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Choice Conversations

Choice Conversations is a personal development podcast, dedicated to helping you improve your life, one *choice* at a time! I cover the following topics: * Holistic health, including physical, emotional, and spiritual health. * Improving relationships, be they between parents and children, romantic partners, or friends and family. * Being successful with money and in business. * Having a purposeful, fulfilling life. * Finding peace and happiness. If you like the podcast and want to contribute, please become a patron. Anything you can give would be appreciated: https://www.patreon.com/ChoiceConversations If you’re temporarily short on cash, there are other ways to help out. One way is to go on itunes and subscribe, rate and review. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764?mt=2&ls=1 Sharing on social media is another. This will help the show to grow, which helps me do what I want to do -> help as many people as possible. Thank you for your time and good will. Make the choice to be great!
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Jan 25, 2016
No Drama Discipline with Dan Siegel - Reboot Your Kids Recast 007

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year. For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

In this episode, Kevin interviews Dr. Dan Siegel about his latest book No Drama Discipline. His book provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears. Dr. Siegel’s work is unique in that it places an emphasis on helping parents understand the relationship between brain development and their child’s behavior. Give the show a listen!

 

Find more from Dan here:
http://www.drdansiegel.com/

Find more from Kevin here:
http://rebootyourkids.com/
http://rebootedbody.com/


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Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzW4rVKrfw&index=1&list=PLoe-H2xJOW56v_XOx1oJnZXOfCIr4YfSy

Dec 2, 2015
Raising Psychologically Healthy Children with Pete Gerlach - Reboot Your Kids Recast 010

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year. For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

In this episode, Kevin and I have a discussion with Pete Gerlach about how to raise psychologically healthy children. This episode was never previously released, so this is the first time the world will get to hear this enlightening interview. In addition, since the time of its recording in 2014, Pete Gerlach has passed away, making this a posthumous release.

Find more from Pete here:
http://sfhelp.org/
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/in-honor-of-pete-gerlach-with-antony-sammeroff

Find more from Kevin here:
http://rebootyourkids.com/
http://rebootedbody.com/


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Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzW4rVKrfw&index=1&list=PLoe-H2xJOW56v_XOx1oJnZXOfCIr4YfSy

Nov 2, 2015
12 Absurd Arguments Peaceful Parents Are Sick of Hearing Part 2 - Reboot Your Kids Recast 009

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year. For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

In this episode, Kevin and I have a discussion about Kevin's popular and controversial article, 12 Absurd Arguments Peaceful Parents Are Sick of Hearing. Our discussion was quite long, so we broke it up into two parts. Enjoy!

12 Absurd Arguments Peaceful Parents Are Sick of Hearing Part 1:
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/12-absurd-arguments-peaceful-parents-are-sick-of-hearing-part-1-reboot-your-kids-recast-008

The article discussed in the show:
http://rebootyourkids.com/sick-of-hearing/

Find more from Kevin here:
http://rebootyourkids.com/
http://rebootedbody.com/


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Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzW4rVKrfw&index=1&list=PLoe-H2xJOW56v_XOx1oJnZXOfCIr4YfSy

Oct 24, 2015
Parent Effectiveness Training with Hunter Clarke-Fields

Hunter Clarke-Fields returns to the show for a discussion about parenting. Hunter is a big proponent of Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon. We talk about how we've both implemented P.E.T. in our lives, and the struggles and joys along the way. The conversation has some fun tangents, including Montessori schooling, restorative justice, and the Oregon Prison Project.


Find more from Hunter here:
http://www.hunteryoga.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yoga-stories-project-podcast/id716979718?mt=2
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/mindfulness-yoga-and-self-care-with-hunter-clarke-fields


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Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=istkkdEO2Ts&index=1&list=PLoe-H2xJOW56v_XOx1oJnZXOfCIr4YfSy

Oct 15, 2015
12 Absurd Arguments Peaceful Parents Are Sick of Hearing Part 1 - Reboot Your Kids Recast 008

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year. For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

In this episode, Kevin and I have a discussion about Kevin's popular and controversial article, 12 Absurd Arguments Peaceful Parents Are Sick of Hearing. Our discussion was quite long, so we broke it up into two parts. Enjoy!

