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This podcast is for those of us who are parenting teenagers.
Cai Graham’s straight-talking insights and tools & techniques are designed to equip parents (and teenagers) with the tools for navigating adolescence.

The Parent & Teen Toolbox Cai Graham

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This podcast is for those of us who are parenting teenagers.
Cai Graham’s straight-talking insights and tools & techniques are designed to equip parents (and teenagers) with the tools for navigating adolescence.

    EP 72 - Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge - Is it Anxiety or OCD?

    EP 72 - Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge - Is it Anxiety or OCD?

    Our kids have been going through so much over the past 18 months, and we are seeing an increase in their stress levels. Not only that - we are seeing an increase in the numbers of children struggling with anxiety and OCD.
     
    Interestingly, Dr. Roseann says that in many instances, our children are being misdiagnosed with anxiety - where in actual fact they might be struggling with OCD.
     
    In this episode - she explains the differences and once we know what’s going on - how parents can better support their children.
     
    These behaviors are learned and reassuringly they can also be ‘unlearned’ with a few simple techniques.
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Dr Roseann :
    Dr. Roseann is a mental health trailblazer, founder of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health, and media expert who is, “Changing the way we view and treat children’s mental health”.
     
    Her work has helped thousands reverse the most challenging conditions: ADHD, anxiety, mood, Lyme, and PANS/PANDAS using PROVEN holistic therapies. She is often featured on dozens of media outlets: Fox, CBS, NBC, PARENTS, and New York Times; and FORBES magazine called her, “A thought leader in children’s mental health”.
     
    She is the author of the first-ever book on teletherapy activities for child and adolescent therapists, “Teletherapy Toolkit™” and It’s Gonna be OK!™ book. She works with kids and families with remote neurofeedback and her Get Unstuck Program™ and Raising Successful Kids Community, which are resources for parents to improve their child’s symptoms and develop grit and resilience.
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    How to Contact Dr Roseann :
    Website : www.drroseann.com & www.childrensmentalhealth.com
    Book: It’s Gonna Be OK™: Proven Ways to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health
    www.itsgonnabeok.com
    FREEMIUM: COPING STATEMENTS
    www.teletherapytoolkitbonus.com
    Summit: The Get Unstuck Summit
    www.getunstucksummit.com
    Social Media
    YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/DrRoseann
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/DrRoseannCapannaHodge/

    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/drroseann/

    Twitter
    https://twitter.com/drroseann1

    Linkedin
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/roseanncapannahodge
    Pinterest
    https://www.pinterest.com/drroseanncapannahodge
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    We talked lot in the episode about Anxiety and Breath-work.
    If this is an issue for you - then these resources will help.
    My Anxiety course provides you with support by :

✔️ Recognising the triggers
    Understanding Anxiety - and why we don’t want to get rid of it all together
    Learning a couple of techniques to help you stop a panic attack in it’s tracks
    How as a parent, you can support your anxious child
    📍www.caigraham.com/anxiety

    If you or your child are struggling with your emotions at the minute - then I have a great online course that introduces you to 7 different breathing exercises that a can get you out of many sticky situations :
    📍www.caigraham.com/breathe
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
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    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be

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    EP 71 - Tessa Gray - The Power Being of Your Own Authentic Self

    EP 71 - Tessa Gray - The Power Being of Your Own Authentic Self

    For many of us - we have spent so much time sitting in our “zoom uniform” or lounging about in our sweats that we have forgotten how we should dress for real life. For others, we want to make some changes to how we used to look - as this no longer represents how we want to look and feel today.
     
    In this episode, Tessa and I discuss the importance of feeling good and being in the zone and how our appearance can help us find that inner confidence - be it having a great haircut, or (for me) freshly manicured nails - or indeed putting on an England Jersey or even The Queen’s Colours!
     
