100 episodes

Cindy Wang Brandt helps parents heal from religious trauma, break toxic cycles, and raise children with healthy spirituality and conscious citizenship. She is an author, speakers, conference host committed to helping parents raise kids for a better world. The Parenting Forward podcast features interviews with thought leaders from progressive faith and non-faith spaces, resources to create better practices in parenting and life with children. We believe parenting is revolutionary, that if we change the way we parent, we can change the world. Join us!

Parenting Forward Cindy Wang Brandt

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 142 Ratings

Cindy Wang Brandt helps parents heal from religious trauma, break toxic cycles, and raise children with healthy spirituality and conscious citizenship. She is an author, speakers, conference host committed to helping parents raise kids for a better world. The Parenting Forward podcast features interviews with thought leaders from progressive faith and non-faith spaces, resources to create better practices in parenting and life with children. We believe parenting is revolutionary, that if we change the way we parent, we can change the world. Join us!

    Deconstruction with your Partner w/ Danny Cortez

    Deconstruction with your Partner w/ Danny Cortez

    One of the most frequently asked questions I’ve gotten over the years is, “Has your husband deconstructed with you and, if so, how?” Today, I’m finally going to take some time to address this. We’re going to veer off topic from our mental health series and dive into marriage and other partnerships.

    • 41 min
    Self Help for the Parent w/ Glenn Doyle

    Self Help for the Parent w/ Glenn Doyle

    The best parenting is not done in the direction of our children. It’s actually done in the direction of our own selves. This is why I think it is so important to talk about mental health and inner work here on the podcast.

    • 44 min
    Race & Inclusion with American Girl w/ Deanna Singh

    Race & Inclusion with American Girl w/ Deanna Singh

    Our girls deserve to know about this world that they live in. They deserve to know about the things that impact them. This is why I love all that American Girl is doing right now to reach girls in a way that is signifying to them.

    • 36 min
    Mild At Heart: Deconstructing Purity Culture in Men w/ Bradley Onishi

    Mild At Heart: Deconstructing Purity Culture in Men w/ Bradley Onishi

    Because of a whole host of systemic issues, the parenting space is mostly populated with women. In other words, mothers are the primary parenting influencers. Of course, there are several fantastic dad voices out there. I’m constantly on a mission to seek them out and am always on the lookout for anyone talking about deconstructing toxic masculinity.

    • 39 min
    How to Religious Trauma Proof Your Children

    How to Religious Trauma Proof Your Children

    This week, I have a great bonus episode for you. Last week, I hosted a two-day webinar on parenting after religious trauma, a topic that you all know is very dear to my heart. We all had such a great time in the webinar and, afterwards, lots of you asked me about a replay.

    • 20 min
    Mental Health Series - Intersection with Social Injustice w/ Dr. Han Ren

    Mental Health Series - Intersection with Social Injustice w/ Dr. Han Ren

    For most of us, mental health feels like a very individualized issue. However, have you ever stopped to think about how your mental health intersects with the world at large and the social injustice you are seeing in it?

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Erin Hearts ,

Parenting with empathy and people skills

I truly enjoy listening to this podcast. I’m so grateful to hear these conversations that provide a backbone for my choices as a parent. There’s not one or a few right ways to parent. This podcast shows us how to get to know ourselves and our children so we can be emotionally present to create a safe space for us to thrive.

Ashia R. ,

Intersectionally progressive faith

Full disclosure - I'm a guest on one of the episodes.

Cindy works hard to boost voices from marginalized and under-represented groups. She keeps her focus on how we can raise our children with acceptance and gentleness as fully loved humans. She sets a great example for parents, educators, and faith leaders, and for the kids who will soon step into these roles.

Chelsea Riedy ,

I’ve never felt more seen in my life

Like many post-evangelicals, the deconstruction process of my faith has been lonely, guilt-inducing, and isolating. It is so hard to peel off layers of your faith that have been with you for so long and feel like home, even though you know in your heart it’s wrong. Within the first few minutes of listening to Cindy’s podcast, I was moved to tears in finding someone who was able to put my feelings into words. She has introduced me to a community, faith leaders—a whole movement of people living out progressive Christianity. I’m so so thankful for Cindy’s voice. I feel hopeful about Christianity for the first time in a long time. Cindy, I can never thank you enough for the work that you do. I’ve shared your podcast with everyone I know. You’re a gift to us all.

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