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The Parenting Junkie shares life-changing playroom design hacks that will turn any home into an independent play haven. Tour my playroom makeover of the 5 play zones that encourage independent play for kids and learn how to organize toys and play areas even if you have only a living room or tiny apartment to work with. Manipulate the environment an…
 
This is my true parenting story of how I discovered the parenting hack that saved me. I was postpartum, working full-time with a newborn, toddler, preschooler, and no help. I wondered, when does parenting get easier? Is there another way? I was in a dark place when a sudden crisis made me discover the solution to my parenting overwhelm and stress. …
 
If you would like your home to look more beautiful and sophisticated, even on an inexpensive budget while you have little kids at home, then this episode is for you. My background is in graphics, branding, and identity design. I love talking and thinking about all things design. Primarily from the functional perspective, but also from the aesthetic…
 
Have you heard of the law of attraction? It’s something that I read about and hear about often. And in fact, it’s something that I intuitively really connect to and practice in my life. Today I'm going to talk with you about how I use the law of attraction to create a life that I love, and invite you to do the same! [05:30] #1 - Get clear on what y…
 
Are you finding yourself in survival mode, feeling like you are running on empty and worried that you might be leading yourself to burnout? If you’re not sure where you fall on the burnout spectrum, go check out last week’s episode on the 10 signals that you might be in survival mode. Now that we know the signs, it’s time to get practical and do so…
 
One of the biggest risks we face as parents is burning out and falling into survival mode. In difficult seasons it becomes especially challenging to stay charged and energized. Many of us (myself included) run the risk of burning out when we don’t take care of ourselves and “refuel our tank.” You can only run on empty for so long. I have seen so ma…
 
Most of us know that feeling of preparing a lovely meal for our children, sitting down to eat it with them only to have our toddler promptly THROW IT ON THE FLOOR 😡 😭 🤦🏽‍♀️ It can be so aggravating. If you're not sure how to handle the situation and it's repeating in your home, you are so not alone. Let's talk about what we can do about it. [00:58]…
 
Do you struggle to get your kids out the door in the morning? Are you ever late for things because you’re arguing with your kids or having trouble getting them ready for the day? You’re not alone. Kristen from our Present Play community asked for advice about how to deal with this. In this episode I’ll discuss my thoughts and help you get back your…
 
Do you have a little toddler at home and you're tearing your hair out, trying to find ways to keep this person busy without always resorting to screens? If so, I've got you. I totally feel it. And I am here with five ways that toddlers generally love playing independently and that you can use today to keep your little person occupied and busy witho…
 
Can babies play independently? Is that even possible? Or is it something that only develops later (if at all)? The answer is...they can! And in this episode I’m going to talk about 10 ways they can play and how to encourage them to do so. [01:05] #1 - Don't entertain your baby [02:39] #2 - Le Pause [04:13] #3 - Don't overstimulate - keep it simple …
 
When you’re pregnant, it can be so hard to get enough sleep. Between the hormones and feeling so uncomfortable, it can be very hard to sleep. And if you have other children or issues in the mix, it can be even more challenging to get the rest we need. While there certainly are some things outside of our control, there are quite a few things that ar…
 
Do you ever hate this whole parenting thing? There’s absolutely no shame here...I think most parents feel this way at some point in their parenting journey. In this episode I’m going to cover 10 reasons you might hate parenting, and most importantly what you can do about it. [00:53] 1 - haven't come to terms with your own childhood [03:02] 2 - You'…
 
Let’s talk depression. First I want to say that I have gone through seasons where I needed professional help, and there’s absolutely no shame in that. If you feel you need some help, please don’t hesitate. It can make a world of difference. But even if you’re not feeling clinically depressed, it’s common to go through seasons of feeling “the blues”…
 
Do you feel overwhelmed by your life at home with young children? I’m a mother of 5, I run my own business, I homeschool part-time...I have a lot on my plate (and I’m sure you do too). It can be so easy to feel overwhelmed! But we’re not helpless. There are things within our control that can make a big difference and reduce the overwhelm in our liv…
 
In our culture it’s quite acceptable to wear yoga pants all day, have cheerios in your hair, have spit up on your shirt, and always look a little bit like a hot mess once you become a mom. And you know what? It’s OK if you do! Being a mom is exhausting and demanding. Compared to the childless life, it’s a lot harder to look and feel phenomenal as y…
 
In this episode I’ll be addressing a question from a member of our Present Play community. Tracy from Georgia asked what to do when your children use rude or inappropriate language, and also how to address their negative self-talk. Thank you for your question Tracy! You are certainly not alone in this struggle. All parents are presented with these …
 
