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Parents of young children and parents-to-be: you're in the right place! This podcast takes a kind and respectful view of your child's development during pregnancy and first 3 years. Host Ann McKitrick brings a unique perspective through 30+ years as a child development professor, parenting coach, teacher educator and mentor and most importantly, as a parent. Subscribe now for expert interviews, insightful advice, and real stories about raising a little one in the world today.

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Parenting in the First 3 Years Ann McKitrick, MS

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 43 Ratings

Parents of young children and parents-to-be: you're in the right place! This podcast takes a kind and respectful view of your child's development during pregnancy and first 3 years. Host Ann McKitrick brings a unique perspective through 30+ years as a child development professor, parenting coach, teacher educator and mentor and most importantly, as a parent. Subscribe now for expert interviews, insightful advice, and real stories about raising a little one in the world today.

Go to https://nurturednoggins.com/ for show notes, downloads and resources for each episode.
Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ann-mckitrick/support

    Parenthood: Science-Based Tips for Strengthening Intuition with Anya Dunham

    Parenthood: Science-Based Tips for Strengthening Intuition with Anya Dunham

    In this episode, we'll explore the realities of parenting, including the myths surrounding maternal instinct, the importance of parent intuition, and how we can better understand and connect with our children through mind-mindedness.

    Anya will also share practical tips for navigating the early years of parenting with confidence. Whether you're a new parent or simply interested in the science behind connecting with children, this conversation with Anya Dunham will provide valuable insights into how we can better understand and connect with the children in our lives.

    About our Guest: Anya Dunham holds a Ph.D. in biology and works as a research scientist focusing on ecology, specifically the interactions between living organisms and their environment.

    She's also a mother of three young children and the author of "Baby Ecology: Using Science and Intuition to Create the Best Feeding, Sleep, and Play Environment for Your Unique Baby."



    Here's the show notes, where you'll find more links and a transcript for the episode!




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    • 19 min
    Embracing Challenges and Celebrating Resilience with Paulette Kamenecka

    Embracing Challenges and Celebrating Resilience with Paulette Kamenecka

    Can you imagine being told at 25 weeks pregnancy that your baby has a rare heart condition and will likely not survive? And then choosing to discontinue the medication given that's might help your baby (but they really didn't know)?!

    That's what happened with our guest speaker, Paulette Kamenecka.

    In this episode, you'll hear her amazing story of facing the terrible news that no pregnant woman wants to hear... and how she embraced the challenge, followed her heart and believed in her strong baby girl, who kicked the odds right outa the park.

    Paulette shares invaluable lessons about parenting that she and her partner learned along the way.

    Talking through the important questions, "what will we do if....?" is an integral part of preparing to be a parent.

    Check out Birth School, a comprehensive look at the unknowns of becoming a parent, that goes way beyond labor and delivery. A great gift for first time parents!

    Here's the show notes, where you can learn more about our guest and download the transcript.






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    • 22 min
    Seeing the Good: A Parent's Guide to Noticing Positive Toddler Actions with Camilla McGill

    Seeing the Good: A Parent's Guide to Noticing Positive Toddler Actions with Camilla McGill

    In this episode, we'll uncover the dynamics of attention-seeking behavior in children and how parents can navigate these challenges with compassion and effectiveness.

    From understanding the developmental roots of attention-seeking to practical strategies for fostering positive interactions, Camilla shares invaluable insights to empower parents. We discuss the importance of self-reflection, the role of humor in parenting and actionable tips for building stronger connections with our children.

    Topics Discussed:       


    Understanding Attention Seeking Behavior
    Differentiating Positive and Negative Responses
    Managing Negative Behavior
    Parental Response and Self-Reflection
    Encouragement and Humor

    Click here for Camilla's valuable tool: How to get your child to listen without ever needing to nag, shout or threaten

    Here's the show notes, where you can get a transcript for this episode and other resources!


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    • 25 min
    Recognizing Your Child's Gifts & Passions with Andrea Ventim

    Recognizing Your Child's Gifts & Passions with Andrea Ventim

    In this episode, Andrea Ventim join Ann for a conversation about how we help our kids grow into who they are meant to be.

    Even in the early years, our children's passions and gifts begin to shine through. How we respond as a parent can shape their future self!

    Andrea, mom of 2, shares some great stories and tips on making sure our kids are supported to pursue their interests. In her extensive journey through personal development, Andrea has not only invested in her own growth but has also actively collaborated with top-tier mentors.

    It's a must-listen for any parent who wants to better understand their kids and help them thrive in their own unique way.



    Get this amazing resource to rediscover YOUR gifts and passions, 20 Ways to Power Your Parenting



    Check out the show notes for this episode for Andrea's links!

    Vist Nurtured Noggins to learn more.


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    • 23 min
    Is Risky Play Worth the Risk? With Audrey Rowland

    Is Risky Play Worth the Risk? With Audrey Rowland

    How can parents effectively balance the inherent challenge of safeguarding their children while nurturing their autonomy, particularly in the context of risky play?

    In this episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Audrey Roland, the visionary founder of Green Space Learning. Audrey has dedicated herself to early childhood professional development, and her organization includes licensed childcare centers along with the creation of innovative natural play equipment for playgrounds.

    Whether you're a parent, caregiver, or simply curious about fostering a child's development through risky play, Audrey's wealth of experience and wisdom is bound to captivate you. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to delve into a thought-provoking discussion on the importance of embracing risk in childhood development.



    Topics Discussed:


    Children's compulsion to take risks - it's innate!
    Differentiating between hazard and risk
    The Parents role in engaging with risky play
    Supporting resilience in children

    Here's the show notes.

    And links to learn more:

    Green Space Learning - Is Risky Play Worth the Risk?

    Green Space Learning - It’s Okay To Be Bored

    Why Risky Play Is Beneficial for Kids - DFWChild








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    • 30 min
    What You Say Matters: To Yourself, To Your Child

    What You Say Matters: To Yourself, To Your Child

     Have you ever paused to consider the conversations you have with yourself, and how those internal dialogues shape your mindset?

    In this episode we talk about how important it is to speak to yourself with positive words and how you can affirm your child in easy, natural ways. We cover why it matters, the science behind your self-talk and how you can implement the practice in your daily life.

    Topics Discussed:·                 


    The Power of Self-Talk
    The Science Behind Affirmations       
    Crafting Effective Affirmations 
    Affirming Your Child – Practical Strategies  
    How to Create "Kid of the Week"               

    Here's the show notes for this episode.

    Here's a link to the 7 steps to writing goals for yourself.


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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Pkamenecka ,

Great pod for parents trying to figure it out in real time

This is a great pod for anyone wanting to hear real insights about parenting that you can put to use immediately, presented in a clear and warm way…

Joanna, Pediatric Sleep Coach ,

Finally a DEEP Parenting Podcast with wisdom.. Not just “fluff”

I wholeheartedly rate this Podcast 5 STARS! Ann provides DECADES of experience and perspective and her wisdom is a gift. . On nearly every episode, I have a big “ah-ha” moment and I am able to use this information in my work with parents.. Thank you for producing a fabulous podcast that always keeps me engaged, inspired and yearning for more!! I also know you are a “women owned” business and in honor of WO3 day, a Grassroots effort to promote and support small women-led businesses, I am writing you this testimonial today on WO3 Day to support you and your mission! (wo3connect.com or @WO3connect) Thank you Ann and Bravo on all your contributions to inspire and educate us all.

Andi HV ,

Love it!

As a mother of young children, it’s a breath of fresh air to have someone help guide the way in the most encouraging way. I love the positive perspective, insights and creative ideas of this show. Keep it up!

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