In this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Nancy Virden, a suicide attempt survivor who is passionate about sharing hope with those in emotional pain. Diagnosed with Major Depression Recurrent in 2005, and closely related to people with the same disease, Nancy has been on two intense sides of the spectrum as the patient and as a key support. Her goal is, through the telling of her story, to encourage those who struggle with depression or despair, and to help supports be effective without becoming overwhelmed.
Nancy is also an author, a Mental Health and Recovery Advocate, and Founder of Always the Fight Ministries. She has shared her experiences and knowledge from the East Coast to Chicago, in interviews for
national and international publications, websites, radio, and podcasts, and via her books and Compassionate Love blog.
Nancy offers insights into major depression and recovery as only one who has been there can. Her books titled Called to Live: A Chronicle of Recovery After Attempted Suicide, and Always the Fight: A Living Testimony of What Only God Can Do, inspire readers to relate and find hope.
We are also joined by musical guest The Jo Petty Band and their song Hold Tight.
It's time for another Family Fun Friday Edition of the ParentCast/ Today our feautred guest is Bridgette Alexander, author of Southern Gothic: A Celine Caldwell Mystery. This book series helps in getting kids excited about going to art museums, especially given defunding of art education in our schools; the book and series also introduces and explores the often rarified world of art, including museums, auction houses, galleries; and individuals such as art collectors and patrons; the series will engage and inspire kids to reach beyond their boundaries to discover new worlds and in a lot of cases with Celine Caldwell, the protagonist in the series, have the courage to right wrongs.
We are also joined by our favorite chef VeegMama Stephanie Dreyer. Thsi week we will learn how to make Vegan Beef and Cheese Tacitos.
And our good friend Chris Hardy is here with his song Energy Moves.
Born of Spanish, Asian, Italian, and other Meditteranean ancestry, award-winning author Debbie Roppolo grew up in the Blackland Prairie region of Texas, where miles of grassland and her horse were her best friends.
Roppolo's stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her children's book series, Amelia Frump and her Peanut Butter Loving Imagination, is published by Dancing With Bear Publishing, where she is now the editor-in-chief.
Cooking is her second passion, and Roppolo holds the honor of being a six time award-winning baker, and the author of an award-winning cookbook.
Married for over twenty-two years, she resides in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and two children.
We are also welcoming back one of our favorite musical guests Kim Krenik. Kim is here to share her song The Promise.
Shenandoah Chefalo is a graduate of Michigan State University (holding a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science), a Core Essentials Graduate from Coach U, a Certified Law of Attraction Advanced Practitioner, a member of the National Speakers Association, and volunteers with several organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Locally she is also much sought after for her advice and understanding of Social Media Marketing. Shenandoah Chefalo is also the author of an e-book entitled Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals, and is currently working on another book called Hiking for Stillness. After spending nearly 20 years as a Law Office Administrator, Shenandoah became unsettled by the ever-revolving door of the criminal justice system, and set out to find a way to change it. She attended Coach U and became a certified life coach. Working through that program, Shenandoah began to understand her childhood in a way she never had before.
She began researching, and learned that there are nearly 400,000 children in the foster care system each day in the United States. Out of those children, nearly 61% age out of the system without having a place to live; nearly 50% end up incarcerated within two years of aging out; and almost 80% of people on death row are former foster alumni. These (and other statistics) made Shenandoah realize that she had to do something.
Our musical guest today is one of our most popular guests of all time, up and coming Country music Star JessLee. JessLee shares her story of struggling with body image issues and shares her song She's Me.
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In this Family fun Friday edition of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Lance Allred. Lance Allred is Deaf, with a 75–80% hearing loss. He is the first legally Deaf player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. He is also the author of Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA, his memoir/autobiography published by Harper Collins. The book was critically acclaimed and featured in several sports publications. In summer 2015, Allred retired from professional basketball, after a successful 10-year career around the world, established his own company, L Squared Productions LLC and transitioned into keynote motivational speaking and sports commentary in both television and radio.
Our favorite chef VeegMama Stephanie Dreyer is here to teach us how to make delicious Baked Gluton Free Onion Rings, mmm!
And Chris Hardy is here with his song Making Tea from his brand new album.
In this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Linda Pearlman Gordon. Linda is the author of How To Connect With Your iTeen. This book is the lifeline every Twenty-First century parent or educator needs. This realistic guide shows adults how to reopen communication with “silent” teenage boys and cut through the drama of teenage girls. Written in clear, straightforward language, it offers successful techniques for navigating everything from socially complex issues surrounding sexting and bullying to such everyday challenges around school and homework.
In this episode we also meet the associate producer of the ParentCast Fatima Kahn. Fatima is with us to share her research into the best ways to show appreciation to teachers.
Find out why this is our most popular episode to date!!! In this family fun episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we celebrate young people. Jedlie begins the show by sharing fun moments from a recent performance. We then have a chance to meet two incredibly talented young adults. Our featured guest is up and coming country music artist JessLee. We have featured JessLee in our musical guest spot in the past. Today we delve deeper into JessLee's personal story, discovering how she overcame body image issues, learn helathy eating and exercise habits and what it is like being a young artist in the competitive country music business.
We also meet Coach Nachi, a talented and inspiring counselor and coach. She shares with us some great tips on how we can use some simple questions to begin meaningful dialogue with our kids.
This episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast features Akilah Thompson. Akilah is the Founder & Lead Coach of I AM BEAUTY. She is passionate about helping participants fall in love with themselves to discover their passions and purpose and reach their fullest potential. She coaches with rigor, compassion , love and her commitment to using her light to light others. As a teenager and young adult, Akilah experienced low self-esteem, colorism, bullying, physical abuse , suicidal ideation and molestation. She was fortunate to have the support of women who mentored and allowed her to realize that her past did not have to define her future. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina A&T State University where she earned Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Business Economics. She spent six years in corporate america working for two of the largest public accounting firms in the world PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Deloitte & Touche LP.
