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Do you long to be a more intentional mom but you feel overwhelmed or weary or just don't have a clear path to the next step toward a successful family life? The Practically Speaking MOM, Val Harrison, is here to bring some order to the chaos and some focus to the confusion. You don’t have to be the perfect mom to have a strong family, you need a plan! Join author, speaker, mother of seven, and grandma of two, as she shares wisdom and encouragement about the six areas of an intentional mom's life. You'll learn from her years of experience, successes, mistakes and redemption. Val and her husband Rich, married 28 years, have three married children, two more in college, and two in her homeschool. This podcast covers all stages of parenting, from babies to toddlers to teens and beyond. Val wants to encourage you to not become weary in your work as an intentional mom, "Even with all its unique personalities, imperfections and scars; your family is God's masterpiece. Your efforts matter in this worthy journey of motherhood." Galations 6:9 says, "Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you'll reap a harvest if you do not give up." Let's walk this marathon journey of motherhood TOGETHER, right here, every Monday on the Practically Speaking MOM podcast, the place for an intentional mom to build a strong family.
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I don't want my vision for my family's future. My vision is skewed. My motives are often selfish and my imagination of what could be is often way too small. I want new vision, but I want it to be God's vision for our family. He is the divine Way-Maker. He's the great Vision-Caster, truly the Master Artist of our family, if we allow Him to be. I don't want to be heading toward my own goals and agenda. I don't want my vision to have come from me. I want to be heading towards GOD's vision for my family. I believe that His ways are 1. better than my ways 2. bigger than I could have imagined3. more blessed than my own ways could have beenI want to live this out in my life and equip my children to do the same.  This is an episode you will want your children to listen along with you.  You'll be hearing from four of my children sharing from their heart about getting God's heart for their future.Isaiah 55:8 Says, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord… “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Val's Book: Wearing All Your Hats without Wearing Out: Finding Focus for Your Family to be the Masterpiece God Intended   Content by Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM. Guest host today, Lisa Nehring of True North Homeschool AcademyMeet our guest host: Lisa Nehring directs True North Homeschool Academy, a full-service K-12th grade academy offering live online, small group, dynamic, interactive classes, clubs, Mom's Membership and more! Lisa has been married for 36 years, has 5 grown children, 2 grandchildren and 2 Master's Degrees. Her heart is to come alongside other intentional moms to create a space that welcomes and nurtures truth, beauty and goodness in the world! To find out about Lisa's classes, clubs, testing, Advising, weekly Blog and more: True North Homeschool Academy   Listen to our weekly podcast: Soft Skills 101:Life Skills for a Digital Age  Join in the conversation on FB: True North Homeschool Academy Get inspired  on Pinterest Join in the fun on  InstagramContact Val: www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.comFacebook Group: Intentional Mom, Strong Family 
"Our kids need to know that SUCCESS IS IN THE JOURNEY AS MUCH AS IN THE END ACHIEVEMENT. Falling down and getting back up are important milestones in the journey." Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOMThree Steps to Teaching Your Kids the Success Habit of Goal Setting and Goal-mapping Skills.1. Pray over your goal-setting before, after, and during the process.We want God to be our partner in life.  He knows us; He knows our circumstances; He knows our future.  He knows all of those things better than we do.  Having Him as our partner in all of these decisions and all o f these plans is so critical.  Ultimately we want His will.  We don't want our will.   He can do this so much better than we can.  I need Him to direct my life and I want to teach my children to allow Him to direct their lives also.  We shouldn't expect that for their future behavior if we don't teach them how today. "His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. As far as the heavens are above the earth, so far are His thoughts above our thoughts and His ways above our ways."  