Connected Parenting™ Podcast 🎙️
with Jennifer Kolari

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Each Week, We Share Science-Backed Techniques on How to Parent Your Sensitive Children.

Less Arguments. More Empathy. Deeper Bonds.
I can't say enough great things about this podcast and I pass it on to every other mom that I know. Thank you so much for helping me raise my children, you are giving such a gift by sharing your knowledge. I can't tell you how much I've learned...
– Ellen Collind
Life Changing
I'm so thankful a friend recommended this podcast. I have never felt more seen as a parent of a gladiator and gifted kid while listening to this podcast! I have tried everything under the sun as a parent and for the first time in a long time have hope for the future as I parent my kids using the connected parenting methods. Thank you!!!!

– Alis Geor
Great Information
I have been telling everyone and anyone that will listen to try out these techniques. We have seen great strides with all our children. Such practical helpful advice.
– Lea Schin
Episode #61
Is Your Child Struggling With Eco-Anxiety?

Today I want to talk about a fear that seems to be a common struggle for both my teens and even some of my younger kids I work with.

Episode #60
Your Child Is Stealing; No Need To Panic

Join me on this week’s episode where I discuss what is happening in the brain when a child is stealing and how we as parents can best love them into overcoming those strong impulses that often feel so overwhelming they take them over.

Episode #59
Liar, Liar Pants On Fire

There are a few different lies we may come across in our parenting; malicious lying, social lying, and getting out of trouble lying. The one thing they all have in common is their ability to trigger parents when they rear their ugly head. Parents panic when their kids lie and think, oh my goodness, is my kid going to be a pathological liar? What’s going on? To that I say; don’t panic, lying is a normal developmental stage that children go through.

Episode #58
Taming Tantrums

Tantrums are a normal part of child development but they are challenging to deal with and can be exhausting for parents. Children have big feelings that don’t always fit in their little bodies. In this episode, we explore the purpose and function of tantrums and how to deescalate or even at times avoid them altogether.

Episode #57

Yelling is a very popular parenting technique, but not a very effective one. If it was, there would be a lot of very well-behaved children in this world! Yelling doesn’t work. At best, your kids tune you out and roll their eyes or worse they are terrified. In this episode, Jennifer explores why we yell, how it impacts our kids and ourselves, and what we can do instead.

Episode #56
Is your Child a Ruiner?

I once had a little girl in my office, in tears, calling herself “the ruiner”. She confessed that she ruins everything she is excited about… birthdays, holidays, vacations. Everything! This stuck with me and I have heard it over and over again, over the years, both from kids and parents. Why do some kids ruin things and sabotage things? In this episode I break down why this happens and its effect on the whole family.

Episode #55
The Gift of Emotional Regulation

In this podcast, Jennifer discusses the importance of emotional literacy and emotional processing. Feelings are meant to be felt… They are essential in helping us navigate relationships, stay safe, make good choices, and to be at peace in our world. Feelings are information. If we ignore that information – if we don’t listen – feelings don’t go away. They build in intensity and find creative ways to get our attention. One way or another, your brain or your body will make you listen.

Episode #54
Being the Parent of "That Kid"

Do you notice the judgmental glances from other parents when you drop your child off at school or birthday parties? Can you sense the teacher is frustrated and fed up with your child? Do you hold your breath as you approach the playground crossing your fingers hoping that your child behaves? Does your heart skip a beat when the phone rings for fear it is the school?

Episode #53
Morning Windows

The morning routines that looked so promising at the beginning of the school year may be starting to fall apart right about now. Mornings can be very challenging and an absolute nightmare for some families. Mornings set the tone for the day and a bad morning can throw everyone off. In this episode, Jennifer covers a powerful technique called Morning Windows to make mornings go smoothly and set everyone up for a positive day.

Episode #52
Understanding Your Teen

In this episode Jennifer talks about the teenage years. They can be difficult years but they don’t have to be. Understanding that the teenage brain is under construction and is not fully developed until well into the 20’s can help parents understand, predict, manage and most importantly enjoy their teen.

