Sunshine Parenting

Sunshine Parenting
Expert advice on raising “happy campers” who become thriving adults

158: The Science of Attachment with Bethany Saltman
Sep 25 • 44 min
Join the Sunshine Parenting squad for bonus perks, including bonus podcast episodes and exclusive posts and resources! for resources and ideas for happier, more connected families. Bethany Saltman, this week’s guest, is the author of Strange…
157: Personal Update & Insights during COVID, Fires, & General Mayhem
Sep 18 • 24 min
Audrey gives a personal update about CA fires, evacuating, Gold Arrow Teacher Academy, focusing on mental health, and more.
156: The Tech Solution with Dr. Shimi Kang
Sep 11 • 32 min
Dr. Shimi Kang is an award-winning, Harvard-trained doctor, researcher, media expert, writer, and keynote speaker who specializes in how the mind works. Dr. Kang provide science-based solutions for innovation, leadership, wellness, and resilience. She’s…
155: The Bottom Line for Baby with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
Sep 4 • 44 min
This week’s conversation is with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., the trusted, down-to-earth parenting expert many of us have grown to trust over the years due to her pragmatic, research-based approach and advice. Tina has researched and written the reference…
154: Race-Based Stress of Black Americans and Coping Strategies with Dr. Courtney Thomas Tobin
Aug 28 • 27 min
This week on the podcast, I bring you my conversation with Dr. Courtney Thomas Tobin, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health. Courtney studies issues of race-based stress, coping, and…
153: Rethinking School & Education During the Pandemic
Aug 21 • 50 min
This episode is the second in my two-part conversation with Sara Kuljis. Last week, in Episode 152, Sara and I discussed what we need to do for ourselves as we transition into more pandemic disruption in our families this fall. This week, we discuss…
152: Putting on Your COVID Mask First
Aug 14 • 37 min
In this episode, I’m chatting with my friend and camp professional colleague, Sara Kuljis. This is the first of a two-part series to help parents prepare for the fall now that we know that our life - and our kids’ lives - will not be returning to “normal”…
151: Dealing with Uncertainty & Building Resilience with Dr. Nicole Beurkens
Aug 7 • 34 min
Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Nicole Beurkens has dedicated her 22+ year career to providing parents with research-based strategies that get to the root of children’s attention, anxiety, mood, and behavior challenges so they can reach their highest…
150: We Turned Out Okay with Karen Lock Kolp
Jul 31 • 37 min
In Episode 150, I catch up with Karen Lock Kolp, M.Ed. of the We Turned Out Okay website and podcast. Karen is an early childhood development expert and parent coach. Karen helps worried and hovering parents by bringing reassuring, helpful advice and…
149: The Impact of Positive Counselors & Mentors on Youth Development with Stephen Wallace
Jul 24 • 33 min
The Impact of Positive Counselors & Mentors on Youth Development with Stephen Grey Wallace, author of Impact: An Introduction to Counseling, Mentoring, and Youth Development.
148: Connecting with Nature & Each Other During COVID with Ariella Rogge
Jul 17 • 27 min
Camp director Ariella Rogge of Sanborn Western Camps has a TON of amazing ideas for activities we can do to encourage our kids to explore nature. She also shares connection tips families can use to stay close during COVID-19.
147: One Family’s Experience with COVID
Jul 10 • 40 min
One Family’s Experience with COVID. This week I’m talking with my friend Jill Stribling whose family has first- hand experience with COVID-19.
146: How are you doing? A Mid-year Check-in
Jul 3 • 37 min
How are you doing as we reach this mid-point of 2020? In this episode, Audrey talks about taking some time to assess how your health, relationships, and work are going and making a plan for changes to make moving forward.
145: Welcoming a Black Son in 2020
Jun 26 • 27 min
Welcoming a Black Son in 2020 with Danny & Courtney Tobin. Danny Tobin is the Camp Director at R. M. Pyles Boys Camp. Courtney Tobin, Ph.D, is trained as a medical sociologist and uses mixed-method and transdisciplinary approaches to examine psychosocial…
144: Raising Happy, Durable Kids in the Digital Age
Jun 19 • 51 min
Discussion with Jenifer Joy Madden, author of How to be a Durable Human. We participated in a conversation for Digital Wellness Day, and this episode is a recording of our conversation from that webinar.
143: Talking About Race with Alex Gamboa Grand
Jun 12 • 46 min
Talking about race and how to address issues of race.
Special Message: Listening and Learning How to be Anti-Racist
Jun 5 • 3 min
Resources for learning how to be anti racist.
142: Using Gratitude, Attitude, and Courage to Cope with COVID
May 29 • 29 min
Show Notes: https://sunshine- 142-using-gratitude- attitude-and-courage-to-cope- with-covid; Tap into the camp values of gratitude, attitude, and courage to help you and your family cope during COVID-19! This week on the podcast, I’m…
141: The “Ecohappiness” Challenge with the Happy Science Mom
May 22 • 32 min
Chatting with “Happy Science Mom” Sandi Schwartz about how we can use nature to help us - and our kids - feel happier during COVID-19 and beyond. At the time of our recording, Sandi was on Day 66 of her “Ecohappiness” Challenge, and she’s shooting for 100…
140: Good News About Our Kids’ Bad Behavior with Katherine Lewis
May 15 • 41 min
Katherine Reynolds Lewis shares why modern kids are so undisciplined and tells the stories of innovators who are rebuilding lost self-regulation, resolving family conflict and changing the trajectory of young lives. An interview about her book, The Good…
139: Doing Life with Your Adult Children with Jim Burns
May 8 • 32 min
Talking with Jim Burns about his book, Doing Life with Your Adult Children: Keep your mouth shut and the welcome mat out. We discuss concepts and strategies that will help parents navigate the complexities of parenting adult children.
