• Anxiety in parenting with Sissy Goff-the "best of" Christian Parenting

    We are doing something we haven’t done on the podcast yet: we are featuring a “best of” episode! I think about this interview with Sissy Goff regularly in my parenting and so it is worth playing again!

     

    Sissy has been counseling kids for over 30 years. She has written multiple books about anxiety in kids and now she has a book about anxiety in parents. The Worry Free Parent is a resource I cannot recommend enough. You guys, parenting has always been hard, but Sissy will tell you parents have never been so stressed out and anxious.

     

    So today we are talking about why parents are so stressed out, different ways our anxiety shows up in our parenting and how we can respond to that anxiety. We get real practical here, so listen for some ways you can help your kids grow more resilient, how you can calm yourself down, and some of the best ways to find a good counselor.


    Don’t miss her amazing wisdom around the 14 minute mark! Her advice has been a game changer for me!



    Connect with Sissy


    Website:

    https://www.raisingboysandgirls.com/

    The Worry Free Parent book



    Instagram:

    @sissygoff @raisingboysandgirls


    Links mentioned:

    American Association of Christian Counselors

    Daystar Counseling

    Get your 2024-2025 prayer journal, A Life of Faith


    03:39

    The Pressure and Anxiety of Parenting Today

    08:43

    The Impact of Parenting Styles on Children's Anxiety

    12:14

    The Importance of Allowing Kids to Struggle and Develop Resilience

    18:29

    Trying Softer: Being Gentle with Ourselves as Parents

    21:34

    Practical Strategies for Managing Parental Anxiety

    25:47

    Seeking Help: The Role of Counseling in Parental Anxiety

    29:04

    Encouragement for Parents


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    32m - Jul 23, 2024
  • Getting kids excited about the Bible with Amanda Jass

    Even though we’re in the middle of summer, I can’t help but think about the upcoming school year. I am really wanting to get my kids new Bibles this year (something they can grow with) and  today’s conversation fits perfectly with this train of thought. I’m joined by my real-life friend Amanda Jass, who was the editor on the Go Bible, a brand-new NLT Bible just for kids from Tyndale. Amanda is passionate about making the Bible accessible and engaging for children and her insights on parenting and faith are both practical and encouraging.

    Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s episode:

    • Amanda shares her personal story of how God transformed her life and how it changed her approach to parenting.
    • Tips and strategies to get your kids excited about diving into their Bibles.
    • The importance of demonstrating a strong faith and teaching God’s unconditional love to our children.
    • How to encourage your kids to ask questions and explore their own faith.

    Join us for a conversation that will leave you feeling inspired and equipped to help your children grow in their faith. Amanda’s story and advice are sure to spark excitement about the Bible in your home.

    Grab Amanda’s advent book and other resources here

    Or connect with her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/amandakjass

    Get your kids a copy of the Go Bible https://www.tyndale.com/sites/gobible/

    Resources mentioned

    Get your 2024-2025 prayer journal, A Life of Faith


    02:57 Modeling Faith and Unconditional Love

    09:00 The Importance of Spending Time with God

    14:00 The Go Bible: Focusing on Transformation

    24:41 Teaching the Bible: Engaging Children in God's Word

    30:05 Simplifying the Journey: Keeping Faith Simple for Children


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    38m - Jul 16, 2024
  • Finding joy in every season of motherhood with Jenna Griffith

    I am so excited for you to join me today as I sit down with one of the newer podcast hosts from the Christian Parenting Podcast Network, Jenna Griffith. Today she shares her journey as a mom and offers insights on finding joy in every season of motherhood.

    Jenna is the host of The Joy Filled Podcast and a dedicated mom who brings a soothing and uplifting presence to her listeners. She focuses on helping moms find joy daily and encourages them to lean on God for strength and happiness. Jenna’s approach is all about celebrating the beauty of motherhood, no matter the season.

    Here’s what you’ll hear in today’s episode:

    • Jenna emphasizes the importance of relying on God as the source of joy and encourages us to put blinders on to focus on the good in our lives.
    • Practical tips on documenting and celebrating all the joyful moments, because there are so many to cherish!
    • Jenna addresses the lies and pressures that moms face, especially through social media, and reminds us that every season of motherhood is valuable and important.

