As parents, it is easy to feel frustrated and think that we are not doing a great job raising our children. Abigail Wald is no stranger to this. After an incident with her mother when she was 5 years old, Abigail promised herself that she would be a different kind of parent in the future. But when she had children of her own, she found herself struggling more than she anticipated and felt like she had betrayed them as well as herself.

In today’s episode of From Betrayal to Breakthrough, Abigail shares with us how she was able to move forward by finding a positive way to hold on to her core values and the promise she made so long ago. She stresses the importance of truly connecting with your children and building a family that works for everyone in it. 

About Guest/Topic

Abigail Wald is a certified Hand in Hand Parenting Consultant. Parents come to Abigail when they are tired of getting pushed past their breaking point and are ready to rise above behavior and circumstance to create the life they want for themselves and their children. 

Her podcasts, the Mother Flipping Awesome and Hand in Hand: A Podcast for Parents have almost a million downloads collectively. 

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In This Episode

  • Who is Abigail Wald? [0:09]
  • What is the silent sacred promise? [4:22]
  • What do people who feel they betrayed themselves as parents should do? [31:27]
  • …and many more


“The moment I was a parent, I was reliving my childhood. I was forgiving my mother so beautifully and so deeply, which I had already done but in new ways. And so I then, at that point, really started to understand I am not willing to not figure this out, and it was the love of my children that carried me through.” [15:56]

“Parents are the CEO of a family, okay? And you have to have a vision. You just don’t listen. You listen and you lead, and you listen and you lead, and that’s a whole other level of skills that need to be taught to the parent and for the child.” [24:44]

“When I talk about listening, I talk about listening to a child’s soul, not just to what the child is saying.” [25:01]   

“I want you to know that whatever you see out there is not your story. You have to learn how you thrive and you have the ability to transform your life. You have the ability to make change [sic] in your children. You have the ability to take your core values and make those promises come true as long as you stick to the intent behind them.” [32:57]   


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