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Whole-Hearted Parenting with Joshua Freedman

Whole-Hearted Parenting with Joshua Freedman

February 25, 2016

Whole-Hearted Parenting: How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Create More Peace, Collaboration and Joy with Joshua Freedman, CEO of

Aired Thursday, 25 February 2016, 7:00 PM ET

Parenting is a delight—except when it’s not! We’ve all experienced those moments of “emotional idiocy” when we over-react or miss important clues… How can we be more intelligent with our own emotions and our children’s? And how can we teach them the essential skills to be more aware, intentional and purposeful?

It is no secret; parents are more stressed out than ever before as the demands of two-parent working families, single parent working families and the complex social environments test even the steadiest of parents. Through a series of personal essays and examples, this practical and inspiring new book shows how parents can use the time-tested methods of emotional intelligence to navigate the strong emotional waters of parenthood. This book is less an advice manual and more of a helpful companion and friendly storyteller for parents seeking a better way to raise their children.

About the Guest Joshua Freedman

Joshua Freedman is the author of five books about using emotional intelligence at work, school and in life, including the international best-seller, At the Heart of Leadership: How to Get Results with Emotional Intelligence. Freedman was born in Berkeley, California and attended the Head-Royce School in Oakland. After a stint at the University of Toronto, he graduated from the World Arts and Culture program at UCLA and went on to work at the Nueva Learning Center in California in the early 1990s. While there he worked with the emotional intelligence focused “Self Science” curriculum developed at the school. Now Freedman leads the world’s largest network of emotional intelligence practitioners and researchers.

Six Seconds has offices and representatives in over 25 countries. Freedman has coauthored six validated psychometric assessments for adults, children, businesses and schools, and trained thousands of professionals to use these methods to create positive change. Joshua Freedman is one of a handful of experts in the world with over a decade of full-time experience in the emerging field of EQ.


Creating a Healthy, Happy, Holistic Home for Your Family

Creating a Healthy, Happy, Holistic Home for Your Family

February 18, 2016

Creating a Healthy, Happy, Holistic Home for Your Family with Bau-Biologist Mary Cordaro

Aired Thursday, 18 February 2016, 7:00 PM ET

So, you’ve committed to raising your family in a healthy, holistic manner. You go out of your way to source the best and healthiest organic foods, you’re careful about what you expose them to, but how can you be sure that all your efforts are not being compromised by EMF’s, toxic contaminants, mold, and other things in your home that could undo all your good work and put your family at risk?

About the Guest Mary Cordaro

Creating healthy home environments has been Mary Cordaro’s deepest passion and professional field since 1989. She consults one-on-one with homeowners, parents and soon-to-be parents, architects, builders and commercial building owners as well as environmentally and chemically sensitive individuals. If you’ve been struggling on your own to understand all the information that’s available, or have exhausted all other possible solutions, or simply want to build, remodel or make simple, healthy changes to your home or workplace, Mary is the go-to expert on the all the healthiest (beyond green) building and remodeling materials and products, as well as EMF (electromagnetic field) avoidance, and the healthiest approaches to heating/cooling/ventilation, and air and water filtration. She also offers tips on hunting down truly healthy products for babies and children. I communicate directly with manufactures’ technical departments on ingredients in building materials.

Mary works with the strictest standard of health for homes from the German field of Bau-Biologie, in which she became certified in 1992. These standards, which are geared for even the most sensitive among us, including the developing fetus and the chemically sensitive, go well beyond green marketing jargon as well as standard green certifications, all of which are limited to varying degrees.

Using over two decades of experience, plus my academic and professional background in adult learning and instructional design, Mary lectures and teaches around the country to design professionals, medical doctors and the general public.


Dealing with Children’s Nighttime Fears

Dealing with Children’s Nighttime Fears

February 11, 2016

Actually, There is Something Under the Bed – Dealing with Children’s Nighttime Fears with Michelle Cohen

Aired Thursday, 11 February 2016, 7:00 PM ET

All children are afraid of the dark some time, and some children are more afraid than others. Michelle Cohen has designed a simple yet effective protocol based on decades of experience working with concerned families whose children suffer from unexplained terrors. Actually, There is Something Under the Bed is her book created to empower children and parents alike. Through easy to follow and fun exercises, the family learns together that they have more command than they realized in any creepy circumstance. Michelle emphasizes that it doesn’t matter if what scares children is real or imagined; the bottom line is—something is causing fear, so tackle that. In this show, Michelle will explain how to help a frightened child share his or her experience, and offers several constructive ways to find power and control over the situation. She will also share s how children as well as adults can get rid of any unwanted energy in their environment.

