Parenting Well Podcast
#29 Three Steps to Help Children Develop a Positive Body Image

#29 Three Steps to Help Children Develop a Positive Body Image

July 20, 2022

Welcome to the Parenting Well podcast with Parent Engagement Network!  I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host. Today’s well source is Dr. Missy Gryder and we are going to talk about Three Steps to Help Children Develop a Positive Body Image. 

Dr. Gryder serves as the Founder of Meeting Kids’ Needs, an online course for parents of kindergarten through fifth grade children that teaches parents how to help their children handle their feelings, especially the tough ones. Meeting Kids’ Needs gives parents the latest in research-based social and emotional learning so they can purposefully help build their children’s emotional intelligence.  Her professional interests include social and emotional learning in schools and in homes, positive classroom and school climates, brain-based best classroom practices, and holistic health and wellness. Dr. Gryder is also the developer of The Body Safety Box, an evidence-based child abuse prevention educational kit offering children along with their parents, schools, and community groups a series of active, engaging, and age-appropriate learning opportunities to help prevent abuse and its often lifelong consequences. The Body Safety Box has served children in 31 states, Canada, Africa, India, and Papua New Guinea to date.

In this episode, we discuss: 

  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) perspectives around body image.
  • Themes in the research
  • Differences between males and females.
  • Three specific strategies for helping your child create a positive body image, including (1) Being aware and intentional about your own body image story and eliminating fat talk, (2) Developing critical thinking about the media's role in body image, and (3) Developing a positive body image that is grounded in secure attachment.
  • The importance of attachment and belonging.
  • Treasuring your child for who they are as a unique human being. 


#28 Conscious Parenting: Creating Connection with Your Child and Freedom in Your Life

#28 Conscious Parenting: Creating Connection with Your Child and Freedom in Your Life

May 30, 2022

I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host. And today, you are listening to The Parenting Well Podcast. Today’s well source is Nina Cruz. Nina is a certified Conscious Parent Coach, Social Worker (BSW), and Meditation Teacher who’s made it her mission to support parents through shifting archaic parental paradigms, many of which contribute to increased stress, anxiety, overwhelm, and feelings of disconnection for themselves, their partners, and their children. Her approach to coaching revolves around trauma-informed care that puts others at-ease, providing a safe space for everyone to facilitate their individual healing and growth.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The difference between conscious parenting and parenting from a place of control
  • Holding onto a child's essence
    The danger of labels
    Learning to identify your own triggers
  • Parenting from consequences vs. punishments
  • Working with your child to set boundaries
  • Helping your child process emotions 
  • Strategies for managing stress and anxiety
  • Showing up for your child
  • Recognizing negative patterns of behavior and creating positive ones
  • Self care and self acceptance


  • Nina's Website
  • Email:
  • Skype:  live:b293f210b2ad1e38
  • LinkedIn:  /in/nina-cruz-351a6097
  • Nina's Instagram: @ninacruzcoach
  • Free Discovery Session
  • 12 Days of Presence Program 
  • Book - Dear Mamma: Self Care Letters from One Mamma to Another
  • Channel on "The Wild Network"
  • Wild Network Masterclass on "How to Parent with Purpose
  • Transformational 6 month Coaching Program: Creating the Parent You Want to Be
  • Private Facebook Group: /ninacruzconsciouscoaching, with the following trainings:
    - 5 day Conscious Parent Bootcamp 
    - 5 day Unlimited Unstoppable You Workshop 
    - 3 day Mindset Matters Masterclass 
    - Parenting with the Law- how to align with universal laws to turn parenting mayhem into magic. 
    - Pop Up training sessions on varied tops 
    - Guided Meditations 
#27 Parenting Through Today’s Challenges with Dignity

#27 Parenting Through Today’s Challenges with Dignity

March 21, 2022

“You have to treat people with dignity when it is hard. I didn’t say respect because I don’t respect someone’s actions when they are taking away the dignity of someone else. Being in a culture of dignity is being prepared to be forever changed by what you hear.” Rosalind Wiseman

I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host. And today, you are listening to The Parenting Well Podcast. Today’s Well Source is Rosalind Wiseman. Rosalind is a parenting educator who fosters civil dialogues and inspires communities to build strength, courage, and purpose. As the founder of Cultures of Dignity, she works to shift the way that communities think about our physical and emotional wellbeing by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities, including young people, educators, policy makers and business / political leaders. Her Owning Up Curriculum teaches students and educators to take responsibility as bystanders, perpetrators, and victims of unethical behavior. She is the author of several books, including Queen Bees and Wannabes, which was the basis for the 2004 film Mean Girls. In May 2022, Rosalind and Shanterra McBride will publish Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Brave, Life Changing Conversations about Race and Racism. 

