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Hi, I’m Avital. (pronounced Ah-Vee-Tal) I’m a mindful parenting coach, childhood designer, and mother. My work is dedicated to empowering intentional, imperfect parents (like you and me!) who face chaos, clutter, and conflict, through online tools to reclaim peace, presence and play for your family.

Hi, I’m Avital. (pronounced Ah-Vee-Tal) I’m a mindful parenting coach, childhood designer, and mother. My work is dedicated to empowering intentional, imperfect parents (like you and me!) who face chaos, clutter, and conflict, through online tools to reclaim peace, presence and play for your family.
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Hi, I’m Avital. (pronounced Ah-Vee-Tal) I’m a mindful parenting coach, childhood designer, and mother. My work is dedicated to empowering intentional, imperfect parents (like you and me!) who face chaos, clutter, and conflict, through online tools to reclaim peace, presence and play for your family.




TPJ 20: Dear Parents, This One’s For You (yes, YOU 😉)

No matter where you are on your parenting journey - just found out you are expecting, have a newborn at home, toddler, kids in school, kids at home, one child, 10 children, today’s episode is for you! Being a parent can feel overwhelming, exhausting, isolating, confusing, and challenging. The good news is it doesn’t have to. In this episode, I’m sharing my advice for new parents, advice for parents of toddlers, and advice for parents that have been parenting for awhile’s...


TPJ 19: Ensure a Healthier Childhood for Your Kids with this FREE Resource 🙌

For the first time in two centuries in America children are expected to have shorter life expectancies than their parents. Luckily there is a free resource available to almost everyone to help combat this statistic. In the past 2 episodes we’ve been discussing major obstacles to independent play and what can be done about them. In episode 17 we discussed decluttering which addresses the environment as a hindrance to independent play. Then in episode 18 we outlined what strewing is which...


TPJ18: How to Influence Your Child Without the Use of Words

Are you sabotaging your children’s behavior in subconscious ways, without even realizing it? You have a hidden power of influence that you may not even be aware of. Think about the last time you were at an airport or bus station, did someone have to verbally tell you or physically show you what to do? Would you act the same way in an airport as you do in a church? Or do you feel really creative and expressive in either of those places? Chances are you behave very differently depending on...


TPJ 17: The Real Reasons You’re Not Decluttering (and how to overcome them)

“No mommy I love this, this is my all time favorite toy” – said every kid whose parent ever tried to declutter the toy that they have not touched in 2 years. Sound familiar? Tens of thousands of parents have gone through this free and simple process with me and it can make such a dramatic difference in their child’s play. The problem parents run into is not due to the complexity of decluttering but is actually due to their own beliefs sabotaging the efforts they make. On the surface...


TPJ 16: How to Discipline Your Child (an Uncomfortable yet Empowering Approach!)

How can we discipline our children in a way that’s effective, meaningful, and peaceful? Do you ever feel like you are under incredible pressure to “discipline your child” but aren’t quite sure what exactly that means or what to do? It can be difficult with culture’s mandates and our own irritation levels to know exactly what to do. In this episode, you’ll discover the true meaning of discipline. I’ll be giving you 3 actionable steps to take toward better disciplining your child. [2:55]...


TPJ 15: Approach Parenting the Way an Olympian Approaches Her Sport

Do you want to create a meaningful relationship with your children? One that you have earned their trust and respect? A relationship that even a teenager (or any age for that matter) will still find some points of connection or interest in the relationship with you? What does it take to sustain a true relationship? What if we approached our relationship with our children the same way Olympic athletes approach their sport and their training? In this episode you’ll discover how you can be...


TPJ 14: How Your Children *Actually* Learn (Surprising & Uncomfortable) 🤯

Which school should you send your kids to? What extracurricular activities should they participate in? What books should we read? We’re obsessed with providing the best for our kids. In this episode I’m going to tell you why none of that matters as much as we think it does, and what I believe we should focus on instead. Spoiler alert - it's not what (or how) you think. Think back to your childhood - what were the biggest lessons you learned? Were they the ones that were dictated to you?...


TPJ 13: The One Role You Should NOT Play in Your Children's Lives

In this episode you’ll discover a powerful way of viewing your parenting role so you can remove yourself from the drama of childhood and offer the meaningful support your children need. [1:28] How much should we intervene and solve problems for our kids? [8:11] Intro to the Story Framework. [8:59] Basic structure of a story. [12:48] What does this have to do with parenting? [13:56] We are not the hero. [17:32] We are the guide. [23:02] We give them a plan. [23:49] We call them to...


