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School and Childcare Transition Series: Episode 3

You're listening to episode three of our podcast series on Childcare and School Transitions. In this episode, we're going to talk about when to talk about this, when to let them know that it's coming, and what to do if some anxiety comes up around it. Alright, let's dive in.


00:00:24    Alyssa

Welcome to Voices of Your Village, a place where parents, caregivers, teachers and experts come to support one another on this wild ride of raising tiny humans. We combined decades of experience with the latest research to create the modern parenting village. Let's dive into honest conversation about real parenting challenges, so it doesn't have to be this hard. I'm your host,...

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School and Childcare Transition Series: Episode 2

00:00:00    Alyssa

You're listening to episode two of our School and Child Care transition series. In this episode, we're going to get down and dirty with these emotions. How to support the tiny humans big emotions. How to validate and acknowledge and hold space for and build coping strategies for them to use, both leading up to and then in the moments of the transition and throughout the day. This is the work. It is messy and gnarly, and you don't have to do it alone. We're here to help you. All right, folks, let's dive in. 


00:00:36    Alyssa

Welcome to Voices of Your Village, a place where parents, caregivers, teachers and experts come to support one...

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School and Childcare Transition Series: Episode 1

00:00:00    Alyssa

Welcome to episode one of School and Childcare Transitions. Going into a new classroom or starting a new school is a huge transition with a new attachment figure somebody that is going to be in charge of keeping them safe all day long on who they have to get to know that they don't know yet. It's a big deal, and I'm here to guide you through this. We have five short episodes that will walk you through different steps to take to help this transition be as seamless and emotionally supportive as possible. Buckle up here, folks. All right, let's dive into episode one. 


00:00:42    Alyssa

Welcome to Voices of Your Village, a place where...

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Why You Don't Need to Hide Your Feelings From Your Kids

Uncategorized May 19, 2022

Do you ever feel like you can’t have hard feelings in front of your child? When you get frustrated or sad do you feel like you have to hold it all in so that you don’t upset them? Often in the world of respectful parenting there is this idea that parenting with intention means always being calm and happy with our kids. 


Here’s the thing, the goal is not that kids think we don’t have emotions. The idea that we’ll never be triggered or feel hard things in their presence, that we'll just remain calm at all times is unrealistic and not how our bodies are designed. Kids know when we are feeling something hard whether we tell them or not. They pick up...

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The Key to Ending Power Struggles With Your Child

Uncategorized May 19, 2022

One of the biggest challenges of parenting young children is navigating their intense need for autonomy and independence. Often this leads to power struggles where we find ourselves putting more and more pressure on the child to comply, and in turn they push harder and harder against us.

When we can move away from focusing on compliance and move towards connection, understanding, and collaboration, we can put the power struggles to bed.

Choice theory outlines two options and the key is that neither of them is punishment. The adult setting the boundary has to be okay with both choices so you don’t end up mad if your child doesn’t choose the one you wanted.

This might sound...

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What to Do When Youโ€™re About to Lose Your Cool

Uncategorized May 19, 2022

We’ve all been there. The stresses of adult life seem to be piling one on top of another. The laundry is piling up, you’re about to miss a work deadline and you’re barely going to have dinner on the table before bedtime.  You manage to get dinner on the table and go to round up your family, only to discover that your kiddo has knocked over a plant and there is dirt all over the carpet. The carpet that you just vacuumed yesterday, after everyone was in bed, before you collapsed on the couch, completely spent. And in the scheme of things, you know that this isn’t a huge deal. It’s par for the course with young kids. But still, in this moment, it feels...

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Respectful Parenting IRL: Rewriting Patterns and Habits


00:00:04    Joel

"You know, that that a father's supposed to be and this is what I'm supposed to do. Well, then, you know, that was all based. A lot of it was fear-based for me, right?"


00:00:17    Joel

"I was fearful, I felt insecure about parenting that way sometimes, I felt like it was inadequate." 


00:00:28    Joel

"And again, they're resilient. They're more resilient than we are, sometimes." 


00:00:33    Joel

"Those are big things that just started to change the landscape for us." 


00:00:42    Joel

"Let's try to figure out what's going on here so that I can help you to build your...

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Respectful Parenting IRL: Changing Your Perspective


00:00:04    Destini

"Literally our only job to keep them off the bench. The only thing we have to do, the only requirement is practice. That's it."


00:00:14    Destini

"Even though I am very intentional about, not projecting that. It still comes up." 


00:00:25    Destini

"Something's up and we're going to have to, we would be better trying to work that out in practice, then trying to do it right now." 


00:00:35    Destini

"Slowly going down that emotional ladder with her. She was slowly coming down. But in my mind, I was like, I'm tired as hell." 


00:00:44    Destini

"We want to be...

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Respectful Parenting IRL: Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome

00:00:03    Nao

"You know, it's a parent's natural instinct to want to talk to them. Like, what's wrong, what's wrong talk to us?" 


00:00:14    Nao

"I think it's important for me to remember to have that same expectation of communication for myself towards the kids too." 


00:00:25    Nao

"You know, the internet and social media. There's just so much information.  coming in." 


00:00:34    Nao

"We want to teach her that she can't just physically express her frustration."


00:00:42    Nao

"That translates to love for others as s well  her confidence in herself and her love for herself."


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Respectful Parenting IRL: Parenting with Disabilities


00:00:04    Jessica

"Like as soon as our adrenaline is activated or cortisol spikes. It's really hard to be a respectful parent." 


00:00:16    Jessica

"And I think I've been because I have to spend so much time resting. I've like been training for this my whole life." 


00:00:26    Jessica

"Verbal redirection is not all that effective when they're flooded." 


00:00:33    Jessica

"And his sensory needs became more than just touching me. Then it became much harder." 


00:00:42    Jessica

"And I guess it's giving myself enough compassion to believe that that is louder deep in him than the...

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