    Tessa’s Mum ( who herself was an Olympic Skier ) said :
    “If you don’t have a dream - then you can’t have a dream come true.”
    So we talk about how we can encourage ourselves and our children to allow our dreams to come alive - and to dream BIG, and a lot of that stems from our own perception of ourselves and being true to who lies within.
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Tessa :
    Tessa Gray is a Paris trained couturiere, former amateur jump jockey with over 40 years of dressing women for special occasions, performances, and business.
    Tessa uses colour, style, and design to guide her clients to look and feel younger and Amazing on and off line, because when she was a jockey, she realised the power clothes have to put any athlete in the zone.
    Tessa’s clients are mostly Mums who would love to feel and look the way they used to, who are juggling work and family life are realising that virtual meetings are not quite the same as in-person meet-ups!
    Most people, whatever age, find it hard to buy clothes that flatter, fit and give us the confidence that we are looking for; so Tessa takes the stress out of wondering what to buy, what to wear and how to create different looks without breaking the bank.
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    How to Contact Tessa :
    Website //www.tessagray.co.uk
    Facebook Facebook Group : My Million Dollar Look
    If you'd like to get started on boosting your confidence and creating your own style, you can download her free :
    Click Here to Download Your Copy of Discover The New You Tessa's Tips for emerging from Lockdown with Style and Ease.
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    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
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    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

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    EP 70 - Malva Gasowski - Transitioning from Tweens to Teens

    EP 70 - Malva Gasowski - Transitioning from Tweens to Teens

    As parents, there is so much going on for us as we navigate family life.
    The teenage brain is a constant ‘work-in-progress’ - so we often need to adapt to the changes quickly, freely, and with PATIENCE. Patience for our children and also patience for ourselves.
     
    In their bid for independence, sometimes our children are not too receptive to their parent’s “interfering” and tend to pull away. Malva addresses this by explaining the importance of PROXIMITY and how this can build stronger relationships between parents and children.
     
    She also goes on to discuss the merits for parents to become more TEACHABLE and to be open-minded enough to learn from our children. Speaking from experience, this truly helps to enrich the parent/child relationship.
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Malva :
    Malva is an international business trainer, executive coach and speaker for corporate soft HR skills, and helps people achieve success in top international corporations.
     
    Malva has created the Online Training Academy, an innovative form of training for future online trainers.
     
    Besides her corporate focus, she is also a parenting coach and couples counselor who works with couples and parents to help them implements the positive parenting approach and build closeness within the family.
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    How to Contact Malva :
    Website : www.malvagasowski.com & https://www.coaching-mother-and-all.com
    Amazon : amazon.com/author/malvagasowski
    linkedIn : www.linkedin.com/in/malva-gasowski
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/malva.gasowski.coaching & www.facebook.com/coaching.mother.and.all
    Instagram : www.instagram.com/coaching.mother.and.all
    If you'd like to get started with a couple of Malva’s resources Malva mentioned on the episode - you can download her free :
    1. Daily Positively Responsive Parenting Affirmations. - https://www.malvagasowski.com/affirmations-in
    2. Access to the Strong Willed Child Summit. Please use the code CAI_GRAHAM_PODCAST for a. 100% off the Strong-Willed Child Summit for your listeners
    https://www.malvagasowski.com/ips_SWC
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    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
     
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
    ~~~~
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.

    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 47 min
    EP 69 - Karine Zbinden - 6 Tips to Boost Your Confidence : Back to Me - Career After Kids

    EP 69 - Karine Zbinden - 6 Tips to Boost Your Confidence : Back to Me - Career After Kids

    Last week we were talking about how parenting can be all-consuming and if we are not careful, it starts to define who we are. Mums do sometimes struggle to find their identity and this tends to keep them playing small.
     
    In this episode I talk with Karine as she offers practical advice for mums who wish to focus on their professional goals again; whether that is restarting an old career, finding a new one, or even starting their own business.
     
    Karine’s 6 Top Tips to Boost Your Confidence will offer the kick start that you might be waiting for :
    Ditching Comparisonitis
    How do you describe yourself?
    What about your challenges?
    What if you failed?
    I Am Enough
    Be kinder to yourself
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Karine :
    Karine Zbinden (Ph.D.) is a Certified Life Coach and University Teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching, mentoring and training students and young graduates.
     
    In her coaching practice, she specializes in helping women find a new purpose and boost their confidence when they want to focus on their professional goals again once their children become (more) independent.
     
