9 episodes

We are The Family Room is a podcast for expecting parents and young families to learn, find support, and be real during one of the biggest transitions of your life. Just like our 2 physical locations in Los Angeles, we hope this is a space that makes you feel a little less alone on your parenting journey and a lot like you are doing awesome. From birth to feeding, to newborn care and way beyond, we believe there is not one right way to parent. We provide research-based information, but always want you to trust your gut and do what is best for your family.   

In the show,  we bring The Family Room's inclusive guidance and philosophies to a brand new platform, discussing parenting topics you care about  from pregnancy through preschool. In each episode, we will take a deeper dive into a specific parenting topic with a Family Room educator or guest expert to support you on your parenting journey. From infant feeding, identity and relationship shifts, child safety advice, and toddler behavior. Learn more about  postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders, introducing a sibling, starting solids, and so many more things parents face. 

Gather the best tips, tricks and advice from The Family Room’s giant support team. Learn from childbirth professionals, international board certified lactation consultants, child development experts, infant specialists, marriage and family therapists, and more. As experts in their own fields, each guest offers specialized guidance with encouragement, compassion and sometimes humor to answer your biggest questions. 

Included in episodes to normalize aspects of parenthood, you will hear questions and stories from The Family Room community. Real parents sharing real struggles, real victories and everything in between. Listen to inspiring anecdotes, crazy confessions, and memorable moments. These moms and dads provide parenthood truths you won’t find anywhere else.

Hosting the podcast is the founder and CEO of The Family Room, Karen Stoteraux. A successful entrepreneur, she has always been passionate about providing support to families, particularly mothers, and creating important connections during one of the biggest transitions of your life. For Karen, supporting children means supporting parents, because children thrive when their parents do. While everyone else is focused on the baby, The Family Room often focuses on you. 

Being a parent is hard and only talking about the good parts creates a false narrative. Unrealistic expectations and societal pressure can be overwhelming for many parents. Karen aims to normalize many parenting struggles, celebrate your victories, and cheer you on.  

The research-based curriculum offered by Karen's organization provides age-appropriate knowledge about raising healthy and happy children through a parent-focused lense. With the help of Karen’s outstanding team of accredited professionals, there’s no better place to receive this kind of training.

You are not alone! We are here for you and look forward to sharing all the ups and downs of parenthood through valuable information and a supportive community. 

Join Karen in her important conversations about one of the best gifts anyone could ever ask for: parenthood. Listen to the podcast today at https://www.familyroomcenter.com/.

We Are The Family Room Karen Stoteraux

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

We are The Family Room is a podcast for expecting parents and young families to learn, find support, and be real during one of the biggest transitions of your life. Just like our 2 physical locations in Los Angeles, we hope this is a space that makes you feel a little less alone on your parenting journey and a lot like you are doing awesome. From birth to feeding, to newborn care and way beyond, we believe there is not one right way to parent. We provide research-based information, but always want you to trust your gut and do what is best for your family.   

In the show,  we bring The Family Room's inclusive guidance and philosophies to a brand new platform, discussing parenting topics you care about  from pregnancy through preschool. In each episode, we will take a deeper dive into a specific parenting topic with a Family Room educator or guest expert to support you on your parenting journey. From infant feeding, identity and relationship shifts, child safety advice, and toddler behavior. Learn more about  postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders, introducing a sibling, starting solids, and so many more things parents face. 

Gather the best tips, tricks and advice from The Family Room’s giant support team. Learn from childbirth professionals, international board certified lactation consultants, child development experts, infant specialists, marriage and family therapists, and more. As experts in their own fields, each guest offers specialized guidance with encouragement, compassion and sometimes humor to answer your biggest questions. 

Included in episodes to normalize aspects of parenthood, you will hear questions and stories from The Family Room community. Real parents sharing real struggles, real victories and everything in between. Listen to inspiring anecdotes, crazy confessions, and memorable moments. These moms and dads provide parenthood truths you won’t find anywhere else.

Hosting the podcast is the founder and CEO of The Family Room, Karen Stoteraux. A successful entrepreneur, she has always been passionate about providing support to families, particularly mothers, and creating important connections during one of the biggest transitions of your life. For Karen, supporting children means supporting parents, because children thrive when their parents do. While everyone else is focused on the baby, The Family Room often focuses on you. 

Being a parent is hard and only talking about the good parts creates a false narrative. Unrealistic expectations and societal pressure can be overwhelming for many parents. Karen aims to normalize many parenting struggles, celebrate your victories, and cheer you on.  

The research-based curriculum offered by Karen's organization provides age-appropriate knowledge about raising healthy and happy children through a parent-focused lense. With the help of Karen’s outstanding team of accredited professionals, there’s no better place to receive this kind of training.

You are not alone! We are here for you and look forward to sharing all the ups and downs of parenthood through valuable information and a supportive community. 

Join Karen in her important conversations about one of the best gifts anyone could ever ask for: parenthood. Listen to the podcast today at https://www.familyroomcenter.com/.

