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. 80: The Emotionally Healthy Child with Maureen Healy

In Episode 80, I’m chatting with Maureen Healy, author of The Emotionally Healthy Child: Helping Children Calm, Center, and Make Smarter Choices We talk about embracing the discomfort of handling challenging emotions and raising emotionally healthy and...

Ep. 79: Thoughts on the College Admissions Scandal

In this episode, Sara and I are chatting with Pam Roy, who offers research-based and important information for parents about education and career planning. We talk about how the world we’re working in has changed and evolved since we were...

Ep. 78: The Danish Way of Parenting (Part 2)

One of the hardest things is how to shut out all that pressure and believe in the simplicity. -Jessica Joelle Alexander In Episode 78, I’m chatting with Jessica Joelle Alexander, author of The Danish Way of Parenting. We talk about...

Ep. 77: Comparison is the Thief of (Parenting) Joy

Human beings are not designed to be excellent at everything. -Sara Kuljis Show notes at https://sunshine-parenting.com/2019/03/ep-77/ In Episode 77, I’m chatting with my friend, Sara Kuljis, as we continue our series Encouragements for Parents. You can...

Ep. 76: Partnering with Your Child’s Camp Director

One of the things that parents need to recognize is, just like with their school, it needs to be a partnership, and not every day is going to be great. – Audrey Today’s podcast, Episode 76, was recorded live at...

Ep. 75: Begin with the (Parenting) End in Mind

In Episode 75, I’m starting a new parenting series with my friend, Sara Kuljis. We’re tentatively titling our series “Encouragements for Parents.” In this first episode, we talk about reframing how we view success for our children and the concept...

Ep. 74: Why Summer Camp?

Why do parents send their kids to summer camp? Is your kid going to camp this summer? Congratulations! You’re giving them an experience that may have many life-long, positive benefits. You are giving them the opportunity to grow and develop...

Ep. 73: Under Pressure with Lisa Damour

That was my aim in writing the book-  was both to offer reassurance, and then practical strategies for managing the stress and anxiety that will, invariably, come up. -Lisa Damour In episode 73, I’m chatting with Lisa Damour, the New...

Ep. 72 What Could Go Wrong?

There comes a time when couples decide to create and raise tiny helpless human beings, hoping they one day become non-tiny and less helpless. Brett Grayson In this episode, I am talking with Brett Grayson, author of What Could Go Wrong?: My Mostly...

Ep. 71: Growing Your Child’s “Bushy Broccoli Brain”

“The neuroscience is saying that when kids miss these developmental milestones, their brains aren’t as interconnected as they would have been had they been actively participating in a wide variety of activities. They need a full sensory upbringing, not...

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