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Exceptional Parenting Podcast
41 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Caring for Yourself When a Child Is in Crisis
Content warning: This podcast discusses sensitive topics related to mental health, such as severe major depression, self-harm, and suicide or suicidal ideation. We encourage you to care for your safety and well-being. If you or someone close to you may be in crisis, or simply needs support, we encourage you to reach out to a health or mental health professional. If you believe that you or a loved one may be in immediate danger, call 911. When your child is experiencing symptoms of severe major depression, having suicidal ideations, or engaging in self-harming behaviors, it may feel as if your entire world is being upended. Much of your time and energy will be directed toward helping them heal; but your own well-being is also an important component of the healing journey. Tune in as Exceptional Parenting Podcast host, Stefanie Boucher, has a candid discussion with author, special needs advocate, certified mind-body coach, and mother of three, Deborah Blackwell, about how to help yourself and other family members feel safer and more grounded when a child is facing a mental health crisis. As someone who has been there, Deborah offers deep insights about the perspectives that are – and are not – most helpful when a child is struggling and how to build on rare moments of clarity, grace, or even beauty, among otherwise horrible circumstances. About Our Guest: Deborah Blackwell is a writer, special needs advocate and certified mind-body life coach devoted to helping others conquer adversity and discover the hidden wisdom found in everyday life. Inspired by her own courageous journey through trauma, her forthcoming book is an insightful story of one woman's determination to welcome truth, expand knowledge, and embrace joy. She also writes for The Harvard Gazette, and contributes to Torchlight's digital platform. Deborah is married to her kindred spirit and raised three sons, one on the autism spectrum. She is a longtime practicing yogi, passionate about global health, well-being, and happiness. Learn more about her at https://deborahblackwell.com. *Torchlight does not provide medical advice. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice because of something you read on Torchlight. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911.
42 minutes | May 10, 2022
Understanding Your Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a U.S. law that requires covered employers to provide employees with protected, unpaid leave for certain medical and family reasons. Yet, many Americans are unsure of the ways in which FMLA could make a significant difference in their ability to meet parenting or caregiving responsibilities as a working person. Join Torchlight host Stefanie Boucher for a conversation with Teri Weber, a partner and Senior Vice President at Spring Consulting group and subject matter expert on employee benefits and absence management programs, including FMLA. In this episode, you’ll learn about: •FMLA basics, including who is eligible to use FMLA and what criteria must be met; •How to talk to your employer about using FMLA to meet medical or family needs; •What to do if you’re getting resistance from your employer; and, •More! About Our Guest: Teri Weber is a partner and Senior Vice President with Spring Consulting Group. She has over 15 years of experience in health and welfare plan strategy, design, and implementation. In addition, she is a subject matter expert on absence management programs, including disability, family medical leave, and leave of absence tracking. Her areas of expertise have allowed her to work with diverse employers and vendors to streamline processes and programs to meet the needs of both employers and employees. Teri holds a BS from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
36 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
How to Become a Badass Advocate for Your Seriously Ill Child or Loved One
Are you caring for a seriously ill loved one? If so, perhaps there are moments when you feel overwhelmed or even powerless as you try to get (and give) your loved one the best possible care. In this episode, join Torchlight hosts Lenore Tracey and Stefanie Boucher for a conversation with Erin Mulqueen Galyean, author of Badass Advocate: Becoming the Champion Your Seriously Ill Loved One Deserves. Whether your child or loved one is hospitalized or at home, listen to learn how to: - Build a support team for you and the patient and ask for help when you need it; - Overcome fear of authority figures and ask doctors effective questions; - Balance self-care with patient care; and, - More! About Our Guest: Erin Mulqueen Galyean is an author and speaker who trains sales professionals in effective communication with healthcare providers. She lost her father to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1997 and her sister to a rare lung disease in 2018. Fueled by these heartbreaking experiences, Erin helps others become powerful advocates for the seriously ill loved ones in their lives.
