More than employing tips and techniques, mothering is about being in the right state of soul to nurture another person. Every week, join Dr. Mary Wilde (integrative pediatrician and mom of 8) to explore the nuances of loving wisely and well. If you are a dedicated, deep-thinking parent who wants to raise compassionate & productive kids, this podcast is for you!
Returning to Old School Wellness Practices
May 4, 2023 • 22 MIN
How long has it been since you've built a puzzle with your kids or gone on a neighborhood walk? Could the healing and connection you're seeking be found in a simple cardboard box or in your own backyard? In today's episode, we're joined by Kaylin Marcotte, founder of Jiggy Puzzles. She shares her story of discovering puzzles as a form of meditation and then building a company that elevates the common jigsaw puzzle into frameable art! Kaylin reveals the key practices that got her through "Shark Tank" and the pandemic years (practices that can fortify our own resilience too)!
The Playful Path to Reparenting
April 7, 2023 • 31 MIN
What is reparenting and how can it help you become a better parent? In this episode, Suzanne Tucker, founder of Generation Mindful, describes reparenting as a process of "picking up the baton wherever life left off nurturing the little person within you." Join us in the reparenting journey--commit to show up to the present moment with wisdom, compassion, and playful discovery.
The Connecting Power of a Collaborative Approach
March 22, 2023 • 62 MIN
Could a gentler, more collaborative parenting approach improve your relationship with your child or teen? In this episode, our guest Vivek Patel makes the case for "non-coercive, collaborative parenting" and illustrates what it looks like in real-life situations. We also discuss the importance of self-compassion and offer tools to move through difficult moments in parenting.
Restoring Family Peace Through Conflict Resolution
March 15, 2023 • 36 MIN
Do you ever feel tension thick in the air within your family? Uncomfortable times like these don't have to linger. On today's episode, Hesha Abrams, author of "Holding the Calm: the Secret to Resolving Conflict and Defusing Tension" shares wisdom she's gleaned from decades of experience as an attorney mediator and applies these to conflicts we encounter at home.
Creating a Family Culture of Giving
January 6, 2023 • 33 MIN
How do you bring "giving" into the culture of your family? Not only does service feel good, it builds connection, develops attributes, and improves emotional well-being. Today's guest, Stephanie Jones, shares her giving journey, how it changed her life, and how it can change yours too!
Helping Kids Learn to Listen
November 18, 2022 • 39 MIN
Do you ever wish your kids listened better than they do? As parents, how do we foster their cooperation while still honoring their independent will? In this episode, Nicholeen Peck (parenting mentor, author, and founder of Teaching Self-Government) shares practical strategies to help kids learn the important skill of respectfully following directions and accepting a "no."
How to Choose the Best College & Pay For It
October 6, 2022 • 29 MIN
Feeling some overwhelm as you look ahead at the "college question" for your kids? Where are the best places to apply and how will you (or they) pay for it? In this episode, I interview Brad Baldridge, who specializes in helping families fund college. He gives a useful framework to simplify the college selection process and shares why it's important to start thinking ahead.
Calming Big Emotions and Creating Connection
September 21, 2022 • 29 MIN
When emotions are running high, how do we compassionately help our kids de-escalate? In today's episode, we hear from Tina Feigal MS Ed., (gifted parent coach, TEDx speaker, and author) about powerful ways to connect with our children even in the most intense circumstances.
Balancing Stress & Motivation in High Achievers
September 13, 2022 • 47 MIN
Do your kids or teens ever seem on the brink of burnout? In this episode, we discuss the real toll chronic stress can take on high achieving kids and teens and what to do about it. We also tackle big questions like how to foster healthy motivation, how to maintain influence with your kids, and how to harness the power of a "plan B."
Help for Parents of Picky Eaters
September 6, 2022 • 45 MIN
Tired of mealtime battles and feeling stuck serving chicken nuggets and hotdogs? In this episode, feeding therapist Dr. Kay Toomey shares wisdom about how to address picky eating by looking at the eating process in a whole new way.
Finding Joy by Embracing the Ordinary
September 4, 2022 • 49 MIN
More joy anyone? In this interview, mindfulness expert Dr. Siegel discusses how we can help ourselves and our kids break free from constant comparisons and self-evaluating narratives to find more joy. He tells about "the extraordinary gift" it is to embrace the ordinary.
Nurturing Independence so Kids Can Flourish
August 13, 2022 • 40 MIN
How do we untangle ourselves form the "worry" culture and give our kids enough independence to grow? In this episode, we'll hear from Lenore Skenazy, whose controversial article, "Why I Let My 9-year-old Ride the Subway Alone" opened an important dialogue about the drawbacks of overprotection and created a movement.