About the Guest Michelle Cohen

Michelle Cohen is a multi-faceted producer/writer/director and a deeply skilled intuitive who connects her diverse talents using a fully-toned funny bone. Her work has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, MTV, NPR, and in People, Entertainment Weekly, and the Washington Post.

In addition to producing the off–Broadway megahit, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, an adaptation of the ABC Emmy Award-winning cartoon, and . Michelle is also the author of the books Actually, There is Something Under the Bed, Of Course You Can Sing! and MenOpop (A Menopause Pop-up and Activity Book), as well as creator of The Intuition Tool Kit an online program for discovering and honing your internal guidance system.

Michelle has worked extensively as a vocal coach, serving as an adjunct faculty member at several acting schools, including NYU, and is the ‘voice of nursery rhymes’ in Japan, having designed an online program bonding Japanese mothers with their children through creative, imaginative interpretations of English language stories.


Helping Children Stay Centered In Chaotic Times

Helping Children Stay Centered In Chaotic Times

February 4, 2016

Aired Thursday, 4 February 2016, 7:00 PM ET

There’s no denying that we are living in an unsettled and chaotic time in which there is very little good news to be found in the world’s media. With weird weather, geopolitical shake-ups, financial recessions and a mass movement of people displaced by wars, violence, and extreme weather conditions, how do we help our children understand and cope with the many changes that are at hand? How do we keep them from becoming fearful and stressed? What strategies, tools and resources can we offer them to help them remain centered and calm?

This week’s show will be more experiential than most, as Sonja will be providing some powerful meditations and exercises for parents and for children to help manage the stressful situations that are a by-product of chaotic times.

About the Guest Sonja Grace

SONJA GRACE is an author, teacher and mystic healer who has a rich background in many modalities: Neuro Linguistic Programming, Trager therapy, Feldenkrais, Polarity, Energy Medicine, Touch for Health and Etheric and Energy work. Her years of dance training lend to the micro movement and morning cellular yoga she teaches at all of her retreats. Sonja has appeared on Beyond Belief with George Noory, Coast to Coast AM , Better TV and her popular Earth Ways Series. Sonja shares in detail the responsibility and dedication of her life in service in her new book ‘Become an Earth Angel.’


How To Raise Joyful Children In A Stressful World

How To Raise Joyful Children In A Stressful World

January 28, 2016

How To Raise Joyful Children In A Stressful World with Katie Hurley

Aired Thursday, 28 January 2016, 7:00 PM ET

As a parent, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the conflicting parenting advice tossed around by various experts. Are you supposed to praise your children, or will that make them narcissistic? Do you involve yourself in playtime, or let them figure it out on their own? In the end, it’s easy to get caught up in the “right” ways of parenting, and completely forget what our goals are for our children.

In response to this phenomenon, child psychotherapist Katie Hurley wrote THE HAPPY KID HANDBOOK: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World. In this simple yet insightful guide, Hurley gives parents what they want most: a straightforward approach that produces happy children and sane adults. Noting the differences between extroverts, introverts, and everything in between, Hurley urges parents to respond to the child as an individual and tailor their approach according to the particular needs of the child. In THE HAPPY KID HANDBOOK, she helps parents to:

* Understand their child’s personality and temperament
* Discover how to best engage and empathize with each child
* Help each personality type build social skills, understand emotions, and empathize with others
* Know when and how to praise their child
* Decide what or how many activities to schedule, and when to let their child quit

These and other actionable strategies help parents raise confident, capable – and most of all – happy kids. Simplifying what has become way too complicated and confusing, THE HAPPY KID HANDBOOK helps parents learn to use their instincts and meet their children exactly where they are.

About the Guest Katie Hurley

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, practices psychotherapy in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, and is a freelance writer for many online parenting publications. Her work can be found on EverydayFamily, Momtastic,, Yahoo Parenting, PBS Parents and The Huffington Post. Katie writes the parenting blog, Practical Parenting. Katie splits her time between Los Angeles and the Connecticut coast with her rock and roll husband and their two happy children.


