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Parenting Forward

Cindy Wang Brandt helps parents heal from religious trauma, break toxic cycles, and raise children with healthy spirituality and conscious citizenship. She is an author, speakers, conference host committed to helping parents raise kids for a better world. The Parenting Forward podcast features interviews with thought leaders from progressive faith and non-faith spaces, resources to create better practices in parenting and life with children. We believe parenting is revolutionary, that if we change the way we parent, we can change the world. Join us!

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048: The Trauma of an Evangelical Upbringing with Jamie Lee Finch

Jamie Lee Finch is a body and relationship coach and the author of You Are Your Own. She speaks articulately and precisely about the trauma of evangelical, authoritarian environments arising out of her own painful experiences. We have an insightful conversation on how trauma manifests in our bodies, how we can welcome our bodies back into alignment to become our teachers, and how parents can reinforce our children’s intuition and void the trauma of authoritarianism.  Links (affiliates included): Jamie Lee Finch (Sex Witch) website - https://jamieleefinch.com Jamie’s book, You Are Your Own - https://jamieleefinch.com/you-are-your-own Parenting Forward the Conference!!! - https://www.parentingforwardconference.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt 
Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB *** EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

40mins

12 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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Breaking Free from Purity Culture - Linda Kay Klein

Linda Kay Klein, author of PURE, and I talk all things purity culture in evangelicalism. We define what purity culture is, how deeply it is embedded in both the culture and our psyche as young women growing up in it. Linda shares the science behind why it takes a long time for many of us to break free. Of course, we also cover parenting and how we can raise our girls, and boys, to dismantle Patriarchy, and introduce better sex education. And we dove into the dark subject of sexual assault and how frequently cover ups occur in evangelical churches. This is a deep dive into purity culture, full of Linda’s rich insights. I’m sure you will find the conversation illuminating and help light a better path forward. Links (affiliates included): Linda’s website - https://lindakayklein.com Break Free Together Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/breakfreetogether/?hl=en Linda’s book, PURE - https://amzn.to/2UzZlae Our Whole Lives, values based sex education - https://www.uua.org/re/owl David Wagoner’s Poem Lost - https://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/2009/09/lost-by-david-wagoner.html Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt

56mins

24 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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058: Talking Politics with Your Kids - Pantsuit Politics

You know them as Sarah and Beth from Pantsuit Politics, a podcast hosting grace filled political conversations. I have them on the show today to engage more deeply with parenting. How do we talk about politics with our kids? How can we manage family members who have polarizing political opinions? How do we keep up with the relentless news cycle and have a sane family life? We dig deep, which is my favorite way of engaging in conversation. Hope you learn as much from their wisdom as I did! Links (affiliates included): Pantsuit Politics Show - http://www.pantsuitpoliticsshow.com I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) - https://amzn.to/2Qbfpil Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children - https://amzn.to/367JSn6 The New Paper - https://www.producthunt.com/posts/the-new-paper Parenting Forward Conference Recordings https://www.parentingforwardconference.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team -  https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB *** EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

37mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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043: Conservative Christian Parenting Clash with Mainstream Parenting Research

Dr. Joseph Lee is a mental health professional practicing in California. A while back we had a casual conversation in which he mentioned that conservative Christian parenting is often in opposition with mainstream mental health research. I latched on to that statement and asked him to come on to my show to talk about some of these things. It was a rich and nuanced conversation about none other than parenting and progressive faith. Hope you learn from Dr. Lee as much as I did! Links (affiliates included): Dr. Joseph Lee website - https://mentalhealthiness.com Diversity Parenting Conference - https://www.diversityinparentingconference.com Parenting Forward the Conference!!! - https://www.parentingforwardconference.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

53mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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037: My Exvangelical Testimony

In parenting our children forward in faith, it is a good and beautiful exercise to share our faith stories with them. However, parents often struggle, especially those who have experienced spiritual trauma, in knowing how to tell our stories without passing on faith baggage. Today, I tell my faith shift story, what I’m calling my Exvangelical Testimony, not just to share with you, but in hopes that you’ll find the courage to tell your faith story to your children and community. Links (Affiliates): Parenting Forward - https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Forward-Children-Justice-Kindness/dp/080287603X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=parenting+forward&qid=1551927623&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=cindywords-20&linkId=f5ea8d822294b651d9264c9c702b131f&language=en_US Faith Shift - https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Shift-Finding-Forward-Everything-ebook/dp/B00JYWVYV4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=kathy+escobar+faith+shift&qid=1551935839&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&linkCode=sl1&tag=cindywords-20&linkId=43bf025564ad74d7a23270ae7a006f10&language=en_US Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

29mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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052: Trauma Proofing our Kids with Brian Peck

I feel like releasing this episode for free is cheapening the value that’s packed in here. One of my favorite episodes that helps PARENT FORWARD. Therapist Brian Peck explains what the difference is between abuse and trauma, how we can trauma proof our children, how to give our children language to help them learn the language of their bodies. This is a game changer and will help you cultivate resilience in your nervous system for thriving. Links (affiliates included): Room to Thrive: https://www.facebook.com/RoomToThrive/ Sensation vocabulary to help kids & adults develop resilience: https://www.facebook.com/RoomToThrive/photos/a.1798562490421638/2454453484832532/?type=3&theater Parenting Forward Conference Recordings - https://www.parentingforwardconference.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB *** EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

54mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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044: How the Enneagram Helps Us Parent

Hannah Paasch is the author of Millenneagram, a witty, hilarious, and also incredibly incisive book on how to access our truest self using the tool of the Enneagram. She and I chat about her own upbringing, whether we should type our children, and how parents can use the Enneagram to become a better parent. You will love how good she is at bringing to surface all the things that we live and experience but don’t have the language to express. Don’t miss this interview or her book, it’s a beautifully packaged book and makes a terrific gift, for yourself or for a loved one. Resources (affiliate links included): Millenneagram - https://amzn.to/2F6odzW Follow Hannah: Twitter: https://twitter.com/hannahpaasch  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hannahpaasch/  Website: https://www.hannahpaasch.com/ Join us for the inaugural Parenting Forward Online Conference, register here: https://www.parentingforwardconference.com/ EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

46mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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053: 4 Year Old asks, “Is God Real?”

Today on the show I answer a question by one of you, a member of the Parenting Forward community. I get questions from you all on social media, or in my inbox, and some of them are such good questions that I want to share my response with a broader audience. Today, Doubting Mom asks how to respond to a child who asks, “Is God Real?” If you have a question for me, please feel free to email cindywords@icloud.com and perhaps your question will be featured and answered in a future episode.  Links (affiliates included): Parenting Forward Conference Recordings - https://www.parentingforwardconference.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt 
Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB *** EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

8mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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036: Homophobia in Faith Spaces with Trey Pearson & Susan Cottrell

One of the harsh realities of parenting is that in order to teach our children about love, sometimes we have to tell them about hate. This is the truth in confronting homophobia in the world. I have on my show today, Susan Cottrell, author and speaker who works with parents of faith who are raising LGBTQ children, and Trey Pearson, the Christian singer/songwriter who came out as gay publicly a few years ago. We talk about the impact of raising children in homophobic environments, how that impacts both gay and straight kids, as well as how faith spaces have gotten quieter with their homophobia but persists with that messaging in subtler ways. This is probably one of my favorite episodes of my podcast mostly because both Trey and Susan are both so genuine and warm. I appreciate their vulnerability in sharing their life and work, and for their passion to help other parents be loving and affirming. This conversation is a gift, and I’m so grateful for both Trey and Susan for having it with me. Resources: FreedHearts  - https://www.freedhearts.org Trey Pearson’s Website - http://treypearson.com Andi Mack Disney Channel Charater says, “I’m Gay” - https://www.pride.com/tv/2019/2/09/disney-channel-first-andi-mack-character-says-im-gay Church Clarity - https://www.churchclarity.org Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB Preorder Bonus Information - https://cindywangbrandt.com/parenting-forward/ EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

53mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Raising Transgender Children - Laurie Frankel

