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Parenting is often lived in the extremes. It’s either great joy or chaotic overwhelm. One moment you’re nailing it and the next you’re losing your cool. I want to help you find your way to the messy middle, to a place of balance. You see, balance is a verb, not a state of being. It is a thing you DO, not a thing you ARE. It’s an action, a process, a series of micro-corrections that we make, each and every day, to keep ourselves feeling centered. We are never truly balanced, we are engaged in ...
 
Welcome to The Uprooted Podcast! Come along on a weekly journey with John & Christine as they navigate the highways and byways of life, love, parenting, and everything in between. Their humorous approach to life is all they have after uprooting from Southern California to start anew in Massachusetts..alone with no help and just each other to figure tings out! Life isn't always sunshine and unicorns, but together John & Christine figure it out as they go with a little bit of grit and a whole ...
 
If your parenting ever feels like a game of whack-a-mole, we’ve got you. If you are a Type-A planner who wants to parent proactively, we’re here for you. If you find yourself somewhere in between….that parent who longs to parent with intention, but often ends up reacting to situations as they arise, you are our people! Our distinct philosophy - Future Focused Parenting – takes center stage on the podcast. We open every episode with our own personal “why” to demonstrate bringing intention to ...
 
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Deana and Kira speak with Laura Froyen, PhD, of The Balanced Parent podcast to talk about the inner work required to practice Conscious Parenting. How do we understand our triggers and do the necessary healing in order to be the best parents we can be? More on Laura: https://www.laurafroyen.com/By Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
Kira and Deana discuss re-entry as the pandemic shifts and the world starts to open up again. How do we support our kids? How do we help them to be understanding of each other and the variety of experiences their friends may have had? How do we teach them the compassion, empathy and patience they will need for others and for themselves as we begin …
 
I hope you liked the first episode of the Inner Work Series and learned a lot from it. Now, for the second episode, we will be digging into our Inner Critic so that we can heal our past traumas and wounds. I know this work might be uncomfortable for you. And so, some of you wanted to shut down your Inner Critic. But we have to face our fears so tha…
 
Deana and Kira talk with Sandy Fowler, stress relief coach and host of the Mighty Parenting podcast. Sandy shares tips for creating stress solutions that actually fit into your busy life as well as ways to make the most of sleep, and create quick and easy stress relief moments throughout the day. More about Sandy: https://sandyfowler.com https://mi…
 
Hey, everyone! Well, the day has finally come...Christine and John are no more. That's right, all good things must come to end and so have we... Wait, WTF?! Who are we kidding?! We are the strongest we've ever been and we're not going anywhere (except for this week)! That's right, John is here to play a late April Fool's joke on everyone! We are in…
 
I'm so excited for the month of April because we will be digging into our inner work of conscious parenting series. So for the next four weeks, I'm going to bring in some experts in the field to help us with important concepts. For the first episode of the series, Dr. Trish Phillips of The Doodle Doc will be joining us. She is a coach who helps peo…
 
Deana and Kira answer your questions about everything from imaginative play, emotional intelligence for kids under 18 months, linking your why to your values and more! Episodes referenced: The Importance of a Strong Why, Figuring Out Your Family’s Values, Raising Kids With Emotional IntelligenceBy Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
Happy April and April Fool's Day! New puppy, new truck, fantasies, and more from your favorite Mr. & Mrs.! We announce that we're expecting (a new puppy, that is), John's fabulous birthday present (and bucket list item checked off), and a fabulous Reel Review of Fantasy Island. It's all good fun in this short little ditty to kick-off Springtime. Th…
 
As I'm sure you're aware, kids are SUPER good at noticing differences! They are primed to be noticing them, it's part of normal child development, which can be kinda... uncomfortable for us parents who have been kind of conditioned to downplay differences ("shh! That's not polite!") rather than celebrate them. Differences can refer to race, gender,…
 
Hey howdy hey, party people! We're back with another exciting episode this week! We get things started with the question of the week...if you could only do one more sexual position for the rest of your life, what would it be?! Things get interesting from there... Christine breaks down the 8 roles parents should play to raise successful children. Ne…
 