 

12 Absurd Arguments Peaceful Parents Are Sick of Hearing Part 2:

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/12-absurd-arguments-peaceful-parents-are-sick-of-hearing-part-2-reboot-your-kids-recast-009

The article discussed in the show:
http://rebootyourkids.com/sick-of-hearing/

Find more from Kevin here:
http://rebootyourkids.com/
http://rebootedbody.com/


Please subscribe, rate and review on itunes:
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Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzW4rVKrfw&index=1&list=PLoe-H2xJOW56v_XOx1oJnZXOfCIr4YfSy

Sep 30, 2015
Parent Effectiveness Training with Judy Pardo - Reboot Your Kids Recast 006

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year. For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

In this episode, Kevin and I welcome Judy Pardo on the show. Judy is a certified Parent Effectiveness Training instructor and a psychologist in private practice for over 20 years. Judy, Kevin, and I discuss:


The Behavior Window
Active and Passive Listening
Using I-Messages for Healthier Communication
No-Lose Conflict Resolution
How Power and Influence Are Negatively Correlated
And much more…

Find more from Kevin here:
http://rebootyourkids.com/
http://rebootedbody.com/

Find more from Judy here:
http://www.villageparenting.nyc/

Please subscribe, rate and review on itunes:
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Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzW4rVKrfw&index=1&list=PLoe-H2xJOW56v_XOx1oJnZXOfCIr4YfSy

Aug 3, 2015
Exercise, Play, and Sleep for Kids - Reboot Your Kids recast 003

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year.  For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

 

In this episode, Kevin and I explore the challenges parents face in the areas of exercise, play and sleep for their children.

 

 

Find more from Kevin here:

http://rebootyourkids.com/

http://rebootedbody.com/

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/chasing-greatness-with-kevin-geary

 

 

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Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzW4rVKrfw&index=1&list=PLoe-H2xJOW56v_XOx1oJnZXOfCIr4YfSy

Jul 23, 2015
Parenting and Nutrition - Reboot Your Kids recast 002

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year.  For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

 

In this episode, Kevin and I introduce real food nutrition and a generally healthy lifestyle for kids. Some of the questions and topics we dive into: What is real food? The effects of poor nutrition on children. Medicating children.  And more!

 

Find more from Kevin here:

 

http://rebootyourkids.com/

http://rebootedbody.com/

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/chasing-greatness-with-kevin-geary

 

 

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Jul 9, 2015
Authentic Parenting - Reboot Your Kids recast 001

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year.  For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

 

In this our first episode, Kevin and I introduce authentic parenting.

 

Find more from Kevin here:

 

http://rebootyourkids.com/

http://rebootedbody.com/

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/chasing-greatness-with-kevin-geary

 

 

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Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzW4rVKrfw&index=1&list=PLoe-H2xJOW56v_XOx1oJnZXOfCIr4YfSy

 

Jun 18, 2015
Objectivist Parenting with Roslyn Ross

Author and blogger Rosyln Ross joins me to talk about her new book A Theory of Objectivist Parenting.  The school of philosophy known as objectivism, proposed by Ayn Rand, is very strong in most ways, but is decidedly lacking in the area of interpersonal relationships and especially parenting.  Roslyn shores that up nicely.

 

Do schools murder the authentic self?  Are high achieving youths numbing out in their down time?  Is Roslyn moving to Nicaragua so that she can take her kids into bars and casinos?  And what’s wrong with Sudbury schools anyway?  All this and more during today's show!

 

Note that when Roslyn mentions "Wes" and "Antony," she's referring to mutual friends, and prominent members of Team Choice, Wes Bertrand and Antony Sammeroff.

