A show about relationships, the Fresh Start Family show is hosted by husband and wife team Terry and Wendy Snyder. Fresh Start Family is an online Positive Parenting company and community and this podcast tackles a range of topics and hosts that bring reality, hope, and a path to more peace in the home and world. Expand your heart, learn new tools, strengthen your family.
Wendy & Terry talk with Redirecting Children's Behavior founder, Kathryn Kovls about compassionate discipline. 7 steps to guide kids up and out of misbehavior with integrity and connection are covered. This episode will fill you with lots of new ideas on how to work WITH your kids when they misbehave in ways that will have you feeling like a strong teacher & mentor when discipline is necessary. Show notes can be found at https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/39
On today’s show, Wendy and Terry interview their dear friend Calli Kelsay. She lives in Encinitas with her 4 kiddos (ages 12, 9, 6, & 4) and describes her husband, Matt, as Super Man! Calli founded Skate Rising youth program that focuses on teaching young girls compassion through service opportunities and empowerment through skateboarding. She also recently launched a blog and youtube channel focused on families being together, adding adventure in everyday while serving the community in one way or another
Wendy and Terry interview Nate & Jenna Strubhar, an incredible couple who fully embrace mindful simple living & gentle positive parenting. They reside in Maui, Hawaii with their two kids (ages 9 & 6). Listen in for encouragement & inspiration on your own journey of parenting with more intention & connection. show notes page >> www.freshstartfamilyonline.com/37
In this episode, Wendy and Terry discuss teaching and using Self Calming in the home. The common practice of time outs leaves out the opportunity to teach your kids (and parents) to have intrinsic control when their emotions kick in. This gives them a valuable life skill versus just a forced isolation. Enjoy the show! https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/36
In this episode Wendy and Terry talk with Natalie Cruz, an expressive arts therapist, about all the ways families can communicate through expressive art. Tired of all the talking that's not working? This is a great way to give your kids (and you) a way to express themselves in a way that could unlock ways for them to process feelings and become better communicators. show notes: https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/35
In this episode Wendy and Terry break down the very common practice of threatening as a Parenting tool in order to help listeners learn new tools that create connection. Ever find yourself pushed to your limit as a parent and all you have left is threats? Even worse, ever find yourself threatening and too exhausted to even follow through on your threats? We hear you and there's tools that can help you get away from needing threats in your role as a guide to your kids. http://freshstartfamilyonline.com/34
Wendy & Terry discuss the idea that mistakes can be a beautiful opportunity to learn. This episode focuses on how to shift our mindset away from mistakes being shameful, and instead, embracing mistakes as character builders, teaching opportunities & chances to build connection with our kids.
Show notes can be found by clicking https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/33
In this episode, Wendy covers 5 reasons why traditional punishment is detrimental for families & 5 reasons why every parent wants to step into learning to expand their compassionate, firm & kind discipline toolkit. www.freshstartfamilyonline.com/32
In this episode, Wendy & Terry host Chrissy Powers - Licensed Marriage + Family Therapist, Career Coach, Host of the Sure, Babe Podcast and her husband Sam - Builder, Surfer, and all around Rad Dad. This is a real life, real time look into a busy family's life and their struggles with the payoff from Wendy in the form of hope, practical tools, and support! https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/31
In this episode, Wendy and Terry talk to Sara Afshari- a survivor, friend, teacher and advocate for the shockingly huge number of people in abusive relationships. Sara shares her personal testimony, resources and what she's done with her life to help others. This work starts in the home from day one so it's a powerful message during National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Sara is an encouraging voice and force for positive change through strengthening relationships. https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/3
In this episode Wendy and Terry go deep into the subject of Bullies, victim mentality and what self defense really looks like with guest Tracie Arlington. Tracie is a mother and a black belt in Taekwondo. She realized there was a need for self defense training for women and children that were not in the martial arts. She has empowered hundreds of thousands of Boy and Girl Scouts, children, teens, women, and men by teaching them self defense skills. https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/29
In this episode Wendy and Terry discuss the concept of teaching life skills for children beyond what parents can provide on their own and beyond the focus of traditional education. Guest Mama Marlaine is a real change activist, aimed at changing how our education systems are set up in order to provide an emphasis on teaching Life Skills and getting the support every child, family and community needs. https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/28
In this episode Wendy and Terry discuss the concept of resisting help, in parenting and self growth, with Dan Sivils. Dan is a life coach with an amazing journey, including a major act of resistance, who pushed through to dedicate his life to helping others. Dan's insight, wit, and support has taken people over huge obstacles in their life so that people can live in their magnificence. https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/27
In this episode, Wendy and Terry talk with Wendy Bartagnole, the co-creator of Sensory Solutions and Understanding Sensory, two courses designed to empower parents with the knowledge of sensory differences. Wendy offers a unique and effective perspective to overcoming the frustrations of everyday life with a child with sensory differences. Show notes can be found at https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/26
Let's talk about how important it is to take a stand for what you believe in. This episode will encourage & challenge you to truly give a damn & be proud of the incredible work you're doing in your home to raise your children with kindness, compassion, firmness & integrity. For more info & links for everything covered in this episode, visit www.FreshStartFamilyOnline.com/25
How do we deal with lying so that your kids will tell you the truth the next time? Listen to this episode as Wendy and Terry discuss 3 tips that could help you in this area. This can be a challenging and frustrating thing, that can become a habit that is tough to break. See the show notes page for more! https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/24
"No I won't and you can't make me!" Wendy and Terry talk through ways to navigate Power Struggles once you are in them without resorting to Fear and Force. Enjoy and remember to get supported with the Foundations Course which covers these concepts in detail. For more info visit www.FreshStartFamilyOnline.com/23
In this episode, Wendy and Terry go through 3 ways to prevent power struggles. Tips include showing how your child is valuable to the family, the firm and kind process, and seeking to understand what's behind any misbehavior. Enjoy and remember to get supported with the Foundations Course which covers these concepts in detail. For more info head to the show notes page at www.FreshStartFamilyOnline.com/22
Motherhood. Postpartum. Relationships. Guests Veronica and Sonnet's podcast: "Not your Mother's Podcast" tackles all of the unspoken issues of parenthood. In this episode we talk about gender roles in the house, changing times and we acknowledge the hard times and the shifts in society that are bringing a lot of hope into the family dynamic. Let's mix it up and talk honestly!
