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Life After Loss - Moving Through Grief to Live and Love Again with Alison Pena

Life After Loss - Moving Through Grief to Live and Love Again with Alison Pena

June 26, 2022

After losing her husband to pancreatic cancer, Alison designed new ways to re-engage, reinvent, and rebuild. Her new book, “The Bad Widow Guide to Life After Loss: Moving Through Grief to Live and Love Again,”  supports people grieving and those who love them. Alison Pena, aka Bad Widow, is a  Grief Resilience Coach,  #1 Amazon bestselling Author and Speaker and Affluence Code® Consultant

In this episode you will learn:

  • What Alison did when she was told her husband had 6 weeks to live 
  • Why Alison says, “When you are watching someone who is leaving, there is not much to be afraid of.”
  • Handling your emotions, how to take care of yourself when you are the caregiver
  • Alison’s experience…how difficult it was to get out of bed after the loss of her husband, going through a ‘wasteland of grief’ as she calls it
  • How Alison got her name ‘Bad Widow’
  • How everyone who wanted to get it right kept getting it wrong. The way they were talking, treating her, and more
  • Alison’s turning point after feeling broken and people treating her like she was broken
  • The difference between devastated, not broken
  • What you do, when you have no idea who you are. Reinventing yourself.

People want to give you what you ask them for, but they don’t want to get it wrong, especially if you are a widow. Alison found out that as long as she could be SO clear with others about what she needed, so they could not get it wrong and it wasn’t too much of a stretch for them, she got it about 80% of the time.

https://www.amazon.com/Widow-Guide-Life-After-Loss/dp/1737790505/

https://badwidow.com/

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More about the Host - Dr. Karin Jakubowski is an elementary public school principal and certified life coach. She is passionate about helping moms first take care of themselves to be their best for their kids. She helps moms with a problem solving process when their child is experiencing challenging behaviors. She practices mindfulness personally and at school teaching students breathing and awareness techniques to help them manage their own stress to be happy and healthy!

Check out her NEW Course - Happy Kids, Not Perfect Kids (Click Here)

Follow Karin on social - 

https://www.facebook.com/educationalimpactacademy

Karin's YouTube Channel

Instagram - JakubowskiKarin

Twitter - @KarinJakubowski

Click here to get her free video course “First Steps to Happy Kids” www.educationalimpactacademy.com

 

Kids Need Social Skills - Diana Cortese Makes it Simple to Teach

Kids Need Social Skills - Diana Cortese Makes it Simple to Teach

June 20, 2022

When we equip kids with the tools they need to develop positive peer relationships, we cause a ripple effect of prosocial behaviors resulting in not only more emotionally secure kids but stronger communities as well.  

Diana is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and former Special Education teacher dedicated to helping kids develop the 21st century social skills that will lead them to happier, healthier lives.

As both an educator and mom of two boys, she is deeply invested in the type of culture we are creating for our kids.  She developed and facilitated social skills groups in public schools at every grade level from preschool to high school. She believes so much in the power of social connection. She even created her own Social Skills Groups at South Bay Kids Connection!

Diane has used this as a model in creating the first of its kind - Social & Play Skills Group course.

Teaching the "soft skills" is more important than ever in today's fast paced, dynamic and nuanced social environments.  It's frustrating when our students don't transfer these social skills outside of the classroom.  Especially after pouring so much time and energy into teaching them.  

Our students all have differing abilities. It can be exhausting and time consuming trying to piecemeal a social learning curriculum together on the fly. How can we make sure that we are teaching the right social skills, in a way that kids will enjoy and retain when there is no one size fits all curriculum?

“All children can and deserve to succeed. But the skills to achieve success today have changed,” says Diana.

In this episode you will learn:

-What are soft skills? 

-Why are they so important now more than ever before?

- What our kids need to have to develop these skills? 

- Why we explicitly teach social and play skills? (instead of just waiting for them to develop)

-How we can teach social skills to our kids/students in a way that doesn't feel like work (for them)?

Check out her website for free activities -
https://www.teachsocialskills.com

More about the Host - Dr. Karin Jakubowski is an elementary public school principal and certified life coach. She is passionate about helping moms first take care of themselves to be their best for their kids. She helps moms with a problem solving process when their child is experiencing challenging behaviors. She practices mindfulness personally and at school teaching students breathing and awareness techniques to help them manage their own stress to be happy and healthy!

