get started with investing, the better because we're giving the opportunity for money to grow, earn more and work harder for us.” - Jamie Madigan
We have seen a huge percentage of college dropouts. These have caused them anxiety, feeling like they weren’t able to live up to their full potential and their zone of genius. How can we help our kids prepare for their success in getting into high school and beyond into college? Listen as Lynn Teatro dives into how we can help our kids figure out their zone of genius and live to their full potential. She identified the keys to college success and how parents can set a good example to their kids when it comes to education and success. Lynn has the mission to help dropouts and other struggling students find their zone of genius, and help them boost their confidence. “30% of students did drop out in their first year. That is a huge loss, it's a loss of money, it's a loss of brilliance, not not only for the students, but for the future of our planet. We need every person to find their zone of genius and work that so they can be fulfilled and that we heal this planet of all the strife that it's going through. We need people who are educated and as knowledgeable as possible.” - Lynn Teatro
When we have kids, we sometimes make our marriage less of a priority. We feel like we don’t have much time in the relationship and having a deeper communication with our spouse becomes a challenge. Are you struggling to communicate? How does the communication within your marriage could make an impact in your kid's life? Mike Stewart, a relationship coach will give us some very helpful tips on how to keep our relationship with our spouse at high importance. Mike has a proven system to help you recapture the love you had on your wedding day and has practical tips on keeping that connection alive. “We tend to make kids' activities or their lives more important than our marriage. But marriage is the foundation of raising healthy kids. If you can keep that communication open…then you really create a good model for your kids.” - Mike Stewart
We are bombarded by negativities and by what people set and believed about the standard of beauty. When we look in the mirror, we usually want to pick out all the things we hate about ourselves, which makes us feel like we’re ugly and we’re not enough. But are we not really enough? Kelly Falardeau, a burn survivor speaker, author and coach , will make you realize you can still be beautiful even you don't like a part of your body. Yes, you can love yourself without having to love everything. Always remember, You Are Beautiful! “We don't have to be flawless. We don't have to be perfect in order to be beautiful..You can have freckles, and you’ll be gorgeous. You can have a scar like me, and you’ll be gorgeous. We're just so hard on ourselves, and we judge ourselves so harshly.” - Kelly Falardeau
Would you like to grow that special bond between you and your child? Improving your communication skills is the key that you need. We all know that in this busy world, and in this digital world, communication within the family is very challenging, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Yes, you can improve your family communication skills. How? Dr. Denny Coates is here to give us some helpful tips! He is an expert in parent-child communication and adolescent brain development. Listen to Dr. Denny’s practical tips on how you can build that special bond with your child by improving your communication skills. “Just as in leadership, just about everything you do as a leader is an act of communication. And so if you think about it, almost everything a parent does is an act of communication, whether it's nonverbal or verbal. So it's a big deal” - Dr. Denny Coates
Kids are melting, falling apart, and struggling with some mental health issues. They feel like they’re unworthy and always invalidated - which makes a child live with low self-esteem. How can we instill a higher sense of self-esteem to our kids? Here’s the 5 important tips from Gail Kauranen Jones, in Creating High Self-Esteem Kids. Gail is an intuitive coach, gifted wordsmith, inspiring teacher, and a certified in high self-esteem coaching for parents, educators and children. She dives into how we can build that high self-esteem to our kids by making them feel worthy, validated and acknowledged. “I would really encourage every parent to really work on their own worthiness because you're going to be marrying it to your children. The greatest gift you can give your children is to claim your own worthiness.” - Gail Kauranen Jones
What if there is a garden in every yard? What if every family grows their own food without pesticides, without herbicides or without chemicals? How could it change your child's health forever? Greg Peterson is the creator of the concept called the Urban Farm. He is a green living and sustainability innovator who is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production in dry lands. Together with Michelle, Greg talks about the importance of growing your own food, and how you can successfully grow a garden and create healthy soil. “Our industrial food system provides us with chemical laden, manufactured food products. And they're not good for our health. By growing your own food, you can control what's going into it, you can grow an organic garden. And so the food is healthier for you. It is picked at its peak of ripeness. So it's most tasty, and at the same time, it's most nutritious for you.” - Greg Peterson
Kids' tantrums during grocery time isn’t fun. It is embarrassing to endure those glares and stares from people around watching your kids meltdown. Are you tired of those grocery nags and meltdowns? Can you actually make the grocery time with your kids enjoyable? Listen to Dinalynn Rosenbush, a Speech Language Pathologist, as she talks about How to avoid grocery meltdown. She shared some tips and advice on how parents can navigate those meltdowns, and how to communicate with them and help them understand your expectations. “If we can set our expectations out for our children, right from the get go, it makes a big difference. Because when children come to this planet, and we take them along to different places, they learn what is expected of them, by what is repeated.” - Dinalynn Rosenbush
