Helping Your Teen Figure Out Life After High School (Episode 67)


“We just encouraged our kids to try different things. Our kind of rule of thumb in our household was try it for a season before quitting,” Doug said. “We are not trying to put our goals and ambitions on our kids. My advice to my kids was to find something that wakes you up 30 minutes before your alarm every day and do that. And that something didn’t necessarily mean going to college.”

Helping Your Teen Figure Out Life After High School (Episode 67)2019-12-05T00:19:31+00:00

Feeding Your Picky Eater (Episode 66)


“It's really, really frustrating when you are faced with a toddler or a child who doesn't want to eat. We've spent a lot of time making dinner, and we want to sit down and have a nice family dinner together,” Orlena said. “Our ideas are about our children eating healthily and nicely, and connecting with our kids, but the reality is hugely different. … [But] toddlers’ tastes change, and it's really normal to see what we call picky eating.”

Feeding Your Picky Eater (Episode 66)2019-12-04T01:42:16+00:00

How to Teach Your Child Grit (Episode 65)


“Grit is the quality in a person to stay committed to a goal even when it starts to get hard and boring,” Emirick said. “It’s the quality to see things through and to push through the hardness without getting turned off by hard work. .. The number-one killer of grit I’ve noticed is when we tend to overpraise our children’s natural abilities, which gives our kids a false sense of invincibility for not even trying.”

How to Teach Your Child Grit (Episode 65)2019-12-04T01:38:13+00:00

Making Memories On the Road (Episode 64)


“I think I have much more fun when I travel with my kids. They almost give you like a license for fun,” Pam said. “Road trips provide tons of memories that you never even plan for. … It’s more than the destination. We’re really building on that family fabric.”

Making Memories On the Road (Episode 64)2019-12-03T20:33:06+00:00

Top Life Skills Kids Should Learn Before Heading to College (Episode 63)


“What I’m noticing is that a lot of [my young employees] are not developing the world skills that they’ll need to be successful beyond school. … I have had a lot of the same conversations with them over the years on how to purchase a car, how to get into an apartment, or a whole variety of things that they didn’t have the chance to learn while they were at home or at school,” Josh said. “A lot of [young people] are now looking to their employer to help raise them. … Oftentimes as their first boss, I’m seeing the gaps that those lack of experiences are creating.”

Top Life Skills Kids Should Learn Before Heading to College (Episode 63)2019-12-03T22:08:23+00:00

Great Christmas Expectations (Episode 62)


We often let others dictate what we do or don't do for Christmas...even if they never actually tell us directly. In this week's podcast, I talk about how to let go of what we think (or know) others expect us to do for the winter holiday and instead figure out what's right for our families this year.

Great Christmas Expectations (Episode 62)2019-10-09T20:03:15+00:00

Being an Intentional Mom (Episode 61)


“When I know what it is that God wants me to do—whether that's paying attention to the business that I'm running if I'm a businesswoman, or homeschooling my kids—we said yes to that,” Malinda said. “It means that I can say no very easy and very quickly to everything else that the world is going to throw at me. … I don't know if there's ever a perfect balance because I think our lives ebb and flow when we are in different seasons, …but it’s having a continual conversation of us coming to the Lord and saying, ‘Okay, what is it that you want from me now? What is it that you want me to say yes to?’ and being obedient to that.”

Being an Intentional Mom (Episode 61)2019-12-17T00:15:50+00:00

The Untapped Resource of Grandparents (Episode 60)


“I am a retired business executive and realized that I am part of this first generation of working mothers who are now grandmothers,” Marianne said. “Now the purpose of writing about [my Camp Grandma] was to hopefully inspire more grandparents to bring more of their own life experiences to share with their grandkids. I think that the grandparenting role is so special and so unique, and it has such a tremendous influence on grandkids today and the future of our society.”

The Untapped Resource of Grandparents (Episode 60)2019-11-19T21:54:21+00:00

Let’s Talk About Sex With Our Kids (Episode 59)


“For most of us, it's weird to talk with our kids about sex because we don't have good models for it. Most of our parents didn't do a good job if they did it at all,” Jill says. “It's an inherently awkward topic, … everybody's anxious, both parents and kids. Another thing that makes this hard is sometimes we’re not clear on what our personal values are or not being comfortable articulating that. So it's a sort of hot mess of anxiety, that of course we want to avoid.”

Let’s Talk About Sex With Our Kids (Episode 59)2019-11-19T21:50:23+00:00

Teaching Kids Gratitude (Episode 58)


“It’s conscious parenting … to help [our kids] learn the importance of these things,” Jewell says. “It’s conscious parenting to stop and realize I need to help my kids develop gratitude.”

Teaching Kids Gratitude (Episode 58)2019-11-26T14:40:58+00:00