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Famous at Home

English, Personal/Lifestyle/Family, 1 seasons, 370 episodes, 2 days 4 minutes
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Every one of us has a stage. But so often, the problem we face is feeling like we have to choose between work and home. In other words, it’s our loved ones who get what’s leftover—either from a long day at the office, or being home with the kids. Yet, the more connected you are to your family, the more influence—and fun—you have on your respective stage. The Famous at Home podcast helps you become a rockstar in your own home. Our topics and discussions help leaders avoid the pitfalls of success, set healthy rhythms between work and home, and build a rock solid marriage. Because the greatest red carpet you’ll ever walk, is through your front door.
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Living Tender & Fierce

Christi introduces a phrase God gave her in prayer for what it means to grow into fullness of life as a woman, wife, and mother—tender and fierce. In this episode, she defines both words, describes their function, and talks about how we can reclaim tenderness where we lost it and fierceness where it’s gone sideways. Christi also talks about why tenderness is critical for loving others but has become rare in today’s world, and how we can embrace fierceness not as a weapon, but as a gift to love others and ourselves.What does it mean to be tender & fierce? What is the structure of her new group coaching program? We talk about this and more in this episode. All of the information about Tender & Fierce can be found by clicking here or visiting www.famousathome.com/tenderandfierceShow Notes: Ladies, sign up for Tender & Fier
26/02/202430 minutes 13 seconds
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Lessons From the Road: A Straub Fam Update

Christi is back this week! Not only that, we have a new “studio” (check it out on Youtube). This week, Christi and I (Josh) sit down and talk about the lessons we’ve learned since God told us to “jump” last year and sell our house. The last six months have been a wild adventure. At first, we thought we’d be RV’ing the country. But, as God would have it, a different path was laid out before us. And on that path came lessons we may never have learned if we hadn't obeyed and jumped.In this episode, we talk about where we are now, why we pivoted, and the lessons we’re learning.God uniquely walks with each of us. We hope this episode is an encouragement to you that not only is He indeed walking alongside your family, but that He delights in it! We just have to be willing to listen and say yes.Show Notes: The <a href="https://ww
16/02/202436 minutes 52 seconds
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Living with Unexplainable Joy with Dr. Gary Oliver

Dr. Gary Oliver is a modern day Job. Though he holds some titles (theologian, psychologist, therapist), he is a Christ follower at heart, leading men and women into deeper walks with Jesus through Going Deeper Retreats. This episode is like free admission into a mastermind on life’s secrets to finding joy, coming from a man who’s lived through unbelievable loss and heartache. In the span of four years, Gary lost his entire nuclear family and half of his current family. If that weren’t enough, he battled 7 cancer surgeries during that time, lost 90% of his tongue, was told he’d never speak again, eat from a feeding tube, and was even told he had less than 3 months to live by one of the nation’s top cancer doctors. That was 13 years ago.What Gary discovered after years of serving God all over the world, writing books, and speaking to millions of men, was that Go
09/02/202451 minutes 3 seconds
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Finding Purpose in Pain and Suffering with Davey Blackburn

In 2011, Pastor Davey Blackburn moved from South Carolina to Indiana to plant a church with his wife, Amanda. By late 2015, coming back from a staff retreat, Davey and Amanda were feeling encouraged and seeing the church beginning to establish roots. A few days after that retreat, Amanda, who was also pregnant with their second child, was caught up in a home invasion and shot three times. Their son, Weston, who was in his crib at the time of the invasion, was left unharmed. Unfortunately, Amanda died the next day, four years to the day they planted the church.The details of how God showed up, and what emerged out of the pain, was remarkable.Davey joins the show this week to discuss the trauma he endured, his journey toward healing, and how his newly blended family prioritizes being famous at home.What came out of his story is a ministry called Nothing is Wasted. He shares how this ministry began and the purpose behind it: Helping people partner with
02/02/20241 hour 8 minutes 20 seconds
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Finding Meaning in Life Transitions with Amy Davis Abdallah

In our fast-paced Western culture, it’s too easy to run to the next “thing” and dismiss the meaning of the previous activity, event, or season. But is this healthy for our souls? Take breastfeeding, for example. Or sending your kids off to kindergarten. Or for your kids, leaving their grandparent's house after an extended vacation. Perhaps moving to a new house. Every one of these moments are beautiful, but also have an end, a transition that includes a goodbye. In this episode, theologian and professor Amy Davis Abdallah joins us to provide a framework for putting meaning to all of the life transitions we experience on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. The author of Meaning in the Moment: How Rituals Help Us Move Through Joy, Pain, and Everything in Between, Abdallah describes how rituals can shape our family and form the hearts of our kids.In this episo
26/01/202447 minutes 2 seconds
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The Will of God for You (and Your Child's Life) with Jordan Raynor

This episode has so much purpose, content, and hope for families. It could even serve as a homeschooling study for your kids. Jordan Raynor says, “Most Christians spend more time thinking about a one-week vacation than they do thinking about eternity…but it inevitably will lead us to settle for these wishy-washy half-truths about heaven.” Raynor goes on to explain, “Here’s why it matters we as adults and parents get this (truths about heaven) right. If we get this right, our kids’ hope for the future will be so much more real and so much more concrete, and their purpose in the present will become so much richer.”If you want a theological education for your kids as it relates to finding their purpose, this episode is absolute gold.If you’re struggling with whether your work has eternal impact, this episode is for you.If you’re looking for a biblical framework for how to set a family vision for building for the Kingdom of God, Raynor
19/01/202444 minutes 10 seconds
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Parenting Through the Lens of Your Children

We live such busy lives that we rarely take the time to evaluate how our kids are experiencing us, their parents, in the environment of our homes. In this episode, our two oldest kids join me (Josh), as I ask them questions about how they experience our parenting. As you listen, our hope isn't that you focus on the content as much as you do the essence of the conversation, so that you, too, can take its format and implement it with your own kids to see what you learn about they experience you.Here are some highlights:Our kids share where they see us doing well as parentsOur kids share where they see we could be doing betterWe also talk about Straub family rhythms, our current stressors, and insights into our weekly family meetingOur kids share with us what they most need from us as parentsBeyond the content of this episode, take the essence of it with you to ask similar questions of your own kids<
13/01/202433 minutes 26 seconds
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The Heart of Your Environment with Bill Lokey (Part 4 of 4)

In loving memory of our dear friend, mentor, and father figure, Bill Lokey, we're concluding our 4-part series on the Heart of Leadership (originally recorded in 2020). When we lead, we influence the culture. Whether the culture you're cultivating is at home with your kids, or it's at work, how you show up has a ripple effect on the environment around you.Bill Lokey joins Josh for the final episode in our 4-part series on the Heart of Leadership to talk about the heart of your environment: at home and at work. In part 4, Bill and Josh talk about:The game of spiritual mathematics in relationshipsWhy healthy culture starts with understandingHow we can enter into the stories of those we lead and loveThe multiplying power of making our world smallerWays to cultivate healthy culture both at home and work Show Notes: Apply now for The Leader's Heart Men's Cohort, Feb. 26-29, 2023!<a href="https:/
04/01/202436 minutes 45 seconds
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The Heart of Trauma with Bill Lokey (Part 3 of 4)

In loving memory of our friend, mentor, and father figure, Bill Lokey, we're in the middle of a four-part series, recorded in 2020, where Bill shares insights on leadership, connection, and trauma.In part 3 of our 4-part series, Bill talks about how trauma influences our heart, soul, and how we lead.Here are some highlights:Why we tend to feel like impostersThe definition of trauma and how it shows up in how we act toward othersThe subtle traumas we may have never labeled as suchHow trauma influences our relationshipsWhy we tend to medicate our trauma and what we use to medicateThe power of feelings in healing the pain from our pastWhy it's so difficult for us to face shame and trauma as an adultPractical ways to face our trauma and show up for those we leadShow Notes: Apply now for The Leader's Heart Men's Cohort, Feb. 26-29, 2023!<a hre
28/12/202341 minutes 12 seconds
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The Heart of Meaningful Connection with Bill Lokey (Part 2 of 4)

In loving memory of our friend, mentor, and father figure, Bill Lokey, we're releasing this four-part series, recorded in 2020, to share with you again Bill's insights on leadership, connection, and trauma.Bill joins Josh for part 2 of our 4-part series, and this week, we talk about something we all tend to struggle with: meaningful connection and how we show up with those we love.In part 2, Josh and Bill talk about:The barriers to meaningful connection and how we can overcome themShame as a bad motivator for changeHow to silence shame so we can connect deeply with othersHow self-medicators keep us from intimacyWhat it feels like to spend time with someone who really likes youHow to show up for someone you really like spending time withSpiritual disciplines for meaningful connection with GodShow Notes: Apply now for The Leader's Heart Men's Cohort, Feb. 26-29,
21/12/202328 minutes 58 seconds
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The Heart of Leadership with Bill Lokey (Part 1 of 4)

This past year we lost one of our dearest friends and mentors, Bill Lokey. As we close out the year, we were listening back to some of his wisdom and gold nuggets and thought it would be a tremendous gift to re-release a series we did together in 2020. He was a gift to us, and his insights, wisdom, and influence will continue to echo across generations, no doubt. In his honor, we're releasing this four-part series, recorded in 2020, to share with you again his insights on leadership, connection, and trauma.In part 1 of the series, we begin with the heart of leadership. Because no matter our stage, we lead people. As a parent, you lead your kids. As a spouse, you lead your husband or wife. At work, you lead your employees, congregants, soldiers, clients, and teams.How would each person you lead describe your ability to connect to their reality? And how much do we pay attention to those realities versus focusing solely on our own? As Bill describes, th
15/12/202337 minutes 1 second
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Simplifying an Overwhelmed Schedule: Moving from Priorities to Priority

Did you know that the English word "priority," when it came into the English language, stayed singular for 500 years? Not until the 1900's did we make it plural. As Greg McKeown suggests, the result is quite dangerous. When everything is priority, nothing is priority.As we evaluate our overwhelmed schedule, this one simple exercise has helped us cut through the noise. What is the priority (singular)? This evaluation has led us to make some intentional adjustments, which Christi shares on this week's episode.Here are some takeaways:Practical ways to simplify an overwhelming scheduleHow to not only give yourself permission to do less, but other people around youThe preciousness of time and how we won't get these years back with our kidsWhy Christi is taking a step back and what that looks likeShow Notes: Apply
07/12/202337 minutes 57 seconds
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Authenticity, Contentment, and Finding Significance: An Interview with Christi Straub

In honor of Christi's birthday, Josh talks to her about what this milestone means and how she's processing the feeling of entering a new decade of life. Christi shares valuable lessons she's learned over the last several years, what she plans on leaving behind, and what she wants to bring with her into her 40's.Here are some takeaways:Christi's practice of learning to release a high achieving mindset and just let herself "be"How to discern if you're living in your true authentic self, or from your false selfHow refreshing it is for everyone around you, when you can be real and let go of what others think of you, or what you think others think of you.The upside down kingdom of God, and how He makes significant what the world finds unpopularShow Notes:Apply now for The Leader's Heart Men's Cohort:https://www.famousathome.com/theleadersheartOrder a copy of 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An
01/12/202338 minutes 49 seconds
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Living From a Whole Heart with Matt Redman

Grammy Award-winning singer / songwriter, worship leader, author, and all around incredible human being, Matt Redman, joins us to talk about living a wholehearted life. Matt is one of those rare souls, a man who not only lives whole-heartedly, but who pursues a congruent life both on and off stage. We talk about how to prioritize our emotional health while navigating the often lonely, fast-paced, and unrelenting world we live in. Our emotional and spiritual well-being often hangs in the balance of leading at work and showing up at home.We also talk about the Leader's Heart Cohort, what it means to be famous at home, and leadership as an act of worship. Matt describes how to identify your first "yes" when it comes to showing up well at home.Show Notes: A
25/11/202350 minutes 38 seconds
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What Christmas Really Means to our Kids

*Warning: In this wholesome conversation with our children, we talk about Santa Claus. The phrase in our home is, "Santa is pretend, and in our home, we pretend." For that reason, and that reason alone, you may want to guard little listening ears.In this heartfelt episode, we invited our two oldest kids, Landon (11) and Kennedy (9), to talk about our family devotional, 25 Days of the Christmas Story, and to share their perspective on what Christmas really means to them. Sometimes, what we think matters to our children, isn't at all what they care about. We hope this conversation offers an open door for you to talk to your children what Christmas means to them. We also share practical ways you can create las
18/11/202333 minutes 14 seconds
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A Conversation About Grief, Loss, and Serious Illness with Jane Butler

Sickness, grief, and loss are inevitable. All of us will experience or walk with close loved ones through sudden loss, or the complexities of a serious or life-threatening illness.Jane Butler, our dear friend, graphic designer for Famous at Home, and Co-Founder of Near, joins us to talk about her husband's brain cancer, how they navigated two brain surgeries, and how she manages to continue to walk alongside him and her young kids as they face hard things.In this episode, Jane shares her deep passion and wisdom about the intersection of life, marriage, parenting, serious illness, and grief and her new passion as the co-founder of Near, an organization offering support for those going through difficult times. Here are some takeaways:When someone you love receives a diagnosis and
10/11/202340 minutes 56 seconds
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Discerning God's Voice for Today: Straub Family Adventure Part II

Have you ever worried that you might have missed what God was trying to tell you? Maybe you didn't hear Him correctly? Maybe you even wonder if there's too much noise around you to hear His still, small voice? In this episode, we give an update on our new family adventure, but more importantly, talk about what we've been learning about discerning God's voice in the day-to-day.Here are some highlights: How God has been speaking to us in our current season of adventureHow to bring God into your season of grief, loss, and lonelinessWays to pay attention to what God has for you each dayThe difference between confusion and mysteryWhy God longs to speak to us each dayShow Notes: Apply now for The Leader's Heart Men's Cohort (limited spots available):https://www.famousathome.com/theleadersheart<br
03/11/202330 minutes 24 seconds
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Families Who Celebrate the Good Stuff

Instead of seeing the "good stuff" right in front of us, we often hold a mental checklist of what will get better "someday." The impact this has on our children cannot go unnoticed. In this episode, we talk about the fruit that comes from seeing and celebrating the good stuff God blesses us with each day.Here are some takeaways:The rhythm God started in Genesis 1 of celebration and reflection, "It is good."Practical ways to reflect on "the good" of each day as a familyHow we can emphasize more on celebrating what's "good" as a family in light of the Halloween seasonHow the knowledge of our heavenly home can give us perspective on the goodness in our current circumstancesShow Notes: Apply now for The Leader's Heart Men's Cohort:https://www.famousathome.com/theleadersheart<br /
26/10/202320 minutes 15 seconds
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How Unnecessary "Yeses" and Busyness Rob Our Joy

We've been on a journey of simplifying our lives. While it hasn't been the easiest path, we're discovering unexpected beauty along the way.This week, we share what we're learning during this time of scaling back and embracing a quieter season, how it's bringing more clarity to our family's purpose, and how it's also unearthed a newfound joy for our family. When we as parents find our God-given lane, and stay faithful to pursuing it without getting distracted with unnecessary "yeses" and busyness, we give our kids a gift. In this episode, we talk about stripping down the self-imposed pressures, tasks, and busyness we've accumulated along the way, so that we can experience a more fulfilling, purposeful lifestyle that God intended for us.Here are some takeaways:How our busyness, fear of missing out, and people-pleasing tendencies impact our kidsPractical ways to make decisions based on your body's signals and needs How daily sc
19/10/202333 minutes 15 seconds
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When Your Kids Need More of You Than You Can Give

Our nervous system's main job is to protect us, but what happens when it's our kid's need for more of us (more time, more play, more food, more...more...more...) that makes us feel unsafe? How do we recognize it? And how do we take care of ourselves while also letting our kids know that their needs matter?In this episode, we share practical ways to discern between when it's necessary to take care of ourselves when we feel unsafe, and also how to prioritize our kid's needs so they feel safe.Here are some highlights:The nervous system and how our bodies react when we have nothing left to give our kidsPractical ways to come out of fight, flight, or freeze so that you can be present with your kidsWhy scheduling command-free time with your kids throughout the day is gold for your relationshipPhysical touch as a way of showing your kids that you are presentThe critical reality of letting your yes be yes and no be noHow to model
13/10/202330 minutes 10 seconds
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Living in the Now

How can we live more in the moment? Besides, the here-and-now is a gift, which is why it's called being "present" (see what we did there?!?)Philippians 4 models for us what it looks like to truly live in the present and receive His peace, which surpasses understanding. However, due to our phones, to-do lists, and stress levels, our minds leave our bodies, leaving us the inability seek calm, pray, and live in peace.In this episode, we talk about how to get back into our bodies in moments of overwhelm, so that we can shift the atmosphere of our home and cultivate a spiritual growth environment for our kids.Here are some highlights:How to notice when things feel "off" and discern the signs of the timesPractical ways to get back into your body in the here-and-nowThe calming of your brain and the gift it is to your children when you live in the presentThe power of speaking truth and gratitude aloudGetting
06/10/202337 minutes 35 seconds
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Families Who Dream

God placed eternity in our hearts (Ecc. 11), and along with that, dreams and desires for using the gifts He's given us. Yet, somewhere along the way, we succumb to the belief that our dreams will never become reality. What is it that holds us back from believing, in faith, for those dreams as a family? In this episode, we talk about how to utilize dreaming as a means of renewing our mind. Here are some highlights: Being curious about your "why" in dreaming and if you are actually running from somethingHow to come alongside a spouse who worries about the future and step into dreaming togetherUnderstanding the freedom we have to make choicesPractical ways to rewire your brain to hope againWhy our kids need us to dreamShow Notes: Interested in group coaching with Josh or Christi? Click here for interest form:<a href="https://www.famousathome.com/groupcoachinginterest" target="_blan
29/09/202330 minutes 10 seconds
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When Your Life Feels Like a Thousand-Piece Puzzle

Have you taken a thousand-piece puzzle and dumped it upside down on a table? Pieces everywhere. Some right side up. Others right side down. Border pieces mixed with middle pieces. That's what our lives feel like as we try to find where all of the pieces fit. Have you ever been there? Perhaps you're there now. In this episode, we talk about the toll the fast-paced western industrial complex has on our souls, and what we're doing to take care of ourselves so we can show up well for our loved ones.Here are some highlights:How to lengthen our fuse when it's running shortPractical ways to find soul rest in the day-to-day hustlePractical ways to put your body back in regulation The most effective strategies to get the outcomes you desire in your kids Awareness and repentance as a gateway to freedomShow Notes: Interested in women's group coaching with Christi? 🙋🏽‍♀️ Click here for the int
21/09/202335 minutes 49 seconds
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Core Essentials for Family Connection

It's the time of year for new rhythms, school routines, and activities. But that also comes with the subtle feeling of disconnection with everyone going in separate directions. In this episode, we talk about how the invention of the clock, light bulb, and iPhone are influencing each of us at a personal and familial level today. We also talk about how you can identify the core essentials that bring your family together, why less is more, and how to "try on" what works for your family. Here are some highlights:How to identify the "less" you need in your lifeHow to identify what a good 'ole fashioned "sigh" means for cultivating peace and connection in your homeHow to battle of fear of "being still" and embracing silence so that you can discern what God might be speaking to youShow Notes: Order a copy of Famous at Home by Dr. Josh and Christi:<a href="https://amzn.to/3y1jJFz" target="_blank" rel="norefer
14/09/202336 minutes 50 seconds
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Discovering Your Family's "Why"

Summer coming to a close inevitably means new routines. But have you considered where those routines are taking you? How those routines today, if continued, will shape your children's hearts a decade from now? How these routines even shape your family's identity? In this episode, we talk about your "why" and the gift of involving your kids in a purpose greater than themselves.Here are some highlights:What it means for the household to partner with Jesus for the restoration of all thingsThe generational influence of our kid's purposeMaking those under your roof feel seenLiving with a "there you are" confidenceSetting values today that impact your family ten years from nowShow Notes: Order a copy of Famous at Home by Dr. Josh and Christi:<a href="https://amzn.to/3y1jJFz" target="_blank" rel="nor
31/08/202334 minutes 46 seconds
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Navigating Life Transitions Well

In last week's episode, we revealed the news of our big life transition as a family. Though this particular move was a big one for us, you've likely faced life transitions of all sizes. The end of summer and the beginning of school. Job loss. A new child. The death of a parent or grandparent. No matter how big or small, all transitions feel important. That's why so many of us want to know that we're hearing from God as we discern what He's doing and pray through next steps and the days ahead. In this episode, we share a behind-the-scenes look at our recent decision-making process and how we discern when God just might be up to something. We talk about: Why transparency with God makes all the differenceWhy it's important to pay attention when something feels "off"How to recognize what you might be idolizing and discerning if your decisions are in their purest formHow to make the little ones under your roof feel seen and lo
25/08/202340 minutes 34 seconds
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You Did What?! The Straub Fam's New Adventure

In the last few months, you've likely heard us talk about our desire to prioritize biblical simplicity and hospitality in our home. This week, we share a couple of big, emotional, yet exciting announcements, as we take leaps of faith into the next level of simplicity as a family. And, we invite you on this journey of hospitality with us, as we look forward to what God has in store for this adventurous new season.Show Notes: Have podcast topic ideas or simply want to drop us a note? We'd love to hear from you!www.famousathome.com/podcast
17/08/202328 minutes 58 seconds
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Fighting for Peace in Your Home

One of the most frequent questions we're asked is how we maintain a spirit of peace with a family of five and all we have going on. "How do you carry such calm in your interactions with each other?" wrote one long-time listener. To begin, peace doesn't come without a fight. In a world of instant gratification, we too easily settle for moments of peace; but anything that doesn't last is counterfeit. In this episode, we talk about practical ways you can war for and cultivate peace in your home.  We talk about:  Why our bodies feel safer in chaos than peacePrayer as a weapon for the war for peaceWhy it's important to take dominion over what God has given youKeeping short accounts of sin in our livesPlaying the long game in the day-to-day overwhelm Show Notes: John Eldredge's Daily Prayer (Head of Household)<a href="https:/
10/08/202344 minutes 47 seconds
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Parent Q & A: Toddlers, Discipline, Divorce, and Loss of Relationships

We love hearing from you, our podcast family, and talk about the topics you care about most. This week, we address questions related to raising toddlers, disciplining kids, walking your kids through divorce, and processing the loss of relationships. Here are some highlights:  Practical ways to regulate emotions instead of shutting them out or losing your mind Insights from Psalm 103 to help your kids feel seen How discipline sets the tone for the environment of our home Why it's important we hold grief and joy at the same time Show Notes: Do you have questions you want us to answer? We want to hear from YOU! Submit your question today. Leave the podcast a review to help others find out about it Or
04/08/202341 minutes 19 seconds
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The Worry-Free Parent with Sissy Goff

We're not in lack when it comes to what to worry about in today's world, especially as parents. With school approaching, we wanted to bring back one of our favorite humans and Famous at Home guests, our friend Sissy Goff, MEd, LPC-MHSP. Sissy is the director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, and is here with us to talk about her new book, The Worry-Free Parent. This conversation is so rich with parenting nuggets and wisdom on raising confident, courageous kids. We talk about: Practical ways to hold space for both worry and peace in your home The power we have as parents over our kid's anxiety How to model bravery and restore your kid's resourcefulness Management strategies to gain your warmth and joy back in the mi
28/07/202355 minutes 56 seconds
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How Do We Practice Sabbath?

