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Join us as we ride the waves to calmer waters empowering our children and youth to take charge of their own emotional well-being.

The purpose of this podcast is to educate, which does not provide any financial, legal, medical, psychological services or advice. You are responsible for your own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results. Lynn McLaughlin Inc. disclaims any responsibility for your reliance on the contents of this podcast. If you are in need of professional advice or medical care, seek out the services of your own healthcare professional. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/taking-the-helm/support

TAKING THE HELM with Lynn McLaughlin Lynn McLaughlin

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Join us as we ride the waves to calmer waters empowering our children and youth to take charge of their own emotional well-being.

The purpose of this podcast is to educate, which does not provide any financial, legal, medical, psychological services or advice. You are responsible for your own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results. Lynn McLaughlin Inc. disclaims any responsibility for your reliance on the contents of this podcast. If you are in need of professional advice or medical care, seek out the services of your own healthcare professional. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/taking-the-helm/support

    Ep 137: Sharon Pyke | Actions Spark Change: The Power of Volunteerism in Mental Health

    Ep 137: Sharon Pyke | Actions Spark Change: The Power of Volunteerism in Mental Health

    When community members come together and unite through volunteerism, the impact can be profound. How can individuals turn their passion for mental health advocacy into a meaningful impact?

    Our guest, Dr. Sharon Pyke, shares the personal and professional journey that led her to the volunteer work she does today, focusing on mental health. She has over 30 years of experience in public education with the majority of time as an elementary and secondary administrator, a supervising principal, and lastly, as a Superintendent for the last 14 years of her tenure. 


    Key points of our discussion include
    💥 What are the benefits when we normalize talking about it?
    💥 What are some examples of communities coming together and how do we get past the challenges facing a grassroots movement?
    💥 How do we foster collaboration through a shared sense of purpose, while thinking outside of the box to become a catalyst for positive change?
    💥 What are some innovative ways to complement the support and services that are already in place through government agencies and non-profit organizations?


    Connect with Sharon through email at lynn@lynnmclaughlin.com



    The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate, which does not provide any financial, legal, medical or psychological services or advice. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guests. You are responsible for your own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results. Lynn McLaughlin Inc. disclaims any responsibility for your reliance on any opinions or advice contained in this podcast. If you are in need of professional advice or medical care, you must seek out the services of your own doctor or healthcare professional.

    Connect with Lynn

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynnmcla/

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    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkye...

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnmcla

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-mcla...

    Website: https://lynnmclaughlin.com/


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    Ep 135: Emily McDermott | Simplifying Motherhood ... The Profound Impact of Minimalism

    Ep 135: Emily McDermott | Simplifying Motherhood ... The Profound Impact of Minimalism

    Did you know there is a connection between clutter, anxiety and stress? It's not only about our materialistic belongings! Discover the power of decluttering homes, heads, and hearts as we explore the profound impact minimalism can have on the well-being of moms and families with today's guest, Emily McDermott. If you've struggled to let go of clutter and are looking for a fresh perspective, this episode on Takign the Helm is a must-listen with practical tips for overwhelmed moms to start their decluttering journey.💥 What are the four things clutter robs from us?💥 What is the connection between clutter and decision fatigue?💥 How do the number of decisions we make a day impact our stress and anxiety, and how can we simplify our decisions to improve our well-being? When we do so, how do our children and families benefit?💥 Where can a busy, overwhelmed mom start her decluttering journey? 💥 How do we make those tough decisions about things that have a sentimental value but have been in a closet for years?Emily is also the host of the top 1 % globally ranked podcast Moms Overcoming Overwhelm. She has in-person and virtual decluttering coaching services to help walk you through how to declutter your home step-by-step.

    Connect with Emily:
    http://www.simplebyemmy.com

    Facebook Group - Decluttering Tips and Support for Overwhelmed Moms: tinyurl.com/momsovercomingoverwhelm



    The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate, which does not provide any financial, legal, medical or psychological services or advice. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guests. You are responsible for your own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results. Lynn McLaughlin Inc. disclaims any responsibility for your reliance on any opinions or advice contained in this podcast. If you are in need of professional advice or medical care, you must seek out the services of your own doctor or healthcare professional.

    Connect with Lynn

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynnmcla/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynnmclaughl...

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkye...

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnmcla

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-mcla...

    Website: https://lynnmclaughlin.com/




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    • 54 min
    Ep 136: Ann Coleman | In Moments of Tension, is Your Own Parental Behaviour a Trigger?

    Ep 136: Ann Coleman | In Moments of Tension, is Your Own Parental Behaviour a Trigger?

