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The Empowered Parent Podcast

The Empowered Parent Podcast with Kayla and Ryan North is a trust-based, trauma-informed, connected parenting resource. Hosted by Chris Turner.

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Trauma and the Brain - S4E10

Chris talks with Ryan and Kayla about how the brain processes trauma, and how this affects our kids' relationships with us and the world at large. The Whole Brain Child The Brain with David Eagleman Tapestry's Empowered to Connect Podcast: Lying Join our Facebook Community Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Produced by Dallas Stacy

25mins

29 Dec 2017

Rank #1

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How to Love Our Children When We Don't Like Them - S05 E10

Whether we admit it or not, it's a thought adoptive and foster parents have at least once: how do I love my child when I don't like them? Chris, Kayla, and Ryan explore this in detail, starting with the need to continually remember behavior is an expression of a need. We need to do the detective work to help our kids! Resources Mentioned in the Episode Les Carter - When Pleasing You Is Killing Me: A Workbook One Big Happy Home Web | Facebook | Twitter | Email | Podcast Swag Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy Executive Producer: Ryan North

28mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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Rupture and Repair - S06 E09

We all rupture the relationship with our kids which allows us opportunities to repair it. Chris, Ryan, and Kayla discuss how to make sure that we are repairing the relationship when we are the ones who rupture it. Repairing relationship hurts let our kids know that they matter and it gives us an opportunity to model humility and making things right. One Big Happy Home Web | Facebook | Twitter | Email | Podcast Swag Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy Executive Producer: Ryan North

27mins

28 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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Building the Staircase of the Brain - S06 E04

Chris wanted to go back to the basics for this episode, so he, Ryan, and Kayla talk about that most important organ in the body: the brain. They dissect—not literally—the components of the brain and talk about how parents of vulnerable children need to pay attention to how things are working in the minds of our kids.  Resources Mentioned in the Episode The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind One Big Happy Home Web | Facebook | Twitter | Email | Podcast Swag Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy Executive Producer: Ryan North

31mins

16 May 2019

Rank #4

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Keeping Your Balance as a Parent - S2E2

Chris Turner and Ryan North discuss why it is important to be in balance as a parent.

19mins

17 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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Give Me An Example: Parenting Tools Edition - S3E8

Chris invites Ryan and Kayla for another "lightning round" of Give Me an Example, this time focusing on the Parenting Tools taught in the Empowered to Connect class. They discuss: Focus on Nonverbal Communication Encourage Feelings Get Your Child Moving Feelings Flashcards - Todd Parr Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter Intro/Outro Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

31mins

9 Mar 2017

Rank #6

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Why Traditional Parenting Doesn't Work for Our Kids - S3E14

Chris, Kayla and Ryan are joined by Maggie Popp to discuss why traditional parenting doesn't work for foster and adopted kids. They discuss, amongst other things, why time-outs and yelling don't work. Maggie is an Empowered to Connect parent trainer with her husband Brian in the St. Louis metro area. They have six children: two adopted out of the foster care system, three biological kids, and one foster child. Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter One Big Happy Home | Ryan's Blog Intro/Outro Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

29mins

10 May 2017

Rank #7

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How Do We Deal with Drama? - S05 E13

Some of our kids have big emotions. Chris talks with Ryan and Kayla about how we deal with drama when the emotions go from big to bigger to biggest. Resources Mentioned in the Episode Harry Chapin - The Cat's in the Cradle One Big Happy Home Web | Facebook | Twitter | Email | Podcast Swag Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy Executive Producer: Ryan North

19mins

22 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Moving From Reactive to Proactive Parenting - S2E10

Chris Turner is once again joined by Ryan and Kayla North as they discuss how traditional parenting is reactive and why we need to become proactive in our parenting.

21mins

18 May 2016

Rank #9

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What is the Impact of Foster Care on Kids in Our Home? - S05 E12

Listener Jamie asks, how do we prepare the kids already in our home for the journey into foster care? This is something as parents we do not always consider, especially if the kids already in our home are very young. Chris talks with Ryan and Kayla about ways to help kids prepare for and deal with the ups and downs of life as a foster family. One Big Happy Home Web | Facebook | Twitter | Email | Podcast Swag Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy Executive Producer: Ryan North

24mins

8 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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Preparing Those Who Are Walking Alongside You - S05 E11

