Voices of Your Village

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How to respond to "you're stupid" and other frustrating kid phrases

 

 

First things first, it’s our first birthday!! One year ago we launched Voices of Your Village podcast and my heart couldn’t be fuller with how beautifully it has grown. Thank YOU for being on this journey with us. In this week’s episode of Voices of Your Village I’m diving into “you’re stupid” and other kid phrases that can be frustrating to hear as adults. And the first thing I’m chatting about is making sure that tiny humans do not feel responsible for our emotions because they’re not. We are in charge of processing our own emotions and our kiddos need to know that whatever they are bringing to the table, we can handle...

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Raising empathetic humans, with Logan Blask

 

This week I was thrilled to chat with my incredible sister-in-law Logan Blask (again)! You may remember her from episode 26, our most downloaded episode, where we dove into raising emotionally intelligent kiddos. This week we are diving into empathy and how to model and instill empathy in our tiny humans.

Sibling rivalry. Logan shared that her kids are totally allowed and encouraged to disagree, have their own opinions, thoughts, etc. However, physical aggression has been a hard no from the start. They have a family guideline of “hugs, handshakes, and high fives” as appropriate physical touch. When the twins have a disagreement, they are expected to talk it out and...

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Discipline, punishment, & boundaries with parenting coach Irene McKenna

 

This week I had the opportunity to chat with parenting coach Irene McKenna. Previously a physical therapist, Irene felt called to make a change. What started out as a journey into health coaching eventually morphed into discovering her passion and becoming a parenting coach. Along the journey, she also radically changed her own parenting practices and her entire relationship with her children.

I asked Irene about what her goals are when she’s helping families, and she explained that her ultimate goal is to reframe the way we see children and their behaviors. She wants parents to be able to let go of fixing behaviors or changing their kids....

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Village Chatter: coping mechanisms vs. coping strategies, and an intro to the CEP Method

 

 

In this episode of Village Chatter, I got to dive into coping strategies and the distinction between coping mechanisms and coping strategies. A coping mechanism might be something like scrolling social media when we’re having an emotion. It’s something we’re doing to try to help ourselves (or to try to avoid an emotion) but it’s not necessarily what we want to be doing to cultivate healthy emotional processing. 

In the five phases of emotion processing that Lauren Stauble and I created with the Collaborative Emotion Processing (CEP) Method, coping is an often missed phase. We often skip right over to problem-solving, but in order for our kiddos...

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Village Chatter: Tiny Humans, Big Emotions

 

In this episode of Village Chatter, I got to answer different questions you sent me all about raising emotionally intelligent tiny humans. If you want to be part of our Village Chatter and contribute and share different questions you have, it is so easy! All you have to do is join the Facebook page at Seed and Sew: Voices of your Village.

The first question that I answered was at what age should you, as a caregiver, start having conversations with your kiddos about messing up like yelling or losing your cool, in front of your kiddo. The good news is, that in order to see lasting effects with emotional intelligence you only need to get it right 20% of the time and it is never too...

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