 

My apologies for the accoustics on this show.  This is the first podcast recorded in my new home, and I've not yet unpacked everything.  The room I was in had nothing soft to absorb sound, and thus it sounded like I was recording in a cave.  I'll be sure to remedy that in future episodes.

 

 

Find more from Roslyn here: 

 

Her book - http://www.amazon.com/Theory-Objectivist-Parenting-Roslyn-Ross/dp/1502315548/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Her lectures - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCmDUquKAUQ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJG1rrjD3lQ

Her blog - http://roslynross.blogspot.com/ 

 

 

 

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Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIh_AxO2m4M&index=2&list=PLoe-H2xJOW57M60JJT0mMl8gwp1MazHdP

Jul 31, 2014
Reboot Your Kids - Authentic Parenting with Kevin Geary

Kevin Geary started a new podcast called Reboot Your Kids, “the intersection of real food, peaceful parenting, alternative schooling, and a healthy lifestyle.”  He asked me if I’d co-host, and I graciously accepted.  Please give it a listen.  I think you’ll like it.

 

 

 

Find more from Kevin here: 

 

http://rebootyourkids.com/

 

http://rebootedbody.com/

 

  

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764?mt=2

Jul 11, 2014
The Progressive Parent with Antony Sammeroff

Antony Sammeroff is back, and this time we focus on parenting.  We discuss the importance of being authentic and cultivating good will.  I relate some of my personal experiences parenting, and Antony shares several of his experiences with children as well.  There were definitely some touching moments in the conversation.  If you think you’ll enjoy this discussion half as much as I did then you won’t want to miss it!

 

Find more from Antony here: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/TheProgressiveParent

 

https://www.youtube.com/EnrichYourLife1

 

http://enrichyourlife.co/

 

enrichyourlife@outlook.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764?mt=2

 

 

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJJ27NxYamY

Dec 31, 2013
The Dog Whisperer and Human Nature

 

Steve Patterson joins me for the greatly anticipated Dog Whisperer show.  We discuss the TV program The Dog Whisper, and very quickly the conversation turns toward comparing the techniques Cesar Millan uses to train dogs to the tactics parents use to control their children.  Are there parenting lessons to be learned from Cesar?  What is human nature?  Is it hierarchical as is the nature of canines?  

 

 

 

And just what exactly does Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter have to do with all of this?  You’ll have to listen to find out!  :)

 

 

 

This is Choice Conversations’ first Christmas episode, recorded Christmas Eve 2013.  Happy Holidays to all the wonderful listeners!  It is truly a privilege to have this opportunity to connect, share, and learn with you.

 

 

 

Here is the podcast mentioned on today’s show with Wes Bertrand and Darrel Becker where we discussed whether or not Non-Violent Communication went against human nature:  http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/judgment-and-responsibility-with-darrell-becker-and-wes-bertrand

 

 

 

Here are previous podcasts on parenting: 

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-world-is-our-classroom-with-miro-and-lainie

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/webpage/category/Parenting

 

 

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

 

   

 

             

 

Bumper music:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI7ocq6Ur-chttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFg7sG-tlCk

Jun 11, 2013
Punished by Rewards with Alfie Kohn

Steve Patterson co-hosts with me as we talk to Alfie Kohn, the best-selling author of many books on parenting and education.  We spend a large portion of the show discussing how using punishments and rewards, carrots and sticks, teaches children that they are only loved under certain conditions, they are only valuable when they do good.   There are many ramifications of this approach, none of which are desirable.  We also discuss some of the flaws of the public education system, how it crushes the natural desire of children to learn.

 

Find more from Alfie Kohn here:  http://www.alfiekohn.org/index.php

 

 

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0H3RlaQVrM

May 10, 2013
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen with Adele Faber

 

With Mother’s Day looming, there is no better time to have on one of my favorite mothers, Adele Faber.  In this show, we both share stories about our experience as parents.  Adele talks about the new edition of her best seller How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids will Talk and provides us with scores of sage advice.

