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Working Parent Resource

The Working Parent Resource podcast explores the "New Rules" of Working Parenthood. Society is changing at an unprecedented rate, and working parents are struggling to keep up. We're faced with challenges that didn't exist even 10 years ago in our careers, our relationships, as parents, and as individuals. We don't have a model for how to blend all of the different areas of our lives in a way that really works in the modern world. This show draws wisdom from areas such as personal development, learning theory, productivity, leadership, relationship management, and psychology in general to help build meaningful lives, connected families, and more dynamic workplaces... one family and one company at a time.
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Nov 29, 2017

Episode Summary: 

I’m really excited to welcome our guest today, Dr. Pam Douglas of the Possums Clinic in Australia.  Back in episode WPR023 which I recorded right after I had my second little boy, I talked a lot about infant sleep.  I shared that getting my older son, who’s 4 now, to sleep was one of the most stressful and difficult experiences of my life, and then I shared what I’m doing differently with our younger son, who’s four months old.

Pam is an Australian General Practitioner and researcher who specializes in early life care. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Maternity Newborn and Families Research Collaboration, Griffith University. Pam is passionate about supporting new parents so that life with their baby is as enjoyable as possible. Over the past 20 years, she has developed the programs known as Neuroprotective Developmental Care, or the Possums Programs, which help with breastfeeding and feeds, sleep, baby's crying and fussing, and parental mood. These programs are delivered in the Possums Clinic, in her hometown, and are taught to health professionals around Australia and overseas. The Possums Sleep Film and the Gestalt Breastfeeding Online Program are available at possumsonline.com. Pam is also author of "The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep and crying."

Show Notes:  http://WorkingParentResource.com/40

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Dr. Pam Douglas Website

Possums Clinic Website

The Possums Sleep Film

Gestalt Breastfeeding Online Program

The Discontented Little Baby Book by Dr. Pam Douglas

Virtual Sleep Consultations with Possums Clinic

Evolutionary Parenting: A Philosophy Surrounding Parenting that Involves Biology, History, Neuroscience, Anthropology, and Developmental Psychology

Sleeping Like a Baby: Simple Sleep Solutions for Babies and Toddlers by Pinky McKay

Educating the Experts: Lesson One: Crying by Evolutionary Parenting

Worried About How Much Your Baby Sleeps? Don’t According to New Research by Evolutionary Parenting

Babies Do Not Manipulate They Communicate by Little Hearts Books

The Last Resort: When Sleep Training Feels Like It’s Not a Matter of Choice Anymore by Grubby Mummy Blog

Why Everything the Sleep Trainers Tell You is Rubbish by Integrity Calling

My Thoughts on the Well It Worked For Me Statements Around Sleep Training by Grubby Mummy Blog

You Can’t Love Too Much: Attachment Doesn’t Slow Growth It Fuels It by Motherly

Co-Sleeping and SIDS: A Guide for Health Professionals by UNICEF

Beyond Sleep Training Facebook Group

WPR023: Introducing Weston James and What I’m Doing Differently as a New Mom of Two

Working Parent Resource Website

About the Working Parent Resource: 

The Working Parent Resource helps professional moms and dads live more deliberately so they can enjoy manageable and meaningful lives. 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, program development, and project management. You can access episode Show Notes and learn more about the Working Parent Resource at http://WorkingParentResource.com.

Sponsor: 

This show was sponsored by the Working Parent Resource.  We offer a carefully curated archive of Resources, free assessments, challenges, workshops, customized consulting packages, and much more.  Check it out here:  http://WorkingParentResource.com

Reminders: 

Don’t forget to subscribe to our show on Apple Podcasts 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.

 

 

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Nov 22, 2017

Episode Summary: 

Today we’re going to chat with Michelle Gale, who I absolutely loved getting to know.  Michelle has such a wonderful way of breaking down some of the hardest parts of parenting and teaches us how to take those difficult moments so we can turn them into something beautiful.  As a recovering perfectionist, it’s really easy for me to fall into the trap of feeling like I need to do this whole parenting thing perfectly, and Michelle’s work is a great reminder that not only do we not need to be perfect at parenting, but we can look to those messy moments for some of the best lessons and opportunities to connect with our kids.

