If you could have a superpower what would it be? Superspeed? Flight? Reading Minds?
What if you could connect with and understand the young people in your life? Now that would be a superpower! In this episode we talk about the power of empathy and how we can develop it.
Here’s some highlights from the episode:
Empathy = Notice + Care
Notice takes Listening
Listening takes Asking Good Questions
Care takes an Investment
Don’t let your Perceived Experiences or Preferences keep you from forming Empathy.
Several of the concepts we used came from Fuller Youth Institute. Check out their website and parent resources. We also encourage you to fill our our Parent Survey. We’ll be talking about the results in an episode next month! Be Abnormal!
We want to invite your feedback by filling out our Parent Survey. This survey is meant to help us continue providing the best ideas and resources for the needs of your family. We will be highlighting the results in an episode in mid-February. Stay tuned and Be Abnormal!
As we enter a new year, we look forward to continuing to provide episodes full of great ideas and resources for parents. And we need your help to do it!
We are asking our listeners (and any parent or concerned adult who is willing) to fill out a short survey giving us some feedback. The survey should only take about 15 minutes and will allow you to share some of what has been helpful and what you are needing more of. You can fill out the survey here.
We hope that your feedback will help us improve our podcast as well as identify the biggest issues facing our listener’s families. Here’s a few of the big issues that we highlight in this episode:
Purpose and Direction
We encourage you to take the survey, listen to this episode and then join us in two weeks as we help you unleash the power of empathy! Be Abnormal!
There is no new podcast today. We will be returning next Tuesday – January 4th – with a brand new episode for a brand new year!
As we look forward to 2022, we are excited to continue partnering with parents to help raise our children for the cause of Christ! Here’s a little preview of some of our upcoming episodes:
The Superpower of Empathy
Social Media Do’s & Don’t’s
Helping Your Child Find Help
How to Talk to Your Teenager
Having Fun on a Budget!
We look forward to sharing these and other topics in the upcoming weeks. We would also love to hear from you. You can comment on our episodes and posts. You can reach us via social media at Facebook or Instagram. Or you can email us directly at email@example.com.
We all have our favorite stories. We find them in books and movies and fairy tales. But why do these stories capture our imaginations? It’s because they all have elements of the true story of God and His work among His people.
In this episode, we talk about how to identify those truths and use them to guide our families closer to God. Here’s some of the action steps:
Make sure your family sees how compelling the true story is. Get your family reading and engaging with the Bible to see it’s truth and relevance to their lives.
Engage in fiction stories with them. Find out the stories they love and share in them. We really encourage you to read books along with your kids. Here’s a few of the ones we mentioned in the podcast: The Hobbit, C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, Brave New World.
Make Sure your family sees themselves in the story. Use these stories to ask the deep questions of life. Where to you identify? Who do you want to be more like? How would you have responded?
Take some time this week to share in some stories with your family! Be Abnormal!
The YouVersion Bible app is one of the best modern tools for engaging with God’s Word. Just recently this app achieved 500 million downloads, which represents lives, families, and households who are being impacted by the power of Scripture!
This episode highlights some great ways to use this tool for yourself and your family in your walk with Jesus.
Have you ever said “yes” to too many commitments? Do you sometimes want to say “no” to even the best requests? Have you ever realized too late that you ran a relational stop sign? If so, you might have a boundary problem!
In this very accessible read, Courtney covers the same five conversations – just from the perspective of what your son is experiencing. We strongly recommend reading both of these valuable books and having these life-changing conversations with your sons and daughters.
Don’t let culture define you. We must help our daughters define beauty from God’s standards.
Guard your heart. We must help our daughters discern which voices should shape their views, thoughts and beliefs. Parents need to be good listeners and provide a safe place as we help them reflect these issues.
Respect you body and your sexuality. We need to be committed to having age-appropriate conversations with our daughters about the issues surrounding sex. (Check out our Episode 71 – Let’s Talk about Sex for more thoughts on this conversation.)
Realize childhood is only for a season. We need to help our daughters imagine a healthy adult future for themselves.
Know that you are who you have been becoming. We need to help our daughters take inventory of where they are on their path so they can continue heading to the future that God wants for them. Proverbs 31 is a good tool to use in these times of reflection.
We encourage you to start and/or continue these conversations with your daughters. Until next time, Be Abnormal!