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The Practically Speaking MOM Podcast recently entered its fourth year and finished up our third season of the podcast!  Have you ever stood in a pool with your young child on the side of the pool in their water wings, held out your arms and said, "Come on.  You can do it.  Jump in!  I won't let you go under."   It is scary for a child to LEAP to a new level of ability, even though we parents know they are ready for the next steps.God is a lot like that with us.  He knows we are ready for growth, but we are timid and fearful.  That's where TRUST comes in!  This week on the podcast Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM shares about TWO BIG LEAPS OF FAITH that God is calling her to with the Practically Speaking MOM Ministry.  In episode 169, she shares about these two big leaps and encourages intentional parents to also be full of faith and to leap forward in whatever God is calling them toward as well.Would you like to GIVE to the Practically Speaking MOM Ministry?  Help improve the tech side of recording for the podcast and also help the ministry to afford some very part time help in editing and other office tasks so that Val can focus on content of her fifth book and also content for SEASON 4 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast!Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
The "Dominant Director" child you are raising is going to be a leader.  They were born to lead. The question is, what kind of leader are they going to be?  Will they lead by power and control, intimidation and trampling others?  Or will they learn how to be humble and how to treat all people with dignity? Will they learn to value all the other personalities around them?You will learn critical relationship, dynamics, and communication strategies for BLENDING BETTER and BRIGHTER as a cohesive family, even if you are each very different from one another.We're in a four-week series about family dynamics and personality differences called, "Here We Go through Uniquely United 2.0."  It's an eye-opening opportunity to learn how to improve family relationships by discovering the differences between you in how you think. This week we learn about the Sensitive Server. We're examining FOUR COMBINATIONS of personality traits, one combination each of the four weeks.  As we take this tour through the unique family members in your home, we'll look at the following characteristics for each type:✅What they FEAR✅How to MOTIVATE them✅What brings them JOY✅How they view RULES✅What they VALUE✅Their Greatest STRENGTH✅Ways to IMPROVE✅Why they get ANGRY or HURT✅Their Greatest NEEDSWhen we start understanding ourselves and when we start teaching our kids to understand themselves and each other as well, we can really fine-tune our personality, allowing the good parts to SHINE, and allowing the weaknesses to be sharpened.By listening to the Uniquely United series on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast you are helping your child to be able to shine in a way that is a blessing to others. We're not trying to diminish that personality type, but at the same time, we want them to learn about themselves and be honing their personality to make it something that can mesh with the rest of the family,God has called us to love one another. He's called us to be at peace with one another. He even says, they'll know us by our love, by the way, we love one another.  A big way that we love one another within a family is to be considerate of the other personalities around you and be willing to speak each other's language a little bit more.RESOURCESPERSONALITY CHART by Val Harrison- This chart coincides with two of Val's audio projects. 1. Her audio workshop recorded LIVE, "Help! My Home is Full of Difficult Personalities and One of them is Mine!" 2. The four-week podcast series "Here We Go through Uniquely United 2.0," Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
What would we do without our Careful Calculator family members?!  We need them!!  They are often misunderstood, however.  You will learn critical relationship, dynamics, and communication strategies for BLENDING BETTER and BRIGHTER as a cohesive family, even if you are each very different from one another. We're in a four-week series about family dynamics and personality differences called, "Here We Go through Uniquely United 2.0."  It's an eye-opening opportunity to learn how to improve family relationships by discovering the differences between you in how you think. This week we learn about the Sensitive Server. We're examining FOUR COMBINATIONS of personality traits, one combination each of the four weeks.  