The Art of Parenting

Jeanne-Marie Paynel, M.Ed.

The Art of Parenting provides parents and caregivers support and encouragement as we nurture and guide the next generation. Do you struggle with your child’s demanding or frustrating behaviors? Do you find yourself spread way too thin trying to figure out this whole “parenting puzzle” (such as tantrums, hitting or biting, wanting a better relationship with your child, sibling rivalry, potty training, co-sleeping, etc.)? The Art of Parenting podcast, with your host Jeanne-Marie Paynel, is intended to help you decipher children's needs and learn how to better provide for them. I’ll be sharing simple tips and tricks that will make a huge difference in your home while giving you the support and encouragement you deserve to enhance and enrich your parenting experience. Each week I’ll be helping you find clarity and solutions to your toughest parenting problems through Q&A sessions and inspirational conversations with world-renowned experts in a variety of fields. Topics range from Montessori and RIE parenting methods to positive discipline, respectful and conscious parenting, minimalism, and more! Parenting was never meant to be done alone and The Art of Parenting is here to debunk the general consensus that it has to be hard. read less
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Episodes

158: Becoming Brave Together. With Jessica Patay
3d ago
158: Becoming Brave Together. With Jessica Patay
Are you ready to uncover the power of shared courage? Listen in as my guest, Jessica Patay shares her inspiring story. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. Parenting is already a journey with many ups and downs add to it a child with special needs, then the community becomes your lifeline. Jessica created an amazing international community so we can all be brave together and we thank her for it. What We Talked About: The Mission of 'We Are Brave Together' The importance of finding a support network for parents caring for children with special needs. The daily struggles and unique challenges faced by caregivers, especially those caring for children with disabilities. Understanding Prader-Willi Syndrome The difference between self-comfort and true self-care Things to Remember “What works for one child may not work for your next child. You have to learn the beauty and the complexity of your child to be the best parent for them.” “Community is everything. When you have a crisis you have to be surrounded by other people who understand and who can validate what you're experiencing.” “As human beings, as parents, we must invest in our mental health.” “I know you're tired. I know you're overwhelmed. I know you're exhausted but when you have people around you who get it. It's comforting and transformative.” “You do not have to be a coach or a therapist to learn how to facilitate a safe sacred space for moms to share.” “Self-comfort will not sustain you for the long haul of life or caregiving.”  “You have to believe that you deserve to invest in your mental health.” “Taking care of yourself is not selfish but when we’ve heard the term ‘self-care’ we tend to equate it with selfishness.” “Focus more on connection than control.” -Jessica Patay   Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
157: Ditch the Sippy Cup. With Dawn Winkelmann
Jul 4 2024
157: Ditch the Sippy Cup. With Dawn Winkelmann
Do you know whether your child's sippy cup is doing more harm than good? Listen to my guest, an infant feeding expert for the answers. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. An infant feeding expert explains why it’s best to ditch the sippy cup and use an open cup instead when teaching children to learn to drink on their own. She also shared more baby-led weaning advice. What We Talked About: What are the benefits of Baby-Led Weaning How not using a sippy cup can prevent speech delays and feeding issues Making mealtime safer and more enjoyable for children What are the feeding Developmental Milestones Both the immature and mature swallowing patterns in babies. How to help babies develop essential pre-feeding skills The natural picky eating stage and how to handle it effectively Things to Remember “Parenting is acquiring that knowledge and then making the best decision that works for your family.” “Baby-led-weaning is allowing the baby to have some control and learn new skills.” “Skip the sippy cup and use an open cup to help your child meet their feeding milestones.” “Developmentally, the picky eating phase is normal with the toddlers but not with infants.” “Babies are born to be able to suck and swallow and that swallowing reflex changes as the baby gets older.” “Picky eating is a natural feeding and swallowing phase that every child should go through.” “Two things that a child is doing during that picky-eating phase is they're trying to figure out if that food is still safe for them and they're trying to figure out if that feeder is still safe for them.” - Dawn Winkelmann   Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
156: Be Seen. With Marisa Peters
Jun 27 2024
156: Be Seen. With Marisa Peters
