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How To Recharge Beyond Vacation (Episode 164)

 How do you recharge on a regular basis…or, do you just cram it all in to that 2-week vacation and hope that’ll cover it?  We’ve talked about how to communicate effectively, both in how to talk to others, and how to listen well. Do you make space to recharge in your life, or just hope you will

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The Secret To Active Listening (Episode 163)

 We’ve been focusing in on having a connected conversation with our children – and beyond – and this episode is all about active listening. We don’t always naturally listen well, and the art of active listening is a practice and habit you can create. Active Listening requires setting down the agenda and truly wanting to hear.Listen

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It’s Not About The Strawberry Ice Cream (Episode 162)

You want a connected conversation with your children; they just like strawberry ice cream, end of story. So where do you go from there? Building on last weeks’ theme of having a connected conversation with our children, we elaborate a bit more this week on how to do this…especially when you’re dealing with short attention spans

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How Do I Talk To My Kids? (And Beyond) Episode 161

How do you talk to your children? Do you talk with them…to them, or at them? Yes, having a connected conversation has some specific protocols – three, to be exact. How to have a connected conversation…in your home, and beyond. Special thanks to Jodey Smith for helping me with my new podcast intro! Listen to this

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5 Tips To Focus For Frazzled Families (Episode 160)

The school year is looming and, more than anything else, what I’m seeing are some seriously frazzled families! My heart goes out to the teachers trying to navigate their own homes, their classrooms, and now an online version as well. So how can you find any focus for frazzled families? As we move forward with whatever

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How Can I Get My Kids To Respect…and LIKE Me? (Episode 159)

Ah, respect. We know our children should be respectful, but how in the world do you get them to show it? There are many types of parenting styles out there, and we all have our different approaches. However, beyond the approach or style you use, the bigger deal is the connection. We may be parents,

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Learning at Home The Socratic Way – Special Guest Samantha Jansky (Episode 158)

I’ve been fascinated by the Socratic method of learning for a long time, and it’s been a natural thing to raise our children including this form of questioning. However, that’s not always the norm. Sometimes parents fall down the hole of simply narrating life to their children, or not engaging in dialogue with them. Yes the

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Trading Peer Pressure for “Productive Influence” (Episode 157)

Peer pressure can definitely get a bad reputation. Typically what comes to mind is shaming, force, and negativity. However…sometimes a little peer pressure can be a good thing. Maybe it’s more about our approach that makes all the difference. Instead of “Peer Pressure,” What could be a “productive influence” in your life?Listen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google

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Real Talk With 2 Homeschooling Mamas (Episode 156)

Sometimes it’s really helpful to hear what a day looks like in a homeschooling family. And, honestly, it looks like a million different things, depending on the family, and even depending on the day! On the podcast episode here, I sat down with my dear friend Sarrah Lombardo and talked to her about her own homeschooling

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What to do about SCHOOL in 2020 (Episode 155)

At the top of many parent’s minds right now is what the heck to do about school for their children for this fall semester. The pandemic of 2020 has rocked us all in so many ways, and now, as we’re embarking upon a new school year…what is this going to look like for you?Functional Education

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Why Are Snakes In Our House? (Episode 154)

If you’ve been following our family Instagram, you’ve seen how snakes have entered our lives in a big way. As part of our unschooling journey with the girls, we’ve opened the door to those things which delight them, and, in the case of my eldest daughter, Clara, that means we’ve learned a lot about snakes! Functional Education

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When the “Same Ole Marriage” Isn’t Working Anymore (Episode 153)

Have marriage woes gotten you down? Sometimes we can get so stuck into routine or reaction mode we fall into the “same ole'” way of doing things…and then, at some point, we realize how far away from our dreams we’ve floated. If your marriage isn’t working, maybe it’s time for a bit of a relationship

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Self-Love, or Self-Sabotage? (Episode 152)

So much of my coaching focuses on the relationships we have with others…however, at the core of it all, is our relationship with ourself. How are you doing when it comes to self-love? Are you loving yourself well and celebrating the beauty within, or are you stuck in self-sabotage and stuck in a spiral not

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Over Commitment: How (and why) to Say NO! (Episode 151)

Do you struggle with over commitment and saying no? This podcast episode is for you – on how to not over commit, why you should say no, and what it allows you to say YES to. When you say no to something, are you aware it always means yes to something else?Listen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google

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The Steps For Emotional Resilience (Episode 150)