46 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Already Toast: A Conversation with Kate Washington on Caregiving and Burnout
When Kate Washington sailed into her 40s, she had no expectation of the disaster that was about to strike. She had a Ph.D. in Victorian literature, a successful career as a freelance writer, and was raising two young daughters in sunny California alongside her husband, Brad. In her own words, it was a nice life. Then, Brad was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer that led to a string of health crises and turned the trajectory of her family’s existence upside down. Kate, already carrying a heavy mental load within the household, was suddenly thrust into the role of an unpaid family caregiver for her husband. In this episode of Torchlight’s Exceptional Parenting Podcast, join host Stefanie Boucher for a candid discussion with Kate about her experiences as a “sandwiched” caregiver trying to take care of it all – children, spouse, home, career – while coming to grips an increasingly urgent level of caregiver burnout. We’ll also discuss Kate’s recent book, Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America, which chronicles her family’s journey and highlights the distressingly inadequate systems that support American families when serious illness strikes. Tune in as she shares how the experience both enlightened and changed her, how she helped her children cope with the difficult reality of having a parent in need of care, and the best ways to help a friend or family member who is in a caregiving role or living through a crisis. About Our Guest: Kate Washington is a writer in Northern California. Her book Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America (Beacon Press, March 2021) shines a stark light on the experience of family caregivers. Largely left on their own to navigate the medical, insurance, work, and social support systems involved when a loved one becomes ill, caregivers are ill prepared and unsupported as they struggle to manage family and work responsibilities. With 53 million family caregivers in (Caregiving in the U.S. 2020, National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP), Already Toast is a must read for family caregivers, health care and social support workers, and policy makers. Visit Kate’s website at https://www.kawashington.com/already-toast.html.
48 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep
Most people know that sleep is essential to good health. But what you might not know is that most Americans (about 60 to 80 percent of us, including our children and teens) aren’t getting nearly enough of it - not by a long shot. And that’s a big deal. Studies show that insufficient sleep can lead to poorer health outcomes and quality of life, an increased risk of accidents, diminished productivity, and even an inhibited ability to learn and solve problems. Fortunately, whether you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or simply stay up too late at night, most sleep problems are treatable. In this episode, join Exceptional Parenting Podcast host Stefanie Boucher and Eldercare Illuminated host Lenore Tracey as they discuss the beauty and importance of sleep - and the little known secrets to getting a good night’s rest - with clinical sleep educator and behavioral sleep therapist, Rick Clerici. You’ll find out how to use your body’s natural sleep pattern to maximize rest, how to begin preparing your body for sleep from the moment you wake up in the morning, and what to try if parenting or caregiving responsibilities are making sleep difficult. About Our Guest: Rick Clerici is a Clinical Sleep Educator and Behavioral Sleep Therapist. As the co-founder of Clear Mind Systems, Rick develops corporate sleep wellness programs, lectures in corporate and university settings nationwide, and serves as Sleep Educator for four major employee assistance programs in Massachusetts. As a personal sleep coach, he and his practice have helped thousands of individuals in all age groups get a better night’s sleep. Learn more about Rick Clerici and his work by visiting http://www.clearmindsystems.net/.
41 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Trauma, Micro-trauma, and Stress: Mental Health in 2020
Have you or your child been feeling anxious, sad, or stressed since the onset of the pandemic? If so, you aren’t alone. In fact, recent studies show that around a third of Americans report symptoms of anxiety or depression. Social isolation, the looming threat of COVID-19, lost jobs, remote education, and political unrest have taken an emotional toll on almost everyone. And, to compound matters, there is the additional stressor of not knowing how long our current situation will last! But could these ongoing disruptions to our daily lives result in lasting trauma or are we simply stressed out? Join Exceptional Parenting Podcast host Stefanie Boucher and adolescent counselor Sal Caraviello for a conversation about stress and its unwelcome cousins, trauma and micro-trauma. In this episode, you’ll learn how trauma and chronic stress are related, find out how our children and teens are coping with the events of 2020, and get tips for helping your child persevere. About Our Guest: Salvatore Caraviello, M.Ed, MAPM, has been working with adolescents for more than 30 years. As a former teacher, administrator, coach, counselor, and youth minister, Sal has unique insights into the concerns of modern youth and has worked tirelessly to help thousands of children and families find success, balance, and happiness in all areas of their lives. In 2015, Sal was named Winchester, Massachusetts’ Citizen of the Year. He was the first non-resident to ever be selected.
40 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
Should You Send Your Child Back to School During the Pandemic?
