I’m chatting with Joss Golden, who is a Trauma Informed Parenting Consultant and Level Two Aware Parenting Instructor who is certified with the Aware Parenting Institute. Joss is a mother of two children aged 19 and 17, and she’s really passionate about supporting parents to raise children who are deeply connected to their authentic selves so they can process and heal from our trauma and so that we can be the parents that we want to be.
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I absolutely love this conversation with Joss. She shares so much wisdom that is really suitable for parents but also people who are likely to be parents in the future. Joss invites us to let go of guilt and shame when we don’t need to hold it, and instead, to bring so much compassion to ourselves as we learn to be the parents that our children need us to be and to flow with the changes as our children develop and move into new stages of life and surprises.
We talked about:
What Aware Parenting is and how Joss found it, and why its different to other parenting frameworks,
How we can be with ourselves and our feelings as we parent developing children, and are triggered by our children’s feelings and behaviours,
How to honour our changing capacity for listening to feelings and doing life as our energy and resources wax and wane.
Being with what comes up for us in our Inner Spring of the menstrual cycle, which is a mirror of the Maiden time of our lives, as well as the Inner Summer, which is a reflection of the Mother season of life, and how our children and menstrual cycle can show us where their is room for healing and growth.
How Joss held a beautiful Menarche celebration for her daughter when she had her first period, and how she educated and supported both of her children through puberty.
What Joss believes children should know beyond just the facts of life, so that they can become their most wise, joyful, connected, self aware and compassionate young people they can be.
Whether you have children now or not this is a really great listen as we’re talking about reparenting ourselves and inner child healing as well as supporting children through puberty adolescence and their rites of passages.
Joss is host of the Aware Parenting Stories Podcast and co host of the Aware Parenting and Natural Learning podcast with Marion Rose. Joss co facilitates aware parenting communities, runs courses and workshops, and offers one to one consultations for parents. She’s written many articles on aware parenting and natural learning and has been interviewed many times about her experiences having homeschooled her children from kindly to year twelve and beyond, and supporting families with homeschooling and natural learning for many years.
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What does money have to do with the menstrual cycle? It’s surprising how much! This week’s guest on Wild Flow Podcast with Charlotte Pointeaux is Cathy Lemire, The Menstrual Money Coach, is here to help us connect the dots between how our menstrual cycle influences our relationship, behaviours and attitudes around money, understand how our money stories play up across the phases of our cycle, and to take charge of our wealth!
You’ve been learning about your menstrual cycle and how to attune to its changing daily strengths, vulnerabilities, and self-care needs – and it’s been life changing to finally learn what you should have learnt as a child. So imagine how powerful it would be for our children to learn this knowledge and wisdom now – rather than having to figure it all out after many years of being disconnected to their body, their cycle and therefore, themselves. If you’d love to share what you now know with your child or any other child for that matter but aren’t sure of when or how to start, I’d love to give you some ideas to help you do that confidently in a way that feels gentle, age-appropriate, and empowering for you and your child.
Many mothers have traditionally thought that children aren’t ready to learn about their body, how it changes, what menstruation is, or anything else associated with puberty until they have their first period but when we leave “the talk” until this time, children already have a lot of feelings, thoughts and confusion about what’s been happening to their body and sense of selves for a while, and they question what these changes mean about them if they are left in the dark.
Children in the playground talk and share information that’s usually incomplete or inaccurate, leaving children to piece the story together themselves. Schools deliver education that’s most often squashed down in one or two hours total to combine information on what periods are and how to manage blood, anatomy and how reproduction works which sends children the message that having periods means that falling pregnant is something to fear, and that when they begin their periods, they’re ready to have sex, which is not the case at all from a developmental point of view.
When talking about periods is so uncomfortable, it continues the menstrual taboo that we have been victims of for millennia. So how do we cultivate a period positive culture?