In Support of Families

By Emmalou Penrod

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Parents long to provide a loving and peaceful home for their children. Unfortunately, the stresses of modern-day life and unresolved issues from their past prevent them from being the calm parent they wish to be. We help parents lower stress in under 15 minutes a day by giving them the tools they need to release old baggage, increase confidence, and interact with their children in positive ways. Meet your host at

Episode Date
Autism, Disaster or Blessing?

Would you consider a diagnosis of Autism to be a disaster or a blessing? Certainly there are challenges. AnnaLaura Brown talks about her journey and how she supports families of children with Autism in this episode.  Visit her website for free resources.

Oct 12, 2021
Uncommonly Good Common Sense Parenting Advice

Do you have a child who is strong-willed or highly sensitive?  Abigail Wald, mentor and advocate for parents of strong-willed and highly sensitive children, shares her experience and insights.

Oct 05, 2021
Whiny Paluza

Rebecca Greene, Whinypaluza Mom, shares the joys and challenges of motherhood.  She brings her rich background of experience working with parents, her insights as a mother and her delightful sense of humor.

Sep 28, 2021
Co-Parenting Success Strategies for Divorced Parents

Concerned about the effect the divorce will have on your children?  Rosalind Sedacca of the Child-Centered Divorce Network has solutions.  Listen to our conversation in this episode.

Sep 21, 2021
Make Friends with the Biggest Bully of Your Life

Plagued by a bully in your life?  Jeanie Cisco-Meth, public speaker, two time best selling author and coach, talks about how you can strengthen your child and yourself against bullying.  Visit her website for information on her books, online courses and other services.

Sep 14, 2021
Natiya McFadden, the Family Made Mom

Can your children teach you how to be an even better parent?  Natiya McFadden would answer that with a "Yes!"  She shares her experience and approach to parenting in this episode.  Visit her website to listen to her podcast, see her books, and take advantage of her free offers.

Sep 07, 2021
Parenting to Promote Development

When can you begin teaching your baby?  Dr. Sally Goldberg answers that question and explains much more about helping your child's development in this episode.  She is a pioneer in the field of Early Childhood Education.  She talks about how vital the formative years, birth to age 3, are and the eight stages they contain.  She explains how to maximize parenting.  She also shares her research on how important it is to keep the immune system balanced and tuned on a daily basis through breathing, moving, eating and sleeping.  She shares some valuable visuals which you can view  here.
Visit her website.

Aug 31, 2021
Make the World a Better Place by Strengthening Families

How can we improve our societies?  By strengthening the foundation, families.  In this episode, my husband of 48 years, David, and I talk about the many challenges families face today and how we can support them in our communities.

Aug 24, 2021
Have a Child with Special Needs? Find the Financial Educator Who Speaks Your Language

How will  your child with special needs be provided for after you are gone?  Donna Lankford had this very real concern for her son.  She shares her journey in finding the right solution for her family.  She is open to hearing from any parents of children with special needs who want more information or just a listening ear.  You can email her at or visit her website.

Aug 17, 2021
Riding the Cyclone of Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Does raising a child with special needs sometimes feel like riding a cyclone?  Karen Phipps shares her experiences and how she was able to manage the financial side.  Just getting this aspect sorted out can make a huge difference.  Visit her website to learn more about her.

Aug 10, 2021
Meeting Family Time and Money Needs

Time and money, how do you make it all work for your family?  Jane Landsberger, Financial Advisor with over 20 years experience and mother of a son with severe challenges shares her experience and expertise.  Contact her at or visit her website

Aug 03, 2021
Get Control of Your Personal Economy

Do you know where your money goes?  Curits Banks, author and Money Smart Mentor, discusses his journey in learning how to make money work for him.  Visit his website to learn more about him and what he does.

Jul 27, 2021
Butterfly Uprising, Thriving after Abuse

How do you rebuild your life after you have suffered trauma?  Coach Ann Anderson discusses that and her award-winning book, Butterfly Uprising, in this last episode of our series on coaches who specialize in serving women.  Visit her website to learn more about her and her book.  Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Jul 20, 2021
Ignite Your Power, Speak with Clarity, Act with Courage

Are you career rich, time poor and ready to ask for help?  Are you hiding parts of yourself and want to break free?  Are you tired of being lonely and seeking your tribe?  Laura Feltz, Results Coach and Designated Hypnotherapist, has a message for you.  We talk about it in this episode of the series on coaches who specialize in serving women.  Learn more about her on her website.

Jul 13, 2021
The Helper's Paradox

Wil Carlos shares why he is a male coach who primarily attracts female clients, the 8 Pillars of the Imposter Complex, and how he helps his clients navigate the process to reaching their goals.  He offer several free products and services that are well worth knowing about.  For example, check out his free session and his powerful mini-meditation.

Jul 06, 2021
Live Your Life Out Loud

This is the first episode of our series, Coaches for Women.  Stefanie Thayers is dedicated to helping women improve their health beginning with their mindset. 
Follow her on Facebook, LinkedIn,  and Instagram.

Jun 29, 2021
Guilt and Fear, a Very Explosive Combination

How do guilt and fear impact your parenting?  Pascale Dubé and I discuss that in this final episode of the series, "Parents and Teens, Two Different Species?"
Learn more about Pascale on her LinkedIn page or visit her Facebook group for parents.   You can also schedule a 30 minute strategy call.

Jun 22, 2021
How to Empower Your Teen, Being a Parent AND a Leader

We continue our series on Communication, "Parents and Teens, Two Different Speicies?" with Pascale Dubé.  In this episode we talk about how you can empower your teen to become a successful adult.  Learn more about Pascale on her LinkedIn page or visit her Facebook group for parents.   You can also schedule a 30 minute strategy call. 

Jun 15, 2021
Strategies to Improve Communications with Your Teen

How is your communication with your teenager?  Listen as Pascale Dubé,  and I talk about effective ways to  improve your communication with your teen.  Learn more about Pascale on her LinkedIn page or visit her Facebook group for parents.   You can also schedule a 30 minute strategy call.

Jun 08, 2021
The Technology Conundrum

Are parents and teens two different species?  Pascale Dubé joins me for a series of 4 episodes on communicating with your teen.  Learn more about Pascale on her LinkedIn page or visit her Facebook group for parents.   You can also schedule a 30 minute strategy call.

Jun 01, 2021
Tools for Your Journey

Want more tools to help you become the best you can be?  Dorie Olds and I discuss the tools we have found effective.  Visit our websites, School of Creation and Healing Your Families.

May 25, 2021
Understanding How Your Mind Works

Have you ever found yourself eating a donut shortly after promising yourself you'll give up sweets?  Dorie Olds and I discuss how your mind works.  This episode will explain a lot of things about how your mind works.  Visit Healing Your Families and School of Creation to learn more.

May 18, 2021
Hypnosis and the Myths that Interfere

Are you holding onto misunderstandings about hypnosis and how it works?  Dorie Olds and I dispel the top 10 Myths about Hypnosis. 
Visit School of Creation and Healing Your Families to learn more.

May 11, 2021
How to Be Fully Human

Do you have a traumatic incident in your life that is holding you back?  Dorie Olds has been through extreme trauma in her life and learned how to heal and progress.  She shares what she has learned in this episode.  You can learn more about her School of Creation on her website.

May 04, 2021
Illuminated Lifeways

Know a new mother or anyone going through a major transition who needs support?  Kristen Jawad has a service for her.  If you just want to know how to support a new mother or experiencing major stress of any kind, or you are planning on being one yourself, you'll want to hear Kristen Jawad.  Visit her website here

Apr 27, 2021
Sweet Sound of Success

Want to find an effective way to quickly release stress and tension?  Sue Wilhite shares what she has learned about the physical effects of stress, hypnotherapy, sound healing and biofield tuning.  Visit her website.

Apr 20, 2021
Life in Kenya

Anita Byegon, Lydiah Kerubo Kenyanya, and Dominic Obadiah share stories of life in Kenya.  They talk about their hopes for their communities and their efforts to make a difference.  You can support them through Days for Girls,
Obwanchani Project or contact them directly through Facebook.

