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Growing Up with an Autistic Sister

It was the 1950’s, The Netherlands and people didn’t know much about Autism. Born 18 months earlier than her, Carl's sister was severely autistic. She never spoke a word. For the first 3 years of her life she cried a lot. It was very difficult for her parents in many ways. Sometimes they couldn’t even to find love for her. Carla’s parents wanted her to be “normal’ and that meant not showing emotions, not getting angry, meeting their high expectations, being the best and not wanting much....

Duration: 00:48:45

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World

Mindfulness teacher Michelle Gale shares some practical, doable, parent-friendly practices that will truly make a difference in your life. It's all about those simple steps that accumulate and yield to big shifts. About my guest Michelle Gale is an Executive Coach who works in corporations, non-profits, schools and communities. She is mom of two boys, and author of a newly released book Mindful Parenting in a Messy World: Living with Presence and Parenting with Purpose Do you need an...

Duration: 00:55:03

Screen Addiction: How to Stay Sane in a Digital Age

Technology has become an integral part of our life. We do everything with or on our smartphones (well, almost everything). Just think about how you use your phone daily? I had installed the Moment app to track my usage and the data was pretty surprising. In one day I had picked up my phone 154 times. Since living with digital devices is a whole new phenomenon, we do not know fully it's implications. The virtual space is pretty much an uncharted territory. We are all new to this, our kids and...

Duration: 01:04:30

Year in Review

This is the final episode of the 2017. I don't know about you but I feel like the time is really flying by. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was recording the final episode of the 2016, which is by the way the least downloaded episode of the podcast:) In preparation for this episode I went back and listened to it. It’s a really good one. In it I compiled all of my guests wisdom, their answers to “If you had to go back in time, knowing what you know about motherhood/fatherhood,...

Duration: 00:50:37

My Story


Duration: 01:08:25

5 Strategies to Avoid Power Struggles with Children

Description This is our monthly special episode where I co-host the show with another colleague. For now, I have a Mystery Seat for each month and I invite passionate coaches or parent educators to host the show with me. This should be fun. For the monthly special episodes the show has a different format. We have 4 segments. Examples from Our Home What’s Up with You? Answering listener parenting questions Favorite Finds ---------------- In the first segment I tell a story that...

Duration: 00:59:04

How To Communicate Your Needs In a Relationship?

About my guest Max Rivers is the lead mediator at where he pioneered using mediation to save marriages instead of to assist in divorce. He has developed a six-session process to help couples learn how to use NVC, Nonviolent Communication to navigate their difficult conversations. He is available at his office in Philadelphia, or worldwide over video conferencing. He is the author of a book about his work with couples called, “Tired of Having the Same Old Argument?”...

Duration: 00:59:01

100th Episode Celebration!

We have made it! Yay! 100 episodes under our belt. Where did the time go? This special episode is for you. I want to celebrate, you, my dear listener! Audience participation. Woohoo! Thank you so much for being part of Authentic Moments community. Listeners who appeared on this episode: Isabelle, Angela, Katja, Carla, Tina, Ashley, Corrine, Elizabeth, Melanie. Here are some of your favorite shows mentioned in this episode. 1. How To Stop Yelling 2. Are You Stuck In The Past? 3. Are...

Duration: 00:57:03

Healing From Trauma

My guest for this episode is Christina Louise, The Peaceful Parenting Mentor and World's #1 Freedom Coach offers a unique understanding of what you and your child are going through right now, because she WAS a challenging child and troubled teen herself! Because her parents didn’t understand how to manage their emotions without going into fight or flight mode, she wound up experiencing years of abuse and neglect, which resulted in self-loathing, anxiety, trouble with the law, and other...

Duration: 00:50:07

Why You Might Be Feeling Tired, Negative and Overwhelmed

Do you sometimes feel tired, negative and overwhelmed? By chatting with Dr. Corrine Seeley it became clear that there is scientific reasons why you feel that way especially when you don't get enough adequate sleep. In this episode we talk about the importance of sleep both for parents and children. Corrine started doing fertility meditation on youtube, earned her PhD at 8 months pregnant and started her business when her baby was 6 months old. Highlights: -how a career-oriented woman...

Duration: 00:44:52

How to Find and Maintain Happiness No Matter What

How to find happiness and maintain it is a central question. Do you know that we have what’s called a set point for happiness? According to Dr. Puff we can change that. We can raise our set point and what he calls become superenjoyers. We can raise our set point of happiness. Happiness is a lot like our weight. You have to do things to maintain your healthy weight. To begin to change our happiness begins with awareness. Dr. Puff shares four steps to creating happiness. Here they...

Duration: 00:45:52

Why “Hate” is Not a Bad Word [monthly special episode]

This is the monthly special episode where I am joined by my lovely friend and colleague Sarah MacLaughlin. If you are a regular listener then you know that we have 3 main segments: Examples From Our Home in which we both share parenting fails and triumphs. What’s Up With You? in which we answer your parenting questions Favorite Finds in which we talk about what we have read, or found to be helpful, resources, podcasts and such. Anna’s story is all about a hair mask disaster. Her 9 year...

Duration: 00:39:15

Parental Self-Sacrifice: Break The Mold and Be Free

Should parents sacrifice their own happiness, dreams, life for their children? Highlights: -as a child Katerina wanted her mom to be happy but as a mom she repeated the same mistakes -how she went from being a supermom to a happy mom -she almost lost her marriage to infidelity What does it mean to create your own happiness? Don't focus on one aspect of your lifeWill the kids be fine?Are you putting someone else’s happiness before yours? QUOTE from this episode:“Happiness is seeing...

Duration: 00:38:25

Are We Over-Parenting in America?

I recently visited Armenia with my family for the first after 12 years. Even though I was born there and know pretty much what the culture is but to my surprise things had changed. This visit was special because I was visiting as a parent and parent educator and I was very intentional to observe how the Armenian people do the parenting business. Also, I met my friends there for the first time as parents with families. For this episode I invited my dear friend Lusine to join me via Skype to...

Duration: 00:36:06

Overseas Travel: Honest Sharing from My 9 Year Old

My 9 year old daughter shares her honest impressions, observations about our recent overseas travel to Armenia. It was her first time. She was going to meet my dad, her grandpa are you ready-for the first time. It was a big, emotional trip for me as well since I was going back after long 13 years. Many mixed feelings. If you listened to my episode with Bridgett Miller The Hardship of Uprooting and Establishing a Home in a New Place then you know what I mean. Curious what she saw and what...

Duration: 00:21:53

The Benefits of Negative Emotions

How comfortable are you with your uncomfortable feelings? Do you feel your emotions? Emotions Are Not Bad Behavior Do you remember yourself at age 10? Do you think children are born authentic? How do you cultivate authenticity in your children? How has your sense of self change over time? Also... -how much freedom should we give to our kids -why it’s hard to listen to kids big emotions -how to encourage self expression -what is acceptance and how can we fully accept our children...

Duration: 00:48:46

Childhood Trauma: Reclaiming Your Authentic Self

What is authenticity? What does it mean to live an authentic life? How do traumatic childhood experiences impact the trajectory of our life? Imagine being a 10 year old and silently suffering a bullying... In this episode: -what is trauma -early childhood experiences and their impact on our life and parenting in particular -why it’s imperative to take time off from your kids -can authenticity be cultivated? My guest for this episode is Guy Macpherson, PhD, is a husband, a...

Duration: 00:39:36

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