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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.

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 Taming Your Triggers As A Parent with Jen Lumanlan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:55

If you're usually a calm and reasonable person, it can be very confusing when that calm vanishes the moment your child frustrates you. At first we think, if my child would just stop doing that I would be fine. But the truth is there's an underlying fear your child's behavior is triggering and it usually comes from a trauma in your own childhood. Maybe not a huge trauma, maybe a small way that you learned to set aside your needs. And when your child behaves in this way it triggers those same feelings of not having your needs met. Jen Lumanlan is on the podcast today to share with us how we can defuse and regulate our reactions while giving ourselves grace and kindness. Jen Lumanlan holds an M.S. in Psychology (Child Development) and an M.Ed., and hosts the Your Parenting Mojo podcast which is a reference guide for parents of toddlers and preschoolers based on scientific researchers and the principles of respectful parenting. In each episode she examines a topic related to parenting and child development from all sides to help parents understand how to make decisions about raising their children. She lives in California with her husband and daughter.

 Is Modern Life Crushing Your Child's Potential? with Kim John Payne | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:24

There's an undeclared war on childhood and it's causing our children's brains to show the same patterns as refugees from war zones. After working with at-risk and problem children, our guest Kim John Payne discovered that if he could peel back a few layers of the crushing stress those kids were under they made remarkable improvement. In fact, their gifts began to shine. On today's podcast learn some of the ways that you can turn down the faucet on the stress our kids are facing so that their true potential can come out! Kim John Payne has been quietly and passionately working to help tens of thousands of people give voice to the feeling that something is not okay about the new normal of overwhelm that so many people are now experiencing. He offers do-able ways to realize the hopes and values we all have for ourselves, and build deep connections with our children that gives families resiliency and simple joy. A consultant and trainer to over 230 U.S. independent and public schools, Kim John Payne, M.ED, has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He regularly gives key-note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and training’s around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced simple life brings. He has also consulted for educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, Thailand and China. Kim has worked extensively with the North American and UK Waldorf educational movements. He has served as Director of the Collaborative Counseling program at Antioch University New England. He is the Director of the Simplicity Project a multi media social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world. Together with his team they have trained around 1000 Simplicity Parenting Coaches around the world. Kim is the Founding Director of The Center for Social Sustainability, an organization that has trained thousands of teachers, parents and students in the Three Stream Process that gives social, emotional and behavioral support to children who struggle in the school environment. In addition to authoring the #1 Best Seller Simplicity Parenting© . Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kid, published by Random House Penguin in 2009, he also authored The Games Children Play©, (1996) published by Hawthorn Press ,The Soul of Discipline (2015 Random House/Penguin), co-authored Whole Child Sport™ How to Navigate Child & Youth Sports™. and Being At Your Best When Your Kids Are At Their Worst (Shambhala Press 2019). His books have been translated into 27 languages. He has appeared frequently on television including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox; on radio with the BBC, Sirius/XM, CBC & NPR and in print including being featured in Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering, Times Union and the LA Times. Kim strives to deepen understanding and give practical tools for life that arise out of the burning social issues of our time. He lives on a farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Thriving Kids with Audrey Monke | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:01

What we forget as parents is that building friendship skills is like any other skill, we have to teach it and support it. Just like learning math, learning friendship skills is a crucial part of our kids' future. Audrey Monke joins us on the podcast today to talk about some of the many things she has learned about raising thriving kids from running summer camps (and being a mom of 5 herself!) Audrey Monke, author of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults, is the owner and director of Gold Arrow Camp in Lakeshore, California. She is among the nation’s most well-respected experts on the topics of summer camp and friendship skills. For more than 30 years, Audrey has researched and improved practices at her camp to promote belonging, friendships, and character growth. Her parenting website and podcast (Sunshine Parenting) have a loyal following of like-minded parents wanting to raise kids who become thriving adults. She is the mother of five adult kids (ages eighteen to twenty-seven) and lives with her husband, Steve, in Clovis, California.

