Parenting ⋆ Mama Says Namaste

Parenting


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

​Read More
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

​Read More
The Four Styles of Childhood Learning (Episode 251)

The Four Types of Parent – How Do You React? (Episode 250)

As a parent first and foremost, we want our children to learn and grow as much as possible.  I’ve addressed how to raise life-long learners by not just being “teachers”, but “awakeners” already, so we know the term “teacher” is simply the traditional label we put on whomever our children are learning from. I want to

​Read More
The Four Types of Parent – How Do You React? (Episode 250)
build credibility - have an open conversation with your child

I’m Not a Teacher, I’m A Parent! (Episode 249)

When you first bring your little babies home, you’re typically lost in the parent haze of adoration and exhaustion, and there is one focus – it’s on being a parent! Yet, like it or not, you are also a teacher from day one. In reality, all of us “homeschool” to some extent. Our children are always

​Read More
I’m Not a Teacher, I’m A Parent! (Episode 249)

How Do I Get My Kids To Think Like An Unschooler? (Episode 248)

“How do I get my kid to think like an unschooler?” This was a listener question I got in recently that tied in perfectly with our discussion this week! As we discussed 4 Steps to Motivate Your Child With Curiosity last week, we laid out ways to engage with our children…yet how can you really

​Read More
How Do I Get My Kids To Think Like An Unschooler? (Episode 248)

4 Steps to Motivate Your Child With Curiosity (Episode 247)

How are we internally motivated?  True learning comes from that desire and hunger to acquire a skill or knowledge based on an area of interest or need to know.  As we dig into the concept of delight-led learning, it’s looking at how we are internally motivated that is the best fuel for true growth and

​Read More
4 Steps to Motivate Your Child With Curiosity (Episode 247)

Raising Confident Kids – Speaking to Adults (Episode 245)

Can Your Child Talk To Adults? Oftentimes we hear comments about how you can tell who the homeschool kids are because they are the ones who talk to adults. Why yes, homeschoolers aren’t always seen as backwards kids isolated in their own bubble and unable to talk to others.  The biggest question many homeschoolers get is,

​Read More
Raising Confident Kids – Speaking to Adults (Episode 245)

How To Parent – and Teach – Along the Way (Episode 244)

The True Unschooling Parent How do you parent – and teach – along the way? This may be very different than you may initially think. While we can label a lot of official titles for registered school options, like homeschool, roadschool, worldschooling or unschooling, the truth is that for each and every one of us

​Read More
How To Parent – and Teach – Along the Way (Episode 244)

Creative Travel Ideas for the Senses (Episode 243)

Choosing Travel in your Mind Ah, the road can be long with kids, so why not choose to enjoy the journey? Yes, it can be full of ups and downs, yet there are creative hacks and ideas to travel in a multitude of ways, from within your own mind to all across the world.  As we

​Read More
Creative Travel Ideas for the Senses (Episode 243)

Why Travel (even just outside your own door) is the Best Education (Episode 242)

Travel is Education As we continue to move forward despite the turmoil in the world, it might be easy to justify how travel is pretty unnecessary. Yet travel, unlike the control of a classroom, can open the doors to learning and opportunity more than anything else.  Mark Twain said that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry,

​Read More
Why Travel (even just outside your own door) is the Best Education (Episode 242)

Tiny Living As A Family (Episode 241)

It’s getting Cramped here… This was our month to really dive into travel, and share about the 90 Day Family Road Trip and how to create a life you don’t want to escape from. We’re tackling being together in close quarters this week, and tiny living as a family. Yes, our plans, so typical of life,

​Read More
Tiny Living As A Family (Episode 241)

Out of the Box and Budget-Friendly Vacation Ideas for Families (Episode 240)

Feeling Stuck? How do you make space for vacation when you’re maxed out? Do you simply just hold off and hope that “one day” you can make it happen…and that it’ll just magically materialize? Have you considered an out of the box vacation idea that just seems a little too “out there”…yet may actually be

​Read More
Out of the Box and Budget-Friendly Vacation Ideas for Families (Episode 240)

Meditations

Every month, my 9-year-old daughter, Juliette, is adding in a “mindful minute” on a topic. Sometimes it’s a guided meditation, sometimes it’s just a musing. So far this year, we’ve covered focusing on our breath, gratitude, love, growth and change.  So often our chaos is based on the domino effect of one thing after another. What

​Read More
Meditations

Time Management (and getting your sanity back) for Parents (Episode 235)

Last week was a fabulous interview with Elyssa Smith on getting out of survival mode, and this week we focus on the key component – time management.  Elyssa really laid out the science behind how our brains work when we are in survival mode, and how, when this happens, we biologically cannot do higher processing functions,

​Read More
Time Management (and getting your sanity back) for Parents (Episode 235)

Get Out of Survival Mode with these Three Steps (Episode 234)

Do you catch yourself living in “survival mode,” running on fumes, or not creating any time for self-care? I am thrilled to talk with my friend Elyssa today all about these things, and how procrastination can be the curtain we hide behind when we are feeling too overwhelmed to move forward.Yes we do! Please click

​Read More
Get Out of Survival Mode with these Three Steps (Episode 234)

Goals and Word of the Year (Episode 233)

