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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 ...
 
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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Happy (Belated) Mother's Day! To be honest, one day is not enough to celebrate our motherhood. We made a lot of sacrifices in this journey but we also made great moments with our family and kids. Some days are challenging but there are also days that are a blessing. And I am happy to see your growth. Thank you so much for trusting me to be a part o…
 
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…
 
For this episode, I will be doing a live coaching with a member of my Balancing U Community. One of the perks of being a member of this community is that members will have an opportunity to come on the podcast where they share their experiences and get free coaching with me! If you are interested in joining us and getting access to the other benefi…
 
We are now down to the last installment of the Inner Work Series, where we dive deep into our inner self for healing and understanding. In the past few weeks, we learned to pause and untangle our triggers, meet our inner critic, become the confident leader of our internal family, and find joy through our inner child. And as we wrap up this inner wo…
 
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…
 
A significant part of this inner work is reconnecting with our inner child. And while this may mean meeting their needs for comfort and safety, they also need connection, fun, and play. If you've been feeling like you don't know how to have fun anymore, let the little one inside you show you how! Our Inner Child is the BEST person to guide us to th…
 
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…
 
How are you? I hope everything is going well with you. I know, as we do this Inner Work, we will be uncovering unpleasant feelings and memories from the past. But I do hope that YOU will not give up. I am here for you and we are all in this together. You don't have to go this alone, even within your own heart. You see, we all have multiple sides to…
 
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 …
 
I hope you liked the first episode of the Inner Work Series and learned a lot from it. Now, for the second episode, we will be digging into our Inner Critic so that we can heal our past traumas and wounds. I know this work might be uncomfortable for you. And so, some of you wanted to shut down your Inner Critic. But we have to face our fears so tha…
 
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…
 
I'm so excited for the month of April because we will be digging into our inner work of conscious parenting series. So for the next four weeks, I'm going to bring in some experts in the field to help us with important concepts. For the first episode of the series, Dr. Trish Phillips of The Doodle Doc will be joining us. She is a coach who helps peo…
 
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
 
As I'm sure you're aware, kids are SUPER good at noticing differences! They are primed to be noticing them, it's part of normal child development, which can be kinda... uncomfortable for us parents who have been kind of conditioned to downplay differences ("shh! That's not polite!") rather than celebrate them. Differences can refer to race, gender,…
 
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
 
Today we are talking about narcissism. What it is, what it isn't, how to spot it, & how to recover from a relationship with a narcissist. Narcissistic people have traits such as a lack of empathy, extreme sensitivity, and manipulative behavior that could lead to an abusive relationship. So what do we do? Should we leave them and stay away? What if …
 
As a kid, my parents did a LOT right when it came to teaching me about money, including investing small amounts for me for college and encouraging me to always save/invest part of my income (think birthday money) by "matching" it. But most of the time that all happened out of my sight and without my active involvement. So when it came time to go ou…
 
Deana and Kira speak with Richard Capriola, author of The Addicted Child, about how to protect our children from substance abuse. Richard shares some of the warning signs, what to do if you see them, and what you can be doing now to protect children from risk of drugs and alcohol abuse later down the line. More on Richard: https://helptheaddictedch…
 
Do you ever feel that you are not enough, that you can't get all the things done, or that you can't give enough to your kids and your partner? I sometimes feel and think this way, and I know I am not alone. As Brene Brown puts it, we all have moments of this "never enough" problem, and we becoming overwhelmed by feelings of disconnection, lack, and…
 
Kira and Deana talk about how milestones can cause the resurfacing of grief and the ways that it affects families of all kinds. They also discuss how parents can begin to think about the resurfacing of grief that will occur once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.By Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
Are you having trouble getting your kids to clean up their toys? Or are you frustrated because they resist to help you with house chores? ​Well, I get asked about this A LOT from my community. As a parent, we want to teach our children to be responsible. We want them to take care of their belongings, their home, and their family. But the bigger que…
 
Deana and Kira chat with one of their members for a coaching call about choosing age-appropriate privileges that go beyond screens, video games, junk food and later bedtimes. They also discuss natural and logical consequences for kids when we need to engage in some gentle discipline. Episodes referenced: Raising Responsible Adults, Spin Cycle: Natu…
 
So often in parenting, we focus so much on the "no's". "No, you can't eat that." "No, you can't have more screens." "No, I don't have time for my old yoga class." If it feels like you are "stuck in no" right now, I'm here to help you, and I've called in the Queen of "Yes" my friend and colleague Bea Marshall of "Yes Parenting". DISCLAIMER: There's …
 
This month I had the privilege to be a guest on The Uprooted Podcast - where a happily married couple John and Christine, navigate their way through life and parenting in between. In the episode, I answered some questions of theirs that I am confident you will relate to as well, so I wanted to share the episode with you here on The Balanced Parent.…
 
Deana and Kira chat with Leslie Josel from Order Out of Chaos. Leslie cracks the procrastination code for parents and gives tangible tools and tips for how to help your kids be successful in areas where they may be struggling. This episode is packed with ideas, some of which might surprise you. Find out why “math in the bath” is a thing and listen …
 
