186 episodes

Camp Director, Mom, Author, and Speaker Audrey Monke and other youth development experts discuss summer camp, family life, raising thriving kids, and ideas for living more connected and happier lives.

Sunshine Parenting Audrey Monke

    • Parenting
    • 4.7 • 79 Ratings

Camp Director, Mom, Author, and Speaker Audrey Monke and other youth development experts discuss summer camp, family life, raising thriving kids, and ideas for living more connected and happier lives.

    Know and Love Yourself AND Your Kids

    Know and Love Yourself AND Your Kids

    In Episode 104, I’m chatting with my daughter Meredith who–like me–enjoys learning more about herself and other people. The tool we discuss most is the Enneagram, which Meredith discovered last year through her employer and introduced to me and the rest of our family.

    • 36 min
    [Encore] Ep. 61: National Adoption Awareness Month

    [Encore] Ep. 61: National Adoption Awareness Month

    You don’t have to adopt or foster a kid to help kids in the system. There is so much need. You can volunteer. Especially for older kids, you can provide scholarships or skills training… Don’t forget these children in your communities. Just think about some way you or your family can contribute. It can even be as simple as taking a meal to a foster family. Audrey Monke In Episode 61, for November’s National Adoption Month, I’m chatting with Anne Driscoll, owner of Branches Books

    • 41 min
    Ep. 165: Cultivating Kindness

    Ep. 165: Cultivating Kindness

    Kindness is a character trait we value highly in our friends, family members, and co-workers, and yet our kids may not know how much we want them to be kind, considerate, contributing members of their community. For World Kindness Day (November 13 - the day this episode is being released), I'm doing a deep dive into simple ideas for raising kinder kids and creating a kinder world. Let's focus on kindness, not just today but every day.

    • 16 min
    Ep. 164: Growing Gratitude

    Ep. 164: Growing Gratitude

    Sara Kuljis, Gallup strengths coach and camp owner/director, and I talk about family gratitude practices and lessons from camp for raising grateful kids.

    • 35 min
    Ep. 163: Finding the Beauty Underneath the Struggle with Niki Spears

    Ep. 163: Finding the Beauty Underneath the Struggle with Niki Spears

    Life if full of struggles and challenges. Are you ready to use those moments as opportunities to grow? Join Niki Spears for this chat about how to find the beauty hidden beneath our worst days (and years). Often the darkest moments in life are the ones that motivate us to move out of victimhood and walk into our purpose. Niki Spears - a former school principal who now works as an educator and change leader - has practical strategies she shares in this episode and in her new book, The Beauty Underneath the S

    • 47 min
    Ep. 162: The Power of Selectively Ignoring Behavior

    Ep. 162: The Power of Selectively Ignoring Behavior

    Dr. Catherine Pearlman, founder of The Family Coach and author of Ignore It! How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction, talks about simple strategies for improving our children's behavior as well as the quality of our relationship with our children.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

puppyskater ,

This podcast makes me want to be a better parent!

This podcast is truly a breath of fresh air! Audrey is so full of light and positivity-her energy is contagious. This podcast makes me want to be a better parent and reminds me of all the amazing things I learned as a camper. After tuning in, I feel empowered with the tools I need to truly help my children thrive!

K8rad ,

Wow!

Audreys podcast is my go-to place for words of encouragement and inspiration. I am always positively impacted by her fabulous choice of authors and experts to interview and the guidance they share. I come away from her episodes feeling uplifted and hopeful about the parenting challenges I'm facing on any given day. Audreys curiosity and care for young people is evident in all that she does.

BigDaddyBobo ,

Simple and powerful

This podcast is in my heavy rotation and should be in yours. I’m a summer camp professional and parent of three. Despite lots of training and a career of youth development I find my dad self forgetting what my camp self knows and does. Audreys podcast reminds me how to put what i know is good into action by backing it up with current research and examples. I’m a better dad (and camp director) with her nudges and suggestions of how to stay focused on the big picture and my hopes for myself and my kids.

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