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Parenting is often lived in the extremes. It’s either great joy or chaotic overwhelm. One moment you’re nailing it and the next you’re losing your cool. I want to help you find your way to the messy middle, to a place of balance. You see, balance is a verb, not a state of being. It is a thing you DO, not a thing you ARE. It’s an action, a process, a series of micro-corrections that we make, each and every day, to keep ourselves feeling centered. We are never truly balanced, we are engaged in ...
 
A maker is someone who has a passion for creating something where formerly there was nothing. Making and being creative may be their full time job, a part-time hustle, or a hobby that brings them joy. Makers are woodworkers, metalworkers, artists, ceramicists, designers, carpenters, and so much more. Every week I will bring you two interviews of female and nonbinary makers of all kinds from all over the world. They will share their stories of how they got to where they are and what they do, ...
 
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We are a group of queer and racially diverse craft artists who work in each of the traditional mediums (clay, glass, metals, wood, and textiles). With Craft Equity, we want to provide a space of healing and support and sharing. This account is for people who have been harmed: people who have never spoken of how they were mistreated and people who h…
 
Pam Robinson is a metalsmith, goldsmith, jewelry maker and designer based out of Chicago, IL. She is the owner of Garnet Studios and is the Education Director for national non-profit The Furniture Society. In this episode we sit down to hear Pam’s background and journey as a maker and artisan, and how she balances the duties of being an education d…
 
Sherry has always loved to draw and create. While in high school became a strong mentor for her. She then went to college and studies Business. Many years later, she met a quilter and she fell in love with the medium. The quilter offered to teach her traditional quilting. She then attended a lecture on the dyeing of fabrics and how to make the fabr…
 
It's my 100th episode in The Balanced Parent Podcast! I can't believe it has already been this long and I want to extend my sincerest gratitude for tuning in, for sending in your feedback, for sharing your takeaways with me, and for welcoming me into your homes and hearts each week. I am on a mission to bring more presence, ease, & connection to pa…
 
Joanie is a carpenter, maker, DIY expert, and handy ma'am. She went from America's Next Top Model to being a carpenter on TV. Perhaps not the traditional path, yet she loves working with her hands and creating. She still does work with TV shows, in fact she has one on Discovery Plus now, Remix my space, releasing on January 12th. When not showing o…
 
Ann Johnson is a mixed media artist and a professor at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Her passion for exploring issues particularly in the Black community has led her to create series of works that are evocative and engaging. Ann's work has been exhibited nationally in solo, group and juried exhibitions. Most recently she has focused on expe…
 
We have just kicked off our Annual 30 Days of Play Challenge and I am so happy to have you folks join me in this endeavor to have a better understanding of our child through their play. And as we do every year, I want to give you all the support that you need. In line with our 30 Days of Play, the episodes on this month for The Balanced Parent Podc…
 
No matter what the last year has looked like for you, I want you all to know that I am so proud of you for all the efforts you've made into finding more connection, joy, and balance in your life. You have showed up here and in your homes with love, commitment, and grace and it absolutely shows! And I want you to know how truly honored and grateful …
 
As we settle into this space between the winter holidays and the New Years, I want to invite you all to slow down and drop into the present moment with yourself. Let's just take a minute to check in. How are you doing? No really, how have you been. I don't know about you, but I've been feeling a bit harried, overwhelmed, and honestly, burnt out. I …
 
Brandy is a self-proclaimed chair nerd. She loves chairs and has learned so much about them. She feels compelled to share her knowledge and encourage others to learn chair caning. Chair caning is a skill that is on the verge of becoming lost. Brandy actually comes from a long line of chair caners. It has allowed her to meet people from all over the…
 
A key part of being a conscious, attuned parent is deeply understanding your UNIQUE child and adjusting your approach in a way that works for THEM. This is where understanding more about your child's temperament and personality can be SUPER helpful! And for that reason, I am bringing in one of my friends and colleagues, Sandra Etherington. She is a…
 
Jocelyn is a lover of all home DIYs. When her and her husband closed on their home in 2019, she automatically knew that there were updates going to be made. After getting painting out of the way she began to tackle some more difficult tasks leading her to use power tools for the first time. She admits that it can be scary, so that is why she takes …
 
For this episode, I am so excited to be joined by Ryan Haddon. She is a certified Life and Spiritual coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and certified meditation teacher with over 16 years of experience with clients around the world. We will be diving into how you can use parenting as an opportunity to grow and heal through crafting healthy, well-diffe…
 
Laura started making soap as a hobby, something to do for fun, with no intention of ever starting a business. After sharing her creations on social media, friends started asking if they could buy the soap. Once more and more friends bought soap, she realized she had a business on her hands and decided to go legit. Laura's soaps start with a fun nam…
 
