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Working Parent Resource

The Working Parent Resource is a place where we have thoughtful discussions, share personal stories, and provide practical advice for ambitious working parents who actually want to enjoy being a working parent. Every week we tackle a brand new topic related to working parenthood to help you overcome your biggest obstacles, reach new insights, and make important changes in your life. Topics will include time management and life balance, marriage and relationships, child development and parenting tools, self care, mindfulness, and a whole lot more! Come join us!
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May 31, 2017

Episode Summary:

So today’s show is going to be a little different than my others.  I think a lot of you already know that my husband Joey and I are expecting our second little boy here any day now.  I basically started working on this podcast right after I found out I was pregnant, so our little guy has been a huge part of this show… he’s literally been with me every second of it all.  And now that his due date is approaching, I have a couple of announcements about the podcast and about the Working Parent Resource in general that I wanted to share with you.

First of all, I wanted to let you guys know that I’m going to be taking a little Summer hiatus from the podcast so I can slow down a little and get into “momma mode," which means I won't be releasing any new episodes in June or July.  I’ll definitely be back in August again with our normal weekly schedule, but I wanted to let you know there would be a gap in new episodes for a couple of months there.  I actually have several interviews already recorded which I'm really excited to release, and I'll tell you more about some of those episodes coming up here in a few minutes.  But once this baby arrives, I know there will be a lot of other things going on and I didn't want to be distracted from welcoming our little boy to the world and helping our son adjust to having a little brother and all of the other things that happen when you add a new baby to the family.  So first and foremost, thanks to you all for being patient while I take this time for my family.

In the meantime, we have a pretty awesome archive of episodes that you can go back and listen to if you haven't heard them yet.  And since I know there are still some new listeners, I thought today I would talk a little about my top 5 episodes so far so you can go back and listen to those while I’m on this little baby/Summer hiatus.  These are all ranked by the actual download numbers.  So here are my top 5 episodes of the Working Parent Resource podcast so far – counting down from 5 to 1.

Show Notes:  http://WorkingParentResource.com/22

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

WPR002: My “I Can’t Do This Anymore” Working Mom Moment

WPR003: How to Cut Back at Work Without Ruining Your Career with Suzanne Brown

WPR006: Are You REALLY Screwing Up Your Kids? How to Know for Sure with Kelly Watanabe and Maren Dalgaard

WPR011: My Personal Productivity System: My Secrets to Getting Things Done

WPR013: The 5 Pillars of Parenthood: Keeping Your Marriage and Family on Track with Sunit Suchdev

Working Parent Resource Website

Working Parent Resource Facebook Community

About the Working Parent Resource:

The Working Parent Resource is dedicated to helping ambitious working parents acquire the information, insights, and tools they need to create a more intentional and fulfilling life that reflects their deepest values and priorities.  Sarah Argenal, the host of the Working Parent Resource Podcast, has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development, and is a Certified Professional Coach with over 15 years of experience in counseling, coaching, teaching, course development, and project management. You can access episode Show Notes and learn more about the Working Parent Resource at http://WorkingParentResource.com.

Join the Conversation!

Leave your comments about the show, offer suggestions for upcoming show topics, or let us know what we can be doing better!  We’d love to hear from you over in our free Facebook community at: http://WorkingParentResource.com/Community.

Sponsor:

This show was sponsored by the Working Parent Resource.  We offer a carefully curated archive of Resources, a diverse suite of coaching opportunities, in-person and online communities, and much more.  Check it out here:  http://WorkingParentResource.com.

Reminders:

Don’t forget to subscribe to our show on iTunes to be notified when a new episode is published.  Please leave an honest rating and review as well.  Ratings and reviews are extremely important and greatly appreciated!  They do matter in ranking the show, and I read each and every one of them.

 

 

***Founding Member of the Parents On Demand Network***

 

 

The post “WPR022: Welcoming Baby #2 and a Couple of Announcements” appeared first on WorkingParentResource.com.

