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    #18 Connecting Communities: The Power of Present Parenting With Marcus

    10 MAG 2024 · In this episode of the Odd Mom Pod, host Brittany interviews Marcus Higgs, a traveling educator and parenting coach, to explore his multicultural upbringing, teaching experiences, and how they have shaped his approach to helping parents and their preteen children. Higgs discusses the importance of identity, collaboration, and expression in aiding preteens through challenging years and introduces his 'SHOW UP' framework for parents to better connect with their children. The conversation covers significant topics, including the influence of social media, the importance of community support in child-rearing, and strategies for fostering a secure attachment between parents and children. Brittany and Higgs also highlight resources and books for further learning, underscoring the shared responsibility of adults to contribute positively to the development of the younger generation. Resources https://marcushiggs.com/ https://drdansiegel.com/ 00:00 Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod: Empowering a New Generation 00:46 Special Guest Marcus Higgs: A Traveling Educator's Journey 01:19 Marcus's Multicultural Upbringing and Its Impact 03:08 The Path to Becoming an Educator and World Traveler 05:03 Exploring Identity, Education, and the Power of Travel 08:18 The Philosophy of Education and Personal Growth 09:31 Focusing on Preteens: The Crucial Stage of Development 16:23 Introducing the SHOW UP Framework for Parents 23:16 The Importance of Community and Coaching in Parenting 29:28 Recommended Resources and Final Thoughts
    31 min. 58 sec.
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    #17 Beyond the Surface: Amanda's Journey into Inner Child Work and Emotional Freedom

    3 MAG 2024 · In episode 17 of the Odd Mom Pod, host Brittany chats with Amanda Curry, PT, DPT, a board-certified physical therapist, breathwork facilitator, and somatic coach specializing in inner child work. The episode delves into the impact of inner child work, meditation, and breathwork on parenting journeys. It explores growing-up experiences, the importance of felt safety and emotional expression, and the journey toward healing and empowerment. They discuss the significance of reconnecting with and healing one's inner child, the challenges and revelations encountered, and how this journey transforms parenting, professional life, and personal relationships. Additionally, the conversation covers the necessity of allowing children to express emotions, the concept of somatic work, and the practical applications of inner child healing in daily life. Resources and ways to engage with somatic practices are also shared, emphasizing the individualized nature of healing journeys. Resources:  Amanda Curry's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesomaticdpt/ Books:  - Thttps://www.besselvanderkolk.com/resources/the-body-keeps-the-score - https://untetheredsoul.com/untethered-soul - https://the5personalitypatterns.com/ Join the Odd Mom Pod Discord: https://discord.com/invite/scbPxVxM 00:00 Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod: Empowering a New Generation 00:41 Diving Deep with a Somatic DPT: Inner Child Work and Parenting 01:22 Unpacking Childhood: Emotional Safety vs. Material Comfort 07:43 The Journey of Self-Discovery and Healing 11:39 Embracing Vulnerability: Parenting and Personal Growth 20:41 Navigating Relationships Through Healing and Acceptance 26:21 Navigating Personal Growth and Relationships 26:58 The Power of Playfulness in Healing 27:23 Parenting Insights: Apologies and Emotional Responsibility 28:41 Self-Compassion and Understanding Past Actions 30:39 Professional Journey: Integrating Somatic and Inner Child Work 32:52 Embracing Abundance and Authentic Living 38:20 Somatic Work Explained: A Guide for Beginners 42:16 Finding Your Somatic Practice: Personal Experiences and Advice 45:58 Empowering Parenting: Teaching Emotional Autonomy 48:08 Closing Thoughts and Resources
    49 min. 43 sec.
  • #16 Love Knows No Labels: Heather's Journey Parenting LGBTQ+ Teens

