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Start your journey from surviving to thriving as a family at: calmthechaospodcast.com ( https://calmthechaospodcast.com/ ). Is your child's challenging behavior leaving you feeling exhausted, defeated, and hopeless? You are not alone, you are not a failure, and your child is not broken. Welcome to Calm the Chaos Parenting — the podcast for parents raising strong-willed, highly sensitive, and neurodivergent children. I'm Dayna Abraham, a parenting expert, and I've helped hundreds of thousands of families just like yours. Each week I’ll share simple science-backed solutions to help you feel more grounded, in tune, and deeply connected to your child, no matter what challenge you face. Be sure to follow the podcast on your favorite platform so you never miss an episode.

Calm the Chaos Parenting Dayna Abraham

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 45 Ratings

Start your journey from surviving to thriving as a family at: calmthechaospodcast.com ( https://calmthechaospodcast.com/ ). Is your child's challenging behavior leaving you feeling exhausted, defeated, and hopeless? You are not alone, you are not a failure, and your child is not broken. Welcome to Calm the Chaos Parenting — the podcast for parents raising strong-willed, highly sensitive, and neurodivergent children. I'm Dayna Abraham, a parenting expert, and I've helped hundreds of thousands of families just like yours. Each week I’ll share simple science-backed solutions to help you feel more grounded, in tune, and deeply connected to your child, no matter what challenge you face. Be sure to follow the podcast on your favorite platform so you never miss an episode.

    Addressing Screen Addiction: Strategies from a Neuro-Affirming Perspective

    Addressing Screen Addiction: Strategies from a Neuro-Affirming Perspective

    Episode 43: In this episode of the "Calm the Chaos Parenting Podcast," we tackle a concern that's on the minds of many parents today: screen addiction. 
    With the digital world becoming an integral part of our lives, it's becoming increasingly challenging to discern the line between healthy screen use and addiction, especially for our neurodivergent children. This episode delves into the heart of this issue, offering insights and strategies from a neuro-affirming perspective that respects neurodiversity and individual needs.
    Many families are witnessing their children retreat into the digital realm, leading to significant changes in behavior, interests, and social interactions. This shift often leaves parents feeling helpless, worried about their child's future, and desperate for effective solutions.
    The fear that your child might be addicted to screens can create a toxic cycle of conflict, misunderstanding, and isolation within the family. Traditional advice on limiting screen time may not resonate with every child's needs, especially those who are neurodivergent, leaving parents feeling even more lost and frustrated.
    This episode introduces a compassionate, understanding approach to navigating screen use. By embracing a neuro-affirming perspective, we explore practical strategies that prioritize connection, understanding, and empowerment. You'll hear from Danielle, a mother who transformed her family's dynamic and helped her child find balance in the digital world without resorting to conflict or harsh restrictions.
    Key Highlights:
    [00:00:00] The Digital Dilemma: Danielle shares her family's struggle with her eldest's deep dive into the digital world, leading to a disconnect from real-life interactions and interests.
    [00:01:00] Battling Screen Time Worries: Explore the pervasive fear among parents that their child might be addicted to screens, creating a cycle of conflict and concern within families.
    [00:02:00] Shifting Perspectives on Screen Use: Approach screen time challenges from a neuro-affirming perspective, emphasizing understanding and connection over conflict.
    [00:03:00] Rebuilding Family Connections: Danielle discusses her journey towards re-establishing a positive relationship with her son, moving away from criticism and conflict towards understanding and support.
    [00:06:00] Understanding Underlying Needs: The importance of recognizing the root causes behind excessive screen time, such as sensory needs, anxiety management, and seeking connection.
    [00:08:45] Empowering Strategies for Balance: Danielle shares practical strategies for empowering her son to find balance in the digital world, highlighting the importance of flexibility and collaboration.
    [00:12:30] Success Beyond Screen Limits: The transformation in Danielle's family dynamic is showcased, illustrating how empathy, understanding, and empowerment can lead to positive outcomes beyond strict screen time limits.
    [00:17:18] A Mother's Reflection: Danielle reflects on the journey and the lessons learned, emphasizing the power of a neuro-affirming approach to navigating screen addiction concerns.
    This episode offers a refreshing perspective on screen time and addiction, providing families with practical strategies and hope for fostering a healthy relationship with digital technology. By focusing on connection, understanding, and empowerment, parents can help their children navigate the digital world in a balanced and positive way.
    Additional Resources:
    🎮 FREE Electronics Plan: Craft a Screen Time Strategy That Encourages Self-Regulation and Reflects Your Family’s Principles as https://calmthechaosworkshop.com/slo/balance-screen-time/ 
    📚 "Calm The Chaos" Book: Gain further insights into managing parenting challenges with our comprehensive guide at calmthechaosbook.com.
    ✨ Success Stories: Be inspired by transformation stories from our community at calmthechaosworkshop.com/stories.
    🔍 For more resources and support, visit our website: lemonli

