The Eras & Errors of Parenthood Podcast

Love Play Grow | Christina Eromenok & Kerri Adams

The Eras and Errors of Parenthood Podcast is brought to you by Love Play Grow, a leading play therapy and professional counseling boutique located in New Jersey. In this podcast, we dive deep into the intricacies of family dynamics, parenting, and the ever-evolving journey of personal growth.

Join us as we explore the insightful words that have the power to transform families. As the hosts, we've made it our mission to articulate the unspoken, to become the missing words for families seeking connection and positive change. In every episode, we aim to bring joy back to parenting by shedding light on the keys to building a healthier family system.

With a foundation in play therapy, we infuse each episode with a sense of playfulness and understanding. Listeners are taken on a journey that goes beyond conventional parenting advice, diving deep into the realms of emotions, relationships, and personal growth.

The podcast doesn't shy away from the inevitable errors and missteps that occur in parenting. Instead, it turns these moments into valuable opportunities for learning and growth. We share our own experiences, as well as those of our guests, creating a relatable and supportive space for parents.

Each episode is a blend of insightful discussions, expert interviews, and practical tips, making Eras and Errors of Parenthood a go-to resource for navigating the complexities of parenthood. Discover the profound impact of parents truly understanding their children and vice versa. We believe that when there's a genuine level of understanding, communication flourishes. And as we all know, better communication is the cornerstone of effective problem-solving within the family system.

Whether you're a new parent, a seasoned caregiver, or someone simply curious about the world of parenting, the Eras and Errors of Parenthood podcast offers a comforting and informative guide to help you navigate the ever-evolving landscape of raising children. Subscribe now and embark on a transformative journey with us as we explore the eras of family life and navigate through the errors, all while striving for growth, understanding, and a happier family dynamic.