Brainstorm: The Truth About Why Teens Act in the Ways They Do

Brainstorm: The Truth About Why Teens Act in the Ways They Do

January 21, 2016

Brainstorm: The Truth About Why Teens Act in the Ways They Do with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D

Aired Thursday, 21 January 2016, 7:00 PM ET

For parents, a child’s adolescent years can be intimidating, confusing and anxiety-ridden. The behavioral changes that take place during this period can strain even the strongest parent/child relationships, leaving both sides frustrated and begging a fundamental question – why do teens act this way?

This week, renowned neuro psychiatrist and bestselling author of Parenting from the Inside Out and The Whole-Brain Child, DANIEL J. SIEGEL, M.D., joins Sandie to discuss his newest book BRAINSTORM: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Tarcher/Penguin paperback), which reveals how parents can crack this code and transform one of life’s most challenging periods into one of its most rewarding Topics discusses will include:

* Popular myths about teenage behavior
* How brain development affects teenage behavior and relationships
* Why teens are driven to seek out novelty and take more risks
* How the brain undergoes rapid changes, even throughout one’s early 20s (i.e., your rebellious “teen” years don’t end when you hit 20)
* How adolescence is truly a “Golden Age” of innovation and creativity

If you’ve ever been frustrated, exasperated and mystified by an adolescent’s behavior, find guide to transforming one of life’s most challenging periods into one of its most rewarding, BRAINSTORM is essential reading for everyone who wants to better understand the teens in their lives.

About the Guest Daniel J. Siegel, M.D

DANIEL J. SIEGEL, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he is the coauthor of two classic parenting books: Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.) and The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson). Also the author of Mindsight and the internationally acclaimed professional texts The Mindful Brain and The Developing Mind. Dr. Siegel keynotes conferences and presents workshops throughout the world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. WWW.DRDANSIEGEL.COM

How to Talk to Girls About Puberty, Periods, and Pelvic Health

How to Talk to Girls About Puberty, Periods, and Pelvic Health

January 14, 2016

Aired Thursday, 14 January 2016, 7:00 PM ET

Growing up – It’s a fact of life that every woman has had to face, and yet, for some reason, many women still find it difficult to talk to their daughters about anything that goes on below the female belt. Sadly, our awkwardness about addressing such a sensitive subject has resulted in many girls suffering for years in silence with such issues as urinary tract infections, digestive problems, and bladder leakage. According to this week’s guest, jeni Donatelli Ihm, once potty training ends, parents have largely ignored the need for further education in these areas until menstruation begins…and not enough even after that. A consequence of this appalling lack of information about how to care for their pelvic area has left young girls at risk of inadvertently creating problems in their later years. Problems such as pelvic pain, bladder leakage, and organ prolapse are often associated with—and accepted as part of—the aging process, when, in fact, these often devastating health issues are almost always preventable.

In her book, BELOW THE BELT: HOW TO BE QUEEN OF YOUR PELVIC REGION, this week’s guest Jeni Dontalli Ihm and her co-author Missy Lavender address everything that can happen below a girl’s belt with a perfect blend of humor, tenderness and reality. Produced by the Women’s Health Foundation to dispel shame and myths, quiet fears and generate conversations, BELOW THE BELT frankly covers everything from peeing, pooping and pelvic floor muscles to periods and exercise, and addresses how great it is to be female.

About the Guest Jeni Donatelli Ihm

JENI DONATELLI IHM has worked in the health and fitness industry for the past 14 years. She earned her degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jeni’s passion for health and fitness took her to move in a new direction in 2002 when she began teaching high school health education, dance and yoga. She was introduced to Missy lavender and the Women’s Health Foundation after moving back to Chicago in 2005. Currently, she is working in program development, helping to develop a variety of learning modules within the adolescent pelvic health curriculum.



January 7, 2016

Homeopathy – A Safe, Natural Solution for Your Family’s Everyday and Seasonal Ailments with Mary English

Aired Thursday, 7 January 2016, 7:00 PM ET

Homeopathy is a safe and effective system of medicine that helps the body’s own efforts to heal itself by dosing it with minute ‘potentised’ quantities of a plant, mineral or animal by-product capable in its undiluted state of creating similar symptoms to those a child or adult may be experiencing. Homeopathy offers a safe, natural solution for seasonal and everyday complaints such as headaches, tiredness, sleeplessness, backache, skin rashes, small cuts, grazes or bruises, coughs, colds, as well as some long-term chronic conditions.

homeopath Mary English joins Sandie to discuss how homeopathic remedies can provide an important part of your family’s medicine chest, and which remedies are best to keep you and your children healthy through the winter.

