With summer almost upon us, many families are planning their seasonal vacations. We want to encourage you to plan to make a trip – even if it’s just some day trips – with your family this summer as a way to build relationships and memories.
Moms are so wonderful, important, valuable, and irreplaceable, and we are thankful God created them! In this episode we take a look at Gloria Furman’s book Missional Motherhood.
This book is a case for God’s biblical design for women and how that empowers them to be the best nurturers. It includes a very interesting overview of the whole Bible in reference to this design. We also take a self-indulgent moment to review the cover of this really cool book!
We recommend you check out Missional Motherhood and maybe get a copy for a mom in your life! Be Abnormal!
We all love a good engagement story…unless it ends with rejection! Too often parents feel that is the end of the story when they try to connect with their teen or young adult children. In this episode, we take a look at some ways to get better engaged!
First we talked about identifying barriers: expectations, distractions, influence of other relationships, and differences in personalities. Our journey starts with researching who our children are and what they like. We’ve got to do that with learning to ask good questions and being good listeners.
Today is the fifth Tuesday in March and, while we won’t be having a new episode of our podcast this week, we wanted to recommend another great resource!
A few weeks ago, our church attended a youth conference where Arlene Pellicane was the speaker. She was energetic and interesting and told us all to burn our phones! The teenagers loved it! Seriously!
Arlene is a speaker and an author who combines her love for Jesus, her experience parenting, and her research into technology to help families navigate some of the difficulties of living in a digital age. She’s written several books, hosts a podcast, and even has a Masterclass!
We want you to encourage you to check out Arlene’s resources. Our suggested place to start is a recent episode of the Happy Home Podcast where she talks about the wonder of creation with guest Louie Giglio. Louie is a pastor, author, and one of my favorite speakers!
So check that out and then plan to join us next Tuesday with a brand new episode of our podcast! Until then, Be Abnormal!
We all have questions, but where do we go for answers?
As Christians, we tend to say “the Bible”, but for most of us understanding and connecting these ancient Eastern writings with our 21st Century lives can be a challenge.
The Bible Project is a great resource to help individuals and families begin to read through the Bible while avoiding common pitfalls and misunderstandings. In this episode we highlight some of the different tools they have. Here are some great ways to start connecting with this resource:
It’s hard to ask for help. In this episode we talk about the important and growing issue of mental health for young people. As parents we need to be equipped to identify the need and access help for our children.
Here are some of the suggestions we mentioned.
Be observant and learn how to ask good questions:
What are some of your biggest challenges?
How do you feel about those?
Have your feelings changed?
Where is God in the midst of those things?
What does God think or feel about these things?
What help do you want?
Who else would you want to talk to about this?
What is one step you can take right now about this situation or your reaction?
major change in behavior or mood
exhibiting sings of hopelessness, numbness, or lethargy
experiencing unfounded fears
trouble doing normal daily behaviors such as eating, sleeping, or simple tasks
If problems persist find others to help you. We discussed Dr. Eddie Moody’s book First Aid for Emotional Hurts. In it he helps discern what type of help you might need. Here are some examples:
Medical doctors (and medication)
Lastly, we talked about healthy and preventive activities we can do for and with our children:
Read and meditate on God’s Word
Engage with the church
Foster healthy relationships
Remember, it is best to ask for help early. We are glad to be a first contact if you have questions. We’d love to guide you to specific help for you and your family. Until next time…Be Abnormal!
In this episode we talk about the results of our recent parent listener survey. We hope that this podcast can create a community where we can support each other as we navigate the really difficult, hard, and wonderful process of raising families to love Jesus.
We found that most of us are truly concerned about the spiritual development of our children and want to find training and resources to help us do that better. In the coming months we’ll be sharing some episodes based off the survey results on topics such as:
Developing strong relationships
Finding training and resources that help us grow as parents and followers of Jesus
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!