    Ep 9 - Creating Community with Kim-Lan Dovan, LMFT

    Ep 9 - Creating Community with Kim-Lan Dovan, LMFT

    Karen is joined by Kim-Lan Dovan who is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been a parent & me educator at The Family Room for the past seven years. Karen and Kim-Lan discuss the importance of finding community as a new parent and give you an inside look at what Parent & Me looks like at The Family Room. They also talk about how to find community if you don’t have something like The Family Room in your area. 
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    • 39 min
    Ep 8 - Belly Binding with Princess McKinney-Kirk

    Ep 8 - Belly Binding with Princess McKinney-Kirk

    In this episode, Karen talks with Princess McKinney-Kirk, a Family Room educator and owner/founder of BelliBind, all about the ancient ritual of postpartum belly wrapping. Karen and Princess discuss not just the physical benefits of belly binding, but the emotional and spiritual benefits, too. If you have ever wondered how belly binding can help with your healing postpartum, are a birth and postpartum worker, or if this is your first time hearing about belly binding, this episode is for you!

    The study on abdominal binding that Princess referenced can be accessed here: https://www.cureus.com/articles/22849-use-of-abdominal-binders-after-a-major-abdominal-surgery-a-randomized-controlled-trial

    Ways to connect with Princess: 

    Instagram: bellibind
    Website: https://www.bellibind.com/
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    • 34 min
    Ep 7 - Understanding Tantrums with Gia Gamboro Blount

    Ep 7 - Understanding Tantrums with Gia Gamboro Blount

    Karen talks with Gia Gamboro Blount, longtime Toddler & Me educator at The Family Room, about the inevitable tantrum. Gia gives tips on removing predictable triggers, understanding the sequence of a tantrum, and how to help your child develop emotional hygiene. Karen and Gia discuss dealing with judgment during tantrums in public and how to survive the moment. 


    Want more from Gia? She offers private parenting consultations: https://www.familyroomcenter.com/private-classes-and-consultations/


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    • 34 min
    Ep 6 - Preparing Your Child for a Sibling with Denise Peyre

    Ep 6 - Preparing Your Child for a Sibling with Denise Peyre

    Parenthood is something that you’ll understand once you get to experience it. We may judge moms based on what we think is correct, but there are circumstances that we can never fully grasp if we are not in their shoes. In this episode, Karen talks with Denise Peyre about practical ways to navigate parenthood when preparing your child for a sibling. This transition could be overwhelming for the family, but with the right tools and tips, we can undoubtedly guide ourselves into this life-changing moment. There are a lot of good ways that can help ease that transition. Tune in to hear recommendations to foster deep connection and bring light to our homes.


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    • 48 min
    Ep 5 - Understanding Paid Family Leave With Jenya Cassidy

    Ep 5 - Understanding Paid Family Leave With Jenya Cassidy

    Paid family leave is a big topic, from implications for us as a society and how we value parents to how expecting parents navigate the confusing benefits. In this podcast, Karen Stoteraux talks with Jenya Cassidy, the California Work & Family Coalition director, about the importance of paid family leave and practical ways to navigate these often confusing laws and benefits. Jenya explains that if you feel your employer is violating your rights, you can call Legal Aid at Work at 1-800-880-8047. This Legal Aid at Work is a resource where you can receive free direct legal advice. Another great resource is paidfamilyleave.org, where you can find your state’s information on your rights and how to apply. Tune in now and learn more from Jenya!


    You can connect with Jenya on her:


    Website: http://workfamilyca.org


    Instagram @WorkFamilyCA


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    • 34 min
    Ep 4 - Connecting With Your Intuition Postpartum With Sepideh Hakimzadeh, LMFT

    Ep 4 - Connecting With Your Intuition Postpartum With Sepideh Hakimzadeh, LMFT

    Intuition is a beautiful thing. The voice inside us knows what we need, even when we don’t yet know it ourselves. That little nudge in the right direction tells us to trust our gut. For mothers, intuition is significant. We are constantly bombarded with choices and advice, and it can be hard to know what to do. But as mothers, we have a unique ability to trust our instincts and our gut feelings. Parenting is a journey, and there is no one right way to do it. Trusting your intuition will help you to find your way.


    In today’s episode, Karen talks with Sepideh Hakimzadeh about connecting with your intuition postpartum. Sepideh is the owner and founder of Whole Mother Therapy in Pasadena, CA, with a mission to provide mental health support to parents.


    You can connect with Sepideh at: https://www.wholemothertherapy.com/


    Instagram: @wholemothertherapy


    She also hosts the free virtual postpartum support group at The Family Room on Thursdays at 1pm. Click the link to join: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83448325929


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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Doula Princess ,

Wow great resource for parents!

What a wonderful show that highlights and provides insight to so many areas of parenthood. Thank you for creating such a great show for families!

BiggDLittleD ,

Real Parenting Talk!

Love the show, great varied topics- keep on with the great work in supporting parents!

iwriteplays ,

Support for New Parents and Beyond

The Family Room is such an amazing place, and for years I’ve wished that parents in other regions could benefit from the wisdom of Karen and the experts she’s surrounded herself with. Now, with this podcast, everyone can learn from them and help build their own communities of support. Love love love the show, keep it up!

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