Are you struggling to decide whether your child should attend school in-person or remotely this fall? Join Exceptional Parenting Podcast host Stefanie Boucher and Eldercare Illuminated podcast host Lenore Tracey for an in-depth discussion about the considerations parents are facing for the 2020-21 school year. In this episode, we’ll provide: •An overview of the most common learning and attendance models taking shape right now •Practical suggestions about how to make the “best” decision for your family •How to let go of stress or guilt, no matter which path you take •Tips for how to make in-person learning safer for your child About Our Guests: Stefanie Boucher is Torchlight’s Senior Content Developer and host of the Exceptional Parenting Podcast. A writer and editor, she has spent nearly two decades producing multi-media content for children, parents, students and teachers while raising children in the midst of a fast-pace culture that won't stop moving. In her current role, she offers families practical strategies for modern parenting, including how to balance health and well-being with the allure and necessity of modern technology and life. Lenore Tracey is the Eldercare Practice Leader at Torchlight. For more than a decade, Lenore has been consulting and writing about caregiving issues, care for the caregiver, and family dynamics. She has contributed her expertise to long-term care content and website development for several government projects making eldercare information accessible to caregivers and individuals planning for their own futures. Lenore brings to her work deep personal experience as both a long-distance and local caregiver for elderly loved ones with Alzheimer's and other complex medical issues. She is a graduate of Tufts University. Outside Resources: School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/schools-childcare/back-to-school-decision-checklist.pdf Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports: https://www.pbis.org/utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Q & A: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions#39
43 minutes | May 12, 2020
The Coronavirus Scams Epidemic
As if the coronavirus pandemic were not bad enough, it has spawned another epidemic. Testing and treatment scams, product delivery scams, tax identity theft, and a multitude of new and creative ways to get people to divulge private information or click on sites that load malware, ransomware, and other dangerous software onto their devices are on the rise. As our guest, Steve Weisman says, “Things aren’t as bad as you think, they are far worse.” But don’t despair. Steve joins Torchlight’s Exceptional Parenting Podcast host, Stefanie Boucher, and Eldercare Illuminated host, Lenore Tracey, and for a discussion of what to beware of and how to avoid the clever ways these thieves seek to undermine our digital security. Steve alerts us to attacks and identity theft based on use of websites and apps targeted at students, younger children, seniors, and employees; he offers some surprising insights about how criminals are exploiting the tools and applications we use every day. Steve has helpful strategies to share for all of us — adults and kids of all ages. Check out his website, Scamicide.com, for regular updates on new scams and how to protect yourself and your loved ones. About Our Guest: Steve Weisman, JD is an attorney admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, college professor at Bentley University, and nationally recognized expert on scams, identity theft and cybersecurity. He appears regularly in the media to share his knowledge and ideas for staying one step ahead of the bad guys. You can find Steve’s books on retirement planning and digital security on Amazon. Learn more about identity theft attacks based on use of Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Android, cloud apps, iPod, and other new technologies — and shows you how to protect yourself, or how to fix the damage if you've already been attacked!
43 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Helping Kids Overcome Procrastination
You probably know the drill. It begins the moment you ask your child to do something. "Please pick up your shoes." "Start your homework." "Feed the dog." But instead of being met with the eager cooperation that parents everywhere dream of, you’re met with the same familiar response. "Hang on." "I’ll do it later." "In a minute." Of course, in kid-speak a “minute” rarely turns out to be just a minute. And occasionally, it seems (to parents, at least) like code for "I don’t want to do that at all." And so your child or teen may wait until the last possible minute to complete the requested task (often with much nagging or pleading involved), leaving one or both of you frustrated or upset. Procrastination has struck again! How can you help foster a more positive (and productive) outcome for you and your child? Join Exceptional Parenting Podcast host Stefanie Boucher for a timely discussion with public speaker, coach, and executive functioning expert Leslie Josel about the most common reasons why children, and many adults, put off doing the inevitable (note: it’s not always what you might think) and how we, as parents, can use some simple techniques to help them build the skills they need to get things done. About Our Guest: Leslie Josel is a respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students. She launched Order Out of Chaos® in 2004 after her son was diagnosed with ADHD, executive dysfunction and other learning differences, and is the creator of the award-winning Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management. In addition to authoring What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Teen Succeed (2015), her work and writing are regularly featured in ADDitude Magazine and Family Circle. Leslie is also a public speaker; she conducts workshops in the U.S. and internationally.
37 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Unexpected House Guests: College Closures & Family Dynamics During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Your child wasn’t supposed to be home until summer. Not long ago, s/he was away at college, enjoying the freedoms and privileges that come with young adult life. Then came a pandemic. Campuses across the country shut down, moved classes online, and sent the students home – to their parents! Our young people have lost a lot, and they lost it quickly. Many of them are grieving. You may be grieving, too. And you may also have many questions about how to successfully live with your young adult child when neither of you was planning to do so. Join Exceptional Parenting Podcast host Stefanie Boucher and Stacey Harris, J.D., Assistant Director of Disability and Access Services at Boston University, for a candid discussion about improving family dynamics and relationships with young adult children during the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode, you’ll get helpful tips on how to talk to your child about what s/he’s lost, make compromises, structure your living space so that it works well for everyone, and help your child find perspective during these challenging times. Have a child in high school? You’ll also learn what some colleges and universities may do differently for next year’s applicants and incoming freshmen. About Our Guest: Stacey Harris, J.D., is the Associate Director for Disability and Access Services at Boston University, where she has been working directly with students and their families since 2008. As a certified mediator, she co-runs a student mediation program for students across the university, teaches classes, and provides ongoing technical assistance to offices around the university on disability compliance and technical standards.
