Kids and Technology: Parent Night w/ Meinir Davies


In a time where there is no getting away from media, the big question is how do we prepare our children in a way that allows them to thrive, live and enjoy this world and give them a sense that they can embrace it?

How do we help our children grow up with such a strong sense of self, and a sense of reality, that they can discern what is virtual, what is artificial, and what is giving them a false picture of who they are and battling them with what they “should be like”?

What can we do now, throughout these early years, that will help our children have a true, authentic, pleasurable experience during puberty?

How do we help our children to develop into what they intended to become?

The Less Than Perfect Child w/ Dr. David Bardsley

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The Center for Disease Control tells us that there are 9 million children in this country, between the ages of 4 and 17 with A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and 4.5 million have already been clinically diagnosed. Of those 2.5 million take a psycho-stimulant amphetamine, on a daily basis!

You may know them by their trade name. Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta.

What do we know about these drugs?

Not very much.

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Boys Alive!!! w/ Janet Allison


Janet is the Founder of Boys Alive!  As an Author, Educator, and Family Coach, she has been advocating for boys for two decades.

With her warm and engaging style, Janet supports parents and teachers nationally and internationally to understand how males and females learn, interact, and interpret the world differently.

She certifies Parenting Coaches in Boys Alive! so they can also incorporate gender-understanding into their important work.

She has recently released Understanding Your Son 101 for parents seeking to understand their son and all the men in their lives in a deeper way. Find her at

Accessing Your Life Story w/ Karen Apana

“When we have a child, we have a choice to repeat the childhood we had, or you have the opportunity to make a conscious change.”Karen Apana
Todays guest is Karen Apana. Karen has been teaching personal biography workshops for over two decades. She offers deep insights into what it means to be human and how to understand the natural cycles of life we all go through. Understanding personal biography is about becoming conscious of what has happen to you. Remembering experiences and understanding how those experiences have shaped you.

Here’s a fun exercise that will instantly add a bit of clarity.Read More

Verbal vs Nonverbal Communication w/ Fonta Hadley


Today we welcome Fonta Hadley to the show. Fonta is a verbal and non-verbal communication teacher. Using perceptual and behavioral tools she teaches a rich mix of logical and emotional communication for personal and professional development.

Fonta conducts leadership trainings for executives from Fortune 500 companies including Goldman Sachs, Apple, American Express, Google, and Microsoft. She regularly trains speakers and presenters for such companies as Genentech, UCSF Medical Center, Ebay and The Nielsen Norman Group. Fonta teaches public speaking and is a guest trainer at various Bay Area Toastmasters clubs.

Fonta holds an MA in vocal pedagogy (spoken) from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). She has taught and lectured in London, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What is it that allows us to instantly “connect” with some people while others never quite “get it”.
  • What is the difference between and emotional communicator and a logical communicator.
  • How to work with our habitual default patterns of communication.
  • What is mixed messaging.
  • How is technology effecting are ability to connect with our family.
  • How we parent has a lot to do with our leadership skills.
  • Communication is a LEARNED skill…and YOU can develop it.

For more info check out Fonta’s website below:

Eloquence Studio

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A Joyful Guide To Presence w/ Swami Sitaramananda

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A gifted speaker and teacher of yoga and meditation, Swami Sitaramananda has been serving for more than 30 years worldwide in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers (SYVC). She has been for 17 years the director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. She leads the daily satsang sessions (meditation, chanting, and lecture) and personally instructs and coaches resident students while at the ashram. She has been the main teacher of the Yoga Teacher Training Course at the Yoga Farm or many years. Swami Sitaramananda was ordained in 1985 as a sannyasin in the lineage of Saraswati, one of the 10 classical monastic orders founded in India. She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda, who is the disciple of Master Sivananda. She is an internationally respected teacher who presents the intricate yoga philosophy and practice in a simple, down to earth and humorous manner. Her lectures are based on the four classical paths of yoga as well as the 5 points of Health. She is an expert in teaching Positive thinking and how to deal with the mind and the emotions.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • How to to understand your true role as a parent
  • The importance of recognizing body, mind, and spirit as one
  • That with young children, the process of learning comes through absorption, not reasoning
  • What children need most in their life to become a healthy adult.


As a bonus we’ve included a free MP3 of the Dhyana Slokas (Ganjananam) prayer at the beginning of this episode.

This is powerful stuff…Take 6 minutes out of you day. 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening and in just one week’s time your life will change. Use this meditation to clear your mind and destroy any obstacles in your path, inside or out.

Here’s how:

  1. Find somewhere comfortable to sit quietly and close your eyes.
  2. Take 3 deep belly breaths.
  3. In the morning, set one intention or goal for your day.
  4. In the evening, focus on one thing that you are grateful for.
  5. Press play and focus on your breath.

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Mindsight, Interpersonal Neurobiology and How The Relationships We Form Shape Our Brains w/ Dr. Dan Siegel

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a pioneer in the field called interpersonal neurobiology (The Developing Mind, 1999) which seeks the similar patterns that arise from separate approaches to knowledge. This interdisciplinary field invites all branches of science and other ways of knowing to come together and find the common principles from within their often disparate approaches to understanding human experience.
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How To Prevent Addictive Behavior… Starting in PreSchool w/ Meinir Davies part 1

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Today we welcome Meinir Davies from The New Village School. She offers a wealth of information, and we hope to have her back on the show for many more amazing talks.

A few weeks after recording this talk, Christina and I came across an article in Forbes, titled  “7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders” by Kathy Caprino. In her article, Ms. Caprino relates advice from leadership expert, Dr. Tim Elmore, about some damaging behaviors that parents foster and how those behaviors can hold children back in life. We didn’t know it at the time, but Meinir addressed  all of these concerns and more. You can read the article here and we’d love to hear what you think.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What the difference is between fear and danger
  • How we can let our children experience risk or even scarcity without putting them in harm’s way
  • The importance of analyzing our own life’s biography so we truly can be present and clear for our children
  • How to give children the time and tools necessary to develop their inner strength, which will in turn allow them to define and give meaning to their existence without being dependent on entertainment and consumerism
  • How being an “authority” and an “author” in your child’s life differs
  • How to help your child to understand unhealthy social behavior without relying on the fear of the withdrawal of love or other consequences
  • And so much more…


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Mothering Arts w/ Kerry Ingram

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Kerry Ingram is the creator of Mothering Arts,  a safe, loving space to gather regularly and support mothers and babies in the first year postpartum.

It’s a space to build community, practice supreme self-care and connect deeply with your babies.

Their online training and handbook supports women to create nurturing community gatherings and our local circles are a delightful weekly class for mothers and babies to feel supported.