    26 APR 2024 · This episode of the Odd Mom Pod, hosted by Brittany, features a deeply personal and informative interview with Heather Hester, founder of Chrysalis Mama and host of the Just Breathe: Parenting Your LGBTQ+ Teen podcast. Heather shares her experiences growing up in a religious household, her transition to parenting consciously, and the challenges and triumphs of supporting her son Connor through his coming out as gay. Through their journey, Heather realized the importance of unconditional love, acceptance, and the need for substantial support systems for LGBTQ+ teens and their families. Heather discusses the transformative effect Connor's coming out had on family dynamics, leading her to seek resources, adjust parenting styles, and ensure a safe, supportive environment for Connor and her other children. The conversation also touches on the challenges of navigating safety, mental health, and identity exploration in the digital age. Heather's forthcoming book, 'Parenting with Pride: Unlearn Bias and Embrace, Empower, and Love Your LGBTQ+ Teen,' aimed at helping parents support their LGBTQ+ children, is previewed. The episode encourages a shift towards accepting and empowering individuality in parenting practices. Resources:  https://chrysalismama.com/home https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ 00:00 Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod: Empowering a New Generation 00:41 Supporting Your LGBTQ+ Teen: A Deep Dive with Heather Hester 01:24 Heather's Journey: From Traditional Parenting to Embracing Change 04:08 The Evolution of Parenting: Acknowledging Past Generations and Embracing Individuality 07:14 Connor's Coming Out: A Family's Journey to Acceptance and Understanding 09:03 Navigating Challenges and Celebrating Milestones in LGBTQ+ Parenting 24:52 Chrysalis Mama and the Power of Sharing Stories 33:20 The Trevor Project: A Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Youth and Their Families 35:47 Closing Thoughts and Resources for Parents of LGBTQ+ Teens
    36 min. 51 sec.
  • #15 Beyond Gender: Amethysta's Story of Authenticity and Acceptance

    19 APR 2024 · In this episode of the Odd Mom Pod, host Brittany interviews Amethysta Herrick, a transgender parent and founder behind 'Gender Identity Today.' Amethysta shares their journey of gender transition, the impact of their coming out on their marriage and parenting, and how their own experience with gender identity has influenced their commitment to being an authentic and understanding parent. The discussion explores the importance of authenticity in parenting, the challenges of raising children in a society with rigid gender expectations, and how understanding and accepting one's identity can lead to more effective and compassionate parenting. Brittany also shares her recent experience of coming out as non-binary and discusses the ripple effect of authenticity on children and society. The episode emphasizes living truthfully for parents and children, encouraging listeners to embrace their true selves for a more inclusive and supportive world. 00:00 Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod: Empowering a New Generation 00:50 Special Guest Amethysta Herrick: A Journey of Gender Identity 01:22 Amethysta's Childhood and Transition Story 02:52 Parenting Perspectives: From Challenges to Commitment 04:38 Navigating Marriage and Gender Identity 09:15 The Power of Authenticity in Parenting 14:27 Brittany's Reflections and Coming Out Story 16:00 A Heartfelt Conversation on Gender, Identity, and Acceptance 22:20 Creating a Safe Space for Children's Authentic Selves 36:46 Resources and Final Thoughts on Authenticity and Parenting 41:45 Closing Remarks and Gratitude
    42 min. 45 sec.
  • #14 Couch Forts to Character Building: Danielle's Guide to Nurturing Potential in Preschoolers

