157 episodes

Connected Parenting shares techniques that therapists use to help parents soothe their child as well as enhance the parent-child bond and is based on the understanding that correcting and guiding behavior works best when it is preceded by and linked to empathy. At the heart of this parenting model is the CALM Technique which helps parents accurately attune to children’s affect and experience. These empathic interactions release reward chemicals in the brain that stimulate positive emotions and increase order and balance in the nervous system. Reward chemicals, including natural opiates, endorphins, and a powerful hormone called oxytocin, reduce and inhibit stress hormones and bathe the brain in positive emotions that ripple through every cell in the body. The benefits of empathy and compassion have a strong base in science that cannot be underestimated. Simply put, it is brain food, the emotional nutrition all of us need, perhaps our children most of all.
Although many parenting techniques stress the importance of empathy, Connected Parenting will show you how to use it skillfully to repair frayed bonds, deescalate tantrums, contain and correct difficult behaviors and help your child to become more confident and emotionally resilient. We use a collaborative and supportive coaching model and provide inspirational, easy-to-understand techniques grounded in neuroscience and attachment. In the end, your child will be more compliant, more relaxed, and – most importantly – happier. Connected Parenting will bring out the best in you and your child.

Connected Parenting Jennifer Kolari

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 95 Ratings

Connected Parenting shares techniques that therapists use to help parents soothe their child as well as enhance the parent-child bond and is based on the understanding that correcting and guiding behavior works best when it is preceded by and linked to empathy. At the heart of this parenting model is the CALM Technique which helps parents accurately attune to children’s affect and experience. These empathic interactions release reward chemicals in the brain that stimulate positive emotions and increase order and balance in the nervous system. Reward chemicals, including natural opiates, endorphins, and a powerful hormone called oxytocin, reduce and inhibit stress hormones and bathe the brain in positive emotions that ripple through every cell in the body. The benefits of empathy and compassion have a strong base in science that cannot be underestimated. Simply put, it is brain food, the emotional nutrition all of us need, perhaps our children most of all.
Although many parenting techniques stress the importance of empathy, Connected Parenting will show you how to use it skillfully to repair frayed bonds, deescalate tantrums, contain and correct difficult behaviors and help your child to become more confident and emotionally resilient. We use a collaborative and supportive coaching model and provide inspirational, easy-to-understand techniques grounded in neuroscience and attachment. In the end, your child will be more compliant, more relaxed, and – most importantly – happier. Connected Parenting will bring out the best in you and your child.

    • video
    How To Be a Frontal Lobe | CP157

    How To Be a Frontal Lobe | CP157

    Today we are diving into the idea that as parents, we're essentially acting as substitute frontal lobes for our children. After an Instagram short I posted went viral, I realized just how much this idea resonated with so many of you. We are looking at:Why are we more than just parents in the traditional sense? What does stepping into the role of a substitute frontal lobe truly entail for us and our kids? Why has nature designed our parenting roles this way? Join me as we unravel these questions and explore the profound implications this perspective holds for our parenting journey. Are you ready to look at parenting through a completely new lens? Let's get into it.Jennifer's Takeaways:Intro (00:00)Brain Development + Reactive Responses (01:05)Parenting + Brain Development (04:22)Child Development + Parenting Strategies (07:48)Adjusting Expectations For Children's Brain Development (11:12)Meet Jennifer KolariJennifer Kolari is the host of the “Connected Parenting” weekly podcast and the co-host of “The Mental Health Comedy” podcast. Kolari is a frequent guest on Nationwide morning shows and podcasts in the US and Canada. Her advice can also be found in many Canadian and US magazines such as; Today’s Parent, Parents Magazine and Canadian Family.Kolari’s powerful parenting model is based on the neurobiology of love, teaching parents how to use compassion and empathy as powerful medicine to transform challenging behavior and build children’s emotional resilience and emotional shock absorbers.Jennifer’s wisdom, quick wit and down to earth style help parents navigate modern-day parenting problems, offering real-life examples as well as practical and effective tools and strategies.Her highly entertaining, inspiring workshops are shared with warmth and humour, making her a crowd-pleasing speaker with schools, medical professionals, corporations and agencies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.One of the nation’s leading parenting experts, Jennifer Kolari, is a highly sought- after international speaker and the founder of Connected Parenting. A child and family therapist with a busy practice based in San Diego and Toronto, Kolari is also the author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise A Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really): Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011).

