Eps 302: Creating Tradition and Connection with Ericka Sóuter

Episode 302


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My guest this week is Ericka Sóuter.

Ericka is a nationally recognized voice in parenting news and parenting advice. She has over 20 years of journalism experience and is a frequent contributor on Good Morning America and other national broadcast outlets, where it’s her job to speak to parents across the country about the issues, controversies, and trends most affecting families today. 

Her new book is How to Have a Kid and a Life: A Survival Guide. Ericka’s work appears on the Bump, What to Expect, CafeMom, and Mom.com, all high-traffic parenting sites that reach millions of moms each month. Her writing has also been featured in People magazine, Us Weekly, Essence, Cosmopolitan, Self and WebMD. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Takeaways from the show:

  • Holiday season

  • Erica’s journey of parent education

  • Adapting to what your kids need at different stages of their life

  • Having appropriate expectations for your kids 

  • Being a flexible parent

  • Engaging in meaningful conversations

  • Listening to understand your teen’s experience

  • Be someone people can open up to

  • Adding new traditions during the holidays

  • Fostering gratitude

  • Managing your expectations around gifts

  • Prioritizing your happiness

  • Finding hobbies outside of family or work


Website | Instagram | Ericka’s Book 

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