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Sage Family

93 EpisodesProduced by Rachel RainboltWebsite

Rachel Rainbolt is the mama behind the Sage Family Podcast, where we gather around a virtual campfire to share meaningful conversations with inspiring and insightful friends around Gentle Parenting, Natural Homeschooling, and Simple Living. Are you ready to live the family life of your dreams?

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94: Emotional Labor with Rose Hackman

November 28th, 2023


“What happens when you don’t teach a whole group of people to understand their emotions is that they become extremely emotionally dysregulated . . . …

93: Consent with Fran Liberatore

November 14th, 2023


“I believe that all humans have a right to ownership over their body, over their mental, spiritual, emotional autonomy and consent is kind of a way to ensure that it’s not just us being autonomous everywhere but we are …

92: Warrior with Karen Young

October 31st, 2023


“We have to give them the neuroscience. This is going to strip any shame. It’s going to make it easier for them to turn and face and own their behavior. We really have to turn these feelings into allies and friends.”

91: Declarative Language with Linda Murphy

October 17th, 2023


“It shifts your communication dynamic from one that might be negative to one that’s positive. It moves it from demand based or power struggles to connection and partnership.”

Linda Murphy joins me in today’s episode …

90: Aggression with Tosha Shore

October 3rd, 2023


“Limits are the thing parents struggle with the most and it’s one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. Until you feel confident and competent in your limit setting skills, it’s going to be really hard to help …

89: Unschooling Outcomes with Gina Riley

September 19th, 2023


“The thing that we most see is the increase in intrinsic motivation just all over the place.”

Gina Riley joins me in today’s episode about …

88: Low Demand Parenting with Amanda Diekman

September 5th, 2023


“A demand is anything that is too hard in the present moment. And that can be for you or them. As a family, we have found the language of ‘too hard’ to be incredibly freeing. When things are hard, we show up, we do our …

87: Self Compassion with Sarah Peyton

August 22nd, 2023


“We get to upgrade the mother within us. We get to move toward a sense of our mother’s essential self as the part that gets to mother us. If our mother were completely supported, if she had gotten to receive her …

86: Menstruality with Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

August 8th, 2023


“Connection is the substrate of parenting and that rests on my connection to myself. When I have connection, the creative possibilities are endless just as they are when I have connection with my children. We come out …

85: Polyvagal Theory with Claire Wilson

July 25th, 2023


“Children behave their way to safety.”

Claire Wilson joins me in today’s episode about Polyvagal Theory.

Claire is an author, speaker, trainer, and …

84: Conscious Uncoupling with Katherine Woodward Thomas

July 11th, 2023


“They’re holding you in that false narrative probably because you’ve enrolled them into that story. You know, we’re always informing other people who …

83: PDA with Casey Ehrlich

February 28th, 2023


“In terms of equality, if my son perceives himself below anything, he’s going to have a stress response, like a lion’s in front of him.” 

Casey Ehrlich, Ph.D. joins me in today’s episode about PDA.

Casey is a coach to …

82: Tweens with Chris Balme

February 14th, 2023


“If we’re in our comfort zone as parents, we’re probably holding them back.”

Chris Balme joins me in today’s episode about tweens.

Chris Balme is an …

81: Video Games with Ash Brandin

January 31st, 2023


“How will you know when you’re done?”

Ash Brandin joins me in today’s episode about video games.

Ash is a middle school teacher who has been putting …

80: Childhood Anxiety with Dr. Eli Lebowitz

January 17th, 2023


“It’s a great thing to always have someone to rescue you, but to always need to be rescued is such a vulnerable way to live, such a limiting way to …

79: Caring for Kids with Mr. Chazz

January 3rd, 2023


Gentle parenting is a journey, not a destination, and it’s one that did not start with you and will not end with you. Mr. Chazz joins me in today’s …

78: Sexuality with Amy Lang

June 28th, 2022


Today I’m here with Amy Lang talking about Sexuality. Amy has been a sexual health educator for over 25 years. We go over preparing ourselves for conversations about sex with our kids, setting our kids up to have a …

