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Episode 135: Parenting Through Fear with Jonathan Baxter

In Episode 135 of Edit Your Life, I interview licensed mental health counselor Jonathan Baxter about parenting during this era of mass shootings. We talk about the first steps parents can take to move through fear, the connection between fear and surrender, transforming righteous anger into action, how to talk to kids about your fears, and not just functioning but thriving in an unpredictable world.

Episode 134: Tips for Communicating with Teens

Say the phrase “communicating with teens” to another parent and you’ll often be met a sigh and an eyeroll. While parenting teens comes with its complications, we’ve discovered there are also many joyful surprises along the road leading to our kids’ independence.

In Episode 134 of Edit Your Life, Christine and I share anecdotes and tips for communicating with teens. We suggest shifts in perspective, conversational tweaks, and ways to communicate non-verbally that can help open the door to more openness…even if that means less talking.

Episode 133: Recalibrating Your Social Media Use

Do you have a love/hate relationship with social media? For many of us, what used to be a useful tool or harmless diversion has morphed into something more complicated, so recalibrating your social media use calls for more nuanced advice than “just light it all on fire!” In Episode 133 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha talk about the what and how of managing social media, and also dig into the why. They share simple tweaks that will help bring your social media use back in bounds while suggesting ways to shift attention to your offline life. [Read more]

Episode 132: Media & Entertainment Favorites, Vol. 5

The kids are back to school and (totally related) we’re back to our regular weekly schedule! We’re kicking things off with something light and fun: a rundown of our current media favorites. In Episode 132 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha talk about the books, TV shows, movies and podcasts that have them laughing, thinking, learning, and relaxing right now. [Read more]

Episode 131: How To Be a Happier Parent

Asha interviews KJ Dell’Antonia, author of How To Be A Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute. Asha and KJ talk about analysis paralysis and its impact on happiness, kids’ “independence continuum,” handling sibling dynamics, and making decisions about screen time. Through it all, KJ shares real-world stories about how we can all be more happy, however that looks for us. [Read more]

Episode 130: Stretched Too Thin

Christine interviews STRETCHED TOO THIN author Jessica Turner about the power of intentionality, the invisible-but-real burden of emotional labor (and what to do about it), the connection between risk and goal-setting, and the simple fact that everyone, no matter how busy, deserves to thrive. [Read more]