Hiring the Perfect Caregiver with the Windy City Nanny Florence Ann Romano

In this episode of The Parent Pod spoke to the Windy City Nanny (Florence Ann Romano) about everything from nanny cams to hiring dos and don’ts for parents.

Florence Ann Romano, The Windy City Nanny ™, is an author, podcast co-host of “Finger Painting the Future”, a philanthropist and child-care expert who has always had a special place in her heart for children. Romano worked for over 15 years as a nanny, beginning as a ‘Mommy’s helper’ at the age of 11. She believes the key to success for a family is by focusing on what she has coined as THE TRIFECTA – parent, child, and caretaker working in unison toward common, family goals.

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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.

Parent Self-Care With Author & Expert Kristi Yeh

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Parent Self-Care Expert Kristi Yeh about the ways parents can practice self-care, especially in the winter months.

Kristi Yeh is a parent of two, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been practicing in California for over ten years. She currently works in school-based mental health as a Wellness Coordinator at a public elementary school. Kristi has been passionate about self-care personally and professionally for years, which led her to start Parent Self-Care, write a book for parents about their wellness, and launch the Mental Mile podcast.

You can visit her online at https://parentselfcare.com/

And you can purchase her book Self-Care 101: Self-Care Inspiration for Busy Parents here.

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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.

Reinventing life, traditions and hand-me-downs with Rent a Romper Founder Lauren Gregor

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Rent a Romper founder Lauren Gregor about her family traditions, her business, and her life as a mom of two boys.

Lauren Gregor is a mom, wife, strategy director, soccer coach, and entrepreneur living in California with her 2 children, husband and a desire to help save the planet. 

Check out her business Rent-a-Romper; a rental clothing subscription that ensures that you have the right clothes at the right time as your child grows. Her goal is to make parents’ lives easier while easing the negative effects that the fashion industry is having on the planet.

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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.

The Secret to Mentally Strong Parenting with Amy Morin

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Amy Morin about the ways in which we can be more mentally strong as parents. Amy is a psychotherapist and the internationally bestselling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Her books are translated into more than 40 languages. She’s also the host of The Mentally Strong People podcast.

You can learn more about her at https://amymorinlcsw.com/

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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.

50 Random Acts of Kindness to try on World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of World Kindness Day is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.

Today we encourage you to allow your child to participate in the random acts of kindness campaign by doing something nice for someone.

Here are 50 random acts of kindness activities to get your family started.

  1. Send a card to an old friend.
  2. Hold the door open for someone.
  3. Share a toy or item they wouldn’t normally share with a sibling or friend.
  4. Donate to a cause anonymously.
  5. Return someone’s cart at the store.
  6. Send your teacher card or small gift to show you care.
  7. Leave a letter in a library book.
  8. Feed the birds.
  9. Leave happy notes around town.
  10. Volunteer your time.
  11. Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
  12. Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.
  13. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  14. Compliment a friend.
  15. Wash someone’s car.
  16. Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.
  17. Plant something.
  18. Bake dessert for a neighbor
  19. Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
  20. Check in on an elderly neighbor.
  21. Set up a cookies & cocoa station at your local community center and donate the profits.
  22. Send a card to a service member.
  23. Bury treasure at the playground.
  24. Set the table for dinner.
  25. Leave a small gift on someone’s doorstep.
  26. Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
  27. Tell someone why they are special to you.
  28. Donate outgrown clothes.
  29. Buy a coffee for a stranger.
  30. Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.
  31. Talk to someone new at school.
  32. Write chalk messages on the sidewalk.
  33. Shovel snow for a neighbor.
  34. Donate food to the food pantry.
  35. Bring flowers to your teacher.
  36. Tell a manager how good your service was.
  37. Compliment a stranger.
  38. Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
  39. Forgive and apologize to anyone you might have hurt.
  40. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
  41. Tape money for the ice cream truck to a friend’s front door.
  42. Take treats to the fire station.
  43. Read a book to someone.
  44. Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.
  45. Donate books to a doctor’s office waiting room.
  46. Tell someone how much you love them.
  47. Say hello to everyone you see.
  48. Make someone else’s bed.
  49. Hold the door open for someone.
  50. Wave at policemen and firefighters.

Remember, there’s no right way to celebrate World Kindness Day. You can have your kids focus on one idea today, or many over time. We know kindness can be life-changing for your children and the people they interact with, and we believe that by participating in acts of kindness as a family or group can encourage long term kindness habits for your child, and the world.

Conquering Fears Through Mindfulness with Zen Pig author Mark Brown

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Dad and Creator of the best-selling children’s book series “Zen Pig,” Mark Brown about mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and much more.

Mark Brown is writer and speaker passionately helping others awaken to a life of purpose, presence and intention. Born in Hampton Roads, VA over 30 years ago Mark Brown now resides in booming Nashville, TN with his wife Amy and son Noble.

Learn more about the book series at https://www.facebook.com/ZenPigBook/

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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.

IVF, Adoption, & Surrogacy, One Mom’s Journey to a Family of 6 with Josephine Atluri

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to meditation expert and Responding to Life podcast host Josephine Atluri about her journey to motherhood.

Josephine is an expert in meditation and in overcoming adversity to find joy. Through her unique journey on her path to become a mom of five, Josephine weathered many ups and downs with IVF, international adoption and surrogacy. Channeling her experience to find calm and courage and to focus on perseverance, she now helps others navigate life’s curveballs, through group and individual online meditation training and her “Responding to Life” podcast.

She teaches weekly classes at Unplug in Santa Monica, CA, where she trained under the renowned guru davdji, former COO of the Deepak Chopra Center. She also does group meditation training for staffs of such prestigious entities as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Additionally, Josephine is a regularcontent contributor to Motherly, Red Tricycle, The IVF Warrior, The Fertility Circle and many other prestigious outlets.

Learn more about Josephine online at https://www.jatluri.com/.

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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.

Non-Binary Parenting with Mike Reynolds of Everyday Girl Dad

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to dad influencer Mike Reynolds who is the creator of Everyday Girl Dad.

Everyday Girl Dad, is a social community and website that looks to empower people in positive discussions about masculinity, social issues, feminism, parenthood, body image, mental health, and more. As a writer and a speaker, Mike tells stories behind the relationships between dads and daughters, exploring how that bond is instrumental in helping both parent and child understand the impact they have on making change in the world.

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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.

From Person to Parent: Navigating Your Identity as a First-Time Parent with Chasity Holcomb LPC

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Chasity Holcomb LPC about finding her identity again after having her first child.

Chasity Holcomb is a mom and Licensed Professional Counselor in Lewisville, TX. In her online private practice, Redefining You PLLC, Chasity uses her specialized training in perinatal mental health to help moms in the state of Texas.

Her passion sparked with the experiences of loved ones but fully caught fire after her own transition into motherhood. Chasity has a mission to help moms feel seen, heard, and empowered to let go of societal expectations and mom fully and unapologetically as themselves.

Learn more about Chasity and her practice at http://www.redefiningyoupllc.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.

Navigating Curveballs in Parenting with Funny Dad Greg Schwem

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are talking to Funny Dad Greg Schwem about finding humor during the ups and downs of parenting.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his standup act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.

Greg’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Indeed, Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems.

Learn more about Greg at https://www.gregschwem.com/.

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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.