    Jenna’s wisdom is sure to fill you with hope and encouragement.

    2:52 The importance of finding joy in every season of motherhood

    9:01 Starting The Joy Filled Podcast and encouraging moms

    14:50 cultural pressures and lies in motherhood

    31:58 conclusion and where to connect with Jenna Griffith


    Connect with Jenna

    Listen to The Joy Filled Podcast

    Website

    Instagram 

    Resources Mentioned

    Get your 2024-2025 prayer journal, A Life of Faith

    Little Habits, Big Faith


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    34m - Jul 9, 2024
  • Parenting with faith and humor with Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin

    Today’s episode is so fun and uplifting! I’m joined by comedians Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin of Top Knot Comedy. I've been a fan of theirs for a long time, and I highly recommend you follow them on social media—they are an absolute delight!

    Here’s what you’ll hear in today’s episode:

    • Leeann and Michelle share their path into the comedy world and the unique challenges of combining faith and humor.
    • The importance of laughter during life's tough seasons and how it has been a vital tool in their own journeys, especially through experiences of loss.
    • Insights on maintaining strong friendships, setting up touchpoints, and how being good friends has helped them work together successfully.
    • How comedy has served as a source of healing and bonding for both Leeann and Michelle.

    About Leeann Dearing and Michelle Forton:

    Leeann Dearing and Michelle Forton are the hilarious duo behind Top Knot Comedy. They are not just comedians, but also strong advocates for integrating faith into every aspect of life, including comedy. Their ability to find humor in everyday situations and share it with others has made them beloved figures in the comedy world. I know their stories will leave you feeling lighter and more connected.


    00:00-Introduction and Welcoming the Guests

    03:16-One Thing Every Parent Should Know

    06:14-How Leann and Michelle Got Into Comedy

    11:23-Balancing Faith and Comedy

    21:53-Loss and Grief

    25:21-Using Comedy as a Tool for Healing

    29:42-The Power of Friendship

    34:37-Maintaining Long-Term Friendships

    39:06-Humor and Connection

    44:15-Finding Joy in Everyday Life


    Connect with Michelle & Leeann on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/topknotcomedy/

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    40m - Jul 2, 2024
  • Integrating faith in your kid’s sports with Andy Dooley

    I am so glad you're joining me today! I am excited for you to meet my guest, Andy Dooley. Andy is not only an author and a fitness coach, but he's also a passionate advocate for integrating faith into every aspect of our lives, especially sports. His latest devotional, Lead with Faith, Play with Purpose, is designed to inspire athletes of all ages to blend their love for sports with their faith.

    Here’s what you’ll hear in today’s episode:

    • It is important to have engaging and relatable faith resources for our families, especially for young athletes.
    • Andy shares practical tips on being present and intentional in our parenting and sports activities.
    • How to navigate the world of sports with our families while keeping our faith at the center.


    About Andy Dooley:

    Andy Dooley is committed to empowering the next generation of leaders as a leader and pastor. He is happily married to Tiffany, and together they have four children. Andy was named the 2016 Face of Reebok One, which allowed him to expand his platform of helping people understand and implement a holistic approach to spirituality and health. 

    Andy’s approach is both inspiring and practical, making faith a natural part of family and sports life. Join us for this conversation and discover how you can lead with faith and play with purpose in your family's sports activities. 


    Time Stamps:

    00:00-Introduction and Getting to Know Andy Dooley

    03:45-The Importance of Grace and Faith in Parenting

    11:32-The Role of Faith in Youth Sports

    22:14-Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities in Youth Sports

    25:49-The Power of Mentorship in Sports and Faith

    28:00-Conclusion and How to Connect with Andy Dooley


    Connect with Andy:

    Grab Andy’s New Book here

    Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/andyldooley/?hl=en


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    30m - Jun 25, 2024
  • Singing God's Word with Ellie Holcomb

    I am thrilled to have the incredibly talented Ellie Holcomb on the podcast today! She truly is a modern-day Psalmist, and I am such a fan of her work. Ellie brings a blend of gentleness, fun, and wisdom that I know you'll love and appreciate as much as I do.

    Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s episode:

    • Ellie shares her beautiful thoughts on recognizing and appreciating the beauty of God in our daily lives.
    • The importance of fostering community and practicing hospitality in our faith journey.
    • How singing scripture can be a powerful way to internalize God’s word and transform our hearts.
    • Encouragement to remember that God is always with us, fighting for us, and how trusting in His goodness can be transformative.
    • How choosing to hold onto the light found in God's word can bring hope and change in our lives.

    Ellie Holcomb is a beloved Christian singer, songwriter, and author known for her heartfelt and scripture-infused music. Her work inspires many to connect more deeply with their faith through the power of song. Ellie's gentle wisdom and vibrant spirit shine through in all she does, making her a cherished voice in the Christian community.

    Join us for this uplifting conversation, and you’ll feel like you’ve had coffee with a good friend and mentor. Ellie's insights and encouragement will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful.


    00:00-Introduction and Getting to Know Ellie Holcomb

    10:00-The Importance of Rest and Community

    15:02-Becoming a Modern-Day Psalmist

    28:26-Encouragement and Conclusion


    Connect With Ellie here

    Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ellieholcomb/

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    32m - Jun 18, 2024
  • What our homes can teach us about Jesus with Caroline Saunders

    We are in for a treat today! I've been following Caroline Saunders for a while now, and I'm thrilled to have her join me on the podcast. Today, we dive into her new Bible study, Come Home, which explores the themes of home and family through a biblical lens.

    Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s episode:

    • Themes of home and family- Caroline breaks down the fascinating biblical themes of home and family, offering deep insights.
    • Earthly homes and eternal longing- How the love and imperfections of our earthly homes highlight our longing for our eternal home in heaven.
    • Practical application- Ways to apply these biblical themes to our daily lives and parenting.

    Caroline Saunders is a gifted author known for her relatable and insightful writing. She is also a devoted mom who brings a unique perspective to the study of Scripture. This is an enriching conversation that will leave you feeling inspired and more connected to the biblical themes of home and family.

    0:00

    Getting to Know Caroline and Her Family

    05:28

    The Importance of Cultivating a Love for the Lord in Our Homes

    10:11

    Viewing Earthly Homes and Longing for Our Eternal Home

    14:13

    Caroline's Journey of Rediscovering God's Story Through Writing

    21:32

    The Structure of the Bible Study and Personal Letters

    25:17


    How to Connect with Caroline and Get the Bible Study

    Connect With Caroline here

    Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/writercaroline

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    27m - Jun 11, 2024
  • Navigating grief with grace with J.S. Park

    Today’s episode is a deeply meaningful and heartfelt conversation with Joon Park, also known as J.S. Park. Joon is a hospital chaplain who shares his experiences on his Instagram page and is the author of As Long As You Need


    Here’s what you’ll hear in today’s episode:

    • How to be open and authentic about grief and loss with your kids, using age-appropriate language and analogies.
    • Joon offers tips for providing a supportive environment for our children to grieve.
    • Navigating your own grief journey while being emotionally available for your kids and maintaining healthy boundaries.
    • Understanding the importance and benefits of rituals to remember loved ones, achieve closure, and honor both the loved ones and the grieving process.


    About Joon Park:

    Joon Park, or J.S. Park, is a dedicated hospital chaplain known for his compassionate approach to grief and loss. He recently published As Long As You Need, a book that provides comfort and understanding for those navigating the complexities of grief. Joon’s insights are drawn from his extensive experience in supporting individuals and families through their most challenging times.

    Join us for this touching episode as Joon reminds us that grief is messy and imperfect, but we have a faithful God who walks with us through every step of the journey.

