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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

Is it ADHD or normal behavior? Podcast Episode 299

10/8/2019
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"I am still just so scared these challenges are going to last forever, and school and daily life will always be a struggle. It's so hard to see the stuff other kids can do that [my three-year-old] just can't." If this lament – if these fears – sound familiar, I hope today's episode will help. Raising children is a hard job, especially when you're worried about a child's behavior, and if it's normal or not. In this episode we've got 5 ways for you to feel better about the bad behavior, and...

Duration:01:04:43

298: How to Stop School from Screwing Up Your Kid, Part 1 | Podcast Episode 298

10/1/2019
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This episode almost didn't make it. Not because I don't think it is wicked important. I do think that. But because I worried about hurting your feelings. Ultimately (as you'll hear in the first five minutes or so) I decided to bring it to you, because from everything I'm seeing, school is broken. Systemically. In the long-term, I hope we can work together to fix it. But in the short-term, we need to make sure that it's not screwing up our kids. Plus in Parenting News: This TED talk by...

Duration:00:53:12

How to handle your child's tantrums and bad behavior: Bonus Podcast Episode

9/26/2019
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Reminder: join my Ninja Parenting Community for $1 for your first 30 days! But only by joining before October 1! “Thank you for all of your help! You have truly changed our lives and helped navigate some massive life changes and I am so grateful!” – Mama Llama, Mom of a three-year-old boy and NPC member "Karen helps me feel like I actually know what I am doing.” – Steve, Dad of 3-and-5-year-old boys, 1-to-1 Parent Coaching Client Click here for details – or check out the fancy-pants...

Duration:00:34:42

Talking with Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn of One Bad Mother! | Podcast Episode 297

9/24/2019
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I am super excited to bring you a conversation with two of the most beloved people in podcasting, Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn of One Bad Mother! Take note: there WILL be swears, so listen away from your kiddos… Also I totally mess up in describing a genius moment of my own! (I guess that's a fail at a genius moment : ) So in the preshow I try to rectify that. Biz and Theresa are such generous people that, while I'm sure they were looking at each other with extremely confused "why is this...

Duration:01:33:54

When your child embarrasses you in public | Podcast Episode 296

9/17/2019
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So, today's Parenting News segment makes me cry, those mushy, parenty, happy/sad tears. You know the ones. That's coming up in today's break. Also! Join my private coaching community for just $1 for your whole first 30 days! Get the support you need to help your child – or yourself – through the huge challenges that parenting can bring. This is for a limited time, only through September 30, because of a technical screwup. Listen to the break for more on this. And click here to join the...

Duration:01:04:24

10 Ways to alleviate anxiety | Podcast Episode 295

9/10/2019
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If the anxiety is hyped up in your home right now, for kids and/or for you, hopefully you'll find this episode helpful! It even includes a discussion, during the break, about how to deal with our own parental anxieties. I read listener Cathy's letter, sharing about her own anxiety, which starts off the thinking about what we can do to feel less anxious ourselves. Plus in Parenting News: I completely screw up a quote from Dr. Elven Semrad in the second half of this episode… Which led me on...

Duration:01:34:20

What America's messed-up healthcare system means for your family, with An Arm and a Leg Podcast host Dan Weissmann | Podcast Episode 294

9/3/2019
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Are you, as a parent, coming to view American healthcare as a soul-sucking showstopper of happiness? Don't despair. Today's guest, Dan Weissmann, has some great ideas and advice! Dan sparked a movement when he began a podcast about the many ways average Americans - confronting a healthcare system that can be ruinous both financially, and healthwise - think of and approach family health and happiness. The Arm and a Leg Podcast dives into some crazy stuff! Listening to Dan's show you can...

Duration:01:57:23

4 Ways to start the school year off right | Podcast Episode 293

8/27/2019
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Whether public school, charter school, private school, or homeschool, this time of year brings massive changes to lots of families' lives. It's exciting, but it can also be stressful. Today I want to help you stay more on the positive side of the exciting/stressful balance! How are you feeling about the start of the new school year? Today we discuss 4 ways to start the year off right. Important Program Notes: – In this episode you'll hear me talk about a Streamline Your Mornings...

Duration:00:58:05

How do young children learn? | Podcast Episode 292

8/20/2019
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"Learning" can mean different things to different people: – Getting good grades – Passing a test – Reading, writing, coding, mathematics, etc. But how do we get to the point where we know, and can demonstrate, our knowledge? It all starts in early childhood. Today we dive into how young children learn best. Plus in Parenting News: As parents, we can't be all serious and big-business. Without some downtime, we can't keep going, in child-rearing, in outside-of-the-home jobs, or within...

Duration:01:12:03

"Who we are as children never goes away;" speaking with Anna Seewald of Authentic Parenting | Podcast Episode 291

8/13/2019
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Today's guest, Anna Seewald of the Authentic Parenting Podcast, experienced a truly traumatic event in her childhood, an earthquake in which she lost her mother. In part because of this experience, she went on to become a therapist, a woman who has dedicated her life to helping others through their toughest moments. "My true passion is to help children to thrive," she writes. Today we discuss many ways to help your child to do exactly that. I know you will get a lot out of this...