Isaiah 55:8.2. Teach them to WRITE DOWN their goals and place them around the house where they can see them regularly.3. Include a TIMELINE for  achievable little steps as a roadmap to the big goal. If you only have the big end goal, it may stay too unattainable.  You and your kids need some little successes to celebrate along the way!  Let's learn how!Quotes from the episode:"Even if we never reach the end goal, we have succeeded by making progress." Val Harrison "It's bonding to set goals together, to map them out together, and to watch God do great things." Val HarrisonOther Resources Mentioned:JoniA Man Called NormanBy the way, no shark was harmed - it was one that had died naturally.Plugged In .com Media Review Website from Focus on the FamilyRaising A Luke 2:52 Kid Podcast Episode and Blog PostRaising A Luke 2:52 Kid Goal Poster downloadContent by Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM. Guest host today, Lisa Nehring of True North Homeschool AcademyMeet our guest host: Lisa Nehring directs True North Homeschool Academy, a full-service K-12th grade academy offering live online, small group, dynamic, interactive classes, clubs, Mom's Membership and more! Lisa has been married for 36 years, has 5 grown children, 2 grandchildren and 2 Master's Degrees. Her heart is to come alongside other intentional moms to create a space that welcomes and nurtures truth, beauty and goodness in the world! To find out about Lisa's classes, clubs, testing, Advising, weekly Blog and more: True North Homeschool Academy   Listen to our weekly podcast: Soft Skills 101:Life Skills for a Digital Age  Join in the conversation on FB: True North Homeschool Academy Get inspired  on Pinterest Join in the fun on  Instagram
"Hiding in the messy moments from our past are opportunities for new God moments with us and with our kids" - Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM from episode 68 & 120We are always working on the growth of our kids' hearts.  This episode is for YOU, intentional mom, to work on your heart.  It's a process to recalibrate, to refine your mom journey.Somewhere around eleven New Years’ ago, I began a personal mom tradition - taking some time alone to practice something I’ve come to call the Five R’s of Intentional Parenting: Reflect, Regret, Repent, Redeem, Refine. I would love it if you joined me in this practice!As you go through this process, you are also learning a wonderful skill to teach your children as well! You are equipping them to face their mistakes in a productive, strength-building way.CLICK HERE to read the full blog post that coordinates with this podcast episode.Steps to the Five R’s of Being an Intentional Mistaking Parent1. REFLECT ❓What are some things that went great or is going well in our family? ❓What needs a little tweak of refinement because it’s not quite right but is on the right track? ❓What were big fails or is really not going well right now? ❓Where do I see relationship walls or other signs of potentially troubled hearts in your home? (The hearts of your family are the most important things of all to zero in on for your time of reflection. Linger here the longest.)2. REGRET I’ve learned to stay in this REGRET step for a bit - to go ahead and live in the pain on purpose for a little while, letting reality sting. I don’t want to avoid the important role of regret. It is like a refiner’s fire of my character. It sears into my heart the importance of not remaining the way I am.There is healing in the refiner’s fire of regret. Don’t skip it, don’t undervalue it, but also don’t build a summer home in regret. It’s a temporary stop in your journey to refinement.3. REPENTRepentance is a time of TURNING, turning away from my old ways and pivoting to a better way.4. REDEEM This is the time for me to allow God to take my mess and RESHAPE it. He doesn’t wipe out the memory of the past, but He does give it new meaning.5. REFINEFinally, learn to live a lifestyle of this REFINING PROCESS - refining your character, your perspective, your parenting habits, your priorities.RESOURCES for Episode 68:Mending Your Child's Heart at Every Age, Episode 62, Blog Post & PodcastThe Hope-Filled Life of the Mistaking Parent, Pt 1Full Length Workshop on Answering the Six Questions of Your Childs Heart - LIVE WORKSHOP & SLIDES to accompany audio, $12 download. These six questions include the steps of RESTORING relationships..Episode 69 - The rest of my talk on the 5 R's of Intentional ParentingEpisode 16- The Power of Regret, Don't waste this Moment