Michelle Gale is a Mindfulness Teacher, Corporate Trainer, Executive Coach, Podcast Host, and author of the book “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World”. She is on a mission to support parents in staying meaningfully connected to themselves and their families, even as the demands and complexity of contemporary life and work are accelerated. She works in schools, communities, and corporations teaching mindfulness and speaking to parents.

Show Notes:  http://WorkingParentResource.com/39

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Michelle Gale Website

Michelle Gale Facebook

Michelle Gale Twitter

Michelle Gale LinkedIn

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World by Michelle Gale

The Whole Brain Child by Dan Segal

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

SimpleHabit.com

About the Working Parent Resource: 

The Working Parent Resource helps professional moms and dads live more deliberately so they can enjoy manageable and meaningful lives. 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, program development, and project management. You can access episode Show Notes and learn more about the Working Parent Resource at http://WorkingParentResource.com.

 Sponsor: 

This show was sponsored by the Working Parent Resource.  We offer a carefully curated archive of Resources, free assessments, challenges, workshops, customized coaching packages, 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.

 

 

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Nov 15, 2017

Episode Summary: 

Stress and anxiety is prevalent among working parents, for good reason. We're juggling more and more everyday, often with less support than ever. If you're struggling to manage overwhelm and stress, this episode is for you.

Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco, Ph.D. is a mother of two and a Clinical Psychologist based in Summit, NJ. She specializes in working with stressed and anxious parents and writes frequently about parental mental health. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Her writing has been featured in Motherwell, Motherly, Scary Mommy, and PopSugar Moms, as well as on her own blog, DrCBTMom.com.

Show Notes:  http://WorkingParentResource.com/38

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Dr. Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco Website

Dr. Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco Facebook

Dr. Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco Twitter

Dr. Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco LinkedIn

The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You by Robert Leahy

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger

Why It’s Okay for Moms to Go to Therapy Article

Mom: The Designated Worrier Article

CBT Treatment Manuals

Working Parent Resource Burnout Training

Working Parent Resource Website

About the Working Parent Resource: 

The Working Parent Resource helps professional moms and dads live more deliberately so they can enjoy manageable and meaningful lives. 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, program development, and project management. You can access episode Show Notes and learn more about the Working Parent Resource at http://WorkingParentResource.com.

 Sponsor: 

This show was sponsored by the Working Parent Resource.  We offer a carefully curated archive of Resources, free assessments, challenges, workshops, customized coaching packages, 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.

 

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Nov 8, 2017

Episode Summary: 

Today we have a very special guest with us.  Today I am going to interview my sister, Emily Jameson.  She’s a few years younger than I am, but she’s always been one of my parenting role models since she had four kids by the time I had my first.  She always has such a common sense advice for me, and she and I recently had a great conversation about technology as it relates to our kids, and I wanted to share that with you guys at home.

Emily is also one of those people who is rocking working parenthood.  She has four kids who range in age from 4-12.  And her husband often has to travel for work, so she’s managing all of that on her own a lot of the time. 

So that alone would be enough to make me fall apart by the end of the day.  But Emily also went back to school last year to become a nurse.  And then, on top of all of that, she gets up at 4:30 every, single morning to go to a Camp Gladiator fitness class.  I’ll have her share more about all of that, but seriously – my little sister is amazing.

Emily lives in Dallas with her family, so we generally have to catch up on the phone.  And there have been so many times when we’ll get to the end of the conversation and I’ll say “I wish we recorded that!”  So today I get to and I’m so excited! 

Show Notes:  http://WorkingParentResource.com/37

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode: 

Working Parent Resource Burnout Assessment

Working Parent Resource Burnout Training

Working Parent Resource Facebook Group

Working Parent Resource Website

About the Working Parent Resource: 

The Working Parent Resource is dedicated to helping career-driven moms and dads make more time for their kids, their marriages, and themselves without sacrificing their career. 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, free assessments, trainings, and challenges, a diverse suite of coaching opportunities, 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.

