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Let’s face it, raising kids can be challenging at times and parenting is not always as fun as it can be. Every Thursday, join Michelle Abraham, a long-time supporter of Blissful Parenting, as she interviews parenting book authors, coaches, and bloggers who share their best tips for positive parenting as well as stories of raising their own kids. If you want a break from challenging child behavior and want parenting to be a happier and more fulfilling experience, this is the podcast for you.
 
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There's an undeclared war on childhood and it's causing our children's brains to show the same patterns as refugees from war zones. After working with at-risk and problem children, our guest Kim John Payne discovered that if he could peel back a few layers of the crushing stress those kids were under they made remarkable improvement. In fact, their…
 
What we forget as parents is that building friendship skills is like any other skill, we have to teach it and support it. Just like learning math, learning friendship skills is a crucial part of our kids' future. Audrey Monke joins us on the podcast today to talk about some of the many things she has learned about raising thriving kids from running…
 
Screens are here to stay, so families need the tools and knowledge to integrate them most safely into their lives. Screen time isn't all or nothing and Dr. Jim has some wonderful insights on how to navigate this new tech-fueled world with our kids. Jim Taylor, Ph.D., Psychology, has work with young people, parents, and educators for more than 30 ye…
 
While we are all ready to "return to normal" parenting coach Cori Stern is finding that many of her clients have new problems with their children that were never there before. Even if their children returned to school smoothly this year, a few weeks in they started displaying a multitude of stress behaviors. Cori is with us on the podcast today to …
 
Parents who grew up with strong authoritarian parents often swing too far the other way and go all in on attachment parenting. But all love all the time has its own problems, mainly a lack of healthy boundaries. There's a balance to be found and Erin Taylor is here to teach us how! Erin Taylor is a PCI Certified Parent Coach,® motivational speaker,…
 
The interesting thing about kids that don't follow the developmental schedule exactly, is that they are often only behind in some things and far ahead in others. It's time to celebrate the strengths and stress less about the delays. You might just find that your child learns to tie his shoes years later when he develops a passion for braiding! Toda…
 
When you're a new parent there's an abundance of guidance and advice and support, but what happens when you hit the confusing teenage years. How do you ask for help when the question you want to ask is: What do I do if my kid hates me? Susan Borison is here with humor and experience to shift perspectives on baffling teen behavior and guide parents …
 
We've been waiting to return to normal after the pandemic but even as things slowly shift back our kids are struggling with the adjustment. For many of them the pandemic had a much bigger effect on their life and their development because they are at such sensitive times. Erin Royer is on the podcast today to help us understand how the pandemic has…
 
As women we think a certain way and it can be difficult to understand where our boys are coming from. If you are a mother or a teacher listen to today's interview to get a better grasp on how to communicate with boys! Janet Allison is the Founder of Boys Alive! and the co-host of the popular ON BOYS Parenting Podcast. She is a speaker, author, educ…
 
What none of the parenting books tell us is that there is over forty years of research into what makes kids grow into resilient and happy people. Dr. Borba has crystalized it into seven key qualities that will give our kids the strength they need to thrive in the world. And the best part is, they are all teachable. They are not inborn, they are acc…
 
If your child is struggling with identity issues (and possibly LGBTQ+) you may be wondering what to do and say. How do you let them know that it's okay to come out and you are there for them? Or how do you find help and support if you aren't sure that it is okay? It is crucial that you get yourself to a mental space to support your children as they…
 
We think if we don't push our kids that they won't grow up, but the reverse is true. When we try to push them into being what we want we get resistance and make parenting much harder on ourselves than it has to be. Linda is all about making parenting easier! She notices all the ways that we overcomplicate our lives and especially our parenting and …
 
Johanna has a message for you: no kid needs a perfect parent. The truth is we are human and so are our kids. It's always going to be at least a little bit imperfect. And learning to manage mistakes (and grow from them) is far more valuable than pretending everything is perfect. Johanna Derbolowsky, mother of two beautiful souls and best-selling aut…
 
Each child is unique. Imagine what you could accomplish if you know how to read your child's profile and influence their behavior? In today's episode, Alan shares a tool that will help parents gain a better insight into the character of their child so they can adjust their parenting style accordingly. Taking the time to recognize your child's uniqu…
 
Regardless of what they say or do, your teens need to know that you'll always be there for them; that you will support them no matter what. Their boundary pushing is serving to help them develop their values, beliefs, and who they want to be in the world. In today's episode, Casey shares great advice and tools to use while navigating loving boundar…
 
Parents make decisions every day. Knowing what you believe in as a parent and what you want for your children will help you make the right decisions for you, your career, and your family as a whole. In today's episode, Janice, our special guest, talks about how family values influence parents' decisions within and outside their family structure. Sh…
 
