The Podcast:
Your Parenting Long Game

Your Parenting Long Game doesn’t take longer. It just lasts longer.

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Who The Podcast Is For

“Your Parenting Long Game” is for parents who not only want to short-term tips for handling current kids’ behaviors and moods, but who are exhausted from addressing the same situations over and over and want to find solutions that last much longer into the future.

Because Rachel offers specific plans and teaches step-by-step tools, it’s also for parents who crave feeling in control — and who do much better with structure than the chaos normally associated with parenting.

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Episodes

If this is your first time listening to the podcast, I recommend starting with the first two episodes first.

They include some important concepts in Your Parenting Long Game!

Below are more recent episodes, with the most current episode listed first.

Episode 26

Episode 26

Fear and uncertainty... It feels like those feelings are growing every day. And often with those feelings comes negativity. Just like we do with our kids, we also have to understand what’s causing OUR feelings and behavior. When we recognize how our current situation...

Episode 25

Episode 25

Many of us are exhausted and would love to find ways to save time and energy.  Although it doesn’t seem like it would be true, one of the ways we truly can save time and energy is to stop addressing negative behavior and big emotions as they’re happening. Instead,...

Episode 24

Episode 24

Although it is more effective (and less exhausting) to handle kids’ big behaviors and emotions proactively, sometimes we simply have to deal with them in the moment. Unfortunately, our in-the-moment responses often make the situation worse -- especially because both...

Episode 23

Episode 23

For many of us, life as a parent is stressful. But what makes us feel even more overwhelmed is when we want things to go a certain way -- we want our kids to act a certain way, we want our spouses to do something different, we want our plans to work out smoothly --...

Episode 22

Episode 22

Raising a “strong willed” child can be unbelievably draining. Dealing with resistance and big emotions and big reactions can take everything out of us.  But parenting strong-willed children can be much less negative when we stop focusing on changing their behavior and...

Episode 21

Episode 21

We’d all love to make parenting a little easier… and there probably are times when parenting seems less difficult. During those times, our kids aren’t necessarily behaving better; rather, WE’RE IN a better place and their behavior doesn’t affect us as much.  But when...

Episode 20

Episode 20

It’s incredibly frustrating when we ask our kids to do something they don’t want to… or we tell them something they don’t want to hear… and they whine, complain, melt down, or become disrespectful.  Not only is it often exhausting to have to deal with their response,...

Episode 19

Episode 19

We’d all like to be able to make parenting decisions easily… and feel good about the decisions we made. And we’d like to feel confident in our ability to handle the parenting situations we face.  But the truth is that many of us question our parenting decisions and...

Episode 18

Episode 18

You may recognize how important it is to address the cause of behavior if you want your child’s behavior to change.  But you may have a hard time understanding why your child is doing some of the frustrating, illogical things that they’re doing.  It certainly can be...

Episode 17

Episode 17

It’s incredibly frustrating to have to address the same issues over and over with our kids. We don’t want to have to ask them again and again to get their shoes on, or brush their teeth, or put their dishes away. We don’t want to deal with the drama or disrespect...

Episode 16

Episode 16

Watching kids open and play with their gifts can be one of the best memories of the holidays. But seeing our kids receive without gratitude can be frustrating... and worrisome.  And even when we tell our kids how lucky they are, it doesn’t seem to change their...

Episode 15

Episode 15

While it’s nice to spend more time together as a family over the holidays, the amount of energy we have to spend mediating sibling issues can be exhausting.  It seems that the more we try to help our kids work through their issues, the more they whine and complain...

Episode 14

Episode 14

Often over the holidays -- when kids are overexcited and more tired -- we see an increase in negative behavior.  And when we notice that our kids are overstimulated, we tend to ask them to “calm down,” and then we get frustrated when they don’t. Instead, it is...

Episode 13

Episode 13

We know our kids want attention. And we even try to find the time to make this happen, but often it’s hard to stay focused on them when we have so many other things we could be doing.  And then we feel guilty for not giving them that attention.  The good news is that...

Episode 12

Episode 12

When our kids don’t believe in themselves, it’s often our instinct to try to build their confidence by reassuring them or trying to cheer them up.   But those attempts don’t tend to make kids feel better about themselves  -- at least not in the long run.  That’s...

Episode 11

Episode 11

As much as we want our kids to do what we ask, often our requests are met with resistance, disrespect, and/or big emotions.  And even when we try other strategies to get them to listen to us (sometimes even positive ones like rewards or praise!), in the long run, most...

Episode 10

Episode 10

So many of our parenting decisions are made in attempt to motivate our children to make healthy choices. Often we use external motivators — rewards, punishments, nagging, logic — to try to get them to act positively… but those motivators don’t seem to last. The good...

Episode 009

Episode 009

We want our kids to feel good, and we want to have a strong relationship. But often the things we do to help them feel good, and to strengthen our relationship -- giving in to them, doing things for them, taking them places and buying them things -- tend to lead to...

Episode 008

Episode 008

There are certain tasks that have to get done every day -- tasks like brushing their teeth, doing their homework, or even leaving their siblings alone. And even though you KNOW your kids are able to complete these tasks easily (after all, they’ve done them over and...

Episode 007

Episode 007

One of the major causes of power struggles and negative behavior in our homes is related to getting kids off of their devices. We try to be respectful of our kids (giving warnings and staying calm), but often our requests are still met with disrespect, defiance, and...

Episode 006

Episode 006

We have a lot on our plates as parents. So when kids aren’t listening, or when they’re being overly dramatic and preventing us from doing what needs to get done, we can feel really resentful. We try to get them to change but they don’t, and the situation goes downhill...

Episode 005

Episode 005

As parents, we’re often overwhelmed and stressed (and tired) even before we have to deal with our kids’ behavior. And then when they do things we don’t like -- like when siblings keep competing and arguing and bothering each other -- our frustration becomes huge and...

Episode 004

Episode 004

It’s important that kids learn how to speak respectfully, even when they don’t get their way. Unfortunately, the way most of us try to motivate respect doesn’t lead to the results we want. To improve your influence, we have to stay in control even when our kids’...

Episode 003

Episode 003

You’re tired of having to nag, yell, or threaten your kids to get them to do what you ask. To improve your influence, you have to show kids that you mean what you say. Learn the step-by-step, long-game process for showing them that they need to take you seriously.  In...

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