Sunshine Parenting Podcast Episodes

Ep. 123: Connection Comes First
Show notes & links available here. In this episode, I'm talking about my theme for this month: Connection! All month[...]
Ep. 122: How to Connect with Your Teen with Chris Thurber
Show notes & links available here. In this episode, I'm chatting with Dr. Chris Thurber, a legendary trainer in the[...]
Ep. 121: The Power of Showing Up with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Show notes & links available here. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is one of my favorite people. She's a psychotherapist, founder[...]
Ep. 120: Family Traditions & Rituals
In this episode, Sara Kuljis and I discuss the importance of family rituals and traditions. It's one of the topics[...]
Ep. 119: Year-End Reflection Activities
Notes and links for Episode 119. This episode is a live recording of my chat with Sara Kuljis about some[...]
Ep. 118: From Grief to Growth
Show notes & links available here. In this episode, I'm speaking to Dr. Jennifer Levin, a marriage and family therapist[...]
Ep. 117: Raising Good Humans
Show notes & links available here. In Episode 117, I'm chatting with mindfulness expert Hunter Clarke-Fields, author of Raising Good[...]
Ep. 116: Why We Need to Unplug to Connect with our Families
In this episode, I am reading one of my most popular blog posts. It's one that's really applicable during these[...]
Ep.115: Giving Kids Meaningful Compliments
In this episode, Sara Kuljis is back to talk about giving kids meaningful compliments and focusing on our kids' strengths.[...]
Ep. 114: Precursors to Gratitude
What comes before gratitude in our children? In this episode, Sara and I discuss how we can prepare our kids[...]
Ep. 113: Generation Mindful with Suzanne Tucker
In this episode, I'm speaking with Suzanne Tucker of Generation Mindful, a website dedicated to helping kids learn how to[...]
Ep. 112: Helping Teens Exposed to Trauma
In this episode, I'm talking with Dr. Ruth Gerson, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at NYU's Langone Medical Center, about[...]
Ep. 111: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World
In this episode, I'm talking to Debbie Reber, creator of TiLT Parenting, the host of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, and[...]
Ep. 110: Keep Calm & Parent On
I've had such an incredible time this fall meeting with parents, teachers, and kids in person to talk about some[...]
Ep. 109: Parenting Challenges Q & A
In this episode, I am speaking live with parents from Wayne Highlands School District and Superintendent Greg Frigoletto at Lakeside[...]
Ep. 108: Simple Acts of Giving Back with Natalie Silverstein
In episode 108, I'm chatting with Natalie Silverstein about her new book, Simple Acts: The Busy Family's Guide to Giving[...]
Ep. 107: How College Makes or Breaks Us with Paul Tough
In episode 107, I'm talking with Paul Tough about his latest book, The Years That Matter Most: How college makes[...]
Ep. 106: Motherhood So White with Nefertiti Austin
 In this episode, I’m chatting with author Nefertiti Austin about her latest book, Motherhood So White: A Memoir of[...]
Ep. 105: Live Above the Noise with Rob Reiher
In this episode, I'm chatting with Dr. Rob Reiher, co-host of the Live Above the Noise podcast. Dr. Reiher is[...]
Ep. 104: Know and Love Yourself AND Your Kids
At its core, the Enneagram helps us to see ourselves at a deeper, more objective level and can be of[...]
Ep. 103: How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids
In Episode 103, I'm chatting with Carla Naumburg, a writer, speaker, clinical social worker, and parenting coach. She's the author[...]
Ep. 102: Grown and Flown with Lisa Heffernan
In Episode 102, I'm chatting with Lisa Heffernan, the co-founder of Grown and Flown, the popular website, blog and Facebook[...]
Ep. 101: Entitlemania with Richard Watts
  "Giving too much is oftentimes an affliction of the wealthy, but taking away the struggle is a problem with[...]
Ep. 100: Teens’ Advice for Raising Responsible, Independent Kids
In Episode 100, I'm chatting with an amazing group of young adults ages 16 and 17 who participated in a[...]
Ep. 99: The Myth of the Perfect Girl with Ana Homayoun
The Myth of the Perfect Girl In Episode 99, I talk with Ana Homayoun, a nationally recognized counselor and consultant[...]
Ep. 98: “Camplifying” the World with Tom Rosenberg
In Episode 98, I'm chatting with Tom Rosenberg, CEO of the American Camp Association. Last year, in Episode 46, we[...]
Ep. 97: Parenting the Challenging Child
  In Episode 97, I'm chatting with Signe Whitson. We talk about her book, Parenting The Challenging Child: The Four-Step[...]