 The Truth About Regulating Screen Time with Dr. Jim Taylor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:05

Screens are here to stay, so families need the tools and knowledge to integrate them most safely into their lives. Screen time isn't all or nothing and Dr. Jim has some wonderful insights on how to navigate this new tech-fueled world with our kids. Jim Taylor, Ph.D., Psychology, has work with young people, parents, and educators for more than 30 years. He has been a speaker at hundreds of elementary and secondary schools, education associations, youth-sports programs, and performing-arts organizations around the world. Jim is the author of 18 books, five of which are parenting books, including Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child, Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids’ Values, and How You Can Protect Them, Your Children are Listening: 9 Messages They Need to Hear from You, Raising Generation Tech: Prepare Your Children for a Media-fueled World, and Raising Young Athletes: Parenting Your Children to Victory in Sports and Life. He hosts the Raising Young Athletes podcast and his blog posts on psychologytoday, huffingtonpost, and other websites have been read by millions.

 Unexpected Ways Stress Impacts Children with Cori Stern | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:06

While we are all ready to "return to normal" parenting coach Cori Stern is finding that many of her clients have new problems with their children that were never there before. Even if their children returned to school smoothly this year, a few weeks in they started displaying a multitude of stress behaviors. Cori is with us on the podcast today to talk about how parents can recognize the stress that is showing up in younger and younger kids and strategies to help them cope with it! Cori is a Learning Specialist and Behaviour Analyst. She’s also a Mother of a 7 & 5 year old. After completing her Masters in Child Study & Education she merged her backgrounds in Positive Parenting, Education, Child Development, and Applied Behaviour Analysis to deliver a very unique perspective on child growth & development. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working with families who have children on the Autism Spectrum. Her current work focuses on coaching parents through the different ages and stages of development so they can parent with less of the day to day stress and overwhelm! Consider her your Chief Executive Problem Solver- from the toddler years straight through the school age years.

 Have You Taken Attachment Parenting Too Far? With Erin Taylor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:12

Parents who grew up with strong authoritarian parents often swing too far the other way and go all in on attachment parenting. But all love all the time has its own problems, mainly a lack of healthy boundaries. There's a balance to be found and Erin Taylor is here to teach us how! Erin Taylor is a PCI Certified Parent Coach,® motivational speaker, host of the Powerful Parenting for Today’s Kids podcast, author and a mother of four. Erin was able to take the tragedy of the death of her infant daughter and turn it around, using her hard-earned wisdom to help people from all walks of life step into their power and live their best lives.

 Differently-Wired Kids Aren't Broken with Debbie Reber | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:13

The interesting thing about kids that don't follow the developmental schedule exactly, is that they are often only behind in some things and far ahead in others. It's time to celebrate the strengths and stress less about the delays. You might just find that your child learns to tie his shoes years later when he develops a passion for braiding! Today's guest is an expert on shifting how we see our kids and the expectations we put on them so we can enjoy our children exactly as they are. Debbie Reber, MA, is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a website, top podcast, and resource for parents who are raising differently wired children. Her newest book, Differently Wired: A Parent’s Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope, came out in June 2018. After living abroad in the Netherlands for five years, Debbie, her husband, and 17-year-old son moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2019.

 The Confusing World Of Teen Behavior with Susan Borison | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:43

When you're a new parent there's an abundance of guidance and advice and support, but what happens when you hit the confusing teenage years. How do you ask for help when the question you want to ask is: What do I do if my kid hates me? Susan Borison is here with humor and experience to shift perspectives on baffling teen behavior and guide parents to the other side! Susan Rubin Borison is the parent of five grown children and has decades of parenting experience and wisdom to share. Susan is also the founder and editor of Your Teen Magazine. For 14 years, Your Teen has provided support and encouragement for parents of teens. In addition to the magazine, Susan launched a website, YouTube channel, mini-courses for parents, and co-hosts a fantastic podcast for parents of teens that she hosts with her business partner, Stephanie Silverman. And on top of all that, her Working Hard to Raise Teens Facebook group has a highly engaged audience of parents who are actually nice to each other. Connect with Susan Borison: ( Join us LIVE each week in our Facebook Group … ( Connect with Blissful Parenting: Free Workshop ► ( Website ► ( Blog ► ( Podcast ► ( Contact ► ( Follow Us On Social Media: Youtube ► ( Facebook ► ( Instagram ► ( Twitter ► ( Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page. Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a note in the comment section below! Subscribe to the podcast If you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also subscribe to the podcast app on your mobile device. Leave us an iTunes review Ratings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on iTunes, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on iTunes.