There are many misconceptions about what practicing the Sabbath, or ceasing from work, really entails. People often view Sabbath as a day for lounging around the house, binging a show on Netflix, or just doing nothing. Those things can be fine, but do they really bring about "soul rest?" In this episode, Josh and Christi go in-depth about the purpose and meaning of Sabbath, and the unique ways they have learned to cultivate it in their home.  Josh and Christi talk about: Shabbat dinner as a fun, family-centric rhythm for your weekly Sabbath  Why Sabbath rest is a gift from God and how you can make it work to fit your family dynamic How to fight against the pull of Western culture away from the biblical gift of Sabbath Show Notes: Order a copy of Famous at Home by Dr. Josh and Christi <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/famous-at-home/i
20/07/202346 minutes 7 seconds
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Raising Respectful Kids with Mark and Tina Seago

Have you ever met a family and thought, "Wow, whatever you've done to raise your kids, I need some of that!?" Mark and Tina Seago are one of those couples. Together, they have seven kids, live on a farm, began a classical school together, and are just downright parenting ninja's. We get the privilege of doing life with them and wanted to introduce them to you since they influence our parenting in so many ways. This week, Mark and Tina give us an inside look at their unique family rhythms and the decisions they've made that shape their children's lives. Mark and Tina talk about: The key decisions they've made that have shaped their children's lives Cultivating gratitude and perspective within their family  Giving kids responsibility as a way of mutual respect and kindness Liturgies within their household and how it's given their kids purpose and significance Show Note
13/07/202358 minutes 49 seconds
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How Ancient Wisdom Can Heal the Modern Family with Jeremy and April Pryor

Last week's conversation centered around how we're rethinking how we lead our family against the common western culture norms that might not be serving families in the way we think or hope they are. This week, we continue this conversation with some of the people who have mentored and taught us much of what we're learning about family right now, Jeremy and April Pryor, dear friends of ours and leaders of Family Teams. Jeremy and April talk about: Mindset shifts as the best way to start recovering the paradigm  How they practically fill their home with purpose, vision, and stewardship How they have learned to bring people into their world without letting them interrupt their world as introverts Ways they continuously let go of hyper responsibility, entertainment, and emotion management when hosting
07/07/202355 minutes 51 seconds
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Simplicity, Transitions, & What We're Learning About Family Growth

In many ways, the western culture we live in wars against family growth. This episode is a conversation about how we're seeing the western cultural norms influence our own family and some of the steps we're taking to fight against it. In this episode, we share about how we are structuring our days that's most conducive to Kingdom expansion, is extremely simple (yet rich), and isn't beholden to anyone (except God and our family).  We talk about: Decisions we're making today that will impact our family ten years from now A new kind of agency when stewarding our time and energy levels Why we are simplifying now more than ever before Who we are spending time with and the difference it's making The freedom we're experiencing after letting go of emotion management in social settings Show Notes: Order a copy of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect
29/06/202340 minutes 37 seconds
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The Joy of Fatherhood with Dude Dad's Taylor Calmus

Who doesn't feel incompetent in the areas of handiness, creativity, and childlike play when it comes to entering your child's world? Perhaps we don't need to make it as complicated as we think. In this episode, Taylor Calmus, video creator of Dude Dad and Super Dad, talks with Josh about what our kids really desire from us, and why he wrote his first children's book, Dad and the Recycling-Bin Roller Coaster. Yes, Taylor actually build a roller coaster in his backyard too!  Taylor shares about: How he's learned to channel his inner child in fatherhood Time management and boundaries between c
22/06/202343 minutes 55 seconds
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On Fatherhood, Honor, and Vision

A couple weeks ago Josh interviewed Christi about her experiences with motherhood, healing, and finding her voice. This week, roles reverse and Christi interviews Josh about his experiences with fatherhood, honor, and how he's learned to cast vision for his family. This conversation was unscripted and heartfelt, as Christi asks questions that get to the heart of how Josh sees his role as a father. Josh shares about: The reasons it's important to honor up to previous generations and pass blessing down to the next generation The tension between living in denial and being honest about the holes that were left from your upbringing The sense of vision that comes from viewing everything you do through the lens of being a father and husband Show Notes: Order a copy of Famous at Home Order a copy of Jon Tyson's book,
15/06/202335 minutes 2 seconds
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The Intentional Father with Jon Tyson

After his first interview became one of our most listened to and talked about episodes in podcast history, Pastor Jon Tyson is back with us! He sits down with Josh to talk about intentional fathering, how he discipled his own kids, and the journey you can take your son on as a right of passage into manhood in a healthy and biblical way. Here are some takeaways: How to pay attention to your formation as a man and understand your de-formation Aligning your thoughts, practices, and behaviors into who Jesus called you to be and out of your brokenness Listening, observing, valuing, and encouraging as the definition of love as a father How to not let your vision of the ideal stop you from doing what you can as a father Show Notes: Register now for the Primal Path Order a copy of Pastor Jon Tyson's book,
08/06/202347 minutes 57 seconds
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On Motherhood, Healing, and Hearing God's Voice: Part 2

Last week, we started a two-part mini-series where Josh interviewed Christi about her own experiences with motherhood, healing, and finding her voice. This week, we continue the conversation, as Christi goes more in-depth about her experiences with healing and how she has learned to discern God's voice to her throughout motherhood. Christi shares about: How her relationship with God has evolved and looked in different seasons of motherhood How she's learned to find and experience freedom in motherhood How choosing less has brought a more rich, peace-filled life Show Notes: This podcast episode was sponsored by Epic Will: https://www.epicwill.com/famous Watch this episode on YouTube Order a copy of the Famous at Home book
01/06/202340 minutes 48 seconds
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On Motherhood, Healing, and Finding Your Voice: Part 1

We had a revelation together recently about how we converse on our podcast. It was a revealing conversation (of which we discuss in this week's episode) that ultimately led to a two-episode series where Josh interviews Christi. This conversation was completely unscripted, as Christi didn't know the questions ahead of time. What came from it was a beautiful, heartfelt two-part conversation about Christi's own experiences with motherhood, healing, and finding her voice.  Some highlights include: How Christi overcame difficult seasons in her life and what the gradual process of healing has looked like for her Practical ways Christi has reconnected back to herself and how it's helped her to be a calmer presence for her children The importance of paying attention to what your body needs in small doses Show Notes: This podcast episode was sponsored by Epic Will: ht
25/05/202340 minutes 5 seconds
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Raising Resilient Kids

As parents, fostering an environment of resilience for our kids is arguably one of the most important ways we can set our kids up for healthy relationships and self-competence. Yet, with the state we find ourselves in as a culture, we ourselves need to build resilience as well. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about practical ways of cultivating resilience in your home. Highlights include:  What it means to be safe for your kids Giving our kids language for what they need from us and others How emotional intelligence is a byproduct of growing in the fruit of the Spirit Show Notes: Watch this episode on YouTube Register now for the MyKidsEQ Coaching Workshop (Summer 2023) Order a copy of the Famous at Home bookSee <a href
18/05/202325 minutes 6 seconds
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Kids and Hurry Sickness

We live in a constant state of hurry. Our culture even rewards it. Whether it's back-to-back work meetings, rushing kids to and from school activities, or getting dinner on the table, hurry influences our lives on the daily. In this week's episode, Josh and Christi talk about how hurry sickness influences our kid's emotional health.   Highlights include:  Deeper ways that hurry might be impacting your kids Practical ways to create margin in your day for you and others Practical strategies to give your kids in the middle of a hurried day How simple hugs and healthy physical touch can calm the body and slow us down Show Notes: Watch this episode on YouTube Register now for the MyKidsEQ Coaching Workshop (Summer 2023) Order a copy of the <
11/05/202334 minutes 39 seconds
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4 Pillars of Emotional Health for Kids

How do we enter into our kid's world and build their emotional health and resilience? In this episode, we outline 4 pillars that help us lay a foundation for our kids to manage their emotions, connect with Jesus, and feel seen. With so much uncertainty, we talk about how we can parent from a place of love, not fear. Here are some highlights: How the posture from which we parent matters more than the techniques we use  Why Bible reading should be a priority in your home and not an afterthought  Why you can sum up all of parenting research into one primary conclusion How to practically make your kids feel seen and loved Show Notes: Watch this episode on YouTube Register now for the MyKidsEQ Coaching Workshop (Summer 2023) Order a copy of
04/05/202329 minutes 15 seconds
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How to Reclaim Family Time Without Moving to a Flip Phone with Joey Odom

Screen time is one of the biggest issues facing families today--and we're not just referring to our kids. We set alarms on our phones, await important calls, send urgent emails, and the list goes on. Yet, science has some fascinating new insights on what really matters as it relates to how to maximize our time on our phones and yet be present with people. Joey Odom, cofounder of Aro, a technology platform leveraging the science of habit formation to help you connect by disconnecting, is with us this week to talk about screen time and how to reclaim family time without moving to a flip phone. Joey talks with us about: Essential rules to have as a family in the context of screen time Ways we can leverage our screen time for good The value of time and how we can use it as motivation to spend more quality time as a family<
27/04/202351 minutes 17 seconds
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Becoming Teammates in Marriage

Would you describe your spouse as your greatest teammate? Probably depends on the day, right? We all have opponents that war against the connection in our marriage and cause conflict. But how do we fight? Do we see the opponent for what it is, or do we make our spouse out to be the opponent? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how to name the opponent, talk about your dance, and take responsibility for how to engage with your spouse. They talk about: The importance of finding out what's going on in your spouse's heart rather than what's going on between the two of you Protective mechanisms and how they hold us back from communicating the truth of what we want from our spouse Why taking 100% responsibility for your role in the conflict disarms your spouse Practical ways to show up differently for your spouse Show Notes:
20/04/202331 minutes 29 seconds
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Where Do I Find the Time?

Does it feel like you just don't have the time? For what you ask? Well, anything really. Working out. Praying. Even a 5-minute shower. Anything that brings you life instead of draining it from you. The last few weeks Josh and Christi talked about rest and finding solitude in the midst of parenting and the busyness of everyday life. This week, they talk about how to use the time you're already given, more specifically, to press into the one thing that will bring you life and help you show up so much differently for your loved ones.  Josh and Christi talk about: A paradigm shift in how we view our day Practical ways to make time for God throughout the day How to reestablish our identity and stop chasing How to redefine the weight we put on the tasks of our day A simple way for helping us to see Jesus in others and give more grace when interruptions come Show Notes: <a href="https://
13/04/202335 minutes 53 seconds
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When Life Throws Too Much at You

How do we lead our families and push through the daily grind when it feels as though life is just throwing too much at you? In this episode, Josh and Christi open up about their recent experiences, from grieving the loss of their dear friend Bill, to sudden changes happening around them unexpectedly, and all the while balancing work and family life. They explain what is helping them move forward and how you can practically do the same when it feels like life has just thrown too much at you. Josh and Christi talk about: Sitting in uncomfortable emotions and why it's easier than we fear it will be The emotions of Holy Week and how the biblical characters' worlds were flipped upside down How to experience God's presence in the chaos of the circumstances Ways to embrace the surprising amount of opportunities we all have in each day for solitude and experiencing God's love Show Notes: Wa
06/04/202333 minutes 41 seconds
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When You Can't Rest Part 2: Weekly Sabbath and Yearly Vacation

Do you feel exhausted, yet can't seem to enter into rest? Don't worry, you're not alone, and it makes sense. Our nervous system has a built-in protective mechanism that constantly fights to keep us feeling safe. In this episode, we share practical ways to calm your nervous system so that you can be fully present when you enter Sabbath or go on a vacation! We talk about: The three main states of the nervous system: ventral vagal, sympathetic nervous system, and dorsal vagal  Orientation and how to find your way back to the present when your body goes in fight, flight, or freeze How to discern what you say yes and no to Practical ways to work for rest Show Notes: Order 10 Days of the Easter Story Coaching with Josh and Christi The Famous at Home book<
31/03/202330 minutes 12 seconds
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How to Love with Bill and Laurie Lokey

Welcome to part two of our two-part special bonus episodes this week. This may very well be the most insightful, helpful episodes on marriage we’ve ever recorded.  Bill Lokey, a man who became a father figure to me (Josh), a dear friend, mentor, and who joined us at Famous at Home to lead Leader’s Heart, lost his battle with cancer and went to be with Jesus on March 17th, 2023.  In this episode, Bill and his beautiful wife Laurie, join us to talk about their marriage, especially in the midst of Bill’s cancer journey the past few years. Recorded 10 days before he went to be with Jesus, we get a firsthand look at how they’ve grieved, worshipped, laughed, and pressed into the journey together.  The marriage wisdom in this episode is simply beautiful. I think that’s what beautiful about the last days—it offers perspective we otherwise can’t see.  No matter where you’re at on your marriage journey right now, this episode will leave you desiring more, and m
24/03/202329 minutes 28 seconds
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How to Be Loved with Bill and Laurie Lokey

We have two special bonus episodes. These may very well be the most insightful, helpful episodes we’ve ever recorded.  The wisdom of Ecclesiastes says, “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting” (7:2, CSB).  Bill Lokey, a man who became a father figure to me (Josh), a dear friend, mentor, and who joined us at Famous at Home to lead Leader’s Heart, lost his battle with cancer and went to be with Jesus on March 17th, 2023.  As you’ll hear in these next two episodes, he wanted to live every moment of life he was given. A testament to this, we were able to sit down and record end of life wisdom just 10 days before he went to be with Jesus.  In this episode, Bill gives us, in many ways, his last words. If you or a loved one are facing an uphill battle with a terminal illness, or your marriage is falling apart, or you’re hurting because of a loss in your life, or maybe you put a dream on the shelf and haven’t been able to
24/03/202337 minutes 54 seconds
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When You Can't Rest Part 1: In Everyday Life

Whether you have a newborn baby, kids in elementary school, or teenagers on the go, it's no surprise that rest can feel out of reach. We try to be intentional with our time, but let's face it, the parental interruptions are inevitable. A question we get asked quite frequently is how we manage to find a rhythm of rest amongst the busyness of parenting. In this episode, we begin a two-part series about rest, this one about how to develop practical strategies that aid you in a daily lifestyle of rest. We talk about: Inviting God into the practice of rest and how to avoid taking your frustration out on your kids when you can't get rest Why your body goes into survival mode when you're in a state of lack How to establish mutual agreement with your spouse about rest in particularly difficult seasons like infancy The blessing of ending each day in celebration over the good that happened Show Notes:</strong
23/03/202339 minutes 20 seconds
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Please, Sorry, Thanks: Three Words That Change Everything with Mark Batterson

This is one of the most life-giving conversations we've ever had on the podcast! I mean, come on, we all coach our kids to say the words please, sorry, and thanks as three of their first words. Yet, it's crazy how easily we forget to use them as adults.  But what if you could successfully reach your goals and strengthen your relationships with just these 3 magic words? Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, wrote a new book called Please, Sorry, Thanks, and it's a book that's not only influencing our own lives, but it's one we're now reading to our kids! In this episode, I (Josh) talk with Pastor Mark about his new book and how to personalize your please, signature your sorry, and thumbprint your thanks. We talk about: Why it's important to lean on the
16/03/202351 minutes 23 seconds
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Discipleship Conversations with Kids

Ever had your kids ask you a question you never thought of before and were left speechless in how to answer? What makes those questions even more intimidating is when they're questions about the Bible. It's no wonder discipling our kids can feel overwhelming. But what if you don't need to know all of the answers? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the ways we can resource our kids in not only looking for answers to their questions, but also falling more in love with Jesus. They also talk about how their new devotional, 10 Days of the Easter Story: A Family Experience Through the Feelings of Holy Week, is structured and written as a framework for getting our kids engaged in the stories of Scripture. They talk about: Practical ways to walk your kids through 10 Days of the Easter Story and make it fun, not overwhelming The beauty in curiosity
09/03/202339 minutes 49 seconds
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Taking Permission to Lead Your Family

Do you feel dissonance between where your family is right now and where you envision your family to be? A wrestling in your soul with the decisions you're making about who your family is becoming or the direction you're heading? Somewhere along the way, we lose permission to make decisions for ourselves and how we lead our families. Perhaps it's because we're afraid of letting someone down, it's out of the cultural norm, or it just feels unsafe. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how to reclaim permission to live in peace and lead your family with courage and certainty. They talk about: The bravery it takes to initiate the first step in letting go of the dissonance Practical ways to listen to what the Holy Spirit is nudging you about and how to apply it to your family  How to prioritize rest and find what your soul is longing for Show Notes: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/@Famousa
02/03/202339 minutes 52 seconds
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Your Kids, the Easter Story, and Talking About Difficult Emotions

Not only is the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection difficult to translate to children, but the events leading up to Jesus’ death were full of emotions for His family, disciples, and all who followed Him. The happiness on Palm Sunday, the surprise at the Last Supper, the sadness at the cross, the joy at the tomb—the week of Jesus’ death and resurrection was filled with emotion.  And that’s what gave us the idea: What if we used the emotions they were feeling two-thousand-years-ago to help our kids connect to the Easter story in a way that brings the resurrection of Jesus “alive” to our kids. See what we did there ;) In this episode, we talk about our new book, 10 Days of the Easter Story, and how we as parents can help our kids connect to and learn about their own feelings through the events of Holy Week.  We talk about: How to proce
23/02/202332 minutes 27 seconds
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Who Did You Marry?

Have you and your spouse ever looked at each other and wondered, "Who did we marry?" Lewis Smedes once said, "My wife has lived with at least five different men since we were wed—and each of the five has been me." It's amazing how much we change: sometimes for the worse, sometimes for the better. In this episode, we talk about the various "seasons" we go through as individuals and how those "seasons" influence our marriage. We also talk about practical ways to enter into your spouse's world in the good, bad, and ugly. We talk about: How to prioritize what's going on within your spouse's heart more than what's going on between the two of you Ways to empathetically step into your spouse's world Practical ways to dream with your spouse and offer affirmation Show Notes: Watch this episode on YouTube Order a copy of <a hr
16/02/202337 minutes 41 seconds
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Finding Delight in Your Everyday Work with Jordan Raynor

Perhaps you feel like the work you are doing inside your home or at an office is left unnoticed. Maybe you feel like your everyday work is less important than someone else's work. Get this: your work is ministry and God sees you. He sees it as purposeful even when the world doesn't. In this episode, Jordan Raynor, a dear friend, comes on the podcast to talk about his new devotional The Word Before Work: A Monday-Through-Friday Devotional to Help You Find Eternal Purpose in Your Daily Work. He and Josh talk about the connection between our work and God's work on Earth, and ways that He delights in us. Jordan and Josh talk about: What work means in light of the biblical narrative  God's redeeming of the work put in our hands The honor it is to be chosen as the parent of your kids and the uniqueness of your role inside th
09/02/202339 minutes 52 seconds
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Finding Your Rally Cry as a Family

Have you discovered what brings your family alive? Perhaps it's an activity, hobby, or some type of adventure, like an annual vacation or memories on a lake house? Can you identify the life-giving moments that bring your family together? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how to foster a sense of purpose and deep relationships as a family in 2023. Josh and Christi talk about: Simplicity on the other side of complexity The correlation between simplifying your life and going deeper in your relationships Their current rally cry as a family and practical ways they live it out Show Notes: Watch this episode on YouTube Pre-order 10 Days of the Easter Story Famous at Home coaching Dow
31/01/202331 minutes 2 seconds
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Making Screen Changes for Your Family

How has the screen influenced your family? On one hand, you may say you want to spend less time on your phone, but actually following through is quite difficult. Screens have infiltrated every area of our lives: communication, work email, directions, Uber, grocery orders, Amazon Prime, apps for your kids, and the list goes on. So, how does a family actually make changes when it comes to screens? Josh recently deleted a majority of the apps on his phone, practically turning his iPhone into a flip phone. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the ways it has been life-giving for their family and share practical ways you can make similar changes. Josh and Christi talk about: The research on "continuous partial attention" and how it's increasing anxiety in our kids How to let go of the hurry and allow yourself to be inconvenienced in difficult, but freeing, ways Simply acting on your decisions and adjusting your life according to
26/01/202332 minutes 5 seconds
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Parenting: Getting 'It' Right with Sandra Stanley

Am I getting parenting right? That's a question that crosses our mind quite often. Which makes anyone who decides to write a book with so bold a title as Parenting: Getting it Right, either have a lot of courage or be out of their mind. Fortunately, Pastor Andy Stanley and his wife Sandra (authors and founders of North Point Ministries), who bravely wrote such a title, have parented successfully! Sandra joins us this week to talk to Josh about their experience as parents of now three grown children.Sandra and Josh talk about:What "it" actually meansThe four seasons of parentingWhy behavior modification is not the goal, but relationship isWays to adapt your words and approach with your kids specific to their personalityHow to reflect Jesus as your kids mirror your behaviorShow Notes:Order a copy of Parenti
19/01/202338 minutes 54 seconds
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Adventure: Creating Life-Giving Experiences for Your Family

The everyday mundane has a knack for keeping us comfortable. Before long, we forget to take risks, do something out of our comfort zone, or prioritize activities that actually bring us life. That's why we felt it fitting for the final episode of our Words That Matter for Your Family series to end with the word "adventure." When was the last time your family did something adventurous? In this episode, we talk about:How thinking, feeling, and relating all at the same time influences brain growthThe reward of saying "yes" to a hobby, risk, or decision that challenges youHow "adventure" helps your kids internalize their faith and love others wellThe relationship between having fun and gaining empathy and how the two go hand-in-handShow Notes:Watch this episode on YouTube here:https://www.youtube.com/@FamousatHome
12/01/202323 minutes 36 seconds
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Purpose: How to Live On Purpose, Not By Accident, As a Family

There is a hard truth we all have to come to grips with: If you don't get intentional about the direction of your family, the culture will decide it for you. A culture that values individual achievement at the expense of the family unit results in families who are exhausted, fragmented, and directionless. But what if each individual's purpose in life was meant to be discovered, not outside the home, but within it? And what could this look like for your family?In this episode, we continue the Words That Matter for Your Family series, by talking about the word "purpose" and how your family can live on purpose, not by accident.We talk about:• The one question that matters more than any other to determine if you’re really living on purpose• How our values lead to our purpose• Specific ways we (the Straub’s) live on purpose in our family • How to cultivate your heart, make your inner circle smaller, and become more "weird"Show Notes:
05/01/202335 minutes 5 seconds
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Teachable: How to Cultivate a Teachable Spirit in Your Home

Isn't it wild how we, as humans, are drawn to prioritizing a growth mindset...well, that is, until someone (a spouse, child, coworker, or friend) delivers us some unwelcome constructive criticism. Can we be teachable when it's tempting to be offendable? How we respond as adults may very well be what we cultivate with our kids.As we continue the Words That Matter for Your Family series, this week we talk about the word "teachable" and why it matters for your family.We talk about:The interconnectedness of teachability and calmHow and why saying sorry to your kids is the gift that keeps on givingHow to let go of self protection when your spouse points out a flawBeing curious about what you don't want to learn and processing it in prayerShow Notes:Watch this episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/@FamousatHomepodcastFor more insight on cultivating "teachable" spirit in your home, pu
29/12/202232 minutes 47 seconds
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Faith: How Does Your Faith Actually Influence Your Family?

Conversation about faith is inevitable with your kids. The trouble is when we, often unintentionally, attach shame and pressure with it, perhaps feeling inadequate about the topic. But what if living it out is more simple than we realize? To continue the Words That Matter for Your Family series, we talk about the word "faith" and why it matters for your family.They talk about:Deciding what 3 things you want to implement and not implement from your family origin faith backgroundThe correlation between your experience with grace and your kid's experience with graceTransparency about your faith journey with your kidsHow to move from shame to experiencing the tender love of GodWatch this episode on YouTube here.Show Notes:For more insight on cultivating faith in your home, get a copy of the Famous at Ho
22/12/202241 minutes 15 seconds
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Cohesive: How to Foster "Togetherness" in Your Family

What activities foster a sense of "togetherness" for your family? In this episode, we continue the Words that Matter for Your Family series, and talk about the word "cohesive." Here are some highlights:How to identify family values and practically live by themWays to invite your kids in on goal setting, meal prepping, worshipping, volunteering, and other responsibilities you have as a parentHow to discover what makes your kids feel connected to youHow to make "alone time" intentional, and "togetherness" the norm as a familyWatch this episode on YouTube here.Show Notes:For more insight on cultivating "cohesiveness" in your home, purchase a copy of the Famous at Home book here:https://amzn.to/3y1jJFz<a href="https
15/12/202238 minutes 10 seconds
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Resourceful: Raising Confident, Not Entitled, Kids

Do you want to work yourself out of a job as a parent? Best selling author and educator Esther Wojcicki describes the one rule she used as a parent with her three daughters, "Don't do anything for your kids that they can do for themselves."As we continue our series, Words that Matter for Your Family, we talk about the word "resourceful," and why training your children to accomplish tasks on their own develops confident, but not entitled, kids.In this episode we talk about:- The specific ways it pays off when you intentionally teach your kids resourcefulness- The "I do, we do, you do" model of kids learning to do things on their own- The patience it requires to let your kids try things on their own - How to come alongside your kids and supervise when they don't do something right in a way that doesn't make them feel incompetent- The importance of teaching your kids to bring you solutions when they present you with a problemWatch this episo
08/12/202239 minutes 26 seconds
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Simplicity: Family Life Doesn't Have to be so Complicated

Does life feel too complex, perhaps even chaotic, at times? As we continue our series, Words that Matter for Your Family, this week we talk about the word "simplicity," and why it's important to take inventory over what is exhausting you.In this episode we talk about:•Identifying the areas of your life that feel more complicated than they need to be. •The correlation between added layers of complexity and added layers of anxiety•Even paying attention to how the things in your physical space are making you feel emotionally heavy•Ways your schedule might be overloaded•Practical ways to simplify your lifestyle as a family in a way that brings lifeWatch this episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/@FamousatHomepodcastShow Notes:Order a copy of 25 Days of the Christmas Story:<a href="https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/25-days-of-the-christmas-story-P005829480" rel="noopener
01/12/202242 minutes 16 seconds
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Discipline: Why Discipline is the "End All Be All" For Your Family, But Not With Your Kids

As we continue our series, Words that Matter for Your Family, this week we talk about the word "discipline," and why it's the "end all be all" for your family, but not for your kids. We also talk about why it's important to cultivate grace and truth as you lead your family.In this episode we talk about:- The transfer of self-discipline in our relationships as a means of experiencing true freedom- Walking the road of balance and following your family's specific convictions as a continual everyday process- Ways to be gentle with yourself and show grace when you get it wrong- How to teach your kids to love discipline and understand why it's importantWatch this episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/@FamousatHomepodcastShow Notes:Order a copy of 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experience<a href="https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/25-days-of-the-christmas-
24/11/202254 minutes 4 seconds
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Attunement: How to Get Your Spouse and Kids to "Feel Seen"

As we continue our series, Words that Matter for Your Family, this week we talk about the word "attunement," and why it's important for your spouse and kids to "feel seen" in their relationship with you. We define the word "attunement" and talk about why we should seek consistency, not perfection.In this episode we talk about:- Giving our kids the tools to communicate what they need when they don't feel seen or heard- What it means to have an "Oh, there you are" attitude when you walk into a room- Ways to attune to your spouse's needs when you feel a disconnect- The correlation between having compassion and empathy for yourself and your kids having it for othersWatch this episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/@FamousatHomepodcastShow Notes:Order a copy of 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experiencehttps
18/11/202245 minutes 12 seconds
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Safety: Why Emotional Safety is the Anchor for Lasting Family Connection

This week, we kick off a brand new series called Words that Matter for Your Family. For the next few weeks we'll be talking about words that better help us show up for our spouse and kids. To begin, we start by talking about the word "safety," what it is and how we cultivate it. In this episode Josh and Christi talk about:- How to pursue your spouse's heart using emotional vocabulary- The way relational warmth wires your child's brain for relationships- Why posture is more important than technique in parenting- How to calm your child's brain when they are in the midst of fight, flight, or freeze- Ways to focus on who you are becoming as an adultShow Notes:Order a copy of Josh’s book Safe House:https://amzn.to/3td9hJfSign up for the MyKid’sEQ Ambassador Coaching Program:https://www.mykidseq.comOrder a copy of W
10/11/202248 minutes 21 seconds
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Rethinking the Household

Have you ever given thought to how your "household" is being defined? The direction it's heading? Or the connectedness you feel to one another? In this episode, we talk about the meaning of the word "household" and how it applies to your family.We talk about:Why it's important to be curious, not intimidated by uncomfortable emotions.How to let go of "the chase" and refocus on nurturing your marriage and your kids.How to embrace your family's uniqueness.How to become a family of creators, not consumers.Show Notes:Famous at Home: 7 Decisions to Put Your Family Center Stage in a World Competing for YourTime, Attention, and Identity by Dr. Josh and Christi Straubhttps://amzn.to/3y1jJFzThe Household and the War for the Cosmos by C.R. Wileyhttps://amzn.to/3DCMoDw25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experience
03/11/202256 minutes 50 seconds
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Recalibrating Your Family + Exciting Updates from FAH

