April 14 2014

How do I parent without Timeouts?

In this conversation with Vicki Hoefle, founder of Parenting On Track™ & Author of Duct Tape Parenting we speak with Millie Shaw,a mom of two children. 

Millie was introduced to Vicki's parenting approach about 8 months ago and while the concepts and philosophy resonated with Millie, she is experiencing some challenges while transitioning from her authoritarian style of parenting to a democratic style of parenting. You can learn more about Millie's journey on her blog, Confessions of an Authoritarian Parent. 

Millie has been gracious enough to let us record her questions and conversations with Vicki, so we can share them with you. Our hope is that you find some clarity, inspiration and answers to challenges you may be experiencing. In this conversation Vicki and Millie discuss time-outs, choices, and power-struggles with young kids. Feel free to post your own questions or offer your comments, we'd love to hear from you.. 

Vicki Hoefle offers parents strategies that help parents raise capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient kids. Visit www.vickihoefle.com, find us on facebook/parentingontrack or follow us on twitter @parentontrack for more information.

Listen Now:


February 13 2013

Parenting Strategy: Interview with Denise Schipani, author of Mean Moms Rule

In this conversation with Vicki Hoefle, founder of Parenting On Track™ & Author of Duct Tape Parenting we speak with Denise Schipani author of Mean Moms Rule. Denise contacted us for an interview to talk about Duct Tape Parenting and Vicki's tips, strategies, and philosophies around chores. We were thrilled and accepted her invitation to share our experience on a podcast.

Denise has been self-employed as a writer and editor since her Son #2 was born (in the words of Son #1: “Mommy works upstairs!”). Before that, she was a magazine editor, mostly at women’s and parenting magazines and she is a Mean Mom.

That’s the very first line of her book, Mean Moms Rule. To explain the “mean” for you, in case you were under the impression that she never hugs her boys or that she advocates for children to work in coal mines. She says “mean” because her approach often bucks the prevailing parenting trend, which you could call helicopter-y or indulgent. It's mean because it’s not easy. Because it’s focused on the end game, not the here-and-now (and anyone who has kids’ll tell you, they are all about the here and now).

Thanks Denise for the interview.

Vicki Hoefle offers parents strategies that help parents raise capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient kids. Visit www.vickihoefle.com, find us on facebook/parentingontrack or follow us on twitter @parentontrack for more information.

Listen Now:


February 1 2013

Parenting Strategy: Do Nothing, Say Nothing for 5 Days

In this conversation with Vicki Hoefle, founder of Parenting On Track™ & Author of Duct Tape Parenting we speak with Meghan Leahy. We found Meghan when she blogged about her Do Nothing Say Nothing week and clearly understood the point of the Duct Tape. Reading her posts we discovered she is also hilarious and down to earth, so we thought it would be a gas to chat with her. We were thrilled when she accepted our invitation to share her experience on a podcast.

Meghan Leahy, parent coach and founder of positivelyparenting.com has always had a passion for working with children, whether working as an English teacher for gifted boys or becoming a school counselor.  The work has changed, but her focus has always stayed the same: helping children grow, learn, and change in a positive manner.  With each career choice, she learned more about children, more about parenting, and more about her own passions. Her mission is to help you bring lightness, laughter, and love into your home, to help joyfulness and tranquility find a place at the table, to teach you to forgive yourself when you are human and move forward and to feel in control and optimistic about the future, and to have fun with your family. With common sense, humor, and time-tested strategies, Meghan helps parents build positive connections with their children. These positive connections help the parent understand childhood development, lessen unwanted behaviors, as well as make it fun to parent again! You can find Meghan at positivelyparenting.com, facebook.com/MeghanLeahyParentCoach or on twitter @mlparentcoach, she can work in-person, via Skype, or over the phone.

Vicki Hoefle offers parents strategies that help parents raise capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient kids. Visit www.vickihoefle.com, find us on facebook/parentingontrack or follow us on twitter @parentontrack for more information.

