Gotcha Mama Podcast episode 025 – A Journey of Heart Change: Why I’m Helping Other Parents With Children Who Process the World Differently with Lindsay Leiviska

Imagine that after years of secondary infertility and tragic loss, your prayers have been answered for a sweet adopted baby boy. You, your husband, and your two older children are working through normal transitions as you welcome the tiny baby into your home.

Then all of a sudden at eighteen months old, something changes in your son. His behavior becomes unpredictable, scary even. He won’t sleep, he screams all the time and he won’t communicate what he needs.

What do you do when all the beliefs and methods of parenting that you use in raising your other children are being challenged?

You want to help your son, but you don’t know how. What do you do?

That’s the situation that my guest today was faced with. Lindsay Leiviska went through six challenging and painful years searching desperately for answers to help her son. As she gained knowledge from doctors and books, she also uncovered and worked through her own beliefs around parenting.

All in hopes of helping her son manage his behaviors and thrive in his development as a child.

On the other side of her incredible heart change, she created her business called A Heart for All Students.

Lindsay truly has the heart to help children who think and process the world differently. She does this by equipping the amazing moms and dads who raise them.

More about the guest

Lindsay is a Christian, a wife, mom of three, and an educator.  She has been working with children for over 20+ years in classrooms and teaching homeschool.

Lindsay has served for close to 15 years in children’s ministry as wells as many other ministry roles.  She’s led and served women in various groups including in MOPS Intl, Community Bible Study, and other small groups. 

You can absolutely hear the passion and desire to serve others when you talk to her.

Links and Resources

Lindsay started A Heart for All Students out of a desire to equip parents with tools, resources, and encouragement. You can find blogs, courses, and links to other helpful resources here.

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We talk about

  • What happened when her adopted son was 18 months of age that radically changed everything for her family.
  • The challenges and struggles she went through navigating her son’s unpredictable behaviors and desperately trying to find answers.
  • What trauma may actually look like in younger children.
  • Why it’s important for adoptive parents to have the right tools and knowledge.
  • And so much more!

More about the Gotcha Mama Podcast:

The Gotcha Mama Podcast is where we share honest stories of the joys and struggles of mom-life with young kids.

Each week host Amanda Bennett interviews a mom about topics ranging from awkwardly making mom friends, to chasing BIG dreams and finding purpose, to managing crippling anxiety and depression. You’ll hear stories from moms like you with the purpose to inspire, encourage, and entertain you.

We understand that motherhood can be lonely and make you doubt yourself. The Gotcha Mama Podcast exists to let you know that you are not alone as a busy mom of young kiddos, no matter what you’re dealing with.

The show is all about tearing down our insecurities as moms by honestly sharing our stories and a little of what we’ve learned along the way.

We believe it’s a whole lot better riding the rollercoaster of motherhood together!

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