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Top 10 Podcasts of 2017
December 26, 2017

Chances are, on any given weekday, my neighbors can see me through my big studio window with my big headphones on, recording a podcast! It’s been the year of the podcast around here.

I’m guessing you haven’t heard them all. So here’s a roundup of the most popular episodes!

Use them for a moment of sanity and perspective. 

#10 Avital Schrieber |Play Is More Important And Easier Than You Think {60}

This story illustrates the importance of play more than most: In studies of sociopaths stuck in prison with life sentences, NONE of them had healthy play histories. Play and creativity are essential for children’s development but is threatened by our too-busy, achievement-oriented lifestyle. Are your kids getting enough of the right kind of play?

#9 Melissa Schwartz | How To Care For Highly Sensitive Children {88}

Does your child sometimes feel like a ticking time bomb? Ready to explode at any moment? That’s how it was for me with my oldest daughter. I later realized that she is a Highly Sensitive Child. And I realized that someone else was Highly Sensitive too (can you guess who that is?). On this episode, I talk to Melissa Schwartz, expert on Highly Sensitive Children and how to take care of them.

#8 David Nichtern | The Wheel of Life {YSP054}

Ever feel like you don’t really get the whole concept of karma? Renowned Buddhist teacher David Nichtern will help you finally understand karma, samsara and how these ancient ideas relate to your everyday life in this special podcast episode.

#7 How To Discipline Your Kids Mindfully {85}

You know you don’t want to yell at them, but what do you do when your kids are driving you crazy? How do you teach them right from wrong? In this episode, Carla Naumburg and I talk about discipline –what we thought about it before we had kids, how we’ve shifted, and what we realize now.


#6 Kristen Neff | The Science of Self-Compassion {84}

What do you say to yourself when you mess up with your kids? If you are like many of us, you berate yourself. My guest, Kristin Neff, has done the research that shows that our harsh self-criticism does NOT work. It doesn’t help us grow and become better parents. In fact, it does the opposite. So what does work? Self-compassion.

#5 Dharma Mama Leslie Davis {79}

“To become a mother is to enter a dharma door.” What does that mean? It means that the experience of parenting is a teaching, or a path to awakening, and I absolutely believe that. In this episode of the podcast, I talk to Leslie Davis of Dharma Mamas, a blog and online community for mindful mothers.


#4 Anna Seewald | How To Raise Secure Authentic Children {82}

How do we raise secure, authentic children? In this episode, I talk to Anna Seewald, the founder of Authentic Parenting. We go deep in their discussion of the dynamics between children and parents. We talked about avoiding the over-parenting trap, why we need to be real, and how much we REALLY need to attune to our children.


#3 The 5 Rules of Parenting…Really? {77} 

What are the 5 rules of parenting? In this episode, Carla Naumburg and I talk about the article, The 5 Rules of Parenting by Mike Troiano. After 54 collective years of parenting, does Mike have all the answers? Yes, and no. There are things we really agree with, and things don’t.


#2 Conscious Communication | Lori Petro {75}

Did you know that many of the most common things we say to our kids actually makes things worse? Today’s Mindful Mama guest will help you know what to say and what not to say to your kids to create close, connected relationships for life. We talk about common communication barriers, how kids are not logical, they are emotional, and what to say instead of ordering.

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#1 Kim Payne | Simplicity Parenting {74}

Did you know that highly stressed western children looked just like war refugee children in terms of stress? In this episode, I talk to Kim Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting. We talk about “the undeclared war on childhood,” and how our culture of too much too fast, too young, is overwhelming our kids.

Have you listened to one of these, {{ subscriber.first_name }}? I’d love to know what you think! Please give me some feedback in the comments below!

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