    Grandparents: A Special Bond | CP156

    Grandparents: A Special Bond | CP156

    Amidst the complexities and generational gaps, the profound love and unique connections Grandparents share with us and our families hold immense importance to our growth and overall life experience.Join me today to explore the richness of this relationship, examining the contrast between modern parenting and the practices of our parents' era, and discover ways to navigate these differences for a harmonious family dynamic.Jennifer's Takeaways:Intro (00:00)Parenting Strategies + Their Impact On Children's Safety + Well-Being (1:20)Grandparents Spoiling Kids (3:36)Setting Boundaries With Parents + In-Laws (7:11)Prioritizing Mental Health (8:54)Meet Jennifer KolariJennifer Kolari is the host of the “Connected Parenting” weekly podcast and the co-host of “The Mental Health Comedy” podcast. Kolari is a frequent guest on Nationwide morning shows and podcasts in the US and Canada. Her advice can also be found in many Canadian and US magazines such as; Today’s Parent, Parents Magazine and Canadian Family.Kolari’s powerful parenting model is based on the neurobiology of love, teaching parents how to use compassion and empathy as powerful medicine to transform challenging behavior and build children’s emotional resilience and emotional shock absorbers.Jennifer’s wisdom, quick wit and down to earth style help parents navigate modern-day parenting problems, offering real-life examples as well as practical and effective tools and strategies.Her highly entertaining, inspiring workshops are shared with warmth and humour, making her a crowd-pleasing speaker with schools, medical professionals, corporations and agencies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.One of the nation’s leading parenting experts, Jennifer Kolari, is a highly sought- after international speaker and the founder of Connected Parenting. A child and family therapist with a busy practice based in San Diego and Toronto, Kolari is also the author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise A Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really): Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011).

    • 12 min
    Why Won't My Kids Just Listen? | CP155

    Why Won't My Kids Just Listen? | CP155

    Why won't my kids listen?If you find yourself repeating instructions endlessly without any response, you're not alone.In this week's episode we explore the reasons behind this common parenting challenge and offer a treasure trove of tips and tricks to turn the tide. More than just getting your kids to listen, we'll discuss strategies for encouraging good decision-making and fostering healthy compliance.Join me for practical advice on enhancing communication and understanding within your family.Jennifer's Takeaways:Intro (00:00)Parenting, Child Development + Managing Expectations (00:59)Effective Communication With Children (04:30)Give Them That Window Of Time (08:02)Parenting Strategies And Incentives (12:13)Meet Jennifer KolariJennifer Kolari is the host of the “Connected Parenting” weekly podcast and the co-host of “The Mental Health Comedy” podcast. Kolari is a frequent guest on Nationwide morning shows and podcasts in the US and Canada. Her advice can also be found in many Canadian and US magazines such as; Today’s Parent, Parents Magazine and Canadian Family.Kolari’s powerful parenting model is based on the neurobiology of love, teaching parents how to use compassion and empathy as powerful medicine to transform challenging behavior and build children’s emotional resilience and emotional shock absorbers.Jennifer’s wisdom, quick wit and down to earth style help parents navigate modern-day parenting problems, offering real-life examples as well as practical and effective tools and strategies.Her highly entertaining, inspiring workshops are shared with warmth and humour, making her a crowd-pleasing speaker with schools, medical professionals, corporations and agencies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.One of the nation’s leading parenting experts, Jennifer Kolari, is a highly sought- after international speaker and the founder of Connected Parenting. A child and family therapist with a busy practice based in San Diego and Toronto, Kolari is also the author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise A Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really): Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011).

