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The Impactful Parenting Podcast gives useful tips, advice, and resources to parents of school-aged children. Why? Because parenting is difficult and you don’t need to do it alone. I believe that parents need other parents. School-aged children bring different challenges to parenting than the toddler years and babies. Then right when you got things figured out, the kids become teenagers, and now the game changes again. The more support you have and the more help you can get- it will make your journey easier.

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The Impactful Parenting Podcast gives useful tips, advice, and resources to parents of school-aged children. Why? Because parenting is difficult and you don’t need to do it alone. I believe that parents need other parents. School-aged children bring different challenges to parenting than the toddler years and babies. Then right when you got things figured out, the kids become teenagers, and now the game changes again. The more support you have and the more help you can get- it will make your journey easier.

    How To Talk To Teachers

    How To Talk To Teachers

    How To Talk To Teachers is a podcast about asking the right questions so that you can make parent-teacher conferences successful.   Teachers and Parents should be on the same team and the goal is to HELP YOUR CHILD.  

    Free PDF for asking the right questions: https://theimpactfulparent.com/conferencespdf

    Make an authentic connection with your child. Try a FREE 30 Day Challenge. You’ll receive a new question to ask your child every day- for 30 days. Get away from the boring questions and start connecting with your child one question at a time! https://theimpactfulparent.com/connection

    Don’t forget to check out all the FREE resources and tips that The Impactful Parent has to offer!  https://theimpactfulparent.com  Links to the YouTube channel and social media post are there too!  Join The impactful Parent community by signing up for the weekly newsletter. Don’t miss an impactful tip!

    Don’t forget to follow The Impactful Parent on social Media! Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Pinterest, and YouTube.

    Transcript:

    It is the parent-teacher conference season, and along with that comes a lot of anxiety and questions for both parents and students!   Today I will address some common questions that I get from parents so you can stop wondering and start taking an active role in the parent-teacher conferences day!

    Common Question: Do I still need to go to Parent-Conferences if I know my kid has good grades in all their classes? 
    Answer:  No, you don't have to go to the conferences; however, I suggest that you send an email to all the teachers and verify that there aren't any other outstanding issues that should be discussed.  School is more than just grades.  Parent-Teacher conferences are an excellent time to talk about behavior problems, attendance issues, social concerns, and next grade level preparation.   Make sure that the teacher doesn't have anything that they want to discuss with you.
    Common Question: I know my child has some low grades and/or some behavioral concerns.  Is there anything I should do before conferences to prepare for talking to the teacher(s)? 
    Answer:  Contact the teacher via email and voice your concerns.  Ask the teacher(s) if they want to meet you during conferences or at a different time to discuss the issues.  The reason you want to do this is, conferences are very regimented.  Usually, each family is only allowed a specific amount of time with the teacher to keep the day moving along.  If the teacher thinks you will need extra time, then this must be prepared before the conference day.   Perhaps the teacher can give you two conference slots or other arrangements can be made to provide you with the time you need to talk about your concerns.
    Also, you may want to request an administrator, counselor or another specific teacher to be in attendance at the conference.  This should be scheduled ahead of time.
    Lastly, bring in all the documentation that the teacher may need.  IEP, doctor recommendations, a list of concerns you see at home, 504 plans, behavioral plans, etc
    Common Question: What if I am at the conference, and I find out that my child has some academic and/or behavioral concerns I didn't know about?  What should I do?

    Answer: 
    Picture it…. A different day when I was a working full-time teacher….. I have a conference with a parent.  They storm in the room and sit with arms crossed and obviously agitated.   They begin to tell me how disappointed they are that their kid has a bad grade and how come they didn’t know about this sooner!

    As a teacher, the parent scenario I mentioned above is very frustrating.  I didn’t even know the parent wasn’t getting your emails. I had no idea that they were mad AND from the beginning- they thought I was the bad guy.  It is possible that your child acts differently at school than at home, so keep an open mind whe

    • 28 min
    Fundamental Needs Of Children

    Fundamental Needs Of Children

    Is your teen acting out?  Does your child seem anxious?  Maybe you feel that your child is starting to pull away from you emotionally?   Acting out, anxiety, and pulling away can signify that your child is not feeling secure in their primary needs.  What are their fundamental needs? Security, Acceptance, and Power.  So, before you yell at your child for the twentieth time for not listening, read this article and consider if their behavior is stemming from their primary needs not being met.

