034: What is Conscious Parenting All About?

By October 9, 2018The Simplifiers Podcast

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Okay, so imagine this situation. It’s 5am and your youngest has been awake for God knows how long, crying and craving your attention.

You go to him, half-awake, half-asleep, as he whimpers from an all nighter of exhaustion and teething pains. All the while, your eldest is singing the “Let it Go” song at the top of her lungs and you’re just praying you don’t go in to work today with toilet paper stuck to your shoe… again.

Ahhh, being a parent. It’s messy, it’s beautiful, it’s all the things. And it can be downright exhausting. (can I get an AMEN?) Have no fear, help is near!


My guest, Dr. Carrie Contey, is going to simplify what it means to be a “conscious parent” in the 21st century.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What does “conscious parenting” even mean? She says, “it’s a way of BEING, not doing.”
  • Why she believes we need to get rid of the word “parenting” all together – instead consider that we are in relationship with these people, helping them understand the world around us. They teach us, too. It’s a total paradigm shift.
  • What to do when you (as a parent), have a meltdown or are negatively triggered.
  • What “micro, medium or large” means when it comes to self-care – it’s simple to nourish yourself
  • Why everything boils down to these three simple things: slow down, connect (with yourself & others), enjoy (finding more pleasure)

Let’s #DoTheThing.

My challenge for you this week:

How would you like yourself and your family to FEEL? More joy, more fun, more play, more love? How can you nourish yourself to help this along?

Share it with me, privately or publicly, by snapping a photo of you doing the thing and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

App: HiFutureSelf – A tool to send reminders and messages to your future self

Email signup: Carrie’s Daily Inspiration parenting emails

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[13:04] “Self care is pivotal and integral to creating that environment, that vibe, that energy level in the family.” – Mary

[28:19] “We’re all these really interesting people who are kind of broken, but also kind of forming, and that was a game changer for me.” – Mary

[29:37] “When you simplify it… you’re just a bunch of humans trying to grow together and trying to evolve and become. And that requires a lot of space, and time, and love, and compassion.” – Carrie

[40:59] “You can only learn that by having the people around you practicing it. Just like a language. You can’t look at them and be like, well, we know French is a better language to be speaking, but we don’t speak it, but you need to learn it.” – Carrie

[45:39] “Think about an employee – you would never just like dictate and expect them to be a good employee. You have to work with [children] and help them understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.” – Carrie

[53:54] “Humans unfold so magnificently, and your real work is to just be in awe, and slow down enough that you can hear yourself and hear that person, and let that unfolding just take its course.” – Carrie


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About Carrie:

Carrie Contey, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting and family life. She guides, supports and inspires her clients to live with wide-open and courageous hearts so they can approach family life with skill and spaciousness.

Carrie has a doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis on prenatal and perinatal psychology. She brings mastery to synthesizing and articulating the science, psychology and spirituality of humanhood.

Carrie is also the co-founder of Slow Family Living, and has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, NPR, CBS radio and in many publications including Time, Parenting and The Boston Globe.

Carrie’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Bernadette Noll – writer, maker, speaker, maker, co-founder of Slow Family Living with Carrie

Where Carrie hangs out online:

Website: carriecontey.com

Instagram: @carrieconteyphd

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