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Parenting During Quarantine with Rhonda Moskowitz

Parenting During Quarantine with Rhonda Moskowitz

April 1, 2020

Rhonda Moskowitz, a certified parenting coach has helped countless parents and children in so many modern-day struggles.  A few months ago, Rhonda came on our show, after being featured in the NY Times, to discuss her views on the impact devices have on our children in this ever-growing world of technology.  Today Rhonda is here to help us navigate raising our children during the coronavirus.  In a matter of weeks, days even, it feels like everything has changed and parents are at a  loss of how to explain things to our children, how to help them be productive, happy, carefree during this time that feels anything but that and how we as parents can be open, real and emotional with our children while still protecting them from every harsh news piece easily accessible on their devices.  Listen to this episode, it will make everything feel less overwhelming and easier to manage.

Dr. Abdu Sharkawy provides daily updates for the CBC of Canada - when his FB post went viral, he instantly became recognizable across the globe

Dr. Abdu Sharkawy provides daily updates for the CBC of Canada - when his FB post went viral, he instantly became recognizable across the globe

March 27, 2020

Dr. Abdu Sharkawy who is seen regularly on CTV of Canada and was recently interviewed on the Dr. Phil Show, wrote a Facebook post on March 5, that went viral.   Dr. Sharkawy detailed his concern that all reason would be lost in the face of the intense feelings of panic everyone is experiencing, March 5 seems like a long time ago and much has changed in the world since then.  Dr. Sharkway, from the front lines, is not afraid to admit, that he, along with many other medical professionals,  may have initially underestimated the fierceness of this virus,   As days progress and the virus spreads we must be socially and morally responsible and work to stop this virus by keeping our distance, however difficult that may be.  Be prepared, not scared and do your part to help put an end to the Coronavirus.  Listen to this Episode with this powerful doctor and you will know what you need to be doing!

Social Distancing is lonely but our guest has been using virtual chats to make a community for a while now!

Social Distancing is lonely but our guest has been using virtual chats to make a community for a while now!

March 25, 2020

Megan Taylor Morrison has been quoted as saying that loneliness equates with less satisfaction, less productivity, less creativity. As someone who had worked from home for many years, she felt lonely much of the time and when she began her work as a life and business coach with clients who worked similarily she noticed they too felt the same. She began co-working groups and both she and her clients found a sense of community even online. Hopefully, the coronavirus will be gone soon and isolation and social distancing will be words of the past but teaching our children and ourselves about building communities online may outlive these strange times. Listen to this Episode for yourself and your child- our children need social contact now more than ever! Feeling lonely doesn't have to be a daily emotion even during isolation!

Meet Julia Chebotar, a NYC restaurant owner, private chef and a red-headed curlee girlee!

Meet Julia Chebotar, a NYC restaurant owner, private chef and a red-headed curlee girlee!

March 11, 2020

Julia Chebotar practices healthy eating with easy-to-do recipes that busy moms can incorporate into their nighttime repertoire. We learned so many things from Julia. My favorite is that eating seasonally is as or more important than following that "organic" label everywhere. Whether you are a vegan, a vegetarian or a healthy meat- eater; understanding what you are ingesting is what it is all about! We really are what we eat! Julia is all about balance in your diet and your life! Find out how growing up as a red-headed Curlee Girlee made Julia who is she is today!

What Child/Tween Doesn’t Love The Hit Show Victorious?!  Chatting With The Show’s Writers Was So Fun!

What Child/Tween Doesn’t Love The Hit Show Victorious?! Chatting With The Show’s Writers Was So Fun!

March 4, 2020

When you get the opportunity to chat with the writers of the hit show, Victorious, Erica Spates and Sam Littenberg-Weisberg, you jump at the chance.  Especially when those writers are now also the writers and producers of a new hit on Netflix, The Healing Power of Dudewhich features Jace Chapman and Sophie Kim in roles that are both touching, funny and engaging all at once. 

Social Anxiety is real but often masked well so that those around you can mistake it for "just being shy" or even awkward, maybe even "not that nice" but behind all the masking is pain and fear and a desire to simply fit in without all the difficulties.  

