Stranger Danger

A hard part about raising an adolescent child is their transition from thinking the world is always kind to realize there is a dark side to life.

It’s a truth we know is coming, as parents, but one that is difficult to accept. We have two paths.

Avoid the conversation and suppress their curiosity or lean into the discussions with warmth and honesty.

It might be better to prepare them for a realistic future and provide the tools to handle those situations versus overprotecting them where they never learn how to protect themselves.

It’s a fine balance but one that we have to be willing to take.

It’s better than the alternative; them wandering the wilderness alone without any knowledge of what to do if danger appears.

Stranger Danger2022-12-10T16:52:34-04:00

Parental Intervention

Kids need some intervention but what would happen if we just got out of the way most of the time?

I think they’d do just fine.

We are not perfect and we have so many limiting beliefs or blindspots that we potentially start exposing them to those. It can become detrimental.

Let them figure it out themselves. Let them problem solve. Let them self-regulate.

Let them be themselves.

We can be a coach and talk through what they are going through but we don’t necessarily have to give them all of the answers. We don’t have to tell them exactly what to do.

Otherwise, we can’t blame them when they are older and don’t turn out to be upstanding, kind, and generous adults.

They were just doing what they were told.

Parental Intervention2022-09-20T19:45:59-04:00
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JEN MARR

EPISODE 251: Founder & CEO, Inspiring Comfort LLC & Author of Showing Up

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Episode 251 features Jen Marr, a Speaker, Author, and Founder and CEO of Inspiring Comfort. She has utilized her 30 years of experience in business, leadership development, and the healthcare industry to research, develop, and offer solutions to our current mental health crisis.

Check out her new book, “Showing Up” – https://www.inspiringcomfort.com/showing-up

Find Jen Online:

Website: https://www.inspiringcomfort.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenmarr/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM699PRBNV8EWtP1Is4dytg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenmarr/

About Jen:

Jen Marr is a Speaker, Author, and Founder and CEO of Inspiring Comfort. She has utilized her 30 years of experience in business, leadership development, and the healthcare industry to research, develop, and offer solutions to our current mental health crisis.

Ten years ago, Jen had a front-row seat to the Sandy Hook tragedy and to the Boston Marathon bombing. She immediately began working in crisis response and recovery efforts. She saw first-hand the need for ongoing support for those who are struggling. In doing this, she realized there is a massive gap between people who are struggling and people who want to help, but don’t know how. This is when Inspiring Comfort was born.

Since then, Jen has been immersed in trauma research and developing programs that address this gap. Her work in the field of human connection has made an indelible impact on the lives of countless people. She is passionate about furthering the science of human connection and has worked with researchers and thought leaders across the country to cultivate cultures of care through the critical life skill of comfort.

This movement is taking root in notable organizations including the White House Leadership Development Program, the National Suicide Lifeline, Georgetown University, Northeastern University, The New York Office of Mental Health, and the American Association of Suicidology.

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If you enjoyed this interview you may also like my Just Get Started Podcast Interview with Seth Godin, Author, Founder and Speaker

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Jen Marr2022-06-22T21:02:19-04:00
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KRYSTIAN LEONARD

EPISODE 64: Founder, Shining S.C.A.R.S.

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Episode 64 introduced the audience to Krystian Leonard, Founder of Shining S.C.A.R.S Not-For-Profit Organization, Author, Miss West Virginia Pageant participant, and the list goes on.

I had a wonderful conversation with Krystian when I met her in person at the Next Gen Summit in early June 2019 and wanted to dive deeper into her journey and share that with the audience. We covered a lot in a short time.

Topics included:

  • Miss West Virginia Competition
  • The Zombie Club Movie
  • Getting her first scars when she was 4
  • Dealing with bullying at school
  • Meeting Miss West Virginia Tiffany Lawrence
  • Being Positive to herself each day
  • Writing her book, Shining Scars
  • Getting involved with Next Gen

I know you all will enjoy this wide-ranging conversation and please see some more information below about Krystian.

Find Krystian Online:

Website: http://shiningscars.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystianSScars

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krystian_shiningscars/

Shining Scars Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1946664162/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

Tedx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=8wLBTp7drRk

EDUCom Website – https://educom.world/

About Krystian:

Krystian is a 22-year-old from Morgantown, West Virginia, currently attending West Virginia University in her senior year studying broadcast journalism. Krystian founded her non-profit organization, Shining S.C.A.R.S., at the age of 14. S.C.A.R.S. stands for finding strength, building character for self-acceptance to rise above the stigma. Overcoming stigmas related to all scars is at the heart of this unique organization. The passion behind Shining S.C.A.R.S. stems from Krystian’s own personal battle and experiences resulting from visible scars beginning at the age of 4. Her surgeries left behind several large scars and she endured first-hand the trials and self-esteem issues associated with taunts and bullying because of those scars. Her nonprofit works to gather funding to provide her children’s book Shining Scars, to children’s hospitals and recovery centers treating patients relating to burns, cleft palate, spina bifida and cancer recovery and others. By creating a positive and character building organization it is Krystian’s goal to build an informative community aiding in the healing process. You can learn how to get involved by visiting www.shiningscars.com 

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If you enjoyed this interview you may also like my Just Get Started Podcast Interview with Randy Ginsburg, Author of “Adversity to Advantage”

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Krystian Leonard2020-01-20T18:17:06-04:00
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