In this episode, I am joined by my friend and colleague Sonia Lewis. She is a California native, wife and mother, former high school history teacher, turned entrepreneur. She is the visionary and founder behind ASCRIBE Educational Consulting, where they lift and center equity, humanity, and belonging. Long story short, Sonia is an Anti-Racism Impac…
 
Tania lives in Southern California, slowly building out her workshop one tool at a time. After a series of traumatic life events, and finding herself in a depression, she found her way to woodworking. It started with just a few tools her father had, and then it continued to grow. Learning all she can from YouTube, Tania spends as much time as she c…
 
I have an amazing guest for this episode. She is Jennifer Anderson of the amazing Instagram account @kids.eat.in.color. She is a registered dietitian, a mom of two very exciting boys and a cheerleader to hundreds of thousands of parents feeding kids through the Kids Eat in Color social media movement. She helps parents let go of mealtime battles, r…
 
Becky is a Cuban American living her best life with her wife in their new to them home. She found herself looking to fill her time with something that brings her joy and came into power tools and DIY home projects. At first, she was all about sharing her journey on social media and then found the community and came to love the community. You can fo…
 
In this week's episodes on The Balanced Parent Podcast, we are going to talk about getting into a healthy mindset with two of the biggest issues parents face: Discipline and Food! For the first episode, I’m bringing in a friend and a colleague, Wendy Snyder of the Fresh Start Family Podcast. She is a Positive Parenting educator, family coach and ad…
 
For this episode, I am happy to be joined by Kiran Trace. She is a human development expert and spiritual teacher with 15 years of clinical experience in childhood development and early childhood education. She has built education, leadership, and developmental skill programs for children in high-risk populations and respite programs for adults and…
 
To furniture maker and artist Aspen Golann it’s more than just a tenon - seemingly simple details have a vast backstory and implications within a larger social narrative that Golann can’t help but see with every joint she makes. She is also an instructor and educator, and is currently traveling and launching The Chairmaker’s Toolbox, an equity init…
 
Beth is an artist, a teacher, and a bench jointer. While in art school, she actually started her informal education in the construction and carpentry trade as well. She used these informal skills to do a complete van renovation that she then travelled and lived in for a year. During her travels, she worked in make shift maker spaces, helping to bui…
 
I have a secret: I have been really struggling with STUFF lately. I am not sure if it's because of pandemic stress, or simply a need to feel safe and secure, but for the past year and a half I have been holding on to a LOT (both physical stuff AND emotional stuff). And I don't think I'm alone in this? Have you been holding on to stuff too? Are you …
 
The topic for this episode is a problem we all likely face, and with the mixed research coming out on the effect of social media on teens, it's particularly important. With the ever-changing beauty standards and the influx of social media, our perception and definition of beauty are heavily focused outward as opposed to inward. And no matter how we…
 
Morgan is a woodworker and artist living just outside the twin cities in Minnesota. Morgan has always been creative, yet after graduating college she went the corporate route. She was doing well in work, but found it unfulfilling and eventually started a creative side hustle. She started with photography and video and then found her way to wood and…
 
I'm guessing you are all busy with the upcoming holidays. And as parents, sometimes the preparations and pressures of this time of year can pull up in a million different directions and away from what truly matters to us. And so for this week, I have a podcast episode to help us do a quick "check in" ourselves to make sure that we are aligned with …
 
Our different responsibilities and even the demands of our jobs can take a toll on our marriage. To help us understand how we can deepen our connection and have a more fulfilling relationship as busy parents living through a pandemic, I have invited Kimberly Beam Holmes to dive deep into what it takes to have a long-lasting, fulfilling relationship…
 
Molly is a wife and Mom and is a general contractor in Santa Fe building designer homes. On the weekends, Molly and her husband do projects in their own home. She graduated college with a degree in sculpture and dance. In order to chase her dream of being an artist, she started working in construction and as a welder. Eventually she bought her firs…
 
Laun is a collaborative design firm marrying glamour and delight with the built world. In 2018, friends Rachel Bullock and Molly Purnell brought together their backgrounds in woodworking, metal working and architecture to build a practice of enduring spaces and products. Laun's object-line harnesses the unique talents of Los Angeles-based manufactu…
 
Asking for help can be so hard, for grown-ups and kids alike! Knowing when and how to ask for help and where to find support is an important skill that is developed with time and practice, that most of us are still learning. How wonderful would it be if our kids could learn this while they are young and the stakes are low? So, for this episode, I w…
 
Christy is a woodworker and digital fabricator. She runs her business, Wilkerson Handmade, where she designs home goods and then crafts them using predominately her CNC and laser. She sells these goods online and at craft markets all across Ohio. She learned a love of woodworking and her woodworking skills from her Father who still helps her in the…
 