As we take this tour through the unique family members in your home, we'll look at the following characteristics for each type:✅What they FEAR✅How to MOTIVATE them✅What brings them JOY✅How they view RULES✅What they VALUE✅Their Greatest STRENGTH✅Ways to IMPROVE✅Why they get ANGRY or HURT✅Their Greatest NEEDSWhen we start understanding ourselves and when we start teaching our kids to understand themselves and each other as well, we can really fine-tune our personality, allowing the good parts to SHINE, and allowing the weaknesses to be sharpened.By listening to the Uniquely United series on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast you are helping your child to be able to shine in a way that is a blessing to others. We're not trying to diminish that personality type, but at the same time, we want them to learn about themselves and be honing their personality to make it something that can mesh with the rest of the family,God has called us to love one another. He's called us to be at peace with one another. He even says, they'll know us by our love, by the way, we love one another.  A big way that we love one another within a family is to be considerate of the other personalities around you and be willing to speak each other's language a little bit more.So hopefully this material can help equip you as mom or dad, to adjust some, and then also equip your children to know themselves and adjust as well.Today we're talking about the fast people combination or the fast emotion combination that we call the Impulsive Impactors.RESOURCES"Help! My Home is Full of Difficult Personalities and One of them is Mine!" Recorded LIVE Audio Workshop by Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOMClash In Your Home: A Game Plan for Cleaning Up the ConflictWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
We're in a four-week series about family dynamics and personality differences called, "Here We Go through Uniquely United 2.0."  It's an eye-opening opportunity to learn how to improve family relationships by discovering the differences between you in how you think. This week we learn about the Sensitive Server. We're examining FOUR COMBINATIONS of personality traits, one combination each of the four weeks.  As we take this tour through the unique family members in your home, we'll look at the following characteristics for each type: ✅What they FEAR ✅How to MOTIVATE them ✅What brings them JOY ✅How they view RULES ✅What they VALUE ✅Their Greatest STRENGTH ✅Ways to IMPROVE ✅Why they get ANGRY or HURT ✅Their Greatest NEEDSWhen we start understanding ourselves and when we start teaching our kids to understand themselves and each other as well, we can really fine-tune our personality, allowing the good parts to SHINE, and allowing the weaknesses to be sharpened.By listening to the Uniquely United series on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast you are helping your child to be able to shine in a way that is a blessing to others. We're not trying to diminish that personality type, but at the same time, we want them to learn about themselves and be honing their personality to make it something that can mesh with the rest of the family,God has called us to love one another. He's called us to be at peace with one another. He even says, they'll know us by our love, by the way, we love one another.  A big way that we love one another within a family is to be considerate of the other personalities around you and be willing to speak each other's language a little bit more.So hopefully this material can help equip you as mom or dad, to adjust some, and then also equip your children to know themselves and adjust as well.Today we're talking about the fast people combination or the fast emotion combination that we call the Impulsive Impactors.RESOURCES"Help! My Home is Full of Difficult Personalities and One of them is Mine!" Recorded LIVE Audio Workshop by Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOMClash In Your Home: A Game Plan for Cleaning Up the Conflict book by Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOMWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
Today we begin a four-week sub-series called "Here We Go through Uniquely United 2.0."  We'll examine FOUR COMBINATIONS of personality traits, one combination each of the four weeks.  As we take this tour through each of the four combinations we'll look at the following characteristics in each of the four combinations:For Each Type: ✅What they FEAR ✅How to MOTIVATE them ✅What brings them JOY ✅How they view RULES ✅What they VALUE ✅Their Greatest STRENGTH ✅Ways to IMPROVE ✅Why they get ANGRY or HURT ✅Their Greatest NEEDSWhen we start understanding ourselves and when we start teaching our kids to understand themselves and each other as well, we can really fine-tune our personality, allowing the good parts to SHINE, and allowing the weaknesses to be sharpened. By listening to the Uniquely United series on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast you are helping your child to be able to shine in a way that is a blessing to others. We're not trying to diminish that personality type, but at the same time, we want them to learn about themselves and be honing their personality to make it something that can mesh with the rest of the family, God has called us to love one another. He's called us to be at peace with one another. He even says, they'll know us by our love, by the way, we love one another.  A big way that we love one another within a family is to be considerate of the other personalities around you and be willing to speak each other's language a little bit more.So hopefully this material can help equip you as mom or dad, to adjust some, and then also equip your children to know themselves and adjust as well. Today we're talking about the fast people combination or the fast emotion combination that we call the Impulsive Impactors.RESOURCES"Help! My Home is Full of Difficult Personalities and One of them is Mine!" Recorded LIVE Audio Workshop by Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOMClash In Your Home: A Game Plan for Cleaning Up the Conflict book by Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOMWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
