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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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