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Hi, I’m Avital. (pronounced Ah-Vee-Tal) I’m a mindful parenting coach, childhood designer, and mother. My work is dedicated to empowering intentional, imperfect parents (like you and me!) who face chaos, clutter, and conflict, through online tools to reclaim peace, presence and play for your family.
 
Simple, conscious, and positive parenting advice for any mom who has a child who seems to be an exception to every rule.
 
Up to this point in history, children have been seen as less than and parented in a way that uses power over a child. Most of us were parented in this way but there is a shift in thinking about the way we raise our kids. Parents don’t feel good about using shame, blame, criticism, punishments, and even rewards, to get their kids to listen. Parents are wanting a different way because they know from their own childhoods this type of parenting hurts and leaves us with scars we take with us thro ...
 
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Parenting Paused presses PAUSE on those shame inducing parenting failures. It presses PLAY on your inner wisdom and the ability to be the parent you want to be. Join Leslie Potter, mother and founder of Purejoy Parenting, as she shares her personal experiences as well as works with other moms and dads in real time to show you the step-by-step process to turn your parenting around.
 
Inspiring moms to encourage, connect and share how we are making our everyday moments more meaningful. Sharing life recipes for living more fully and intentionally. Reflections on EveryDay experiences in positive parenting. Interviews with EveryDayMoms who are finding fulfillment. Interviews with EveryDay Resources who are sharing tips for living more fully and intentionally. Welcome, we're happy you are here!
 
A podcast for the mindful modern mom who is raising a family in the now age. We talk all things, parenting, spirituality, self-care, and personal development. You'll hear real-life lessons, from real mom's in all stages of motherhood from new mom to teenage mom, expert insights and live life coaching with Bernadette
 
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Today we are talking about all things potty and how you can actually potty train your baby in the early days. As a mom of a teen and pre-teen I’m past the years of diapers and potties but I’m thrilled to be able to bring the Potty Plan to my listeners as an alternative to using diapers only. Listen in as we discuss this a parent-led, proactive ...…
 
Is the battle over your children’s screen time a constant source of frustration (and tantrums!)? Are you concerned they’re spending too much time on screens and that it might be unhealthy and even stunting their mental, social, and physical development? 🙋🏽 I’m right there with you. In this episode I talk with Dr. Alok Kanojia (a world-class add ...…
 
Teaching kids to be confident in their own skin and love their bodies is not a passive process. In this episode, Heather from Happier than Skinny helps us see how we can make it a reality. With all the pressure from social media, friends, and even media itself, it can be confusing for kids to develop confidence in who they are, and the bodies t ...…
 
How many times have you thought “my kid doesn’t appreciate anything I do!” Teaching gratitude is something we have to teach our kids but it’s also something we have to model because we all know our kids don’t do what we say, they do what we do! Julie Boyer, Gratitude Guru, shares some simple, age-appropriate ways to cultivate gratitude in your ...…
 
Have you ever seen a parent who really knows how to connect with kids? I think we all know someone who knows how to get them laughing and win them over with ease. One who can speak to kids at their level, calm them down when they get a little crazy or help them feel better when they’re upset. My brother is like this and it’s amazing to watch hi ...…
 
I was 26 years old and full of textbook information about parenting when I became a mom. Thankfully, my first child was a textbook child in so many ways...but not all. Those other things, I just brushed under the rug and tried to not talk about in front of other moms who I feared would judge me. In this age of self-development, and cliche phras ...…
 
Have you ever heard of an Economic Orphan? I never had until I met mom of 4, and business owner Tanya Donahue. She talks about the struggles of adopting two girls from Haiti who unbeknownst to her at the time of adoption were Economic Orphans. Hear Tanya’s story of adoption and building connection and a safe place for her 4 children all while l ...…
 
In this episode I talk about the reality that as our children grow into adulthood, they may “veer off” the path that we hoped for them. Have you ever worried about that? Have you thought about how you may feel if they turn out to be different than the person you wanted them to be? How would you handle it if you’re disappointed about who they be ...…
 
