MommyChats with Coach Joy: Getting Your Children to Eat HEALTHY! with special guest, Stacy Spensley

Coach Joy chats with Stacy Spensley on getting our children to eat healthy!

Stacy is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She supports overwhelmed perfectionists to stop spinning their wheels and actually make changes that truly impact their lives. She came to the coaching field through holistic health, but now finds herself working with parents who struggle to balance parenthood, work, and relationships with health and self-care.

MommyChats Snippet: "When you're in that deprivation mindset of what you can't have, that's when you want it more. And kids are the exact same way - they're just smaller and don't have the coping mechanisms to deal with it. When you make it forbidden, that's when it's more tempting. It's a power issue. Whereas if you say, "Listen to your body. If you're not hungry, then maybe you should stop eating."

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MommyChats with Coach Joy: Parenting the Special Needs Child, with Special Guest Sazini Nzula

Coach Joy talks to Sazini Nzula about the experience of parenting the special needs child. Sazini is a Sensory Treatment therapist who delights in combining research-based therapy for children with special needs with empowering parents to make cost-effective, impactful changes to to their lives.

She re-introduces families to their pillows, and watches parents switch from constantly holding their children down during a meltdown to simply holding them for the pleasure of it. Their focus improves, their relationships with their spouse and children improve and the family returns to being calm and relaxed. Sazini is a mother, a scientist, an enthusiastic gardener and a certified Qigong Sensory Treatment (QST) Therapist. She has a PhD in Medical Microbiology and combined 20 years of experience as a scientist researching diverse topics including food science, breast cancer immunology and clinical research with 9 years of raising her two sons with autism to create Eden Qigong Massage.

MommyChats Snippet: "When a child has a meltdown, they have no control. We have to be the ones to help them regain control. When you're frazzled and your child has a meltdown, try to step away if you can and recharge, breathe, then step back again to handle it."

*Thank you so much to fellow Mama Charlene Long, who stepped up and helped me read out the questions and manage the Blab! We experienced major problems (no one could see or hear me!) and Charlene was my guardian angel. Thank you!

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MommyChats with Coach Joy: Ditching the "One-Size Fits All Parenting" with Special Guest Aki Raymer of Parenting Paths

Coach Joy chats with Aki Raymer about ditching a "one-size fits all" parenting approach and how we need to go back to our core, figure out what we believe in, and parent from these anchors.

Aki is a Parenting Coach and is all about making a shift from Child Development to Lifelong Development, and moving from "one-size fits all" discipline methods to effective and individualized strategies that reflect each family's unique culture."

Aki has a degree in Psychology and Infant Mental Health, as well as a certification in Positive Discipline and works toward a more authentic and connected parenting style toward her own daughter.

MommyChats Snippet: "Each family has a culture... and the important thing is to ask ourselves 'What is it I believe in and how do I get to where I want to be?' and making decisions from this broader area."

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MommyChats: Amy Simpkins, On Being Human and Teaching Our Children to Accept Their Own Humanity

Coach Joy chats with Amy Simpkins and engages in a thoughtful discussion about parenting, being human, the changes parenting brings, and treating children with the respect they deserve.

Amy is a Lifestyle Design Strategist, coach, speaker, and founder of Life Architecting. Her mission is to help mid-career professionals rediscover themselves and understand what they need to truly THRIVE at their present time of life.  She helps them design and build impactful, resilient, beautiful lives as a result of that deep self-knowledge, exploration, and grace.  To do this, she offers private and group coaching programs, speaking, workshops, and standalone products.

MommyChats Snippet: "I think kids learn a lot about how to process their humanity by looking at our own humanity. I don't have the energy to be anything but my real human self with my kids. It's too hard to put up a facade."

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MommyChats: Kris de Guzman, Putting Our Issues to Rest in Order to Mother Better

Coach Joy chats with Kris de Guzman. Kris is a wife, a mom to 2 girls, and a mompreneur born and bred in Manila, Philippines. She's a celebrity in her own right within the Mom scene in the Philippines and has become known as the OC Mom in Manila - a self-claimed title via her blog.

Coach Joy and Kris explore how going back to yourself and resolving issues and self-doubt always has a positive impact on not only ourselves, but also our children.

MommyChats Snippet: "You read all of these things about good parenting… but it all really starts with YOU… You have to be happy with yourself and the kids see that and absorb that."