 

May 24, 2017

Episode Summary: 

Esther Littlefield is a feisty pastor’s wife to her husband, Scott, and mom to her spirited daughter, KJ. They live in Maine where they enjoy as many outdoor adventures as possible in the midst of homeschooling, business, and church life. In her free time, you’d probably find her with a cup of coffee, a good friend, and a sink full of dishes. Esther writes at wellnessmomlife.com, helping moms balance marriage, motherhood, and ministry by caring for their personal, physical, spiritual, and relational wellness. 

We all know how hard it can be to make our marriage a priority when a new baby joins the family.  A baby puts so much pressure on a relationship, and it's not uncommon for our marriage to take a backseat when we're dealing with the everyday demands of juggling parenthood and work and everything else you have going on in your life.  And children also have a funny way of magnifying whatever weaknesses we already had in our relationship too, which can just add to the stress and conflict. 

Today Esther Littlefield and I have an honest and personal conversation about how to work through those really difficult moments in your marriage as a new parent, and how you can re-prioritize your relationship if you feel like things are getting off track. 

What You’ll Learn in This Episode: 

  • Esther shares some of the most difficult challenges she faced as a new working mom and how becoming a parent almost ended her marriage.
  • Some of the biggest obstacles Esther and her husband faced to move through the hardest years of their marriage.
  • Specific tools and strategies Esther relied on to begin to re-prioritize her marriage and build a solid foundation for their family.

 

Show Notes:  http://WorkingParentResource.com/21

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode: 

Esther Littlefield Website

Esther Littlefield Facebook

Esther Littlefield Twitter

Esther Littlefield Pinterest

Wellness Mom Life Free 5-Day Marriage Challenge

Utilizing Conflict to Strengthen Your Marriage with Chuck Starnes

Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

WPR010: How to Utilize Conflict to Strengthen Your Marriage with Chuck Starnes

Avoid These Risks of Being a Perfect Parent

Working Parent Resource – Relationship Resources

Working Parent Resource Facebook Group 

Working Parent Resource Website 

About the Working Parent Resource: 

The Working Parent Resource is dedicated to helping ambitious working parents acquire the information, insights, and tools they need to create a more intentional and fulfilling life that reflects their deepest values and priorities.  Sarah Argenal, the host of the Working Parent Resource Podcast, has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development, and is a Certified Professional Coach with 20 years of experience in counseling, coaching, teaching, course development, and project management. You can access episode Show Notes and learn more about the Working Parent Resource at http://WorkingParentResource.com

Join the Conversation! 

Leave your comments about the show, offer suggestions for upcoming show topics, or let us know what we can be doing better!  We’d love to hear from you over in our free Facebook community at: http://WorkingParentResource.com/Community

Sponsor: 

This show was sponsored by the Working Parent Resource.  We offer a carefully curated archive of Resources, a diverse suite of coaching opportunities, in-person and online communities, and much more.  Check it out here:  http://WorkingParentResource.com

Reminders: 

Don’t forget to subscribe to our show on iTunes to be notified when a new episode is published.  Please leave an honest rating and review as well.  Ratings and reviews are extremely important and greatly appreciated!  They do matter in ranking the show, and I read each and every one of them. 

 

***Founding Member of the Parents On Demand Network*** 

 

 

The post WPR021: How to Make Your Marriage a Priority as Working Parent with Esther Littlefield” appeared first on WorkingParentResource.com. 

 

 

May 17, 2017

Episode Summary: 

Carrie Clark is a speech-language pathologist who works full-time at home on her website for parents and others who work with children with speech and language delays. She provides resources and step-by-step guides for how to treat various communication problems.

Today's show is all about helping our kids with their speech and language development.  We talk a lot about what's normal, but we also chat about what to do if your child is or seems to be delayed in their speech.  Carrie is so helpful in breaking down what we should know as parents when it comes to helping our kids with both their pre-verbal and verbal communication.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode: 

  • The general guidelines and timeframes for “normal” speech and language development.
  • Red flags and warning signs of delayed speech to keep an eye out for.
  • What to do if you suspect your child has speech delays.
  • Tips for helping your child with their natural language development, or ways to improve their speech at home if there’s a delay.

