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We're not your average parenting podcast. And we don't have your average guests. We interview zookeepers (because talking to our teens sometimes feels like trying to wrestle a lion in its habitat), ringside announcers (aren’t parents everywhere taking one on the chin?), FBI hostage negotiators (to help us successfully negotiate a clean room), and many more. Because parenting is hard, and we want to make it easier with any advice we can get.
 
Do you ever feel like being at home isn’t what you thought it would be? Somehow, it just seems to fall short. You try so hard to juggle the moving pieces and keep everyone happy, but you feel like you’re surviving instead of thriving. There’s so much advice about parenting and adult relationships, it’s hard to focus on what you really need to know. Let us help you. We started The Smart Family Podcast with you in mind. We exist to offer you high quality, practical advice to help you strengthe ...
 
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Join us for an immersive, captivating, and ultimately inspirational chat with Jennifer Kolari of Connected Parenting. Down to earth, hilarious, delightful (and incredibly insightful), listen to how parents can use the relatively straightforward yet extremely effective CALM method to connect and work with kids! DEFINITELY visit www.connectedparentin…
 
Today Show Parenting Expert Jordana Horn (and mother of six!) talks about a return to normal post-pandemic and how we can get our now-feral kids back out into the world. Jordana wrote a fantastic article about kids going feral during the pandemic in The Washington Post. Her work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,…
 
In this episode, the roadmap of childhood continues through the tween, teen, and young adults years. Jennifer helps parents recognize normal and expected developmental stages, what to expect on this part of the parenting journey, how to enjoy your kids, and how to handle the inevitable bumps in the road.…
 
The paradigm of understanding behaviour is shifting. Where we used to just see positive and negative reinforcement as our only options to address misbehaviour, we are now urged to consider how stressors lead to stress behaviour. Join us in this extremely informative episode as we talk with Dr Stuart Shanker about reframing the behaviour we are seei…
 
If you want to know more about how to support your infant, child or teen's development in the context of the underlying neuroscience, this interview with an expert Infant, Child and Teen Psychiatrist will shed welcome light. Dr. Clinton combines her decades of clinical psychiatry practice with her passion to serve as a knowledge translator of the a…
 
Want to know how entrepreneurs get things started and why? Listen in to a fun, hilarious, and revealing conversation with Ayeshah Abuelhiga, CEO and Founder of Mason Dixie Foods! She talks about her beginnings, what it's like to jump out of the corporate boardroom and into the entrepreneurial trenches, and how kids (especially young ladies) can be …
 
A great and thoughtful discussion with Gary Noesner, former Chief Hostage Negotiator for the FBI. Yes, That FBI. He breaks down how he got involved in a career in the FBI, and how tricks of his trade can be used in your very own home to keep the peace. Funny, warm, and SUPER down to earth (for someone who's saved literally dozens and dozens of live…
 
Has stress over finances taken a toll on your relationship? Today's guest, Stephanie Sims, has drawn from lessons learned over many years of personal and client experience to establish her life's calling: helping others manage their finances and make progress toward debt-free living. In this episode, Stephanie shares invaluable insights and perspec…
 
In any given year, 20% of adults will be struggling with mental illness. That means a lot of marriages are impacted at some point during the marriage. Sometimes it can destroy a marriage when we see only the illness and not the person we once knew and loved. Or perhaps the burden is too much for the supporting spouse. How can partners help each oth…
 
A fascinating conversation with Ring Announcer Extraordinaire Ray Flores, who simply calls life as he sees it. Warm, thoughtful, and heartfelt, Ray brings his incredible work ethic and professional fighting insight into every day mantras that he follows and shares. Follow him @SBRFlores on both Instagram and Twitter, and please check out his upcomi…
 
A fascinating deep dive into sleep, why it's important, and how we can try and get kids to, you know, go to sleep and give Mom and Dad a little alone time to slam that bottle of wine. The Founder and Owner of JustOwnIt.co, Justin Roethlingshoefer, uses his decades of being a Strength Trainer in the NHL, a Sleep-Study enthusiast, and a mentor and co…
 
Technology can be wonderful and it has made our lives easier in so many ways - even in the current pandemic. Yet it is also the "fire of our times" and a real flashpoint for many families. Why is that? Child Psychiatrist and author Dr Shimi Kang talks about this from a brain science perspective and explains how the various neurochemicals in our bra…
 
Limit setting with your child can feel like a parenting task that creates distance between you and your child. Jennifer Kolari is a child and family therapist who created a therapeutic model that encourages parents to treat kids with compassion while supporting behavioural change from the inside out. She teaches a method with the acronym CALM, whic…
 
In this episode, Jennifer talks about the importance of self-parenting and how to parent yourself from a place of kindness and compassion. As parents, we are the architects of our children’s brains, and our parents were the architects of ours. In truth, we are all walking around as adults with programming that was installed before we were seven yea…
 
