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Talking to Kids About Death

voices of your village Dec 10, 2020

You're listening to Voices of Your Village. This is episode 150. Today we're diving into how to talk to kids about death. We had a bunch of these questions coming up in our Facebook group, from animals to people and how to navigate this conversation. What's appropriate at different ages and stages So today, we're going to dive into that jazz. This is a topic that is often very heavy for adults and tends to not be as heavy for kids because they have a whole different social context around what death means both in the short-term and the long-term. You know, the long-term for us is totally different. Our cognitive function allows us to project and predict things down the road that we might...

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Burnout in Parenthood with Anne Helen Peterson

voices of your village Dec 03, 2020

Happy podcast Thursday and welcome to episode 149 of Voices of Your Village! For this interview I got to hangout with Anne Helen Petersen and she was a real delight to chat with. I had such a fun time, we dove into burnout in parenthood: what it really looks like, what is really at the center of it, and what does it look like to move forward through it?

 

“How do we move from the culture of burnout that so many of us are living in into something that looks more balanced?”

 

We talk about systemic issues that feed into burnout and we know that burnout is so high right now in this season where so many of us have had our villages striped away due to Covid. We talk...

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An Alternative to Obedience

voices of your village Nov 19, 2020

Hello and welcome to episode 147 of Voices of Your Village! In today’s episode we are diving into an alternative to obedience with Casey Meyers. I could have kept talking to Casey for hours, and after this interview Casey and I actually kept getting nerdy about child development with one another for an additional 45 minutes. In this episode we dive into how we were raised and how our social programming and biases come up for us when we go to respond to kid’s big emotions, and how else we can navigate this outside of the obedience mindset.

 

This is so hard for so many of us because we are bringing a lot from our own childhood, or we might have certain expectations of...

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Developmentally Appropriate Gift Ideas

voices of your village Nov 12, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of Voices of Your Village! Over on Instagram I asked you villagers what would be the most helpful thing for me to do to support you this holiday season, and we got a bunch of requests for a gift guide. So, we put together this gift guide for you. We wanted to be really intentional with this, so that these toys are things that would last for a long time and that would support your child’s sensory and emotional regulation.

 

The gift guide is broken up into categories so that you can find exactly what you are looking for. There are links to absolutely everything so that you don’t have to do any extra work and, as a bonus, inside the gift...

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The Real and Raw of Miscarriage

Uncategorized Oct 23, 2020

I knew it could take a while to get pregnant, so when we decided to start trying, my expectations were set at about 6 months before we would look at REALLY trying. We headed off to Europe for a very belated honeymoon and I wasn’t surprised when my period was late, travel can do that, I told myself. About a week after my period was due, it started in the airport bathroom as we prepared to leave Austria for southern France. Those cramps weren’t normal cramps and the clots were not normal clots. I’d navigated this monthly for 18 years and this time was clearly different. Doubled over in pain, gushing blood, I passed what I would later find out was a 5-week old fetus, in the...

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Potty Training

voices of your village Oct 15, 2020

 

 

Welcome to episode 142 of Voices of Your Village! I have a treat for you this week, today’s episode is a bit different than usual. For over a year y’all have been reaching out and asking for an episode on potty training, and I have been hesitant to put one out because there are multiple different approaches to potty training and so many different things to consider.

 

Potty training is not a one size fits all, so I interviewed a few different folks in the potty training world who have different approaches. I am sharing this as a compilation, so you can hear about different approaches to potty training to decide what works best for you and your family. I...

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Cultural Appropriation vs Appreciation with Dr. Neal Lester

Hey there, villagers! Welcome to episode 140 of Voices of Your Village! Today I got to interview Dr. Neal Lester, a professor of English at Arizona State University who studies African American Literature and Culture. I wanted to dive into conversation with Dr. Lester about cultural appropriation vs appreciation. This was a topic I personally had a lot of questions about and you villagers submitted a lot of questions about as well. 

 

In addition to addressing this topic as we move toward Thanksgiving and Halloween, I also find it to be important for us to dive into in our day to day life. Dr. Lester brought up so many crucial ways for us to consider and be mindful of cultural...

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Sneak Peek into the S.E.E.D. Certification Workshops!

 

 

Welcome back to another episode of Voices of Your Village, today is episode 139. I am so jazzed about this episode, because we get to share a snapshot of the S.E.E.D. Certification with you! You will get to hear snapshots of each workshop. We have 5 different instructors: myself, Lori Goodrich who is an occupational therapist, Emily Lesher who is a speech-language pathologist, Jasmine Price has a masters in Early Childhood and is a current PhD candidate, and Dr. Lynyetta Willis who is a psychologist. 

 

“These humans are so incredible and such beautiful teachers, I am really pumped to share these workshops with you.”

 

When I was a teacher I...

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Tackling Teacher Burnout with Erica Mackey

voices of your village Sep 17, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of Voices of Your Village! Today is episode 138 and guys, this is a good one. I got to hangout with my new friend Erica Mackey, she is the cofounder of My Village. I continue to fall more in love with MyVillage every day, it is such an incredible program that you will hear a bit about throughout this episode. Today Erica and I talked about all things teacher burnout cus oh man, the statistics surrounding teacher burnout are alarming. 

 

We have a lot of work to do in the early childhood community in supporting teachers so that they aren’t living in a space where they are getting burnout so fast. I know what that’s like firsthand in...

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Picky Eating with Jennifer Anderson

voices of your village Sep 10, 2020

 

Welcome to Voices of Your Village episode 137! Today I am hanging out with Jennifer Anderson, you may know her as the mama behind Kids Eat in Color. Her instagram is one of my favorite follows. She gives amazing support to families on how to navigate picky eating and supporting kiddos with healthy relationships to food. She often talks about boundaries and creating a schedule around eating, as well as why we don’t use things like food as a reward and why it is really damaging to comment on a child’s weight. I love getting to learn from Jennifer, and I am so jazzed to get to share this episode with y’all today. Let’s dive in!

 

Jennifer Anderson is a...

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