Parenting Decoded

Parenting Decoded

This podcast will help all parents with kids of all ages to learn how to decode the mysteries and challenges of being a parent in today's challenging times. We will concentrate on practical parenting approaches that you as a parent can use right away! There are tips and tricks as well as plenty of real life stories to help you see that you can make a difference in your family's life in simple yet noticeable ways. In order for your kids to change, you need to change first! The ripple effect is real and lasting. Enjoy the ride!

Episodes

July 12, 2022 30 min

What was Mary like as a parent?  In this special episode hear from Mary's two grown sons on what it was like growing up with Mary as a parent.  They talk about how natural consequences shaped them and how energy drains encouraged them to make better decisions among other topics.

This episode was created at the request of Mary's Facebook Group, Parenting Decoded, who were curious about the long term impact of good, solid pare...

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In this episode we learn how to get our kids to say “thank you” and how to help develop a general sense of appreciation for not only “things” but also training them in thankfulness which will help to promote an “attitude of gratitude”. 

  • Start Early 
  • Be Consistent
  • Give Praise for using Thank You 
  • Use Family Meetings to Set Expectations
  • Set up Family Thanking Events
  • Dinner time thank you routines
  • Bedtime blessings routine
  • Thank you note prac...
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    May 2, 2022 27 min

    We all want our kids to grow up being kind and courteous.  In this episode I talk with Teresa Ramirez, a motivational speaker and Kindness Koach.  Listen to lots of fun ideas on how to promote kindness inside and outside your home.  

    Here's some of the ideas we talk about!

    - Model it INSIDE your home

  •  Use Family Meetings to talk about how to be kind to each other 
  • Come up with a list of ideas from putting sweet notes in lunch boxes...
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    April 5, 2022 10 min

    This is the first podcast in a series relating to getting our kids to learn manners which are fundamental to their becoming responsible, respectful adults.  Starting with Life Lessons early has the biggest impact but in this series of podcasts, whether you have a toddler or a teen, it's worth investing in their future through manners.

    Here are the basics of what's covered in this podcast:
    1 - Start young!  The earlier the bet...

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    In this episode I interview Liz Bayardelle author of Clean Your Plate! 13 Things that Good Parents Say that Ruin Kids’ Lives.   This book covers all sorts of unintended consequences that good parents say regularly like Get Straight As, Don’t Hit, Sit Still, Don’t Be a Quitter and many more.   She goes into detail in all these areas and has wonderful ideas about how to combat our natural tendencies to push our kids in ways that migh...

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    Some of us struggle with trying to figure out if our kids are addicted to screens.  In this episode Emily Cherkin, The Screentime Consultant, and I discuss what causes screen addictions and what resources might help to determine if our kids are addicted.  We also go over different levels of intervention in overcoming screen issues in our homes. 

    Emily is launching a new course for parents that will help train parents week by week t...

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    January 31, 2022 23 min

    In this episode enjoy hearing from Emily Cherkin, The Screentime Consultant, as we talk about strategies to deal with kids and screen time use in our homes.  Emily works with families all the time to help put "tech intentional" ideas into homes.  Listen for ideas on how to set clear and reasonable limits in a way that can be integrated into your home, one step at a time.

    Emily can be found at:  https://thescreentimeconsulta...

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    Siblings who hate each other is unfortunately all too common an issue for parents to ignore.  In this podcast we explore what a parent can do with their kids who aren't getting along, who are unbearably mean to each other. 

    Our kids fighting all the time can be:
    1 - draining for the ENTIRE family
    2 - full of opportunities to learn some life lessons about getting along

    In order to help stop the energy drain and actually learn those...

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    December 16, 2021 8 min

    Setting limits for our kids can be such a challenge.  We set them, they ignore or break them.  Ugh!  In this episode learn how to set better boundaries that we can stick by so that our kids know that we mean what we say.

    Learn to say:
    1 - "AND WHAT DID I SAY"
    Using this phrase helps stop the whining and begging that gets so annoying that we often times give in just to quiet our kids down.
    2 - Set consequences for whining and co...

