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What kind of hijinks did you get up to as a kid? Did you climb trees? Did you run around outside barefoot? Did you eat raw cookie dough? Maybe you wanted to do these and other crazy things, but you weren't allowed… Let me ask you this: what if your children wanted to? Would you let them? If you hesitate there, well, you're in the right place. The We Turned Out Okay podcast is where we learn the hows and whys of hovering less and enjoying our young children more. You get to learn from host Karen Lock Kolp's mistakes, but especially from the successes of her guests. Each helpful, lively conversation illustrates why this show really is "The Modern Parent's Guide to Old-School Parenting."

What kind of hijinks did you get up to as a kid? Did you climb trees? Did you run around outside barefoot? Did you eat raw cookie dough? Maybe you wanted to do these and other crazy things, but you weren't allowed… Let me ask you this: what if your children wanted to? Would you let them? If you hesitate there, well, you're in the right place. The We Turned Out Okay podcast is where we learn the hows and whys of hovering less and enjoying our young children more. You get to learn from host Karen Lock Kolp's mistakes, but especially from the successes of her guests. Each helpful, lively conversation illustrates why this show really is "The Modern Parent's Guide to Old-School Parenting."
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What kind of hijinks did you get up to as a kid? Did you climb trees? Did you run around outside barefoot? Did you eat raw cookie dough? Maybe you wanted to do these and other crazy things, but you weren't allowed… Let me ask you this: what if your children wanted to? Would you let them? If you hesitate there, well, you're in the right place. The We Turned Out Okay podcast is where we learn the hows and whys of hovering less and enjoying our young children more. You get to learn from host Karen Lock Kolp's mistakes, but especially from the successes of her guests. Each helpful, lively conversation illustrates why this show really is "The Modern Parent's Guide to Old-School Parenting."

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Episodes

4 ways to guard yourself and your kids from toxic people: Podcast Episode 260

1/15/2019
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So, I never actually use the word toxic in the whole episode… instead of that, I talk about balloon-poppers. A much more fun name, I'm sure you'll agree! In this episode I share four ways that you can protect yourself against toxic people, a.k.a. balloon-poppers. Which is really important, not just for your health, but for your child's as well. In this early part of the year, where we have more of a chance to think on introspective things, I hope this episode helps you feel happier...

Duration:01:12:54

Why is clarity so important for parents? Podcast Episode 259

1/8/2019
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This episode starts off as a review of my 2018 goals, and how I did with them. But then it takes a dramatic turn: I actually had to record the second half of the show more than once. Why? Because when I recorded the first time, I didn't have clarity. So I renamed the episode, and re-recorded the second half, and now I hope it is much more helpful than the first version would've been! Go to weturnedoutokay.com/259 for: 10 Secrets Happy Parents Know. And thank you so much for...

Duration:01:29:35

Ringing in the new year with success stories! Podcast episode 258

1/1/2019
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Happy new year!! As you climb out from underneath tinsel, and excess, and cranky kiddos, I wanted to share some success stories. I hope to inspire you, right at the beginning of the year, by giving you some stories where things, well, turned out okay, to use the pun that I always swore I would never use (and have indeed not used until this very moment : ) So, today's is a re-broadcasted conversation, originally recorded way back in 2016, in which I spoke to dad and educator Erik Wagter....

Duration:01:18:31

Three ways to deal with the gimmes | Podcast episode 257

12/25/2018
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Let's just say it: at this time of year, we don't always get the best behavior from our kids. They're overstimulated. They're out of routine. In many end-of-year traditions they are being showered with gifts. This can make them forget that life is about so much more than receiving presents from everybody who walks through the door (or whose door they walk through.) So, today I wanted to help you deal with the gimmes! Listen for three ways to gently help your child step away from the...

Duration:00:33:00

"When they misbehave the most, that's when they need us the most." Speaking with Dr. Laura Markham for podcast episode 255!