Do you have some family members who just want to have fun and other family members that are militant about tasks?  How do we help these two very different people blend and mesh and shine TOGETHER in the family unit? Episode 164 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast is here to help!Rich joins Val for "People-Focused vs Task-Focused Family Members" in the Uniquely United Series, equipping parents to identify different characteristics in our family members, helping all of you to thrive and mesh and blend TOGETHER.  Part of Rich's role at his employment is to train trainers and some of that training involves personality training - increasing their empathy toward personalities that are different from themselves, yes, but also teaching these trainers how to COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY with different personality types, how to RELATE and build bridges with those they are training, no matter their unique characteristics. To do that you have to learn to READ PEOPLE - that is called EMOTIONAL APTITUDE.   We hope that this there, Uniquely United, will help to grow the emotional aptitude in your family.People's characteristics are not always obvious and do not always remain the same. However, we can still learn so much by studying ourselves and one another to help us relate to one another more effectively, reduce conflict, increase harmony, and learn how to highlight the unique value of each individual within the family unit.  What are some ways to identify whether you are people or task focused:  -what activities and environment fills you up, energizes you, makes you feel alive?  What deflates you, depletes you, demotivates you?  - what do you look forward to or dread? EVERYONE has some TASK and some RELATIONAL aspect to them.  You could really think of each of these characteristics as a sliding scale with TASK being on one end of the scale and PEOPLE or RELATIONSHIPS begin at the other end of the scale.  Some people are going to obviously fall on one end of that scale but there are some people who are quite balanced between the two. Our ultimate goal is to be the masterpiece God designed us to be.  Episode Mentioned in this Episode: Episode 20 - Family Spontaneous Friday and Sketchy SaturdayOther Uniquely United Episodes: *The Prequel to Uniquely United 162*Part 1: Fast-PacedWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
CHALLENGES in a family unit are actually OPPORTUNITIES in a family unit, opportunities for self-evaluation, opportunities for identifying ways that we need to grow, opportunities for getting a gameplan for that growth. And family challenges are opportunities for family bonding.Well, friends, let's take today in the next 30 min to learn how to better enjoy the gift of the family God has given you as we take a look at Slow-paced and Fast-Paced Family Members in the ongoing occasional series Uniquely United.Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM Is the main host of the podcast. In this episode she is joined by her husband, Rich, the producer and occasional co-host of the show.  NEXT WEEK: Rich joins Val again as they discuss Task-focused vs. People-Focused family members.CONNECT with VALWebsite        Facebook Group        Facebook Page      Instagram Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
Today in episode 162 we lay the foundation for the Uniquely United series in the Practically Speaking MOM: Intentional Mom, Strong Family Podcast.Note from Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM, about episode 162.If you have listened to this podcast for a while, you know that I pray about every topic and every episode and really seek to listen to God's leading of what we air and when we air it.  Well, God has given me some direction for how to proceed with our occasional series Uniquely United.  We began this series a few months ago with part 1. My husband Rich joined me on the podcast for us to talk about Fast-Paced and Slow-Paced people and how to navigate having both types in your home.  We have also recorded the next stepsin the series that is about People-Focused vs Task-Focused family members.  When that episode airs you will learn how to handle parenting a child that is opposite of you. Maybe you are task-focused, and they are people-focused. Or perhaps you are a free spirit who likes to enjoy whimsy and spontaneity, but your child likes to be regimented and scheduled.  