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Rachel Rainbolt is the mama behind the Sage Family Podcast, where we gather around a virtual campfire to share meaningful conversations with inspiring and insightful friends around Gentle Parenting, Natural Homeschooling, Simple Living, and Family Adventure. Are you ready to live the family life of your dreams?
 
Mindful Mama Mentor Hunter Clarke-Fields shares inspiration, interviews, and more. Mindful Mama is about becoming a less irritable, more joyful parent. We know that you cannot give what you do not have. And when you are thriving, when you have calm and peace within – then you can give it to your children. Learn about Mindful Parenting. Listen and get inspired!
 
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When we are in autopilot mode or reactive, we tend to be at our worst at our parenting—missing chances to connect and see what’s going on under the surface for our children. Without a mindfulness practice in our lives, we can become overrun by reactivity. Learn how mindfulness works to lower reactivity and becomes our parental superpower and how to…
 
How does the way we parent our children relate to the criminal justice system? According to my podcast guest, Katherine Wintery-Sellery, a lot. In this episode, we talk about family conflict and the essential mindset changes we need to move to a more cooperative, compassionate model. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I’d…
 
What do children need most? Unconditional love. Most of us can agree on that, yet we often don’t even realize the ways in which we are conditional with our parenting, which is not only bad for kids, it’s deeply counterproductive! Author and peaceful parenting leader, Alfie Kohn gives insights into our own assumptions and intentions for our kids. If…
 
Everyone experiences fears, and sometimes they can hold us back from living authentically and achieving our full potential. So what do we do with our fears? Author and wellness coach Koya Webb tells us that our fears can be our teachers and make us fierce. We can turn our obstacles into seeds for growth instead! If you enjoyed this episode, and it …
 
Top 5 Mindful Mama episodes of 2020. Learn about: - The best way to respond when your child won't listen - How to handle academics during remote learning - How to break free of perfectionism - How to keep ourselves replenished to handle whatever life throws at us - The biggest error parents make in discipline If you enjoyed this episode, and it ins…
 
What do you say to yourself when you mess up with your kids? If you are like many of us, you berate yourself. My guest, Kristin Neff, has done research that shows that our harsh self-criticism does NOT work. It doesn’t help us grow and become better parents. In fact, it does the opposite. So what does work? Self-compassion. If you enjoyed this epis…
 
Clutter causes stress, costs you money, and eats away your time. Will this new year be the year that you clear away the clutter and create a simpler, more joyful environment? I talk to Katy Wells of The Maximized Minimalist podcast about how we can declutter for the new year. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to…
 
2020 has been an incredibly difficult year with the global pandemic, multiple crises, the election, remote learning, and more. We’ve all had to deal with multiple disappointments and anxieties. Today I talk to Anna Seewald about 10 ways to cope with this difficult time. We end this episode with a guided Ideal Future meditation to help bring hope an…
 
Today I’m here with Bari Tessler talking about money healing. Bari is a financial therapist, mentor coach, mamapreneur, and writer and founder of The Art of Money. We go over healing money shame, the body check-in, money stories, money practices, money maps, being a mampreneur, and helping our children develop a healthy relationship with money. Get…
 
We have a lot of stress in our lives and we want to do well for our children. But sometimes, the more we push to get it right, the more off-course we get. My podcast guest this week reminds us that it’s okay to drop some balls sometimes. We don’t have to be perfect. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear abou…
 
Simpler, more natural living is really appealing to thoughtful parents in our world of more tech and more stuff. It can give us a sense of rest and ease. But how do we get there from our busy lives? My guest, Rachel Rainbolt helps us move from overwhelmed to calm, from fearful to trusting. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some wa…
 
Today I’m here with Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson talking about the self-driven child. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist and Ned is a tutor geek and they are both speakers and authors of The Self-Driven Child. We go over stress, a child’s ownership of their own life, parent as consultant instead of enforcer, anxiety, motivation, adolescenc…
 