Ep. 96: Unplugged & Happy at Camp
In Episode 96, I'm talking with my friend Brooke Cheley-Klebe of Cheley Colorado Camps. We cover a range of summer[...]
Ep. 95: Raising a “Yes Brain” Child with Tina Payne Bryson
Episode 95 is a replay of one of my most popular episodes (Ep. 20) with a new intro and additional[...]
Ep. 94: Happy Campers Book Club Kick Off
In Episode 94, I talk about why I wrote my new book, Happy Campers- Nine Summer Camp Secrets For Raising[...]
Ep. 93: Teaching Healthy Relationship Skills to Improve Lives
In Episode 93, I interview Dr. Alicia La Hoz, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder, and Executive Director of Family Bridges.[...]
Ep. 92: Creating Strong Relationships with Teens
In Episode 92, I'm chatting with educator and parent coach, Helaina Altabef, founder of  Tame the Teen. We talk about[...]
Ep. 91: 4 Reasons Not to Worry While Your Kid is at Camp
In Episode 91, I'm chatting with my longtime friend and fellow camp director, Maria Horner. Maria and her husband, Tom,[...]
Ep. 90: Happy Campers Book – Interview at Branches Books & Gifts
In Episode 90, I'm being interviewed by my friend Anne Driscoll at her bookstore, Branches Books and Gifts, where we[...]
Ep. 89: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men with Michael Reichert, Ph.D.
“Give yourself the gift of listening to a boy and don't be put off by boys that seem like they[...]
Ep. 88: Preventing Abuse with Tommy Feldman
In this episode of the podcast, I interview Tommy Feldman, the founder and director of Camp Granite Lake in Colorado.[...]
Ep. 87: The Impact of Camp Experiences with Laurie Browne, Ph.D.
In this episode of the podcast, I interview Dr. Laurie Browne, Director of Research for the American Camp Association, about[...]
Ep. 86: Conflict Resolution Skills for Siblings (and Everyone Else!)
In today's podcast, Episode 86, I continue my conversation with my friend Sara Kuljis about sibling rivalry. We talk about[...]
Ep. 85: Grit is Grown Outside the Comfort Zone (PEGtalk)
  Today's show, Episode 85, was recorded live at Pegasus School in Huntington Beach as part of their PEGtalks parent[...]
Ep. 84: The Book of Mistakes with Skip Prichard
The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future, Skip Pritchard In this episode, I interviewed Skip Prichard[...]
Happy Campers: Catalina Island Camps (Howlands Landing, CA)
Catalina Island Camps “We really talk with our kids and with our counselors–even more so during training–about encouraging kids to[...]
Happy Campers: Colvig Silver Camps (Durango, CO)
  Colvig Silver Camps “Processing is a big part of camp. You have to process everything for it to really[...]
Happy Campers: Tom Sawyer Camps (Altadena, CA)
Tom Sawyer Camps “We are so fortunate we hear wonderful things from our parents. And one of them is the[...]
Ep. 83: Raising Boys with Sloan Walsh
In Episode 83, I'm chatting with parent educator Sloan Walsh. Sloan wrote an excellent post for me last spring on[...]
Happy Campers: Jefunira Camp (Stanford, CA)
Jefunira Camp “I still wake up every morning, really grateful that this is what I get to do. I love[...]
Happy Campers: Walton’s Grizzly Lodge (Portola, CA)
Walton's Grizzly Lodge Summer Camp “Our kids are all there [at camp] with different needs…and we really need to meet[...]
Happy Campers: Cheley Colorado Camps (Estes Park, CO)
Cheley Colorado Camps “They [Campers] are always building this really magical community because they are all striving to be the[...]
Happy Campers: Bar 717 Ranch (Hayfork, CA)
Bar 717 Ranch “So we take the middle high school and younger kids in separate groups and talk about: WHAT[...]
Ep. 82: Sibling Conflict, Part 1
In Episode 82, I'm chatting with my friend Sara Kuljis, the owner and director of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove[...]
Happy Campers: Camp Champions (Marble Falls, TX)
Camp Champions is located in Marble Falls, Texas, and is a camp for boys and girls from kindergarten through 12th[...]
Ep. 81: The Power of One with Travis Allison
"My great passion around camp is to get more kids there, because I really believe that every kid should go[...]
Ep. 80: The Emotionally Healthy Child with Maureen Healy
In Episode 80, I'm chatting with Maureen Healy, author of The Emotionally Healthy Child: Helping Children Calm, Center, and Make[...]
Ep. 79: Thoughts on the College Admissions Scandal
In this episode, Sara and I are chatting with Pam Roy, who offers research-based and important information for parents about[...]