12/18/2018
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When a coaching client of mine recently posted an article by today's guest in our Ninja Parenting Community forums, I was introduced to one of the great positive parenting forces of our time: Dr. Laura Markham. As soon as I visited her Aha Parenting website, and read some of the advice Dr. Laura shares, I knew you needed to be introduced to her too! Today our conversation gets into vulnerability, trust, and resiliency. Dr. Laura helps us really enjoy our lives, and our kids. I hope...

Duration:01:22:31

Should I make my kids do chores? | Podcast episode 256

12/18/2018
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I feel your pain about getting kids to do chores. They whine, and complain, and with enough of that, we begin to ask ourselves "is this really necessary? I could have already had this done myself, and saved us all this trouble." But if kids don't do chores, what happens? Are they any more or less likely to have a successful, fulfilled, happy life? Today we dive into this topic. We explore the right chore mindset, and three practical steps you can take, regarding chores and your child. Go...

Duration:00:55:09

"Is it shyness or bad manners?" 12 Ways to handle your child's stranger anxiety | Podcast Episode 254

12/4/2018
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HEADS UP: At the top of the show, we say we're going to tell you if we go into PG-13 territory. In the second half of this episode, I share about being sexually abused at age 7. You may want to listen away from your littles, or with headphones. "Is it shyness or bad manners?" When a member of our private coaching community asked this question during a live members-only call recently, I knew I needed to get you a show about handling stranger anxiety. We've got 12 ways for you to handle...

Duration:01:09:05

3 Ways for you to be less stressed | Podcast episode 253

11/27/2018
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Today I share how the stress I was under 7 1/2 years ago resulted in a lifelong tendon disorder. I was so busy running our household and putting everyone else first, I did not pay attention to my health. I really want you to learn from my mistake. Today's show focuses on how our stress isn't just bad for us. It's bad for our kids, too. We also dig into the stresses of "intensive" parenting (a.k.a. helicopter or lawnmower parenting). And as you'll see, that form of parenting stresses...

Duration:01:07:04

Five Ways to Keep kids happy on Thanksgiving day | BONUS Episode 252.5

11/21/2018
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Thanksgiving is supposed to be fun, right? It's time with family, one last deep breath before December's insanity. But when our kids were small I used to worry. It's such a big meal. It takes such preparations. And it goes on for such a long time… How could I keep my boys quiet and happy on this day? Then, there were the issues of stranger anxiety, and of small kids in a crowded space, with lots of treasured knickknacks and plants for them to hurt or break "on accident"… How could I give...

Duration:00:38:23

In praise of positive discipline | What the American Academy of Pediatrics thinks about spanking | Podcast episode 252

11/20/2018
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I did a happy dance a few weeks ago when I read that American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its guidelines on spanking and corporal punishment. This 67,000-doctor organization is coming out strongly against spanking, humiliating, and frightening children as discipline. Today I'm rebroadcasting my conversation with former AAP president, Dr. Benard Dreyer. Dr. Dreyer gave such wonderful advice for parents as we raise our kids, and to my surprise it's been more than 2 years since this...

Duration:01:06:09

How to keep your child from running off at the playground | Podcast Episode 251

11/13/2018
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"What's a reasonable consequence for when I ask my young child to stop running away, and he doesn't stop, at the park?" This is the gist of a recent question from one mom in our We Turned Out Okay Facebook group. I shared what I think is a pretty good answer… and then other parents in the group shared their ideas. These ideas were so great – and so different from mine – that I knew I needed to talk about this issue on the podcast. So, hope you enjoy this episode, dedicated to helping you...

Duration:00:34:27

Is my parenting style helping or hurting? | Podcast Episode 250

11/6/2018
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The term "parenting style" feels so nebulous. But what if your parenting style – what you do in day-to-day interactions with your young child – makes it harder for you to connect, to be happy as you raise your family? What if it affected, not just your young one's childhood, but their whole life? Framed like that, the parenting style we bring isn't so much nebulous, as important. Key, even. Today's episode digs into the 3 different parenting styles, how they affect your child's life,...

