How to Avoid Discouraging Our Children (Episode 51)


“The biggest one that I've seen for myself is accidentally discouraging my child with my tone of voice or my words. Sometimes, I've used a tone that just sounded like I was annoyed or angry with the child and I wasn't,” Kathy says. “Maybe I was worried about my uncle in the hospital or angry that the repairman just tried to rip me off, but if I'm still annoyed about it and it comes through my voice, all the kids know is mom is mad and they think it's their fault. We can accidentally discourage them with that tone of voice, and sometimes, just even with our facial expression.”

How to Avoid Discouraging Our Children (Episode 51)2019-10-11T17:24:57+00:00

Why Siblings Matter (Episode 50)


“Our siblings are the people who are there with us from the beginning. Siblings can be our first playmates. Parents and caregivers are wonderful but they’re obviously on a very different age group. With siblings, you can start to build a shared history of family memories together,” Allison says. “We also learn how to resolve conflicts because of course we’re not always going to get along with our siblings. Our arguments can help us learn how to negotiate, how to resolve conflict. There’s lots of things we can learn from our siblings.”

Why Siblings Matter (Episode 50)2019-09-30T15:02:22+00:00

Raising Kids in a Device-Happy World (Episode 49)


“I think one of the challenges is we’re the first generation of parents raising kids in this 24/7 constantly connected culture of devices all the time, and so we don’t really have a model to look at in terms of how do we manage use of devices for ourselves as adults and for our kids,” Nicole said. “It’s one big experiment right now and it’s a huge question that parents have on their minds is how to manage the screen time piece and how this is impacting their kids.”

Raising Kids in a Device-Happy World (Episode 49)2019-09-16T14:04:39+00:00

Understanding Kids on the Autism Spectrum (Episode 48)


“You really can make an impact on another family’s life. Just as much as the child might be feeling isolated at school, the parent is probably feeling equally isolated,” Merriam said. “It’s not necessarily what we signed up for as parents when we have a child who’s not neurotypical, and there can be a lot of feelings, guilt, sense of failure as a parent, ‘Was there something I did?’ Just having other people that you feel safe with and that welcome the parent with the child on the spectrum can make such a huge difference on the family side.”

Understanding Kids on the Autism Spectrum (Episode 48)2019-09-16T20:51:11+00:00

Showing Our Kids We Care, Episode 47


“I think kids want to be cared about even if you’re wrong. It’s okay to say, ‘Hey, sit with me for a sec. What’s going on? How are you? Tell me something good,’” Lynn said. “Our kids do want to talk to us. I think that if we just ask questions and we’re non-judgmental in our questions, we’ll have real conversations with our kids and teens.”

Showing Our Kids We Care, Episode 472019-09-04T15:37:46+00:00

Devotions With Your Kids (Episode 46)


“It is amazing something that was written 3,000 years ago can still be so pertinent and applicable to our life today,” Chuck said. “People sometimes forget that God’s Word is living and active and powerful because they treat devotions as information. God’s Word is able to cut right through the minutest of issues and speak and minister to that.”

Devotions With Your Kids (Episode 46)2019-06-12T18:49:14+00:00

How to Help Anxious Kids (Episode 45)


“When we are anxious, we’re actually anxious about things that are not currently happening, and so we are foreshadowing that something horrible is going to happen. It’s important to teach our kids to slow down, and we can help them to do that,” Sherrie said. “The best way to do that is to look at those signs, then approach our kids and try to change their physiology, like suggesting a bath or walk. That little break pulls them away from the thought that they are projecting forward into a doomsday situation, and it kind of spot-checks them.”

How to Help Anxious Kids (Episode 45)2019-06-12T16:39:46+00:00

The Changing Roles of Motherhood (Episode 44)


“Whenever you have organization in your mind, life just gets easier automatically. I love that idea in parenting because it is so complex and it is so exhausting—it can get crazy sometimes,” said Loyla. “If you don’t understand the changes in motherhood, you are going to sabotage the season you’re in by trying to carry into a new season something that only worked in the last one.”

The Changing Roles of Motherhood (Episode 44)2019-06-12T00:19:55+00:00

Talking About Race With Kids (Episode 43)


“We know study after study shows us that having meaningful, open conversations about race is what leads to children who are most able to navigate a multiracial world without the prejudice or bias,” Elizabeth said. “Each human is made in the image of God and God is so big and so amazing that you couldn’t just have one picture of him with one kind of person.”

Talking About Race With Kids (Episode 43)2019-06-12T00:14:21+00:00

Seasons of Parenting (Episode 42)


Have you ever thought about parenting as seasonal? At times, you may feel you’re making little progress in raising your kids, so it can help if you think of child-rearing as fitting into four distinct seasons.

Seasons of Parenting (Episode 42)2019-05-22T23:59:14+00:00