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Parenting can be tough, especially when your kids are misbehaving. Join me each week as I look at behavior through the lens of behavioral psychology. If you are struggling with issues like defiance and tantrums in your toddler, or if you just want to learn how to motivate your school-aged child, then this podcast is for you!

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EPISODE 100: THREE EASY THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MOTIVATE YOUR CHILD

In this 100th episode we discuss three strategies you can use with kids of various ages to get them to listen… the first time!

EPISODE 99: SUPPORTING THE DISINTEGRATING STUDENT- WITH DR. JEANNINE JANNOT

Today’s high achieving students often struggle with feeling overloaded and stressed out. Some even find themselves lost in periods of anxiety and depression as they attempt to navigate endless academics, sports, and other activities. This week Dr. Jannot provides tips to prevent this from occurring in the first place, but also manage it when it happens despite our best intentions.

Show notes: 

To learn more or to get in touch with Dr. Jannot, go to:

www.jeanninejannot.com

Or follow her on Instagram at:

@jjannot

EPISODE 98: ADHD REVISITED

It’s been two years since the first episodes about ADHD aired on this podcast. At the time Heather’s son, Landon, had just been diagnosed with ADHD. Well a lot changes in two years! In this episode we will give a quick recap on the different types of ADHD, as well as go over non-medication and medication treatment options. We will end with an update on how Landon is doing currently, what treatments have worked for him, and which treatments were less than ideal.

EPISODE 97: YOGA, BIRTH, AND BABIES WITH DEB FLASHENBERG

This week Heather interviews Deb Flashenberg. She is the founder of the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York, and she is the host of the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast. Her mission is to “empower pregnant people to take an active role in their birth so they can emerge feeling heard, seen, understood and supported.”

Show notes: 

To learn more, please visit:

prenatalyogacenter.com

Or follow on social media at:

@prenatalyogacenter

EPISODE 96: IN THIS FAMILY WE DO HARD THINGS

Grit is one of those things best taught through life experience. This week we dive into how to support our kids with the tools they need to work towards their goals, the best way to motivate them when they need an extra push, and the power of modeling determination for them in our own lives.

EPISODE 95: STILL I RUN WITH SASHA WOLF 

Why is mental illness still stigmatized, and how can running improve the mental health of parents? This week Sasha answers these questions and shares her personal story about why she started the non-profit Still I Run. She also gives some practical advice to Heather who recently signed up for a half-marathon.

Show notes: 

To learn more or get involved, please visit:

stillirun.org

Or follow on social media at:

instagram.com/stilliruncommunity

EPISODE 94: WELCOME TO SEASON 3

The fall is upon us and winter is coming! In the upcoming season of the Prism Parenting podcast we will explore topics related to parenting, improving the behavior of our kids, and more through solo episodes and many great interviews. In this introduction, Heather gives a sneak peak about the topics that will be covered this season and also a quick update about her summer. Welcome back!

EPISODE 93: PARENTING WHILE WORKING FROM HOME- WITH SHARI MEDINI

It’s been over a year since the start of the pandemic, and a large number of parents continue to work from home. This has both its advantages as well as challenges. This week Shari Medini from Adore Them Parenting shares practical strategies to help parents effectively work from home while still being the supportive parents they desire to be.

Show notes: 

 

Learn more about Shari at her website: 

adorethemparenting.com

Her book, Parenting While Working From Home, is available on amazon:

Book Link

Follow her on Instagram here: 

instagram.com/adorethemparenting

EPISODE 92: LEARNING TO THRIVE POST-DIVORCE WITH TORREY COMMISSO

This week licensed therapist Torrey Commisso shares her personal journey of divorce, single-parenting, and remarriage. She provides insight for parents walking through these challenges to help them move from just trying to survive to truly thriving in their new normal.

Show notes: 

 

Learn more about Torrey's new book at surviving2thriving.life

You can also get in contact with Torrey at her website: therapywithtorrey.com

Follow her on Instagram here @TorreytheTherapist

EPISODE 91: THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR CHILD (AND SPOUSE!) - WITH AMBER TRUEBLOOD

Every strong relationship has at least one common thread: effective communication. But how do you make that happen in your own home?! This week Amber Trueblood, a licensed marriage and family therapist, shares her wisdom on the best ways to improve family communication.

