112 episodes

We were never given a manual on how to parent. It is easy to get overwhelmed to know the right thing to do. There is so much contradictory information out there and everyone has their own advice. Parenting is a rewarding but messy, confusing, infuriating, guilt-inducing, and overwhelming journey. While it's easy to get lost, Andrew Stewart, a real dad, and Dr. Caroline Buzanko, a real mom, child psychologist, and parenting expert (who also happens to be married to Andrew) will help you get back on track. In each episode, Andrew and Caroline have open and honest chats about everything parenting. Join them in honesty, laughter, and tears (Caroline is a bit of a cry baby) as they help you navigate this journey of parenting. And, every so often, you may get some gems of expert advice. Our goal is to make your parenting journey less stressful, more forgiving, and more awesome. Please join us every Wednesday for new episodes of Parenting of the Year.

Parents of the Year Caroline & Andrew

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

We were never given a manual on how to parent. It is easy to get overwhelmed to know the right thing to do. There is so much contradictory information out there and everyone has their own advice. Parenting is a rewarding but messy, confusing, infuriating, guilt-inducing, and overwhelming journey. While it's easy to get lost, Andrew Stewart, a real dad, and Dr. Caroline Buzanko, a real mom, child psychologist, and parenting expert (who also happens to be married to Andrew) will help you get back on track. In each episode, Andrew and Caroline have open and honest chats about everything parenting. Join them in honesty, laughter, and tears (Caroline is a bit of a cry baby) as they help you navigate this journey of parenting. And, every so often, you may get some gems of expert advice. Our goal is to make your parenting journey less stressful, more forgiving, and more awesome. Please join us every Wednesday for new episodes of Parenting of the Year.

    112. Is your quest for perfect parenting actually holding you back?

    112. Is your quest for perfect parenting actually holding you back?

    Today on Parents of the Year special guest Cadence Robertson chats about overthinking and perfectionism in parenting. From hilarious family anecdotes to the deep psychological underpinnings of overthinking and the pursuit of perfection, this episode is a must-listen for parents striving to navigate the challenges of raising children. Discover practical strategies for dealing with overthinking, learn how to tackle perfectionism head-on, and understand the importance of embracing imperfection in the parenting journey. Join us as we uncover insights into building stronger, more resilient family dynamics.


    About Cadence Robertson
    Cadence is a life and confidence coach with a special focus on overthinking and perfectionism. She has almost a decade of childcare experience and helps parents get unstuck from perfectionism and live a happier life. 
    Get in touch:
    website: www.findyourcadence.ca 
    IG: @findyourcadencecoaching  
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    • 35 min
    111. How come younger generations aren’t prepared for adulting? (And what we can do about it!)

    111. How come younger generations aren’t prepared for adulting? (And what we can do about it!)

     Today on Parents of the Year, Andrew and Caroline discuss the complex world of generational differences, responsibility, and the challenges of adulting. They take a candid look at the expectations and realities of growing up in different eras and the younger generations’ complaints about not being prepared for adulthood. As parents, it’s our job to equip our children with essential life skills, so tune in for important learning moments.
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    • 31 min
    110. What are the strengths of neurodivergent parenting in a neuromajority world?

    110. What are the strengths of neurodivergent parenting in a neuromajority world?

    In this incredible episode of Parents of the Year, Andrew and Caroline have a wonderful opportunity to chat with Wendela Marsh who sheds light on the unique experiences of autistic parents. They discuss the world of neurodivergence in parenting, exploring the strengths, challenges, and practical strategies for managing sensory sensitivities, communication, and societal expectations. Whether you're an autistic parent seeking guidance or someone looking to understand the nuances of neurodivergent parenting, this episode provides valuable insights into making parenting a rewarding journey for all. Discover how to leverage the unique perspectives of neurodivergence to foster a nurturing, understanding, and inclusive family environment.

     About Wendela  
    Wendela Whitcomb Marsh is an award-winning author, sought-after speaker, and CEO of Adult Autism Assessment & Services. Her late husband, David, was autistic, as are two of their three children. Her book, Parenting While Autistic (book 4 of the Adulting While Autistic series) is born of her lived experience co-parenting with an autistic spouse. There are lots of books about how to parent autistic children, but very few resources when the parent is autistic.
     Get in touch with Wendela
    https://wendelawhitcombmarsh.com/
    author@wendelawhitcombmarsh.com
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    • 33 min
    109. How can parents foster true confidence in their children without arrogance?