Alright, friends! We have some exciting new updates for you about the podcast and Famous at Home. If you're a regular family member of the podcast, you'll want to hear these new updates. Also, do you know those moments when life feels fragmented? When it just feels like everyone is going in their own direction? How do you recalibrate as a family? What is it that reconnects your family at the heart level? In this episode, Josh talks about recalibrating your family and also shares what he and Christi and his family are doing to recalibrate right now.Josh talks about:* What to do when your family feels disconnected* Resources and activities that have brought the Straub family together* How parenting and spiritual growth are not mutually exclusive, but deeply interconnectedShow Notes:Sign up for our newsletter: https://www.famousathome.comStay up to date on MyKidsEQ: <a href="http://ww
27/10/202219 minutes 14 seconds
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Moving From Chaos to Confident as a Parent with Rebekah Scott

If you're a parent, you've likely felt overworked, overwhelmed, and unsuccessful. Maybe you feel that way now? Perhaps home even feels chaotic. What if there was a system that helped you take control over your roles and time at home? Where you could move from chaotic to confident, and ultimately, more present. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk with Rebekah Scott, wife, mom of four, business owner, and podcaster about practical ways to move from chaos to confident as a parent.They talk about:* The 4 systems to living a life filled with joy and purpose* How to navigate a relational presence in the home* Ways to prioritize meals, find time for yourself, work, and still be present with your familyWatch this episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k869kzrEmw0Show Notes:Leave the Famous at Home book a review: <a href="https://amzn.to/3h2Hpoh" rel="noo
20/10/20221 hour 3 minutes 1 second
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Money and Marriage with Bob and Linda Lotich

How do you get on the same page as your spouse when it comes to money? Is it possible to simplify your money life? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk with Bob and Linda Lotich, founders of SeedTime, about their new book Simple Money, Rich Life and how to create a clear plan for achieving your financial goals.They talk about:* Ways to become more unified in your marriage around money* The one-category budget: Get 80% of the results with 20% of the work* How to use money as a tool to fulfill what God has called you to do* How to make giving funWatch this episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEAkiwvJA6c&t=2sShow Notes:Order a copy of Simple Money, Rich Life: https://amzn.to/3sRIphESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/10/202253 minutes 5 seconds
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Cultivating Emotional Safety in Marriage

What is emotional safety? And how do you cultivate an emotionally safe marriage? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about elephants in marriage and how to be your true self in hard conversations with your spouse.They talk about:* Approaching conversations in love rather than fear* Having an "us against the world" mindset* How to talk to your spouse about feeling emotionally safeShow Notes:Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU2TYVNwpVIOrder a copy of the Famous at Home book: https://www.famousathome.com/bookGo back and listen to our "Sex Makes Everything Better" episode with Laura Dugger: https://apple.co/3gRybLlMarriage Coaching with Josh and Christi: <a href="https://www.famousathome.com/coaching" rel="n
05/10/202241 minutes 28 seconds
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Game Changers in Marriage

In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about practical game changers that have helped level up their own marriage. They use a recent national survey on the biggest issues couples argue about to help you apply these game changers to how you communicate in marriage. Can you guess the #1 issue couples argue about more than any other topic? Listen in to find out.Here are a couple key takeaways:* Why communication is overrated and the game changer that really matters* How to cut through your normal "dance"* The key factor to high marital satisfaction* Game changers that increase intimacy and connectionWatch this episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg7WuNxZPK8PS. We want to know YOUR game changers. Comment on Instagram or Youtube for what's worked for you!Show Notes:Order a copy of the Famous at Home book! <a href="https://www.famousathome.
22/09/202243 minutes 27 seconds
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Behind the Scenes of Truly "Successful" Parenting with Helen Smallbone

What does it mean to be a "successful" parent? And what does it mean to raise "successful" kids? Though the world has one definition for this term, we talk to a mom (and grandma) this week who is on the other side of the trenches, having successfully raised her seven kids in every sense of the word.Helen Smallbone is a co-founder of MUMlife Community and a podcast host with AccessMore, as well as a mom of Grammy Award-winning artists: Rebecca St. James and FOR KING + COUNTRY. In this episode, we talk with Helen about her new book Behind the Lights: The Extraordinary Adventure of a Mum and Her Family, and what her journey looked like behind the scenes of instilling faith in seven children. We talk to her about:* How to go deeper in conversations with your kids and find the "why" behind their actions* Ways to prioritize self-care and solitude as a parent * Strategies Helen used to handle sibling rivalry in her home* The weight of pointing our kids to J
15/09/202256 minutes 27 seconds
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Raising Emotionally Strong Boys with David Thomas

Since outbursts and sullenness are common in boys, it's easy to assume that's just how boys are and they will eventually grow out of it. But what if we understood the reasons behind their meltdowns or aloofness? What if there were tools that could help boys build an emotionally strong foundation? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk with their dear friend, David Thomas, LMSW, author, and Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling in Nashville, TN, about his new book Raising Emotionally Strong Boys.Here are some highlights:- Practical ways to help your son be resourceful, aware, resilient, and empathetic- How we can help our boys problem solve in the midst of their self-pity- Strategies to help boys discover a middle ground between shame and blame- How to narrate your own navigation strategies in real time with your kids Shownotes: Get a copy of Emotionally Strong Boyshttps://
09/09/202257 minutes 19 seconds
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What Our Kids Need to Thrive

The world puts a lot of goodies in front of us as parents, enticing activities, gadgets, and toys, to give our kids a so-called "advantage." But do the masses really know what our kids need to thrive? If so, why are we facing an epidemic of anxiety today in kids? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about what research shows really gives kids an "advantage" and how they're trying to implement it in their own home. Here are some highlights:- How to build pillars of resilience at home for your kids- What it means to connect with your inner child and reclaim that child in your everyday life- The effect screen time has, not only the way you show up for your kids, but the way they show up for you too- How to incorporate emotional vocabulary in your home and why it matters- Helpful ways to create a rule of life/liturgy in your homeWatch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.
01/09/202242 minutes 53 seconds
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Help is Here with Max Lucado

It's quite amazing our tendency to grow comfortable with the busyness of life where shouldering daily burdens on our own and trying to manage control of everything and everyone around us is our responsibility. No wonder we feel lonely and defeated. Yet, it was never intended to be this way. In this episode, we talk with Max Lucado, senior pastor of Oak Hills Church of San Antonio, Texas, and best-selling author about the Holy Spirit, who Jesus gave us to be our helper and guide. Pastor Max talks with us about his new book, Help Is Here: Finding FRESH STRENGTH and PURPOSE in the POWER of the Holy Spirit.The three of us talk about:* Each of our own journeys in understanding the desperate need we have for the Holy Spirit* Three powerful, yet simple words to speak out loud every morning* The Holy Spirit's role as two metaphors: intercessor and seal* The practical ways to invite the Holy Spirit into your day-to-day life as a familyWatch this episode on Y
26/08/202232 minutes 2 seconds
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Beautiful People Don't Just Happen with Scott Sauls

At Famous at Home, we believe raising great kids is about who we're becoming. But focusing on our inner lives as parents can be difficult, especially when regret, hurt, and fear weigh us down and influence how we show up for our kids. In this episode, Josh sits down with Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church of Nashville. Pastor Scott talks with us this week about his new book, Beautiful People Don't Just Happen: How God Redeems Regret, Hurt, and Fear in the Making of Better Humans.Josh and Scott talk about:* The correlation between your willingness to submit to the Lord's discipline and your kid's willingness to submit to your discipline* Ways to be kind and patient with yourself as you grow* Two of the greatest gifts you can give your children* Finding people you can be transparent withWatch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-0hX0ouvjs</a
18/08/202249 minutes 59 seconds
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Cultivating an Environment of Spiritual Growth

Life moves quickly. Such that the blistering pace can prevent us from being truly present with our family, with God, with ourselves. The pace can feel unrelenting. Even as soon as our family lands on a summer rhythm, summer comes to an end and it's time for kids to go back to school. The beauty though is that growth happens in seasons. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how to evaluate your rhythms in your current season to serve your circumstances well. They also talk about:* The power of taking deep breaths and honing in on God's presence in the midst of busyness* The effects our stress, and how we manage it, has on our kids* How our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being are interconnectedClick here to watch this episode on YouTube.Show Notes: Order a copy of the Famous at Home book!Join the KidsEQAcademy waitlist!See o
11/08/202243 minutes 22 seconds
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The Leader's Heart with Matt Redman

Leadership is often lonely, fast-paced, and unrelenting. Our emotional and spiritual well-being often hangs in the balance of leading at work and showing up at home. In this episode, Josh sits down with his friend Matt Redman, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, worship leader, and author to talk about how they prioritize their own emotional growth as they lead their families.The two of them talk about The Leader's Heart Cohort, what it means to be famous at home, and leadership as an act of worship. They also explain how to begin your first "yes" in the process of engaging well in your home. Show Notes:Apply now for The Leader's Heart CohortLearn more about Matt RedmanWatch this episode on YouTubeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/08/202249 minutes 41 seconds
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Anger, Your Family, and Forgiveness

All of our emotions, including anger, are a God-given gift. They allow us to learn what is healthy and unhealthy, where we have been wronged, or whether or not we need to set boundaries. The way we react to our anger has the power to either damage our relationships or help us make the most of them. In this episode, Josh and Christi discuss anger, your family, and forgiveness.Josh and Christi talk about:* How to maintain teachability and curiosity in the midst of anger* Action steps to take when you feel the tension of anger in your body* Imposter syndrome and ways to get back to your true self* The benefit of naming the feelings behind resentment* A process of forgiveness when you feel you've been wrongedShow Notes:WATCH THIS EPISODE ON YOUTUBE AND SUBSCRIBEORDER WHAT DO I DO WITH ANGER?APPLY FOR THE LEADER'S HEARTJOIN THE KIDS EQ ACADEMY WAITLISTORDER THE FAM
28/07/202251 minutes 9 seconds
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What Do I Do with My Child's Anger?

With the upcoming release date for Josh and Christi's new children's book, What Do I Do with Anger? , they walk you through the book and the various ways to help your children manage their anger.In this episode, they talk about:* The importance of telling your kids that it's okay to be angry* The trickle down effect that happens when we as parents carry shame about our own anger* The best ways to help your kids name the feeling behind their anger* How to bring your child's nervous system back to calm during a fight, flight, or freeze state* The calming effect of embracing your child when they're overwhelmedClick here to watch this episode on Youtube.Show Notes:Pre-order What Do I Do with Anger?Fill in your pre-order receipt here for a FREE anger poster!Watch this episode on YouTube and subscribe!See omnystudio.com/listener for
21/07/202231 minutes 43 seconds
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Cultivating Purpose in Your Kids

Welcome to a brand new season of the Famous at Home podcast! Josh and Christi are back in full swing and officially making their YouTube debut for this upcoming podcast season. Do you watch podcasts on YouTube? Be sure to subscribe to their channel. In this episode, they provide a bit of a life update (see show notes for links), what they've been doing as a family this summer, and even more importantly, the lessons they're learning (this episode). They also give a sneak peak into what's ahead for season 12! Here are some highlights from the lessons they're learning:* The power of presence over productivity in your home* Giving yourself grace as a parent and only focusing on one step a day* Explaining the "why" and the logic of what you do with your kids* Effective ways to manage complaints in your homeShow Notes:Watch this episode on Youtube.Pre-order What Do I Do With Anger?Order the Famous
18/07/202245 minutes 53 seconds
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265. Helping Kids Understand the Stories of God with Amy Parker and Mike Nawrocki

If you have kids and you've tried reading the Bible to them, you might know where this is going. Getting our kids to not just read the Bible, but to actually enjoy God's story and message is not easy. Trying to instill the message of a Bible story in their hearts whilst tucking them into bed can reap the exact opposite outcome of our intentions. Overtired kids + frustrated parent = not what we intended. Let this episode encourage you: you are not alone. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk with best-selling authors Amy Parker and Mike Nawrocki about their new Bible storybook, The Bible for Me: Bible Stories & Prayers. The four of them talk about how to make God's story relevant to your child's life and ways they've implemented daily prayers and Bible reading into their family rhythms.Show Notes:Order The Bible for Me: Bible Stories & Prayers.Listen to The Bible for Kids Podcast!Order Mike
06/07/202241 minutes 57 seconds
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264. Catching Your Breath in Chaotic Times with Kirsten Watson

With kids and full schedules, it's all too easy to feel like you're drowning, even on your best days as a parent. Managing family, work, rest, and community is overwhelming, especially if there's no weekly rhythm in place. What is the key to handling it all? In this episode, Josh and Christi have a conversation with Kirsten Watson, mom of seven and wife of author and retired NFL player, Benjamin Watson. Josh and Christi talk to Kirsten about her new book Sis, Take a Breath: Encouragement for the Woman Who's Trying to Live and Love Well (but Secretly Just Wants to Take a Nap).Josh, Christi, and Kirsten talk about:* The importance of discerning between a "glass" and "plastic" situation.* How to balance what you say "yes" to and what you say "no" to.* Effective ways to disciple your family and integrate faith in your home.* How to teach your kids about opposition when stepping into God's calling.Show Notes:Order a copy of Sis
30/06/202250 minutes 33 seconds
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263. Cultivating an Intentional Lifestyle with Ashley and Dino Petrone

We live in a culture that will design your life for you if you don't choose the way you're going to live. But many of us don't even know where to begin. Fortunately, that's where Ashley and Dino Petrone, interior designers, authors, and bloggers, come in. In this episode, Josh and Christi interview Ashley and Dino about their new book Designed to Last and talk about ways families today can live an intentional lifestyle that draws them closer together. Josh and Christi talk to Ashley and Dino talk about:* How they turned a creative hobby into a successful business* The power of mindset and the "upward spiral" in marriage and hardships* Finding joy in the "in-between"Show Notes:Order Ashley and Dino's new book!Order the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/06/202248 minutes 37 seconds
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262. Minimalism and Your Family with Joshua Becker

This episode has not only inspired our family, but it’s put us into action more than we could have ever imagined! We are simplifying our lives and it feels so good. We feel more settled, free, and focused. But why is it that it took donating and getting rid of “stuff” to do that? In this episode, Josh and Christi have an inspiring conversation with Joshua Becker, author and minimalist, about his new book Things That Matter. They talk about Joshua’s story and why it is that the more possessions we hold onto, the more we become distracted from what actually matters. Show Notes:Order a copy of Things That Matter!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/06/202251 minutes 33 seconds
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FAH #16: Your Family Mission

Having a mission is what guides us. Without mission, we wander. In the finale episode of our journey through the Famous at Home book, we discuss chapter 16: The Power of Showing Up: Your Family Mission. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how creating a family mission gives your kids a purpose greater than themselves.Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!Join the waitlist for Leader's Heart!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/06/202210 minutes 59 seconds
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FAH #15: Set Family Values

We all live by a set of values. And how we spend our time exposes those values. The question we all must ask ourselves as we lead our families is this: Do our lives reflect what we say we value or want to value? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about Decision #7: Set Family Values. They talk about the correlation between setting values as a family and what it looks like to live our values.Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!Join the waitlist for Leader's Heart!Download free worksheets for the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/06/20228 minutes 46 seconds
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FAH #14: Establish Family Rhythms

We all live by rhythms. Some healthy. Some unhealthy. For most of us, we live day-by-day without even thinking about whether our rhythms are life-giving for our family. Setting new rhythms certainly takes some effort. But the long term memories and peace of mind are worth the work in the short term. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about Decision #6: Establish Family Rhythms. They share examples of rhythms that have worked for their family, and encourage you to find what fits for yours.Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!Join the waitlist for Leader's Heart!Download free worksheets for the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/05/202212 minutes 40 seconds
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FAH #13: How 20 Minutes a Day Can Fuel Your Child's Soul

One of the best gifts we can give our kids is entering into their world. One of the easiest, most practical ways of doing this is uninterrupted, command free time. In this episode, Josh and Christi walk us through Decision #5: How 20 Minutes a day Can Fuel Your Child's Soul. They talk about 4 ways we can effectively enter our kids' worlds.Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!Join the waitlist for Leader's Heart!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/05/202215 minutes 30 seconds
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FAH #12: How 15 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Marriage

When fighting for your spouse's heart, allowing space for emotional vocabulary is everything. Having a 15 minute intentional conversation each day helps you connect with your spouse's true self, not their imposter. In this episode, Josh and Christi discuss Decision #4: How 15 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Marriage.Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!Join the waitlist for Leader's Heart!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/05/202218 minutes 21 seconds
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FAH #11: Talk About Emotions

When it comes to cultivating a healthy home, emotional safety is everything. In this episode, Josh and Christi describe why talking about emotions and building an emotional vocabulary matters. In covering Decision #3: Talk About Emotions, they discuss how to help kids regulate their emotions with a feelings chart and the importance of processing your unrecognized feelings so that your loved ones can feel safe in overwhelming moments.Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!Join the waitlist for Leader's Heart!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/05/202214 minutes 6 seconds
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FAH #10: How to Cultivate a Life-Giving Environment

Would you say the atmosphere of your home is life-giving? Every home has an atmosphere, and we influence our atmosphere every day by how we think, act, and treat those we love. That's what decision #2 is all about: Changing Your Atmosphere: How to Cultivate a Life-Giving Environment. In decision #2, Josh and Christi help you asses the atmosphere of your home, and make shifts. The question you're left with is: What one new rhythm or shift will change the atmosphere of your home?Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!Join the waitlist for Leader's Heart!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/05/202215 minutes 39 seconds
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FAH #9: How to Show Up as the Best Version of You

We made it to the seven decisions to becoming famous at home! In this episode, Josh and Christi begin discussing part 3 of their new book Famous at Home. Let's be honest, we don't show up well for our spouse and kids when we're not doing well. That's why getting unstuck begins with us. Beginning with decision #1: Changing Your Mindset: How to Show Up as the Best Version of You, Josh and Christi help you define your biggest challenge, put a goal in place, and start a new rhythm for showing up as the best version of you. The question you're left with is: What's your first decision?Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!Join the waitlist for Leader's Heart!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/05/202218 minutes
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FAH #8: Who Are You Becoming for Your Kids?

You can pretty much sum up all of parenting research into one primary conclusion: Our kids become who we are. That's why we don't like using the word "parenting" to describe our task of raising kids to become great adults. Instead, we like to use the word becoming. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about chapter 8 in their new book, Famous at Home. They discuss the importance of giving yourself permission to focus on your own story, so that you can gracefully step into your child's story. The question you're left with is: "Who are you becoming?"Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/05/202212 minutes 45 seconds
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FAH #7: What Are You Fighting For in Your Marriage?

We all have opponents in our marriage that fight against marital intimacy. These can be both good (kids, a move) and bad (job loss, financial difficulty) things. The problem is when we fail to name the opponent, we too often make our spouse out to be the opponent.In this episode, Josh and Christi break down chapter 7 in their new book, Famous at Home. They talk about the power in having an "us against the world" attitude with your spouse, and discuss 4 action steps to move up the marriage intimacy scale. The question you're left with is: "What are you fighting for?"Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/05/202217 minutes 48 seconds
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FAH #6: Are You Willing to Make a Change?

Our "willingness" to change is such a catch 22. On one hand, we say we're willing to start working out, but when it comes down to it, we usually end up in the same behavior patterns that kept us from working out to begin with. It's why we rarely ever hold to New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, this same principle holds true in relationships. We might say we're willing to make a change. We may even know what we need to do to make the change. But fame doesn't chase those who stop at knowing what to do; fame chases those who act and are willing to enter their loved ones' stories. In this episode, Josh and Christi walk through Chapter 6 in their new book, Famous at Home. They talk about the impact of being willing to do 4 things to help us get unstuck in our closest relationships. The question you're left with is: Are you willing?Show Notes:Order the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listen
04/05/202217 minutes 47 seconds
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FAH #5: How is Your Identity Guiding Your Family?

All of us long for significance. Where we find our significance plays a role in how truly present we are with our loved ones. We don't show up well at home when we confuse our identity with things like work, accomplishments, who we hang out with, or what others have said about us. In this episode, Josh and Christi discuss Chapter 5 in their new book, Famous at Home. They talk about the power in knowing who you are, who your family is, and having a supernatural perspective. The question we're left with is: How is your identity guiding your family? Show Notes:Preorder the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/04/202217 minutes 17 seconds
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FAH #4: What Are You Hiding From?

There's a powerful verse in Habakkuk that Christi had postered on her bedroom wall as a little girl. The verse itself, Habakkuk 2:1, talks about standing at a watchpost and positioning oneself on top of the tower to see what God has to say. This imagery is a reflection also of how we believe God calls us to stand at the watchpost of our family, our marriage, and our children, hearing what God has to say, watching for the enemies that seek to steal, kill, and destroy even the slightest bit of joy in our families. Unfortunately, all too often, when we see an enemy warring against us, already tired and exhausted from the daily grind of life, we take cover and hide.In this episode, we discuss chapter 4 of our new book, Famous at Home. We talk about the importance of paying attention from our watchposts, and the question we're left with after the episode is, "What are you hiding from?"Show Notes:Preorder the Famous at Home book!See <a href=
25/04/202214 minutes 15 seconds
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FAH #3: What Do Your Biggest Fans Really See?

Your biggest fans live under your roof. They follow your every move and their eyes are always on you. But they're also always for you. In this episode, we explore chapter 3 of our new book, Famous at Home, in a little more depth. The question we're left with after this episode is, "What do your biggest fans really see?"Show Notes:Preorder the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/04/202215 minutes 19 seconds
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FAH #2: What are You Chasing?

We all have a chase. When we don't allow ourselves to go back and heal parts of our story, we run the risk of misunderstanding the meaning of our current reality. When this happens, it's too easy to be enticed by external affirmation that pulls us away from home.As we continue our book club series in honor of Famous at Home coming out May 3, this episode leaves us challenged with a nagging question everyone of us needs to answer "What Are You Chasing?"Show Notes:Preorder the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/04/202215 minutes 9 seconds
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FAH #1: Who is Famous to You?

We all long to know and be known by our biggest fans. Yet, so often, our time, attention, and identity is being pulled away from those we love most. When this happens, we feel the tension, giving what we can yet feeling like it's not enough. At Famous at Home, we believe you really can show up for your biggest fans without giving what's leftover. 8 weeks, 2 episodes a week. Josh and Christi will walk you through their new book Famous at Home: 7 Decisions to Put Your Family Center Stage in a World Competing for Your Time, Attention, and Identity. This episode kicks off Chapter 1: Who is Famous to You?Show Notes:Preorder the Famous at Home book!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/04/202224 minutes 3 seconds
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245. The Story Behind Famous at Home

For all of the episodes through the years, there hasn't been much of a "Hey, here's who we are, how we met, and where all of this got started" type of episode. So we decided to sit down and record it, transparent and unedited. In light of our new book Famous at Home: 7 Decisions to Put Your Family Center Stage in a World Competing for Your Time, Attention, and Identity coming out May 3, this episode becomes our "Hi, we're Josh and Christi episode" to give you the heart behind where Famous at Home began! Show Notes:PREORDER THE FAMOUS AT HOME BOOK! Learn the intentional and meaningful ways you can show up for your loved ones.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/04/202250 minutes 30 seconds
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244. The Creator in You with Jordan Raynor

Your kids are creative. You know why? Because God created them to follow His lead in the creation of the world. Our good friend, author Jordan Raynor was tired of reading children's books that always ended creation on the sixth day. Instead, he says, "the sixth day is actually the beginning of creation!" In this episode, Josh has a conversation with Jordan Raynor about his new children's book The Creator in You. Josh and Jordan talk about the way God invites us into a partnership with Him of creating beauty and how you can extend that invitation to your kids. This conversation is sure to inspire your kids with joy and enthusiasm in both their current and future work.Show Notes:Preorder a copy of The Creator in You! With engaging rhyme and stunning illustrations, this picture book sparks readers' imaginations with the big idea that God created human beings to make, model, and work like Him.See o
30/03/202244 minutes 13 seconds
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243. Dealing with Disappointment as a Family

As a family, we recently experienced a situation that left us feeling surprised and let down. Walking away from it, we had the choice to either sit in our disappointment, or pay attention to what God was saying. How has your family experienced disappointment? How did that play out in your marriage? With your kids? Do you find yourself playing the victim or looking for the gold in what God could be teaching you? In this episode, we talk about how to walk in authority and stay the course as a family, in the midst of disappointment. Show Notes:Preorder Famous at Home: 7 Decisions to Put Your Family Center Stage in a World Competing for Your Time, Attention, and Identity!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/03/202229 minutes 54 seconds
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242. Are You Who You Want To Be?