 Pandemic Effects On Kids' Mental Health with Erin Royer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:57

We've been waiting to return to normal after the pandemic but even as things slowly shift back our kids are struggling with the adjustment. For many of them the pandemic had a much bigger effect on their life and their development because they are at such sensitive times. Erin Royer is on the podcast today to help us understand how the pandemic has effected kids' mental health and how we can guide them through it. Diagnosed at age 9 with juvenile rhuemetoid arthritis, Erin has spent her life defying the odds. Told not to run track in high school, she did it anyway and grew up to become an age group runner and triathlete. Even after a double hip replacement in March 2017, Erin has continued to participate in runs and triathlons including 4 70.3 (1/2) Ironman races (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run) and one 1/2 marathon since the replacement. Erin spent her early adulthood healing from childhood abuse trauma. After having her first child, obtained her masters degree in psychology to learn about relationships and child development to break the cycle from her own childhood and help other parents learn the skills to be present, loving parents who support their children’s unique potentials.

 Women Raising & Communicating With Boys with Janet Allison | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:22

As women we think a certain way and it can be difficult to understand where our boys are coming from. If you are a mother or a teacher listen to today's interview to get a better grasp on how to communicate with boys! Janet Allison is the Founder of Boys Alive! and the co-host of the popular ON BOYS Parenting Podcast. She is a speaker, author, educator, family coach, and a featured on-air parenting expert. She's been helping parents, teachers, and care providers understand the boys in their care for over 25 years. She is a dynamic, inclusive, and inspiring presenter, blending real-life stories with scientific research so that audiences are motivated to take on the critical task of our time: raising confident, capable, caring men.

 7 Mental Health Qualities For Resilient Kids with Dr. Michele Borba | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:53

What none of the parenting books tell us is that there is over forty years of research into what makes kids grow into resilient and happy people. Dr. Borba has crystalized it into seven key qualities that will give our kids the strength they need to thrive in the world. And the best part is, they are all teachable. They are not inborn, they are accessible to everyone and anyone. Listen to today's episode to hear what all seven qualities are and some strategies for teaching them to your kids! Michele Borba, Ed. D., is the author of several parenting books including Building Moral Intelligence and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. Her latest book is Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. Dr. Borba is also an internationally renowned educational psychologist and expert in parenting, bullying, and character development. A sought-after motivational speaker, Dr. Borba has spoken in 19 countries on five continents and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations including Sesame Street, Harvard, U.S. Air Force Academy, 18 U.S. Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific, H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and a TEDx Talk: “Empathy Is a Verb.” Dr. Borba offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career working with over one million parents and educators worldwide. She is an NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Dr. Oz, and The Early Show, among many others. She lives in Palm Springs, California, with her husband, and is the mother of three grown sons. Michele sounds the alarm that our generation of kids (and grown adults, too!) are stressed, unhappy, and struggling with anxiety, depression, and burnout, but there are solutions and HOPE. Based on her new book, Thrivers, Michele addresses topics such as why character trumps IQ and GPA, the 7 essential character strengths, science-based research on the damaging effects of social media and screen time, and how to raise kids in a pessimistic world. Michele’s message will help parents, leaders, teachers, and bosses get back to the basics of what REALLY matters for the pandemic generation.