Researchers have found that couples who are playful together have more satisfying relationships. However, parenting duties, work schedules, and the stress of everyday life cause parents to get lost along the way. It snuffs out the playful side of the relationship. In today's episode, our special guest, Vireo Karvonen, reveals the common mistakes pa…
 
If you’re a mom on a family-focused career break, it may not feel like the time to set goals for yourself. It can even feel like the end of the big goals you’d previously set. But time out of the workforce is also an opportunity to build a more meaningful life that works for who you are today, the you with kids. Your career break doesn’t have to fe…
 
While sometimes as a mom it feels like you're just doing the same things over and over without contributing to the world in a meaningful way, the truth is that the tiny things you do every day have an impact. In today's episode, our special guest, Simone, shares how she realized the extraordinary power in what seems mundane at first and how she cha…
 
It is possible to be a mother, a career woman, and to be healthy— all at the same time. Moms, discover how you can make time work for you, not against you, in creating a balanced, healthy life for yourself and your family. In today's episode, our special guest, Mia, shares insights into how Moms can achieve a much more balanced lifestyle. Mia Moran…
 
A family-driven career break can be the start of your next big thing. That was certainly the case for my guest on this week’s Money, Career & Motherhood podcast. Kathryn Wepfer was a highly accomplished working professional excited about her work, until the birth of her second child. When she was unable to extend her maternity leave after her secon…
 
Work, technology, and countless activities compete for our attention as parents. But it only takes a few minutes a day to connect meaningfully with your child and build a strong relationship. In today's episode, Heather and Genevieve talk about the importance of building a connection with your child through play. Find out how you can create ten min…
 
Can’t decide if you should take a career break to stay home with your kids? You’re not alone. So many moms spend months, or even years, trying to decide if it’s the right thing to do. Maybe you’ve written a pros and cons list, talked endlessly to your spouse, and looked at your family budget, but it still doesn’t feel like you’re any closer to a de…
 
Throughout your child's life, they will face many financial decisions. There's a lot you can do as a parent to ensure that they are prepared to handle these decisions intelligently. In today's episode our special guest, Chella Diaz, talks about paying attention to what you say to your kids about spending or buying things because it shapes their fee…
 
So many mothers are taking career breaks, but is one right for you? Maybe you were already at your max and considering a pause pre-Covid, and this just put you over the edge. Or perhaps you had never thought about one, but now find yourself on the wrong side of an unsolvable problem. The reasons a mother decides to take a career break are deeply pe…
 
What can you do more as parents to ensure that your tween girls attend school free of fear, violence, or discrimination? In today's episode, Aime, our special guest, shares her personal story being a 'slow learner' who survived severe bullying for six years. You'll learn how she is helping girls love and believe in themselves and feel okay about be…
 
Family life is chaotic. At some point, you've probably lost your temper with your kids and yelled at them. In today's episode, a parenting coach shares how you can turn rebellion and chaos into harmony at home using her "magic" three-step formula. She also gives a brief background of three parenting styles, so you can see if you fit any of them and…
 
In today's episode, an inspiring couple shares the secrets of their family's success system that helps build a strong foundation for kids. Learn how you can create your own family success system that encourages your kids to be independent, financially literate, confident, and set them up for future success. Katie and Steve are parents of five kids …
 
We all know the teenage years are tough, both on our kids and ourselves. There's so much changing for our children as they practice transitioning to adulthood. As a parent, what can you do to help your teenager get through these scary and chaotic years? Hear from our special guest today some tips on how to do it so that your teenagers will take pos…
 
In this episode, our special guest shares the powerful techniques parents can use to help their kids express their feelings, manage their emotions, control their reactions, and grow into responsible adults. Angela Legh is the author of The Bella Santini Chronicles, a fairytale series aimed at ages 8-12, teaching children the importance of processin…
 
Did you know that the first 18 years of your child's life can break or make them? That you have the greatest influence on their lives during this time? In today's episode, our special guest reveals one thing every parent needs to know (and do!) if they want to help their teens and tweens develop a solid foundation of self-led discipline that will e…
 
Jenn Taylor is a Mom of 18 (yes, 18 kids!) and the host of At A Crossroads with The Naked Podcaster. She is a transformational coach, a motivational speaker, and the author of a self-help memoir "Hello, My Name Is… Warrior Princess". She is also a licensed NLP Practitioner & Coach and has 15+ years in the foster care sector as both a parent and a t…
 
A hypersensitive child can be gifted intellectually but easily overwhelmed by crowds, noises, unexpected situations, changes in routine, and emotional distress expressed by others. Whether the expression of their sensitivity will be an advantage or a source of anxiety depends primarily on parenting. In this episode, our special guest breaks down th…
 
