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 Anxious Feelings Build Up with Elle E.
Today, we talk about what Elle can do about the situation. We note the importance of showing your child (and not just telling her) that it’s okay to talk about your feelings, and that this makes moving past them easier. We talk about the importance of letting her know that you’re not perfect either, and that she shouldn’t be ashamed to feel anxious. We discuss why it’s not a parent’s job to fix these feelings, but to let her know that you’re there for her when she’s having them.
When Your Child Needs Attention with Whitnee H.
Today, I share with Whitnee the importance of validating his feelings. We talk about why, in the middle of upheaval, he looks to her for security, and I suggest that she schedule little play breaks. I point out the importance of making it clear that she’s not doing him a favor when she plays with him; she wants to. I note the helpfulness of a kitchen timer and explain how to use it in this situation.
When Cleanup Becomes a Drama with Ashley H.
Today, we talk about getting your kids to clean up after themselves. We talk about the importance of redefining picking up as part of what you’re doing (Mommy picking up her yoga mat is part of doing yoga, and picking up toys is part of playing with them). We talk about the benefits of turning it into a game and the huge perks of using a kitchen timer. We talk about how helpful it can be to do work side-by-side with your child.
When There's Too Much Crazy with Lauren G.
Today, we talk about the possibility of reframing this crazy year as a life skill and self-sufficiency learning year. We discuss ways to introduce important life skills at their level and how much it helps to introduce them as a cool, adult privilege instead of a new obligation. We talk about the importance of respect in teaching these life skills and about different ways to make the shift special. I also offer tips to help the boys get their energy out of their system in a less exhausting way.
When Your Child Won't Sleep with Jennifer R.
Today, we talk about a potential solution for Jennifer and her husband: setting up a sleeping bag in the bedroom as a compromise. We discuss what seems to be behind this behavior and talk about the importance of clearness when setting new boundaries. We discuss the importance of letting your child know that it’s okay to feel how she feels and that you understand, as well as refraining from snuggling with or singing to her when she comes in and you need to put her back to bed.
When to Counteract Perfectionism with Salwa K.
Today, we talk about the perfectionistic tendencies behind this behavior and what Salwa can do to encourage her daughter to try new things even when she might not succeed. We talk about instilling the idea that you don’t have to put 100% of yourself into everything you do, and that it’s okay not to be good at everything. We define positive reinforcement and discuss why the common understanding of it can be problematic.
A must listen for parents!
Sue is an expert in her field and it shows as she walks through challenges that every parent has wondered about in ways that make us all better. Can’t wait to hear more episodes!
Sue’s advice is the real deal!
Sue gives love, support and concrete advice when parents need it most. Her advice lives in our home! These conversations will help so many!
Amazing informative podcast
I just love this new podcast. Sue is such a great resource and has so many wonderful suggestions to help all of us be the best we can be in parenting our little ones. I can’t wait to share with all of my friends🥰