How do we handle these differences within the family unit in a way that helps us all to flourish?  As we prepared to air that episode for all of you, in my prayer time for the podcast, I felt God was telling me that we need to BACK UP.  Let's do this more solidly, from the foundation first.That's what today is.  Today in episode 162 we lay the foundation for the Uniquely United series.  You may have actually already heard this conversation, way back in episode 8.  One of the things we did in that episode was to discuss what ONENESS in marriage means to us.  While we were talking about ONENESS we also talked about the concept of UNIQUELY UNITED.  We are going to back up and listen to that conversation now for two reasons: First, because this conversation is a great description of uniquely united, we want you to hear it again. and secondly, a family can be so much more uniquely united if the marriage is committed to that paradigm as well. So, if you are married, begin there first, in helping your family to be uniquely united.  IF YOU ARE NOT MARRIED, your child may be some day and you want them to have a vision of what a healthy marriage looks like. This episode can help with that also.SO, let's revisit this very early conversation in the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast as we set a strong foundation for being a family that is Uniquely United.What's Coming:9/19 Uniquely United - The Foundation9/26 Part 1 Uniquely United Fast-Paced vs Slow-Paced10/3 Part 2 Uniquely United People-Focused vs Task-Focused10/10 Part 3 Uniquely UnitedWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
It's important to equip our kids for life. One way we do that is by involving them in cooking. However, I was uncomfortable with my kids working with raw meat, so I needed a plan.  Years ago, I came up with this "Save Your Sanity: One Hour a Week Meal Prep Plan" so my kids could cook meals but not deal so much with meat.  This plan ended up saving me loads of time AND saved us lots of money also.  Let's jump in to our second week of The Practically Speaking MOM's Guide to Saving Time and Money in the Kitchen.Click on this BLOG POST to see pics and additional insight for this episode:  BLOG POST for episode 161*MISFITS MARKET - CLICK TO SAVE $10 at MISFITS MARKET & it also allows me to save $10 when you use this link.  Misfits Market is a subscription service for ORGANIC GROCERIES.  It automatically creates a grocery order for you each week of about $35 and then you can click on your cart and change it or cancel it or postpone it.  It's organic fruits, veggies, and lots of other healthy foods.  I have been using them for about nine months.  It's called "misfits" because it's the imperfect looking produce that wouldn't get chosen at the store but is still good.  And the good news is, if I'm ever not pleased with the quality of an item, I just jump online in my account and click on that item and ask for the cost of it to be refunded.  I have never had any trouble getting it refunded right away.Top 10 Ways to Save on Groceries plus meal hacks, money hacks, and cleaning hacks by the Practically Speaking MOM, from the Lasso Your Life on-going occasional series, episode 160What's coming Next on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast:"Before Uniquely United"Want more from the Practically Speaking MOM?  Visit her website www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.com for blog, books, podcast, resources.Join her Facebook community: Intentional Mom Strong Family.Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
Feeding a family of nine can be expensive.  I learned to SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES and SAVE MONEY ON CLEANERS.  This podcast is bursting with mom hacks for meals, groceries, and cleaning.  HI, I'm Val Harrison, the Practically Speaking MOM.  I am passionate about helping intentional moms to build strong families.  A big key in having TIME and ENERGY to focus on what really matters with your family is to get some systems in place for the "have-to"s in the momlife.   This week I am excited to begin a new mini-series- The Practically Speaking MOM's Guide to Saving Money and Time in the Kitchen.  And this HELP continues next week when I share my "Save Your Sanity, One Hour Per Week Meal Prep Plan."  If you need to save money on groceries, save time in the kitchen, and use some more natural cleaning alternatives, you are going to love episode 160 & 161 of the Practically Speaking MOM: Intentional Mom Strong Family Podcast.ITEMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:*BOKA TOOTHPASTE - I've been using BOKA toothpaste for the last three years. I'm a really picky toothpaste person. *I want it to be CHEMICAL-FREE  *I want my mouth and teeth to feel REALLY CLEAN Those are my two main reasons, but I also have allergies to most toothpastes. I get blisters in my mouth with almost every kind, even many of the more natural brands. BOKA has been the only option that didn't give me blisters, was chemical-free, and leaves my mouth feeling really clean. A bonus is that one tube lasts me a super long time (I think about a year and it may actually be longer because I think I'm on my third tube and still have a lot left).  