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How to Teach Children About Charity

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Welcome to another episode of the Parenting Toolbox podcast. In this episode, we discuss the meaning of charity, which will help you fully understand its definition and in turn teach your children how to be charitable and compassionate and ultimately become a better parent.

Different people have different definitions of charity, but the overarching thought around it is that charity involves having compassion and being able to care for others who are not as fortunate as you are. More often than not, charity is defined as giving others something they need, something that you may or may not realize you had. It’s not always monetary; sometimes, it can be encouragement and words of advice that can help an individual grow and flourish so they can achieve their goals and dreams.

Children need to learn the importance of charity at a young age – because as they grow up to be active member of society, they should always have that compassion to extend a helping hand when someone else is struggling or in need.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • What charity means to Marishu and Colin and how their own definitions shape their parenting style and how they relay the meaning of charity to their children
  • How you can help others by means of intangible objects such as words of encouragement, inspiration, and advice
  • How to teach your children the meaning of charity, its value, and how they can practice charity in their lives


My way of paying it forward in my family is to model that we are all citizens of the world, and that we’re all in this together – we’re one tribe. – Marishu


Charity can be in the form of supporting someone to achieve a goal, doesn’t have to be monetary. – Marishu




Healthy Snacks For Kids

Welcome to another episode of the Parenting Toolbox podcast. In this episode, Marishu and rockstar co-host Colin talk about healthy treats for kids!

As parents, we only want what’s best for our kids – and knowing how chemically laden food are nowadays, it’s always in our best interest to find out which snacks are safe and healthy for our children. During this conversation, Colin and I share our own personal stories on how we make sure our children stay healthy, without compromising the “treat” aspect of snacks.

Teaching kids to be mindful of what they eat is a great foundation for them when they grow up – so they may choose the better, safer, healthier alternatives rather than go the quick-and-easy route when it comes to food. This also set this up for when they become parents themselves.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  1. Is yogurt better than milk? Or frozen yogurt better than real ice cream?
  2. How you can make decisions in terms of which snacks are healthy and which you should stay away from
  3. Which healthy snacks are best for on-the-go moments


“Kids need protein to keep them calm.” – Marishu

“If you’re gonna have a treat, you might as well have the real thing.” – Colin

Dealing With Your Child’s Unrealistic Expectations

In this episode Marishu And Colin break down the unrealistic expectations and supply you with tips and tricks to being fulfilled in your parenting and relationships. Also touching on bridging the gap of different parenting styles; and the importance of a positive productive environment and how to achieve it.


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0:21 – Marishu Introduces Colin and the topic of “unrealistic expectations of parenting”

1:00 – Colin shares the variables all parents are faced with

1:51 – Marishu shares the issues of undiscussed expectations

3:15 – Marishu breaks down the negative language that is used and encourages you to be realistic

4:30 – Colin shares a tip of knowledge about the questions we ask ourselves

5:30 – Marishu explains the value of being whole on your own and knowing what that is “keeping your love tank full”

6:47 – Colin shares his outlook on all the different outlets there are for gaining knowledge of parenting and how they have progressed over the years

7:47 – Marishu opens up about some tools for parents to discuss to make sure expectations can be met or compromised on

8:41 – Colin shares a story about spousal clash

9:25 – Marishu expands on agreements, be open to breaking down a way to co parent

10:17 – Marishu poses the question of spanking ‘Yay Or Neigh’

11:00 – Coloring book commercial (link needed)

12:02 – Marishu welcomes back Colin

12:30 – Marishu shares a story of how telling the truth creates realistic expectations

13:35 – Discussion of bridging together two different parenting styles

15:04 – Colin emphasises the need of finding a common ground

15:30 – Colin shares a story of listening to his child’s expectations

17:00 – Be the kind of parent who listens to a child’s goals and expectations

17:30 – Marishu shares a profound quote of scripture

18:00 – Marishu encourages you to listen to your children and don’t over expect from them

18:47 – Colin adds a tool to your parenting tool box

20:08 – Colin ensures the importance of environment and Marishu shares how to do that without leaving your neighbourhood

21:04 – Marishu recaps unrealistic expectations and content with what we have to offer

21:57 – Keep the line of communication open with your children and listen and have realistic expectations

23:22 – Colin explains his passion for environment and maximizing potential by altering environment

24:00 – Marishu Breaks down the imperfection in perfection

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25:30 – Colin enlightens us on the joy of the journey not just the destination

26:00 – (link to books)

Daddy Wisdom With Ricky Shetty

Ricky Shetty is an amazon best-selling author for his book “wisdom from daddies” as well as the owner operator of “daddy blogger” where he depicts his perspective of being a dad and also traveling with his family.