"What they're struggling with on the inside, these are the more critical things than the things that they're struggling with on the outside."What I've Observed in the middle years1.They're figuring out social skills about themselves so be sure to be teaching them people skills.2. There's a reason they're so absent-minded right now - have grace and try the two techniques mentioned.3. They're turning more outward for their influences so pray for their influencers and build bridges with their influencers and take Val's tips on this point.*Watch carefully the different ways your introvert or extrovert teen or preteen handles this time.*Be a visionary to help them see what they don't see in themselves (learn about being a Visionary Parent in my book, Wearing All Your Hats without Wearing Out or the Ebook version - the Ebook is an affiliate link).*Be their biggest cheerleader as you help them find something to win at, which volunteering can be a great way to feel like they're winning!You met Tori a few weeks ago when you heard her own story through the young teen years and now you get to hear her as a youth director.  Val and youth director, Tori, on how to parent Gen Z'ers:-Middle Schoolers, "Do you like me?"-High Schoolers, "Do I like you?"The world is telling them, "If you perform well, if you bring something to the table, if you have something to offer then you're worth something."Val shares some lessons she learned the hard way in parenting teenagers including applying Mercy Seat Parenting to the teen years -  and they discuss how to get teens to open up with parents about the hard things.Resources Recommended:Techwise Family by Andy Crouch www.Axis.com especially the Culture Translator NewsletterSpecial thanks to our guest host, Katie Waalkes of Life In the Mundane YouTube Channel....Katie is a wife of 13 years, mother to 6 kids, and runs the YouTube channel "Life in the Mundane". She is passionate about encouraging parents in their biblical parenting and helping homeschool mom's in their journey. Katie has a unique perspective on homeschooling as both her and her husband grew up homeschooled. As a second generation homeschooler she has been both the student and teacher and has much to offer on the topic. She hopes to be able to help you start making the most of the little moments in life, as the mundane moments are often the most impactful.  You can find Katie at youtube.com/lifeinthemundane lifeinthemundane.com instagram.com/lifeinthemundane
Intentional Moms, I pray that you and your family are preparing your hearts for a blessed Christmas in your home.  Today's episode is an inspirational devotional from guest host Jan Burt.  She gives us encouragement that, because of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have reason to have hope and joy, even in the midst of the struggles we face in our world.  Thank you, Jan, for pointing us again to the Savior this Christmas season! Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for twenty-nine years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting an online prayer retreat.Jan is the host of the podcast “The Burt (Not Ernie) Show” & author of the new book “The Power of God’s Will – 40 Days of God’s Promises Devotional” (available on Amazon) & “The Once-A-Year Homeschool Planner” (a multi-grade, multi-subject planning system) – which can be found at JanLBurt.com. She is also a regular contributor to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Find Jan  Instagram: @JanLBurt or at her website JanLBurt.com The Burt (Not Ernie) Show Podcast(on Apple Podcasts)The Power of God's Will - 40 Days of God's Promises Devotional on AmazonJanLBurt.comNext Week: Guest Host Katie Waalkes
Mama, Are you depleted?  You can't pour out of an empty pitcher.  Intentional Moms take time to have your soul nourished so that you can truly nourish the souls of your children. Today we look at the different ways a busy mom can get quality time with God to nourish her heart so that it's filled up in order to be poured out for her children.The episode concludes with a look at four steps to being a Power House Parent.Click here to Read Val's BLOG POST that coincides with this podcastPower House Commitments:1. I will model a God-First relationship with Jesus Christ.2. I will honor my child's other parent.3. I will guard my child's heart.4. I will encourage other families to be a Power House family.Quotes:"God has an agenda for my day.  I need to trust him to make me passionate about His agenda for my day and to have peace about the things that aren't going to get done.""Time with the Lord is your daily spiritual nourishment to fill up your heart so that you can pour it out in leading your family to live a lifestyle of feasting with the Father.""You can't lead where you aren't going.  