10 episodes

Join me, Jess VanderWier, a registered psychotherapist, mom of three, and founder of Nurtured First, along with my husband Scott, as we dive deep into the stories of our friends, favourite celebrities, and influential figures.

In each episode, we skip the small talk and dive into vulnerable and honest conversations about topics like cycle breaking, trauma, race, mental health, parenting, sex, religion, postpartum, healing, and loss.

We are glad you are here.

PS: The name Robot Unicorn comes from our daughter. When we asked her what we should name the podcast, she confidently came up with this name because she loves robots, and she loves unicorns, so why not? There was something about the playfulness of the name, the confidence in her voice, and the fact that it represents that you can love two things at once that just felt right.

Robot Unicorn Nurtured First

    • Kids & Family
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Join me, Jess VanderWier, a registered psychotherapist, mom of three, and founder of Nurtured First, along with my husband Scott, as we dive deep into the stories of our friends, favourite celebrities, and influential figures.

In each episode, we skip the small talk and dive into vulnerable and honest conversations about topics like cycle breaking, trauma, race, mental health, parenting, sex, religion, postpartum, healing, and loss.

We are glad you are here.

PS: The name Robot Unicorn comes from our daughter. When we asked her what we should name the podcast, she confidently came up with this name because she loves robots, and she loves unicorns, so why not? There was something about the playfulness of the name, the confidence in her voice, and the fact that it represents that you can love two things at once that just felt right.

    Struggling With Mental Health After A Baby, And Finding Your Joy Again With Emily And Satya

    Struggling With Mental Health After A Baby, And Finding Your Joy Again With Emily And Satya

    Today, we dive deep into the trenches of motherhood with special guests Emily Baldoni and Satya Twena, the dynamic duo behind the brand We Are Amma [www.weareamma.com [http://www.weareamma.com/]]. These powerhouse women get real about the challenges of parenting in a society that often leaves mothers feeling unseen, undervalued, and utterly exhausted.

    From the isolating postpartum period to the daily grind of juggling work and family life, Emily and Satya share their personal stories of struggle and triumph. They discuss the importance of building a support system, even if it means creating your own "village" from scratch.

    But let's be real: sometimes, in the midst of the chaos, a simple text back from a friend can make all the difference. Jess and Scott share their own experiences navigating the unequal spotlight of parenting in the public eye.

    Together, they tackle the tough questions: How do we break free from the suffocating expectations of modern motherhood? What does it mean to prioritize self-care when you're knee-deep in diapers and sleep deprivation? And why is it so hard to ask for help?

    This episode is a rallying cry for parents everywhere who are tired of feeling like they have to do it all alone. It's a reminder that we're all in this together, even when it feels like we're worlds apart. There's SO MUCH goodness in this episode! Can't wait for you to dive in!

    Hear more from Emily [https://www.instagram.com/emilybaldoni/] and Satya [https://www.instagram.com/satyatwena/] on Instagram, and check out We Are Amma [https://weareamma.com/] , a team of mamas dedicated to empowering and nurturing mamas at every stage.

    Get 10% OFF parenting courses and kids' printable activities at Nurtured First [https://nurturedfirst.com/courses/] using the code ROBOTUNICORN.

    Credits:

    Editing by The Pod Cabin [https://thepodcabin.com/] 

    Artwork by Wallflower Studio [https://www.wallflowerstudio.co/] 

    Production by Nurtured First [https://nurturedfirst.com/] 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Spanking, Timeouts, and Taking Things Away: When Is Punishment Ok?

    Spanking, Timeouts, and Taking Things Away: When Is Punishment Ok?

    Is there ever a time when it's ok to punish your kids?!

    Scott gets curious with Jess in this important episode on punishment.

    Scott and Jess unpack different forms of punishment, such as spanking, timeouts, and taking things away, and discuss the research on how these impact a child's behaviour and emotional development.

    Jess explains the research behind these common forms of punishment and how you can effectively discipline instead.

    Throughout the conversation, Jess and Scott share personal examples from raising their own kids and discuss how to discipline in a way that teaches valuable life skills.

    Listeners will gain insights into child brain development, the power of the parent-child connection, and a framework for using respectful, reasonable consequences that help kids learn.

    This episode is a must-listen for any parent!

    Want to learn more about the research behind these types of punishments? Check out this Nurtured First blog post. [https://nurturedfirst.com/spanking-and-taking-things-away-what-you-need-to-know/] 

    Get 10% OFF parenting courses and kids' printable activities at Nurtured First [https://nurturedfirst.com/courses/] using the code ROBOTUNICORN.

    Credits:

    Editing by The Pod Cabin [https://thepodcabin.com/]

    Artwork by Wallflower Studio [https://www.wallflowerstudio.co/]

    Production by Nurtured First [https://nurturedfirst.com/] 

    • 43 min
    Sex After Baby, Unlearning Shame, and Finding Your Sexual Self with Shan Boodram

    Sex After Baby, Unlearning Shame, and Finding Your Sexual Self with Shan Boodram

    In this fascinating discussion, Jess sits down with world-renowned sexologist Shan Boodram for a discussion about all things sex, shame, and self-discovery. Shan shares her personal journey from curious kid to professional sex educator, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs she's faced along the way.

