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. 124: Promoting Mental Health with Dr. Jess Shatkin

Show notes & links available here. In this episode, I'm speaking with Dr. Jess Shatkin, about preventing mental illness and promoting health in children and adolescents. As a clinician, researcher and educator, Dr. Shatkin is one of the country's forem...

Ep. 123: Connection Comes First

Show notes & links available here. In this episode, I'm talking about my theme for this month: Connection! All month long, my posts and podcast episodes are centered around this topic, and it's one that I feel is critically important...

Ep. 122: How to Connect with Your Teen with Chris Thurber

Show notes & links available here. In this episode, I'm chatting with Dr. Chris Thurber, a legendary trainer in the camp industry and a clinical psychologist who works at Phillips Exeter Academy, about how important it for parents to connect...

Ep. 121: The Power of Showing Up

Show notes & links available here. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is one of my favorite people. She's a psychotherapist, founder and executive director of the Center for Connection in Pasadena, California, and co-author with Dr. Daniel Siegel of four of...

Ep. 120: Family Traditions & Rituals

In this episode, Sara Kuljis and I discuss the importance of family rituals and traditions. It's one of the topics that we wanted to cover with parents in our Raise Thriving Kids Workshop that we had in September. Big Ideas Family...

Ep. 119: Year-End Reflection Activities

This episode is a live recording of my chat with Sara Kuljis about some of our favorite year-end reflection activities. Joining Sara and me for this episode is Kate Rader, one of the participants from our Raise Thriving Kids Workshop....

Ep. 118: From Grief to Growth

Show notes & links available here. In this episode, I'm speaking to Dr. Jennifer Levin, a marriage and family therapist who specializes in health crises or transitions, especially related to traumatic grief and loss. We discuss ways to support others,...

Ep. 117: Raising Good Humans

Show notes & links available here. In this episode, I'm chatting with mindfulness expert Hunter Clarke-Fields, author of Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids, is my guest on...

Ep.115: Giving Kids Meaningful Compliments

In this episode, Sara Kuljis is back to talk about giving kids meaningful compliments and focusing on our kids' strengths. We recently hosted our Raise Thriving Kids workshop in Newport Beach where we spent the day discussing positive parenting tools....

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