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Welcome to the parenting mentor sessions with Sue Groner. If you want to reduce the everyday stress and anxiety that inevitably comes with parenting and learn to be a happier and more relaxed parent, this is a great place to start. Listen in on real sessions with parents who open up about specific challenges they're facing with their children, aged anywhere between 2 and 22. Listen along and gain perspective and strategies to help you parent with sanity and joy.

The Parenting Mentor Sue Groner

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Welcome to the parenting mentor sessions with Sue Groner. If you want to reduce the everyday stress and anxiety that inevitably comes with parenting and learn to be a happier and more relaxed parent, this is a great place to start. Listen in on real sessions with parents who open up about specific challenges they're facing with their children, aged anywhere between 2 and 22. Listen along and gain perspective and strategies to help you parent with sanity and joy.

    When your kid is having trouble remembering school tasks with Randi Z

    When your kid is having trouble remembering school tasks with Randi Z

    Randi Z is a mother to a 10 and a half year old boy who has been struggling with remembering certain tasks required by his teacher. Randi recently learned that her son’s homework hasn’t been accounted for over the past few weeks because he has been forgetting to get his homework signed off at home. Randi wonders what are the appropriate expectations around accountability and how best to handle them. She worries about what this means for her son’s future and where SHE slipped up in the equation. 
    On today’s episode we dive into our perspective and strategies around raising a self-reliant kid. We discuss how it’s not your responsibility as a parent to remember your kid’s tasks but there are ways that you can help them help themselves. By joining forces as a team and tackling issues together, your kid not only feels supported but they get to practice the life long skill of problem solving. 
    This week on The Parenting Mentor:
    Tips for validating and non-judgemental communication that reminds your child that you support them and you’re on their team.  Specific tools for helping your kid become more self-reliant and responsible.  Why punishment isn’t the answer and why you should focus on empathy and patience for the learning process.   Tips for supportive and productive communication with teachers regarding their concerns.  “He’s only going to be in 5th grade. That’s the first message to keep reminding yourself. The second message is you’re going to help him throughout the year learn a life skill. And those take time. And they take a little effort. And they take trial and error. The more relaxed you go into this whole thing the better, for you and for him. It shouldn't be a conflict thing.” - Sue Groner
     
    Meet the Parenting Mentor
    If you want to reduce the everyday stress and anxiety that inevitably come with parenting and learn to be a happier and more relaxed parent, then this is the place for you.
    Here, you can listen in on real sessions with parents who open up about the specific challenges they face with children from 2 to 22. Listen along and gain perspectives and strategies to help you parent with sanity and joy.
    Visit theparentingmentor.com for notes on this show, more episodes, and all the ways to subscribe, and don’t forget to pick up my book, Parenting with Sanity and Joy: 101 Simple Strategies, which includes my Nine Golden Rules of Parenting.
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    • 38 min
    When your child doesn’t want to play alone with Danielle C

    When your child doesn’t want to play alone with Danielle C

    Danielle C is a mother to a 4 year old daughter who doesn’t play well by herself. Her daughter is an only child who requires a lot of attention and entertainment, making Danielle worried that her daughter will always need someone to do things with. Danielle is struggling to get her own work and household chores accomplished. Her daughter often interrupts, asking her to play even when Danielle tells her “Mommy needs five more minutes”.  On today’s episode we talk about what to do when you are becoming your child’s entertainment committee. We dive into how you can slowly guide your child to enjoy doing things alone through tools like the “fun bowl”. We also talk about how to use a timer and set certain rules when it comes to Mommy’s work time. We explain how to include your child in helping with chores. We discuss why it’s okay for kids to be bored. 
    This week on The Parenting Mentor:
    Tips for setting rules and boundaries with your child around Mommy’s work time. Specific tools for introducing your child to fun activities that they can do independently. How to talk about “alone time” with your child and help them understand the benefits.   Tips for getting chores done with your child!  “It’s not necessarily: let your child be bored. It’s- it’s okay for them to be bored. So if they say they’re bored- it’s like “Oh. Okay” They are telling you some information. They’re not saying you need to be my entertainment committee.” - Sue Groner
    Meet the Parenting Mentor
    If you want to reduce the everyday stress and anxiety that inevitably come with parenting and learn to be a happier and more relaxed parent, then this is the place for you.
    Here, you can listen in on real sessions with parents who open up about the specific challenges they face with children from 2 to 22. Listen along and gain perspectives and strategies to help you parent with sanity and joy.
    Visit theparentingmentor.com for notes on this show, more episodes, and all the ways to subscribe, and don’t forget to pick up my book, Parenting with Sanity and Joy: 101 Simple Strategies, which includes my Nine Golden Rules of Parenting.
     

