Transforming the Typical Toddler Diet with Dr.Yami

Episode Information

In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are discussing How to Transform Your Toddler’s Diet with Dr. Yami.

Dr. Yami is a board-certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician, national board-certified health and wellness coach, author, podcast host and professional speaker. A passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles, especially the power of plant-based diets for the prevention of chronic disease, she founded VeggieFitKids.com where she provides information on plant-based diets for children. She also hosts the podcast Veggie Doctor Radio. She obtained a certificate in plant-based nutrition, is a certified Food for Life Instructor, and a Jack Canfield Success Principles Certified Trainer. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Yami owns Nourish Wellness, a pediatric micro-practice in Yakima, WA where she lives with her husband and two active sons. Her book is entitled “A Parent’s Guide to Intuitive Eating: How to Raise Kids Who Love to Eat Healthy”

Learn more at www.DoctorYami.com.

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

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 www.gymboreeclasses.com

Transformations: August Book Recommendations!

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This month’s book recommendation’s focus is on Transformations!

At Gymboree Play & Music, we actively foster and encourage positive attitudes towards embracing change. Transitions can be hard for your little ones, as they crave the predictability of routines.

Our August Book Recommendations focus on transformations, whether it is a new addition to the family, moving to a new home, or just simply reaching those developmental milestones.

I am Big Bro

I am a Big Brother/Sister
By Caroline Jayne Church
With the arrival of a new baby comes many transitions. Sometimes new Big Brothers and Big Sisters need a little help adjusting to a new family situation. This sweet story will help prepare little ones for the arrival of a new sibling.

A busy year

A Busy Year
By Leo Lionni
Written by four-time Caldecott Honor author-artist Leo Lionni, this story celebrates the ever-changing rhythms of nature. Two little field mice meet a tree named Woody who lives nearby, and the three quickly become friends. Month by month, throughout the whole year, the field mice visit their tree friend and discover the how nature transitions with each season.

Once I was a Pollywog

Once I Was a Pollywog
By Douglas Florian and Barbara Bakos
Once I was a pollywog, now I am a frog. Once I was a piglet, but now I am a hog. Growing up is all about transformation. Discover what each of these baby animals will become when they grow up!

Bunny Bungalow

Bunny Bungalow
By Cynthia Rylant and Nancy Hayashi
Moving to a new place can be a big transition, but there’s always a way to make your house feel like home. Follow a family of bunnies as they decorate their new bungalow, transforming it into a home that is all their own.

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
By Eric Litwin and James Dean
Pete the Cat is enjoying the day, taking a walk and wearing his brand-new white shoes. As he walks down the street, his shoes change from white to blue to brown to WET after stepping in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other messes. But does Pete cry? Goodness no! Pete teaches us that no matter what transitions life throws at us, we can keep our cool and go with the flow.

For more story time fun, visit our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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Believe in Self-Confidence

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It’s our mission at Gymboree Play & Music to encourage children to explore their world, push their boundaries, and step out of their comfort zone. So much learning takes place through mistakes, building a growth mindset that promotes self-confidence in our little ones.

Raising a confident and happy child is important. It sets a foundation for the rest of their lives and helps them learn necessary emotional and social skills. When your little ones believe in their ability to accomplish tasks on their own, they will feel empowered to take on challenges in all aspects of life.

Here are a few ways to help build self-confidence in your child:

Focus on strengths
Strengths come in all shapes and sizes. Some strengths are obvious, while others are harder to notice -such as being a good listener. By recognizing your little one’s strengths, you are helping them thrive.

Be positive
Being optimistic can go a long way. If your child makes a mistake, turn their frown upside down with an encouraging discussion that focuses on a solution and the lessons that were learned.

Allow children to make their own decisions
Empower your little ones by giving them opportunities to make their own choices. Teach good judgement and offer multiple options.

Become a supportive role model
Parents and caregivers serve as role models, through their attitudes and behaviors within the family and their community. Encourage positive interactions that contribute to your little one’s personal growth and development.

Raising confident children can be challenging. Putting trust in your little one’s abilities and seeking opportunities to challenge them will help build the self-esteem they need to grow into confident learners.

Come play with us with Gymboree Play & Music’s YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music  Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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Fatherhood, Soccer and 140 Characters with dad influencer Robert Knop (aka @fatherwithtwins)

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are talking to parent influencer Robert Knop about his experiences and how to find a little comedic relief in the ups and downs of parenting.

