Eps 282: Letting the Heart Lead with Sarah MacLaughlin

Episode 282

My guest today is Sarah MacLaughlin. Sarah is a social worker, parent educator, and author of the award winning best-selling book: What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children.

She is a writer, trainer, and content expert for Zero to Three, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. 

Sarah maintains a blog, writes the parenting toolbox column for Portland Main’s Parent and Family, and has been featured many places online including the Huffington Post and this podcast: eps 30 & eps 52

Her latest book is called Raising Humans with Heart and is an invaluable resource for moms, dads, and caregivers everywhere. 


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Takeaways from the show

  • Sarah’s new book
  • Getting curious about behavior
  • Parenting manual we all have
  • Trusting maturity will come around
  • Mistakes are the primary learning tool for humans
  • Staying current with your own emotional process
  • Fiercely committed and lovingly detached
  • Being supportive without being suffocating
  • Separating our regrets from our kid’s lives
  • You have control over the narrative
  • Willingness vs. willfulness
  • Conflict is a relationship builder

Where to find Sarah

Instagram | Twitter | FaceBook | Raising Humans with Heart book



What does joyful courage mean to you?

What comes to mind is really tied to what we’ve been talking about. The bitter and the sweet of these relationships with our kids. They’re so important to us and we have to be courageous to be able to let them go. They need roots and wings. We can’t keep them in a cage, we have to let them fly.

See you next week!! 🙂

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