100 episodes

Simple, conscious, and positive parenting advice for any mom who has a child who seems to be an exception to every rule.

Exceptional Parenting Podcast Wendy Bertagnole

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 74 Ratings

Simple, conscious, and positive parenting advice for any mom who has a child who seems to be an exception to every rule.

    Popular Parenting Myths Debunked (Re air of episode 31)

    Popular Parenting Myths Debunked (Re air of episode 31)

    To celebrate the Exceptional Parenting Podcast reaching over 100 episodes we’re taking a look back at some of my favorite interviews so far! Over the past 100 episodes I have loved talking to other professionals in the field while educating myself in the process. It’s been quite the fascinating journey! This week I’m looking back to my chat with Alfie Kohn about parenting myths. 
    There are likely millions of different parenting practices out there. Different authors, coaches, mentors, and experts all laying out strategies, and tactics for “getting kids to behave”
    Some of the more popular strategies include “ignoring junk behavior” and “praising positive behavior.” Coaches are calling these positive parenting practices, stating that these two strategies will eliminate 98% of all junk behavior, and teach kids to be more calm.
    In this episode Alfie Kohn dives into the research and practical long term, damaging effects of these two practices.
    Here, in this episode you’ll learn;
    *how to switch from a “doing to” to “working with” approach in parenting
    *why ignoring behavior, sending kids to timeout, or withdrawing attention is damaging long term
    *how praising behavior creates less intrinsic rewards for kids
    *the research behind these practices
    *how most “behaviorist” parenting practices originated and why they aren’t effective for kids in the long run
    Alfie is an author of 14 books, the one I personally have read and highly recommend is called Unconditional Parenting. All his books, blog articles, and work can be found on alfiekohn.org

    • 33 min
    Simple Strategies to Support Your Picky Eater (Re air of episode 9)

    Simple Strategies to Support Your Picky Eater (Re air of episode 9)

    To celebrate the Exceptional Parenting Podcast reaching over 100 episodes we’re taking a look back at some of my favorite interviews so far! Over the past 100 episodes I have loved talking to other professionals in the field while educating myself in the process. It’s been quite the fascinating journey! This week I’m looking back to my chat with Alisha Grogan about supporting your picky eater. 
    Our guest today, Alisha Grogan from yourkidstable.com
    shares with us the best tips to support our kids who tend to be particular about what they eat. 
    Here you'll learn...
    *why having a positive relationship with food can help expand what a child eats
    *how our culture promotes picky eating without knowing it, and how to counteract that
    *one simple change to make in your home to encourage your kids to eat
    *why conventional strategies to eating (eat everything on your plate, dessert is a reward for finishing food) can actually make a child more picky
    *how to create a simple routine to promote healthy eating habits
    *ways to decrease the resistance around food 
    *redefine your role with getting kids to eat, to know where you should spend your time and energy, and where to let your child take the reins
     
    Connect with Alisha on Facebook 
    and on Instagram
    To find out more about Alisha and her full course about picky eating, Click here  
    and use the code "wendy" for $50 off the full price. 
    To find out more about our joint course, Sensory Solutions, head here

    • 35 min
    How to Support Your Anxious Child (Re air of episode 24)

    How to Support Your Anxious Child (Re air of episode 24)

    To celebrate the Exceptional Parenting Podcast reaching over 100 episodes we’re taking a look back at some of my favorite interviews so far! Over the past 100 episodes I have loved talking to other professionals in the field while educating myself in the process. It’s been quite the fascinating journey! This week I’m looking back to my chat with Natasha Daniels about how to support your anxious child.
    When emotions run high, feelings are intense, and anxiousness is present in your child, it's hard to know what to do. 
    Natasha Daniels, of Anxious Toddlers is on a mission to change that for parents like you and I who have kids with big emotions. 
    If you've ever wondered how to help your child who seems anxious about things, when to intervene, and how to help them work through those strong emotions, this episode is for you!
    Natasha is a mom and a licensed therapist with a very practical way of addressing anxious feelings in a way that supports kids' emotional development, but is still realistic. 
    In this episode you'll learn;
    How "normal" it is for kids to have anxious feelings What NOT to say to our kids when they have anxious feelings And three easy steps to support them through those emotions You can find Natasha at 
    her website:
    https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/
    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers/
    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers/