Episode #51
Rewriting Your Child’s Story

Many children who “act out”, have difficult behaviours, and a strong counter will (gladiators, as I like to call them), have a story about themselves. “I’m the bad one in the family. I am the one who wrecks everything. I am a destructive force in my family’s world.” That story can affect choices, behaviour, self-esteem, and emotional regulation. As parents, it is important to rewrite that story because your child is so much more than their behavior. Join me and my special guest, Natalie Syrmopoulos from the Connected Parenting team, in this episode to learn how to use an accomplishment book to rewrite your child’s story – for them and for you.

Episode #50
The Power of Play

In this episode, our 50th, Jennifer talks about the importance, the magic and the power of play.

Episode #49
Roadmap of Childhood, Part Two

In this episode, the roadmap of childhood continues through the tween, teen, and young adults years. Jennifer helps parents recognize normal and expected developmental stages, what to expect on this part of the parenting journey, how to enjoy your kids, and how to handle the inevitable bumps in the road.

Episode #48
Roadmap of Childhood, Part One

In part one of this episode, Jennifer helps parents recognize what are normal and expected development stages, what to expect on this parenting journey, and how to handle the bumps in the road from ages 2 to 13.

Episode #47
Help… I Have 4 Kids and One of Them is My Husband

In this episode, Jennifer explores what happens when one parent is too serious and the other is too playful…how to see each other’s strengths and work together instead of against each other.

Episode #46
WTF To Do When Your Kids Are Swearing

In this episode, Jennifer tackles swearing; Why kids do it… How to understand it and how to redirect it.

Episode #45
The Importance of Self Parenting

In this episode, Jennifer talks about the importance of self-parenting and how to parent yourself from a place of kindness and compassion. As parents, we are the architects of our children’s brains, and our parents were the architects of ours. In truth, we are all walking around as adults with programming that was installed before we were seven years old. Self-compassion and loving self-parenting are critical to good mental health and help us be better parents to our children.

Episode #44
The Kids Aren’t Alright

The pandemic is taking its toll on children’s mental health. Many kids are struggling and parents are struggling with knowing how to help them. In this episode, Jennifer gives parents some important tips on how to soothe and comfort your kids while building your emotional resilience during these trying times.

Episode #43
From Worriers to Warriors

In this episode Jennifer shares practical tips that really work to help you teach your child to go from a worrier to a warrior.

Episode #42
How to Help Through Heartbreak

In this episode Jennifer shares how to help your teens with heart break. It is so hard to watch your child suffer and at times it hurts us more than them, but there is much to learn as kids practice life and learn how to grow and thrive through whatever life throws at them. This episode will cover the what to do and what not to do to help your kids heal.

Episode #41
Big Hurts and Little Hurts

If 2020 taught us anything it’s that we have to help our kids deal with change and disappointment. In this episode Jennifer talks about how to help your kids manage big hurts and little hurts. Listen to find out how to help your kids develop the emotional shock absorbers needed to handle anything.

Episode #40
External Screens vs. Internal Screens

Jennifer talks about the importance of learning to control our mental screens, what we think about and how to help our children master this important skill.

Episode #39
When Parents Polarize

In this episode, Jennifer explores why couples work against each other, how to stop it, and how to harmonize.

Episode #38
Stand-Up vs. Lie Down Parenting

In this episode, Jennifer discusses the difference between parenting 100% in the present and parenting only halfway, and how different parenting styles affect your kids.

Episode #37
When Nice Is…Not So Nice

In this episode, Jennifer talks about the downside of being nice and how being nice can be toxic. There is a big difference between being nice and being kind. Discover the difference and learn why being kind is always the better choice.

Episode #36
The Art of Staying Neutral

In this episode, Jennifer discusses the art of being neutral, one of the most important pillars in the Connected Parenting method. Although it may sound simple, it is often the hardest thing to do. People often have different ideas of what being neutral actually means. Jennifer discusses the nuances and delivers practical and meaningful strategies to help you stay neutral and stay calm.

Episode #35
Halloween… A Scary Time for Parents!

Halloween can be such a fun time for kids…candy, costumes and decorations! However, for many of our kids Halloween can mean anxiety and behavioural issues! This can make it a scary time for parents! In this episode Jennifer shares how to combat the halloween fears and the bedtime scares, and keep you and your kids CALM this Halloween!