Check out her NEW Course - Happy Kids, Not Perfect Kids (Click Here)

Follow Karin on social - 

https://www.facebook.com/educationalimpactacademy

Karin's YouTube Channel

Instagram - JakubowskiKarin

Twitter - @KarinJakubowski

Click here to get her free video course “First Steps to Happy Kids” www.educationalimpactacademy.com

 

My Child is Being Bullied - A Teen Shares Her Story

My Child is Being Bullied - A Teen Shares Her Story

June 12, 2022

Shanti Hershenson is a teenager who advocates for anti-bullying, and you may find her at open mic-nights, performing her spoken word poem, Needles & Thorns, which is about the struggle of bullying in middle schools. 

Shanti Hershenson’s first two novellas were published when she was in the sixth grade, although her writing journey started long before then. Ever since she could hold a pencil, marker, or crayon, she was creating stories. They started from pictures, mere scribbles, and eventually, turned into captivating tales.

Shanti lives in California with her parents, sister, and furry friends. Besides writing, she enjoys skateboarding, Beyblading, free-running, falconry, and of course, reading. 

She writes in a variety of genres, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction, although she mostly sticks to Sci-Fi.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How Shanti started writing
  • What to do with writer’s block
  • Her experience being bullied
  • What parents can do if their child is being bullied
  • Bully prevention in schools

shantihershenson.com

Shanti’s books:

You Won't Know Her Name

Biome Lock

The Chronicles of Ziel DeLaine

The Accidental Insurgent

More about the Host - Dr. Karin Jakubowski is an elementary public school principal and certified life coach. She is passionate about helping moms first take care of themselves to be their best for their kids. She helps moms with a problem solving process when their child is experiencing challenging behaviors. She practices mindfulness personally and at school teaching students breathing and awareness techniques to help them manage their own stress to be happy and healthy!

 

Check out her NEW Course - Happy Kids, Not Perfect Kids (Click Here)

Follow Karin on social - 

https://www.facebook.com/educationalimpactacademy

Karin's YouTube Channel

Instagram - JakubowskiKarin

Twitter - @KarinJakubowski

Click here to get her free video course “First Steps to Happy Kids” www.educationalimpactacademy.com

 

Social Media and Teens|What Every Parent Needs to Know

Social Media and Teens|What Every Parent Needs to Know

June 5, 2022

A 2019 study of more than 6,500 12- to 15- year-olds in the U.S. found that those who spent more than three hours a day using social media might be at heightened risk for mental health problems.

In this episode you will learn:

  • At what age kids should have a social media account
  • Which apps to stay away from that are not safe for kids and teens
  • 5 Ways to protect your teen when it comes to social media

Richard Capriola is a mental health and addictions counselor and has been for over two decades. In 2020 he published, “The Addicted Child, A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse” and a workbook for parents.

Learn more at Richard Capriola’s website - 

https://helptheaddictedchild.com/

More about the Host - Dr. Karin Jakubowski is an elementary public school principal and certified life coach. She is passionate about helping moms first take care of themselves to be their best for their kids. She helps moms with a problem solving process when their child is experiencing challenging behaviors. She practices mindfulness personally and at school teaching students breathing and awareness techniques to help them manage their own stress to be happy and healthy!

Check out her NEW Course - Happy Kids, Not Perfect Kids (Click Here)

Follow her on social - 

https://www.facebook.com/educationalimpactacademy

Karin's YouTube Channel

Instagram - JakubowskiKarin

Twitter - @KarinJakubowski

www.educationalimpactacademy.com

Compassion Fatigue | Help for Stress, Burnout and Exhaustion with Lisa Baylis

Compassion Fatigue | Help for Stress, Burnout and Exhaustion with Lisa Baylis

May 29, 2022

There has never been a time in history when educators have felt such overwhelming levels of stress, burnout, and exhaustion. Still, we depend on teachers to be a positive guiding force in our children’s lives – often playing simultaneous roles as educator, parent, mental health counselor, and caring friend. For educators to fulfill these vital roles, it’s abundantly clear that they need to develop resiliency both inside and outside the classroom.

Lisa is a published author of Self-Compassion for Educators as well as, the creator of the AWE Method — Awakening the Wellbeing for Educators — which merges self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Lisa has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She has taught internationally and locally. Much of her vast teaching experience was gained in classrooms across British Columbia — from Fort St. John to the Comox Valley. Currently, she is a high school counselor in the Greater Victoria School District.

Trained by mindful self-compassion pioneers Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, Lisa is also a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. You can learn from her by taking an eight-week online MSC course, explore a half-day AWE retreat, or join her Year-Long Mindfulness for Educators program. 