At the end of the year, lots of people love posting round-ups of their favorite books. I was lazy and didn’t do a round up even though I read lots of good books, but IF I WERE to have done one for 2018, at the tippy top of the list would for sure be a novel titled, This is How it Always Is, by Laurie Frankel. Now, most of the authors I host on this show are non fiction authors, because parenting thought leaders usually write, well, parenting books, so it’s rare that I chat with a fiction writer. But I think this is such a relevant exception because this book is about raising a trans child, a subject that is near and dear to my heart because I have a trans brother, but we haven’t had a chance to explore it yet on the podcast, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so. But I’ve also been telling people that the book is not just like a LGBTQ niche fiction, it’s such a poignant read for parents in general, and really for all human beings, sort of exploring these transcendent themes that we all wrestle with. It’s just so well written and gripping and challenging and validating and beautiful all at the same time. I talk with Laurie about her life as a parent raising a trans child herself, and how that intersects with her fictional account. We talk about the characters she has created, as well as all the issues that arise with raising transgender children. Links (affiliates included): This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel - https://amzn.to/2RHQzbw Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese - https://amzn.to/2M3Dcgh Parenting Forward by Cindy Wang Brandt - https://amzn.to/2M10fZg PREORDER BONUS: As for me and my house poster - https://cindywangbrandt.com/parenting-forward/ Illustrated Children’s Ministry - https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com?rfsn=1871132.f0ee48 Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt

42mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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059: Every Kid is a Revolutionary

Today I tackle some of the objections parents may have when we talk about raising kids to be revolutionaries. It all feels like a little much, we want our kids to be healthy and happy and kind, that’s enough, right? Do we really need them to be activists and revolutionaries? Aren’t our kids busy enough with school and extracurriculars? Do we really need to be sending them to protests and marches? What if my kid is shy? Shy kids can’t be revolutionaries, they’re consumed with managing their own anxieties, right? Listen in as I talk about these concerns, hope it addresses some of the questions you may have had as well.  Links (affiliates included): Parenting Forward Conference Recordings - https://www.parentingforwardconference.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt 
Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB *** EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

18mins

20 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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040: Short Term Missions Trips - Corey Pigg

My conversation partner today is Corey Pigg, the creator of the podcast, Failed Missionary, and I invited him to join me in tackling the subject of Short Term Missions, as we are coming up on STM season. In full disclosure, Corey and I are actual friends, so our conversation flowed easily into some deeper thoughts re: parenting, therapy, but I decided to keep all of those segments in the show and invite you into our conversation in hopes that they’ll be helpful to you. In this show, we tell our personal stories of STMs, and both of us have extensive experiences with both short term and long term missions. We lay down some of the reasons why we’ve left that world behind, explaining some of the harm. And as well, talked about some of the alternatives to STMs that may be helpful to parents and their teens. Please check out the links below for a much deeper dive into the harm of STMs if you’re interested in learning more. Links (affiliates included): Failed Missionary - https://www.failedmissionary.com Lumos - https://www.wearelumos.org Poverty, INC - https://www.povertyinc.org Story of John Allen Chau - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/03/john-chau-christian-missionary-death-sentinelese How Going on Vacation might be better than Going on Mission - https://theveryworstmissionary.com/2016/02/how-going-on-vacation-might-be-better/ Corey gave me a list of resources on this topic, although we did not reference them specifically on the show, we hope they will be helpful to you for further exploration: Short Term Mission - https://amzn.to/2UcRNso When Helping Hurts - https://amzn.to/2PbunTo Homeland Insecurity - https://amzn.to/2XdhHOI Overturning Tables - https://amzn.to/2D8lFR5 More resources are available in the Resources tab on the Failed Missionary Website under White Savior Series - https://www.failedmissionary.com/podcast/2018/9/5/white-savior-series One Day’s Wages - www.onedayswages.org Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB

1hr 4mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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#ExposeChristianSchools - Chris Stroop