Ep. 78: The Danish Way of Parenting (Part 2)
One of the hardest things is how to shut out all that pressure and believe in the simplicity. -Jessica Joelle[...]
Ep. 77: Comparison is the Thief of (Parenting) Joy
Human beings are not designed to be excellent at everything. -Sara Kuljis Show notes at In Episode 77, I'm[...]
Ep. 76: Partnering with Your Child’s Camp Director
  One of the things that parents need to recognize is, just like with their school, it needs to be[...]
Ep. 75: Begin with the (Parenting) End in Mind
In Episode 75, I'm starting a new parenting series with my friend, Sara Kuljis. We're tentatively titling our series "Encouragements[...]
Ep. 74: Why Summer Camp?
Why do parents send their kids to summer camp? Is your kid going to camp this summer? Congratulations! You’re giving[...]
Ep. 73: Under Pressure with Lisa Damour
That was my aim in writing the book-  was both to offer reassurance, and then practical strategies for managing the[...]
Ep. 72 What Could Go Wrong?
There comes a time when couples decide to create and raise tiny helpless human beings, hoping they one day become[...]
Ep. 71: Growing Your Child’s “Bushy Broccoli Brain”
"The neuroscience is saying that when kids miss these developmental milestones, their brains aren't as interconnected as they would have[...]
Ep. 70: Parent on Purpose with Amy Carney
"It is not about creating some outcome for the kids. It's just about us coming together to figure out what[...]
Ep. 69: 10 Secrets Happy Parents Know
In Episode 69, I'm chatting with Karen Lock Kolp of the We Turned Out Okay website and podcast. We talked[...]
Ep. 68: 12 Parenting Tips for Happier, More Connected Families
  Each month this year, I've shared a One Simple Thing tip for creating happier, more connected families. For this episode, I[...]
Ep. 67: Working Together to Find a Happier Life Balance – Project “We” with Kelly Pietrangeli
Learn how to be your own Life Coach by understanding what's working in your life - and what's not - and become consistently[...]
Ep. 66: Is it Rude, Is it Mean, or Is it Bullying? with Signe Whitson
It is really important to shine the light on actual bullying behavior when it is toxic, relentless and cruel. But[...]
Ep. 65: Raising Engaged, Happy Kids with Mary Hofstedt
Kids need time in adolescence to answer the questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? Am I normal? They[...]
Ep. 64: Home for the Holidays: Preparing for Your College Kid to Come Home
 I think when you’re talking about your kids coming home for a longer period of time, whether it is for[...]
Ep. 63: Growing Gratitude with Sara Kuljis
Enjoy the little things because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things.   In Episode[...]
Ep. 62: Creating Change Around the World Through the Power of Camp with Phil Lilienthal
When the (campers) get home, parents and teachers, without knowing who’s been to camp, can always tell. Their whole attitude[...]
Ep. 61: National Adoption Awareness Month
You don’t have to adopt or foster a kid to help kids in the system. There is so much need.[...]
Ep. 60: The Importance of Outdoor, Child-Directed Free Play with Andy Pritikin
Creativity is not (just) writing songs or painting a picture. It is figuring out what to do when you have[...]
Ep. 59: 5 Ways to Help Kids Thrive During Their School Years and Beyond with Pam Roy
“We need to prepare our kids for a future world that is changing. The economy is changing so fast and[...]
Ep. 58: Authentic Teaching with Jackie Beyer
At Authentic Teacher we are dedicated to helping students learn using culturally relevant lessons, best teaching practices and state of[...]
Ep. 57: The Importance of Adult Friendships with Sara Kuljis
"The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in[...]
Ep. 56: Off the Clock with Laura Vanderkam
  In Episode 56, I'm chatting with Laura Vanderkam about her book Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting[...]
Ep. 55: Raising Kids who Love to Read with Anne Driscoll
  In Episode 55, I'm chatting with Anne Driscoll, owner of Branches Books & Gifts in Oakhurst, California. We talk[...]
Ep. 54: Parenting Tips from Summer Camp to Raise Healthy Kids with Dr. Jim Sears
In Episode 54, I'm chatting once again with my long-time friend and camp colleague, Dr. Jim Sears. I've known him[...]
Ep. 53: Four Ways to Help Your Child Succeed at School
In Episode 53, I'm chatting with my oldest daughter and favorite high school English teacher, Gretchen Monke. She has done[...]
Ep. 52: 9 Ways to Help Kids Process Summer Camp and Other Experiences
In Episode 52, Sara Kuljis and I chat about ways to help our kids process experiences. The ideas work for[...]
