Episode 143: Mary Van Geffen – Raising Spicy Kids

Mary Van Geffen is the international parenting coach for moms of Spicy OnesTM️. She helps
people who are highly competent in life but overwhelmed by motherhood to lean into the
spiritual discipline of staying calm and cultivating warmth and tenderness all while trying to
wrangle fiery future CEOs. Often this requires serious skill-building and the balm of

Mary has a ministry on Instagram where she posts an inspiring parenting tip every single day.
Just reading her social media will help you delight in your child and remember that you are
enough. Mary believes that when a mom realizes how hard she is on herself and cracks the
door open for some self-compassion, her entire family is bathed in light!

She offers on-line parenting classes and her signature 8 week group program: Moms of Spicy
Ones to help moms gain the confidence to choose gentle, respectful parenting especially if they
weren’t raised that way.

Mary is a certified Simplicity Parenting Counselor® and Professional Co-Active Coach, but her
greatest achievement is cultivating a calm, kind and firm relationship with her Spicy go-getter
daughter (now 18), mild child son (16) and un-Enneagramable hubby.

Mary has a great course coming out for teens and tweens on how to shift your parenting to stay connected. Learn more at MaryVanGeffen.com

What we talked about:

4:00- Introduction to Mary

6:00- Parenting spicy kids

11:35- Setting boundaries with kids

20:00- Your parenting style

32:00- Craving a church community

38:30- Teaching lessons to the spicy ones

50:00- End of podcast questions

Show notes:

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