Duration:00:58:48

Combating Fear: A Conversation with Mom, Quilter, and Fighter for Justice Cathleen Dinsmore | Podcast Episode 249

10/30/2018
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Do you sometimes feel like you are raising your family in mighty frightening times? So do I. That's why, when I learned about the thing of beauty this week's guest created to combat fear, I knew I had to bring her on the show! Mom, quilter, poet, and personal friend Cathleen Dinsmore recently created an amazing quilt-and-poem combination. The quilt is breathtaking – and, combined with the poem, fosters conversation around fear, and hope, and justice. At weturnedoutokay.com you can view...

Duration:01:08:06

Ask the child development experts! Your questions answered on today's Your Child Explained Episode | Podcast Episode 248

10/23/2018
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I am SO excited to bring you today's show! I have good friend and colleague, Tricia Tomaso, a veteran preschool teacher and holder of a master's degree in special education. Recently, Tricia helped me figure out the right mindset and steps parents can take while potty training – her amazing ideas come up in my Successful Potty Training Under Pressure course, in fact – and she has graciously agreed to come on the show and answer YOUR questions. So! Today we take questions on: – What to do...

Duration:01:45:07

Raise successful, fulfilled kids by avoiding this big mistake | Podcast Episode 247

10/16/2018
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Today's show dives into something difficult to imagine, when your kids are so young and your focus is on stuff like temper tantrums, sibling fights, and picky eaters. We can wonder, what miracle will occur, just in the next decade or so, to change my kid from being so young and helpless, to someone who can lead a successful, fulfilled, and happy life? Today, I'm beginning a deep dive into the idea of raising successful and fulfilled kids. The idea was born years ago, when friends would...

Duration:00:47:41

What Gets Us Through Tough Times: Talking with Diane Hessan, Mom, Entrepreneur, and Columnist | Podcast Episode 246

10/9/2018
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Diane Hessan always knew she wanted to work full-time, while raising her daughters. Today she shares what that was really like, and how her life's work prepared her to fulfill a super important role in today's frightening and demoralizing political climate. Nowadays, Diane speaks daily with 500 American voters. These are people from every area of the country, every walk of life, every creed, every color. And as she connects with them Diane is learning important lessons that she takes into...

Duration:01:00:08

When to potty train, How to potty train? Podcast Episode 245

10/2/2018
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When should you start potty training your child? [caption id="attachment_1787" align="alignleft" width="150"] Don't you wish your kid looked this happy sitting on a potty?[/caption] How should you potty train your child? I've done some research on these two questions, and let me tell you, they are asked really often in Google. Is this on your mind? Or, are you already trying to potty train, but hitting serious roadblocks? Then, today's episode is for you! In it I share 3 ways to know...

Duration:00:42:14

Corporal Punishment in Schools: Why is this still a thing? Podcast episode 244

9/25/2018
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Recently one of the moms in my parent coaching community wrote in to share that her 4-year-old sons were about to start school… in a preschool-through-12th-grade school where corporal punishment is used. "I can't imagine [my boys] doing anything that would warrant a paddling, but I could not make myself check that box saying it was okay," she wrote in our forums. She then shared that, if parents check the "no, don't spank my kid" box, children are exposed to other punishments such as a...

Duration:00:51:29

How to raise trustworthy kids – Talking with Dad and Author Jonathan Greene (Podcast Episode 243)

9/18/2018
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You'll love today's conversation if you look at your little kids and can't imagine how they could possibly become functioning – never mind happy or successful – adults. Dad and author Jonathan Greene shares wisdom, and great stories, with us today! Our conversation is all about how Jonathan went from being a latchkey kid – who was routinely mugged, and didn't let it bother him – to a hovering father of young children. Today he's a dad of teens who's formed really great bonds with his son...

Duration:01:02:08

3 Ways to help young children through trauma: Podcast Episode 242, a Your Child Explained episode

9/11/2018
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"Today my 2.5-year-old and his Dad were in a car accident… This happened around 1 PM today and my son has been talking about it and asking questions all evening. I'm trying to answer in simple clear terms but I feel over my head. It feels like a punch in the gut every time it comes up again." So wrote one of our Ninja Parenting Community members over the summer. Scary stuff! Helping her process her young child's trauma, and helping her through her own, has been a real focus of mine ever...

Duration:00:33:04