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Join Kim West, also known as the Sleep Lady, as she breaks down your top parenting concerns and gives her gentle take. Not only does Kim believe that you can successfully sleep train your child without leaving them to cry it out alone, but she also teaches shame free parenting. Most importantly, she knows that even in our imperfection as parents, it is possible to raise resilient, compassionate, and confident children. Grab a coffee or a glass of wine, throw in your ear pods, and join us!

The Gentle Parenting Show Kim West

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Join Kim West, also known as the Sleep Lady, as she breaks down your top parenting concerns and gives her gentle take. Not only does Kim believe that you can successfully sleep train your child without leaving them to cry it out alone, but she also teaches shame free parenting. Most importantly, she knows that even in our imperfection as parents, it is possible to raise resilient, compassionate, and confident children. Grab a coffee or a glass of wine, throw in your ear pods, and join us!

    Supporting Fathers to be Caregivers and Nurturers with Mike Thompson

    Supporting Fathers to be Caregivers and Nurturers with Mike Thompson

    On today’s episode of The Gentle Parenting Show, Kim is joined by Mike Thompson. Mike is the founder of The Father Show Resource Program. He wants to discuss fatherhood and the importance of father’s in a child's life. He is a father, stepfather, and grandfather. He launched The Father Program in 2004 as a nonprofit organization. He created it so men wouldn’t have any excuse to not get the resources that they need to be a father. Together, Kim and Mike discuss:
     
     
    Resources With the Father Program Mike’s Fatherhood Journey  The Importance of Fatherhood Supporting Fathers Valuing Fatherhood   
     
    Our favorite quotes from the episode are “nobody is promised tomorrow, don’t wait and spend as much time with your child as you can” and “men think they’re in this battle all alone, but whatever they may be going through, they’re not by themselves. Someone out there may be going through the same thing, been through it, or about to go through what you are.”
     
    Connect With Mike 
    Find the resources discussed in this episode on Mike’s website, and get the information for his podcast.

    • 39 min
    Tips for Calming and Connecting With Emotionally Intense Kids with Samantha Moe

    Tips for Calming and Connecting With Emotionally Intense Kids with Samantha Moe

    On today’s episode of The Gentle Parenting Show, Kim sits with Samantha Moe. Samantha is a certified parent coach and speaker and has coached parents on how to help their children calm, connect and cooperate. She provides continuing education, advanced training, and parent coach certification for family service professionals who support intense kids and their families. Today, Samantha and Kim discuss working with an emotionally intense child. They’ll discuss:
    What “Emotionally Intense Means” Mirror Neurons and Emotions  Where to Start With Emotionally Intense Children Modeling Calmness for Our Kids  The Three C’s for Emotionally Intense Children  
    Our favorite quotes from today’s episode are “in order to help a child connect and relate, their brain needs to feel calm and needs to feel safe.” and “calm body, calm voice, calm face.” 
     
    More Help From Samantha 
    Samantha offers classes and resources for parents and professionals. Her flagship course, Mad to Glad, is an 8-week course for parents. You can purchase the course, access free resources, and even sign up for 1:1 coaching on her website. 

    • 31 min
    The Secret to Successful Sleep Training

    The Secret to Successful Sleep Training

    Today, Kim is solo on the show to talk about the biggest secret to sleep training success - consistency! No matter what sleep training method you choose (more on those methods HERE), consistency is the key to sleeping for you and your child. She will cover:
     
     
    What Intermittent Reinforcement Has to Do With Sleep Training Intermittent Reinforcement With Different Sleep Training Styles  3 Examples of Negative Intermittent Reinforcement Reinforcing Successful Sleep Training  
     
    Our favorite quote from this episode is “don’t even start sleep training until you’re 200% in and ready to follow through and be consistent with the whole process.” 
     
    Connect with Kim
    Find out more about Kim’s sleep training method, the Sleep Lady Shuffle here, or in Kim’s book or her e-course, Gentle Sleep Solutions.

    • 27 min
    How to Gently End Co-Sleeping With Your Baby

    How to Gently End Co-Sleeping With Your Baby

    In today’s episode of The Gentle Parenting Show, Kim is solo to discuss co-sleeping. In a previous podcast, she explained how to improve the quality of sleep for both parents and children while co-sleeping, but today she talks specifically about ending co-sleeping. In her thoughts today, she’ll outline steps to end co-sleeping with a baby and transitioning them to a crib on their own. Future episodes will include steps on ending co-sleeping with an older child and transitioning to a bed. Today, Kim covers:
     
     
    Types of Co-Sleeping  The First Step to End Co-Sleeping  Night Weaning When You End Co-Sleeping  The First Night of Independent Sleeping  
     
    Our favorite quote from the episode is “the faster you move in sleep coaching, the more crying there will be.” 

    Find out more about Kim’s sleep training method, the Sleep Lady Shuffle here, or in Kim’s book or her e-course, Gentle Sleep Solutions.

    • 21 min
    Teaching Little Kids About Big Emotions with Nadine Levitt

    Teaching Little Kids About Big Emotions with Nadine Levitt

    In today’s episode of the Gentle Parenting Show, Kim is joined by Nadine Levitt. Nadine is the leading Glocal Education Expert specializing in emotional intelligence, feelings, and inspiring the complete reimagination of the educational system. Nadine is revolutionizing the way children are educated through creativity, music, artistry, and entrepreneurship. Today Kim and Nadine talk about emotional toolkits to deal with big emotions that young children may have. The discuss:
    How We Talk to Children About Big Emotions  Breaking Down Big Feelings and Emotions  Understanding the Stories Our Emotions Tell Us  Teaching Emotional Intelligence with Big Emotions   
    Our favorite quotes from this episode are: “understanding your emotions are one thing, and your actions and thought patterns are something completely different.” and “all of life’s conflict comes from unmet expectations.” 
     
    Connect with Nadine
    Connect with Nadine and her company, WURRLYedu on their website. Follow on Instagram for more tips from Nadine. 

    • 38 min
    Improving Sleep While Continuing to Co-Sleep

    Improving Sleep While Continuing to Co-Sleep

    In today’s episode of the Gentle Parenting show, Kim gives a solo discussion all about co-sleeping. Around 60% of parents end up co-sleeping within the first year of their baby’s life (whether intentional or not). Sleep training, night weaning, and sleeping through the night can be difficult when co-sleeping, but Kim breaks down her tips with concrete examples for you to continue co-sleeping while getting the rest you and your family need. She will cover:
    How to safely co-sleep  Where to start with sleep training while co-sleeping  Dream feeding while co-sleeping  Early rising while co-sleeping  Multiple night waking while co-sleeping   
    Our favorite quote from the episode is: “whether you’re co-sleeping or not, your child still needs to learn the life skill of putting themselves to sleep independently.” 
     
    More Help With Co-Sleeping 
    Kim can’t possibly cover everything she needs to when it comes to co-sleeping. For more help, head to her blog for additional articles, or grab her book for a whole chapter on co-sleeping.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

carleighwest ,

With Each episode it gets better and better!

Each and every episode has such amazing takeaways for parents and families of all kinds. I can't wait to hear more!

Dfunk1234 ,

Very helpful!!

This podcast is amazing. Very practical steps I can incorporate into my parenting! Thank you for all you do!

KeepSwimming724 ,

Simply amazing!

These are honestly so comforting to listen to. There's no parent shaming, no hard lines on what you "should" be doing with your kids - just gentle advice on surviving parenthood while raising good humans. The calm parenting episode is my absolute favorite and I feel like a must listen for everyone. Can't wait for future episodes!

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