We have one of those unique humans in our lives who just lives what he says he lives. He said recently, "I don't idealize certain values. If I hold to a value, I just go do something to live out that value." It was a convicting moment for us. What about you? Do you find yourself idealizing certain values, or do you find yourself actually living them? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how they're closing the gap between what and who they aspire to be and who they are. Are you, based on your decisions, the person you want to be? Is your family living out the values you desire? This inspiring episode will help you close the gap. Show Notes:PREORDER THE FAMOUS AT HOME BOOK. Marriage and leadership coaches Dr. Josh and Christi Straub show how seven core decisions can help us show what's most important center stage in our lives. Coming May 3, 2022!SIGN UP FOR YOUR FAMILY PURPOSE. Our online family series is a step-by-
22/03/202230 minutes 49 seconds
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241. Indescribable: A Conversation about God, Science, and Your Kids with Louie Giglio

How do you respond to difficult questions about science and God from your kids? How can you help them grasp who God is, and how the world was created? In this episode, we talk to Louie Giglio, pastor, author, and communicator about his new devotional The Wonder of Creation: 100 More Devotions About God and Science and how to have healthy conversations about science and God with your kids.Show Notes:CHECK OUT PASTOR LOUIE GIGLIO'S INDESCRIBABLE BOOK SERIES. Discover mind-blowing, faith-building, scientific facts and biblical truths about the wonder of God's creation.LISTEN TO THE INDESCRIBABLE KIDS PODCAST. A podcast for kids, by kids that will guide them through devotionals from the Indescribable, How Great is Our God, and and Wonder of Creation books.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/03/202227 minutes 31 seconds
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240. Rhythms of a Thriving Marriage with Chris and Jenni Graebe

Where do you want to be in your marriage 5 years from now? 10 years from now? Whether you realize it or not, where you will be is a product of the rhythms you have in place today.In this episode, Chris and Jenni Graebe, faith leaders, writers, and hosts of The Rhythm of us Podcast join us to talk about how to craft a "rule of life" for your marriage, through five healthy rhythms:* Speaking life* Serving* Slowing down* Seeking adventure* Staying in aweShow Notes:ORDER A COPY OF CHRIS AND JENNI'S BOOK THE RHYTHM OF US. Leave behind the busy life of chaos and hurry, and learn to move toward a meaningful life of joy and intention.LISTEN TO THE RHYTHM OF US PODCAST. Join Chris and Jenni each week as they lean in to learn from inspiring leaders, mentors, and friends who have embraced this mindset and are living it well: taking risks, pursuing their God given dreams, and living on purpose.See <a href="https://o
01/03/202254 minutes 12 seconds
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239. The Impact of One-on-One Time with Your Kids

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and while the romance side of it is special, celebrating this day with your kids can be even more memorable, especially for them. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the deep impact of prioritizing a rhythm of one-on-one time with your kids. Show Notes:PREORDER THE FAMOUS AT HOME BOOK! Preorder a copy of the Famous at Home book and get one month FREE to our exclusive Famous at Home Network!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/02/202220 minutes 59 seconds
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238. Sex Makes Everything Better: An Interview with Laura Dugger

Last week we talked about how to have hard conversations with your spouse. This week, we're highlighting one of the topics that is so often difficult to talk about--sex. Joining us is our dear friend, a licensed marriage and family therapist whose specialization in graduate school was sex therapy, Laura Dugger.In this episode, Laura talks about how sex literally makes everything better. Wait until you hear the research! With honesty, vulnerability, and a solid dose of fun, Josh and Christi's interview with Laura includes: * The hidden benefits of sex* How to talk to your spouse about sex* Reasons for, and how to, schedule sex* The God-given purpose of sex in marriageShow Notes:SIGN UP FOR THE FAMOUS AT HOME NETWORK BY FEBRUARY 9! You have until February 9 to join the Famous at Home community! Be a part of exclusive content, live coaching, and offers as well as group discussions, a community of families who are like-minded
02/02/202252 minutes 32 seconds
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237. Talking About Hard Things in Marriage

Difficult conversations in marriage are inevitable. Unless you're avoiding them. But that's a recipe for not living fully alive together. Whether it's parenting, sex, holidays, work schedules, or in-laws, all couples deal with "an elephant in the room." How can we best show up in these conversations? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how to talk about hard things in marriage. Some of the highlights are: * Why it's important to start a hard conversation with connection as your motive, not expectation.* How to set the tone in your conversations.* How to respond to your spouse without flipping your lid.* Leading with a team approach and an "us against the world" attitude with your spouse.Show Notes:Sign up for our Famous at Home Network before January 31! Be a part of exclusive content, an online community, Q&A sessions, online discussions, and MORE!See omnystudio.com/li
26/01/202235 minutes 49 seconds
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236. Flex Your Joy Muscles

Have you ever been in a place where, when asked how you're doing, your tendency was to lead with the stuff that wasn't going well? The negative emotions. The painful circumstances. The things you wish were different. Maybe you're there now. Or maybe you know someone who does this. We all have, especially in the times we're living in.If we see life through these "glass half empty" lenses, our spouse and kids will feel it. So will everyone else around you. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the daily practice of cultivating joy and celebrating what's good. Inspired by a t-shirt Josh received as a birthday present from his friends at Walk in Love, this episode is all about learning how to "Flex Your Joy Muscles" and begin seeing your life with the glass half full.Show Notes: Sign up for our Famous at Home Network! Be a part of exclusive content, an online community, Q&A sessions, online discussions, and MORE!See <a href="https:/
19/01/202233 minutes 38 seconds
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235. A Day in the Life of the Straubs with Janae Torgeson

As we continue our series on a "new year, new life," we have a special guest to help us answer a listener's question about the reality of practical daily rhythms of the Straub family. In this episode, Josh and Christi sit down with their family assistant, Janae Torgeson, to talk about what a day in the life with the Straub family looks like. Talking about what has and has not worked, our hope is that you can take away some practical ideas for your family.Josh, Christi, and Janae talk about:* The beauty in trial and error and how it's helpful to keep trying new rhythms until you find what works for your family.* Why it's important to recognize other currencies than money.* The impact the atmosphere of your home has on your family, and how to cultivate an environment that is life giving.* How to benefit from changing our attitudes away from: "I have to do this," to "I get to do this."Show Notes:JOIN THE FAMOUS AT HOME NETWOR
12/01/202249 minutes 27 seconds
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234. Abundance > Scarcity in 2022

One of the biggest lies we tell ourselves is that we don't have enough. We don't have enough time, rest, or money to do everything we need. What would it look like for you to leave behind a mindset of scarcity, and move forward with a mindset of abundance in 2022?In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the ripple effects each of these mindsets have on our marriage, our kids, our work environments, and with those we get to do life with. The mindset of abundance shifts the atmosphere of your home in the opposite direction of scarcity. Neither of these mindsets are about how much of something we do or do not have, but our attitude toward what we've been given. Josh and Christi talk about:* The power of the tongue and how our words dictate what we believe.* The importance of embracing simplicity over complexity.* Creating daily rhythms and how to prioritize working from rest and not for it.* The power in knowing what you really want. * W
05/01/202236 minutes 17 seconds
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233. A Christmas Devotional with the Straub Kids

Join the Straub kids as they walk your family through a Christmas devotional and talk about being followers before we can be leaders.Show Notes:ORDER A COPY OF THE 25 DAYS OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY! An advent family experience by Josh and Christi Straub.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/12/202113 minutes 54 seconds
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232. You Must Know 2021

Did you ever read a book you just had to tell someone about? Or learn a lesson you needed to shout from the rooftops? This episode is our "you must know" game changers in 2021. In this episode, with laughter and grateful hearts, we discuss some of the books, music, practices, daily rhythms, and lessons that changed the course of our lives, so that we can hopefully inspire you as you prepare for 2022. Josh and Christi talk about:* What to look back on as you set aside a day to reflect and plan with your spouse before the new year.* A few specific books, products, and life lessons that were game changers for us.* The life lessons we learned and the relationships (even with our phones) that changed us.Show Notes:JOIN THE LEADER'S HEART WAITLIST! Our yearlong leadership cohort to connect with like-minded leaders, build healthy-work family rhythms, and lead from a whole heart.LITURGY OF THE ORDINARY! In the over
15/12/202138 minutes 9 seconds
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231. Habits of the Household with Justin Whitmel Earley

Have you ever put your kids to bed feeling like you failed them? Maybe in your attitude or how you acted toward them? Justin Whitmel Earley noticed some patterns in his own life and started to question the kind of influence he was leaving on his kids in the trenches of day-to-day life, or what he calls the liturgies of the day. We all have a liturgy in how we live our lives. The question is whether our attitudes and actions as parents support the lessons we teach. In this episode, Justin Whitmel Earley is back on the podcast to talk about his new book Habits of the Household, and what it looks like to discover simple habits and daily rhythms for your family.Josh and Justin talk about:* How to live in congruence between what you teach and how you live as you parent your kids and live life at home in the trenches.* The spiritual impact of habits functioning as liturgy, and how it freed Justin's life from anxiety.* The power in implementing
09/12/202154 minutes 52 seconds
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230. Finding Family Purpose in Today's Culture

Josh recently spoke at the Focus on the Family chapel service about navigating today's cultural moment as a family. Since so much of what Josh has been trying to live out in his own life was presented in this talk, we wanted to share it with you here on the podcast. In this episode, Josh talks about:* How to live and lead well in a world plagued by fear.* The ripple effect of showing up as the best version of yourself.* Figuring out and maintaining healthy rhythms in your household.* Why being an effective parent has more to do with the person you are becoming than a direct relationship with your child.* How the decisions you make today influence more than you realize. Show Notes:SIGN UP FOR YOUR FAMILY PURPOSE! Our online family series is a step-by-step plan to help you create a family of connection, celebration, and purpose.BUY A COPY OF 25 DAYS OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY WHILE IT'S ON SALE! For a limited amo
02/12/202146 minutes 55 seconds
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229. 5 Ways to Make This Christmas Memorable

While the Christmas season is meant to be fun, special, memorable, and joyful, it can also be stressful and exhausting for parents. Whether it's trying to find the perfect gift for your kids, fit in holiday traditions while balancing your work load, or feeling the loss of past loved ones--each parent feels the weight of the holidays in some way. But what if you could find a way to make it feel a little lighter? To redeem some of the magic? To soak in more of the joy?In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about 5 ways to make this Christmas memorable, in a way that is special for your entire family.Josh and Christi talk about:* How to be fully present this Christmas, taking circumstances for what they are each day and being grateful for them.* The surprising power of changing how you think about expectations* How the 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experience can help make this Christmas memorable for your family.<
24/11/202124 minutes 41 seconds
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228. Defining Your Relationship with Screens

Josh posted on Instagram a few weeks ago about his changing relationship with social media and his phone. The post had many people asking questions related to what he is learning, with some even asking him to talk about his experience on a podcast episode. Alas, this is that episode. In a world so driven by social media and technology, we don't recognize how enslaved we are to the things that keep us from being fully present in the moment with others--especially our loved ones. In this episode, Josh talks about two significant ongoing practices that have helped him show up well and inch closer to his true self: daily rhythms and ordering his inner world.Josh talks about:* The definition of "continuous partial attention" and the negative effects it can have on your children.* The importance of recognizing the root of your busyness and what is taking you away from time with the Lord and loved ones.* The power of doing the one thing that wi
18/11/202126 minutes 53 seconds
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A Book Series That Will Shape Your Child's Faith with M.J. Thomas

If you've found it difficult to get your kids to read the Bible, pay attention to you as you read it, or keep them engaged in learning about the faith, you will find great solace in this episode. Author and fellow Dad, M.J. Thomas is on this week's episode to talk about his book series The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls and how it helps kids travel back in time and explore major events in the Bible. This book series is a household favorite in the Straub home!Josh and M.J. talk about:* The power of engaging stories to help the Bible come alive for kids. * The inspiring story behind why M.J. Thomas decided to write The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls and how he was able to connect stories from the Bible to his real-life characters in the book series.* Helpful ways to help your kids tangibly comprehend the meaning of the Bible.Show Notes:PURCHASE THE SECRET OF THE HIDDEN SCROLLS BOOK SERIES BOX SET AND GET ONE BOOK FOR FREE AND A
10/11/202128 minutes 40 seconds
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226. A Kid's Perspective on Making Christmas Count

Making his Famous at Home podcast debut is Josh and Christi's son, Landon. In what you'll find to be quite an endearing episode, Landon joins his Dad this week to talk about making Christmas count. With Advent just around the corner, making Christmas memories doesn't just happen.In this episode, Josh interviews Landon about his favorite Christmas characters, family activities, and memories. You may even hear a few jokes between father and son as well. Talking about what makes Christmas count, this episode may very well get you in the spirit to make this Christmas the most memorable yet for your family!Show Notes: Get 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experience today for only $7.49! If you buy 10 or more, get the book for just $5. Make a great early Christmas GIFT!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/11/202129 minutes 54 seconds
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225. What Your Spouse and Kids Need From You

When your time, attention, and energy are pulled in so many directions, how do you have anything left to give your family? By the end of the day, it may feel like your spouse and kids need more from you than you have to give. But what if the one thing they really needed from you brought you to life just as much as it brought them to life? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the importance of prioritizing your emotional health and letting go of distractions, so that you can show up at home as the best version of you.Josh and Christi talk about:* What it means to show up as the best version of yourself.* How to use your greatest pain point as your greatest tool for prioritizing your emotional and spiritual growth. * The sum difference of taking responsibility for and owning daily choices, rather than seeing yourself as a victim of your circumstances.Show Notes:JOIN THE LEADER'S HEART SPRING 2022 WAIT
26/10/202138 minutes 52 seconds
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224. The Power of Emotional Vocabulary in Your Home

Emotions are the gateway to the heart. When we use words that communicate emotion in our home, the environment changes. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about why it's important to understand the difference between emotions and feelings, especially for the intimacy in our marriage and how we connect with and guide our kids.Josh and Christi talk about:* The difference between emotions and feelings.* Our six core emotions and how to discern what they mean for us in our day-to-day lives.* How naming our feelings helps us label our emotions.* The role of emotions in "guarding your heart."* How congruence can help us "be at home" with ourselves again.* How to use emotional awareness to become a more connected spouse and parent. Show Notes:JOIN THE KIDSEQACADEMY WAITLIST! On-demand courses to help your child manage big feelings in a little body. Each course in KidsEQAcademy teaches your kids the life skills they need to de
12/10/202133 minutes 37 seconds
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223. Learning to Say No, So Your Yes Matters

One of the biggest challenges we face, as parents, is learning what to say yes to and what to say no to as a family. Whether it's serving in church, putting your kids in sports, hosting friends at your home, going on work trips--everything is dependent on the season you are in. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how to prioritize what brings your family life, and how to put on the chopping block the things weighing you down.Josh and Christi talk about: * Why it's important to discern if you're saying yes out of a conviction of the Holy Spirit, or compulsion due to pressure from others.* Why it is vital to understand what you are assigned to in this season, and what your values/mission are as a family, so you can show up as the best version of yourself everywhere you go.* What it looks like to say yes to the right opportunities, and the power in inviting your kids into it.Show Notes:SIGN UP FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
24/09/202133 minutes 6 seconds
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222. Learning to Balance the See-Saw of Marriage

Whether it comes to parenting style, money, sex, or even how we spend the holidays as a family, it’s not uncommon to hold a different point of view than our spouse. But what happens if we sense our spouse go to the opposite extreme on an issue? Is too lenient with the kid’s discipline. Spends more money than we feel comfortable. Desires sex more than we have the energy for. So often, their lop-sided approach (in our mind anyway) creates a reaction in us to go to the opposite extreme on those issues in order to create balance. But when we do, it creates more tension and often a impasse on the issue. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about ways to find common ground on these sometimes tense issues in marriage, and use teeter totters as an analogy to describe what happens when we go to the opposite extreme of our spouse.Here are some highlights:* When we fail to name our teeter totter (the issue at hand), we end up making our spouse out
17/09/202124 minutes 51 seconds
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221. Building Emotional Intelligence in Your Kids

Google recently found, in a major study of its hiring process, that its top employees possess empathy, emotional intelligence, and emotional safety (at the top of the list). These “soft skills” have now become the basis for what companies desire most in their leaders.That’s why the environment of emotional safety and the principles of emotional intelligence are the foundation of who we are and what we do with at Famous at Home. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about why emotional intelligence matters from a young age and how to build emotional intelligence in your kids.Josh and Christi talk about:* Why it's important to "dose" your kids instead of "doucing" them when you feel them becoming emotionally distant.* How to begin using emotional vocabulary in your home and why it's important.* How to create an emotional growth environment for your kids.Show Notes:APPLY NOW FOR THE LEADER'S HEART MEN'S COHOR
10/09/202136 minutes 40 seconds
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220. Taking Care of Yourself in Trying Times

If we want to be famous at home, we have to take care of ourselves. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about emotional and spiritual ways to take care of yourself right now, especially in the midst of the fear and overwhelm in this cultural moment.Josh and Christi talk about:* Practical ways they have intentionally taken care of themselves the last couple of weeks.* Ways to limit screens or other open doors to fear.* How to recognize the one self-care practice you need right now for your soul.Show Notes:APPLY NOW FOR THE LEADER'S HEART COHORT! Join our year long cohort to connect with like-minded leaders, build healthy work-family rhythms, and lead from a whole heart.ORDER SURPRISED BY HOPE TODAY! Many Christians believe our future in heaven is all that really matters. But that's not what the Bible teaches. Surprised by Hope, premier Bible scholar N.T. Wright brings you inside the Scriptures to grasp th
27/08/202124 minutes 29 seconds
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219. Things that Slow You Down with Bill and Laurie Lokey

Life has a way of throwing us curveballs, interruptions in our health, job, or circumstances that force us to slow down or alter our lifestyle. While setbacks aren't that enjoyable at first, they have a way of being perspective-shifting moments that reshape how we live our lives.Last week we touched on things that wake us up. This week, Bill and Laurie Lokey are back to talk with Josh and Christi about how to get through the things that slow us down.The Straub's and Lokey's talk about:* How slowing down forces you to identify areas of your life you took for granted. * What we rob ourselves of when we press the "easy" button. * The power of saying yes to adventure in the midst of being slowed down.Show Notes:APPLY NOW FOR THE LEADER'S HEART COHORT! Join our year long cohort to connect with like-minded leaders, build healthy work-family rhythms, and lead from a whole heart.LEARN MORE ABOUT BIL
19/08/202129 minutes 17 seconds
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218. Things that Wake You Up with Bill and Laurie Lokey

Each of us have experienced a wake up call in some way or another. This could be related to a car accident, a bad health report, losing a loved one, or walking through a divorce. No matter the situation, there is an "in-between" time of living in the unknown. In this episode, Josh and Christi sit down with their dear friends, Bill and Laurie Lokey to discuss how we can live our life to the fullest even in the middle of the unknown. Coaches for the Leader's Heart Cohort, therapists, speakers, and teachers of faith. Bill and Laurie open up about Bill's current journey with cancer, and the lessons they're learning in the unknown.Here are some highlights:* To move forward in our difficulties, we have to stop carrying the keys to doors we no longer live in.* What it looks like to journey with the people in our life in active "withness."* What it looks like to actually trust Jesus in the day-to-day unknowns of our hardship.Show
12/08/202131 minutes 37 seconds
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217. Family Discipleship That's Doable and Enjoyable

How can we share the truth of God's Word to our kids in their early years in a way that's enjoyable for them and doesn't cause us to turn gray so soon? This is a question we ask ourselves often and try to navigate in our own home. Why? Because it's inevitable that your kids will get bored when you try to read the Bible to them or want to talk about something else when you want to pray. Welcome to family discipleship :) In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the ways they're cultivating a spiritual growth environment for their kids and the lessons they're learning about family discipleship. Here are some highlights:* The meaning of family discipleship and why we need to prioritize it* How to get creative when your kids feel bored* Why and how our own relationship with God overflows to our kids* The power of inviting your kids into your own spiritual disciplinesShow Notes:APPLY TODAY FOR THE LEADER'S HEART! Join our ye
04/08/202139 minutes 40 seconds
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216. Making Big Decisions for Your Family

You make a lot of small decisions throughout the day that dictate the way you lead your family. But what about the big decisions that come along and have the power to alter the entire direction in which your family is going? This could be related to job opportunities, new living situations, or school choice. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how to spiritually lead your family through big decisions, as well as share about a recent experience in doing so.Josh and Christi discuss:* How to be emotionally, relationally, and spiritually in tune with your spouse when making big decisions.* How to invite a circle of trusted advisors into your decision process to gain wisdom and accountability.* The power of shifting how you view your decision away from the lens of the here-and-now, and through the lens of eternity.* How family values can help you be more clear and resolute in your decisions.Show Notes:APPLY NOW TO THE
29/07/202139 minutes 52 seconds
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215. Families with and without Family Support Nearby

So many families today don't have extended family nearby. How do we face the challenges that come with raising kids when we don't have that family support? On the flip side are the families who get to do life together with extended family in close proximity. But what happens when they get overbearing or it just feels like too much? How do we set boundaries in love? In this episode, to kick off a brand new family series, Josh and Christi discuss these questions and discuss their own journey on these topics.They talk about:* What it looks like to build a fence around your family and set family values* Why it's important to communicate your boundaries with your kids* Why seeking out "framily" is necessary when you don't have family support nearby* The power in holding grief and joy at the same timeShow Notes:APPLY NOW TO THE LEADER'S HEART COHORT! Join our yearlong leadership cohort to connect with like-minded leaders, build
22/07/202136 minutes 5 seconds
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214. The Leader's Heart: Creating Margin in Your Life

Working from rest and not for it requires boundaries and margin. When there is no margin, we live in a state of lack. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about how to create margin and why it will allow us to live from a heart of abundance.They talk about:* The intentionality it requires to create margin* How setting clear boundaries can result in respect* The power of tending our heart before productivity and efficiency* How to get your life back by creating space for rest, quality time with your loved ones, and doing hobbies you love* Why the Leader’s Heart prioritizes margin and how it will give you the guidance you need in setting healthy rhythms Show Notes:ENROLL NOW IN THE LEADER'S HEART COHORT! Join our yearlong leadership cohort to connect with like-minded leaders, build healthy work-family rhythms, and lead from a whole heart.See omnystudio.com/listener for priva
26/05/202132 minutes 51 seconds
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213. The Heart of the Leader

Being a leader can often feel lonely and exhausting. Rather than leading from a full heart, we lead from an empty one. In trying times, we even question if it's worth it. But listen, you don't have to resign to this journey. We lead others best when we lead from a heart of joy. And that's what this episode is all about--leading from a full heart.In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about:* What happens when we're willing to develop the courage of being open to our inner world* Why it's important to surround yourself with other wholehearted leaders* How to find and build trust with other to like-minded people* How to chase your God-given mission from a full heart without losing joy* Why the Leader's Heart is a safe place to develop the tools to become an emotionally healthy leader, focus on your soul, and build healthy relationshipsShow Notes:ENROLL NOW IN THE LEADER'S HEART COHORT! Join our yearlong leadership cohort to
20/05/202134 minutes 14 seconds
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212. The Leader's Heart: Creating a Growth Environment

Can you really level up as a parent or leader and still live a balanced life? In this episode, Josh and Christi continue their series on the Leader's Heart by talking about how to create a growth environment for those around you. Josh and Christi talk about:* What it looks like to live in the here-and-now, focus on today, and walk in humility.* How to discern the voices in your life and who to surround yourself with.* Why it's important to step out of your comfort zone and be open to change.Show Notes:ENROLL NOW IN THE LEADER'S HEART COHORT! Join our yearlong leadership cohort to connect with like-minded leaders, build healthy work-family rhythms, and lead from a whole heart.START THE YOUR FAMILY PURPOSE SERIES! Our online family series is a step-by-step plan to help you create a family of connection, celebration, and purpose. ORDER WHAT DO I DO WITH WORRY? ON AMAZON! Josh and Christi know t
13/05/202134 minutes 58 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Increase Support

Last week, Josh and Christi touched on the importance of setting expectations on your kids. This week, they talk to us about the power of supporting your kids.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/05/20212 minutes 13 seconds
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211. The Leader's Heart: Parents as Leaders

As a parent, you lead your children every single day. This episode launches a 4-week podcast series specific to becoming an emotionally healthy leader. To kick off the series, Josh and Christi talk about how to show up as a leader in your home.In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about:* How we cultivate the environment of our home and why our kids receive what's in that environment.* How we can lead with certainty, confidence, and conviction.* What it means to be called to go first and set the example (i.e., wake up earlier, go to bed later, respond and not react, and work without grumbling.)Show Notes:ENROLL NOW IN THE LEADER'S HEART COHORT! Join our yearlong leadership cohort to connect with like-minded leaders, build healthy work-family rhythms, and lead from a whole heart.START THE YOUR FAMILY PURPOSE SERIES! Our online family series is a step-by-step plan to help you create a family of connection, c
07/05/202134 minutes 50 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Increase Expectation

It's important to increase expectation and support for your kids, but sometimes it's difficult to balance both. In this episode, Josh and Christi specifically talk about how to increase your expectations on your kids, in a way that lets them know you believe in them.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/05/20212 minutes 50 seconds
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210. Living From Rest with Christy Nockels

Serving God can often rob us of the joy of simply being with Him. In this episode, Christy Nockels, a wife and mother, singer-songwriter, and worship leader for Passion Conferences and IF: Gathering, shares how she made decisions to begin living more from a heart of rest.Christy shares about:* A season when God called her to take a break from her ministry, and confront the false sense of purpose and worth she was finding in her career.* How she learned to find rest in God's presence in every act of service she does as a parent.* How she found her highest calling not in a duty to uphold, but in a beautiful identity to live out.Show Notes:ORDER CHRISTY'S BOOK! The Life You Long For: Living From a Heart of Rest is a beautiful invitation to discover your place in God's heart and let Him set the pace for your life.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/04/202140 minutes 22 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Say No to Work, Yes to Family

It feels like there is always more we can add to our to-do lists. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the power in saying no to more work, and yes to more family time.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/04/20213 minutes 7 seconds
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209. What Do I Do With Worry: Kid's Edition

Last week, Josh and Christi discussed a few listener questions in regards to the parent side of worry. This week, to continue the 3-week worry series, Josh and Christi discuss more listener questions, this time related to the child side of worry. In this episode they talk about:* Practical ways to prevent punishing, minimizing, and dismissing your child's worries.* How to help your child cope with worry-filled or fearful environments.* How to find a healthy balance between challenging your child to overcome their worries and supporting them when they feel overwhelmed.Show Notes:WHAT DO I DO WITH WORRY? IS AVAILABLE NOW! Help your child learn practical lessons to help their worry birds fly away.CREATE YOUR OWN WORRY BIRD! Here is a link of a tutorial you can follow to create worry birds for your kids.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/04/202127 minutes 2 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Working from Rest, Not for It

Oftentimes, it can be a natural tendency for us to fear that we are not working hard enough. This could be in the work place, or even when it comes to parenting our children. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the significance of the Sabbath and why we should always prioritize working from rest, not for it.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/04/20215 minutes 10 seconds
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208. What Do I Do With Worry: Parent's Edition

