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Inviting Boredom on Purpose? (Episode 288)

Boredom – that horrid mindset that enters into all our homes uninvited. What do you do when your child is bored? If you listened to our True Parent Struggles: Screentime episode, you know that boredom is a sure follower of cutting out screens in your home! So what can you do? We tackle it in today’s episode.

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Inviting Boredom on Purpose? (Episode 288)

Popular, I Wanna Be Popular! (Episode 287)

Remember the song in the musical Wicked, “Popular?” Popularity seems to be the desire of so many tweens and teens as they try to figure out their independence – and their place – in the world.  But what does it really mean to be popular? Is it sitting with a certain group at a lunch table,

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Popular, I Wanna Be Popular! (Episode 287)

The Danish Way of Parenting (Episode 286)

Have you heard of the Danish way of parenting? While I knew Denmark has ranked first or second for the happiest country in the world for the past 50 years, I hadn’t really researched their way of parenting. So when I read a random article last year that referenced a book on this, I immediately

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The Danish Way of Parenting (Episode 286)

Desire-Driven Direction (Episode 285)

We’re about halfway through January, and of course the biggie on people’s minds are all those goals and resolutions…and the obligation, dread and pressure that often roll with that.  Goal-setting can be overwhelming, horrible, or…what fuels you forward. In the episode below, Nathan and I share about how we approach goals in a very different way

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Desire-Driven Direction (Episode 285)

BetterSpeech with Lenora Edwards (Episode 284)

As we roll into a new year, I’m hanging with a bunch of little cousins who are in heaven visiting with each other. I’ve watched all six of them learn our language in their own way, some needing a bit more support than others.  This episode I interviewed Lenora Edwards of BetterSpeech.com to get her take on

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BetterSpeech with Lenora Edwards (Episode 284)

Creating Systems So You Stay Sane (Episode 283)

This week I’m thrilled to have a guest interview with Laura Hernandez of MamaSystems.net.  As her family grew from 4 kids to 10 in a four-year span, she spent hundreds of hours reading numerous books, blogs, and articles and devouring podcasts on organizing, scheduling, and self-care.When nothing fit her family perfectly, she developed her own systems

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Creating Systems So You Stay Sane (Episode 283)
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Just Own It (Episode 282)

As we peer down less than a week before Christmas, I know those expectations and tensions can be high, or in full tilt as the festivities have already begun. Where is your joy? Can you…just own it as your own, regardless of what is around you?  Can you find joy in what is, despite it

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Just Own It (Episode 282)

Kiss the Walls: Simple Boundaries, Simple Gratitude (Episode 279)

We moved from “kissing the walls” to a big open space. Yes, quite literally. Yesterday we rolled in to our house in Venice, Florida, to slowly unpack the past three months of living in our RV down in the Florida Keys.  In “Luna”, our wonderful 5th wheel, our little queen bed is in a slide –

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Kiss the Walls: Simple Boundaries, Simple Gratitude (Episode 279)

Meditating On Gratitude (Episode 278)

It’s the day before Thanksgiving. We don’t spend much time focusing on the traditional perspective of Thanksgiving – the story is complex and full of sadness, and isn’t quite the sugar-coated view of happy connection between peoples.  That being said, we, like many others, can choose to focus on the positivity we can create moving forward,

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Meditating On Gratitude (Episode 278)

The 12 Tenets of Wellness (Episode 277)

There is a lot on health and wellness. And I’m a huge advocate of your physical health being in direct relationship to your mental and emotional health. Last week we talked about who was writing your story, and how to create a life with meaning.  Now, how can you focus on health and wellbeing…and truly stay

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The 12 Tenets of Wellness (Episode 277)

Authoring Reality: Writing Your Life with Meaning (Episode 276)

As we asked listeners and readers to share what they are tolerating in their homes, we’ve heard a common theme. Parents are tired of feeling unheard, oppressed, unworthy, and worn down. Well we can talk about an “attitude of gratitude” and changing our minds to positivity, yet it’s not that simple. I know “toxic positivity” is

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Authoring Reality: Writing Your Life with Meaning (Episode 276)

You Can Sleep When You Die (Episode 275)

Are you sleeping enough? I remember a time in my life when yawning was common all throughout my day, as I guzzled coffee to keep myself running and cringed with the pain of a full yawn and TMJ issues from my clenched jaws.  All that has changed. It’s rare that I yawn anymore. I’ve switched to

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You Can Sleep When You Die (Episode 275)

Eating The Elephant of Clutter (Episode 274)

You know that old saying about how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Well that’s definitely the case for clutter. It can get out of hand, and then you’re hit with way too much and not sure where to start. Well look no further. Let’s take it a “bite” at a time

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Eating The Elephant of Clutter (Episode 274)

The Family Trap (Episode 273)

Have you ever felt like, instead of being in a family home you’ve created, it starts to feel a bit more like a family trap? There are many characters we play in our life. Maybe it’s the role of a mama, a CEO, or “the entertainer”. Sometimes, we can get so lost in our roles and characters