Here's a link that will get you 15% off and me 15% off too.  http://bokaoralcare.refr.cc/valharrison  *MISFITS MARKET -  CLICK TO SAVE $10 at MISFITS MARKET & it also allows me to save $10 when you use this link.  Misfits Market is a subscription service for ORGANIC GROCERIES.  It automatically creates a grocery order for you each week of about $35 and then you can click on your cart and change it or cancel it or postpone it.  It's organic fruits, veggies, and lots of other healthy foods.  I have been using them for about nine months.  It's called "misfits" because it's the imperfect looking produce that wouldn't get chosen at the store but is still good.  And the good news is, if I'm ever not pleased with the quality of an item, I just jump online in my account and click on that item and ask for the cost of it to be refunded.  I have never had any trouble getting it refunded right away.Top 10 Ways to Save on Groceries plus meal hacks, money hacks, and cleaning hacks by the Practically Speaking MOM, from the LassWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
Val and her third daughter, Abby, a college freshman, discuss Abby's 2nd favorite book for understanding our self-worth, guarding and guiding our heart, and focusing on becoming God's design for our life BEFORE getting into a romantic relationship.  This would be a great episode for your teen daughter to listen along with you.Girl Defined: God's Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and IdentitySex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl's HeartCheck out our Spotify Self-Worth Playlist linkEpisode on Overcoming Negative Self-TalkMending Your Child's Heart at Every Age blog & podcastA Girl's Self-Worth, Parenting a Teen and Those Who Will Be, Part 1Part 2Mom/Daughter Conversation about Guiding Hearts in Middle School  Part 1  Part 2Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
We hit the pause button for a week... Letting Go of the Old to Begin the New, Hard is Good,  5 Dual Credit Tips, and a Note from the Heart.  Episode 157 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast is a little interruption in the plan.Resources mentionedThe Homeschool Roadmap to College,  $5 EBook  Click HereHomeschooling in Real Life, $5 EBook Click HereGaining Momentum: Preparing Your Student for a Career with or without College $13 Book CLICK HERE   Order the book through Amazon Prime  Click Here CONNECT with VALWebsite        Facebook Group        Facebook Page      InstagramWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
You may hear the phrase, "Follow your heart" but I teach my kids to LEAD their hearts.   I want my kids to be confident in their intrinsic value. I want them to know how to get control of their thoughts and emotions.  I want them to identify their life principles. I want them to know their self-worth is not dependent on someone wanting to date them. Abby (my 6th child and  college freshman) and I, Val Harrison,  The Practically Speaking MOM, recorded this three week series that continues the conversation about Self-worth & Identity, Relationships & Choices, about Guarding and Guiding your Heart.  When our kids reach the teen years or a little before, we like to start having them read some books on this relationship topics.  Abby read fifteen books and this three week conversation is about her top three book choices, what she learned from them, and in the process of giving the reviews  Abby and I talk about many important issues.  Join Val & Abby for episodes 156-158 as we continue with the ongoing occasional theme of self-worth and guiding your heart.Teen and Older Book Recommendations:1. Lady in Waiting: Becoming God's Best While Waiting for Mr. Right (there are several books in this series for different ages of girls)2. Girl Defined: God's Radical  Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity (this author has another book that Abby is reading right now that she is also really enjoying called "Sex,Purity, and the Longings of a Girl's Heart).3. Quest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity by Elizabeth ElliotYounger Book Recommendations1. Pinocchio's Quest by Robert Rogland2. The Princess and the Kiss for Girls and The Squire and the Scroll for BoysCheck out TrueGirl.comCheck out our Spotify Self-Worth Playlist linkEpisode on Overcoming Negative Self-TalkMending Your Child's Heart at Every Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
