This page contains all of the interviews conducted for the Parent Empowerment Network and the topics range from parenting, self-care, balancing life, and more. Simply click on the title of the interview you want to watch to begin playing the video. Since the interviews are a couple years old, the resources mentioned may or may not still be available.

If you notice any issues or have any problems with anything on this page, please email [heather at flowcoaching.net]. Thank you and Enjoy!

What You Feed Your Child Affects His or Her Behavior More Than You Think

On this call, you will:

  • discover just how much food can affect behavior
  • why clinical research doesn’t tell us everything we need to know
  • learn how loving parents may sometimes inadvertently set their kids up for failure
  • discover how to set your child up for success with optimal nourishment

After 30 tiring years of chronic fatigue syndrome, Ruth got her health back by adopting a paleo diet. She discovered that many health issues – big and small – are caused by our diets, though we often don’t realize it. She’s especially interested in how young children, who can’t make their own food choices, are affected by the foods we feed them, and wants to help parents make choices that will set their kids up for success.

Ruth is the author of Step By Step Paleo, a guide to making the transition to a real food paleo diet as painless as possible.  

This interview aired on 3/14/14

 3 Lies Even the Smartest Parents Believe that Keep Them Struggling with a Child Who Pushes Their Boundaries, Ignores What They Say & Only Listens When They’re Really Pissed

  • Are you EXHAUSTED by dealing with a child who doesn’t do what you ask and only seems to cooperate when they know you’re about to blow your top?
  • Do you wish you could get EVEN A LITTLE cooperation without having to get REALLY pissed?
  • Are you feeling GUILTY about how you interact with your child, and worried that you must be doing something wrong (or, worse, are just a bad parent)

Do you wish you knew WHY your son or daughter doesn’t listen, and what you could do to start changing this FRUSTRATING dynamic — right away? In this training, you’ll learn:

  • Why This Problem Truly ISN’T Your Fault, But You ARE the Solution to Solving It
  • The Super-Hero Skill YOUR Child Has That Will Keep Working AGAINST You If You Don’t Know About It, But Can Work FOR You As Soon As You Pay Attention to It
  • EXACTLY What Your Child Is Craving, When They Misbehave (But Doesn’t Know How to Ask for) and How You Can Begin to Give it to Them, in a Way That Will Work for BOTH of You
  • 3 Practical Strategies You Can Use TONIGHT to Stop the Cycle of Asking & Being Ignored (I’m willing to bet you $5 you’ve NEVER heard anybody tell you #2 so listen to the call for more deets about our little wager.)   :)

This interview aired 3/28/14.

Cultivating Conscious Children – A Loving Parent’s Guide for How to Bully-Proof Your Young Child

In this session, Erika will empower parents with the 2 key “game changers” that will change the way you approach parenting that will radically change your relationship with your child.  She will also teach the top 3 most important principles that you can start to use now, that will make the most impact long-term in your child’s journey as they enter the teen years. This interview aired 4/11/14.

Calm, Confident Parenting: Is it Really Possible?

So, maybe you have some tools for peaceful, intentional parenting. And maybe you use them, sometimes. But, a lot of times your kids hit your trigger point and it’s only after you react that you remember what you could have done differently.

Why is this? Why isn’t it enough to have tools and a plan? We’ll be talking about this today, and Natanya will share three things you need to really get yourself on track to calm, confident parenting and building great relationships with your kids.

As an Intentional Parenting Guide, Natanya supports mamas in staying calm when parenting gets crazy.  She has been featured on The Northstar Sessions interview series and as a contributor to Inner Peace Parenting and Front Burner Mama Magazines.  

When she’s not talking with amazing, inspiring moms, you can find Natanya with her two boys, making gingerbread on a school night, practicing yoga, or skipping stones on Lake Champlain. She can also be found doing laundry, grocery shopping, and meditating.. as all moms do, right?;)

This interview aired 4/25/14.

3 Simple Ways Moms can Get Out of Overwhelm

What do you do when your day is so crazy and overwhelming that you want to just hide in a closet and wait for the storm to pass?  If this sounds like you from time to time (or all the time), you’ll enjoy learning 3 simple steps to help you get out of overwhelm!  These are strategies that Ann and Jamie have used for years when they are feeling stressed and out of balance.  The best part is, these steps don’t take long to implement and make a big difference in how you feel and how your day unfolds!

