EP 06: Living a mindful life in peaceful connection with children. With Rachel Rainbolt

Rachel and I met briefly quite a few years ago in various networking events here in San Diego. She was just starting her family, and me, my business. She moved away and thanks to Instagram we have kept in touch and followed each other’s work. Today, we reconnect on The Art of Parenting as she shares her journey into her own parenting and coaching.

What we Talked About

Rachel explains the principles of Natural Homeschooling and Simple Living. 

  • Natural Homeschooling – trusting children’s learning journey. She shared how she is supporting her 14-year-old to enter a college program. 
  • Simple Living – simplifying your home environment and time, i.e calendar, finances, and relationships. Aligning the practical reality with your intentional chosen values. 

We also had a more personal chat of how she was parented and how it affects her work and her own parenting. Then, we discussed how we can get other caregivers to respect our own personal way of parenting. 

  • What she wished she had known when expecting her first child: “Surrender to the connection with your child and your own intuition.”

Things to Remember

"Love the child you have not the child you imagined." - Rachel Rainbolt

Recommended Resources

Links to books, blog posts, and other resources mentioned in the episode.

  • Dr. Ross Greene – New York Times bestselling author of the influential books, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings.

Over to You

Now, Rachel and I would love to hear from you!

Out of all the tips Rachel gave for simplifying her life, which one do you feel like trying out in your own life? Once you do, we’d love to hear how it went!

Let us know in the comments below. 

More About my Guest

Founder of, Rachel Rainbolt is the Sage Parenting coach, writer, podcaster, and advocate for gentle parenting, natural homeschooling, and simple living, with an M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy and decades of experience guiding tens of thousands of families from stuck and stressed to peaceful and confident through her Sage Family Podcast, Sage Parenting book series, online classes, and Sage Coaching program. She works from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives wild and free in connection with her 3 wildlings and the papa bear in their fixer-upper on the beach.

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This episode of The Art of Parenting is sponsored by my Montessori Parenting Membership Community. Click here to learn more.  


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