76 episodes

Life is full of joy and parenting is no exception! Raising children is rewarding but can be hard work at times. The Imperfect Heroes Podcast is the creation of DJ Stutz, an Early Childhood Specialist with more than 20 years of teaching experience. DJ has an immense love for children and fully understands the challenges and concerns that come with parenting them. DJ and her guests share their knowledge and experience through thoughtful podcast episodes whose subject matter is designed to help you develop the confidence and peace to be a great parent and imperfect hero raising independent, productive, and happy children.

Imperfect Heroes: Insights Into Parenting DJ Stutz

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Life is full of joy and parenting is no exception! Raising children is rewarding but can be hard work at times. The Imperfect Heroes Podcast is the creation of DJ Stutz, an Early Childhood Specialist with more than 20 years of teaching experience. DJ has an immense love for children and fully understands the challenges and concerns that come with parenting them. DJ and her guests share their knowledge and experience through thoughtful podcast episodes whose subject matter is designed to help you develop the confidence and peace to be a great parent and imperfect hero raising independent, productive, and happy children.

    Episode 75: Just Listen!! with Doug Noll

    Episode 75: Just Listen!! with Doug Noll

    In this episode DJ sat down with previous trial lawyer, now peacemaker and award-winning author, Doug Noll to discuss raising emotionally healthy and competent kids. Listen in as they discuss how human beings are more emotional than rational, that keeping your own emotions in check will help your child feel safe and secure and how you can be a successful emotional coach for your child.

    Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA left a successful career as a trial lawyer to become a peacemaker. His calling is to serve humanity, and he executes his calling at many levels. He is an award-winning author, teacher, trainer, and a highly experienced mediator. Doug’s work carries him from international work to helping people resolve deep interpersonal and ideological conflicts to training life inmates to be peacemakers and mediators in maximum-security prisons.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [6:01] Doug talks about one of his passions is getting parents to stop invalidating their children's emotions, which in his view, is the most insidious and pervasive form of emotional abuse that exists. 
    • [10:36] “Most of us were brought up to believe that human beings, what separates us from other animals is rationality or ability to reason. That is simply not true. It's a myth.” 
    • [17:45] “They got there because the parents have the correct skills to teach them emotional competency, by reflecting back their emotions, and by modeling in the adult relationship.” 
    • [24:51] Doug shares that you have a choice to raise emotionally healthy kids or you can raise emotionally unhealthy kids… It's a simple choice and is a skill you can master in four to six weeks.

    For more information on the Imperfect Heroes podcast, visit: https://www.imperfectheroespodcast.com/

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    • 53 min
    Episode 74: Quick!! Call the Stress Nanny! with Lindsay Miller

    Episode 74: Quick!! Call the Stress Nanny! with Lindsay Miller

    In this episode DJ chats with Lindsay Miller, The Stress Nanny, who offers great advice on managing our own stress, as well as helping our children gain the skills and the tools to manage their stress. Listen in as they discuss tips to accept the chaos and embrace the calm when you start each day, appreciating the time you have, showing empathy, finding time for self care and uncovering opportunities to be creative.
    Lindsay Miller is a kids mindfulness coach, mindfulness  educator and host of The Stress Nanny Podcast. She is known for her  suitcase tricks and playful laugh. When she's not playing catch with her  daughter or rollerblading on local trails with her husband, you can  find her using her 20+ years of child development study and mindfulness  certification to dream up new ways to get kids excited about deep breathing. Having been featured on numerous podcasts,  platforms and  publications, Lindsay’s words of wisdom are high impact and leave a lasting impression wherever she goes.

     TIMESTAMPS
    • [5:25] DJ & Lindsay consider how we handle the stress in our lives will have a lot to do with how our kids manage stress, too. 
    • [15:53] “When we can embrace both the imperfection of the moment and simultaneously accept it as a moment in our parenting journey, we have so much momentum.”
    • [26:29] Lindsay discusses the importance of noticing the signs that your kids are reaching their limit.
    • [37:32] The Stress Nanny shares how we can help our kids develop self-awareness and empathy.
    For more information on the Imperfect Heroes podcast, visit: https://www.imperfectheroespodcast.com/

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    • 52 min
    Episode 73: Why Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years with DJ Stutz

    Episode 73: Why Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years with DJ Stutz

    In this solo episode, DJ is sharing some things that are very personal to her about the trinity of holidays that occur between now and December 31st. Tune in to hear her thoughts about why they come in the order they do; how Thanksgiving, gratitude and being humble go hand in hand; how Christmas is about letting Christ into our hearts, being kinder, more caring and more understanding; and about how we typically see opportunities when the New Year approaches to improve our lives and the lives of those  around us.
    TIMESTAMPS
    • [1:57] DJ discusses the importance of being humble. 
    • [8:59] “People who are humble are more compassionate, more caring, and less likely to be aggressive.”
    • [11:11] DJ shares the significance of humility in our lives. 
    • [17:06] “You can be successful or you can make a difference.” 