The world is sending SO MANY messages to our hearts.  As adults, we know to filter those messages and to guard our minds, but kids have a harder time doing that.  In episode 155 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast, I am introducing a new series - a series in which we will look at many of the world's messages and identify how to talk with our children about them.  Episode 155 is about being an INTERPRETER of the world's messages to our kids about their hearts and bodies and romantic relationships.  The series that I am introducing is three weeks of mother/daughter conversations that begin next week about our TOP THREE BOOKS for teens to guard their hearts.  These are books that I had my daughter read beginning in upper middle school but they are not kids books. They are for teens and young adults to help make decisions about standards regarding treasuring purity, honoring marriage, and so much more.  The three weeks that we talk about these books are very lively discussion. This week is setting the stage for those three weeks.  This week is about being an interpreter for our kids about the messages of the world.Guarding your child's heart and equipping them to do the same is one of the reoccurring themes on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast. For more on this topic, be sure to take a look at the following episodes.  Just click on the green links below to listen:148 Includes a section on "cautions about depleted hearts"129-132 is a series about Life-giving Words that incorporates training kids about their self-perception & the CIRCLES of INFLUENCE in their lives  129  130 131 (131 is a mother/daughter conversation with my middle school daughter)  132125 Love, Dating, and the Meaning of Marriage Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
❓Do you ever get tired of telling kids "no" they can't watch that movie or show or listen to that music or play that game? ❗Help is here!!! This week on the podcast, I share with you a plan  to reduce that stress, to help you say "no" less because your child has learned to discern and filter to protect their own heart and mind - the process of teaching them to be a gatekeeper to their heart. ❤It's a week about Guarding Our Hearts - Body & Mind             ✔I know you're an intentional parent.  Now help them become intentional to establish good habits and be comfortable with tough conversations - learn how to do this with me on the podcast this week!  Proverbs 4:23 says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" Please take the time to learn how to do that with your kids in our culture today by listening to this week's podcast! I go into great detail for how we utilize Pluggedin.com at each stage of childhood from the younger years, to the middle years,  to the upper years.  You need a plan for protecting their heart and mind  AND a plan for teaching them to protect their own heart and mind.  Hear what alternative to rules we have for TV & movies, how we have  conversations about culture topics, what our process is for gradually teaching our children how to be strong GATEKEEPERS OF THEIR OWN HEART & MIND.If you want to see your child thrive, equip them for these life issues with a clear system that teaches them along the way how to BECOME their own gatekeeper.  This is one of the most important things we can do - protect their heart & mind while gradually transferring that responsibility to them. Let me show you one way  we do that at our house TODAY, on episode 154!Business teacher Michael Hyatt, in an article, "Your Most Important Leadership Tool - Three Reasons Why You Must Guard Your Heart," says "If your heart is unhealthy, it threatens everything else 1. because your heart is extremely valuable 2. because your heart is the source of everything you do 3. because your heart is under constant  attackI am seeking to raise leaders who don't cower to bullies, shrink back from obstacles, or linger in the cesspool of the depraved alleys of our world. My long term goal is that they'd be in the habit of thinking before they expose their minds to the things that are destructive to their hearts.. CONNECT with Val: www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.com   Facebook Private Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1467972243355843/Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
The Practically Speaking MOM Podcast is all about strengthening families and one important factor in a strong family is having a handle on internet usage in your home.  After all, our children's childhood should be made up of lots of LIVING LIFE to the fullest through experiences and adventures and developing hobbies and talents, and so much more!  We talk a lot on our podcast about taking control of the internet and Val thought it was time to bring on an internet expert to help!Melanie Hempe, BSN, founder and speaker for ScreenStrong Families, helps families avoid problematic screen use - video games, social media, pornography - in their kids' lives. Through ScreenStrong she provides easy education on brain development, the effects of screen use on kids and solutions for parents who desire to free their kids from screen addictions. She helps parents reclaim their kids by delaying the use of toxic screens and helps families regain a healthier use of technology.Slight caution is needed for very young ears due to the nature of this topic, there are a couple of online issues that are mentioned in name only, no prolonged detail about it and no description, but a couple of words that parents may not want to explain to younger ears.ScreenStrong Families provides alternative ways to raise kids in a screen-dependent world. If you are ready to stop the screen conflicts in your home and prevent screen addiction, ScreenStrong Families is for you.  