In this podcast, we talk about:

- Recognizing the challenges of young people

- Managing tough emotions

- Understanding how parents/caregivers play a role in the well-being of young people

- Increasing your awareness of the issues that parents and schools encounter together

- Treating people with dignity when its hard

- Recognizing social emotional learning in the teachable moments


- Website: Cultures of Dignity

- Article: Teen Publication - My Great Expectations

- Amazon: Books by Rosalind Wiseman

#26: Helping Your Child Live Forward After the Loss of a Sibling

#26: Helping Your Child Live Forward After the Loss of a Sibling

March 7, 2022

"You didn't have a choice in the loss of your child, but you do get to choose what you do from there. You have a choice in what you do with the rest of your life."

I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host. And today, you are listening to The Parenting Well Podcast. Today's Well Source is Michele Benyo. Michele is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, a parent coach, and the founder of Good Grief Parenting. After her 6-year-old son died of cancer, her 3-year-old daughter said, “Mommy, half of me is gone.” This heartbreaking statement focused Michele’s career as an early childhood parenting specialist on the impact of grief on young children, particularly after child loss. Michele equips parents and other caring adults to recognize young children’s grief and to provide the support children need to cope well with any loss. The desire of Michele’s heart is to see families live forward after loss toward a future bright with possibilities and even joy.

In this podcast, we discuss:

- Tips for recognizing when your child is grieving.

- Being equipped to support your child through grief and loss.

- Handling difficult feelings.

- How to manage your own grief so you can be there for your child.

- Creating space and simple ways to have important conversations.

- Trusting your instincts.

- Living FORWARD after the loss of a child.


- Michele's website: Good Grief Parenting

- Resource: The Good Grief Guide

- Michele's LinkedIn Profile

- Michele's Instagram Account

#25 Five ThingsThat Promote Positive Mental Health According to Neuroscience

#25 Five ThingsThat Promote Positive Mental Health According to Neuroscience

January 19, 2022

I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host, and today’s well source is Kim Bevill. Kim is a speaker, author, and teacher. After spending 14 years teaching high school history and international baccalaureate (IB) psychology, she felt a calling to understand and improve health and wellness. She has conducted massive amounts of research on the brain and productivity, and how they can be used to heal your life.  Recently, she released a book called, Top Ten Things, which gives you the neuroscience to support behaviors that are key to excellence, academics and athletics. She also holds interactive, hands-on classes around subject like stress, happiness, and mental health. Her clients consistently report feeling a new passion, purpose, and inspiration to new endeavors.

In this podcast, Kim shares: 

  • Strategies that support positive mental health
  • How the brain works under stress 
  • What is really behind a child's behavior
  • The role of artificial light in stress
  • The truth about melatonin
  • How inflammation impacts physical and mental health
  • The relationship between stress, DNA, and aging
  • Protecting yourself from stress, anxiety, and depression


You can reach us, or make a donation to the Parent Engagement Network by visiting our website at

Happy Parenting!

#24 Mindsight for Optimal Mental Health with Dr. Dan Siegel

#24 Mindsight for Optimal Mental Health with Dr. Dan Siegel

December 9, 2021

Today’s well source is Dr. Dan Siegel. Dr. Siegel is one of the world’s leading neuroscientist and psychiatrists. He’s a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a professor at UCLA School of Medicine. He is also the founder of the field Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). He has written a lot of books, is a co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, and the executive director of the Mindsight Institute – which is an educational organization that offers online learning and in-person seminars focused on how to develop mindsight.

In this podcast, we discuss:

  • The importance of parental presence.
  • What it means to have a secure attachment.
  • The four S's of showing up for your child.
  • The Wheel of Awareness as a way to access clarity , calmness, and presence.
  • Facing challenges with peace and clarity.
  • Creating a safe haven and a solid launching pad.
  • Defining the self and belonging as part of community.


#23 Emotional Literacy Develops Empathy, Generosity, and Kindness in Children

#23 Emotional Literacy Develops Empathy, Generosity, and Kindness in Children

November 16, 2021

Today’s well source is Deborah Farmer Kris. Deborah is a writer, teacher, parent educator, and school administrator. She writes for PBS KIDS, MindShift - an NPR learning blog, and Intrepid Ed News. She is the author of the book, “I Love You All the Time” which helps parents and caregivers communicate the one message children most need to hear: that they are unconditionally loved. Deborah has two kids of her own. As you can imagine they test her theories about child development all the time. She’s passionate about providing nuggets of practical wisdom that helps kids and families thrive.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Building an emotional vocabulary.
  • Validating all children's emotions.
  • Identifying, normalizing, and navigating emotions.
  • Being curious about a child's behavior as a form of communication.
  • Recognizing emotional reactions as an opportunity and an invitation to be closer. 
  • Using inductive discipline to link behaviors to natural consequences.
  • Creating the context for children to express themselves when they are ready.
  • Using the listen, limit, listen technique to curb misbehavior.
  • Viewing stress as a natural human condition that can be productive.
  • Understanding the brain's response to stress.
  • Making children feel they are truly loved, welcomed, and appreciated.

