Parenting Outside the Box Workshop Series

Parenting Outside the Box Workshop Series


Join us for a small group online exploration of the potential of exploring parenting from a different lens.


There are times when we feel like being a parent is the most rewarding gift, and other times, it can test everything we stand for. We can feel out of our depth, overwhelmed and highly reactive. In those truly challenging moments, we might question our ability as a parent.

If you’re tired, confused or simply curious about different ways to approach parenting, we invite you to look beyond the box of traditional parenting beliefs, techniques and theories and explore parenting from a more curious, and open perspective.

This is an opportunity to join a small group of parents from the comfort of your home as we delve beneath the surface of parenting and consider what might be possible for you and your family. We will be exploring parenting through a different lens knowing that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Hosted by coaches Jessie-Lynn MacDonald and Michelle McCartan we will meet weekly online to connect, share, explore, and get curious. In this highly interactive workshop series we will explore:

  • Uncovering our unquestioned ideas about parenting

  • Navigating the emotional rollercoaster

  • Dealing with parental guilt and fears

  • Expectations and behaviour – parents and children

  • The wonders of communication

  • Creating wellbeing and resilience for all the family

We’ll bring this new parenting perspective to life by exploring your real-world parenting challenges enabling you to build a new foundation from which to parent now and into the future.

This is a time to share, explore and get curious about your parenting and relationship with your children. In this judgement-free environment, there will be a lot of opportunities to connect, reflect, engage, explore, and share.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT. Alongside the weekly workshops, you’ll receive extra videos, articles and audios that align with each step of our exploration as well as having access to your coaches for questions and clarity.

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE. Our priority is to ensure you get the most out of our time together. We have decided to make this a very small, intimate group. If this sounds like it’s for you, or you would like to find out more, contact us and we’d love to connect.



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My Mental Health ROCKS!

My Mental Health ROCKS!

Hello my beautiful souls. Today I am so happy to share a beautiful conversation that everyone can benefit from listening to. I have a lovely chat with the founders of the My Mental Health Rocks campaign. This is a topic near and dear to my heart, I see the difference this conversation makes every day with others. Co-founders Leanne Macdonald and Julie Brown both work in the area of mental health and wellbeing. They are blazing the trail with this campaign. Their passion is evident and the difference they make in the lives of others is admirable. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • What the ‘My Mental Health Rocks’ initiative is;
  • Raising awareness about mental health takes a village; 
  • Teaching versus exploring with children and youth; and
  • Children are never broken and don’t need to be fixed.  

My mental health rocks initiative really drives home the point that it takes a village. When that perspective is embraced amazing things can happen. I think the combination of Kids being Kind magazine and my mental health rocks initiative has the potential to make a huge impact. 

Here are a few thought bomb takeaways:

  • Teachers already have so many demands placed upon them. Adding the responsibility of emotional learning neither reasonable nor fair. Of course, there is so much emotional learning that already goes on in day to day life at school, but that should be based on what a child already knows.  
  • There is a difference between teaching versus exploring. Teachers have a set curriculum they have to follow. This initiative focuses on exploration – which is so fun, insightful and life-changing;
  • Teachers have an incredible impact and responsibility. As Julie mentioned, everyone can remember a teacher, whether that be because of a negative or a life-changing experience. Teachers are definitely a crucial part of creating the future of our children; and
  • This message is one every person needs to hear: you are not broken, life is limitless when it comes to potential and a reminder when you are struggling, whatever you are going through is a temporary experience. Knowing this makes life flow in a much more natural and less stressful way. 

Until next time: Be well. Be inspired. Be You. 

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Much love,


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The Benefits of Playful Parenting

The Benefits of Playful Parenting

Raising tweens and teens can be the most challenging and also the most rewarding experience we can be part of. I have the pleasure of welcoming Colette Reilley back to talk about playful parenting. Yes, those two words can co-exist. 

During this conversation, we take a deep dive into:  

  • Listening isn’t just about your children listening, it’s also about parents listening to their children;
  • The tweens and teen years, growth, challenges and parenting through this time; and
  • Helping our children embrace who they are and on the flip side, embracing who are children are.

Here are a few thought bomb takeaways:

  • When we create the space for our children to get curious about their lives, their experiences and their choices, they are less likely to look elsewhere for that space;
  • The tween and teen years bring about many changes for both the children and the parents, understanding these changes are normal and NOT personal makes the challenging times more understandable;
  • Helping our children embrace who they are may be uncomfortable and challenging for us, that is a great opportunity to explore why and where it’s a challenge for you. It’s a time for personal growth for parents as well; and
  • Our children are more okay than we may give them credit for, stand back a little, give them boundaries but make sure you also give them room to grow.

Parenting is fluid and is about connection and curiosity. If you are willing to show up and dance in the moment, and connect human to human parenting can be a wonderful thing. 

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Until next time: Be well. Be inspired. Be You.

Much love,


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Parenting With An Open Mind

Parenting With An Open Mind

“We all have innate health and innate wellbeing at our core.

We were born with it and it stays with us for life.”

Parenting is beautiful, hard, incredibly rewarding, frustrating, and the most powerful role you will ever have in your life. After a two week break due to a death in the family, I’m happy to release a new podcast episode. This conversation with the beautiful Mandy Spray is a must listen to for all you parents, parents to be, or those working with children.