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

​Read More
Goals and Word of the Year (Episode 233)

Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 2 (Episode 232)

Last week we started our Mama Says Namaste Podcast highlights with the bottom five of our top ten episodes of all time. Here we cover the top five, and our take now, looking back.  We’re brewing up some great ideas for the new year, and a biggie is that we want to hear from you! You’ll

​Read More
Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 2 (Episode 232)

Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 1 (Episode 231)

Over this week and the next, Nathan and I have pulled the top ten podcast episodes of all time, and we are diving in to discuss them and our perspectives now.  We’re brewing up some great ideas for the new year, and a biggie is that we want to hear from you! You’ll hear sweet Jules

​Read More
Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 1 (Episode 231)

Christmas Talk with My Daughter Juliet (Episode 230)

It’s the week of Christmas, and my nine-year-old daughter, Juliet, has been anticipating this all year long. Additionally, she’s an aspiring podcaster herself who has big plans for next year. So it was only natural that I invite her on for a conversation this week.  I love the questions she comes up with and the wisdom

​Read More
Christmas Talk with My Daughter Juliet (Episode 230)

Have You Forgotten You’re A Parent? (What truly is “parenting done right?”) (Episode 229)

Have you forgotten you’re a parent? Yikes. That seems like an easy answer of no, right? I mean, how can you forget you’re a parent when there are children’s clothes and toys all over your house, you’re hearing the noise and the chaos, and the constant demand for a meal seems to be your main

​Read More
Have You Forgotten You’re A Parent? (What truly is “parenting done right?”) (Episode 229)

Meaningful Conversations: Interview with Tara Miko of Bright Littles (Episode 227)

How to you have meaningful conversations in your home? In light of the past two years, especially, there has been plenty of opportunity for heavy topics that can be a bit overwhelming or intimidating to navigate with your children.  How do you bring up or discuss something deep with a child, or what if they ask

​Read More
Meaningful Conversations: Interview with Tara Miko of Bright Littles (Episode 227)

Perspectives on Attraction (Episode 223)

What truly makes an attractive person? Well, in my opinion, covering these key characteristic ingredients is a solid first step. Yet beyond that – when we look at attraction and what draws people to one another, we have to take a good look at if there really is a perfect image, look, character trait or

​Read More
Perspectives on Attraction (Episode 223)

Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 4 – Instructions for Intention (Episode 222)

This is our final wrap-up in the creation of a beautiful dish – a light-hearted and intentional relationship! In episode 219, we talked about those things that trigger us into reactive behavior, oftentimes those moments when we struggle to see beyond our own fear. In episode 220, we went into the many languages of love

​Read More
Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 4 – Instructions for Intention (Episode 222)

Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 3 – Ingredients for Intimacy (Episode 221)

As we’ve been brewing on what the ingredients were for a light-hearted relationship, we started with some foundational elements. In episode 219, we talked about those things that trigger us into reactive behavior, oftentimes those moments when we struggle to see beyond our own fear. In episode 220, we went into the many languages of

​Read More
Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 3 – Ingredients for Intimacy (Episode 221)

Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 2 – Love Languages (Episode 220)

In this new series, my husband Nathan and I are digging into what really creates the recipe for a light-hearted and loving relationship, where we both feel mutually loved and supported.  Last week we explored what sets us off – those triggers that jar us out of our nice intentions and result in us spiraling into

​Read More
Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 2 – Love Languages (Episode 220)

Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 1 – Triggers (Episode 219)

What is the recipe for a truly light-hearted, healthy and loving relationship? As my husband and I discussed this on our walk today, it prompted this series where we’re going to dig into just this. As we started to create our “recipe” for a healthy relationship, we saw that there were just too many aspects

​Read More
Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 1 – Triggers (Episode 219)

Which is More Important – Skillset or Mindset? (Episode 218)

 Which is more important in life – your skillset, or your mindset? When we look at the world of academics, we spend a lot of time focusing on skills, and what you might improve on that would be applicable to a work opportunity. Yet there is no amount of skill that will replace the destruction

​Read More
Which is More Important – Skillset or Mindset? (Episode 218)

5 Minimalist Parenting Tips (Episode 217)

I’ve been on a “simplify parenting” kick, really focusing in on those things we do that complicate our lives and add more stress that are completely unnecessary.  Last week, we addressed having social “quickies” to open the door to socializing without the stress of blocking off a whole day for a big event. A while back,

​Read More
5 Minimalist Parenting Tips (Episode 217)

Simplify Childhood: Quickies Aren’t Just In the Bedroom (Episode 216)

When you hear the word “quickie”, clearly our minds tend to go to one place. And yes, even there, it can be so, so valuable. So often, we’re dreaming of a way to simplify childhood, and we so often get stuck in the rut of not enough time.  This is where the idea of a “quickie”

​Read More
Simplify Childhood: Quickies Aren’t Just In the Bedroom (Episode 216)

Do You Force Your Children To Learn? (Episode 215)

In our world of unschooling, we believe in delight-led learning, and the functional education model of learning as we live life together. So what if our kids want to just watch TV and eat chips all day? Do we allow it? Do we force our kids to step it up, or just cross our fingers

​Read More
Do You Force Your Children To Learn? (Episode 215)