Todd & Cathy“Dude! Make yourself freaking happy!” – Todd Adams

Todd and Cathy are proof that it’s possible to work with your spouse, raise a family, have a career, follow your passion and have fun while doing it. This episode is a must for anybody who’s having trouble juggling their family, their passion and their career.

The Zen Parents will share what they do in order to make sure they not only are able to get everything done but also make their relationship stronger at the same time. From tips and tricks for parenting to learning from our kids, Todd and Cathy are walking their talk but know it’s not about being perfect.


Meet Todd & Cathy

Cathy (LCSW, CPC, CYT) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a PCI Certified Parent Coach, a Certified Elementary School Teacher, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She is also the author of The Self-Aware Parent, The Self-Aware Parent Two, and the recently released Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post, a columnist for Chicago Parent, and she offers retreats, presentations, and family yoga in Chicago. Cathy worked for many years as a Child and Family Therapist and Clinical Educator at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She currently teaches in the Sociology Department at Dominican University.
Todd is a certified instructor for the Institute of Heartmath where he was trained in stress reduction and relaxation. He is co-facilitator of a local men’s group called The Tribe where he leads monthly meetings and offers annual adventure retreats. Todd recently completed his New Warrior Training through The ManKind Project, and he’s a blogger for The Good Men Project. Todd is a soccer coach and a Junior Achievement Educator; he teaches parenting and self-awareness classes with his wife Cathy. He’s also a sales rep for JVI Inc., a real estate investor in Chicago.
And since they didn’t have enough on their plate… Together, they have founded Zen Parenting, Inc., which is a company committed to helping people practice self-awareness, develop compassion, and practice kindness through podcasts, community events, books, and blogs.
As parents of three girls they practice what they preach on a daily basis.

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Show Notes
  • Intro to Todd & Cathy. [0:46]
  • How do they get it all done? [3:01]
  • Letting go in order to do what you love. [4:35]
  • The difference between loving what you do and being a workaholic. [6:24]
  • How Gorge Lucas knew he was doing his passion. [8:06]
  • How do you know if you’re going in the wrong direction? [9:30]
  • Why Todd and Cathy make a great team. [10:23]
  • What is Zen Parenting Radio? [13:12]
  • Is Zen Parenting becoming main stream? [15:58]
  • Tips and tricks from the Zen Parents themselves. [18:28]
  • Casey and Natasha argue? [22:53]
  • Our greatest teachers are often not who we think. [23:43]
  • The best thing our kids teach us. [24:45]
  • What Zen Parents struggle with and how they get through it. [25:51]
  • What is marriage “suppose” to look like? [32:29]
  • Who’s job is it to make you happy? [33:46]
  • Zen Parenting World Lessons. [34:59]
  • Zen Parenting Conference. [37:42]

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