Show notes: 

 

Amber's website is ambertrueblood.com and her IG is instagram.com/officialambertrueblood and podcast is called The Stretch Marks Podcast which you can find wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. 

EPISODE 90: BACK TO THE BASICS: FIGHTING THE URGE TO OVERREACT OR GIVE IN WHEN YOUR KIDS ACT OUT

Often our kids act out to communicate with us. In this episode we will work through the best (and worst) ways to react when our kids act out.

EPISODE 89: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF ANXIETY AS A PARENT: WITH DR. SHARYN KENNEDY

Many parents are tolerating rather than managing their anxiety, and this can make parenting even more challenging than it already is. This week, Dr. Kennedy gives practical strategies to manage and reduce anxiety as parents.

Show notes: 

 

Dr. Sharyn helps individuals understand how the brain works, so they can deal more effectively with difficult problems, manage upsetting relationships and face up to scary and unpleasant situations. Learn more at:

www.cbtabudhabi.ae

 

EPISODE 88: BACK TO THE BASICS: WHAT IS TRIGGERING YOUR CHILD?

This week we start a mini-series dedicated to the fundamentals of understanding and changing your child’s behavior. In this first episode we uncover what’s triggering your child’s behavior and (more importantly!) how to make effective changes to prevent triggering it in the future.

EPISODE 87: HELPING YOUR CHILDREN MANAGE CHRONIC STRESS WITH DR. KJELL HOVIK

Although stress is not a new phenomenon for kids, it’s definitely exacerbated in our current context. This week’s guest Dr. Hovik provides several practical strategies to help your child deal with long-term (as well as short-term) stress.

Show notes: 

 

Dr. Kjell Hovik is the co-author of When Crisis Strikes: 5 Steps to Heal Your Brain, Body, and Life From Chronic Stress. You can find out more about this book and the other resources he provides by going to his website:

www.lovehovik.com

 

EPISODE 86: HELPING YOUR CHILD (AND YOU!) SLEEP AT DIFFERENT AGES

Sleeping difficulties can occur at any age. This week we will cover how to help your child sleep during infancy, the toddler years, and into early childhood.

EPISODE 85: HELPING YOUR CHILD BUILD STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS WITH MARCI MELZER

Marci discusses how to know if your kiddo is language delayed and also the best strategies to use to facilitate fast and steady language growth.

Show notes: 

Marci is the founder of Waves of Communication. You can find out more about her coaching, classes, and a multitude of other resources by going to her website:

wavesofcommunication.com

 

EPISODE 84: THREE WAYS TO SURVIVE THOSE DAYS WHEN THRIVING ISN'T AN OPTION

Being a parent is amazing, but it’s also challenging, even on the best days. On the hardest days, it sometimes feels impossible to check yourself in the moment and change course. To kick off season 2, we will discuss three ways to show up as a parent on those days that you just don’t feel like it.

EPISODE 83: UNDERSTANDING LYME DISEASE WITH DR. ROSEANN

This week on the show Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge discusses several topics including Lyme disease prevention and treatment, helping kids who suffer from chronic stomach aches, and managing night terrors during the toddler years.

Show notes: 

Check out Dr. Roseann's website at 

drroseann.com

You can also find her on social media

@drroseannandassoc

 

EPISODE 82: HOW TO UNAPOLOGETICALLY RAISE STRONG DAUGHTERS

Culture still finds ways to tell women that they are less than. This week we look at three quotes from Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Based upon these quotes, we will consider the best way we can raise our daughters to become strong and independent young women.

EPISODE 81: THE CELL PHONE DILEMMA WITH ISAIAH MCPEAK

What age should kids get cell phones, and what are the risk and benefits that parents should be aware of? This week Isaiah McPeak shares invaluable information and perspective about this important topic.

