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The Parent & Teen Toolbox

Aug 24, 2021

Parents are being encouraged more and more to talk to their children about how they are feeling. But for many of us, this is quite hard as it’s not something that comes naturally to us.


The thing is that we have to model the behavior that we wish to see - so first of all we have to be comfortable with what we are feeling as parents - before we can understand what our kids are going through.


In this episode, I talk with Joanne about how negative emotions are just as important to acknowledge as positive feelings AND how exactly we can tune into what we are feeling.


We will be using the acronym R.U.L.E.R :

✔️ Recognise
✔️ Understand
✔️ Label
✔️ Express
✔️ Regulate

This is a great reminder - and we can teach our kids this handy tip as well.

Want to know more? Then grab a cuppa - and keep listening!

More about Joanne :

Joanne is an expert with a doctorate in counseling and education.


She is certified in coaching and emotional intelligence training.


After 30+ years in education as a teacher, counselor, and higher education administrator, Joanne decided to create a retirement career in coaching.


However, more important than any credential, life experience as a parent has truly led her to her passion for working with families like yours and mine.


Joanne fully understands firsthand - parents’ feelings of burnout, helplessness, and stress.


How to Contact Joanne Light :

My website is :
Putting The Joy Back into Parenting Handout is:


My Anxiety course provides you with support by :

✔️ Recognising the triggers
✔️ Understanding Anxiety - and why we don’t want to get rid of it all together
✔️ Learning a couple of techniques to help you stop a panic attack in it’s tracks
✔️ How as a parent, you can support your anxious child


If you or your child are struggling with your emotions at the minute - then I have a great online course that introduces you to 7 different breathing exercises that a can get you out of many sticky situations :


* Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :

All too often parents say to me :

“My child won’t speak to me”
“I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.

Download this FREE Resource : 📍

It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!

If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.

Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :

Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.

* If you need to get in touch - Please email me at

Music Credits : MBB :