 

Show Notes:  http://WorkingParentResource.com/20

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode: 

Carrie Clark Website

Carrie Clark Facebook

Language Milestones Chart

Signs of Late Speech Development

Sign Language Flash Cards

Working Parent Resource Facebook Group 

Working Parent Resource Website 

About the Working Parent Resource: 

The Working Parent Resource is dedicated to helping ambitious working parents acquire the information, insights, and tools they need to create a more intentional and fulfilling life that reflects their deepest values and priorities.  Sarah Argenal, the host of the Working Parent Resource Podcast, has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development, and is a Certified Professional Coach with over 15 years of experience in counseling, coaching, teaching, course development, and project management. You can access episode Show Notes and learn more about the Working Parent Resource at http://WorkingParentResource.com.  

Join the Conversation! 

Leave your comments about the show, offer suggestions for upcoming show topics, or let us know what we can be doing better!  We’d love to hear from you over in our free Facebook community at: http://WorkingParentResource.com/Community

Sponsor: 

This show was sponsored by the Working Parent Resource.  We offer a carefully curated archive of Resources, a diverse suite of coaching opportunities, in-person and online communities, and much more.  Check it out here:  http://WorkingParentResource.com

Reminders: 

Don’t forget to subscribe to our show on iTunes to be notified when a new episode is published.  Please leave an honest rating and review as well.  Ratings and reviews are extremely important and greatly appreciated!  They do matter in ranking the show, and I read each and every one of them. 

 

***Founding Member of the Parents On Demand Network*** 

 

 

The post WPR020: 5 Strategies to Help Late Talkers at Home with Carrie Clark” appeared first on WorkingParentResource.com. 

 

May 10, 2017

Episode Summary:

One of the things I hear most from working parents is that they feel a tremendous amount of guilt because they aren’t around their kids all week.  They feel like “bad parents” because they’ve been led to believe that simply being physically present with their kids is what makes someone a good parent.  I think logically we know this isn’t true, but it can absolutely FEEL true when you have very limited time with your kids.

So today’s episode is all about building a strong, healthy and loving connection with your kids, even when you work all week.  We’re going to talk about simple and practical strategies you can implement to increase your connection with your kids, even when you can’t always be physically present.  I want you to leave this episode knowing how to make the most of the time you do have with your kids, not only so you can let go of those useless feelings of guilt, but also so you can enjoy a special and strong bond with your kids that will last over time.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Surprising (and fun!) ways you can build your connection with your child.
  • How our kids experience separation, and how we can minimize the meltdowns, anxiety, and acting out that can occur during our morning and evening routines.
  • Our kids’ underlying developmental needs, and how we can meet those needs in even just a few minutes a day.

 

Show Notes:  http://WorkingParentResource.com/19

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Working Parent Resource – Parenting & Child Development Page

The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Laura Markham

Working Parent Resource Facebook Community

About the Working Parent Resource:

The Working Parent Resource is dedicated to helping ambitious working parents acquire the information, insights, and tools they need to create a more intentional and fulfilling life that reflects their deepest values and priorities.  Sarah Argenal, the host of the Working Parent Resource Podcast, has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development, and is a Certified Professional Coach with over 15 years of experience in counseling, coaching, teaching, course development, and project management. You can access episode Show Notes and learn more about the Working Parent Resource at http://WorkingParentResource.com.

Join the Conversation!

Leave your comments about the show, offer suggestions for upcoming show topics, or let us know what we can be doing better!  We’d love to hear from you over in our free Facebook community at: http://WorkingParentResource.com/Community.

Sponsor:

This show was sponsored by the Working Parent Resource.  We offer a carefully curated archive of Resources, a diverse suite of coaching opportunities, in-person and online communities, and much more.  Check it out here:  http://WorkingParentResource.com.