Have you ever had a gut feeling that something was off? Listen in as Marisa Peters inspires and encourages people to embrace being seen. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. Being a new parent can be stressful and exhausting; add to it a devastating health diagnosis, and you’re in for some very challenging times. Today, my guest shares her experience of being diagnosed with stage three rectal cancer after the birth of her third son and what she was inspired to create since then. What We Talked About: The key symptoms to be aware of when it comes to Colorectal Cancer The importance of early detection and why she created “Be Seen.” How she managed parenting three young boys while undergoing cancer treatment Creating a supportive environment and open dialogue with children Things to Remember “Parenting is tough, and caring for ourselves is also tough.” “We know that we should have an annual physical. We would never miss those appointments for our children.  And yet, as parents, we sometimes miss those for ourselves.” “Hiding things or calling it something different creates more instability for our children.” “Life is wild. It will throw us curveballs.” “Help your kids know that It's okay to walk into these different settings that feel a bit unknown and, sometimes, very scary when you're going through it.” “Your kids give you as much energy as they take.” “If we turn the volume off on that inner voice and instinct, we're missing so much of that goodness inside us.” - Marisa Peters   Click here for the show notes and extra resources
155: Oh, Crap! I’m a Parent. With Jamie Glowacki
Jun 20 2024
155: Oh, Crap! I’m a Parent. With Jamie Glowacki
Are you confused by all the parenting advice available? Listen in to hear what Jamie Glowacki has to say about modern parenting. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. Tune in to an animated discussion about parenting and how we might be messing it up. Jamie and I covered much ground today, from gentle parenting techniques to potty training.  Let me know what resonated with you the most.  What We Talked About: Why gentle parenting might have gone too far Jamie’s need to share her potty training technique with parents What is the proper way to go about helping children through tough emotions? Modern parenting, the impact of overparenting, and how parents can course-correct. The importance of giving children the tools to solve their problems The balance between acknowledging children's emotions and not over-attending to every feeling. The benefits of slowing down and simplifying life Things to Remember “Parenting is not a skill. It's a relationship.” “We have so much information that parents think they can get the perfect solution to raise a happy child, but there is no perfect solution. You have to parent the child in front of you, and that will be different for every person.” “We are over-parenting in this way of intervening on every single behalf.” “In some situations, we have to let kids figure it out.” “We've got to let our kids go back to neighborhood play.” “Once we bring in the internet, you're letting the entire world into your house.” “What is exhausting a lot of parents right now, is over attending to every emotion.” “Potty training is not a measurement of your parenting.” -Jamie Glowacki   Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
154: The Opt-Out Family. With Erin Loechner
Jun 13 2024
154: The Opt-Out Family. With Erin Loechner
How can opting out of the digital world lead to a more fulfilling family life? Listen in as my guest, Erin Loechner shares her inspiring stories. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. Making choices about what we bring into our homes or put in our children’s hands has been a long-standing issue I would like to examine. Today, Erin Loechner shares her journey and how we can become an opt-out family. Listen in for some much-needed inspiration. What We Talked About: Erin's journey from being a social media influencer to embracing a low-tech lifestyle Simple steps to reduce tech dependency in your life How she created and manages her low-tech family What parents can do to follow the principles of a low-tech family The principles behind “people over pixels.” How tech can hinder our children's need for independence Things to Remember “Parenting is… a lot of pivoting, a lot of listening, a lot of following your child's lead. It's a dance.” “Be more engaging than the algorithm.” “As parents, we have to model the behavior we want to see and go first.” “Sometimes we just have to be willing to fail to be able to find out what we're comfortable with and what we're not comfortable with.” “People over pixels.” “Move slow and mend things.” “If we're not capitalizing on the low stakes opportunities, we're certainly not going to be skilled or practiced or well versed when it comes to the high stakes opportunities.” “Honor the weight of parenting while still holding it very loosely.” “Parents can connect far better than how technology wants to connect with us.” - Erin Loechner Click here for the show notes and extra resources
153: Let Grow. With Lenore Skenazy
Jun 6 2024
153: Let Grow. With Lenore Skenazy
