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Laura Brazan Founder of “Grandchildren Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity” Podcast

I am a professional hand engraver and gold inlay artist. I’m from NYC and moved to northwest Montana thirty five years ago. Two years ago my husband and I became legal guardians of two of our seven grandchildren, now ages 5 and 8. With little resources available and no community, I developed the “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity” podcast with the encouragement of the University of Montana. Sharing advice from experts and stories from other grandparents from all over the country we hope to provide hope and community while educating others about this challenging task.

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6 Steps To Unlocking Your Pre-Teens Potential- Part 2 &Raquo; 1Jc9Fgp3B51Dvj1H7Hl7J7Rivfgl
6 Steps to Unlocking Your Pre-Teens Potential- Part 2

Send us a Text Message.Are you a grandparent navigating the complex maze of raising preteens, eager to unlock their full potential but overwhelmed by the challenges? Do you find it difficult to commun…

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Send us a Text Message.Are you a grandparent navigating the complex maze of raising preteens, eager to unlock their full potential but overwhelmed by the challenges? Do you find it difficult to communicate effectively with them, feeling as though a generational gap creates constant confusion and frustration? Are you concerned about their mental well-being and the influence of their peers but unsure of how to address these issues constructively?I’m Laura Brazan, and in our latest episode of 'Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,' we continue our insightful series with Marcus Higgs, an…

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6 Steps To Unlocking Your Pre-Teens Potential- Part 1 &Raquo; Hb1Ib4Jaxbzrrn4Jhsg3Cyj0G2Lv
6 Steps to Unlocking Your Pre-Teens Potential- Part 1

Send us a Text Message.Welcome to “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity.” In this compelling two-part series, we tackle one of the most daunting challenges faced by gran…

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Send us a Text Message.Welcome to “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity.” In this compelling two-part series, we tackle one of the most daunting challenges faced by grandparents raising pre-teens – the turbulent teen years. Our guest, Marcus Higgs, a seasoned educator and mentor with experience in over 20 countries, brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective on how to proactively unlock your pre-teen’s potential.In this episode, Marcus introduces the "Show Up" framework, a transformative tool designed to nurture the innate greatness in children duri…

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Childhood Abuse And Trauma: One Survivors Story &Raquo; D0I4Zb9Whkt5L0Ba26I1Ttxs6Tj5
Childhood Abuse and Trauma: One Survivors Story

Send us a Text Message.Are you navigating the complexities of raising your grandchildren, burdened by their past traumas and your own emotional trials? Do you yearn for guidance and connection, unders…

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Send us a Text Message.Are you navigating the complexities of raising your grandchildren, burdened by their past traumas and your own emotional trials? Do you yearn for guidance and connection, understanding that the responsibility you've taken on is both an unexpected blessing and a significant challenge? Whether you're dealing with past abuse, seeking strategies for support, or simply needing a community, the journey of raising grandchildren can feel isolating and overwhelming.I'm Laura Brazan, and like many of you, my life shifted dramatically when my grandchildren came into …

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Grandparents As Primary Caregivers With Nicholeen Peck &Raquo; 405U3Uo7W4Ojntqkyi1Dqdyh0Xlo
Grandparents As Primary Caregivers with Nicholeen Peck

Send us a Text Message.Welcome to another heartfelt and insightful episode of *Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity.* I'm your host, Laura Brazan, and today we delve in…

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Send us a Text Message.Welcome to another heartfelt and insightful episode of *Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity.* I'm your host, Laura Brazan, and today we delve into the world of grandparents stepping up as primary caregivers, navigating the unique challenges and joys that come with nurturing traumatized grandchildren.In this episode, we are joined by Nicholeen Peck, a worldwide parenting expert and leader in teaching self-government. Her proven system based upon calmness, the principles of self-government, and good communication transforms even the most ou…

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What No One Tells You After The Death Of A Child &Raquo; Zcg7Enh6H6N4Xsqhrfssz8Jn89Wn
What No One Tells You After the Death of a Child

Send us a Text Message.Welcome to "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity." I'm your host, Laura Brazan. In today's heart-wrenching yet inspiring episode titled "Wha…

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Send us a Text Message.Welcome to "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity." I'm your host, Laura Brazan. In today's heart-wrenching yet inspiring episode titled "What No One Tells You After the Death of a Child," we dive deep into the trials and triumphs of grandparents who step in to raise their grandchildren following the death of their own children. Joining us is Nicole Strack, a mother of six who faced the turbulent battle of raising a ten-year-old granddaughter after the devastating loss of her daughter to addiction. Nicole's story is one of relent…