You can't teach what you don't know.  Your relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship in your life."Today's Guest Host:  Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for twenty-nine years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting an online prayer retreat.Jan is the host of the podcast “The Burt (Not Ernie) Show” & author of the new book “The Power of God’s Will – 40 Days of God’s Promises Devotional” (available on Amazon) & “The Once-A-Year Homeschool Planner” (a multi-grade, multi-subject planning system) – which can be found at JanLBurt.com. She is also a regular contributor to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Find Jan  Instagram: @JanLBurt or at her website JanLBurt.com .janburtauthor@gmail.comResources MentionedYouverision BibleCONNECT with Val:www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.com        Public announcements & Resources Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/PracticallySpeakingMom/Val's Private Group: Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyInstagram:@PracticallySpeakingMOM
An honest story of brokenness, redemption, hope, and beautiful scars along with SPECIFIC ACTION STEPS for INTENTIONAL PARENTS - steps for the role you play in your child's sacred journey to make their faith their own...with Guest Host Nina Baldwin, EverydayBlessings.net, Everyday Blessings YouTube Channel, featuring Victoria Dahilig.  What's so sacred about struggling?  We don't realize it is sacred until later.   And then, then we see that the time of struggling was just as sacred as the time of redemption. Resources:Clash In Your Home: Getting a Game Plan for Cleaning Up the Conflict     EBook version                                                                                                                     "Welcome"  "Whisper"  "Be Still" written, composed, and performed by Victoria Dahilig. Copyright 2009A note from Victoria about the final song, Be Still,  in this week's episode...I was 14 and at a crucial point in my spiritual formation. Struggling between simply living out “my parent’s faith” and making my faith and belief in God my own, I had been in a battle between the knowledge in my head and the feelings in my heart. I was doubting the goodness of God. This battle culminated in a struggle with depression, loneliness, anger and fear – God gripped my heart, drove me to my knees and drew me back to Him through the light of others and the truth of His word.  As I searched Scripture, I re-discovered a loving Father who is attentive to every need and deep, heart-cry of His children and yet, sits in sovereign control of the Universe. A God who was not far from me, nor angry with me or disappointed in me but one who was close, constant and welcoming with open arms.  As my soul finally began to find rest in the character and promises of God, this song, Be Still, was my response.  Inspired by God’s own Words found in Psalm 46, Exodus 14:14, Isaiah 31:17 and Zephaniah 3:17, this was my heart singing in the assurance and confidence I had found in my place of belonging and safety in the arms of a good Father. My hope is that as other’s hear the words of this song, that no matter what storms may be raging in their life, they can take a moment to trust again and simply rest in the assurance that God is still God."                Victoria Dahilig, 2020More Episode series w/ Victoria  A Girl's Self-worth,   Parenting Middles and TeensNEXT WEEKGuest Host Jan Burt.  Check out her podcast HERE
Special Thanks to our guest host this week, Nina Baldwin of the YouTube Channel "Every Day Blessings" EverydayBlessings.net   Everyday Blessings YouTube ChannelNina introduces you to a conversation between myself, Val Harrison The Practically Speaking MOM, and my oldest daughter, Victoria Dahilig, a youth director."In all honesty I was tired of running from God. It’s hard work to run away from God because you’re running away from love and joy and hope. You don’t realize, until you’re away from all of those, the deep cavern that is inside of you without God filling it. So I came to this place of surrender and it was really GRACE. I was finally willing to admit that I was lonely and that I was hopeless… to admit that I couldn’t do this anymore on my own and I didn’t want to..."    Victoria Dahilig, Episode 115 This week and next, you get to journey to the heart of God through the testimony of Victoria Dahilig - church youth and ministry director, and one of my grown daughters.  