Episode 104

How to Parent in a Time of Uncertainty

With Jennifer Kolari

Whether your children are grown or brand new, parenting alone is hard. Add in an unprecedented pandemic, and it can feel nearly impossible and quite overwhelming. However, family therapist Jennifer Kolari teaches us how to build strength in our relationships through connection, even in times of uncertainty.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk with Jennifer to discuss the rise in childhood anxiety, especially during times of global crises, and what parents can do to help “CALM” their children. We talk about how some types of anxiety can actually be beneficial and what to do when anxiety becomes problematic. Jennifer tells us about the difference between living in fear and living in love and what we can do to be aligned with love. She gives us practical tips to help calm, comfort, and connect with our children, loved ones, friends, and partners. 

For more on Jennifer, you can find Jennifer’s books right here: Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting, and be sure to check out her podcast, Connected Parenting with Jennifer Kolari, right here. You can learn more about Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) in this podcast.


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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Why anxiety is increasing in children
    (4:22 )
  2. How we parent differently these days
  3. How essential play is to child development
  4. Anxiety is actually a good thing
    ( 14:46)
  5. How to tell the difference between useful anxiety and useless anxiety
  6. What are things parents can do to help our child through anxiety
  7. More about connected parenting
  8. How to parent kids in today's world with increased knowledge and technology
  9. How to approach parenting a child with anxiety or other issues using the CALM technique
    (30:43 )
  10. Teaching love versus fear
  11. How school systems contribute to anxiety
  12. What to do when caregivers have different parenting styles
  13. How to navigate bullying
  14. Delving deeper into love and fear
  15. How to use the CALM technique on yourself
  16. More techniques to help calm anxiety
  17. The role medications could play in mental health
  18. Other resources on anxiety
  19. Questions from Dhru's nephew Jaimin
  20. What's important to remember if you or your kids have anxiety
  21. Additional resources and how to learn more about Jennifer
  22. How Jennifer re-created her village when her family made a big move


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads. His interviews focus on the inner workings of the brain and the body and feature the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Dhru Purohit is also a serial entrepreneur and investor in the health and wellness industry.

Jennifer Kolari

Jennifer Kolari is a Child and Family Therapist and one of the nation’s leading parenting experts and the founder of Connected Parenting. She is the author of Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting


Jennifer is a frequent guest on Canada AM, CBC, Breakfast Television, CTV News Channel, and Global’s The Morning Show. Her advice can be found in many Canadian and U.S. magazines, such as Today’s Parent, Redbook, Parent Magazine and Canadian Family. She is also on the health advisory board for Chatelaine Magazine. Her entertaining workshops and insightful strategies, shared with warmth and humor, make her a highly sought-after speaker with schools, corporations and agencies throughout North America. Jennifer has been helping children, teens and families get connected for over twenty years.


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