    12 APR 2024 · In this episode of the Odd Mom Pod, host Brittany interviews Danielle Lindner, an educator, author, and 'preschool parenting queen', known for her eclectic approach to helping children cope through literature. Danielle shares her upbringing in Morris Plains, New Jersey, emphasizing her childhood's creative, less technologically dependent nature and its contrast to present-day child-rearing. The discussion further delves into the evolution of parenting styles, highlighting the transition from strict, authoritative approaches to more understanding, communicative methods that respect children's autonomy and individuality. Danielle's work, including her 16 children's books and a parenting guide, focuses on equipping kids and parents with tools to address common concerns like separation anxiety and overcoming challenges. The conversation also covers the importance of character education, STEM, and self-worth in early education, alongside the transformative role of parent coaching in providing tailored support and encouraging responsive, informed parenting strategies. Through her initiatives and personal journey, Danielle illustrates the critical shift towards recognizing and nurturing each child's unique strengths and learning styles. Resources: https://daniellelindner.com/ 00:00 Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod: Empowering a New Generation 00:38 Meet the Preschool Parenting Queen: Danielle Lindner 01:20 Nostalgia Alert: Childhood Before the Digital Age 05:14 The Evolution of Discipline and Parenting Styles 07:16 Understanding and Supporting Neurodivergent Children 11:10 Redefining Success: Embracing Individuality in Children 13:52 Building Confidence and Character in Early Education 22:50 Danielle's Preschool Program: A Foundation for Future Success 27:15 Expanding Impact: From Preschool to Parent Coaching 32:07 The Power of Parent Coaching: A Game Changer for Families 40:34 Closing Thoughts and Next Steps
    41 min. 8 sec.
  • #13 Balancing Act: Prioritizing Self-Care in Parenthood with Tessia

    5 APR 2024 · In this episode of the Odd Mom Pod, host Brittany interviews Tessia, a single mother of two from London, to discuss her incredible journey of resilience and self-care despite growing up in adversity. Tessia details her childhood experiences with a chronically ill mother, her decision to become a mother herself, and the subsequent challenges and triumphs of solo parenting. She emphasizes the importance of parental self-care and creating a support system to ensure both parents and children thrive. Tessia also talks about her childcare program, Les Petits Bellots, designed to allow parents, especially stay-at-home moms, to have time for self-care while providing a nurturing environment for their children. The episode highlights Tessia's book, 'Rejuvenated Mums Make Happy Kids,' aimed at helping mothers navigate parenting without losing themselves. Brittany and Tessia discuss the transformative impact of self-care on parenting, advocating for a balanced approach that meets both the parent's and child's needs. 00:00 Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod: Empowering a New Generation 00:37 Celebrating Episode 13 with Tessia: A Story of Resilience 01:23 Tessia's Childhood: Overcoming Adversity with a Sick Parent 03:44 The Strength of Solo Parenting and Building a Support System 06:04 Rediscovering Self-Care and Identity Beyond Motherhood 12:44 Creating Liberty Below: A Childcare Solution for Moms 15:42 The Journey to Authorship: Sharing the Struggle and Triumph 32:29 The Importance of Self-Care and Intuition in Parenting 36:55 Wrapping Up: The Power of Community and Intuition
    37 min. 27 sec.
  • #12 From Adversity to Advocacy: Harness a Growth Mindset With Your Teens with Rahz

    29 MAR 2024 · In this episode of the Odd Mom Pod, host Brittany talks with guest Rahz Slaughter about overcoming childhood adversities, step-parenting, grandparenting, and the power of adopting a growth mindset. Rahz shares his unique upbringing, marred by physical challenges and bullying, and how these experiences shaped his resilient outlook on life. Moving from living with his mother to his grandmother, he highlights the unconventional wisdom and empathy he gained, significantly impacting his approach to parenting and mentoring. The episode delves into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on family dynamics, emphasizing the importance of intentional connection and the lessons learned from enduring hardships. Rahz, now a step-parent, shares insights into blending families, establishing communication with biological parents, and the significance of recognizing and nurturing each child's unique traits and interests. Additionally, they discuss Rahz's transition from a career in fitness to coaching and writing aimed at empowering teenagers and fostering better parent-teen relationships. The conversation concludes with recommendations for parents to foster emotional intelligence and continuous personal growth, featuring book suggestions and the value of seeking mentorship. Resources The Odd Mom Pod Discord Group- https://discord.gg/nDEDgScu  Rahz's Website: https://www.rahzslaughter.com Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett, Ph.D. https://marcbrackett.com/permission-to-feel/ 00:00 Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod: Empowering a New Generation 00:37 Diving Deep with Rahz Slaughter: Overcoming Adversity and Parenting Insights 01:30 Rahz's Unique Childhood and the Power of Resilience 03:04 The Impact of Supportive Family and Cultivating Empathy 04:37 From Personal Trials to Parenting Triumphs 09:20 Navigating the Challenges of Step-Parenting and Building Relationships 17:51 Rahz's Journey into Coaching and Empowering Teens 25:21 The Importance of Understanding and Nurturing Individuality in Kids 29:03 Empower: A Program for Resilient Teens and Their Parents 43:05 Concluding Thoughts and Resources for Growth
    45 min. 51 sec.
  • #11 Companionship Compass: Guiding Our Kids in Friendships and Beyond with Jessica