Ann Fafard and Jamie Willett are co-creators of FrontBurnerMama magazine which supports Moms to get off the back burner and begin to live in their “Sweet Spot”.  They have known each other for over eight years as friends and accountability partners supporting each other through challenges and accomplishments.  Ann and Jamie have both been on the back burner big time and want to let Moms know they are not alone.  With support and guidance they were able to make shifts in their lives and get to a better place…a place they like to call “Your Sweet Spot.”  They are now teaching Moms the techniques and skills they’ve learned to get back into balance faster so Moms don’t have to spend several years feeling burnt out, overwhelmed and exhausted.

This interview aired 5/16/14

6 Fun and Easy Ways to Gain True Cooperation

In this presentation you’ll learn the definition of true cooperation and how to encourage it without using bribes, threats, or punishment. You’ll come away with games, techniques, and strategies that you can use today to turn your child’s “no” into an enthusiastic and joyful “yes!” By utilizing a little bit of knowledge of child development and better understanding why your child resists your suggestions, you’ll discover how to easily meet your child’s needs while gaining their cooperation. It’s magic!

Shelly Birger Phillips is passionate about being absolutely the best mom she can be and supporting other parents to do the same. With a BS in Psychology and an MA in Leadership, she has an extensive knowledge of child development and parenting theory as well as tons of hands-on experience as a preschool teacher, nanny and as a mother herself, she offers Skype video parent coaching to parents all over the world using a connection-based conscious parenting approach. Shelly also has a free blog about conscious parenting at http://www.awakeparent.com/blog You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest at AwakeShelly.

Here are the two books we discussed during the interview:

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

This interview aired 5/30/14

Mindful Pre-birth Parenting

Learn how to release fears and anxiety surrounding becoming a parent and learn how to bond with your baby before birth using meditation and visualization techniques.

Victoria Moore is natural health researcher/blogger, yoga instructor and Usui Reiki master. Her passions include empowering women on how to prepare for natural labor, teaching yoga to adults and children and learning about alternative approaches to health and lifestyle.  Through her website www.yogimami.com she enjoys connecting with other like-minded people and sharing information about health and wellness, natural parenting, alternative medicine and organic living.  

This interview aired on 6/13/14

Mastering Meal Planning

If you struggle with trying to make nourishing meals everyday for your family, keep a food budget, and have time to do it all, stay tuned for this presentation on meal planning. We’ll talk about how to fit meal planning into your schedule to save time and money and eat well all week. Filling your fridge with whole foods is the first step, but meal planning and food preparation will make meal time less stressful and help boost your health. 

Lauren Fowler is a real food lover and wants everyone to find their version of vibrant health and happiness. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, she works with clients to discover tools to live a healthy lifestyle full of ease and joy and free of dieting. She enjoys working with women locally and virtually, especially for getting out of the diet cycle, food sensitivities, prenatal/pregnancy nutrition and women’s health, and helping women and families discover real food. You can find her blog at mindfulmealsblog.com and get your free Nutrition Toolkit, including a meal planning guide and a weekly coaching newsletter.

This interview aired 6/27/14.

“What about ME?” How to Get the Support You Need from Your Partner

  • How to let your partner know you’re in need of some extra help and TLC without it causing a fight
  • How to work as a team in parenting (it’s more than just doing every other diaper change or picking them up from practice)
  • Ways to work in “me” time and “couple time” to keep from feeling so overwhelmed and disconnected from each other and yourself

Tammy Whitten has been helping moms blend the realities of life and their dreams together for nearly 15 years. By using their strengths, she helps them to develop their own personalized plan for reducing stress and worry in their lives so they can create the happy relationships, kids, and lives they always dreamed of!

This interview aired 7/11/14.

 

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Healing Stories for Everyday Parenting Challenges

Some days are easier than others and some children are more challenging than others. Join us as we take a look at what can be going on beneath the surface and some simple tools to help make every day life with little ones a bit more pleasant for all. We’ll be introducing the idea of Healing Stories, which can be used with all children to support them through major life transitions, as well as the smaller bumps along the way.

Rebecca Thompson began The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC in 2007.  She has supported many families on their journey of transformation, from families who have adopted children with special needs, families who had a difficult beginning (birth), to children who have been diagnosed with an alphabet of labels. Rebecca is able to see things from a new perspective that promotes healing in families, from the very smallest members to the grown-ups and couples. Recently, Rebecca has been enjoying working with families with babies and creating a healing space for connection with our smallest family members.