    01:08

    Getting to Know Joon and His Family

    08:10

    Joon's Journey to Becoming a Hospital Chaplain

    14:17

    Supporting Children Through Grief

    28:31

    Navigating Grief and Loss

    32:12

    Compassion and Empathy

    35:34

    Joy and Sorrow

    37:27

    Rituals and Remembrance

    44:47

    Embracing the Messiness of Grief


    Connect With Joon here

    Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jspark3000/


    Resources Mentioned:

    As Long As You Need book



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    55m - Jun 4, 2024
  • Opting out of technology with Erin Loechner

    Today’s episode is one you won't want to miss. I’m joined by the delightful and insightful Erin Loechner. Erin began her career as a social media influencer and has since transitioned to a homeschool mama who has completely stepped away from social media. She shares her journey and insights in her new book, The Opt-Out Family: How to Give Your Kids What Technology Can’t.

    Here’s what you’ll takeaway in today’s episode:

    • How to make informed choices about technology use in your family without falling into the trap of tech-bashing.
    • Understanding the influence of social media algorithms and tech companies targeting our children.
    • Erin and I share personal stories and mistakes we’ve made with tech in our own families.
    • Practical ways to engage your family in activities that are more captivating than any algorithm.

    Join us for a refreshing and non-judgmental discussion that will equip you with the tools and encouragement to navigate technology in your family thoughtfully and intentionally.

    07:31

    The Opt Out Family: Prioritizing Real-Life Connections

    14:31

    Understanding the Social Media Algorithm

    28:36

    Teaching Responsible Use and Building Trust in the Digital World

    Connect with Erin  here

    Resources mentioned:

    https://www.optoutfamily.com/

    The Opt-Out Family

    Dwell Bible



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    34m - May 28, 2024
  • Teaching Etiquette & Manners with Jennifer L. Scott

    Get ready for a practical and fun episode as we sit down with Jennifer L. Scott, a New York Times bestselling author and popular YouTuber.

    Today, we're diving into her book Connoisseur Kids: Etiquette, Manners, and Living Well for Parents and Their Little Ones. Jennifer brings a refreshing perspective on teaching manners and etiquette, turning them from old-school and boring into fun, meaningful, and beneficial life skills.

    Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s episode:

    • Jennifer shares her top four essential etiquette lessons for children, providing practical tips for parents.
    • Strategies to transform table manners and other etiquette practices from tedious to enjoyable.
    • Insights into what our kids typically do well in terms of manners and areas where they might need more guidance.
    • Tips on how we, as parents, can effectively support and teach our kids these lifelong skills.

    Here's a little more about our guest:

    Jennifer is a New York Times bestselling author known for her expertise in manners and etiquette. Her popular YouTube channel and books, including "Connoisseur Kids," focus on living well and teaching essential life skills. Jennifer’s holistic approach to etiquette emphasizes its importance not just in childhood but as a foundational skill for a lifetime.

    Join us for an episode filled with practical advice that will help you instill valuable etiquette and manners in your children, making the process enjoyable for the whole family.


    Connect With Jennifer  here

    Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dailyconnoisseur


    Resources Mentioned


    God’s Holy Spirit in Me kid’s devotional


    Connoisseur Kids


    The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org


    Resources Mentioned


    God’s Holy Spirit in Me kid’s devotional




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    30m - May 21, 2024
  • Clear Clutter, Clear Mind. Home Organization Tips with Kristen Stokes

    This week, we're diving into something a bit different but incredibly practical—home organization. My friend Kristen Stokes, a professional organizer and owner of Simplified by Stokes, joins us for the first of a two-part series aimed at bringing order to our spaces and peace to our lives.

    Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s episode:

    • Kristen discusses how maintaining an organized home can lead to mental clarity and stress reduction.
    • Practical strategies for tackling the most important rooms in your house to maximize efficiency and calm.

    Whether you’re a natural at keeping things tidy or someone who struggles with clutter, there's something in this episode to inspire and assist everyone in their organizational journey. 

    Kristen is the skilled owner of Simplified by Stokes, where she transforms chaotic spaces into models of organization. Her expertise not only makes homes more visually appealing but also supports healthier, more focused lives for her clients. With her practical tips and empathetic approach, Kristen helps individuals regain control over their environments, one space at a time.

    Get ready to be inspired and pick up some great tips to help transform your home into a sanctuary of order and peace! 

