My guest today is Cathy Cassani Adams. She co-hosts the Zen Parenting Radio podcast and is author of Zen Parenting: Caring for Ourselves and Our Children in an Unpredictable World, which came out this year in February. She also wrote Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting (2014) which won a Nautilus Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and an International Book Award.
She is a clinical social worker, certified parent coach, former elementary school educator, and yoga teacher. Cathy teaches in the Sociology/Criminology Department at Dominican University, and she lives outside of Chicago with her husband Todd and their three daughters.
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Takeaways from the show
- The story of Cathy’s podcast
- What prompted Cathy to write another book
- Parenting is forever
- Learning how to integrate new information
- How do we as parents practice self awareness
- Not imposing old fear and trauma on our children
- The messiness of parenting cisgender white boys
- When you have privilege, how do you use it
- What zen means to Cathy in the context of parenting
- Learning to ask what your kids need
- Speaking your truth through the throat chakra
- Mouthful of glass analogy
- Surface support vs allowing your kids to speak
- Consciousness in allowing our teens to share when they’re ready
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