In this episode, Wendy and Terry talk with Debbie Zeichner, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Parent Coach. Listeners get a crash course in what Positive Discipline is all about. She shares her personal & professional journey and how she's used her talents and experience to create a sense of calm, confidence and connection within families. Debbie is another in the list of game-changing guests who are helping to change the world through better relationships, enjoy.
In this episode, Wendy and Terry talk with mentor, friend, and overall rad woman Susie Walton. Susie is an author, parenting and self-growth coach, and found Positive Parenting herself years ago when raising 4 boys that were all 6'8" tall. Yep, they all played basketball and Luke went on to play and coach in the NBA. Her take on raising athletes may surprise you...in a good way! Enjoy hearing her take on sports, kinesthetic kids, and her niece Gabi's refreshing perspective as an 18-year-old athlete.
In this episode, Wendy and Terry are joined by the author of Redirecting Children's Behavior, Kathryn Kvols. Her work has been a guiding light for Fresh Start Family and is one of the methods Wendy is certified to teach. Kathryn shares her experience in founding her work and looks at having grown kids and what the principles of Positive Parenting looks like over time.
In this episode, Wendy and Terry talk about the presence of technology in the family with Susie Walton. It's such a new addition to the family dynamic and how to regulate it can be tricky. Susie gives some great guidance on ways to have your kids practice how to regulate so that your kids can have a healthy balance as they grow into adults. Susie's 18 year old niece is a special guest who gives her perspective as someone who has lived with it most of her life.
In this episode Wendy and Terry discuss the paradigm shift from using external motivation like bribery and rewards to using encouraging internal motivation instead. Sometimes parents (W & T included) don't even realize that this is going on until you take a look at it from another perspective and look at your long term goals with your kids.
In this episode, Wendy and Terry share what they've learned around the power of a healthy no and re-framing how we treat the word when parenting. No can be a powerful word that serves your child well one day. Navigating how to teach how to use 'no' and when to use and stick to a 'no' yourself (while also getting your kids to do basic tasks) can be tricky. The goal is to get to a place where parents can be firm and kind and also determine when to 'bend with parameters'.
In this episode, Terry and Wendy welcome Natalie and Mike Hixon. Natalie has dedicated her career towards helping women conquer issues with destructive anger. Essentially any anger that isn't serving you and is getting in the way of relationships in your home is destructive! Natalie shares her vulnerable testimony, how she has leaned on God and her self growth journey to now serving others in similar situations. It's a wonderful look into a family's journey towards a Fresh Start.
In this episode, Wendy and Terry draw upon personal testimony and years of coaching and growth when it comes to raising a "Power" kid. These types of kids are often the most challenging to handle when they are young but with the right tools, support and mindset around who they were designed to be in the long run can unlock a whole new way of looking at them. Positive Parenting coaching and making it a long-term lifestyle is credited to a whole new family dynamic in the Snyder home.
In this episode, Wendy and Terry discuss the concept of makeups and redos as a way to repair relationships or bumps in the road. These tools are amazing ways to create a fresh start when mistakes happen beyond a forced 'sorry' or an unrelated punishment. Concepts and tools like these are gone over in detail in Fresh Start Family's Foundations Course.
In this episode, Wendy goes through the four categories of misbehavior that helps parents learn how their child is trying to communicate. By recognizing how you as a parent feel during these events, you can identify what category the misbehavior falls in. Parents can then be at choice to redirect the behavior or create opportunities for their children to get what they are looking for and minimize the misbehavior.
In this episode, Stella (11) and Aubrey (11) talk through how helpful an "I am" statement can be for both kids and parents to stay true to themselves during testing times. Stella is Wendy and Terry's daughter who has been raised for most of her life on Positive Parenting. Aubrey is her dear friend from school who is a radically kind and talented girl whose passions come to life through SKATE RISING, a program that empowers women through skateboarding.
In this episode, Terry and Wendy interview Social Emotional Teacher, Sarah Wood about how she became an educator and Positive Parenting advocate within the public school system. Sarah provides many examples of how she works with kids in school and how these principles create a life long foundation for emotional literacy.
In this episode, we discuss how you can move forward when you are feeling alone in your parenting journey. Whether it's because your spouse isn't on board (yet), you are a single parent, or are just feeling resistance to new parenting techniques or self-growth - we want to support you!
In this episode we discuss how to influence others with special guest, Pam Dunn. Pam owns the transformative training and coaching company Your Infinite Life. Her classes have had a profound impact on us as individuals, the family unit and beyond.
Episode one is an introduction to who we are and what led us to this point as a husband, wife, and eventually as a Mom and Dad. Defining moments, expectations, successes, failures and the whole range of emotions that came with parenthood.