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How to Connect & Communicate with your Teen with Laura Lyles Reagan

Uncategorized Jul 21, 2020

Hey everyone, today’s episode is an incredibly important topic, especially if you’re a parent to a teen or tween. If you’ve ever thought parenting was hard when the kids are little, I hate to tell you but it can get even more complicated as they get older. That’s why I’ve invited teen parenting coach, Laura Lyles Reagan, onto the show to talk about How to Connect & Communicate with your Teen.

About Laura Lyles Reagan:
Laura is a Sociologist and a Parent and Teen Relationship Coach - she helps teens and parents make communication breakthroughs and co-create solutions to problems to build positive futures. Laura holds a Masters in Sociology and specializes in Family Communication. She also wrote an award-winning book, How to Raise Respectful Parents.




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Laura Lyles Reagan got started doing what she’s doing by working on breaking the generational patterns she experienced growing up....

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#1 Tool I Use as a Busy Mom - Trello

Uncategorized Jul 07, 2020

In today’s episode I'm sharing the number one tool I use to keep my sanity as a busy mom. It helps me stay on track with all of my work projects, all of my home projects, and keeps me on the same page with my husband and really anyone else in my life who I need to collaborate with.

This magical system I’m talking about is called Trello. Honestly, if you’re a busy mom and you haven’t heard of or you aren’t yet using Trello, this episode might convince you that it’s time to sign up. 


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[Podcast] 2 Things Parents Need to Know in Order to See Positive Change in Their Families with Rachel Bailey

parenting podcast Jun 30, 2020


Hey everyone!

In today's Motherhood Aligned Podcast episode Parenting Specialist, Rachel Bailey, joins me to discuss the two things every parent needs to know in order to see positive changes in their families.

Many of us find ourselves dealing with the same problems over and over again with our children. In this episode, you'll get some background on how to get your children to listen once and for all. It starts with viewing their behavior differently and looking at how we are treating ourselves as a parent.

You'll also learn that there are 3 main reasons your child isn't listening or in the place you want them to be.

The good news is, with the right tools and clearing out some of the "yuck" change can happen quickly!




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[Podcast] Behind the Scenes: Some Thoughts on Parenting

Today's episode gives a glimpse of what I have been up to and what's to come in the near future: Parent Coaching! I talk a bit about the parenting philosophies I've been trained in and what they are all about. I specifically focus on the concepts of Conscious Parenting and Positive Discipline and how these work to help you build a better relationship with your children. 

**EDIT** I state I have a kid who is about to turn 6, but he is about to turn 7! I am just so used to him being 6 that I misspoke :) 



Conscious Parenting speaks to me so much because unlike traditional parenting, which is really child-centric, focused on
their behaviors and, correcting behaviors, and often times punishments and rewards (which, believe me, I have used myself),  conscious parenting turns that paradigm upside down and puts the onus on us, the parents, to put the child’s well-being first.

It puts the responsibility on US to take each moment in...

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[Podcast] 3 Habits to Bring More Happiness Into Your Home with Ming Shelby.

happiness home podcast Jun 16, 2020

Who’s ready for a little bit of happiness today? Specifically, happiness at home. In today's episode, we talk with Ming Shelby about the 3 habits you should develop to bring more happiness into your home. Once you start implementing these, your family will thank you and you'll being to feel the happiness more often within your four walls. 

Ming is an educator, speaker, and host of The Courage Up Podcast. Her happiest days are connecting with others, inspiring them to be courageous in their lives. Ming is a National Board Certified teacher who received her Bachelors degree in Education and Masters degree in Educational Psychology, specializing in Curriculum, Technology, and Educational Reform from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has her Ed.S in Administration and Supervision along with her English as a Second Language endorsement.




In this episode Ming Shelby shared 3 Habits to Bring More Happiness...

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[Podcast] How to Talk to Your Children about Racism

podcast Jun 09, 2020

As parents, it is OUR responsibility to break the generational patterns of racism. It is our responsibility to be the change and empower our children to be the change. It’s not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.  We should all be doing more, so today I am sharing what I have found in my own research on how we can talk to our kids about race and racism. This is not an exhaustive list, I am not an expert on racism and I don’t have all of the answers, I am just a real mom wanting to learn and help other moms do the same.


