Wholehearted Parenting

Wholehearted Parenting...a show for parents who want to parent consciously, in the moment and from the heart. Being a parent is the most important job you’ll ever have. Parents are often confused and frustrated by their child’s behavior, yet children don’t come with instructions. Bonnie Compton, a child & adolescent therapist, parent coach, Mom, grandmother and host of Wholehearted Parenting knows the ups and downs of being a parent. Join Bonnie and her guests as they inspire and empower you to become the parent you want to be. They will offer information and resources to help guide you through your parenting journey, and as Maya Angelou so wisely says, “When we know better...we do better.” Please join Bonnie now on Wholehearted Parenting Radio.

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Bonnie is often referred to as “Bonnie, Your Parent Coach”. Throughout her 25 year career as a pediatric nurse practitioner, child & adolescent therapist and parent coach, Bonnie has had the opportunity to partner with parents, as she helps them nurture their children and develop joyful, healthy relationships with them!   Bonnie offers workshops, tele-classes and retreats, all designed to help empower parents, in both their role as a parent and as an individual.  She is also the host of Wholehearted Parenting Radio.  www.parentingpartners.info 

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FAMILY MEETINGS: THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE FAMILY

Today we’re going to be talking about the importance of family communication.  Children learn to communicate within the family system.  Family meetings provide the perfect venue to teach children the importance of communication and how to be in relationships. At first, when kids hear the words “family meeting”, they may roll their eyes and anticipate a lecture from their parent.   They often wonder what they’ve done wrong!  However, when family meetings become part of a family’s normal routine, children learn to appreciate and respect the process.    They feel heard, learn to take ownership of their own behavior and positive changes begin to occur in the family.
 
Today, I’ve invited my guest Christy Monson to join my conversation.  Christy has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Psychology and an a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Marriage & Family Therapy. Christy has written several books including, Love, Hugs, and Hope, When Scary Things Happen, Becoming Free, A Woman's Guide To Internal Strength and Strengthen Family Relationships.  Today, we’ll be discussing her latest book: Family Talk: How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships.
 
Bonnie Compton, APRN, BC, CPNP
Child & Adolescent Therapist
Parent Coach
Parenting Partners, LLC

 
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EATING DISORDERS IN CHILDREN AND TEENS

Today we’re going to have a tough conversation, but an important one.  We’re talking about eating disorders.  For those of you who have experience with this, either personal or family, you know the struggles that individuals face.  Not only the individual, but their family as well.
 
You may be wondering if your child or teen has an eating disorder.  It’s tough to think about this with your own kids, but they are not immune.  My intention in having this conversation is to provide you with important information about eating disorders, the recommended treatment, and what you can do as a parent to help your child. 
 
I’ve invited my guest Sue Nelson, to join my conversation.  Sue is a licensed social worker and has worked in the field of eating disorders for over 20 years.  She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and the clinical supervisor at the Hearth Center for Eating Disorders.
 
Hope you'll join us!
 
 
Bonnie Compton, APRN, BC, CPNP
Child & Adolescent Therapist
Parent Coach
Parenting Partners, LLC
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EMPOWERING KIDS TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES

I’ve invited my guest today to join my conversation about how we can help kids and teens realize what truly matters in life...it’s not the money, nor the success or fame.   Research and personal experience have shown us that neither money or fame buys us happiness.  What really matters most is how we show up in the world, and how we treat each other.
I’ve invited Marc Mero, WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion to join my conversation.  I’m not sure if you’ve seen Marc’s YouTube video for middle schoolers, the one that went viral, but it’s message is powerful.  It’s entitled, "The Simple Message That Brought This Middle School Class to Tears".

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THE TEEN CONNECTION:

If you’re parenting a teen or pre-teen, I know you won’t want to miss our conversation today.    I’ve seen may teens in my office, over the years, and this is what they’ve told me...”I wish my parents spent more time with me.”...”I wish we’d do more together as a family.” Yes, parents, teens do want to connect with you!  Are you surprised by this? Teens may appear annoyed by your presence, but when you look for small signs and clues, you’re able to see that they do really want the connection.
 
