by Ashley Logsdon

Mom-to-Mom with Joanne Miller: The 5 Pillars of Respect (Episode 145)

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This episode airs the week of Mother's Day, so who better to talk to than my mama? I have a candid talk with my mother, Joanne Miller, about my own upbringing, and the 5 pillars of respect I was raised by and continue to live by and coach others on to this day. 

There are five key pillars to respect that can create a happy, healthy home

This is a special edition - this was a recorded video interview, and the full interview is below. Unfortunately, my microphone gave me fits through the recording, but all the content is so great, we wanted to share it anyway. You can watch the video below, or listen to this podcast episode here, on iTunesSpotifyStitcherGoogle PlayTuneInYouTubeiHeartRadio or your RSS Feed  *Now also on the Pandora app and!

My Mama Joanne Miller

My mother, Joanne Miller, has had quite the journey of motherhood not just because she had me (which is journey enough!), but, as a mama to many, she has had nurturing down to a fine art, and for many years, I aspired to be exactly like her. 

As I grew, she was my biggest supporter in not being just like her, but being truly, authentically, fully me. A key element in this is respect, which was always enforced in our home growing up. 

Yet...not like how you might think. This isn't about an authoritarian household where it's "my way or the highway". It's about mutual respect with parents and with children. 

Mom is the author of 5 children's books and two adult books, and is currently working on her first novel. She shares a lot about her story and journey in her book, Creating A Haven of Peace: When You're Feeling Down, Finances Are Flat, and Tempers are Rising.

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The 5 pillars of respect

We pack a lot into the video interview below, which is the full podcast episode in video format. We cover our five essential pillars of respect:

  1. 1
    Awareness: Are you aware of your surroundings? Your Impact? Do you help your children see/notice what's going on around them - what their impact is, how their energy shifts, what they are feeling on the inside?  
  2. 2
    Manners: Not barking YESSIR! but extending consideration, courtesy and gratitude. Are you thanking your children, or just expecting them to say that word?
  3. 3
    Prioritize yourself and your partner: Are you taking care of yourself? Are you giving space to recharge? Are you prioritizing your relationship with your partner and making time for them, or has your marriage taken a back seat to the kids?
  4. 4
    Authenticity: Do you allow for natural consequences where the "punishment fit the crime" or life just kicked back? Are you open and honest with your children and willing to be vulnerable and ask forgiveness?
  5. 5
    Remember the Golden Rule: Do onto others as you would have them do unto you. Put yourself in your child's shoes. Have them get a glimpse into how you think and feel. Speak with love and respect to one another, and give space for privacy as well.

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Nathan and Ashley Logsdon

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About the author, Ashley Logsdon


Ashley Logsdon is a Family and Personality Styles Coach and Lifelong Learner. She and her husband Nathan are RVing the States and unschooling their 3 girls. Her mission is to shift the mindsets of families from reaction to intention, and guide them in creating the family they love coming home to. Looking deeper than the surface, we assess the strengths, triggers, and simplifying your lifestyle so you truly recognize how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.

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  1. Ashley, for the single mom who responded to your post about needing help with getting her son to grasp respect, can you please let her know about Emerson Eggerichs’ book “Mother & Son”? It’s full of great insight on Respect-Talk with your boy, and you can use it with any age. I’m a few chapters in and it’s truly life-changing!

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