32 episodes

A podcast for conscious parents who drop the f-bomb. A lot.

We are the overthinkers, the dreamers, and the doers. We are parenting in a radically different way than those before us. But our divine vision gets blurry cause...OMG...kids can be such a pain in the ass. Let's work from the inside out, in a whole brain, whole body way to mitigate the crappy behavior. Not just with our kids but with ourselves. So you can be the parent you envision.

Oh Crap I Love My Toddler... But Holy F*ck Jamie Glowacki

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 28 Ratings

A podcast for conscious parents who drop the f-bomb. A lot.

We are the overthinkers, the dreamers, and the doers. We are parenting in a radically different way than those before us. But our divine vision gets blurry cause...OMG...kids can be such a pain in the ass. Let's work from the inside out, in a whole brain, whole body way to mitigate the crappy behavior. Not just with our kids but with ourselves. So you can be the parent you envision.

    Patreon Unlock: Pediatric Pelvic Floor Therapy and Potty Training with Quiara Smith, MOT OTR/L  

    Patreon Unlock: Pediatric Pelvic Floor Therapy and Potty Training with Quiara Smith, MOT OTR/L  

    Today, I am so excited to have Quiara Smith, MOT OTR/L, join me on the podcast . As a pediatric pelvic health occupational therapist, Quiara specializes in treating pelvic floor dysfunction, toileting/elimination disorders, and bowel and bladder dysfunction in children between the ages of 4-18 years old both through her Aloha Integrative Therapy Clinic and telehealth services. I met Quiara on Instagram when she chimed in on a few posts referring to gross and fine motor skills and their relation to potty training, and the more contact we had, the more I realized that I needed her to be on this podcast, and so here we are. She has a lot to share and clears up a few mysteries along the way, so prepare to have your mind blown!
     
    Quiara begins by sharing just what exactly the pelvic floor is, the many potential causes for dysfunction in this area, and what the symptoms of these dysfunctions show up as. She also describes the reasons why she would become involved in working with a child, the impact of the sensory system in children, and the holistic and non-invasive approach she employs in her work. We then discuss the role that core muscles, and the need to develop them in children, play in potty training, and explore some recommendations for building these muscles, some strategies for parents to implement, and the ways in which Quiara helps children and parents through her telehealth services. As you’ll discover, we could have talked on and on about these important topics which make such a huge difference in the life of the child and the parent, and you’ll certainly see why I want to have Quiara join us again to share even more wisdom and solve even more mysteries to help our kids.
     
    The Finer Details of This Episode:
     
      The pelvic floor is basically the muscles that span the bottom of the pelvis and provides support for our internal organs and assists in urinary and fecal continence (helps us pee and poop)   There are many potential causes for pelvic floor dysfunction and they should be addressed as early as possible   Symptoms can present in a number of ways including, abdominal pain, picky eating, reflux, wetting the bed, fecal leaking, but mainly in toileting troubles   If the child is 4 years old and has been successful with potty training to a typical extent for a year, and if they are dribbling or having issues past a year that would be a red flag   Issues can arise if a child is under-responsive or over-responsive to their sensory system   You have to take a holistic approach to dealing with these issues   Pediatric pelvic floor therapists use non-invasive evidence-based approaches to helping children   Core muscle challenges will affect a child’s ability to coordinate their pelvic floor to void pee or poo   A lack of variety in movement, especially in play, is impacting children’s development of gross motor skills and strength   As a pediatric pelvic health therapist, Quiara typically sees kids to identify a pelvic floor dysfunction, or a sensory component, or to provide proactive sensory consultation   Some recommendations for building gross motor skills are wheelbarrow, crabwalk, big body play, and yoga   Some strategies that parents can implement immediately to help support pelvic health are having the child sit properly on the toilet, sit after a meal (for those who’ve had trouble for years), push to begin and then relax by breathing in   Quiara can help children and parents across the country through ‘telehealth’  
    Quotes:
     
    “Releasing poop is a really huge deal.”
     
    “When I am at a loss, I can say ‘Hey, go see Quiara’.”
     
    “It’s almost like the child is fighting their own urge.”
     
    “If you can’t get, like, enough water or enough, like, fibrous foods because you’re a picky eater, you’re going to be more prone to constipation.”
     