    109. How can parents foster true confidence in their children without arrogance?

    Today on Parents of the Year, Andrew and Caroline discuss the intricate balance between fostering confidence and avoiding overconfidence in children. After a recent event that left them wondering if they raised overly confident girls, they discuss the journey of raising resilient children in a world that often challenges self-esteem and assertiveness. Discover practical strategies for encouraging problem-solving and responsibility, while maintaining a supportive and understanding environment for children to thrive. 
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    • 38 min
    108. How do early life experiences influence our children’s emotional well-being? (And teen brain development)

    108. How do early life experiences influence our children’s emotional well-being? (And teen brain development)

    Today on Parents of the Year, we jump into a profound exploration of how the earliest connections between a mother and her child shape the essence of our being (and teenage brain development!. This is an interesting episode in which we discuss the transformative power of birth and early life experiences, featuring Sharon King, acclaimed author and pioneer in healing birth trauma. 
    We discuss the bond that forms in the womb, its impact on our lifelong perception and relationships, and the importance of nurturing this bond to forge a secure, resilient identity. We offer a comprehensive look at the crucial early steps of human development. This episode is not just a conversation but a journey to understanding how healing maternal and infant traumas can lead to profound transformations within families, paving the way for healthier, happier generations.

    Check out these Resources!
    Books by Sharon:
    Heal Your Birth, Heal Your Life (https://www.healyourbirthbook.com/)
    Return to The Mother World (https://amzn.to/3vrO6aR)
    Hold Onto Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate  (https://amzn.to/3VprSB0)
    It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn (https://amzn.to/43k6m2F)  
    Free Meditation: Connecting To Your Baby https://www.magicalnewbeginnings.com/baby-self-meditation/
     
    About Sharon
    Sharon King is an international trainer of energy psychology techniques for transforming trauma and living a more joyful, connected, and empowered life. One of her specialties is working with pre and perinatal birth trauma for both mother and baby. As a best-selling author, Sharon shares her extensive knowledge in her books Heal Your Birth, Heal Your Life and co-author of Return to The Mother World: Ancient Feminine Wisdom in Times of Transition. 
    Sharon’s training is extensive, with qualifications and experience in holistic healing modalities and creating her own. Sharon is living on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan in Thailand and is hosting retreats and producing online programs for parents-to-be to achieve a conscious conception, pregnancy and birth, plus hosting new training programs for students.
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    • 49 min
    107. How can we raise children with a positive body image?

    107. How can we raise children with a positive body image?

    Today on Parents of the Year, Andrew and Caroline sit down with Marla, the creator of "Love Your Body, Love Yourself," to explore the deep and complex relationship between body image, food, and self-esteem. 
    In this episode, we delve into how societal pressures, family dynamics, and the digital age impact our self-perception and what we can do to foster a healthier, more positive body image in ourselves and our children. Whether you're struggling with your own body image or seeking ways to support your children, this conversation offers valuable insights and practical tips for all of us to embrace ourselves fully and living life to the fullest.

    About Marla:
    Marla Mervis-Hartmann, the Creator of Love Your Body Love Yourself, is a dynamic speaker, author, and coach known for her powerful message of self-compassion and body positivity. After overcoming her own struggles with food and body confidence, Marla has dedicated her life to helping women appreciate their bodies, make nourishing lifestyle choices, and find freedom with food and body through spiritual practices. With expertise in Reiki, Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy, Tantra, and women's wellness, Marla empowers women to break free from dieting and embrace self-love. She has been featured at TEDx Salinas, is the author of "Be-Friend Yourself" and resides in Maui with her family.
    Marla has a book "Be-Friend Yourself" coming out beginning of 2024.

    Be sure to check out:
    Tedx Talk: The Secret Ingredient to Feeling Good in your Body: https://youtu.be/nEVjlT9B6dU?si=Y2VtAwhRWwDtEiwK
    Free Course: Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Eating: https://goloveyourbodyloveyourself.com/emotionaleating

    Free Body Love Meditation: https://www.loveyourbodyloveyourself.com/body-love
    Get in Touch!
    Website: https://loveyourbodyloveyourself.com/ 
    Email: marla@loveyourbodyloveyourself.com 
    IG: @loveyourbodyloveyourselfalways 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/marlamervis 
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/loveyourbodyloveyourself/
     
     
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    • 37 min

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7 Ratings

ebarbaric ,

Funny, relatable - while becoming a better parent.

I have to admit that I know Caroline, and I was so excited that she launched this podcast with her husband. They’re funny, relatable (although they’re setting a high bar! Who wouldn’t want a relationship like that with their spouse). Every episode gives me something to think about and something to try to become a better parent to our daughter.

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