Apr 15, 2021
Change Your Language, Change Your Life

Need support to make changes in your life?  Regina Carey can help you do that.  She shares her background and experience in this episode.  Visit her website to learn more about her services.

Apr 13, 2021
Give 2 Get

How can you get the personal development training you want and earn another source of income in the process?  Mauro Folco has the answer with Give 2 Get.  Learn more here.

Apr 06, 2021

Want to know how to get from Point A, where you are, to Point B, where you want to be?  If you are interested in learning the most effective process to success in business and in life, listen to Catherine M White, author, speaker and business coach.

Mar 30, 2021
Happy Parents Are Effective Parents

How can you handle overwhelmingly stressful situations and remain effective at what you love to do?  Whether you are a parent, teacher or medical care professional, you will benefit from hearing this conversation with Stef Skupin, "Professional Development Meets Personal Transformation." 
Find her on LinkedIn.
Follow her on Facebook.
Visit her website.

Mar 23, 2021
Solving Your Academic Needs with Two Times Tutoring

Do you have a child who is struggling to understand new material in school?  Is there a promotion or better paying job you want, if you can only pass the required exam?  Allen Ziga has the solution with Two Times Tutoring.  He shares his story of fulfilling a dream to have his own business.  Along the way he created a unique tutoring service that meets the needs of students with learning and attention disabilities as well as ambitious adults seeking upward movement in their careers. 
Visit his website.

Mar 16, 2021
What Now As an Empty Nester

Are you prepared for the transition when your children leave home?  Katrina Session, Certified Professional Coach, shares her experience and expertise.  She has valuable tips to help make that transition as smooth as possible.  Check out her website or find her on LinkedIn.

Mar 09, 2021
Your Future Fitness Is More Doable than You Think

Feeling like it's too late to take care of your body?  Andrew Blakey explains why it isn't and what you can do about it.  Visit his website.

Mar 02, 2021
Soul Print Journeys

Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is?  Arehn McCarty is a life coach who can guide you in that journey.  She has an extensive background and is well-qualified to offer guidance on life's journey.  She shares her story and some tips in this episode.  Contact her through her website or YouTube channel.

Feb 23, 2021
Take Action Mentoring, the Wellness Triangle

How can you keep yourself healthy enough to live the life you want?  Susan Allred shares her journey in discovering that for herself and her family.  She mentors adults and teens in mastering the Wellness Triangle.  Visit her website to learn more about Susan and her family's adventures.

Feb 16, 2021
Lessons from Strong Caribbean Women
Denise Braithwaite, owner of Go Green Urban Landscaping Solutions, talks about her mother and grandmother who moved their family to Brooklyn from St Thomas.  They were strong women who beat the odds of the day and bought a house during an era when women home owners were the exception, not the norm.  Denise carries on the tradition with her own landscaping business which offers a exceptional values to members of her community.

Feb 12, 2021
Bringing E's to a World of Chaos

What can you do when life hits you with the unexpected?  Nicola Irvine shares her experience as the mother of a son who was born healthy, but soon developed serious life-challenging medical problems.  She is a motivational speaker and author.  Learn more about her on her website.

Feb 09, 2021
Holistic Options for Separation Anxiety and More

Have you heard of Seimei?  It's a form of healing that originate in Japan.  It addresses the nonphysical parts of the body.  Katie Fasciano explains it and share her experience with this alternative form of healing and how it can benefit families. 
Visit her website and also learn about the Seimei Foundation, which provides training in this technique.

Feb 02, 2021
Financial Fitness for Families

As Cheryl Blakeney says, "Financial fitness is a muscle.  The more you use it, the stronger it becomes."  Cheryl shares her experience and expertise in this episode.  She is committed to serving families and offers a valuable yet free service for families who find they consistently run out of money before they run out of month.

Jan 26, 2021
Financial Literacy

Maureen Poirier has been in the financial industry for 5 years.  She shares her amazing journey from raiding her friend's pantry to feed her children as a single mother to financial success as a licensed financial agent and Director of a brokerage in Hawaii.
Find her on LinkedIn.

Jan 19, 2021
Waves of Communication

How can you help a late-talking child?  Marci Melzer shares her 30 years experience.  She offers a generous amount of free content on her website.

Jan 12, 2021
How to Make Home Happen

Kelly and Aaron Garcia

Talk about a Power Couple!  Whether you want to get into your first home, upsize, downsize, or just change your neighborhood, this dynamic duo has the tools you need to make it happen, even when you wonder if it is possible.

Jan 05, 2021
It's Never Too Early to Plan for Assisted Living

Michelle Malais

Wondering if it is time for that serious talk with grandma?  Listen to a Certified Senior Advisor who is also certified in Dementia Care.  Michelle Malais has the experience and training to help you navigate senior transitions or even make your own plans rather than leaving it up to someone else.
Check out her Facebook page and website.

Dec 29, 2020
Through Ruins We Rise

Lee Torres

How can you get the best prices and service in shipping when you start a family business?  Lee Torres answers that question.  He relates his experience in getting laid off after the COVID quarantine and reaching the decision to start his own business.  Listen to his amazing story of overcoming adversity and thriving.  Visit his website at

Dec 22, 2020
High Sensitivity in Families

Tammy Goen

Do you have a family member who is very sensitive?  Or do you feel that description could describe you?  One in five individuals fit this description.  Learn how to recognize, understand, and effectively interact.  Studies show that being highly sensitive can be a superpower.  Find out how.  And visit Tammy's website,  Lifescape Wellness.

Dec 15, 2020
Ryan Jackson and the Success Rebellion

Ryan Jackson

How can a rebellion lead to success?  Listen to Ryan Jackson as he describes his journey from an impoverished childhood in East London to successful business ventures and the success lifestyle.  Learn more about him, his story, his podcast, and his book at

Dec 08, 2020
This Nanna Is an Entrepreneur

Janee L Stover

How can you be a better Nanna?  In this episode we'll explore how to use your passion in life to connect with your grandchildren and set a positive example. 

Dec 01, 2020
Physical Literacy

Zach Gee

Is your physical health where you want it to be?  Whether you are looking to compete in an athletic event or just improve your performance in the race of life, Zach Gee can help you.  He talks about his background and how he can help people of any age improve their bodies and learn just how far they can go.  Follow him on Instagram

Nov 23, 2020
Trauma Healing Neurofeedback

Olga Ward

Olga Ward of Beaverton Neurofeedback talks about healing the brain.  She has a treatment that has been effective with everything from reducing stress, to recovering from stroke, chemotherapy, traumatic brain injury, and thinking errors.  You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Nov 17, 2020
Gem Train, Autism Awareness

Mark Mauzy

Do you love someone with Autism?  Want more tools in your toolbox to help them?  Listen to Mark Mauzy, one of the co-founders of Gem Train.  This website was created to provide the answers you need. 

Nov 10, 2020
Womb Healing for Creative Energy

Brooke Benincosa

Brooke shares her journey of healing and learning to heal others.  She teaches others to use movement as medicine.  She has an impressive background of knowledge and experience as a Certified Foot Zone Practitioner, Registered Nurse, and Medical Qigong Instructor.  Follow her on Instagram or email her with questions at

Nov 03, 2020
Protecting Ourselves and Our Families

Cytel Schults

 How can you protect yourself and your children from negative influences?  Cytel Schults, Voice Mentor, has found the best way to protect yourself and your children is understanding and correctly using the Armor of God.  She talks about her journey that began with offering technical voice lessons and eventually evolved into offering an online class

Oct 27, 2020
Learning with Green Dani B

Dani Bale

Where can you find an online preschool?  How about a fully developed curriculum with all needed materials?  Green Dani B has a full range of services to keep your little one learning and ready for Kindergarten.

Oct 20, 2020
The Voice for the Voiceless

Dominic Obadiah

How can you make a difference in your community?  Dominic Obadiah, life coach, food relief provider and Kenya's Person of the Year in 2020, talks about his efforts in behalf of the vulnerable families in his area.  He has served 237 families so far with his sustainable projects in Kenya.  He is working in partnership with Lydiah Kerubo Kenyanya.
Follow him on Facebook.
And make a tax-deductible donation to support him through The Shamba Foundation.