How can you empower your child to embrace independence? Listen in to my guest, Lenore Skenazy as she shares her time-tested insights. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. Today’s guest was named “America’s Worst Mom” for supporting her son's desire to take the subway home 16 years ago. Since then, she has been on a mission to support parents and schools to help children regain their much-needed independence. What We Talked About: Why fostering independence in children is crucial for their development, resilience, and confidence How societal changes have increased parental fear and overprotection Practical ways parents can encourage independence in their children Balancing safety and freedom How modern technology is reducing family communication Benefits of Unstructured Free Play Balancing technology and real-world experiences Things to Remember “Parenting is recognizing that kids are going to be who they are. We have got to give them space and time to figure that out on their own.” “Independence is so crucial to children and so natural. It's like a vitamin.” “With parents being away, kids are called upon to do new things and recognize just how competent they can be.” “The more control you think you have doesn’t actually make you more calm.” “Give your kids chances to help you and to show you how capable, competent, and kind they are.” “There's too much pressure on parents to know everything and to shape our children when we can’t.” - Lenore Skenazy “The child looks for his independence first, not because he does not desire to be dependent on the adult. But because he has in himself some fire, some urge, to do certain things and not other things.” - Dr. Maria Montessori   Click here for the showe notes and extra resources.
152: Fruits of Motherhood. With Linda Fruits
May 30 2024
152: Fruits of Motherhood. With Linda Fruits
Have you ever considered changing your family dynamics? Listen in as my guest, Linda Fruits, shares her journey of changing family dynamics. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. Sometimes, I encounter people whose life stories intrigue me. Today is no exception. Linda shares her family dynamics as it evolves from the stereotypical heterosexual to a multi-dimensional family unit.  What We Talked About: Why Linda created  "Fruits of Motherhood.” Navigating early motherhood's isolation and the illusion of social media perfection The complexities of sexuality and relationships The vital role that your support networks play in your and your family's well-being The importance of open communication for healthy family and personal relationships Revolutionizing family dynamics Co-parenting with your ex  Unconventional living in the eyes of traditional society Nurturing supportive environments for our children Things to Remember “Parenting is figuring out who you are while caring for kids.” “When you’re in front of the people who make you feel good, you feel good.” “No one was telling moms the hard parts.” “If you don’t have examples of people who do things differently, you don’t know that you can subscribe to something different.” “We all have roles in which we excel when it comes to parenting.” “If you're not happy where you are, It doesn't matter what your sexual identity is. You need to have some harder conversations.” “You have to be flexible with your expectations, not only with the baby but with yourself.” “It's so easy to get so wrapped up in the things that we're not doing, and then we lose focus on the beautiful things we are doing.” - Linda Fruits   Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
151: Turning Little Stones. With Caroline Allen
May 23 2024
151: Turning Little Stones. With Caroline Allen
Are you burnt out working as a childcare provider? Listen in as my guest, Caroline Allen shares her insights on how to keep the joy and wonder alive. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. I can relate to Caroline’s words. When I started in a Montessori environment as a second career, some days were hard, yet that sense of wonder kept me going. What We Talked About: How Caroline transformed her daycare settings into the first not-for-profit Montessori children's center in the UK Observing children's behaviors and interests to foster their natural curiosity and learning The importance of staying passionate and fresh in childcare and education. Practical tips for caregivers and educators to avoid burnout and stay motivated. The concept of leaving a lasting legacy for children Things to Remember “We don't know our children inside out and never will. They're unique little beings that will always do things that fascinate us.” “Try to retain that sense of wonder by looking at our children with fresh eyes and seeing them differently.” “Adults are very quick to put an interpretation on what their children are doing.” “Allow the wonders of the world to connect with your children.” “Taking care of your child’s emotional, social, and physical development is the key to raising young adults.” “We don't need to know everything about our little ones; we just need to work with whatever they're presenting to us in their journey into childhood and young adulthood.” “We need to have parts of every single day where we are present to our children and give them the focus they deserve.” -Caroline Allen   Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
150: Feeding Matters. With Jaclyn Pederson
May 16 2024
150: Feeding Matters. With Jaclyn Pederson