Rebecca is the author of 3 books: Consciously Parenting: What it really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families, Creating Connection: Essential Tools for Growing Families through Conception, Birth and Beyond, and Nurturing Connection: What Parents Need to Know about Emotional Expression and Bonding. She is also the co-host of a radio show, True North Parents.

This interview aired 7/25/14

Real Food Basics for Families: How to save time and money on the road to a healthier, happier life!

Transitioning from Hamburger Helper to homemade food can seem like a daunting task, especially when it is being done for a family! Eating healthier and enjoying the benefits of that lifestyle does not have to be overwhelming or complicated. Kara will discuss simple ways to start your transition to healthier food without overwhelm and begin reaping the benefits of nutritious foods that will aid in the creation of a happier home environment.

Kara Cozier began her real food journey in 2008, when her identical twin daughters turned 6 months old. This college graduate and Navy Veteran knew she had to take charge of her family’s health and start her daughters down a path of good nutritious food habits. Because of the health choices she made for her family, her children have not had a prescription or over the counter drug since 6 months old! The power of real food and natural remedies is truly amazing and Kara’s passion is to share that experience with you. Through her blog, LifeSanity.com and her DIY Freedom Lifestyle Coaching System, she will educate you and provide the support necessary to make a lasting health transformation for you and your family. 

This interview aired 8/8/14

Kombucha, Pregnancy & Children – Is it Safe?

Kombucha is a delicious probiotic beverage that serves as a low cost, healthy alternative to sugary juices and toxic sodas, but is it safe for everyone to drink? (Hannah Crum, founder of the #1 Kombucha information site in the world Kombucha Kamp, is a master brewer and known worldwide as “The Kombucha Mamma,” mentor to millions of Kombucha homebrewers eager to learn this fun and easy process.) This presentation focuses on the many questions pregnant or nursing mothers might have regarding the safety of consuming Kombucha for themselves and their children. Plus it will include some of the other fun ways Kombucha can be incorporated into your family’s lifestyle!

Hannah Crum is The Kombucha Mamma, founder of Kombucha Kamp, the most visited website in the world for Kombucha information, recipes and advice. KKamp’s mission is to “heal the world, one gut at a time.” Along partner Alex LaGory, Hannah is also an industry journalist & Master Brewer, directly mentoring thousands of new and experienced Kombucha brewers and providing consultation services for Kombucha start-ups since 2007. Together, Hannah and Alex co-founded Kombucha Brewers International, a non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting bottled Kombucha around the world. Kombucha Kamp classes, advice and reporting have been featured in BevNet, Beverage Spectrum Magazine, Whole Life Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Elephant Journal, Vital Juice and many others while her instructional video series with E-How/Expert Village has racked up over 1 million views. Alex and Hannah are writing a 400 page Kombucha tome that will be published by Storey Publishing (Fall 2015).  Hannah is also a leader and featured speaker in the Southern California Real Food movement, using the “Kombucha Lifestyle” as an introduction to other fermented foods, gut health, the human microbiome, “bacteriosapiens” and more.

She has truly lived up to her title as The Kombucha Mamma by shipping freshly grown, full-size Kombucha starter cultures  to more than 10,000 people worldwide and offers kits and Continuous Brew Packages, the ultimate in convenient homebrewed Kombucha, via her webstore: http://store.kombuchakamp.com/. Kombucha is incredibly easy to make and a lifetime supply can be made from one fresh, healthy culture. Learn more and get a Free “Do-It-Yourself” Kombucha Guide with brewing, bottling & flavoring tips by visiting: http://www.kombuchakamp.com/kombucha-recipe. Don’t forget the Kombucha Kamp motto: Trust your gut!

This interview aired 8/22/14

Raising Generation Tech: Strategies for Positive Parenting

In this interview, we’ll look at the impact of video games on the brains of children. We’ll consider the positives and negatives of video games and examine the addictive nature of this type of technology.. We’ll discuss the role of the brain’s reward system and offer practical suggestions for instilling healthy boundaries for children and teens. How can parents remain positive and supportive while helping their children maintain a healthy balance?

