The Leading for Children Podcast

by Judy Jablon & Nichole Parks

The Leading for Children podcast brings together the adults in the young child’s life for conversations that explore the collective impact we have on children during their most formative years.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Simple Rule #10: Exploratory

    Simple Rule #10: Exploratory

    In this episode, your hosts Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks are joined by mother, wife, and LFC’s Former Chief of Staff, Gretchen Henderson, for a conversation about what it can look and feel like to have and cultivate exploratory learning experiences, and how this helps to create thriving communities for children. Show notes: LFC's book 11 Simple Rules to Create Thriving Communities for Children is available for purchase here. A quote to take away: Gretchen shared, “When I think about exploratory, I think about curiosity. The big phrase for me is, 'what if?' I think about experiments - creativity, hands-on, trial and error - and especially, I think, with a little bit of risk taking." Thanks for listening!

  • Simple Rule #9: Meaningful

    Simple Rule #9: Meaningful

    In this episode, your hosts Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks are joined by Jill Gunderman, mother, wife, community member, and Associate Director for Strategic Alliance, and Julia Connolly, daughter, sister, friend, and LFC’s Development and Communications Associate, for a conversation about what it can look and feel like to have and cultivate meaningful learning experiences, and how this helps to create thriving communities for children. Show notes: LFC's book 11 Simple Rules to Create Thriving Communities for Children is available for purchase here. A quote to take away: Julia shared, “When I think about the word meaningful, it feels like the why of living - the core of everything. It’s very physiological. You could feel vibrations in your body. You could feel warm and fuzzy. It could feel like a deep breath.” Thanks for listening!

  • Simple Rule #8: Respectful

    Simple Rule #8: Respectful

    In this episode, hosts Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks welcome partners and co-parents, Beth Brett, an architect and project manager, and Meghan Kelley, a psychologist, for a conversation about what it can look and feel like to cultivate respectful emotional and physical environments, and how this helps create thriving communities for children. Show notes: LFC's book 11 Simple Rules to Create Thriving Communities for Children is available for purchase here. A quote to take away: Beth shared, “It has taken many years to change that messaging in myself [that asking questions is disrespecting authority]. And I think it was actually having a child and seeing his development and wanting and encouraging him to ask questions; having dialogue where I may not have the answer - but let's talk about it. I want to know what you're thinking.” Thanks for listening!

  • Simple Rule #7: Organized

    Simple Rule #7: Organized

    In this episode, your hosts Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks are joined by fellow LFC Team Members Shannon Newman, also a mother, grandmother, and wife, and Serene Stevens, also a mother and wife, for a conversation about what it can look and feel like to cultivate organized emotional and physical environments, and how this helps create thriving communities for children.   Show notes: LFC's book 11 Simple Rules to Create Thriving Communities for Children is available for purchase here.   A quote to take away: Serene shared, “If we are becoming tripped up trying to keep a certain [organization system] going and finding that we are tense or having intense feelings, maybe it's time to look at that system. Maybe it's not serving, and we can let it go.”   Thanks for listening!

  • Simple Rule #6: Calm

    Simple Rule #6: Calm

    In this episode, your hosts Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks are joined by Joelle Wheatley, member of LFC’s Humanity First Community and mother of four and six-year old children, and Maria Rosado, Montessori Teacher and LFC Facilitator, for a conversation about what it means to cultivate and be in calm emotional and physical environments, and how this helps create thriving communities for children.   Show notes: LFC's book 11 Simple Rules to Create Thriving Communities for Children is available for purchase here.   A quote to take away: Maria shared, “Sometimes it is not about you. It is about [the child] and what they're feeling and what they're going through - and just taking it step by step, moment by moment, and just slowing down and taking that pause to kind of just think for a moment, how do I want to react to this? What do I want the outcome to be? And how am I going to do that for myself?”   Thanks for listening!