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Welcome to Positive Adoption where you can find adoption/foster care, and trauma-informed parenting - all in one place. I’m Kathleen Guire, your host, mother of seven, four through adoption, former National Parent of the Year, author, teacher, and speaker. But more important than any of those things, I’m a parent just like you. I know what it’s like to raise kiddos from hard places. I used to feel as if I was the only one struggling and because I felt that way, I isolated myself. I don’t want you to feel alone in your parenting journey, so grab a cup of coffee and join me for Positive Adoption, a coffee break podcast.

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    • 4.7 • 9 Ratings

Welcome to Positive Adoption where you can find adoption/foster care, and trauma-informed parenting - all in one place. I’m Kathleen Guire, your host, mother of seven, four through adoption, former National Parent of the Year, author, teacher, and speaker. But more important than any of those things, I’m a parent just like you. I know what it’s like to raise kiddos from hard places. I used to feel as if I was the only one struggling and because I felt that way, I isolated myself. I don’t want you to feel alone in your parenting journey, so grab a cup of coffee and join me for Positive Adoption, a coffee break podcast.

    Episode 180 - Mom-Guilt and the Inner-Critic

    Episode 180 - Mom-Guilt and the Inner-Critic

    WHEN OUR INNER-CRITIC BOSSES US AROUND
    Some of us have an inner-critic. It harasses us all day long with thoughts such as –

    It’s your fault your kids act the way they do.
    If you would only (fill in the blank) then your kids would behave.
    If you were a better parent, everything would be better.
    If you weren’t parenting from your past, your kids wouldn’t struggle.
    You’ll never be a great parent.
    If this is you, I get it. I have an inner critic and it tried to boss me around. The Bible says we are supposed to take every thought captive. When my inner-critic is sending out thoughts, I need a giant lasso to grab them all. It’s not one thought. It’s a barrage of them. So, how do we handle it? And here’s a note, if you think when your kids are grown, the inner-critic quiets down, think again. There are plenty of “If you had only…” thoughts. Grab a coffee and join me as I share two approaches to combat the inner-critic and how to combat Mom-Guilt!

    • 18 min
    Episode 179 - There Are No Perfect Parents

    Episode 179 - There Are No Perfect Parents

    Last week on the podcast, I asked – Do you think having obedient kids makes you a good parent? We must let go of the myth that perfect parents exist.

    GOD’S FIRST CHILDREN DISOBEYED HIM
    Does that make you feel better? It did me. When I first realized that God, the Father Himself, who is perfect, had disobedient kiddos, I breathed a sigh of relief. You can read the rest of the post and listen to the podcast here.

    This week, I moved on to the next step –

    HAVE A RECONCILIATION PLAN IN PLACE
    Grab a cup of coffee and join me!

    • 18 min
    Episode 178 - What Makes a Good Parent?

    Episode 178 - What Makes a Good Parent?

    WHAT IS A GOOD PARENT?
    Am I a good parent?

    How do I measure my parenting?

    Is it by how well my kids behave?

    Whether they have the same opinions I do?

    Succeed academically?

    Obey me?

    Are clean, put together, and cute?

    Don’t talk back?

    This list could go on for days, literally. This is something I’ve been thinking about since a friend’s post about what she used to think good parenting entailed, spurred my brain into action.

    For the next six weeks, I’ll be talking about “What is a Good Parent?” on the Positive Adoption Podcast and picking apart some of these questions on my lives (Tuesday on Facebook), and in article form. If you would, take a few minutes and take the survey, I’d love to hear what you think! Also, feel free to leave a comment- What do you think defines good parenting?
    Read more -https://bit.ly/2JIlz8K
    Grab a cup of coffee and join Kathleen as she begins the conversation with the question - Does having obedient kids make you a good parent?
    The survey linked below-
    https://forms.gle/zgAJR3q21T4FhW4A9

    • 18 min
    Episode 177 - Tips for Thriving This Season

    Episode 177 - Tips for Thriving This Season

    Are you feeling pressure to be grateful this season?
    Are your kids regressing?
    Feeling Stressed?
    Then this is for you.
    Join Kathleen as she shares three tips for thriving this season - including - create memories to be grateful for! Grab a cup of coffee and get ready to hear more!

    • 18 min
    Episode 176 - Normalizing Foster Care With Rachel Eubank

    Episode 176 - Normalizing Foster Care With Rachel Eubank

    Are you thinking of becoming a foster parent?
    Is fear stopping you?
    Do you think foster care is too hard to step into?
    Then this is for you (even if you are already fostering).
    Kathleen interviews Rachel Eubank, a foster parent who blogs at Normalizing Foster Care. Rachel shares her family's connection to foster care, her story, and some great tips. Grab a cup of coffee and join these lovely ladies!

    • 19 min
    Episode 175 The Brain and Fear Part 4

    Episode 175 The Brain and Fear Part 4

    Is your child stuck in survival mode?


    In this last in the series on the brain and fear, Kathleen delves into the difference between the upstairs and downstairs brain. She also offers some practical suggestions to implement. Grab a cup of coffee and join her and don’t forget to pick up your copy of How to Have Peace When Your Kids are in Chaos -https://amzn.to/35hsay3

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

krtaylor72 ,

Encouraging!

For women who are raising a family, including those in the journey of adoption or fostering. Learn about issues involved in child rearing, etc.

kaWhat? ,

Excellent!

This is a must listen

Browneyedmomof3 ,

Love it

Such a great podcast!

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