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If your parenting ever feels like a game of whack-a-mole, we’ve got you. If you are a Type-A planner who wants to parent proactively, we’re here for you. If you find yourself somewhere in between….that parent who longs to parent with intention, but often ends up reacting to situations as they arise, you are our people! Our distinct philosophy - Future Focused Parenting – takes center stage on the podcast. We open every episode with our own personal “why” to demonstrate bringing intention to ...
 
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Kira and Deana chat with Janet Allison and Jennifer L.W. Fink about closing the gender gap by thinking about how we raise our boys and our girls. Together they focus on using context, communication and conversation to help our children understand the past as they move forward into the future. More about Janet and Jennifer: https://www.on-boys-podca…
 
Do you have a highly sensitive boy? Perhaps your son has been called “too sensitive” or “too emotional.” Maybe he is easily overwhelmed, especially when he’s surrounded by a lot of sensory stimuli. Approximately 10% of all males are thought to be highly sensitive — and often, others imply that they aren’t “man enough.” In a culture that’s long valu…
 
Like us, Teacher Tom is concerned about how we raise our boys. “In our culture, we have a society where men are lonely, men have higher suicide rates and men are more prone to violence, and sexual abuse. And I don’t think that’s in the nature of men. I think it’s somehow in the nature of how we’re raising men,” says Tom Hobson, aka “Teacher Tom,” a…
 
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Today on Raising Adults we dive into this age-old question that so many kids get peppered with from adults. It's an interesting question considering so many of us are probably still trying to figure it out ourselves. Brace yourselves; Kira came up with an acronym in this episode! So, join us today as we un…
 
Having sons forced Tosha Schore to reevaluate everything she knew about boys. Schore, the daughter of a single mom, grew up stepped in the women’s movement. As a child, she attended marches and rallies for women’s rights and, in college, she majored in Women’s Studies. She was pregnant with her first child and sidelined with a bout of nausea when a…
 
Today on Raising Adults, Deana and Kira talk about embracing your “flawsome” as parents. Do you sometimes struggle with comparison or look at other parents and feel like they do it all, have it all, and manage to offer their children everything? If this is you, then don't miss this episode! "It’s about doing the best you're capable of and saying, t…
 
Steve Biddulph is a legendary parenting educator. He’s the author of The Secrets of Happy Children, Raising Boys in the 21st Century: How to Help Our Boys Become Open-Hearted, Kind and Strong Men, and The New Manhood, among others. His latest book, Fully Human: A New Way of Using Your Mind, isn’t about child-rearing, though. It’s a simple, working …
 
In today’s episode, Deana and Kira have the opportunity to chat with Amy Carney about Future Focused foster/adoptive parenting. She is the author of Parent on Purpose-A Courageous Approach to Raising Children in a Complicated World and 100 Questions for Mom- a Journal for Reflection and Connection. She is a public speaker, content creator, and prod…
 
Is future-focused parenting the key to raising adults? Yes, says Deana Thayer and Kira Dorrian, parent coaches and co-hosts of the Raising Adults podcast. “It’s not about raising boys; it’s about raising men,” Kira says. “Who are these men we want our boys to become? How do we want them to walk through the world, and what do we have to be doing rig…
 
In today's episode, Kira and Deana talk about teaching kids to spot unsafe relationships. Learn what signs to look for if you suspect they are in an unsafe relationship and some resources that you and your children can use. Unsurprisingly, Deana has come up with a helpful acronym to help families remember what to look for and what to do if they see…
 
School + nature = forest schools Image: Laine Photos and Film “A forest school is holistic education outdoors in nature,” says Nicki Farrell, co-founder of Wildings Forest School in Queensland, Australia. Learning doesn’t typically follow set curriculum; rather, it’s child-led. Education is individualized and play-based and includes plenty of movem…
 