    00:00

    Introduction and Getting to Know Kristen Stokes

    11:01

    The Impact of Home Organization on Well-being

    28:59

    Simplifying and Streamlining the Kitchen Pantry


    Connect With Kristen

    Simplified by Stokes

    Instagram: @simplifiedbystokes


    Resources Mentioned


    Come Home by Caroline Saunders


    God’s Holy Spirit in Me kid’s devotional


    First15


    Fabric hangers


    Lazy susan




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    33m - May 14, 2024
  • From anxious and tired to joyful and peaceful with Bethany Kimsey

    Get ready for an uplifting episode today as I sit down with my friend Bethany Kimsey. Bethany truly knows what it is like to be an exhausted mom who needs Jesus. Her story is a testament to the transformative power of faith and the strength found in Christ.

    Here’s what you’ll discover in today’s talk:

    • Bethany shares her transformation from tiredness, anxiety, and fragility to becoming a mom marked by joy, peace, and triumph.
    • How the truths of the gospel intersect with the practicalities of motherhood.
    • The importance of connecting with experienced moms for guidance and support.

    Bethany is a mom of eight and a passionate writer and podcaster. Her life reflects the incredible changes that God can bring about in our lives when we let him. Through her work, she is dedicated to empowering other moms to find victory over worry and fatigue by anchoring their lives in their identity in Christ.

    Bethany's encouragement and insights are a beacon of hope for any overwhelmed parent. Tune in to be inspired by her journey and to learn how to apply the peace and triumph of the gospel in your own life.


    00:38 Getting to Know Bethany

    04:02 The Hardest Transition in Parenting

    04:53 The One Thing Every Parent Should Know

    05:22 The Impact of Social Media on Motherhood

    07:17 Finding a Wise Older Mom

    08:13 Discerning God's Voice in Parenting

    13:25 The Gospel and Motherhood

    26:09 Wanting the Best for Our Children

    29:26 Bethany's Resources for Parents

    33:07 How to Connect with Bethany


    Connect With Bethany  here

    Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bethanykimsey

    Resources mentioned:

    A Warrior Mama’s Prayer Journal

    FearLess pillowcase

    Come Home by Caroline Saunders


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    36m - May 7, 2024
  • A legacy of faith, balancing life, and passing on beliefs with Casey Hilty

    Join me today for a conversation with one of my favorite friends, Casey Hilty. Our conversation will dive deep into the joys and challenges of managing various life roles and the beautiful task of passing on a legacy of faith.

    Here’s what we unpack in our episode:

    • Casey shares insights on setting boundaries and being selective with commitments to maintain balance.
    • We explore the powerful impact of family prayers over generations, inspired by Casey’s transformative journey in faith.
    • Casey emphasizes the importance of resting in Jesus and letting go of the pursuit of perfection.

    Casey is not only a dynamic speaker and author of Her Children Arise: Passing a Legacy of Faith to the Next Generation, but also an inspiring figure in Christian communities as a worship leader and artist. She stays busy managing her roles as a writer, speaker, worship leader, artist, mom of three, and teacher. 

    Her personal story of coming to faith later in life, influenced by the enduring prayers of her grandmother and great-grandmother, adds a profound depth to her teachings on spiritual legacy.

    This episode will uplift and inspire you, just as Casey has inspired me. Tune in to discover how to balance your life’s roles more effectively and contribute to a lasting spiritual legacy!

    00:00 Introduction and Getting to Know Casey Hilty

    05:08 Balancing Responsibilities and Setting Boundaries

    25:24 Embracing Imperfection in Parenting

    33:22 Resources for Teaching Kids About God


    Connect With Casey  here

    Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/caseyhilty


    The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org



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    39m - Apr 30, 2024
  • Embracing the uniqueness of each child with Jessica Hurlbut

    In today’s conversation, I'm joined by Jessica Hurlbut, who is co-host of Full Spectrum Parent, alongside her husband. Full Spectrum Parent is the only faith-based podcast focused on parenting kids on the autism spectrum and is proudly hosted on The Christian Parenting Podcast Network. Today she offers encouragement and hope in the beautiful, sometimes chaotic parenting journey.


