23 Wardrobe

Sage Family Podcast 23: Wardrobe with Zoë Kim

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 23 and today I’m here with Zoë Kim talking about wardrobes. Zoë is the author of Minimalism for Families and a simplicity coach at Raising Simple where she partners with women to tackle the challenges of a cluttered home and life. She loves to try new food, travel, and talk psychology. With her pragmatic and thoughtful approach, Zoë helps mothers find the best solutions to simplify their homes and lives. She lives outside of Atlanta with her 4 children. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share […]

Unconditional Parenting

Sage Family Podcast 21: Unconditional Parenting with Alfie Kohn

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 21 and today I’m here with Alfie Kohn talking about unconditional parenting. Alfie is the author of 14 books on education, parenting, and human behavior, including Punished by Rewards (1993/2018), The Schools Our Children Deserve (1999), Unconditional Parenting (2005), The Homework Myth (2006), and The Myth of the Spoiled Child (2014). He has appeared twice on “Oprah,” as well as on “The Today Show” and many other TV and radio programs. He works with educators and parents across the country and speaks regularly at national conferences. He lives (actually) in […]

20 Emotional Regulation

Sage Family Podcast 20: Emotional Regulation with Azine Graff

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 20 and today I’m here with Dr. Azine Graff talking about emotional regulation. Azine is a mother, psychologist, and co-founder of Harmony in Parenting in LA. She is passionate about supporting parents and children in working through daily challenges through connection. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our adventures at the Issaqua Salmon Hatchery, South Sound Nature School, and Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Follow along on Instagram Highlights Brain Development: We give some context to this conversation by going over where a child’s […]

Neurodiversity

Sage Family Podcast 19: Neurodiversity with Debbie Reber

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 19 and today I’m here with Debbie Reber talking about neurodiversity. Debbie is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a website, top podcast, and online community for parents who are raising differently wired children. Her most recent book, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, came out in June 2018. She currently lives with her son and husband in the Netherlands. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our big September adventure yurt camping on the […]

Judgment

Sage Family Podcast 18: Judgment with Tracy Gillett

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 18 and today I’m here with my friend Tracy Gillett talking about judgment. Tracy Gillett is a nature-obsessed, adventure-loving mama of one living in Vancouver, BC. She is the founder of Raised Good, a blog and community that strives to support and empower parents to trust and follow their instincts on a natural parenting path. She is the author of The Lost Art of Natural Parenting. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our road trip that culminated in horseback riding through the woods for Sky’s […]

Screens

Sage Family Podcast 15: Screens with Leah McDermott

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 15 and today I’m here with my friend Leah McDermott talking about screens. Leahis a former Master Educator and now unschooling mama of two who has made it her mission to help bring more natural elements to children’s everyday learning experiences through her business Your Natural Learner. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week We took a birthday trip to a farm on Orca’s Island it was breathtakingly beautiful. Highlights Misconceptions: What’s up with all the fear and shame? We break a lot of misconceptions down. Valuable Tool: […]

14 Minimalism

Sage Family Podcast 14: Minimalism with Denaye Barahona

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 14 and today I’m here with Denaye Barahona Ph.D. talking about minimalism. Denaye is the voice behind Simple Families–a blog, podcast, and community that helps mothers thrive through simple living. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the magical forest theater where we hiked and saw Peter Pan with our friends. Highlights Minimalism: We share what minimalism really is and what it looks like for us. Parenting: I talk about how minimalism is a strong strand that is woven throughout […]

13 Values

Sage Family Podcast 13: Values with Becca Shern

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 13 and today I’m here with my friend Becca Shern talking about values. Bex is a mom, partner, Registered Dietitian, and creator of Minimal Wellness. Through minimalist principles she helps her family and clients find, navigate, and enjoy the simple path to optimal health. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the breathtakingly beautiful lake we jumped into when we veered off course and embraced nature’s playground and history. Highlights Inherited Values: We talk about the work of unpacking the values you unconsciously inherited values from […]

Nature

Sage Family Podcast 11: Nature with Nicolette Sowder

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Nicolette Sowder talking about nature. Nicolette is a nature-connected educator and founder of Wilder Child and Wildschooling. Her passion is to serve as companion and guide for those families, educators and care givers interested in nurturing and growing their relationship with nature. She is also the creator of The Kids Moon Club, a year-long lunar journey designed to guide and encourage families to sync up with moon time. Most days you can find her being led through her farm and forest by her two wildlings. Support the show on […]

Discipline

Sage Family Podcast 7: Discipline with Tamara Soles

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Dr. Tamara Soles talking about Discipline on the gentle parenting path. Tamara is a mom of 4-year-old twins, Evangeline and Sawyer. She is a psychologist and parent coach in Montreal at the Centre she founded called the Secure Child Centre for Families and Children. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week we met friends at the roller rink. I was rocking my pig tails and tube socks and it was so much playful fun. We danced like no one was watching, sang like […]