138: Unselfie with Dr. Michele Borba
May 1 • 32 min
Show notes & links available here. In this episode, Audrey’s guest is Dr. Michele Borba, an educational psychologist, parenting expert, and author of 24 books. Her most recent book is Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. The…
137: Parents Who Lead
Apr 24 • 40 min
Show notes & links. In this episode, Audry is joined by Alyssa Westring, co-author of Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life. Alyssa is an associate professor of management at…
Ep: 136: Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. on Showing Up for our Kids During COVID-19
Apr 17 • 26 min
Show notes & links. Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. has encouraging advice to share during COVID-19. We talked in January (Ep. 121: The Power of Showing Up with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson) about her new book with Dr. Daniel Siegel, The Power of Showing Up, and the…
135: Advice & Ideas from Teachers During COVID-19
Apr 10 • 43 min
Show notes & links. I’ve spent the past weeks talking with youth development experts who are sharing their advice and encouragement for parents during this crazy time of social distancing, sheltering at home, or what I like to now call “Iso for the Rona”…
134: Getting Kids Moving with Apryl Krakovsky
Apr 4 • 49 min
In this episode, I’m speaking with Apryl Krakovsky, founder and CEO of My School in Motion, an award-winning program that promotes fitness, nutrition, wellness and health education for school communities. Moving together every morning for healthier minds,…
133: What’s Working (and What’s Not!) During COVID-19
Mar 27 • 25 min
Things that AREN’T working Focusing I’m finding that I am easily distracted and having trouble focusing on anything that requires a lot of brain power. When I’m reading something, I often need to go back and re-read the paragraph I just read, because the…
132: Creating Structure, Fun, & Connection
Mar 20 • 49 min
This week’s episode is a recording of a live webinar Sara Kuljis & I did earlier this week. Our topic was Creating Structure, Fun, & Connection while we have our kids home and have a whole lot of unstructured time on our hands. While this is a challenging…
131: Coaching for the Love of the Game
Mar 13 • 47 min
Show notes & links available here. In this podcast episode, I interview college professor and author Dr. Jennifer Etnier about the importance of having a positive impact on kids when coaching youth sports. Her book, Coaching for the Love of the Game: a…
130: Uncluttering our Schedules and Homes
Mar 6 • 35 min
In this episode, my friend Sara Kuljis and I are back together talking about uncluttering our schedules and our homes. Sara and her husband Steve Kuljis are the owners and directors of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp. Sara is also a…
129: A Manifesto to Strength: Raising Anti-Fragile Kids
Feb 28 • 46 min
In this episode, I’m talking to Steve Baskin about raising strong, anti-fragile kids. Steve and his wife, Susie, are the owners and directors of Camp Champions in Marble Falls, Texas. For over 27 years, Steve has studied the camp experience and how to…
128: “America’s Worst Mom” Lenore Skenazy talks about Letting our Kids Grow
Feb 21 • 38 min
In this episode, I’m talking to Lenore Skenazy about how letting her 9-year-old son ride the subway alone in New York City led to her being labeled the “World’s Worst Mom” and sparked the Free-Range Kids movement. Her book, Free-Range Kids: How to Raise…
127: The New Adolescence with Christine Carter, Ph.D.
Feb 14 • 43 min
In this podcast episode, I’m joined by my friend Christine Carter, a sociologist working out of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and author of some of my favorite parenting books. We are talking about her newest book, The New Adolescence, Raising…
126: Connecting with our Daughters
Feb 7 • 31 min
In this episode, I’m joined by my good friend and longtime camp industry colleague, Brooke Cheley-Klebe. Both of us have three daughters, so we’ve had a lot of discussion over the years about raising girls. In this episode, Brooke and I talk about how…
125: Transforming Schools with Positivity
Jan 31 • 32 min
In this episode, I’m speaking with Niki Spears, the co-founder of the Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey. She started this organization to bring the positive messages of Jon Gordon’s book, The Energy Bus, to schools everywhere. Niki has spent over…
124: Promoting Mental Health with Dr. Jess Shatkin
Jan 24 • 36 min
Show notes & links available here. In this episode, I’m speaking with Dr. Jess Shatkin, about preventing mental illness and promoting health in children and adolescents. As a clinician, researcher and educator, Dr. Shatkin is one of the country’s foremost…
123: Connection Comes First
Jan 17 • 22 min
In this episode, I’m talking about my theme for this month: Connection! All month long, my posts and podcast episodes are centered around this topic, and it’s one that I feel is critically important to raising thriving kids. In fact, the first chapter of…
122: How to Connect with Your Teen with Chris Thurber
Jan 10 • 39 min
In this episode, I’m speaking with Dr. Chris Thurber, a camp professional and clinical psychologist about how important it for parents to connect with their teens. Chris has developed online training programs for educators and youth leaders around the…
121: The Power of Showing Up
Jan 3 • 37 min
In this episode, I’m speaking with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, psychotherapist and the founder and executive director of the Center for Connection, about her latest book, The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become And How Their…
120: Family Traditions & Rituals
Dec 27, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, Sara Kuljis and I discuss the importance of family rituals and traditions. It’s one of the topics that we wanted to cover with parents in our that we had in September. Big Ideas Family Rituals and traditions are important…
119: Year-End Reflection Activities
Dec 20, 2019 • 33 min
This episode is a live recording of my chat with Sara Kuljis about some of our favorite year-end reflection activities. Joining Sara and me for this episode is Kate Rader, one of the participants from our . Kate is a stay-at-home mom to 3…
118: From Grief to Growth
Dec 12, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode, I’m speaking to Dr. Jennifer Levin, a marriage and family therapist who specializes in health crises or transitions, especially related to traumatic grief and loss. We discuss ways to support others, particularly children, and promote…
117: Raising Good Humans
Dec 6, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, I’m chatting with mindfulness expert Hunter Clarke-Fields, author of , is my guest on for Episode 117. We talk about the importance of modeling positive responses to difficult situations and using tools like mindfulness and meditation…
Feel like you don’t have enough time to do what you really want to do? Read Off the Clock!
Dec 4, 2019 • 30 min
Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve be
116: Why We Need to Unplug to Connect with our Families
Nov 29, 2019 • 6 min
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Ep.115: Giving Kids Meaningful Compliments
Nov 22, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode, Sara Kuljis is back to talk about giving kids meaningful compliments and focusing on our kids’ strengths. We recently hosted our Raise Thriving Kids workshop in Newport Beach where we spent the day discussing positive parenting tools….