77: Boundaries with Dr. Cassidy Freitas

June 14th, 2022


Today I’m here with Dr. Cassidy Freitas talking about Boundaries. Cassidy is a mom to three, California based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist …

76: Critical Thinking with Julie Bogart

May 31st, 2022


Today I’m here with Julie Bogart talking about Critical Thinking. Julie is a mom of 4 grown homeschoolers, creator of the online writing program …

75: ACT with Dr. Diana Hill

May 17th, 2022


Today I’m here with Dr. Diana Hill talking about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Diana is a modern psychologist, mom, co-author of ACT Daily …

74: Friendship with Miriam Kirmayer

May 3rd, 2022


Today I’m here with Miriam Kirmayer talking about Friendship. Miriam is a clinical psychologist and leading friendship expert who has studied the …

73: Executive Function with Seth Perler

April 19th, 2022

Today I’m here with Seth Perler talking about Executive Function. Seth is a well-known executive function coach, educator, vlogger, and guy who cares about seeing outside-the-box kids succeed. We go over what executive …

72: Unschooling Teens with Robyn Robertson

April 5th, 2022


Today I’m here with Robyn Robertson talking about Unschooling Teens. Robyn is an unschooling mom to 2 kids, podcast host, business owner, and public …

71: Messy Minimalism with Rachelle Crawford

December 28th, 2021

Today I’m here with Rachelle Crawford talking about Messy Minimalism. Rachelle is the author of Messy Minimalism and the founder of Abundant Life with Less. We go over messy minimalism, starting with the who instead of …

70: Giving with Matt Matheson

December 14th, 2021

Today I’m here with Matt Matheson talking about giving. Matt is a husband, father, educator, and founder of Family Money School. We go over how …

69: Empathy with Sarah Rosensweet

November 30th, 2021

Today I’m here with Sarah Rosensweet talking about empathy. Sarah is a mother of 3 and a certified peaceful parenting coach, podcaster, and educator …

68: Real Estate with Erika Brown

November 16th, 2021

Today I’m here with Erika Brown talking about real estate. Erika turned a career as a real estate agent into a multi-million dollar real estate …

67: Family of Origin with Shelly Robinson

November 2nd, 2021

Today I’m here with Shelly Robinson talking about relationships with our family of origin. Shelly is a certified holistic family wellness coach, …

66: Communication Q+A with Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

October 19th, 2021


Today I’m here with Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson with a Communication Q & A. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist and Ned is a tutor geek …

65: Grow Wild with Katy Bowman

July 27th, 2021


Today I’m here with Katy Bowman talking about the role of movement in growing wild. Katy is a biomechanist, author, speaker, and a leader in the …

64: Second Baby with Ashleigh Warner

July 13th, 2021


Today I’m here with Ashleigh Warner talking about having a second baby. Ashleigh is a psychologist and respectful parenting mum of 2. We go over …

63: Assessment with Tamara Soles

June 29th, 2021


Today I’m here with Tamara Soles talking about assessment. Tamara is a psychologist, parent coach, and mom of twins. We go over neurodiversity, what …

62: Attachment with Eden Hyder

June 15th, 2021


Today I’m here with Eden Hyder talking about attachment. Eden Hyder is a licensed therapist, founder of The Inside Out Collaborative, and host of the …

61: Allowance with Chelsea Brennan

June 1st, 2021


Today I’m here with Chelsea Brennan talking about giving kids an allowance. Chelsea is an ex-hedge fund manager turned financial educator and founder of Smart Money Mamas. We go over unpacking your baggage, when to …

60: Unschooling Q+A 2 with Sue Patterson

April 20th, 2021


Today I’m here with Sue Patterson answering more of your unschooling questions. Sue is a homeschooling mom, author, and unschooling coach. We go over …

59: Social Media with Cassidy Freitas

April 6th, 2021


Today I’m here with Dr. Cassidy Freitas talking about social media. Cassidy is a mama to 3, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and host of the …