About the Guest Mary English

Mary English was born in London and educated in Switzerland at the American International School of Zurich. An author, astrologer and practising homeopath. Mary is editor of the Travelling Homeopaths Collective’s Newsletter and past editor of The Student Homeopath. Her latest book, A Little at a Time, Homeopathy for You and Those You Love. Is designed to help people understand this gentle, natural, no-side-effects therapy and be able to use Homeopathy at home safely for everyday complaints.

Mary was Resident Astrologer for the bi-monthly Green Parenting magazine ‘The Green Parent’ for 5 years, and spent two and a half years doing the stars for listeners of the Emma Britton Morning Show on BBC Radio Somerset. Mary is now resident astrologer on the Hannah Murray Show on Talk Radio Europe in Spain broadcasting, reaching 1,000,000 English-speaking consumers.

In her Homeopathic practice, Maryhelps clients with a wide range of health issues and specialises in helping people who suffer from allergies and sensitivities. She is a member of the Society of Authors, The Astrological Association of Great Britain and The Federation of Holistic Therapists.


The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

December 3, 2015

The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: A Mindful Approach to Helping Your Child Succeed with William Stillman

Aired Thursday, 3 December 2015, 7:00 PM ET

William Stillman offers a holistic perspective to parenting, together with tips and strategies for caring for one’s self in order to be in the best position to care for one’s child with a unique and different way of being in the world. This asks for an awareness of being in the moment as well as pausing for meditative reflection, sustenance and solitude. An exercise for the second half of the show will require that listeners have a pad of paper and pen ready and available for a brief autism simulation. An opportunity to process the simulation and discuss its impact may be debriefed.

About the Guest William Stillman

William Stillman is AN internationally known, award-winning author of 10 autism and related books including Demystifying the Autistic Experience, Empowered Autism Parenting, The Autism Answer Book, The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Asperger’s Syndrome, The Soul of Autism, and his groundbreaking work, Autism and the God Connection. His books have been featured on The Glenn Beck Show and the NBC-TV hit Parenthood. To date, his books have been translated into four languages.

AS an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild “cousin” of autism, William’s message of reverence and respect has touched thousands nationally through his acclaimed autism workshops and private consultations. He has served on a number of autism advisory boards including AUTCOM, the Autism National Committee.

In his work to support those who love and care for individuals with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, William sets a tone for our collective understanding of the autistic experience in ways that are unprecedented. Autism should not be defined as an “affliction endured by sufferers,” but as a truly unique and individual experience to be respected and appreciated by all. In so doing, he highlights the exquisite sensitivities of our most valuable, wise and loving “teachers.”


Deconstructing Parenthood, Reconstructing Relationships with Our Children

Deconstructing Parenthood, Reconstructing Relationships with Our Children

November 19, 2015

Deconstructing Parenthood, Reconstructing Relationships with Our Children with Suzi Lula

Aired Thursday, 19 November 2015, 7:00 PM ET

As parents, we all want to be inspired, conscious, patient, and supportive. But while most of us can be some these things some of the time, it’s getting harder and harder to be all these things all of the time. The fact is more parents are feeling exhausted and disconnected from their kids than ever before. Why? Parenting today really isn’t the same as it was for our parents and grandparents. We live in a different time, and in a vastly different society where the expectations, stresses, and distractions for both parents and children are greater than they have ever been. If you’re looking for answers to ending conflict at home, and tips, tools and strategies to discipline consciously, communicate effectively, and transform your relationship with your children forever, join Suzi Lula and Sandie for this lively, informative, and empowering edition of the Inspired Parenting Radio Show.

About the Guest Suzi Lula

SUZI LULA M.A., A.L.S.P., is Redefining Motherhood as an Evolutionary Path. A sought-after Spiritual Teacher and Facilitator who is an expert in the field of human transformation, Suzi combines her innovative teachings over her 18 years in private practice, along with her masters degree training in spiritual psychology, Suzi is transforming the way people think about motherhood. Known as a visionary leader, Suzi challenges conventional wisdom that says mothers must sacrifice and martyr themselves to be good mothers and instead, guides them to the realization that when they flourish, their children will flourish as well. Thus, Suzi is redefining Motherhood as an Evolutionary Path. Her unique approach has led Suzi to be featured on The Today Show with Michael Bernard Beckwith on a piece highlighting Spirituality and the family, as well as alongside best-selling authors Dr. Shefali Tsabary (The Conscious Parent) and Neale Donald Walsch this Dec. 2015 at the first Conscious Parenting Intensive to be held in Los Angeles.