Oct 13, 2020
Obwanchani Means Love

Lydiah Kerubo Kenyanya

In Gusii, the language spoken in Kisii, Kenya, the term “obwanchani” means to give great love.  Lydiah Kerubo Kenyanya demonstrates that love in her efforts to serve the members of her community.

Lydiah started the Obwanchani Project to fund medical equipment, supplies for small business startups, farm animals and equipment for long term sustainable programs to meet the needs of vulnerable families in the Kisii area in Kenya.  There are many families living in substandard living conditions and part of the Obwanchani Project is to construct room additions and/or home reinforcements.  She is working through The Shamba Foundation.  Learn how you can participate in making a lasting change with a tax-deductible donation.

Oct 06, 2020
The Shamba Foundation

What do you do when you see a critical need?  Aimee Broadbent's response would be to start a foundation.  She tells her story in this episode.  Learn more about her efforts with the Shamba Foundation.

Sep 29, 2020
Cracking the Code to Free College

Can you really put your child through college without getting into debt?  Denise Thomas, the Debt-Free College Coach, responds with a resounding "Yes!"

Denise Thomas

Denise has put in more than 7,000 hours of research and she shares that through two online courses.

Visit her website



I help parents lower stress in under 15 minutes a day with one simple tool.

Sep 22, 2020
How to Parent the Child You Have, Not the Child You Want

Do you sometimes butt heads with family members?  This episode will help you understand why.  Barbara Ellison, Certified Personality Science Trainer, explains why.

Barbara Ellison

Get her freebie here.
Text her at 779-777-0465 with name, number and the word podcast.

Sep 15, 2020
Turning Ghosts into Ancestors

Ben Eden


What do you do with your emotions?  If you ignore them, will they just go away?  These are some of the questions Ben Eden, life coach and speaker, address in this episode.

He tells his story of attempting to wear a happy face and look successful when he was actually experiencing emotional pain.  He explains why emotions need to be addressed and healthy ways to do this.  "When you understand and acknowledge your emotions, you gain power over them."

Sep 08, 2020
Raising Compassionate Children

I teach parents how to improve their children's behavior in 5 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more.

Laura Cooley

How do you teach your children to be inclusive and caring?  Laura Cooley answers that question in this episode.  As a single mother she raised two sons to accept and feel a strong desire to serve people of all cultures and races.  Listen to her amazing story about how she did that.

Sep 01, 2020
Breaking the Silence Around Menstrual Shame

Anita Byegon

What is it like for girls growing up with a sense of shame about the normal biological functioning of their body?  And how do they cope without the availability of the feminine sanitary supplies we take for granted in the United States?
Anita started her own enterprise to sew reusable sanitary supplies for the women in Bomet County.  Any donations sent here will support her efforts in providing employment to local residents, boosting the local economy and providing reusable sanitary supplies, which last for three years, to women in the Kisii area.

Anita Byegon shares stories of growing up in Kenya.  She was fortunate to have parents who didn't marry her off in the 8th grade as happened to some of her friends.  She was able to get a university education and a good job.  She explained that many girls in Kenya drop out of school because they don't have the sanitary supplies they need when they have their period.  Many families have to choose between food and maxi-pads.  Naturally they choose food.  There is little knowledge and tremendous shame around the menstrual cycle.  Girls have to stay home and are too embarrassed to say why they can't go to school. 

In many cases, girls don't know what is happening to their bodies when they have their first period.  Anita talks about what that is like and relates the sad story of a girl who committed suicide the day she began menstruating.  Anita also relates the story of the father of 3 teenage girls who, because of the cultural shame around menstruation, had to be educated on the need for sanitary supplies.  After his conversation with Anita, he said that in all the years of viewing the family list of items for him to buy at the store, he had never seen sanitary supplies.  He honestly had no idea and wondered what his wife and daughters had done for all those years. 

After some years of a successful career in the city, Anita felt the desire to return to her hometown and give back.  She tells about her work with 100 Humanitarians International and Days for Girls.  

Aug 25, 2020
Changing Social Taboos through Education

Kayla-Leah Rich

Kayla-Leah Rich is a speaker, coach and author.  Today she talks about her role as a Days for Girls Regional Director and member of the Development Team.  She shares her experiences traveling around the world with Days for Girls.  She witnessed a lifestyle very different from what we are accustomed to in the United States and she saw a critical need that moved her to get involved. 
Here in the United States we take feminine hygiene supplies for granted, but in other countries it makes the difference between being able to stay in school or not.  There are many taboos around female biology that result in deprivation and hardship for women.  She talks about those and how education is breaking down barriers.
She presented a Ted Talk titled "The Cost of Menstral Shame."  Watch it here.
She met our mutual friend, Lydiah Kerubo Kenyanya, in Kenya.  Lydiah is a school teacher who remained in the community after the pandemic closed her school.  Use this link to donate to Days for Girls to support Lydiah, her students and the community of Kisii.
Kayla is an amazing woman with many achievements.  Learn more about her on her Facebook page.
I help parents increase effectiveness in under 15 minutes a day with one simple tool.  I talk about it in my eBook, Power Parent.  Get your free copy here.

Aug 18, 2020
GABB, The Phone for Your Children

I help parents improve their children's behavior in under 5 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more here.

Inger Erickson

Are you looking for a phone for your child that doesn't expose them to everything on the internet?  GABB has the solution.  Inger Erickson, Director of the Advocate Channel at GABB explains how their company provides a safe phone for children.  It leaves parents in charge of determining how, when and how much they provide their children with technology.
Handing a child a smart phone without any training is like handing a child a gun or putting them behind the wheel of a car without any preparation.  It is not a wise move to make.  And yet there is a critical need for communication as children become more involved in activities away from home.  GABB provides this communication without the danger of unlimited internet access.
Inger explains their program and how parents can become a part of it by sharing this information with other parents.
Contact GABB and use the promo code: GetGabb.

Aug 11, 2020
KW Natural Fixes

I help people lower stress in under 15 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Click here to learn more.

Kimberly West

Do you know how to use essential oils?  Kimberly West does.  She discovered their beneficial properties for her own use.  Then she continued her studies and learned about the different varieties, their properties and uses and how to blend them.  She operates a successful business selling her unique formulas with rave reviews.  She has the solution to repelling bugs and explains why some bug repellents fail miserably.  She has found blends that are effective in reducing pain.

Visit her website to learn more.
Or her Facebook page.

Aug 04, 2020
The Saucy Lady

Is it important to be passionate about what you do? Jess Lyman would answer that question with a resounding, "Yes!" She talks about her passion for cooking and owning her own business. She also talks about working amicably with her estranged husband in caring for their children. She shares her struggles with bipolar disorder and […]

Jul 31, 2020
Boss Lady Marketers

I help people lower stress in under 15 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more about it here.

London Wilson

Have you ever dreamed of a job that allows you more time to spend at home with your family?  London Wilson did as a single mom.  She shares her journey and the many lessons she learned along the way.  After earning a degree and serving for years in corporate America, she began her career in online marketing.  She cautions listeners about the shiny object syndrome.
Her goal is to help women to be successful in marketing.  She talks about the basic foundation of marketing, knowing who your audience is and speaking to them.  She recommends finding a mentor or a coach.  A mentor is someone who is on the same path you are and further down the road.  London is a mentor for anyone who wants to become successful in on or offline marketing.

Jul 28, 2020
The Value of Identity

I help parents improve their children's behavior in under 5 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more about it here.

Diane Tatum

How do you instill such a strong sense of identity in your children that they can withstand the taunts of others and remain true to their values? Diane Tatum, mom, business owner, entrepreneur, flight attendant and globe trotter, tells us her experiences.

As a biracial individual, she has experienced prejudice first hand. She was raised by her grandparents and shares the values they instilled in her. She raised her son to believe in himself and not let others define his worth.

We talk about the value of having a clear, positive sense of your own identity, the role of the family in society, what is going on in other countries in comparison to the United States, and how we can all help make our world a better place.

Check out her website here.

And her Facebook page here.