114: Precursors to Gratitude
Nov 15, 2019 • 33 min
What comes before gratitude in our children? In this episode, Sara and I discuss how we can prepare our kids to become grateful people. Sara and I talked about gratitude last year in Big Ideas As the Thanksgiving holiday nears, it is important to…
113: Generation Mindful with Suzanne Tucker
Nov 8, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode, I’m speaking with Suzanne Tucker of , a website dedicated to helping kids learn how to regulate their emotions. Big Ideas While working as a physical therapist, Suzanne realized there was much more going on in people’s wellbeing than…
112: Helping Teens Exposed to Trauma
Nov 1, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode, I’m talking with Dr. Ruth Gerson, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, about helping teens who have been exposed to trauma. Trauma is, by definition, when an experience feels so threatening to one’s…
54: Parenting Tips from Summer Camp to Raise Healthy Kids with Dr. Jim Sears
Oct 28, 2019 • 42 min
In Episode 54, I’m chatting once again with my long-time friend and camp colleague, Dr. Jim Sears. I’ve known him as Camp Doctor “Bones” for the past 14 years, but he is better known by his patients at his family’s pediatric practice as “Dr. Jim.” You…
56: Off the Clock with Laura Vanderkam
Oct 28, 2019 • 30 min
In Episode 56, I’m chatting with Laura Vanderkam about her book . Laura is the best-selling author of several time management and productivity books including 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, I Know How She Does It: How…
111: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World
Oct 25, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode, I’m talking to Debbie Reber, creator of TiLT Parenting, the host of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, and the author of . While this book was written mainly for parents that need extra support, I think it will resonate with all parents of…
110: Keep Calm & Parent On
Oct 18, 2019 • 19 min
I’ve had such an incredible time this fall meeting with parents, teachers, and kids in person to talk about some of the strategies I write about in my book, . One topic that comes up regularly is the importance of learning to keep ourselves calm and…
109: Parenting Challenges Q & A
Oct 11, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, I am speaking live with parents from Wayne Highlands School District and Superintendent Greg Frigoletto at Lakeside Elementary. We discuss my book, and my key parenting tips and takeaways from lessons learned at camp. I spent the…
108: Simple Acts of Giving Back with Natalie Silverstein
Oct 4, 2019 • 36 min
In episode 108, I’m chatting with Natalie Silverstein about her new book, . We talk about the importance of instilling the value of service and acts of kindness. She shares how she created a resource of volunteer opportunities for parents and…
107: How College Makes or Breaks Us with Paul Tough
Sep 27, 2019 • 26 min
In episode 107, I’m talking with Paul Tough about his latest book, , a powerful mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States. We talk about the state of higher education today and how can we help more young Americans achieve…
106: Motherhood So White with Nefertiti Austin
Sep 20, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, I’m chatting with author Nefertiti Austin about her latest book, . We talk about her journey to adoption as a single Black woman and some of the issues faced by mothers of color and adoptive mothers. When she couldn’t find any…
105: Live Above the Noise with Rob Reiher
Sep 13, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode, I’m chatting with Dr. Rob Reiher, co-host of the Live Above the Noise podcast. Dr. Reiher is a developmental and educational psychologist, media expert and author. We discuss the escalating impact of technology, media, and consumerism and…
79: Thoughts on the College Admissions Scandal
Sep 11, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode, Sara and I are chatting with Pam Roy, who offers research-based and important information for parents about education and career planning. We talk about how the world we’re working in has changed and evolved since we were in college and…
104: Know and Love Yourself AND Your Kids
Sep 6, 2019 • 36 min
In Episode 104, I’m chatting with my daughter Meredith who–like me–enjoys learning more about herself and other people. The tool we discuss most is the Enneagram, which Meredith discovered last year through her employer and introduced to me and the rest…
68: 12 Parenting Tips for Happier, More Connected Families
Aug 31, 2019 • 36 min
Each month this year, I’ve shared a One Simple Thing tip for creating happier, more connected families. For this episode, I share all twelve tips! 12 Tips for Happier, More Connected Families January: Daily Family Sharing February:
103: How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids
Aug 30, 2019 • 39 min
In Episode 103, I’m chatting with Carla Naumberg, a writer, speaker, clinical social worker, and parenting coach. She’s the author of three parenting books, including the one that we discuss in this podcast episode, How To Stop Losing Your S*** With…
2: 10 Friendship Skills Every Kid Needs
Aug 26, 2019 • 17 min
Episode 2 10 Friendship Skills Every Kid Needs Listener Question: How do I help my 13-year-old daughter with her social anxiety? Social Anxiety Resources: What is Social Anxiety?
102: Grown and Flown with Lisa Heffernan
Aug 22, 2019 • 37 min
In Episode 102, I’m chatting with Lisa Heffernan, the co-founder of the popular website, blog and Facebook group with nearly 120,000 members. We talk about the brand new book that she has co-authored with Mary Dell Harrington, called , which draws…
53: Four Ways to Help Your Child Succeed at School
Aug 19, 2019 • 17 min
In Episode 53, I’m chatting with my oldest daughter and favorite high school English teacher, Gretchen Monke. She has done a terrific job of connecting with her students and has some excellent insights on how parents can partner with teachers to help kids…
101: Entitlemania with Richard Watts
Aug 16, 2019 • 35 min
“Giving too much is oftentimes an affliction of the wealthy, but taking away the struggle is a problem with everybody.” -Richard Watts “Palm trees, in that process of growing, what’s actually happening in the wind is they’re actually cracking…
100: Teens’ Advice for Raising Responsible, Independent Kids
Aug 9, 2019 • 33 min
In Episode 100, I’m chatting with an amazing group of young adults ages 16 and 17 who participated in a month-long junior counselor program. They share their thoughts on ways parents can raise thriving, independent and responsible young adults. BIG…
99: The Myth of the Perfect Girl with Ana Homayoun
Aug 2, 2019 • 34 min
The Myth of the Perfect Girl In Episode 99, I talk with a nationally recognized counselor and consultant specializing in positive strategies for junior high and high school students. Ana was previously on the podcast () talking about her book . …
95: Raising a “Yes Brain” Child with Tina Payne Bryson
Aug 1, 2019 • 28 min
Enter the drawing for a free copy of Happy Campers AND The YES Brain! * Write a review of Sunshine Parenting in iTunes (or wherever you listen to podcasts). * Send Audrey an email with a copy of your review. Include your shipping address. Drawing will be…
96: Unplugged & Happy at Camp
Aug 1, 2019 • 36 min
In Episode 96, I’m talking with my friend Brooke Cheley-Klebe of Cheley Colorado Camps. We cover a range of summer camp-related topics including longer camp stays, adjusting to camp and overcoming homesickness, what it’s like for teenagers to have the…
98: “Camplifying” the World with Tom Rosenberg
Jul 26, 2019 • 39 min
In Episode 98, I’m chatting with Tom Rosenberg, CEO of the American Camp Association. Last year, in Episode 46, we talked about summer camp, accreditation, and #CampKindnessDay (July 23, 2019). In this episode, we talk about the research about the…
97: Parenting the Challenging Child
Jul 19, 2019 • 46 min
In Episode 97, I’m chatting with Signe Whitson. We talk about her book, Parenting The Challenging Child: The Four-Step Way To Turn Problem Situations Into Learning Opportunities, which is based on her work at the Life Space Crisis Intervention, an…
94: Happy Campers Book Club Kick Off
Jun 28, 2019 • 24 min
In Episode 94, I talk about why I wrote my new book, Happy Campers- Nine Summer Camp Secrets For Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults, why I changed to a ‘less is more’ style of parenting, how the book is set up, who I wrote the book for, how I want…
93: Teaching Healthy Relationship Skills to Improve Lives
Jun 21, 2019 • 25 min
In Episode 93, I interview Dr. Alicia La Hoz, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder, and Executive Director of Family Bridges. Dr. La Hoz works with the Latino community in the Chicagoland area, where she leads her team in developing and coordinating…
92: Creating Strong Relationships with Teens
Jun 14, 2019 • 28 min
In Episode 92, I’m chatting with educator and parent coach, Helaina Altabef, founder of Tame the Teen. We talk about building up the attributes parents need to form strong, caring relationships with teens. BIG IDEAS * There is a lot of disconnection…
91: 4 Reasons Not to Worry While Your Kid is at Camp
Jun 7, 2019 • 30 min
In Episode 91, I’m chatting with my longtime friend and fellow camp director, Maria Horner. Maria and her husband, Tom, have been the executive directors of Catalina Island Camps since 1995. We discuss four reasons why parents don’t need to worry while…
90: Happy Campers Book – Interview at Branches Books & Gifts
May 31, 2019 • 33 min
In Episode 90, I’m being interviewed by my friend Anne Driscoll at her bookstore, Branches Books and Gifts, where we celebrated my book launch. We talk about the inspiration behind Happy Campers- Nine Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become…
89: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men with Michael Reichert, Ph.D.