    Here’s what we cover in our chat:


    • Jessica discusses the importance of recognizing and nurturing each child’s unique qualities.
    • She shares how letting go of our own expectations and trusting God can transform our parenting approach.
    • We get practical advice for managing the limits and distractions mothers face while prioritizing spiritual growth.


    Jessica is a podcast host, dedicated pastor, and author. She is passionate about empowering parents to embrace their children’s individual paths. Her book, Unlimited Motherhood, explores the joys and challenges of parenting with faith and flexibility.


    Jessica's insights are inspiring and deeply relevant, and her message will leave you feeling a bit lighter and more hopeful.


    00:00 Introduction and Family Description

    01:33 Every Child is Different

    05:41 The Importance of Surrender

    08:30 Being is Better than Seeming

    10:53 The Power of Vulnerability

    14:37 Unexpected Gifts from Letting Go

    22:26 Releasing Limitations and Trusting God

    26:06 The Limitations Moms Face

    29:31 Seeking God First



    Resources mentioned:

    Moms, Dads, and Grads Gift Guide


    The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org



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    37m - Apr 23, 2024
  • Strengthening the foundation of our families with Arlene Pellicane

    While parenting, working, and the whirlwind of daily life, it's easy for marriage—the very foundation of our family life—to slide to the back burner. But our marriages are critical and so today's episode is dedicated to nurturing this foundational relationship. 

    I am thrilled to be joined by Arlene Pellicane, a renowned marriage and family speaker, host of the Happy Home Podcast, and author of books like 31 Days to a Happy Husband and "31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife.

    Arlene and I discuss why fewer young adults choose marriage over living together and the significance of long-term thinking in nurturing marital bonds that survive and thrive. Here's what we cover:

    - The Changing State of Marriage: Exploring the shifts in how young adults view marriage and cohabitation.

    - The Importance of Long-Term Thinking: We discuss making decisions that will benefit our marriages in the long haul, beyond the immediate moments of joy or challenge.

    - Modeling a Healthy Marriage: Parents’ critical role is demonstrating what a loving, committed relationship looks like to their children.

    - Practical Tips for Busy Parents: Arlene shares invaluable advice on strengthening your marriage amidst the chaos of parenting, including the importance of daily connections, weekly dates, and regular getaways.

    Arlene's insights are incredibly helpful for couples seeking to deepen their connection and ensure their marriage remains a source of joy, strength, and stability in their family life. Her practical tips offer actionable steps that busy parents can take to reconnect, rejuvenate, and reaffirm their commitment to each other.

    Our conversation is a gentle reminder that while parenting is an all-consuming role, the health of our marriage significantly impacts our family's well-being. Arlene's guidance provides a roadmap for couples to navigate the complexities of modern marriage with grace, intention, and a lot of love!


    Connect With Arlene here


    Or on Instagram @ArlenePellicane

    Resources Mentioned:

    https://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalmarriageweek

    https://twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=%2Fmarriageweekusa

    https://www.instagram.com/nationalmarriageweekusa

    Christian Parenting store

    Moms, Dads, and Grads Gift Guide


    The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org



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    38m - Apr 16, 2024
  • Navigating loneliness with grace with Max Lucado

    I am honored to share a conversation with someone who has touched the hearts of many through his words and wisdom—Pastor Max Lucado. We discuss his latest children’s book, Just In Case You Ever Feel Alone, a project born from his desire to speak into the lives of young ones experiencing loneliness and uncertainty. As a father to adult children and a grandfather, Pastor Max's insights are not just based on theory but are lived and breathed experiences.

    This conversation with Pastor Max Lucado reminds us of the gentle strength that comes from understanding our worth in God's eyes and the importance of instilling this truth in our children. 

    Here are a few of the reminders and insights Pastor Max shares:

    • The Importance of Family: Pastor Max underscores the foundational role family plays in providing security and belonging.
    • Quality Time with Our Kids: We discuss strategies for creating meaningful connections with our children, even amidst busy schedules. 
    • Addressing Loneliness: Pastor Max shares his insights on the loneliness epidemic and offers guidance on supporting our kids through their emotional journeys.
    • Balancing Busyness and Spiritual Growth: A key topic is balancing daily tasks and fostering spiritual growth, emphasizing the necessity of spending time with God.

