Do you want to learn how to connect and communicate better in your relationships? Dr. Kim Swales and rotating guests will discuss parenting, marriage, dating, friendship, family, relationships and self-growth in this podcast about connecting better in life. Episodes will include the latest research, real-life stories, listener questions and practical tips that will help you create and maintain happier and healthier connections. Tune in each Thursday for a new episode.
Episode 22: Find Your Purpose, Align Your Values and Declutter Your Life with Erica Layne
In this episode, Kim talks to Erica Layne of The Life on Purpose Movement. If you feel overwhelmed, this episode is for you. Erica talks about finding your purpose regardless of your role in life right now. Kim and Erica talk about overconsumption, shopping to fill a void, comparison, and reducing your mental load. They offer suggestions for aligning your life with your values and what is truly important to you. They also talk about clearing out your emotional, mental, digital and physical clutter. This is a great episode if you want to simplify your life and find more meaning.
You can find Erica at https://ericalayne.co.
"Do you know your purpose?" worksheet: https://ericalayne.co/purpose/.
The Minimalist way: Minimalism strategies to declutter your life and make room for joy: https://amzn.to/2NUmuVC.
Thank you to our sponsor Della Rica Hair Color!
Episode 21: Everyday Worry, Anxiety, Hard Political Conversations and Friendships
In this episode, Kim talks with Dr. Catherine Schmidt, a licensed clinical psychologist who helps women improve their relationships, alleviate anxiety and cultivate a balanced, fulfilling life. They have an honest conversation about anxiety and everyday worry with ways to combat it. They give wisdom on how you can shift your focus. And Dr. Schmidt shares advice on how to have hard political conversations with friends and spouses. This episode has pieces of practical wisdom for everyone.
You can find Dr. Schmidt at drcatherineschmidt.com.
Follow Dr. Schmidt on Instagram to stay updated on the launch of her "Relief From Anxiety" course!
Episode 20: How to Add More Fun and Positivity to Your Relationship
Kim invites marriage counselor, Lori Epting, back to talk about how to maintain your relationship by adding fun, positivity and spontaneity on a more regular basis. They go back and forth sharing some of their practical suggestions for small and simple things you can do to connect with your partner in more positive ways. If you’ve been in a relationship rut or are feeling disconnected or like roommates, this episode will have so many good suggestions for you just in time for Valentine’s Day. They also share some fun date ideas.
Kim's Creative Date Ideas: https://www.kimswales.com/date-ideas
Lori Epting can be found at https://www.loriepting.com/book and https://marriagesense.org.
Her new book is called From Chaos to Connecting: A Marriage Counselor's Candid Guide for the Married Couple (https://amzn.to/3ohHtzI).
Episode 19: The Parent Compass
In this episode, Kim talks to Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnik, authors of "The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World." They discuss how we show our kids we believe in them, setting goals, and looking at how our own past impacts our parenting. They share their own parenting stories and lots of tips for how to use our compass to guide our kids.
You can purchase "The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World" here: https://amzn.to/3cwyE1n.
Episode 18: Anxiety, OCD, Fears and Phobias in Children
In this episode, Kim talks to her colleague and anxiety expert, Dr. Ivy Ruths about anxiety in children. They go into detail about the difference between stress and diagnosable anxiety. They talk about how to teach young children to talk about their feelings and how to model handling our own anxiety in front of our kids. Dr. Ruths shares her wisdom on OCD and fears and phobias in children. She offers so many practical tips that all parents could benefit from.
You can find Dr. Ivy Ruths at https://www.drivyruths.com.
Some good books for helping kids identify their feelings:
Visiting Feelings by Lauren J. Rubenstien - https://amzn.to/3pkXG7b
In My Heart: A book of feelings by Jo Witek - https://amzn.to/3ohGgHl
A little SPOT of anxiety: a story about calming your worries by Diane Alber - https://amzn.to/3a7qfyu
Episode 17: Attachment in Relationships
In this episode, Kim explores the importance of attachment in childhood and adult relationships with specialist and author, Paula Sacks. They discuss the primary conditions for developing and providing a secure and healthy attachment in childhood. Furthermore, they talk about the four attachment styles in adults and how they impact all of our relationships in life. This episode is such an important listen for everyone. New parents or expectant parents can really learn how to help build a secure attachment style in their babies. Adults can better understand their own attachment style, where it came from and how it impacts their current relationships.
You can find Paula at https://www.paulasacks.com.
The Importance of Love Rays: Developing Secure Attachment in Infancy and Childhood (https://amzn.to/3sw9qpz)
Love Rays Children's Story Book (https://amzn.to/3sDSLAv)
Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair (https://amzn.to/2Ku9mp6)
The Attachment Project: https://www.attachmentproject.com