Reminders:

Don’t forget to subscribe to our show on iTunes to be notified when a new episode is published.  Please leave an honest rating and review as well.  Ratings and reviews are extremely important and greatly appreciated!  They do matter in ranking the show, and I read each and every one of them.

 

***Founding Member of the Parents On Demand Network***

 

The post “WPR019: 5 Simple Ways to Connect with Your Children, Even When You Work All Week” appeared first on WorkingParentResource.com.

 

May 3, 2017

Episode Summary: 

Today we have Aubrey Mathis with us, who is the owner and creator of Today May Suck, a comfort kit gift company providing unique gifts to loved ones who are going through the suckiest of times.  Aubrey is changing the way we acknowledge grief with the perfect blend of compassion and comedic relief. 

I wanted to preface this conversation today by saying that I know grief and loss isn’t always a topic that we want to talk about.  It seems like sort of a taboo subject in modern society, at least in my experience.  But it truly is a part of life, and I have personally faced situations where dear loved ones and friends were going through a terrible loss or some sort of difficult situation, and it was hard for me to know how to support them or show them I was really feeling for them in an appropriate way.  I’ve also been the one who was struggling with something difficult, and the support I received wasn’t always that helpful.  So I wanted to have our guest on today to help give us a better idea of how to handle those kinds of situations.  As we discuss in this episode, I really think facing tragedy in our lives can be a transformative process, but that “messy middle” period can really be debilitating if we don’t feel like we have the support we need or if we feel really alone.  So I hope you find some useful tips and helpful insights in this episode if you’re someone you know is going through an emotional time.

One last thing before we dive in:  I have a background in counseling psychology and have practiced therapy in the past, but neither Aubrey nor I are currently licensed therapists.  Any advice or resources we offer here today are just from our own experience, they aren’t meant to be taken as professional or medical advice.  We always encourage you to reach out to a therapist or a doctor if you’re struggling with depression or any other serious mental health issue.  Just wanted to include that little disclaimer before we get started.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:  

  • Some of the surprising reasons why we feel grief and loss, and why it can be so uncomfortable (and taboo even) to address it when our loved ones are going through something heartbreaking.
  • Learn new ways to truly support the people in our lives who are struggling emotionally.
  • What holds us back from understanding, processing, and discussing difficult emotions in our own lives and with our loved ones.

 

Show Notes:  http://WorkingParentResource.com/18 

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode: 

Aubrey Mathis Website

Aubrey Mathis Facebook

Aubrey Mathis Instagram

Aubrey Mathis Pinterest

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)

PsychCentral (Mental Health Resources)

Today May Suck Comfort Crew

Frazzled to Balanced™ Bootcamp

Working Parent Resource Facebook Group 

Working Parent Resource Website 

 

About the Working Parent Resource: 

The Working Parent Resource is dedicated to helping ambitious working parents acquire the information, insights, and tools they need to create a more intentional and fulfilling life that reflects their deepest values and priorities.  Sarah Argenal, the host of the Working Parent Resource Podcast, has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development, and is a Certified Professional Coach with over 15 years of experience in counseling, coaching, teaching, course development, and project management. You can access episode Show Notes and learn more about the Working Parent Resource at http://WorkingParentResource.com 

Join the Conversation! 

Leave your comments about the show, offer suggestions for upcoming show topics, or let us know what we can be doing better!  We’d love to hear from you over in our free Facebook community at: http://WorkingParentResource.com/Community 

Sponsor:  

This show was sponsored by the Working Parent Resource.  We offer a carefully curated archive of Resources, a diverse suite of coaching opportunities, in-person and online communities, and much more.  Check it out here:  http://WorkingParentResource.com

Reminders: 

Don’t forget to subscribe to our show on iTunes to be notified when a new episode is published.  Please leave an honest rating and review as well.  Ratings and reviews are extremely important and greatly appreciated!  They do matter in ranking the show, and I read each and every one of them. 

 

***Founding Member of the Parents On Demand Network*** 

 

 

The post WPR018: Dealing with Grief and Supporting Others through Loss with Aubrey Mathis” appeared first on WorkingParentResource.com. 

 

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