Ep. 51: Raising Kids’ Self-Esteem with Dr. Jim Sears
"Chores give children a sense of purpose and accomplishment." -Dr. Jim Sears In Episode 51, I'm chatting with my long-time[...]
Ep. 50: How to be a Happier Parent with K.J. Dell’Antonia
In Episode 50, I chat with K.J. Dell'Antonia, author of How to be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having[...]
Ep. 49: Changing the Odds with Michelle Kinder
In Episode 49, I'm chatting with Michelle Kinder, Executive Director of the Momentous Institute in Dallas, Texas. Michelle has worked in[...]
Ep. 48: Common Sense Media with Reid Broudy
Something I always talk about is the parent child relationship. It is so important, especially at this age. Reid Broudy[...]
Ep. 47: Experienced Campers Talk about their Camp Experiences
For this episode of the Podcast, I talked with five 17-year-old Junior Counselors who've been going to camp for a[...]
Ep. 46: #CampKindnessDay with Tom Rosenberg
Camp is a place where we can be very positive and very intentional about teaching kindness and why it matters.[...]
Ep. 45: Social Media Wellness with Ana Homayoun
It’s much more than getting you into college. It’s more about asking questions that we don’t ask kids early enough[...]
Ep. 44: #RaisingAthletes with Kirsten Jones
So many times as parents we get caught in our ego about what level my kid should be or how[...]
Ep. 43: The Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey
In Episode 43, I talk with Jessica Lahey, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best[...]
Ep. 42: Jedi Mom Tricks with Maria Horner, Part 3
"Don't use the power of your voice, use your feet" -Maria Horner   In Episode 42, Maria Horner is back[...]
Ep. 41: Getting Comfortable with our Kids’ (and our own) Discomfort with Christine Carter
Part of helping kids learn to deal with discomfort is learning how to be uncomfortable ourselves. -Christine Carter, Ph.D. In[...]
Ep. 40: Frientimacy with Shasta Nelson
We're craving those few people who know us and love us no matter what. -Shasta Nelson In Episode 40, I[...]
Ep. 39: How to Handle Your Camper’s Homesickness
  In Episode 39, Sara Kuljis (of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp) and I continue our[...]
Ep. 38: We Turned Out Okay with Karen Lock Kolp
A lot of what I teach is helping parents understand their children as people. The best way to be happy in[...]
Ep. 37: 8 Tips for First-Time Camp Parents
In Episode 37, Sara Kuljis (of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp), and I share tips and[...]
Ep. 36: Project Me for Busy Mothers with Kelly Pietrangeli
"It soon hit me that all of the best parenting classes in the world are not going to work if[...]
Ep. 35: Unplugging Your Family with Jill Stribling
"It seems like we have a lot more patience as a family for each other." "We noticed that he started[...]
Ep. 34: Advice on College, Transferring, and How to Support Your Kids with Their Decisions
"When you're applying to college, there's a big focus on the name of the school, the statistics of the school,[...]
Ep. 33: Jedi Mom Tricks (Part 2) with Maria Horner
You decide as a family what's important...Every single thing can't be important. You have to pick a few things that[...]
Ep. 32: 10 Benefits of Summer Camp for Teens
It's those deep relationships that are formed at summer camp that really have a dramatic influence on them. -Stephen Gray[...]
Ep. 31: Listen: 5 Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges
You’re not alone. Whatever struggle you're facing and however hard it feels to you right now, I’m confident that with[...]
Ep. 30: How to Raise a Durable Human with JJ Madden
"Durable means to be effective for as long as possible - in your mind, your body, and also in your[...]
Ep. 29: Empowering Kids through Outdoor Adventures
Instead of telling kids what to do, we have the kids tell us what to do. It’s an empowering experience[...]
Ep. 28: Focusing on Our Kids’ Strengths with Audrey and Sara
  In Episode 28 of the podcast, I'm back with my good friend Sara Kuljis talking about being strengths-focused parents. Sara[...]
Ep. 27: Raising Teens who Thrive with Stephen Wallace
"We are highly focused on promoting favorable youth outcomes, things like positive identity formation, character development, leadership, civic engagement, social[...]
Ep. 26: Be the Parent, Please with Naomi Riley
“Parents are bombarded by technology. We’re all under a lot of pressure. But we’ve somehow lost all sense about parenting[...]
Ep. 25: Sports Camps and Competitive Athletics with Susan Reeder and Steve Proulx
"We want kids to learn to love the game." -Steve Proulx In Episode 25, I'm talking with Steve Proulx and[...]