Recently, we asked the Famous at Home community to send in questions about worry. Notably, the most feedback we received was in regards to parenting. To continue the What Do I Do With Worry? 3-week podcast series, Josh and Christi discuss a few listener questions and speak to the parent side of worry. In this episode we discuss:* Practical ways to handle your worries to reduce the chances of passing them to your kids.* How to talk to your kids about your worries and how you resolve them.* Why you have what it takes to parent your kids.* How healthy rhythms can inspire your kids and kick worry out of the house.Show Notes:THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO PRE-ORDER WHAT DO I DO WITH WORRY? Josh and Christi's new book, What Do I Do With Worry? releases April 20th, 2021. Pre-order on Amazon today!GET A FREE WORRY POSTER AND ACTIVITY BOOK! If you pre-order What Do I Do With Worry? You can receive a FREE worry poster and
14/04/202136 minutes 58 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Have Siblings Work Together

Siblings make the best teammates. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about ways to challenge your kids to work together.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/04/20214 minutes 58 seconds
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207. Kids and Anxiety

As Josh and Christi anticipate the release of their new book What Do I Do With Worry? on April 20th, this episode launches a 3-week podcast series specific to kids and worry. To kick off the series, Josh and Christi talk about the battle kids face with anxiety in today’s climate.Here are some highlights:* The power of relationships to release worry.* The power you hold as a parent when your child has anxiety.* The difference between worry and anxiety.* What to do when you recognize one child in particular who seems to be “off.”Show Notes:PRE-ORDER WHAT DO I DO WITH WORRY? TODAY! Josh and Christi's new book, What Do I Do With Worry? releases April 20th, 2021. You can pre-order it on Amazon! GET A FREE WORRY POSTER AND ACTIVITY BOOK! If you pre-order What Do I Do With Worry? You can receive a FREE worry poster and activity book. All you have to do is go to whatdoidowithworry.com, fill out the
07/04/202134 minutes 51 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Start a Hobby with Your Child

Oftentimes it becomes easy for us, as parents, to coast through the activities our kids want us to do with them. But what if we made it a priority this week to do something new that makes not only our kids come alive, but us too? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the joy in doing hobbies with our kids.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/04/20214 minutes 40 seconds
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206. The Financially Healthy Family with Talaat & Tai McNeely

From college loans, to mortgages, to raising kids, our finances can cause quite a bit of tension, especially in our marriage. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk to Talaat and Tai McNeely, money and marriage experts, about how to get your family, and marriage, on track financially. Talaat and Tai share about:* Previous financial obstacles they faced in the early stages of their marriage, and how they got to where they are today, living a debt-free life and paying off their mortgage in 3 years.* What The His and Her Money Show is and how it got started.* The power of changing your mindset and sitting in the driver's seat of your finances.* Why it's important to position yourself financially to give your family options.Show Notes:CHECK OUT THE HIS AND HER MONEY SHOW! Talaat and Tai McNeely lead The His and Her Money Show, a business passionate about helping families be financially, spiritually, and relationally steady. Th
31/03/202138 minutes 33 seconds
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FAH in 5: Making Easter Memorable

As we approach Easter this week, it is important that we share the story of Jesus' resurrection with our kids. In this episode, Josh and Christi provide helpful tips for these conversations and how to make this Easter memorable.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/03/20215 minutes 23 seconds
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205. Cultivating a Life of Beauty and Truth with Josh & Terrica Smith

A few weeks ago, Josh and Terrica Smith joined us to talk about covenant friendships on the podcast. In this week's episode, they return to share about Eden and Vine the business they own together.Eden and Vine is a magazine, market, and lifestyle that inspires the cultivation of beauty and truth. From gardening to thrifting to the ritual of brewing a cup of tea, they believe a truly meaningful life is one intentionally cultivated. Josh and Terrica talk to us about:* The story behind Eden and Vine and the four pillars it's built on.* Josh's decision to leave his corporate job and go "all in" to build Eden and Vine, support his wife and family, and obey what God called him to do.* How to give God the little we have, out of faith, and watch Him multiply our mustard seed of faith in our lives.Show Notes:CHECK OUT EDEN & VINE! Josh and Terrica's beautiful publication is devoted to the cultivation of beauty and truth in everyda
24/03/202135 minutes 40 seconds
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204. Trading Your Plans for a Life That Matters with Jason Brown

Obeying the call of God can be scary, especially when it requires you to let go of something you love. In this episode, Josh interviews Jason Brown, the highest paid center in the NFL at the time, who walked away from his successful career to become a farmer and be famous at home. Josh talks to Jason about:* Jason's history with football and what led him to the NFL.* Jason's past of living in the fast lane of success and wealth and what caused him to have a change of heart.* The way God called Jason to end his NFL career and how he knew it was God's voice.* The difficult but incredible journey Jason's family has been on after he surrendered to the call of God.* What life is like on Jason's farm, First Fruits Farm, in North Carolina.Show Notes:ORDER JASON BROWN'S BOOK CENTERED ON AMAZON! Jason shares his story about walking away from his NFL career and stepping into a new lifestyle of farming. He shares about his relationsh
17/03/202149 minutes 23 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: The Perspective Place

When you want to react to someone in a certain way, but you choose to see them in the way God sees them, you go to the perspective place. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the importance of going to the perspective place when others let you down.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/03/20214 minutes 53 seconds
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203. Leveling Up When it Doesn't Feel Like it

Let's be honest, leveling up is never easy. Beginning a work out routine, eating better, praying more, or even changing the way you relate to others rarely feels good at the beginning. Many of us feel ashamed we got to the place in life we did to begin with. Living in survival mode may have kept you going for awhile, but you know deep down when it's time to level up in an area of your life. If we're not moving forward, we're moving backward. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the power of leveling up. Here are some highlights:* Leveling up requires a change in 3 areas: pace, place, and pressure.* Leveling up requires deep, consistent prayers when we don't feel like it.* Leveling up is worth it because of what we get to experience on the other side.Show Notes:PRE-ORDER WHAT DO I DO WITH WORRY? TODAY! Josh and Christi's new book, What Do I Do With Worry? releases April 20th, 2021. You can pre-order it on Amazon!
10/03/202132 minutes 13 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: The Pull-Up Bar

The Straub family recently added pull-ups to their nightly bedtime routine. In this episode, Josh and Christi explain the importance of family exercises, and encourage you to implement one this week.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/03/20213 minutes 31 seconds
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202. Mental Health and Your Family with Mary Bellofatto

"A sound mind is one not at war with itself." In this episode, Josh and Christi talk with their therapist, Mary Bellofatto, about the power of mental health and the practices we can implement each day to maintain sound living.Josh and Christi talk to Mary about:* The hidden gifts of having mentors decades older than you.* The power of a healthy and sound mind, even in the day-to-day tasks of raising kids. * The freedom in not taking yourself too seriously.* Ways to talk to kids about mental health and familyShow Notes:WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE LEADER'S HEART COHORT? The Leader’s Heart offers two 3-day in-person meetings with experiential coaching exercises, family coaching, and spiritual direction, and includes coaching calls with your cohort throughout the year. Sign up and we'll send you all the details!CONTACT MARY BELLOFATTO FOR THERAPY! If you are interested in seeking out counseling from Mary Bello
03/03/202142 minutes 7 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Be a Hero, Not a Victim

Victims believe their shortcomings are out of their control, while a hero owns their mistakes and rises up. In this episode, Josh and Christi share the importance of teaching your kids to be a hero, not a victim.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/03/20215 minutes 1 second
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201. Covenant Friendships with Josh & Terrica Smith

Finding friends who not only share the same values as you, but you also "click" with, requires time, trust, and initiative.In this episode, Josh and Christi discuss the cultivation and beauty of covenant friendships with Josh and Terrica Smith. The four of them talk about:* The definition of covenant friendship and how it differs from other types of friendships* The importance of discovering your own identity and family purpose BEFORE making new friendships* How to be vulnerable and willing to initiate new friendshipsShow Notes:GET 40% OFF A CSB KID'S BIBLE! Choose the CSB Kid's Bible right for YOU! Get 40% off any Bible when you use the code word FAMOUS at check out. Click here to find the Bible perfect for your child!CHECK OUT EDEN & VINE! Josh and Terrica's beautiful publication is devoted to the cultivation of beauty and truth in everyday life. They provide inspiring magazines, apothecar
25/02/202144 minutes 50 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: When Your Child Uses Emotion to Manipulate You

What do you do when your child uses emotion to get what he / she wants? In this episode, Josh and Christi share practical ways to set boundaries and help your children learn to manage their emotions.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/02/20214 minutes 59 seconds
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200. Girls Who Worry with Sissy Goff

Worry is an epidemic in our culture today, especially among girls. Sissy Goff, counselor, author, and speaker joins us this week to discuss her new book Brave: A Teen Girl's Guide to Beating Worry and Anxiety.In this episode, Sissy talks to us as parents helping our daughters navigate worry. Sissy talks to us about how:* To decipher the temperature of your daughter's worry by paying attention to her body language * To instruct your daughter to focus and breathe, as theses exercises shift the blood flow back to her cortex and help bring her calm* Gratitude and worry cannot coexistShow Notes:GET 40% OFF A CSB KID'S BIBLE! Choose the CSB Kid's Bible right for YOU! Get 40% off any Bible when you use the code word FAMOUS at check out. Click here to find the Bible perfect for your child!ORDER SISSY'S BOOK! Help your daughter fight worry by purchasing this helpful guide! Click here to order!See
18/02/202138 minutes 20 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Trauma Not Drama

How as parents are we encouraging our kids to decrease drama? In this episode, Josh and Christi share practical ways to talk about trauma and eliminate drama in your home.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/02/20213 minutes 39 seconds
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199. Practice Being Unoffendable

Choosing to live above the world's hate and bitter divisiveness changes the atmosphere of your home. Can you imagine being like David, a man who asked God to point out anything in him that offended God? Let's start praying that prayer. In this episode, Josh and Christi share a new perspective on offense, challenging us to live and love in a way that brings to earth the way it is in heaven. Here are some highlights:* Finding where we place our identity is critical to knowing what offends us. * Helpful ways to understand and process your offense include journaling and talking to someone you know.* Blessing those offend you begins with listening and repenting. But blessing your perceived enemy is what we're called to do for those who follow Jesus.Show Notes:GET 40% OFF A CSB KID'S BIBLE! Choose the CSB Kid's Bible right for YOU! Get 40% off any Bible when you use the code word FAMOUS at check out. Click here to find the Bible
11/02/202140 minutes 11 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: The 10-Minute Date

How can you implement quality time with your spouse during a busy week? What if you don't have time for date night? In this episode, Josh and Christi challenge you to initiate a 10-minute date with your significant other.Here are some highlights:• Give your spouse a heads up about the 10-minute date, rather than putting them on the spot.• Do not expect your spouse to be free and be patient with them.• Ask your spouse to go on a quick walk with you outside or sit down and drink a cup of coffee with you.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/02/20213 minutes 4 seconds
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198. Grieving What You Imagined

Expectation is the root of disappointment. Even Proverbs says our heart grows sick when hope is delayed. But what happens when unmet expectations in relationships leave you disappointed? Sad? Angry? In this episode, Josh and Christi share the importance of acknowledging what you lost and grieving well. This includes letting go of the ideal in your marriage, releasing parental agendas, and decreasing the pressure you put on yourself. Here are some highlights:* Until we learn to grieve and face the uncomfortable emotions, we struggle to feel the celebratory ones.* When we haven't allowed ourselves to grieve, we end up placing the burden of disappointment, anger, and fears onto our kids.* Loving God and others as ourselves frees us to give selflessly with no expectation of a return.* Recognize the grieving process is a journey and takes time. Give yourself grace.Show Notes:Get the Your Family Purpose: A Step-b
03/02/202136 minutes 57 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Worship in the Chaos

How do you manage to fit in quiet time with the Lord as a busy parent? Especially when you have young kids who constantly demand your attention? In reality, it will not happen unless you intentionally schedule it in your day. In this 5 minute episode, Josh and Christi share practical ways to worship in the middle of chaos.Some highlights include:* Playing worship music in your home.* Praying without seizing.* Spending an hour of time with the Lord in both the morning and the evening.* Having the outlook that you "get" to do what you do.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/02/20215 minutes 11 seconds
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197. Release Your Spouse

How do you release your spouse to become the best version of him/ herself? Especially when your spouse is struggling? In this episode, we talk about how to step in and celebrate your spouse as a way to release him / her. When you compliment your spouse, rather than criticizing for what he / she is not doing, you bring life into your home. Josh and Christi pose one challenging question, "What do I need to focus on to change the atmosphere in my home?" Some highlights include: * Having healthy conversations with your spouse about how you can motivate each other better.* Giving your spouse specific ways to hold one another accountable to goals.* Celebrating one thing about your spouse each day.* Spending more time focusing on how you alone can change the atmosphere of your home.Show Notes:20% Off Your Family Purpose Online Course! Begin 2021 by setting your family vision and values! Click here.
28/01/202131 minutes 10 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Being Brave Enough to be Bad at Something New

Everyone who's once succeeded at something has been bad at it before. In this 5 minute episode, Josh and Christi challenge you to be brave enough to be bad at something new. When you persevere through feelings of timidity and inadequacy, you might find a new, favorite hobby.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/01/20212 minutes 56 seconds
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196. A Family Survival Guide for 2021

Welcome to season 9 of the Famous at Home podcast! Wow, thank you to everyone journeying with us! We love getting to do life alongside you!No doubt 2020 was a year of chaos and disruption. Every one of us more than ready to enter 2021. Although a new year means a clean slate, life will always have its challenges. Not far into 2021 we already had another national crisis. Throw in world events, a pandemic, school cancellations, and not to mention personal illness or family crises, how do we navigate the new year as a family?In this episode, we raise one question we keep asking in our home, "How can be famous at home and love our neighbor in all that's happening around us?" To answer that question, we put together a family survival guide to being famous at home in 2021! Some highlights include: * How to manage fear* How to talk to our kids about and navigate world and national events our respective countries* What does it mean for us to love
21/01/202131 minutes 42 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Teaching Kids the Power of Fasting

One of the best ways to teach kids discipline is through fasting. It's important for them to learn that when they fill their lives with stuff, they leave less room for God. Some of this stuff could be the use of unkind words, whining and complaining, devices, TV time, social media, sugary drinks or foods, and more.In this 5 minute episode, Josh and Christi talk about a recent experience they had fasting as a family. They encourage your family to do the same as they provide helpful ways to do so.What better time to do this than in the beginning of a new year?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/01/20214 minutes 49 seconds
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195. [Best of Part 3] The Elephant in Your Marriage

We hope you've been enjoying our "Best of" series! Do you have an annoyance in your marriage that seems to rear its ugly head every now and again? That one issue that seems to block you and your spouse from being on the same team. In-laws. Finances. How you parent your kids. Where you spend the holidays. We all seem to have that one elephant. You know it's there, but most of the time it's hibernating in the cold, dark, corner of the basement, out of sight. Yet, every now and again, you feel the elephant coming up the stairs. Your reaction might be to pretend he's not coming. Or it might be that you see him walk into your living room so you obviously have to talk about him. So you do. You argue about him. You try to find a way to get him back into your basement, out of sight, but you can't agree on how to do that. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about their own elephant. They also give practical ways to finally address that one issue in your marriage and why talki
13/01/202129 minutes 32 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: The 30 Second Hug

One of the best ways to let go of stress and anxiety is through physical touch. Unfortunately, due to social distancing, it has been difficult for all of us to release as much oxytocin as we should. In this 5 minute episode, Josh and Christi share the power a 30 second hug with a loved one has on our day.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/01/20213 minutes 12 seconds
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194. [Best of Part 2] Spiritual Growth Environment for Kids

Welcome back to our "Best of" series! Social distancing has given the Straubs a chance to really focus on the atmosphere of their home, both emotionally and spiritually. It's made them a little more intentional, but also has brought a lot more fun to their home as well. In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about the practices they've been implementing in their home to cultivate their kids' hearts and foster a healthy spiritual environment as a family.Here are some highlights:* The misperception that spiritual growth begins with instruction* Why the spiritual environment of our home rises and falls of modeling* The transmitting power of relational warmth* How listening and asking questions of our kids influences the environment* Why worship changes the atmosphere of your home* The ways we teach our kids to listen to God's voice* Why we need to take prayer seriously and be the spiritual covering for our kidsSee <a href="https://omnystu
06/01/202129 minutes 43 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Little Changes to Order Your Day

It's crazy how a couple minutes on social media in the morning can impact the rest of our day. Oftentimes we view a post from across the world that provokes an emotion of fear, anxiety, or depression into our own world. This, then, effects the way we communicate with our loved ones.In this 5 minute episode Josh and Christi encourage you to pay attention to the things that are impacting your attitude. They suggest creating an emotion log of instances that trigger negativity, as well as instances that bring you life. This practice provides awareness of what needs to be eliminated and what needs to be implemented. It's the little changes that order your day in a way that allows you to show up for your family.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/01/20214 minutes 2 seconds
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193. [Best of Part 1] Emotional Growth Environment for Kids

Welcome to our "Best of" series as we ring in 2021! No doubt your child's world has been rattled in some way by the uncertain times we live in. How we respond to our child's big emotions now will set the stage for how they learn to manage those emotions and make decisions in crisis as they grow older. No pressure, right? In this episode, we provide hope and talk about five practical ways to create an emotional growth environment for your kids.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/12/202041 minutes 55 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Increase Face Time

The more we are wearing face masks, the less children are becoming familiar with our facial cues and how we are relating to them. In this episode, Josh and Christi share powerful ways to increase face time in a day and age where it is challenging to do so. This includes putting our phones away and initiating quality time with our kids.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/12/20205 minutes 17 seconds
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192. Cultivating a Healthy Marriage

The enemy is constantly at work to steal, kill, and destroy our marriages. In this episode, Josh and Christi provide helpful ways to create war against the enemy as you cultivate a healthy marriage.Here are a few key takeaways:* Your spouse is not your opponent; the enemy is.* Listen to your spouse without trying to fix the problem.* Be a watchman and spend 15 minutes a day focusing on your spouse's emotions.* We do not fight against flesh and blood. We fight in the supernatural.* Stand firm as you remind the enemy WHO you are and WHOSE you are.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/12/202033 minutes 53 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Leap for Joy

One of the hardest things to do is be joyful when our circumstances don't look the way we'd like them to. But when we look closely at the Christmas story, we are inspired by Elizabeth because of the way she leaped for joy in the midst of her pregnancy. How often do we sing hymns to Jesus and have a dance party when we don't feel like it? When you shift your mind toward what you are grateful for, everything in your life begins to change. Josh and Christi share practical ways to count your blessings and find reasons to throw a dance party in the holiday season.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/12/20202 minutes 33 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: A Birthday Party for Jesus

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is throwing a birthday party for Jesus. Think about what He might want for His birthday and talk to your kids about giving Him a present. Plan your party and make a family memory as you celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/12/20202 minutes 15 seconds
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191. Hearing the Voice of God

In this episode, we have a special announcement to make (23:47). But before we do, we use this episode to talk about hearing the voice of God. In a time with so many voices filling your head, how can you discern, is it my voice or God's voice I'm hearing? Or what if it's some other voice? We tell stories from our own journey that might help you learn to trust His voice more in your life. In this episode, we talk about: * Why we have a difficult time discerning the voice of God* How to begin discerning the voice of God in your everyday life* Whether what we take in feeds fear or faith* Why listening to the Holy Spirit leads to loving our neighbor* The consequences of obeying the voice of God when we hear Him speakShow Notes: DECEMBER SPECIAL! Sign up for Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values for 50% off through December 31st! Click here to sign up or learn mo
16/12/202026 minutes 51 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Teaching Kids to Trust God

Faith is the evidence of things not seen. But getting our kids to understand trust in God is so difficult, especially when we as parents doubt His goodness. This is an #adventfamilyexperience we used to help our kids understand trust and talk about faith in a tangible way they can "taste." Let's keep pressing into David's Psalm, that we might "taste and know that the Lord is good."See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/12/20202 minutes 32 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Don't Let Your Phone Win

Like a caged tiger walking the same path every single day, we too walk a similar path with our phones. We pull it out and get on the same app trail. How does this trail increase your faith? How does it make you feel after you get off of it? Does it build your relationship with your family? In this 5 minute episode, Christi shares a powerful revelation about a recent decision she made with her phone.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/12/20203 minutes 34 seconds
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190. How 2020 Redefined Your Family

If 2020 were one long rainy day, how did your family dance in it? In this episode, we redefine 2020 not as a curse word, but for the beauty it brought about for our family. We discuss ways you can do the same.Here are a few key takeaways: * If you were to look back at your family photos, what were the sweet moments you remember about 2020?* How can you turn those sweet moments into a bucket list for 2021?* How to define your family purpose for 2021.* What it means to move from good intentions to living intentionally.* The power of pro relationship thoughts in living out your family purpose.Show Notes: DECEMBER SPECIAL! Sign up for Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values for 50% off through December 31st! Click here to sign up or learn more!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/12/202022 minutes 35 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Keeping Christmas Simple

We're all feeling a bit weary this yea. And with Christmas not being the same as years prior, it just adds to the grief. But what if we made the most of what we've been given?Less running around, slowing the frantic pace, and more time together as a family could be just the remedy.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/12/20202 minutes 29 seconds
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189. Forgiving What You Can't Forget with Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, sits down with us to talk about her painful marital journey. She shares vulnerably about her own pain and why she stayed with her husband, Art, when she had every reason not to.No matter who hurt you, you deserve to stop suffering because of what other people have done to you. If you've ever felt stuck in a cycle of unresolved pain, playing offenses over and over in your mind and know you can't go on living like this, but don't know what to do next, this episode is for you. Lysa TerKeurst has wrestled through this journey. And she's discovered that, to find life-giving freedom, you have to let go of bound-up resentment and resistance to forgiving people who aren’t willing to make things right.In this episode, Lysa talks vulnerably about: * The best day and worst day of her forgiveness journey. * The formula to rebuilding trust when you've been wronged.* The difference b
02/12/202034 minutes 56 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Keeping Memories and Traditions Alive

As a child, we all have family traditions and memories we hold dear. But so often, with the chaos and busyness of having young children, it's easy to justify not holding to those traditions. In this episode, we invite you back to your childhood memories and explain why it's important to keep these memories alive.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/11/20202 minutes 38 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Finding Hope Through Grief

Christmas is going to look different for a lot of us this year. But when we numb our feelings of grief and loss, we also numb our ability to experience joy and hope. In this episode, we talk about an activity we created that can help you and your kids grieve well and find joy on the other side. Show Note: Get your copy of the 25 Days of Christmas: An Advent Family Experience, by clicking here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/11/20202 minutes 33 seconds
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188. Your Family, the Holidays, and 2020

Forget normal family dysfunction. Add in an election year and opinions about the pandemic, and you have a recipe for a challenging Christmas with family. Never mind that we have to navigate the pandemic and might not even get to see family. But what if we prioritized what really matters? Relationships.In this episode, we talk about eight ways to E.N.J.O.Y.I.N.G the holidays with family in 2020. Show Notes: Visit gominno.com and use code FAMOUS to start your free 7-day trial!Get your copy of the 25 Days of the Christmas Story, by clicking here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/11/202026 minutes 21 seconds
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187: Celebrating Kids For Who They Are Rather Than Mourning Who They're Not with Frank Tate

In the honor of bringing people onto the podcast who have influenced our own stories, Frank Tate is back this week to discuss some of the most practical, life-changing principles in our own parenting journey. Frank was on the podcast a few years ago with a message called Screaming Data, still one of the most listened to and shared episodes we have ever recorded. This time, his book is finished and available! In this episode, he revisits some of those principles and shares new insights about the book's title and how we can harness even the pandemic as an incredible gift for the direction of our family. Here are some highlights: * Why the title of his book went from Foster Kid to Time Machines Work* How to harvest the wisdom of our stories* What screaming data is and why it's so powerful as a parenting principle* How we can either celebrate our kid's DNA into their best version, or shame it into submission* The power of data-based praise* A
18/11/202051 minutes 4 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: A New Perspective on Praying for Your Kids

It's too easy to get stuck in a pattern of praying the same things for and with our kids. In this episode, Christi shares a powerful insight she received from Habakkuk 2 about the patterns our kids find themselves in and how to pray for them. The big question is: What if we went from "note answerers," to "note-takers?"See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/11/20203 minutes 19 seconds
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186: The Power of Giving Back with Norah Birungi

Jesus' birthday is just around the corner. What if we were to ask Him what He wanted for His birthday? It's a powerful question we asked in our family that led us to the heartwarming story of Norah Birungi.As families seeking to live on purpose, this episode is a story about the generational and transformative power of what happens when we give back to God what He gives to us. In this episode, Norah shares how the gifts of another family when she was a child helped her to become the wife, mom, and woman of God she is today. We also share how stories like Norah's inspired our family to give back this Christmas.Show Notes: To join us in sponsoring a child with Compassion International this Christmas, text the word FAMOUS to 83393 to receive the profile of a child in need of a sponsor. Or to choose a child as a family, visit www.compassion.com/famousathome<br
15/11/202031 minutes 20 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: When We Need More Faith

We all lack faith in God in certain areas of our lives. In this episode, we differentiate faith from hope. We also challenge you to find the one area of your life where you need more faith. Instead of asking the question, "What if God doesn't show up?" what if we instead asked the question, "What if He does?" Here are some practical ways to build your faith when you need it most.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/11/20205 minutes 3 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Ask Your Kids Good Questions

Getting our kids to name what they feel in distressing moments often comes by asking good questions. Contrary to our natural instinct, we don't need to fix our kids so they feel happy all of the time. The power is just sitting with them in their uncomfortable emotions and helping them label what happened. Think of it as putting together a puzzle. What did they see, think, hear, smell, taste, or touch? We don't even need to ask them what they're feeling. Sometimes it's too difficult for them to label. But when we inquire about the facts and take the time to ask good questions, the emotions begin to make sense.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/11/20204 minutes 55 seconds
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185: Your Family After the Election

It's the morning after the presidential election in the United States. Today, we pause to pray for our world leaders, the respective countries we live in, and how we're moving forward as a family, regardless of the outcome. In this episode, we discuss:* How to talk to your kids about the election* Why loving your neighbor matters more than your political affiliation* Why we should talk to our kids about character and candidacy* Coming together as a family to pray for our leaders, countries, and outcomesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/11/20206 minutes 31 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Don't Ignore Your Spouse