May 24, 2019 • 37 min
“Give yourself the gift of listening to a boy and don’t be put off by boys that seem like they don’t want your gift, they can’t help themselves. They will want it sooner or later.” Michael Reichert, Ph.D. In this podcast episode, I interview Michael C.…
88: Preventing Abuse with Tommy Feldman
May 17, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode of the podcast, I interview Tommy Feldman, the founder and director of Camp Granite Lake in Colorado. We discuss protecting children from abuse, not only at camp but any time they are with a caregiver. This podcast episode has two parts:…
87: The Impact of Camp Experiences with Laurie Browne, Ph.D.
May 10, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode of the podcast, I interview Dr. Laurie Browne, Director of Research for the American Camp Association, about the five-year camp impact study being done by an external research team through the University of Utah. The study explores the…
86: Conflict Resolution Skills for Siblings (and Everyone Else!)
May 3, 2019 • 32 min
In today’s podcast, Episode 86, I continue my conversation with my friend Sara Kuljis about sibling rivalry. We talk about the 5 steps to conflict resolution and the essential skills that our kids need for positive and healthy relationships with their…
Happy Campers: Gold Arrow Camp (Huntington Lake, CA)
May 1, 2019 • 34 min
Gold Arrow Camp “This year our [camp] theme is “Filling Buckets,” which I’m pretty excited about. It comes from a great children book. But the gist of it is that we all have this invisible bucket and we all have the power to fill each other’s buckets or…
Happy Campers: Wilderness Adventures (U.S. & Abroad)
Apr 30, 2019 • 34 min
Wilderness Adventures “We want all of our students walking away with a sense of accomplishment. Not only from the trail, but from making new friends, from taking on new challenges, from doing things their laundry by themselves.” (Tom Holland) Tom and…
Happy Campers: Kennolyn Camps (Santa Cruz, CA)
Apr 29, 2019 • 43 min
Kennolyn Camps “We do have a philosophical belief that kids actually, and humans in general, have good friend making skills. What they need is coaching and practice.” (Andrew Townsend) Andrew Townsend (right) Video of the Kennolyn Camps interview with…
85: Grit is Grown Outside the Comfort Zone (PEGtalk)
Apr 26, 2019 • 41 min
Today’s show, Episode 85, was recorded live at Pegasus School in Huntington Beach as part of their PEGtalks parent education series. I’m with my frequent guest, Sara Kuljis, the owner and director of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp.…
Happy Campers: AstroCamp (Idyllwild, CA)
Apr 25, 2019 • 34 min
AstroCamp “Our mission is making a difference in the lives of children through discovery.” (Diana Huff) Video of the AstroCamp interview with Diana Huff AstroCamp AstroCamp “Our mission is making a difference in the lives of children through discovery.”…
Happy Campers: Camp Granite Lake (Golden, CO)
Apr 24, 2019 • 40 min
Camp Granite Lake “Our mission, our goal, is to be intrinsic to someone’s lifelong growth through their connections with nature and each other.” (Tommy Feldman) Tommy Feldman & Family Video of the Camp Granite Lake interview with Tommy Feldman Camp…
Happy Campers: Skylake Yosemite Camp (Bass Lake, CA)
Apr 23, 2019 • 38 min
Skylake Yosemite Camp “I was a camper for ten years, I was on staff for a lot of years, so my roots are summer camp.” (Adrienne Portnoy-Durgin) Adrienne Portnoy-Durgin Video of the Skylake Yosemite Camp interview with Adrienne Portnoy-Durgin Skylake…
Happy Campers: Camp Deerhorn (Rhinelander, WI)
Apr 22, 2019 • 55 min
Camp Deerhorn “Every Sunday we have a ‘words of wisdom.’ It’s non-denominational, it’s just a very short talk that one of our counselors gives about something that is meaningful in their life.” (Amy Broadbridge) Amy Broadbridge & Family Video of the Camp…
84: The Book of Mistakes with Skip Prichard
Apr 19, 2019 • 30 min
The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future, Skip Pritchard In this episode, I interviewed
Happy Campers: Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp (Bass Lake, CA)
Apr 18, 2019 • 38 min
Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp “We built in a culture to where there’s many times during the day for a staff member to affirm a camper. And not for just what they look like, and not even for their achievements, but to go to a deeper level to where they are…
Happy Campers: Catalina Island Camps (Howlands Landing, CA)
Apr 17, 2019 • 54 min
Catalina Island Camps “We really talk with our kids and with our counselors–even more so during training–about encouraging kids to make their own decisions.” (Maria Horner) Maria & Tom Horner Video of the Catalina Island Camps interview with Maria Horner…
Happy Campers: Colvig Silver Camps (Durango, CO)
Apr 16, 2019 • 39 min
Colvig Silver Camps “Processing is a big part of camp. You have to process everything for it to really settle in and within our time frame–four weeks–you really have time to do this.” (Clay Colvig) Clay Colvig Video of the Colvig Silver Camps interview…
Happy Campers: Tom Sawyer Camps (Altadena, CA)
Apr 15, 2019 • 48 min
Tom Sawyer Camps “We are so fortunate we hear wonderful things from our parents. And one of them is the fact that kids got to take safe risks with caring adults.” (Sarah Horner Fish) Sarah Horner Fish Video of the Tom Sawyer Camps interview with Sarah…
