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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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Understanding Impulse Control with Dr. Lockhart

voices of your village Nov 05, 2020

Hello and welcome back to another episode of Voices of Your Village! Today on Episode 145 I got to hang out with Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart to chat about all things impulse control. So often we want children to control their impulses and have self-regulation skills, but how often are we even doing this as adults? How often do we reach the end of our rope and we react instead of responding, but expect kids to respond with intention every time? In this episode, Dr. Lockhart and I dove into the research, what to expect at different ages and stages, as well as how to support and cultivate regulation skills.

 

“What is developmentally appropriate and how can we respond with...

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Why Kids Lie and How to Respond

voices of your village Oct 29, 2020

 Welcome back to Voices of Your Village! Today on episode 144 we are diving into the topic of lying. Why do kids lie? How can we respond in a way that builds trust with kiddos and lets them know that they are safe to turn to us with the truth? This can be a really triggering topic for us. Perhaps in childhood you felt you had to lie because you weren’t safe to tell the truth or maybe there are narratives that come up for you from your childhood if someone is lying. 

 

“We all bring different narratives to adulthood based on our social programming and childhood experiences.”

 

If you feel really triggered by lying it might be a good indication that...

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Fall Daylight Saving Time

Welcome to Voices of Your Village episode 143! As we move closer to turning our clocks back an hour, you know what that means, it is time for a rebroadcast of our popular Daylight Savings Time episode! This episode is filled to the brim with the best tips and tricks to manage your tiny human’s sleep schedule during this oft-dreaded changing of the clocks. Cus babe, it doesn’t have to be this hard.

 

Freebie Alert! This time around we have even more daylight savings assistance for you, in the form of our brand new Fall Sleep Guide! You can snag the freebie right here to be on your way to a smooth daylight savings time tiny human sleep transition.

 

For even more...

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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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Cultivating a Secure Attachment with Kids

Welcome to episode 141 of Voices of Your Village! At the basis of development is attachment, and there are four types of attachment that we are going to dive into today. There is a goal here: when we are looking at attachment, the goal is Secure Attachment.

 

All of our work here at Seed focuses on how to foster and build a secure attachment with kiddos. Today I am hanging out with Sam Casey, she is a licensed clinical social worker from Australia, a play therapist, and a momma. We dove into what secure attachment looks like and how exactly we foster an attachment where kids don’t feel responsible for our feelings and how we respond to them with intention. This will set the...

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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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