Today we are talking about narcissism. What it is, what it isn't, how to spot it, & how to recover from a relationship with a narcissist. Narcissistic people have traits such as a lack of empathy, extreme sensitivity, and manipulative behavior that could lead to an abusive relationship. So what do we do? Should we leave them and stay away? What if …
 
As a kid, my parents did a LOT right when it came to teaching me about money, including investing small amounts for me for college and encouraging me to always save/invest part of my income (think birthday money) by "matching" it. But most of the time that all happened out of my sight and without my active involvement. So when it came time to go ou…
 
Deana and Kira speak with Richard Capriola, author of The Addicted Child, about how to protect our children from substance abuse. Richard shares some of the warning signs, what to do if you see them, and what you can be doing now to protect children from risk of drugs and alcohol abuse later down the line. More on Richard: https://helptheaddictedch…
 
"Oh this is ladies night (oh what a night...)!" This week is all about the ladies as we celebrate International Women's Day and Women's History Month. Christine shares her tale of woe regarding her recent gum graft surgery (gross!), we talk about equality for women in business and sports, and why Christine is the strongest person John knows. Later,…
 
Do you ever feel that you are not enough, that you can't get all the things done, or that you can't give enough to your kids and your partner? I sometimes feel and think this way, and I know I am not alone. As Brene Brown puts it, we all have moments of this "never enough" problem, and we becoming overwhelmed by feelings of disconnection, lack, and…
 
Kira and Deana talk about how milestones can cause the resurfacing of grief and the ways that it affects families of all kinds. They also discuss how parents can begin to think about the resurfacing of grief that will occur once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.By Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
Are you having trouble getting your kids to clean up their toys? Or are you frustrated because they resist to help you with house chores? ​Well, I get asked about this A LOT from my community. As a parent, we want to teach our children to be responsible. We want them to take care of their belongings, their home, and their family. But the bigger que…
 
Deana and Kira chat with one of their members for a coaching call about choosing age-appropriate privileges that go beyond screens, video games, junk food and later bedtimes. They also discuss natural and logical consequences for kids when we need to engage in some gentle discipline. Episodes referenced: Raising Responsible Adults, Spin Cycle: Natu…
 
So often in parenting, we focus so much on the "no's". "No, you can't eat that." "No, you can't have more screens." "No, I don't have time for my old yoga class." If it feels like you are "stuck in no" right now, I'm here to help you, and I've called in the Queen of "Yes" my friend and colleague Bea Marshall of "Yes Parenting". DISCLAIMER: There's …
 
Happy Valentine's Day, friends! We know V-Day was nearly a week ago but we're celebrating anyway! Your favorite hostess shares her birthday with St. Valentine's Day so we think it's important to stretch it out a bit. Just a quick one this week as we talk about what it's like celebrating birthdays and Valentine's Days as parents. Turns out, when you…
 
This month I had the privilege to be a guest on The Uprooted Podcast - where a happily married couple John and Christine, navigate their way through life and parenting in between. In the episode, I answered some questions of theirs that I am confident you will relate to as well, so I wanted to share the episode with you here on The Balanced Parent.…
 
Deana and Kira chat with Leslie Josel from Order Out of Chaos. Leslie cracks the procrastination code for parents and gives tangible tools and tips for how to help your kids be successful in areas where they may be struggling. This episode is packed with ideas, some of which might surprise you. Find out why “math in the bath” is a thing and listen …
 
Happy Valentine's Day! So... I kinda don't love Valentine's Day... There, I said it! And I don't think I'm alone in that, right? One of the reasons is that I really don't like the idea that ONE DAY is enough to measure the success of a relationship, or enough to nurture a relationship. If we are partnered with a person, we need regular check ins an…
 
Hey, friends, welcome back to another fun episode with your favorite couple! This week is all about parenting and is an informative follow-up to last week's great show with Dr. Laura Froyen. If you haven't listened to that yet, do it now! Dr. Laura let us know about some free resources available on her website that can help anyone become a better p…
 
This week we are going to geek out on Attachment Theory! Attachment is an emotional bond that forms in early childhood and if this is not met, our child develops attachment disturbances growing up. These disturbances make it difficult for them to have secure relationships. May it be in school with their peers, their families, and in their work as a…
 