83: Raising Boys with Sloan Walsh
Apr 12, 2019 • 33 min
In Episode 83, I’m chatting with parent educator Sloan Walsh. Sloan wrote an excellent post for me last spring on Raising Girls. Sloan, a previous elementary teacher and literacy specialist, has been teaching Parent Education at La Canada Presbyterian…
Happy Campers: Jefunira Camp (Stanford, CA)
Apr 11, 2019 • 42 min
Jefunira Camp “I still wake up every morning, really grateful that this is what I get to do. I love everything about working in the camping world.” (Jeff Gamble) Jeff Gamble Video of the Jefunira Camp interview with Jeff Gamble About Jefunira Jefunira…
Happy Campers: Walton’s Grizzly Lodge (Portola, CA)
Apr 10, 2019 • 39 min
Walton’s Grizzly Lodge Summer Camp “Our kids are all there [at camp] with different needs…and we really need to meet them right where they are.” (Julie Walton) Julie Walton Video of the Walton’s Grizzly Lodge interview with Julie Walton A Day At Walton’s…
Happy Campers: Cheley Colorado Camps (Estes Park, CO)
Apr 9, 2019 • 43 min
Cheley Colorado Camps “They [Campers] are always building this really magical community because they are all striving to be the best person they can be.” (Brooke Cheley-Klebe) Brooke Cheley-Klebe & husband Kurt Video of the Cheley Colorado Camps interview…
Happy Campers: Bar 717 Ranch (Hayfork, CA)
Apr 8, 2019 • 35 min
Bar 717 Ranch “So we take the middle high school and younger kids in separate groups and talk about: WHAT IS COMMUNITY? How are we going to live here? This is our home for these two weeks we are together. We talk about what that looks like, it terms of…
82: Sibling Conflict, Part 1
Apr 5, 2019 • 39 min
In Episode 82, I’m chatting with my friend Sara Kuljis, the owner and director of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp. Sara is a 20-year veteran camp director and parenting trainer who has great insights and ideas about parenting and…
Happy Campers: Camp Champions (Marble Falls, TX)
Apr 4, 2019 • 39 min
Camp Champions is located in Marble Falls, Texas, and is a camp for boys and girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. Sessions range from one through six weeks. This Happy Campers Interview is with Camp Owner/Director
Happy Campers: Carmel Valley Tennis Camp (CA)
Apr 3, 2019 • 44 min
Carmel Valley Tennis Camp is located in Carmel Valley, California and is camp for boys and girls ages 10-18. Sessions are one or two weeks. This Happy Campers Interview is with Susan R
Happy Campers: Camp Chippewa for Boys (Cass Lake, MN)
Apr 2, 2019 • 37 min
Camp Chippewa for Boys is located in Cass Lake, Minnesota and is camp for boys ages 8 – 17. Sessions are four or eight weeks. This Happy Campers Interview is with Camp Directors Mike and Mary Endres, who have a long history with Camp Chippewa. Video of…
81: The Power of One with Travis Allison
Mar 29, 2019 • 25 min
“My great passion around camp is to get more kids there, because I really believe that every kid should go to summer camp.” In Episode 81, Travis Allison and I discuss the power of one person to make a huge impact on a child’s life, not only at summer…
80: The Emotionally Healthy Child with Maureen Healy
Mar 22, 2019 • 28 min
In Episode 80, I’m chatting with Maureen Healy, author of The Emotionally Healthy Child: Helping Children Calm, Center, and Make Smarter Choices We talk about embracing the discomfort of handling challenging emotions and raising emotional
78: The Danish Way of Parenting (Part 2)
Mar 15, 2019 • 33 min
One of the hardest things is how to shut out all that pressure and believe in the simplicity. -Jessica Joelle Alexander In Episode 78, I’m chatting with Jessica Joelle Alexander, author of The Danish Way of Parenting. We talk about how the Danes raise…
77: Comparison is the Thief of (Parenting) Joy
Mar 8, 2019 • 27 min
Human beings are not designed to be excellent at everything. -Sara Kuljis Show notes at In Episode 77, I’m chatting with my friend, Sara Kuljis, as we continue our series Encouragements for Parents. You can…
76: Partnering with Your Child’s Camp Director
Mar 1, 2019 • 18 min
One of the things that parents need to recognize is, just like with their school, it needs to be a partnership, and not every day is going to be great. – Audrey Today’s podcast, Episode 76, was recorded live at the American Camp Association National…
75: Begin with the (Parenting) End in Mind
Feb 22, 2019 • 41 min
In Episode 75, I’m starting a new parenting series with my friend, Sara Kuljis. We’re tentatively titling our series “Encouragements for Parents.” In this first episode, we talk about reframing how we view success for our children and the concept of…
74: Why Summer Camp?
Feb 15, 2019 • 20 min
Why do parents send their kids to summer camp? Is your kid going to camp this summer? Congratulations! You’re giving them an experience that may have many life-long, positive benefits. You are giving them the opportunity to grow and develop skills and
73: Under Pressure with Lisa Damour
Feb 8, 2019 • 42 min
That was my aim in writing the book- was both to offer reassurance, and then practical strategies for managing the stress and anxiety that will, invariably, come up. -Lisa Damour In episode 73, I’m chatting with Lisa Damour, the New York Times…
