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Discover the joy in parenting with The Imperfect Heroes Podcast! DJ Stutz, an Early Childhood Specialist with over 20 years of teaching expertise, brings you insightful episodes to navigate the rewarding yet challenging journey of raising children. Join DJ and her guests as they share knowledge and experiences, offering valuable insights to empower you with confidence and peace. Become the imperfect hero, fostering independence, productivity, and happiness in your children's lives. Tune in for practical parenting tips and stories that resonate with your unique journey!

Imperfect Heroes: Insights Into Parenting DJ Stutz

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Discover the joy in parenting with The Imperfect Heroes Podcast! DJ Stutz, an Early Childhood Specialist with over 20 years of teaching expertise, brings you insightful episodes to navigate the rewarding yet challenging journey of raising children. Join DJ and her guests as they share knowledge and experiences, offering valuable insights to empower you with confidence and peace. Become the imperfect hero, fostering independence, productivity, and happiness in your children's lives. Tune in for practical parenting tips and stories that resonate with your unique journey!

    Episode 145: What Do We Need to Flourish Through Change with Dr. Joris Gjata

    Episode 145: What Do We Need to Flourish Through Change with Dr. Joris Gjata

    The episode discusses strategies for parents and children to navigate transitions and changes, emphasizing the importance of unconditional support, acknowledging losses, and embracing uniqueness.

    In the segment , DJ invited Parent Coach and Internal Family Systems Practitioner Joris Gjata on the show to discuss the challenges children face dealing with changes. Listen in as Joris shares her personal journey of transitions, offering insights and strategies for parents to support their children through changes like moving or cultural adjustments. And stay tuned as Joris emphasizes the importance of acknowledging losses, providing unconditional support, and fostering a sense of belonging and self-worth in children.

    Joris was born in Albania and has a rich educational background spanning Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Currently residing in the Greater Boston Area, she is deeply committed to fostering a sense of rest and belonging for individuals, even amidst uncertain times and life changes. As a Parent Coach and Internal Family Systems Practitioner, her passion lies in nurturing wisdom and belonging within families and communities, with a focus on securing a prosperous future for upcoming generations. Drawing from her extensive expertise, she adeptly taps into the wealth of wisdom inherent in partnerships.

    TIMESTAMPS
    2:15 Parenting coaches and transition coaches support individuals in becoming more rested and confident, especially during moments of change and transition.
    12:48 Parents going through changes and transitions should acknowledge what is lost and grieve, while also recognizing their strengths and values for support.
    17:29 Joris shares the importance of setting aside dedicated time for connection and nurturing relationships with loved ones, acknowledging that it takes effort and intention.
    25:28 DJ shares strategies for helping children and families connect and become part of a community, despite challenges posed by cultural differences or changes in environment.

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

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    Joris Gjata -
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    • 36 min
    Episode 144: Confidence Through Change, 10 Strategies to Help Your Children Adapt

    Episode 144: Confidence Through Change, 10 Strategies to Help Your Children Adapt

    This podcast episode is focused on helping children navigate changes effectively by providing strategies for parents.

    In the segment, DJ discusses the importance of structure, stability, and resilience in managing both big changes like divorce or moving, as well as smaller ones like routine adjustments. Listen in as she advises parents to acknowledge their own emotions and involve children in decision-making processes to help them feel heard and secure. Stay tuned! The episode also highlights the significance of maintaining routines, offering choices, and fostering open communication to support children through various life changes, ultimately emphasizing the role of parents as anchors and sources of comfort for their children.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [1:28] DJ suggests that changes, even small ones, can be challenging for children and adults alike, and it's important to check in with your own emotions and assess how you are feeling about the change.
    • [7:18] DJ also suggests involving children in planning and preparation for moves or changes to help them manage their emotions and feel more in control (17:18).
    • [15:01] DJ discusses how to talk to children about absent loved ones, emphasizing honesty and openness while avoiding embellishment.
    • [31:13] DJ emphasizes the importance of consistency and familiarity for children during times of change, serving as a source of comfort and stability.

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

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    • 37 min
    Episode 143: Are Our Kids Being Trained to be Impatient?

    Episode 143: Are Our Kids Being Trained to be Impatient?

    This podcast episode explores the concept of patience in parenting, highlighting how impatience pervades modern society and affects interactions with children.

    In the segment, DJ references expert insights, delves into the developmental aspects of patience in children, suggests strategies for promoting patience and addresses impatience-related challenges. Listen in as she talks about setting examples, engaging in activities, and minimizing screen time to foster patience in both parents and children.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [2:36] “Impatience is fueled by rapid technological advancements and is passed down to children through media and personal behavior.”
    • [8:52] At age 4-5, kids are self-centered and struggle with building skills, but begin to develop perspective-taking abilities and self-regulation.
    • [13:28] DJ Stutz suggests giving children alternatives to waiting, such as playing with toys or coloring, to help them develop patience.
    • [20:36] DJ Stutz encourages parents to use patience and teach their kids to manage their bodies and minds, rather than relying on screens for entertainment.