Curious to know Kira's and Deana's whys for peer pressure? Wondering what the three pillars of the Future Focused Parenting philosophy are and how you can apply them? Be sure to listen as Kira and Deana dive into these questions and so much more. "You have to be willing to say, actually, my value system is stronger than my fear." - Kira Dorrian "Th…
 
Males represent 25-40% of individuals with eating disorders. That’s not something people tell us when our boys are babies, and it’s not something most pediatricians mention at well-child checks — despite the fact that males are at a higher risk of dying from an eating disorder than females. “We have this notion that only a certain type of a person …
 
Laura Hernandez and her husband, Tony, live in the Dallas area, raising seven biological and three adopted children. That's right; they have ten amazing children - She's our hero! Laura created Mama Systems to help others bring peace to their homes through customized systems. She offers coaching and courses that help families live more intentionall…
 
Can you prevent addiction? Or alcoholism? After all, no one dreams of taking their son to rehab. Or arguing with him, repeatedly, about his use of pot, alcohol or meth. When our babies are little, we tell ourselves that if we do everything right, our sons can avoid alcoholism and addiction. But that’s simply not true. 24% of 8th graders have had at…
 
Deana and Kira chat about the difference between correcting our kids and criticizing them. How can we be sure to come across with love, kindness and understanding when we need to correct a behavior? How can we keep in check what we can expect of them and what they might only be learning as they grow? And, how can we keep ourselves calm in the proce…
 
Kira and Deana chat with Bill Brady of Troomi Wireless about how to keep kids safe online, on their devices and more. Bill shares some of the ways parents can create trust with their children around technology use as well as help their children learn the skills necessary to navigate social media, app use, email and messaging in a way that is safe n…
 
Does your son have a problem with executive function? Let’s put it another way…. Does he struggle with homework, procrastination, time management, or lack of motivation? Does he have ADHD? If so, he probably needs help developing his executive functioning. “If you want to help a kid who is struggling with homework, grades, procrastination, under ac…
 
Kira and Deana discuss re-entry as the pandemic shifts and the world starts to open up again. How do we support our kids? How do we help them to be understanding of each other and the variety of experiences their friends may have had? How do we teach them the compassion, empathy and patience they will need for others and for themselves as we begin …
 
How DO you homeschool boys? Trying to recreate school-at-home doesn’t work for most boys — as so many families found out during the pandemic. And placing your life and career on hold while you educate your kids isn’t exactly practical either. Linsey Knerl, a freelance writer and mother of six (including 5 boys!), says it’s possible to homeschool bo…
 
Deana and Kira talk with Sandy Fowler, stress relief coach and host of the Mighty Parenting podcast. Sandy shares tips for creating stress solutions that actually fit into your busy life as well as ways to make the most of sleep, and create quick and easy stress relief moments throughout the day. More about Sandy: https://sandyfowler.com https://mi…
 
What would happen if we based our education for boys on their interests? The idea of crafting an education around a student's interests is a bit novel in today's world of standardized curriculum and tests. But the concept is sound. As parents (and educators) know, trying to force a child to learn something they don't find interesting or useful is a…
 
Deana and Kira answer your questions about everything from imaginative play, emotional intelligence for kids under 18 months, linking your why to your values and more! Episodes referenced: The Importance of a Strong Why, Figuring Out Your Family’s Values, Raising Kids With Emotional IntelligenceBy Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
Can the K'Bro app help boys develop emotional resiliency?Yes, says K'Bro founder Patrina Mack, a mother of a son who was inspired by her son's school-inflicted emotional challenges. Importantly, she says, K'Bro is a boy-friendly, science-based support system that kids can use independently to cope with life's challenges.We've all heard the stats re…
 
Deana and Kira speak with Laura Froyen, PhD, of The Balanced Parent podcast to talk about the inner work required to practice Conscious Parenting. How do we understand our triggers and do the necessary healing in order to be the best parents we can be? More on Laura: https://www.laurafroyen.com/By Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
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