    Fundamental Needs of Children #1: Security. If your child is not feeling secure, their instincts will pull them into a fight or flight mode.  This often comes out as either withdrawing from people and hiding in their rooms or becoming more aggressive and acting out.  However, as parents, we need to understand that children crave a sense of security beyond feeling physically safe.  Children are also looking for security in love.  Kids will start to test your love to see if they can genuinely be “secure” with you.   Will you love them through thick and thin? Will you love them if they disagree with your ways?  Will you love them if they are not the perfect straight-A student?  Children want to know that your love is secure and rooted in WHO they are and NOT what they do.   This brings us to #2….

    Fundamental Needs of Children #2: Acceptance. Your child wants to be seen for their authentic self and accepted for that person.   This is especially important to teenagers discovering who they are and are trying on different “hats” to see what fits them best.  They want to know that you, as their parent, will accept them for whoever they choose to become.   They want their parents to look beyond their choices, grades, choice of friends, and music and truly accept them for who they are inside.

    Fundamental Needs of Children #3: Power.  As your child gets older, they want to know that they matter. They want to feel they can have influence and that their existence has a place in the world.  People need to feel a sense of purpose.  Growing adults need to know that they impact others and that someone would miss them if they were gone.  This fundamental need is rooted in having a sense of power.  They matter in the world, and they are not powerless in their environment.  Teenagers will test their power and influence in the world.  Even the nicest kids will subconsciously push the boundaries of action and reaction or choice and consequence.  They want to know that what they do and say makes a difference in the world and if they find that they don’t make a difference- they often will get depressed or make “bigger” choices to test the consequences.

    So, what can we do to help our children fill these three fundamental needs and improve their behaviors? Here is a list of suggestions.

    Provide Stability: a consistent schedule, predictable consequences, and known boundaries.
    Do not overreact. If your child knows you are going to freak out or get overly angry about their actions, you are sending them the message that you might not accept them. They need you to separate your feelings for their choices away from the person that they are.
    Words of Affirmation. Acknowledge their personality attributes.   Continue to tell them that you love them no matter what.  Let them express themselves, make their own choices, and affirm that their voice matters.  Let them contribute to family decisions.
    Start a conversation with your child or at least explore the questions on the FREE PDF link here, so you can begin figuring out WHERE the behavior is coming from and HOW your child is feeling. Go to: https://theimpactfulparent.com/whateverychildneeds

    Meeting your child’s fundamental needs creates happier children and makes YOU a more impactful parent!

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    • 14 min
    How Long Should A Punishment Last?

    How Long Should A Punishment Last?

    It is Question and Answer Thursday and today's question was: How Long Should  A Punishment Last?

    Discipline Techniques that work Video:  https://theimpactfulparent.com/discipline

    How To Get Your Child To Stop Lying Video:  https://theimpactfulparent.com/lying

    **This episode was broadcasted live on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.  Submissions for Q&A Thursday can be either emailed to The Impactful Parent directly or direct messaged through any of these social media platforms.  Submissions can be anonymous and are never mentioned in the Live Recording to respect the privacy of The Impactful Parent audience.  Email:  theimpactfulparent@gmail.com

    Don’t forget to check out all the FREE resources and tips that The Impactful Parent has to offer!  https://theimpactfulparent.com  Links to the YouTube channel and social media post are there too!  Join The impactful Parent community by signing up for the weekly newsletter. Don’t miss an impactful tip!

    Make an authentic connection with your child. Try a FREE 30 Day Challenge. You’ll receive a new question to ask your child every day- for 30 days. Get away from the boring questions and start connecting with your child one question at a time! https://theimpactfulparent.com/connection

    Follow The Impactful Parent on social Media! Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Pinterest, and YouTube.

    Rate, Review, & Subscribe!

    “I love Kristina and all the FREE tips that she has to offer!  Thank you for making my parenting journey better!”  – If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you!!!

    Rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not subscribed, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!

    • 9 min
    Is My Child Gifted and Talented?

    Is My Child Gifted and Talented?

    It is Question and Answer Thursday and today's question was: Is my child gifted and talented?

