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Minimum Viable Parenting

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As parents, we have many questions and just about everywhere we turn - someone's got the answer! But how do you tease out what really matters? The MINIMUM VIABLE PARENTING framework is your guide to parenting essentials. This framework is based on simple principles of child development and incorporates deep personal values we hold as parents. This is a podcast about the most essential skills parents need in order to raise children with confidence and intention, rather than based on random advice. Join Julia Pappas, Psychologist and Parent Coach, on the mission towards informed parenting simplicity that works today and brings maximum impact for long-term sustainable relationship with our children. For show notes and more info, please visit: MinimumViableParenting.com

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As parents, we have many questions and just about everywhere we turn - someone's got the answer! But how do you tease out what really matters? The MINIMUM VIABLE PARENTING framework is your guide to parenting essentials. This framework is based on simple principles of child development and incorporates deep personal values we hold as parents. This is a podcast about the most essential skills parents need in order to raise children with confidence and intention, rather than based on random advice. Join Julia Pappas, Psychologist and Parent Coach, on the mission towards informed parenting simplicity that works today and brings maximum impact for long-term sustainable relationship with our children. For show notes and more info, please visit: MinimumViableParenting.com

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Minimum Viable Parenting

Latest release on Oct 23, 2018

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038: Encouraging Children to Do Their Best

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We all want our children to do well, and when they do not, we look for ways to encourage them. In fact, it is hard not to. When we know that our children can do better, we want them to do better. Sometimes, we are so eager, we jump ahead of ourselves and are not as helpful as we can be.

Sometimes we miss the key ingredients in order to be helpful. Even when we come at it with the best of intentions, what matters is how it is received. And whether it will be received well depends on a number of factors, like:

  • what we already know about our children
  • how willing we are to observe their behavior even closer than we previously have
  • how able we are to step aside and let the child lead the process of change

And some other good things, like wearing the right set of glasses... Listen in to find out more.

Oct 23 2018

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037: How to Help a Fearful Child

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When it comes to resolving fears, some strategies are better than others. It all depends on the type of fear and whether it is short-lived and typical for the child's age, or whether it is more persistent and sometimes even hard to define. 

Different strategies would be needed for different types of fears. But with so many strategies out there, how would you know which one to try? A fearful child can already be a handful, and so the last thing you need is your own overwhelm.

Today, I walk you through 3 different types of strategies and levels of support. This way you will be able to see what type of strategy may work for what situation. Here is the quick overview of the levels:

  • Level 1: Direct Strategies for developmental & information-based fears
  • Level 2: Indirect Strategies for vague & perception-based fears
  • Level 3: Assisted Strategies for persistent fears

Oct 09 2018

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036: Parenting Styles & Executive Functioning in Children

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Why does parenting style influence the executive functioning of our children? This may come as a surprise, and yet if you think about it, it does make sense.

The way we parent is the way we address challenges with children. And the way we manage these challenges is how we inadvertently model what we would like our children to do when faced with a situation that requires their own problem-solving (which means, regulation of thoughts, emotions, and behavior is required). 

On today's Episode we get answers to these questions and more:

  • Can we help children develop Executive Functioning skills?
  • Why does our parenting approach matter?
  • What are the 3 Parenting Styles?
  • How does each style impact the development of Executive Functioning?
  • Which style is the most beneficial for brain development?

Sep 25 2018

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035: Executive Functioning - The One Job It Needs To Do

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What do you think of when you hear, executive functioning? What comes to mind right away? Maybe, in your mind, this word has become associated with disorders and has acquired a negative connotation. Maybe it has become associated with being able to do a specific behavior or skill. Executive functioning has been a buzzword for a number of years now, and yet it is still so confusing.  

In this episode, we are getting to the very core of Executive Functioning.

In fact, there is only One Thing you need to know about executive functioning that will ease the overwhelm and will help you see its true primary function. This one job that executive functions are responsible for is also the predictor of our children’s success and adjustment, whether we are talking about school performance or life in general.

Sep 13 2018

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034: Understanding Childhood Fears

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Do you ever get scared?

Children do. They get scared all the time. It’s part of their development, which comes as a hallmark of developing brain and their ever-expanding cognition. Though all the learning that our children do is exciting, the fear of the many unknown things around them is no fun. How do we help them?

Fear is a tough emotion to process. It’s not something you want to do alone, especially as a child. At the same time, fear is something you would only talk about with someone you can trust. But, even more importantly, it needs to be someone who can understand.

And that’s why this question. Children wonder, if we get scared too.  

Do you ever get scared?

What should you say?

Would it be helpful to tell them that we are not afraid? Would this help them see that there is nothing to worry about? What would give our children confidence? What tools work?

Jul 03 2018

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033: Keeping Your Calm As a Parent

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What to do if you tend to get so frustrated with your child that you lose your cool? Do you need a solution for those moments when you are just ready to explode? In this episode, find out:

  • why it often feels that anger is too difficult to control
  • what to focus on instead of wishing to stop being angry
  • how to slow down time & ourselves enough space to respond rather than react
  • how to stretch your continuum of feelings to see more opportunities for a re-set

It is important to notice strong emotions as they gradually arise inside us and before they get so big they spill outside. This is usually where things have gone too far. But do not worry, there is a way to use past experiences as an opportunity to practice. We can retrace our steps and learn a new way of handling anger and other challenging emotions.

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Jun 05 2018

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032: Three Types Of Inconsistent Parenting

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Staying consistent in parenting is not easy, especially when the child’s behavior seems erratic and unpredictable. And yet, the only way to settling testing behaviors is the consistency of our response.

To stay consistent we need to remember why there is a specific expectation and what values will be broken if we do not follow through with our intention. If we break our own word, it is hard to convince the child we are worth listening to.

Although staying consistent may be hard, spotting inconsistent parenting practices is relatively easy. In this episode we are talking about three types of scenarios that inconsistent parenting fits into and how to act instead.

May 22 2018

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031: Double-Standard Parenting

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One of the biggest traps of parenting is the double standard parenting. We do not do this intentionally. And yet, we do fall into this trap more often than we would love to admit, perhaps.

When we give in and do not hold consistent expectations, we create a double standard. Knowing why that happens and what implications double-standard parenting has on child development as a whole, can help us be more mindful of this trap and be proactive in how we interact with our children.

May 15 2018

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030: Raising Future-Ready Children

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What do future-ready children look like? And if the future is so unpredictable, how can we prepare our children for it?

Yes, thinking about the great unknown can cause a lot of anxiety. But here is the good news:

Not only is there a set of skills and abilities that will matter down the road no matter what the future looks like, but these are also the things we can do today. 

Apr 24 2018

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029: Parenting With The Future in Mind

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It is not easy to parent a child, and it is certainly not easy to do in this century. With so many changes in how we live today, the pace of these changes, and not knowing what we need to prepare our children for, it can be quite anxiety provoking.

One of the ways we deal with that anxiety is we begin to cling onto what we think we can control -- our children. But what happens when we try to control our children from the place of our own fear is that we become rigid and narrow minded. That kind of mindset eventually leads to biased thinking & missed opportunities.

Instead of focusing on what we cannot predict, let us turn to the qualities and skills that will always be relevant for as long as there will be human beings around. What can we teach our children today that they can benefit from today and in the future?

Apr 17 2018

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