85 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 84: Is There a Narcissistic Person in Your Life? with Angela Meyer

    Episode 84: Is There a Narcissistic Person in Your Life? with Angela Meyer

    Experts approximate that 5% of the population have narcissistic personality disorder (NPS)... this is just one of 10 classified personality disorders. Our special guest, Angela Myer, understands the underlying causes of narcissism and has helped many work through it. Tune in to hear how you can make life more manageable living with someone who has NPS and what we can do as parents to help our children learn how to cope and navigate a life that includes a person with the disorder.

    Angela Myer is a clinical certified hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, author, motivational speaker, and wellness coach. She specializes in empowering people all over the globe. For over 20 years, she has worked with people of all ages, backgrounds, religions, and professions. Angela has been voted the best hypnotherapist within her areas for the past twelve consecutive years. She has received several awards and has supported people with various addictions, traumas, mental health issues, fears and phobias, and general life situations.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [6:53] “Why are we not teaching people the polarity of other human beings?”
    • [13:09] Angela explains:  “If you notice the child has an anxious attachment style, that’s one to be aware of and a disorganized attachment style.”
    • [19:25] Angela shares the signs that parents should look for in hypnotherapists.
    • [33:19] Angela talks about how you can validate what your child is going through without making it bigger. 

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

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    DJ Stutz -
    DJ Stutz: https://www.littleheartsacademyusa.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littleheartsacademy/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littleheartsacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOpphCRklDJiFXdS76U0LSQ
    DJ Stutz Booking Link: https://bookme.name/Imperfectheroespodcast

    Angela Myer -
    Website: https://www.undetectednarcissist.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelamyerun/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngelaMyerUN
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-Myer/100079532015879/
    Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1972197
    Blog posts: https://undetectednarcissist.com/blog/

    • 48 min
    Episode 83: What Did You Just Say? with Lenora Edwards

    Episode 83: What Did You Just Say? with Lenora Edwards

    In this podcast episode, DJ invited speech pathologist, Lenora Edwards, on the show to discuss speech and language, when that develops and how we can help our children communicate effectively. Listen in as they discuss how children start hearing and reacting to lingual sounds in vitro and how they process and express themselves… from the way they pronounce the words, how they are able to process what they hear, and then express what they are thinking.

    Lenora Edwards is an ASHA Board Certified Speech Language Pathologist working with Better Speech. Since obtaining her CC’s in 2010, she has worked with individuals of all ages from little ones who are learning to understand and express themselves to adults who want to improve their speaking skills and become a more fluent and effective communicator. Lenora loves teaching and educating others. Better Speech is an online speech therapy company that has been remote since long before the pandemic. They are experts at helping people communicate in the most efficient and affordable way possible!

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [7:05] “That's how they start to shape this entire environment that they're in. So it's so important. If you're ever in doubt, keep talking to your children.”
    • [18:51] Lenora explains when you might want to start seeing a speech pathologist.
    • [33:32] Lenora discusses giving your child the opportunity to correct you.
    • [37:08] Lenora shares how online speech therapy actually works well in our remote and online world… offering close-ups so one can really see the form the mouth is taking when pronouncing sounds and words.

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

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    DJ Stutz -
    DJ Stutz: https://www.littleheartsacademyusa.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littleheartsacademy/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littleheartsacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOpphCRklDJiFXdS76U0LSQDJ Stutz Booking Link: https://bookme.name/Imperfectheroespodcast

    Lenora Edwards -
    Website: https://www.betterspeech.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/betterspeech/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yourbetterspeech/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BetterSpeechVideo
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/better-speech/mycompany/

    • 46 min
    Episode 82: Are You Living the Life You Would Want Your Children to Live? with Amanda Kate

    Episode 82: Are You Living the Life You Would Want Your Children to Live? with Amanda Kate

    Do you struggle with critical, negative voices in your head? Are you self-loathing and people pleasing or are you self-loving and empowered? In this podcast episode, DJ & special guest from down under Amanda Kate, discuss how to take care of yourself as a parent and how loving and putting yourself first can help you find new levels of health, vitality and abundance… a life you’d want your kids to live!

    Amanda Kate is a Kinesiologist, Mentor, Mother and more. Author of 'Divine. Messy. Human. A Spiritual Guide to Prioritizing Internal Truth over External Influence', she released the book with the information, tips and practices that have helped her move from self-loathing to self-acceptance, self-love and self-empowerment. A recovering people-pleaser and self-flagellator, she walks the path straddling the Divine and Messy daily. Always growing, developing and learning new ways of being to, hopefully, one day leave the Earth better than she found it.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [16:55] Amanda Kate shares what happens when we suppress our emotions.
    • [23:24] “When we’re in a victim state, it’s the emotion behind the question that is wrong.”
    • [28:39] Amanda explains: “Tuning into our intuition is like going to the gym.”
    • [43:51] Amanda discusses the energetic system of checks and balances and paying attention to what we are putting our energy into.

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

    Connect with Us!
    DJ Stutz -
    DJ Stutz: https://www.littleheartsacademyusa.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littleheartsacademy/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littleheartsacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOpphCRklDJiFXdS76U0LSQ
    DJ Stutz Booking Link: https://bookme.name/Imperfectheroespodcast

    Amanda Kate -
    Website: https://www.amandakate.com.au
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amanda__kate
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amandakatetransformation
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkKvzZlCxNXGpPRw4QyRvTQ
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-kate
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@divinelymessy

    • 54 min
    Episode 81: Working Moms and Mom Guilt with Dr. Susan Landers

    Episode 81: Working Moms and Mom Guilt with Dr. Susan Landers

    Are you a working mom? Do you suffer from mom guilt? And is that guilt you’re feeling affecting your relationships with your family? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this episode is a MUST listen! Tune in as DJ and Dr. Susan Landers discuss the challenges of being a working mother; the unbelievable pressure faced by today’s parents including when to cut off work, how to stop worrying and how to turn on family time… and ultimately YOU time!

