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. 114: Precursors to Gratitude

What comes before gratitude in our children? In this episode, Sara and I discuss how we can prepare our kids to become grateful people. Sara and I talked about gratitude last year in this episode about Growing Gratitude. Big Ideas...

Ep. 113: Generation Mindful with Suzanne Tucker

In this episode, I'm speaking with Suzanne Tucker of Generation Mindful, a website dedicated to helping kids learn how to regulate their emotions. Big Ideas While working as a physical therapist, Suzanne realized there was much more going on in...

Ep. 112: Helping Teens Exposed to Trauma

In this episode, I'm talking with Dr. Ruth Gerson, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at NYU's Langone Medical Center, about helping teens who have been exposed to trauma. Trauma is, by definition, when an experience feels so threatening to one's...

Ep. 56: Off the Clock with Laura Vanderkam

  In Episode 56, I'm chatting with Laura Vanderkam about her book Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done. Laura is the best-selling author of several time management and productivity books including 168 Hours: You Have More Time...

Ep. 111: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

In this episode, I'm talking to Debbie Reber, creator of TiLT Parenting, the host of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, and the author of Differently Wired: Raising and Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. While this book was written mainly for...

Ep. 110: Keep Calm & Parent On

I've had such an incredible time this fall meeting with parents, teachers, and kids in person to talk about some of the strategies I write about in my book, Happy Campers. One topic that comes up regularly is the importance...

Ep. 109: Parenting Challenges Q & A

In this episode, I am speaking live with parents from Wayne Highlands School District and Superintendent Greg Frigoletto at Lakeside Elementary. We discuss my book, Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults, and m...

Ep. 107: How College Makes or Breaks Us with Paul Tough

In episode 107, I'm talking with Paul Tough about his latest book, The Years That Matter Most: How college makes or breaks us, a powerful mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States. We talk about the state of...

Ep. 106: Motherhood So White with Nefertiti Austin

In this episode, I’m chatting with author Nefertiti Austin about her latest book, Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America. We talk about her journey to adoption as a single Black woman and some of...

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