 Is Your Child Trying To Come Out LGBTQIA+? with Annie Henderson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:58

If your child is struggling with identity issues (and possibly LGBTQ+) you may be wondering what to do and say. How do you let them know that it's okay to come out and you are there for them? Or how do you find help and support if you aren't sure that it is okay? It is crucial that you get yourself to a mental space to support your children as they come out as LGBTQIA+. Because if you aren't supportive you will drive them away and they will find support elsewhere. Today on the podcast Annie Henderson is here to give us all guidance on what to do if our children show signs of being LGBTQIA+. Annie M Henderson is a Certified Professional Life Coach specializing as a Coming Out Coach for the LGBTQIA community and helps people-pleasers that avoid conflict, over apologize, and struggle to say no, start living authentically and find the peace they have been missing. She is the host of the podcast Coming Out Loved And Supported. After going from an unfulfilled existence checking all the boxes of perceived “success,” to breaking into an intentional, abundant life, she now uses her experiences and professional background as a teacher, counselor, and life coach, to teach and mentor others. In working with her diverse clientele to discover unapologetic joy, including the LGBTQIA community and people-pleasers, her teachings focus on releasing self-doubt, embracing the power in setting boundaries, and removing the habit of over apologizing. She’s the international best-selling co-author of She Did It!, which follows women from around the world and their transformational journey.

 When To Push Your Kids— And When Not To with Linda Clements | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:26

We think if we don't push our kids that they won't grow up, but the reverse is true. When we try to push them into being what we want we get resistance and make parenting much harder on ourselves than it has to be. Linda is all about making parenting easier! She notices all the ways that we overcomplicate our lives and especially our parenting and shows us how to clear all that away. Listen to this week's episode for amazing insights on when not to push your kids, and what to do instead! Linda Clement, parenting coach and author, long-time La Leche League Leader (recently retired), fastpitch softball umpire (also retired) and occasional doodler, offers a quirky, insightful view of children and childrearing. From a philosophy of respect for kids to lifelong learning in fields from child development and neurobiology to meditation and nutrition, Linda helps parents see through the cultural clutter for what kids (and parents, and families and communities) really need. The mother of two grown daughters and grandmother to one adorable Luka, Linda wrote her first book, The Way and the Power of Mothering, meditations on mothering, balance and the Taoist Way, as a new-mom present for her sister, Liz, upon the birth of Linda's niece, Gabrielle Grace. The original publication was hand-drawn, and it is now available from Amazon as an ebook and paperback. Her second book, Lazy Parenting, parenting a simpler way, is also available as an ebook or paperback, on Amazon, and her third book, the covid-pivot, is the ebook The Manual Your Child Came With, a parenting book about your child, available from, and will soon be followed by her third book, Lazier Parenting, still more simpler parenting.

 Is Being A Perfect Parent Hurting Your Kids? With Johanna Derbolowsky | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:48

Johanna has a message for you: no kid needs a perfect parent. The truth is we are human and so are our kids. It's always going to be at least a little bit imperfect. And learning to manage mistakes (and grow from them) is far more valuable than pretending everything is perfect. Johanna Derbolowsky, mother of two beautiful souls and best-selling author of the book “The Transformation Promise”, has helped clients worldwide with life’s major changes and transformations: from identifying long past incidents that can be the source of current difficulties or health issues to dealing with career changes, finding and sustaining fulfilling relationships with partners and children, to the truly ultimate transformation at the end-of-life. She also recently published “28 Days to Love, Joy and Prosperity”, a workbook. Ms. Derbolowsky, the developer of the Quantum Heart Field Experience is a clairvoyant medium, recognized metaphysical teacher, spiritual counselor, and energy worker. Her sessions are spirit-guided and client-specific. Johanna has a private practice and teaches seminars in the U.S. and Europe.

 The Art of Reading & Influencing Your Kids with Alan Stevens | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:56

Each child is unique. Imagine what you could accomplish if you know how to read your child's profile and influence their behavior? In today's episode, Alan shares a tool that will help parents gain a better insight into the character of their child so they can adjust their parenting style accordingly. Taking the time to recognize your child's uniqueness will help improve communication in your family, foster cooperation, and prepare your child for a brighter future. Alan Stevens is an International Profile and Communications Specialist. He is featured regularly on National TV, Radio, and in the World Press, profiling the likes of our leading politicians, TV, and sports stars as well as Britain’s Royalty. The Newcastle Herald describes him as “The Mentalist meets Dr. Phil“ and the UK Guardian named him as "The leading authority in reading faces, globally". He is an authority in reading people; what they are not saying, what they are attempting to conceal and how they are likely to behave in given situations.


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