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Episodes

013: The One With Returning Responsibility: Empowering Children to Take Ownership In Decisions
Mar 29 2024
013: The One With Returning Responsibility: Empowering Children to Take Ownership In Decisions
In this conversation, Christina and Kerri discuss the concept of returning responsibility in parenting and play therapy. They debunk the misconception that play therapy is only for young children and emphasize its relevance across the lifespan. They highlight the importance of allowing children to take ownership and make decisions, even if it means temporarily struggling. The conversation also touches on the significance of the pause in parenting and the difference between facts and feelings. Practical strategies for returning responsibility in daily routines are shared, along with the benefits of avoiding power struggles. The episode concludes with a reminder to practice returning responsibility and empower children.Returning responsibility is a key concept in play therapy and parenting, allowing children to develop independence and confidence.Parents often struggle with returning responsibility due to the discomfort of watching their child struggle temporarily.The pause in parenting is essential for allowing children to take ownership and make their own decisions.Avoiding power struggles and adopting a cheerleader role as a parent can facilitate the process of returning responsibility.Returning responsibility helps children develop self-regulation skills and boosts their confidence.Subscribe for more conversations about authentic parenthood on the Eras and Errors of Parenthood Podcast. Happy parenting!Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon MusicSign up for Love Play Grow's monthly email: https://loveplaygrownj.com/insider/Follow along on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LovePlayGrowNJ/
006: The One with Two Truths: Understanding the Layers of Children's Emotions
Feb 9 2024
006: The One with Two Truths: Understanding the Layers of Children's Emotions
In this episode, we, Christina Eromenok and Kerri Adams, engage in a deep dive into the complex world of parenting, tackling a topic that resonates deeply with every caregiver: maintaining composure when faced with a child's distress. With warmth, wit, and wisdom, we open up about our own experiences and vulnerabilities, inviting listeners to join us on a journey of self-discovery and growth.Drawing from our extensive expertise in child development and psychology, we explore the concept of "two truths" in parenting—a notion that acknowledges the layered nature of children's emotions and behaviors. Through anecdotes, we shed light on the often-overlooked reality that a child's outward expressions of anger or frustration may be masking deeper feelings of sadness or vulnerability.We provide valuable perspectives and practical strategies for parents struggling with the challenge of remaining calm in the face of their child's emotional turmoil. We emphasize the importance of recognizing and validating these complex emotions, both in oneself and in one's child, as a crucial step towards building resilience and developing healthy emotional regulation.With compassion and empathy, we encourage listeners to embrace the concept of self-care and self-compassion, highlighting the importance of prioritizing one's own well-being in order to better support the needs of their children. We offer guidance on setting boundaries, practicing mindfulness, and seeking support when needed, empowering parents to navigate the ups and downs of parenting with grace and confidence.Through our relatable anecdotes, we create a safe and supportive space for listeners to explore the challenges and joys of parenthood. Whether you're a seasoned caregiver or a first-time parent, this episode offers valuable insights and practical strategies for cultivating calm amidst the chaos of raising children. Tune in and discover the keys to unlocking a greater sense of peace and harmony in your parenting journey.Subscribe for more conversations about authentic parenthood on the Eras and Errors of Parenthood Podcast. Happy parenting!Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon MusicSign up for Love Play Grow's monthly email: https://loveplaygrownj.com/insider/Follow along on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LovePlayGrowNJ/
005: The One with Parenting Realities: Grieving and Embracing Your Child's Uniqueness
Feb 2 2024
005: The One with Parenting Realities: Grieving and Embracing Your Child's Uniqueness
In this episode, we explore the depths of parental emotions, shedding light on the less-discussed facet of grief in the journey of raising children.As parents, we often carry expectations about our child's gender, appearance, and characteristics, and this episode confronts the reality that these expectations may not align with the unique individuality of the child we have. We navigate the societal pressures that say parents should be overjoyed and grateful, and share common experiences of feeling a disconnect between expectations and reality.We compare the process of having a baby to meeting a stranger, emphasizing that parenting is an ongoing journey of getting to know this stranger at every stage of development. From the toddler years to the tween and teen phases, each transition brings a mix of joy and sadness as parents bid farewell to the previous stages.However, rather than dwelling solely on the challenges, we encourage parents to acknowledge the grief, embrace the accompanying emotions, and shift their mindset towards appreciating the strengths their child possesses. Through insightful activities and a compassionate discussion, we guide parents in discovering the transformative qualities their child brings to the table.Tune in for a raw and empowering conversation that normalizes the complex emotions of parenting, offering a comforting reminder that joy and sadness can coexist, shaping a richer and more authentic parenting experience. Join us on this journey of self-discovery and acceptance, celebrating the unique individual your child is becoming.Subscribe for more conversations about authentic parenthood on the Eras and Errors of Parenthood Podcast. Happy parenting!Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon MusicSign up for Love Play Grow's monthly email: https://loveplaygrownj.com/insider/Follow along on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LovePlayGrowNJ/
004: The One with Jeans and Genes Colliding: Navigating Parenting's Natural Mismatches
Jan 26 2024
004: The One with Jeans and Genes Colliding: Navigating Parenting's Natural Mismatches
In this episode, we are exploring the intersection of parenting challenges and the inherent personality traits of children, drawing a parallel between the struggles of dealing with jeans (clothing) and genes (genetics).As we share our personal struggles with buttoning jeans and fashion faux pas from the 90s, we cleverly transition to a deeper conversation about understanding your child's inherent traits. We discuss the importance of understanding and accepting that children's behaviors are often deeply rooted in their inherent nature, emphasizing the need for parents to navigate these natural mismatches with patience and a mindset shift. The episode encourages acknowledging the difficulties, finding strengths in challenging moments, and fostering a more harmonious approach to parenting despite the inevitable clashes between parental expectations and a child's inherent traits.Using anecdotes and relatable experiences, we highlight the challenges parents face when there's a mismatch between a child's personality and the family dynamic. We tackle the common questions parents ask themselves and offer practical advice for navigating these situations.You'll find humor and insight as we discuss the societal pressures on parenting and the value of taking a pause. This episode leaves parents with a refreshing perspective—sometimes, the genes (and jeans) are just what they are, and that's perfectly okay.Subscribe for more conversations about authentic parenthood on the Eras and Errors of Parenthood Podcast. Happy parenting!Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon MusicSign up for Love Play Grow's monthly email: https://loveplaygrownj.com/insider/Follow along on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LovePlayGrowNJ/