We are married with three daughters
We teach self-awareness
We connect through pop culture
We believe in humor & mindfulness
We know people can be a force for good
We are Zen Parenting Radio

Meet Cathy & Todd



We are married with three daughters
We teach self-awareness
We connect through pop culture
We believe in humor & mindfulness
We know people can be a force for good
We are Zen Parenting Radio


Cathy Adams

ZPR Host, Author, Therapist

Cathy is ... a self-awareness expert, podcast host, & author focused on parenting and the personal empowerment of women and young girls. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Parent Coach, Certified Elementary School Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher, and she teaches in the Sociology Department at Dominican University and Elmhurst College.

Cathy offers ... 1:1 in-person sessions for women interested in self-awareness, and she offers supervision and support for therapists and coaches. She creates live and virtual workshops focusing on self-awareness for women, marriage and parenting, and how to talk to kids about sex and sexuality. She gives keynotes and presentations to groups and organizations, and she facilitates panels and discussions at conferences and events. Cathy runs a women’s circle that focuses on support and personal growth.

Todd Adams

ZPR Host, Certified Life Coach

Todd is ... the co-host of the Zen Parenting Radio podcast and a certified life coach who focuses on supporting guys in finding a healthy work/family balance. He focuses on marriage, parenting, career, overall self-awareness and life enjoyment.

Todd provides ... support for guys who are looking for success in one/many areas of their life- relationships, work/life balance, parenting, etc. Todd’s goal as a coach is to get you the results you need as quickly as possible by striking a balance between challenge and support. Sessions can either be in person or virtual. First session is free. Click here for more.

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Latest Podcasts

Less Perfect, More Peace- Podcast #410

December 12, 2017

Cathy and Todd share how we can take care of ourselves and say no during the holidays without feeling guilt. They discuss Shauna Niequist’s book Present Over Perfect and why our decision to be good to ourselves allows us to be more...


9 Statements For Women Podcast #409

December 5, 2017

Todd and Cathy discuss how inequality can lead to challenging and often unconscious communication, and they share some civil statements that women can use to feel heard. They discuss common unconscious double standards in private life...


We Are Differently The Same- Podcast #408

November 28, 2017

Todd and Cathy discuss how they experience the world differently, and why understanding and respecting these differences lead to better communication. They talk about why connection is like nourishment, and why not connecting can make...


The Gift Of Failure- Podcast #407

November 21, 2017

Todd and Cathy discuss Jessica Lahey’s The Gift of Failure, and discuss why allowing our kids to make mistakes will help them succeed. They also discuss the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, why rewards and...


The Five Invitations- Podcast #406

November 14, 2017

Cathy and Todd discuss The Five Invitations, a book that shows us how to wake up fully to our lives. As a compassionate teacher and cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, author Frank Ostaseski supports the dying. His five invitations...


Emotional Labor is an Unpaid Job- Podcast #405

November 7, 2017

Todd and Cathy discuss an article in Harpers Bazaar titled “Women aren’t nags, we’re just fed up” about emotional labor and the sensitivity surrounding this topic. They discuss how to have a productive conversation about what it really...


It’s OK To Let Go – Podcast #404

October 31, 2017

Todd and Cathy discuss why it’s OK for kids to change their minds and try new things, and why it’s important for adults to do this, too. They discuss how self-awareness is essential, and how self-forgiveness and understanding are also...


From Refugee Camp To An Engineer- Podcast #403

October 27, 2017

Cathy and Todd talk with Roksanna Taghizadeh, an immigrant who grew up in Iran, became a refugee in Germany, and eventually made it to the United States where she became an structural engineer. She shares her immigration story,...


Cell Phones & Getting Uncomfortable- Podcast #402

October 24, 2017

Cathy and Todd discuss why it’s OK to be uncomfortable, and why focusing on what works and what we are grateful creates the foundation to deal with discomfort. They reference the Good Newspaper, and explain why good news can help us...


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To use experience, research, pop culture, and humor to explore and explain self-awareness and mindfulness. Reflective and respectful discourse is offered through the use of podcasts, conferences, presentations, community screenings, group work, individual work, and writing to encourage empathy and compassion for ourselves, each other, and the world.


The Zen Parenting message relies on four grounding forces – self-awareness, mindfulness, compassion, connection. If we are discussing parenting, pop culture, or politics, we aim to interweave these values into every conversation.


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Be here, pay attention, accept what is


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