72 What Could Go Wrong?
Feb 1, 2019 • 22 min
There comes a time when couples decide to create and raise tiny helpless human beings, hoping they one day become non-tiny and less helpless. Brett Grayson In this episode, I am talking with Brett Grayson, author of
71: Growing Your Child’s “Bushy Broccoli Brain”
Jan 25, 2019 • 34 min
“The neuroscience is saying that when kids miss these developmental milestones, their brains aren’t as interconnected as they would have been had they been actively participating in a wide variety of activities. They need a full sensory upbringing, not…
70: Parent on Purpose with Amy Carney
Jan 18, 2019 • 28 min
“It is not about creating some outcome for the kids. It’s just about us coming together to figure out what values are really important to us, what type of adult we would like to launch, and how we can help them to get to that place.” Amy Carney In Episode…
69: 10 Secrets Happy Parents Know
Jan 11, 2019 • 33 min
In Episode 69, I’m chatting with Karen Lock Kolp of the We Turned Out Okay website and podcast. We talked for the first time back in Episode 38: We Turned Out Okay with
67: Working Together to Find a Happier Life Balance – Project “We” with Kelly Pietrangeli
Dec 14, 2018 • 31 min
Learn how to be your own Life Coach by understanding what’s working in your life – and what’s not – and become consistently proactive about making positive changes. As you become the Expert of You, you’ll gain clarity over your bigger picture dreams, and…
66: Is it Rude, Is it Mean, or Is it Bullying? with Signe Whitson
Dec 7, 2018 • 32 min
It is really important to shine the light on actual bullying behavior when it is toxic, relentless and cruel. But if we mistake things that are rude, joking or even mean and over-label them as bullying, then we are going to stop paying attention to…
65: Raising Engaged, Happy Kids with Mary Hofstedt
Nov 30, 2018 • 31 min
Kids need time in adolescence to answer the questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? Am I normal? They need reflective spaces, quiet time, time for daydreaming, time to listen to music on the couch, not having anywhere to be. We need to protect this time…
64: Home for the Holidays: Preparing for Your College Kid to Come Home
Nov 16, 2018 • 34 min
I think when you’re talking about your kids coming home for a longer period of time, whether it is for Christmas or summer, setting that expectation up is really important because otherwise, you get frustrated with them on the couch and we don’t always…
63: Growing Gratitude with Sara Kuljis
Nov 15, 2018 • 33 min
Enjoy the little things because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things. In Episode 63, I’m chatting with my friend Sara Kuljis of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp. We talk about family gratitude practices and…
62: Creating Change Around the World Through the Power of Camp with Phil Lilienthal
Nov 9, 2018 • 36 min
When the (campers) get home, parents and teachers, without knowing who’s been to camp, can always tell. Their whole attitude changes. They have more confidence. Phil Lilienthal In Episode 62, I’m chatting with Phil Lilienthal of Global Camps Africa. We…
61: National Adoption Awareness Month
Nov 2, 2018 • 41 min
You don’t have to adopt or foster a kid to help kids in the system. There is so much need. You can volunteer. Especially for older kids, you can provide scholarships or skills training… Don’t forget these children in your communities. Just think about…
60: The Importance of Outdoor, Child-Directed Free Play with Andy Pritikin
Oct 26, 2018 • 36 min
Creativity is not (just) writing songs or painting a picture. It is figuring out what to do when you have a situation, which is not learned in structured play where adults tell kids what to do. They need informal, intentional free play. Andy Pritikin In…
59: 5 Ways to Help Kids Thrive During Their School Years and Beyond with Pam Roy
Oct 19, 2018 • 39 min
“We need to prepare our kids for a future world that is changing. The economy is changing so fast and the corporate ladder is dissolving. We need to get out of our kids’ way and allow them to try new things, figure out what they like and don’t like. Let…
58: Authentic Teaching with Jackie Beyer
Oct 12, 2018 • 22 min
At Authentic Teacher we are dedicated to helping students learn using culturally relevant lessons, best teaching practices and state of the art technology to help parents and teachers provide the best education possible in the 21st century! Jackie Beyer…
57: The Importance of Adult Friendships with Sara Kuljis
Oct 5, 2018 • 27 min
“The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no…
55: Raising Kids who Love to Read with Anne Driscoll
Sep 21, 2018 • 36 min
In Episode 55, I’m chatting with Anne Driscoll, owner of Branches Books & Gifts in Oakhurst, California. We talk all things books, including: Reading Levels Getting the parent and the child on the same when choosing books. Getting the right books in the…
52: 9 Ways to Help Kids Process Summer Camp and Other Experiences
Aug 31, 2018 • 36 min
In Episode 52, Sara Kuljis and I chat about ways to help our kids process experiences. The ideas work for post-summer camp debriefing but also for our kids’ other adventures and experiences. Sara is a 20-year veteran camp director and parenting trainer…
51: Raising Kids’ Self-Esteem with Dr. Jim Sears
Aug 24, 2018 • 36 min
“Chores give children a sense of purpose and accomplishment.” -Dr. Jim Sears In Episode 51, I’m chatting with my long-time friend and camp colleague, Dr. Jim Sears. I’ve known him as Camp Doctor “Bones” for the past 14 years, but he is better known by his…
50: How to be a Happier Parent with K.J. Dell’Antonia
Aug 17, 2018 • 28 min
In Episode 50, I chat with K.J. Dell’Antonia, author of How to be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute. From KJ’s website: I believe each of us is responsible for our own happiness. I believe h
49: Changing the Odds with Michelle Kinder
Aug 10, 2018 • 27 min
In Episode 49, I’m chatting with Michelle Kinder, Executive Director of the Momentous Institute in Dallas, Texas. Michelle has worked in the field of children’s mental health for more than 20 years and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated…
48: Common Sense Media with Reid Broudy
Aug 3, 2018 • 33 min
Something I always talk about is the parent child relationship. It is so important, especially at this age. Reid Broudy Reid Broudy is a rising senior who attends Wildwood School in Los Angeles. Reid has been coming to Gold Arrow Camp since 2014 and…
47: Experienced Campers Talk about their Camp Experiences
Jul 27, 2018 • 18 min
For this episode of the Podcast, I talked with five 17-year-old Junior Counselors who’ve been going to camp for a long time: Will (10th year); Jackson (7th year); Caroline (7th year); Blake (6th year); and Quinn (3rd year). Below are some quotes from our…
46: #CampKindnessDay with Tom Rosenberg
Jul 20, 2018 • 25 min
Camp is a place where we can be very positive and very intentional about teaching kindness and why it matters. -Tom Rosenberg In Episode 46, I chat with Tom Rosenberg, CEO of the American Camp Association about summer camp, accreditation, and…
45: Social Media Wellness with Ana Homayoun
Jul 13, 2018 • 26 min