Ep. 24: The Danish Way of Parenting with Jessica Alexander
  This episode of the podcast is an excerpt from my interview with Jessica Alexander, co-author of The Danish Way[...]
Ep. 23: Peaceful Mornings with Sara Kuljis
My regular (and super-fun and wise) podcast guest, Sara Kuljis of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp,[...]
Ep. 22 Jedi Mom Tricks (Part 1) with Maria Horner
These really aren't 'tricks.'... In order for any of this stuff to have to have a strong relationship with[...]
Ep. 21: Advice for the College Application and Selection Process
"For me, I grew more appreciative of everything I have...I also learned that I am a happier and better person[...]
Ep. 20: The Yes Brain with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
A 'Yes Brain' is one that is open and receptive and resilient. It's one that, even when something is really[...]
Ep. 19: Being a “Tech Positive” Parent with Devorah Heitner
Earlier this year, I devoured Devorah Heitner's book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World during a single[...]
Ep. 18: Adventures in Parenting with Tom Holland
In Episode 18, I talk with Tom Holland, a camp director and parent of four who has many excellent ideas[...]
Ep. 17: Unplugged Middle School Lunch with Rebecca Gogel
Inspired by this article, as well as my personal connection to her school, I recently got in touch with Corona[...]
Ep. 16: Born to be Wild with Dr. Jess P. Shatkin
In Episode 16, I talk with one of our country's foremost experts on adolescent mental health, Dr. Jess P. Shatkin,[...]
Ep. 15: Traits of Parents Who are Great to Work With
I think it's one of my favorite parts of my job, getting to form these really positive, effective, and fun[...]
Ep. 14: Ignore It! with Catherine Pearlman
  In Episode 14 of the Sunshine Parenting podcast, I interview Catherine Pearlman, founder of The Family Coach.  She co-hosts[...]
Ep. 13: Raising Boys to be “Knights” with Heather Haupt
"You are to use that [strength] to defend the women in your life against men that are abusing their strength."[...]
Ep. 12: Teaching Teen Girls to “Get Savvy” with Kathleen Buckstaff
"I've written the book that I needed as a teenage girl." -Kathleen Buckstaff   In Episode 12 of the podcast,[...]
Ep. 11: The Opposite of Spoiled with Ron Lieber
What summer camp offers is the opportunity to quite deliberately place them [children] in a very different environment, and if[...]
Ep. 10: Homesick and Happy with Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
  In Episode 10 of the podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite parenting and camp experts,[...]
Ep. 9: Being a Camp Counselor is the Best Job with Daniella Garran
"Everything good in my life is because of camp." Daniella Garran Daniella Garran calls herself a camp "cultist" because she[...]
Ep. 8: A Camp-Grown Parenting Style with Scott & Sally Whipple
"Sometimes we feel like salmon swimming upstream, but camp has really made us feel comfortable when we've made those decisions[...]
Ep. 7: Family Pace and Space with Sara Kuljis
“A moderately paced schedule serves our children better.” -Sara Kuljis In Episode 7 of the podcast, I'm talking again with[...]
Ep. 6: Staying Underwhelmed with Erica Jameson
“Not WHO you are but HOW you are.” -Erica Jameson   I learned a lot talking with Erica Jameson, the[...]
Ep. 5: Using a Growth Mindset with Jeff Cheley
In Episode 5 of the Sunshine Parenting Podcast, I interview Jeff Cheley, the 4th generation director of Cheley Colorado Camps, a world-renowned[...]
Ep. 4: Giving Kids’ Phones a “Vacation”
  "We want this party to be with all the girls being present and in the moment with their friends."[...]
Ep. 3: Raising Resilient, Independent Kids with Sara Kuljis
In Episode 3 of the Sunshine Parenting Podcast, I interview my good friend Sara Kuljis about raising resilient, independent kids.[...]
Ep. 2: 10 Friendship Skills Every Kid Needs
10 Friendship Skills Every Kid Needs Listener Question: How do I help my 13-year-old daughter with her social anxiety? Social[...]
Ep. 1: Raising Happiness with Christine Carter
In episode 1 of the Sunshine Parenting podcast, I talk with best selling author Christine Carter, Ph.D., about her book, Raising[...]
No Time for Family Dinner?
Back in 2012, I wrote about how much I treasure our Family Dinner. That was a precious, memorable year for our family,[...]
5 Steps to Help Kids Resolve Conflicts
The Conflict Resolution Wheel I’ve always considered myself non-confrontational and I do my best to avoid conflict. In researching ways[...]
The List: My Best Parenting Tip
Before I had kids, there were several things I said I would never let my kids do. Once I was actually a[...]

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