Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge (HPC: E87)

Funny story – we filmed this interview before anyone knew what “quarantine” was or why the coronavirus was going to take over our lives…but boy, is it more relevant than ever!! We know that (even before all this) anxiety was becoming a big issue for kids of many ages. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge is an expert on kids’ mental health and wise voice for parents, and I’m so honored that she found the time for us! With truly 50% of kids experiencing anxiety, all parents need this one. You’ll learn: Why we have so much more anxiety these days (even before shelter-in-place orders!) What factors are making kids less resilient, both physically and mentally The difference between stress and anxiety (and [Read more...]

Kicking Stress & Chaos to the Curb To Find the Best Parent Within You (HPC: E86)

Got stress? If parenting feels like one more thing that requires perfection (or at least better than everyone else’s expectations), Erin Taylor has much wisdom for you. In today’s interview with Erin, a certified parenting coach and mom of 4 who found her life’s work at age 11, you’ll learn: Why our expectations CAUSE our stress in parenting How to adjust our own thinking in small ways to see big changes in how we feel (and how our kids mirror us) One simple mindset shift to transform fear of failure into a learning moment FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Snacks Kids can Make The beauty of having a child who can cook (and is motivated to do so — within his own [Read more...]

Stressed Out, Distracted Moms Need Extra Focus on Forming Secure Attachments (Interview with Dr. Aimie Apigian) (HPC: E85)

I thought I’d be interviewing Dr. Aimie about “trauma kids,” like foster kids and adoptions and kids who have gone through horrific tragedies. Turns out 70-80% of adults need this info and likely more of our kids than that! 😮 😮 😮 This interview was recorded back in the fall, but what a timely message when everyone is feeling more anxiety than usual — for the good of our kids, we need to take time to slow down for them. “Insecure attachment” can be caused by anything from our genetics to NICU time (or even a rough birth) to a stressed out or distracted mom. (Are you on your phone right now? Are your kids in the room?) Yikes! Sometimes [Read more...]

Managing Stress Sensitivity in Difficult Times with Dr. Heidi Hanna (HPC: E84)

I finally get to have my stress mastery professor on the Healthy Parenting Connector! Heidi Hanna, PhD, is one of the most intellectual, intuitive and compassionate people I know, and I’m honored to host her wisdom today. We had all these stress sensitivity topics planned before COVID-19 turned our world upside down, and I think it’s more important than ever to understand how a highly sensitive person reacts to stress and threats and how to help them through difficult times such as these. Fill your brain with Dr. Hanna’s research and her personal experience today: At age 10, Heidi was fainting from stress – literally. Find out how to help if this happens to your child, or if they seem [Read more...]

Helping Highly Sensitive Children Avoid Meltdowns and Thrive in Uncertain Times (HPC: E83)

Now more than ever, it’s highly risky to be a “highly sensitive person” — HSPs, children included, are more sensitive to stress and threats, and boy do we have a lot of both of those flying around. HSPs really feeeeeel all the pain that others are going through and want to help, but that isn’t always good for the HSP themselves. And HSCs may actually manifest with physical symptoms, mysterious illnesses, and unexplained behavior issues simply because they can’t process their stress well enough. FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Snacks Kids can Make I recorded this interview with Dr. Pejman Katiraei, an expert in finding root causes of some of the most severe kids’ behavioral issues, last fall, but it’s more important [Read more...]

Fun Activities For Kids Stuck At Home (with a healthy dose of Sabbath rest)

journal tea feet up in slippers Time at home with kids? Omgoodness we MUST need something to do!!! I often think of America as a country of excess. That has played out in both good and bad ways in times of crisis. Excess buying of toilet paper – not so attractive. Excess sharing of encouragement, grace, and activities for homebound families – so well-intentioned and sweet and generous and giving…. But yet already, I think we parents, stuck at home with our kids for the next few weeks or months, are overwhelmed with those good intentions. We almost have too much to do, too many suggestions, and it begins to add to our stress instead of taking it away as was the original intent. My team [Read more...]

What is a Highly Sensitive Person? (& How to Help Them Thrive in Times of Crisis) (HPC: E82)

Ever heard of a Highly Sensitive Person? We’re 15-20% of the population, which means it’s just a trait difference, not a disorder — which means there’s a reason the world needs HSPs (and HSCs, Highly Sensitive Children). But that doesn’t make it easy to be one! Here’s your introduction to what a Highly Sensitive Person is, including: How senses play into high sensitivity How emotions play a role Other features of HSPs Negative ramifications for HSPs and HSCs The awesome gift of being highly sensitive and what HSPs bring to the world In a time of crisis, how can we help HSPs and HSCs in our life thrive? This topic was planned months before “sudden homeschooling” and the coronavirus pandemic [Read more...]

How to Sharpen Knives for Kids (and Why?) (HPC: E81)

Yes, we let kids use sharp knives! In fact, sharp knives are much safer than dull knives, because you don’t need as much pressure, therefore there’s less of a chance the knife will slip and hit something it shouldn’t. In today’s tutorial video, my kids and I demonstrate 3 different kinds of knife sharpeners, all very affordable and easy to use. Check out how easily the knives sliiiiiide through tomatoes when we’re finished!! Find these sharpeners and all our favorite kids’ kitchen tools on our resources page. (They’re also linked in the text below.) The goal is to get kids involved, not spend too much, and keep everyone safe and building confidence. Let me know if you try sharpening your [Read more...]

Better Gut Health for Kids with “Buddies in my Belly” Creator Sarah Morgan (HPC: E80)

Have you ever tried to explain to a child how their gut microbiome works and impacts their health? Here at Kids Cook Real Food, I’m a huge proponent of teaching our kids about their food: how it affects them, where it comes from, how to make it, what different nutrients do, all the things! Joining me today is Sarah Morgan who has written a fantastic book to teach even very young children how they can take care of the “buddies” in their bellies to support their overall health. Sarah and I talk about: Each of the probiotic “buddies” and what they do in the body Practical things we can DO to improve our kids’ gut health Whether or not kids [Read more...]

Finding Nutrient Balance for Kids and Busy Families with Jess Donovan, Naturopath (HPC: E79)

Want to hear from a naturopath from down under? Jess Donovan, with her lovely Aussie accent, shares all sorts of goodness with us today on the Healthy Parenting Connector, like: favorite immunity-boosting foods to recommend to busy families the best way to get probiotics integrated into your family common nutrient deficiencies in kids (and what you can do to seek the best balance) food allergy management, whether the allergy is IN your family or just around you how mom’s health may be related to her kids’ And so much more! Jess is also hosting an online masterclass on Gut health on March 3rd where you’ll discover 3 PROVEN ways to TRANSFORM your Kids GUT HEALTH to improve their behavior, fussy [Read more...]