Sunshine Parenting Episodes

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Veteran summer camp director and mom of five Audrey Monke discusses summer camp, family life, raising thriving kids, and ideas for living more connected and happier lives. She interviews parenting experts and youth development professionals and shares stories and ideas from her 33 years working with thousands of campers, parents, and young adult counselors. Specifically geared towards parents of kids school age and up.

Recent Episodes

Ep. 97: Parenting the Challenging Child

  In Episode 97, I’m chatting with Signe Whitson. We talk about her book, Parenting The Challenging Child: The Four-Step Way To Turn Problem Situations Into Learning Opportunities, which is based on her work at the Life Space Crisis Intervention,...

Ep. 96: Unplugged & Happy at Camp

In Episode 96, I’m talking with my friend Brooke Cheley-Klebe of Cheley Colorado Camps. We cover a range of summer camp-related topics including longer camp stays, adjusting to camp and overcoming homesickness, what it’s like for teenagers to have the...

Ep. 94: Happy Campers Book Club Kick Off

In Episode 94, I talk about why I wrote my new book, Happy Campers- Nine Summer Camp Secrets For Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults, why I changed to a ‘less is more’ style of parenting, how the book is...

Ep. 93: Teaching Healthy Relationship Skills to Improve Lives

In Episode 93, I interview Dr. Alicia La Hoz, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder, and Executive Director of Family Bridges. Dr. La Hoz works with the Latino community in the Chicagoland area, where she leads her team in developing and...

Ep. 92: Creating Strong Relationships with Teens

In Episode 92, I’m chatting with educator and parent coach, Helaina Altabef, founder of  Tame the Teen. We talk about building up the attributes parents need to form strong, caring relationships with teens. BIG IDEAS There is a lot of...

Ep. 91: 4 Reasons Not to Worry While Your Kid is at Camp

In Episode 91, I’m chatting with my longtime friend and fellow camp director, Maria Horner. Maria and her husband, Tom, have been the executive directors of Catalina Island Camps since 1995. We discuss four reasons why parents don’t need to...

Ep. 88: Preventing Abuse with Tommy Feldman

In this episode of the podcast, I interview Tommy Feldman, the founder and director of Camp Granite Lake in Colorado. We discuss protecting children from abuse, not only at camp but any time they are with a caregiver. This podcast...

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