Find out how to help your kids have a healthy relationship with technology by checking out Pinwheel’s resources:

pinwheel.com

EPISODE 80: THE KEY TO LESS PICKY EATING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

The holidays are a good opportunity to introduce your kids to new food and help them move past picky eating habits. In this episode we cover three simple (and painless!) things you can try with your kids.

EPISODE 79: REPLAY: RAISING GRATEFUL LITTLE HUMANS

Ever wonder what you can you do to raise grateful little humans?! This week is Thanksgiving, and I think it is the perfect time to contemplate this topic. In this episode I’ll go over three practical ways to do just this. For the fun of it, I’ve also included a short interview with my daughter, Ady.

EPISODE 78: SIBLINGS: SOMETIMES FAIR IS NOT EQUAL

Do my kids need to be parented differently than one another? How can I do this without making my kids think I’m playing favorites? This week we cover what to do to guard against the perception of favoritism while still meeting the unique needs of each child.

EPISODE 77: HOW TO CREATE CALM, JOY, AND CONFIDENCE WITHIN THE CHAOS OF MOTHERHOOD WITH DR. CLAIRE NICOGOSSIAN

This week Dr. Claire Nicogossian provides practical tips on how moms can set themselves up for success to proactively manage their feelings of anger and frustration.

You can find out more about Dr. Nicogossian by visiting her website. Connect with her on Instagram for insight how to thrive in your day to day life as a parent. Also, don’t forget to check out her book Mama You Are Enough.

EPISODE 76: THE FOUR THINGS YOUR CHILD'S TANTRUM COULD BE TELLING YOU

Sometimes it seems like our kids act out for no reason, but behavior always has a cause! This week we will chat about four things your child’s tantrum could be telling you.

EPISODE 75: THE HAPPY CHILD WITH MATT LARSON

Sometimes it seems like we need to choose between keeping our kids happy and doing what we know is best for them in the long-term. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. This week Matt Larson gives us several practical and proven ways to help our kids (and us!) find lasting happiness.

Find out more about Matt's nonprofit organization the Human Improvement Project by checking out their website, and download The Happy Child app on Apple or Android devices. 

EPISODE 74: SUPPORTING YOUR KIDS FROM THE INSIDE OUT

This week Dr. Rebecca Branstetter will give insight on how to help your kids emotionally thrive rather than just survive in our current context. She will explain how mental health professionals in the schools are currently helping students and how to access their support if your child needs it.

EPISODE 73: HOW TO (AND NOT TO) TALK POLITICS WITH YOUR KIDS

This political season has been challenging for so many reasons. Likely your kids have picked up on some of the high emotions and stress so many are feeling. This week we break down the DO’s and DO NOT’s of discussing politics with our kids.

EPISODE 72: THRIVING AS A FAMILY IN CHALLENGING TIMES

This week Prism Parenting teams up with Generation Mom to dish out practical insight and resources. The focus is on helping all the moms out there thrive despite the continued chaos that 2020 has (and continues to!) dish out.

EPISODE 71: GIVING YOUR KIDS THE GIFT OF FAILURE

Failure is important because it’s tied to resilience. While we all know this, it’s so tempting in the moment to shelter our kids. This week we will talk about what to do instead of rescuing them.

EPISODE 70: A COLORFUL LIBRARY WITH MIJHA GODFREY

Although most parents agree that teaching kids about diversity is important, it is hard to know the best way to do this. In this episode, Mijha Godfrey from Jambo Books shares how to do this in an easy and fun way with the help of children’s literature.

Coming soon. 

EPISODE 69: BREAK THE CYCLE AND STOP GIVING IN

As parents, it’s hard to be consistent. So often we say something, our kids protest, and we just give in. This week we will go over why we give in as parents and the easiest way to break the cycle.

EPISODE 68: BALANCING WORKING AND SCHOOLING FROM HOME WITH JEN MCKINNON

As a working mom, it often feels like there are not enough hours in the day. Of course 2020 has only intensified this! Whether you're homeschooling or your kids are participating in distance learning, chances are you are feeling overwhelmed. This week Jen Mackinnon provides practical strategies to balance career and our children’s education in the current climate.

