Episodes

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 103 – The Protest

Jan. 25, 2023

Ever feel like you are stuck in this never ending loop of back and forth with your kids? - In today's episode, I'm talking about "the protest". When it comes to strong-will kids or "Gladiators" as I lovingly call them you wi…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 102 – Gladiator Kids

Jan. 18, 2023

What is a gladiator child?   I realized I referenced that term a lot in some of my podcast episodes but I haven't actually done an episode that speaks specifically on what a gladiator child is like,

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 101 – Its About Time

Jan. 11, 2023

Having older children now has made me very much aware of time and pace at which it moves. Everyone warns you of this fact when you first become a parent and it isn't until, you look back you realize how fast time actually we…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 100 – [REPLAY] The Holiday Season

Dec. 21, 2022

The holidays can be wonderful, warm and lovely but they can also be really stressful. Kids are tired, they're sugared up and full of excitement. Unfortunately, excitement doesn't always feel great in a child's body.

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 99 – How To Play After a Stressful Day – Conversation with Natalie Syrmopoulos

Dec. 14, 2022

Today I have my favorite guest, Natalie Syrmopoulos, joining me, and we're talking about how to invest in play even when you've had a really stressful day. Like most parents just hearing that probably sounds exhausting,

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 98 – Teen Angst

Nov. 30, 2022

Today I want to talk about teenage angst and in particular, the age of 15. - 15 is a tough age for teenagers that I call that the 'existential year'. Whether you have a teen this age or one upcoming join me and together let'…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 97 – [REPLAY] – How to Parent a Master Procrastinator

Nov. 23, 2022

It is unbelievably challenging to parent a master procrastinator. Your days are filled with worry, and an ever-growing pit in your stomach as you watch them play video games, or sit on their phone amidst looming homework due…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 96 – Go Ahead Baby Them

Nov. 16, 2022

Today I'm going to talk about baby play, also known as limbic bonding. - This is one of the pillars of Connected Parenting that includes moments where you deeply connect with your child, look in their eyes, rub noses, put yo…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 95 – Self-Heckling

Nov. 9, 2022

Today's an interesting topic --------- I'm going to talk about self-heckling and the broken self esteem that comes as a result of it. - Self-heckling is that constant voice inside our head, that says things like... - "of cou…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 94 – Why Won’t You Just Go To Sleep?

Nov. 2, 2022

Today I want to talk about sleep as it is certainly a big issue for not only kids in general but more specifically gladiator kids and even us as parents. This can be especially true right after a high anxiety holiday like Ha…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 93 – Halloween Can Be Scary

Oct. 26, 2022

For most kids Halloween and the time leading up to it can be really fun and they love it. But for a lot of very sensitive children the feelings and reactions can be quite the opposite and extremely anxiety provoking.

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 92 – Teens & Dating

Oct. 12, 2022

The teen dating scene, has become extremely complicated both for them and us as parents. In fact by the time you listen to this, the scene may have even morphed and changed a little bit again. - Social media of course has pl…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 91 – Socially Aggressive Kids

Oct. 5, 2022

Childhood is a time where kids are trying to figure out how to be heard, how to make an impact, when to back off, and when to step forward. They do this by making a lot of mistakes, bumping up against things and learning som…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 90 – Homework

Sept. 28, 2022

Your kids have been at school all day and then they've probably had after school programs, so by the time they sit down to do their homework at night, they are fried, they are tired, and they don't want to do it.

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 89 – From Worrier To Warrior

Sept. 21, 2022

Anxiety and worrying get a bad rap. We are taught to think of them as a bad thing and something we have to fight against. This is why it is vital that we help our kids understand the important role anxiety plays in our lives…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 88 – Intrusive Thoughts

Sept. 14, 2022

Sometimes your kid will say things like, I keep thinking of this, or every time I hold a glass, I think about smashing it and they get worried about what they see as troublesome thoughts better known as intrusive thoughts.

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 87 – CALM Technique Review with Zoe

Sept. 7, 2022

Today I have a really unique episode planned with my daughter Zoe. Just in time for the return to school, schedules and keeping everyone on track we are doing a deep dive into the CALM technique. - We're going to roleplay an…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 86 – Morning Windows [REPLAY]

Aug. 31, 2022

Kids and teenagers exist in time, which means they're almost never outside of time. When you're in time you care about what's happening in front of you and the part of the brain that actually thinks about where you are relat…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 85 – Irrelevant Behaviors

Aug. 24, 2022

Irrelevant behaviors is something that can be common all the way through childhood and even to into the teenage years. Irrelevant behaviors are the hooting, screaming, shrieking, singing silly songs, doing crazy dances sort …

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 84 – Back To School 2022

Aug. 17, 2022

For some kids their anxiety and nerves pick up two or three weeks before school even starts. They really start to get anxious about going back to school. They wonder who is my teacher going to be? Who's going to be my class?

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 83 – Reacting vs Responding

Aug. 10, 2022

Parenting is probably the hardest job we will ever do. Between trying to work, run a household, deal with finances, handle homework, get everyone to bed and be the frontal lobes for the entire house, it can be utterly exhaus…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 82 – Financial Literacy

Aug. 3, 2022

When it comes to money children are very literal. So if we say something like; "We can't do that because we don't have enough money" they think, oh my goodness we don't have enough money. This line of thinking starts them on…

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 81 – Must Do’s & Can Do’s

July 27, 2022

When it comes to living in a household with members of your family there are always what I like to call the "Must Do's and Can Do's" of life. These include all the things that a family does both together and or separately. -

CONNECTED PARENTING EPISODE 80 – Stop Interviewing For Pain

July 20, 2022

Sometimes we worry so much about our children, about how they're doing personally and socially that we come at them from this place of fear for the level of pain they may be in. What we don't realize is that our fear based a…