It's a 501c3 non-profit that empowers parents to take the lead and rethink cultural childhood screen trends, rebuild life skills, and reconnect families distracted by screen overuse.ScreenStrong.comVal Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM, also has an internet resource for your family, called a Family Internet Usage Packet that includes an INTERNET AGREEMENT for your children to sign.  This agreement is the one Val uses at her house.  It might be exactly what you are looking for or it may be a starting point for you to come up with your own family internet agreement.  Val uses this agreement to make the family rules very CLEAR and CONSISE. Then it is also used for ACCOUNTABILITIY QUESTIONS, not in a "policing" kind of way but in a "partnering for your good" kind of way.  Here's a link to Val's $2 Download  Family ScreenTime Game Plan Packet.Next week, Val will be sharing a free resource our family uses to help us navigate movies and tv watching that also helps our kids to develop discernment - to help them make better decisions for themselves about what movies and tv they watch.  The episode explains how we utilize this resource at each age level to move them toward discernment and self-control regardiWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
Three of today's topics are #1 Taking the plunge to SIMPLIFY & Reduce #2 Great family vacation spots in the US, and #3 helping our kids grow in wisdom, which for many these days includes homeschooling.  Whether you homeschool or not, you will enjoy this lighthearted look at selling it all, traveling with your family, and living God's calling for your life.  We are talking about all of this with Yvette Hampton, mom of two and producer of the movie School House Rocked.  In episode 152 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast we meet a mom of two girls, Yvette Hampton.  Her family  sold their home in California, along with most of their belongings,  and traveled the US in an RV for five years  while they filmed a documentary called Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution.  Did you know that Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM is also a homeschool mom?  That's right, I have homeschooled for 24 years and have graduated six from our homeschool.  All of them were accepted into colleges and have been able to pursue their passions and callings in life.   I have two homeschool downloads to support your homeschool journey.The first product is called Homeschooling in Real Life - it is basically the inside scoop on how I homeschool.  It's only $548 page guide for setting up and maintaining your homeschool. ✔Simplifying Schedules, Records, & Curriculum ✔Saving Time & Keeping Your Sanity ✔Making a Student Checklist to Increase Accountability & Responsibility ✔Creating Learning Spots in Your Home ✔Determining Your Priorities & Implementing them into Your Days ✔Character Development & Success Habits ✔Curriculum Choices & Combining Ages ✔A Partnership between Parent & Student ✔Math Success Tips Building your family's days based on your priorities in a way that increases your student's success habits. Success isn't about perfection. Success is about lifestyle habits, character development, strong people skills, and seeking after God's will for your family. This guide is designed to help you do that. Perhaps you can implement some of these strategies in a way that brings some focus to your family's homeschool goals. This guide is specifically about homeschooling systems. If you would like help with home systems in general, my book Wearing All Your Hats without Wearing Out: Finding Focus to be the Masterpiece Family God Intended, would be another helpful resource for you.The second product is called Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
This week on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast (for intentional moms to build strong families), I will give you a game plan for getting your kids off of screens and on to activities that help them GROW in the four main areas of life - physical, mental, social, and spiritual. It's a plan called GROWTIME before SCREENTIME which is perfect for SummerTime - when kids have lots of time on their hands but are lacking direction. I also have a book recommendation, and a family vacation review. If you believe your family is God's masterpiece and you want to be more intentional in your parenting, this podcast is for you. You can listen on your favorite podcast platform or at www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.com where you can also find my blog, books and other resources for intentional moms building strong families. I also have a Facebook group Intentional Mom Strong Family.RESOURCES  MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEVal's Family ScreenTime Game Plan including an internet agreement and accountabilityGirl Defined bookGirl Defined podcastRainbow ResourcesWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