TPJ 12: How to Like Your Child Even When You Really Don't

You’ll discover 3 potent techniques to get back on track to loving your kid so you can flip the script when you start feeling annoyed, irritated or out of love with your child. I’ll even share some personal truths that I don’t usually talk about. Links & Resources Play


TPJ 11: Is Sleep Training Cruel? Or Crucial?

I'm sharing my experience and thoughts on sleep training so you can hopefully feel calm, cool, and confident in offering your child the best sleep. I hope you can listen to this episode in its entirety, because this is a nuanced and triggering topic that deserves in depth conversation. I wouldn't want you to miss the full context of the ideas presented here. Links & Resources Present PlayBatya the Baby Coach 3 Things I Love About the RIE


TPJ 10: How to Raise Resilient Kids? (Antifragility)

Stress… We don’t want our kids to be stressed, but I think it’s safe to say we all want our children to be able to handle stress. In this episode I discuss ways to help develop resiliency and anti-fragility in your children so they’ll be prepared to handle the stress of the “real world.” Links & Resources Peaceful Parenting MeditationsTED Talk: "How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonical Book: “The Coddling Of The American Mind” Book: “Free-Range Kids” “Who Is…?” series on...


TPJ 9: Parenting Myths You Probably Believe (DON'T!)

We’re bombarded by society (our culture, parents, neighbors, friends, religious institutions, schools, movies, magazines, internet, etc.) with all sorts of inputs and directives about how we’re supposed to raise our children. It’s time to dispel some common myths about parenting and relieve the pressure of trying to be the “perfect parent.” Myths we’re busting: Links & Resources: Potty Time Course


TPJ 8: Can We Use Consequences as "Peaceful" Parents? How?!

Have you ever had thoughts or conversations about natural consequences, logical consequences, punishments, rewards, positive or negative reinforcement, etc., and felt like there was something missing – like there’s a deeper level to it all? Today we’re going to dive into these terms and get some clarity on what consequences really are, how we can apply them mindfully, and common pitfalls to avoid. What I cover in this episode: Show notes: Learn...


TPJ 7: How to Be a Peaceful Partner

You might have been reasonably happy in your marriage before kids came along – but we all know that going from two to three is a major life change and some marriages don’t survive it very well. It’s really hard to go from wife to mom, or husband to dad. Although parenting is hard, many find that it’s easier than marriage. And so we get stuck in our parenting role and neglect our marriage role. You may feel you have more control, influence, and even love for your kids, which can make you...


TPJ 6: Meredith's Story - from Frustrated Wife to Peaceful Partner

It doesn't take two to tango. Do you ever feel frustrated, disconnected, or misaligned with your spouse or partner? Does it seem like the spark and passion you once had is gone? Have you ever thought that maybe your relationship has run its course, and it’s time to go separate ways? If so, I've got good news for you! There is hope for you, AND change is possible, even if you have to work on it without your partner. Free Masterclass: “How Peaceful Parenting RUINED My Marriage...and How...


TPJ 5: How to Be Present (actionable and practical - not woowoo)

Deal with distractions, enjoy them while they're young and bring peace and calm to your mind. In this episode I’m going to give you actionable ways to bring more presence into your life so that you can experience regret -free living, enjoy your children (even while they’re young) and feel satisfied that you’re living life to the fullest. Here’s the best part: It takes less than a minute a day. In this episode you’ll hear: ● What presence is (and isn’t). ● How you’re not the only one...


TPJ 4: How to Overcome Anxiety as a Parent (weird but works!)

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TPJ 3: Child Centered VS Adult Centered

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TPJ 2: A Week In My Life (homeschooling, wahm of four)

Links & Resources: Show notes at #1: about bedtime routines about allowance & chores:


TPJ 1: How To Do It All (work, marriage, self care and awesome parenting?)

Do you ever wonder how some people make it look so easy and seem to “do it all?” They homeschool their kids while also growing a business. They’re highly productive, yet spend time with their loved ones and are fully present and engaged. People often ask me how I do it all; run a business, homeschool my children, take care of our home, take care of myself, my spouse, etc. In this episode we’re going to dive into the topic of how I do it all. First, it’s important to dispel the myth...