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May 25, 2017

Have you ever felt like you are a bad parent? Maybe you’ve felt this way because your child is having a meltdown in the store and you just won’t give them what they want. There are lots of other situations on a daily basis that can test our limits as a parent. Today’s show will offer some alternative methods to help your child through these moments of discomfort, in a way that will make it easier for you to parent in the long term.


Today’s guest is Taylor Ross. Taylor is a local parent consultant and I wanted her to come on the show today and talk about her role in consulting with parents and what she does to help parents stay connected to their children. She’s specifically talking about how to deal with those uncomfortable moments as a parent. 


Taylor has a passion around having relationships that build connection and trust and parenting is her specialty. She helps in a variety of situations, such as behavioral issues or family dynamics.  She offers guidance and support to parents struggling to find a connection with their child when they are struggling with difficult emotions.  She helps families build a more connected and loving relationship between the parent and child.  


Show Highlights:


  • Ways parents can take care of themselves and connect when their child is having strong feelings
  • Ways you can teach your kids how to have a healthy relationship with disappointments.
  • It is important to be able to give yourself an “out” when you aren’t prepared to parent compassionately in the moment.
  • Just because we hold a boundary, doesn’t mean we can’t be empathetically connected with our child in the moment.
  • The uncomfortable moments in parenting are opportunities to connect and deepen our parent/child relationships.
  • Ways to be kind to yourself and engage in self-care.


Connect with Taylor:

May 18, 2017

My guest today is Jax Anderson, of We are in a Facebook group for therapists together that focuses primarily on marketing, especially through videos. Jax’s work is primarily with teens, and she’s created some cool videos about how to talk to your teen, along with other helpful resources for parents, teachers, and counselors. Two topics that Jax is passionate about are helping 8th graders transition to their high school years, and how to manage a bullying situation. Join us!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • About Jax: she’s a Scorpio from Wisconsin who started her private practice in 2014, and she fell into work with teenagers in the second phase of her counseling career, after a short stint in law enforcement
  • The difference “being real” makes with teenagers
  • How we give teens a safe place to be themselves: Be congruent
  • The “adults-in-training” perspective
  • Preparing teens for high school: The worksheets and topics in Jax’s summer series
  • Why repetition is CRUCIAL for teens
  • The biggest topics for teens entering high school:
    • Making/maintaining friends
    • Managing a bully
    • Communication
    • Confidence
  • The value of role-playing and modeling
  • How to deal with bullies: don’t ignore them, use sarcasm, and don’t stay and engage them
  • Learn the best responses to a bully
  • What a bully wants: to feel superior

Resources: (Visit Jax’s online store, watch videos, and check out her blog!)

May 11, 2017

Does your teenager have anxiety? Being a teenager is hard enough, but add to that peer pressure, social media, school testing and relationships, and it’s no wonder that many of today’s teens are facing a very real battle with anxiety. 

If you'd like to learn how to become a pillar of support to your teenagers, to help them through this really challenging time in their lives, listen in to today's show, and find out from Robbin's guest Lorraine Platt, who is with Teen Solutions.


Lorraine and her husband, Richard do some really good work with teen girls and boys and their parents. Today, Lorraine, who is both compassionate and a wealth of knowledge, talks about the hot topic of teens and anxiety. Listen in now and find out how you can really support teens, with all that they have coming to them.


Today, Lorraine talks to Robbin about:


•The high levels of stress for teens today.

•Where she becomes concerned about the stress turning into worry.

•What she sees coming up with teens who are battling with stress.

•The most important message that you can give to your child: You're enough and I love you exactly as you are.

•The need for boundaries with parents and teens, to create a sense of safety.

•The need to rest and integrate and recover from the necessary stress.

•The importance of healthy downtime in teen's lives.

•That boredom has value in stimulating creativity.

•A good boundary to use- taking away your teen's cellphone at night.

•That it's never too late to create boundaries with teens.

•How important it is for your teen to feel connected to you and supported, if they're experiencing anxiety.

• Finding balance, to relieve anxiety.

•Creating the space for your teen to hang out with you... and not with their cellphone.

•Ways that teens tend to try to have control and slow things down in their lives.

•Why teens tend to resist so much.

•That the expectations placed on teens today are higher today than they were in the '70's and '80's.

•Ways that you can begin to connect meaningfully with your teenager.





For Robbin's Infographic, go to: 


For Lorraine's blog, go to:


May 4, 2017

My guest today is Cindy Witteman, from San Antonio, Texas. She’s a former single mom of three girls who has created a non-profit called Driving Single Parents, Inc. She finds and donates a car, with the license, tax, and title paid, to a needy single parent. Single parents often find it difficult to secure resources and support, but Cindy’s inspiring story shows what can happen with a heart to give back and help others. Join me for Cindy’s story!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • How the non-profit grew from her personal experience with single parenthood and the need for transportation
  • How Cindy finds and chooses the single parents
  • The qualifications for recipients: A valid Texas driver’s license, car insurance, and a single parent
  • How Cindy hopes to expand the program and gain more funding
  • The first recipient, John, who lost his wife and his leg in an accident
  • Why single parents often feel alone and without help
  • How this program can be duplicated in other communities
  • Cindy’s first idea of providing child care for single parents, and why that didn’t work
  • How the idea of providing vehicles came about
  • The situation when walking, biking, and public transportation are simply NOT options
  • How to make donations to help
  • Being a single parent: when people stop answering your phone calls


Email Cindy:

Call Cindy: 210-251-5666

Donate to Driving Single Parents here!