It’s much more than getting you into college. It’s more about asking questions that we don’t ask kids early enough and if we did, it might help them navigate some of the tough parts of being a teen or tween in the US today. -Ana Homayoun In Episode 45, I…
44: #RaisingAthletes with Kirsten Jones
Jul 6, 2018 • 25 min
So many times as parents we get caught in our ego about what level my kid should be or how good they are, what team they’re on, and ‘if they’re on this team, it must mean I’m a good parent.’ It has nothing to do with your parenting skills! -Kirsten Jones…
43: The Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey
Jun 29, 2018 • 36 min
In Episode 43, I talk with Jessica Lahey, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Jessica is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting,…
42: Jedi Mom Tricks with Maria Horner, Part 3
Jun 22, 2018 • 31 min
“Don’t use the power of your voice, use your feet” -Maria Horner In Episode 42, Maria Horner is back with the final installment of her Jedi Mom Tricks. This is Part 3, the final installment of our series! Listen here if you missed Jedi Mom Tricks (Part 1)…
41: Getting Comfortable with our Kids’ (and our own) Discomfort with Christine Carter
Jun 15, 2018 • 40 min
Part of helping kids learn to deal with discomfort is learning how to be uncomfortable ourselves. -Christine Carter, Ph.D. In Episode 41, I’m talking with my friend and favorite happiness guru, Christine Carter, Ph.D. I have been a fan of Christine’s…
40: Frientimacy with Shasta Nelson
Jun 8, 2018 • 35 min
We’re craving those few people who know us and love us no matter what. -Shasta Nelson In Episode 40, I talk with Shasta Nelson, M.Div. Shasta is a leading expert on friendship. Her spirited and soulful voice for strong female relationships can be found in…
39: How to Handle Your Camper’s Homesickness
Jun 1, 2018 • 46 min
In Episode 39, Sara Kuljis (of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp) and I continue our conversations and advice for parents new to the overnight camp experience. In Episode 37, we talked about how to prepare yourself and your camper for…
38: We Turned Out Okay with Karen Lock Kolp
May 25, 2018 • 29 min
A lot of what I teach is helping parents understand their children as people. The best way to be happy in your parenting is to recognize that your child is a person and to respect them and expect that respect in return. -Karen Lock Kolp In Episode 38, I…
37: 8 Tips for First-Time Camp Parents
May 18, 2018 • 42 min
You can watch us on video if you’d prefer to see our video chat instead of listening to the podcast: In Episode 37, Sara Kuljis (of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp), and I share tips and ideas for parents sending kids to overnight…
36: Project Me for Busy Mothers with Kelly Pietrangeli
May 11, 2018 • 22 min
“It soon hit me that all of the best parenting classes in the world are not going to work if you – the mother – are feeling stressed out, unsupported, overwhelmed or aren’t taking care of yourself properly. When some parts of your life are not running…
35: Unplugging Your Family with Jill Stribling
May 4, 2018 • 27 min
“It seems like we have a lot more patience as a family for each other.” “We noticed that he started sleeping better. His personality shifted. He wasn’t nervous all the time. He was just that kid that was always active, always moving, always really…
34: Advice on College, Transferring, and How to Support Your Kids with Their Decisions
Apr 27, 2018 • 35 min
“When you’re applying to college, there’s a big focus on the name of the school, the statistics of the school, and the rankings of the school, which is important in some sense, but it didn’t end up being as important for me.” -Hannah Episode 34 is a…
33: Jedi Mom Tricks (Part 2) with Maria Horner
Apr 20, 2018 • 34 min
“You decide as a family what’s important…Every single thing can’t be important. You have to pick a few things that are in alignment with your family’s values and then really, really be consistent with them.” Maria Horner In Episode 33, I’m with Maria…
32: 10 Benefits of Summer Camp for Teens
Apr 13, 2018 • 23 min
It’s those deep relationships that are formed at summer camp that really have a dramatic influence on them. -Stephen Gray Wallace In Episode 32, I’m talking with Stephen Gray Wallace about his recent article for Teen Life :
31: Listen: 5 Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges
Apr 6, 2018 • 38 min
You’re not alone. Whatever struggle you’re facing and however hard it feels to you right now, I’m confident that with support you can get through it. And I’m 100% confident that you’re not the first or only parent to have slipped up in all the ways you…
30: How to Raise a Durable Human with JJ Madden
Mar 30, 2018 • 32 min
“Durable means to be effective for as long as possible – in your mind, your body, and also in your relationships with other people. It’s being strong and secure and moving forward, taking in and reacting to the experiences you have along the way but…
29: Empowering Kids through Outdoor Adventures
Mar 23, 2018 • 29 min
“Instead of telling kids what to do, we have the kids tell us what to do. It’s an empowering experience to let kids think that way from a young age.” -Paul Dreyer In Episode 29, I’m chatting with Kyle Littman (COO) and Paul Dreyer (CEO) of Avid 4…
28: Focusing on Our Kids’ Strengths with Audrey and Sara
Mar 16, 2018 • 29 min
In Episode 28 of the podcast, I’m back with my good friend Sara Kuljis talking about being strengths-focused parents. Sara is the owner and director of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp. Sara offers popular parenting workshops in…
27: Raising Teens who Thrive with Stephen Wallace
Mar 9, 2018 • 20 min
“We are highly focused on promoting favorable youth outcomes, things like positive identity formation, character development, leadership, civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, media and financial literacy, conflict resolution…. and we’re focused on…
26: Be the Parent, Please with Naomi Riley
Mar 2, 2018 • 28 min
“Parents are bombarded by technology. We’re all under a lot of pressure. But we’ve somehow lost all sense about parenting when it comes to screens. And we have sense when it comes to other things. Our kids don’t ask us for chocolate cake for breakfast…
25: Sports Camps and Competitive Athletics with Susan Reeder and Steve Proulx
Feb 23, 2018 • 34 min
“We want kids to learn to love the game.” -Steve Proulx In Episode 25, I’m talking with Steve Proulx and Susan Reeder, the husband and wife team, along with daughter Aimee Reeder, who have owned and directed Carmel Valley Tennis Camp for the past 24…
24: The Danish Way of Parenting with Jessica Alexander
Feb 16, 2018 • 17 min
This episode of the podcast is an excerpt from my interview with Jessica Alexander, co-author of The Danish Way of Parenting. When we’re so immersed in our own culture, we rarely take the time to step outside our ways and see if there may be some things…
23: Peaceful Mornings with Sara Kuljis
Feb 7, 2018 • 15 min
My regular (and super-fun and wise) podcast guest, Sara Kuljis of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp, joined me on Facebook Live for this month’s One Simpl
22 Jedi Mom Tricks (Part 1) with Maria Horner
Jan 23, 2018 • 30 min