No matter the setting — classroom, counseling session, or teacher development — Lisa incorporates concepts of positive psychology, self-compassion, and mindfulness.

Check out her blog for ideas on how to incorporate aspects of mindfulness, and positive education into your classroom and the new curriculum.

https://lisabaylis.com/

Within Self-Compassion for Educators, busy and overwhelmed teachers can learn how to:

  • Reduce feelings of shame, criticism, and self-doubt
  • Anchor themselves to the present moment
  • Develop greater compassion for themselves and others
  • Mitigate the effects of chronic stress and develop resilience
  • Cultivate a sense of gratitude
  • Practice self-care routines that create sustainable well-being
  • Avoid exhaustion and burnout

Lisa Baylis has been sharing wellbeing strategies for the last 20 years. A natural born connector with an innate ability to make people feel valued and heard, she is an instructor, a counselor, a facilitator, and a mother. 

More about the Host - Dr. Karin Jakubowski is an elementary public school principal and certified life coach. She is passionate about helping moms first take care of themselves to be their best for their kids. She helps moms with a problem solving process when their child is experiencing challenging behaviors. She practices mindfulness personally and at school teaching students breathing and awareness techniques to help them manage their own stress to be happy and healthy!

Check out her NEW Course - Happy Kids, Not Perfect Kids (Click Here)

Follow Karin on social - 

https://www.facebook.com/educationalimpactacademy

Karin's YouTube Channel

Instagram - JakubowskiKarin

Twitter - @KarinJakubowski

Click here to get her free video course “First Steps to Happy Kids” www.educationalimpactacademy.com

 

Parenting Stress Relief Techniques | Sandy Fowler

Parenting Stress Relief Techniques | Sandy Fowler

May 24, 2022

When you’re juggling a million things - work, kids, appointments, keeping up with the house, laundry, cooking, not to mention the people in your life and all of their needs—you end up exhausted, stressed and longing for calm or your next vacation.

“The thing is, you have calm inside you, it just gets covered up with the thoughts, worry, and activity. And that’s good news because it means you can bring out your calm, even if you feel like you’re too busy,” says, Sandy Fowler, a Stress-relief Coach, Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Meditation Guide, and Co-founder of Mighty Parenting. She talks about raising teens and parenting young adults, and discusses the most overlooked parenting strategy - stress relief.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How stress relief is actually a parenting strategy
  • Common mistakes parents make when planning their time
  • How to prioritize to lower your stress level
  • How to employ stress relief techniques when you have a stressed out child

 

Learn more about the top things parents are struggling with right now:

  • Letting their child be who they are
  • Communicating well
  • Taking care of themselves

 

Simple Strategies to Relieve Stress & Find Time for What Matters Most  sandyfowler.com 

Real Talk About Raising Teens and Parenting Young Adults  MightyParenting.com

 

More about the Host - Dr. Karin Jakubowski is an elementary public school principal and certified life coach. She is passionate about helping moms first take care of themselves to be their best for their kids. She helps moms with a problem solving process when their child is experiencing challenging behaviors. She practices mindfulness personally and at school teaching students breathing and awareness techniques to help them manage their own stress to be happy and healthy!

 

Check out her NEW Course - Happy Kids, Not Perfect Kids (Click Here)

Follow Karin on social - 

https://www.facebook.com/educationalimpactacademy

Karin's YouTube Channel

Instagram - JakubowskiKarin

Twitter - @KarinJakubowski

Click here to get her free video course “First Steps to Happy Kids” www.educationalimpactacademy.com

You’re Not Crazy, Living with Anxiety, | Laurie Singer

You’re Not Crazy, Living with Anxiety, | Laurie Singer

May 16, 2022

Since losing her two-year-old son to cancer Laurie Singer has devoted her life to the field of mental health. Licensed Psychotherapist, Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and author of “You’re Not Crazy: Living with Anxiety, Obsessions and Fetishes” published in April 2021.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How the pandemic impacted mental health in regards to family, friends and work
  • Covid’s impact on children and teens and how can parents help
  • Anticipatory anxiety and how it relates to issues out of our control
  • When is anxiety “normal” and when does it become problematic
  • How to help your child with anxiety

Motivated by her own personal tragedy, Laurie has devoted her life to the field of mental health with a clear vision in mind: to create a team approach for helping individuals resolve behavioral and other mental health issues by applying a unique combination of behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapies.