What is it like when your child tells you they are trans? This happened to Paria Hassouri when her then son, came out as a girl at 13 years old. Find out what it’s like parenting a transgender teen. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listen…
 
What messages does our kids' education send? What are the lived results—does it keep their spark of curiosity alive? Like many of us, especially this year, you may be totally frustrated with your kid’s education system. In this episode, I talk to Akilah Richards about her story of disenchantment and the perhaps-not-so-radical step of moving to self…
 
Today I’m here with Lenore Skenazy talking about free-range kids. Lenore is co-founder and president of Let Grow and author or Free-Range Kids. We go over common unfounded fears, how protecting our kids makes them less safe, overcoming fear of mother blame, how to find the yes when you feel unsure, and times when having faith in our kids has paid o…
 
Talking about racial and lifestyle differences can be hard and uncomfortable. Yet it’s our job to raise the next generation to respect and learn from people who look or believe differently than we do. Carolyn Helsel and Y. Joy Harris-Smith offer practical ways to build compassion and empathy in our children. If you enjoyed this episode, and it insp…
 
Sometimes truths about parenting go against the grain—against what we assume is natural or normal. Ashley Merryman loves to find research that debunks conventionally held truths. Learn about the problem with praise, and what are some of the best ways to respond to kids. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear …
 
Today I’m here with Kaleena Amuchastegui talking about taking the Homeschooling Leap. Kaleena is a mama of 4 and author of The 5-Hour School Week. We go over where she started, what prompted her leap, what lessons she learned along the way, why self-directed is important, what homeschooling looks like for her family now, her homeschooling parallel …
 
Parenting can be mentally and physically depleting—especially for moms. The greater the challenges and vulnerabilities we’re experiencing, the greater the resources we need to meet these challenges. Today, I talk to Dr. Rick Hanson about this and how mindfulness can be a primary resource that helps us develop other resources in ourselves. If you en…
 
How can we connect to ourselves authentically—while parenting? Ora Nadrich talks to us about how to follow a journey of self-awareness while developing more presence for our children. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t have to be difficult. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway…
 
Today I’m here with Jenny Taylor talking about Conscious Adulting. Jenny is a parenting journalist and fierce advocate for children. We go over the stories we hold about ourselves and the world and how valuable it is to unpack them, confirmation bias and what it’s like to get out of your own echo chamber, how the media influences us, digesting news…
 
Sometimes it seems like the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Modern life is overwhelming. In this episode, I talk to Devon, meditation teacher, and Craig, meditation coach and therapist, about six guiding life principles, inspired by the wisdom of mindfulness—that will help you guide your way. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you…
 
Have you ever missed out because of procrastination or that thought, “I can never do _____.” Self-sabotage is a universal behavior, even for those of us who are high achievers in some areas. In this episode, I talk to neuropsychologist Dr. Judy Ho about why we do this, and how to stop. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I…
 
When I was a young mom, I was scared, overwhelmed, and I felt alone. Now, over 13 years after the birth of my first child, I have some messages for that younger self. These are messages that we all need to hear as parents. If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a …
 
Today I’m here with Kim John Payne talking about Simplicity Parenting. Kim is a counselor, speaker, researcher, adult educator, and the author of the book Simplicity Parenting. We go over cumulative stress reaction, environment, rhythm, and schedule. Get the full show notes here: rachelrainbolt.com/podcast49 Support the Sage Family Podcast here: pa…
 
The global pandemic is creating inordinate amounts of stress for both parents and kids. Kids, unfortunately, show that stress with behavior problems because their fight-flight-or-freeze system is on overdrive and they don’t know how to handle it. Today I talk to Tammy, a Mindful Parenting Member whose 6-year old daughter has been yelling at her. If…
 