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

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    • 25 min
    Episode 142: Parenting Perspectives, The Patience Project with Everyday Mom Lindsey Terry

    Episode 142: Parenting Perspectives, The Patience Project with Everyday Mom Lindsey Terry

    This podcast episode delves into the imperfections of parenting, encouraging open admission of mistakes for a mutual learning environment between parents and children.

    In the segment, Lindsey Terry, a mother of three, shares insights on cultivating patience in parenting. Listen in as she underscores the importance of starting patience practices early, even with newborns, advising exhausted mothers to count to ten or fifteen and take deep breaths. Stay tuned as Lindsey advocates for teaching children self-control through techniques like deep breathing and discussing situations calmly. Additionally, she highlights the significance of setting expectations and the role of community support in alleviating the challenges of parenting alone.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [7:42] Lindsey shares how she uses role-playing to help her children resolve conflicts, practice empathy and develop communication skills.
    • [12:02] Lindsay & DJ discuss the importance of setting expectations and boundaries with your children before going grocery shopping, to avoid tantrums and meltdowns.
    • [18:23] “Find balance between personal time and motherhood… even small moments of peace can be valuable.”
    • [25:34] DJ emphasizes the importance of leaning on others for support, especially for parents raising children alone.

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

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    • 34 min
    Episode 141: Exploring Patience: Nurturing Resilience in Children and Ourselves with Dr. Stephen Rowley

    Episode 141: Exploring Patience: Nurturing Resilience in Children and Ourselves with Dr. Stephen Rowley

    Dive into this episode for a profound exploration of the dynamics of patience and gain valuable insights into fostering this essential quality.

    In the segment, DJ hosted Dr. Stephen Rowley, who brought his wealth of experience and a profound emphasis on instilling patience in children. Listen in as they unravel the essence of patience and its pivotal role across various facets of life. And stay tuned as Dr. Rowley underscores the extraordinary impact of unstructured play, the power of self-reflection, and the significance of meaningful connections in nurturing patience, a virtue crucial for both children and adults alike.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [4:51] DJ and Dr. Rowley agree that patience is an acquired skill, and delayed gratification is also an important aspect of patience.
    • [7:12] Stephen emphasizes the importance of becoming aware of one's mind and its inherent distractibility, and how this awareness can lead to a higher level of spiritual consciousness… and more patience.
    • [11:39] Dr. Rowley suggests identifying and understanding the underlying complexes or triggers that contribute to impatience to help develop more effective strategies for managing emotions and behaviors.
    • [16:52] DJ & Stephen discuss the importance of self-reliance in children, citing examples of how modern society's emphasis on structured activities can stifle creativity and inner drive.

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

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    Dr. Stephen Rowley
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    • 35 min
    Episode 140: Demanding Kids? Let’s Teach a Little Patience

    Episode 140: Demanding Kids? Let’s Teach a Little Patience

    This podcast episode encourages parents to set realistic expectations based on each child's age and temperament, promoting a journey of growth and understanding rather than expecting immediate perfection.

    In the segment, host DJ Stutz explores the theme of teaching and developing patience in children. Listen in as DJ emphasizes the importance of modeling patience as parents and highlights the positive impact it has on children's relationships, academic performance, and future success. Stay tuned as she shares practical tips, such as using timers, songs, and activities like the marshmallow test to help children grasp the concept of time and develop patience.

    TIMESTAMPS
    • [3:40] “Parents can teach children patience by modeling it and practicing it daily.“
    • [9:03] DJ suggests using familiar objects or activities to help children understand time.
    • [13:58] DJ explains how using songs and activities can help children understand waiting.
    • [18:51] DJ shares how engaging children in activities like gardening, puzzles, and treasure hunts will develop their fine motor skills and patience.

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

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

    ONE ON ONE COACHING Link: https://www.littleheartsacademyusa.com/courses/one-on-one-coaching-bundle
    Support the show

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Dana S. Diaz ,

Must listen for all parents!!

Despite my unfortunate area of expertise being in narcissistic abuse, DJ was gracious to invite me to be a guest on her show to discuss bravery and resilience in parenting within difficult circumstances. The episode won't be released until later this year. However, I'm so pleased with how easily our discussion flowed. Like all her other episodes, it is well-organized and intended to give parents perspective in raising their children to reach their full potential.

The Real Jerry Dugan ,

Parenting Advice from Parents

DJ delivers a show for parents by parents as they share how they applied principles in raising children in the way they should go while also keeping our own sanity. She brings a lot of positive energy and motivation that parenting can be done right. We are not alone. Listen to this show and subscribe!

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!

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