Mandy is a certified Innate Wellbeing Facilitator and a Clarity Coach and Trainer. Mandy was one of my mentors when I did the facilitator training at Innate Wellbeing. She has such a lovely presence, and her wisdom whispers through her words and presence.

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • Why it’s important to have conversations with parents when working with children. From my experience, it’s necessary for them to understand what we are sharing.
  • Society as a whole will benefit when we stop seeing teenagers as a problem.
  • The science behind what is happening as our children progress through the teenage years.
  • Blame, shame and guilt should not have a seat at the parenting table.

This conversation was filled with some many good takeaways. Not just for parents but for everyone. As Mandy said, this understanding is the same for everyone. I love Mandy’s gentle way of going deeper into a conversation. This is where we breakthrough what appears to be happening and get to the heart of the matter.  

Here are a few thought bomb takeaways:

  • We often create stories about our children and then look for evidence to support the story. When we discover how the mind works we see how often we get caught up in our own thinking.
  • What we think is going on and what is actually happening are often very different.
  • Parents are human too! Taking the time and space to let our minds settle, just as we ask our children to do is a step towards a more peaceful and loving relationship; and finally
  • Lead with love.

If you enjoy these conversations please feel free to share it with friends. Also, I would be grateful if you could leave a review on iTunes. If you have any comments or feedback please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Until next time: Be well. Be inspired. Be You.

Much love,


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To get in touch with Mandy:

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Wisdom, Parenting and The Power of Deep Listening

Wisdom, Parenting and The Power of Deep Listening

What a wonderful conversation I had in this episode with Dr. Jack Pransky, a Three Principles Author, Trainer and Practitioner. Jack’s approach is the same but his work spans across many disciplines including prevention, parenting, health and wellness. I admire Jack and often use his books in my coaching or when I’m working with a group of children.

His passion for spreading his message is evident in his work, his writing and most importantly, in his presence. I had the pleasure of attending a workshop led by Jack earlier this year where I learned so much about the power of deep listening. The love and passion he has for what he does comes through in his books and is even more evident when you meet him in person. I hope you enjoy this episode. 

In this conversation we discuss:

  • challenges and approaches to parenting;
  • the power of deep listening;
  • how we create our experience; and
  • the power of being aligned with our own wisdom.

Here are a few thought bomb takeaways:

  • Wisdom is within each and every one of us, it’s like a quiet, gentle nudge;
  • Deep listening goes far beyond the words being spoken and being heard, embracing this will change your relationships. We are either listening or talking if we are talking we aren’t listening;
  • There is a lot of information to be found in being curious, especially when you are having trouble with someone;
  • Discipline that comes from a place of anger never achieves a good long-term outcome; and
  • Children learn from what we do more than what we say – a great question to ask yourself before you respond “what is my child learning from me? What do I want them to learn?

There were so many golden nuggets in this conversation. Parents, teachers or anyone working with children will find so many takeaways from this episode. I’m looking forward to the audio version of Jack’s books. I always find something new in them when I re-read them or use them in coaching sessions. I highly recommend all of Jack’s books. Links to the ones I use or share most often are included in the show notes. I hope you enjoyed this conversation.

If you enjoy the show please share and I would be grateful if you could leave a review on iTunes. If you have any comments or feedback please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Until next time: Be well. Be inspired. Be You.

Much love, Jessie-Lynn

To find out more about Jack:

Books mentioned in the show:

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Wisdom Within Our Children

Wisdom Within Our Children

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Chinese Proverb

My son came home from summer camp this week and complained about another boy in the group. It was the same conversation we had every day when I picked him up.

After dinner, we went for a walk and he brought up the little boy at summer camp again. I asked him to tell me something nice about this boy. He thought about it for a moment and told me that he was kind to a girl who was sad. After a few moments, he added a few more things to the ‘nice list’.

I asked him how it felt for him when he talked about the things that were wrong with this boy, and alternatively how it felt when he talked about the things on the nice list. He told me it felt better when he thought about the nice list. I explained that was his inner wisdom guiding him, showing him that focusing on the good things was much better than focusing on the bad. There is so much information in a feeling, not just for children but for all human beings.

We all have this wisdom. Some call it intuition, some call it a gut feeling or reaction, a sixth sense, or their guardian angel. It’s a gentle nudge (and at times not so gentle). It is our innate wisdom guiding us, like a lighthouse. Shining the light to guide us to wisdom. When we get quiet, that wisdom speaks to us, guides us. It’s a fabulous thing to teach our children. It’s a fabulous thing for all of us to understand. 

Have you ever felt that gentle nudge? Often we will try and rationalize away the wisdom. But just like my son, the right decision came with a good feeling.

As a parent I want him to learn about this wisdom now, to tap into it and listen to it as he goes through his life. Particularly as he approaches the teenage years when he will be faced with many challenging decisions. I don’t want to give my son a fish, I want to teach him how to fish.

Thought Bomb Moment: is there a conversation you have had with your kids where you could have pointed them to their wisdom? It’s never too late. Keep talking to them, keep listening to them. Keep pointing them to the lighthouse within. Our innate wisdom is always with us. Maybe there is an opportunity for you to listen to that gentle nudge. It’s never too late.

Be well. Be present. Be You.

Much love,


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