Sunshine Parenting Podcast Episodes

Camp Deerhorn
Camp Deerhorn “Every Sunday we have a 'words of wisdom.' It’s non-denominational, it’s just a very short talk that one[...]
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[...]
Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp
Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp “We built in a culture to where there’s many times during the day for a staff[...]
Catalina Island Camps
Catalina Island Camps “We really talk with our kids and with our counselors–even more so during training–about encouraging kids to[...]
Colvig Silver Camps
Colvig Silver Camps “Processing is a big part of camp. You have to process everything for it to really settle[...]
Tom Sawyer Camps
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[...]
Jefunira Camp
Jefunira Camp “I still wake up every morning, really grateful that this is what I get to do. I love[...]
Walton’s Grizzly Lodge
Walton's Grizzly Lodge Summer Camp “Our kids are all there [at camp] with different needs…and we really need to meet[...]
Cheley Colorado Camps
Cheley Colorado Camps “They [Campers] are always building this really magical community because they are all striving to be the[...]
Bar 717 Ranch
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[...]
Camp Champions
Camp Champions is located in Marble Falls, Texas, and is a camp for boys and girls from kindergarten through 12th[...]
Carmel Valley Tennis Camp
Carmel Valley Tennis Camp is located in Carmel Valley, California and is camp for boys and girls ages 10-18. Sessions[...]
Camp Chippewa for Boys
Camp Chippewa for Boys is located in Cass Lake, Minnesota and is camp for boys ages 8 - 17. Sessions[...]
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 https://sunshine-parenting.com/2019/03/ep-77/ 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 a[...]
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 share[...]
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 63,[...]
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 More[...]
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 all[...]
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 with[...]
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,[...]
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 conversations[...]
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: How to Prepare for Overnight Summer Camp
You can watch us on video if you'd prefer to see our video chat instead of listening to the podcast:[...]
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 is[...]
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 of[...]
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 work...you 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[...]
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 (with[...]
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, I'm[...]
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.
"I wanted to remind everybody that for many of us, while we love our parents to pieces, the sweetest moments[...]
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 third[...]
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”
[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."[...]
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
Episode 2 10 Friendship Skills Every Kid Needs Listener Question: How do I help my 13-year-old daughter with her 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
I’ve always considered myself non-confrontational and have done my best to avoid conflict. In researching ways to teach kids conflict[...]
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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