Listen Now:


January 8 2013

Parenting Strategy: Sharing is overrated!

In this conversation with Vicki Hoefle, founder of Parenting On Track™ we speak with Heather Shumaker, Author of Its Ok Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids about her new book.

Heather Shumaker is a journalist who’s been writing professionally since 1996 for radio, print and online magazines. Her publications include Organic Gardening, Parenting, Pregnancy, Swarthmore College Bulletin, Traverse, Wisconsin Natural Resources and others. She was a radio script writer for Earthwatch Radio, a nationally syndicated program which also aired internationally on Voice of America.

As a mother, author and speaker, Heather has expertise and passion for the early childhood years, ages two to six. For more about Heather visit http://www.heathershumaker.com/index.html or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-Shumaker-Writer/276051975805403

Vicki Hoefle offers parents strategies that help parents raise capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient kids. Visit http://www.parentingontrack.com or www.vickihoefle.com, find us on facebook or follow us on twitter @parentontrack for more information.

Listen Now:


December 7 2012

Parenting Strategy: Homework, What’s a Parent to Do?

In this conversation with Vicki Hoefle, founder of Parenting On Track™ we speak with Rick Ackerly on the topic of Homework. Rick Ackerly is a nationally recognized educator and speaker with 45 years of experience working in and for schools and the author of the recently published book, The Genius in Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity, and Creativity in Children.

With a master’s in education from Harvard University, Rick has devoted his career to building thriving learning communities. He has served as headmaster of four independent schools and has been a consultant and coach to teachers, school leaders and parents for many years.

Rick speaks to parent and school groups across the country. He also presents at numerous education conferences including the People of Color Conference, the California Association of Independent Schools, the Coalition of Essential Schools, the Symposium on Students with Learning Disabilities, Progressive Education Network to name a few. He has been an active participant in the annual “Call to Action” conference sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools’ Office on Diversity and Multicultural Education.

His articles about education and diversity have appeared in The Independent School, Multicultural Education, Education Week, and the New York Times. Rick publishes a new essay each week on his blog www.rickackerly.com. His books are available on his website and you can connect with him on facebook at facebook.com/GeniusInChildren

Vicki Hoefle offers parents strategies that help parents raise capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient kids. Visit http://www.parentingontrack.com or www.vickihoefle.com, find us on facebook or follow us on twitter @parentontrack for more information.

Listen Now:


September 26 2012

Parenting Strategy: Give your Kids Money & Cultivate Values with Ron Lieber

In this conversation with Vicki Hoefle, founder of Parenting On Track we speak with Ron Lieber. Since 2008, Ron Lieber has been the “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times. He is also a Husband and a Dad. Before coming to The Times, he wrote the “Green Thumb” column for The Wall Street Journal’s Money & Investing section and was part of the start-up team at the paper’s Personal Journal section in 2002. He has also been on the staff of Fortune and Fast Company magazines and was an intern at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass.

Ron’s first book “Taking Time Off: Inspiring Stories of Students Who Enjoyed Successful Breaks from College and How You Can Plan Your Own,” co-authored with Colin Hall, was a New York Times bestseller in 1996. He also wrote “Upstart Start-Ups,” a book for young entrepreneurs, and was the co-author of a guidebook to the best entry-level jobs in the United States. He is currently working on his next book, The Opposite of Spoiled all about kids, money, and values and invites you to visit his site www.ronlieber and sign up for the newsletter to get tips on kids and money and values as he learns them and reports them out.

Parenting On Track™ offers parents strategies that help parents raise capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient kids. Visit http://www.parentingontrack.com or www.vickihoefle.com, find us on facebook or follow us on twitter @parentontrack for more information.

Listen Now:


September 24 2012

Parenting Strategy: Write Steps 4 Teens with Dawn Lyons

In this conversation with Vicki Hoefle, founder of Parenting On Track™, we talk with Dawn Lyons.  Dawn is a writer, editor, success consultant and advocate for teenagers, speaker, aspiring author and proud mom to 3 boys. Her love affair with words started when she was in kindergarten!