Follow her on Instsgram @diane.diane

Jul 24, 2020
How Hypnosis Can Make You an Even Better Parent

I help parents improve their children's behavior in under 5 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more here.

Hypnosis and Parenting? It is a more natural combination than may appear at first glance.

Parenting is the most challenging thing you will ever do. It will require all of your emotional and mental resources, and a major investment of your time and money. And it also has the potential to be the more rewarding accomplishment of your life.

Hypnosis grants you access to your full mental capabilities. It has the power to bring you into a positive mental state. Most parents recognize that they do their best parenting and live a better quality of life when they are in a positive mindset. Parents can lower stress in under 15 minutes a day with one simple tool. In this episode, I talk about this tool.

Get more information on a tool that can help you become an even better parent here.

Jul 24, 2020
HypnoBirthing, Calm, Comfortable Births

I help mothers have the calm, comfortable, instinctive birth of their dreams.

What do you think of when you hear the word birth?  For many it is a joyous occasion, the beginning of a new life, a new addition to a family.  For some the first word that comes to mind is pain.  This is a result of decades of societal expectations.  It is unnecessary.  The philosophy of hypnobirthing is that childbirth is not a medical event.  A woman's body is designed to give birth and a healthy mother having a healthy baby does not need medical interventions.

In this episode I talk about my experiences with childbirth and learning about hypnobirthing, a process that allows a woman to have a calm, comfortable birth, which is safer for her and safer for her baby.

Hypnobirthing is about preparing for a gentle, calm birth experience.  This is about more than just getting the baby out.  This is a philosophy for making birth a sacred space to allow parents to give their baby a gentle introduction to life outside the womb.  Parents need time before and after birth to bond with their infant.  Siblings need an opportunity to welcome the new family member.  Lights are dimmed, voices are hushed, and medical intrusions are kept to a minimum to allow for a gentle birth.

Leave a comment below about your birth experience or what you would like to learn about calm, gentle parenting.

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Jul 24, 2020
Rewire Your Brain for Self Mastery

I help people lower stress in under 15 minutes a day with one simple tools.  Learn more here.

Dr Alok Trivedi

How can we rewire our brain for self-mastery?  Dr. Alok Trivedi, health and human behavior expert, founder of Aligned Performance Institute, and author of Chasing Success, shares his insights in this episode.  He also talks about the Lotus Foundation, a nonprofit he has started to promote student directed learning.

His passion is empowering people through his programs and coaching.  He talks about the mind-body connection and describes success as the aspirational word for fulfillment, which is what everyone wants.  Dr. Trivedi has been interviewed and made speeches on several platforms, such as CBS, Fox, NBC, Global News, FHM, and the Chicago Tribune.

He urges parents to parent from a place of empowerment.  His recommendations in this time of added stress is to take time every day, at least 35 minutes, to decompress and also to recognize and appreciate the gifts of Covid.  For all of the changes, disruptions and damage, there are still gifts to appreciate.  For example, having more time with our families, learning to identify and appreciate what matters most to us, and which activities we can eliminate.

Visit his website here.

Follow him on Facebook

And Twitter.

Jul 24, 2020
Evidenced Based Relaxation

I help mothers have the calm, comfortable, instinctive birth of their dreams.  Learn more here.

Barbara Decker

Is childbirth a medical event?  Barbara Decker, Certified Prenatal Bonding Facilitator and Childbirth Educator, answers this question. She also shares her almost 50 years experience in prenatal and perinatal education.  She stresses the importance of relaxation in experiencing a calmer, more comfortable, instinctive birth.

Barbara started out as a Childbirth Educator shortly after her second son was born.  She had read the book about the Lamaze approach to birthing before her first baby, but had been dissuaded from using this method.  As she describes it, she did everything wrong.  She tensed with every contraction.  After a much more successful experience the second time, she knew she had to share what she had learned with others.

She continued her studies by becoming a Certified Doula.  Later she learned how hypnosis can be used in birthing and became a hypnotherapist.  She now trains expectant mothers to enter a state of deep relaxation during labor and allow their bodies to follow nature's master plan for birth.

Barb is truly a lifelong learner.  She continued her studies in prenatal care and is a member of the Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPAH).  She was also involved in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and learned that past trauma can healed at any age.  She is passionate about what she does and assured me that even at 75 she is not done yet.

Visit her website here.

Jul 24, 2020
Using Your Outside Voice to Start a Business

Have you ever considered starting a family business?  Jenelle Parker talks about her company, Fa Mo, which stands for Fathers and Mothers using their outside voice outside to start a family business.  She talks about how this has impacted her children and how this can benefit families, especially in times of economic uncertainty.

She provides coaching for parents who have a home business or plan to start one.  Jenelle has received training and has her own personal experience to draw from in supporting families in starting and maintaining their own business.

Find her on Facebook here.

For a video recording of this interview go here.

I help parents improve their children’s behavior in under 5 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more here.

Jul 22, 2020
Placenta Encapsulation, What You Should Know

Are we allowing cultural bias to affect our health decisions? Shannon Shepherd, Certified Placenta Arts Specialist, provides some valuable information in this episode. She explains the benefits of placenta encapsulation, or consuming the placenta, for new mothers.

The placenta is rich with nutrients and hormones that quickly replenish the mother’s body after delivery. Studies has shown marked improvements in milk supply, energy level, and overall mental and emotional well being. This is an effective way to reduce or eliminate postpartum depression.

Shannon has been professionally trained in the management and care of the placenta, cleaning it, dehydrating it, and crushing it to fill capsules. She works in a commercial grade kitchen and follows strict guidelines to ensure sanitary and correct procedures. Placenta encapsulation may be unfamiliar and outside of our comfort zone, but the benefits to mothers are worth giving this option a closer look.


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I help parents lower stress in under 15 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more here.

Jul 22, 2020
Family Health is Wealth

How do you overcome a sugar addiction? Start teaching your children at a young age to eat healthier foods. Studies show that sugar is even more addictive than cocaine. Pam Tobin talks about how her family was able to find health together through getting the nutrition they need. She talks about her granddaughter who hadn't […]

Jul 21, 2020
Activate Your Brain, Activate Your Life

What would your life be like if you could fully activate your brain? My guests today are Jenn and Seth Woolstenhulme. Dr. Seth is one of four chiropractors in the state of Utah who is also a Functional Neurologist. Jenn is a Health Coach, specializing in nutrition, and Foot Zonologist. As Jenn explains, her husband […]

Jul 14, 2020
Using Your Outside Voice to Start a Business
Have you ever considered starting a family business? Jenelle Parker talks about her company, Fa Mo, which stands for Fathers and Mothers using their outside voice outside to start a family business. She talks about how this has impacted her children.
Jul 07, 2020
Placenta Encapsulation

Are we allowing cultural bias to affect our health decisions? Shannon Shepherd, Certified Placenta Arts Specialist, provides some valuable information in this episode. She explains the benefits of placenta encapsulation, or consuming the placenta, for new mothers. The placenta is rich with nutrients and hormones that quickly replenish the mother's body after delivery. Studies has […]

Jun 30, 2020
Rewire Your Brain for Self Mastery
How can we rewire our brain for self-mastery? Dr. Alok Trivedi, health and human behavior expert, founder of Aligned Performance Institute, and author of Chasing Success, shares his insights in this episode. He also talks about the Lotus Foundation, a nonprofit he has started to promote student directed learning. His passion is empowering people through […]
Jun 23, 2020
The Value of Identity

How do you instill such a strong sense of identity in your children that they can withstand the taunts of others and remain true to their values? Diane Tatum, mom, business owner, entrepreneur, flight attendant and globe trotter, tells us her experiences. As a biracial individual, she has experienced prejudice first hand. She was raised […]

Jun 16, 2020
How Hypnosis Can Make You an Even Better Parent
Hypnosis and Parenting? It is a more natural combination than may appear on first glance. Parenting is the most challenging thing you will ever do. It will require all of your emotional and mental resources, and a major investment of your time and money. And it also has the potential to be the more rewarding […]
Jun 09, 2020
Power Parents

I help parents reduce stress in under 30 minutes a day with one simple tool. Parents have the toughest job in the world. They need our support and encouragement.

