Imperfect Heroes: Insights Into Parenting

Imperfect Heroes: Insights Into Parenting

Life is full of joy and parenting is no exception! Raising children is rewarding but can be hard work at times. The Imperfect Heroes Podcast is the creation of DJ Stutz, an Early Childhood Specialist with more than 20 years of teaching experience. DJ has an immense love for children and fully understands the challenges and concerns that come with parenting them. DJ and her guests share their knowledge and experience through thoughtful podcast episodes whose subject matter is designed to help you develop the confidence and peace to be a great parent and imperfect hero raising independent, productive, and happy children.

Episodes

December 5, 2022 50 min

You work hard to make Christmas magical for your children… But what makes Christmas magical for you? In this episode DJ spoke with mom of 2 and Couples and Family Counseling Masters Student, Regan Mitton. Tune in to hear them discuss keeping your stress at bay, assumptions and expectations in check and how dropping the traditions that don’t work for your family, being intentional about the customs and events you do include in your ...

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In this episode DJ sat down with previous trial lawyer, now peacemaker and award-winning author, Doug Noll to discuss raising emotionally healthy and competent kids. Listen in as they discuss how human beings are more emotional than rational, that keeping your own emotions in check will help your child feel safe and secure and how you can be a successful emotional coach for your child.

Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA left a successful caree...

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In this episode DJ chats with Lindsay Miller, The Stress Nanny, who offers great advice on managing our own stress, as well as helping our children gain the skills and the tools to manage their stress. Listen in as they discuss tips to accept the chaos and embrace the calm when you start each day, appreciating the time you have, showing empathy, finding time for self care and uncovering opportunities to be creative.

Lindsay Miller i...

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In this solo episode, DJ is sharing some things that are very personal to her about the trinity of holidays that occur between now and December 31st. Tune in to hear her thoughts about why they come in the order they do; how Thanksgiving, gratitude and being humble go hand in hand; how Christmas is about letting Christ into our hearts, being kinder, more caring and more understanding; and about how we typically see opportunities wh...

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In this episode DJ and her guest, multi award winning children's author, Wanda Luthman, talk about the importance of gratitude, how we can make it a part of our family culture, and about teaching our children to have grateful hearts. Tune in to hear how studies have shown that living in gratitude has a profound effect on our emotional and spiritual well being, how it strengthens relationships and the effects it can have on our ...
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In this episode DJ and her guest, cognitive psychologist and brain training researcher Dr. Amy Moore, discuss things parents and teachers can do to help a child with ADHD and OCD. Listen in as they talk about differences in the brains of neurodiverse kids, the signs to look for and the variety of approaches from medication, nutrition and the importance of sleep to cognitive physical activity or brain training to help prevent inappr...

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In this episode, Bailey Olsen is back to talk about what to do when the kids have lost their minds from being overstimulated and the tantrums or outbursts that ensue.  Listen in as she and DJ discuss your own behavior while the meltdown is happening,  how to handle your child’s big emotions during the occurrence, how to prepare for the next incident and a few things you can do after the fact to turn the situation into a learning mo...

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Does your child have difficulty focusing or paying attention? Are they hyperactive? And do you wonder if they may have ADHD? Today, we are talking to Dr. Walt Karniski, an ADHD expert and author for some answers. Listen in as he explains where ADHD comes from and helps us understand that the diagnosis doesn't mean that your kid is doomed. If you've ever wondered whether you or your child has ADHD, this episode will address ...

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In this episode, DJ speaks with Dr. Danny Brassell about getting your children to read more, read better and actually love reading! Listen in as Dr. Danny explains why  “Captain Underpants is the gateway drug to Shakespeare.” And stay tuned as he shares some of his proven techniques to incorporate reading outside of the classroom every day and how to flip the script to take it from teaching kids the misery of reading to sharing the...

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In this episode, DJ talks with parent, grandparent, retired educator and children’s author, Barbara Ann Mojica, about the importance of learning our history so we can have a sense of where we've come from, who we are and how we fit into the world. Listen in as Barbara shares suggestions for parents to introduce history to their children at a very young age and how she has made history come alive using the whimsical Little Miss ...

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In this episode, DJ talks with a Forbes ranked CEO, mother and author, Sherrie Barch, about experiencing the loss of a loved one and the terminology to use with smaller children about death and the grieving process. Listen in as they discuss the different vantage points for each family member when someone dies and how her book “Heaven's Bell” was written to help with difficult but healthy conversation starters so everyone can m...

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Is there something in school like music, art, woodshop, cheerleading or sports, that keeps your kids wanting to learn more? In this episode, DJ talks with Mark Taylor, a percussionist and instructor from the UK, about the classes and teachers that get kids excited about learning, and those that create an environment for them to grow, thrive, and be themselves. Listen in as they discuss how creativity is going to give rise to the sk...

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In this episode, DJ talks with pediatric sleep consultant, Becca Campbell about that precious commodity and foundation our children need to ensure health and wellness and being well rested… sleep! Tune in to hear how this mom gets her two elementary aged daughters to sleep 11 hours every single night! Curious about how she makes that happen? She has helped 1000s of families resolve exhausting sleep habits and she can help you too b...

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Do you think there are questions in faith that we just shouldn't ask… or should we be able to ask questions? My guest in this episode is Jay Aedo and he has written a “what if” story from the Bible… a familiar story with a twist. His book, The Conscious Bible Stories: Cain and Abel, examines the possibility and what it might have looked like if Cain was unable to kill Abel and they work things out and move forward. Listen in as...

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In this episode, DJ talks with Dr. Corey Gilbert, an author, speaker and podcaster about what we can do as parents to teach our children the important values and ethics that they are going to need to survive in the world as adults. Listen in as they discuss being an active parent, paying attention to what they consume on social media and helping your kids see their true value and place in the world.

Dr. Corey Gilbert is the CEO and ...

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In this episode, DJ talks with best-selling author and fellow podcaster, Linda Bjork, about the hard times, the joyful times and how your overall attitude about parenting can make all the difference. Listen in as they discuss the worry, fear, sacrificing, protecting and paying attention to the way you show up for parenting. And the best news… We all have different approaches and there is more than one right way to do things as a pa...

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In this episode, DJ talks with her niece, Bailey Olsen, about growing up in a large family… the craziness, the goofiness and sometimes scariness of it all. Listen in as they share stories of growing up amongst many siblings, raising their own children, disagreements, frustration, aging, love, laughter and the sheer joy of being a parent and part of a large family full of big and unique personalities.

Bailey is a second and third gra...

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Many parents are looking for a way for their children to learn about self control, respect, and to be physically active. In this episode, DJ talks with Tim B., a martial arts coach and podcast host, about the benefits and best time to start martial arts with your kids, finding the right gym and how to be an involved parent by showing up and taking an active role in their accomplishments and growth.

Tim is the founder and co-host of ...

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In this episode, DJ talks with Natalie Silverstein, an author and passionate advocate for family and youth service. Stay tuned as they discuss how service comes into play in our families, in creating a positive attitude in our kids, and how it promotes the desire to make a difference. Listen in as they discuss raising grateful, grounded, empathetic and compassionate kids by broadening their horizons through volunteering and serving...

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In this episode, DJ talks with Rabbi Manis Friedman about raising healthy children beyond the basic necessities, our own parenting fears and insecurities of raising them and how to find your parenting authority and confidence. Listen in as they discuss not judging, doing away with labels, giving yourself credit where it is deserved and how to remain an enthusiastic parent along the way.

Rabbi Manis Friedman is a world renowned autho...

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