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Beyond Boundaries: A Grandparent'S Dedication With Betty Wilkes &Raquo; Zcg7Enh6H6N4Xsqhrfssz8Jn89Wn
Beyond Boundaries: A Grandparent's Dedication with Betty Wilkes

Send us a Text Message.Are you feeling alone and misunderstood as a grandparent raising grandchildren against all odds?From legal obstacles to emotional hardships, it’s a lot to navigate, and you ma…

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Send us a Text Message.Are you feeling alone and misunderstood as a grandparent raising grandchildren against all odds?From legal obstacles to emotional hardships, it’s a lot to navigate, and you may not know anyone personally walking this journey, but other grandparents like you are out there.In this heartfelt episode, connect with resilient grandmother Betty Wilkes as she shares her powerful story of unexpected personal growth while navigating the immense challenges of raising her granddaughter.BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN:How grandparents can experience unexpected pers…

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4 Proven Strategies To Combat The Effects Of Childhood Trauma With Els O'Rourke &Raquo; Zcg7Enh6H6N4Xsqhrfssz8Jn89Wn
4 Proven Strategies To Combat the Effects of Childhood Trauma with Els O'Rourke

Send us a Text Message.What has your grandchild been through that you simply can’t understand?From poverty and community violence to family mental health issues, adverse experiences in a child'…

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Send us a Text Message.What has your grandchild been through that you simply can’t understand?From poverty and community violence to family mental health issues, adverse experiences in a child's early years can have lasting effects on their development. Yet, too often, these challenges go unrecognized or misunderstood.In this powerful episode, pediatric physical therapist Els O'Rourke joins us to shed light on how trauma manifests in children and provide effective, holistic strategies for grandparent caregivers.BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN:How early childhood tr…

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The Story Your Friends Don'T Want To Hear &Raquo; Tnuiv7B8Ayt7Lhmlsf9Xvm1Zmoc3
The Story Your Friends Don't Want to Hear

Send us a Text Message.Has the judgment, lack of understanding, or strained relationships from loved ones left you feeling isolated as a grandparent raising grandkids?You’re not alone! In this profo…

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Send us a Text Message.Has the judgment, lack of understanding, or strained relationships from loved ones left you feeling isolated as a grandparent raising grandkids?You’re not alone! In this profoundly Moving episode, one grandmother courageously opens up about the emotional sacrifices and harsh realities she faced when taking in her grandchildren due to their parents' substance abuse struggles.Ultimately, her love, Resilience, and determination prevented her grandkids from entering the foster system, and her journey is sure to make you feel less alone with whatever challenges you are…

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Life After Doom: A Conversation With Brian Mclaren &Raquo; Zcg7Enh6H6N4Xsqhrfssz8Jn89Wn
Life After Doom: A Conversation with Brian McLaren

Send us a Text Message.How has raising your grandchildren affected you not just emotionally but mentally, physically, and financially?You may not often consider the profound impact this role has on yo…

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Send us a Text Message.How has raising your grandchildren affected you not just emotionally but mentally, physically, and financially?You may not often consider the profound impact this role has on you because you spend so much time navigating the trauma your grandkids are experiencing. But you’re not alone, and there is hope.In this inspiring episode, public theologian and author Brian McLaren shares compassionate wisdom for grandparents dealing with the complexities of this journey — for themselves and their grandkids.BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN:Simple yet powerful s…

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The Grandkids Are Doing Ok But What About You? &Raquo; Zcg7Enh6H6N4Xsqhrfssz8Jn89Wn
The Grandkids Are Doing OK But What About You?

Send us a Text Message.As you work hard to care for your grandchildren, how are you also prioritizing caring for yourself?It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of meeting their needs, but n…

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Send us a Text Message.As you work hard to care for your grandchildren, how are you also prioritizing caring for yourself?It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of meeting their needs, but neglecting your own Self-Care can leave you depleted and unable to be the extraordinary Caregiver your grandkids need right now.In this episode, we'll explore the many roles you’re navigating and why prioritizing your health, peace, and support system is crucial to not just surviving but thriving in this transformative journey.BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN:Why radical self…

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Why Parenting Techniques You Used With Your Child Don’t Work On Your Grandchildren &Raquo; Jmua71A654Xtapkmd4Lsg1Cpmhya
Why Parenting Techniques You Used With Your Child Don’t Work On Your Grandchildren