All of us have an inner bully. Today we bring to you a special guest who reveals the importance of silencing those inner bullies and how to do it so you can have a healthy, happy, and loving family. Karen Abrams is a Master Theta Healer, relationship expert, and an award-winning international bestselling author. She has worked with thousands of cli…
 
More parents than ever before are working from home. As a result of this shift to remote working, routines within the household have been disrupted. In this episode, our guest shares tips and strategies to help you balance your work and home life, connect with your kids, and tune in to your own needs. Shari Medini is the co-author of the book Paren…
 
Gratitude is one of the most important lessons kids can learn. It helps them see things from a positive perspective instead of a negative one. It is a tool to get them through hard times especially in their adult lives. But how do you as parents teach it to your kids? Our special guest today will show you sound ways to do this. Julie Boyer is a thr…
 
How do you keep your kids busy all summer without breaking the bank? This week I walk through our kid-centered summer planning process that helps us minimize boredom and spending while maximizing kid and parent satisfaction! In this episode you’ll learn: How to get your kids involved in the summer planning process How to avoid hearing “I’m bored. W…
 
Being a mom is exhausting. You are always busy doing something and ticking off your to-do list. You wake up tired and go to sleep tired. It’s a vicious cycle. So, how do you overcome exhaustion and refresh your mind, save time and money, while creating a happier and healthier home for your family? Get some tips and lifestyle habits from today’s spe…
 
When I first met today’s guest, she said something that hit me hard. “There will always be a breakdown in childcare.” It’s true. This is why solutions for parents who take career breaks are so important to me. Even with flexible employers, things come up when you have kids. Sometimes the challenges are so great that parents, usually mothers, take c…
 
For many parents, kids’ digital learning has been a strain on their ability to balance their work and family responsibilities. Managing it along with their day-to-day responsibilities at work or home requires understanding, patience, flexibility, and creativity. In this episode, Katherine Eisner shares simple, research-based strategies to help ensu…
 
According to my guest Michelle Arpin Begina, there’s a very big difference between income and wealth. I couldn’t agree more. Too often families are caught up in a spending pattern to create an illusion of wealth, when in fact they’re struggling financially. In this week’s episode, I talk with Michelle about the complex relationship she developed wi…
 
Whether you’re searching for a new position while employed or looking to return to the workforce after an extended career break, it’s hard to break through the hundreds of other candidates looking competing for the same positions as you. Those returning from a career break have the added challenge of figuring out how to position themselves as a top…
 
There are 44.7 million Americans carrying a total of $1.71 trillion in student debt today. For many families, college feels impossible without a significant amount of debt, except for maybe superstar athletes or valedictorians who get scholarships. But many of the things we believe about the college application process are holding families back fro…
 
It seems like everyone wants to invest in real estate these days, but is it the right thing for your family? This week on the Money, Career & Motherhood podcast I had an opportunity to talk real estate investing, creating strong financial foundations for families, and navigating a career as a mother of four kids with Candice Bakx-Freisen. In this e…
 
Today we have a really special episode for you! We have been working hard behind the scenes and have put together an amazing event with four of our favorite parenting experts. Our Blissful Parenting Behavior Bootcamp features 5 workshops over 5 days to help parents get to the root cause of their child’s challenging behavior, learn new solutions, an…
 
Many women spend a long time thinking through the implications of a career break before they actually decide to take one. Then after it starts, they dive into non-work life without thinking about how to get back in, even though nearly 90% of women want to return at some point. While you can find a way back into the workforce later, the best time to…
 
How many decisions do you make over the course of one day? Most likely, more than you realize. In this week’s episode, I talk with Ashley Brown of Routine and Things about how establishing structured routines can help mothers improve their quality of life by eliminating unnecessary decisions and simplifying repetitive tasks. In this episode you’ll …
 
This week on the podcast I continue the conversation with Fradel Barber, financial advisor and CEO of World Financial Group about the relationship women have with money, the disconnect within the financial services industry, and how she is helping women become more financially empowered. In this episode you’ll learn: One of the biggest reasons many…
 
Are you a parent of a shy, strong-willed, highly emotional, loud, overly active, sometimes out-of-control kid? Then hear out the story of Ashleigh Tolliver. She shares ways of parenting kids who do not fit into the ‘box’ modern society has put children into. Her final message…You are doing the best you can as a parent, and if you need some creative…
 
This week on the podcast I talk with entrepreneur, mentor, advisor, and CEO of World Financial Group (WFG) Fradel Barber. Fradel is a visionary within the industry and a true advocate for women in the financial services industry. We discuss Fradel’s unexpected path into financial services, how motherhood has improved her experience as a leader, and…
 
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