Is your child's picky eating a sign of something more? Listen in to discover support and insights with my guest, Jaclyn Pederson. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. Feeding matters; parents often complain about their child's picky eating habits. We start to wonder if we’re doing something wrong, if our child is a picky eater, or if there’s more to this ordeal. Today, my guest sheds light on a little-known eating disorder that is way more prevalent than we imagine. What We Talked About: Understanding Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) and how it differs from picky eating. The Four Domains in Pediatric Feeding Disorder  How should you proceed if you suspect our child has PFD?  Early awareness of PFD and its impact on long-term health outcomes Why is almost no one talking about PFD, even though it is more common than autism or cerebral palsy? The challenges and complexities of treating PFD and how you can help your child. Can lip and tongue ties be the culprits in the feeding journey? The significance of establishing a supportive team including healthcare professionals Things to Remember “Parenting is finding beauty in the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.” “Feeding skills is something that a parent can help a child with. It is a learned task.” “Children are picky, and it’s a very common thing that happens in toddler development.” “It's definitely important for parents to always offer nutritious foods.” “Take it slow and let your child lead the way. They control what goes in their body.” “At the end of the day, you and your child are trying to establish a successful feeding.” -Jaclyn Pederson   Click here for the show notes and extra resources
149: Prioritizing Motherhood. With Erica Komisar
May 9 2024
149: Prioritizing Motherhood. With Erica Komisar
Do you strongly feel that staying home would be best for your child? Listen in to find out why your hunch is correct and critical. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. We know in our mama's heart that staying home with our children is important because they need us to. Today, my guest confirmed this instinct we have as mothers and why it is critical to do so. What We Talked About: Understanding why the first three years are critical for our child's long-term mental health Why are daycare centers not equipped to support our children’s attachment needs What is “consistency of care,” and why is it essential in the early years? What are other critical stages for our children’s mental health? The important revolution that needs to happen for the health of families Things to Remember “There is no parenting without presence.” “Without guilt, our conscience isn’t working.” “The foundation of resilience is that feeling of security in the first three years.” “Mothers are very attuned to babies' distress.” “If you are present for your children in the first three years, you’re encouraging a tremendous amount of neural connections to be formed.” “Your babies are not resilient; your babies are incredibly vulnerable, and they need you.” -Erica Komisar “There are many who hold, as I do, that the most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed. But not only his intelligence; the full totality of his psychic powers.” - Dr. Maria Montessori   Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
148: Transformed by Birth. With Britta Bushnell
May 2 2024
148: Transformed by Birth. With Britta Bushnell
Are you curious about the magic of daily rituals? Listen in and learn from my guest, Britta Bushnell, how they can transform your life. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. I’ve always been fascinated by the transformative process of birth, and why I became a birth doula. Today, I’m excited to be speaking with Britta, a seasoned childbirth educator to explore how birth is truly the first and most crucial initiation into parenthood. What We Talked About: The importance of childbirth as an initiation into parenthood. Mythology and storytelling as meaning-making practices for adults and kids.  Incorporating rituals into family life to help you live and share your values. How perfectionism can both hinder and help in our parenting Practical tips for crafting seamless transitions between work and parenting Things to Remember “Parenting is a messy, creative, unknowable magical thing that creates a being on the other side.” “Parenthood is like a yoga practice, that idea of coming to the mat every day and knowing that some days are better and some days are worse, yet you still show up and do your best.” “What causes us the most suffering is the resistance to what is happening.” “Parenthood teaches us an openness to the unbidden.” “Perfectionism is a strategy, and as a strategy, it most often gets in our way.” “Infants respond well to rhythm and predictability in their lives.” “To find ways to be tender with ourselves and to forgive ourselves. That is the true antidote to perfectionism's toxins.” “Children help to create the fabric of the values of the family.” -Britta Bushnell Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
147: The Confident Teen Blueprint. With Karleen Savage
Apr 25 2024
147: The Confident Teen Blueprint. With Karleen Savage