The Healing Power of Dude brings these important issues to the forefront, entertaining kids along the way and opening a dialogue that can only add to positive change.  Listen to this podcast and you will get the behind the scenes look into this awesome show!

Harmony by Karate: Can the Ultimate Fighting Tool Really be accompanied by Peace and Harmony?

Harmony by Karate: Can the Ultimate Fighting Tool Really be accompanied by Peace and Harmony?

February 26, 2020

Harmony and Karate- These two words may sound like an oxymoron but Sensi John has somehow managed to turn fighting and peace into an art form. It started in his school in NYC "Harmony By Karate" but soon John became a global movement of countering bullying with peace and pairing Karate with Harmony.

John was featured on countless media outlets including CNN and ABC News and his Harmony Power Awards giving back to communities and countering bullying are melding peace and fighting to create Harmony in children of all walks of life everywhere.

 

[01:49] Why Harmony By Karate?
  • Sensei John is focused on the healing part of the martial art - empowerment, healing of the soul, etc
  • Mixing the mind with the body to create harmony especially for children to develop learning
  • Focusing on the inner development of the human body
  • Martial Arts is not just about the physical aspect but it's just the surface
[04:12] The Difference between Harmony By Karate and other Dojos
  • Sensei John teaches his students to come from a place of restraint rather than being reactive
  • When people lose their temper, they lose everything
  • They have to learn how to learn to express their anger constructively
  • You might have heard stories of martial artists hitting someone because they weren't focused on the healing modalities of the martial art which is supposed to be about
  • Other martial arts are focused on ego-based environments which are competitive in nature and are not focused on inner development. 
[07:55] The right time for parents to speak
  • Parents should understand that when a child wants to speak to you, it's not your time to speak.
  • Parents usually interject judgement instead of listening to their children
  • Listening to your children sets a good example to them and will mirror your behavior as they get older
[09:06] Being Bullied as a child
  • Sensei John started getting bullied at the age of 8 when someone grabbed him by the hair and slammed him.
  • That incident became the impetus of his martial arts career along with his long-time crusade against bullying 
[13:14] Starting a movement
  • He shared stories of his former students and how Karate By Harmony changed their lives
[14:00] Embracing the word Humanity
  • You have to embrace humanity and not just use the word for marketing purposes
  • One rule in his dojo is to embrace humanity in all its various forms. 
  • The way to teach empathy is teaching kids how to give, who to give to, and make it a habit 14:44
  • He got a call for Dept Of Education and they're interested in his movement.
 
Hair Love won the Oscar and our guest was the inspiration behind it all!

Hair Love won the Oscar and our guest was the inspiration behind it all!

February 19, 2020

Hair Love, the short animated film, won the Oscar this year and it is no wonder.  The inspiration for this adorable movie was none other than our guest Derrick Culpepper, owner of Active Dads Rule, Derrick strives to be a good example for dads everywhere.

Derrick was going about his routine and just getting his young daughter ready for her school day, but the video he made to show his wife went viral.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Listen to this episode and find out what happened along the way and why so many people found comfort and inspiration in this adorable video.

Show notes

[2:00] How Derrick made the viral video with his daughter

  • His wife was out of town and it was his turn to take care of her daughter
  • He wanted to show evidence to his wife that he's doing his job while she's away
  • After recording the video, he uploaded the video to Facebook so he could share it to his wife and it ended viral
  • The intention was just to share it with her wife

[3:55] How the video became viral

  • At first, it was just family and friends who saw and reacted to the video but after 10 months, it suddenly accumulated 500 views
  • After 500 views, it suddenly grew to 5000...then 30000.

[6:37] The correlation between the killing and his video

  • His video showed the counter to the narrative being portrayed in the media about African-American men

[12:00] Receiving an email from Cosmopolitan Magazine

  • He got an email from Cosmopolitan Magazine Asking him for permission if they can use the video to their site
  • Eventually, he got asked if he wants to get featured in a documentary

[14:07] Building a community called Active Dads Rule

  • Derrick wants to encourage dads to be more involved
  • His goal is to be self-less in the family in this society of self-centredness

[18:01] Meeting Matthew Cherry and being the inspiration for the Oscar-nominated movie Hair Love

[20:15] Why it's important to wear their hair naturally

  • Embrace your natural self and accept who you are
  • Love yourself regardless of what you see on social media

