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Welcome to a profoundly insightful episode of the StreetSmart Wisdom Podcast titled “Catherine Hallisey,” where our host Steve Stein delves into the heart of modern parenting with Irish psychologist and parenting expert Catherine Hallissey. If you’re a parent striving to navigate the emotional rollercoaster of raising children, especially during tough times, this episode comes bearing the torch of wisdom to light your way. Here are your top 5 takeaways from our enriching conversation:

1. Unlock the Power of Glimmers: Learn about shifting from a default negativity bias to seeking out ‘glimmers,’ those brief yet sparkling moments of joy and gratitude that ignite positivity in our daily lives. Catherine explains how a glimmer bias can enhance well-being for both adults and children and shares simple strategies to train your brain to notice and cherish these fleeting instances.

2. Gratitude as the North Star: Discover the compelling science behind gratitude practices and their profound impact on happiness. Catherine offers practical advice for incorporating gratitude into your family’s routine, potentially increasing happiness by a remarkable 25% within two months.

3. Heartfelt Parenting in the Face of Adversity: This episode is not about preaching positivity but about finding balance. Catherine talks about the art of recognizing challenging times while allowing yourself and your kids to absorb the good. She presents grounding approaches to setting boundaries and guiding children in managing their emotions after difficult situations.

4. Relationship-Based Interventions vs. Punishment: Dive deep into Catherine’s philosophy that emphasizes connection over correction. She shares powerful insights on the significance of maintaining a connection with your child, especially during disciplinary moments, and offers techniques to avoid shame and instead, draw your child closer.

5. Regulation Before Education: Steve and Catherine explore the idea of co-regulation, where regulating one’s behavior and emotions is vital for both adults and children. They discuss the role of nature, physical activity, and mindfulness in achieving a balanced state of being, fostering a supportive and loving environment at home.

Bonus Surf: We also introduce the resourceful platform “surfing the tsunami.com,” where listeners can access a treasure trove of tools for mindfulness and personal success.

Whether you’re a seasoned parent or new to the journey, join us in embracing these transformative insights that strive to make parenting less about perfection and more about connection and personal growth. Tune in to the StreetSmart Wisdom Podcast, and let’s empower each other to tackle parenting with a glimmer in our eye and love in our hearts.


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