What happens when you feel like you're doing everything you can for your family, yet it feels like it's still not enough for your spouse? We talk about a defining moment in our marriage where we realized we were ignoring one another without realizing it. So often, marriage is about meta-communication, talking about how we communicate. Here's five minutes on helping your spouse feel "seen."See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/11/20204 minutes 37 seconds
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184. Discipline with Grace

We talk a lot about emotional safety when raising kids. But that doesn't mean we can let our kids behave any way they want to. Quite the contrary. A home without discipline is not a safe one. However, discipline is also one of the greatest parenting struggles. In this episode, we talk about healthy discipline, why it's important for kids, and how it also influences mom and dad too. We also discuss how we, even with two different approaches to discipline, can work together as a team. In the end, it requires grace for your kids, and an extra dose for you as a parent. Show Notes: Visit gominno.com and use code FAMOUS to start your free 7-day trial!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/10/202029 minutes 6 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Help Your Kids Accomplish Something Hard

One of our family mottos is, "Do hard things first." Oftentimes though, we get so distracted as parents that we don't take the time to sit with our kids to help them learn to do hard things. So, what happens? We do it for them. We get more exhausted and they, in turn, become less resourceful. In this episode, we talk about how to help your kids accomplish something difficult for long term gains both with your kids and your sanity!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/10/20204 minutes 25 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Be Quick to Listen

There is not a more sanctifying set of verses in the Bible than James 1:19-20, "...be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for human anger does not accomplish God's righteousness" (CSB). So what happens when we're slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to anger, especially with our spouse and kids? Today's 5 minutes is about how we can be quick to listen, but also how to make it right with our loved ones when we get it wrong. Because we will.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/10/20205 minutes 20 seconds
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183: Life Schooling Our Kids

No matter whether you homeschool, or your kids go to public school, private school, or remain in the middle of remote learning, we believe it's important for kids to be in life school. In this episode, we talk about what life school is and how and what we're doing in our first year as a homeschooling family. Here are some highlights: * We share the lessons and curriculum we use* Christi shares what hasn't worked and the importance of always evaluating and making tweaks* Why family rhythm and routine is more important than a schedule* The life school lessons we taught so far* Why Google might know more than dad, but can't teach character* How we manage working from home, schooling our kids, and how we communicate about it allShow Notes: Visit gominno.com and use code FAMOUS to start your free 7-day trial!Check out our new online course called: Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Esta
22/10/202029 minutes 23 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Let Your Kids Teach You a Lesson

What happens when we switch roles with our kids and we allow them to teach us something they know that we might not? Well, your kids just might surprise you. In this 5 minute episode, we talk about the surprising benefits of putting your child in the teacher role and the boost of confidence it can give them.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/10/20203 minutes 57 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: What We're Listening to and Reading

What comes out of us and how we live our lives is often a reflection of what we take in. In this 5 minute episode, Josh + Christi share what music is on their current playlists and the books shaping how they think in this current season.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/10/20205 minutes 3 seconds
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182. Christmas in October

We have a fun surprise! Our new children's book 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experience released this week! In this episode, we talk about the fun activities, life lessons, character traits, and prayers your family can engage this Advent season. Let's be honest, 2020 in many ways has felt like Groundhog Day--the same day over and over again. This Christmas, we hope each day of Advent can feel different, like a warm hug for your family as you engage the Christmas story!Show Notes: Get your copy of the 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experience by clicking here!Sponsor:Visit gominno.com and use code FAMOUS to start your free 7-day trial!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/10/202023 minutes 35 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Read the Bible as a Family

Read the Bible this weekend as a family. Choose a passage and sit down together as a couple, or with your kids, and read it aloud. Keep your reading short if you have young kids, but use the following guide as a way to engage the text. Pastor Jon Tyson from Church of the City New York has three questions he challenges us to ask of our kids:1. What does this passage tell you about God? 2. What does this passage tell you about yourself? 3. What does this passage tell you about how life works?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/10/20204 minutes 17 seconds
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181. Redeeming Power with Dr. Diane Langberg

Dr. Diane Langberg is a pioneer. As a practicing psychologist for nearly five decades, she gives voice to those without a voice. She joins us this week to talk about how we can help our kids find their voice and use it for good in the world. She also describes practical ways we can teach our kids to stand against unhealthy people and systems. Speaking from the heart of a mother and grandmother, and from the experience of a psychologist, Diane defines power as "the capacity to impact." From a nursing home resident, to your newborn infant screaming for food in the middle of the night, the capacity to impact others is in all of us. But what happens when power is abused? Particularly in a system, whether political or religious, that uses God's name as a weapon to protect the system more than the people it serves? In this episode, Diane joins us to talk about her new book Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church. She shares how we can
07/10/202045 minutes 23 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Fighting for Your Spouse's Heart

Healthy marriages see what cannot be seen. What does that mean? We fight for our spouse's heart by seeking to understand what our spouse is feeling each day--the underlying feelings your spouse is carrying that you can't see on the surface. Let's be honest, busyness and distraction become massive barriers to feeling fully known and loved in our marriage. So when we experience uncomfortable emotions, we tend to get defensive and lead with anger. This episode provides a practical help for overcoming busyness and distraction to fighting for one another's heart.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/10/20205 minutes 12 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Fight for Your Spouse's Soul

In this 5 minute episode, we talk about how to stand firm and pray for your spouse. We talk about the passage on marriage from Ephesians, chapter 5. However, we need to put this part about marriage specifically in the context of the entire letter and in light of Ephesians chapter 6. Here's 5 minutes on how you can begin fighting for your spouse's soul.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/10/20205 minutes 16 seconds
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180. Your Family and the Unseen Realm

Much is shifting in the unseen realm right now. Maybe you're feeling it too. The change happening in society is trickling down and effecting our families unlike many of us have seen in our lifetimes. Today, we talk about what that means for us as families. Here are some highlights: * Modeling and teaching our kids the power of intercessory prayer* The importance of praying for someone else who has the same need as yours* Discerning transition and what God might be teaching you in it* Ephesians 6 as a model of how to fight for, and not with, your spouse* Why to consecrate your home, marriage, body, and workShow Notes: Click here to sign up for YOUR FAMILY PURPOSE: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and ValuesIf you're already a member of the Famous at Home Network, and would like to sign up for YOUR FAMILY PURPOSE, click here. To download the Wild at He
01/10/202028 minutes 4 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Name the Opponent in Your Marriage

In marriage, we have opponents that war against our intimacy and level of connection. Sometimes it's finances, busyness, an upcoming deployment, or even lack of sleep from a newborn baby. Whatever the opponent, we have to name it in order to get on the same team against it. If not, we run the risk of making our spouse the enemy. And your spouse is not your enemy.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/09/20203 minutes 36 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Starting the Day in Worship

In this 5 minute episode, we talk about a surprising discovery we had about what a true worship song really is, and what it means for how we teach our kids about God. This simple practice of worship is a game-changing 5-minute win for how you and your family can start the day.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/09/20204 minutes 1 second
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179. The Deeply Formed Life with Rich Villodas

A Deeply Formed Life. Is it possible with a family? Young kids? Newborns? Pastor Rich Villodas gives us a road map to the richly rooted place we all yearn for: a place of communion with God, a place where we find our authentic purpose amid chaotic times. This conversation is beautiful.Rich is a longtime friend of Josh's from seminary days nearly 20 years ago. Today he is lead pastor at New Life Fellowship in Queens, NY, an intergenerational, multi-ethnic church representing 75 different nationalities. He is a husband and father who pursues a deeply formed life. Pastor Rich says we must restore balance, focus, and meaning for our souls. He describes how to find this spiritual breakthrough by following five key values. Best of all, he talks about how these values inform how we parent our kids! The values he breaks down in this episode and his new book The Deeply Formed Life include: * Contemplative Rhythms: for an exhausted
23/09/202051 minutes 49 seconds
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FAH in 5 Minutes: Win the Day

Welcome to Famous at Home in 5 Minutes, the new twice weekly podcast drop, offering practical ways to create a family of connection, celebration, and purpose. In this episode, the one way to win the day as a parent.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/09/20204 minutes 7 seconds
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178. Awaking Wonder with Sally Clarkson

Have you thought about what it means to awaken wonder in your kids? To help them finish the phrase, "I wonder..."? As a pioneer in schooling from home, Sally Clarkson joins us to talk about wonder. But even more, her beautiful stories of educating her own kids help set us free!Whether you homeschool or send your kids to a public or private school, you hold the keys to who your children become. Sally describes practically what this can look like in the day-to-day and the ways we can open our child's heart to the beauty of learning. There are some beautiful highlights you won't want to miss: * How to follow your child's sense of wander.* The beautiful moments that really matter when it comes to educating your kids.* Practical ways to educate your kids and what it can look like in the day-to-day.* How modeling and instruction work together and why it's important.* Raising children who love learning, not just practice rote memorization.* How Sally and Clay b
16/09/202044 minutes 5 seconds
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177. Navigating School From Home

Pretty much everyone is now schooling from home at some level. Not only that, work has also returned home. This makes for a lovely recipe of childcare issues, conflicting schedules, and marital bliss. Okay, so the latter is a bit of an exaggeration. But what if we really could get on the same team? In this episode, we talk about what we're learning and the adjustments we needed to make because of the new school-from-home routine. Surprise, surprise, it begins with the marriage. We share about a very real moment we had last week that blindsided us but got us back on the same team in a new way. We also go in-depth about our current daily schedule and what's working. Hopefully, it'll give you some insight on how you can school from home in a more harmonious way. Show Notes:YOUR FAMILY PURPOSE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO ESTABLISHING YOUR FAMILY'S VISION AND VALUES. Cart is now open at 20% off. Click here to join!See <a href="
10/09/202028 minutes 56 seconds
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176. Bringing Your Child's Heart Alive

In a follow-up to last week's conversation about being a spiritually attuned family, we talk this week about paying attention to how God is shaping your child's heart. Not only that, Josh makes a big time confession that leaves Christi speechless. It's a moment you won't want to miss!In this episode, we talk practically about how we pay attention to the Holy Spirit when it comes to shepherding our children's hearts. The conversation includes:* Why it's important for us as parents to press into our child's heart and have difficult conversations* How to discern behavior change and steward attitudes in your children* How to have conversations about the messages our kids take in through video games, music, television, etc. * What it looks like to walk the tightrope of support / challenge with your kids* How to encourage and follow the Holy Spirit's leading in your child's life* Ways we specifically champion our children's hearts right nowShow
02/09/202024 minutes 44 seconds
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175. Being a Spiritually Attuned Family in Uncertain Times

How is your family approaching these uncertain times? Do you feel overwhelmed by schooling from home? Confused about what God might be up to right now? Figuring out what a new normal looks like for your family? In this episode, we talk candidly about our own pursuit of the deeper things of God during these uncertain times. Specifically, we talk about: * How to not to "miss" our child's inner world* Overcoming the spirit of distraction* How to turn our focus onto what really matters in the day-to-day * Why we believe God wants to use families in these uncertain times* How we approach discipleship with our kids* Why bringing our kids into the conversation mattersShow Notes: We extended the 20% OFF registration for The Leader’s Heart Cohort. Register now or schedule a call with Josh to learn more!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/08/202031 minutes 58 seconds
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174. Talking to Kids About Race with Dorena Williamson

Dorena Williamson joins us for a beautiful, honest, and at times, uncomfortable conversation about race. Dorena loves the power of story and writes children’s books that adults need too. She is the author of ColorFull, ThoughtFull, and GraceFull, children's books that feature diverse ethnicity and shape perspective on race, disability, and homelessness. She is the co-planter of multiracial Strong Tower Bible Church in Nashville, and a leader with Be the Bridge. Dorena joins us to talk about her children's books and gives us insight on how to talk to our kids about race. Here are some highlights: * Why it's necessary for our kids to see color* A biblical basis for every child's identity, regardless of color* A historical perspective on how the United States veered away from the biblical foundation of human creation and worth* Dorena shares practical ways she has taught her kids about race, the history of injustice, and the cultural experiences she gives t
19/08/202052 minutes 46 seconds
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173: Treating Your Spouse Like an Adult

Working from home. Managing school from home. Raising little kids (especially under age three). And living on little sleep. This recipe is perfect for treating your spouse like a three-year-old. Pouting. Talking back. Ignoring. You know, just being emotionally immature with your spouse.We get it. We're on little sleep. Have an infant at home. And date nights come at a premium these days. In this episode, we talk about how to treat your spouse like an adult. Or, in other words, how not to be emotionally immature with each other. A few highlights: * We talk about our own recent "disconnection." * How to talk to one another about expectations.* The ways we can accept influence from each other.* How to keep our relationship fresh.* Showing up for one another with weird schedules and new routines.Show Notes:We extended the 20% OFF registration for The Leader’s Heart Cohort. We're almost full, but you can still g
12/08/202033 minutes 30 seconds
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172. What God is Up To and What It Means for Your Family

We cannot pretend that life is going to get back to normal. It's not. And we believe that's a good thing, especially for families. In this episode, we talk about what we believe God is up to in this moment of history. There is an apocalypse, or a revealing, taking place in our society. How do you discern  what that means for your family? That's what this episode is all about.We discuss a number of topics relevant to your family right now:* How to listen to God in this hour and what He has for your family.* Our decision to lay everything on the table and decide what needs to go and what needs to stay.* Why we decided to homeschool this year and what that looks like.* How to grieve and say goodbye well to an old season so we can properly say hello to a new one.* What it means to "unschool" ourselves in regard to being famous at home.Show Notes: Sign up today for The Leader’s Heart Cohort and receive 20% off registration. Spa
05/08/202034 minutes 1 second
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171. Hearing the Voice of God with Carlos Whittaker

Carlos Whittaker tells stories in books, on stage, and on Instagram. In this episode, he tells stories about race, trauma, and talks about his new book Enter Wild. Carlos' voice in these trying times is one we all need to listen to. In this episode, Carlos covers some amazing ground on how we as families can specifically hear from God. If you're in a difficult season as a family and questioning God's presence, Carlos will challenge you. Instead of asking "What if God doesn't show up?" Carlos challenges us to ask, "What if He does?"Here are some highlights: * Carlos talks about why we're afraid to ask God for specific requests. * How we can teach our kids to pray to God for specific prayers. * What the Lord is really committed to as it relates to you and your family. * What it costs to step out of a mild and mundane faith* What the real goal of being a parent is and how to achieve it. Show Notes & SponsorsSi
29/07/202049 minutes 20 seconds
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170. School, Coronavirus, and Family Decisions

The upcoming school year is fast upon us and unlike any we've encountered. As parents, it can feel unsettling with all of the unknowns. You might be working from home. You may be going into work. Either way, keeping the kids at home this school year or having them learn online adds further burden. Not only is fear of the unknown an issue, so is our depleting frustration tolerance. In this episode, we reveal the decision we made about this school year and invite you on the journey to use the podcast as an ongoing discussion as we all journey through these uncharted waters as families this fall. No matter the decision you make for your family, we can all lead well for our kids and inside of our homes. Show Notes: Sign up today for The Leader’s Heart Cohort and receive 20% off registration.Register now for our FREE webinar, How Not to Lose Your Ever-Loving Mind on Your Kids coming up the week of July 27th. Click here to regis
22/07/202036 minutes 46 seconds
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169. Justice, Race, and the Family of God with Fr. Aaron Smallwood

Fr. Aaron Smallwood joins us for a conversation on racial injustice and what it means for today's family and the family of God. If you're learning about the root of the racial tension in America and trying to figure out how to talk to your kids about racial justice, this is a good starting conversation. In this episode, we talk about our personal covenant relationship, our own family histories as it relates to race, and how we're living out covenant relationship in our own families today. Show Notes: Sign up today for The Leader's Heart Cohort and receive 20% off registration.Register now for our FREE webinar, How Not to Lose Your Ever-Loving Mind on Your Kids coming up the week of July 27th. Click here to register.Books on Racial Reconciliation and Injustice: Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Natasha MorrisonPost Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Ameri
15/07/202055 minutes 23 seconds
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168. Do You Need a Spiritual Director? with Fr. Aaron Smallwood

Father Aaron Smallwood, Spiritual Director of Famous at Home, joins the podcast this week to talk about spiritual direction. We talk openly and transparently about our own journey of spiritual direction, what spiritual direction is, why it's important in the day-to-day of your family, and how you can find spiritual direction. Show Notes: To sign up for the free webinar, How to Not Lose Your Ever-Loving Mind on Your Kids, click here! To register for The Leader's Heart Cohort and save 20%, click here!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/07/202045 minutes 11 seconds
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167. The Heart of Your Culture: Part 4 of 4 with Bill Lokey

When we lead, we influence culture. Whether culture is at home with your kids or it's at work, how you show up has a ripple effect on the environment. Bill Lokey joins Josh for the final episode in a 4-part series on the Heart of Leadership. This week we talk about the heart of your culture: at home and work.In this fourth and final episode on leadership and connection, Josh and Bill talk about: * The game of spiritual mathematics in relationships* Why healthy culture starts with understanding* How we can enter into the stories of those we lead and love* The multiplying power of making our world smaller* Ways to cultivate healthy culture both at home and workShow Notes: Get 20% OFF before July 17! Bill and Josh together will be facilitating The Leader’s Heart Cohort beginning September 1. Seats are limited. To learn more about this holistic emotional / spiritual one-year journey, click here.See <a href="https://omnystud
02/07/202036 minutes 13 seconds
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166. The Heart of Trauma: Part 3 of 4 with Bill Lokey

Bill Lokey joins Josh again for part 3 of our 4-part series on the Heart of Leadership. And this week we talk about something deep for each one of us: how trauma influences our heart, soul, and how we lead.In this third episode on leadership and connection, Josh and Bill talk about: * Why we tend to feel like imposters* The definition of trauma and how it shows up in how we act toward others* The subtle traumas we may have never labeled as such* How trauma influences our relationships* Why we tend to medicate our trauma and what we use to medicate* The power of feelings in healing the pain from our past* Why it's so difficult for us to face shame and trauma as an adult* Practical ways to face our trauma and show up for those we leadShow Notes: Bill and Josh together will be facilitating The Leader’s Heart Cohort beginning September 1. Seats are limited. To learn more about this holistic emotional / spiritual one-year journ
23/06/202040 minutes 49 seconds
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165. The Heart of Meaningful Connection: Part 2 of 4 with Bill Lokey

Bill Lokey joins Josh again for part 2 of our 4-part series on the Heart of Leadership. And this week we talk about something we all tend to struggle with: meaningful connection and spending time with those we love. In this second episode on leadership and connection, Josh and Bill talk about: * The barriers to meaningful connection and how we can overcome them* Shame as a bad motivator for change* How to silence shame so we can connect deeply with others* How self-medicators keep us from intimacy* What it feels like to spend time with someone who really likes you* How to show up for someone you really like spending time with* Spiritual disciplines for meaningful connection with GodShow Notes: Bill and Josh together will be facilitating The Leader’s Heart Cohort beginning September 1. Seats are limited. To learn more about this holistic emotional / spiritual one-year journey, click here.See <a href="https://omnystudio.c
16/06/202035 minutes 5 seconds
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164. The Heart of Your Leadership: Part 1 of 4 with Bill Lokey

No matter your stage, you lead people. As a parent, you lead your kids. As a spouse, you lead your husband or wife. At work, you lead your employees, congregants, soldiers, clients, and teams. How would those you lead describe your ability to connect to their realities? And how much do we really pay attention to those realities versus focusing solely on our own?Make no mistake, the quality of how well you lead rises or falls on your inner world. And the people you lead feel it. That's why we begin season 8 of our podcast with a 4-part series on the Heart of Leadership. Sitting in as co-host while Christi is on maternity leave is world-renowned therapist Bill Lokey. In this series, we'll be covering The Heart of Your Leadership, The Heart of Connection, The Heart of Trauma, and The Heart of Your Culture.In this first episode, Josh and Bill talk about: * What makes a person a leader* What happens when your stage is ripped ou
09/06/202041 minutes 25 seconds
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163. A Family Inventory: What We Learned, Where We're Going

Social distancing threw us a few curve balls. With that season seemingly coming to a close for many across the world, the question we have to ask as families is: What did we learn? Not only is social distancing coming to an end, but so is season 7 of our podcast. Pretty crazy! As we launch a new season, we begin with Christi on maternity leave. In this episode, we talk about the lessons we learned as a family, the changes we'll be making, and where we're headed as a new season of the Famous at Home podcast begins. Show Notes: Register now for The Leader's Heart Cohort by clicking here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/06/202040 minutes 31 seconds
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162. Growth Environment for Kids: Part 2 Spiritual Growth

Social distancing has given us a chance to really focus on the atmosphere of our home, both emotionally and spiritually. It's made us a little more intentional, but also has brought a lot more fun to our home as well. In this episode, we talk about the practices we've been implementing in our home to cultivate our kids' hearts and foster a healthy spiritual environment for all of us. Here are some highlights: * The misperception that spiritual growth begins with instruction* Why the spiritual environment of our home rises and falls on modeling* The transmitting power of relational warmth * How listening and asking questions of our kids influences the environment * Why worship changes the atmosphere of your home* The ways we teach our kids to listen for God's voice* Why we need to take prayer seriously and be the spiritual covering for our kidsShow Notes: To learn more about The Leader's Way Cohort, or to ap
21/05/202028 minutes 17 seconds
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161. Growth Environment for Kids: Part 1 Emotional Growth

No doubt your child's world has been rattled in some way by the uncertain times we live in. How we respond to our child's big emotions now will set the stage for how they learn to manage those emotions and make decisions in crisis as they grow older. No pressure, right? In this episode, we provide hope and talk about five practical ways to create an emotional growth environment for your kids. * Lead in grace, follow in truth* Talk about emotions* Celebrate your kids for who they are; don't mourn who they're not* Right your wrongs* Focus on who you're becomingShow Notes: The What Am I Feeling? children's book is a perfect way to help your kids label their emotions. Click here to purchase. What to learn more about Emotional Safety in Parenting? To purchase Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well, click here.See omnystudio.com/liste
13/05/202038 minutes 5 seconds
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160. Leading Your Family with Aaron Sharp

Leading your family well requires intention and discernment. To be honest, it can't be done alone either. You need the ability to learn along the way what works and what doesn't for your family. In this episode, self-proclaimed "expert pregnancy survivor," Aaron Sharp (IT Director for Right Now Media) joins us to share ways he and his wife Elaina, aka Wonder Woman, lead their family. Aaron also wrote an incredibly witty book on pregnancy and preparing for a new baby, which is important for our season of life. Having done this pregnancy thing himself four times (okay, let's give his wife Elaina the credit), they have a zoologist, a ballerina, a fashionista, and a Jedi. Here are some highlights: * Witty conversation on how to prepare your home for a new baby, especially as a dad* How they balance his role and his wife's entrepreneurial journey owning a plumbing company* What they believe about schooling their kids* Eye-opening ways he leads his family in
06/05/202035 minutes 10 seconds
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159. Communicating in Marriage with John and Helen Burns

Who doesn't need help communicating in a COVID-19 era? Learning to communicate with your spouse can take years. Fortunately, our cohosts for Sex, Love, and Relationships (on Hillsong Channel), John and Helen Burns, bring 46 years of marriage to the podcast. In this episode, they drop absolute gold--simple lessons you can apply today, but with the complexity that comes with four-and-half decades of marriage. As former church planters and pastors, they now mentor pastors all over the world. Today, you get to be mentored by them as well. Here are some highlights: * Why communication was their problem* How they learned to tame the tongue * How to discern when to talk and when to zip it* Why life should be a treasure hunt* And the 11th commandment of the Burns home -- thou shalt laughShow Notes: As we mentioned in the episode, The Leader's Heart Cohort is beginning this fall! Click here to learn more and register now!Check out
29/04/202045 minutes 17 seconds
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158. Setting Weekly and Yearly Rhythms

We didn't always have family rhythms established on paper. And we suffered for it, oftentimes feeling overwhelmed, other times feeling purposeless. In this episode, we talk about how we established family rhythms, why we gave each day of the week a name, and how those rhythms serve our family and keep us thriving throughout social distancing. We also talk about how why we named each month and set up a yearly rhythm that brings us hope. Show Notes: To learn more about the Famous at Home family coaching and marriage coaching options, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/04/202035 minutes 56 seconds
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157. Kids, Food, & Exercise with Noelle Martin

How many times a day during social isolation have your kids asked for snack? Have you struggled keeping them, or yourself, moving? Noelle Martin, aka motherhoodandmeals, a registered dietician and university professor, joins us to talk about how she helps her own three boys develop a healthy relationship with food. She also shares with us a practical and kind approach for how to keep yourself and your kids exercising. Noelle shares with us: * Snack ideas for our kids* How often our kids should eat* How to set an eating schedule for your kids that works* The foods she includes in each meal with her kids* The conversation and language they use about food* How to use cooking as a part of your homeschool curriculum* Apps and a plan for exercise and movement during social isolation* The relationship between gut health and movement Show Notes: Go follow MotherhoodandMeals on Instagram by clicking here!Here is the
15/04/202046 minutes 41 seconds
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156. Emotional Wellness with Miles Adcox

Your story matters and deserves to be told. That's the heart and message of this episode with our friend, CEO of Onsite Workshops, Miles Adcox. An unexpected consequence of social isolation is how it's forcing many of us to look at some pain or grief, maybe within our marriage, or within ourselves, that we hadn't taken time to address. If you feel burdened, this episode will bless you.In this episode, we all share our own therapeutic journeys and how we continue to find freedom by prioritizing our own unique stories. Miles does a great job of helping us see, at a deep level, what emotional wellness can look like and why it matters. No matter what you might be experiencing right now during social isolation, this conversation will fill your heart and mind with grace and compassion. Show Notes: For more information on the Online Programs Onsite is currently offering, click here. To learn more about the Emotional Wellness opp
08/04/202047 minutes 37 seconds
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155. How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19

In part 4 of the Famous at Home series during social isolation, we talk about how to talk to your kids about coronavirus. Kids, too, have had their schedules and routines interrupted. But, unlike many adults, kids don't always know how to communicate fear, sadness, or confusion. Making it more difficult is that a child's feelings will often come out through behavior--either behavior we don't pick up on, or behavior we don't like. So not only do we punish the behavior, we punish the negative emotion too. In this episode, we provide practical ways we can talk to our kids about coronavirus without making these mistakes. We also talk about what our kids need most during this time, how we can settle their hearts, and how we can make the most of the time we get together as families.Show Notes: Sign up here for Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values. 20% Off Buy One, Gift One Until April 3!See
01/04/202049 minutes 7 seconds
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154. Marriage in Social Isolation

In part 3 of the Famous at Home series during social isolation, we talk about marriage. With spouses in close quarters, work schedules changing, and kids home from school, spouses are forced to begin communicating in new ways. Marriages once held together by busyness are now struggling because of idleness. In this episode, we talk about how to connect at a deeper level, get on the same team, and champion one another. We also talk about spiritual growth, and yes, sex. Show Notes: Sign up here for Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values. 20% Off Buy One, Gift One Until April 3!To listen to The Elephant in Your Marriage episode, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/03/202036 minutes 57 seconds
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153. Family Rhythms in Social Isolation

In part 2 of the Famous at Home series during social isolation, we talk about setting family rhythms. With kids out of school, finances taking a hit, spouses working from home, and everyone stuck together in close quarters, we talk about why family routines matter. We also share what we're doing specifically for the weeks ahead. Christi ends the episode with a great reminder though, that whatever you do, give yourself grace, focus on your home, and don't compare to what you see everyone else doing. Show Notes: Sign up here for Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values. 20% Off Buy One, Gift One Until April 3!Click here to purchase What Am I Feeling? children's book.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/03/202030 minutes 49 seconds
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152. Emotional Resilience in Social Isolation

Being famous at home requires that we remain emotionally engaged with our loved ones. But suddenly finding yourself isolated from others in a very uncertain time can create panic, fear, and stress that emotionally distances you from those you love. In part 1 of the Famous at Home series during social isolation, we talk about emotional resilience. Put another way, resilience is our ability to "bounce back" when we feel panicked, depressed, stressed, or emotionally disengaged. The practical strategies we discuss are designed to build your emotional immune system, so you can "bounce back," and be famous at home for those you love.Show Notes:Click here to join the discussion at the Famous at Home Network!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/03/202040 minutes 36 seconds
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151. The Primal Path for Fathers and Sons with Jon Tyson

If you want to be a dad who is famous at home with his son, this is a must listen. Pastor Jon Tyson joins us to talk about the path he created to raise his now 19-year-old son. He turned the path itself into a course that every dad can use to lead his son into a life of purpose. As Jon looked at the landscape of today's boys, he saw the need for boys to be guided by a community of men, on a recognized path into adulthood, that matched the aches or longings boys have in their heart. He calls it The Primal Path.With so many incredible one-liners to count, here are some highlights of this episode: * There is no constant, consistent, intentional pathway for boys to become men in American Christianity. Boys need a mentor or a father who can walk him through the process. * The primal path is a way to help overwhelmed but determined dads raise sons of consequence.* There's no way you can underestimate the joy of getting it right and overestimate the pain of get
18/03/202037 minutes 49 seconds
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150. What's Bringing You To Life?