Her first book, released in April, 2021, is titled "You're Not Crazy: Living with Anxiety, Obsessions and Fetishes.” Using case studies from her successful practice, delivered in a digestible, narrative format and including worksheets designed for the individual to take control of their lives, the book's goal is to help those who suffer deeply from anxiety and mental health concerns. Particularly those which have been exacerbated by the devastating pandemic.

Laurie earned her post-graduate certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Kaplan University. She began her college studies at Oxnard College and at UCLA, and completed her undergraduate degree at UCSB. She received her masters from Cal State Northridge in Educational Psychology and proceeded to earn a license in Marriage and Family Therapy. Laurie has been a practicing Behavioral Specialist since 1995 and in private practice since 2004.

Laurie is also an endurance athlete, having made running 100-mile races nearly routine and completing 28 ultra-marathons of 31 miles or longer. She’s a 3-time Ironman competitor and in 2017 was recognized for her accomplishments as an inductee into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.

Since losing her two-year-old son Jacob Singer to cancer in 1987, she has coordinated an annual fun run and fundraiser (Jacob’s Run) in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s Child Life Program, which provides playrooms and support for patients and their families. To date, more than $350,000 has been raised in support.

She's particularly adept at discussing mental health issues that are deeply-seeded that often take hold in childhood as well as responses to current societal conditions. Case in point, she can take a deep dive in what's known as "anticipatory anxiety" where a person feels great anxiety around things that they can't necessarily control such as wildfires, climate change and even the ongoing process of the pandemic and political unrest.

As an athlete herself, she has also an intimate knowledge of what competitors go through and can share insight into the "athlete in all of us." Laurie is a licensed marriage and family therapist, board-certified in applied behavior analysis, who leads the successful, Camarillo, CA-based Laurie Singer Behavioral Services, Inc.

Follow Laurie on Social - 

https://lauriesingerbehavioral.com/

https://www.yourenotcrazybook.com/about-laurie-singer/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurie-singer-03524b219?trk=people-guest_people_search-card

https://twitter.com/@LSBEHAVSVC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KIfyjiJBq8

Laurie Singer: You're Not Crazy

https://www.instagram.com/laurie__singer

 

More about the Host - Dr. Karin Jakubowski is an elementary public school principal and certified life coach. She is passionate about helping moms first take care of themselves to be their best for their kids. She helps moms with a problem solving process when their child is experiencing challenging behaviors. She practices mindfulness personally and at school teaching students breathing and awareness techniques to help them manage their own stress to be happy and healthy!

 

Check out her NEW Course - Happy Kids, Not Perfect Kids (Click Here)

 

Follow Karin on social - 

https://www.facebook.com/educationalimpactacademy

Karin's YouTube Channel

Instagram - JakubowskiKarin

Twitter - @KarinJakubowski

Click here to get her free video course “First Steps to Happy Kids” www.educationalimpactacademy.com

 

Calm Your Worries | Why Mindfulness and Meditation are Important for Kids and Adults | Author William Meyer

Calm Your Worries | Why Mindfulness and Meditation are Important for Kids and Adults | Author William Meyer

May 7, 2022

Calm your worries and build your bravery — or just relax during a busy day or wind down before bed with William Meyer’s picture book for kids, “Big Breath” and “Healing Breath” A Guided Meditation Through Nature for Kids”.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Why it’s important to teach kids mindfulness and meditation
  • As a parent, where to start with your child
  • The lesson in this pandemic
  • How to start a simple meditation practice
  • 3 Deep breaths is a meditation

All day long, you breathe — in and out, in and out — without even thinking about it. But did you know that you can play with your breath, use it to take you on an adventure? All you have to do is find a comfy spot and close your eyes.

Does your breath sound like ocean waves? Like the wind before a storm or a breeze at the start of spring? Can you feel it all the way down to the tips of your toes? By the time you open your eyes, you might just feel a little lighter, calmer, more relaxed.

Bill Meyer is the author of two adventure chapter books for kids. He’s also written a picture book for kids that leads them through a guided breathing meditation. The book is called, Big Breath. He also published a guide for meditation in the classroom called, Three Breaths and Begin. His latest book published in November 2021 is “Healing Breath” A Guided Meditation for Kids Through Nature.  He holds degrees from Dartmouth, Harvard and has a PhD from NYU in Education.

       
 

More about the Host - Dr. Karin Jakubowski is an elementary public school principal and certified life coach. She is passionate about helping moms first take care of themselves to be their best for their kids. She helps moms with a problem solving process when their child is experiencing challenging behaviors. She practices mindfulness personally and at school teaching students breathing and awareness techniques to help them manage their own stress to be happy and healthy!