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    November 16, 2021 16 min

    In this podcast learn how to deal with disrespect in your home by teaching and modeling respect while keeping calm. 

    The truth is, disrespectful behavior is one of the inappropriate ways kids, especially teenagers but not limited to teens, try to solve their problems. Kids can feel powerless in the face of rules and expectations and talking back and showing disrespect is one way they try to take some power back. If they can drag yo...

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    Life isn’t fair it never has been.  How we deal with life is what matters.  In this episode learn how you can nurture an understanding of fairness in your child's life as well as ideas on how you can respond to unfairness.

    We want our kids to be able to:

  • Let them know it's ok to express their emotions when life is unfair
  • Encourage them to give praise to others when things aren't fair
  • Help them continue with life when things...
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    In this podcast I cover a few things.  First, what do bad teachers look like?  How do they behave? Next, what can you do about it as a parent and, lastly, what can your child do about making it through the year in once piece having learned what they need to. 
    Three types of bad teachers:
    Fluffy - ones that are nice but don't teach the material
    Boring - ones that put you to sleep they are so uninspiring
    Mean - ones that yell and are...

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    In this episode I talk with Dr. Weisinger about their approach of transforming harmful parental pressure into healthy pressure.    He has just released a new book with Dr. Christopher Thurber, The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child to Be Their Best Self. This book provides a roadmap for parents to engage in healthy pressure with our kids, ways that will help them grow and succeed instead of...

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    Do you have a kid who is always seeking attention?  They are pulling on you, saying “Mommy, mommy, watch me!”  Or maybe they try to one up anyone just to make themselves look bigger or better than others.  Maybe they’ll even make things up to do that?

    In this episode you'll learn why your kids are acting that way and how to bring new skills into the mix so you can work with them in a positive way so they go from annoying to ador...

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    In this episode Mary interviews author Elaine Taylor-Kraus from ImpactParents about her new book: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety and More

    This guide gives all parents a guide in how to best help their children overcome their challenges in healthy, loving and practical ways. 

    Whether or not you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, Asperger’s, any other executive function issues or yo...

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    In this episode learn how to get to the heart of your child and teach them how to apologize. 
    Learn how to:
    1 - Wait till the emotion has passed
    2 - Brainstorm with your child to encourage ideas of how the apology can work for them
    3 - If their hearts won't melt then allow consequences of their poor decision to not apologize guide them to make better choices. 

    Did your parents ever force you to apologize? Did it really make you feel...

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    June 14, 2021 14 min

    In this episode we’ll talk about how to get our older kids, teens and tweens, to experience the bigger picture stuff and expose them to some of the messiness of life in a loving, supportive environment where they might even mess up some.  Everything from chores they should know how to do on their own to handling money, cars and how to get a part time job.  I’ll talk about planning vacations in addition to how to handle routine pape...

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    Understanding how a person perceives love is essential for knowing how to communicate  love to them.  In this interview I'm so happy to have Bec and Holly who have a podcast called ILoveYouTooMuchToArgue  to explain what Love Languages are and how to use them in your family. 

    Five Love Languages are:
    Acts of Service
    Gifts
    Words of Affirmation
    Physical Touch

    Take the free online quiz!


    Find Holly and Bec anywhere you listen to podcasts...

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    In this podcast I interview Richard Carpriola an expert in addiction counseling with over 20 years of experience.  He's the author of The Addicted Child: A Parent's Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse.

    I found the book and talking with Richard really useful in learning about the different substances – marijuana, alcohol, vaping, inhalants and more, and what signs to look for in determining addiction and where to turn if you ...

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    Do you have kids who are always running to the car and saying: “I’m first!”?  Or maybe they argue over who mom or dad reads to first at night?  How about who gets to sit where at the dinner table?  Or who does dad pour the catsup on French fries first?  I know my boys would have a battle each time we got into an elevator over who gets to push the buttons.  It’s exhausting, isn’t it?  You might even say it “drains your energy” if yo...

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