Y'all are amazing! This is a celebration episode--number 150. We also hit a milestone for downloads (mind grapes blown) and we have YOU to thank! In this episode, we talk about the one thing that's bringing each of us to life as spring approaches. We also challenge you to find that one life-giving thing for yourself. Christi shares her struggle with finding anything that was life-giving in the early years of parenthood, and talks about her process of discovering the things that now brings her to life.Also, because of your awesomeness, we're giving away t-shirts. Just set up your profile on the Famous at Home Network, join the group called "FAH Podcast Friends," and tell the group the single most useful thing for you or your family that you've taken away from the Famous at Home podcast. Show Notes:Click here to join the Famous at Home Network and connect with other families just like yours!See
11/03/202026 minutes 8 seconds
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149. Spiritual Disciplines for Your Family with Ruth Chou Simons and Troy Simons

What are some of the mottos your family lives by? Visit any home goods store today and you can buy signs with all kinds of crazy mottos. Seeing these signs gave Troy and Ruth Chou Simons an idea. As the founder of GraceLaced, an art and lifestyle brand, Ruth decided to create signs adorned with biblical truths that her own family lived by. In this episode, Ruth and Troy give us a sneak peak into their home to talk about the rhythms and spiritual disciplines of raising their six boys. One of the best parts of this conversation is the guilt-free manner at which they talk about how to live out biblical truths in all seasons of your family, whether you're in the sleepless years of infancy or the tumultuous years of adolescence. Show Notes:Buy Ruth and Troy's book, Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family, by clicking here.FAMOUS AT HOME NETWORK: Don't miss the Famous at Home Network! To join a communit
04/03/202046 minutes 42 seconds
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148. The Elephant in Your Marriage

Do you have an annoyance in your marriage that seems to rear its ugly head every now and again? That one issue that seems to block you and your spouse from being on the same team. In-laws. Finances. How you parent your kids. Where you spend the holidays. We all seem to have that one elephant. You know it's there, but most of the time it's hibernating in the cold, dark, corner of the basement, out of sight. Yet, every now and again, you feel the elephant coming up the stairs. Your reaction might be to pretend he's not coming. Or it might be that you see him walk into your living room so you obviously have to talk about him. So you do. You argue about him. You try to find a way to get him back into your basement, out of sight, but you can't agree on how to do that. In this episode, we talk about our own elephant. We also give practical ways to finally address that one issue in your marriage and why talking about it actually takes away its power. For the sa
26/02/202027 minutes 37 seconds
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147. The Tension Between Stage and Home with Sanctus Real's Matt Hammitt

Handling the tension between our stage and our home can wreak havoc on our family. Especially when all of the hard work of reaching the pinnacle of our career becomes a reality. The time our stage demands at that point can radically steal from those we love the most. For Sanctus Real's Matt Hammitt, his stage became a glaring mirror of how he was failing at home. Matt is a Grammy-nominated Christian singer, perhaps best known for Sanctus Real’s hit song, “Lead Me.” In this episode, Matt takes an honest look at how fulfilling his dreams of life on the road with Sanctus Real ultimately came at the cost of his family. He reflects on his challenging newlywed years—including hopping into a 15-passenger van with his band and wife, Sarah, immediately after their honeymoon—as well as the times he was thousands of miles away when crises hit at home. A particular tipping point came with the birth of his son, Bowen, who was born with a life-threatening heart defect.<br
19/02/202050 minutes 39 seconds
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146. Helping Friends in Crisis

You have a friend in crisis. Maybe it's a job loss, miscarriage, extramarital affair, a child in the hospital, or perhaps marital trouble finally has your friend breaking the ice. What do you do? Can you say the wrong thing? Do they need advice? In this episode, we talk about some basic principles of what it looks like to show up and be present for a friend in crisis. We also provide some outside resources should your friend need professional care. Show Notes:To watch the latest season of Sex, Love, and Relationships, click here.Sign up for the Becoming Famous at Home Marriage Retreat at Winshape, Click here.To purchase the What Am I Feeling? kid's book, click here. Click the professional service below to find a therapist in your local area or a therapeutic intensive. Faith-based counseling services: Winshape IntensivesWinshape
12/02/202030 minutes 7 seconds
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145: Starting Marriage Unprepared with Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe

So many of us start marriage off completely unprepared. We mean well and we genuinely love each other. But so often, being unprepared can leads to years of heartache. In this episode, Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe join us to talk about their experiences during the early years of marriage, and the decisions they began to make that eventually got them on the right track. Show Notes: Don't miss this amazing community! Sign up now for our new online course called YOUR FAMILY PURPOSE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO ESTABLISHING YOUR FAMILY VISION AND VALUES by clicking here! To learn more about our one-on-one marriage coaching journey, or to set up a call with us, click here. Check out Jackie's book, The 7 Rings of Marriage, by clicking here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/02/202035 minutes 32 seconds
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#144: 5 Ways to Reset Your Marriage

Valentine's Day is upon us. Don't you love it? That one holiday that forces you to talk about (or not talk about) how you're doing with your spouse. This year, we want to help you have meaningful conversations together, to make this Valentine's Day the best yet!In this episode, we begin by talking about the events we'll be speaking at in February. We'd love to see you! Before talking about the five ways of "resetting" your marriage, we begin by talking about the semantics of the word "reset," and what it actually means for you to reset your marriage. We hope this episode is one that sparks the conversation for you and your spouse to connect in a deeper, more intimate way this year.Show Notes:To learn more about the Famous at Home Family Coaching Journey, click here.Buy your spouse a wonderful Valentine's gift by purchasing our brand new online course called Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Fam
29/01/202030 minutes 7 seconds
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#143: Finding Harmony as a Wife, Mom, and Entrepreneur with Rachel Swanson

Women feel the strain of being famous at home in unique ways. The desire to be a mother to our children can often conflict with our passion for work and the stage we believe God is calling us to. Not only that, the stage God has called you to may very well be your home. Yet, you feel the pressure to have a stage beyond it. Or perhaps you have to work and wish so much you could stay at home, and the added pressure of not being there leaves you feeling less than famous. Rachel Swanson is a dear friend of ours, but even more, she is a best-selling and multiple award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and accredited Christian life coach. She joins us this week for a heart to heart conversation about her pull to be an entrepreneur while raising "wannabe triplets," and how her journey led her to being a dental hygienist for a season, a stay-at-home mom for a season, and even the primary breadwinner for a season. Her secret to managing it all? Finding harmony.
22/01/202052 minutes 24 seconds
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#142: 7 Easy Wins to be Famous at Home in the New Year

One of the most difficult parts about being famous at home is that nagging feeling that you're not doing the best you can. Maybe you feel like you're messing up your kids. Or you know that you're not doing all you can to connect with your spouse. In this episode, we talk about 7 easy "wins" that can give you the confidence that you're building a rock solid marriage and laying a relational foundation for your children. And the beauty of these 7 daily "wins" is that they literally take minutes, and can be done even when you're not physically at home. But when done consistently over time, your marriage and relationship with your children will look completely different. Show Notes: To register now for Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values, click here!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/01/202035 minutes 24 seconds
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#141: What It Means to Be "Famous"

Have you ever thought about what it actually means to be "famous?" Especially as it relates to the context of your spouse and kids?We talk a lot about being famous at home, but today we take some time to dive deeper into one specific word--what it means to be "famous." It's not a trite, superficial word, but a phrase that packs a lot of relational punch.In this episode, we define the word famous, talk about what it practically means to be raving fans of our loved ones, how to cultivate the emotional and spiritual climate in our home, and the law of sowing and reaping.Show Notes:Join the Famous at Home Network FREE by clicking here!To sign up for YOUR FAMILY PURPOSE, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/01/202038 minutes 1 second
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#140: Our Favorite Things as we Begin 2020

Happy New Year! This episode is our coffee date with you to share our favorite books, music, Instagram accounts, podcasts, and television shows. We also talk about the rhythms shaping who we are in this season of our lives. In other words, we discuss our favorites things coming out of 2019, and what's shaping our family environment as we begin 2020.Be sure to check out the brand new Famous at Home Network, which you can join for free! We also have a brand new Online Course to help you set your vision and values in 2020! You can click here to learn more about Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values. Here's to being famous at home in 2020! Show Notes: Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values. Our brand new Online Course! Click here to sign up. Join the Famous at Home Community by clicking here FREE!<
01/01/202043 minutes 15 seconds
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#139: Merry Christmas Surprises From Us

In this episode, we announce some really cool surprises we have been so excited to share with you! There is one really cool personal surprise we can't wait for you to learn.We also raise our glasses to YOU, as we come to a close on 2019, for your commitment to being famous at home and your unwavering friendship to us as we journey together. Our last surprise is for YOU, to have a community for you to stay even more connected to, and to become more famous at home in 2020. Show Notes: Register Now to the discounted rate for Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values. Click here to join! To join the brand new FAMOUS AT HOME NETWORK, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/12/201919 minutes 39 seconds
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#138: Family Vision for the Decade Ahead

A new decade is upon us. What a great time to look at where we are now as a family, and begin to cast vision for where we want to be. Besides, ten years goes by quickly. In this episode, we talk about the great lengths some people go to so that they can be famous at home and how we can follow their lead. We also look forward to the upcoming ten years and lay out a very specific plan for you to get intentional about your family. Friends, we're also releasing a brand new community forum for Famous at Home! Yes, it's a forum for all of us to network and converse about the people that matter to us most--those under our roof. Show Notes: Register Now to the discounted rate for Your Family Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing Your Family Vision and Values. Click here to join!To join the brand new FAMOUS AT HOME NETWORK, click here. Friday Night Flights: 24 Hours with Eagles QB / high scho
18/12/201933 minutes 23 seconds
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#137: Self-Care, Extended Family, and Setting Healthy Boundaries

It's the holiday season! That means to-do lists, Christmas lists, shopping carts, and your Uncle Jim's farts. Yup, we went there on ya. 'Tis the season!Let's be honest, family time can be awesome, but it can also be draining. Whether you live close by extended family or far away, or whether you have a plan you already put in place for the holidays, we talk about how we can take care of ourselves and still honor our family.So for the introverts who need alone time, to the extroverts who cannot get enough of people and holiday parties, this episode is for you.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/12/201933 minutes 20 seconds
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#136: Raising Socially Aware Boys with David Thomas

Being famous at home requires that we become students of our kids. That we pay attention to their strengths, but also their growth areas. For boys, helping them learn to communicate with others in a respectful manner and with a good attitude can sometimes feel daunting. That's why our resident therapist, David Thomas, joins us this week to talk about our sons. This conversation began as a private one, when Josh reached out to David for help of his own. In this episode, we take you behind the scenes of that scenario, how David's wisdom has helped our family, and why we wanted to share it with you.This was such an insightful episode that you'll probably want to listen to a few times, especially if you have boys. Here are some highlights from this week’s episode: * David describes why we tend to have to work more with our sons when it comes to social awareness.* Why our boys can be so loud, energetic, and come
04/12/201940 minutes 19 seconds
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#135: Raising Worry-Free Girls with Sissy Goff

Being famous at home requires that we become students of our kids. That we pay attention to what brings them alive and what shuts them down. Our resident therapist, Sissy Goff, joins us this week to talk about how we can better know our girls, especially when they worry. If you haven't heard Sissy before, and you have a daughter, this is an episode you won't want to miss.She begins by helping us understand some of the causes of the anxiety epidemic in girls today--from the biological to the generational, and even how we as parents tend to handle it.Here are some highlights from this week's episode: * Sissy describes the two most common parenting strategies as parents, why they make sense, but why they're not helpful.* A simplistic definition of anxiety for girls that helps us practically be able to help our girls realize they are bigger than the thing they are afraid of. * The one primary strategy for helping your daughter
27/11/201940 minutes 41 seconds
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#134: The Environment of Your Home — Why it Matters and How to Cultivate it

The holidays are upon us! Unfortunately, that can mean added stress. With so many more decisions to make, Christmas shopping, house decorating, and excessive socializing can become a recipe for shorter fuses with--and toward--our loved ones. But alas, not this Christmas. In this episode, Josh and Christi spend time talking about the environment of their home, what God is teaching them, and how they are cultivating their environment this holiday season. Here are some talking points: * Cultivating your environment requires intention. That you intentionally decide to stop running ragged and miss the moments.* **Parental warning: We also talk about the existence of Santa Claus and how we talk to our kids about him.* How listening to the Holy Spirit is so crucial to the environment of our home.* Since life and death are in the power of the tongue, how we are choosing to speak life into our home and what that means for one another. * Christi's
20/11/201940 minutes 20 seconds
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#133: Core Decision #7: Celebrate

Moments matter. Unfortunately, we live such busy lives, we rarely soak them all in. Families who don’t take time to celebrate and rest, get caught up in the cultural tide of making, “So busy,” the badge of honor answer to the question, “How are you?” Being busy is not a badge of honor. Of the most productive and successful people we know, celebration is a priority. In this episode, we talk about:* How to celebrate the good in your life* How to celebrate the good in the lives of those who look to you for affirmation--namely, your spouse and kids* How to celebrate daily* How to celebrate weeklyWhen we fail to celebrate, we act like our accomplishments and influence on others didn't happen. Let's stop minimizing our value in the world and celebrate. Show Notes:Submit a question or topic for an upcoming episode by clicking here.To download the 7 Core Decisions ebook, click here.
13/11/201931 minutes 2 seconds
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#132: Core Decision #6 — Show Up Today

This week, we discuss what it means to "show up." Contrary to what we might think, showing up is rarely easy. Showing up for our loved ones requires quite a bit of energy. In other words, as Christi describes in this episode, showing up requires energy to do the things that matter, even when we don't want to do them. It's like the energy it takes to choose salad over pizza, or working out over sleeping in. Choosing to get on the floor and play trains, or have a tea party, with your kids requires intention. Choosing to show up for your spouse in his / her insecurity or difficult day require energy. But it's that very energy that brings life, not just to those we love, but to our own souls as well. In this episode, we also talk about what it means to show up in our relationship with God, and how the investments of "showing up" today, pay dividends over time. Show Notes: Show up for your kids b
06/11/201931 minutes 3 seconds
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#131: Core Decision #5 — Set Values

Let's be honest, if we don't have a set of values that drive who we are as a family, the culture around us will dictate who we, and our kids, are becoming. This is an episode you'll want to listen to, then go back and listen to again to set your family values. We lay out how we coach families to define their family purpose, and some things to think about as it relates to putting together the values that make your family unique. Be sure to use the 100 Commonly Held Values List in the Show Notes below to help guide you. If you need help, that's what we're here for. Show Notes: Click here for the 100 Commonly Held ValuesTo learn more about our Family Journey Coaching Program or to set up a Free 30 minute Discovery Call, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/10/201935 minutes 21 seconds
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#130: The Enneagram, Emotions, and Marriage–Jeff + Beth McCord Part II

Last week, Jeff + Beth McCord walked us through the nine Enneagram types. This week, they join us for part II, and discuss how to use the Enneagram to connect at a deeper emotional level with your spouse. Remember, Core Decision #4 of becoming famous at home is talking about emotions. In this episode, we get to the heart of how to do that using the Enneagram.Here are the highlights: * How your core longings influence how you react to your spouse* Three secrets to using the Enneagram to connect at a deeper, more emotional level* How your Enneagram types speak into the relational dance in your marriage* The specific ways you can talk about emotions and increase emotional intelligence in your marriage* What it means to become A.W.A.R.E. of emotional reactions in your marriageShow Notes: Schedule a free call today for the Famous at Home Family Coaching Journey. Click here to learn more!Take your
23/10/201937 minutes 5 seconds
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#129: A Story with Jeff and Beth McCord (Your Enneagram Coach) about Core Decision #4

Are you ready to talk Enneagram? Core Decision #4 of becoming famous at home is talking about emotions. When it comes to our marriage, the Enneagram is arguably the single most helpful tool that has given us clarity and language to understand our emotions and motivations behind our behaviors. Jeff and Beth McCord (www.youreeneagramcoach.com) join us to talk about the Enneagram and how it informs your marriage. In the episode, Beth describes the Enneagram and discusses the various aspects of each of the nine types. Here are the highlights: * Learn about each of the nine types* Find out how to apply what you learned from taking an Enneagram test * Know your type's core motivations, deadly sin, and core longing* Learn how you and your spouse relate to one another based on your Enneagram typesShow Notes: Take your Enneagram test by c
16/10/201956 minutes 14 seconds
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#128: Core Decision #4 — Talk About Emotions

So often, we stay living on the surface because life has a way of keeping us there. We go to work. We take the kids to school. We all come home, grab dinner, and get ready for bed. Repeat.Unless we get intentional about using key moments in the day to talk about emotions, our homes can become a microcosm of the culture around us--with few people feeling heard or understood. The longer this goes on, the further apart we grow from our spouse and kids. In this episode, we talk about why it's important to talk about emotions, and how to begin doing so. We focus primarily on listening to and understanding your kids, but also how to create the environment of emotional language throughout the environment of your home. We specifically talk about: * The difference between emotional safety, empathy, and emotional intelligence * Why these terms matter for how we lead others and parent our kids* Personal examples of differentiating ou
09/10/201948 minutes 21 seconds
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#127: A Story with Ryan and Courtney about Core Decision #3

What does it look like to actually listen to what's going on within your spouse's heart? Especially when there's been unresolved hurt, misunderstanding, and even built up resentment in your marriage through the years? Ryan and Courtney have walked through this pain. In this episode, they tell their story of how they learned to listen to one another, forgive one another, and make deliberate choices to begin serving one another. But that's just the beginning.Little did they know why resolving the emotional brokenness in their marriage would matter so much, so quickly. As we continue our journey through the 7 Core Decisions of Becoming Famous at Home, this is a story of marital transformation you won't want to miss. Show Notes: To learn more about our Marriage Coaching Journey, click here. To schedule a discovery call with us, click here.To wear the new Famous at Home t-shirt, click here!See
02/10/20191 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
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#126: Core Decision #3 — Listen to What's Happening Within

In this episode, we talk about the decision to listen to what's happening within the heart of our spouse. When life gets busy, our conversation at home becomes primarily content-based (i.e. information about the day, upcoming schedule, etc.). Yet, it's the process-based conversation (i.e. how we feel about what's happening in our day) that keeps us growing as a couple and feeling connected to one another. Sure, this is conversation that takes a little extra work, especially for those of us who weren't taught to communicate this way. That's because we go on autopilot to keep up with everything we're doing, that it gets too easy to neglect our being. But you, and your spouse, deserve deeper connection. In this episode, we talk about some very practical strategies for being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. If you feel stuck in your marriage, even unsure what to talk about anymore, this episode is for you.<br
25/09/201940 minutes 49 seconds
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#125: A Story with Jeff Bethke about Core Decision #2

Healthy rhythms have the power of making, or breaking, the trajectory of our family. In this episode, Jeff Bethke joins us to talk about the daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythms he and his wife Alyssa set in their home. Jeff takes us back to why they decided to be so intentional about setting rhythms. He also has a new book releasing called To Hell with the Hustle, a book about the rhythms that keep us thriving. In this episode we talk about: * How our culture is set up to numb us from healthy rhythms* Why we have to make the decision to set and then regularly practice rhythms * The daily morning rhythm the Bethke's use at the breakfast table* How healthy rhythms can viscerally influence our kids later in their adult life* Ways your family can implement rhythms to honor the Sabbath* The 1-1-1 rhythm is for technologyShow Notes: Preorder To Hell with Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, a
18/09/201950 minutes 15 seconds
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#124: Core Decision #2 — Implement One New Rhythm

In this episode, we talk about making your one goal doable by setting one new rhythm in your life. Notice this next decision also includes a singular focus—one new rhythm. Remember, even with parenting, we become an overnight success a decade in the making.Some of the highlights of this episode include: * Keep your rhythm doable* Vectoring means that small changes over time leads to an entirely different destination.* Why work-life balance is not attainable* Why your first rhythm should coincide with your first goalShow Notes: Download the 7 Core Decisions by clicking here. To follow along and stay accountable with others on Instagram @famousathome, click here. To request access to the private Facebook Group for women to journey together through the 7 Core Decisions, click here.To learn more about The Leader's Way cohort, click here.See omnystudio
11/09/201946 minutes 21 seconds
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#123: A Story with Jerrad and Leila Lopes about Core Decision #1

When things aren't going well at home, we feel it. The toll that the pace and added emotional pain of our day has on our marriages and most important relationships can feel overwhelming, and even unmanageable.This week's episode is the beginning of the powerful, life-changing stories you'll hear as we journey through each of the decisions.  In this episode, we interview Jerrad and Leila Lopes about their rock bottom moment as a family, and the one decision each of them made to begin their ascent back to one another. Prepare yourself. These two were serious about their decisions!Jerrad and Leila are proof that our circumstances do not need to remain unmanageable. As we like to say, you can't eat an elephant in a day. Leila's one decision, one-bite-at-a-time mentality, got the process started. Sometimes, all it takes is just one person. Leila's one decision was the catalyst Jerrad needed to begin making his own decisions and
04/09/201949 minutes 20 seconds
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#122: Core Decision #1 — Define Your First Goal

The Famous at Home journey begins this week! We start by discussing core decision #1 -- defining your first goal. This fall, we're journeying together through the 7 Core Decisions of Becoming Famous at Home. Last week, we mentioned that becoming famous at home is a journey to making ongoing decisions about how we pursue one another.In this episode, we invite you to download the e-book, sit down with your spouse or loved ones, and talk about your first goal.Key talking points in this episode include: * We have 100% responsibility for how we show up.* Why our self-medicators may not be working anymore. * What one thing weighs you down the most right now? * The power of starting a gratitude journal as you begin this decision-making journey* How do define your first goalShow Notes: Follow along on Instagram at www.instagram.com/famou
28/08/201937 minutes 8 seconds
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#121: Welcome to Famous at Home

You can be famous at home and thrive on your stage. In other words, you don't have to choose between work and your family. In this episode, we welcome you to the newly titled Famous at Home podcast and discuss all of exciting initiatives ahead--including the upcoming podcast series on the 7 Core Decisions of Becoming Famous at Home. The Famous at Home podcast will feature conversations and interviews about how to: * Have a rock solid marriage. * Stay close to your loved ones, even when work and travel pull you apart. * Show up and make the most of raising your kids.* Avoid the pitfalls of success. * Define and clarify your family values. Show Notes: Download the 7 Core Decisions by visiting www.famousathome.com/7coredecisionsTo order What Am I Feeling? click here.See <a href="https://om
21/08/201933 minutes 45 seconds
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#120: The Vision of Famous at Home

In this episode, we cast the vision for Famous at Home. Up until this point, our podcast has been affectionately known as "In This Together." Like so many of you, we spent time in the trenches, having babies, chasing toddlers, and trying to find time in between to still pursue our spouse's heart. That's why we've been "in this together," trying to do all of these things well and inviting you along for the ride. But as of today, we have a new vision. And in this episode, you'll hear all about the vision of Famous at Home! That's right, starting today, we'll now be the Famous at Home podcast with Dr. Josh and Christi. You'll still get both of us--our hearts, our stories, and our journey. And don't worry, your podcast feed, as well as all of the previous episodes, will remain the same. But what's new is a fresh vision and clearer direction for what we do and how we serve families, just like yours!So beginning next week, we st
14/08/201931 minutes 6 seconds
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#119: [Best of Part 4] The Common Rule with Justin Whitmel Earley

Our "Best of" summer series concludes this week with one of our most downloaded episodes of this past season. We believe it speaks to where we are as a culture with the hustle we feel. This episode is about bringing freedom to your life through practical, easy-to-implement, daily habits.The modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits, forming us into anxious, busy, and depressed people. The trouble is that our habits are almost invisible to us. In fact, habits form us more than we form them. So what can we do about it?Welcome to The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction. In this week's episode, we interview Justin Whitmel Earley, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer who nearly crashed and burned in his own panicked lifestyle. As a husband and father to four young boys, Justin knew he needed help.In what turned out to be a fateful moment of self-discovery, Justin's compelling story led him to create The Common R
07/08/201953 minutes 14 seconds
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#118: [Best of Part 3] Marriage: Why Is It So Difficult to Connect?