Karin is hosting a FREE live, virtual MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT - Saturday, May 14th! Save The Date! Join us in celebrating Mental Health Awareness in the month of May!  (Seats are limited)

Click Here To Register for the Free Mental Health Summit

 

Check out her NEW Course - Happy Kids, Not Perfect Kids (Click Here)

Follow Karin on Social - 

https://www.facebook.com/educationalimpactacademy

Karin's YouTube Channel

Instagram - JakubowskiKarin

Twitter - @KarinJakubowski

www.educationalimpactacademy.com

BONUS: Free! Mental Health Summit next Saturday!

BONUS: Free! Mental Health Summit next Saturday!

May 4, 2022

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month!

 

Karin is hosting a FREE live, virtual MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT - Saturday, May 14th! Save The Date!

(Seats are limited)

Click Here To Register for the Free Mental Health Summit

 

Introduction by Dr. Karin Jakubowski

Emotional Literacy for Better Mental Health

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shahan Alibhai

9:30 AM 

 

Guided Meditation

10 AM - 10:30 AM

Speaker: William Meyer

 

What Every Parent NEEDS to Know About Adolescent Substance Abuse

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Speaker: Richard Capriola

 

See Your Doctor Once a Year, Heal Your Body Every Night

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Speaker: Dr. Stasha Gominak 

 

The Pandemic, Social Media and Teen Mental Health

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 

Speaker: Richard Capriola

 

Mental Health is Wealth 

1:30 PM - 2 PM

Speaker: Vincent Lanci

 

Living with Anxiety 

2 PM - 3 PM 

Speaker: Laurie Singer

Teen Mental Health and the Pandemic - Richard Capriola

Teen Mental Health and the Pandemic - Richard Capriola

May 1, 2022

What if you found out your child searched online, “How to kill myself” - what would you do? Every parent MUST hear this interview.

If you know a child, teen or young adult who tried to commit suicide listen to this interview.

According to Baylor college of medicine, an article last November stated, “The pandemic uniquely impacted adolescents. Social isolation, constant uncertainty, stress, and fear have plagued their lives. According to the CDC, teenage emergency room visits for suicide attempts increased significantly during the pandemic, with a 50% rise in cases in females and almost 4% increase in males.”

In this episode you will learn:

  • Be attentive to where your child is spending their time.
  • Be a good role model. Take care of your own mental health. Your child(ren) is learning from watching how you take care of yourself.
  • Questions to ask your child to gauge their mental health state
  • Being vulnerable is powerful
  • Children need a stable relationship with an adult 

10 Questions to Ask as Part of a Mental Health Check-In

Newport Academy

https://www.newportacademy.com

Asking specific questions can help parents perform an accurate mental health check and may also help teens to recognize and manage emotions. Here are 10 emotional check-in questions to ask as part of a mental health temperature check-in:

  1. What three words best describe how you’re feeling right now?
  2. On a scale of 1 to 10, going from negative to positive, what number best describes your state of mind?
  3. Fill in the blank: Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is…..
  4. If your feelings were weather, what kind of day would it be outside?
  5. If your life was a movie, what songs would be on the soundtrack right now?
  6. What would you like to have less of in your life right now?
  7. What would you like to have more of in your life right now?
  8. Tell me about the best thing and the worst thing that happened to you this week
  9. What’s the hardest part about being you right now?
  10. How can I support you better? 

Depending on your teen’s personality and communication style, some of these emotional check-in questions might be more effective than others in eliciting answers.

More about the Host - Dr. Karin Jakubowski is an elementary public school principal and certified life coach. She is passionate about helping moms first take care of themselves to be their best for their kids. She helps moms with a problem solving process when their child is experiencing challenging behaviors. She practices mindfulness personally and at school teaching students breathing and awareness techniques to help them manage their own stress to be happy and healthy!

Karin is hosting a FREE live, virtual MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT - Saturday, May 14th! Save The Date! Join us in celebrating Mental Health Awareness in the month of May! 

Click Here to Register (Seats are limited)

https://bit.ly/3EPoNQw

 

Check out her NEW Course - Happy Kids, Not Perfect Kids (Click Here)

Follow her on social - 

https://www.facebook.com/educationalimpactacademy

Karin's YouTube Channel

Instagram - JakubowskiKarin

Twitter - @KarinJakubowski

Click here to get her free video course “First Steps to Happy Kids” www.educationalimpactacademy.com

 

 

 

 

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