This two part series includes two original songs by Victoria - words God gave her because they were the words her heart needed to hear, and perhaps you need these words for your own heart or for the heart of one that you love who is running from God."Psalm 113:7-8 says 'He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and the princes of His people.' That was exactly where I felt that I was at – that I was poor in the dust and needy in the ash heap. I had felt that I was in a place of dust and ashes and God was willing to lift me out of the heap... I grabbed a hold of the truth about the sovereignty of God - the mystery of Him and the assurance of Him... One of my songs was born out of this realization, in the act of turning back to Christ and realizing how heavy the loneliness, and dust, and ashes were weighing on me and taking the chance to open up in an honest prayer to God – lifting a raw prayer before Him.“     Victoria Dahilig, Episode 51Parents, one thing I feel very strongly is that how we help our younger children discover God is a very different parenting plan from when our teens and adult children wrestle with their faith. "Who is God?" and "Who am I in relationship to Him?"  Are critical questions. As intentional parents, we can't have a "one size fits all ages" approach to this heart issue. We need to handle it differently at different stages of life. Next week, as we conclude this interview with Tori and introduce her next song, we’ll also talk about the Parent’s Action Plan - steps for helping your kids make their faith their own - different steps for different stages of childhood.“God doesn’t eliminate the difficulties and trials for our children, but He does walk with them through these times. He is right there with them at every moment of every step, going in front, going beside, going behind, carrying them. He is totally surrounding our kids and we can trust Him."val harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM, episode 115"Welcome Me" written and performed by Victoria Dahilig, Copyright 2009Next week, I(Val, The Practically Speaking MOM) will share ACTION STEPS for PARENTS  at each age and stage, to aid in the process of kids taking on their faith in God AS THEIR OWN, from the young to the grown, what we can do as intentional parents. (Episode 116). The story continues with the second song for the second step in Tori’s journey to the heart of God.Thanks again, to Nina Baldwin of Every Day Blessings YouTube Channel and EveryDayBlessings.net
Strategies for being an intentional mom and a money making mom are packed into episode 113.  Most families these days need mom to make some income also.  Even most stay-at-home moms and homeschool moms I know are earning money on the side or more.    This episode is about setting up strong home systems and work systems so that your FOCUS CAN BE ON YOUR FAMILY.  Part of the episode is a conversation with one of my grown daughters, Becca, who is a work-from-home mom as well.  Then I share a list of tips for working smart instead of hard.And I also share how I taught my kids about money management and more through incorporating them in my business.We're in a series of guest hosts on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast.This week we are featuring Olivia Hayse, The Mama Marketer who is a wife, homeschool mom, podcaster, blogger, and business owner.   She begins this episode with some of her own tips for being an income producing mom.  She shares a bit of her story - leaving a successful business to be a farm mom!  You also hear her heart in this episode to hear the importance of keeping your family way ahead of your business and how to make that happen. Here's how to connect with Olivia: at The Mama Marketer:The Mama Marketer websiteThe Mama Marketer InstagramResources MentionedTime Saving Strategies for Busy Moms Live Audio Workshop by Val $4 on her online shopPodcast episodes on Time Saving Strategies  Episode 2          Episode 5          Episode 10
Not only are we talking about MOM PRESSURES on episode 112, we're also talking about the MOM PRESSURE that lead to my Big Announcement! And, no worries, it is a good announcement!  We are going to cover Four Steps to Dealing with Mom Pressure.  Step two includes bringing our concerns to God in prayer.  One of the great things about God is that His solutions to our obstacles  come at just the right time and He orchestrates much better solutions than we could contrive ourselves. So, jump on the podcast this week and hear the big announcement!