    Together, Jess and Shan dive deep into the reasons why talking about sex can be so uncomfortable, exploring the societal conditioning and messages that contribute to feelings of shame and awkwardness around intimacy. They also tackle the importance of comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education and the impact it can have on reducing stigma and promoting healthy relationships.

    For parents tuning in, Shan offers valuable insights on how to approach sex education with children, emphasizing the power of open, honest communication. She and Jess also delve into the challenges of balancing motherhood and sexuality, providing tips for postpartum parents looking to rediscover their sexual selves and rekindle the spark in their relationships.

    Throughout the episode, Shan and Jess share personal anecdotes and vulnerabilities, creating a safe space for listeners to reflect on their own experiences and beliefs about sex. They ultimately challenge us to examine our internalized messages and encourage us to create a new, shame-free narrative around intimacy for ourselves and future generations.

    Whether you're a parent, a partner, or simply someone looking to cultivate a healthier relationship with sex and intimacy, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in for a thought-provoking conversation that will leave you feeling empowered, informed, and a little bit more comfortable talking about sex.

    Credits:

    Editing by The Pod Cabin [https://thepodcabin.com/]

    Artwork by Wallflower Studio [https://www.wallflowerstudio.co/]

    Production by Nurtured First [https://nurturedfirst.com/]

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Do We Overcomplicate Parenting? The Problem with #ParentingExperts

    Do We Overcomplicate Parenting? The Problem with #ParentingExperts

    Jess shares her personal journey, starting with being a high school student with a passion for helping people, her education in child development, and how she eventually became an online parenting educator.

    After being on social media for over six years, Jess has noticed some troubling themes in the online parent education space. Jess and Scott discuss the pervasiveness of misinformation and fear-mongering in online parenting advice and share tips for identifying credible, trustworthy guidance.

    Jess and Scott emphasize the importance of building a strong attachment with your child through simple, everyday acts of love and attunement and reassure listeners that parenting isn't as complicated as it seems to be online.

    Credits:

    Editing by The Pod Cabin [https://thepodcabin.com/]

    Artwork by Wallflower Studio [https://www.wallflowerstudio.co/]

    Production by Nurtured First [https://nurturedfirst.com/]

    • 46 min
    What No One Talks About: Baby Sleep, Self-Worth, And Periods With Ashley Greene

    What No One Talks About: Baby Sleep, Self-Worth, And Periods With Ashley Greene

    Who else loves the Twilight movies? Jess and Scott watched the movies together when they were dating, and today, they talk with one of their favourite actresses from this series, Ashley Greene! In this raw and revealing episode, Ashley opens up about her journey to motherhood and the importance of reparenting yourself first.

    She openly talks about the challenges of postpartum, like the pressure to get your baby to sleep through the night. Jess and Ashley dive deep into the internal work she did to regulate her emotions and break negative cycles before having her daughter. Ashley also gets candid about the challenges of balancing a thriving career with being a present mother and learning to let go of perfectionism.

    Ashley and Jess also talk about women's health, periods, and how to raise daughters to feel no shame about their bodies. At the end of the episode, Scott and Jess talk about raising their daughters and how Scott can talk to their girls about periods!

    Hear more from Ashley Greene on Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/ashleygreene/], and check out Hummingway [https://www.instagram.com/ourhummingway/], her company focused on education about reproductive and hormonal health.

    Send us an email at podcast@robotunicorn.net to share how you've started teaching your kids about periods!

    Get 10% OFF parenting courses and kids' printable activities at Nurtured First using the code ROBOTUNICORN. [https://nurturedfirst.com/courses/]

    Credits:

    Editing by The Pod Cabin [https://thepodcabin.com/]

    Artwork by Wallflower Studio [https://www.wallflowerstudio.co/]

    Production by Nurtured First [https://nurturedfirst.com/]

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Forcing Kids To Do Hard Things: Raising Resilient Kids Who Can Tolerate Frustration

    Forcing Kids To Do Hard Things: Raising Resilient Kids Who Can Tolerate Frustration

    In this raw, unfiltered episode, Jess and Scott dive into the complex topic of pushing kids to do hard things. They explore the fine line between encouraging children to reach their potential vs. pushing them past their limits. Jess vulnerably shares how her own painful childhood experiences make it challenging for her to watch her daughter being pushed.

    Together, they unpack the key ingredients kids need to build true resilience. This honest, nuanced conversation will make you reflect deeply on how your own past shapes your parenting and what really matters when helping kids tolerate frustration. If you've ever struggled to find the right balance with your child, this episode is for you.

    Get 10% OFF parenting courses and kids' printable activities at Nurtured First using the code ROBOTUNICORN. [https://nurturedfirst.com/courses/]

    Credits:

    Editing by The Pod Cabin [https://thepodcabin.com/]

    Artwork by Wallflower Studio [https://www.wallflowerstudio.co/]

    Production by Nurtured First [https://nurturedfirst.com/]

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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Great Podcast

I don’t usually listen to podcasts cos I don’t have the time to spare focusing on what is being said and learning from it while taking care of my kids. But I decided to make an exception for Robot Unicorn and I’m glad I did! It’s the first podcast I’ve ever heard, and I can’t wait for the next episode.

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