33 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Managing Screen Time & Distance Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic
In the wake of school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents everywhere are left wondering how to help their children navigate the new reality of distance learning. The good news? It’s the 21st century, and technology can help! The bad news? Remote K-12 learning is entirely new for most families, and trying new things can feel daunting even in the best of times (let alone during a crisis). You may be wondering, for example: Is the school doing enough? Should I be doing more to ensure that my child continues learning? Will using technology and/or electronic devices to learn and work help my child or create more distractions? And how do I manage this while I’m working? Join Exceptional Parenting Podcast host Stefanie Boucher for a lively discussion with digital parenting expert Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov about how to use technology to enhance your child’s distance learning experience. In this episode, you’ll find out: - How to find “good fit” online learning resources and apps for your child - How to keep your child from getting distracted by technology during learning hours - How to manage your child’s screen time when you’re busy working - How to balance “educational” screen time with “leisure” screen time - When to be flexible during these highly unusual times About Our Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov is a mom to two tech-savvy little boys, a lawyer, law professor, and eSafety consultant whose core work involves researching solutions for parenting in the digital age. She is a member of the Working Group of Experts on Digital Citizenship Education, an independent expert on Digital Parenting and Children and Internet for the Children’s Rights Division of Council of Europe, and an advisor on European Cooperation and International Projects for e-Enfance, a French online child protection association providing support to parents and children in the digital age. Dr. Milovidov has authored several guides and workbooks for parents, moderates a Facebook community for parents (called The Digital Parenting Community) and is the founder of DigitalParentingCoach.com, a website and community with resources for parents.
30 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Go Outside! Why Kids Need More Unrestricted Movement
With schools now closed for more than two-thirds of children across the nation because of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of American families are facing a brand-new reality: daily life without traditional school, organized sports and activities, and a nearly empty family schedule. And while these monumental shifts are not without plenty of challenges for families, there is one thing that may improve for children in the coming weeks: they may finally have time to play outside again! Back by popular demand (and one of our most popular episodes to date), host Stefanie Boucher, speaks with pediatric occupational therapist, international speaker, Timbernook founder, and author Angela Hanscom about how unrestrained physical movement and outdoor play are vital for your child’s cognitive and physical development - and why a lack of it may be (at least partly) to blame for today’s epidemic levels of attention deficits, as well as sensory and emotional disorders. Find out how much outdoor play kids really need, and get helpful tips for ensuring they get enough. About Our Guest: Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook – an award-winning nature-based program that has gained international popularity. She holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy, and an undergraduate degree in kinesiology (the study of movement) with a concentration in health fitness. Angela’s book, Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, (New Harbinger Press, 2016) discusses the effects of restricted movement and lack of outdoor playtime on overall sensory and motor development in children. Angela keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world. She and her work have been featured in Glamour magazine, The Washington Post, NPR, and Johnson & Johnson TEDx. Don't miss these great resources from Angela Hanscom! Hanscom, Angela. Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, (New Harbinger Press, 2016). Hanscom, Angela. "The Real Reason Children Fidget - And What to Do About It." YouTube video, 25 Sep, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXLaoDucF0k. TimberNook (outdoor/nature experiences for children), https://www.timbernook.com
44 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Extreme Picky Eating: Strategies to Support Your Child
Do you struggle to get your child to try new foods? Does your child prefer just a few foods, while avoiding most others? Are you frequently worried that s/he isn’t receiving the nourishment needed to grow and thrive? If family mealtimes have become frustrating or miserable for all involved, join Exceptional Parenting Podcast host Stefanie Boucher for a heartening discussion with Dr. Katja Rowell, M.D. Dubbed “the feeding doctor,” Rowell believes that HOW children are fed is the missing piece in addressing disordered eating and feeding. In this episode, Dr. Rowell has suggestions for dealing with a range of selective eating behaviors, including more typical “picky” eating, extreme picky eating, and disordered eating related to sensory challenges, disabilities, fear, or health conditions. About Our Guest: Katja Rowell, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Michigan medical school and served as a family physician in urban, rural, and university student health settings. During her time in practice, she was struck by the prevalence of disordered eating and feeding, and related health problems. Rowell believes in establishing a healthy feeding relationship, and teaches about its importance to health care providers, family therapists and childcare staff, and consults with corporate clients, nutrition education and public health providers. She has appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Betty Crocker Blog, Parents Magazine, Kare 11 TV, Brain Child Magazine, The Utne Reader, Twin Cities Live and Mommy MD Guides, among others. Her writing has appeared in LiveWell Digest, Huffingtonpost Parenting blogs, New Moon Girls Magazine, and Adoptive Families Magazine.