Winter Gear

Winter Family Gear for Nature Adventurers

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Just over a year ago we were living in San Diego with a wardrobe consisting of swim suits, sundresses (shorts and tanks for the kids), and flip flops. Then we took off on a new adventure in the Pacific Northwest and while we were so excited to experience 4 seasons, I was confused and intimidated trying to research and navigate what gear the kids needed for a lifestyle of nature adventures as homeschoolers (wildschooling, if you will). I can confidently say that we’ve now got this thing figured out and I’m sharing it here to save you the months of […]

Invisible Mother

The Invisible Mother

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Are you disappearing as a whole woman in your role as Mother? I had heard the mainstream warnings against “losing yourself” to motherhood that were used as battle cries against attachment parenting, full-time mothering, and homeschooling, but dismissed them as fear mongering that didn’t resonate with me and didn’t seem to resonate with my Sage Parents. Then I published my new book Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free, and as the initial feedback began to roll in, one of the themes that emerged was a sense of surprise and excitement at being extended a seat at the table.   “Sage Homeschooling […]

Book Review: The Carpenter and the Gardener

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The Carpenter and the Gardener: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children by Alison Gopnik is a book I bought for the metaphor in the title, which struck me as brilliant. Most mainstream parents view parenting and education as carpentry. “You should pay some attention to the kind of material you are working with, and it may have some influence on what you try to do. But essentially your job is to shape that material into a final product that will fit the scheme you had in mind to begin with. And […]

The Whole-Brain Child

Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child

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contains affiliate links   The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson is a book that has been sitting on my virtual book shelf (Kindle library) for years. I am happy to report that 1. Marie Kondo was wrong and if you’re anything like me, you absolutely read books that have been sitting on your shelf unread and 2. this book met my expectations. I anticipated a book aimed at early childhood that gives parents a better understanding of the behind-the-scenes brain work underneath their child’s emotions and behavior. […]

Healing Through Parenting

Healing Through Parenting

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  I emerged from childhood with a lot of healing to do. On this I know I am not unique. Prior to motherhood, I did strive to be my best self, and some of that did include working through some of those wounds that stuck out most. But only once I emerged from the pregnancy chrysalis as a mother was I able to access my emotional depths. In hearing my baby cry, I heard my own unanswered cries. And in holding my child close with responsive empathy, I was soothing my own inner child. I could feel her tears drying […]

When Kids Are Bored

When Kids are Bored

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  What is boredom and how can we help support our children through it? Let’s unpack, shift, and live better, together. We’ve all seen the negative stereotype of the schooled child on summer break, sitting at home surrounded by stuff and whining, “I’m bored!” while the disengaged parent hides and scours Pinterest for new pretty toys to distract them and Google for day camps to busy them. But quickly filling in the space is not the solution. It’s an empty calorie, like eating a cheese puff when you’re hungry. It’s not good for you, it fills the space where something […]

It's Not Luck

It’s Not Luck

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  “You’re so lucky to be home with your kids.” “We’re not all lucky enough to be able to homeschool.” It’s not luck that allows me to live the life I do. It’s a series of intentional choices and sacrifices. No one has ever said to me, “You’re so lucky to be a therapist,” because no one attributes that to luck. I’ve heard, “You have such admirable drive and commitment,” and “Your passion and skill has really changed lives,” and “Your sacrifices have been well worth it.” But never, “You’re so lucky to be doing this.” Let me explicitly state […]

Do It All

How this Attachment Parenting, Homeschooling, Mompreneur Does It All

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  I don’t. Priorities Let’s start right there. I don’t do it all. No one does it all and I wouldn’t want to. Remember my post about Finding the Quality YES? I talked about how saying yes to one thing is actually saying no to a million other things. I’m sitting on my deck writing this for you while I watch my kids run around and play in the grass. I’m not an archeologist on a dig in Tanzania right now. I don’t want it all. I want to invest myself in the few consciously chosen intentions that we have designed […]

Choosing Home

Book Review: Choosing Home

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contains affiliate links A couple years ago I put a movie called Mom’s Night Out on my Netflix list. I don’t know what possessed me to do this as the Jesus vibes were detectable from the commercials. Upon arrival, I tossed it in the DVD player with less than no expectations. Then something shocking occurred: I actually loved it. Yes, they went to church, but it was one strand woven into the fabric of their lives as opposed to the whole point. Yes, it was sexist against men, in that the fathers were largely absent from parenthood and portrayed as totally incompetent […]

Capsule Wardrobe

Self Care Challenge

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I’ve been listening to you . . . and one thing I hear over and over is the struggle for self-care on the gentle parenting path. With Mother’s Day on the horizon, this is the perfect time to reflect and invest in ourselves as mothers. So if you’ve ever had even the smallest sense of depletion or losing of yourself, the next 7 days are going to rock your world. Day 1: Identity I don’t want you to be the victim of your own life. Let that really sink in for a minute. I want you to be the author […]