[24:50] Derrick's son, DJ

  • His son signed a scholarship to Southwestern University in Kansas where he'll pursue his athletic career and higher education

[27:23] The correlation between serving the community and his passion to serve others

  • Derrick strives to stay hungry to serve
  • His motto is "The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement" so he keeps on finding ways to serve his family and community
  • It always starts at home

[28:55] What's next for Derrick and Active Dads Rule

  • Derrick is looking forward to making more videos

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Tammy Rabideau, NY Times Essayist, chronicles her story of triumph in this week’s Episode

Tammy Rabideau, NY Times Essayist, chronicles her story of triumph in this week’s Episode

February 12, 2020

Tammy Rabideau's story is as uplifting as it is moving; deeply personal, Tammy's journey with her daughter beside her, will inspire you to keep moving through all life's obstacles. Tammy was homeless not too many New Year's Eves ago, but she pulled herself back up and her young daughter was awarded a full scholarship to a top Ivy League college. Tammy chronicles her story from falling to rising in a beautiful essay, As the Ball Dropped our Life Fell Apart, chosen by Dan Jones, editor for the NY Times Style section's Modern Love column.

Tammy's soft-spoken demeanor and calm exterior match a quiet strength and a woman of fierce determination and a refusal to give up. We all have struggles, disappointments, pain, listen to this episode as it will make want to strive through life's difficulties and come out shining on the other end.

The Marriage Story:  Listen to attorney, Susan Guthrie discuss this movie and divorcing your spouse- not your child!

The Marriage Story: Listen to attorney, Susan Guthrie discuss this movie and divorcing your spouse- not your child!

February 4, 2020

Deciding to Divorce is never easy, nobody knows that better than Susan Guthrie, divorce attorney and mediator for over 30 years, (but trust me, she doesn't look a day over 40!). Susan is the host of her own podcast- Divorce and Beyond and in her role as a divorce attorney, she has been helping couples make a clean, responsible and cordial break always being mindful of their children and the bond they once shared.

Susan shares her insights and years of experience both as a litigator and mediator in this week's podcast. 

Susan has been featured in and on media outlets such as CNBC, Market Watch, Forbes, the ABA’s Just Resolutions Magazine, Thrive Global, The Nook Online and many more; it is no wonder- listen to this Episode whether you are going through a divorce or just want to hear Susan's take on the recent movie, The Marriage Story, either way you will walk away just a little bit smarter and if you are breaking up- you will have the tools to do it the right way!

 

Natalie Silverstein, Author of Simple Acts:  Your child can do this! No matter their age! And they will be happier and healthier for it!

Natalie Silverstein, Author of Simple Acts: Your child can do this! No matter their age! And they will be happier and healthier for it!

January 28, 2020

Do you often feel overwhelmed, too busy to read your to-do list let alone add one more thing to your plate? We felt the same way; between raising children, work, business ventures, the struggle of every-day life, we didn't think we had any time left in our busy schedules.  But when you want to make time you will be amazed at what happens.

Simple Acts: Of kindness, of giving back, of taking a moment to impact someone around you. Honestly "simple" is a misnomer because really acts of kindness can be hugely impactful, even life-changing which makes one believe that they are anything but simple.  Natalie Silverstein, author of Simple Acts:  The Busy Family's Guide to Giving back, explains in this week's episode how the beauty and the monumental lie in simplicity.  Grandeious acts of kindness, huge donations to charities, the Bill Gates Foundation- these are wonderful and they can be life-changing to those who are the beneficiaries of these institutions.  But you need not donate large sums of money or head a foundation to make life-changing impacts.  A smile, a kind word, a hand-made craft to the elderly, a toothbrush to the homeless these small things are anything but small.  Listen to this episode and you will fall in love with Natalie just as we did. She is an author, the founder of non-for profit and a person who followed her passion to do good all around her.  Her young husband was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease but even this failed to get her down.  After the shock of the discovery wore off, Natalie founded an organization, The Silverstein Foundation for Parkinson’s, determined to find a cure.  If you listen to Natalie you will be convinced that she will.   Natalie we are rooting for you!  Listen to this episode - it will "simply" change who you are!

 

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