Send us a Text Message.Are you struggling with using traditional discipline methods that always seem to escalate issues with your grandchildren rather than resolve them?As grandparents raising grandch…

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Send us a Text Message.Are you struggling with using traditional discipline methods that always seem to escalate issues with your grandchildren rather than resolve them?As grandparents raising grandchildren who have experienced trauma, the parenting approaches that worked with your own children may no longer be effective.In this episode, we'll explore why connecting with empathy and understanding before attempting to correct behavior is crucial when parenting children with traumatic backgrounds.BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN:How trauma changes children's behavior an…

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3 Financial Resources You Might Not Know About With Peyton Vining &Raquo; Wyzo689Dk0Swt8Ue8P1D8Yv9G0Yf
3 Financial Resources You Might Not Know About With Peyton Vining

Send us a Text Message.Did you know there are financial resources and support programs available that could make a huge difference for you as a grandparent raising your grandchildren?From scholarships…

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Send us a Text Message.Did you know there are financial resources and support programs available that could make a huge difference for you as a grandparent raising your grandchildren?From scholarships to legal assistance, there are hidden gems waiting to be uncovered, but all too often, pride or lack of awareness prevents us from tapping into this vital aid.In this episode, Peyton Vining from the Montana Kinship Navigator Program joins us to reveal little-known resources that can provide critical financial relief, emotional support, and legal guidance as you navigate this complex journey.BY TH…

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A Step By Step Guide To Working With Your Traumatized Child &Raquo; A076Iq9Tgz18Xe28Gpfzwfs8W9Du
A Step By Step Guide to Working With Your Traumatized Child

Send us a Text Message.When was the last time you were confused by your grandchild's reaction to a seemingly minor situation?When children have experienced trauma, their brains and behaviors are …

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Send us a Text Message.When was the last time you were confused by your grandchild's reaction to a seemingly minor situation?When children have experienced trauma, their brains and behaviors are impacted in profound ways, and they often react with tantrums or hyperactivity that can leave you feeling confused and frustrated.In this episode, we'll provide a compassionate, step-by-step guide for working with your traumatized grandkid.BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN:How to understand the neurological impacts of trauma and consistently nurture trust through your interacti…

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The Episode Every Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Needs To Hear &Raquo; Zcg7Enh6H6N4Xsqhrfssz8Jn89Wn
The Episode Every Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Needs to Hear

Send us a Text Message.How is your transition to the role of raising your grandchildren going?You may feel overwhelmed by all the new challenges you’re facing or frustrated that this season of life …

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Send us a Text Message.How is your transition to the role of raising your grandchildren going?You may feel overwhelmed by all the new challenges you’re facing or frustrated that this season of life looks different than you had planned for, but what if this difficult transition could also open doors?In this inspiring episode, I am interviewed by transition coaches John and Sylvie Weaver as they share their expertise on confronting major life shifts with Resilience and hope.BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN:How to embrace transition as an opportunity for growth by taking an hone…

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Welcome To The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Podcast! &Raquo; Zcg7Enh6H6N4Xsqhrfssz8Jn89Wn
Welcome to the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Podcast!

Send us a Text Message.Welcome to "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity." I’m your host, Laura Brazan, a parent and grandparent raising two grandchildren. In this podcast,…

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Send us a Text Message.Welcome to "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Nurturing Through Adversity." I’m your host, Laura Brazan, a parent and grandparent raising two grandchildren. In this podcast, we dive deep into the lives of grandparents who find themselves parenting once again, facing challenges such as dwindling Retirement savings, loneliness, and handling the trauma that their grandchildren may carry. We'll hear heartfelt stories from grandparents like Betty Wilkes and Kathy Sjostrom who share their experiences of crisis and Resilience.  Coaches, John and Sylvie Weaver, speak a…

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You’re Raising The Grandchildren- Now What? &Raquo; Dwhzbszid6Zzjguyqzej6Nlkf8Bg
You’re Raising the Grandchildren- Now What?

Send us a Text Message.Are you struggling in your unexpected role as a grandparent raising grandchildren?Raising your grandchildren can be an overwhelming experience, filled with emotional, financial,…

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Send us a Text Message.Are you struggling in your unexpected role as a grandparent raising grandchildren?Raising your grandchildren can be an overwhelming experience, filled with emotional, financial, and legal challenges that leave you feeling isolated and unsure where to turn for support.But you're not alone. Through this podcast, you'll discover a community where you can find guidance, share experiences, and discover the transformative power of Resilience – turning adversity into a new beginning.BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN:How to shift your perspective from …

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