Parenting podcast host Chinyelu Kunz had a unique take on parenting.
For 25 years she taught early childhood education and provided advice to parents during that time. Now, as a parenting coach, author and host of the We Nurture podcast, Kunz is aware of the biggest challenges facing parents from a global perspective today.
“The biggest challenge I’ve seen for parents is being overwhelmed,” said Chester County’s Kunz. “Overwhelmed in many ways by the behaviors of their children, but I think it’s more about them and their own emotions.
What Kunz explained actually happens, in most cases, is that a child sees dysregulated behaviors in their caregiver, which prompts them to act. These erratic behaviors can be attributed to everything from lack of sleep to a stressful work environment.
“What a parent needs to do is be honest to get to the root of what’s causing the overspending and they need to ask themselves, ‘How can I slow down? ‘” she said.
According to Kunz, self-care is the antidote to a time when people are struggling to stay present and life seems very fast.
“So many things demand our attention and we allow it to give our attention to it,” she said, using cellphone distraction as an example. “Technology has given us so many positive benefits and yet at the same time it feels like it has sped up time.”
With time speeding up, we as parents can feel overwhelmed.
“I help a parent identify and get to the root of the particular problem and then work with them to see how they can better support themselves in the changes they need to make and how they can better support their child then let him work on himself,” Kunz said.
Kunz’s expertise with children from birth to 7 years old puts her in an advantageous position to guide parents who need support to navigate their child’s early years.
“What I share is through the prism of Waldorf education,” she said, referring to the holistic form of education that her mindful parenting work is based on.
Parents can receive her support in a variety of ways through Kunz’s We Nurture Collective online platform, which offers a treasure trove of parenting advice.
Kunz’s latest book for parents celebrates the fall season and comes in e-book format. Kunz’s “Celebrating Autumn: A Guide to Creating an Autumn Family Festival” was released in late September (published by We Nurture Collective).
“The e-book gives parents a roadmap for creating seasonal festivals at home,” she said. “In the book, I talk about the connection with nature and the season and why that’s important.”
The book includes three Waldorf-inspired crafts, a movement game, a festival menu with recipes, and a story to read to your kids.
“While it is wonderful to experience festivals in and beyond our community at this time of year, it is also worthy and beneficial to cultivate and create festivals at home to experience in a more intimate setting,” she said.
Kunz, a mother of three adult children with her husband, Ralph, said the process of creating festivals at home is a learning process for children.
“They can help in the kitchen, decorating and setting the table,” Kunz said.
They can also learn what it means to prepare to invite people into the house.
“They learn to welcome and welcome people and what that means and takes,” she said.
She said the preparation process strengthens the bond between parents and children.
“At the same time, we are creating family traditions that can be passed down from one generation to the next,” Kunz said. “Traditions drive us through life – they give children a sense of security.”
About We Nurture Collective
We Nurture Collective is an online destination to experience the Waldorf approach to mindful parenting. You’ll find Waldorf-inspired advice via the We Nurture Podcast, which is their daily parenting podcast, as well as tips and tricks for holistic parenting on their Instagram, blog, and in the We Nurture Journal. Parental coaching is also available by appointment (virtual and telephone sessions available). For more information:
We cultivate collective books
“Celebrating Autumn: A Guide to Creating a Family Fall Festival by Chinyelu Kunz” (e-book)
“The Three Deer and the Great Storm Written and Illustrated by Chinyelu Kunz” (Storybook)
Where to buy: www.wenurturecollective.com/shop