“If you just work hard, everything will turn go great”. That’s what most of us think when we start the journey of parenting, and then reality hits. The things we are working hard at, are making us miserable, and not helping. In this episode, Wendy Snyder gets very real about her darkest moments of parenting and how she used those to move on to ...…
 
Learning about the brain is the foundation of peaceful and nonviolent parenting. It’s because of what we know now about children’s brains, that will serve you in understanding your child so much better! I’ll explain exactly what’s going on for your child (brain-wise) in the middle of a meltdown and the best way to parent them through it! I’ll e ...…
 
In this episode we’re going to talk about religious practices, faith, and religious communities. People often ask me about how they can combine their passion and commitment to parenting from a loving and respectful place with their commitment to their faith (which might be based on a type of rewards system itself!) It’s a tough but important qu ...…
 
Kids today are different. They are exposed to more social pressure, more media, more messages from outside the home, and more stuff to juggle. Most of that is inevitable, which is why it calls for a shift for us as parents to be more intentional with how we approach parenting. I once heard a friend say “Ill just do the best I can and hope for t ...…
 
Did you know that allowing your kids to be dependent actually allows them to be Independent? we get stressed and worried about where kids are, in terms of what they can and can't do, that we lose our objectivity. This means we can't see that our kids need to take the time they need to learn developmental skills. We are often impatient and get c ...…
 
In this episode we’ll discuss spirituality in parenting, regardless of one’s religion. [6:50] Are religious people happier? [8:29] Organized religions often facilitate social ties and community. [10:15] Religious people create time to pursue spiritual feelings and emotions. [13:25] We can harness these same feelings and emotions in our parentin ...…
 
When it comes to having kids with ADHD or symptoms that look like ADHD. In this episode Dr Valerie Jacobs is talking all about the medical aspect of it all. BUT of course, we aren’t just talking about all the fluffy things, we go deep here, looking at what can cause it, what common triggers are, how to treat it naturally, and when to medicate i ...…
 
I’m asked all the time what punishments parents should use and when should kids be punished. Well…In short, I don’t believe in punishments. I don't believe in them because I think it distracts from the important reasons WHY your child is acting the way they are. When I talk about peaceful parenting, it’s parenting without punishment and it does ...…
 
Leadership and Family. How about Leadership and Parenting? Do these words go together? When you became a parent maybe you began to feel more like a servant than a leader. Maybe you feel like you just need to keep people alive and happy, get them what they need, and be there for them. Leadership is an act of service, but it's very different than ...…
 
It’s one thing to hear parenting experts talk about parenting and how different it can be, but today I’m bringing a parent who isn’t a parenting coach to you to talk about her journey of being the yelling, impatient mom who was desperate for answers, to being the one who feels like she understands, is more confident, and more patient than ever. ...…
 
I’m so happy to have my friend and fellow mom, Angela Crocker. On this episode, Angela and I talk about her newest book, Digital Life Skills for Youth. Kids age 11-18 have more access to technology than any other generation. We talk about what parents can do to build healthy boundaries and habits around technology. She shares what danger signs ...…
 
The word authority gets a bad rap when it comes to peaceful parenting because it tends to get lumped in with the authoritarian parenting style which is the “do as I say or else” style. But authority is actually well rooted in the authoritative style where you have high expectations but you also provide high support and warmth. When we choose to ...…
 
“Be patient, don’t yell, and be positive and everything will be ok” The messages around about parenting are there, but after TRYING to be patient, to NOT yell, and to be positive, I know I felt like a failure more often than not. Looking back I see I was approaching it all wrong. I was trying to ACT patient, rather than feel patient, and the di ...…
 
With all the great information and examples of parenting the way you desire to out there, do you ever feel like you constantly fall short? Like you’re failing as a parent and just not measuring up? You’ve heard it before, “comparison is the thief of joy.” But, in this information at our fingertips world we are living in, it can be difficult to ...…
 