Our money beliefs and habits can be pass on to our kids. So as parents, we have the opportunity to be the gateway to the next generation to create an abundance mindset. How can we pass that abundance mindset to our kids? How can we help them foster a healthy relationship with money? Find it out as Michelle and Cori Javid - Limitless Mom, Success Expert & Money Mindset Expert, dives into What are the healthy and unhealthy money beliefs and habits that could impact our kids' financial future. "If we think of ourselves as the gateway to that next generation, if we pass on an abundance mindset to our children, they don't feel limited by money, they don't then feel like they need to hoard it...That could change literally the face of society if we raise enough children in an abundance mindset." - Cori Javid
When we talk about social media to kids and teens, we usually have that negative perspective about it, but is it really how we thought about it? What if you can figure out a way to make this social media a great tool to help your teens in their future? Teen Takeoff Coach Donovan Dreyer, joins Michelle as they talk about how you can help your teens create the most fulfilling future possible, and how social media can be a great tool for that. “This is a tool that exists, we can't just pretend it doesn't exist. And there's some amazing good uses out of it. So we've got to actually introduce them to the ways it can be used for good.” - Donovan Dreyer
What does it meant to consciously parent through human design? When you look at your child through their human design, you are able to look at them for who they are. In this episode, Michelle is joined by Human Design Parenting Coach, France Tailleur. Listen in as they discuss the importance of understanding your own human design so that you can help your child with their own and create an environment that your child will be able to thrive in. We have to unlearn our own parenting conditions we were raised with in order to help our children excel in their own development and growth. “With anything, if we want to teach our children self-regulation, we need to know how to regulate our emotions ourselves.” – France Tailleur
Do you have fears that your child is addicted to drugs, alcohol, or even social media? The fact is, in today’s society, there are so many social obstacles for kids to face than many of us had to when we were younger. Join Michelle and her guest, Addictions Therapist Candace Plattor, as they delve into the world of addiction, pressure that results from unrealistic social expectations on how to look and behave, and the physical and psychological effects that any addiction can have on a child. “If you do sense that there was a problem, if you think there's a problem, then there probably is. Please trust yourself and don't give up. Don’t think that it's so overwhelming that you can't handle it.” – Candace Plattor
As a parent, it's important to be aware of the unique mental health challenges that LGBTQIA+ kids face. Unfortunately, many families don't know how to talk about these issues, or even how to recognize them. When Heather's son came out as gay, she realized that he had been hiding himself from her for years and it had taken a serious toll on his mental health. Now she is an advocate and coach helping parents connect with the resources they need to best support their LGBTQIA+ children. The book Heather refers to in the episode is: Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parent's Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground by Chris Tompkins Heather is a podcast host and coach for parents and allies of LGBTQIA+ adolescents and young adults. She believes the coming out process is beautiful. She works with her clients to let go of fear and the feelings of isolation so that they can reconnect with themselves and their child in a meaningful, grounded way. She is a writer, the mother of four (two of whom are LGBTQIA), and a student of life who believes in embracing the messiness, opening to education, strengthening through empowerment, and overcoming anything with love.
Even kids can regulate big emotions and recalibrate their brains with simple EFT techniques. Dimple Arora is here today to tell us how we can teach our kids to manage their emotions and also more easily switch between activities. Dimple Arora is the founder of Mindful Evolution (ME) — a parenting movement that aims to empower mothers and their kids towards positive transformation and life changing results...one thought, one emotion and one choice at a time. Dimple is an expert in women and teen girl empowerment and specializes in helping individuals reduce the debilitating effects of stress and anxiety using mindfulness, nutrition, EFT tapping and other energy psychology modalities. Dimple is a Certified Life Coach, EFT and NLP Practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist and Energy Therapist. She holds degrees in mathematics, business, and education and was previously employed in the corporate world and as a high school math teacher.
The surprising thing that today's guest discovered is that kids thrive when they learn how to sew! Teaching kids how to sew helps with focus and concentration, self-esteem...and a sense of pride in creating something themselves. Not to mention, they get to create something beautiful. Trixi Symonds says there are no bad stitches and she designs simple sewing projects for kids and their parents. Trixi Symonds is a Sydney-based sewing teacher with thirty years of experience behind her. She’s a well-known softie designer, founder of the widely successful global initiative Sew a Softie, and the author of three sewing books for parents and kids. Since 2016, Trixi’s Sew a Softie has been inspiring parents and educators all over the world to begin sewing with their kids. She provides her unique softie tutorials absolutely free of charge through her Sew a Softie blog and Youtube channel. Her softie designs stress fun, creativity, simplicity, innovation and the importance of projects that young kids can make by themselves.