Teaching Kids to Care for Our World with guest Shannon Brescher Shea

Want to learn some easy ways for busy moms to involve the whole family in helping to save our environment? Wondering why you should care about environmental sustainability in the first place? Or how to talk to your kids about climate change without scaring them? In this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview science writer and environmental activist Shannon Brescher Shea. Shannon is the author of the book Growing Sustainable Together: Practical Resources for Raising Kind, Engaged, Resilient ChildrenWe talk about her life’s work in environmental activism, her passion for helping parents train up a generation of kids who care about our world, and practical ways to fit green living in with our hectic, modern lifestyles.

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Launching Your Teen Into Adulthood with guest Danica Copp, MSW

In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller interviewed Danica Copp, a licensed clinical psychotherapist specializing in adolescent communication and development. Danica shares what parents need to do starting in elementary and middle school to make sure their teen successfully launches into adulthood when the time comes. It’s a fun conversation where Dr. Amy and Teri both admit they’ve dropped the ball on some essential skills. Get YOUR adolescent launching checklist along with some excellent advice on this episode. 

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Got Anxiety? Break Up with It! with guest Kaitlin Soule, LMFT

As moms, we’re all a hot mess sometimes. Juggling the mental and emotional load of motherhood can  wreak havoc on our not-so-healthy goal of being the “perfect” mom. In this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Kaitlin Soule, licensed marriage and family therapist,  anxiety expert, and author of the book A Little Less of A Hot Mess…The Modern Mom’s Guide to Growth and Evolution.  Kaitlin shares how we need to change the way we think about perfection in order to embrace what we truly value in life. She offers expert insights about changing our relationship with anxiety and gives moms ideas for helping our kids manage their own anxiety and worries all through a lens of personal growth.  

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Divorce Your Debt with guest Katy Almstrom

In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller, MS Psy talk to financial coach Katy Almstrom. Katy coaches women who are ready to pay off debt through simple strategies that help lower the stress around money.  Is debt keeping you from reaching your dreams? Then maybe it’s time to break up with your credit cards and divorce your debt. It doesn’t have to be as painful as it sounds. In fact, your journey to becoming debt-free can be joyful. Tune in and learn how. 

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Finding Joy after Post-Partum Depression with guest Susan Scollen

Can you emerge from the depths of post-partum depression stronger than you were before? Absolutely. You can love yourself, find your voice, and grow through the journey. In this episode, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller, MS Psy talk to health and life coach Susan Scollen about her post-partum depression experience, how she conquered it, and how she embarked on a journey to teach women how to enjoy life again after post-partum depression. If you’re pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or in the throes of post-partum life right now, this episode is for you!

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Navigating Change with guest Dr. Tracy Asamoah

In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller interview Dr. Tracy Asamoah, child & adolescent psychiatrist and coach for professional women about dealing with change. How do you navigate the changes that life throws at you? Starting a new job, becoming a parent, launching your child into Kindergarten or college, or experiencing an illness are the types of change that can stir up big emotions for many of us.  Dr. Asamoah talks about why change is so hard, why we resist change, and how we can begin to think differently about navigating it in an intentional way that includes embracing big emotions and using them to help us walk through both expected and unexpected changes well.

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Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Predators Online with guest Christy Keating

In this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Christy Keating, Founder & CEO of The Heartful Parent and former attorney specializing in the prosecution of sexually violent predators. Christy continues our discussion about protecting our children in an internet-driven world. She shares 7 strategies for keeping kids safer online, teaches us warning signs of predatory behaviors, and coaches us on how to talk to our kids and teens about  pornography and privacy. It’s an episode full of tips for parents of both younger and older kids. 

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Protecting Our Kids from Sexual Abuse & Trauma with guest Clint Davis

In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Clint Davis, a licensed counselor, pastor, and trauma specialist. Clint shares how technology and social media have contributed to widespread sexual abuse and trauma for the current generation of children.  This episode rattled us with the shocking statistics and showed us where we can fall short as parents in protecting our children from predators.  It’s an uncomfortable conversation about having uncomfortable conversations as families, but so very necessary to keep our kids and teens safe. Don’t miss this one. 

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The Power of Self-Talk with guest Shelley Bosworth

In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy and Teri interview female mindset coach Shelley Bosworth of Shelley Bosworth Coaching and host of The Successful Ladies Escape Lounge on Facebook.  Shelley shares how our years of negative self-talk impact how we approach challenges in life and that we can learn to reframe our thoughts and the way we speak to ourselves in order to create a mindset that moves us forward. She says that so many women want more out of their lives but just don’t know how to approach getting there. Her coaching and free Facebook support group helps women with mindset, motivation, and momentum for experiencing and achieving success.  

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Drinking During Pregnancy: FASD Facts and Impacts on Learning with guest Natalie Vecchione

In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller interview Homeschool Consultant, FASD Advocate, and author of the book, Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities.  In the first half of the episode, Natalie shares her story of giving up a career as an art and recreational therapist to homeschool her adopted son with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  From this experience, she gives listeners tips on adapting the homeschool curriculum to meet the needs of neurodiverse kids–a new way of thinking about preparing kids with special needs for adulthood. 

In the second half of the show, Natalie shares facts and research about FASD that may surprise even the most informed among us. Her research-backed message? No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. This is a must-listen episode with a passionate and knowledgeable FASD expert.  


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