Eps 221: Sarah Rosensweet talks Peaceful Parenting and letting go during the teen years


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My guest today is Sarah Rosensweet.

Sarah is a Peaceful Parenting leader and coach. Peaceful parenting is an approach that uses kind, firm limits with lots of empathy. Parents are in charge but give their kids the support they need to meet their expectations. She emphasizes connection and supports parents in prioritizing relationship with our kids.

Sarah knows that our relationship is the most effective way we can influence our kids.

Sarah and I spend time today discussing some of the biggest take-aways from The Self Driven Child – a powerful resource written by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson.

What you’ll here on this episode:

·      What has changed for Sarah as a coach as her kids have entered the teen years

·      The Self Driven Child

o   There can only be one driver on the train – that is your child

o   We need to manage our own parental anxiety

o   We get to trust that our children know what they need

o   Sarah shares a personal story about her son and his report card and how she used what she learned from the Self Driven Child

·      Our response matters

·      Allowing our kids to make decisions about their own life

·      Letting our own limited yet intense beliefs about all the possibilities get in the way

·      “We care so much that they don’t have to.”

·      We have to trust our kids to learn from all of their choices

·      It’s hard to give up the drivers seat

·      Resiliency comes from surviving difficult things

·      Our teens are moving with a limited bank of experiences


·      Using curiosity is powerful and ask our teens if they want to hear our opinion

·      We can be involved, without controlling their every move

·      The sweet spot

·      Middle ground for encouraging teens to nurture relationship

·      Stay Connected to Your Teenager by Michael Riera

·      Loosening up the limits

·      “It’s your call…”

·      Casey shares her story about her teen daughter dropping out of school

·      The number one thing teens need from their parents….

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Website | Facebook | Peaceful Parenting with Teenagers


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