Episode #34
What a Shame About Shame!

Healthy shame vs. toxic shame and how to know the difference. In this episode, Jennifer will help you understand the difference between these two types of shame and she will show you how to help your children understand it too.

Episode #33
Healthy Adversity

In this episode, Jennifer talks about how important it is to let kids experience healthy adversity. Challenges, mistakes, and failures are critical to learning, good mental health, and emotional resilience. Learn how to help your children benefit from life’s contrasts and bumps and how to stay calm while you do.

Episode #32
Let’s Talk… Back to School.

In this Episode, Jennifer talks Back to School again, this time with special Guest Natalie Syrmopoulos from Evolving with Natalie. Jennifer and Natalie are both parents and they discuss the unique challenges that parents face this school year.

Episode #31
Anxiety… We Are All Feeling It

Anxiety is so miserable but it is also manageable. In this episode Jennifer shares essential tips for calming your own fear and anxiety as well as how to model this for your children. Learn how to control anxiety, so it doesn’t control you.

Episode #30
Back to School 2020!

This year it’s back to school like no other year! Jennifer helps you to navigate a start to school in unprecedented times.

Episode #29
The Father Effect

Kids do better with strong loving fathers and when fathers use the Connected Parenting method it kicks it up a notch! This episode explores the unique dynamics of fatherhood and how to understand and work with the dynamics of both hard and soft parenting.

Episode #28
Mealtime Battles and Food Fights

Take the fight out of food! In this episode Jennifer Helps parents deal with picky eating and power struggles at the dinner table.

Episode #27
One Parent’s Journey With Connected Parenting

Jennifer has a great conversation with Lynda Gourianov a connected parent with a feisty gladiator child. Lynda shares her journey through the ups and downs and way-ups of Connected Parenting.

Episode #26

In this episode, Jennifer helps parents understand what teens are going through and how the current state of the world is affecting them. Learn how to help teens during these unprecedented times.

Episode #25
Therapeutic Story Telling

In this episode, Jennifer describes a wonderful activity to do with your kids – interactive storytelling. It is a great way to connect with your children, release oxytocin and adrenaline, and work out what may bother them using adventure and imagination. Jennifer recorded this prior to parks being closed in many cities, so keep in mind this will work in your backyard and on a neighborhood walk.

Episode #24
When Parents Fight

These are stressful times. Families will be together a lot over the next little while and tension will be running high. It can be a time of coming together and remembering what’s important or it can be a time of arguing and fighting. This episode starts with us… and how to fight, or better yet, not fight in front of the kids.

Episode #23
The Truth About Ranting

Ranting: It might feel good in the moment, but venting and ranting may be doing more harm than good.

Episode #22
The Power of Loving Play

Jennifer shares some creative and playful ideas that strengthen the parent-child bond and build emotional resilience.

Episode #21
When Siblings Fight

Jennifer helps parents understand why siblings fight, why it is normal and what to do about it.

Episode #20
The Holiday Season

Tis the season to have tantrums… Jennifer prepares you for all highs and lows that come with the holiday season and how to help your kids handle them.

Episode #19
Is Your Child Gifted?

Being gifted is not always a gift. This episode explores the highly complicated emotional needs of the gifted child.

Episode #18
You’re NOT the Worst MOM In the World

Mom’s are so hard on themselves!! This episode explores how important it is so be kind to yourself, how to forgive yourself and why you are not alone.

Episode #17
Halloween Can Be Scary

Jennifer shares insight on how to have a successful Halloween experience with your children.

Episode #16
Vaping!? Not my kid

This episode covers everything you need to know about vaping and how to talk to your teen about it.

Episode #15
The Opposite of Addiction Is Connection!

This episode explores how parental connection can heal, protect and build resilience in your child.

Episode #14
Back to School – What to Pack In Your Child’s Emotional Backpack

Back to school. How to make the biggest transition of the year smoother and easier.

Episode #13
When Your Child Rejects You

Jennifer discusses the painful problem of a child rejecting their parent.

Episode #12
How to Parent a Master Procrastinator

Jennifer discusses what works and what doesn’t with a chronic procrastinator. This episode is focused on older teens and young adults but parents of younger kids should listen in as well to avoid future pitfalls.

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