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***Sound quality for this podcast is not as good (echoes here and there/amplified background noise), but this conversation with Kris is such an honest one, filled with such great insights and deep sharing. Please do listen in through til the end! It will be extremely worth your while :) ***

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MommyChats: Rochelle Callen, Recognizing Just How Extraordinary You Are

Coach Joy chats with Rochelle Callen, otherwise known as Rocky. Rocky is an amazing woman who has got so much talent - she's a coach for women who seek to pump up the sass and soul in their lives. She's a bestselling novelist, speaker, truth teller, bliss seeker, complacency buster, dream builder, hubby lover, and, of course, a momma.

MommyChats Snippet: "It's not selfish to have boundaries. It's actually absolutely necessary."

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MommyChats: Carrie Lupoli, Motherhood: A Balance Between Discipline and Nurture

Coach Joy chats with Carrie Lupoli. Carrie was a Special Education teacher and administrator in the USA, before moving to Singapore and starting the "Live and Learn Asia" company, which sought to address the lack of appropriate services for children in their mainstream classrooms. Carrie has been described as the “ground breaking founder” with regards to inclusive education in the region and how to support every child individually. Since moving back to the US, she's opened up a second Live and Learn, for both parents and educators.  In addition to the acclaim she has earned as an international educator, Carrie has been a noted parenting expert and currently serves as the spokesperson for the “Power of Play” for Mattel Fisher Price. She was named “Chief Mum” for, a family of parenting websites in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Australia. Carrie’s goal is to help parents around the world improve their skills to raise powerful individuals in an ever changing world!

MommyChats Snippet: "If I can own up to the different issues that I have as a human, and be real with them… owning those mistakes and trying to learn from them… is probably the piece that is most beneficial"

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MommyChats: Chelsea Wiley, Slowing Down and Going Back to Just Being

Coach Joy chats with Chelsea Wiley. Chelsea is a Labor and Delivery Nurse who is extremely passionate about the birthing process and helping women truly trust in their instincts and surrender during childbirth. Chelsea is a mom herself to a 1-year old child and is blessed with a second one on the way! I'm extremely excited to have you here - welcome Chelsea!

MommyChats Snippet: "I find that I'm actually a better mom when I'm able to do what I love and then I can serve my child better. There's not any resentment about being a Mom, or guilt, if I'm able to express myself."

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MommyChats: Ariadne Brill, Positive Parenting That is Rooted in Compassion for the Self

***Sound quality of this particular recording is unfortunately not very good, BUT, Ariadne was one of my favorite guests so far. I loved talking with her and sharing space with her, so I do hope you don't let the white noise stop you! So much Mommy Wisdom in this episode!***

Coach Joy chats with Ariadne Brill. Ariadne is mom to three children aged 4, 6, and 8. She created Positive Parenting Connection to share resources, ideas, tips and helpful information with other parents that are striving to have connected, peaceful relationships with their children. Ariadne is a certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator and has completed several graduate courses in Psychology, child development and family counseling. She also offers private parenting and family coaching.

MommyChats Snippet: "It's never too late to repair and reconnect… use the same kind of compassion you intended for your child, to have it on yourself first… Nothing is final. There is always time to go back and reconnect."

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MommyChats: Holly Pavlika, The Power of Every Mother's Passion

Coach Joy chats with Holly Pavlika, SVP for Brand Strategy at Collective Bias, Founder of MOMentumNation, former Executive Creative Director and Managing Director at Big Fuel, and of course, a Mom, to two kids - a 22 year old and a 20 year old. Holly combines her experience as a mom with a wealth of business and digital expertise. In her spare time, Holly uses her social media expertise for social good, taking an active role with Every Mother Counts and The Global Poverty Project and as a United Nations Foundations Shot@Life Champion and Mentor.

MommyChats Snippet: "If moms and women don't get together to try change the things we want to change, it's never going to happen, unless we band together."

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MommyChats: Becca Ribbing, The Power of Mindfulness in Motherhood

Coach Joy chats with Becca Ribbing, editor and creator of the site Thank The Now: Finding Mindfulness in Everything, a place to go when you want to be reminded to enjoy the present, and of course a Mommy to 2 boys - a 5 year old and a 3 month old.

MommyChats Snippet: "'s about making sure you have space for yourself so you don't feel like you have to battle with your kids."

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