047: How to Respectfully Advocate for your Children (and Model for them How to do the Same) // Emily Orchard, SLP

“At some point, all of our children need us to be their voice…

How do we find the balance between helping our children be successful and letting them do hard things?

How do we speak to teachers, coaches, leaders and peers in a way that opens hearts and opportunities?

How do we navigate a situation when we feel our children are not safe?

How do we help our children to find their own voice and (when possible) learn to advocate for themselves?”

This is a direct quote that I received in an email from Emily Orchard, a listener of this podcast who is a mother of four and a Speech Language Pathologist. As she’s worked as an SLP in the schools for the past 16 years, she has become passionate about teaching parents how to advocate for their kids. This topic became especially meaningful to her when she found that her own son needed some additional support and advocacy.

Don’t miss this incredibly useful episode, which will help you to feel prepared for the next opportunity you have to speak up on your child’s behalf.

Show Notes

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About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.


  1. Siera on 09/11/2018 at 3:47 AM

    I absolutely loved this episode that features a mom in the “trenches”! I have a very shy, responsible but reserved daughter with a peanut allergy so it has been hard to know how to advocate for her and in what circumstances. Thinking about my role for her in different situations has really been eye opening.
    I am grateful for these take aways, thank you so much!

    • Rachel Nielson on 09/17/2018 at 5:08 PM

      I’m so glad it was helpful! Emily was one of my most articulate guests yet!! I love all of the moms in this community!!

  2. Katrina on 11/16/2018 at 8:35 AM

    Really enjoyed this podcast! I love the “Lead By Love” concept as I’ve noticed every time I choose love, the outcomes in contentious situations turn out SO much better. Even friendships are made. It’s helped strengthen my relationship with my fiance as well!

    • Rachel Nielson on 11/16/2018 at 8:44 PM

      So true!! It ALWAYS turns out better! Thank you for listening and commenting!

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