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Jamin and Wendy had six children in seven years. Even though they are both former school teachers, their two personalities are very different, and here they explore the differences and compromises that make their happy home. Wendy is an encouraging, optimistic, d-i-y, artsy stereotype of a kindergarten teacher. Jamin is practical, cynical, and contrary. Listen as they both share their perspectives in ridiculously candid fashion on homeschooling, family culture, housekeeping, and your questio ...
 
If your parenting ever feels like a game of whack-a-mole, we’ve got you. If you are a Type-A planner who wants to parent proactively, we’re here for you. If you find yourself somewhere in between….that parent who longs to parent with intention, but often ends up reacting to situations as they arise, you are our people! Our distinct philosophy - Future Focused Parenting – takes center stage on the podcast. We open every episode with our own personal “why” to demonstrate bringing intention to ...
 
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Kira and Deana chat briefly about how important it is to help our kids learn to behave online as they would in person when it comes to social media, texting and more. With the US inauguration next week and tensions running high, it has never been more important to remember that little eyes are always watching.…
 
Deana and Kira share ways to foster responsibility in our children so that they grow into responsible adults. Also, they share exciting news that their new course “Parenting on the Same Page” is now available online! New course can be downloaded at https://futurefocusedparenting.com/shopBy Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
Kira and Deana chat about forgiveness, what it is and what it’s not, and how we teach our kids to be forgiving of others and of themselves. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A plus become eligible for on-air coaching. Space is limited. Visit https://patre…
 
In this replay from Season One, Kira and Deana share ways to foster positive sibling relationships that grow into genuine friendships as the years progress. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A plus become eligible for on-air coaching. Space is limited. Vi…
 
In this replay from Season One, Deana and Kira chat about parental unity and how you can be sure to work as a true team with your parenting partner and other caregivers in your child’s life. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A plus become eligible for on-…
 
Kira and Deana chat with Jen Lumanlan of the Your Parenting Mojo Podcast. Jen specializes in using research to inform parenting and helping parents understand where the research can help you, and when it is important to look beyond it. More on Jen: https://yourparentingmojo.com @yourparentinmojoBy Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
Deana and Kira share strategies for modeling conflict resolution in front of your kids. How do we conflict with a partner without creating fear or feelings of instability? Celebrating our 100th episode with a special giveaway! Visit bit.ly/FFP100 and use the code FFP100 at checkout and get our Emotional Intelligence course for only 100 pennies! Tha…
 
In this replay of the Season One finale, Kira and Deana chat about teaching children the importance and power of gratitude. They also share what gratitude is and what it is not, why it's important for children to learn this concept at a young age, as well as tangible ways to foster it within your family. Want some extra support this winter? Become …
 
Kira and Deana talk about the tensions that can arise with inlaws and family members, particularly when it comes to our parenting choices. Together they share four ways to keep tensions low and positive interactions high, as well as how to protect yourself from seemingly critical commentary. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of t…
 
Kira and Deana chat with Rachel Neilson of the 3 in 30: Takeaways For Moms Podcast about how to get rid of the junk in our motherhood "closet" in order to truly have the joyful experience we all deserve. She shares three ways to de-clutter our emotional, mental and physical experiences so that we have more time for the parts of motherhood we love. …
 
If you feel like your kids take you and all that you do for granted then this episode is for you! Deana and Kira discuss the ways we can teach our children to show gratitude for the grown-ups in their lives without shaming or playing the martyr. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered e…
 
Kira and Deana chat with Tony, a member of the FFP family who is wondering how to help his daughter with her big feelings and big tantrums. Are you interested in on-air coaching? Consider becoming a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A plus become eligible for on-air coaching. Space is limited. Visit …
 
Deana and Kira chat about the long winter approaching and how to be Future Focused in setting your family up to be joyful, healthy and thriving. Want some extra support this winter? Become a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A plus become eligible for on-air coaching. Space is limited. Visit https://…
 
Deana and Kira share some of the ways they fostered a love of reading in their kids including how to get more reluctant readers engaged, the power of modelling, and ways to make reading a daily joy. Do you have questions for us? Consider becoming a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A. Space is limite…
 
Deana and Kira talk about beauty, appearance and how to navigate our children's need to explore who they are through how they look. They also discuss ways to help children separate their self-esteem from their appearance and build a sense of confidence in who they are. Do you have questions for us? Consider becoming a member of the FFP Family and g…
 
Kira and Deana speak with Luis Versalles from Courageous Conversation to talk about the ways that parents can go beyond race conscious parenting to make a difference at the systemic level – particularly in our schools. More on Courageous Conversation: https://courageousconversation.comBy Kira Dorrian, Deana Thayer and Luis Versalles
 