In late 2011, Akilah realized she wanted to use her trials as a teen and great success as an adult to support girls and women in reaching their fullest potential. She left a six-figure career and founded ACT Inspires, Inc., in which she uses her talent as a motivational speaker, life coach, fitness guru, actor, model, singer, and author to encourage others to "Release The BEaST...become the BEST you." By doing so, she believes anyone can achieve his or her own unique version of success and happiness.
We are also joined by our musical guest Helga Kaefer and her song Beautifully Human.
On this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Lucy Ravitch. Lucy is the author of the book The Pancake Menu. Want your kids to have a fun educational experience while they play? This fun and interactive book does just that as kids play restaurant! There's the option of bringing it to life using the tasty pancake recipes. Kids and their teachers or parents print play money and order sheets from kidsmenubooks.com to play with! Kids ages 4-10 are sure to have hours of fun! Children as young as 2 enjoy pretending with the book too! With sturdy laminated pages a dry erase marker or smudges can be wiped away! It's a great educational resource and activity for play dates, math centers, or free time with family and friends. Order today for loads of hands-on math play!
Our favorite vegan chef VeegMama Stephanie Dreyer is back to teach us how to make Matzah Pizza.
And our music guest is the Boston band Blue Moon Harem.
On this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Brian Schriner. Brian has over 25 years of higher education teaching and transformative experience, and is Dean of the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA). Under Brians leadership and the faculty members expertise, the Colleges academic programs have ascended to national prominence with a united mission to deploy the power of architecture + the arts to engage the global corporate community to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems locally, nationally and internationally.
CARTA has emerged as a forward-thinking college that has effectively partnered with public, private, and non-profit institutions; strategically expanded its footprint to Lincoln Road on Miami Beach; and enthusiastically been embraced and financially supported by its alumni and members of the community.
We also welcome back our musical guest Melanie Devaney and her song Sink or Swim.
Today on the We Choose Respect ParentCast we welcome Kevin Hall, author of Black Sails, White Rabbits, Cancer Was The Easy Part. Young sailor and aspiring Olympic competitor Kevin A. Hall's biggest dream was to raise a family. But within the space of three years, he was diagnosed with both testicular cancer and bipolar disorder, putting his family and Olympic dreams on hold. He soon found that surviving cancer was the easy part.
At the age of twenty, Hall began experiencing the exhilarating highs and terrifying lows of bipolar disorder--along with delusions that could make his reality seem like a waking nightmare. And in what could have been a final blow, after four years of struggling to provide love and support, his soul mate chose self-preservation and walked away.
Now a renowned Olympic and America's Cup sailor with a wonderful wife and family, Hall shares a behind-the-scenes look at his struggles with mental illness in the riveting memoir Black Sails White Rabbits. In the face of crushing ups and downs, hospitalizations, and family drama, Hall has learned to weather the ever-changing tide of health struggles and personal woes, achieving success despite seemingly impossible odds.
A courageous look at a life filled with overwhelming challenges, this frank and fierce memoir also contains a surprising love story at its core, a tribute to the woman by his side.
We are also joined by one of our favorite musical guests Kim Krenik. Kim is back in the recording studios. While we are waiting for all the beautiful new music she is working on to debut we can enjoy her great song Infinity Deep.
In this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet one of the most versitile and talented actors in Hollywood, E G Daily. Currently is EG is best known for her work as the voice behind some of your most beloved characters including Tommy PIckles on the Emmy award-winning “Rugrats” She can also be heard as the voice of Buttercup in “The Powerpuff Girls” animated series, as Babe in “Babe – Pig in the City”, and as Rudy Tabootie in Nickelodeon’s “Chalkzone”. EG has also had a great acting career having appeard in Valley Girl and Friends. She has recently released her one woman show Listen Closely and an incredible voice actors seminar through Amazon.
We are also joined by our Family Fun Friday Favorites Veeg Mama Stephanie Dreyer and Chris Hardy.
Dr David Simonsen has been in practice helping families for over 15 years. We know that parenting is hard. From the moment children take their first breaths, parents are faced with decisions and choices that no manual could ever fully explain. And the way you parent is constantly changing: babies need protection, toddlers need direction, and teens need influence. We as parents are simply expected to do it and do it well. David and his co author Daniel Bates, who have a combined 25 years of experience working with families have created a new kind of parenting book. This book doesn’t focus on technique, a discipline scheme or parenting style. This book focuses on the parent themselves, specifically the kind of thinking that makes parents effective or ineffective. In "When Parenting Backfires" examines 12 thinking errors commonly made by parents.
We are also joined by Jonas Woods who will be a part of the Evening of Mystery & Music to benefit the St Mary of the Hills Shattuck Shelter Ministry.
In this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we welcome Bethanie Nonami. Bethanie is a wife, mom, and active youth mentor in Junior Acheivement. Bethanie is passionate about educating people on the importance of keeping their digital memories safe. With 25 years experience in technology, she is building a software company to help families have a safe and accessible place to store their digital assets. After being a caregiver for her Mom, Bethanie struggled to find a way to keep her Mom's legacy safe to pass on to her own children. Bethanie quickly found that it is not only hard to do but not protected by law if something happened to her. Bethanie is going to share ways to help you keep these invaluable memories safe in case something tragic happens to ensure your life is safe and accessible for your family.
We are also joined by one of our favorite musical guests Jonas Woods. Jonas will be a part of a special evening of mystery and music to support the homeless ministry of St Mary of the Hills Church in Milton, MA