We are moving into a school year that looks very different from every year before, with many kids learning completely virtually or even homeschooling. So what’s the best way to learn at home? What do we need to pay attention to and what can we let go? In this episode, I bring together two education experts, Lauren Spigelmeyer & Kimberlynn Lavelle, …
 
We are living in stressful times with this global pandemic (to say the least!) and kids are feeling it too. How do we help kids cope with stress, anxiety - even anger? In this episode, I talk to Janine Halloran, author of the bestselling Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, about strategies for kids to deal with all that life throws at them. If you enj…
 
Mindful Parenting Member Liliana’s oldest child has been difficult and was recently diagnosed with ADHD, while her younger son is relatively easy. Comparisons between them have been popping up in her brain leading to some major guilt. Plus, how to set boundaries on sweets and cartoons? If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I…
 
What is the biggest mistake parents make about discipline? We don’t realize or forget that yelling and threats make kids less able to learn. Tina Payne Bryson helps us hold boundaries with empathy and gives powerful tools to chill ourselves out so we can be more responsive. Join the Mindful Parenting Free Training here. Losing your cool? Kids not l…
 
Have you ever wondered if you are parenting the “right” way? Our podcast guest Jen Lumanlan did and decided that she would go to the research to figure out how to parent her child. She discovered what was worth paying attention to and what wasn’t, and it allowed her to let go of some core tenets of parenting. Takeaways: When we understand why our c…
 
Do you know that you are not to blame for your triggers and harmful reactions? Mark Wolynn, author of It Didn’t Start With You, explains how traumas and harmful patterns pass on from one generation to the next. We also talk about the power of mindfulness and other modalities to help us heal these hurts for good. Takeaways: By rejecting our parents,…
 
Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! The most important quality I want for my kids during these difficult times is probably what you want: resilience. Our kids need the capacity to overcome hard times because we cannot (and would not want to) protect them from every single one of life’s difficulties.…
 
Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! None of us knew how hard it was going to be as a parent; we mess up constantly. When we respond to ourselves with harsh criticism and judgment, we leave ourselves feeling helpless and incapable. Even though it can feel strange, the practice of self-compassion is e…
 
Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! So many of us are concerned about what will happen (or not happen) with school this fall. Is it safe? What will the schedule be like? The only thing certain is that it will be different. Perhaps we need to broaden our definition of what it means to do school. Perh…
 
Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! When our lives are busy, we don’t often see how wasteful our habits can be. But our kids care about the environment and are often passionate about taking steps to protect our planet. Sheila Morovati comes on the Mindful Mama podcast to talk about how she noticed a…
 
Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! Are you breathing well? Is your child? My guest today is James Nestor, author of “Breath,” which explores how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly over the past several hundred thousand years and is now suffering from a laundry list of maladi…
 
Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! 40-50% of couples will get divorced. How can we do it better? Loss of a relationship can be a major trauma, and when you add kids into the mix and co-parenting with your ex… well, there’s just a lot to work out there. How does one separate, be mindful of your kids…
 
Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! With the global pandemic, it seems like we are facing a whole summer with no camp, no vacations, and no in-person socializing… AAK! What are we going to do with our kids this summer? I invited Katherine Reynolds Lewis, author of The Good News About Bad Behavior, t…
 
Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! What are the possibilities of modern fatherhood? For dads who are rising up against the old harmful paradigm of masculinity, what does the new picture look like? M.J. Singletary-Villalobos is a dad asking these questions. Takeaways: Fatherhood is too important to …
 
Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! The protests around the world after the murder of George Floyd have shown parents that we need to be talking to our kids about racial inequality. But how do we do it? Many white parents feel awkward and uncomfortable bringing it up at all. In this episode, Mariett…
 
Today I’m here with Blake Boles talking about teens. Blake is a writer, speaker, and adventurer who founded Unschool Adventures and wrote Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?. We go over self-directed learning, video games, peers, college, and experiences. Get the full show notes here: rachelrainbolt.com/podcast48 Support the Sage Family …
 
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