Jun 02, 2020

Healthimom Leica is a stay-at-home mother of six and mompreneur who is committed to helping other moms enjoy life through balance in time, health, relationships and finances. She loves to help moms find “more time in the day and more money in their pockets.” She also coaches moms toward health and wellness goals. Her fun […]

May 26, 2020

We are grateful for our care providers at this time and it is appropriate to applaud them. There is one group of care providers who are being overlooked, however. Parents care for their children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And now with schools closed, they don't even get a few hours respite […]

May 12, 2020
Easier Birthing

Marie Chase

How can you make an unmedicated birth even easier? Marie Chase, mother of 10, HypnoBirthing° Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Placenta Encapsulator talks about that in this episode. She relates her own experiences with natural birthing at home and in a hospital.

She was introduced to HypnoBirthing° with her last baby by a friend. Even though she had enjoyed positive experiences using her own version of instinctive birthing, she was fascinated by the concept of incorporating hypnosis and deep relaxation with the techniques she was already using for a natural birth. She relates how it helped make her last stages of pregnancy more enjoyable as well. Some of the practices she instituted from her training were listening to positive affirmations and taking a long, relaxing bath before retiring in the evening. She reports, “The power of the positive ideas in my mind along with the relaxation accompanying a bath really cleared my brain every night so I could sleep really well and remained focused, tuning into my baby and my body and what I needed.”

She offers suggestions on writing a birth plan and discusses the various birth choices expectant mothers have now. She explains the advantages of using a Birth Center. She shares her passion to help other mothers experience the same joy and ease of childbirth that she enjoyed with her 10th baby. The name of her business says it all, Easier Birthing.

         Visit her website here.    

May 05, 2020
What Is a Doula and What Do They Do?

How can a doula help you have a more positive birth experience? Joleen Cullens, a doula, massage therapist, prenatal yoga and belly dancing instructor and infant massage educator explains in this episode.

Apr 28, 2020
Help Is Here!

How can families create a strong enough bond to support their children in all of the challenges of life? Phyllis Fisher talks about that as she discusses her experiences as a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Goulding SleepTalk Consultant. She began her journey as a young mother herself, discovering the miracle and […]

Apr 21, 2020
Calm Mothers, Calm Babies
How do you have an amazingly positive birthing experience? Emily Edison, an Elementary School Music Teacher and mother of two explains in this episode. She was familiar with the concept of hypnobirthing when she had her first child four years ago. With her second child, she was able to take the HypnoBirthing, Mongan Method training. […]
Apr 14, 2020
Evidence Based Relaxation
Is childbirth a medical event? Barbara Decker, Certified Prenatal Bonding Facilitator and Childbirth Educator, answers this question. She also shares her almost 50 years experience in prenatal and perinatal education.
Apr 07, 2020
What do you think of when you hear the word birth? For many it is a joyous occasion, the beginning of a new life, a new addition to a family. For some the first word that comes to mind is pain. This is a result of decades of societal expectations. It is unnecessary. In this […]
Mar 31, 2020
How to Reboot Your Metabolism
Does your metabolism feel stuck? Maybe it's time for a reboot. Jared McDonald is a Type 1 Diabetic who has achieved and maintained his ideal weight and health for over 7 years. His mission is to help others do the same by permanently rebooting their metabolism. His journey began by trying to find solutions for […]
Mar 24, 2020
Cutting Edge Strategies in Natural Medicine
Thomas Benhard, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, talks about his interest in natural medicine and how he began his journey as a 20 year old suffering from chronic back pain. After several treatments and medications, he became emotionally depressed and frustrated because nothing he tried helped. Nothing worked, until he saw a chiropractor. Dr Benhard varies […]
Mar 17, 2020
Do You Need a Wealth Mentor?
Curtis Banks, financial educator and wealth mentor, talks about his journey to move his mindset from the 80% of our nation's population who struggle to make it from paycheck to paycheck and only hold 13% of the money in our country to the 20% who have 87% of the nation's wealth. He explains that it's […]
Mar 03, 2020
Happiness Abound
How do you overcome a victim mentality? It takes small steps everyday. Taylor Proctor, who describes her former self as "the angriest person ever", talks about her 7 year journey in learning to be happy. She helps others do the same through her podcast, classes and one on one mentoring. Taylor Proctor is a transformational […]
Feb 25, 2020
Breaking the Barriers of Poverty
How can you break the cycle of generational poverty? With education as Cheridee Barker, Intergenerational Poverty Director for Open Doors explains in today's episode. Cheridee shares her story of overcoming her financial struggles as a single mom and her zeal to help others do the same.
Feb 18, 2020
Love Your Gut

Did you know your gut is your second brain? Rosa Garcia, also known as the Love Your Gut Lady, talks about gut health. She is a podcaster, blogger and owner of the nonprofit, Do Kind Deeds.

Feb 11, 2020
Wellness Resource Support
How can you find support as a caregiver? Robyn Maniscalco, founder of Wellness Resource Support, international best selling author and public speaker talks about the research she has done and the services she offers for family members of patients with critical medical challenges. She shares her story of helping her mother recover from a massive […]
Feb 04, 2020
Shine Wellness

How do you take care of yourself? Jasmine Manley of Shine Wellness talks about self care, mindfulness, meditation and being there for yourself. "As a Reiki Practitioner Healer, I serve as your guide in living not a more perfect life, but a truer one. Helping you quiet the endless chatter in your mind and shield […]

Jan 28, 2020
Private Teacher for Hire by Parents
How do you help a child who learns differently? What if your child doesn't match the instructional methods used by most schools? Matthew Demattei knows exactly the challenges students with special needs, such as ADHD and Autism, face and how to help them. He knows all about attention issues, having experienced them himself as a […]
Jan 21, 2020
Zach Spafford, Self Mastery Coach
How do you overcome self defeating habits to become the best version of yourself? Zach Spafford shares his journey of overcoming pornography to help others use their mind and ability to choose to reach their goals.
Jan 14, 2020
Providing Parents with Action Steps to Enhance their Child’s Education
How can parents support their children in getting the best results from their academic studies? Dr. Steven Greene provides a plan of action steps parents can take to enhance their children's education. He talks about learning styles, and how they can be accommodated for your child's benefit. He lists some warning triggers for parents to […]
Jan 07, 2020
The Four Stages of Psychological Safety

Whether you are the head of a major corporation, a small business, a classroom or a family, you want to get the highest level of participation from your team. Dr. Timothy Clark explains how understanding and protecting psychological safety can bring this success to leaders of any organization. He explains the four stages of psychological […]

Dec 31, 2019
Whole Body Mentoring

What is the best way to take care of your body? Kristi Corless is well qualified to answer that question. With 10 different health related certifications and a strong background in the effective use of essential oils, she is very knowledgeable in how the human body works and how to heal it. She has also […]

Dec 24, 2019
Positive Parenting
I had the opportunity to interview a truly amazing woman. She has experienced infertility, major cross-country moves, raising teenagers and toddlers and caring for a young child with cancer. And she has seen it all through with courage, commitment and a delightful sense of humor. Meet Angela Maylin, demonstrating how to face the challenges of […]
Dec 17, 2019
Consecrated Life Project

What would it be like to live a life centered around Jesus Christ? Livia Pewtress talks about how to do that and her goal to help others find peace through following Christ.

Dec 10, 2019
House Guests from Hell
Peter Pritchett tells about the board game his family designed. It was his mother's idea during a time of crisis for the family. Working together on the project helped them navigate the rough waters and brought unity and peace to the Pritchett home. He describes the game which is not only fun and amusing, but […]
Dec 03, 2019
Disconnect to Reconnect With Brooke Benincosa
We rarely hear conversations in healthcare that talk about the impact of energy and emotions on our health. Usually, the mind, body, and soul connection are taken out of the entire picture in exchange for prescription pills. Guest, Brooke Benincosa is tired of seeing this. As a Registered Nurse, Medical Qigong Instructor, foot zone practitioner, […]
Nov 26, 2019
I Love Myself So . . .

