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RAD Parenting Podcast

Jun 16, 2023

Welcome to the Reactive Attachment Disorder Parenting Podcast where we help give you information to turn your RAD kid into a family kid. In today’s episode, we embark on a discussion of Mother’s Day and parenting dynamics. We unravel the mysterious triggers lurking beneath this seemingly innocent holiday and question the peculiar notion of fathers being reduced to mere "babysitters" rather than equal partners.

Our hosts kick off the episode with a lighthearted jab at the societal norms that have pigeonholed fathers into the babysitter category. Through clever analogies to professional childcare providers, we expose the underlying biases and assumptions that perpetuate this misconception. It's high time we redefine fatherhood and celebrate their invaluable role as dedicated and involved caregivers.

Moving on, we delve into the trials and tribulations faced by mothers, who often find themselves bearing the brunt of parenting responsibilities. From the pursuit of picture-perfect, well-behaved children to the unintentional holding of new learning and information, moms can find themselves trapped in a comedy of resentment, guilt, and frustration. Creating a nurturing and supportive environment for both parents can be a tricky balancing act, but it can be possible with a few tweaks here and there. 

Prepare for laughs aplenty as we take on the legendary "dishwasher syndrome," where moms feel an irresistible urge to swoop in and "fix" their partners' attempts at domestic chores. But fret not, for we offer practical guidance on goal-setting, managing expectations, and celebrating even the quirkiest steps toward parenting triumphs, even if they come with a touch of dad's unique style.

Communication takes center stage as we uncover the power of seamless transitions between work, home, and the countless demands of family life. Our hosts serve up clever strategies, suggesting moments of downtime to recharge, and introducing the concept of "strong sitting" or designated decompression time, injecting a dose of humor and relief into the daily whirlwind.

In recognizing the challenges faced by families with children from difficult backgrounds, we delve into the significance of honoring the profound act of mothering and teaching children the art of reciprocating love and appreciation. We drive home the idea that relationships thrive not on a strict tally of give-and-take, but on a delightful dance of mutual support and understanding.

Join us for this captivating episode as we navigate the chaotic yet endearing realm of Mother's Day (even though this applies to pretty much all holidays), revamp parenting dynamics, and arm you with practical tips to foster a loving and joy-filled environment where both parents can thrive. Get ready to chuckle, learn, and embrace the adventure of parenthood with open hearts and a playful spirit!


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