We mamas are on a constant quest for improving our health.  We talk about that journey in the first half of today's podcast. In fact, the tips that guest Becca Hammond shares are the changes she made to help her third pregnancy to be MUCH healthier than her previous ones.  She even says her delivery was a positive experience and she felt good, alert, and had energy.  In episode 111, she shares three simple things that made a big difference for her.Then the second half of this episode, Becca and I talk about important tips for thriving with multiple kiddos.   Four key aspects to helping your kids to thrive daily:1.  Fill their love buckets -  speak words of truth  & hope & vision over them, make eye contact, give physical touch, show a smile on your face, relating on their level in a way that matters to them.2. Get them moving!3. Give them mental challenges.4. Give them quiet time - a time alone to decompress, think, imagine, and self-regulate.We talk about this and lots more on this mother/daughter conversation between a mature mama of seven, who is also a grandma, with one of her grown daughters, a mother of three.RESOURCES:Val's book When Littles Are Loud: Maximizing the Moments without Drowning in ChaosE-book of When Littles are LoudAdrenal Renewal Drink:Organic Pulp-free OJ (not from concentrate) 4 ozCream or Coconut Cream 2 tblspHimalayan Sea Salt 1/4 tspCream of Tarter  1/4 tspCollagen, serving size depends on collagen you choose (or Val uses protein powder, if you blend it)Optional if you use a blender or food processor - some greens such as spinach or kale or a greens powderVal's TrimHealthyMama coach: Deann's FacebookLinks to Becca's health influencers (she follows all of these in Insta but here are internet links too)Fallonstable.comJessicaAshWellness.comReal Food Ganstas Instagramhormonehealingrd.comCleanKitchenNutrition.comMegLangston.comArmstrongSisters.comSTAY TUNED NEXT WEEK for a big announcement AND we'll be talking about dealing with mom pressure.Connect with Val at www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.com
Everything you do as a parent is an investment in your child's future. Therefore, let's be sure that the effort we are making is effective for strengthening their life steps.  In Episode 110 we are going to have a checklist for growth steps toward the ultimate goal of helping our kids to live fully in God's unique purpose for their lives.To do this, we look at Val's diagram of A Child's Hierarchy of Needs to God's Will for Their Lives, from her book When Littles are Loud: Maximizing the Moments without Drowning in Chaos. But this hierarchy of needs is not just about small children.  It applies to every life - we need to progress to the next step on the ladder as a daily checklist, but also over their lifetime. The levels of A Child's Hierarchy of Needs , which Val discusses in episode 110, are-Safety Needs mentally, socially, spiritually,  & physically-Physical Needs -Love & Justice Needs-Knowledge of God and  Who you are in relationship with God-Need to Know your unique design  from personality to gifts, talents, passions, experiences, strengths, weaknesses - our child needs to know that the unique design that is YOU is exactly what this world needs.  Your life is a unique message to the world  and PURPOSE in the world- Need to Hear God's voice & do His will - how do we teach our kids to hear God's voice for the daily small stuff and the big decisions o f life.On each step of the hierarchy, we want to take child through the following process:1. Let them experience life with this step of life being HEALTHY.  Are we giving them a healthy view of this part of life or a warped view? 2. Simultaneously, MODEL for them of how it looks for an adult to live out this area of life in a healthy way.3. When they are old enough, EQUIP them to MONITOR this area of their life.4. When they are old enough, EQUIP them to IMPROVE this area of their life.RESOURCES mentioned in this episodeTim Mackie - Justice and God's Story, pt 1The Bible Project  short family videos  by Tim MackieBible Study: Experiencing God - Henry BlackabyAbout George MuellerVal's hierarchy of needs for reaching God's purpose in your child's life comes from her book, When Littles Are Loud