Kira and Deana talk about the power of catching our kids being their amazing selves and positively reinforcing their behavior. They share ways to honor kids when they get it “right” as well as ways to honor what makes them unique and special just by being themselves. Do you have questions for us? Consider becoming a member of the FFP Family and get…
 
Deana and Kira share ways to be the parent without being a tyrant and the positive impact this can have on your relationship with your child. They also give tools and tips for re-balancing your home if things are out of whack. Do you have questions for us? Consider becoming a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in o…
 
In their final episode of the Mental Health Series, Kira and Deana speak with Erica Whitfield, MACP, LMHC, BC-TMH about self-harm and NSSI (Non-Suicidal Self-Injury). Erica shares the difference between suicidal acts, suicidal ideation and NSSI as well as strategies for families who might be walking alongside a child engaged in self-harm. She also …
 
In their third week of the Mental Health Series, Kira and Deana speak with Elizabeth Vu, LICSW about kids and depression. Elizabeth shares the difference between general sadness and clinical depression as well as ways that parents can spot the need for extra support. She also gives listeners fantastic tips for truly supporting a child who is depres…
 
In the second of their four-part Mental Health Series, Deana and Kira chat with psychologist Amy Crow about kids and body image. Amy shares the different types of body image disorders (including eating disorders and Body Dysmorphia or BDD), what can cause them, how to spot them and what parents should (and should never) do. More on Amy: amycrowpsyd…
 
In the first of their four-part Mental Health Series, Deana and Kira chat with LMHCA Buffy Curtin about kids and anxiety. Buffy shares how to spot anxiety, what every parent should look for if they seek outside help, and most importantly how parents can support their kids and walk with them as they navigate their anxious feelings. Our anxiety progr…
 
Deana and Kira discuss the ambiguous loss that back to school will bring for both parents and kids, as well as the many losses we’ve already felt, and those that are yet to come. Together they share a few ideas about how to mitigate what will be an unprecedented start of the school year. Our Sponsor: Homeschool Buyer's Co-op, Referral Code: ADULTS …
 
Deana and Kira answer a listener question about teaching our kids the difference between telling and tattling. How do we raise upstanders without raising tattletales? Do you have questions for us? Consider becoming a member of the FFP Family and get your questions answered every month in our live Q&A. Space is limited. Visit https://patreon.com/FFP…
 
Deana and Kira discuss the importance of quiet time for children of all ages. They share the long term benefits of teaching young kids how to embrace downtime, play independently and grow into adults who know how to take a break! The good news is, it’s never too late to make Quiet Time a regular occurrence in your home! Kira and Deana also announce…
 
Kira and Deana chat with Dr. Kara Powell of the Fuller Youth Institute who shares her unique philosophy about how we can grow with our children, instead of growing apart. She discusses the three phases of a child’s growth into adulthood and the three ways parents can walk alongside them as they grow. She also shares the one line every parent needs …
 
Deana and Kira open Season 4 by talking about the Oscar Award winning performance that is parenthood. They describe how to effectively cultivate your “I’m not shocked face” as well as why it’s so critical that parents create a safe space for kids to share whatever they are struggling with (even if it might be hard, as the parent, to hear it). Our S…
 
In the lead up to Season 4 (which airs next week!) we are releasing a replay of the "Kids and Discipline" episode from Season 2. Deana and Kira talk about discipline, what it is versus what it's not and why boundaries are such an important part of raising adults. Be sure to join us for the first episode of Season 4 on July 20th! Our Sponsor: Homesc…
 
Deana and Kira share an awesome new FREE resource for parents who are confused or concerned about how to best keep their kids well educated next year. The Getting It Together Summit is totally free and is running July 15,16 and 17 to help parents figure out exactly what their options are for next year AND how to stay healthy and balanced as a famil…
 
In the first week of the break before Season 4 launches we are replaying our episode on Emotional Intelligence where Kira offers strategic principles for instilling EI in children. She also shares her accessible “3Ns” strategy for handling big feelings. For a deeper dive, check out her Online Program: Fostering Emotional Intelligence, use the code …
 
In their Season Three finale Kira and Deana challenge listeners to pick one or two things they are going to focus on while Raising Adults breaks for two weeks (look out for replays of two of our most popular episodes each week of the break!). The co-hosts share their choices and ask listeners to join them on the journey! Season Four airs on July 20…
 
