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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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Consent Parenting

Hello everyone! Welcome to another episode of Voices of Your Village! Today on episode 136 I am joined by Rosalia Rivera to talk about consent parenting. What does it look like to parent from a place of consent? To teach our tiny humans from infancy what consent looks like, what it feels like, and how to advocate for it. This is a topic that is very dear to my heart and I am so jazzed that I got to hangout with Rosalia and chat about it with her. I have been following her on instagram and learning from her constantly. In this conversation we got to talk about tough things like when your kid has to get in their carseat, when we need them to do something and what that looks like when...

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My Reparenting Journey CW: Miscarriage and Sexual Assault

Over on Instagram, y'all said that you were interested in hearing more about my personal reparenting journey and what doing the work looks like for me. So, in today’s episode, I will be sharing the specific reparenting work I have been doing. I want to start by giving you a content warning. In this episode, I will be talking about my rape and my miscarriages. So, if you are not in a place to hear about those things right now, this is not the episode for you.

 

“What we know about trauma is that someone can experience the same thing as someone else and for one human it might be traumatic and for the other human it is not.”

 

 A little bit of backstory...

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Welcoming a New Sibling

 

 

Come one, come all to episode 106 of Voices of Your Village! We’ve got a great episode this week, babe. It is chock-full of hot tips and reassurance about welcoming a new sibling into your family. Today I chatted with Bryana Kappa, a licensed marriage and family therapist and early childhood mental health specialist, with a private practice in Redondo Beach who works exclusively with new moms, infants, and toddlers doing attachment-based play therapy. Bryana is dedicated to building a village of mindful, conscious, women, and mothers trying to raise whole, healthy children.

 

“My goal is to create parents who can be therapists for their children while...

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When a Child Prefers One Parent

 

 

Howdy Villagers! And welcome to episode 104 of the Voices of your Village podcast. In today’s episode, I answer your questions and address your comments about one specific incident that arises in parenting: what does it look like when a child appears to favor one parent over the other.

 

There are adult feelings attached no matter which side you’re on.

 

When you are the parent who is the one your kiddo doesn’t want right now, there can be feelings of sadness and frustration. It can be lonely and disappointing, and you may feel left out when you are needed and desired by your kiddo for a long time at the beginning of their life to being no longer...

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Other People’s Opinions

 

 

Guys, we did it! We made it to episode 100 of the Voices of your Village podcast! I am so grateful to any and all of you who have been listening since we first hit record in February of 2018. It has been one heck of a rollercoaster, y’all as we dove headfirst into a vast array of topics, most of which were directly requested by you, my village! So take a moment here to give yourself a pat on the back, because I couldn’t have gotten to 100 episodes without you! Not only did I get to share my insight on sleep, emotional development, and behavior support for your kiddos, but we also got to tap into the brilliant minds of so many other professionals whose passion...

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Intimacy, Sexuality, and Connection in Parenthood

 

 

Hey guys! We are here today for a very requested episode about how to connect with your partner and what intimacy really looks like after having kids. I hung out on this episode with Michaela Boehm, a psychologist with extensive training in the yogic arts. She is fascinated by the intersection of relationships, sexuality, and the body. Specifically, she is driven by the quest to give people information in the realm of relationships, how their bodies work, and how to connect with their own bodies. Michaela has done more than 40,000 one-on-one client sessions in her career. Both focused on the feeling domain and the sexual, sensual domain so that all of her clients are...

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Navigating Anxiety as a Mama

 

 

 

 

Today’s episode is another episode in our Q&A series. I sat down with Nicole, a stay-at-home mama to an almost-two-year-old, who wanted to ask me questions and talk to me about the anxiety she feels as a mama, specifically as a response to her kiddo’s crying.

Watching anyone that we love, especially our tiny humans, feel something hard, is tough. I explained to Nicole that we’re never going to get to a place where it doesn’t bother us at all to hear them cry; our goal is getting to a place where we can regulate our own emotions in order to respond. 

Society puts so much pressure on mamas when it comes to a crying kiddo. If baby...

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Co-parenting through different parenting approaches

 

 

 

Today on the podcast, I chat with Michelle Purta all about co-parenting through different parenting approaches. Michelle is a life coach who helps moms become happier in their relationships. She works one-on-one with women so they can create more of a connection with their partners rather than conflict. Her goal is to empower women to get to do all the things without having to sacrifice themselves in the process. There are multiple ways to raise tiny humans, and partners may have different ideas. Michelle helps people navigate coming to a common ground in parenthood. 

Michelle opens up by suggesting that you meet your partner with compassion. You may be the one...

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Getting real about mom guilt, with Kristen Mittler

 

 

Today on Voices of Your Village, we are getting real about mom guilt - that inevitable feeling felt by so many mamas out there. This is one issue that seems to truly be gender-specific; I chatted with a bunch of dads in preparation for this episode and came to this conclusion. In this episode, I got to hang out with my friend Kristen, stay-at-home mama of four, and chat all about this hot topic - what it is, why it’s happening, and what you can do about it. 

Mom guilt is felt by both working moms and stay-at-home moms alike. Kristen worked full time up until the point that her oldest kiddo was five, and then became a stay-at-home mom, so she can certainly attest...

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