34 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
Supporting Independence in Young Adults with Disabilities
Having worries about your child’s future is a natural part of parenthood. But for parents raising a child with an intellectual or developmental disability, life can present a larger-than-average number of unanswered questions: Will my child be able to learn the skills needed to live independently? Will s/he be able to find (and keep) a job? Will s/ he find enjoyable ways of offering her gifts to the larger community? Will s/he be okay someday when I’m no longer here? In this episode of the Exceptional Parenting Podcast, host Stefanie Boucher speaks with Waverly Ann Harris, CEO of Friends Life Community, about the things parents can do at all ages and stages to support their child’s independence and community engagement. You’ll learn: -Which barriers families commonly face and how to navigate them -How working with a job coach may be beneficial for your child -How to resolve conflicts with independence-seeking kids -How and where to look for support for you and your child About Our Guest: Waverly Ann Harris, M.S. Ed. is the CEO at Friends Life Community, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for teenagers and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Nashville, Tennessee, through three main program areas: service learning and employment, life skills, and advocacy through the arts. Waverly Ann has diverse nonprofit experience, both nationally and internationally, in human services. With a master’s degree from Lipscomb University in Applied Behavior Analysis, Waverly Ann has consulted with families and companies to design systems that promote inclusion, decrease dependency, increase innovation, and change culture around disability services.
39 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
Changing the Game: Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids
Most parents enroll their children in youth sports because they’re widely thought of as fun. But did you know that nearly three-quarters of kids drop out of organized athletics by the age of 13? Or that youth sports participation, as a whole, is at a generational low? In this episode, you'll hear best-selling author, international speaker, long-time coach, and youth sports expert John O’Sullivan explain how and why the “fun” has disappeared from our youth sports culture - and what actionable steps parents can take now to fix it and give sports back to our kids. Tune in to learn: - What to say to your child after a game - Why early specialization or seasons that are too long could do your child more harm than good - How to work effectively with sports organizations and coaches to foster a positive mindset and promote healthy, whole-child development About Our Guest: John O’Sullivan is the founder and CEO of the Changing the Game Project, which he started in 2012 in order to help parents, coaches and youth sports organizations put the “play” back into playing sports. John is a former collegiate and professional soccer player, and coached for 20 years on the youth, high school and college level, most recently as the Central Oregon Training Center Director for the Portland Timbers of MLS. John is the author of two #1 bestselling books, and his blog gets nearly 5 million visits a year. John has been a keynote presenter throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including TEDx, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Hockey Canada, USA Football, IMG Academy, and more, and his goal is to start discussions about changing the environment in youth sports so we can keep more kids active, happy and healthy. You can learn more about John, his speaking, and the Changing the Game Project at https://changingthegameproject.com.