Andrea is a former journalist and the mother of nine children ranging in age from 29 to 13. After a health crisis in 2008, Andrea and her family discovered the wonders of natural living. Andrea is the founder and president of momsAWARE, an educational organization designed to empower others to live healthy in a toxic world. She blogs at It Takes Time and is the owner of Just So Natural Products.

This interview aired 9/5/14

Nurturing You: Mindful Self-Care for a Thriving Life

Nurturing You with Mindful Self-Care moves you powerfully towards a thriving YOU and life. Nurturing You means caring for and about yourself in deep and powerful ways. In this interview, Sheila will dispel myths about self-care, help us understand what Mindful Self-Care is, and clarify it’s impact. You will also learn 5 simple, practical tips for getting started with Mindful Self-Care.

Sheila Pai is a relationship, parenting and life coach specializing in partnership, birth and Mindful Self-Care. In addition to workshops and one-on-one coaching, she does sessions of Birth Story Listening and Birth Art Process. The real focus and thread through all of Sheila’s work is helping people cultivate a thriving self—and life—by nurturing connection, presence and peace. Sheila lives with her two children and husband outside Philadelphia where she continues to work on mindful presence, connects with the natural world, creates and eats delicious homemade food and finds the little—and big—joys of living a full life.

This interview aired 9/19/14.

The almost magical formula for astounding ease and harmony in your family, while fully honoring your children’s spirits

Eliane will share with you the 3 foundational parenting elements, which when used together lead to cooperative relationships with children, ease and harmony in families, well behaved children who listen to you, the possibility of everyone’s needs being met and which make parenting just plain enjoyable!

Eliane Sainte-Marie is a mom of 3 daughters, ages 16 through 21, who figured out a way to have wonderful ease and harmony in her family while maintaining her unwavering focus on raising her daughters to be whole. After getting grounded in a parenting style that felt in complete alignment with her values, she spent the next 15 years working on healing herself from the damage of her childhood, so she could also live from the whole and free place from which her daughters live. She founded Parenting For Wholeness, which has the following mission:

  • To teach and help parents integrate the very clean, respectful and effective parenting principles which lead to ease and harmony in families while fully honoring children’s spirits.
  • To help parents heal from the damages of their childhood and the negative conditioning from society so that they can consistently parent in alignment with their values, and live from a place of wholeness themselves.

This interview aired 10/3/14

Technology, Communication & Social Media: Leveraging it to Form Greater Connection with Your Kids

Ever wonder where your kids go when they disappear online? Parenting Kids in the Digital Age has become an all consuming job for many parents. From managing screen time, to deciphering social media and navigating the world of teen selfies, digital citizenship has become a hot topic. Natalie is going to show us how we can spot the danger signals and catch the warning signs to keep our kids safe online and offline. She will share with us the 3 Critical things parents must to keep their kids out of harms way while the surf the world wide web.

Natalie Blais is the founder of A Passionate Parent and the Creator of The KID Concept: Raising a Child with Kindness, Integrity and Dignity. Using technology, social media and a large sense of humor when it comes to parenting, Natalie is the go to gal when you need to rediscover your love of parenting. Armed with laughter and a willingness to be “THAT” mom, Natalie can help you create a happy, healthy, peaceful home so you can fall back in love with your kids and have a lifelong parenting strategy.

This interview aired 10/17/14

3 Top Overwhelm-Inducing Mistakes Parents Make

Balancing the many facets of life, including the household, the kids, our partner and friends, cooking, working, can be HARD! This thought-provoking training will help you step back and think if you are making any of these mistakes. Most parents do, at least sometimes. Heather will cover three things that keep many parents feeling overwhelmed, over-worked, and out of control.

Heather Montoya is the host of the bi-weekly interview series: Parent Empowerment Network-Your PEN to Write Your Own Wellness and Connection-Based Parenting Story.

When it comes to feeling overwhelmed, out of balance, and like this whole parenting thing is way harder than expected, Heather could be founder and president of a whole movement (oh wait! She is). Heather knows first-hand what it is like to feel like she could blow at any minute.

She understands the difficulty of achieving a balanced life. She works from home while taking care of her two young children, as well as the household, bills, and maintaining strong relationships with her spouse, children, family, and friends. She is constantly striving to improve herself to be a more positive parent. She knows all too well the feelings of burn out, guilt, and worry associated with being a connection-based parent. She is dedicated to helping parents find balance and happiness in their lives so they can fully enjoy being with their children instead of feeling resentful and unappreciated. 