Do you want to foster confidence in your teen better? Listen in and discover how you can start today at home. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. Helping our teenagers feel confident is critical to their well-being and future success, starting at home. Karleen shares her personal and professional experience as a conflict resolution expert. Listen in to acquire the tools to nurture the confidence your teens need to thrive in life.  We Talked About: What five universal skills do experts use to resolve conflicts, and how can you use them at home? What unwanted baggage gets in the way of building your teen’s self-confidence and resiliency? How conflict resolution skills can enhance parenting, especially with teens. Curiosity, attitude, and masterful listening are significant tools in resolving family conflicts. Real-life examples and practical strategies for applying conflict resolution techniques in parenting situations. Things to Remember “Even when you get it right, even when you have it right, you can still get it wrong.” “Curiosity is not just asking questions.”  “Master listening in a conflict situation means you're filling in the gaps.” “Anytime you're in a conflict, the most important part is connecting with that person.” “When you want to build confidence in your children, allow them into the solution to bring them back in and give them a space for it.” “Sometimes situations are for our children to sort through.” “You’re absolutely meant to be the parent for your child.” -Karleen Savage   Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
146: Childhood Unplugged. With Katherine Martinko
Apr 18 2024
146: Childhood Unplugged. With Katherine Martinko
Is your child's screen time stealing precious moments? Listen in as my guest, Katherine Martinko, shares how to unplug and reclaim childhood. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. What We Talked About: Katherine’s desire to write her book “Childhood Unplugged.”’ The effects of excessive screen time have on our children's development and mental health Navigating digital media use and fostering offline activities Setting boundaries around screen time and social media use. Modeling appropriate use of our digital devices to shape healthy screen habits for our children. Alternative communication methods and developing human communication skills Things to Remember “Parenting is about conveying the principles that you believe to be the most important in life to your children and setting them off in the world on the right foot and watching them succeed.” “The benefits of having a smartphone simply do not outweigh the cons.” “Handling a smartphone is on par with handling a car. Kids need that level of responsibility and emotional maturity to do it.” “When you give kids responsibilities around the house, they have less time to hang out in their bedrooms, scroll on their phones, or play video games.” “We're too caught up with the idea that just because this technology is new and exciting, it is, therefore, good, but we're losing a lot in the process.” “It is up to us as parents to protect our children from the negative effects of this highly addictive substance the same way that we would limit our children's access to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.” “We promote better independence in children if you're not surveilling them.” -Katherine Martinko “Technology is taking us to a place where children are forgetting to play. We need to rescue childhood.” - Mariana Carazo Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
144: Rise Above the Story. With Karena Kilcoyne
Apr 4 2024
144: Rise Above the Story. With Karena Kilcoyne
Do you have difficulty overcoming past trauma to start living the life you desire? Tune in to listen to Karena’s transformative insights. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. The negative stories we tell ourselves can be quite damaging to our well-being. My guest today shares how to move beyond so we can rise above the story to live a fulfilling life.  What We Talked About: Why Karena felt compelled to share her story in her book Her 3-step process to healing from trauma Why, as parents, it’s crucial to have self-awareness How to break free from negative self-talk The unwanted ripple effects of trauma How to find joy even in difficult times Things to Remember “Parenting is taking responsibility to cultivate a self-awareness around our past trauma.” “What our brain does in the face of trauma is that it tries to keep us safe by writing these stories that keep us in a little box.” “We have the power to heal. We’re just afraid to do it.” “There is more for us than just the pain we carry around.” “We are all here to experience joy and happiness.” “The powerful notion of honoring your emotions and feeling them in real time goes a long way toward mental and emotional well-being.” – Karena Kilcoyne  “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” – Brené Brown.   Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
143 The Impacts of Tech on Our Lives. With Forest Bronzan
Mar 28 2024
143 The Impacts of Tech on Our Lives. With Forest Bronzan