34 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Kids with ASD
Challenging behaviors are frequently among the most stressful concerns for parents raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In this episode, host Stefanie Boucher speaks with occupational therapist and autism expert, Mary Beth Kadlec, about the underlying causes of behavior challenges and the ways in which parents and caregivers can foster increased emotional regulation. Tune in to find out why many parents miscalculate their child’s developmental level and how this can impact behavior; how to adjust your communication strategies to better match your child; how to work with your child’s school to improve behavior both at home and within the school environment; and, why adaptive physical education is critical for kids with ASD and how the school can foster more positive gym experiences for all kids. About Our Guest: Mary Beth Kadlec is an occupational therapist and the Program Director at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, which provides cutting edge services to children with autism and their families. She has 36 years of occupational therapy experience, and she has devoted her career to helping caregivers and providers develop more effective ways to support children at home, in school, and in the community. To learn more about Mary Beth or CANDO, visit the CANDO website: https://www.umassmed.edu/psychiatry/clinicalservices/child-adolescent-clinical-services/cando
27 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
Roll with It: Managing Stress and Finding Your Identity in Multigenerational Households
Multigenerational households are making a comeback! According to researchers, 1 in 5 Americans now lives with three or more generations under the same roof - the highest level since 1950. But for all its potential perks - such as cost savings, familial bonding, and built-in child care - if you’re among those individuals “sandwiched” between both your children and parents who need care, you know that managing the responsibilities of mid-adulthood is no easy feat. In this episode, host Stefanie Boucher speaks with author, disability advocate, and writer Jamie Sumner about her new middle-grade novel Roll with It and the questions that frequently come up for the “Sandwich Generation” and their children. "Should my children be included in the care of their grandparent(s)? How can they help?" "How can I effectively support my child with a disability and my Mom’s or Dad’s growing needs?" And, "How do I manage my stress and live my best life?" Additionally, you’ll hear Jamie’s thoughts on teaching kids resilience and what to say to a child who doesn’t feel like s/he “fits in.” About Our Guest: Jamie Sumner is the author of several books, including the recently released middle-grade novel, Roll with It, and the non-fiction book, Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood. Her second and third middle-grade novels will be coming out in 2020 and 2021. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, Keep On, Superhero, for parents of children with special needs. She has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she is the reviews editor at Literary Mama. Jamie is also a mom to a son with cerebral palsy, and she writes and speaks about disability in literature. She loves stories that celebrate the grit and beauty in all kids. Learn more about Jamie, Roll with It, and her other books at https://jamie-sumner.com.
32 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Is your child ready for social media?
Is your child begging for his or her first social media account? Has your son or daughter recently signed up for Instagram, SnapChat, TikTok or Facebook? If so, you may have a myriad of questions. What is the “right” age to allow my child to be on social media? How do I know if s/he is ready? Have I fully prepared him to be a good digital citizen? How do I keep her safe? And, of course, what should I do if I regret my decision? Tune in and listen as Exceptional Parenting Podcast host, Stefanie Boucher, discusses how she is addressing these pressing questions within her family. In this episode she’ll discuss the pros and cons of children participating in social media, provide honest questions that parents can ask themselves to help determine readiness, and suggest simple strategies for coaching our children as they step into the world of social media. --- Stefanie Boucher is Torchlight’s Senior Content Developer and host of the Exceptional Parenting Podcast. A writer, editor, and journalist, she has spent nearly two decades producing multi-media content for children, parents, students and teachers while simultaneously raising her own tech-savvy kids in the midst of a changing media landscape. In her current role at Torchlight, she offers families practical strategies for modern parenting, including how to balance health and well-being with the allure and necessity of modern technology and life.
45 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
How to Stop Losing It with Your Kids
Have you ever “lost it” with your kids? If so, you’re definitely not alone - parenting is stressful! In this episode, Exceptional Parenting Podcast host, Stefanie Boucher, speakes with Carla Naumburg, Ph.D., a licenced independent clinical social worker, author, speaker, and mother who began writing her most recent book, How to Stop Losing Your S*** with Your Kids after facing her own share of emotionally grueling parenting moments. Tune in for Carla’s empathetic, practical advice on how to manage your triggers, stop the meltdowns, and become a calmer, happier parent with calmer, happier kids. About Our Guest: Carla Naumburg, PhD, LICSW is a parent coach, writer, and speaker. She is the author of three parenting books, including the recently released title How to Stop Losing Your S*** With Your Kids (Workman, 2019). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Mindful Magazine, among other places. Carla is a sought-after public speaker, and she coaches overwhelmed parents on how to make parenting more fun. Learn more about Carla and her work by visiting her webpage (https://www.carlanaumburg.com).
24 minutes | May 22, 2019
Working with Your Child’s Pediatrician
Your child’s doctor can be an incredible resource when you have questions or concerns about your child’s health. But did you know that a pediatrician can provide care for your child that spans beyond his or her physical well-being? In this episode of Torchlight’s Exceptional Parenting Podcast, host Stefanie Boucher speaks with an experienced pediatrician about the ways in which a strong doctor-patient or doctor-family relationship can improve outcomes for children from birth through age 22. Listen to learn: - How to choose the right pediatrician for your child or family - Simple techniques for better doctor-parent communication - What to do if you disagree with your child’s doctor, and much more About Our Guest: A strong believer in the importance of communication, Dr. Diana McManus is an experienced pediatrician who enjoys getting to know her patients and helping them through challenging times. A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she completed her residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital of Oakland in Oakland, California. She has currently been in practice for more than 16 years.
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