"COMFORT ZONES are pretty dull places to live..." This week is about helping our kids to STRETCH for growth, to SPREAD their wings in order to fly.  It's one of those episodes you will want your kids to hear."You become a leader by learning to serve others" "Don't compare yourself to others""Everything you do speaks and you are constantly building your brand" are just some of the truths shared in this mother/daughter conversation.As parents, our tendency is to want to make life easy for our kids.  However, a life of constant and immediate happiness, doesn't bring GROWTH.  If we want our kids to be strengthened, we must help them embrace challenges and obstacles as OPPORTUNITIES for their world to expand and  for their abilities to increase.  Comfort zones are pretty dull places to live.  And, usually God's design for our lives, is far bigger than our comfort zone. In this episode,  I'm joined by my daughter Abby to discuss the benefits of stepping out of our comfort zone, overcoming obstacles, and the good changes that can come from challenges.This is the third week of the series on Preparing our Kids to SOAR.  See episodes 107 and 108 for parts one and two of the series.Bible Verse Philippians 4:8
This is the second episode in the new series "Preparing Your Child to Soar," where we're talking about how the best preparation is a holistic approach, based on Luke 2:52. In this episode I'm joined by our youngest son Andrew to discuss specific and practical techniques for thriving.  Today we cover the following topics:Time management skillsPeople skillsBalancing Weaknesses & StrengthsStress ManagementHow to Detox from Toxic (environment or people)Work EthicWhat does EXCELLENCE look like - God's perspective over mine.Links:Episode 14: Raising a Luke 2:52 KidBook: Gaining Momentum - Preparing Your Student for a Career, With our Without College
I want my children to be well-prepared for life –  a holistic view of life – prepared emotionally and socially, prepared academically and with wisdom, prepared spiritually and with discernment for their life purposes, prepared physically with healthy habits.  I want my kids to be prepared. Do you agree? That preparation doesn’t begin when they’re 16, it begins from a very early age.  We’re going to talk about all of this in our new series Preparing My Child to SOAR beyond the nest.   The conversation begins this week in episode 107."Holistic" from the Greek root "Holo" meaning "Whole."   Let's equip our kids through a WHOLE PERSON LIFESTYLE.Four Steps for Moms to Equip Your Kids with a Whole Person Lifestyle 1. Parents model self-evaluation and growth in these four areas of life. The goal is growth, NOT perfection. 2. Continually seek to create and maintain a home environment that focuses on developing these four areas of life as a family. (Listen to episode 14)3. In upper elementary or middle school, begin equipping your children to self-evaluate & set goals in these areas as well. (Listen to episode 107)4. Throughout their lives, from young to old, be their biggest cheerleader in their pursuit of holistic living.(Holostic, root word holo, Greek for whole) God introduces the holistic approach to raising our kids in Luke 2:52This Checklist will be helpful  to go along with this episode. This week's podcast refers back to episode 14 in which I introduce a method for evaluating and goal-setting about our kids, called "Raising a Luke 2:52 Kid."  Click the button below to listen to episode 14. Episode 14 Raising a Luke 2:52 Kid
My husband Rich joins me in the studio this week to share about the BIG SURPRISE our children gave us!  Next week, we begin the series "Equipped to SOAR" - what are the ingredients to effectively prepare your kids to soar beyond the nest? It begins NOW, right where your kids are TODAY.  They aren't too young to begin preparing them to soar!