EPISODE 67: "YOU'RE GROUNDED... FOREVER"

Sometimes it is easy to overreact when our kids act out. In this episode we discuss a series of questions to ask yourself when wondering whether or not to adjust discipline that you previously decided on.

EPISODE 66: PARENTING IN BLENDED FAMILIES WITH MELISSA BROWN

This week Melissa Brown from the Blended Family Podcast discusses her personal journey as a mom and step mom. She shares what to do (and what not to do) to find peace within a blended family.

Melissa is an entrepreneur who runs several businesses. For over 13 years she has run a successful cleaning company along with her husband. They also have a business in the finance industry, where they train and develop financial advisors, as well as educate people about how money works, so that they can achieve true financial freedom. Additionally, she hosts the Blended family podcast, a weekly show about the many challenges and struggles today's blended families face. Having a blended family of her own for well over 10 years, she is now using her experiences to help others.  She lives with her husband, their four children, her mother in law, and two English bulldogs in the state of Florida.

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www.blendedfamilypodcast.com

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www.facebook.com/blendedfamilypodcast

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www.blendedfamilypodcast.com/group

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www.twitter.com/1blendedfamily

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www.blendedfamilypodcast.com/itunes

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EPISODE 65: THREE STEPS TO TEACH YOUR KIDS TO PLAY INDEPENDENTLY

If your child doesn’t play well independently, chances are that you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s a skill that needs to be learned and you can actually start teaching it from day one. In today’s show we discuss how to teach your child independent play skills at each developmental stage.

EPISODE 64: REFLECTIONS ON PARENTING DURING THE WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE

Just days after my thirtieth birthday, my whole world came crashing down. Although I had been perfectly healthy up until that point, I ended up having six surgeries in nine months. This week I’ll share about my personal heath journey, and what it was like to parent an infant and toddler in the midst of it all.

EPISODE 63: 4 INSIGHTS FROM HOMESCHOOLING WEEK 1

This week I will share with you four insights from the first week of my homeschool experiment. Whether you are starting the school year at home, or you just want to be ready to pivot to distance learning if need be, this episode was recorded will you in mind!
  • It’s not as hard as I thought it would be… And I actually enjoyed it! I feel closer to both of my kids already. It’s not that we don’t have our moments, but our first week went reasonably well.
  • I need to embrace the flexibility rather than be too rigid. If our schedule needs to change temporarily, then that is totally fine. This is a key benefit to homeschooling that I can’t let myself miss out on.
  • If I was going to do this long term I’d want to pick my own curriculum. Going with one that matches our local school’s curriculum is helpful since we want to transition back easily, but there are things about it that could be improved upon.
  • Positive feedback is key. For every piece of corrective feedback, I want to give two examples of what my kids are doing well.

EPISODE 62: ACCIDENTALLY HOMESCHOOLING

This week we discuss five strategies to use when teaching your kids at home. The episode is for all parents of school-aged kids, because most will be starting the school year in distance learning. Those that aren’t will need to be prepared to do so on a moment’s notice.

1. You can’t do this alone. Enlist family and friends to help. Find social media groups to support you with ideas. Who is your village?
2. Get your home organized. Where will your kids do their school work? Choose a place with the least amount of distraction.
3. Get schoolwork organized. Use daily planners and have a designated place for folders and books.
4. A little bit of time goes a long way. Many homeschool kids in elementary school are able to get their academics completed within two hours per day. If your kids are distancing learning, you shouldn’t feel like you have to spend more time than that helping them with school work. Consider using nights and weekends, if your schedule during the day makes helping them with academics challenging. Give yourself the gift of time by teaching your kids to do things like make their own breakfast and prepare their own snacks.
5. If you aren’t using using a reward system yet, there has never been a better time to start. Whether you are homeschooling, distance learning, or just wanting a good after school routine a reward system is very helpful. Download my free guide by going to www.prismbehavior.com/freeguide to learn how to create one that will work with your kids.

EPISODE 61: THE WHINING HAS GOT TO STOP!