    22 MAR 2024 · In this episode of the Odd Mom Pod, host Brittany interviews Jessica Speer, an author who focuses on helping preteens and teens navigate relationships, middle school, and technology. Jessica shares her personal background of growing up in an unstable home lacking emotional intelligence and how it influenced her parenting and career. She emphasizes the importance of creating a safe emotional environment for children, the value of re-parenting oneself while parenting, and the concept of felt safety. The discussion covers Jessica's books, including 'BFF or NRF: A Girl's Guide to Happy Friendships,' which offers insights on managing friendships and dealing with common challenges. Jessica also shares her findings on middle school dynamics from her book 'Middle School Safety Goggles Advised,' and talks about her latest work, 'The Phone Book,' focusing on safe and mindful technology use for kids. The episode underscores the significance of mindfulness, self-awareness, and intentional action in parenting and personal growth. References:  https://jessicaspeer.com/ 00:00 Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod: Empowering a New Generation 00:39 Diving into Episode 11: A Limerick and Excitement for Today's Guest 01:11 Meet Jessica Speer: Author, Mom, and Guide for Navigating Teen Relationships 01:55 Jessica's Personal Journey: From Childhood to Empowering Her Kids 03:00 Creating Emotional Safety and Healing Through Parenting 08:31 Jessica Spear's Writing Journey: Empowering Girls in Friendships 10:16 Navigating Friendships: The Friendship Pyramid and Healthy Relationships 20:10 Implementing Friendship Groups: A Tool for Parents and Educators 24:24 Understanding 'Not Really Friends' and Emotional Safety 24:57 The Power of Change and Avoiding Labels 25:42 Fostering Empathy and Understanding Others' Burdens 27:02 Navigating the Complexities of Middle School Relationships 29:11 Exploring Middle School Challenges Through Interactive Stories 29:23 The Impact of Technology on Preteens and Teens 36:25 Creating Healthy Digital Habits and Navigating Social Media 44:27 The Importance of Emotional Safety and Mindfulness 47:49 Concluding Thoughts and Resources for Parents
    51 min. 29 sec.
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    #10 Beyond the Should Storm: Reframing Parenting with Dr. Alison Escalante

    15 MAR 2024 · In episode 10 of the Odd Mom Pod, host Brittany interviews Dr. Allison Escalante, a board-certified pediatrician with two decades of experience in guiding parents. They delve into Dr. Escalante's book 'Sigh, See, Start: How to be the Parent Your Child Needs in a World That Won't Stop Pushing- A Science Based Method in 3 Simple Steps' focusing on methods to parent effectively in a high-pressure world. Discussions include the impacts of outdated parenting styles, the importance of understanding childhood experiences on parenting, and navigating long COVID's effects on parenting. They explore 'Sigh, See, Start' — a strategy aimed at calming parental anxiety and fostering emotional regulation through sighing, seeing, and starting new actions. The conversation touches on the dangers of high achievement culture and the importance of self-compassion and repairing relationships with children. The episode is a deep dive into reevaluating parenting practices to nurture well-rounded and emotionally intelligent children. Resources:  http://sighseestart.com/ 00:00 Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod: Empowering a New Generation 00:43 Special Guest Dr. Allison Escalante: A Deep Dive into Modern Parenting 01:29 Unpacking Childhood Influences on Parenting Styles 03:19 The Journey from Old School to Empowered Parenting 06:14 Introducing Sigh, See, Start: A Revolutionary Parenting Method 33:21 Navigating the Challenges of High Achievement Culture and Long COVID 35:20 Finding Strength and Compassion Through Personal Struggles 44:38 Wrapping Up: The Importance of Self-Compassion and Community Support
    45 min. 10 sec.
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    #9 Empowering Postpartum Mental Health: Sharing Struggles to Foster Support with Brie