    One of the most profound takeaways from our talk is Pastor Max’s approach to dealing with difficult emotions—finding the root of our feelings and replacing lies with truth. This practical yet powerful strategy not only aids us as parents but also equips us to guide our children in processing their emotions in a healthy, God-centered way.

    I hope you find this episode as uplifting and enlightening as I did. Pastor Max’s wisdom and gentle encouragement offer a beacon of light for parents striving to navigate the complexities of raising emotionally healthy and spiritually grounded children.


    Connect with Max

    @maxlucado

    https://maxlucado.com/

    Resources Mentioned:

    Get your copy of Just In Case You Ever Feel Alone here

    Christian Parenting store (15% off with coupon PODCAST2024)


    The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org



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    26m - Apr 9, 2024
  • Creating a home where kids thrive with Melissa Kruger

    In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of sitting down with Melissa Kruger, a wise and experienced voice in parenting and discipleship. As the vice president of The Gospel Coalition’s discipleship program and a mother to three adult children, Melissa brings wisdom and practical insights. Our conversation centers around her book, Parenting with Hope, and we really get into the nuances of parenting teens and children of all ages.

    Melissa offers a refreshing perspective on building and maintaining strong relationships with our children. She emphasizes the importance of parenting from a foundation of values and principles, highlighting the need for us to take responsibility for our own reactions and actions. Her reminder to focus on grace and to trust in the journey God has us on is both comforting and empowering.

    Here are some of my insights that Melissa shares:

    • Parenting from Values and Principles: Melissa discusses how parenting guided by core values and principles can foster a nurturing environment for children to grow and flourish.
    • The Role of Grace and Warmth: Emphasizing the power of grace, warmth, and welcome, Melissa illustrates how these elements can transform our home life and relationships with our children.
    • Trusting in God’s Word and Prayer: At the heart of our discussion is the reminder to parent with hope, leaning on prayer and God’s promises. Melissa encourages us to see parenting as a long game, where faithfulness in prayer and trust in God’s plan is paramount.

    Whether you’re in the thick of parenting teens or preparing for the years ahead, Melissa’s insights offer a path to a more connected, faithful, and hopeful parenting experience.


    Connect With Melissa online 

    Order your copy of Parenting with Hope HERE

    Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/melissabryankruger/


    Resources mentioned:

    Raising Mentally Strong Kids




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    36m - Apr 2, 2024
  • Raising our kids to be world changers with Carlos Whittaker

    Today’s episode is one I’ve been eagerly anticipating, and I can’t wait for you to join me in this heartwarming conversation with Carlos Whittaker. Carlos is so fun and encouraging. He is a devoted dad to three, an engaging storyteller, speaker, and the author of several transformative books. His latest work, Get Your Hopes Up: 90 Devotions & True Stories for Young World Changers, is a testament to the impactful role hope plays in our lives and the lives of our children.

    Here’s a glimpse into the powerful themes we explore:

    • Raising Today’s Kids: Carlos discusses the joys and challenges of parenting in the modern world, emphasizing the vital role of love and engagement in our children’s lives.
    • Confronting Worry, Fear, and Anxiety: We delve into the prevalent issues of worry, fear, and anxiety among kids today. Carlos offers wisdom on finding age-appropriate ways to involve our children in problem-solving, fostering a sense of agency and resilience.
    • The Power of Hope: At the heart of our discussion is the transformative power of hope. Carlos shares how anchoring our hope in God can combat the worries of this world, offering a solid foundation for both parents and children.

    Carlos’s insights are a refreshing reminder of the significant impact we have as parents. His message of hope, coupled with practical advice on engaging our children in meaningful ways, offers a beacon of light for those navigating the real challenges of raising young world changers.

    This episode is more than just a conversation; it’s an invitation to reflect on the ways we can instill hope, courage, and faith in our children. Carlos’s enthusiasm and wisdom are infectious, and I believe you’ll walk away from this episode feeling inspired and uplifted.