    • 16 min
    Navigating the Sometimes Very Tricky World of Highly Sensitive Kids & Food with Katie Kimball | CP154

    Navigating the Sometimes Very Tricky World of Highly Sensitive Kids & Food with Katie Kimball | CP154

    In this special guest series episode, I am thrilled to welcome Katie Kimball, a renowned advocate for healthy kids cooking and founder of the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse.Katie is on a powerful mission to bring families together through healthy food, aiming to teach every child the essential skill of cooking and instilling lifelong healthy habits.Join us in this enlightening conversation with Katie as we delve into the sometimes challenging, always rewarding intersection of kids and food, exploring how we can foster a positive and healthy relationship between our children and the meals they eat.Jennifer's Takeaways:* Raising Highly Sensitive Children + Their Food Preferences (01:21)* Managing Picky Eaters (05:12)* Family Dinners, Meal Planning + Engaging Kids in the Kitchen (11:05)* Parenting Strategies For Healthy Eating Habits (15:54)* Developing Healthy Eating Habits (20:51)* Strategies To Improve Picky Eater Palates (26:30)* Childhood Food Exposure + Sensitivity (31:23)About Katie KimballKatie Kimball, the national voice of healthy kids cooking, is a former teacher, two-time TEDx speaker, writer, and mom of 4 kids who founded the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, which was recommended by The Wall Street Journal as the best online cooking class for kids. Her blog Kitchen Stewardship helps families stay healthy without going crazy, and she’s on a mission to connect families around healthy food, teach every child to cook, and help families instill those all-important life skills!Connect with Katie KimballWebsite: https://kidscookrealfood.com/ (https://kidscookrealfood.com/)Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katiekimballkidscook/ (https://www.instagram.com/katiekimballkidscook/)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kidscookrealfood/ (https://www.facebook.com/kidscookrealfood/)YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kitchenstew (https://www.youtube.com/user/kitchenstew)FREEBIE: https://kidscookrealfood.com/connectedparentingpodcast (https://kidscookrealfood.com/connectedparentingpodcast)Meet Jennifer KolariJennifer Kolari is the host of the “Connected Parenting” weekly podcast and the co-host of “The Mental Health Comedy” podcast. Kolari is a frequent guest on Nationwide morning shows and podcasts in th US and Canada. Her advice can also be found in many Canadian and US magazines such as; Today’s Parent, Parents Magazine and Canadian Family.Kolari’s powerful parenting model is based on the neurobiology of love, teaching parents how to use compassion and empathy as powerful medicine to transform challenging behavior and build children’s emotional resilience and emotional shock absorbers.Jennifer’s wisdom, quick wit and down to earth style help parents navigate modern-day parenting problems, offering real-life examples as well as practical and effective tools and strategies.Her highly entertaining, inspiring workshops are shared with warmth and humour, making her a crowd-pleasing speaker with schools, medical professionals, corporations and agencies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.One of the nation’s leading parenting experts, Jennifer Kolari, is a highly sought- after international speaker and the founder of Connected Parenting. A child and family therapist with a busy practice based in San Diego and Toronto,