    FREE RESOURCE DOCUMENT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD:  A checklist for giftedness at https://theimpactfulparent.com/gifted

    **This episode was broadcasted live on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.  Submissions for Q&A Thursday can be either emailed to The Impactful Parent directly or direct messaged through any of these social media platforms.  Submissions can be anonymous and are never mentioned in the Live Recording to respect the privacy of The Impactful Parent audience.  Email:  theimpactfulparent@gmail.com

    Don’t forget to check out all the FREE resources and tips that The Impactful Parent has to offer!  https://theimpactfulparent.com  Links to the YouTube channel and social media post are there too!  Join The impactful Parent community by signing up for the weekly newsletter. Don’t miss an impactful tip!

    Make an authentic connection with your child. Try a FREE 30 Day Challenge. You’ll receive a new question to ask your child every day- for 30 days. Get away from the boring questions and start connecting with your child one question at a time! https://theimpactfulparent.com/connection

    Follow The Impactful Parent on social Media! Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Pinterest, and YouTube.

    Rate, Review, & Subscribe!

    “I love Kristina and all the FREE tips that she has to offer!  Thank you for making my parenting journey better!”  – If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you!!!

    Rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not subscribed, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!

    • 15 min
    4 Pillar To Self-Care

    4 Pillar To Self-Care

    4 Pillars To Self-Care YouTube video link:  https://youtu.be/mbVUpZakNqc

    FREE PDF:  https://theimpactfulparent.com/lifebeyondchildren Gives you easy and manageable tips for making yourself a priority every single day!

    Don’t forget to check out all the FREE resources and tips that The Impactful Parent has to offer!  https://theimpactfulparent.com  Links to the YouTube channel and social media post are there too!  Join The impactful Parent community by signing up for the weekly newsletter. Don’t miss an impactful tip!

    Don’t forget to follow The Impactful Parent on social Media! Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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    I am screaming at my kids again.  I lost my patience, and I sulk in embarrassment as I apologize for my outburst.   Quarantine has got me losing my mind much more than usual.   It is NOW, more than ever, that we all need some TLC.   We all need self-care.  How can we give TO OUR CHILDREN if our tank is running on empty?   We cannot.  

    Dr. Olena Kerek speaks with me this week about the 4 Pillars to Self-Care.   These 4 Pillars of Nutrition, Sleep, Exercise, and Mindfulness must all be met if we want to be our best selves and a good parent.  If we are eating well, exercising, feeling mentally sound, but do not sleep…. we can NOT perform our best.  This is also true if any of the other three pillars are falling short.  WE MUST strive to fulfill all four needs! 

    Watch this week as Dr. Kerek gives The Impactful Parent community tips for being a better parent by meeting the four pillars to Self-Care!

    • 10 min
    Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

    Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

    Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

    NEW: The Inspire and Learn Series! 

    I am very excited to announce The Impactful Parent's new series of videos called: the Inspire and Learn Series.  These interviews are REAL PARENTS with stories that will inspire you and have you learn from others' experiences.  


    My first guest is Keisha Tower.  Keisha comes onto The Impactful Parent this week to discuss her personal struggles with anxiety and depression after having her 3 children.   Topics of discussion include:

    Did you have any anxiety or depression BEFORE you got pregnant?
    When did you get help? And what help?
    What was the low point?
    What were your symptoms and warning signs?
    Who supported you?
    Advice for a husband dealing with a postpartum wife
    What would you do differently?

    Keisha Tower's journey is inspirational and relatable. 

    Watch today and share this video with a friend that needs to hear her important message!

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    Keisha can be found at The Kentucky Momma Podcast and at her website: thekentuckymomma.com

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    Don’t forget to check out all the FREE resources and tips that The Impactful Parent has to offer!  https://theimpactfulparent.com  Links to the YouTube channel and social media post are there too!  Join The impactful Parent community by signing up for the weekly newsletter. Don’t miss an impactful tip!

    Follow The Impactful Parent on social Media! Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Pinterest, and YouTube.

    Rate, Review, & Subscribe!

    “I love Kristina and all the FREE tips that she has to offer!  Thank you for making my parenting journey better!”  – If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you!!!

    Rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not subscribed, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!

    • 30 min

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Exactly what I’ve been looking for!!

I’m so glad I found this podcast! Like most Moms, I struggle at times trying to be the best parent I can be, but don’t have time to read lengthy books or attend seminars. Kristina’s short but wisdom-filled podcasts cut right to the chase as she provides simple and effective parenting tips on a variety of topics. Unlike others who can be patronizing and judgy, or just plain boring, she delivers sound parenting advice as a totally relatable Mom of four, with humor and empathy. Can’t wait for the next episode!

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