Together, Los Angeles-based marriage and family therapists Diane Reynolds and Rebekka Helford have spent a combined total of over 35 years working with children, families, and organizations, helping foster strong relationships and thinking long and hard about what helps them flourish. Join us for a journey into the mental playground we call "the Sandbox." We welcome you along for the ride as we think about all human relationships--romantic partnerships, parenting, friendships, work relationships--and how to make them work better. Communication is challenging - dive into the sandbox with us for some new ideas and metaphors to improve your relationships today.
Theme song composed and performed by Rebekka Helford, lyrics by Rebekka Helford & Diane Reynolds
The zen garden sandbox in our logo was created by Olander Earthworks (https://www.olanderearthworks.com/)
As Jon Kabat-Zinn cribbed from Zorba the Greek, family life is the "full catastrophe." Newly mobile baby Poppy is struggling to organize herself and find her place in the family and the world, and it's taking a toll on everyone - mommy, daddy, and big sister alike. Tune in for mindful tips on dealing with biting, "poo-poo butt!", and and "Mommy, little sister is touching me!"
Rebekka's family is still adjusting to the not so recent arrival of its newest member, who is now 9 months old. Rebekka has reclaimed the role of "mommy" in the eyes of her oldest child: some ruptures have been repaired! In spite of the speed bumps in this family's development (and growing sibling conflict), big sister Molly is showing something very important: when most of her "input" needs are met (good food, stimulating play, loving relationships), the "output" is love.
What is a toy, anyway? How can we use objects to deepen relationships and spark the imagination? Give a listen for playful ideas to bring into your family life on this episode of The Sandbox with Diane and Rebekka.
Big shout out to Antoinette Portis's Not a Box and Not a Stick!
The Sandbox Video Special: The Pillars of Relating Mindfully
Join Diane and Rebekka for a special video episode. We discuss the origins of Mindful Parenting Groups, how we met, and the three pillars of mindful relating: observe mindfully, reflect kindly, and respond flexibly. How do these pillars look in a parent-child relationship? How can we use them to deepen and strengthen our connections with others? Tune in to find out!
Sibling Reveries: Go Away!
Now that Rebekka's 7-month-old baby has become more of a person in her own right, everyone wants to compare her to her big sister. Which one is happier? Fussier? A "better" child? On top of this, drama persists between Rebekka and her older child, who often tells her to "GO AWAY!" When family life is like juggling chainsaws, sometimes the best (and only) thing we can do is share how hard it is with a trusted confidante.
Still Singing in the Sandbox
All that talk about singing in the last episode got Rebekka thinking about even more ways for parents and children to engage meaningfully through music. Tune in for zipper songs, lullabies as a barometer and tool for parental self-regulation, rhyming games, and more!
Wow- I was blown away!
What an interesting take on parenting, I was really blown away by how insightful the pair can be and how much I’d learn and grow as a parent myself. The two seem to have an amazing chemistry, learned a lot from them and I do hope they will return for season 3!
Spoonful of Sugar
Parenting is hard and so is learning about how to parent better. So, thank goodness for Rebekkah and Diane and The Sandbox podcast! What a refreshing and joyous way to gain some new understandings and skills (including about dealing with toddler poop issues). I am hooked and, frankly, so glad there is such a great alternative to Janet Landsbury’s parenting podcast...she drives me nuts. Give it a listen!
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