Dr. Vanessa and I discuss her newest book, “Parenting Right From the Start; Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler years.” In the podcast, we talk about what it means to grow yourself up before you can grow your kids up, what it means to have “swagger” and how being “large and in charge” helps your kids be more independent. With th ...…
 
“Be patient, don’t yell, and be positive and everything will be ok” The messages around about parenting are there, but after TRYING to be patient, to NOT yell, and to be positive, I know I felt like a failure more often than not. Looking back I see I was approaching it all wrong. I was trying to ACT patient, rather than feel patient, and the di ...…
 
I was chatting with a friend who’s recently become a first time mom. Her baby is just turning one and she told me: “I’ve really let myself go”... she described how she hasn’t been to the gym since her pregnancy, how she’s enslaved herself in service of her baby and how she hasn’t been out with her girlfriends in months. If this is you, I’m goin ...…
 
I’m so happy to have my friend, fellow mom, and one of the newest experts on Cityline, Lindsay Whisen, on this episode. Lindsay and I share a passion for helping people in difficult areas of their lives. Her company serves people by freeing them from energetically draining clutter and inefficiency. In our conversation we talk about the parallel ...…
 
Getting kids to chores can be such a pain. First we ask nicely, then we get a little more firm, soon we find ourselves threatening things we could never follow through on, just to get a little help around the house. After years of repeating this same pattern, I decided to make some changes. In this episode you'll learn the exact process I used ...…
 
In this episode, I talk about what empathy really is and how to use it in your parenting. Use empathy when you have to say “no”, how to use it when your child is too young to name their emotions and how to use empathy for yourself! Robbin is a Certified Parent Coach, author and speaker. She works with parents from all over the world to help the ...…
 
Are you a working parent who tends to feel guilty while at work that you should be with your kids but then also feels guilty while with your kids that you should be working? Or perhaps you’re not a working parent but you are trying to meet your needs and desires in some way be it fitness, or a hobby and also feel guilty when trying to balance t ...…
 
Its no secret we parent differently than most people. Inevitably, when that happens, we set ourselves up to be seen and to be judged. Ugh, the thought of being judged still gets me, but it’s real. Also, on the same side of that coin is those who don’t necessarily judge but who aren’t supportive. When it comes to teachers, caregivers, or others ...…
 
Want to add some new superpowers into your parenting? My conversation with Adele Anderson, Certified Natural Medical Practitioner and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Coach and Trainer will help you to understand how our emotions are attached to our physiology and how we can use that knowledge to get more cooperation from our kids! About Adel ...…
 
We’re faced with many decisions in this parenting journey, and many options seem to be extreme on one side or the other. Should you be a whole life unschooler, or punish your children when they don’t get straight As in school? Should you work outside the home and climb the corporate ladder or should you surrender to a life of staying at home, g ...…
 
As moms, we want to give our kids the world on a silver platter. We often have hopes, dreams, and wishes for them, even if we don’t realize they are there. In this episode, Wendi Mckenna opens up about a side of parenting that’s rarely talked about. She talks about how those hopes, dreams, and expectations are coming from our own selfish desire ...…
 
In this episode, I talk about how to set intentions and how setting intentions can change your thoughts, mindset and actions. Setting intentions holds power because your mindset holds incredible power over your thoughts and actions. Robbin is a Certified Parent Coach, author and speaker. She works with parents from all over the world to help th ...…
 
Are schools like prison? A human rights violation? Is forced education immoral and abusive? If so… what are the millions and millions of parents with school-going kids to do? If this concerns you, listen up. You've heard the experts like Ken Robinson and Alfie Kohn weigh in that "schools kill creativity" or that "schools are feel bad education. ...…
 
After seeing the same behaviors over and over again, it’s hard to know what to do about them. We know timeouts don’t work, punishments don’t work, and even lecturing (er talking) to them about it doesn’t really make the behavior change. Today on the podcast Lauren Pace is showing us how to teach our kids the skills they are lacking that causes ...…
 