When you’re home with young children it can feel really overwhelming and stressful. Between all the messes, the tantrums, the whining, the noise, and the smells, it can make your home a place you want to escape from instead of a place to escape to. In this episode I’ll give you 10 practical tips to bring more pleasure, peace, joy, fun, and energy i…
 
Do you ever feel like you don't want to do this anymore? This parenting thing, I mean. The nagging, the fighting, the wining, the dishes, the laundry, feeling tired and drained and sometimes, hopeless. Angry. Vengeful. Exhausted. We all go through seasons like this. But the good news is we don’t have to stay there. One thing that can make a huge di…
 
Many people find they lose aspects of their identity when they have kids. Can you relate? This year has certainly made it more challenging to hold onto our identities. Many things in our lives have been “lost” (or put on hold) during the pandemic, and it has been hard. If you’re feeling like you’ve lost yourself, this episode is for you. [00:36] Jo…
 
Everyone makes mistakes and experiences failures. We all have shortcomings, weaknesses, and areas of lack. And many people are stuck in a fixed mindset, thinking that it’s just how they are. But not everyone. Some people have adopted a growth mindset, and see mistakes and failures in a different (and positive) light. Do you want to be one of them? …
 
Kids (and adults, if we’re being honest) often have a rigid way of thinking. It’s often black or white, all or nothing. We see our truth, and find it hard to understand that someone else may have a different truth. But life (and people) are much more complex and nuanced than that, and we often live with a duality that can be hard to cope with. Toda…
 
Are you going through something tough in your life? A big transition, problems at home or in your relationships, financial struggles. Maybe you haven’t had the support you’re used to and you feel like you’re drowning. It could even be a series of trivial things that normally wouldn’t amount to much, but with the year we’ve been having...let’s just …
 
Have you (or your child) experienced rough times? Are you having a hard time dealing with them? If so, this episode is for you. [01:29] Has 2020 been a rough year for you? Are you longing for some change (in the right direction)? Join me in my free challenge, Finish Strong! [05:58] Mindset is so important when it comes to challenges we’ve faced. [0…
 
For some reason we sometimes downplay our roles as parents. We often say things like “I’m just a mom/dad”, and at times don’t approach it with the same zest and zeal we would in our career or other leadership role. Why is that? Today I want to discuss parenting and how I think our role as a parent is like being a CEO. [00:31] Parenting is a high st…
 
We all want our kids to be resilient. We want them to be critical thinkers. We want them to be respectful, to value diversity, and be tolerant of various lifestyles and backgrounds. Right? Just like our immune system needs to be challenged by foreign substances, our values, beliefs, and opinions are bolstered and improved by being challenged. In th…
 
Have you ever been shamed or humiliated in front of people? Whether it was during school, a social event, or even online, most of us have been publicly shamed at some point. How did it make you feel? Did it make you want to change? Did it feel good? Did it feel like they had your best interest at heart? Odds are good your answer is no. So why do so…
 
Do you ever feel like you’re struggling under the weight of being an adult? Managing your time, finances, relationships, emotions, children, etc...sometimes life can feel so out of control. Then you add in anxiety, fear, and worry about things going on around you and in the world at large...it’s no wonder so many people are suffering and feel stuck…
 
Do you ever struggle with fear, frustration, worry, anxiety, or negative thoughts? There can be this running voice in our heads that constantly makes us feel like we're not enough, like we're messing up, like we're a failure. It can be so easy to feel offended, feel like a victim, feel upset, worried, anxious, scared, fearful, doubtful, etc. In thi…
 
There seems to be some confusion in our culture between criticism and critique. While criticism can be unhelpful and hurtful, critique is necessary to help us grow, develop, and make wise choices. It’s how things improve! You’ve probably heard the saying “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” I sometimes get feedback like thi…
 
Marriage should not be a cause of pain and suffering. OR AT LEAST, should not ONLY be a cause of pain and suffering. It should also be a source of great energy and joy, and should be enhancing and boosting our life. It should make life easier and more enjoyable, having this companion and life partner by our side. But so often I’m seeing the opposit…
 
Has your relationship suffered after children were thrown into the mix? Chances are good that it has. I’ve certainly gone through ups and downs, and my friends and clients have too. While challenges certainly are inevitable, life-long suffering in your relationship doesn’t have to be. In this episode I’m going to ask some questions and even give yo…
 
Do you feel like you carry the bulk of the load in your relationship? Like all the responsibility falls on you? Like the division of labor and the mental and emotional burden isn’t fair? It’s understandable...and it’s also ruining our relationships. In this episode I’m going to walk you through a series of questions to help you shift your mindset a…
 
I know there can be a lot of anxiety and indecision when it comes to the topic of school vs. homeschool. How do you know which way to go? What if I try it and it doesn’t work? What if I ruin my kids?? In this episode I’m going to walk you through the decision making process and take you from indecision to clarity. [10:42] “The best use of imaginati…
 