    8 MAR 2024 · In this episode of the Odd Mom Pod, hosted by Brittany, the focus is on the critical yet often overlooked issue of postpartum anxiety and depression. Brittany brings back her sister Brie to delve deeper into their personal battles with postpartum changes, emphasizing the importance of mental health care for new parents. This conversation sheds light on the realities of perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, including less-discussed aspects like postpartum rage, highlighting the impact of societal expectations and the significance of seeking help. Through discussing their experiences, Brittany and Brie aim to break the stigma around postpartum mental health, encourage parents to prioritize their well-being, and provide insight into the resources available for those struggling. 00:00 Introduction to the Odd Mom Pod 01:08 Inclusive Conversation on Postpartum Depression 01:44 Personal Experiences with Postpartum Depression 02:19 The Impact of Infant Feeding on Mental Health 03:24 The Struggles of Early Parenthood 03:58 The Pressure of Breastfeeding 05:25 The Emotional Rollercoaster of Postpartum Depression 06:17 The Importance of Maternal Mental Health 11:01 The Role of Social Media in Postpartum Depression 14:12 The Impact of Postpartum Depression on Relationships 20:11 The Importance of Seeking Help for Postpartum Depression 46:44 The Power of Support and Setting Boundaries 55:03 Conclusion: You Are Not Alone
    56 min. 57 sec.

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Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod, a place where we celebrate the unconventional, the uncharted, and the unapologetic journey of parenthood. I'm Brittany, a registered nurse, an international board certified...

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Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod, a place where we celebrate the unconventional, the uncharted, and the unapologetic journey of parenthood.

I'm Brittany, a registered nurse, an international board certified lactation consultant, and a mom with a whole lot of experience under my belt.In this podcast, we're all about redefining the norms of parenting and uniting a community of parents who are boldly charting their own path. Parenting in today's world is anything but ordinary, and it's time we embrace the differences that make our experiences unique. As we navigate these unprecedented times, we're also raising a generation of kids who are growing up in an ever-evolving world, and that brings a whole new set of challenges.How do we approach discussions about topics that didn't even exist when we were kids? How can we ensure that we're well-informed before our children are influenced by external sources? The struggles are real, and parents are grappling with increasing rates of mental health diagnoses, seeking advice from social media platforms, and sometimes, feeling lost in a sea of conflicting opinions.

Many of us are discovering aspects of our own neurodivergence that we've long hidden, all while trying to teach our kids the emotional skills we weren't taught ourselves. Online support groups are a lifeline, but they can also be a minefield of differing perspectives and sometimes, well-intentioned yet divisive advice.Traditional wisdom passed down from older generations doesn't always fit the world we live in today, and even in areas like breastfeeding, where everyone's grandmother thinks they know best, the landscape has evolved dramatically.

There's a sea of outdated information that can lead to more confusion, guilt, and self-doubt than ever before.But the isolation ends here. That's precisely why I'm speaking into this microphone, manifesting every day that our podcast will reach hundreds of thousands of weary parents who are ready to step away from the old way of parenting and venture into the odd way. We'll laugh, we'll cry, and we'll explore the untrodden paths of parenthood together. Welcome to the Odd Mom Pod – where "odd" means extraordinary, and parenting is an adventure like no other.

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