    • 42 min
    Navigating Screen Time: A Balanced and Guilt-Free Method for Parents of Neurodivergent Kids

    Navigating Screen Time: A Balanced and Guilt-Free Method for Parents of Neurodivergent Kids

    Episode 42: Screen time anxiety? Uncover strategies for a balanced approach that won’t leave you feeling guilty.
    In this insightful episode of the "Calm the Chaos Parenting Podcast," we delve into the complexities of managing screen time for neurodivergent children without falling into the traps of guilt or shame. Join us as we sit down with Jenn McLeish, a dedicated mother from Scotland, who shares her innovative approach to creating a balanced electronics plan tailored to her family's unique needs.
    Jenn's journey began with the challenge of accommodating the diverse needs of her two amazing children, both of whom are autistic and have sensory processing disorder. Her youngest, fully home-educated daughter, also struggles with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), adding another layer of complexity to their daily routine.
    Through trial, error, and a deep understanding of her children's needs, Jenn has crafted a plan that views electronics as a tool rather than a problem, integrating technology into their lives in a way that supports learning, regulation, and connection.
    Key Highlights:
    [00:00:00] Introduction to Electronics in Daily Life: Jenn discusses the inevitable presence of electronics in modern life and her aim to find a realistic balance.
    [00:01:00] Overcoming Guilt and Shame: The common feelings of guilt associated with screen time and how Jenn navigates these emotions.
    [00:03:00] Customized Electronics Plan: Jenn's approach to creating a plan that respects her daughter's sensory needs and educational journey.
    [00:06:00] The Role of Electronics in Regulation: How screen time can serve as a crucial tool for Jenn's daughter to manage anxiety and sensory overload.
    [00:08:45] Incorporating Electronics for Connection: Jenn shares how electronics facilitate meaningful family interactions and support her daughter's unique learning path.
    [00:12:30] Strategies for Managing Screen Time: The importance of flexibility, understanding underlying needs, and setting clear, collaborative guidelines with neurodivergent children.
    [00:17:18] Empowering Children Through Structure: How Jenn empowers her daughter by integrating electronics in a structured yet flexible manner, tailored to her sensory and educational needs.
    [00:22:05] Achieving Balance and Reducing Guilt: Jenn's success in reducing screen time guilt by focusing on the positive impacts and using electronics as a tool for growth and connection.
    Jenn's story is a testament to the power of understanding, patience, and creativity in parenting neurodivergent children. By embracing electronics as part of their world, Jenn has found a way to enrich her children's lives while maintaining balance and minimizing stress.
    Additional Resources:
    📚 "Calm The Chaos" Book: Discover strategies for navigating parenting challenges at calmthechaosbook.com.
    ✨ Success Stories: Be inspired by transformation stories from our community at calmthechaosworkshop.com/stories.
    🔍 Visit Our Website: For more resources and support, check out lemonlimeadventures.com.
    👉 Stay connected for more insights and support in your parenting journey:
    🔹YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@CalmTheChaosParenting
    🔹 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calmthechaosparenting/
    🔹 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calmthechaosparenting
    "Calm the Chaos Parenting" is a podcast offering parents practical tools and strategies to navigate the challenges of raising strong-willed, highly sensitive, and neurodivergent children.
    🎧 Follow us on your favorite platform so you never miss an episode!
    "Calm the Chaos Parenting" brings you stories of hope, strategies for success, and insights into parenting strong-willed, highly sensitive, or neurodivergent children. Join us as we explore ways to foster understanding, connection, and balance in your family life.