    Our guest Ann Coleman shares her intimate insights as she turned the challenges of raising a teen struggling with anxiety, depression, and ADHD into a journey of powerful reflections and growth.



    If what you are doing is not working and you find yourself in conflict regularly with a child/teen or student, Ann has some specific words of wisdom based on her own experience and research..



    Discover the poignant moments that transformed her parent-teen dynamic from a battleground into a haven of understanding and support. Through heartfelt anecdotes and powerful realizations, our guest unveils the tools and strategies that reshaped her approach, fostering emotional well-being and fortifying their mother/son relationship.


    💥  What was the final straw that forced Ann to realize that her own approach to parenting was not working?
    💥  What changes did she make that kick started a new relationship walking side by side with her son?
    💥  What is the first step we need to make and the immediate action can we take today?
    💥  What's the four part process for parents and the biggest mistakes we make parenting teens?



    Connect with Ann

    Speaking of Teens podcast (on all major platforms)

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    Free Parenting Guides for folks parenting teens and tweens

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    The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate, which does not provide any financial, legal, medical or psychological services or advice. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guests. You are responsible for your own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results. Lynn McLaughlin Inc. disclaims any responsibility for your reliance on any opinions or advice contained in this podcast. If you are in need of professional advice or medical care, you must seek out the services of your own doctor or healthcare professional.

    Connect with Lynn

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynnmcla/

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    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkye...

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnmcla

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-mcla...Website: https://lynnmclaughlin.com/




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    • 52 min
    Ep 134: Theresa Alexander Inman | Unlocking Developmental Milestones ... Small Interventions to Big Triumphs

    Ep 134: Theresa Alexander Inman | Unlocking Developmental Milestones ... Small Interventions to Big Triumphs

    Theresa Alexander Inman is an experienced and accomplished parent coach with expertise as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist. Her work focuses on helping parents who have children with developmental differences such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, and ADHD. She also supports parents who may be at risk for developmental delays or not meeting expected milestones.

    Theresa’s work with Parenting Bytes, LLC provides valuable training to parents, caregivers, and teachers and her book, How Can I Help My Child Communicate? Offers practical strategies for promoting communication skills in young children. She has also trained in school districts and preschools. Showing her commitment to better support children and learning differences.

    Theresa’s passion for making a difference in the lives of children and families shines through in her work and her expertise in behavior analysis and infant-toddler development makes her an invaluable resource for those looking to promote healthy development and improve communication skills in young children.

    We're discussing the crucial topic of developmental milestones and early intervention for children. Drawing from her own experiences and extensive expertise, Theresa shares invaluable insights and practical advice on helping your child reach their full potential.

    💥 Discover why early intervention is key and why it's essential to trust your instincts as a parent.
    💥 The importance of creating a nurturing environment from birth to three years, where children can develop vital skills, especially in communication. She introduces the CDC developmental milestones and offers actionable recommendations to seamlessly incorporate them into your daily routine. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html
    💥 Learn about engaging educational tools like the Carrots and Cake app, designed to promote educational and healthy screen time habits. What's the "Wait Until 8th" movement and the significance of limiting technology use.
    💥 Explore the subtle cues that can reveal your child's progress and potential challenges. Shared attention, reaching out, and laughter are indicators of linguistic development.
    💥 Embrace your child's interests and play styles.
    💥 Discover practical strategies for helping children with focus so they can thrive. Understanding their interests and observing their play can be instrumental ... acceptance, patience, and mirroring positive energy.
    💥 How well-intentioned assistance can sometimes hinder a child's growth. Learn about the power of allowing children to struggle, problem-solve, and build resiliency.

    What's the difference between "helping" and "doing" and encourages parents to empower their children to ask for help or tackle tasks on their own.
    💥 Self-care is presented as a selfless act, and techniques like EFT tapping are discussed.

    Theresa offers free ebook, insightful articles, engaging TikTok content and her course, "Breakthrough Parenting Solutions."

    Connect with Theresa:

    theresa@theresaalexanderinman.com

    https://www.theresaalexanderinman.com/



    The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate, which does not provide any financial, legal, medical or psychological services or advice. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guests. You are responsible for your own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results. Lynn McLaughlin Inc. disclaims any responsibility for your reliance on any opinions or advice contained in this podcast. If you are in need of professional advice or medical care, you must seek out the services of your own doctor or healthcare professional.

    Connect with Lynn

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynnmcla/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynnmclaughl...

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkye...