    • 36 min
    How To Handle Divorce With Kids | CP153

    How To Handle Divorce With Kids | CP153

    In today's episode, we tackle a topic that many families face: divorce.It's a reality of our world, and navigating it with grace and care is crucial, especially when it comes to our children. Today we dive deep into questions like...How do we break the news to them?What are the do's and don'ts of discussing divorce with your kids?But more importantly, we discuss the impact of divorce on children and underline a critical truth – it's not the divorce itself but how parents handle the situation that leaves a lasting mark.Join me as we explore strategies for navigating one of life's most challenging processes, aiming to minimize its impact on the youngest members of the family.Jennifer's Takeaways:Intro (00:00)Co-Parenting After Divorce (1:56)The Impact Of Negative Speech During Divorce (6:15)Focus On Children's Emotional Well-Being (7:56)Navigating Divorce With Children (12:27)Meet Jennifer KolariJennifer Kolari is the host of the “Connected Parenting” weekly podcast and the co-host of “The Mental Health Comedy” podcast. Kolari is a frequent guest on Nationwide morning shows and podcasts in the US and Canada. Her advice can also be found in many Canadian and US magazines such as; Today’s Parent, Parents Magazine and Canadian Family.Kolari’s powerful parenting model is based on the neurobiology of love, teaching parents how to use compassion and empathy as powerful medicine to transform challenging behavior and build children’s emotional resilience and emotional shock absorbers.Jennifer’s wisdom, quick wit and down to earth style help parents navigate modern-day parenting problems, offering real-life examples as well as practical and effective tools and strategies.Her highly entertaining, inspiring workshops are shared with warmth and humour, making her a crowd-pleasing speaker with schools, medical professionals, corporations and agencies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.One of the nation’s leading parenting experts, Jennifer Kolari, is a highly sought- after international speaker and the founder of Connected Parenting. A child and family therapist with a busy practice based in San Diego and Toronto, Kolari is also the author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise A Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really): Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011).

    • 17 min
    Blended Family | CP152

    Blended Family | CP152

    In this episode, we dive into the world of blended families with a special focus on tips and tricks designed to help navigate the complexities and joys of bringing together 2 diverse family units. From practical advice on fostering harmony and understanding to creative strategies for bonding, this week's release is tailored to address the unique challenges and opportunities that come with blending families together. Join me in exploring ways to knit a cohesive, loving family fabric that respects and celebrates the individual threads of each member's life and experiences.Jennifer's Takeaways:Intro (00:00)Connecting With Stepchildren (01:24)Using Mirroring + The Calm Technique (05:30)Blended Family Bonding Strategies (07:48)Reentry Challenges In Co-Parenting (12:34)Meet Jennifer KolariJennifer Kolari is the host of the “Connected Parenting” weekly podcast and the co-host of “The Mental Health Comedy” podcast. Kolari is a frequent guest on Nationwide morning shows and podcasts in the US and Canada. Her advice can also be found in many Canadian and US magazines such as; Today’s Parent, Parents Magazine and Canadian Family.Kolari’s powerful parenting model is based on the neurobiology of love, teaching parents how to use compassion and empathy as powerful medicine to transform challenging behavior and build children’s emotional resilience and emotional shock absorbers.Jennifer’s wisdom, quick wit and down to earth style help parents navigate modern-day parenting problems, offering real-life examples as well as practical and effective tools and strategies.Her highly entertaining, inspiring workshops are shared with warmth and humour, making her a crowd-pleasing speaker with schools, medical professionals, corporations and agencies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.One of the nation’s leading parenting experts, Jennifer Kolari, is a highly sought- after international speaker and the founder of Connected Parenting. A child and family therapist with a busy practice based in San Diego and Toronto, Kolari is also the author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise A Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really): Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011).

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Blaze808221 ,

Connected Parenting Works!

Read Jennifer’s book and listen the podcast weekly for those nice reminders. It has changed my life as a parent and I have happy kids.

Janic07 ,

So grateful

This parenting approach is so connected to what comes naturally to me as a parent - people often have advice that doesn’t sit right with me so it’s a relief to find someone who affirms my parenting instincts. The episode on stealing finally helped break my 6 year old’s shoplifting habit and repaired our relationship after months of counsellors and punitive measures (e.g. searching her, grounding, questioning, assuming guilt, etc…) which were promoted by popular parenting programs (such as Triple P). The idea of an internal smoke detector still resonates with her today!

Minions Rush obsession ,

Parents need to know!!

Not only to enjoy listening to this podcast but I’m so grateful for all the insights, research and knowledge that helps us understand our children. There would be a lot more understanding parents out there if they listen to this podcast.

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