One thing all parents deal with from time to time is whining. This week we will cover three simple strategies to reduce whining in your home.

-A complaint is just a request, in disguise. Ask yourself is whether or not your kids know how to politely make a request. If not, then teach them how to.


-Develop a short rule to share with your kids. First sit down and tell your kids why you don’t want them to whine and what you want them to do instead. Then create a rule such as “Tell me a solution instead of the problem.”


-While you are are trying to train your kids to switch from whining to requesting, make sure that to honor appropriate requests as often as possible.

EPISODE 60: THE SPANKING EPISODE

In this episode, we go over the historical background of spanking and some present day stats. We also discuss what behavioral science and psychology have to say about it and the most effective alternatives to it.

-People have been spanking their kids for a long time. Also, despite laws to the contrary in 60+ countries, there is evidence that most parents still spank.

-Psychology and behavioral science are largely opposed to spanking. This is because there is evidence that it is not very effective (i.e., other discipline tactics like time-out and loss of privileges are equally effective) and it may have long-term negative effects for some kids (i.e., it may lead to higher levels of aggression, mental health issues, and negative relationships with parents). 

-If you spank, you may put other caregivers at a large disadvantage. Your child may learn to comply when you are around to avoid a spanking, but not when other caregivers are around. 

-If you use the proactive strategies we often discuss on this podcast (e.g. rewards systems) , you won’t have to discipline as often. 

EPISODE 59: SURVIVING SUMMER 2020 WITH YOUR KIDS

Summertime is already in full swing. Listen this week to learn three ways to survive summer in the midst of the new normal.

-Create structure. An easy way to do this is to create a list of things your kids do each morning. Do yourself a favor, and make sure the list contains enough things that your kids can do independently. 

-Set screen time limitations.  If your kids have iPads, go to the screen time section inside settings and set limits. You can limit the time of day and the amount of time.

-Give your child the gift of independence. Teach your kids to do something that they don’t currently know how to do. 

-Find a new way to connect with your kids this summer. This could be art projects, reading a chapter book together, cooking or baking together, or something similar. Choose wisely. Do something that you will like AND your child will like. It’s more about quality time and less about what the actual activity is. If it stresses you out, it’s probably not worth it.

EPISODE 58: BECOMING AN EXTRAORDINARY MOM WITH JESSICA DAHLQUIST

Over the years Jessica Dahlquist from the Extraordinary Moms podcast has interviewed hundreds of mothers and learned valuable lessons from each one of them. This week she tells us all about what that experience has been like, as well as her own personal journey as a mother to three amazing boys of her own.

Find out more about Jessica by going to her website (extraordinarymomspodcast.com), following her on Instagram (instagram.com/jessicadahlquist3), Facebook (facebook.com/extraordinarymomspodcast) , or emailing her at [email protected]

Her podcast is called Extraordinary Moms and can be found on all podcast platforms.

EPISODE 57: TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO APOLOGIZE

Apologizing is a very important skill for kids to learn. While most parents require their kids to say “sorry,” it is easy to stop there. In this episode, we break down how to teach our kids respectful and authentic apologies.

Here are steps that elementary-aged kids can follow when apologizing:

- Use a serious face; don't smile, scowl, or anything similar.
- Say the person’s name in the apology to make it personal.
- Make eye contact. It doesn’t necessarily have to be sustained, but at least when the person’s name is spoken it is good to look at their eyes.
- Explain what they are sorry or apologizing for. Just a “sorry” doesn’t cut it because it doesn’t acknowledge the wrong that happened.
- If possible, make the wrong right.

EPISODE 56: TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT RACE AND RACISM PT. 2: WITH DR. COX

Dr. Michelle Cox, school counseling professor and mom of four, shares her perspective about how to talk to kids about race and racism.

Coming soon.

EPISODE 55: TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT RACE AND RACISM PT. 1: WITH DR. PRATT

Dr. Talin Pratt, school psychologist and single mom of three multiracial kids, shares her perspective about how to talk to your kids about race and racism.

For older episodes, please go to prism parenting podcast archive.

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