    Connect with Carlos:

    Order your copy of Get Your Hopes Up HERE

    Instagram @loswhit


    Resources Mentioned: 

    Order your copy of Raising Mentally Strong Kids

    Our Scripture Affirmation Cards are the perfect gifts for your kid’s Easter Baskets!



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    33m - Mar 26, 2024
  • Cultivating resilience: Dr. Charles Fay on Raising Mentally Strong Kids

    In today’s episode, we get into a topic that’s close to my heart and, I suspect, a challenge for many of us: watching our kids face challenges. As much as we want to shield them from hardship, we know deep down that overcoming challenges is crucial to their growth.


    To explore this conundrum, I’m joined by Dr. Charles Fay, president of the Love and Logic Institute and co-author of Raising Mentally Strong Kids with Dr. Daniel Amen.


    Dr. Fay is both knowledgeable and compassionate, emphasizing that perfection is not the goal of parenting. Instead, he encourages us to embrace the messiness and challenges of family life as opportunities for growth, both for our children and ourselves.


    Here are some of the topics we cover:

    • The Importance of Challenges: Dr. Fay shares how trials can lead to personal growth and foster a closer relationship with God and family.
    • Mental Health and Young People: We discuss the concerning trends in mental health among youth today, with a particular focus on the impact of technology and the importance of teaching kids to resist unhealthy influences.
    • Practical Parenting Tips: Dr. Fay offers actionable advice on setting limits, encouraging good decision-making, and nurturing mental strength in our children.
    • Guidance from God: Perhaps most heartening is Dr. Fay’s reminder to lean on our faith, focus on key principles, and seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our parenting journey.


    Dr. Fay’s wisdom is both encouraging and practical, equipping us with the tools to raise resilient, mentally strong kids. His insights remind us that while we cannot protect our children from every hardship, we can empower them to navigate life’s challenges with grace and strength.


    Thank you for joining me in this important conversation. Here’s to embracing the trials, teaching resilience, and trusting in God’s plan for our children’s lives.


    Connect With Dr Fay online at www.loveandlogic.com or on Instagram


    Pre-order your copy of Raising Mentally Strong Kids  HERE


    Get your set of 25 Biblically based Scripture cards today!



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    32m - Mar 19, 2024
  • Embracing the funny & imperfect in parenting with Molly Stillman

    Today’s episode is a blend of humor and heart with the delightful Molly Stillman as our guest. Many of you might know Molly from her podcast, Can I Laugh on Your Shoulder?, or her newly released memoir, If I Don't Laugh I'll Cry. Beyond her roles in the media, Molly is a dedicated mom with an incredible journey to share.

    Molly’s story is a testament to the power of grace, laughter, and faith in the parenting journey. From her childhood to finding faith later in life, and now in her approach to parenting, Molly opens up about the realities of navigating life’s ups and downs. 

    Today, we dive into some truly meaningful discussions:

    • Imperfect parenting: Molly shares her take on the beauty and challenges of parenting with authenticity, including the importance of apologizing to our kids when we fall short.
    • Modeling a faith-filled life: we explore what it means to live out our faith in a way that our children can see, learn from, and be inspired by.
    • Finding balance: Molly discusses the delicate act of sheltering our kids from the world while also exposing them to culture in a way that’s healthy and constructive.

    Today’s conversation feels like sitting down with friends — a space to be real, to share laughs, and to find comfort in the shared experiences of parenthood. Molly’s journey reminds us all that amidst the trials and the messiness of raising kids, there is immense joy and grace to be found.

    I hope you leave this episode feeling a little lighter, a bit more encouraged, and equipped with a fresh outlook on parenting through the lens of faith and humor. Molly’s story is a reminder that in the chaos of parenting, a good laugh and a sincere apology can go a long way in fostering a loving and faith-filled home.

    Don't forget to check out Molly’s memoir, If I Don't Laugh I'll Cry, for more of her heartfelt and hilarious insights into life and parenting.

    Connect With Molly online at https://www.stillbeingmolly.com

    Pre-Order your copy of If I Don’t Laugh I’ll Cry HERE

    Or on Instagram @stillbeingmolly/


    The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org



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    43m - Mar 12, 2024
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