41 episodes

This podcast will help all parents with kids of all ages to learn how to decode the mysteries and challenges of being a parent in today's challenging times. We will concentrate on practical parenting approaches that you as a parent can use right away! There are tips and tricks as well as plenty of real life stories to help you see that you can make a difference in your family's life in simple yet noticeable ways. In order for your kids to change, you need to change first! The ripple effect is real and lasting. Enjoy the ride!

Parenting Decoded Mary Eschen

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 26 Ratings

This podcast will help all parents with kids of all ages to learn how to decode the mysteries and challenges of being a parent in today's challenging times. We will concentrate on practical parenting approaches that you as a parent can use right away! There are tips and tricks as well as plenty of real life stories to help you see that you can make a difference in your family's life in simple yet noticeable ways. In order for your kids to change, you need to change first! The ripple effect is real and lasting. Enjoy the ride!

    41 - Dealing with Disrespect

    41 - Dealing with Disrespect

    In this podcast learn how to deal with disrespect in your home by teaching and modeling respect while keeping calm. 

    The truth is, disrespectful behavior is one of the inappropriate ways kids, especially teenagers but not limited to teens, try to solve their problems. Kids can feel powerless in the face of rules and expectations and talking back and showing disrespect is one way they try to take some power back. If they can drag you into an argument, that’s even better: Now you’re arguing about respect instead of focusing on their curfew or their homework or cleaning up their toys!

    Listen in on how to tame the disrespect monster:

    1. Avoid the Fight in the Moment

    2. Use Family Meetings

    3. Don’t Take Everything Personally or Overreact

    4. Model respect

    5. Don’t Take Our Child’s Side

    6. Don’t Demand Respect

    7. Respect Their Choices

    8. Use Restitution

    FULL TRANSCRIPT ON MARY'S BLOG

    • 16 min
    40 - It's Not Fair! - How to Deal with Fairness

    40 - It's Not Fair! - How to Deal with Fairness

    Life isn’t fair it never has been.  How we deal with life is what matters.  In this episode learn how you can nurture an understanding of fairness in your child's life as well as ideas on how you can respond to unfairness.

    We want our kids to be able to:
    Let them know it's ok to express their emotions when life is unfairEncourage them to give praise to others when things aren't fairHelp them continue with life when things aren't fairHave them lead by Example, using grace and humility, when unfairness hits themSupport them learning from the opportunity when fairness happensFor a full transcript look here:  TRANSCRIPT

    • 11 min
    39 - Bad Teachers and How to Deal With Them

    39 - Bad Teachers and How to Deal With Them

    In this podcast I cover a few things.  First, what do bad teachers look like?  How do they behave? Next, what can you do about it as a parent and, lastly, what can your child do about making it through the year in once piece having learned what they need to. 
    Three types of bad teachers:
    Fluffy - ones that are nice but don't teach the material
    Boring - ones that put you to sleep they are so uninspiring
    Mean - ones that yell and are just plain mean; they might have favorites in the class and spend all their time with them; they might get mad at kids who don't understand

    In the podcast I go over a step-by-step approach on what to do.  Read the transcript listed below if you'd like more details. 
    1 - Wait and See while doing research
    2 - Communicate with the school
    Start with meeting the teacher and discussing the issuesIf needed, escalate to a combo meeting with the principal and the teacherIf your lone parent concerns aren't addressed then gather together a group of parents to go collectively to meet with the administration3 - Teach your child ways to cope with the bad teacher
    encourage them to approach the teacher and ask for helpaugment their learning in whatever way makes sense - online, tutors, study groupsbe there!  empathize! love them through itJulie Plagens at Mom Remade's article: 
    https://momremade.com/survive-bad-teacher/

    FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE

    • 16 min
    38 - Parenting Pressure and Lazy Kids - What Healthy Pressure Looks Like

    38 - Parenting Pressure and Lazy Kids - What Healthy Pressure Looks Like

    In this episode I talk with Dr. Weisinger about their approach of transforming harmful parental pressure into healthy pressure.    He has just released a new book with Dr. Christopher Thurber, The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child to Be Their Best Self. This book provides a roadmap for parents to engage in healthy pressure with our kids, ways that will help them grow and succeed instead of stifle and crush them.  

    We, as parents, often struggle with kids who we think aren’t trying their hardest and we want to push harder.  We know they can do more.   It’s a natural instinct to push but in today’s world it seems like we can go too far and wind up doing more harm than good.  

    Send me an email at mary@parentingdecoded.com or join my Facebook Group, Parenting Decoded 2021.

    • 31 min
    37 - Annoying Kids and How to Handle Them

    37 - Annoying Kids and How to Handle Them

    Do you have a kid who is always seeking attention?  They are pulling on you, saying “Mommy, mommy, watch me!”  Or maybe they try to one up anyone just to make themselves look bigger or better than others.  Maybe they’ll even make things up to do that?

    In this episode you'll learn why your kids are acting that way and how to bring new skills into the mix so you can work with them in a positive way so they go from annoying to adorable. 

    Take a listen!

    Send me email at mary@parentingdecoded.com if you have any questions!

    FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE

    • 9 min
    36 - Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety, and other Executive Function Issues

    36 - Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety, and other Executive Function Issues

    In this episode Mary interviews author Elaine Taylor-Kraus from ImpactParents about her new book: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety and More

    This guide gives all parents a guide in how to best help their children overcome their challenges in healthy, loving and practical ways. 

    Whether or not you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, Asperger’s, any other executive function issues or you’re just worried that your child is out of step with their peers, please listen in for some great advice on how her book can help you in your journey. Personally, I think we all have complex kids and can learn from Elaine’s wisdom. 

    She also discusses her parenting class that is a combination of online learning and coaching sessions called Sanity School that is a great compliment to her new book.  

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

pishva1247 ,

Extremely helpful tools!

Mary is awesome!! I met her when my younger son was five and he is now 13. She has been helping us ever since and still ongoing!
The tools I was given by her, have been very helpful in my parenting skills and I still hear her voice every time I am having a conflict with my boys. :) I love talking to her, listening to her podcasts and attend any meetings she has for parents.
Her positive approach to parenting is what draw us into her and I am so happy I have met her!!

Crilin1979 ,

So helpful and so real!

I absolutely love that Mary’s episodes are quick and so easy to listen to. Her realistic approach to parenting is so refreshing. I’ve had so many “aha!” moments while listening to her! I have teenagers and also a first grader, so I really appreciate how some episodes are specific to different age groups, as I need both!!

amyissa15 ,

Parenting Decoded is the best!

Best parenting resource out there! I listen regularly and use Mary’s strategies with my 2 sons (2yrs and 5yrs). We have had huge successes with our sons. I find myself coming back to favorite episodes all the time. So nice to be able to come back for a listen when you need a reminder.

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