Finding calm in the chaos, magic in the mess and strength in the struggle. We are Chris and Scott. Two imperfect people who have been through the parenting gamut. Like you, we've struggled. A lot. We've dealt with the issues of adoption and attachment challenges, special needs parenting, health issues, disability, trauma, loss and heartache. But we've held on for the ride and we're still here. Has it been hard? You bet. Has it been worth it? Hell yes. Advanced clinical degrees in social work, counseling and school psychology helped equip us for this journey, but it didn't protect us from the hardship. Everything shared here has come as a result of rising from the ashes. From holding on to hope. From being present and learning to listen....to our children, one another and the stirrings of our hearts. If you're a struggling parent, you're welcome here. If you've ever wanted to give up (but were afraid to admit it) you're welcome here. If you're fed up with the promise of quick fixes, diagnoses or turns of the corner that never materialize, you're welcome here. Moms, dads and caregivers in the trenches...you rock. Join us as we celebrate this messy, hard and grand adventure.
Summer Survival Tips for RAD Parents
As a parent with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder), keeping your sanity is important in the summer months. Especially after a pandemic! In this episode we will discuss the various strategies and survival tips for getting through the tough summer months.
We will offer practical tips to make your summer a bit more manageable, and suggestions for what worked for us (and what didn't!)
Tune in to hear Chris and Scott discuss this very timely topic.
Resources: RAD Talk with Tracey (www.radtalkwithtracey.com), and RAD Advocates (www.radadvocates.org)
Epigenetic Research and it's Role in Healing
We are so excited about this interview with neuroscientist, philosopher and author, Ben Callif about the role of epigenetic research in personal, generational, collective and systemic healing.
Ben is the Research and Mindset Director at Bader Philanthropies in Milwaukee WI and the author of "Organumics: An Epigenetic Reframing of Consciousness, Life and Evolution."
Ben is passionate about the topic of epigenetics and it's role in making the world a better place through intentionality and consciousness raising.
In this podcast we will discuss:
What IS Epigenetics? (Defined) Why is it important to understand how our genetics can be changed and modified, and how is this possible? The role of epigenetics in understanding issues of physical health, emotional wellbeing and spirituality (they are intertwined)What is meant by the "sphere of influence" in the way we interact with the world?Intergenerational patterns--how they are helpful? How are they harmful? What can be done to change them?Societal trauma and the importance of understanding how intentionality can change entire communities through consciousness raising and community building.Mental health, as seen through the lens of epigenetics, and the real possibility of healing through compassionate communityBen's involvement with the HIR Wellness Institute, whose motto is: "Illness becomes Wellness when 'I' becomes 'WE'." Ben can be reached through his website: The Third Way of Evolution.com
Culture, Belonging, Mental Health and the Burbs
In this episode, a first generation Indian American discusses growing up in an affluent, predominantly White community. He talks about what it was like, in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, to experience varying levels of discrimination, anxiety and self-doubt. Through a retrospective lens, Sagar shares his emerging insight about these difficulties and challenges.
Cultural appropriation and claiming of identity Anxiety, depression and copingResilience in the face of adversitySchool and Family dynamicsEthnic differences and parenting challengesSelf-discovery, acceptance and perseverance Listeners will find this episode very informative and eye-opening, as Sagar shares his bravery and fortitude in tackling his challenging life circumstances--Emerging stronger, more self-assured and compassionate.
Asian Hate, Continued
A follow up discussion on the importance of understanding how Asian Americans continue to be targets of hate, and how AAPI females have been fetishized in US culture.
In this episode, we will discuss:
How the Atlanta spa shooting has unearthed the issue of Asian women experiencing covert sexism and fetishization in US culture. US history and Asian relations. The Page Act, Chinese Exclusion Act, and how Asian women became viewed as "comfort women" in war times.Perspectives from an Asian American adoptive female and her White parents (the learnings we encounter)How we can begin to learn compassion for one another, by acknowledging how history has hurt people--and how we can move forward by listening to the stories of others.
Keeping Hope Alive, Part 2
How do we keep hope alive when faced with attachment challenges? Struggling adoptive parents tune in.
Asian Adoptee Straight Talk on Racism, Culture and Identity
Thoughts from an Asian Adoptee about what it's like to be "different" in many ways. What is it like? When we perceive this reality through our own parental lenses, we may be completely off. In this podcast you will hear about: The subtle (or not so...