Happy Valentine's Day! So... I kinda don't love Valentine's Day... There, I said it! And I don't think I'm alone in that, right? One of the reasons is that I really don't like the idea that ONE DAY is enough to measure the success of a relationship, or enough to nurture a relationship. If we are partnered with a person, we need regular check ins an…
 
This week we are going to geek out on Attachment Theory! Attachment is an emotional bond that forms in early childhood and if this is not met, our child develops attachment disturbances growing up. These disturbances make it difficult for them to have secure relationships. May it be in school with their peers, their families, and in their work as a…
 
This weekend my daughters had the chance to sit down with an actual Astrophysicist and ask her their big questions about the universe. Guess what most of the answers to the burning questions my daughters had (like what was there before the "big bang"? and how could there be NOTHING??") were: We don't know, and we will likely never know. Talk about …
 
Kira and Deana talk with Shayna Raphael, co-founder of The Claire Bear Foundation, an organization dedicated to informing parents about safe infant sleep. Shayna shares her own story and how it has shaped the work she does in order to empower and inform families to make the safest sleep choices for their infants. She also shares the ABCs of safe sl…
 
As we enter the last stretch of our month-long focus on play, I wanted to leave you with some super practical, easy to put into action tips for how to take your play with your child to the next level. We just had a tough year because of the pandemic and this is still a stressful time. We've been dealing with a lot of changes and kids CAN have a tou…
 
Deana and Kira chat about the parenting moments that make us cringe! Together they unpack the gray area around when we feel our kids are a reflection of us and our parenting, why we feel that way and when we might need to let that go. Our new Parenting on the Same Page course can be downloaded at https://futurefocusedparenting.com/shop. Use your li…
 
Kira and Deana will be welcoming more guests than usual to the show over the next few months. While Raising Adults guests always bring incredible knowledge and expertise, Deana and Kira want to encourage listeners to be sure to feel empowered to make the choices that work for their family.By Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
We are now entering the last 10 days of my 30 days of play challenge! And these days will be completely dedicated for you to take intentional and decisive actions to achieve a fulfilling child-led play. ​Play is important. If there is one thing you take away from this month we've dedicated to playing, it's that play MATTERS, to children, adults, & …
 
We are now getting ready to enter the home stretch of the 30-day play challenge! If you joined, I hope you are getting a lot of it. For the past few weeks, we have been slowing things down, observing our own reactions to play, and reflecting on how we feel about it. Now, we are getting ready to move into the ACTION phase! And even if you haven't be…
 
Kira and Deana chat with Brandon Larson from https://fantasticdads.com who shares with listeners how he used his background working with elite athletes to help men become better fathers. He also shares the Move, Think, Feel model and two quick and easy takeaways that Fantastic Dads offers, giving men the resources they need to be better people, so …
 
Kira and Deana chat briefly about how important it is to help our kids learn to behave online as they would in person when it comes to social media, texting and more. With the US inauguration next week and tensions running high, it has never been more important to remember that little eyes are always watching.…
 
In the previous episode, you have learned about the importance of independent play. But do you still hear your child say: "Mom, Dad, play with me!" multiple times that it felt like IT IS AN OBLIGATION to do so? And when you do play with them, it drains the life out of you? Well, I want to help you be free from this pressure and teach you how to hav…
 
Deana and Kira share ways to foster responsibility in our children so that they grow into responsible adults. Also, they share exciting news that their new course “Parenting on the Same Page” is now available online! New course can be downloaded at https://futurefocusedparenting.com/shopBy Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
Happy New Year! ​The year 2020 gave us a lot of worries and fear but I hope you were able to welcome 2021 with positivity. And I wish that you and your family will have the peace and healing that you need from all that you have experienced in the past year. As we welcome the new year, I want to help YOU become more balanced, centered, and deeply co…
 
Kira and Deana chat about forgiveness, what it is and what it’s not, and how we teach our kids to be forgiving of others and of themselves. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A plus become eligible for on-air coaching. Space is limited. Visit https://patre…
 
Early child developmental theorists used to believe that children are blank slates and it is our job as parents to "fill them in". Luckily the field has moved on from this and modern research has demonstrated repeatedly how untrue this really is. Children are curious beings who love to explore and discover new things. And thus, they are capable of …
 
In this replay from Season One, Kira and Deana share ways to foster positive sibling relationships that grow into genuine friendships as the years progress. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A plus become eligible for on-air coaching. Space is limited. Vi…
 
In my Balancing U Membership Community Facebook Group, members are able to join me on the podcast for free Live Coaching. And so, for this week’s podcast, we will be having a live coaching call with one of the members. This member, who is a beautiful mom, bravely took this opportunity to take action towards bettering herself and her parenting for h…
 
In this replay from Season One, Deana and Kira chat about parental unity and how you can be sure to work as a true team with your parenting partner and other caregivers in your child’s life. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A plus become eligible for on-…
 
I have been receiving a lot of questions from parents lately telling me that no matter what they do, they just can’t get their child to stop wetting their bed and/or having accidents, and the pandemic seems to only have made things worse. Have you been there too? Well, I just got the answers for you... are you ready for what we are affectionately c…
 
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