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View Chicago Parent's List of Racism Books for Children


 No time to listen? No problem - here's the transcript:

Hey everyone. I hope you’re all having a great week. Man, has 2020 thrown us for a loop this year. Right? So many of us have been dealing with so much over the past few months that I wanted to just take...

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Podcast Blackout

podcast Jun 02, 2020

Hey everyone in light of what’s going on in the world around us I will not be sharing our regularly scheduled podcast today. Instead, I will be using this space to share the names of black people slain by police violence or victims of hate crimes. I will also be sharing some resources that I’ve come across and that I am utilizing to educate myself further on racism. I strongly encourage you to do the same. 



These names only represent a very small handful of victims of racism but their names deserve to be known and heard. 


Trayvon Martin Age 17 killed in 2012

Tamir Rice Age 12 killed in 2014

Michael Brown Age 18 killed in 2014

Eric Garner age 43 killed in 2014

Sandra Bland Age 28 killed in 2015

Freddie Gray age 25 killed in 2015

Alton Sterling age 37 killed in 2016

Philando Castile age 32 killed in 2016

Botham Jean age 26 killed in 2018

Atatiana Jefferson age 28 killed in 2019

Ahmaud Arbery age 25 killed in 2020

Doug Lewis age 39 killed in...

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[Podcast] Time-Blocking for Productivity with Annmarie Gustafson

Uncategorized May 26, 2020

Have you ever started your day knowing you have to get a certain thing done, then you get distracted, do a million OTHER things, and before you know it the day is over and that first task you set out to complete is still sitting there NOT done?  

Yeah, me too! 

Well, there's this little productivity tip called time-blocking and Annmarie Gustafson is here to tell us all about it. 



Key Takeaways:

Time-blocking is basically a method of planning that involves scheduling your days in blocks of time. Purposefully putting a scheduled time-block to the things you need to get done will keep you focused on your priorities. 

As women we should have the ability to share our gifts and passions with the world while still raising our children at the same time. Time-blocking can be a great tool to help you accomplish that. 

As Annmarie said, the great thing about time-blocking is that you can make it as detailed or as broad as you want, just do what...

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[Podcast] How to have an Amicable Divorce

divorce family podcast May 19, 2020

Is it possible to have an amicable divorce? Divorce Coach, Kristine Travis, has proven that you CAN.

Almost every divorce involving children starts with the goal of keeping things amicable, but over 90% of them turn nuclear within the first 90 days. Kristine shares the top 3 reasons almost amicable divorces turn nasty and how to prevent them from ruining yours.


Not able to listen right now? I gotcha covered. Here are the key takeaways:

You have ONE life - what’s your strategy? Are you going to love every day of your life or just let life lead you?

It doesn’t matter WHY you got divorced, what matters more is the strategy behind what your divorce is going to look like and what your future is going to look like moving forward

A lot of people feel like they are going to have an amicable divorce in the beginning, and then things begin to derail. There are so many ways to prevent your divorce from turning nuclear, but Kristine’s top 3 include:


  1. Don’t...
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[Podcast] The Best Thing you can do right now for your Personal Finances

podcast May 12, 2020

Money is something that makes a lot of people uncomfortable - it’s something that can be a big source of overwhelm for so many of us, but once you face it head-on, you feel so much better and can truly set yourself up for success.

Our guest, Laura Davis, will reveal the one thing you should begin doing today to feel more confident with your personal finances. Laura is a Financial Planner with Cuthbert Financial Guidance and founder of Laura D. Money, an educational platform where regular people, like you and I, can learn about personal finance.




You Need a Budget App
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Visit Laura's website: https://lauradmoney.com/
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Episode Transcript:

Katy Weade
Welcome to Motherhood Aligned. I'm your host, Katy Weade  and this podcast is for moms on a mission to bust through the overwhelmed and...
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