Robert Knop  is a work-from-home dad juggling a wife, twin boys, coaching soccer, running a consulting business and building a following as a parenting influencer.

Known as @FatherWithTwins on Twitter, he gives his more than 20,000 followers a glimpse of his life as a dad with hilarious tweets. 

Taking comedic inspiration from his twins over the last few years, Knop has rounded up the many sides of being a parent including listening to the silly demands of children and handling the chaotic event known as mornings with kids.

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Signing & Singing

Support a lifetime of learning by signing and singing with your little ones!
Our featured video brings to life a classic children’s song. Through music and ASL, your little ones will learn all about farm animals.

Fostering early childhood development, sign language encourages communication, reduces frustrations, and allows your little ones to communicate vital information. Using sign language gives children an option for communicating their feelings and intent.

Other benefits of incorporating sign language into your little one’s everyday life are early language development, boosting memory, and encouraging self-confidence.

Signing can be a fun activity that allows you to bond with your child, all while providing a positive, educational experience.

Join Gymboree Play & Music as we sign and sing together in our featured video of the week.

Come play with us at the Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel.
Our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music  Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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The Fearless Parent

July Graphic_FBAs parents, you are responsible for what happens to your children, and that can feel overwhelming. We all strive to be “perfect” parents, but successful parenting is not about achieving perfection. Let’s face it, good parenting is hard work and is loaded with uncertainty. You can suddenly find yourself worrying about things you never thought about until you held your tiny one in your arms for that very first time.

Fear is a natural part of the human experience. Being a parent can be scary, and that is why we created a few tips on how to defeat those fears one step at a time.

You are enough
We have said this before, and will continue to say, that you are doing a great job. Yes, mistakes will happen, but that does not mean you’re not a great parent. Take a deep breath and give yourself a high-five. You deserve it!

Take care of yourself
It’s no surprise that taking care of yourself makes you a better parent but, in turn, it will help your little ones to be confident in their everyday life. Hydrate, get plenty of sleep, and a take a little “me time.”

Make parenting goals
While you might set goals in different areas of your life (career, health, and home), goal setting for parents is also important for modeling behavioral values and building relationships with your little ones. Write down what you want to achieve as a parent. Be consistent and positive with the goals you set for yourself.

Lead by example
Everything that you do or say rubs off on your little ones. Hold a mirror up to yourself and reflect the qualities and traits that you want your children to aspire to.

It is okay to fail
Being a parent is both rewarding and challenging. Your little ones do not come with an instruction manual, and you may fail from time to time. Parenting mistakes do not mean you are bad parent. Mistakes provide an opportunity to sharpen those parenting skills and teach your child valuable life lessons.

Come play with us with Gymboree Play & Music’s YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music  Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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Making Connections: July Book Recommendations

Our July Book Recommendations are all about making connections.

The power of community can have a positive impact that supports social and cognitive advancement.

Through relationships, children discover the world around them. Building and strengthening personal connections provides an opportunity for your child to develop social skills, and communicate confidently.  Nurturing relationships with a variety of people helps your child develop a “sense of self”, while celebrating the differences of others.

Our expert programming team have hand-picked these July reads that introduces empathy, portrayings the value of community and the importance of spending time together.

Saturday, By Oge Mora
Saturdays are special, because Saturday is the only day Ava’s mother doesn’t have to go to work. Every Saturday, Ava and her mother get to go on an adventure through the city, but this Saturday is a little different. Ava realizes that Saturdays are special not because of where they go or what they do, but because they get to spend time together.

Green Green: A Community Garden Story,
By Baldev Lamba, Marie Lamba & Sonia Sánchez
“Green, green, fresh and clean. Brown, brown, dig the ground.” As the city grows and grows, there is less and less green space left. The neighborhood children inspire the community to join in and build a garden in the middle of the city for everyone to share.

Swimmy, By Leo Lionni
Swimmy is a little fish who loves adventure and wants to explore the sea. When he meets a school of small red fish, he invites them to swim and play, but the little fish are frightened of the big fish that lurk nearby. Swimmy comes up with a plan so he and the other fish can all safely explore the ocean together.

Counting on Community, By Innosanto Nagara
We’re counting up from one stuffed pinata up to ten hefty hens and counting on each other. Children learn the value of community, the joys of engaging in eco-friendly activities, and the agency they possess to make a change.