    She offers 1:1 life coaching and hosts a free, friendly and supportive Facebook community, 'Back to me: Career after kids', where she gives lots of hints and tips and hosts special training sessions, including regular training by guest experts.
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    How to Contact Karine :
    Email : (hello@karinezbinden.com
    Website (https://www.karinezbinden.com) .
    If you'd like to get started on boosting your confidence, you can download her free
    '6 Top Tips to Boost Your Confidence’.
    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
    ~~~~
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 53 min
    EP 68 - Dan Reader - Helping Mums Burst Out of ‘That Rut’

    EP 68 - Dan Reader - Helping Mums Burst Out of ‘That Rut’

    As Mums, we very often feel that we have given all that we have to offer to parent our children - and to an extent, we lose our confidence and (dare I say it ) our own identity.
     
    In this episode, I am chatting to Dan Reader - who knows only too well the inner turmoil that us mums are facing and how hard it is to break away from that table of being “Just a Mum”.
     
    Dan shares with us his insights as to how women can grasp the nettle and be brave enough ( if it’s bravery they are looking for ) to find that inner resolve to re-invent themselves; whilst still being the best parent that they can be.
     
    Truth bomb : When you take care of yourself and relight that fire - you become that person who has more to offer for yourself and those around you - so it’s a win-win.
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Dan :
    From Personal trainer of 8 years to behaviour change and self love coach for the past 2.
    Having gone through my own rock bottom 4 years ago which left me officially homeless in £15,000 worth of debt and using drink and drugs to escape my emotions I recognised something HAD to change!
    That change was me turning inward and learning to love all the parts of myself that I’d judged and shamed instead of looking for validation outside of myself.
    Over the last few years I’ve invested in coaches and therapy for my own healing and 2 years ago I invested in a program to become a coach myself.
     
    Lockdown and covid gave me the opportunity to close my personal training studio, sell all my equipment and move across the country with my girlfriend and really get clear on what it was I wanted to create in the world.
     
    Self-love was what saved me and now my mission is helping others start giving themselves the love they crave first, so they never settle for any less than they deserve in relationships, health, and life.
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    Contact Dan through Instagram : @danreader_selflovecoach
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    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
    ~~~~
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 52 min
    EP 67 - Hayley T Wheeler - Self Knowledge is Your Super Power

    EP 67 - Hayley T Wheeler - Self Knowledge is Your Super Power

    A quote I love : 

“To grow yourself - You must know yourself”
     
    Nowadays, there’s a lot of talk about personal development and understanding what makes us tick. But if I am brutally honest - sometimes this process can make us feel a bit uncomfortable. We don’t always like what we start to uncover … BUT when we start understanding ourselves better - we are more able to work out what our best next steps are.
     
    In this episode, I discuss with Hayley the importance of being honest with ourselves and accepting who we are (warts and all).
     
    She goes on to discuss how filling our Emotional Vessel with happy & productive feelings & thoughts, best equips us to deal with the challenges and expectations that everyday life throws at us. There are no ‘one-size fits all’ … and the real secret is listening to your own inner voice.
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Hayley :
    Hayley T Wheeler is the original EmotionMind Connection Therapist, an accidental author and motivational speaker. 
     
    Since getting to the other side of depression Hayley has helped 100’s of adults, children, and families improve their mental health with her EmotionMind Dynamic program.
     
    Hayley’s passion is to help adults, children, and families understand how emotions impact their choices to gain back control & happiness. 
     
    Her mission is to empower people to develop their superpower, self-knowledge, personal experience, and that of her clients, telling her that self-informed people make a better life, relationship, financial, business, and family decisions. 

    We send children to school, college, university to learn the professional skills to be productive members of society but no one teaches them how to be them. Hayley’s mission is to promote the power of self-knowledge to improve emotional and mental health.
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    Contacting Hayley :
    Contact Details:
W : www.hayleytwheeler.co.uk
    W: www.emotionminddynamic.co.uk
    T: 07966189084
    E: Hayley@hayleytwheeler.co.uk

    Social Media :
    F: Hayley T Wheeler
    T: @hayleytwheeler
    I: @hayleytwheeler
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    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily, and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
    ~~~~
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the long-term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 52 min

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