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/)
Any object can be a toy: a tool for connection and imagination!
The Sandbox Video Special: The Pillars of Relating Mindfully
Observe mindfully, reflect kindly, respond flexibly
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!
Waking Up: A Call to Action
One of Rebekka's oldest friends, Jo, recently posted on Facebook about the ongoing border crisis. Rebekka wrote, "I feel sickened by what our country is doing." The ensuing discussion led to a challenge for the Sandbox: "I would go bonkers for an episode about what it's like to parent in a time when other children's lives are being treated with [such cruelty]. It would be a prelude to [addressing] so many other concerns I have as a parent." Challenge accepted. Read Jo's op-ed at https://tinyurl.com/jguldi
The Truth about Motherhood: The Sandbox on Location
What is the truth about motherhood? Recorded live at Rebekka's kitchen table, this special episode peels back the curtain on family life to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary. Join Diane and Rebekka for a thoughtful investigation of how complex parent-child relationships can be, including mindful offerings about ways of relating more intentionally to both our parents and children.
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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