Parenting Well Podcast
#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 

Resources

#19 Minimize Power Struggles, Promote Critical Thinking & Improve Communication with Your Child

#19 Minimize Power Struggles, Promote Critical Thinking & Improve Communication with Your Child

January 26, 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 Karen Alonge. Karen is an Interpersonal Communication Consultant. She has been providing interpersonal and parenting consulting to volunteers, staff, management in education, social services, corrections, counseling, law, health care, and non-profits like PEN since 2006. Karen uses an evidence-based strategy called motivational interviewing to help her clients “choose their words wisely”

This podcast covers how to:

  • use motivational interviewing techniques in your communication.
  • recognize typical communication breakdowns.
  • set age appropriate expectations.
  • reduce power struggles in your relationship.
  • use communication to manage behavior problems.
  • articulate your concerns without telling your kids what to do.
  • help kids develop and learn how to access strategies that work for them.
  • raise a critical thinkers.
  • navigate change.
  • leave your child free to move, think, and change without judgement.

Resources:

#18 Tips for Understanding & Navigating Depression & Suicide Prevention

#18 Tips for Understanding & Navigating Depression & Suicide Prevention

January 17, 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 Kathy Valentine. Kathy is the chairperson of the HOPE Coalition of Boulder County and has been on the coalition since its beginning in 2005. She is a retired school counselor and gave many workshops on depression and suicide awareness to various staffs while working. Kathy is also the Executive Director of Colie's Closet, a BVSD high school peer education program dealing with depression and suicide. Kathy is passionate about educating the entire community about risk factors around these issues and is excited to bring today’s panelists and community members together to begin the discussion about the importance of connection in our lives.

This podcast covers:

  • Resources for managing depression
  • The role stigma plays in support services
  • How to recognize warning signs of depression and what to do about it
  • Some of the risk factors of depression
  • The difference between being sad and having clinical depression
  • Strategies for managing depression when you feel like you are "spiraling"
  • What to do if you are worried about your child
  • How kids should respond to their friend's depression
  • The importance of self care, modeling, and talking to your children regularly

Resources:

Website: The Hope Coalition of Boulder County

Resource: National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Resource: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

Resource: Warning Signs of Depression

 

#17 Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Fighting in Your Parenting

#17 Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Fighting in Your Parenting

January 12, 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 Paige Trevor. Paige is a Certified Parent Educator and the owner of a business called Balancing Act since 2010. This was inspired by a desire to help people clear the clutter from their life. Having seen the impact of disorganization within businesses and families, Paige used her blend of empathy, humor, cheerleading, and, as she likes to describe it, “a wee bit of tough love” to help families clear the way for more satisfying lives.

This episode covers:

  • Finding the magic middle in discussions
  • Solving problems together
  • Supporting your kids mental health
  • Establishing effective routines
  • Planning vs. doing your day
  • Managing conflict
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Having fun together
  • Building close relationships
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Holding a family meeting
  • Parenting through challenging situations

RESOURCES

 

#16 The Importance of Mental Health Nutrition

#16 The Importance of Mental Health Nutrition

December 15, 2020

Today’s well source is Stephanie Small. Stephanie is a licensed clinical social worker and nutritionist. She believes that diet and supplements have a profound effect on our mood, clarity, sleep, and much more. Therefore, her work is a unique blend of nutrition, somatic, and intuitive practices. Stephanie is one of the speakers at our upcoming virtual stress & anxiety conference on January 29th and 30th.  You can sign up for her workshop and others from our website, www.penbv.org

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What mental health nutrition is.
  • How physical and mental health are connected.
  • How mental health nutrition is different than conventional treatment.
  • The process of engaging in mental health nutrition.
  • How mental health nutrition can support someone with disordered eating.
  • The importance of gut health.
  • What intuitive eating is and how gratitude supports healthy well-being.

Resources:

Website: Stephanie Small

 

Course: Stephanie Small - Mental Health Nutrition: Foundations

 

Podcast: Genetics, Mental Health & Nutrition with Christina Veselak and Dr. Dave Vigerust

 

Book: The True Power of Water: Healing and Discovering Ourselves

 

#15 Normal Sucks: Living and Learning Outside the Lines

#15 Normal Sucks: Living and Learning Outside the Lines

October 4, 2020

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, were we know that parenting well is challenging and that all parents are the best parents they know how to be.  We firmly believe that 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.

 

So, let’s fill that well!