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnmcla

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-mcla

    • 54 min
    Ep 133: Jena Ponti Jauchius | From Rainbow Trails to Butterfly Gardens: Nature's Classroom

    Ep 133: Jena Ponti Jauchius | From Rainbow Trails to Butterfly Gardens: Nature's Classroom

    Get ready for a journey into the magical world of childhood development through nature play with our guest, Jena Ponti Jauchius, a renowned nature play specialist. Jena began her work focusing on creating play spaces for children with Autism which was not done in 2004. It is now the driving force behind her passion for creating spaces and exploring incredible ways our outside environment can support the development of all children inclusively.

    We are inherently connected to nature which has a profound impact when we foster this in children.

    Jena:

    💥 Unravels the fascinating world of seven senses, shedding light on the lesser-known vestibular and proprioceptive systems, and revealing their crucial roles in a child's holistic development.

    💥 How can we transform our homes, neighborhoods, and schools into sensory-rich spaces that ignite children's curiosity and imagination, leading them to become environmental stewards from a young age?

    💥 Jena's remarkable story of her twins uncovering "rainbow trails" through observation inspires us to encourage mindful exploration in our own lives.

    💥 Dive into the world of butterfly and pollinator gardens and learn how these enchanting spaces can nurture children's sense of wonder, foster communication and problem solving skills, while teaching them valuable lessons about our environment.
    💥 Jena invites us to join her Facebook Group called, Sensory Rich Nature Play where she shows "before and after" photos of projects that have been done in homes etc.



    Jena deepens our appreciation for the great outdoors and empowers us with practical ideas on creating immersive, sensory-rich environments for children everywhere.

    Discount Code (10%) for Jena's course:
    TAKINGTHEHELM10
    https://nisfornatureplay.gumroad.com/l/SensoryRichNaturePlayEssentials

    Sensory Rich Nature Play Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sensoryrichnatureplay

    Connect with Jena: https://nisfornatureplay.com/

    The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate, which does not provide any financial, legal, medical or psychological services or advice. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guests. You are responsible for your own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results. Lynn McLaughlin Inc. disclaims any responsibility for your reliance on any opinions or advice contained in this podcast. If you are in need of professional advice or medical care, you must seek out the services of your own doctor or healthcare professional.

    Connect with Lynn

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynnmcla/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynnmclaughl...

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkye...

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnmcla

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-mcla...Website: https://lynnmclaughlin.com/




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    • 53 min
    Ep 132: Wysteria Edwards | Waiting for Mr. Rogers ... What Can This Student Teach Me?

    Ep 132: Wysteria Edwards | Waiting for Mr. Rogers ... What Can This Student Teach Me?

    Wysteria Edwards BA, Ed.M., is changing the way we live with attachment, attunement, and intention. She's a respected Kindergarten teacher in Eastern WA who has perfected the art of creating a classroom filled with care, hope, and healing. Her passion for teaching even led her to gain access to Mister Rogers' personal papers to write the groundbreaking book, "Waiting for Mister Rogers: Teaching with Attachment, Attunement, and Intention."Prepare to be amazed as Wysteria's unwavering dedication to attachment repair transforms educational practices and reshapes our perspectives on adversity and developmental trauma. She's the visionary behind Simple & Deep TM, a company that empowers women to comprehend insecure attachment through engaging stories and intentional living.
    Are you an educator who finds yourself triggered by a person, event or action? Self-awareness has a profound impact on the teaching journey when we empower educators to reflect on the "why" behind their triggers. Our past experiences often shape the way we interact with our students. If we uncover the roots, we can respond to our students with greater empathy, patience, and understanding.


    💥 Wysteria shares specific experiences that forced her to have an "aha" moment and change her perspective entirely.
    💥 We can create safe spaces where students' emotions are not only valued but deeply understood, fostering an atmosphere of trust and growth.
    💥 How do we teach and normalize conversations about feelings so they become natural and accepted from K - 12? How do we make this a part of our classroom routine every day so students learn to listen and respond to each other with empathy?
    💥 As we build stronger, more compassionate connections with our students, we enrich both their educational experience and our own.
    💥What did Mr. Rogers have to teach us?

    Connect with Wysteria: ⁠wysteraiedwards.com⁠


    The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate, which does not provide any financial, legal, medical or psychological services or advice. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guests. You are responsible for your own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results. Lynn McLaughlin Inc. disclaims any responsibility for your reliance on any opinions or advice contained in this podcast. If you are in need of professional advice or medical care, you must seek out the services of your own doctor or healthcare professional.



    Connect with Lynn

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynnmcla/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynnmclaughl...

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkye...

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnmcla

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-mcla...Website: https://lynnmclaughlin.com/




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    • 54 min

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