    • 12 min
    When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Follow Your Plan with Ari K

    When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Follow Your Plan with Ari K

    Ari is a mother to a 6 year boy who is not a fan of following schedules that are set up for him. While he is on the spectrum, getting  kids to follow orders is a frequent complaint from many parents. As Ari finds herself in daily battles with her son, she wonders, how does she find the balance between flexibility and discipline? And how does she get her son to school on time without a fight? 
    On today’s podcast we discuss strategies to help manage your child’s time and your expectations. We talk about the importance of creating a plan and not just including your child in the process, but letting them lead. The more you allow your child to lead, the more involved and respected they will feel, allowing everyone to be more relaxed and happy.
    We talk about how to work together with your child to build a morning routine plan in order to get to school on time. We talk about why I’m not a fan of rigid discipling and why I opt for a more supportive process that creates space for developing life skills. 
     
    This week on The Parenting Mentor:
    Tips for validating and non-judgemental communication that reminds your child that you support them and you’re on their team.  Specific tools for allowing your child to better understand time management. Tips on including your kid into the schedule planning so they may lead and learn.  The difference between strict disciplining and allowing your child to live, learn and solve problems along the way.  “A plan is really important for all kids. They want to know what to expect and it sounds like your son especially wants to be part of making the plan. And the more that you can get him involved in creating that plan and really being part of it, the more buy in you’re going to have”  
    - Sue Groner
     
    Meet the Parenting Mentor
    If you want to reduce the everyday stress and anxiety that inevitably come with parenting and learn to be a happier and more relaxed parent, then this is the place for you.
    Here, you can listen in on real sessions with parents who open up about the specific challenges they face with children from 2 to 22. Listen along and gain perspectives and strategies to help you parent with sanity and joy.
    Visit theparentingmentor.com for notes on this show, more episodes, and all the ways to subscribe, and don’t forget to pick up my book, Parenting with Sanity and Joy: 101 Simple Strategies, which includes my Nine Golden Rules of Parenting.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts!
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    • 26 min
    When Your Child Hits, Kicks and Slaps Others with Sara H

    When Your Child Hits, Kicks and Slaps Others with Sara H

    Sara H is a mother to a 4 year old girl who struggles with emotional regulation. When her daughter is angry or frustrated she goes straight to hitting, kicking and slapping others. With a new baby on the way, Sara is worried that her child doesn’t have coping mechanisms to turn to, in order to regulate her emotions.  On today’s podcast we discuss specific strategies that will help your child manage difficult feelings in a more positive way. We talk about how to create an emotional connection with your child by reflecting their experience back to them. We talk about how using a general global statement such as “people don’t hit people” is a non-judgemental rule to offer them. We talk about the power of showing up with love and trying not to “fix” things. We talk about the importance of showing your kid how YOU handle difficult emotions so they can learn by example. 
     
    This week on The Parenting Mentor:
    Tips for validating and non-judgemental communication that reflect back your child’s experience and why this creates empathy and connection. Specific tools for allowing your child to feel and express their emotions in a healthy and non-destructive way.  Normalizing the experience of difficult emotions and showing your child how you cope with it in your own life.   Specific tools to encourage love and empathy while allowing your child to develop their own problem solving tools.  “I’m not going to fix what you’re doing. I’m not going to fix why you’re angry or why you’re frustrated. But I’m going to allow you to feel that way and I’m going to give you love for it. If we fix it, then, we’re not really helping them to develop that emotional intelligence. We’re not helping them to develop their coping mechanisms and problem solving skills.” - Sue Groner
    Meet the Parenting Mentor
    If you want to reduce the everyday stress and anxiety that inevitably come with parenting and learn to be a happier and more relaxed parent, then this is the place for you.
    Here, you can listen in on real sessions with parents who open up about the specific challenges they face with children from 2 to 22. Listen along and gain perspectives and strategies to help you parent with sanity and joy.
    Visit theparentingmentor.com for notes on this show, more episodes, and all the ways to subscribe, and don’t forget to pick up my book, Parenting with Sanity and Joy: 101 Simple Strategies, which includes my Nine Golden Rules of Parenting.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts!
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    • 19 min
    When micromanaging may be hurting your teen’s future with Jen B

    When micromanaging may be hurting your teen’s future with Jen B

    Jen B is a mother to a 16 year old high-performing perfectionist daughter who is completing her junior year of high school. Jen is a self-described micromanager who worries that her daughter doesn't have the coping mechanisms and resilience she’s going to need for college. Jen knows she needs to back off and trust her daughter but she’s finding it so hard to do. When her daughter comes to her for answers or frequently texts her, Jen struggles to set the boundaries that will help her daughter become more self-reliant. 
     