 

Today’s well source is Jonathan Mooney. Jonathon is an award winning writer, entrepreneur and activist. Jonathan didn’t learn to read until he was 12 years old. His new book is called Normal Sucks: How to Live Learn and Thrive Outside the Lines. As a neurodiverse writer, advocate and father, Jonathan shares a confessional and often hilarious story of his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed.

 

Website: https://www.jonathanmooney.com

 

Book: Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines

 

Program: Eye to Eye Mentoring Program

 

Book: The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal

 

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.penbv.org

 

Happy Parenting

 

#14 Using Sweet Spots to Maximize Potential and Strengthen Relationships

#14 Using Sweet Spots to Maximize Potential and Strengthen Relationships

July 23, 2020

I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host, and today’s WELL source is Whitney Walpole.  Whitney is the co-author of the book: “The Sweet Spot: Leveraging Your Talents in Leadership and Life.” She has been a trusted partner and professional leadership coach to hundreds of business owners and executive teams. Prior to this, she was a 7th grade English teacher and started her own private school focused on engaging children to take more responsibility for themselves, as well as their creativity and learning. She has a passion for children and parenting and raised two kids of her own using the tools from this book. You can reach her at whitney@culturecounts.biz

 

In this podcast, we talk about:

  • What your sweet spot is and why it’s a powerful thing to know.

 

  • The characteristics of the 7 Talents or Archetypes: Server, Priest, Artisan, Sage, Warrior King, & Scholar.

 

  • How to use the book to identify your 3 archetypes.

 

  • Practical tips to live into your archetypes

 

  • Why your archetypes impact the way you show up and function in the world.

 

  • How we mask the archetypes of those around us.

 

  • Why knowledge of archetypes impacts how you interact with your child, monitor your own emotions, and support your child in understanding of themselves.

 

  • The importance of self – care and using your sweet spot to know what you need most.

 

  • The journey of self-discovery and appreciating yourself and others.

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#13: Coaching Your Teen Makes Life Easier

#13: Coaching Your Teen Makes Life Easier

April 24, 2020

I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host, and today’s WELL source is Culum Walsh. Culum is a Professional Certified Coach with 21 years of classroom teaching experience. After retiring from teaching, he started his own coaching business, coaching students from 6th grade all the way up through graduate school. His mission is that they become happy and comfortable with themselves, because he knows that when they do, they can do anything they want in school and life. He grew up in Denver, and he currently lives in Thornton. He is married and has 2 children. You can reach Culum via his website below, by email at info@humanbyhumancoaching, or by phone at 303-656-7708

 

In this podcast, we talk about:

  • Academic Life Coaching

 

  • Unique issues facing families with the outbreak of COVID-19

 

  • The challenge of everyone being home 24/7

 

  • Default ways of parenting

 

  • Using a coaching approach in your parenting

 

  • Useful coaching questions

 

  • How this approach helps children solve their own problems

 

  • Using an example to compare default parenting with coaching

Resources:

 

 

 

#12 Nurture Your Relationship with Your Child: You are in it for Life

#12 Nurture Your Relationship with Your Child: You are in it for Life

March 17, 2020

 

I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host, and today’s WELL source is Brooks Witter. Brooks is the co-creator of Wise Roots Parenting, a set of online programs that support parents in successfully launching their child into adulthood. As a licensed professional counselor, he has the skills required to help parents who are both experiencing challenging times with their children and struggling to take care of themselves in the process.  As a therapist, supervisor, coach, clinical director, and parent himself, Brooks looks to core values of courage, compassion and clarity as guideposts to measure his activities.  

 

In this podcast, we talk about:

 

  • The role of parents

 

  • Modern challenges

 

  • Perspective taking

 

  • Regulating emotions

 

  • Strategies for being in relationship with your child

 

  • The importance of one-on-one time

 

  • Setting clear expectations and boundaries

 

  • Implementing predictable consequences

 

  • Distinguishing normal from disruptive behavior

  

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#11 Resilience: The Key to a Stress Free and Flourishing Life

#11 Resilience: The Key to a Stress Free and Flourishing Life

January 20, 2020

I am Dr. Shelly Mahon, your host, and today’s WELL source is Wendy Van Besien. Wendy is an inspiring positive psychology practitioner that weaves together critical examples, expertise, and easy to apply steps that will motivate you to reach your potential and live a flourishing life.

 

In this podcast, Wendy shares how to:

 

  • Develop and foster resilience

 

  • Deal with everyday disturbances

 

  • Tap into people's strengths

 

  • Relieve stress and anxiety

 

  • Use neuroscience to understand our response to challenges

 

  • Change limiting beliefs, assumptions and interpretations that impede your success and happiness

 

  • Live a flourishing life

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