Through the Parent Empowerment Network and private coaching, Heather helps parents figure out ways to implement wellness-improving and connection-based parenting mindsets and behaviors so they can have the happiness and balance they yearn for.

This aired 11/7/14

12 Easy Games You Can Play to Reconnect with Kids, Even When You’re Too Tired to Get Up

Life with young children is exhausting and sometimes all we can think to do is flip on the TV so we can get dinner ready. But there are lots of great games you can play with kids that require very little effort on your part. Today we’ll talk through 12 easy games that you can play to address problem behaviors through play. Some of these games you can even play while making dinner, sitting on the couch, or lying on the bed or floor. These are ways to keep your child learning and engaged, even when you have no energy! Others are games that can help with hitting, defiance, and other tough challenges in a way that engages your child and uses ZERO punishment. You can transform defiance into cooperation instantly with these games!

Shelly Birger-Phillips is passionate about being absolutely the best mom she can be and supporting other parents to do the same.With a BS in Psychology and an MA in Leadership, she has an extensive knowledge of child development and parenting theory as well as tons of hands-on experience as a preschool teacher, nanny and as a mother herself, she offers Skype video parent coaching to parents all over the world using a connection-based conscious parenting approach. Shelly also has a free blog about conscious parenting at http://www.awakeparent.com/blog You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest at AwakeShelly.

This interview aired 11/21/14

Talking With Our Children About Death

How can we talk with our children about death and dying? While many of our ancestors experienced profound intersection of life’s bookends, today few Americans are born and die in a familiar space that holds the memories of one’s nearest and dearest. Most of us are born and will die in the sterile anonymity of for-profit institutions. Given our fractured experience of death, our children have many questions. How can we best open up a mindful, compassionate, and age-appropriate dialogue about death? This presentation will be particularly helpful for families who are dealing with loss. How can parents make room to support their children while holding space for their own grieving?

Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught for eleven years in The Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey earning the Dunbar Abston Jr. Chair for Teaching Excellence. Amy is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, prenatal yoga teacher, (CD)DONA birth doula, and hospital chaplain. She is the voice for “Motherhood, Spirituality, and Religion” for Philly.com and recently published her first book: Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula. Amy teaches private meditation classes via Skype to students across the United States. She also teaches prenatal yoga classes, Mommy and Me Yoga classes, and Breath and Movement Birth Preparation workshops in south Florida. 

Links for the books discussed during the interview:

Healing through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula

This interview aired 12/5/14

Prevent The Flu In Your Family Without A Trip To Walgreens!

Our body is a self healing organism.  We can prevent most illness and disease by simply living more proactively. Proactive living consists of a healthy diet, frequent exercise, a positive mental attitude and healthy, balanced, aligned nervous system/spinal column.  In our society, we are bombarded by images of the flu, common cold and other illnesses entering our “helpless” bodies and receiving relief only through pharmaceuticals/drugs, including the flu shot. In fact, diet, exercise, positive attitude and regular spinal alignments offer us a simple AND effective way to stay healthy and energetic.  The media portrays  flu season as a frightening, debilitating time of incapacitation and infirmity if we don’t inject our body with chemicals. The purpose of this interview is to educate parents on ways to STAY well and prevent illness proactively, effectively and inexpensively.

Dr. Beth Cooper is a 1993 graduate of Temple University (degree in Journalism and Public Relations) and 1998 graduate of Life Chiropractic University (degree of Doctor of Chiropractic).

She is an avid cross country runner/athlete in high school and continued to run long distances in college.  After college graduation, her running habit was halted due to sharp, constant left knee pain.  After an MRI revealed a torn meniscus, orthopedic surgery seemed the only viable option.  At the time, Dr. Cooper started seeing a chiropractor weekly and through a regimen of spinal and extremity adjustments, her knee pain improved tremendously and she never had surgery (even to this day 21 years later!!).  Dr. Cooper was naturally enthused about chiropractic care from a patient testimonial standpoint, and decided to return to graduate school to pursue her degree in chiropractic.