In this final episode in the series, "Teaching Our Kids to BE A BLESSING,"  we look at HOW to help our children ESTABLISH and MAINTAIN healthy friendships .  One of the most common concerns that moms bring to me, is their heartache over their child's lack of meaningful friendships.  What can be done about this concern?  In this episode we look at ALL the layers of RELATIONSHIPS that our children have and some ways to help them navigate these relationships and improve the important ones. The episodes in this series of BEING A BLESSING are:101 "The Value of VOLUNTEERING"102 "Simplifying HOSPITALITY"103 & 104  "Being a Blessing AMONG SIBLINGS"105 "Build Strong FRIENDSHIPS"PracticallySpeakingMOM.com, to listen to earlier episodes in the series.Mentioned in this episode:  Val's book - Gaining Momentum"Who is My Neighbor" by Apologia PublishingThe next series that we will begin is "Equipping Our Kids to SOAR"
"BLESSING ONE ANOTHER AMONG SIBLINGS," what does that look like? How do we make this a reality in our imperfect home?  It's going to take two episodes to share my answers with you.  This  is part one.  Oh!  This episode also talks about IDENTIFYING GOD's WILL FOR OUR OWN LIFE and OUR KIDS LIVES ! Read the BLOG POST that goes with this series, CLICK HERE.This is the THIRD topic in the series on THE HABIT OF BEING A BLESSING. The FIRST topic was VOLUNTEERING with guest Debbie Smith here to talk about family volunteering in episode 101. CLICK HERE to listen 101.In  episode102, Becca Hammond was our guest to talk about the benefits of incorporating HOSPITALITY into your busy family life - and how to do it SIMPLY.  CLICK HERE to listen to 102.  WHAT is the Habit of Being a Blessing and WHY is it so important for our kids?The lifestyle of being a blessing  is the perfect vehicle to take our children to  a life of COMPASSION, EMPATHY, ATTENTIVENESS TO OTHERS NEEDS, The ABILITY TO SPEAK BOTH HUMBLY & CONFIDENTLY AT THE SAME TIME to ALL PEOPLE – no matter their age, race, socio-economic status, or anything else.  What is coming in future episodes to wrap up SEASON TWO:Next week - Part Two of Being a Blessing Among Siblings.*The final series of SEASON TWO is called INGREDIENTS for LAUNCHING OUR KIDS FROM THE NEST - what do they need most.*Season Two will end with a BLOOPERS episode hosted by Abby & Emma.God's Artwork verse - Eph. 2:10
We're in the middle of a series on Teaching Our Kids to be a Blessing.  Last week we talked about being a blessing  through VOLUNTEERING.  This week, we're looking at incorporating BEING A BLESSING through HOSPITALITY in your busy, hectic, imperfect family life.  Learning to create a community right in your own home using your home to care about others while growing your children's character through these intentional community opportunities.  HOW would we do this and WHY would we  make hospitality a part of our family life?    It can be easier than you may think! I'm joined in the studio by Becca Hammond and she's going to help us SIMPLIFY HOSPITALITY. If you're looking for a smile and a peaceful bit of encouragement, this episode is for you.  I've listened to it several times and keep feeling a true sigh of relief from listening.  You'll be inspired to change your perspective.  Come on in and experience simple, pure hospitality. The fear that arises in me when I think of hospitality is - my home isn't good enough for having company and I'm not a good enough cook and I can't afford it and I don't have TIME.    Our guest will inspire us  while she tells us how to keep it SIMPLE but IMPACTFUL.Resources mentioned in episode 102:Book - The Gospel Comes With a HousekeyBook - The Freedom to FlourishNEXT WEEK - "The Joy of Being a Blessing AMONG SIBLINGS"Other episodes with Becca...Episode 82 Moms and False Inadequacy with Guest Becca Hammond and Val's VIPs. Episode 36 Kid's Emotions, Insecurity, & Talk with a Preschool Mom Episode 4 Dealing with Lying in Your Child, part 1, plus Toddler Manners 
This week on the podcast I am joined by my dear friend, Debbie Smith.  She inspires us to look for opportunities to impact our children and others through volunteering.    This is part one of our series on Teaching Our Kids to Be a Blessing.Volunteering is an opportunity to Impact those who need help AND impact our kids' heart, character, and life skills. The amount of confidence, flexibility, humility, determination, resilience, compassion, empathy, work ethic, communication skills, and more are all improved when we teach our kids the value of volunteering. Next week, is part 2 of our series on Being a Blessing. I'll be joined in the studio by Becca Hammond.  Her message - even busy mamas with limited time and energy can find some simple ways to give our children a lifestyle of hospitality.Then in the third week of Being a Blessing, I will will talk about Being a Blessing AMONG SIBLINGS.  CLICK HERE to read the following insight that Debbie has pulled together for us intentional moms as we look for opportunities to impact!  She  provides a guest blog post for us this week. It will be live by noon on Monday.
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