Do you struggle with digital consumption, whether you or your children in your home? Listen in and learn what we now know about how technology impacts our children. Click here for the show notes and extra resources.  I’m concerned about technology's effects on our children’s developing brains. Today, I spoke with Forest Bronzan, a father leading global initiatives, so we can better understand how technology impacts our lives and our children. What We Talked About: How technology is changing and impacting the way we raise our children. The challenges we face in navigating social media How parents can have open conversations with their children about technology use. Teaching children critical thinking skills to help them evaluate the information they encounter online. Setting healthy boundaries around technology use at home. What is your DORA Score? Things to Remember “Parenting is being nimble to navigate an ever-changing world, and in many cases, that's technology.” “Start early, have conversations at an early age with your children on what your family values are but also with your community.” “The biggest challenge is that high schoolers aren't aware of the negative influences on the internet.” “Parents need to pay closer attention to how their children learn about the world.” “We need to look at ourselves... We need to model the behavior ourselves.” “There's a lot of challenges and a lot that we don't know yet about the effectiveness of learning apps.” “There hasn't been a single study showing a positive benefit of social media before high school.” “Try to put the phone down as much as possible during those first few years and spend time with your child.” “Time goes by so fast. You don't want to miss those magical years checking a notification.” - Forest Bronzan Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
142 The Breakthrough Years. With Ellen Galinsky
Mar 21 2024
142 The Breakthrough Years. With Ellen Galinsky
What if the teenage years weren't something to fear but a breakthrough opportunity for growth? Listen in as my guest, Ellen Galinsky, unveils a fresh approach. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. Adolescence is a transformative and extremely important time in human development. In her latest book, The Breakthrough Years, Ellen Galinsky shares what the research and adolescents need us to understand. What We Talked About: What adolescents want us to know about themWhat exactly are executive function skills, and why are they so crucial to children's developmentWhat can parents do to help their children develop executive function skills?Why turning conflicts into opportunities for learning is critical for allAgreeing and setting clear expectations with your children and leaving room for  mistakes Things to Remember “Parents grow and change in parenthood just like children grow and change.” "Executive function skills are the building blocks for setting goals, perspective-taking, communicating, collaborating, and problem-solving. They are fundamental to life." “Don't fix it for the child; instead, help them learn the skills to fix it for themselves.” “We need to make mistakes. Making mistakes isn't a mistake. It's the way we learn.” “We learn by trial and error, particularly in teenage years.” “The most important thing we can do as parents is to help our children find their passion.”  “Adolescents are learning to be brave.” “We need to help them be creators. Not Consumers.” “Young people who do best in the world have something they care about beyond themselves.” - Ellen Galinsky Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
141 Vulnerable Minds. With Marc Hauser
Mar 14 2024
141 Vulnerable Minds. With Marc Hauser
Do you ever wonder how negative early life experiences shape our children’s minds? Listen in as my guest, Marc Hauser explains the effect of early childhood trauma and what we can do about it. Click here for the show notes and extra resources. I know how impressionable young brains are and have always been fascinated with the concept of the absorbent mind. Yet, in this episode, we go a little deeper into understanding how early childhood traumas affect brain development. It was not an easy conversation, but an important one nonetheless. What We Talked About: What compelled Marc to write about early childhood traumas in ‘Vulnerable Minds’ The impact of trauma on children's overall development The different types of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and how they can affect children differently. The Adverse Ts framework. Creating safe environments for children to heal Traumatic signatures and how they shape children's responses to adversity. Ways to help children develop resilience and cope with adversity. Things to Remember “We need to understand both the nature of experiences and the nature of the responses.” “The earlier adversity occurs, the more likely the damage will occur because the brain is in a fragile state of development.” “The essence of the magic comes from building trusting relationships.” “How you help a child who's been abused is different from how you help a child who's been neglected.” “Different kinds of traumatic experiences can greatly delay the natural development of certain kinds of cognitive, social, and emotional skills.”  “Stress will derail three key parts of learning: Attention, Short-Term Memory, and Self-Regulation.” “It’s important to recognize that many parents have their own history of traumatic experiences.”  - Marc Hauser Click here for the show notes and extra resources.