    On today’s episode we talk about how to let go of control as a parent and create more trust between you and your teen. We talk about how to practice validation, honest conversations and how to show up with love and support without controlling the situation. We talk about setting boundaries and allowing your teen to learn their lessons alone without constant protection. We talk about how to utilize code words so you can keep each other accountable. 
     
    This week on The Parenting Mentor:
    Tips for validating communication around your teen’s stresses and why this creates empathy and understanding. Specific tools for creating boundaries and room for your teen to grow without your constant protection and rules.  Communication tips around handling the next steps in your relationship with your teen when you’re working on letting go of control.  Specific tools to encourage your teen to start solving problems and learning lessons on their own. “When she says ‘what should I do?’ You can say: 'Well what do YOU think? What would make YOU feel good?' And just know in your head that what makes you feel good may not make her feel good. We can talk until we are blue in the face to our teens about meditation and breathing- but until they are ready, they’re not going to do it.”
    - Sue Groner
     
    Meet the Parenting Mentor
    If you want to reduce the everyday stress and anxiety that inevitably come with parenting and learn to be a happier and more relaxed parent, then this is the place for you.
    Here, you can listen in on real sessions with parents who open up about the specific challenges they face with children from 2 to 22. Listen along and gain perspectives and strategies to help you parent with sanity and joy.
    Visit theparentingmentor.com for notes on this show, more episodes, and all the ways to subscribe, and don’t forget to pick up my book, Parenting with Sanity and Joy: 101 Simple Strategies, which includes my Nine Golden Rules of Parenting.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts!
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    • 30 min
    When your child resists trying new activities with Lindsay M

    When your child resists trying new activities with Lindsay M

    Lindsay M is a mom who is feeling pressure to “keep up with the Joneses” when it comes to signing her 7 year old son up for extracurricular activities. She wants to encourage him to try new activities that she feels would be good for him even if he might not be interested -  such as piano lessons.
    She is worried about constant arguments with her son who may refuse to go or may quit activities that she signs him up for. Lindsay comes to me for insight on when to push her son to do things she thinks will be good for him. She also needs some guidance and tips to get him to do the things he has to do like going on errands with mom. 
     
    On today’s episode we talk about how and when to push your kids. We talk about different tactics you can use when teaching them the power of practicing. We also talk about how to reframe the word “quitting” by changing the way we think and talk about it. We dive into when commitment really matters and approaching conversations around the financial investment that comes with activities. We discuss what is often forgotten- the importance of downtime. 
    This week on The Parenting Mentor:
    Tips for validating and non-judgemental communication around quitting and commitment towards activities.  Specific tools for teaching your kid about the power of practice in order to grow.Reframing the word “quitting” as a parent.  How to allow your kid to discover their passion over time. And how to be okay with their evolution as well as the moments of rest in between.  “Parents so often want their kids to have a passion when they’re young. And it can take a long time and a lot of exploration before that passion is found.” - Sue Groner
    Meet the Parenting Mentor
    If you want to reduce the everyday stress and anxiety that inevitably come with parenting and learn to be a happier and more relaxed parent, then this is the place for you.
    Here, you can listen in on real sessions with parents who open up about the specific challenges they face with children from 2 to 22. Listen along and gain perspectives and strategies to help you parent with sanity and joy.
    Visit theparentingmentor.com for notes on this show, more episodes, and all the ways to subscribe, and don’t forget to pick up my book, Parenting with Sanity and Joy: 101 Simple Strategies, which includes my Nine Golden Rules of Parenting.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts!
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

EYHalps ,

Sue makes parenting a joy

Even just 15 minutes listening to Sue Groner is worth it’s weight in gold. I went from overthinking everything to relaxing and enjoying my kids and family time…all from listening to Sue’s non-judgemental and non-fluff stories and advice. Plus, I love listening to the stories of other parents all trying to just “do better” and maintain their sanity along the way!

TotumErin ,

Fun to Listen, Practical Advice that Works

Sue has a knack of being completely honest and completely loving at once. Her podcasts are easy, fun listening that, when applied to real life parenting frustrations, produce positive results. Listening to this podcast is like grabbing a cup of tea with a mom you admire, and walking away from the table feeling loved, supported and inspired.

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You do not need to parent alone

Susan brings heart and wisdom to every conversation.

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