58: Unschooling Q+A

March 23rd, 2021


Today I’m here with Sue Patterson answering your unschooling questions. Sue is a homeschooling mom, author, and unschooling coach. We go over getting …

57: Mindful Parenting with Hunter Clarke-Fields

March 9th, 2021


Today I’m here with Hunter Clarke-Fields talking about Mindful Parenting. Hunter is the creator of the Mindful Parenting course, host of the Mindful …

56: Untigering with Iris Chen

February 23rd, 2021


Today I’m here with Iris Chen talking about Untigering. Iris is an author, unschooling mom, deconstructing tiger parent, and founder of the …

55: Sensitive Kids with Sarah Moore

February 9th, 2021


Today I’m here with Sarah Moore talking about sensitive kids. Sarah is the founder of Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting and a certified gentle parenting coach. We go over how sensitivity comes with both challenges and …

54: Money Healing with Bari Tessler

December 1st, 2020


Today I’m here with Bari Tessler talking about money healing. Bari is a financial therapist, mentor coach, mamapreneur, and writer and founder of The Art of Money. We go over healing money shame, the body check-in, …

53: Self-Driven Child with William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

November 17th, 2020


Today I’m here with Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson talking about the self-driven child. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist and Ned is a tutor …

52: Free-Range Kids with Lenore Skenazy

November 3rd, 2020


Today I’m here with Lenore Skenazy talking about free-range kids. Lenore is co-founder and president of Let Grow and author or Free-Range Kids. We go over common unfounded fears, how protecting our kids makes them less …

51: Homeschool Leap with Kaleena Amuchastegui

October 20th, 2020


Today I’m here with Kaleena Amuchastegui talking about taking the Homeschooling Leap. Kaleena is a mama of 4 and author of The 5-Hour School Week. We …

50: Conscious Adulting with Jenny Taylor

October 6th, 2020


Today I’m here with Jenny Taylor talking about Conscious Adulting. Jenny is a parenting journalist and fierce advocate for children. We go over the …

49: Simplicity Parenting with Kim John Payne

September 22nd, 2020


Today I’m here with Kim John Payne talking about Simplicity Parenting. Kim is a counselor, speaker, researcher, adult educator, and the author of the …

48: Teens with Blake Boles

June 2nd, 2020


Today I’m here with Blake Boles talking about teens. Blake is a writer, speaker, and adventurer who founded Unschool Adventures and wrote Why Are You …

47: Unschooling with Kerry McDonald

May 19th, 2020


Today I’m here with Kerry McDonald talking about unschooling. Kerry is an unschooling mother of 4 with a master’s degree in education policy from …

46: Grief with Claire Bidwell Smith

May 5th, 2020


Today I’m here with Claire Bidwell Smith talking about grief. Claire is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of 3 books: The Rules of …

45: Sentimentality with Diane Boden

April 21st, 2020


Today I’m here with Diane Boden talking about sentimentality. Diane is a wife, mother, and the voice behind the top-rated Minimalist Moms podcast. We go over why it’s so hard to let go of keepsakes, how your keepsakes …

44: Habits with Desirae Endres

April 7th, 2020


Today I’m here with Desirae Endres talking about Habits. Desirae is a mom, wife, host of the minimal-ish podcast and former classroom teacher turned work at home mom. We go over struggles and intentions that can be …

43: Organization with Shira Gill

March 24th, 2020


Today I’m here with Shira Gill talking about Organization. Shira Gill is the founder of Shira Gill Home, a lifestyle brand focusing on clutter-free living, that merges minimalism, organization, and style. We go over …

42: Playschool with Teacher Tom

January 21st, 2020


Today I’m here with Teacher Tom talking about Playschool. Teacher Tom is a preschool teacher, writer, speaker, artist, and author. We go over …

41: Food with Deena Barselah

January 7th, 2020


Today I’m here with Deena Barselah talking about Food. Deena is a holistic and integrative health coach and mom. We go over food issues many women …