Bear Came Along, By Richard T. Morris & LeUyen Pham
This action-packed adventure is all about the importance of friendship and community. The story starts with a river. The river never knew it was capable of adventure… until Bear came along. Bear is soon joined by Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Raccoons and Duck. These very different animals travel together downstream, but never knew they’d need each other… until the river came along.

For more story time fun, visit our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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Let’s Read A Story!

Support a lifetime of learning, encouraging exploration and self-acceptance through books, and your little ones will learn to conquer new challenges and have a better understanding of the power of community.

Our featured video is a story that brings to life an award-winning picture book Where Are You From, by Yamile Saied Méndez. This story features a little girl who constantly gets asked the simple question, “where are you from?” The answer is not simple, and the girl takes a journey with her “abuelo” to discover her heritage and family connections. This is a story for all readers to enjoy.

Where Are Your From is a 2019 Nerdies Fiction Picture Book Award Winner and a Silver Medalist for Bank Street College of Education’s Best Spanish Language Picture Books of the Year. The book was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2019 and A Mighty Girl’s 2019 Book of the Year. Where Are Your From was named one of New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids 2019.

Join Gymboree Play & Music as we read a story aloud all about community, identity, cultural differences, and self-acceptance in our featured video of the week.

Come create with us at our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music  Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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The Parent Pod: Momprenuership and Mental Health with Sarah Komers of Mom Culture

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are discussing Momprenuership and Mental Health with Sarah Komers of Mom Culture. If you haven’t heard of Mom Culture yet, or purchased anything from Sarah’s online shop, you’re seriously missing out!

Sarah was born with a serious stubborn streak and individualistic nature. As soon as she could dress herself, she did. Cut, stitch, rip, pin, shred, dye…she had to “alter” every piece of clothing. Life zoomed by and she now has three beautiful children: “Lily Pie”, “Rem Dog” and “Fletchy.” In her own words, “I started this company for them. And, I started it for moms like me who give our all to raising tiny humans to the best of our ability.

We are connecting with her on this episode to share her story on her path to starting Mom Culture, mental health, and how she balances everything in her day-to-day life.

Connect with Sarah online at

https://momculture.com/

Connect with Sarah on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/themomculture/

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Visit us online:

 www.gymboreeclasses.com

The Parent Pod: Managing Maternal Mental Health with Christine Michele Carter

The Parent Pod: Managing Maternal Mental Health with
Christine Michele Carter

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are discussing Maternal Mental Health with Christine Michel Carter.

Featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, Christine Michel Carter is the #1 global voice for working moms. She has been called a “working mom who’s changing the world,” “the mom of mom influencers,” “the exec inspiring millennial moms,” and “the voice of millennial moms.”

Christine is also the associate editor for ModernMom and contributes to ForbesWomen as a senior contributor. Christine clarifies misconceptions about working mom consumers for brands and serves as an amplifier of their personal truths. From delivering consumer insights and brand marketing content to helping HR and diversity teams attract and retain these hardworking professionals, Christine works with advertising agencies, research firms, and companies to ensure they’re at the forefront of the minds of female consumers.

A down-to-Earth speaker and media analyst, Christine has spoken at Create & Cultivate, Mom 2.0, BlogHer, and a number of other conferences. Her insights have been included by other authors in their books. Christine’s own bestselling children’s book Can Mommy Go To Work? was ranked as an “empowering book” and a “life-changing book to guide feminist parenting.” Her book MOM AF is a sister circle in a book, inspired both by Carter’s life and her published articles.

She has interviewed a number of celebrity moms, including Tamera Mowry, Kristin Cavallari, and La La Anthony, and also partnered with brands such as 23andMe, AARP, ALDI, Brahmin, Chicco, Goodwill, Orgain, Hungryroot, OtterBox, Suja Juice and Therapedic as a social media influencer. She has also leveraged her verified digital presence and mom network to bring awareness to the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, #YearoftheMother, and Black Maternal Health Week. Christine has also supported Senator Kamala Harris, the Department of Labor, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on maternal and childcare-related issues.

The creator of Mompreneur and Me®, Christine has introduced the first national free mommy and me professional development networking event that has garnered the attention of Adweek and Entrepreneur as well as global brands like McDonald’s and the University of Phoenix.

Connect with Christine online at

http://christinemichelcarter.com/

Connect with Christine on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/cmichelcarter/

Purchase Her Book At

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734122706.

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Visit us online:

 www.gymboreeclasses.com