    • 31 min
    Building Resilience for Kids and Moms Alike (Re air of episode 21)

    Building Resilience for Kids and Moms Alike (Re air of episode 21)

    To celebrate the Exceptional Parenting Podcast reaching over 100 episodes we’re taking a look back at some of my favorite interviews so far! Over the past 100 episodes I have loved talking to other professionals in the field while educating myself in the process. It’s been quite the fascinating journey! This week I’m looking back to my chat with Sarah Boyd about building resilience for kids and moms alike.
    After a recent move for our family, I felt like I was so sick of hearing "oh don't worry, kids are resilient"... and yet, my kids weren't resilient. 
    They struggled. It was hard. And the change turned their worlds upside down. 
    I was left wondering if we have it all wrong with kids, assuming they are more resilient than they really are, OR if my kids were the only non-resilient ones on the face of the earth. 
    If you've ever wondered the same thing, this episode will be as helpful for you as it was for me. 
    Here, Sarah Boyd, who has a background in psychology and neuroscience (and two kids) shares with us how to help our kids cope with hard or unexpected situations and manage the emotions that come with that. 
    In this episode you'll learn 
    why it's best to teach resilience at a young age (rather than in adult years) what resilience actually is what "normal" looks like when situations are hard how to develop a healthy emotional response to hard situations how to teach kids to do the same how to help kids express emotions in a healthy way For more information on Sarah and her new book, visit 
    Resilientlittlehearts.com

    • 37 min
    Decoding the Sensory Sleep Connection (Re air of episode 6)

    Decoding the Sensory Sleep Connection (Re air of episode 6)

    To celebrate the Exceptional Parenting Podcast reaching over 100 episodes we’re taking a look back at some of my favorite interviews so far! 
    In this episode, I talk with Vanessa about bedtime routines and getting kids to sleep through the night. 
    Visit here for full show notes  

    • 35 min
    Making Lasting Changes With Exceptional Behavior (Re air of episode 4)

    Making Lasting Changes With Exceptional Behavior (Re air of episode 4)

    To celebrate the Exceptional Parenting Podcast reaching over 100 episodes we’re taking a look back at some of my favorite interviews so far!
    Over the past 100 episodes, I have loved talking to other professionals in the child behavior field while educating myself in the process. It’s been quite a fascinating journey!
     
    This week I’m looking back to my chat with Jennifer Magnano about making lasting changes to exceptional behavior.
    Jennifer is a mom of two miracle kids, who knows what it is like to live daily with exceptional behaviors. In this very honest episode, Jennifer shares the reality of the struggles and joys in raising children with challenging health/emotional/and behavioral differences.
     
    For full show notes head here
     

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Misty V. ,

A must listen!

This is a podcast every mom should have in her podcast arsenal! Fascinating topics that really help understand our children.

Dgere8 ,

5 Stars From A Pediatric OT

I’ve been loving this podcast for its comprehensive and accessible content, interviews with experts in various fields, and her down-to-earth and relatable way of sharing with her listeners. So refreshing and wonderful to hear and I’ve already started to encourage the families I work with to check it out. Keep up the great work!

LazsloL ,

Senses make sense!!

I listened to Wendy’s interview on Fresh Start Family and on Joyful Courage, and now I’m enthralled with this podcast! Such amazing exciting work! Opening my eyes to my children’s and my own senses and behaviors. I described/played with the cups concept with my 8 year old. We had measuring cups of different sizes: filling with water a little, overfilling. We have started talking differently about moments in our day and how we feel related to our senses. Wonderful.
Thank you!! I am looking forward to the coming episodes!

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