Andrea is a Mexican-American artist based in Texas. She obtained her BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Texas and has received multiple awards, including residencies at Ox Bow School of Art and Penland School of Crafts. She has worked and exhibited internationally and currently teaches metalsmithing in several institutions in Texas. With met…
 
I am so excited for this episode because I have been talking about this topic in my community. Actually, this is the center of what I have been teaching which is conscious and respectful parenting. And so, I have brought a new friend and colleague to help us dive deep into what exactly conscious parenting is. To help me in this conversation, I woul…
 
Scout is a multidisciplinary artist, practicing crafts such as printmaking, glass, and audio and video work. She draws from mental health and her personal narrative as a queer black woman to create a strong thread of representation in larger compositions and forms of installation. Her work reflects on family, memory, mental health and chronic illne…
 
Kirtan is a woodworker and furniture designer based in Los Angeles. She fell in love with woodworking in Brooklyn, New York, and promptly quit her day job to focus on it full-time. She spent as much time as possible practicing the craft and taking classes to learn from others. Her only rule while building is that each new project has to include a n…
 
When we think of "creativity", we immediately think of art, paintings, and drawings. But it actually goes way beyond that and creativity is a crucial skill we need as parents for ourselves & our own experience, and for our kids as they grow. Embracing creativity means encouraging our children's (and our own!) curiosity and using everyday situations…
 
I am excited to learn more about Katie Thompson, founder of the Women of Woodworking project in addition to editor and chief of the monthly online journal, Pen and Chisel. I first chatted with Katie a while back when she was a guest on the podcast, then called Maker Mom. Since then, we have continued to orbit in similar spaces. We have a shared pas…
 
Marite is a wife, mom, and all around DIYer. Marite went the college route and then into the corporate world. She really found herself though working to make her house feel like a home through all sorts of projects. Rather recently, she has left the corporate world and is at home with her kiddos, making, baking and DIYing. You can follow along with…
 
I've been getting a lot of questions from my community about how to handle kids' challenging behaviors and where to get support. And a lot of the stories I hear about this kids send my “ADHD” alarm bell ringing. Kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can look like they are simply misbehaving or being defiant when in reality they …
 
I truly believe, from the bottom of my heart, that one of the most effective ways we as parents can change the world is through our children and our parenting. That conscious, respectful parenting is in itself a radical act of activism in a world that is unjust. And that anti-racist activism is an integral part of this work that we are all doing as…
 
Delia Dante is an award winning metal art and glass enamel artist currently living and working in Idaho. Her fine art gallery, Enamel and Welding studio is in the heart of downtown Boise. Delia discovered her artistic passion in the creation of metal and enamel sculptures, wall pieces and jewelry. She works with copper and steel. The popularity and…
 
In 2015, Brittany and Heather started Beautiful Fight Woodworking after Brittany wasn't able to maintain her job due to complications in her fight with a rare blood cancer. They had just enough money to buy a discounted miter saw, three 8-ft boards and only one design in mind. They slowly built one table at a time as they could afford to. Years lat…
 
Parenthood can be really tough. There's so much to think about like house chores, taking care of our kids, keeping our cool, and even managing our careers. It's a LOT. And when we are bombarded with so much stress and fatigue juggling all of these responsibilities (especially after the last 18 months!), we may start to really feel like we are faili…
 
Tamar is a former Olympic figure skater, coach, and recent Wharton MBA graduate. As an athlete, she sustained multiple overuse injuries which forced her out of the sport sooner than she would have liked. That experience spurred her desire to help others have long and healthy careers in their desired profession. Woodworkers are a lot like profession…
 
Leilany is a maker with a passion for both woodworking and mental health. She started woodworking about two years ago and it came very unexpectedly, sort of as something the help work through time as she figured out how she was going to find work in the pandemic. It has been the biggest blessing in her life. It very quickly turned into a business. …
 
I hope you learn a lot from the Challenging Behavior Series for the past two weeks. If you have any questions about this topic, please let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts, concerns, and your experiences. Okay so, since last week's episode I have been getting quite a lot of questions from parents asking how they can approach sibling conf…
 
Seven is a welder, fabricator, and weld inspector living and working in the twin cities. Seven has been in love with welding since they saw the movie Flash Dance as a young child. Though they started out in college, life ended up taking them out to California and then back to the midwest, learning to weld and fabricate along the way. Now they work …
 
Stacy is a California native who lives and works in Pennsylvania currently. She received her Bachelor's degree in Photography and Furniture Design at California College of the Arts and her MFA at the University of Wisconsin. Her work has explored vulnerability as it relates to the female body, normative behavior, and hygiene. She is currently explo…
 
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