Duration:01:02:39

5 Ways to help your child feel safe (amidst news reports on gun violence) Bonus Podcast Episode 290.5

8/8/2019
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We have all been hit hard by the news recently. And if we, as adults, are feeling the strain and stress, it's a safe bet that our children feel it too. How can you help? In this bonus episode I offer five ways. Helpful links: Click here for episode 261 of We Turned Out Okay, my conversation with Maureen Healy (whose Bubble Breathing exercise I suggest in this episode.) Click here for the link to the Eckerd College article about Marjorie Sanfilippo, whose study about kids and guns I talk...

Duration:00:43:13

Let's wreck this podcast! Episode 290

8/6/2019
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(Possibly due to Mommy Brain, I don't mention the survey link in today's episode until I've practically already said goodbye. So, here it is: weturnedoutokay.com/wreck Click there to help me wreck this podcast : ) Also included in the survey: the chance for you to have a quick 1-to-1 call with me in September! Completely free, and without obligation. September is really hard for a lot of you, and I want to help you make it better. Today I am asking the questions: A few months back, we...

Duration:00:18:33

Your (supremely important) role in your child's (formal) education | Podcast Episode 289

7/30/2019
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In this week's episode of We Turned Out Okay, we examine a parent's role in a child's education! Lots of parents have no idea how to help their kiddos in learning how to read, write, do math, or code. But these are the essential skills of the future. How do we help our kids, when they're young, get ready for all that learning? Find out by listening to this episode of We Turned Out Okay! Plus in Parenting News: A really fascinating episode of Experiential Wisdom, all about lifelong...

Duration:01:14:27

"I didn't feel like I had control over the direction our family was going." A conversation with Jen, Mom of 2 and Ninja Parenting Community member | Podcast Episode 288

7/23/2019
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Do you ever feel like your family life is sliding in a direction you don't want? In today's episode you will hear how one mom, a coaching client of mine, worked with me to take control. [caption id="attachment_2614" align="alignleft" width="300"] NPC member Jen, with her two daughters.[/caption] Getting control over the direction her family is going has brought has meant many good things, including fun, fulfillment, and real joy. Listen in as Jen, mother of 2 young girls, talks about what...

Duration:01:23:27

How to Help Kids Get Along: Masterclass | Podcast Episode 287

7/16/2019
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How does one mom handle it, when she finds her daughters throwing dirt at each other? (FYI: I'm taking your questions for an upcoming episode! What's on your mind about your kiddos right now? I'm a child development expert and parent coach, I'd love to help! Ask, and I'll address your question in our August 6 episode... I'm taking questions until Thursday, August 1 (which is when I'll record the episode.) Go to weturnedoutokay.com/contact to ask your question : ) No matter the season,...

Duration:01:12:10

A Roadmap to Responsibility and Independence: Podcast Bonus Episode!

7/12/2019
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In today's bonus podcast episode I answer WTOO Facebook group member Jennifer's question about how to get kids to take responsibility without continually hovering around them and "politely interrupting" in order to get kids to clean up their messes. I put this in the context of a roadmap, which includes three crucial steps to independence, responsibility, and guilt-free parenting. (BTW: I share about a conversation I had recently on a wonderful show, Authentic Parenting. Click here for...

Duration:00:51:36

What does – and doesn't – matter in a child's learning | Podcast Episode 286

7/9/2019
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What are the factors that matter – like, REALLY matter, over the long haul – versus those that don't, in your child's education? (Quick heads-up: starting this coming Monday, July 15 I'm offering a program to help you do less for your child, and feel good about it! It's called "21 Days to Independence for your child… and for you." In these 3 weeks we will cover: how to not be your child's personal entertainer; how to stop hovering, for your benefit AND theirs; how to help them resolve...

Duration:01:23:39

Raising boys who are empowered, and not jerks: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Reichert | Podcast Episode 285

7/2/2019
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Hey my friend! Next week I'm teaching a FREE workshop on independence, for your child and you, in the We Turned Out Okay Facebook group: click this link to take part or scroll down right here in your podcatcher to find out more! When I first saw How to Raise a Boy, the book today's guest, Michael Reichert, PhD, wrote, I knew I was in for a treat. Dr. Reichert 's writing is a skillful blend of personal stories and relevant, amazing research, and before I knew it I was highlighting,...

Duration:01:27:07

True or False: There is no way to teach social skills | Podcast Episode 284

6/25/2019
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Heads up on 2 counts: First, I'm teaching a FREE Online Parenting Class I'm teaching this Thursday, "How to Help Your Kids Get Along with Other Kids!" Scroll down to read more and sign up! Second, soon I am teaching a FREE, week long workshop on how to get your child to be more independent so they don't have to rely on you! I'm teaching this workshop in the We Turned Out Okay Facebook group. Click here to join the group! My jaw was on the floor recently during a parent coaching call with...

Duration:00:34:39

Human development for grown-ups | Podcast Episode 283

6/18/2019
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Here's something that you may not have thought of: developmental stages aren't just for kids. Each of us grown-ups is still working on stuff developmentally. Today we talk about the adult stages of development – a concept that really matters! It matters in relation to our young children. But most of all it matters to us, inside ourselves. Plus in Parenting News: Friend-of-the-podcast Devorah Heitner, who always makes me feel better about life in our digital age, recently wrote a...

Duration:01:21:46