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The Family Trap (Episode 273)

How To Discipline Kids Naturally For Life (Episode 268)

In our last episode on the Mama Says Namaste podcast, I had guest Kimball Lewis of Empowering Parents come on and talk about lying. It’s a perfect opening to what, truly, is an effective consequence for our children that isn’t just punishment, but an opportunity to learn a different approach. It’s equipping our children with

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How To Discipline Kids Naturally For Life (Episode 268)

Why Kids Lie…and What To Do About It (GUEST Episode 267)

At some point in parenting, it’s pretty much a given that your child is going to tell a lie. Why do kids lie? Does it mean you’ve failed them as a parent?  Of course not! I talked with Kimball Lewis of Empowering Parents all about lying – this oh-so-common issue that every family deals with at

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Why Kids Lie…and What To Do About It (GUEST Episode 267)

3 Screen-Free Family Activities (Episode 263)

Oh the frustrations with screen time and how quickly it can take over a household! Just like we can get into a rut of “dinner and a movie” for every date night, we can get into the same ruts in our home. And I can completely relate to “Friday Family Movie Night” trickling over to

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3 Screen-Free Family Activities (Episode 263)

Are You A Parent? Step Into The Spotlight (Episode 262)

There are many people who don’t care for being in the spotlight. They aren’t seeking the attention of being on center stage and all eyes on them. Yet, the truth of it is, every one of you is in the spotlight. Yes, especially you parents.  Your children are watching you. They are soaking in your habits,

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Are You A Parent? Step Into The Spotlight (Episode 262)
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Get Used To Disappointment (Episode 261)

As we build on our conversation from last week about our children not being the center of the universe, we’re going to discuss another biggie: disappointment. Yes, your children will be disappointed in their lives, and it’s actually a very important part of developing their emotional resilience toolkit!  When we have a change of plans, so

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Get Used To Disappointment (Episode 261)

Your Children Are Not The Center Of The Universe! (Episode 260)

Ah, children. They believe the world revolves around them. Think about it – it only makes sense, when they are just discovering the world! As our children approach everything with first-time eyes, it’s directly related to what revolves around them. We celebrate every discovery and step forward they make, and they delight and amuse us

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Your Children Are Not The Center Of The Universe! (Episode 260)

A PSA For The United States (Episode 258)

This past weekend here in the US, we celebrated Independence Day. And, once again, our weekend was riddled with mass shootings and horrific anguish at all that seems to be falling apart in our country. And…unfortunately, this isn’t isolated to the USA. All across the world we are experiencing division and upheaval as we all

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A PSA For The United States (Episode 258)

Who is the Author of Your Story? (Episode 257)

Have you ever gotten stuck in the “I wish…” moments, where you’re wishing for all that isn’t, versus seeing what you can create! Who is truly the author of your story? We might think we’re doing our own thing, yet we can easily get lost in reaction where our story is written by anyone but us!  Listen

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Who is the Author of Your Story? (Episode 257)

Do I Get My Kid a Smartphone? (Episode 256)

Should your teen – or tween – have a smartphone? How about younger? When is the “right” time to introduce devices in your home, and how do you keep them from taking over? Below we share some infographics on smartphones, and share our insights navigating screens with all three of our girls. Plus, our daughter

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Do I Get My Kid a Smartphone? (Episode 256)

Snakes, Unschooling, and Fear of the Unknown (GUEST Episode 255)

It’s been brewing on my mind lately how many adults are quick to shut down my daughter and her love of snakes. And, how often we can write off something as “not for me” without allowing space for growth and discovery. I was that mom who said I’d “never” have a snake in my house.

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Snakes, Unschooling, and Fear of the Unknown (GUEST Episode 255)

The Honest Truth About Secrets (Episode 254)

Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone! Most everyone has heard this at some point in their lives, and typically it’s about kids keeping secrets from each other. But wow, I have heard story after story of how secrets, lies and deception have just ripped families apart. Our lesson today is an important

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The Honest Truth About Secrets (Episode 254)

Holding Space for Grieving (Episode 253)

It’s hard to do another podcast on parenting after another weekend of mass shootings. I’m sickened by the anger and division in our country, and across the world. It can make me feel utterly helpless, and I ache to the core with empathy for those whose losses are immeasurable at this moment with the heartache

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Holding Space for Grieving (Episode 253)

What To Do When Your Child Acts Out (GUEST Episode 252)

Why do kids act out? How do you eliminate battles and toxic behavior? Do you know what to do when your child acts out…or how to prevent the battles to begin with? I’m thrilled to have had a special guest this week who is an expert in this arena – Kimball Lewis:   James Lehman was a

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What To Do When Your Child Acts Out (GUEST Episode 252)

The Four Styles of Childhood Learning (Episode 251)

Knowing what kind of teacher you are – what motivates you and how you best take on learning new things – is huge. This, however, is simply the first step. Knowing what kind of child you are working with is critical. No matter how excited you are about something, if you don’t present and communicate

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The Four Styles of Childhood Learning (Episode 251)