    “Oh m

    • 42 min
    Emergency Episode: Back to School Choices

    Emergency Episode: Back to School Choices

    Jamie discusses options available to parents who are gearing up to send their children back to school

    • 31 min
    Patreon Unlock: Returning to School or Homeschooling?

    Patreon Unlock: Returning to School or Homeschooling?

    The prospect of schools reopening is gradually dawning on us all, and with it comes the news of the potential restrictions which will be in place. As so many of the restrictions seem to greatly impact the level of socializing that children will be able to enjoy upon their return, I am currently fielding a large number of questions regarding homeschooling. In today’s episode, my aim is to address the questions that seem to be the most frequently asked.
     
    It’s important to note that laws and rules regarding homeschooling will vary by, and in some cases within, states, so the information I offer here today is fairly general and you really need to check with a local homeschooler or homeschooling group to understand the specifics for your area. What I can share with you is the remarkable difference between the schooling we’ve all been doing for the last few months and actual homeschooling, some ideas regarding learning styles and curriculum, and some of the basic facts about homeschooling and unschooling. I can also tell you that you have the right and the ability to educate your child at home – you have done it from the moment they were born. Sending your child back to a school filled with social restrictions may rightfully seem daunting to you at the moment, and if you are considering homeschooling, this episode will provide you with information and advice based upon a vast amount of experience and research that can help you begin your decision making process.
     
    The Finer Details of This Episode:
     
      Nobody was actually homeschooling these past few months – we were ‘crisis schooling’   The actual academics don’t take as long as a school day   Every state has their own laws and rules about homeschooling, so go to a local homeschooler or group for advice   A lot of people opt in to homeschooling because they want to opt out of standardized testing and ‘teaching to the test’   Beware of the tendency for school districts to offer their opinion on homeschooling rather than the policy   The Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HLDA) is the only legal defense association in the country to help with homeschooling issues   Nobody should ever go into your home to ‘check out your homeschooling environment’   You do not to be certified to teach   If you are just trying homeschooling for a year, you’re tied to the school’s curriculum – that’s not my favorite way   There is a large choice of other curricula out there, so you need to determine your child’s learning style   You don’t need a curriculum for pre-school – read to them, love them, take them outside   When unschooling, follow the ‘rabbit holes’  
    Quotes:
     
    “Homeschooling looks so much different than what we just did.”
     
    “It’s your constitutional right to direct the education of your child.”
     
    “I’m not anti-school, but I am anti-bad school.”
     
    “I am more and more of a facilitator.”
     
    “I would argue that we’re always all homeschooling.”
     
    “When you’re working with something you’re passionate about, and you love, you’re going to hit these spots where you have to work through a yucky part of it.”
     
    “I am unabashed in my love of homeschooling…it’s such a lifestyle choice.”
     
    “You know your kid - you are 100% the expert on your child - so lead with that.”
     
    Links:
     
    Jamie’s homepage - http://www.jamieglowacki.com/ 
      
    Oh Crap! Potty Training - https://www.amazon.com/Crap-Potty-Training-Everything-Parenting-ebook/dp/B00V3L8YSU
     
    Oh Crap! I Have A Toddler - 
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Oh-Crap!-I-Have-a-Toddler/Jamie-Glowacki/Oh-Crap-Parenting/9781982109738
     
    Jamie’s Patreon Page:   https://www.patreon.com/join/jamieglowacki?

    • 41 min
    Patreon Unlock: Rhythm, Routine, Rituals, and Anxiety

    Patreon Unlock: Rhythm, Routine, Rituals, and Anxiety

    With all the talk these days of reopening society, I want to take this opportunity to speak with you about not only the anxiety which our children are experiencing during the ‘lockdown’ – and, believe me, they are feeling anxious – but also the anxiety that will be generated through the reopening process itself. Rhythm, routines, and rituals all have a part to play in this process, and I’m here to help support you and your children through it all.
     
    In today’s episode we look at exactly what we mean by rhythm, routine, and rituals, and acknowledge that both during the pandemic and after, rhythms are going to change. We look at behaviors and how to evaluate and work with them, determine when anxiety becomes ‘not normal’, and face up to the reality of the generational trauma our children are experiencing these days. I will also offer you some suggestions for finding your new rhythms and helping ease your children through the transition of ‘reopening society’. While there is undoubtedly going to be a lot of ‘mental health cleanup’ in the wake of our current circumstances, today’s episode is all about what can be done now to help ensure our children know that they are safe and they are loved and that we are here to provide all the emotional and physical swaddling they need.
     