These really aren’t ‘tricks.’… In order for any of this stuff to work…you have to have a strong relationship with the kids you’re trying to use these on. -Maria Horner In Episode 22, Maria Horner shares some of the important lessons she’s learned as a mom…
21: Advice for the College Application and Selection Process
Jan 17, 2018 • 27 min
“For me, I grew more appreciative of everything I have…I also learned that I am a happier and better person when I am outside and don’t have my phone.” Charlotte, talking about what she learned on her gap semester in Costa Rica This week, I dropped my…
20: The Yes Brain with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
Jan 9, 2018 • 25 min
A ‘Yes Brain’ is one that is open and receptive and resilient. It’s one that, even when something is really hard, we’re willing to stick with it. -Tina Payne Bryson In Episode 20, I’m chatting with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson about her latest book – The Yes…
19: Being a “Tech Positive” Parent with Devorah Heitner
Dec 19, 2017 • 30 min
Earlier this year, I devoured Devorah Heitner’s book
18: Adventures in Parenting with Tom Holland
Dec 7, 2017 • 21 min
In Episode 18, I talk with Tom Holland, a camp director and parent of four who has many excellent ideas for parents to teach kids to approach life with wonder and joy, learn leadership skills, enjoy the outdoors, and learn appropriate tech use habits. Tom…
17: Unplugged Middle School Lunch with Rebecca Gogel
Nov 7, 2017 • 19 min
Inspired by this article, as well as my personal connection to her school, I recently got in touch with Corona del Mar Middle School Principal Rebecca “Becky” Gogel to talk about her new phone-free lunch policy, implemented at the start of the 2017-2018…
16: Born to be Wild with Dr. Jess P. Shatkin
Oct 23, 2017 • 33 min
In Episode 16, I talk with one of our country’s foremost experts on adolescent mental health, Dr. Jess P. Shatkin, about his parenting book, Born to Be Wild: W
15: Traits of Parents Who are Great to Work With
Oct 3, 2017 • 18 min
I think it’s one of my favorite parts of my job, getting to form these really positive, effective, and fun partnerships with parents. -Sara Kuljis Last week during a trip to Southern California, I had the pleasure of an impromptu visit and Facebook Live…
14: Ignore It! with Catherine Pearlman
Sep 15, 2017 • 28 min
In Episode 14 of the Sunshine Parenting podcast, I interview Catherine Pearlman, founder of The Family Coach. She co-hosts (with her sports writer husband, Jeff Pearlman) The Sports Parent podcast and is author of the recently released paren
13: Raising Boys to be “Knights” with Heather Haupt
Aug 1, 2017 • 22 min
“You are to use that [strength] to defend the women in your life against men that are abusing their strength.” -Heather Haupt In Episode 13 of the podcast, I’m talking with Heather Haupt about her book Knights in Training
12: Teaching Teen Girls to “Get Savvy” with Kathleen Buckstaff
Jul 12, 2017 • 27 min
“I’ve written the book that I needed as a teenage girl.” -Kathleen Buckstaff In Episode 12 of the podcast, I’m talking with author and parent Kathleen Buckstaff. Kathleen and I were classmates at Stanford in the 80s, and we reconnected a few years ago…
11: The Opposite of Spoiled with Ron Lieber
Jun 29, 2017 • 18 min
What summer camp offers is the opportunity to quite deliberately place them [children] in a very different environment, and if you are careful about that, you can use that summer period as almost a “spiritual delousing.” -Ron Lieber In Episode 11 of the…
10: Homesick and Happy with Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
Jun 10, 2017 • 18 min
In Episode 10 of the podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite parenting and camp experts, best-selling author Michael Thompson, Ph.D. For more than three decades, Thompson has been a clinical psychologist, school and camp consultant,…
9: Being a Camp Counselor is the Best Job with Daniella Garran
May 26, 2017 • 26 min
“Everything good in my life is because of camp.” Daniella Garran Daniella Garran calls herself a camp “cultist” because she loves camp that much. Daniella has been at Cape Code Sea Camps since 1984 as both a camper and a counselor, and she now serves as…
8: A Camp-Grown Parenting Style with Scott & Sally Whipple
May 9, 2017 • 33 min
“Sometimes we feel like salmon swimming upstream, but camp has really made us feel comfortable when we’ve made those decisions that go against the current in our community.” -Sally Whipple In Episode 8 of the Podcast, I talk with Scott and Sally Whipple,…
7: Family Pace and Space with Sara Kuljis
Apr 25, 2017 • 29 min
“A moderately paced schedule serves our children better.” -Sara Kuljis In Episode 7 of the podcast, I’m talking again with my good friend Sara Kuljis. Sara is the owner and director of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp. Sara offe
6: Staying Underwhelmed with Erica Jameson
Apr 12, 2017 • 22 min
“Not WHO you are but HOW you are.” -Erica Jameson I learned a lot talking with Erica Jameson, the third generation owner and director of Jameson Ranch Camp, a sustainable, working ranch in California’s southern Sierras. Campers at Jameson learn how to…
5: Using a Growth Mindset with Jeff Cheley
Mar 26, 2017 • 20 min
In Episode 5 of the Sunshine Parenting Podcast, I interview Jeff Cheley, the 4th generation director of Cheley Colorado Camps, a world-renowned summer camp founded in 1921 in Estes Park, Colorado, by Jeff’s great-grandfather. Jeff is in his 18th year as…
4: Giving Kids’ Phones a “Vacation”
Feb 20, 2017 • 21 min
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “We want this party to be with all the girls being present and in the moment with their friends.” -Ashley, Parent Ashley’s Facebook post caught my attention – it was a photo of the text she had sent to the parents of…
3: Raising Resilient, Independent Kids with Sara Kuljis
Feb 12, 2017 • 22 min
In Episode 3 of the Sunshine Parenting Podcast, I interview my good friend Sara Kuljis about raising resilient, independent kids. Sara is a 20-year veteran camp director and parenting trainer who has great insights and ideas about parenting and counseling…
1: Raising Happiness with Christine Carter
Oct 10, 2016 • 27 min
In episode 1 of the Sunshine Parenting podcast, I talk with best selling author Christine Carter, Ph.D., about her book, Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. We discuss two of the tips from her book, including “put…
No Time for Family Dinner?
Sep 26, 2016 • 0 min
Back in 2012, I wrote about how much I treasure our Family Dinner. That was a precious, memorable year for our family, the final one before our oldest daughter left for college. Now our family dinners include just four of us (myself, my husband, and our…
5 Steps to Help Kids Resolve Conflicts
May 8, 2015 • 16 min
[cp_modal display=”inline” id=”cp_id_07b6a”][/cp_modal] I’ve always considered myself non-confrontational and have done my best to avoid conflict. In researching ways to teach kids conflict resolution skills, I’ve discovered that avoidance is actually a…
The List: My Best Parenting Tip
Oct 9, 2014 • 1 min
Before I had kids, there were several things I said I would never let my kids do. Once I was actually a parent, however, many of the “nevers” evaporated in the reality of my day-to-day parenting challenges. My kids did occasionally end up sleeping in my…