The term “emotional resilience” refers to the ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises. It’s that ability to “bounce back” or make it through adversity, and is a critical component of having a growth mindset. So how do you foster emotional resilience in your home, and ensure all emotions are processed in a positive

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Namaste – On Truly Hearing Each Other (Episode 149)

After a brutal weekend of riots and more country upheaval, there is a demand to speak up against the violence. Yet, with so many voices, who is listening? Let’s dig into the meaning behind “namaste” and how we can work to truly be heard…and to hear. Namaste:the peace within my soul recognizes the peace within yours.Listen

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Letting Go Of The Agenda…and Managing Expectations (Episode 148)

Managing expectations and agendas can be hard, especially when we get stuck if they don’t go our way. What Nathan and I have learned is that, if we flip the script on what we’re truly seeking, we’re able to not only think forward, but also go with the flow. Unspoken Expectations Lead to loads of resentmentListen

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Making Decisions As A Family (Episode 147)

Making decisions as a family can always be tricky, especially the bigger the family (and the more opinions) you have to navigate! In this week’s podcast episode, Nathan and I share about three big family decisions we’ve navigated through in our own home, and what tips we can share with you for handling decisions in

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6 Tips For Navigating Criticism (Episode 146)

How are you with navigating criticism? Do you immediately go on the defensive or take it as a blast to your fragile ego? In this podcast episode and below, we go over six key tips for handling criticism, toxicity, and fragile egos.6 Tips for Handling Criticism – as the giver or receiver!Listen to this episode

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

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

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Plan. Pause. Plan. Repeat (Episode 144)

Well, there is only so long you can go on pause before you need to move forward again. So, how do you move forward and plan when everything is up in the air? Instead of focusing on any limitations, today we’re going to address the things you CAN do today and plan for in the

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Money…Love…or Both? (Episode 143)

It’s time to talk money. And no, not from yet another data analyst, financial expert or business perspective. It’s time to talk about money and the role it plays in your whole life. What is this energy around money, and how critical is it in our lives? Does our work define us? As we navigate big

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Who Owns Your Boat? On Anger and the Law of Attraction (Episode 142)

So, the emotions episode last week really struck a chord with many of you, and we wanted to elaborate a bit more on it today. Let’s talk about two biggies here: Anger and Control. And, the icing on the cake: what are you attracting in your life?What are you allowing to get to you today?Listen

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Feeling Inside Out and Upside Down? Feel All the Feels (Episode 141)

Even subtle losses in life can trigger a sense of grief. We’re feeling all the feels at this present moment. Right now, emotions are all over the place as people navigate unknowns, modified schedules (or lack thereof), and loss. Lots of loss. Whether you’ve lost a loved one, your job, or simply the sense of security,

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Quarantine Boredom and Life Skills (Episode 140)

Quarantine boredom has set in, parents are getting frustrated, and…your kids are learning anyway. What can they learn that helps everyone? Well, first off, let them be bored. And second off…those life skills are developing whether you’re intentional or not…Your children are learning a lot right now – what are the observing around them?Listen to

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Don’t Stress Education; Let Them Play (Episode 139)

Let me speak to you parents who are overwhelmed with having children 24/7 right now, much less trying to figure out schooling. Let me tell you what is most important to do THIS WEEK with your family.The world is our school, and everyone is our teacher.Listen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio or your RSS Feed  *Now also on

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It’s the end of the world…as we know it (Episode 138)

Like everyone else, it’s hard to go on with times being “as normal” when we are in the midst of a global pandemic. My hope is that you listen to this podcast and pay attention to these posted links below to help you – and your family – get through this time together. The COVID-19

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Tendencies, Unmet Expectations & Personality Clashes (Episode 137)

How do you respond to expectations? From your partner, your boss, even your parents? It’s amazing how our behavioral tendencies can shape so much, including our perspectives and our ability to connect with others.Natural Tendencies can be your Insight into deeper connectionListen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio or your RSS Feed  *Now also on the Pandora app and

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Serving Your Spouse (Episode 136)

Do you serve your spouse? The last two episodes we dug deep into what can lead to divorce, as well as navigating blended families. This week we want to focus in on one powerful thing that can get pretty misconstrued in our girl-power world – serving your spouse.Serving Your Spouse isn’t Submission; it’s Essential in

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Bonus parents, step parents, and blended families (Episode 135)

Are you navigating a blended family? Let’s be clear – this isn’t just about when they are young – this is for families navigating divorce, period. This affects the whole family regardless of when it happens, and this week we’ll talk about some strategies to keep the peace when the issue of exes and step

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