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The place for heart-centered parents looking for evidence-based parenting strategies and advice to raise compassionate, responsible, resilient kids.
Bringing her diverse education and background helping children and families, Colleen Sims provides you with effective, positive parenting strategies backed by science. She shares her conversations with other experts and those making a difference in the lives of children and families.
Join us over at https://epaftershow.com to continue the conversation!

The Empathic Parent Colleen Sims, Family Life Educator

    • Kids & Family

The place for heart-centered parents looking for evidence-based parenting strategies and advice to raise compassionate, responsible, resilient kids.
Bringing her diverse education and background helping children and families, Colleen Sims provides you with effective, positive parenting strategies backed by science. She shares her conversations with other experts and those making a difference in the lives of children and families.
Join us over at https://epaftershow.com to continue the conversation!

    EP 039 Understanding Your Uniques Child - Part 2

    EP 039 Understanding Your Uniques Child - Part 2

    In part 2 of this episode, I'm sharing the 24 Character Strengths identified by researchers.

    When you use strengths-based parenting you:

    1. Help your child reach their full potential
    2. Build their well-being
    3. Help them approve areas they struggle in faster
    4. Create a better parent-child relationship

     To find out what your Character Strengths are, visit https://viacharacter.org and come share your top 5 with me at https://instagram.com/guidancewithlove

    • 18 min
    EP 038 Understanding Your Unique Child - Part 1

    EP 038 Understanding Your Unique Child - Part 1

    In Part 1 of Understanding Your Unique Child we are talking about temperament. Traits your child was born with.

    We talk about the 9 different temperament traits we are born with and the importance of understanding where your child falls on the continuum.

    We also talk about goodness-of-fit and creating an environment that supports your child's unique needs.

    Make sure to download the Temperament Scale at https://guidancewithlove.com/038

    • 26 min
    EP 037 Raising A Good Citizen

    EP 037 Raising A Good Citizen

    In this episode, I share the 3 important lessons in raising a good citizen.

    1. To Show Respect

    2. To Get Involved

    3. To Serve

    I also talk about the importance of your continued growth in uncovering biases, understanding others who are different from you, and learning more about social problems and injustices.

    • 10 min
    EP 036 Self Care For Everyday Life

    EP 036 Self Care For Everyday Life

    In this episode, I chat with Suzy Reading about:

    -The importance of a self care toolkit
    -Making self care accessible and easy to do
    -Using the Vitality Wheel to find what might nourish you in the moment
    -Engaging in self care as a family
    -Common barriers to self care
    -The micro moments approach to start a self care practice
    -And so much more!

    Follow Suzy at https://instagram.com/suzyreading 

    Join The Gentle Life Experiment at https://guidancewithlove.com/experiment

    • 42 min
    EP 035 Help, I Can't Stop Yelling At My Kids!

    EP 035 Help, I Can't Stop Yelling At My Kids!

    This episode addresses a question I have received a lot lately - how to stop the pattern of yelling at your children.

    I'm giving you so many strategies to try including:

    Checking in with yourself
    Owning your mistakes
    Creating a stress map & stress plan
    Creating an awesome parent file
    Identifying a resource trigger
    Rethinking your stories
    SOUL parenting strategy
    Don't forget to grab the download at https://guidancewithlove.com/35

    And Join me in the Aftershow at https://epaftershow.com

    • 36 min
    EP 034 - 5 Things To Keep In Mind If You Are A Parent With Anxiety

    EP 034 - 5 Things To Keep In Mind If You Are A Parent With Anxiety

    This episode was born from a big need in The Empathic Parent community...how to shield children from your anxiety as a parent.

    -Children are vulnerable AND resilient.
    -Identify your triggers and deal with your stuff.
    -Let go of expectations and over-identification.
    -Set boundaries and limits without guilt.
    -Anxiety is your superpower - model coping.

    Make sure to join the Aftershow at https://epaftershow.com

    Join The Gentle Life Experiment at https://guidancewithlove.com/experiment

    • 29 min

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