    For more information on the Imperfect Heroes podcast, visit: https://www.imperfectheroespodcast.com/


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    • 20 min
    Episode 72:Teaching Children Gratitude with Wanda Luthman

    Episode 72:Teaching Children Gratitude with Wanda Luthman

    In this episode DJ and her guest, multi award winning children's author, Wanda Luthman, talk about the importance of gratitude, how we can make it a part of our family culture, and about teaching our children to have grateful hearts. Tune in to hear how studies have shown that living in gratitude has a profound effect on our emotional and spiritual well being, how it strengthens relationships and the effects it can have on our physical well being too.


    Wanda Luthman is an international multi-award-winning author. She’s been a Christian since she was 3 years old, was baptized at 12 years old, and attended a Christian College in the Midwest double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She has practiced in the field of counseling for over 20 years. But, she felt she really “met” God in her late 40’s when her Pastor taught her contemplative listening which is a Christian form of meditation. Since then, she’s been on a mission to share God’s love with everyone she meets.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [11:14] Wanda explains when & why she started paying attention to what happened each day that she could be grateful for.
    • [16:52] Wanda tells DJ how we can help build thoughtfulness into children by encouraging them to think about other people and do something kind for them.
    • [18:22] “If you don't stop and pay attention to it, you wind up taking it for granted.”
    • [23:05] “When you look back, you can see… Wow! That really was instrumental in bringing me to who I am today.”

    For more information on the Imperfect Heroes podcast, visit: https://www.imperfectheroespodcast.com/

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    • 52 min
    Episode 71: Training Brains!! with Dr. Amy Moore

    Episode 71: Training Brains!! with Dr. Amy Moore

    In this episode DJ and her guest, cognitive psychologist and brain training researcher Dr. Amy Moore, discuss things parents and teachers can do to help a child with ADHD and OCD. Listen in as they talk about differences in the brains of neurodiverse kids, the signs to look for and the variety of approaches from medication, nutrition and the importance of sleep to cognitive physical activity or brain training to help prevent inappropriate attention skills, impulsivity, and emotional dysregulation. 
    Dr. Amy Moore is a cognitive psychologist and director of research at LearningRx in Colorado Springs, CO at the headquarters of the largest network of cognitive training centers in the world. She specializes in cognitive rehabilitation training and cognition assessment for ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, brain injury, learning disabilities, and age-related cognitive decline.


    TIMESTAMPS
    • [5:06] Dr. Moore shares the impact cognitive training can have in the classroom?
    • [7:34] “The sense of feeling defeated, impacts their motivation, impacts their desire to even try. Right. I mean, it can be devastating.”  
    • [11:42] Amy shares things parents and teachers can do to help their child with ADHD.
    • [39:23]Dr. Moore discusses the commonalities between ADHD and OCD. 
    For more information on the Imperfect Heroes podcast, visit: https://www.imperfectheroespodcast.com/


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    • 54 min
    Episode 70: When the Kids Have Lost Their Minds with Bailey Olsen

    Episode 70: When the Kids Have Lost Their Minds with Bailey Olsen

    In this episode, Bailey Olsen is back to talk about what to do when the kids have lost their minds from being overstimulated and the tantrums or outbursts that ensue.  Listen in as she and DJ discuss your own behavior while the meltdown is happening,  how to handle your child’s big emotions during the occurrence, how to prepare for the next incident and a few things you can do after the fact to turn the situation into a learning moment for your little one.
    Bailey is a second and third grade elementary school teacher and just like our beloved host (who she happens to be related to), Bailey has a passion for teaching children. When Bailey isn’t performing her favorite job of them all, wife and mother, she serves as gymnastic coach which has been a passion since she was a young girl.


    TIMESTAMPS
    • [7:30] “I'm so much more calm. I get upset less. I am better at defusing these meltdowns…”
    • [10:58] “It is just staying calm myself, and looking at the positives. What are some alternatives?”
    • [23:14] DJ discusses the frustration that occurs when your young child really wants something but doesn’t have the vocabulary to express it.
    • [25:45] Bailey suggests, as a sensory release when a child is angry, to have them stomp their feet as hard as they can…

    For more information on the Imperfect Heroes podcast, visit: https://www.imperfectheroespodcast.com/
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Ganeshananda ,

The Power Of Fairy Tales

What an inspiringly delightful conversation I enjoyed with DJ! Her wisdom and love from a lifetime devoted to teaching and enriching the lives of children and families is a treasure chest to immerse yourself in! I look forward to more precious moments together!

Paul A. Henderson ,

Heart of Gold

DJ is an amazing podcast host with a heart of gold! Her love for children and seeing parents be the best version of themselves pours through every word spoken. She is an uplifter, and I absolutely love how she empowers every listener to be all they can be through her podcast.

Lisa Sugarman ,

When it comes to parenting, DJ Stutz knows her stuff!

I had such a blast chatting with DJ Stutz on her Imperfect Heroes Podcast because it was like spending an hour talking parenting with an old friend who just gets it. DJ brings a wealth of hands-on experience in the classroom and as a parents to every conversation and her genuine passion for raising independent, happy, and resilient kids shines bright in every episode.

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