Cory Jenkins, public speaker and author of the book, "I Love Myself So. . .", talks about her journey to create her dream life and how she mentors others to do the same. Connect with her on Facebook, and on her webiste,

Nov 19, 2019
Hypnotherapy: Feeding The Brain Amino Acids And Nutrition With Shelly Jo Wahlstrom
Our brain health plays an important part in our overall wellbeing. Feeding the brain to change our life, Shelly Jo Wahlstrom is in this episode to talk about how she incorporates nutrition and amino acids in her hypnotherapy business. A certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Addiction Recovery and Mental Health Nutrition Coach, and dubbed as the Amino […]
Nov 12, 2019
Road Schooling With Karin Antigua
Can you imagine what it would be like if the world truly was your classroom? In this episode, Karin Antigua talks about her family and their experiences with road schooling and running a family business. Karin was born in Chile and raised in the United States. She is fluent in English and Spanish and learning […]
Nov 05, 2019
Achilles Hypnosis
Taylor Lancaster shares his insights and experience with using hypnosis to support addiction recovery and pain management. We discuss the damaging effects of pornography on young children and he offers practical tips for parents on appropriate intervention.
Oct 29, 2019
What Do You Want in Life?
Your mind has the power to create the life you want. Focus in on what you want out of life and set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound goals to get you from where you are to where you want to go and eliminate faulty programming in your subconscious mind. You can make it happen!
Oct 22, 2019
Against All Odds
Dr. Carol Basile is the mother of a son with Autism who was born in the late 60's, when little was known about this topic. She endured the harsh label of "refrigerator mom", being told her son's struggles were her fault, being ignored by professionals when she tried to point out her son's strengths, all […]
Oct 15, 2019
Honest OB GYN
Dr. Geoff Cly, Board Certified OB/GYN, talks about his upcoming book, Wait, Don't Take My Uterus. He is the expert on preventing miscarriages and offers valuable tips on women's health.
Oct 08, 2019
Leaving People Better
Mike Holker, author of Leaving People Better, shares valuable tips on how they can help themselves or a loved one become a better person. He shares his 20+ years experience working with families of youth at risk from front-line staff, to family liason, to an administrator in both private and state-run programs for families and […]
Oct 01, 2019
Kaha Tahi Team
Jamie Carrier, Health and Ecotherapy Coach, shares her amazing journey back to health after a diagnosis of Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Celiac disease. She provides breathing tips to calm the nervous system and talks about home-schooling her son with ADHD.
Sep 24, 2019
Kaha Tahi Coaching
Heidi Hills, wife, mother, Certified Health and Life Coach and co-owner of Kaha Tahi Coaching, explains her journey and offers 3 tips to increasing energy. She has been health conscious all her life, but she does not consider herself to be a health nut. She is passionate about empowering women to increase their physical energy, […]
Sep 17, 2019
Enjoying My Voice
Cytel Shults, Heart Whisperer, Vocal Coach, Author and Song Writer, shares her gifts of music and compassion to help people speak and sing their heart. In this interview she offers 4 Tips and explains the services she offers to those who desire to speak and sing their heart.
Sep 03, 2019
Parenting with Storytelling
Ramona Moore Big Eagle, award winning and internationally renowned motivational speaker, storyteller, cultural educator, consultant, workshop facilitator, and Ted Talk Speaker, offers parents 4 tips for more effective communication with their children.
Aug 27, 2019
Guess Whose Turn It Is
Darrell Horwitz, Motivational Speaker and Author of the upcoming book, Guess Whose Turn It Is, shares his story and provides 5 tips to improve your life.
Aug 20, 2019
Cautious or Paranoid?
David and Emmalou discuss how to keep children safe without being overprotective.
Aug 13, 2019
The Case for Families
Family life brings many benefits to the individual members, as well as to society.
Aug 06, 2019
Mama’s Tired, but Baby Isn’t
Babies and sleeping may seem incompatible at times. Maybe even frequently. Here is one mother's story. Alissa, the busy mother of three children, talks about what she learned when it came to babies and sleeping.
Jul 30, 2019
The Rewards and Challenges of Family Life
Our families can bring us the greatest joy, and the greatest aggravation. This episode introduces our new direction into providing information and resources to strengthen families. We talk about some of the topics we will be discussing and invite comments and questions.
Jul 23, 2019
What I Have Learned from My Spouse of 46 Years
David and I talk about what we have learned from each other during our 46 years together raising a family.
Jul 10, 2019
Battleground Cancer
Jeff Cade,, talks about the hope in the battle against cancer. He tells about his book, Battleground Cancer, now available on Amazon.
May 22, 2019
Help and Educate Us
Karmel Pehrson shares her experience and expertise as a mother of children with special needs, a behavior analyst, facilitator for parents and others who want to work from home and recreation therapist all to benefit families.
May 01, 2019
Mental Health Solutions Through Yoga and Meditation
Beth Williams, president of Geneva Yoga, a nonprofit, talks about the benefits of Yoga to mental health.
Apr 17, 2019
Battling Blood Sugars
Amanda Bar, diabetic coach, public speaker and chidren's book author, talks about her 7 Steps to Balancing Your Sugars and her diabetic service dog, Shugga.
Jan 30, 2019
Gem Train
Dr. Mark and I discuss the launching of an exciting new website for families affected by Autism. It has attracted 130 users worldwide in the first week without any advertising, just through organic sharing. The courses are presented by experts in their fields and are currently free for a limited time. Check them out at […]
Jan 23, 2019
Juicewell, Live Well
Wen Kosters Qin talks about the benefits of drinking fresh juice from quality fruits and vegetables and how he got started with his business, Juicewell.
Jan 19, 2019
Doable Self-Help Strategies
Holly Blanc Moses talks about her upcoming FREE Facebook class for Moms of children who are differently wired.
Jan 05, 2019
Homeschool Student Continues Education at University
Shriauna Albee discusses her experiences as a homeschool student in being admitted to and attending classes at Weber State University.
Jan 02, 2019
The Sudbury Model
Mark Cluff, founder of Alpine Valley Academy, talks about his school and the Sudbury Model it is based on. Alpine Valley Academy is a private school in Lehi where students choose their curriculum and the school rules. Visit their website here.
Dec 12, 2018
What Can We Learn from Finland’s Educational System?
Russ McKell, a high school teacher, talks about his visit to study the educational systems in other countries. He shares his observations on what made them more effective and how we can implement some of the same success here in the United States.
Dec 05, 2018
How to Motivate Your Child to Progress at Home and at School
Holly Blanc Moses is a psychologist, behavior analyst and mother of two children who are differently wired. She shares her expertise in motivating children with special needs. Parents can join her Facebook Group, Wired Differently, or visit her website.
Nov 28, 2018
Specialized Chiropractic Techniques for Children with Special Needs
Dr Jeffrey Knight from True North Chiropractic talks about the techniques he has studied and developed over the years to benefit his patients with Autism and ADHD.
Nov 21, 2018
Brain Detox
Dr.Jeffrey Knight talks about the success he has found in helping children with Autism eliminate some of the harmful metals in their brains to improve their behavior and interactions within the family and at school.
Nov 14, 2018
Nutrition for the Brain
Dr. Jeffrey Knight talks about nutrition and how it affects the differently wired brain of children with Autism and other special needs. He is offering a free ebook to parents here. Go to his website for more information.
Nov 07, 2018
There Is No One Size Fits All
Kristin Maynes shares her experience with a blended family and finding the best educational fit for children.
Oct 31, 2018
How to Know When You Have Found the Right School
Tiffany Riding talks about how she knew she had found the right school for her son with special needs.
Oct 24, 2018
Identifying Effective Treatment for Your Child
Tiffany Riding shares how she found a combination of the right nutrition and brain development program to make a huge difference in her son's progress. He has made significant gains academically and behaviorally.
Oct 17, 2018
Benefits of Getting the Correct Diagnosis for Your Child
Tiffany Riding, mother of 4 and Health and Nutrition Coach, talks about her journey in finding the correct diagnosis for her son and how it made a difference in his progress.
Oct 10, 2018
Inclusion in the Mainstream Classroom
Inclusion in the mainstream classroom will benefit your child by providing them with opportunities to learn from and interact with their peers. Form a collaborative team with your child's school to meet their academic and social needs.
Oct 03, 2018
Dealing With Anxiety
Ashley, a high school senior, talks openly about her struggles with Autism, the successes she has enjoyed, and her blog about her journey. Check it out at
Sep 26, 2018
IDEA, or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, is a federal law written to protect the rights of you as a parent and your child with special needs. You will be in a better position to advocate for your child by understanding how it governs state and other educational agencies in providing special education services.
Sep 19, 2018
Understanding Guardianships
Genevieve Gribble of Inter Vivos talks about guardianships, both for minor children and adult children with special needs.
Sep 12, 2018
Super Hero Training Camp
Jessica Harper talks about the services she offers at Aspen Valley Counseling for families of children with special needs.
Sep 05, 2018
How Families Can Increase Income
Dan Matheson from True Wealth talks about how families can ease their financial demands without eliminating any expenses.
Aug 29, 2018
Reaching Collaboration Point
Genevieve Gribble from Inter Vivos talks about her experiences helping parents advocate for their children during the IEP process.
Aug 22, 2018
Educational Assessments
Dr. Aaron Allred with Bristol Health talks about his role as a psychologist in identifying strategies for improving educational delivery for students with special needs.
Aug 15, 2018
Mima’s Zone
Susan Escalante, creator of Mima's Zone TV on Youtube, talks about the power of literacy and how grandmothers can support families.
Aug 08, 2018
Estate Planning and Special Needs Advocacy
Genevieve Gribble from Inter Vivos talks about her work in estate planning and special needs advocacy. She brings up several points of information that are critical for families of children with special needs.
Aug 01, 2018
A Success Story
Anthony Forgue, one of the owner's of A & A Debris Removal,and his mother, Tabatha Forgue, talk about their experiences with Anthony's ADHD issues, the struggles he had in school and how he found a solution that worked.
Jul 25, 2018
Adam Thompson, a therapist based in Orem, Utah, talks about how he uses neurofeedback in his practice and how it can help clients with ADHD and Autism.
Jul 18, 2018
Recommendations for Purchasing the First Family Home
Ron Mayo talks about families, first time home buyers and how to get into their dream home.
Jul 11, 2018
Promise Medical Family Practice
Anne Vincent, Family Nurse Practitioner, talks about the grand opening of her clinic, and how it will help families in the area.
Jun 29, 2018
What Does It Mean to Man Up?
Marco Lopez, founder and coach for Mind Tune Now, talks about his new program, Man Up Mindset.
Jun 27, 2018
AquaCranial Therapy
Anna Smith shares the benefits of AquaCranial Therapy for everything from chronic pain, calming the nervous system, Fibromyalgia, and promoting general health and relief from the stresses of life.
Jun 20, 2018
Your Child’s Nutrition
Anna Smith, Nutritionist, shares valuable information for parents on nourishing children with their cooperation.
Jun 18, 2018
Voyage Direct Primary Care
Dr. John Sanders explains the services he is able to provide for families in his pioneering approach to healthcare.
Jun 06, 2018
Summer Vacation from School
(No Summary)
May 30, 2018
The Elephant in the Room
If there is no consistency in parenting, children with special needs will not be getting the structure they need. They will not have the safe environment that allows them to learn coping skills to regulate their emotions. They need consistent support to develop their executive functioning skills. The resulting chaos is threatening for them and […]
May 23, 2018
Next Level Improv
Julie Cotton shares her experience on teaching improv to students with special needs, adults and corporations.
May 02, 2018
Money Smart Families
Curtis Banks, author of The Book on Money Management, talks about the basic steps families can follow to take control of their income and plan for a future that provides for the needs of their growing family.
Apr 25, 2018
The Education Best Suited to Your Child’s Needs
(No Summary)
Apr 18, 2018
Teens With Autism
Drs. Rebecca Lundwall and Terisa Gabrielsen discuss their research with teenagers and especially with girls, who are more adept at imitating others and are sometimes not correctly diagnosed until they are older.
Apr 11, 2018
Autism Early Interventions
Drs. Terisa Gabrielsen and Rebecca Lundwall of Brigham Young University share their research findings on Autism, characteristics, indications and early interventions.
Apr 04, 2018
Dr Beth Halbert, America’s Teenologist
(No Summary)
Mar 27, 2018
What Do You Want Your Children to Remember?
"Remember Me" was the theme song for the movie, Coco. There are many valuable lessons presented in the movie. What are the important things you want your children to remember?
Mar 20, 2018
You Are the Key to Your Child’s Success in School
(No Summary)
Mar 06, 2018
Bully Proof Yourself and Your Child
(No Summary)
Feb 20, 2018
Role of Spirituality in Healing At Risk Youth
(No Summary)
Feb 13, 2018
The Spark Approaches for Teens with Autism
George Ballew talks about a therapeutic approach that is being developed at Heritage Schools, Inc. to benefit teenagers with Autism. He shares his knowledge and experience in working with parents and students in meeting the educational needs of teens with Autism.
Feb 06, 2018
Life Advice From a Parent of a Child with Autism
Gina Baker, Nurse, Natural Play Therapist, and mother of a son with Autism, shares her experience and knowledge of self-care for parents of children with Autism, and strengthening your relationship with your child.
Jan 30, 2018
Toney Larson shares her experiences as a homeschool parent, her motivation, her methods and the benefits she has witnessed from teaching her children at home.
Jan 23, 2018
Interview with a therapist on Autism and ADHD
Aaron Tveter, author of Nature of the Mind, and the upcoming book, Reality Emotive Systems Theory, talks about his experience working with families of children with Autism and ADHD.
Jan 17, 2018
Parents of Children with Special Needs