Deana and Kira talk with Dr. Lucretia Berry of Brownicity.com. Dr. Berry shares ways to talk about skin hue, race, anti-racism and more with our children as well as why these conversations are crucial to raising adults. She also discusses some of the key components in the conversation that parents often miss as well as what happens when we allow fe…
 
Kira and Deana speak with Lifestyle Coach and Nutrition Expert Andrea Dahlman about ways parents can create margin in their lives so they can move from always “doing” into truly “being”. She shares the 3 ways parents can start creating sustainable life changes, find space for the things in their lives that matter to them and the revolutionary word …
 
Deana and Kira talk about how to teach kids to embrace failure, learn positive self-talk, and let go of the message society sends that failure is a bad thing. They also share the importance of separating the mistake from the person so that we can honor the feelings that come up when they make a mistake and move forward in a way that helps kids lear…
 
Kira and Deana discuss ways to lean in to kids’ big dreams as well as the pitfalls leaning in can cause. Deana shares a practical three-step strategy and Kira shares a few of the big ideas she’s leaned into. Together they talk about what went well, what went sideways, and what they hope their children take from the pursuit itself. Click here to pur…
 
Deana and Kira speak with Rachel Rothman, a childhood nutrition expert from Nutrition in Bloom. Rachel debunks many nutrition myths and offers a perspective you’ve likely never heard before. She discusses picky eaters, new ways to encourage kids to try new foods, as well as why it’s okay to ignore the suggested “5 a day” in order to take the pressu…
 
Deana and Kira talk with Deana’s son Marc and Kira’s kids Rhys and Rhiannon to get their perspective on life in quarantine and doing school at home. Together they share what is working, what is not, and what they want parents to know about how to love them well at this time. Also discussed: the anxiety kids might be facing as they re-enter into the…
 
Kira and Deana talk about finding the balance between when to push our kids and when to back off. Together they share ways to find a hierarchy of values to inform your choices, a three step process to help you figure out which way to go and the impact (both positive and negative) of pushing too much or letting go too often. Listeners will also lear…
 
Kira and Deana discuss happiness – what it is and what it’s not – and how to help our children cultivate joy, contentment and gratitude so as to foster a life they love. Previous episodes referenced: Kids and Gratitude http://traffic.libsyn.com/raisingadultspodcast/Episode_17._Kids_and_Gratitude.mp3By Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer
 
In light of us all being stuck at home due to COVID-19 we thought we would replay our Kids and Chores episode from WAY back in Season One! We've all got a little extra time right now to teach our littles (and bigs) how to help around the house. Plus, with all the extra work parents have right now, taking a few tasks off your hands might be just wha…
 
Deana and Kira discuss defiance, backtalk and more. Together they encourage listeners to think about what they might be allowing without meaning to, ways to foster a relationship of trust and cooperation as well as strategies for making a change if defiance has become a routine response. Check out our new course about helping kids with anxiety: htt…
 
Deana and Kira speak with Dr. Heather Maguire of Prism Behavior and the Prism Parenting podcast. Heather shares strategies for parenting kids with ADHD as well as tools and tips for partnering with teachers to help children with ADHD succeed at school and at home. More on Heather: https://www.prismbehavior.com/ Check out our new course about helpin…
 
Deana and Kira speak with Katie, an FFP struggling with balancing “it’s ok to cry” and “does it have to be ALL of the time?” Together the co-hosts use their parent coaching method to help her to re-frame the problem, find solutions and arm her with some practical tools and strategies to try at home. Check out our new course about helping kids with …
 
Kira and Deana answer some listener questions about how to parent well during the COVID crisis. Questions include “What is the long term impact of this on our kids?” and “How do I differentiate between the days?” Deana also shares a great acronym (GIVE) that can help parents focus on what they can be doing to support their children right now. Check…
 
Kira and Deana share ways to keep your cool when parenting pushes you to the limits. They discuss the negative impacts on that regular yelling can have on children as well as ways to think and behave differently in order to prevent explosive feelings. And, in the event parents still yell (which happens to the best of us!) they share ways to repair …
 
Deana and Kira share ways to tighten up your evening routine, streamline bedtime and make getting kids to bed easier. They also discuss the various ways this may work for different families, taking the “both and” approach instead of “this or that”. Sign up for Group Coaching starting on April 7! Click the group coaching button on our homepage: http…
 
Deana and Kira speak with Shalini Shankar, author of Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal About Generation Z's New Path to Success to discuss what makes Generation Z unique and how we, as their parents, need to engage with this next generation to set them up to succeed. More on Shalini: http://shalinishankar.net Buy Beeline: https://www.amazon.com/Be…
 
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