We hope today’s conversation has added to your parenting well, and that the information and insights shared will help you in raising happy, healthy humans!  If you are inspired, there are also options to make a donation or become a sponsor on our website,

It was an honor to have you join us and until next time, Happy Parenting!

#22 Creating a More Humane World: Disrupting Stereotypes, Division, and Judgements

#22 Creating a More Humane World: Disrupting Stereotypes, Division, and Judgements

September 14, 2021

We all have a good heart and we all deserve to be trusted.

Today’s Well Source is Bill de la Cruz. Bill is an exceptional mediator and leader who has been guiding individuals and groups through the process of personal transformation for more than 30 years. He is passionate about helping individuals and groups build self-awareness, enhance relationships, and folstor positive and sustainable personal growth. His approach to bias work grew out of his own experiences attending hundreds of self-help trainings and self-help books that instructed him to “do the work”. However, they failed to define what “the work” should look like. From this, he has developed daily practices that continue to support his personal growth and self-awareness, and he is committed to sharing these with others. 

This Podcast Covers:

  • The “why” behind ending stereotypes, division, and judgements 
  • Doing your own work instead of blaming others
  • Using self awareness and critical self reflection to have productive conversations
  • Showing up with vulnerability
  • Developing daily practices 
  • Understanding the difference between intentions and impact
  • Developing strategies to let go of judgements and biases that lead to shame and blame
  • Addressing situations that make you feel judged
  • Finding the origination point of your biases 
  • Recognizing the narratives that drive your behavior 
  • Avoiding the defend, justify, or fix conversations
  • Healing from trauma


Website: Bill de la Cruz: Belonging and Inclusion Thought Leader

Book: Finding the Origination Point: Understanding Our Biases to Create a More Peaceful World

Podcast: Origination Point

You can email Bill at

#21 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Principles and Techniques for Parents and Schools

#21 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Principles and Techniques for Parents and Schools

April 27, 2021

Today’s well source is Tom McSheehy. Tom is a licensed social worker and licensed teacher in Colorado and Illinois. He is also the founder of the Teaching Heart Institute, an organization dedicated to connecting the worlds of education and mental health and supporting teachers and parents in developing children’s and teenagers’ Social Emotion Intelligence. Further, he is the author of the book, Infocus: Improving Social and Emotional Intelligence, One Day at a Time. This is a brain-based manual that guides teachers in doing quick, daily lessons that develop the Social Emotional Intelligence of their students. Tom is one of the presenters of our upcoming Stress & Anxiety Conference of May 1st and 2nd. We want to thank our sponsors, Premier Members Credit Union, Centennial Peaks Hospital, and Sandstone Care Addiction Treatment Center for their generous sponsorship. You can visit our website, to get yourself registered


Tom’s Website: Teaching Heart Institute

Parent Book Resources from Tom

Books & Resources from Tom: Infocus: Parents can use books in conjunction with teachers

Study: Google Study on Soft Skills (SEL)

Study: Terrie Moffit study on impulse control or self-control

Economic Value of SEL

Book: The Development of the Unconscious Mind by Alan N. Schore, Ph.D. 

Hayden Hurst Video



#20 Reduce Stress Regardless of Your Circumstances

#20 Reduce Stress Regardless of Your Circumstances

January 28, 2021

Welcome to the Parenting Well podcast with Parent Engagement Network!  I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host. And today, you are listening to Parenting Well, where we know that parenting well is challenging and that all parents are the best parents they know how to be. The foundation for raising happy, healthy youth is for us as parents to fill our own well with useful, reliable, credible information, tools and strategies. This leaves us more engaged, educated and empowered to support our children in being strong, resourceful, confident and resilient in the face of life’s many challenges and adventures.

So, let’s fill that well!

Today’s well source is Isabelle Tierney. Isabelle is a licensed therapist, a stress management specialist, and an international speaker. She has two master’s degrees, a license in marriage and family therapy, and a certificate in energy healing. Over the last 25 years, she has maintained a thriving private practice and built an international speaking platform. After struggling with life-depleting stress herself, she discovered a path to the peace, love, and joy that lives at the core of all of us. Isabelle is committed to teaching this path to people all over the world with her “Feel Good Life” methodology.

This podcast covers:

  • Isabelle's Feel Good Methodology
  • The impact of stress on your physical and mental health
  • How to take control of your own well-being
  • Concrete strategies for getting out of the "red zone"
  • How to manage stress internally
  • What to do if you can't get out of the "red zone"
  • How to change the physiology of your brain so that you respond differently to stress
  • Ways to model stress reduction and problem solving effectively 


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