40: Protecting Passions with Roya Dedeaux

December 17th, 2019


Today I’m here with Roya Dedeaux talking about Protecting Passions. Roya is a homeschooler, heritage artist, therapist, and professor who combines …

39: Mompreneur with Aubrey Hargis

December 3rd, 2019


Today I’m here with Aubrey Hargis talking about Mompreneurship. Aubrey Hargis, also known as Child of the Redwoods, is a parent coach, Montessori …

38: Simple Holidays with Rachelle Crawford

November 20th, 2019


Today I’m here with Rachelle Crawford, author at Abundant Life With Less, talking about Simple Holidays. We go over decorations, traditions, Santa, …

37: Peaceful Partnership with Avital

September 24th, 2019


Today I’m here with Avital talking about Peaceful Partnership. Founder of theparentingjunkie .com, Avital is a mindful parenting coach and childhood …

36: Worldschooling with Brandon and Jen Pearce

September 10th, 2019


Today I’m here with Brandon and Jen Pearce talking about worldschooling. Brandon and Jen are the founders of the Family Adventures Summit and have …

35: Financial Independence with Paula Pant

August 27th, 2019


Today I’m here with Paula Pant talking about financial independence. Paula is financially independent and helps others break free through her Afford …

34: Creating Community with Lucy Aitkenread

August 13th, 2019


Today I’m here with Lucy Aitkenread talking about creating community. Lucy lives off the grid in New Zealand with her family where she writes and creates videos, retreats, and workshops about how we can live …

33: Anxiety with Rachelle McCloud

July 30th, 2019


Today I’m here with Rachelle McCloud talking about anxiety. Rachelle is an unschooling mama of 5, mental health therapist, and emotional wellness …

32: Debt Freedom with Sami Womack

July 16th, 2019


Today I’m here with Sami Womack talking about debt freedom. Sami is a homeschooling momma and the voice behind A Sunny Side Up Life Podcast. A shift …

31: Contentment with Desirae Endres

July 2nd, 2019


Today I’m here with Desirae Endres talking about contentment. Desirae is a mom, wife, host of the minimal-ish podcast, and a former classroom teacher turned online educator. We go over contentment in our spaces, time, …

30: Intentional Spending with Elizabeth Willard Thames

June 18th, 2019


Today I’m here with Elizabeth Willard Thames talking about intentional spending. Liz is the creator of the personal finance blog Frugalwoods and book Meet the Frugalwoods, who reached financial independence at 32 and …

29: Self Care with Amethyst Joy

June 4th, 2019


Today I’m here with Amethyst Joy talking about self-care.Amethyst is an energy healer, mother of 3, and writer who shares her healing journey and helps people reparent themselves while parenting their children. We go …

28: Respectful Parenting with Teresa Graham Brett

May 21st, 2019


Today I’m here with Teresa Graham Brett talking about respectful parenting.Teresa lives her passion for creating social change by combining work in …

27: Play with Peter Gray

February 12th, 2019


Today I’m here with Peter Gray talking about play.Peter is the research professor behind the Psychology Today blog Freedom to Learn and the book Free …

26: Brave Learner with Julie Bogart

January 29th, 2019


I’m here with Julie Bogart talking about being a brave learner. Julie is the force behind Brave Writer, Poetry Teatime, The Homeschool Alliance, and …

25: Collaboration with Ross Greene

January 15th, 2019


Today I’m here with Dr. Ross Greene talking about collaboration.Dr. Greene is the originator of the innovative, evidence-based approach called

24: Creativity with Meg McElwee

January 1st, 2019


I’m here with Meg McElwee talking about creativity.Meg is an aspiring gentle parent of three, homeschooler, and work-at-home fiber artist with her …

23: Wardrobe with Zoë Kim

December 18th, 2018


I’m here with Zoë Kim talking about wardrobes. Zoë is the mother of 4, author of Minimalism for Families, and simplicity coach at Raising Simple. She partners with mothers to tackle the challenges of a cluttered home …

