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022 | Us & Kids: Keeping the Messiness of Everyday Living From Overwhelming Our Relationships

Inspiration from this Episode

“What I do advocate is that you work a plan and work a budget.”

“We talked about where there was going to be time for us.”

“It keeps integrity between us so we can ask about each other’s day.”

 

022 | Us & Kids: Keeping Your Relationship Rug Clean

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are carrying on from last week’s episode about cleaning up under your rug. Rugs...keep our feet warm, collect crud from our shoes, make a room look pretty. How do we keep our relationship so that it is warm, doesn’t become overwhelmed with crud and even looks and feels pretty? 

Like an entryway rug, our relationship gets daily use and can easily get beat up and looking pretty ratty. But, with some attention to daily details, your relationships can stay strong, steady and even pretty. Join us for great ways to keep track of memories, stay positive and keep the crud of everyday living from...

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021 | Us & Kids: How to Clean Up What's Under the Rug in our Relationships

Inspiration from this Episode

“How do we remember? We usually don’t take pictures of the icky memories.”

“What can I add or take away that would make it okay?”

“What do you want yourself to look like over the next year?”

 

021 |  How to Clean Up What's Under the Rug in our Relationships

 

Intro 

On today’s show, the question is, have you looked around your house, your garage, or your bedroom lately? Have you thought, what a mess? I sure wish someone would clean this up. Well, I'm not here to help you right now with cleaning those things up in the physical sense, but I am interested in wondering with you about what do we do when we look around our relationships.

Sometimes the holidays in December can bring to light the tensions of the past year and things that have gotten stuffed under a rug. So let's be brave and take a look back, see what things there are to clean up or straightened up. We're going to look at it...

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020 | Us & Kids: The Power of More Light to Feel Right in Darker Months

Inspiration from this Episode

“We don’t have much control when the sun shines, but we must take advantage of it when it’s there.”

“15 to 20 minutes outside can really give you a nice boost.”

“When we have that sense of camaraderie, we're not alone.”

 

020 | Us & Kids: Light to Feel Right

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we're talking about something most people like to avoid talking about - depression. Depression can affect many of us for so many reasons and in so many different ways. The reason depression leaves us feeling a variety of different emotions from sluggish to sadness or even loneliness is because of the serotonin levels in our brain. Serotonin is a hormone that brings us happiness, pleasure and that upbeat feeling. 

Many of us are also affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD due to the gloomy weather, lack of sunshine or grey skies we see a lot of in the winter. Yes, weather can impact...

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019 | Us & Kids: REsolutions, not Resolutions

Inspiration from this Episode

“I can encourage them, but I don’t have control over them.”

“I had to own those emotions and make a plan.”

“Challenge what you think is truth and ask yourself internally whether or not it’s really true.”

 

019 | Us & Kids: Resolutions

 

Intro 

On today’s show, even though we are 14 days into the new year, are we still thinking and talking about resolutions? So much has happened this year already that whatever I was energized for on December 31, 2019 is long, long gone!  

But, what if we think about resolutions in a different way - that doesn’t have this winner/loser message in it? What if we think about it in a way that let’s us be creative, make small changes that bring about good wins and successes?

 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • Reevaluating how we think about resolutions.
  • Getting clear on what you want to change.
  • How your...
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018 | Us & Kids: Sleep, Please! Sleep.

Inspiration from this Episode

“We know your brain and your body wants you to sleep.”

“They don’t know what to do with those emotions so sometimes they just cry.”

“Your goal is to help them go to sleep efficiently or quickly.”

 

018 | Us & Kids: Sleep, Please! Sleep.

 

Intro 

On today’s show, in honor of National Sleep Day, we'll take some time to remember why sleep is so important. And why getting to sleep can be so tricky—for us adults, who have practiced sleeping for many, many hours—to our littles who are not very great at it just yet. Physical and emotional connections play a significant role in turning your brain down and letting the delightful weirdness of sleep move in. Enjoy—even in your dreams!

