• How We Can Help | Sandy Fowler | Episode 128

  • how we can helpToday’s show is very short and has 2 segments focused on what we can do to help others. The first segment is about one of our sponsors and how they help us make a difference and save lives. In the second, Sandy takes a look at what she’s learned from the events of the last couple weeks. She shares her thoughts and plans for her parenting and for the podcast so we can work together to change our society and end racism.



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    A Favorite Quote from the Show: 

    “Ask your teen or twenty something about what’s happening. Ask what they know. Ask how they feel and what they think about it. Listen to them without jumping in and telling them what to do and what to think. Ask what they want to do about it.”

    High Points From Our Conversation on How We Can Help Others:

    talking to our teens about how we can helpMariah Roberts was 3 days old when she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. She needs transfusions to curb pain and save her life.

    Donating blood can feel like a small thing but it’s a huge thing to the person who needs blood.

    Every pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.

    Blood donation centers run under strict safety protocols and they have instituted additional measures to protect everyone from Covid-19.

    Blood supplies are low right now. People haven’t donated due to Covid-19 and summer is traditionally a slow time for donations. However, people still get hurt, need surgery, have babies, and deal with chronic disease and they need blood. If you live in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, or Ohio, go online and schedule a time to donate today. Versiti Blood Donation Centers—Stronger Together! If you live somewhere else, contact your local blood donation center.

    George Floyd was killed and there is so much pain around this event. There is fear and backlash. But there is also opportunity, an opportunity to affect real change around racism.

    As parents we can ask our teens what they know, feel, and think about this. Open up conversation and have the difficult conversations around racism. Help them process any trauma and take action.

    I will be taking steps to learn, to see, and to change my actions.

    Mighty Parenting is going to continue airing our regular shows but I’m also going to check the content calendar and ensure we have shows that help us raise empathic, accepting adults by covering acceptance, inclusion, diversity, gender, and race.


    Movies that highlight racism and help start conversations: 

    Just Mercy https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-just-mercy-george-floyd-protests-1009103/?fbclid=IwAR2cz6rj5pFdKSCk6AUdzMABIH-ADWeakqPAIf8uSq70U6MF_8b9Y2m02W8 

    13th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8 

    Black history movies that tackle racism: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/black-history-movies-that-tackle-racism 

    Free Video Course:

    Raising Equity https://raisingequity.teachable.com/p/popular-raising-equity-videos 


    Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King

    How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

    Our Host Sandy Fowler:

    Sandy Fowler stress reliefSandy Fowler is a stress-relief coach, emotional-wellness speaker, and podcast host who is passionate about helping people make powerful choices that impact their lives in the best possible way. Whether she is speaking to a group, hosting a podcast, coaching a client, or guiding a Divine Sleep® guided meditation session, she is always helping busy women and parents find simple ways to make life better. Her natural curiosity paired with her down-to-earth, practical approach to living, working, and prospering allows her to help them reduce stress, create emotional wellness, and take their lives back from the busyness of modern-day living.

    Our Sponsors: 

    Versiti Blood Donation Centers—Stronger Together!

    People need people and Versity Blood Centers bring people together through the lifesaving gift of blood donation. Every two seconds, someone needs blood: trauma victims, surgery patients, premature babies, people with anemia, cancer patients, and many more. Your blood donation can save up to 3 lives right in your community. Donating is simple and safe. Click here now to visit versity.org and make an appointment.

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    Hi there. I just found out about your podcast recently and I was thrilled. I will defiantly leave a review. I was so happy because it fits where some parents are: young adults/older teens. Thank you for taking on this aspect of parenting. So much needed. I need your help, desperately. I have a young adult 20yrs old. He is troubled. Currently, he is incarcerated for parole violation and assault on a female ( me and his sister). He was inebriated and under some sort of influence ( no his character at all). In the jail cell, he was presented with a mental health counselor to talk to him to help him. He refused. The counselor told me, its apparent he is angry and trying to hold back. He pushes away every one to presents themself as help. But is so nieve to welcome "friends" who mean no good to him. I am lost. My hands are off. I am not involving myself any longer into his affairs for the reason, of earning enablement. However, if he is angry and shuts down, what can be done for him. How can someone help? Please be honest and frank with me. In appreciation, Charissa Blackburn


    Hi Charissa. I am so sorry you are going through all of this. It's so painful to watch our children do things that are not good for them. While I'm not a counselor or professional, just a parent, it's my experience that you cannot make someone do something, even if we believe it's the best thing for them. They have to make their own choices and they have to be ready and willing to receive help. In the meantime, we can still let them know we love them and that we are willing to help them whenever they are ready. I will keep you both in my prayers. Hugs to you!