    • 32 min
    Choosing to Stay or Leave: Sharon Pope Discusses Marital Challenges and Solutions

    Choosing to Stay or Leave: Sharon Pope Discusses Marital Challenges and Solutions

    In Episode 41 of the "Calm the Chaos Podcast," relationship coach Sharon Pope shines a light on the often overlooked aspects of struggling marriages. We have a heart-to-heart chat where we’re gonna deep dive into something heavy but super important—knowing the red flags of abusive relationships that go beyond the bruises.
    Sharon isn't just talking theories; she's lived it, and she knows what it feels like to be in a marriage that has you stuck on autopilot. We're gonna chew over everything from the nitty-gritty of how we talk—or don't talk—to our other halves, and how all that affects the kiddos and our ability to parent wisely.
    It's all about boundaries today: spotting the quiet monsters like emotional and financial abuse, and learning the right way to argue (yes, there's actually a right way to go head-to-head!). Sharon's going to clue us in on keeping those marriage talks regular and genuine because, let's face it, sometimes we need to fix the small leaks before the whole ship sinks.
    Thinking of throwing in the towel? Hang tight—Sharon's got a game plan that might just save your ship. And she's not just talking about playing nice—this is the real deal on getting to the heart of what each of you needs.
    And for those of you who think you're at the end of your rope, Sharon's bringing a little hope and a super practical tip for those days when you just don't know if you should stay or go. She's also got a killer strategy for those blow-out fights—we're talking about setting some ground rules for those tough conversations.
    So let's dive in, and remember, no matter where you are on your relationship rollercoaster, we've got your back. You deserve love that's the real deal, and we're here to make some noise and help you find it. Here we go!
    Key Takeaways:
    [00:03:26] The Invisible Struggle: Sharon defines what emotional and financial abuse can look like in a relationship.
    [00:08:45] Chronic Communication Breakdown: Discussing how the lack of regular, meaningful conversation leads to addressing issues only when problems arise.
    [00:12:30] The Argument Rules: Tips for creating ground rules for disagreements to ensure respectful and constructive communication with your partner.
    [00:17:18] Implementing Change: Sharon talks about applying knowledge and the significance of support in the process of relationship transformation.
    [00:22:05] Regular Relationship Check-Ins: The importance of "state of the union" discussions and intentionally nurturing the relationship.
    [00:27:00] Choosing to Stay or Leave: Sharon shares insights on her free training designed to help navigate this crucial decision.
    Additional resources:
    📘 Ready to Make a Decision About Your Marriage? Join Sharon for her free training at sharonpopefreetraining.com.
    📖 "Calm The Chaos" Book: Learn more about navigating parenting challenges with our comprehensive guide at calmthechaosbook.com.
    ✨ Success Stories: Be inspired by stories of transformation from our community at calmthechaosworkshop.com/stories.
    🔍 For more resources and support, visit our website: lemonlimeadventures.com.
    Sharon's powerful strategies and personal insights on relationships are a profound reminder of the importance of mutual effort and communication in marriage. Listen, reflect, and take the steps toward nurturing a partnership that thrives on love and respect or moving forward with the strength to create a happier life.
    👉 Stay connected for more insights and support in your parenting journey:
    🔹YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@CalmTheChaosParenting
    🔹 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calmthechaosparenting/
    🔹 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calmthechaosparenting
    "Calm the Chaos Parenting" is a podcast offering parents practical tools and strategies to navigate the challenges of raising strong-willed, highly sensitive, and neurodivergent children.
    🎧 Follow us on your favorite platform so you never miss an episode!