I’ve invited my guest, Cindy Travnicek, to join my conversation.  Cindy is a life coach and LCPC, certified counselor and educator.  She has over 15 years experience working with families, couples and teenagers.  Cindy is the mother of three grown children and business owner of Integrated Mind & Body Center located in Naperville Ill. She has worked as a therapist within the middle school and high school systems and within a community agency.  She has also taught guided imagery /hypnosis classes at the community college level for adults.
 
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WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM MY CHILD

Today we’re going to be talking about children as our teachers.  Children are so wise.  We often discount them as teachers.  As their parent, aren’t we supposed to be their teacher, not the other way around?  What could they possibly teach us that we don’t already know?  After many years observing children, both personally and professionally, I believe they too have a lot to teach us, if we’re able to slow down, watch and learn.  When we consciously take the time and observe our children and their own way of being in the world, many lessons can be learned.  I believe our children are able to teach us in a way that no one else possibly could.  The closeness of a parent and child relationship and the many hours spent together, provide many opportunities to touch each other in a way, that no other relationship can.
 
I’ve invited my guest, Angie Mizzell, to join my conversation.  Angie is a memoir writer, lifestyle blogger and mom of three. She's passionate about helping women live a more authentic life. You can visit her at angiemizzell.com.
 
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LIFE SKILLS AND HABITS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR FAMILY’S WAY OF BEING

Today, we’re going to be talking about the importance of self-care and living your life with intention.  I would imagine that you’ve probably read or heard about these topics before, but I believe today you’re going to hear somethings that might help shift your way of thinking and being in your daily life...perhaps a few wake-up calls to what really matters.
 
I’ve invited my guest, Jade Connelly-Duggan to join my conversation.  Jade graduated with a Master of Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute in 2008 and served as faculty in the program for several years.  She is mother to 3 and after teaching many elders simple breathing practices one room after another recognized that unlearning habits is much easier when young!  She now has a private practice with a specialty in pediatrics and prefers to teach families basic wellness skills to navigate many common illnesses, reserving the clinical practice for more intensive illness or congenital difficulties.  With a mission to reintegrate the generations and help ensure that you are the most effective practitioner for your own life and wellness, Jade founded WisdomWell in September 2011, where clinical practices and courses center around empowering self care and wellness habits to shift the paradigm and economics of expert-driven healthcare.
 
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KIDS AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS…A NATURAL FIT

Have you noticed how busy our lives have become and how disconnected we’re feeling with each other and nature. We often yearn for simpler times, perhaps remembering our own childhood, when we’d spend many afternoons outside connecting with nature and allowing our imaginations to entertain us for hours.
As a play therapist, I often recommend turning off the digital devices and encouraging free play for both kids and their parents. Recent studies are showing a correlation between the decrease in free playtime for children, and an increase in the rate of childhood anxiety and depression. Part of the reason given, is that children feel less in control of their own lives when they are so scheduled. They also are deprived of the opportunity to explore their own interests and solve their own problems. In my own therapy practice, children often share that they wish they had more time to just play. Summertime is the perfect time to encourage our kids to be curious and playful in nature.
I’ve invited my guest, Marcie Cuff, to join my conversation. Marcie is the author of “This Book Was a Tree…Ideas, Adventures and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World”. It is filled with wonderful ideas and suggestions for families to connect with nature, while connecting with each other.
Marcie’s academic background is in studio art, evolutionary biology and ecology. She has lived as an organic lettuce farmer, a tropical rainforest field technician, an Alaskan tent-dwelling graduate student, a stuffed animal designer, and a Manhattan high school biology teacher. When her two girls were young, she started a blog called Mossy—highlighting simple hands-on family projects inspired by nature. Marcie helped establish and coordinate their grade school garden.
Marcie is concerned about our environment and feels that as we connect more with technology, we are losing our connection with nature.
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CREATE THE LIFE YOU DESIRE!

We all live super busy lives, and we just seem to get busier and busier...this has actually been referred to as the disease of "busyness". Technology has certainly brought many advantages to our lives, but also seems to be robbing us of precious time. Have you ever stopped to wonder how did your life get so busy, perhaps even off track? Life happens for sure, but when we choose how we want to spend our days and our moments, I believe life becomes that much sweeter.
 
I've invited my guest, Deb Mangolt to join my conversation. We're going to be discussing the importance of living with intention, and creating our lives purposefully. Deb is a Certified Master Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification and a member of the International Coaching Federation. Prior to becoming a Certified Coach, Deb was in the Corporate world with more than 20 years experience as a Finance Manager. Today Deb is dedicated to helping people get the life they desire because she knows the importance of creating a life of fulfillment. She states that your happiness spills over onto every aspect of your life—whether it's career, family or personal time.
 