The topic of Junior High Boys can be very interesting. That's where this episode begins - with our guest, Andrew Dahilig who has worked with middle school boys for over twelve years.  He gives his boys FOUR CHALLENGES every week in four main life areas.  We will learn about these challenges in episode 150 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast.Our guest also shares with us an event he created for middle school boys that combines these life challenges - it was a physical obstacle course combined with interactive personal growth activities for the  boys.  It's an event that you could duplicate when coupled with the material that he provided free to our listeners.  You will receive this in this weeks' ministry email from the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast if you are a part of my email list.  Otherwise, go to my website, www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.com, click on RESOURCES, and look for "Boys Journal Prompts Activity from Episode 150 and Guest Andrew Dahilig."Then this episode ventures into some further topics about boys - including common differences in how girls and boys learn and how that may be impacting your son's self-perception regarding academics which would then in turn be impacting his school performance.  There's lots to ponder and pursue from listening to this week's episode, "Four Life Challenges Boys Need, Plus Reaching Middle School Boys with Guest Andrew Dahilig" from our RAISING SONS Series.What's COMING on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast:151 "A Checklist for Kids to have GROWTIME before SCREENTIME in the SummerTime." Plus, a book review, and a family vacation review of the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Horse Shoe Bend in Antelope Canyon,  the Cliff Dwellings of Mesa Verde, and the Great Sand Dunes.152 Guest Yvette Hampton of Schoolhouse Rocked is our guest.  She will tell us about the movie she produced and the five year adventure her family took in  selling most of their possessions to travel  the U.S. in an RV.153 The founder of ScreenStrong Families is our guest to share the importance of having a family plan for internet use at your house, including helpful resources for parents.Future Series Coming on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast:*In the Kitchen with Val - Her Top Ways to SAVE MONEY and SIMPLIFY Cleaning & Cooking.*Abby & Val discuss books about Equipping a Girl to Guard Her Heart.Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
The words we choose with our kids can speak life into them, can transform their perception of themselves, can give them a vision for who they are becoming. This week's guest, Dakota Hammond (dad to our special VIPs) shares methods he uses to impact his sons.  You will be inspired and challenged with some very practical steps you can take with any age child, from very young to grown.  Dakota will share what he needed growing up, what impacted his heart, and how he uses words that impact.Learn how to have a Bedtime Benediction that pours LIFE and VISION into your child's future. Words that IMPACT our child's heart - that's the topic this week in our third week of the Raising Sons series.  Every parent will be inspired with these simple but mighty interactions that you can incorporate into your routine quality time with your kids. Four weeks and four guests in this series! Meet Dakota Hammond, husband of Becca, who you have met several times on the podcast.  Becca and Dakota are parents of my most special VIPs.  This episode will make you smile, but it will also possess the ingredients for changing your child's future for their good as they hear you, their parent, speak words that impact. Resources mentioned in this episodeJohn Piper ministry and podcastGive Them GraceCONNECT with the Practically Speaking MOM - Val would love to hear from you!!  Share your questions, thoughts and ideas with Val and the Intentional Mom community:https://www.practicallyspeakingmom.com/podcast -subscribe to the podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1467972243355843/ -joining Val's private Facebook Group "Intentional Mom, Strong Family"https://www.instagram.com/practicallyspeakingmom/ -Follow Val on Instagram @PracticallySpeakingMOMhttps://www.facebook.com/PracticallySpeakingMom/ -Like Val's public Facebook page Practically Speaking MOMVisit the website www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.comFrom the Practically Speaking MOM ministry, you'll find practical ways to help you find your focus to be the masterpiece family God created you to be!Music by NathanHarrison.music@gmail.comWays to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM MinistryCash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a creditcard HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms.Visit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM
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