After graduation in Atlanta, Georgia, she settled in south Florida and began to practice full spine (hands on) chiropractic adjustments and Activator Methods technique (light force, specific instrument adjusting).  When her daughter Amanda was born in 2009, Dr. Cooper’s practice began to evolve into a pediatric and family practice approach.  She noticed that the majority of the public still perceived chiropractic as a back pain/car accident/slip and fall oriented treatment method.  Dr. Cooper realized that children, babies, pregnant women and toddlers were overwhelmingly not adjusted or spinally balanced. Most people were totally unaware that chiropractic care promotes optimal nerve flow to the organs including immune organs, sinuses and inner ears, intestines, bladder and stomach. She became certified in Webster adjusting technique in February 2014.  Webster is an adjusting technique that balances a mom’s pelvis and spine in preparation for a healthy, vaginal birth. 

As a health care provider for 16 years now, her goal is to educate the public about chiropractic as a model of  natural prevention, wellness and drug free living for people of all ages but particularly babies, pregnant women and young people.

This interview aired 12/19/14

Deepen the Connection with Your Child with Holistic Self- Care

In this presentation you will embody and learn some tools to help you on your journey of parenting so that you can connect with your child, keep your child healthy and keep the whole household healthy as well as yourself.

On this call, you will:

  • Learn how what the airlines tell you to put on your breathing mask first in case of an emergency applies to your life everywhere and how you can strengthen the bond with your child this way
  • Embody some new self-care tips right at your fingertips to help you on this journey of parenting and teach them to your children while taking care of yourself
  • Learn what some of the bestselling doctors and the research behind it that supports you in creating a healthy environment for your family
  •  Learn how you can save yourself unnecessary trips to the doctors office
  •  Learn some holistic ways that can help you calm your emotions in less than 30 seconds at your will
  • Learn how you can avoid the road to burn-out, the unscheduled stay-cations because of a cold-flu and how to keep yourself feeling great & healthy

Educating , Engaging and Inspiring you, Tomasa Macapinlac, Your Holistic Business Mentor (Known as the Self-Care Queen) a holistic practitioner of 18 years, Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy, imbues the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine in everything that she touches from ways to take care of yourself to helping holistic mom business owners to succeed in their business. Intuitive and one who feels emotions (clairsentient), but also skilled in her learned healing arts, Tomasa helps you to look beyond the physical realm and get right to the root cause of health challenges and encourages you to move from crisis care to preventative self-care. Join us on our webinar where Tomasa will teach you how putting on your oxygen mask first (self-care) will help you have a better bond on the journey of optimal health with your child.

This interview aired 1/2/15

Parenting with Peace Through Divorce: Transform the Heart-ache to Heart-ful

Parenting during and after divorce can be really stressful, even for the most intelligent of parents. Questions like: “when do we start a new schedule for the kids and what’s the right kind of schedule?” or “It’s already difficult to speak to my spouse, how are we going to do this DIVORCED!?” or post-divorce “There are new partners involved, how do we include them in the mix of parenting?” These, and more, are all important questions. Join Tallie Rabin as she helps you navigate your way through this maze of parenting, and come out the other side with power and confidence.

Tallie Rabin is a master teacher of how to create relationships and a family-life that is extraordinary no matter what your circumstances. Tallie worked her way through her own very painful divorce, after believing in her heart of hearts that she was married forever. Through that divorce, she found a source of strength, compassion and love that has become the gift and cornerstone of her work.

Tallie’s education includes a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies, and a Master’s  in Adult Education focused on “Creating Peaceful Divorce & Family-Forever Lifestyle.” Tallie has supported thousands of people to transition more deeply into love or through the portal of a peaceful and empowering breakup. She is known for her loving compassion and bold commitment to those she coaches.

This interview aired 1/16/15

How to Survive When Your Life is a Whirlwind

Do you ever feel like you are living in a tornado? Not literally, of course, but your mind feels like it’s in this gigantic, spinning circle of doom?

If so, join us for this life simplifying presentation, where Heather will show you how to overcome that overwhelmed, life-is-so-chaotic feeling and help you get on track to a happier, calmer life.

Heather Montoya is the host of the bi-weekly interview series: Parent Empowerment Network-Your PEN to Write Your Own Wellness and Connection-Based Parenting Story.

When it comes to feeling overwhelmed, out of balance, and like this whole parenting thing is way harder than expected, Heather could be founder and president of a whole movement (oh wait! She is). Heather knows first-hand what it is like to feel like she could blow at any minute.

