Raising Resilient Children

Raising Resilient Children

Modern parenting is full of nuance, trying to strike impossible balances and expectations for things most people didn't learning growing up. Let's dig into some of these topics, have some important conversations and find ways of supporting children with life skills for resiliency and kindness.


March 20, 2023 40 min

This week I am joined by special guest and picture book author Karen Autio of I Can, Too. In this episode we have a conversation about supporting inclusion and teaching children about disability and adaptive equipment.

We cover several important points, these are some of the highlights: 

  1. Books as mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors
  2. The difference between empathy and sympathy
  3. Disability is not a bad word
  4. Adaptive equipment is an...
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Once a month I record an episode dedicated to answering your questions. 

This month I'm covering two great ones:

The first one is around how long do I have to try something as a parent before saying this didn't work for us? In other words, what does being consistent really mean when we are tackling something with our children?

The second one is about how to create and build more independent play...

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Today I'm excited to be joined by Pediatric Sleep Consultant Lily Horbatiuk.

We are talking all things sleep and emotional regulation.

Lily is a Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Potty Training Consultant and “Oh Crap” Potty Training Specialist. She is the mama behind Lil Baby Sleep with two little one’s herself. She provides customized support to help parents conquer developmental milestones with ease. 

You can fin...

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"When there's power struggles over choices, it's often a sign that our children (and sometimes us) can't handle the uncomfortable feelings that go with those."

If you've found yourself following the advice about giving children more choices and discovered this only worked for a short period of time, or possibly never worked at all this is the episode for you.  

In this episode I dig i...

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Parenting, mess and children  all seem to go together and sometimes the combination is fuelling our stress.

Today I'm joined by Tara Stewart to tackle a conversation about:

1) What defines clutter?

2) One of the most common topics we are asked about when it comes to children and toy organization is...what to do about stuffies?

3) Playroom organization tips and tools.

A little bit ab...

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Introducing a monthly episode set aside to answer your questions.

In my various roles in education people loved to asked me questions, especially when I owned a preschool. Here's your chance to send in questions and I will pick some to answer monthly. I'm really excited about this monthly feature episode and can't wait to see what questions you'll send!

As a note, I take privacy super seriousl...

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If you’ve been following along I’ve been coming at 2023 with some pretty strong intentions. I’m a big thinker, a researcher… a questioner of status quo and I’m motivated by things that challenge me. It annoys some of the people in my life at times, but I’ve always been this way. It’s part of my charm, it’s also part of what shapes what I do here at Raising Resilient Children.

So in late Fall 2022 I hit a wall, a really big...

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In this episode I'm digging into something a lot of parents are seeking to find, but are struggling to figure out. The idea that it's important to build a connected relationship with your children while still maintaining important and essential boundaries.

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We like to buy solutions to our parenting problems.

 Here’s my cautionary tale. Don’t buy the solutions to parenting challenges that are promising a quick fix. They don’t last because they aren’t tackling the underlying problem, missing skill or challenge. It’s a bandaid when you actually need stitches. 

Behaviour, habits and social emotional skills are all things that require commitment, consistency and a bit of ...

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In this episode I'm talking about the runaway snowball we all have and how creating an effective routine guided by predictability can help you manage your overwhelm.

I also dig into how mentioning the word routine tends to put parents off until we are able to take a deeper dive into understanding that I'm not suggesting rigidity, instead consistency that makes space for functional flexibility.

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In my final episode for 2022 I tackle the idea that sometimes we need to stop and take a break. As someone who is passionate about parenting and being a small business owner I find this really really hard, but recently I was forced to do just this and in this episode I share a bit about what happened when I did.

I also wanted to round out the year with a highlight of some of my favourites as well as yours.

My favo...

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In today's episode I'm taking you back to when I was first influenced by the possibilities of picture books, why I value the importance of building tools and skills for feelings and how this book was influenced by a journey not a single moment in time.

The Adventures of Team Brain is about taking abstract concepts in brain science and emotional regulation and turning them into something playful and fun for childr...

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For today's episode I am hosting a special guest to talk about the relationship between Kindness to Self, Parenting and Food Culture.

I think it's important to give a little warning that this episode is digging into some challenging topics around body acceptance, food choices, diet culture, and food insecurity. I believe having important conversations is essential to learning more, and that not every topic is goi...

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Today I'm chatting with Kaitlin Johnstone, the co-founder of Kind Cotton about our shared vision to redefine Kindness.

We talk about the importance of moving away from the idea that Kindness is about being nice or being a people pleaser. Instead it's important to shift our understanding to being more empathetic in way that supports diverse audiences. The idea that Kindness is a concept that needs to be built wi...

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This week’s topic is about handling the holidays, specifically things like Santa and that little Elf, without losing sight of tradition and joy. 

One of the reasons I think about the holidays differently is because of my diverse upbringing. It’s also where I land with some of my parenting advice. It’s not about this or that, it’s about some of this and a little of that.

In this episode I also share some ideas for ...

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Inspired by Jarrett's Graphic Novel Crash Course workshop that I took in the summer, I invited him to come on my podcast to extend that learning and experience with you.

In this episode  we talked about  the value and importance of exposing children to a range  of books to enhance their learning and enjoyment of literacy. I shared a very honest reflection of what I used to believe about graphic novels and where I&apo...

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The advice is clear. 

Don’t say be careful, it’s not specific enough. 

And after every single time you read that, you see this super detailed explanation of what you should say instead. So I got to thinking. Could I honestly say more than be careful in a cautious situation and should I actually be saying more? 

In today's episode I tackle this question and address some of the layers that I think lead...

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Just getting by in your parenting might be why things are so challenging and why things have slowly but surely built up to a place where you feel like you’re always chasing the snow ball.

In this episode I tackle a few different layers:

  1. You are doing amazing
  2. You don’t know nothing!
  3. The things you don’t know, well you never learned them
  4. It’s essential to take part two and put it together with part three to make informed cho...
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Today I'm chatting with special guest Ashley Patrick of the Money Mindset Podcast & @budgetsmadeeasy.

We talk about how to navigate during one of the most stressful periods of time both financially and as a parent. There's some amazing overlaps and the tips and strategies we share will support you with tackling both!

In the episode Ashley shared her Free Holiday Planner - you can download your copy H...

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Social media is basically a giant resource for quick fixes.

When it comes to a new approach to parenting that validates feelings, there is a heavy focus on the validation part and a really light focus on the 'now what' part.

Let's talk about why validating feelings is important, but so is part 2.

Want to take the next step in becoming the parent you want to be?
Doors are OPEN for Buildi...

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