Edit Your Life Episode 135: Parenting Through Fear
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A listener letter inspired this important conversation about parenting during this era of mass school shootings. How do we send our kids to school when school doesn’t feel safe? Is our fear in line with the actual risk, not only about school shootings, but other dangers our children face? How do we balance nurturing their independence while doing our protective jobs as parents?
In Episode 135 of Edit Your Life, Asha and I respond to these big questions with the help of licensed mental health counselor Jonathan Baxter. Asha interviews Jon, who brings both his therapeutic and parenting wisdom to the conversation. They talk about the first steps parents can take to move through fear, the connection between fear and surrender, transforming righteous anger into action, how to talk to kids about your fears, and not just functioning but thriving in an unpredictable world.
Resources mentioned in this episode
Minimalist Parenting (our book)
Jonathan Baxter’s website for his therapeutic practice
Gun Sense Candidate Lookup by Moms Demand Action
Everytown For Gun Safety (organization our listener donates to)
Other episodes featuring Jon Baxter
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What are some simple tactical ways you cope with fear that comes with parenting? Join the discussion on the Edit Your Life Facebook page (look for the Question Of The Week post pinned to the top of the page).
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