    • 45 min
    From Tension to Teamwork: Overcoming Conflicts Between Your Spouse and Child

    From Tension to Teamwork: Overcoming Conflicts Between Your Spouse and Child

    EPISODE 40: Have you ever felt like your home could be calm if everyone else just got along? You’ve done the research, you know how you want to parent, but your partner and kids just can’t seem to follow along? You are not alone. 
    In this episode, dive into an empowering conversation with Tara, a meticulous researcher and advocate for best practices in raising an independent child full of life. 
    We’ll unravel Tara's journey through the complexities of merging different parenting philosophies under one roof. Facing the challenges of aligning her detail-oriented and child-centric approach with her husband's traditional, fear-based disciplinary methods, Tara shares her transformative path toward fostering a harmonious family dynamic, despite initially feeling her life was spiraling out of control.
    She’ll walk you through a simple 4 step plan to work with her partner instead of against him and how she slowly started to shift the volatile dynamic in her home. 
    Key Highlights:
     [00:03:33] Navigating Emotional Turbulence: Tara shares her struggles with her daughter's intense emotional outbursts and her quest for effective conflict resolution strategies.
    [00:05:36] Reconciling Different Parenting Philosophies: A deep dive into how Tara and her husband worked to find common ground despite their vastly different views on discipline and child-rearing. 
     [00:06:42] The Ripple Effect of Stress: Tara reflects on how stress and conflict within the family impacted everyone's well-being and relationships.
    [00:08:12] Learning to Let Go of Control: Tara's journey from trying to micro-manage family dynamics to understanding the importance of letting go and trusting the process.
    [00:09:44] The Challenge of Communication: Insights into the difficulties Tara faced in communicating effectively with her husband and daughter during times of conflict. 
    [00:10:38] A Shift Towards Self-awareness: How Tara's focus shifted from changing others to exploring her own reactions and behavior patterns for the betterment of the family dynamic. 
    [00:13:03] Building Bridges, Not Walls: The steps Tara took to foster a culture of open dialogue and mutual respect within her family, moving away from authoritative parenting.
    [00:15:37] The Gift of Acceptance: Tara discusses how accepting her daughter's vibrant personality and unique needs led to a more joyful and connected family life. 
    [00:17:08] Implementing Practical Tools: The episode reveals the specific strategies and tools Tara used to de-escalate conflicts and encourage positive interactions between family members. 
    [00:18:34] Celebrating Small Victories: Tara emphasizes the importance of recognizing and celebrating progress, no matter how small, in building a nurturing and supportive family environment. 
    Additional resources:
    📖 "Calm The Chaos" Book: Learn more about navigating parenting challenges with our comprehensive guide at calmthechaosbook.com.
    ✨ Success Stories: Be inspired by stories of transformation from our community at calmthechaosworkshop.com/stories.
    🔍 For more resources and support, visit our website: lemonlimeadventures.com.
    Tara's candid story is an invitation to all parents navigating the turbulent waters of differing parenting styles, offering hope and practical strategies for moving from tension to teamwork.
    👉 Stay connected for more insights and support in your parenting journey:
    🔹YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@CalmTheChaosParenting
    🔹 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calmthechaosparenting/
    🔹 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calmthechaosparenting
    "Calm the Chaos Parenting" is a podcast offering parents practical tools and strategies to navigate the challenges of raising strong-willed, highly sensitive, and neurodivergent children.
    🎧 Follow us on your favorite platform so you never miss an episode!

