Why Autism Spectrum Disorder Goes Beyond Behavior with Dr. Emily Gutierrez (HPC: E62)

Is autism a behavior disorder or a physiological disease? You might be surprised to hear Dr. Emily Gutierrez’s perspective that there is always a physical root cause that is affecting the brain – which means parents can control that and help their children heal! In fact, anyone with a chronic disease (and 1 in 2 of us have one) would benefit from this education-packed interview as we delve into functional medicine and how we can be detectives in our own lives and those of our children to determine what our bodies may need to function at our best. Dr. Gutierrez’s new book, The Parent’s Roadmap to Autism: A Functional Approach, is an amazing resource for parents who may not have [Read more...]

What are the Best Kitchen Knives for Kids? {Review} (HPC: E61)

One question I get asked a lot here at Kids Cook Real Food is: “What is a good kid-safe knife?” On today’s Healthy Parenting Connector, we’ve got all our kid knives out and we’ll be going over the pros and cons of each to help you decide which knives will suit your needs best! We talk about knives specifically made for kids, plastic safety knives, our favorite kid knife that shows up in the Kids Cook Real Food videos and even dollar store paring knives. Be sure to check out the links to everything we talk about below! No time to watch the whole video? Here are the notes! Kid-Safe Knife Review Video Time Stamps 0:47: We start out with [Read more...]

Time to Stop Managing Your Kids (Why That Actually Works from a CALM Mom of 5 Successful Young Adults!) (HPC: E60)

Do you have a vision for your child’s life? Do you know what kind of person you want your kids to grow up to be? Through tragedy and personal growth, Michelle Anne learned to become a CALM parent, and she would tell you to STOP IT. But of course she wouldn’t yell. 😉 This was one of the most unique interviews I’ve done on the Healthy Parenting Connector, and I know I’ll be thinking about it often in the days and weeks to come. Whenever someone comes along with a philosophy that totally challenges what you’re doing — and yet it’s ringing with a truth I can’t deny — it’s going to hurt a little bit to allow your brain [Read more...]

Raising Successful Kids 101: How to Avoid the Anxiety and Hyper-Achievement Loop and Build Resiliency (HPC: E59)

Anxiety didn’t used to be so hip and popular when Sarah Janette was diagnosed, and she felt such a stigma and resulting shame that it caused a major health issue. As an eating psychology counselor, her mission is to provide young women with strategies to master stress, enhance productivity, and better navigate a healthy lifestyle on both high school and collegiate campuses. She joins us today on the Healthy Parenting Connector to share practical strategies for parents to start healthy habits with your kids to avoid the over-achievement mindset, find their passions, and learn to be more resilient, no matter what life throws at them. We talked about: The cycle of anxiety generating anxiety The achievement mindset in our culture [Read more...]

3 Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Depression in Their Kids (HPC: E58)

Warning – sad statistic. 🙁 The 2nd leading cause of death for kids ages 10-24 in America is…suicide. I’m not okay with this! Let’s talk this Depression Awareness Month about prevention – there are research-based strategies that parents can use to reduce their kids’ chances of being depressed. While depression isn’t the only risk factor for suicide, it is certainly correlated. If we can make these practices a part of American culture, we can save American kids!! Mayo Clinic lists the following about depression: One of the potential causes: Learned patterns of negative thinking. Teen depression may be linked to learning to feel helpless — rather than learning to feel capable of finding solutions for life’s challenges. And one of [Read more...]

Happy Parents Aren’t a Myth (How You Can Get Closer to the Green Grass that Isn’t on the Other Side) (HPC: E57)

Do you wish “happy” and “parenting” were used more often in the same sentence? Our guest today is a former NY Times reporter who realized she was hearing way too many parents say that they just weren’t happy, not finding joy in their kids like they thought they would…so she sought to do something about it. She dug into research and interviewed parents in the trenches and wrote a lovely book that is as good for beach reading as for personal development, and I’m so honored to learn from her wisdom today. KJ Dell’Antonia will help you see: Why mornings are so important in family life (+ a few options for making them smoother). I almost guarantee you’ll see one [Read more...]

How to UPgrade Your Parenting and Perform Your Best with Dr Ryan Wohlfert (HPC: E56)

“Since I became a parent, I’ve gained a lot of weight…” “I don’t sleep enough – parenting, duh!” “What parent has time to take care of themselves?” Ever heard a busy parent say these things (or caught yourself saying them)? Dr. Ryan Wohlfert is on a mission to flip the script and convince all parents that not only do they have time to be healthy, they MUST make it a priority for the good of their entire family! He believes parents don’t have to choose between their own health and energy and being a GREAT parent. We sat down on a sunny Michigan day to talk about his 6-pack of health to UPgrade your parental health: 1. Focus: What we [Read more...]

Coughs, Colds and Bees: How Honey and Other BEE Products Can Keep our Kids Healthy! with Carly of Beekeeper’s Naturals (HPC: E55)

Coughs, Flu and School Germs, oh my! If cold-and-flu season causes tremors in your heart but you hate the idea of using over-the-counter drugs on your kids just to get through the night, I have great news: The bees got your back. Carly from Beekeeper’s Naturals joins us today to share about the power of nature – she will feed your science geek brain and share SO many practical ideas and uses for bee products (bet you’ve never even heard of some of them!): What beats coughs as effectively as OTC cough meds but with no side effects? Find out about a natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal product that you can ingest or use on the skin for coughs, rashes, scrapes, [Read more...]

What’s it Like for a Kid to Get Diagnosed with a Food Allergy? (HPC: E54)

How much does it stink to not be able to eat your favorite foods??!!?? My daughter Leah joins us today for a candid chat about how we discovered her dairy sensitivity about a year ago and what it’s been like since then. (I think we’re both still in denial a little bit which is probably too long to be a healthy grieving reaction!) 🙁 She’ll talk about: What it felt like to do an elimination diet What she noticed first and the big surprise when she tried dairy again :0 How kids teased her for clearing her throat in 4th grade (sheesh, I mean, really kids???) Some good substitutions that made life easier Whether dairy-free ice cream, cheese and yogurt [Read more...]

Could You Live Without Dairy? Why (& How) You Probably Should Try it & How Not to Die Trying (Interview with Sheila Kilbane, MD) (HPC: E53)

Dr. Sheila Kilbane can spot a child with high inflammation walking down the street! But many parents can’t even see it in their own kids – dark circles under the eyes, mouth breathing/snoring, red ears or cheeks, eczema and more. Inflammation is a more prominent problem than most people think (even medical doctors), and it’s causing all sorts of issues for our kids. Are you willing to cut dairy to find out if it would help your kids? This interview will surprise you with how little Dr. Kilbane tests blood and how often she recommends elimination experiments, particularly with dairy! There is a huge difference in a true allergy, an IgE reaction, vs. a sensitivity, IgG. Be sure to watch [Read more...]