She understands the difficulty of achieving a balanced life. She works from home while taking care of her two young children, as well as the household, bills, and maintaining strong relationships with her spouse, children, family, and friends. She is constantly striving to improve herself to be a more positive parent. She knows all too well the feelings of burn out, guilt, and worry associated with being a connection-based parent. She is dedicated to helping parents find balance and happiness in their lives so they can fully enjoy being with their children instead of feeling resentful and unappreciated. 

Through the Parent Empowerment Network and private coaching, Heather helps parents figure out ways to implement wellness-improving and connection-based parenting mindsets and behaviors so they can have the happiness and balance they yearn for.

This aired 2/6/15

Oh no, What is that Itch? Strategies to Prevent and Heal Eczema, and Other Common and Annoying Itches and Rashes

Eczema, dermatitis, and other rashes and itches are a real pain for anyone but they are even more of a pain when it’s your small child who has it. This presentation will cover various strategies you can use to help prevent and heal these annoying itches and rashes. Learn how nutrition, healthy eating, allergies, and other food related issues can impact the skin. Plus discover natural ways to help heal these rashes and itches without drugs or chemicals.

AnnaLaura Brown is the owner of Spectrum of Wellness LLC and a holistic health coach trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. A former librarian, she began her work in the holistic health field when she began working with her essential oils business in July 2011. This past year she began expanding her business to offer health coaching services specializing in helping people with allergies, asthma and special diets for autism and other sensory issues. She is passionate about helping people realize the power of essential oils, herbs, supplements, foods and other natural sources of healing. Her frustration with Western Medicine began after suffering with life long chronic allergies and asthma for which she was unable to find any solutions using traditional medicine. She has now been inhaler free and allergy drug free for over 5 years and has more energy and fewer health issues than she had before. 

This interview aired 2/20/15

Gain Control Over Your Emotional Thermostat (It Will Help Your Child Too)

Creating more emotion than is needed or helpful in the moment and later wishing you could fix how you reacted? Gain control of your emotional thermostat with a stress prevention mindset! Learn about “dysfunctional amounts of emotions”. What it means, what is causes, and most importantly, effective stress prevention tools.

Ray Mathis taught health education for 33 years to high school freshman, dealing with all those psychological, emotional, social, health and academic problems and issues young people so often struggle with. To do that job better, he became certified in Rational Emotive Behavioral Education (REBE), the psycho-educational version of the therapy by the same name (REBT).  He used what he learned in REBE classes to develop a new approach to health education he called The ABC System of Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral Self-management and Self-improvement. When he retired from the classroom, he started calling this approach “The Mental and Emotional Tool Kit for Life”. What he noticed was that teaching the “tools” to students helped him personally and professionally.  

Over those 33 years he counseled many parents regarding their concerns about their teenagers.  He also counseled many students who were struggling as well.  After retiring from the classroom, he volunteered to run psycho-educational groups for the most troubled and troublesome students at his wife’s school.  Those groups were very successful. His three oldest students graduated on time instead of dropping out. Since retiring from the classroom, he’s been speaking to schools, universities and at state and national conventions for school counselors, advocating for teaching these tools to all new and current teachers, and then every student, and any parent who would like to learn them. He has three websites with a great deal of valuable information, and has written six e-books, including one called “A Mental and Emotional Tool Kit for Teachers and Parents”.

This interview aired 3/6/15

Positive Parenting with Positive Time-Out

A decade ago, 70 percent of parents used time outs for children aged 19 to 35 months, according to a survey published in Pediatrics in 2004 In 2004, Some reports state that as many as 70% of parents use Time-Out as a disciplinary method. Jane Nelsen, developer of Positive Discipline says, “Where do we get the crazy idea that children need to feel worse before they can act better?” With Positive Time-Out you and your child can take time to feel good, centered and grounded again, so you can find a good solution together and re-connected to self and others.

Parent educator Kathleen Hennessy, MSW guides stressed and frustrated parents to establish a loving, laughing, learning family life withpositive discipline which fosters cooperation, self-responsibility and strong confidence. Her popular workshops, talks, and 1:1 coaching and parenting programs have transformed the lives of 100s of families since 1983. Kathleen draws on a wealth of experience in family counseling and progressive education to support families to find the approach that best suits their unique needs and values. Kathleen loves her work and carries a torch for a peaceful world through peace in families. 

This interview aired 3/20/15

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