Counting the Days and Making the Days Count
July 29, 2022 • 31 MIN
In this episode I'm joined by Nellie Harden, creator of the 6570 Family Project, an initiative to help parents make each day of childhood (all 6570 of them) count! We talk about intentionality, cherishing, & acceptance in the midst of life's ups and downs. As a mom of all girls, Nellie also shares wise advice for raising daughters. Tune in!
Everyday Resilience as "Being Okay"
March 22, 2022 • 22 MIN
In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Robyne Hanley-Defoe to discuss the meaning of everyday resilience and how to foster it in our kids. We talk about Dr. Robyne's 5 Pillars for resilience and how maintaining a sense of "being okay" is enough.
Time Travel: A Unique Path to Self-Compassion
January 14, 2022 • 30 MIN
In this episode, guest Mike Iskandar shares his personal journey of finding greater self-compassion by revisiting his past in a unique way. We discuss how integrating past, present, and future offers a new path to wholeness.
The Why's & How's of Cooking with Your Kids
November 22, 2021 • 27 MIN
In this episode, I interview Katie Kimball (blogger, TEDx speaker, and creator of the ecourse "Kids Cook Real Food"). We discuss some amazing benefits of inviting kids to cook with you in the kitchen and how to make it happen!
How Giving a TED Talk Relates to Parenting: 10 Tips for Both Worlds
September 8, 2021 • 13 MIN
Recently I had the chance to speak on a TEDx stage on the topic of parenting--to attempt to articulate the essence of parenthood in 15 minutes-or-less! In the process, I discovered that giving a TED talk and parenting actually have a few things in common. Listen to hear my 10 TIPS that apply to both of these seemingly different worlds!
The Compassion Parenting Retreat and "Loving Bigger"
May 7, 2021 • 8 MIN
Since not all of you could attend our Compassion Parenting Retreat, here's a little glimpse of our discussion on "grounded, loving presence." Also a challenge to #lovebigger, in memory of 9-year-old Cami...
Seasons: On Sickness & Health (part 2)
April 16, 2021 • 24 MIN
What can we learn about parenting from a single mom of 3 who struggles with debilitating illness? A lot, it turns out.
Listen to the stories and wisdom shared by Jenny--about the beautiful mother's day gift her daughter made for her and what she learned one day in a Walmart parking lot.
Seasons: On Sickness & Health (part 1)
April 8, 2021 • 22 MIN
We often define health in terms of the absence of illness. In times of health, we often have the luxury of focusing on less weighty details, but when illness hits, it's a different story. In this episode, I interview Micah about her experience of parenting in the context of her young son's illness.
Seasons of Motherhood: Meeting them at the Bottom of the Slide
April 1, 2021 • 9 MIN
Motherhood comes in seasons. In this episode, I read the text from my published essay "Meeting them at the Bottom of the Slide" © 2020 Mary Illions Wilde, MD which captures my current season.
Seasons: On Joy & Sorrow
March 24, 2021 • 10 MIN
"Speak to us of Joy & Sorrow," writes the poet Kahlil Gibran. As parents we may cycle through joy & sorrow in a single day, but also, certain seasons of our parenthood may be weighted more heavily toward one than another. Joy and sorrow (and everything in between)--these are parts of life, but sometimes we receive less joy than is possible & carry more sorrow than necessary. In this episode, we'll discuss ways to process the unnecessary sorrows and gather the available joys.
Seasons: On Dormancy & Growth
March 24, 2021 • 11 MIN
In this episode, Dr. Mary Wilde discusses the importance of maintaining primary connection to the things you uniquely love, even during the busy season of parenting. As parents we often approach growth in one of 3 ways:
-Giving up on the idea (thinking there’s no time for it or that it’s some kind of indulgence)
-Pursuing growth in a balanced way (or)
-Pursuing growth in an unbalanced way
Except for periods of crisis or transition, we can usually find time to pursue growth by using "edge" time, protected time, or by involving our kids in the process. As we find ways to continue to grow, we will be more fulfilled and effective parents.
The Ongoing Season: Sustainable Compassion
March 12, 2021 • 14 MIN
Compassion is always in season.
In this episode, we discuss 4 ideas to help parents maintain sustainable compassion.
1 - Choosing compassion over empathy
2 - Honoring boundaries
3 - Connecting to source, and
4 - Applying GRACE--a specific framework developed by Dr. Joan Halifax for practicing compassion “in the trenches”
"Life is the practice . . . when the practice gets hard, love yourself (and others) more."
*Original music composed for Compassion Parenting by Ben Rodriguez https://soundcloud.com/bennicurious