Conscious Parents, Thriving Kids with Sue DeCaro
Connect to Our Own Goodness, Individual Worth, and Love for the Self with Jessica Morey

Connect to Our Own Goodness, Individual Worth, and Love for the Self with Jessica Morey

January 20, 2020

#054: Mindfulness and mindful meditation are so important in being able to connect to our own goodness, individual worth and love for the self. Listen in to this incredible interview with my special guest Jessica Morey, the Executive Director of iBme, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education.

Jessica has taught over forty mindfulness meditation retreats for teenagers, working with over one thousand teens in nine years. You do not want to miss this rich discussion.

Teens, Moods, Confusion and Navigating It All

Teens, Moods, Confusion and Navigating It All

January 13, 2020

#053: What do we make of our teens? Are we confused? One moment, it is clear what’s going on, how they are feeling, and their direction. The next moment, it might be a different story. With the flip of a switch, it all seems a bit foreign.

Listen in to learn some helpful techniques to navigate these challenging times as we support the beautiful teens in our families.

What Fuels and Drives Our Kids to Learn with Andrew Campanella

What Fuels and Drives Our Kids to Learn with Andrew Campanella

January 6, 2020

#052: You are the expert when it comes to your child. Choosing the right school for our children can be a very challenging job. There are many misconnections around school and school choices. Listen in to this informative discussion with Andrew Campanella, author of The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child

Shame Proofing - Shifting the Dialogue

Shame Proofing - Shifting the Dialogue

December 30, 2019

#051: Words and actions carry so much weight in the parenting arena. The way we describe, and sometimes even shame our children, perhaps unconsciously or unknowingly, can be damaging. When we shame, these negative statements and words seep in and become belief systems for the child and can become held at their core.

This episode will offer some eye-opening thoughts about ways to shift the dialogue, removing the potential for shaming.

Empathy in Parenting, from a Dad’s Perspective with Jason Kreidman

Empathy in Parenting, from a Dad’s Perspective with Jason Kreidman

December 23, 2019

#050: Jason Kreidman shares his beautiful journey in the world of fatherhood, what he has learned and how powerful it has been in changing his relationships and his parenting. Listen in to hear about the most powerful tool in Jason's toolbox.

 

Conscious Eating - A Practical Approach for the Holiday’s and Beyond with Britney Kennedy

Conscious Eating - A Practical Approach for the Holiday’s and Beyond with Britney Kennedy

December 16, 2019

#049: Creating a practical approach to food around the holidays and every other day is a key ingredient in living a healthy life. Britney talks about how important an "all foods fit mentality" is for our children and our family. When we take a positive approach and create dialogue around foods and facts, we are educating our children and empowering them to make choices.

Listen in to this powerful conversation. 

Triumph Over Triggers

Triumph Over Triggers

December 9, 2019

#048: When we become parents, we often have many unmet needs, wounds or issues from our own childhood that can be stirred up. We are usually unaware of this, knee-deep in the day-to-day parenting journey. Listen in to this episode to have a better understanding of your own triggers and how you can triumph over them!

Proud Mama Moment - Truly holding space for a child facing strong emotions

Proud Mama Moment - Truly holding space for a child facing strong emotions

December 2, 2019

#047: Raising children is no easy task. When we are raising an empath who is holding and processing grief, it can offer additional challenges. Listen in to this amazing story about consciousness, presence, awareness, love, and holding the space for a child. This is a beautiful story.

  

The Gift of Self-Compassion

The Gift of Self-Compassion

November 25, 2019

#046: The gift of compassion is a skill and ability that we need to learn to offer ourselves. Do you find yourself supporting others with compassion, kindness, and understanding? What do you offer yourself? 

Listen in for some helpful tips and ideas to bring this amazing compassion HOME to YOU. You are worthy!