140 Parenting a Disabled Child. With Kelley Coleman
Mar 7 2024
140 Parenting a Disabled Child. With Kelley Coleman
What does it take to navigate the unique journey of parenting a disabled child? Listen to Kelley Coleman as she shares her inspiring insights. Click here for the entire show notes and more from Jeanne-Marie. I created this podcast to serve parents, all parents, and today Kelley shares what it takes to parent a disabled child and shares with us her guide to doing so.  What We Talked About: Why Kelley wrote ‘Everything No One Tells You About Parenting a Disabled Child’ The importance of having conversations about disability. Challenges of navigating the support system for disabled children Strategies and resources for navigating the complexities of caring for a disabled child. The impact of disability on siblings. Things to Remember “Parenting is about us, the parents. We do not need to try to make our children into something but instead, model the behavior that we would like our children to learn.” “We are all the best parents for our unique child, and we all do great things.” “Time is a huge privilege, and we must acknowledge that.” “Everyone and every child deserves the same access.” “Parenting and being a caregiver are two distinct jobs when they merge; that's two full-time jobs!” “We talk about disability as one of the many facets of who my child is a whole and complete human.” “It reduces our ignorance when we are genuinely curious about other humans as humans.” “The number one determiner of how a child will feel about their sibling's disability is how the parents feel about the disability and what they are projecting.” -Kelley Coleman Click here for more from Jeanne-Marie, Your Parenting Mentor.
139 The Montessori Child. With Simone Davies & Junnifa Uzodike
Feb 29 2024
139 The Montessori Child. With Simone Davies & Junnifa Uzodike
How can you benefit from the Montessori approach? Listen to Simone and Junnifa as they reveal the key ingredients for fostering a thriving Montessori child at home. Click here for more from Jeanne-Marie, Your Parenting Mentor. What a delight to have two of my Montessori friends on the podcast together. Our paths have crossed many times, and today, I’m excited to learn more about Simone and Junnifas’ latest endeavor, their book The Montessori Child. What We Talked About: Children’s Unconscious and Conscious Mind The different planes of development in Montessori The importance of sensory learning Shifting from setting rules to creating agreements collaboratively. Supporting Independence While Offering Support The Montessori approach for the whole child Things to Remember: “Parenting is the process of being with our children, guiding them and accompanying them.” “Children change as they grow.” “It takes some consciousness to start seeing that our children are more capable of doing things as they get older.” “If you open your eyes, you'll see that each of our children is unique and different. Focus on those things that make them who they are.” - Junnifa Uzodike “Be the child’s guide on their journey, accept them for who they are, and step back to see that they are capable.”  “Teenagers just want to be able to feel they belong and make a change in the world.” “Just let yourself grow through the highs and lows of everything that you learned.” - Simone Davies “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” - Dr. Maria Montessori   Click here for more from Jeanne-Mariem, Your Parenting Mentor.