Minimum Viable Parenting
By Julia Pappas
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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
||Clean038: Encouraging Children to Do Their Best||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...||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean037: How to Help a Fearful Child||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. ...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean036: Parenting Styles & Executive Functioning in Children||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..||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean035: Executive Functioning - The One Job It Needs To Do||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..||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean034: Understanding Childhood Fears||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...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean033: Keeping Your Calm As a Parent||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..||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean032: Three Types Of Inconsistent Parenting||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...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean031: Double-Standard Parenting||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,...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean030: Raising Future-Ready Children||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...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean029: Parenting With The Future in Mind||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...||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean028: Dealing With Persistent Problem Behaviors||All children have challenging behavior. This is normal. Until it gets to be too much. It is one thing when our children have an occasional tantrum or get stuck with the limits we set for them. This is OK because reacting emotionally is the way...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean027: Discipline, Punishments, & Consequences||What to do when children misbehave? Do we need to address that behavior? How do we respond? Do we even need to respond? Yes, we do need to respond. It is our responsibility to teach children what can and cannot be done, what is acceptable and what is...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean026: Setting Limits The Right Way||Getting kids to listen and follow our directions is the most common challenge parents face. Ideally, we think about setting limits with children before we run into conflicts. It is so much easier to be proactive. But even if we are finding ourselves...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean025: Raising Emotionally Competent Children||Why is it important that our children become emotionally competent? Emotions help us understand what we need and what we don’t want. When we understand our emotions, we acquire powerful tools. If we also see how important it is for our children to...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean024: The Art Of Listening To Children||Do you know that the best way to support the child is to listen to them? And do you know how to listen? What is the goal of true listening and how do we listen with intention? In this episode, we are exploring why listening to...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023: When Children Lie & Deceive||What do you do when you catch your child lying? Have you been perplexed as to why this happens and what to do with this behavior? To tackle this challenge, we need to understand where the child is at developmentally and be able to...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022: Secrets To Raising Winners||How to raise children who win? So many parents wonder, how to make sure our children succeed? The simple answer is to raise children who are not afraid to fail. Children who know how to face failure, have the kind of skills that all true winners need...||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021: The Only Need That Matters Most||Our most important role in the child's life is to help the development of identity and the sense of Self. We do that in many ways and by using numerous tools, but it all starts with unconditional regards and acceptance. The sense of acceptance...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020: Parental Control & The Child's Sense of Freedom||Setting limits is often the most challenging task when it comes to parenting and it does mean exercising control over the situation and making decisions as a parent. While we all understand that setting limits is critical, many of us struggle...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019: The Trap of Comparison & Poor Self-Esteem||We’ve all done it. At one time or another, we have compared our children to someone else’s. How many times have we said, “Look at so-and-so, why can’t you be like them?” Certainly never said with a malicious intent, comparing children does...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018: Kids, Gadgets, & Misled Parents||As gadgets become part of our children's lives, we get to hear many opinions on what is appropriate use and how much screen time is OK. Where do you get your advice from? How much do you trust the media? How many of your decisions you question based...||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017: Respectful Interactions With Children||Limits that we set for our children will be more effective when they are set in a generally positive home atmosphere. The kind of atmosphere that conveys respect towards the child and acknowledgement of them as an individual. The way we interact with...||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016: Boundaries & The Importance Of Starting Early||Do you protect your own boundaries? If yes, then you know the value of teaching the same skills and awareness to your children. For these essential life lessons, it is never too late to start but the earlier we start the better off our children are....||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015: Preventing Parent Burnout||Knowing how important it is to maintain our well-being as parents, what would you do to prevent parent burnout? You could probably quit your job if it were driving you crazy, but you can’t quit your children, no matter how much they exhaust you....||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014: Understanding Parent Burnout||Parent burnout is a real phenomenon that can have serious consequences for our well-being. You either heard about or experienced some form of burnout in your life, so perhaps you have some idea of what parent burnout is. But did you know that parent...||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013: When Children Have "Bad" Emotions||We all have feelings. Children do too. What what do you do when feelings are bad? What do we usually think of when we say, “bad” emotions? Typically, these are the kinds of emotions that may be very intense and, as parents, we may not know how to...||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012: Parenting From a Place of Guilt||Have you ever felt resentful as a parent? Have you ever felt guilty for wanting to do less rather than more? Have you ever wanted to spend a little bit of time on your own? These and other thoughts and wants can make us feel guilty as parents....||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011: Children & Self-Esteem||Parents often wonder how to raise the child’s self-esteem. When we notice our child not having confidence to do something, we begin to worry that their self-esteem is low and that we need to do something about raising it. Is there a way to...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: Respecting Children - Freedom & Limits||A lot is being said these days about respecting children, and much of what we do as parents we may do in the name of respect. In the 21st century, we now have a better understanding of the developmental needs of children and have a...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: Nurturing Your Child's Emotions||Our children express a range of emotions. Sometimes we are not sure how to deal with them. Sometimes we get afraid of a scared child, or we get angry at an angry child, and we get anxious about an anxious child... Sometimes we may wonder who is on a...||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: Connecting With Children - a Shift in Perspective||Staying connected with our children is important. But what does it even mean? What does connection look like when it’s there, and how do we know when it’s missing? We may first notice lack of connection when we feel some kind of difficulty to get...||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: Parent Guilt and What To Do About It||The feeling of guilt is all too familiar to parents. It is so deeply rooted, it almost feels unavoidable, and we kind of learn to live with it. But is it really serving us? Let's explore the bigger context of this emotional state. Understanding...||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006: What Kind of Love do Children Need?||There is no doubt every parent loves their child. It would be hard not to. But what kind of love do children need? Since so many of us parents think that our job is to love our children, wouldn't it be great to know how that job is done? What does...||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005: Parenting Essentials - Boundaries||What are BOUNDARIES and what do they have to do with parenting? In this episode we explore the Essential Element of BOUNDARIES. In broader terms, we are looking at BOUNDARIES from the perspective of a) something that defines an individual and why that..||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: Parenting Essentials - Values||The VALUES Element is another essential to our parenting practice. In this episode, we will look at values from the standpoint of an internal system of beliefs and attitudes that guide our behavior. Whether we are aware of it or not, we parent from a...||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: Parenting Essentials - Nurture||The NURTURE element is one of the 3 Essential Elements of parenting, and it has many facets. The simplest way to understand it, is to consider it from the point of needs -- the needs of the child on the one hand, and the needs of the parent on the other||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: Three Essential Elements of Parenting||In this episode we are talking about the 3 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF PARENTING that form the foundation of the Minimum Viable Parenting framework. These critical essentials help us calm the overwhelm and focus on what matters most in our journey as...||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001: What Is Minimum Viable Parenting?||Introduction to the MVP Parenting Model||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Finally - Parenting "advice" that inspires us to trust our own internal wisdom. Thank you, Julia!
Great insights and guidance!
Julia speaks with an air of authenticity, simplicity and deep authority on such an important topic- parenting from a place of engagement and mutual growth. Excited to hear more!
A Great Podcast For Any Parent!
Very refreshing podcast on parenting! Julia provides guidance with a gentle touch. I highly recommend this podcast to any parent!