Here's how we do book reviews at What The Parent? - An admittedly shallow (but thoughtful) dive into the main points of the book Have A New Teenager By Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman. Enjoy! Support us at Patreon Show us some serious like and get extra content, swag, and much more! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=49791112)…
 
Do you feel like you are always walking on eggshells to prevent a blowup at home? Does a child's behaviour come out of the blue? Child psychologist Mona Delahooke explains all of these things to us. Delving into Polyvagal Theory and past over-simplified "checklist" behavioural medicine, Mona urges us to see behaviour in a deeper and more holistic w…
 
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed or disconnected in your marriage? Worried how this is impacting the kids? Do you wonder if maybe splitting up is better than continuing on? Then this is an episode you won't want to miss! Toni and Carey Nieuwhof reflect together on how a marriage can become empty, and offer practical advice on how to turn it aroun…
 
The pandemic is taking its toll on children’s mental health. Many kids are struggling and parents are struggling with knowing how to help them. In this episode, Jennifer gives parents some important tips on how to soothe and comfort your kids while building your emotional resilience during these trying times.…
 
We've had a couple of conversations over the past year about shame with Dr. Craig Brannan, and here we continue digging deeper. Craig shares some specific ways that parents (usually unintentionally) create shame in their kids. He also brings to light a song featured in the movie, Tangled, that demonstrates statements that invalidate kids. It's neve…
 
In this episode Jennifer shares how to help your teens with heart break. It is so hard to watch your child suffer and at times it hurts us more than them, but there is much to learn as kids practice life and learn how to grow and thrive through whatever life throws at them. This episode will cover the what to do and what not to do to help your kids…
 
This past year has been so hard for families. With lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and closed schools, it has been hard for parents and children to adjust. Mental health issues have increased sharply. What can we do to help our teens? It's such a pleasure to have anxiety expert, counsellor and best-selling author Sissy Goff back with us again to she…
 
If 2020 taught us anything it’s that we have to help our kids deal with change and disappointment. In this episode Jennifer talks about how to help your kids manage big hurts and little hurts. Listen to find out how to help your kids develop the emotional shock absorbers needed to handle anything.By Jennifer Kolari
 
Autism has a well-defined set of diagnostic criteria. However, the behaviours often serve a purpose and if we take the time to ask "why?" it will lead to a deeper understanding of the person with an autism diagnosis. Dr Prizant has worked with people with autism for decades. In this conversation he challenges us to see autism in a new way.…
 
If you've suffered the loss of a baby or child, or someone close to you has, we believe this conversation will help. Devoted advocate for grieving parents, Candy McVicar experienced the loss of her first baby at 33 weeks gestation. She's committed to assisting other parents who've lost children, raising awareness of the types of care and support th…
 
What is ADHD exactly? Aren't all kids normally a little hyperactive? Can it be due to too much sugar in the diet? Should my teenager with ADHD be driving? Do stimulant medications actually work? If you have ever asked any of these questions, this episode is for you! We speak with Dr Russell Barkley - foremost expert on ADHD - on how ADHD is actuall…
 
If you've been married any number of years, you've probably at least started to question the naive optimism you entered your life together with. Forgiveness? We're so much in sync, yes we'll need it but we're good. We've got this! Even if you agree that you might face hard times at some point in your marriage, in the back of your mind you really do…
 
Are you one of the many parents dealing with your kids learning from home? Some parents we've been talking to are homeschooling their kids for the first time. Others are dealing with helping their kids learn online from home. While both these scenarios have significant differences, there are common elements. Today, we pick the brain of an experienc…
 
In this episode, Jennifer discusses the art of being neutral, one of the most important pillars in the Connected Parenting method. Although it may sound simple, it is often the hardest thing to do. People often have different ideas of what being neutral actually means. Jennifer discusses the nuances and delivers practical and meaningful strategies …
 
Halloween can be such a fun time for kids...candy, costumes and decorations! However, for many of our kids Halloween can mean anxiety and behavioural issues! This can make it a scary time for parents! In this episode Jennifer shares how to combat the halloween fears and the bedtime scares, and keep you and your kids CALM this Halloween!…
 
Wow we had fun with this episode! We wanted to make our conversation with Ian Morgan Cron and the Enneagram personality assessment super practical for you in this episode. So we distilled all the best from our recent conversation about marriage and parenting and then we find out how two married couples (yup - your hosts Rob and Toni and their spous…
 
How much screen use is okay? How can you ensure your kid's digital exposure benefits their development without causing harm? How do you guide your kids to develop life skills such as attention, appreciation and the ability to apologize when tech-driven communication trends tend to oppose these skills? Screen use and social media has been on the ris…
 
In this episode, Jennifer talks about how important it is to let kids experience healthy adversity. Challenges, mistakes, and failures are critical to learning, good mental health, and emotional resilience. Learn how to help your children benefit from life’s contrasts and bumps and how to stay calm while you do.…
 
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