Dina Alexander || Arming Kids Against Pornography

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"We have to continually have those conversations because it normalizes the idea of talking about tough topics."

Dina Alexander returned to the podcast to teach parents how to talk to our children about another hard topic: pornography.

We first discuss what Dina has researched are the trends in pornography, including the average age of exposure, what your children are "learning" from porn, and how they are targeted by the industry.  This information is essential to knowing better what our children are up against and HOW to better prepare them to make good decisions when they are faced with pornography (and the research shows, they will ALL be exposed to it at some point).

Dina then shares a variety of ways to open the dialogue with children, first by using proper sexual education and then by empowering our kids to know the truth behind the porn industry--what false messages they teach, how they use teens as a primary target.  We can then go into arming our kids to actively fight against the tides of culture and instead choose a life with healthy sexuality pursued at the right time.  And we can do all of this without using guilt and shame.

Ultimately, Dina teaches parents that the best thing we can do for our children is provide a family culture of open dialogue where no topics are off the table.  And in turn, the effects are children who are better empowered to stand up and live their values.

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Show Notes
Educate and Empower Kids websiteFacebook, and all their books
Educate and Empower Kids' book on pornography, books on body image, book on technology 
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Baby E's Birth Story || with Laura Dugovic

Thursday, February 22, 2018


As a follow-up to my interview with childbirth educator Laura Dugovic, here is the birth story of my sweet baby born on February 5th.  (I share his name briefly on the interview, but won't be typing it up here.  I guard my kids' names online.)

You'll hear about what led up to the birth, what I did to help with the pain without using an epidural, and how Laura's resources and positive affirmations completely transformed this birth.  Instead of feeling either traumatized or like a caged animal as I have in the past, I felt strong and centered.

If you've been following along with me on Instagram, then you know that E had emergency surgery at 9 days old, just a few days after recording this episode.  His intestines were twisted, which is life threatening as the bowels can quickly die.  We returned home much sooner than we planned after six days total at the hospital, five of which were in the PICU.  Thank you SO much for your many messages during this time, and most especially your prayers.  We felt them and know that his surgery and outcome were miraculous.


Show Notes:
Laura's Website, Resources for positive affirmations, and Instagram
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas


Mikael Monson || Taking a Leap of Faith

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"I have learned that anything that I thought of myself, that I saw of myself, is not nearly the capacity that I truly am."  

Mikael Monson NEVER planned on homeschooling her four children; in fact, she was staunchly against it for some time.  But when the inner call for her came to pull her kids out of public school and teach them from home, Mikael took a huge leap of faith and did just that.

Mikael shares why homeschooling is the right fit for her family, how she does it, and what she has learned about standing firm with her convictions.  Ultimately, she believes that if everyone listened and followed the voice inside them regardless of their own plans, they'll be made capable of meeting  the challenges that come with the call.



You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!


Show Notes:
Interview with doula/childbirth educator Laura Dugovic
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Nesha Woodhouse: Developing Our Gifts to Improve Ourselves and Bless Others

Thursday, February 8, 2018

"I don't think that 'acceptance' is an excuse to diminish yourself or to not hold yourself accountable to your best work . . . We should develop and expand and grow in whatever we feel called to do."

Nesha Woodhouse is the director of Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy and came from a intensive background in honing one of her beloved gifts--dance.  But Nesha learned in her own life--and now passes on to her students--that mastery of our gifts can only truly flourish if our motivation is to bless the lives of others and ourselves.  This is in contrast to being driven by competitiveness, comparison, or approval-seeking.

So many preach acceptance of self.  While this is paramount to overcoming the challenges life throws at us, our souls also crave GROWTH.  Nesha speaks on this important balance of seeking mastery of our gifts while also being driven by the right reasons--to more fully reach our own individual potential and bless the lives of others.

Now as the director of hundreds of youth pursuing greatness, Nesha strives to help the develop this truth within themselves and to in turn share their gifts with the world.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!




Show Notes
Nesha's Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy
Last week's episode with Dina Alexander on positive body image with children 
Interview with doula/childbirth educator Laura Dugovic
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas
 
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