 

 

 

You can find Adele here:  http://www.fabermazlish.com/

 

And her books here:  http://www.fabermazlish.com/publications.php

 

 

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI

Apr 3, 2013
Unconditional Parenting

 

This show is a short conversation Steve and I had while waiting to interview Andy Craig.  We talked about parenting, specifically Alfie Kohn’s great book Unconditional Parenting.  Since the topic of this opening discussion was dramatically different then the topic of our interview of Andy Craig (which was finance/investing), I decided to break the discussion up into two separate podcasts. 

 

 

 

Here is a link to Wes Bertrand’s reading of the book Unconditional Parenting, as discussed during the show:

 

 

 

http://completeliberty.com/magazine/read/episode-137---unconditional-parenting-part-one_143.html

Dec 24, 2012

On today's show we talk to Judy Pardo, a psychotherapist and certified P.E.T. instructor.  She tells us about the parenting method's presented in the wonderful book by Thomas Gordon, Parent Effectiveness Training, and the work she does with parents and children in New York City.

You can find more about Judy here:  www.villageparenting.com

Gordon Training International's website is a great resource for the P.E.T. method:  www.gordontraining.com

Nov 30, 2012

The co-hosts of the popular Zen Parenting Radio Podcast join Chris and I for a hearty discussion on Parenting. Cathy and Todd Adams discuss their particular way of being self-aware parents and how they overcome the daily challenges of being responsible parents.

Some takeaway points from this podcast are:

-Parenting is "simple... but not easy"

-Steve provides a really bad sports analogy

-How to handle not becoming "offended" when a child yells back at you or disrespects the parent

-We spend a good bit of time talking about the partnership of parents and how important that is, and also how to manage that relationship in a healthy way

Steve's Aftershow Deep Thoughts:

Oddly (but not so oddly), I walked away from this interview noticing a parallel between 'Parenting Podcasts' and 'Business Management Podcasts' because they both share the same language and structure. Both topics are about empowering the individual who is being managed to be free and creative but yet there is always a need for safe boundaries. Both topics tackle the issue of establishing order. Both topics understand that a reward system is necessary. Both topics understand that discipline must be catered to foster learning from the example (the fear of punishment is a powerful motivator to curb behaviors but not so much a motivator to be innovative).

Management and parenting may just be one in the same. Is there a relationship between how we treat children and how we treat adults? Are there universal behaviors and treatments that can be gleaned from one topic and transferred to the other topic?

Obviously, I will concede that this may not always be the case (diaper changing for example) but in most situations you can transfer a success/failure example in the parenting realm and achieve a relative success/failure in the business realm. It certainly is worth noting and experimenting with in your personal life. 

Until next time... take care. 

Steve

   

Nov 18, 2012

Stefan Molyneux joins my co-host and I for a discussion about injecting philosophical morals and ethics into our parenting. Stefan introduces and describes what it means to be a 'Philosohical Parent' and reminds us that the relationship between the parent and child is unique in it's structure and therefore we must recognize this disparity of power and respect it. 

After a short introduction to the topic I quiz Stefan on how he would handle this situation and that situation in which Stefan responds with several tools that he uses. After a few short discussions of 'how-to's' Stefan realizes that not all tools are fool-proof and universal and will require preparation on the part of the parent, thus requiring a parent to be vigilant and aware. Stefan then brings the discussion back to the morals and ethics of these examples.

We end this episode strangely enough, gushing and fawning over the work of Stefan Molyneux. He is afterall the 'King of All Content' and has recorded thousands of hours of media, which could easily dominate one's thinking and spare time. Maybe I should have quizzed him on his rise to the position as 'Cult Hero' in the Libertarian scene, but I failed to do so... maybe next time.

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