 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • The effects of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Cutting out the extra screen time.
  • Working on the quality time with our partner.
  • How to maintain a...
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017 | Us & Kids: How to Have Remarkable Courage in Difficult Years

Inspiration from this Episode

“It really helped us stay steady in the traumatic year we had.”

“We had learned to value each others input and perspective.”

“Maybe it’s ending a habit, maybe it’s starting a new one.”

 

017 | Us & Kids: How to Have Remarkable Courage in Difficult Years

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are celebrating the last day of the year as we bring in the New Year. It’s often hard not to get up in the “year in review” mode when we get to the end of the year. It can be important to look back and see where we have been and how far we’ve come. Sometimes though, we might have difficult or painful that happened to us this past year that are hard to relive. 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • Reviewing the good and the bad.
  • Finding calmness through our partner.
  • What we can achieve if we don’t quit.
  • How to build that solid foundation.

 

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016 | Us & Kids: Reducing stress around gift giving and getting

 

Inspiration from this Episode

“I want to teach my kiddos what’s the best response they can do when they receive a gift.”

“As adults we are supposed to be able to hold our own emotions together.”
“It could be wise for you to have that exit plan.”

016 | Us & Kids: Presents and Presence

 

Intro 

On today’s show, Christmas is right around the corner, so for many of us presents are on our minds. Are you ready? Are the presents wrapped? Or has frazzled and weary got your heart and mind?  Does staying home to sleep sound so much better than playing - even if it is with your favorite people?

Taking care of gifts and having any energy left to enjoy the occasion can be a tough and tiring balance. Have a listen to today’s podcast for some ideas on how to help you and your kiddos with the present giving and receiving skill. I also share some ideas on how to help yourself and your marriage with the being present with...

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015 | Us & Kids: Raising our Kids is Messy, Like Building Gingerbread Houses

 Inspiration from this Episode

“These are the same skills we want when we're parenting our little ones.”

“Be creative. Ask for help.”

“Teach, model, show, practice, encourage. Be patient and persistent, with deep kindness and joy.”

 

015 | Us & Kids: Raising our Kids is Messy, Like Building Gingerbread Houses

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we're talking about how raising our kids is like building gingerbread houses. There are so many fun, messy and challenging parts of building a gingerbread house around the holidays. A lot can also be said about the fun, messy and challenging times that we go through when we raise our little ones.

As our kids grow and go through different phases, there are little tidbits we can take away from how to handle situations. Sometimes we might need to be still, quiet and just support, while other times we may need to overlook the messy bits and just appreciate the fun we’ve had along the...

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014 | Us & Kids: DNA for F.U.N.

Inspiration from this Episode

“What if we wanted to evaluate our relationship DNA?”

“It takes a lot of work to even keep their own selves together.”

“We have to learn how to be still and hold our own needs.”

 

014 | Us & Kids: DNA for Fun

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are talking about how relationships can be tricky and just when we think we’ve figured them out they grow and change. So many of us want to feel that our relationships are steady, dependable and predictable. We often think of DNA as who we are genetically but what if we thought about who we are as individuals and partners in our relationships.

Is it possible to take two very unique human beings and put them together in a forever marriage? What types of things we would need to look at in yourself or your partner? So many things affect who we are as people from our childhood, traumas, spirituality, personality and so much more. Today we will look at our...

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013 | Us & Kids: Lost and Found

Inspiration from this Episode

“We don’t have control over other people.”

“You’ve decided how you’re going to act—with grace and maturity.”

“How should we help our children grieve?”

 

013 | Us & Kids: Lost and Found

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we're talking about all the things we lose in our day to day lives.

When we lose things, no matter how small or insignificant, how do you react? Do you think you’re losing your mind and get mad? Do we have tendencies to sometimes blame other people when things get lost?

Many times when we lose things, it isn’t just the thought of them being lost that really bothers us. It can be what that specific item represents to us and it no longer being around that upsets or bothers us. The loss of a family member or loved one in our lives can also be a time where we lose sense of ourselves and we must learn how to reconnect. 

 

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