With effective communication, you can form a partnership with your child's teacher to benefit your child.  Learn more on my website.

Jan 10, 2018
The Power of Mindset
Meridith Alexander shares her amazing story of tapping into her power of positivity when faced with a family crisis. She describes her incredible journey when her daughter, Schuyler, was crushed by a boulder in Colombia and how she was able to provide the support her daughter needed.
Jan 09, 2018
How to Take a Mini Break

I help parents lower stress in under 15 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more here.
Self-care is so important to parents and yet so often neglected. It doesn’t need to be time consuming or expensive. Here is a list of suggestions.

Jan 03, 2018
Family Traditions

I help parents improve their children's behavior in under 5 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more here.
Well managed family traditions and rituals strengthen family connections, create a comforting sense of belonging and history, and can even reduce family conflict. What positive family traditions are you establishing for your children?

Dec 27, 2017
Teacher Parent Communication
This is an interview with a teacher who does an outstanding job of communicating with the parents of her students.
Dec 14, 2017
School Choice

I help parents improve their children's behavior in under 5 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more here.
What role do parents have in school choice?  And why does it matter?

Nov 14, 2017
How to Get Your Child to Love Reading
Is reading important in your family? It has been demonstrated to be essential to your child’s success in school. How can you help them learn to love it?
Oct 31, 2017

I help parents improve their children's behavior in under 5 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more here.
How do you feel about homework? Is it useful? Does it benefit your child and enhance learning? Or is it a source of stress and conflict in your home? How can you use it to support your child’s learning? Leave a comment on how homework is handled at your house.

Oct 24, 2017
I Wrote a Book!

 It has been said that the best teacher will show you where to look, but not tell you what to see.  It is my goal with this book to share what I have learned through experience in my years as a parent and professional educator as well as through study and research and allow you, as the reader, to determine what is best for your child.  The expression, “It takes a village to raise a child.” has been overused and I can’t totally agree with it.  It would be more appropriate to say it takes a village to support the parents so they can raise their child.
 I provide a free copy of my book in my parenting class, Power Parents

Oct 10, 2017
School Anxiety

 I help parents improve their children's behavior in under 5 minutes a day with one simple tool.  Learn more here
There are many types of anxiety that children can suffer from.
Separation anxiety: When children are worried about being separated from caregivers. These kids can have a hard time at school drop-offs and throughout the day.
Social anxiety: When children are excessively self-conscious, making it difficult for them to participate in class and socialize with peers.
Selective mutism: When children have a hard time speaking in some settings, like at school around the teacher.
Generalized anxiety: When children worry about a wide variety of everyday things. Kids with generalized anxiety often worry particularly about school performance and can struggle with perfectionism.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder: When children’s minds are filled with unwanted and stressful thoughts. Kids with OCD try to alleviate their anxiety by performing compulsive rituals like counting or washing their hands.
Specific phobias: When children have an excessive and irrational fear of particular things, like being afraid of animals or storms.

