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The Family Goals Podcast

Author: Graham and Shay Cochrane

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Your family can do things differently and the payoffs are worth it! Each week on the Family Goals Podcast, Graham and Shay Cochrane share hope and actionable wisdom around the areas of marriage, family culture, parenting, money, work, and entrepreneurship.
16 Episodes
I know work-life balance is a phrase that people just love to hate on for some reason right now, but I think it's generally because we're not doing a great job of balancing work and life. And so we just dismiss it. What we want to talk about today is how to have alignment with your work and life so that they can actually complement each other and not create a space for resentment or bitterness or tension in your family. Our goal for today's episode is to help you have a thriving family and we're going to look at it through the lens of work -life alignment.
There was a season I remember very well when it felt like we were doing nothing but disciplining all the time. It was absolutely exhausting and I felt like we were failing as parents because it felt like they weren't learning anything. And then somehow, I don't remember where, but I learned this one hack that I kid you not changed everything almost from day to day. That's what we're gonna talk about on today's episode of the Family Goals Podcast.
Shay and I have a strict no yelling policy in our marriage. We have had it from day one, and it wasn't actually something we officially signed, it just is something that happened kind of organically. Over time, we've realized that this is a bit rare and we've seen the benefits of it. When we've counseled couples, we've zeroed in on this issue of yelling in their marriage. Today, we are going be talking about why we believe you should create a no yelling policy and how to make one. We will give you some hope, and a picture of what a yelling free marriage and home could look like and how it could benefit you.
The one thing that we get asked the most about as a couple, is how do we handle kids and technology? Definitely a hot topic. This is going to be a quick and dirty episode talking about how we have handled tech with our kids. We haven't done everything right. We aren't doing everything right now. But there are certain things that we have seen pay off. It's a conversation that every parent has to be having. So let's do it.
Parenting little kids is so freaking hard. Can we just say that? Hey, this episode is for you moms and dads that still have little kids in the house. We're gonna spend the next 30 minutes pumping you up with encouragement. So, if you're just having one of those days and you're not feeling for it, the barf is everywhere, the minivan is a mess, and you aren't getting any love or appreciation for all you do for your wonderful little kids, put this episode on repeat and let us pour some life into you!
The Art of Fatherhood

The Art of Fatherhood


What's the secret to winning as a dad? What truly makes a great father? While I (Graham) haven't completely figured that out I want to talk today about the art of fatherhood and how we men can grow as dads to be the best dad our kids could ever have.
Forward this to your single friends. Today we're talking about nine red flags to watch out for when dating. These aren't all "deal breakers" but they certainly are a warning sign that at least an intentional conversation is needed. Remember, you get to choose your spouse, so choose wisely! Let's jump in!
In our marriage, Shay and I have experienced everything financially from living on food stamps to paying off our mortgage. And when we think back to what helped set us up for success, we believe there are two things that we've done that I think have been the most financially life -changing in allowing us to experience health in our finances at this stage of the game. We're going to unpack those for you in today's episode.
Summer is right around the corner and with it is high hopes for amazing family vacations that are full of connection and memories. But if you're like us, then you've had plenty of vacations that end up being a disappointment and nothing but exhausting. We've had, you know, a few reps, family vacationing now with a daughter that's almost 15 and a daughter that is 12. And so in today's episode, we're going to be sharing with you the lessons we've learned on how to family vacay well for maximum connectivity and memory making.
Let's talk about a two -letter word, "no". Today we're sharing the things that we say no to with our kids. So all you parents out there, or soon -to -be parents, I know you love your kids and they're so cute and you wanna say yes, but you probably say no to your kids with certain things, and so what we thought we'd do in this episode is walk through the eight or so things that we say "no" to our kids about, and what we say "yes" to instead.
I already know right out of the gate, this is gonna be a controversial episode. We are talking through the seven boundaries that we have put in place from the very beginning of marriage to protect our marriage against infidelity. I don't know what you guys are gonna think about these, but they have served us and our goal is that you can maybe take one or two or be inspired to create some of your own so that we can all enjoy long, healthy, happy marriages.
If we did one thing right over the years it was to take one night or weekend out of the year to intentionally reflect and plan for the next 12 months. We've recently brought our kids into this process that we call a Family Vision Weekend. In this episode we're going to outline our entire process in the hopes that it will inspire you to do a Family Vision Weekend of your own! - Plan your own family vision weekend with our free guide at
We haven't shared this publicly, but last year Shay took a complete six month sabbatical from work. Absolutely no work for six months. And for the first time ever, we're going to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly, and the awesome of taking six months away from her company. - Grab our 5 Connection Conversation Prompts at
So I would say we have a pretty good marriage. Not a perfect marriage, but a pretty good marriage. But we've made a lot of mistakes over the years, and 18 plus years into this now, we were reflecting on what are the biggest mistakes that we've made, the things that have caused the most pain, have taken us down the wrong turns, the things that we wish we would have done differently, and the things that we've tried to actively improve upon. And that's what we're gonna talk about in today's episode of the five biggest marriage mistakes we've made and how we are in process on working on them. This ought to be fun. - Grab our 5 Connection Conversation Prompts at
It's no surprise, but money fights are listed as the number one cause of divorce currently in America. The tension and overwhelm surrounding money management is real. If you are a human with a pulse, especially if you are a married human, then you have felt that tension and you've cried those tears. But if you can get money management right, your marriage and your family are going to be, and for future generations, are going to be so much better off. So in this episode, we want to simplify money management by sharing the three things every family should do with their money. - Grab our 5 Connection Conversation Prompts at
Families are more disconnected now than ever before. This culture of fast-paced busy-ness and distraction has eroded intimacy, connection, joy. And we have this crazy idea that this one ritual, this idea of fighting for the family dinner table, can impact everything else for the better in your family. Let's discuss. - Grab our 5 Connection Conversation Prompts at