Listener Jamie asks the team about resources for family members and friends to help educate them on how they can best support their family as they navigate foster care and adoption journeys.  Resources Mentioned in the Episode The Whole Brain Child TBRI Overview Video The Science of Neglect Video Brene Brown TED Talk on Vulnerability The Connected Child Back2Back Ministries One Big Happy Home Web | Facebook | Twitter | Email | Podcast Swag Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy Executive Producer: Ryan North

24mins

9 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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Toddlers - S4E7

Listener Tracy writes in asking about an episode devoted to TBRI with kids under the age of 4. How do we use compromise and other tools seen in The Connected Child when our little ones don't always have the words or understanding to utilize them. Chris, Ryan, and Kayla talk about how these concepts can be put into practice for toddlers and preschoolers in our households. I Love You Rituals - Becky Bailey Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate One Big Happy Home | Ryan's Blog Intro/Outro Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy

27mins

29 Nov 2017

Rank #12

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Just Say Yes! - S06 E07

Chris, Kayla, and Ryan take on a listener question about Yes Jar, and expound on why it's important to give our kids as many yeses as possible. Giving a yes is an important building block of trust with kids from hard places. Resources Mentioned in this Episode The Yes Jar Are You Looking For An Easy Way to Say Yes More? One Big Happy Home Web | Facebook | Twitter | Email | Podcast Swag Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy Executive Producer: Ryan North

29mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Sassy Talk - S5E2

Chris is joined once again by Kayla and Ryan North to talk about something that can be quite irritating to all parents: sassy talk. They discuss various ways to counteract it and get our kids to a place where they can talk respectfully not just to parents, but others as well. Baby Owl Lost Her Whoo - Cindy Lee The Frequency and Intensity of Behavior Dictates the Frequency and Intensity of Response - S3E2 One Big Happy Home: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Email Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Produced by Dallas Stacy

26mins

14 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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BETTER TOGETHER - Staying Connected in Marriage While Parenting Kids From Trauma - S06 E03

Let's be honest: parenting kids from hard places is exhausting. It can drain us physically, emotionally, and mentally, and leave us feeling like we have nothing else to give. This can be a dangerous place to find ourselves when it comes to our marriages. Chris, Ryan, and Kayla talk about some things to be aware of in your marriage as you parent and offer some thoughts on re-engaging and reconnecting with your spouse. Kids from trauma need strong families, and strong families start with strong marriages. One Big Happy Home Web | Facebook | Twitter | Email | Podcast Swag Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy Executive Producer: Ryan North

29mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Siblings - S3E21

Sibling relationships can always be tenuous, and even more so when it comes to kids from hard places. Chris, Ryan, and Kayla talk about strategies for dealing with these rivalries and the struggles of sibling interaction. Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter One Big Happy Home | Ryan's Blog Intro/Outro Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy

32mins

12 Jul 2017

Rank #16

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Creating an Environment of Felt Safety with Predictability - S3E13

Chris, Kayla, and Ryan discuss how we can create an environment of felt safety in our homes with predictability. A lack of consistency and can be processed as chaos by our children and they need predictability to feel safe. Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter One Big Happy Home | Ryan's Blog Intro/Outro Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

24mins

1 May 2017

Rank #17

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Empowered to Connect Conference Preview - S3E11

Chris, Kayla, and Ryan preview the upcoming Empowered to Connect Conference in Franklin, TN April 7-8. They discuss what you can expect, why you should attend (in person or at one of the 450 simulcast sites), and why it's good for you to attend even if you're not new to connected parenting. Click here to find a simulcast site near you Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter One Big Happy Home | Ryan's Blog Intro/Outro Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

24mins

31 Mar 2017

Rank #18

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Bedtime Struggles - S3E19

Chris, Ryan, and Kayla tackle an issue in this episode that most of us deal with; bedtime struggles. They discuss the value of routines (structure) and rituals (nurture) at bedtime and why the cause of the issue may or may not be what you think. Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter One Big Happy Home | Ryan's Blog Intro/Outro Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere Engineered and Produced by Dallas Stacy

34mins

20 Jun 2017

Rank #19

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Lying - S3E16

Chris, Ryan, and Kayla discuss a question they get from many parents. And that question is, "why do my children lie and what can I do about it"? The answer requires a lot of grace and may not be what most people think it is. Tapestry: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Donate Empowered to Connect: Web | Facebook | Twitter One Big Happy Home | Ryan's Blog Intro/Outro Music: "Home" by Moses Uvere

24mins

25 May 2017

Rank #20