74 episodes

Do you have a child, teen, or young adult who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or any other beautiful sexual orientation or gender identity? Do you feel alone in your effort to support them on their journey or navigate your own? Heather Hester from Chrysalis Mama is here to transform the conversation around loving and raising an LGBTQIA+ teenager. In the five+ years since her son embraced his sexual orientation as a young gay man, Heather and her family have felt every emotion, and have experienced dozens of situations ranging from heartwarming and humorous to terrifyingly life-threatening. She and her husband initially felt alone and overwhelmed, moving her to want to support others traveling a similar path. She desires to discuss taboo topics and erase stigmas surrounding the coming out process and parenting an LGBTQIA+ teen. Heather's shows are both interview and solo offering a wide-range of fascinating guests as well as her own episodes where she shares wisdom, stories, and strategies. Sitting in the top 2% of all podcasts, Just Breathe is relatable, educational, and warm. Heather's approach is based on four pillars - to Embrace, Educate, Empower, and Love - and most of all, to reinforce to all LGBTQ people, their families, and their allies that they are not alone!

Just Breathe: Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen Heather Hester

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 73 Ratings

Do you have a child, teen, or young adult who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or any other beautiful sexual orientation or gender identity? Do you feel alone in your effort to support them on their journey or navigate your own? Heather Hester from Chrysalis Mama is here to transform the conversation around loving and raising an LGBTQIA+ teenager. In the five+ years since her son embraced his sexual orientation as a young gay man, Heather and her family have felt every emotion, and have experienced dozens of situations ranging from heartwarming and humorous to terrifyingly life-threatening. She and her husband initially felt alone and overwhelmed, moving her to want to support others traveling a similar path. She desires to discuss taboo topics and erase stigmas surrounding the coming out process and parenting an LGBTQIA+ teen. Heather's shows are both interview and solo offering a wide-range of fascinating guests as well as her own episodes where she shares wisdom, stories, and strategies. Sitting in the top 2% of all podcasts, Just Breathe is relatable, educational, and warm. Heather's approach is based on four pillars - to Embrace, Educate, Empower, and Love - and most of all, to reinforce to all LGBTQ people, their families, and their allies that they are not alone!

    What is Critical Therapy?

    What is Critical Therapy?

    We often separate our political, socioeconomic, gender, and racial identities from our mental health. Today I am joined by Silvia M. Dutchevici, and she introduces us to the concept of Critical Therapy. Critical Therapy takes a deep analysis of the power and invites the political into the therapy room. Silvia shows us how our mental health is affected by so many of these outside factors, that aren’t often considered in the therapeutic process. We don’t live in a bubble and must be open to these tough areas of conversation. Join Heather and Silvia as break down the walls and open up safe places to have hard conversations.

    • 1 hr
    The Trevor Project and Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ People

    The Trevor Project and Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ People

    With September being suicide prevention month, it was imperative to have Kevin Wong on the podcast today. Kevin is the Vice President of Communications for the Trevor Project, and he shares with us all the amazing resources the Trevor Project has for LGBTQ youths and their parents. There are many stigmas when it comes to talking about suicide and Kevin and the team at the Trevor Project are bringing awareness, advocacy, and safe places for LGBTQ youth to have these conversations. Join Heather and Kevin as they discuss the importance of the Trevor Project and supporting children in the LGBTQ community.

    • 37 min
    Navigating the Digital World with Your Kids

    Navigating the Digital World with Your Kids

    Sarah Maynard is here with me today to talk about the digital world and your kids. She lays out some of the “shoulds” and “should-not” of what your children are sharing online and highlights the important fact, that once it is out there, it is never going away. Sarah is very informative on how to have the foundational conversations early on with your children so that when it comes to the harder stuff the digital world has to offer you can approach those together. Join Heather and Sarah as they talk all things digital.

    • 54 min
    Bringing Curiosity to The Conversation

    Bringing Curiosity to The Conversation

    I have been thinking about curiosity and in today’s solo episode, I share with you some of the provoking thoughts I have been having. Curiosity is a wonderful tool to use in conversations with others that helps remove judgment of self and others. By bringing curiosity to the conversation, we can quiet the judgmental voice and really listen and hear others.

    • 12 min
    Healing Your Mind, Body and Spirit To Reach Your Highest Potential with Jennifer Takagi

    Healing Your Mind, Body and Spirit To Reach Your Highest Potential with Jennifer Takagi

    Jennifer Takagi is here to help women discover the power of their purpose. Through tapping into your truths, listening to your intuition, and trusting yourself, Jennifer can help you unlock your fullest potential. Her big message is to start paying attention to those intuitive hits we get, as they are messages guiding you to your purpose. Join Heather and Jennifer as they cover how Jennifer got started on this path of helping heal others' energetic blocks, how to pay attention to your intuition and how to heal your mind, body, and soul to reach your highest potential.

    • 36 min
    Your Message Can Change People’s Lives with Michelle Abraham

    Your Message Can Change People’s Lives with Michelle Abraham

    Michelle Abraham joins Heather in the virtual studio in this week’s episode. Michelle is an international speaker, podcast producer, and the category directory for kids and family in Podcast Magazine. Listen in as they discuss Michelle's foray into the podcasting industry, the lessons she has learned, and still learning, as a parent, and the importance of getting your message out into the world before it is too late to do so.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Rtl_faith ,

Great job

Very interesting show with a unique perspective

JJTakagi ,

Parents You Get a Process Too

I love Heather’s gentle voice and how she lovingly guides the audience into wanting to engage the process to love your child!

InfiniteEvans ,

Beautiful Soul and Wonderful Podcast

Each episode of Heather’s podcast is overflowing with love. Thank you for shining your light Heather and for all the amazing conversations you are creating.

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