22: Liberation with Akilah Richards

December 4th, 2018


I’m here with Akilah Richards talking about liberation. Akilah is an unschooling podcaster, consultant, and founding board member of The Alliance for …

21: Unconditional Parenting with Alfie Kohn

November 20th, 2018


Today I’m here with Alfie Kohn talking about unconditional parenting.Alfie is the author of 14 books on education, parenting, and human behavior. He’s been on Oprah twice, the today show, and many other programs in …

20: Emotional Regulation with Azine Graff

October 23rd, 2018


Today I’m here with Dr. Azine Graff talking about emotional regulation. Azine is a psychologist and co-founder of Harmony in Parenting, where she …

19: Neurodiversity with Debbie Reber

October 4th, 2018


Today I’m here with Debbie Reber talking about neurodiversity. Debbie is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author of the book Differently Wired, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a website, top podcast, …

18: Judgment with Tracy Gillett

September 20th, 2018


Today I’m here with Tracy Gillett talking about judgment.Tracy is a nature-obsessed, adventure-loving mama of one and the founder of Raised Good, a blog and community that strives to support and empower parents to trust …

17: Socialization with Israel Butson

September 4th, 2018


Today I’m here with Israel Butson talking about socialization – the most common question we all get as homeschoolers.Israel is an unschooling dad on …

16: Math with Taylor Davis

August 21st, 2018


Today I’m here with Taylor Davis talking about math. Taylor is a former teacher turned passionate life learner, unschooling mama to 3 kids, and …

15: Screens with Leah McDermott

July 31st, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Leah McDermott talking about screens. Leah is a former Master Educator and now unschooling mama of two who brings more …

14: Minimalism with Denaye Barahona

July 17th, 2018


Today I’m here with Denaye Barahona Ph.D. talking about minimalism. Denaye is the voice behind Simple Families--a blog, podcast, and community that helps mothers thrive through simple living. We go over minimalism, …

13: Values with Becca Shern

July 3rd, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Becca Shern talking about values. Bex is a mom, partner, Registered Dietitian, and creator of Minimal Wellness. We go …

12: Sleep with Melissa Lang Lytle

June 19th, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Melissa Lang Lytle talking about sleep. Melissa is a co-sleeping, radical mama of 3 and my bestie.We go over common sleep baggage (including pressure to CIO) and intentional arrangements, …

11: Nature with Nicolette Sowder

June 5th, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Nicolette Sowder talking about nature. Nicolette is a nature-connected educator and founder of Wilder Child and …

10: Beauty with Deena Barselah

May 22nd, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Deena Barselah talking about beauty. Deena is an Integrative Health Coach and Educator, a wife, a mom to three-year-old …

8: Reading with Leah McDermott

April 24th, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Leah McDermott talking about Reading on the natural learning path. Leah is a former Master Educator and now unschooling …

7: Discipline with Tamara Soles

April 10th, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Dr. Tamara Soles talking about Discipline on the gentle parenting path. Tamara is a mom of 4-year-old twins, Evangeline …

6: Breastfeeding with Joy MacTavish

March 27th, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Joy MacTavish talking about Breastfeeding on the natural path: on cue, at night, in public, and full term. …

5: Adventure with Robyn Robertson

March 13th, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Robyn Robertson talking about Adventure and how to embrace a lifestyle of learning, connection, and joy through rich …

4: Deschooling with Pam Laricchia

February 27th, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Pam Laricchia talking about Deschooling and how the transition into unschooling mirrors the hero's journey. Pam is a …

3: Therapy with Cassidy Freitas

February 20th, 2018


This is episode 3 and today I’m here with my friend Dr. Cassidy Freitas, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in San Diego, talking about Therapy and how to make it work for us as families outside the …

2: Role with Jo Watt

February 13th, 2018


Today I’m here with my friend Jo Watt of the blog and Instagram Girls Unschooled, talking about our role as parents on a natural learning path. Jo is …

1: Introduction

February 4th, 2018


This is episode 1 and today I’ll be giving you an introduction to who I am and what this podcast is all about (natural homeschooling, gentle …

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