    The Finer Details of This Episode:
     
    We are all finding a new rhythm during this pandemic The change in rhythm is generating anxiety in our children You need to determine if a behavior is new or if it’s an ‘amped up’ version of an existing behavior Don’t be crushed by demonstrations of kids clinging to one parent and rejecting the other and don’t give in to it What’s good for our children is a firm, strong voice and actions that say, ‘You don’t have to worry about this’ Everything you choose now is going to be a habit When anxiety interrupts or affects your quality of life, it has slipped into ‘not normal’ and you should seek out help This pandemic is creating ‘generational trauma’ The first few outings during the ‘reopening of society’ transition is where you will want to note anxiety in your child, lean in, and help ease them through it The biggest thing will be finding a new rhythm once again Creating an emotional tether with your child will help during transitions  
    Quotes:
     
    “Our little ones thrive on non-verbal communication…they 100% know that something’s going on…and so there’s anxiety.”
     
    “Any shitty behavior your kid had is going to be amped up.”
     
    “Huge right now is a ‘mommy clinginess’.”
     
    “If they’re given control, they’re going to run with it in the wrong direction.”
     
    “Your average 3-year-old is on par with your average dog brain-wise.”
     
    “Hey, do you need some love right now? Because it’s looking like you need some love.”
     
    “When anxiety hits, every kid just needs physical contact to know they are loved and safe. They need emotional swaddling, but they need physical swaddling too.”
     
    Links:
     
    Jamie’s homepage - http://www.jamieglowacki.com/ 
      
    Oh Crap! Potty Training - https://www.amazon.com/Crap-Potty-Training-Everything-Parenting-ebook/dp/B00V3L8YSU
     
    Oh Crap! I Have A Toddler - 
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Oh-Crap!-I-Have-a-Toddler/Jamie-Glowacki/Oh-Crap-Parenting/9781982109738
     
    Jamie’s Patreon Page:  https://www.patreon.com/join/jamieglowacki?
     

    • 44 min
    Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Jamie is back after a bit of a hiatus, and she hits the ground running by delving into the complexity of parenting during these uncertain times. There is so much going on out there these days, and Jamie is here to offer some strategies which can be implemented immediately to help parents and children alike, and to also remind everyone to be gentle with themselves.
     
    Comparing the response to this pandemic to the stages of grief, Jamie recognizes that a lot of people are in that anger/bargaining stage, and are at risk of becoming overwhelmed by trying to justify things as educational while also learning how to be together in these unique circumstances. In addition, she highlights just how important it is to ensure that children know they are safe, to talk with them about what’s going on in terms they’ll understand, and above all, to make sure that all of you take the time you need to look after your own mental health.
     
    The Finer Details of This Episode:
     
    Justifying things as educational can lead to excessive anxiety Loosening up your usual screen time allowance is okay these days You are not in charge of your child’s education Learn how to be together during this pandemic Children need to know that they are safe, and emotional swaddling is necessary now more than ever Ensure that all family members get some alone time and ‘combination times’ Children need to feel touch and to engage in ‘big play’, especially these days Take some time for yourself to tend to your own mental health Talk about this pandemic with your kids in terms they can understand The story behind Jamie’s hiatus and her new Patreon account  
    Quotes:
     
    “If you have to work, and you have a child under the age of 5, you have to give them some screen time. It’s a non-solvable problem.”
     
    “You need to tell your child that they are safe, and they are loved, and you are taking care of them.”
     
    “Our kids need us to be taking care of our mental health.”
     
    “Please prioritize yourself.”
     
    Links:
     
    Jamie’s homepage - http://www.jamieglowacki.com/ 
      
    Oh Crap! Potty Training - https://www.amazon.com/Crap-Potty-Training-Everything-Parenting-ebook/dp/B00V3L8YSU
     
    Oh Crap! I Have A Toddler - 
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Oh-Crap!-I-Have-a-Toddler/Jamie-Glowacki/Oh-Crap-Parenting/9781982109738
     
    Manuela Molina’s COVIBOOK:   https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
     
    Jamie’s Patreon Page:   https://www.patreon.com/join/jamieglowacki?
     