 

The post “WPR037: Helping Your Kids Manage Technology with Emily Jameson” appeared first on WorkingParentResource.com. 

 

Nov 1, 2017

Episode Summary:

We chat a lot about productivity and time management and boundaries and all sorts of other things that help with one of the biggest problems that working parents have: not having enough time.  And I love talking about this stuff because I know it really is one of the biggest struggles modern working families face – trying to fit everything into their busy lives.  And I have 20 years of experience in the project management field, so I’m happy to chat about this as much as I can.

But I’ve spent over two decades completely immersed in studying the various elements of healthy committed relationships.  This is a topic that I’ve been obsessed with for most of my life.  I’ve read as many books as I could get my hands on.  I’ve had countless conversations with people who are genuinely happy in their relationships.  I even went to grad school to get my Master’s degree in this subject.  And it also seems to be an area that lends itself to either a lot of joy as a working parent if you and your partner are working as a team, or on the flip side, a lot of frustration and overwhelm if things aren’t going well in your relationship.

I think I’ve mentioned this at some point in a past episode, but my parents got divorced when I was 5 years old, and were both remarried by the time I was 10.  While I adjusted and learned to adapt to my new life as a child, I can look back and see the long-term effects of being raised in a blended family.  For a long time, I didn’t even think I wanted to get married myself because I just couldn’t understand how I could possibly make it work.  I didn’t have all that many positive role models for a functional marriage.  Of course, I agree that there are times when it’s best for the whole family if a couple gets divorced, and I’m sure that’s true in my situation.  But it didn’t make my life any easier, and I had a lot of relationship drama throughout most of my life as a direct result of my early life experiences.

But after years and years of learning about relationships, and applying what I learned to my own relationships, and then meeting my awesome husband Joey and building my own family with him, I’ve discovered that there are a lot of different things that you can do to build and maintain a healthy and happy relationship with your spouse, even when you have kids and a busy career.

But what I also learned after we had kids was that even the most solid and stable relationships can be rocked when you’re dealing with the realities of being a working parent.  There are a LOT of stressors that come up when you’re trying to juggle so many important things, and we’re living in hyper-speed these days.  There’s not a lot of time to mindfully resolve the issues that come up for us with our partner.

And in both situations, whether you’re happy and solid as a couple, or whether you’re struggling in your marriage, they both tend to come down to how you manage conflict.

This is the one of the main reasons I started the Working Parent Resource.  Helping working parents strengthen their relationships and build a stable home environment for their kids without giving up who they are as individuals is really important to me.  The busier we get, the harder it is to make our marriage a priority.  And the longer we wait to resolve both the big issues and the little ones, the more conceivable it is that our marriage won’t stand up to the stress.

I know so many of you feel exhausted and stressed out, and many people attribute that to not having enough time, which is totally valid so that’s why we talk a lot about that.  But when I talk about blending the different aspects of your lives in a sustainable way as a busy working parent, I have one goal in mind: to help you acquire the tools you need to stay happy and fulfilled in your personal life without sacrificing your professional life so the foundation of your family is less likely to crumble beneath you. 

I guess in my own little way, it’s my attempt to protect other kids out there from the fear and sadness that I felt growing up as a child.  I want to help as many people as I can avoid the destruction that can happen to a family when you don’t have the tools to manage the conflict that inevitably arises in a marriage when you have young kids.

So with that said, today we’re going to talk about the three stages of conflict you may find yourself experiencing in your marriage, and some practical things you can do to begin managing and resolving that conflict in a healthy way.  I don’t just want to help you avoid an unhappy marriage or divorce… I want to give you the resources you need to build a solid foundation for a connected and engaged relationship that will persist through these challenging early years.

Show Notes:  http://workingparentresource.com/36

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

The Gottman Institute

The 7 Principles of Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, Ph.D and Nan Silver

Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, and How to Make Yours Last by John Gottman, Ph.D.

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Marriage and Relationships Resources

Working Parent Resource Burnout Assessment

Working Parent Resource Burnout Training

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, corporate packages, a robust online community, 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.

 

 

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