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Call Out Culture: Calling Out vs Calling In

Have you ever been shamed or humiliated in front of people? If so, you’ve felt the all-too-familiar sting of callout culture.

Whether you were called out during school, a social event, or event online, most of us have been publicly shamed at some point. How did it make you feel? Did it make you want to change? Did it feel good? Did it feel like they had your best interest at heart? Odds are good your answer is no. 

So why do some think that it’s ok to continue this on into adulthood, especially online? 

Call Out Culture Podcast by The Parenting Junkie

In this episode, I’m going to discuss the dangers of call-out or “cancel culture” and what we can do instead. 



DEPOLARIZE is a course and coaching experience that will help you harmonize, communicate, and connect, even with people you completely disagree with.

If you’re feeling the extremities of polarization, the pulling and tugging at the fabric of society, you are not alone.

It is real.

It is happening.

And it’s actually tearing families apart.

Learn more about how DEPOLARIZE will help your family, relationship, and friendships remain united, happy, connected, and communicative here.


Cancel Culture Podcast Timestamps

Use these timestamps to navigate this cancel culture podcast episode and take what you need!

[00:00] Intro

[01:53] The “callout culture” is spreading like a wild fire…even though public shaming was done away with as a legal form of punishment.

[05:37] What’s true in the micro is true in the macro.

[06:35] “How we live each day is how we live our entire lives.”

[09:10] Why do some believe you shouldn’t publicly shame children, but have no problem doing it to adults?

[10:34] The trend of publicly shaming & calling people out online.

[11:59] What child psychology tells us about public shaming. 

[14:29] Why is it ok to publicly shame adults? 

[18:47] What should we do when we see or hear something we don’t like?

[20:50] Often inaction is the “higher road” to take.

[23:20] Let’s make a culture and society that allows a margin for error.

[24:11] In the moments where you need to say something, let’s call people in.

[28:15] Let’s be curious, humble, and give others the benefit of the doubt.

[29:53] We don’t influence our children (or anyone) by attacking them or shaming them. 


Call-Out Culture is Toxic!

Call-Out culture is toxic and unhealthy for us, public shaming doesn’t work (and was outlawed for a reason) and people react negatively to being humiliated.

Let’s all do our part to end call out culture.


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For more inspiration, check out these courses and resources.

1. ALCHEMIZE – Mindset Coaching Experience & Companion Course

Alchemize is my new course and coaching experience that helps you take your thoughts, fears, frustrations, and anxieties and transform them into mindsets that can actually help you become anti-fragile, resilient, confident, gritty, and abundant. 

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It will not only help you to be more influential and more persuasive in your opinions but also help you to save your relationships with the people that you love, even if you completely disagree with them.

I don’t have any particular horse in any particular race on these subjects – I have very complex and nuanced opinions on all of them.

But I do have a very clear horse in the race of keeping families, relationships and friendships united, harmonized, happy, connected, and communicative. 

I look forward to seeing you on the inside >> check out DEPOLARIZE here



It’s that time of year… and this year is a little different.

So many of the ways we would usually celebrate the holidays may be out of reach. We might need to really prioritize putting our budget towards homeschool and educational stuff. We might need to be downsizing and minimizing more as we spend more time at home and our homes need to accommodate more activity for more of the time.

However this holiday season is coming upon you, whatever you’re experiencing - I’m holding space for you!

I know it might be a really painful, difficult or challenging time of year and maybe buying presents is the last thing on your mind.

If, however, you have a little bit of headspace and budget for it...

I’ve put together a list of my absolute favorite items that have truly “earned” their place in our lives and that I feel were worth the investment.

Instead of a video or a podcast this week, I've spent some time compiling this, I hope it's helpful!

Check out my Top 10 educational gifts that both you & your kids will love! (clickable link in bio)

Be a Scary Mommy this Halloween. 🎃

Or actually, don’t.



First, let’s talk about these scary mom costumes. 🧟

We’ve all been these characters, at one time or another.

No, not a sexy pirate.

Or a Fire Breathing Dragon. (Was that just me?)

But actual, real scary moms.

Real moms, who, with the best intentions, set out to make Halloween fun and meaningful and, well…get lost along the way. 👻 Instead, opting to let their fears and anxieties lead the way.

See if any of these are in your closet.

🧡 Watch Scary Mommy Costumes >> (or search the title on YouTube!)

If stressing about a Halloween costume is causing you to lose sleep, patience, or peace in your home: Let It Go. No matter how you choose to celebrate this year, your kids will remember the fun, laughter, joy, and connection with family. Not the costume.

Tell me in the comments: Have you ever worn one of these costumes? What are you willing to let go of this year? 👇👇👇

Parenting is a high stakes endeavor. We're responsible for another person's life, for goodness sake! (Who put ME in charge?!)

...and yet...

it's so often seen as "lesser than".

"I'm *just* a mom."
"I *just* stay home with the kids."
"I don't *really* work."

It seems like there's still some residual lack of prestige or even respect for the very high skills, high stakes work that good parenting requires.

Personally, I run a business - which I love and brings me great joy and meaning - but I still feel that parenting is THE project of my life. It requires so much more of me and is going to be so much more meaningful and important than any job I could ever do.

So - what does it mean to parent like a CEO?!

This one is small but mighty. Take just 9 minutes to shift your perception of this vital work you’re doing...

😍 Watch it here, boss >>

Let’s approach our parenting like we would a CEO role in a business, and work toward mastery in our craft!

Last chance to Depolarize with me! If you’re having trouble with intense conversations and heated topics these days... this is just a friendly reminder that I have something that might serve you!

Ten switches to flip in your conversations with people you love (or at least care enough about to have a conversation with, lol!)... these switches will help you manage your triggers, speak in a productive manner and come closer together rather than further apart.

Join Depolarize now >>

On the following dates: October 22, October 29, November 5 (Thursdays at 11:00am, New York Time)

I will be holding exclusive, intimate group coaching sessions where I will be happy to help you navigate:

Holding boundaries with people whose opinions you’re finding toxic

Deciding how to handle polarizing topics as a parent

Any other hot topic issue that’s on your mind - you’ll be invited to submit your questions and specific scenarios in advance (anonymously if you prefer).

You deserve to feel equipped to handle the tough conversations that come up in your family and friends - without it triggering you to the nines, depressing you, or pulling you away from people you love.

Even though times are extra polarizing right now, these skills are always useful as conflicts are inevitable in all relationships.

If you need to sharpen your skills in harmonizing, communicating and connecting (even with people you completely disagree with), then check out Depolarize!

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One Reply to “TPJ 81: Call Out Culture: We’ve Got It All Wrong”

  1. THANX! I have found myself recently using my frustration to “call out” others a bit and have realized it is a rabbit hole that sucks you in. Your wise words were just what I needed to see what I have started doing and BACK UP and “call in” instead!

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