This Canadian born Blogger has his BA in Psychology obtained at UBC and uses his skills in fatherhood to run many workshops conferences and events all over greater Vancouver. In this episode Ricky will talk about what got him started blogging , how he asked his wife to marry him in a very elaborate way , and his overall outlook on marriage.

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0:38 – Ricky Introduced and speaks of his blog

1:17 – How Ricky got started with podcasting for the daddy masses

3:15 – “Wisdom for daddy” Ricky Shettys father help book

5:10 – Ricky Shares a family story about why he blogs

6:00 – Rickey elaborates on how divorce effects a family and mostly children

8:24 – Marishu summarizes Ricky’s venture through daddy hood and blogging along as they go

9:41 – Marishu asks Ricky what helped him become such a successful dad

10:42 – Ricky underlines the importance of daddy children time and providing quality time as well as stability and financial aid

12:20 – Colin explains the relevance of presence in your children’s lives

14:11 – How being a dad change your perspective answered by Ricky Shetty

15:53 – Marishu shares her formula for positive change

16:00 – Colin contributes some knowledge of the changes and perspectives of turning me, into we, into us from a daddy’s point of view

18:00 – How to download a free coloring book  (hyperlink)

20:18 – How Ricky proposed to his wife

24:50 – Ricky elaborates on his view of marriage

25:25 – Marishu speaks of the challenge of a blended family

26:47 – Ricky Explains his “aha” moment

29:20 – Colin illuminates “how to share mom”

30:45 – Marishu gives some insight on keeping some mommy daddy time in your everyday life

33:23 – Ricky gives an important tip to dads everywhere

34:20 – Marishu references Ricky’s blog and thanks him for being a part of the show

How to Keep Your Teenagers Safe

In this Parenting tool box episode Marishu and Colin go over the important steps in keeping a teen well informed and safe. They speak of the tips and tricks every parent should have under their belt as well as some key language and how to establish a strong line of trust honesty and empathy.


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0:10 – Marishu welcomes Colin And opens up talk about keeping children safe

0:50 – Talk of an unfortunate event of the loss of a set of Calgary teens

1:40 – Talk of peer pressure and its power

2:21 – Marishu break down the teen process

3:45 – Marishu goes in to hormone and brain power and how that can create risk in teens

5:00 – Marishu underlines the importance of open communications and open expectations

6:16 – Marishu explains leverage and the power of harnessing your leverage as a parent

7:20 – Colin tells a few story about how boys are sneakier than girls

8:00 – Marishu outs her daughter “girls can be dangerous too”

8:45 – The importance of mutual trust between you and your children

9:30 – Marishu touches on the fact Children aren’t fully able to grasp consequences of now and of the future

11:11 – Colin Speaks of negotiation and agreement and how open dialog can allow insight and trust

12:30 – Marishu tells a short story about listening to understand

13:10 – “Do what I say not what I do” and the struggle

14:00 – Marishu encourages to lead by example

15:08 – Recap After the break

15:24 – Marishu shares tips and tricks to tell when your kids are up to no good

16:21 – Marishu encourages to keep bonds with your children’s friends parents

17:05 – Colin Recalls a time when he didn’t have much information on where his children are

18:39 – Marishu speaks of the questions to ask yourself about your children

18:55 – Warning signs of what’s not working for your child

20:10 – Colin shares a story of his daughter and a party

21:05 – Colin advocates the power of making the hard decisions and saying no as well as saying yes

22:20 – Colin explains the power of visualization

24:17 – Marishu explains what worked for her and her children

24:56 – Marishu speaks of intuition and to trust your instinct

26:00 – Colin mentions the power of sacrifice and its importance

28:00 – Marishu encourages patience tolerance and empathy

28:28 – Listen to our podcast on itunes

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