    • 42 min
    “I want to be a better parent. Am I too late?” With Karen Wickwire

    “I want to be a better parent. Am I too late?” With Karen Wickwire

    EPISODE 39: I Want to Be a Better Parent. Am I Too Late?
    Join us in this heartfelt episode of "Calm the Chaos Parenting Podcast," where Karen Wickwire bravely shares her personal struggles and revelations as a parent. Facing the daunting question of "Am I too late?", Karen opens up about her journey of self-discovery, the power of community support, and the transformative impact of simple mindset shifts. This episode is a beacon of hope and insight for any parent wrestling with doubts about the efficacy of change, especially in the challenging teenage years.
    Key Highlights:
    [00:03:00] Confronting the Fear: Karen tackles the distressing question - Is there still time to transform her approach to parenting?
    [00:06:00] Breaking Down Misconceptions: Uncover the prevalent belief that kept Karen feeling stuck in her parenting journey. 
    [00:10:00] A Shift in Perspective: Learn about the mindset change that helped Karen alleviate deep-seated resentment.
    [00:14:00] A Catalyst for Change: How Karen found invaluable support and guidance in an unexpected place.
    [00:17:00] A Necessary Turnaround: Karen's realization of the vital role her personal well-being plays in the family dynamic.
    Additional resources:
    📖 Get your copy of "Calm The Chaos Book": calmthechaosbook.com
    ✨ Hear the Success Stories: calmthechaosworkshop.com/stories
    🔍 Check out my website: lemonlimeadventures.com
    Karen's heartfelt narrative provides hope and practical wisdom for parents feeling the pressures of time and change. Her experiences affirm that it's never too late to make a meaningful difference in your family's life.
    👉 Connect with us for more empowering parenting discussions:
    🔹YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@CalmTheChaosParenting
    🔹 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calmthechaosparenting/
    🔹 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calmthechaosparenting
    "Calm the Chaos Parenting" brings you inspiring stories and practical advice to navigate the complex journey of parenting strong-willed, highly sensitive, or neurodivergent children. Be sure to follow us on your favorite podcast platform at calmthechaospodcast.com. 
    🎧 Follow us on your favorite platform so you never miss an episode!

    • 29 min
    From Resentment to Connection: Overcoming Family Friction

    From Resentment to Connection: Overcoming Family Friction

    EPISODE 38: Family life can sometimes feel like navigating a battlefield, filled with resentment, frustration, and a sense of failure.In this episode, we delve into the complexities of family dynamics, chronicling the transition from familial friction to a state of unity and understanding. We are joined by Stefanie Cui, a dedicated member of the Calm the Chaos community, who has remarkably shifted her family's dynamic from confrontational to cooperative and affectionate.
    Stefanie openly discusses the hurdles she encountered, including the intense sibling rivalry and the exhausting vigilance required to manage everyday conflicts. Her story is a powerful testament to the transformative journey from feeling like a failing parent to developing a profound connection and empathy within the family unit. Her experiences shed light on how the challenges of parenting, often felt in isolation, can evolve into a collective and supportive family experience.
    Key Highlights:
    [00:00:00] Battling sibling rivalry and feeling overwhelmed.
    [00:04:00] From constant vigilance to understanding
    [00:08:00] The struggle with parenting ideals and the reality of family life.
    [00:12:00] Unpacking the emotional toll of family dynamics on parents.
    [00:16:00] The transformation from battling daily outbursts to nurturing calm.
    [00:20:00] Building bridges within the family: Strategies for cooperation and understanding.
    [00:24:00] Shifting from resentment to empathy: The journey towards a loving family.
    [00:28:00] Stefanie's reflections on the impact of the Calm the Chaos program.
    Additional resources:
    ✨ Connect with our community for support & coaching: 7daystolesschaos.com
    📖 Learn more about transforming your family dynamics:: calmthechaosbook.com
    ✨ Hear the Success Stories: calmthechaosworkshop.com/stories
    🔍 Explore tools and strategies for family unity: lemonlimeadventures.com
    Stefanie's journey resonates with anyone who has felt caught in the whirlwind of family challenges. Her experiences and insights offer hope and practical guidance for parents seeking to replace the chaos of daily conflicts with a harmonious and supportive family life.
    👉 Connect with us for more stories and support:
    👉 Check out my Social:
    🔹YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@CalmTheChaosParenting
    🔹 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calmthechaosparenting/
    🔹 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calmthechaosparenting
    "Calm the Chaos Parenting" offers insights into transforming family life from a place of struggle to one of mutual respect and love. Join us in this episode as we explore how to turn family friction into a journey of connection and understanding.
    🎧 Listen to Stefanie's story on your favorite podcast platform and be inspired to reshape your own family dynamics.

    • 37 min

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45 Ratings

45 Ratings

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Timely discussions for parenting ND people -

Dayna has collected all the discussions mothers like me want to be a part of. Teens in this day

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I learn so much from Dayna!

Every episode is packed with so many great tidbits and strategies I can use with kids. Absolutely loved the episode with Natasha Daniels on how to recognize OCD in kids.

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Every episode leaves me with thoughts to process in my own time. Why do we never let our phones go without recharging and yet we give that to ourselves? Genius.

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