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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)
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4 Tips for Abundance for Holidays and Beyond (Episode 281)

Happy Holidays…During the holidays, it’s all about getting stuff, right? Or is it all about giving? Either way, the holidays are exactly when we want to bring up the topic of abundance in our lives. And, it’s a perfect time to lay this foundation with your children. I now have several podcasts on abundance, like this one

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4 Tips for Abundance for Holidays and Beyond (Episode 281)

Gift Ideas For Impact and Personality! (Episode 280)

If you’re stumped on what to get your loved ones as gifts, this is the episode for you. Not only do we give you gift ideas for every personality style, I’ve gone back and updated a gift guide I had with even more great ideas for you! Click here to open the gift guide in

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Gift Ideas For Impact and Personality! (Episode 280)

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 Create a Home with Namaste (Episode 272)

How do you create a namaste environment in your home, and what exactly does “namaste” even mean? As I was challenged this week on what all I deliver to families, this reminder of my business name stood out once again. It’s Mama Says Namaste for a reason, right? So what exactly does namaste mean to

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How To Create a Home with Namaste (Episode 272)

Ian’s Aftermath (Episode 271)

It’s officially a week after Hurricane Ian, and we’ve picked up the rubble and are moving forward…and recognizing this is a new season for many who were in the path of Hurricane Ian. Ian’s aftermath has rocked many, and continued on beyond the actual hurricane.  What we experienced…Listen to this episode on iTunes, Pandora, Audible,

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Ian’s Aftermath (Episode 271)

Waiting to Worry: Hurricane Ian’s Approach (Episode 270)

I have to be honest – it’s hard to write a blog post or do a podcast with Hurricane Ian looming in front of us and not knowing if our house will be obliterated in its path.  As I’m sitting here writing this post, another band of the storms due to the hurricane is moving through.

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Waiting to Worry: Hurricane Ian’s Approach (Episode 270)

A Decade of Gratitude and Insights from a 10-year-old (Episode 269)

It’s 2022, and our youngest daughter, Juliette, is just days away from double digits. (And yes, she’s adopted a new way of spelling her name, which seems way fancier for her). For the rest of her life, she’ll most likely be double digit. It really shows the impact when you think of it like that.

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A Decade of Gratitude and Insights from a 10-year-old (Episode 269)

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)

“C” Through Rage to Grace (Episode 266)

Nathan and I were talking about anger and how we move past it, and he hit on a such a powerful aspect – So often, when we are really feeling rage, we are lost in our own anger and blind to what else may be out there. Rage is defined as violent and/or uncontrollable anger. Even

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“C” Through Rage to Grace (Episode 266)

3 Ps for Internal Climate Change (Episode 265)

Climate change is real, and here in full force. We’re experiencing the devastation of our actions and what happens when we don’t take all aspects of our impact into account. It’s not just the instant gratification of what is in our face, but the devastating consequences of decades of consumption without respect for giving back

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3 Ps for Internal Climate Change (Episode 265)

4 Steps to Reset And Thrive (Episode 264)

Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed, at your whit’s end, or feeling stuck? I can completely relate. And, so can many of my clients! As a relationships coach, there are many times families feel trapped in the chaos that’s slowly crept in, and they don’t know how in the world they’ll be able to do

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4 Steps to Reset And Thrive (Episode 264)

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)