So many of us have been pushing through, waiting and hoping for things to return to some sort of “normal”. But with a second wave sweeping through the world it seems like it may never get back to normal. And now with the school year approaching and continued restrictions wherever we go, there’s no end to the opportunities to feel anxious, fearful, …
 
Does social media stress you out? Research indicates that it can cause anxiety and even depression. I’ve heard countless people say they felt great after taking a break from it. Why is that? In this episode I want to offer a breakdown of the recent social media landscape; how it may be harming us, what we can do to keep our sanity. [04:56] Links be…
 
Join me in a conversation with my friend Kate Northrup, "Do Less" author, as we talk about time-management, work-life balance, and vulnerability. Sometimes we feel we have to hide some part of our parenting because we're afraid of people's judgments. We fear sharing our whole, vulnerable self because disagreement is often met with hostile, dogmatic…
 
Do you feel tired or burned out in your parenting? Do you feel like you’re “on” all the time and never get a break? Do you think your child’s happiness and entertainment falls squarely on your shoulders? In this episode I want to address an issue I see a lot; overparenting. [03:01] What is overparenting? [07:24] A big indicator of overparenting: Bu…
 
There’s a mindset that has permeated our culture and it’s causing a lot of damage. It ruins our homes and families, our relationships, and even entire communities. Which mindset? Blaming. Let’s discuss. [03:32] The blaming mindset is rampant in our culture. [08:41] How does blaming help? [09:49] How a blaming mindset affects our homes. [10:29] Blam…
 
Many people have been struggling with feelings of powerlessness and negativity. But what if I told you that you possess the ability to empower yourself and create positivity in your life? That’s exactly what I’ll be discussing in this episode. [03:50] Our thoughts and words are powerful. [06:48] Culture has "watered down" certain words and concepts…
 
We all want to be better communicators, right? I know I do. Like most things in life, improving our communication is a process and it takes intentional work to help us break old habits and create new ones. Join me as I discuss some specific toxic patterns that we all need to break and what we can do instead. [04:13] Communication skills are so impo…
 
There’s a mindset that keeps parents stuck and suffering, and really holds us back. We have a lot more control in our lives than we sometimes believe, and it can take some gentle nudging (or tough love, for some of us) to help us see things for what they are. Changing our mindset in this one area can make a big difference in our lives and empower u…
 
Because sending kids to school is often the “default option”, I’m often asked “Why do you homeschool?” I think it’s time to start reversing that question and ask “why are you sending your kids to school?” When you really think about what your school provides (or doesn’t provide), homeschooling may begin to look much more appealing and not as out-of…
 
Even without a global pandemic, life can be hard. Bad things happen and we all experience difficulties and challenges. It’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves and go through life as a victim. But I’m here to tell you that there’s so much more waiting for you on the other side of victimhood, and you can decide to leave it behind. Let’s discuss how. [0…
 
I get messages from parents all over the world (hundreds a day) asking how they can get their kids to play independently. I hear things like: My kids won’t play My kids are clingy We live in a small apartment My kids have very different play styles My kids fight with each other I’m a working parent, so it can’t work for me I’m here to tell you that…
 
I know that these times have been tough for many, leaving some in a “survival mode.” But others have found, in spite of the challenges and frustrations, that they’re enjoying certain aspects of their time at home with their family. And it may leave us wondering...do we really want life to go back to the way it was before? Or is it time to make some…
 
At times in life (and for many, the present time), we’ll face challenges and changes in our resources. To stay sane (or sometimes just survive), it’s necessary to adjust your expectations to what’s realistic given your circumstances. [08:53] We can choose whether or not to be a victim. [10:29] We have to match our level of expectations to the level…
 
Renee Jain is back for another episode! With so many parents finding themselves homeschooling, we thought we should offer some practical tips to help parents through this challenging transition and help you (and your kids) stay sane! [02:50] Cut yourself some slack. It's not realistic to think you'll be a homeschooling pro in a couple of weeks. [03…
 
As we face the COVID-19 Pandemic, there’s a lot we can’t control. It can cause major fear, anxiety, and worry...but it doesn’t have to. This episode is from a live video I did where I shared 3 questions you can ask when you’re facing a crisis, and I wanted to share it with you in hopes it will help you through these uncertain times. [02:49] Questio…
 
Hi friend! Do your kids ever get angry or throw tantrums? Do YOU ever get triggered by their tantrums and lose it? 🙋🏻‍♀️I do. We all do. In this episode you’ll get to hear from the amazing Renee Jain of GoZen as we discuss how to “handle” emotions in both our children AND in ourselves. [05:37] What is GoZen in a nutshell? [09:20] We have to make pe…
 
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