    Dr. Susan Landers is a neonatologist who worked full-time in the NICU for over thirty years and raised three children to young adulthood. She achieved many academic and professional accomplishments, and she encountered challenges along the way, both in her career and in her mothering. She loves to tell stories that reassure younger mothers to know that they, too, can be a “good enough mother” especially if they work full-time. She supports mothers with her social media posts, free resources, and her blog. She also cautions physicians and nurses - who might be experiencing serious burnout – about the ways in which it affects their lives and their relationships, and the many ways to treat and recover from burnout. Her new book is “So Many Babies: My Life Balancing a Busy Medical Career and Motherhood.”

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [11:03] Susan shares the challenges of being a working mother.
    • [11:24] “None of us is perfect. We all try to do the very best that we can. We make lots of mistakes. If we're lucky, we have a spouse or a partner who will help us…”
    • [22:37] DJ discusses building a relationship with your spouse based on equality
    • [36:50] “Some of them are in after school activities three, four or five days a week. That's too much. And it's not only too much for the child, it's too much for the parents…”

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

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    DJ Stutz -
    DJ Stutz: https://www.littleheartsacademyusa.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littleheartsacademy/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littleheartsacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOpphCRklDJiFXdS76U0LSQ
    DJ Stutz Booking Link: https://bookme.name/Imperfectheroespodcast

    Dr. Susan Landers -
    Website: https://susanlandersmd.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/susanlandersmd
    Instagram: https://Instagram.com/drsusanlanders
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/susanlandersmd
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMNq4_mCbCksP5NkT0aN2WQ
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-landersmd/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/susanlberry/
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/So-Many-Babies-Balancing-Motherhood/dp/1631954504

    • 53 min
    Episode 80: How Important is a Dad, Really? with Dr. Susan Schwartz

    Episode 80: How Important is a Dad, Really? with Dr. Susan Schwartz

    In this episode, DJ and special guest Susan Schwartz, PhD, sat down to discuss the power of fathers, the impact they have when present and the effect it can have on their children’s lives when they are absent. Listen in as they talk about empowering fathers to understand how inherently important they truly are and the psychological effects, discomfort and problems that can arise when they aren’t there for their kids.

    Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D. trained in Zurich, Switzerland as a Jungian analyst is also a clinical psychologist and member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. She presents to numerous Jungian conferences and teaching programs in the USA and worldwide.

    Susan has articles in several journals and chapters in books on Jungian analytical psychology. Her current book is translated into several languages and was published by Routledge in 2020. It is entitled The Absent Father Effect on Daughters, Father Desire, Father Wounds. Another book will be published by Routledge in 2023 entitled The Fragility of Self in the ‘As-If’ Personality: Imposter Syndrome and Illusions in the Mirror. Her Jungian analytical practice is in Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [5:55] Dr. Schwartz discusses what happens to a child psychologically when a father is absent.
    • [12:57] DJ & Susan discuss what a father can do to build on the relationship with his children.
    • [24:55] “Be very aware of what is acceptable and what is not.”
    • [29:48] Susan discusses what is missing from the absent father syndrome.

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

    Connect with Us!
    DJ Stutz -
    DJ Stutz: https://www.littleheartsacademyusa.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littleheartsacademy/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littleheartsacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOpphCRklDJiFXdS76U0LSQ
    DJ Stutz Booking Link: https://bookme.name/Imperfectheroespodcast

    Susan E. Schwartz, PhD -
    Website: https://susanschwartzphd.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanschwartzphd
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanschwartzphd/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanschwartzphd/
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Absent-Father-Effect-Daughters-Desire-dp-0367360853/dp/0367360853

    • 44 min
    Episode 79: Raising Strong Daughters with a Foundation of Good Mental Health with Marc Paisant

    Episode 79: Raising Strong Daughters with a Foundation of Good Mental Health with Marc Paisant

    In this episode, DJ and special guest, Marc Paisant, mental health podcast host & father to 2 daughters, discuss the influence fathers have on their daughters with anxiety, depression, food addictions, low self esteem and how to build relationships that will make all the difference. Listen in as they talk about moving forward as a society by having men who understand and are committed to standing in the most important role they will ever have in their lives - fatherhood.

    Marc Paisant is the creator and host of the Relatively Normal podcast. In his show, he shares his experiences with ADHD, anxiety and depression. He shows that no one is alone and there is always someone willing to listen and assist when it comes to coping and managing all kinds of stress. He is an advocate for therapy and counseling and talks about his years of therapy that he has used to manage his mental health.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [5:48] Marc discusses child rearing and how childhood trauma can lead to issues in adulthood. 
    • [13:08] “Parenting is tough. I mean, let's be honest. Like, it's, it's fun. But you know, you're raising little children to become the next generation of adults.” 
    • [21:48] “When we fail, we learn more from that failure than we do from an easy success.” 
    • [29:37] Marc shares why he believes the roles of fathers are changing & evolving. 
    For more information on the Imperfect Heroes podcast, visit: https://www.imperfectheroespodcast.com/

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    DJ Stutz -
    DJ Stutz: https://www.littleheartsacademyusa.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littleheartsacademy/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littleheartsacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOpphCRklDJiFXdS76U0LSQ
    DJ's Booking Link: https://bookme.name/Imperfectheroespodcast

    Marc Paisant -
    Website: https://www.relativelynormalpodcast.com/441188163.html
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RelativelyNormalPodcast/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcpaisant/

    • 53 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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