Show 150 – Partnership Parenting: Moving From Fear To Joy-Based Parenting

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“The impulse for all of our actions is LOVE.” says Leslie Potter of Pure Joy Parenting


When we say “NO!”, we are advocating for our own self-care and self-love.

When we say “I know better than you! Do what I say!”, we are trying to love another.


On this morning’s show Leslie Potter and I talk about the simple, albeit not easy, ways to create enough space for all our needs. 


Partnership Parenting is showing up and being aware of our present moment. It’s not about being perfect. When we are distracted about fears of the past or the future, our awareness can invite us back to the present and connect again. Leslie says, “it’s about creating a ground of being.” It just so happens that our love runs deep when we’re a parent. Summing our courage and being willing to lean into the insecurity of that love is how we tune into our own and our child’s “GPS”, our inner guidance systems, to act from a place of joy. 


Leslie Potter, Parent Coach and Founder of Pure Joy Parenting, a joy based parenting model based on her experience raising her daughter as a single mom as well as working with families as a body centered therapist joins us on Family Matters radio.

She supports parents in moving from a traditional fear-based model to a joy-based one focusing on relationship and healthy attachment. She is a co-author of Chaos to Connection: 9 Heart Centered Essentials for Parenting your Teen. She has unschooled her daughter as well as supported her going back to school on her own terms as a homeshooler. Her greatest love is hanging with other parents who are determined to challenge their conditioning and open to the wonder of parenting on their own terms. After bumping up against and working through the habits she learned from her parents and making lots of mistakes, she’s passionate about supporting parents in moving into partnership with their kids.


Learn what her teen daughter says about having a Mom like Leslie.

Learn about the innocence of rage and how to defuse it.

Leslie says, “What I am most passionate about is supporting parents in moving into partnership with their kids. In our culture we tell our kids what to eat, when to eat, when to sleep, when to pee and poop, when to go to school, what to learn, on and on it goes. I feel we treat them as if they don’t have their own GPS and their own set of values. In striving to be good parents we forget to look to the one person who has the information we need, our child. I choose to support my daughter’s knowing and to trust herself instead of controlling in her what causes me discomfort. So, I work with parents to inquire into their conditioning around parenting and to really question any belief that comes between their heart and their child’s.”


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Broadcasted: Sunday February 23, 2014 1100-1200 Eastern Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada


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