Happy February, Uprooters! This month we are celebrating the month of love, and there's no better way to start than with some self love and care. This week we welcome Dr. Laura Froyen from the Balanced Parent Podcast to share her wisdom on achieving balance in relationships and parenting. Dr. Laura holds a PhD in Human Development and Family Studie…
 
This weekend my daughters had the chance to sit down with an actual Astrophysicist and ask her their big questions about the universe. Guess what most of the answers to the burning questions my daughters had (like what was there before the "big bang"? and how could there be NOTHING??") were: We don't know, and we will likely never know. Talk about …
 
Kira and Deana talk with Shayna Raphael, co-founder of The Claire Bear Foundation, an organization dedicated to informing parents about safe infant sleep. Shayna shares her own story and how it has shaped the work she does in order to empower and inform families to make the safest sleep choices for their infants. She also shares the ABCs of safe sl…
 
What's up, party people?! WE ARE BACK! Christine has her glasses on, we're sucking down a great cocktail, and amazing commentary ensues! We give our thoughts on the Presidential Inauguration, josh Lucas as the Home Depot voice over guy, parenting, relationship advice, and all the things! Closing out this episode is a speed round of the Reel Review …
 
As we enter the last stretch of our month-long focus on play, I wanted to leave you with some super practical, easy to put into action tips for how to take your play with your child to the next level. We just had a tough year because of the pandemic and this is still a stressful time. We've been dealing with a lot of changes and kids CAN have a tou…
 
Deana and Kira chat about the parenting moments that make us cringe! Together they unpack the gray area around when we feel our kids are a reflection of us and our parenting, why we feel that way and when we might need to let that go. Our new Parenting on the Same Page course can be downloaded at https://futurefocusedparenting.com/shop. Use your li…
 
Happy Thursday, friends! This week we solve the world's most important question...what exactly is the difference between dorks, geeks, nerds, and dweebs?! Christine takes us to school and breaks it down for all of us. The Relationship Room is all about trust this time around and John has an epiphany when Christine talks about why our kids can't see…
 
Kira and Deana will be welcoming more guests than usual to the show over the next few months. While Raising Adults guests always bring incredible knowledge and expertise, Deana and Kira want to encourage listeners to be sure to feel empowered to make the choices that work for their family.By Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
We are now entering the last 10 days of my 30 days of play challenge! And these days will be completely dedicated for you to take intentional and decisive actions to achieve a fulfilling child-led play. ​Play is important. If there is one thing you take away from this month we've dedicated to playing, it's that play MATTERS, to children, adults, & …
 
We are now getting ready to enter the home stretch of the 30-day play challenge! If you joined, I hope you are getting a lot of it. For the past few weeks, we have been slowing things down, observing our own reactions to play, and reflecting on how we feel about it. Now, we are getting ready to move into the ACTION phase! And even if you haven't be…
 
Kira and Deana chat with Brandon Larson from https://fantasticdads.com who shares with listeners how he used his background working with elite athletes to help men become better fathers. He also shares the Move, Think, Feel model and two quick and easy takeaways that Fantastic Dads offers, giving men the resources they need to be better people, so …
 
Kira and Deana chat briefly about how important it is to help our kids learn to behave online as they would in person when it comes to social media, texting and more. With the US inauguration next week and tensions running high, it has never been more important to remember that little eyes are always watching.…
 
In the previous episode, you have learned about the importance of independent play. But do you still hear your child say: "Mom, Dad, play with me!" multiple times that it felt like IT IS AN OBLIGATION to do so? And when you do play with them, it drains the life out of you? Well, I want to help you be free from this pressure and teach you how to hav…
 
Deana and Kira share ways to foster responsibility in our children so that they grow into responsible adults. Also, they share exciting news that their new course “Parenting on the Same Page” is now available online! New course can be downloaded at https://futurefocusedparenting.com/shopBy Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
Happy New Year! ​The year 2020 gave us a lot of worries and fear but I hope you were able to welcome 2021 with positivity. And I wish that you and your family will have the peace and healing that you need from all that you have experienced in the past year. As we welcome the new year, I want to help YOU become more balanced, centered, and deeply co…
 
Kira and Deana chat about forgiveness, what it is and what it’s not, and how we teach our kids to be forgiving of others and of themselves. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A plus become eligible for on-air coaching. Space is limited. Visit https://patre…
 
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