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Podcast: Parents, you might not be doing things for the reasons you think

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By: Vashti Summervill – Parent Coach  –  Confluence Daily is your daily news source for women in the know.

Can outside forces influence our behaviors without us even being aware? Is there something to the power of suggestion? Do first impressions really matter? In this episode, we explore the concept of psychological priming. Once we have an awareness that our brains are susceptible to outside influences that can shape our future behaviors, we can be more intentional with our mental diet. We can unpack our behaviors by examining seeds that might have been planted in the moments or hours prior. We can cultivate this kind of awareness in our children as they learn to regulate what they consume digitally and together, we can all work to prime for good. How can we set an intention to approach each encounter with another human in a way that starts a positive chain reaction?




 I consider it my life’s work to build community and connection. I am a warrior mom of two teenage girls, a passionate educator and musician seeking inspiration and to inspire. I have recently embarked on a journey to combine my experiences as an educator, artist and as a parent to help develop programs to support and educate parents, especially those struggling in their relationship with “tweens” and teens.

I am a graduate of The Parent Coaching Institute and I am member of Building Connected Communities where I trained to facilitate the Conscious Parenting Workshops. My husband and I both currently serve on the St. Luke’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council representing families with children hospitalized due to a mental health crisis.

I also have an extensive performance as well as teaching/directing background. I currently own and operate Open Door Music Studio where I teach voice, Piano, Percussion Ensemble. I also co-founded and co-directed the BIG (Boise Inter-generational) Choir.

I am a voracious lifelong learner. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado and a Master’s of Music/Vocal Performance from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.  In addition to receiving my Parent Coaching Certification ®, I also have an Idaho Elementary Teaching Certificate with a K-12 Music Endorsement, an Orff Level 1 certificate, World Music Drumming Level 1, and I am a trained Music Together ® teacher.
I continue to compose and perform regularly.

My current higher calling is to combine all of these experiences to help improve the lives of parents, children and families.


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