    • 37 min
    Balance is a Verb

    Balance is a Verb

    Jamie’s addressing one of the most frequently asked questions listeners and followers have for her: how does she balance everything and keep her life in order, especially as a single mom? Her answer is simple and two-fold: 1. it’s HARD, and 2. it’s a fool’s game to try to do everything at once. The parental balancing act is an art of setting a schedule and picking your battles.
     
    In this episode, Jamie explains how our phones can dominate our already busy schedules if we’re not careful, debunks the myth of multitasking, and compares keeping our life in balance to, of all things, four pots on a stove.



    The Finer Details of This Episode:
     
    What’s “uh-huh” parenting and why we absolutely need to avoid it. Establishing consistent phone time for yourself and being honest with your children about when you’ll need to do some scrolling. How airplane mode has become Jamie’s best friend. Why Jamie isn’t a fan of multitasking—and in fact has some pretty harsh things to say about it. What Jamie’s past experience as a circus performer—yes, you heard that right—taught her about maintaining balance. Jamie’s “four-burner stove” theory for keeping all of the major elements of your life in check. In the end, remember that even the people who look like they have all their shit together still struggle with balancing it all.


    Quotes:
     
    “Stop with the half-assed parenting. It’s not fair to our kids!”
     
    “You can’t do everything well if you’re trying to do it all together.”
     
    “Balance is a verb. It is not a noun, it is not a destination.”
     
    “You HAVE to show up as a whole person to be a good parent.”



    Links:
     
    Jamie’s homepage - http://www.jamieglowacki.com/ 
      
    Oh Crap! Potty Training - https://www.amazon.com/Crap-Potty-Training-Everything-Parenting-ebook/dp/B00V3L8YSU
     
    Oh Crap! I Have A Toddler - 
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Oh-Crap!-I-Have-a-Toddler/Jamie-Glowacki/Oh-Crap-Parenting/9781982109738

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Lourdesmom ,

Lori

Listening to this podcast has been life changing for me and my parenting.

I had an early parenting experience with sleep coaches that really sent me down a bad path. I hired multiple sleep trainers successively and it didn’t work for my son. The last of three sleep trainers told me I was the only sleep training failure The Sleep Sense program had ever seen. It really destroyed my self esteem as a mom, and 2.5 years of no sleep didn’t help.

My son was also kicked out of the daycare at my gym at 14 months because he cried so much, and again, the daycare provider said she had never kicked a kid out before. I felt so like such a terrible parent for having that parent. The daycare provider even told me my son had separation anxiety because I carried him facing toward me instead of facing away from me, and that his crying was due to being an only child.

Hearing Jaimie say that we are the expert on our own child has been life changing. Hearing her tell me to parent the child in front of me, not the child I wish I had was also very helpful. I know my son needs a different style of parenting, one that Jaimie fully outlines for me. My son needs clear boundaries, but he needs love and support from me his mom. It’s hard to have clear boundaries and confidence in your parenting when you’ve had early “experts” tell you that you’ve been a failure or your child is defective.

I took Jaimie’s potty training class online, and it turned out to be more about trusting my intuition and being in tuned with what my child needed in terms of structure, learning, support, and just overall parenting.

I’m learning so much from these podcasts, and I’m feeling confident and empowered as a parent. Thank you for the work that you do.

Piet28 ,

Relatable advice for parents!

I constantly find myself second guessing and comparing to other moms who seem to be getting it right. I wanted someone “real” and relatable to talk to. And then I saw the title of Jamie’s podcast and I was sold!
Each and every episode is a gem of advice and I swear each time I listen to it, I hear something new! I feel better, less anxious and more optimistic about this tough age after listening to her advice! After implementing the small changes she suggested, its I like true magic! It really does work. I also purchased her potty training course on her website and that is just as powerful and really works! Thank you for sending all your good vibes and sharing your Knowles with us, Jamie! You are honestly my psychotherapy sometimes!

sallieprinceton ,

Fantastic

I LOVE this podcast. I came to learn about Jamie from Oh Crap Potty Training and I just love her approach to parenting. It’s the perfect mix of conscious parenting that isn’t too hippy dippy, and is solely based on teaching our children the things they need to learn!

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