She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Western Ontario and studied journalism at Humber College in Toronto. After marrying her soul mate, she created Lines by Lyons and started serving the needs of various publications and businesses.

She is currently a contributing writer for The Beat Magazine and writes the “Teen Talk” column for amotherworld. Her work has been published in Metro London, London Community News and The Middlesex Banner. To learn more about Dawn please visit www.linesbylyons.com or @linesbylyons.

Parenting On Track™ offers parents strategies that help parents raise capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient kids. Visit http://www.parentingontrack.com or www.vickihoefle.com, find us on facebook or follow us on twitter @parentontrack for more information.

Listen Now:


September 14 2012

Parenting Strategy: Raise Free Range Kids with Lenore Skenazy

In this conversation with Vicki Hoefle, founder of Parenting On Track, we talk with Lenore Skenazy.  Lenore  is a syndicated columnist, author, and very funny public speaker, available for keynote addresses as well as lively, hands-on parenting seminars at universities, colloquiums, schools and community centers.  She has spoken to audiences here and abroad and appeared on Dr. Phil, The View, The Today Show, NPR, Good Morning America, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Early Show, CNN, FoxNews, the BBC and CBC.

In addition to founding the Free-Range Kids blog, book and movement, she has written for everyone from The Washington Post to Mad Magazine. Yes, that Mad Magazine. A graduate of Yale and Columbia, she lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. You can learn more about Lenore and her Free-Range movement at http://www.freerangekids.com

Parenting On Track offers parents strategies that help parents raise capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient kids. Visit http://www.parentingontrack.com or www.vickihoefle.com, find us on facebook or follow us on twitter @parentontrack for more information.

Listen Now:


August 14 2012

Parenting Strategy: Women, Parents & Finance

In this conversation with Vicki Hoefle, founder of Parenting On Track, we talk with Barbara Norman. Barbara Norman is the founder of the Women’s Financial Academy, an organization where women come together to work in small groups, on a planned curriculum with an advisor, and that guides her students to better understand investing and reach their financial goals.   She is also a 26 year veteran investment advisor and works with LPL Financial as an independent representative where she helps her clients manage their investments and plan for retirement. As a speaker and an educator, Barbara also taught the UCSD Investment Interest Group and has spoken to numerous businesses, associations, and non-profit organizations.  She has been featured in the San Diego Business Journal, Sign-On San Diego, KPBS, and KUSI. Having three children of her own, Barbara has a passion for children and the challenges they face.  Among her many activities, she has been a Girl Scout Leader, and has worked on numerous committees and boards, raising funds for child abuse prevention, after school programs, and healthcare. Barbara is a graduate of UCSD and has earned her Chartered Financial (ChFC) designation from the American College.

Parenting On Track offers parents strategies that help parents raise capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient kids. Visit http://www.parentingontrack.com, find us on facebook or follow us on twitter @parentontrack for more information.

Listen Now:


July 24 2012

Case Study: Cindy Pierce and Bruce Lingelbach, parents of three

Cindy and Bruce are juggling a full schedule while raising three children.  Cindy is an, Author, Professional Speaker and Comedian and Full-Time Inn Keeper.  Bruce is a full-time Inn Keeper and ski coach. In her typically hilarious style Cindy shares her life which in her words, goes something like this “Life is random.  Guests are either coming or going.  I’m hanging with the kids in the kitchen chatting around the butcher block, then it’s off to sports, or preparing food for guests, then cleaning toilets and making beds, throw off the apron and get in a car or on a plane for my next speaking engagement.  There is the potential for life to be out of control with that schedule, but it isn’t.  It sounds crazy, but it works for us.” The story of her youngest child’s conversion from sitting on the sidelines acting like the “crowned prince” as everyone around waited on him to engaged and empowered participator will have you in stiches.  Listen to the story in her own words.  For a summary of the interview, visit www.vickihoefle.com/case-studies/#pierce

Listen Now:


« Previous entries ·