So what do you do when your child suffers from one of these forms of anxiety? Sometimes the solution can be simple and easy to address. I remember when I was about 5 to 7 years old and there were some days when I would wake up feeling like I wasn’t well enough to go to school. I would tell my mother that I couldn’t go to school that day because I felt sick. She would respond with sympathy and concern and then advise me to get ready for school and then see how I felt. She knew that if I proceeded with my daily routine, that would take my mind off my worries and I would be fine. It always worked. By the time I got dressed and ate breakfast, I felt ready to go to school. I remember being impressed with how smart she was. When I got older I appreciated how wise she was.

Sep 09, 2017
Best Interests of Child

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When a child is first born, all decisions for the child must be made by the parents. By the time the child reaches adulthood, they are making all of the decisions for themselves. How does that transition work? How do we move from doing everything for our child to surrendering all control and becoming a supportive friend? A natural transition occurs as your child grows in abilities and becomes able to do more for herself. You may notice while you are dressing her, that she wants to do it herself or even select the outfit herself. Or he may want to pour his own glass of water. Sometimes these first attempts can lead to disastrous results. You may be tempted to override their desires for autonomy and insist that you continue to do things for them, but is this in the best interests of your child? This does not mean we need to or should relinquish the adult role. If your child is trying to do something that could hurt them or someone else, clearly you have to intervene, just be clear on why you are intervening. Is it necessary to keep them safe? Or will it just make things more convenient for you? If you find you are still doing things for your child after they are able to do it for themselves, ask yourself if you are doing this for them or for yourself? Are you helping them? Or are you meeting your need to be in control or useful or needed? What is in the best interest of your child? To be waited on by a devoted parent? Or to learn new skills and develop autonomy and self-confidence? If the goal is to raise an independent, successful adult, what is the wisest approach? Perhaps the adage, “Never do something for your child that he can do for himself.” comes into play here.

How does this transfer of control work for school age children? How much autonomy should a child have at this stage? Should a school age child decide whether or not they attend school? Or what school they attend? Or whether or not they do homework?
Let’s go back to the question of safety. Obviously, you wouldn’t let your child run into the street, or play with matches or sharp knives. Part of your responsibility as a parent is to keep them safe and to teach them to take care of themselves. You would stop them from doing something dangerous and then explain why it is dangerous and how to cross a street safely, or handle matches or sharp knives. Children need to know we are concerned for their well being. And they may need help understanding long term consequences. The Frontal Lobe, the brain’s top executive, is the last part of the brain to develop in young adulthood. Rather sobering to think that teenagers are making decisions that will impact the rest of their lives at a time when their cognitive reasoning is not fully developed. And some youth have the added challenge of mental health issues, such as ADHD, Depression, Autism and Mood Disorders. How does that transfer of control from parent to child work in these cases? How do you work with a child who would be perfectly content to stay home from school every day and play video games? Or stay in their room and sleep? How much freedom can you allow a youth who just wants to hurt themselves? Or maybe even take their own life? How do you know which decisions they can make for themselves and which ones you need to make for them? For anyone who wants to make decisions for your child, including the child himself, apply the standard of “best interest”. Does this decision have the ultimate goal of fostering and encouraging your child's happiness, security, mental health, and emotional development into young adulthood? The boundary between acting in the child’s best interest and unnecessary dominion or control must be carefully and sensitively protected.

Aug 23, 2017
Parents as Advocates

 Some parents feel intimidated by education professionals, especially if the parents don’t have an advanced degree or even any post high training. They may feel that the teacher is the expert and be reluctant to interfere with or question what is happening in the classroom. While the teacher may have the professional training, parents are the experts on their child. They have been with them since birth and are best qualified to understand their needs and how they learn. Parents come from a perspective of what is best for their child, while teachers come from a perspective of what is best for the classroom. Parents will be involved in the life of their child for a lifetime, while teachers will only be involved for a few months or possibly years. Parents need to contribute the valuable knowledge they have gleaned from raising their child to the educational process. Their child’s teacher will be better equipped to help their child progress academically. Parents need to form a synergistic team with the education professionals in their children’s lives, with the parents sharing their knowledge of the student and the professionals sharing their knowledge of the learning process. Their children, especially the ones who struggle, will thrive in this setting. 

Aug 16, 2017
How Teachers Can Make a Difference

 If teachers take the attitude that students succeed if they want to, then when students fail their class they can console themselves with the thought that it wasn’t their fault. They taught the material, the student just chose not to complete the assignments. Nothing changes, they can continue to collect their paycheck and move on feeling they have done all that is required of them. Most teachers enter the profession because they want to make a difference in the lives of their students. They may become discouraged as the years go by and they see that not all students learn quickly and easily. It becomes more challenging to maintain their original zeal for teaching after they have been through many challenges, and it may become much more tempting to work with the students who excel naturally and ignore the ones who struggle and even cause problems. It is much easier to find fault with others rather than ourselves. However, if teachers understand that students succeed when they can, they will want to identify what is blocking that success. Does the student feel safe in the classroom environment? Do they have a learning disability? Are they able to hear the instructions? Can they process the information that is presented? Do they understand the steps? Are they distracted by unmet needs? This mind set allows for growth and improvement; it makes it possible for all students to succeed. When this is the approach teachers take, parents are a valuable ally in problem-solving to determine what obstacles are preventing the student from attending class or completing assignments. 

Aug 10, 2017
Family Meetings

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Does your family hold family meetings?  Family meetings provide a time and format for planning and working together much like a business meeting an employer might hold with his team of employees or a sports team before a game.  They can be as informal as conversations held during a meal or any time everyone involved is in the room and only last a few minutes. They can also consist of a regularly appointed time with a written agenda and last an hour or longer.  Shorter is always better, but a family meeting needs to last long enough to address any issues or concerns that involve the group as a whole. Its purpose is to provide effective communication and promote teamwork, a feeling of involvement and belonging.  It lets every member know that they are valued and appreciated as an essential member of the family. These meetings can expedite or smooth out the day to day activities in a home such as meals, cleaning, yardwork, transportation for children with their events, sharing the family car, making sure everyone gets where they need to go, managing the finances, and solving any problems that arise when a group of people share a house with all its responsibilities.  It’s also a time to plan family vacations or address weightier matters like an extended illness or death of a family member. It is easier to address these serious issues when the relational rapport has already been established with clear lines of communication. Family meetings allow members to provide mutual support as opposed to individuals who just happen to live in the same house. Each member becomes aware of the goals, needs, and challenges of the others.  They can get involved in each other’s lives and serve each other. Bonding and synergistic energy are the result. Any number of people working together can accomplish more than the same number of people working separately.

There are many benefits to family meetings, but nothing worthwhile comes without a cost.  It takes effort and persistence to establish and maintain the practice of holding family meetings.  Depending on when the idea is introduced, you will most often meet with resistance. The easiest approach is to begin when the family begins.  When two people decide to form a family, they can begin this habit of consistent regular communication. It is a natural part of setting up a household and sharing a home.  Care will need to be taken that this is maintained and the communication continues. One or both parties involved will need to make sure that communication continues consistently, whether with a formal, regularly scheduled time or more informally on a daily basis.  The pattern is set from the beginning and as children are added to the family they are included, even infants. Children grow up knowing this is what their family does. They learn they are a valuable part of this group. Their needs are taken seriously and they are able to contribute to serve their family.

Jul 11, 2017
Who’s cleaning the house?

 Learn more about family structure in my Power Parent class. 

Jun 27, 2017
Raising Three Sets of Twins

 What would it be like to raise three sets of twins?  Deborah Finck shares her experience. 

Mar 16, 2017