Chris Stroop and I connect online because we are both #EXvangelicals, which is a term coined by our mutual friend, Blake Chastain, who has a podcast by the same name. It means that evangelicalism is both a shaping influence of our lives and a system we have rejected. Chris has an academic background on Russian history and for now most well known for his writing and hashtag activism, which has been featured in many mainstream news outlets. Chris has been instrumental to me, particularly in lifting some blinders on the ways evangelicalism has controlled the narrative. Part of Chris’s mission, I think, is to help exvangelicals disrupt that narrative, so that we are well represented in the media, and subsequently, in everyday culture. The latest viral trending hashtag that Chris has started is especially relevant to Parenting Forward, it is #ExposeChristinSchools, and was started as a way to boost the stories of people who have been raised in Christian schools. Some stories that have been shared include purity culture teachings, alternative Christian facts on science and history, and political indoctrination. Chris unpacks the history of the Christian school and homeschooling movement and how deregulation of homeschooling from the State has proliferated rampant abuse of children. Links (affiliates): Chris Stroop Twitter - https://twitter.com/C_Stroop Empty the Pews blogpost - http://religiondispatches.org/i-created-the-hashtag-emptythepews-because-its-time-for-evangelicals-to-walk-out-of-toxic-churches/ Spotlight - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1895587/ Mark Ruffalo tweets https://twitter.com/MarkRuffalo/status/901549629506039812 https://twitter.com/MarkRuffalo/status/1079107689316274176 #ExposeChristianSchools - https://chrisstroop.com/2019/01/20/whats-wrong-with-karen-pence-teaching-at-an-anti-lgbtq-christian-school-exposechristianschools-has-your-answer/ Associated press coverage of #ExposeChristianSchools - https://apnews.com/4202bedd44b54572a74dc152dbb65b72 Why the Media Must Not Cede Coverage of Ex-Evangelicals to the Right - https://chrisstroop.com/2019/02/04/setting-the-record-straight-on-exposechristianschools-why-the-media-must-not-cede-coverage-of-ex-evangelicals-to-the-right/ Protestant-Catholic-Jew - https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo3640906.html Exvangelical Podcast by Blake Chastain - https://exvangelicalpodcast.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB Preorder Bonus Information - https://cindywangbrandt.com/parenting-forward/

54mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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045: The Bible, feminism, and liberation for children

I am traveling in the U.S. for the month of June and doing one event in Denver, Colorado for my book launch. Because many of you likely could not join me in Denver, I recorded the talk I gave at the event. It’s about the Bible, feminism, and liberation for children--light topics! Hope you enjoy. Parenting Forward the Conference!!! - https://www.parentingforwardconference.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

20mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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MAGA Teens and Dismantling White Supremacy with our Kids

This episode is in response to the MAGA teens from Covington Catholic High School interacting disrespectfully to an Indigenous elder. This story prompts a conversation about white supremacy, media, children/teens/minors, so this episode is dedicated to unpacking all those layers. I give my opinions on the incident and examine the complicated intersections of systemic oppression and how children participate in these systems. Lastly, I give concrete advice on how parents can raise children to dismantle white supremacy. I hope this can serve as a helpful resource to you. Links (affiliates included): Parenting Forward - https://amzn.to/2Tfg8OJ Preorder Bonus Information - https://cindywangbrandt.com/parenting-forward/ Raising White Kids - https://amzn.to/2WmlM3d My interview with Jennifer Harvey - https://cindywangbrandt.com/podcast/episode-20-raising-white-kids-in-a-racially-unjust-world/ Books for Littles - https://amzn.to/2WmlM3d My interview with Ashia Ray - https://cindywangbrandt.com/podcast/episode-31-progressive-childrens-book-list-ashia-ray/ Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt

32mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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051: Unraptured with Zack Hunt

Zack Hunt is the author of Unraptured: How End Times Theology Gets It Wrong, and in this episode we talk about growing up as evangelical teens in that subculture where rapture theology took the form of books like Left Behind and all the shenanigans that came from bubble. Of course, we also talk parenting, and how Zack is Parenting Forward with his girls, and we talk about what the healthiest form of teen culture can look like. I love Zack’s energy and humor, and I hope you enjoy our conversation! Links (affiliates included): Unraptured by Zack Hunt - https://amzn.to/301NzLd Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB *** EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

50mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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056: How to Parent Through Climate Anxiety

I talk with Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics from Union Theological Seminary about climate justice, spirituality, and how to parent our children through climate anxiety. She talks beautifully about how the climate justice moment is clarifying our interconnectedness and how to find authentic community in the social movement for life. Lots of recommendations for more resources, see the links below. There’s really some deep wisdom in this episode all, don’t miss it! Links (affiliates included): Center for Earth Ethics - https://centerforearthethics.org Karenna Gore on twitter - https://twitter.com/KarennaGore The Blessing of a Skinned Knee - https://amzn.to/2QUUDnK How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk - https://amzn.to/2XO5xgy The Uninhabitable Earth - https://amzn.to/2DmAUpk Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi6RkdaEqgRVKi3AzidF4ow Parenting Forward Conference Recordings - https://www.parentingforwardconference.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/2GB6eDB *** EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com 

34mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #17