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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)

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

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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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,

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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,

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 2 (Episode 232)