She's also co-authored a self-help book entitled "Drink Wine and Giggle (101 ways girlfriends can connect, have fun and be inspired)" and has motivated audiences through her ability to put people at ease and her uplifting message to get the life you deserve.
Stay tuned because at the end of the show, Deb will be offering a free giveaway of her book, "Drink Wine and Giggle"!
 
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BECOMING A CALM AND CONNECTED PARENT

I recently met a Mom at a parent workshop I facilitated.  She shared with me that she wanted to change the way she had been parenting her daughter...she realized her way was no longer working.  This particular workshop was about how to become a calm and connected parent, based on Hal Runkel’s ScreamFree Parenting.
 
Often parents say that they don’t scream...but we all scream.  Raising our voices is the most popular version of screaming, but we also scream when we:
  • React emotionally
  • Try to control or manipulate our kid’s behavior
  • Shut down emotionally and disconnect from our children
  • Overfunction or underfunction as a parent
I’ve invited my guest, the Mom from my workshop, to share her story with you...her journey as a mother, wanting to parent her daughter in a different way...I believe a better way.
 
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TEEN ADDICTION...WHAT’S A PARENT TO DO?

As a child & adolescent therapist, and Mom of four I’ve been around a lot of teens.  What I’ve noticed over time is the increasing number of teens who are overwhelmed or socially isolated, and seem to be turning to drugs.  Although the numbers of teen drug and alcohol use are dropping, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is still of great concern.
 
I’ve invited my guest,Michael Lohan, to join my conversation.  Michael is a hollywood celebrity, father of Lindsay Lohan,  and a recovery expert.  He too had witnessed the rising trend of addiction and had a vision one day that he could help protect addicts through their difficult times.  Michael’s vision became a reality and he continues to useInsight to Recovery as a place to heal the mind and fight the demons!

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Wholehearted Parenting – DO YOU REALIZE HOW AWESOME YOU ARE?

I’m thrilled that you’ve joined our conversation today! Although some Dads may relate to this show, we’re really going to be talking about Moms. Specifically how critical Moms can be of themselves. I’m in the process of writing a book and am devoting a full chapter to this topic.

I believe women are more critical of themselves than men are, and mothers are particularly hard on themselves, both as women and Moms. So I decided that it was time to have this conversation, to bring it out into the open, and begin talking about specific ways then we, as Moms, can be kinder and gentler to ourselves.

I’ve invited my guest, Kathryn Thompson, to join my conversation. Kathryn is a writer who lives outside Seattle with her computer genius husband and three kids. She is passionate about collecting Drops of Awesome, the concept that you can change the world one tiny positive choice at a time, and that you need to recognize and celebrate those small successes.

Kathryn’s has been blogging professionally since 2005. She was a founding blogger at Parenting.com and her blog has been featured everywhere from the Seattle Times to the Today Show. Kathryn is the author of “Drops of Awesome”, a guided journal to help you discover your inner Awesome, based her viral blog post of the same name.

Join us and begin creating your own “Drops of Awesome”!

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Can Strep Infections Cause Behavioral or Psychiatric Disorders in Your Child?

I’m so glad you’ve joined us today, as we explore PANDAS and it’s effects on children. Have you ever heard of PANDAS, or has your child ever suffered from this? I’m not talking about the cute furry black and white bear at the zoo. PANDAS is an acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus infection. Not all children, who are infected by Strep, will get PANDAS. Although I do believe that the percentage of children who are at risk for this is increasing, and it warrants a conversation. My intention is not to scare or worry you as a parent, but as a pediatric nurse practitioner and child and adolescent therapist, I feel that it’s my responsibility to bring attention to this disorder in an effort to educate and encourage you to seek early treatment for your child, should it occur.
 
I’ve invited my guest Dr. Susan Schulman, to join my conversation. Susan has been a community pediatrician since 1976, and developed a special interest in PANDAS, beginning in 1999. Since that time she has diagnosed and treated many children with this disorder. Dr. Schulman is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine . She is Voluntary Attending in the Department of Pediatrics at Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine. I know you won’t want to miss this important information!
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