 

Show Notes: 

Welcome to conscious parents, thriving kids, a place for all things parenting. I am your host Sue DeCaro. Oftentimes I have people reaching out to me all over the world asking me for guidance and support actually daily, and I take this as an opportunity to show compassion and kindness for that is really what I'm about. I'm a person who has a bleeding heart. I care for others in such a way that sometimes I actually have to protect myself and not over-give. As a parent, coach, and educator, I teach people how important self-care is in everyday life. We must always fill our own buckets and re-energize ourselves so that we are able to take care of the important people in our lives, our children, our families, our parents perhaps, and we cannot do that with an empty bucket. This leads me to the discussion of compassion. Many times as parents we find ourselves full of sympathy, understanding kindness and compassion towards others. I have many friends and family members that will share the things that might be challenging and painful and of course, I am supportive and kind feeling a little bit of their pain as I speak with them. We all possess the skill and offer this to so many others in our daily lives. When we are in pain, we also need to be able to show ourselves compassion.

This is not something that many of us have ever seen modeled in our own lives. How many of our parents actually have shown us how to be compassionate with ourselves? We're not taught the importance or the necessity of being most compassionate towards ourselves. For example, I had the flu a while back for two weeks. Many times when I had been sick in the past, I would try to push through it thinking that there was no time for illness. Who has time for that? But this particular time was different. I not only allowed myself to feel whatever was coming through my body but also acknowledged what message it was giving me each day. Moment to moment, I took clues from my body and responded compassionately. I showed myself the same love, kindness, and concern that I would show a friend. I accepted my current state and I recognized that I needed to lay on the couch, not push through the illness, but instead surrender to that moment with lots of self-compassion.

It is so important. Be kind to yourself. And here are some ideas on how to do this. First, acknowledge that whatever is happening is challenging or difficult. It's important to look at our lives and see the challenges and the difficulties that we are facing. Next, ask yourself, what do I need right now? And then how can I comfort and care for myself at this particular moment? These are the things we provide to others. So let's circle back and offer ourselves that exact same compassion. These questions and their answers are not opportunities for us to bring judgment to the situation. Just like we show others compassion and kindness, we need to show ourselves that same level of respect without a judgmental attitude. So when we look at the challenge or name the challenge and ask ourselves what we need right now, it's not about a negative focus. It's not about the fact that we are having a hard time. It is with complete neutrality that we need to come to this and wrap our arms around ourselves so that we can be compassionate for the most important person in front of us if we're looking in the mirror and that's ourselves.

Lastly, we need to honor and accept that we are human beings and as such, we are going to experience tough moments in our lives. Acknowledging the challenges in our lives and giving ourselves the time to care for those challenges is a small gift and a gift that keeps on giving because carving out that time to honor and accept that we are human is a gift in and of itself. Human beings need to go through life excepting with compassion. Don't ignore your pain. You will move forward in a more balanced way. When you comfort and acknowledge what is happening within you rather than brushing it under the rug and dismissing it self-compassion requires us to observe what we are feeling, our thoughts, our emotions, our struggles, while also willingly bringing kindness, acceptance, and compassion to ourselves. In those particular moments. It's important to be your own support system.

It's also important to have other support systems too, but of course, you are your best source of support in every moment because you're always with yourself. So I encourage you to offer yourself exactly what you would offer another each and every day. Come to your morning, afternoon, evening with the love and kindness you show others you deserve it. When was the last time you offered yourself a hug? When was the last time you were fully kind and compassionate with loving arms to whatever was facing you at that moment? I encourage you to do more of this and I'd love to hear how it goes. Thank you so much for joining me. Remember, every moment is a new moment for conscious connections.

 

 

Tips For Surviving Our Children’s Tantrums, an interview with Devon Kuntzman

Tips For Surviving Our Children’s Tantrums, an interview with Devon Kuntzman

November 18, 2019

#045: Our perspective and approach around tantrums can have a huge impact on our children. Listen in to this conversation and learn some incredible techniques to help your children when tantrums arise. Also shared in this rich discussion is how you can help yourself through these challenges. Tantrums are a natural part of our children's development. Throughout this podcast, you will learn some amazing tips.