I’ll walk you through how you can tackle the three most common questions I get asked so you can have more cooperation and peace in your home! First, I talk about meltdowns and how to understand them and find out what’s going on with your child even if they are too young to express themselves. I talk about the secret to getting your kids to list ...…
 
Should we follow & encourage our children’s passions - like animals, robots or ballerinas - or drill into them the things they need to know, like math, science, and literacy? If you are homeschooling do you find yourself wanting to follow your child’s interest and NOT simply replicate the school system in your home but worry they will miss out ...…
 
If you’ve ever felt like kids assume you’re made of money, they beg for more stuff, and seem to have no appreciation for what they have, this episode is going to help you form a simple plan to change that. In this episode, John Lanza from www.themoneymammals.com/ talks about how to create money habits in your family that will help kids learn to ...…
 
In my podcast, my intention is to create a safe place for anyone listening. This is for parents who are struggling, parents who are just looking for some new ways. This podcast is for you if you've had a good day, if you've had a bad day, if you’ve been struggling for a week or years! This is for you if you have one child or many, young childre ...…
 
Are you an entrepreneur or trying to get a business off the ground but have no idea how to fit it all in with young kids? Are you interested in unschooling or radical unschooling and are unsure of what that even looks like? Or do you just simply struggle to feel brave in your parenting choices given all the uncertainty and conflicting informati ...…
 
In the middle of a meltdown, when your ears are about to burst, and your patience is worn thin, it’s hard to know what to do. Sure, people can tell you to “be firm” but that just ends in a massive power struggle. Others can tell you to “validate their feelings” but that doesn’t even get heard sometimes. So what can be done in those crazy, exhau ...…
 
I never learned how to cultivate creativity in my own kids, and most parents find themselves in the same boat as me. But, it’s something I feel is so important to my kids’ development and future success, so this episode is one I’ve found to be super helpful. In this episode, Jean Van’t Hul talks about how to foster creativity in kids...not only ...…
 
“How do I get my partner on board if he says I’m just being a pushover?” “How can I get my partner to see that yelling or spanking isn’t helping?” Changing the ways we parent is a process and can be hard when we feel like we are doing it alone, or if we are being judged for it. In this candid episode, I’m opening up about the differences betwee ...…
 
In this episode, we’ll explore why you can have a clean and beautiful house or you can care for your children, but you can’t have both…at least, not if you want to stay sane. Or can you? Let’s find out. [3:59] The sanity triangle. [6:25] Dichotomy vs. integration. [8:09] Can we find a balance? [10:54] Embrace the wobble. [12:58] Life is made up ...…
 
We hear it all the time “living their best life” but what does that really mean and how do we really help kids to live their best lives? Laura Earnshaw of MyHappyMind (https://myhappymind.org/) is on the podcast today helping us to not just say the words, but truly help our kids understand and become their best selves. In this episode you’ll le ...…
 
Do you desperately need help, but you’re worried you can’t afford it? Do you want a mother’s helper or assistant, but you’re not sure where to find them or how much they’ll cost? Do you wonder if there’s an affordable option for those who are less privileged? Do you feel guilty at the thought of paying for help? In this episode we’ll discuss ge ...…
 
We all want our kids to grow into well rounded and emotionally stable people, but when it comes to the daily meltdowns, tantrums, and whining we face, sometimes it's hard to know how that will happen. Here in this episode Ty Aller, a licensed Marriage and family therapist explains the best practices for supporting healthy social-emotional growt ...…
 
Do you desperately need a break, but feel like you can’t trust anyone with your kids? Do you fear what might happen to them (some disaster or catastrophe), what might be said to them, or what might be taught to them if you’re not there? In this episode we’ll address some common fears that parents have about leaving their kids with other people. ...…
 
Finding your identity outside of motherhood - making time for 'your thing' Jennifer Radnay shares with us her experiences as a very young Mama of 3 under 30 to raising three teenagers. She shares how important it is do what we say because they learn most by what they see and feel from us —our energy—than anything we say to them. Going through a ...…
 
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