Our summer "best of" series continues with one of our most listened to episodes on marriage. In this episode, we discuss some of the deeper reasons behind why it's so difficult to connect with the one we love the most.We also talk about our own marital journey of late and how counseling has helped us work through the baggage, blindness, and busyness of the day. Yes, three "bee's" that can "sting" your marriage. Dad jokes rock.Of course, the conversation includes practical ways we can connect at a deeper, more intimate level with our spouse.Show Notes: To learn more about Winshape Marriage Intensives and Adventures, click here. To learn more about marriage coaching intensives we offer, or to set up a discovery call, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/07/201945 minutes 15 seconds
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#117: [Best Of Part 2] What Our Sons Need with David Thomas

Welcome to part 2 of our "best of" summer series! Last week, we talked about raising our girls. This week, we talk about raising our boys. Our podcast “resident therapist," David Thomas, is back with us, live from Daystar Counseling. He talks with us about what our sons need across the developmental lifespan.In this episode, David breaks down what our boys need in the following age groups:Ages 2-4: The ExplorerAges 5-8: The LoverAges 9-12: The IndividualAges 13-17: The WandererAges 18-22: The WarriorSome of the best nuggets of this interview include:* The biggest hurdle of boys today across the developmental lifespan* Ways that boys self-medicate their pain and why* Why helping boys problem solve and use critical thinking is crucial to their development* The importance of placing your hand on your son's shoulder and addressing him by name* Why
24/07/201940 minutes 6 seconds
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#116: [Best Of Part 1] What Our Daughters Need with Sissy Goff

Welcome to our "best of" series of the summer! The next two episodes are gold medallion interviews with our podcast "resident therapists." This week, we interview Sissy Goff from Daystar Counseling about what our daughters need. Next week, we interview David Thomas about what our sons need.In this episode, Sissy breaks down what our girls need in the following age groups:Birth-5: The Discovery YearsAges 6-11: The Adventurous YearsAges 12-15: The Narcissistic YearsAges 16-19: The Autonomous YearsSome of the best nuggets of this interview include: * The growing epidemic of anxiety in girls today * The years our daughters seem disinterested in relationship with dad * How dads can press into their daughters * Why daughters tend to be ambivalent with their moms in the narcissistic years * How moms can press into their daughters in these yearsShow Notes: To learn more, click here to purchase Sissy's book,
17/07/201943 minutes 15 seconds
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#115: Multigenerational Family Teams on Mission with Jeremy and April Pryor

Be prepared to have your idea of how you "do" family flipped upside down. Our friends Jeremy and April Pryor join us this week to talk about multigenerational family teams on mission, a way of leading their family they have been practicing for two decades.In this episode, we talk about: * The difference between the ancient Jewish and modern day Western approach to family * How the West has redefined family to focus on individuals * Why the Western redefinition of family doesn't resonate with most men * How we can practically begin to implement a multigenerational family on mission * An innovative way of implementing the Sabbath into your homeShow Notes: Click here to purchase and learn  more about Homegrown: Cultivating Kids in the Fruit of the SpiritClick here to visit www.familyteams.com to learn more and follow all of the Family Teams podcasts and resources.<br
10/07/201945 minutes 20 seconds
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#114: A Marriage After God with Aaron and Jennifer Smith

What if God has more for your marriage than happily after? Could it be that God intended your marriage to have a life-enriching, hope-giving purpose of sharing God's love with a hurting world?In this episode, Aaron and Jennifer Smith, founders of the well-loved UnveiledWife.com and HusbandRevolution.com, share their own marital journey of one in crisis, to one built on Christ's redemptive love. No matter the current condition of your marriage, God still can, and even wants to, use your marriage for His glory.In this episode, Aaron and Jennifer talk with us about: * Their story of marriage in crisis * How God got a hold of Aaron's heart and gave him vision for their marriage * How to practically lay down our lives for our spouse each day * Why our kids learn to interact with others based on how we interact with our spouse * What it means for your marriage to boldly chase after GodShow Notes: To purchase What Am I Fe
03/07/201954 minutes 56 seconds
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#113: Finding and Cultivating Friendships as Grownups

Finding friends once we have children and become "grownups" isn't always easy. Especially for families who move quite often. Especially for moms who long to talk to anyone who can tie her shoes. And especially since it takes time and trust to go deep.This episode came out of one question from our question and discussion episode. Some of the topics we discuss include: * The struggle it is to find friends you connect with * Practical ways to move from acquaintances to friends * The time and vulnerability required to go deep * How to move from authenticity to vulnerability * Christi discusses practical ways for women to find and cultivate friendships with other women * Josh discusses practical ways for men to find and cultivate friendships with other menHere's the question that got it all started:From Jenny: First, I just wanted to say thank you. I am so grateful for you. I found this podcast last week and it has already changed my life.
26/06/201951 minutes 3 seconds
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#112: Your Questions: Marriage, EQ, Your Kids, and the Enneagram

In this episode, we once again discuss your questions. In particular, this week's discussion points include: * Marriage books to read for non-Christians * Ways to get your spouse to increase more time together and get in sync * Next steps for rebuilding your marriage after it fell apart * How to help our kids navigate adults who lack emotional intelligence / awareness * Whether your child's enneagram type influences how we discipline and disciple themThe Questions:  * From Emily: I really like your podcast and have been feeling this urge to put my husband and I more in sync. He thinks we are great and perfect and that you shouldn't mess with something that's not broken. And we are really great most of the time, but I want more. I want us to be "in this together" more. He is fine with watching TV together at night and calling that quality time, however, we don't say any words to each other. I told him that for my birthday, which is at the end of t
19/06/201926 minutes 45 seconds
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#111: Talking to Your Spouse About Sex

Sex is the elephant in the room. At some point, every spouse feels the unspoken tension. For many marriages, the elephant grows bigger after our kids enter the family.In this episode, we call out the elephant in the room and provide ways you and your spouse can begin talking about sex with one another in an emotionally safe way. We talk about: * Why sex is so difficult to talk about in the first place * How to communicate about sex if past trauma is influencing physical intimacy in your marriage * What to do if only one spouse is interested in talking about sex * How husbands need to approach the conversation * Helpful ways for wives to approach the conversation * Why the word "duty" should be banished from the conversation altogether * Practical ways to talk about sex in an emotionally safe wayShow Notes: To learn more about marriage coaching, or to set up a free discovery call, click here.To learn more about Onsite Works
12/06/201940 minutes 21 seconds
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#110: An Emotionally Safe Marriage Part II

Having an emotionally safe marriage doesn't just happen. The way we listen to and communicate with our spouse makes all the difference. But doing so takes practice--and the willingness to be empathetic.In this second episode of our two part series, we talk about the building blocks to having an emotionally safe marriage. In particular, we talk about: * What it means to be empathetic with our spouse * Why labeling emotions makes a difference * A simple way of communicating for deeper connection * Practical strategies you can implement todayShow Notes: To learn more about marriage coaching, or to set up a free discovery call, click here.To learn more about or to purchase Feeling Good Together, by David Burns, click here.For the blogpost, How 15 Minutes is Changing my Marriage, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/06/201928 minutes 26 seconds
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#109: An Emotionally Safe Marriage Part I

So often, couples tell us that communication is their greatest problem. But more than communication, empathy for what's going on within your spouse's heart is even more crucial to connection and intimacy. In fact, our willingness to genuinely show care and concern for our spouse's feelings is where great communication begins.In this episode, we talk about what it takes to have an emotionally safe marriage. In particular, we talk about: * What it means to be "emotionally safe" * What hinders us from being emotionally safe for our spouse * The three decisions you need to make for an emotionally safe marriage * Why blame is the greatest barrier to changeShow Notes: To learn more about marriage coaching, or to set up a free discovery call, click here.To learn more about or to purchase Feeling Good Together, by David Burns, click here.For the blogpost, How 15 Minutes is Changing my Marriage, click here.See <a href="https
29/05/201935 minutes 27 seconds
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#108: Genograms and Family History

Have you ever been curious about your own family lineage? The marriage that happened you didn't know about? The hobbies passed down through the generations? Or maybe even the relational dynamics that led to addiction?Or what about the reasons you parent the way you do? Why you treat your spouse the way you do?Genograms can reveal so much about our family history. In this episode, we talk about genograms and how they can help us discover more of who we are and where we come from. We also discuss practical ways we can learn from our family history to stop negative generational patterns and embrace the positive ones.Show Notes: Click here to purchase What Am I Feeling? To learn more about genograms or how to create one, click here to download the necessary charts. *Note: You don't need to buy the software on this site.If you'd like to create your own genogram with a third party, you can check out our coaching services by clicking here and se
22/05/201939 minutes 48 seconds
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#107: Building Your Family Team with Jeff Bethke

Gain insight into two husbands and dads building their family teams. That's what this episode is all about. Josh interviews Jeff Bethke about the state of the American family, how it stands in contrast to biblical fatherhood, and the practical ways we can build a family team.Specifically, we talk about: * What Abraham might be looking for in a dad today and why. * The biblical foundation and mission of family versus how we actually function in the Western world * The intentional steps you can take right now to lead your marriage and family on purpose, not by accident * What a multigenerational family team on mission looks like * How Jeff and his wife Alyssa manage and thrive on social media as a family on missionShow Notes: Click here to visit www.familyteams.com to learn more and follow Jeff's podcasts. You can learn more about and follow Jeff and Alyssa's podcast by clickin
15/05/201948 minutes 50 seconds
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#106: Your Questions: Child Anger, Single Parenting, Foster Kids & Emotional Safety

We love getting your questions and discussing the topics dear to your heart. In this week's episode, we discuss the following topics and questions: * Kids should be allowed to feel anger, but should we allow our kids to stomp off in their anger? It feels like such a fine line to walk. * When our children don't transition well, or don't want to transition well, from one activity or event to another, what do I do? * As a single mom, how do I compensate for my children not having a father? * I'm emotionally safe for my kids, but my husband is not. Are there extra things I can do? * I'm a foster mom and our kids are transitioning back to their parents. How can I prepare them?The Questions: I have a 4-year-old little girl and 1-year-old twins. I can't wait to get your feelings book. Something you guys mentioned in your Kids Who Can Empathize episode was that we should allow our kids to feel that anger. I think you mentioned allowing your kids to stomp
08/05/201939 minutes 31 seconds
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105: How a Loving & Transparent Marriage Brings God Glory with Ryan and Selena Frederick

We all seek to find our life purpose. But have you ever thought about your marital purpose? The purpose God has for your marriage? He has one for you--but it may not be for what you think.In this episode, we talk with Ryan and Selena Frederick from Fierce Marriage about how your marriage is designed to bring God glory. But what does that mean? And how can we do that, especially in an age of confusion?Ryan and Selena break down what it means to be transparent in marriage and cover such topics as: * Exposing ourselves to meaningful risk * How to have a "see through" mentality * What it means to be vulnerable with one another * Why self-discovery is crucial for transparency * To be "unoffendable"Show Notes: To order Ryan and Selena's book, Fierce Marriage, click here. To subscribe or listen to The Fierce Marriage Podcast, click here. Sponsor: For FREE downloadable lunch notes and games, or to order Homegrown: Cultivat
01/05/201959 minutes 2 seconds
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#104: Let's Talk About Sex

Sex is our most requested topic lately for the podcast. And the types of questions we receive about sex reveal the power it holds in how well--or not--we connect with our spouse.In this episode, Ryan and Laura Dobson join us to talk about the joys and difficulties of sex in marriage.We discuss: * How to begin talking about sex in your marriage * The power sex has on how well we feel emotionally connected * How to discuss and overcome past hurts to rediscover--or maybe discover for the first time--an enjoyable sex life * Sexual satisfaction and the early years of parenting * What porn does to marital intimacy and some ways to get through it * The spiritual significance of sex in marriageShow Notes:To learn more about marriage or family coaching with the Straubs, click here. To find a Christian counselor in your local area, click here. To find a counselor in your local area, click here.To listen to REBEL
24/04/20191 hour 4 minutes 41 seconds
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#103: Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction with Justin Whitmel Earley

Feeling exhausted, or simply tired of going through the motions? The modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits, forming us into anxious, busy, and depressed people. The trouble is that our habits are almost invisible to us. In fact, habits form us more than we form them. So what can we do about it?Welcome to The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction. In this week's episode, we interview Justin Whitmel Earley, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer who nearly crashed and burned in his own panicked lifestyle. As a husband and father to four young boys, Justin knew he needed help.In what turned out to be a fateful moment of self-discovery, Justin's compelling story led him to create The Common Rule, four doable daily and four weekly habits designed to help us create new routines and transform frazzled days into lives of love for God and neighbor.Looking for a doable routine for your family that leads to freedom and rest for your soul? Th
17/04/201954 minutes 21 seconds
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#102: Becoming a Spiritually and Emotionally Healthy Parent for our Kids

This episode is a discussion about what we describe as the "art of becoming." Too often we get so focused on the day-to-day sleep, discipline, or behavioral issues with our kids that we lose sight of what really influences who they become.Don't get us wrong, it's not that these day-to-day issues don't matter. However, it's easy to get so lost in the day-to-day, that we neglect who we're becoming.In this episode, we talk about a recent research study that connected more parenting information to increased parenting anxiety and decreased self-confidence. As one article suggests, we get more anxious when we think there is one answer to our parenting problem, and we don't have it.Our hope is that this discussion encourages you to create the spiritual and emotional environment you and your kids need to thrive.Show Notes: Click here to learn more about Homegrown, to watch the video trailer (a must see!) and to receive free downloads for your kids.<b
10/04/201943 minutes 27 seconds
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#101: Homegrown: Cultivating Kids in the Fruit of the Spirit

The Bible consistently uses botanical growth to describe our spiritual maturity and how we grow. Applied to us as parents, we want to raise children who love God and share His love with the world. But how do you prepare a spiritual seedling to become fully grown?In this episode, we talk about our new parent Bible study that you can do with your kids to cultivate them in the fruit of the Spirit. But what does this look like, especially at a practical level?This week, we discuss: * What botanical growth looks like * The necessary ingredient for the fruit of the Spirit to grow, is to die to our flesh (Gal. 5:24, John 12:24). * Cultivating kids in the fruit of the Spirit is connected to the spiritual environment of our home * Connection to Jesus (John 15) and a Church community is necessary and important for growth * The practical ways you can cultivate and water your seedlings during the four key times of the day (Deut. 6:7, Proverbs 22:6).S
03/04/201939 minutes 22 seconds
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#100: Becoming Emotionally Healthy with Ryan and Laura Dobson

Our 100th episode! And what better way to celebrate than talking with two amazing humans--Ryan and Laura Dobson--about being emotionally healthy for your family.This is arguably our most raw and vulnerable episode to date. We talk with Ryan and Laura about mental illness, addictions, pornography, and other self-medicators. Even more, we talk about grace and the path to healing. No matter your family history or past mistakes, you have a story you get to live--a story that's being passed on from one generation to the next.Our discussion is all about how we can engage a path of healing and become emotionally healthy for our spouse and kids. Feel like you're messing up a lot? You're not alone. In this episode, you will find grace and a few next steps.Show Notes: Our next Emotionally Safe Marriage Coaching Group begins April 15, 2019. Click here to learn more. Spaces are limited.Check out Ryan and Laura's Podcast Rebel Parenting by clicking he
27/03/201946 minutes 34 seconds
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#99: Your Questions: Co-Parenting, Bad Dreams, Teaching Kids to Pray, and More

In this episode, we take your questions and talk about them. This week's questions include the following topics: * What educational apps we would recommend * How to handle a co-parenting situation where you have no control with what's happening in the other home * How to help our kids with bad dreams and night terrors * How to further talk to your kids about Santa, Easter bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc. * Managing a child who craves being social more than we have the energy forThe Questions:  * I am a first grade teacher in public school. I often get asked about educational apps that I would recommend. Knowing what you know about screen time, what is your opinion about using a tablet for educational purposes? * I'm a stepmom of three children who live with their mom 70% of the time. My husband and I do plan to fight for more custody this year. My question relates to how to co-parent with someone who is working from a different worldview. Their mom i
20/03/201932 minutes 38 seconds
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#98: Creating Family "Rhythm" with Ellie Holcomb

"Mom, who sang the first song?" When Ellie Holcomb's then five-year-old daughter, Emmylou, asked her this question, Ellie threw the question back at her. "Well, who do you think sang the first song?" Emmylou's answer is priceless. Yes, you have to listen to find out.But as Ellie thought about it, she had to do some research. Her answers were put into her first children's book called Who Sang the First Song?  In this episode, we go behind the scenes of this incredible story and what it means that God created each of us with a song to sing.Applied to the family, we talk about the "rhythms" God calls us to. With three children, ages six and under, Ellie and her husband, Drew, have some very practical ways they create rhythm for their family. This is an episode you won't want to miss.Show Notes: To download Sing: Creation Songs by Ellie Holcomb, click here.To purchase Ellie's children's book, Who Sang the First Song, click here.Start
13/03/201935 minutes 37 seconds
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#97: Your Questions: The Survival Years, School Decisions, and Not Losing our Cool

In this episode, we take your questions and talk about them. This week's questions include the following topics: * How to thrive in the survival years with young kids * Should we send our kids to kindergarten early or hold them back * How to manage our own anger and fear so as not to yell at our kids * How to be emotionally safe in the early years * The stage we set up for our kids in our dining roomThe Questions:  * Hi! Absolutely love your podcast and have been a fan since episode one. Could you please post a picture of your living room concert stage? I love the idea behind this simple yet impactful and intentional choice you’ve made in making family memories come to life! God bless! --Suzanna * I absolutely love your podcast and Safe House book! It's completely changed how I view parenting, as I did not grow up in an emotionally safe home. I struggle with control and anger that leads to yelling at my child. How can I safely teach my toddle
06/03/201943 minutes 47 seconds
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#96: Kids Who Can Empathize

In part 2 of our series on kids and feelings, we talk about kids who can empathize with others. This episode is a deeper dive into the "why" behind our new kid's book What Am I Feeling?So often, it can feel like a pipe dream getting our kids to think about anyone other than themselves. Let's be honest, our world could use more adults who can empathize as well. In this episode, we talk about being teachable, responding to others in empathy, and how our kids mirror our emotions. We also discuss how fear and busyness become barriers to entering our child's world and helping her label her feelings.Show Notes: Start feeling better today by ordering What Am I Feeling? Click here to order.You can also click here to learn about Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well.For a link to the Google study mentioned in the podcast, click here.See omnystudio.com/
27/02/201937 minutes 32 seconds
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#95: Kids Who Can Name Their Feelings

Teaching our kids to give their feeling a name and then decide what to do with it—is crucial to helping them love God and love others. Turns out, it's also helpful for juvenile delinquents to develop empathy, and for our kids to one day be successful at major companies like Google.In this episode, we talk about these scenarios and why developing emotional awareness is so important for our kids. As it relates to spiritual growth, this is also where emotional and spiritual maturity go hand-in-hand: the lived out fruit of self-control (Galatians 5:23).But it all starts with us as parents. Being emotionally safe with our kids provides calm to the fear center of their brain. The calmer our kids are in emotionally overwhelming situations, the more likely they are to think straight and make wise decisions.And that’s our privilege as parents—to help our kids learn to name their feeling, make good decisions with that emotion, and begin to think about others. That's what
20/02/201945 minutes 56 seconds
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#94: Marriage: Why Is It So Difficult to Connect?

Sometimes, a few nuggets of wisdom just isn't enough. In this episode, we discuss some of the deeper reasons behind why it's so difficult to connect in marriage.We also talk about our own marital journey of late and how counseling has helped us work through the baggage, blindness, and busyness of the day. Yes, three "bee's" that can "sting" your marriage. Dad jokes rock.Of course, the conversation includes practical ways we can connect at a deeper, more intimate level with our spouse.Show Notes: To learn more about Winshape Marriage Intensives and Adventures, click here. To learn more about marriage coaching intensives we offer, or to set up a discovery call, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/02/201943 minutes 39 seconds
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#93: How to Talk to Your Kids About Racial Differences with Trillia Newbell

We live in a beautifully diverse world. Unfortunately, our world is also plagued by racial and ethnic division.As families, we can bring unity and change by embracing our differences. But it requires that we pass onto our kids what it means to walk in love, not fear—a lesson that's easier said, than done.In this episode, author Trillia Newbell, sits down with us to discuss: * How to talk to our kids about families who look different from ours * Whether or not we should raise our kids to be "color blind" * What it looks like for us as adults to model unity and love in our home * How we should talk to our kids about the history of racial tensions * And most importantly, how the gospel transcends racial and ethnic differencesShow Notes:Trillia Newbell is the author of If God is For Me, a 6-week Bible study on Romans 8 (2019), Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts (2016), Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace You
06/02/201938 minutes 33 seconds
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#92: What Makes Your Family Unique?

We can get so busy that we allow culture to dictate who we are as a family, rather than our family influencing the culture around us. In this episode, we talk about some of the critical first steps in discovering what makes your family unique.And as Christi so eloquently states, "Your uniqueness is so normal to you, that you often can't see it." That's because our family purpose is often hidden within the generations that went before us--the family stories, patterns, and even moments of overcoming difficult circumstances.In this episode, we outline the beginning steps to discovering your family purpose and why it's important for your kids. And, if the Your Family Purpose group coaching program sounds like something your family could use, simply click here.Show Notes: Your Family Purpose: 4-week Group Coaching Program begins February 11! Click here to learn more. Spots are filling up.Click here to purchase or learn about Safe House
30/01/201932 minutes 47 seconds
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#91: Why Parenting is the Wrong Term

Welcome to season 5! This week's episode is full of updates about the upcoming season. In addition, we talk about why we believe "parenting" is the wrong term to use when it comes to raising our children.The best part is that we don't leave you hanging. We talk about what we believe the right term should be and why it matters in how we relate to our kids.Show Notes:To preorder our new children's book, What Am I Feeling? click here. It releases March 1. Your Family Purpose: 4-week Group Coaching Program. Next group begins February 11! Click here to learn more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/01/201936 minutes 31 seconds
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#90: Our Family Wish for You in 2019

What a year in the life of the "In This Together" podcast family. As you'll hear once again through Christi's tears, we love journeying with you. Your stories, questions, podcast reviews, and encouragement fuel our souls. Thank you for making 2018 one of the most joy-filled years for our family.In this episode, we go back and forth, each offering our wishes for your family in 2019. This is a heartfelt episode, offering our blessing over your family for the New Year. We love journeying with you.Show Notes: To learn more about the coaching programs we offer, click here.To learn more about our 4-week Your Family Purpose group coaching program for families, click here. To learn more about Onsite Workshops, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/12/201827 minutes 53 seconds
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#89: What Our Sons Need with David Thomas

Our podcast “resident therapist," David Thomas, is back with us, live from Daystar Counseling. He talks with us about what our sons need across the developmental lifespan.In this episode, David breaks down what our boys need in the following age groups:Ages 2-4: The ExplorerAges 5-8: The LoverAges 9-12: The IndividualAges 13-17: The WandererAges 18-22: The WarriorSome of the best nuggets of this interview include: * The biggest hurdle of boys today across the developmental lifespan * Ways that boys self-medicate their pain and why * Why helping boys problem solve and use critical thinking is crucial to their development * The importance of placing your hand on your son's shoulder and addressing him by name * Why boys need less words, not more * Helping our boys navigate video gaming in a healthy wayShow Notes: To learn more, click here to purchase David's book, Wild Things: The Art of Nu
19/12/201838 minutes 13 seconds
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#88: What Our Daughters Need with Sissy Goff

The next two episodes are gold medallion interviews with our podcast "resident therapists." This week, we interview Sissy Goff from Daystar Counseling about what our daughters need. Next week, we interview David Thomas about what our sons need.In this episode, Sissy breaks down what our girls need in the following age groups:Birth-5: The Discovery YearsAges 6-11: The Adventurous YearsAges 12-15: The Narcissistic YearsAges 16-19: The Autonomous YearsSome of the best nuggets of this interview include: * The growing epidemic of anxiety in girls today * The years our daughters seem disinterested in relationship with dad * How dads can press into their daughters * Why daughters tend to be ambivalent with their moms in the narcissistic years * How moms can press into their daughters in these yearsShow Notes: To learn more, click here to purchase Sissy's book, All You Need to Know About Raising Girls.<
12/12/201841 minutes 33 seconds
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#87: Jessica Honegger – Going Scared: How to Defy Fear and Live on Purpose

As a social entrepreneur and founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, Jessica Honegger aims to do everything with boundless courage. But just as happiness is not the absence of sadness, and faith is not the absence of doubt, courage is not the absence of fear.Now leading the largest fair-trade jewelry company in the world, Jessica gives us a behind the scenes look at her highly-successful business and her journey to get there as a working mom. In this episode, Jessica shares stories of motherhood, adoption, guilt as a working mom, partnership, and friendship.Most powerfully, she explains how she made fear her friend.Speaking from her highly-touted book, Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared, Jessica shares with us her inspiring story and challenges us to have the courage to do the very thing we've been afraid of doing.Show Notes: Buy Imperfect Courage here. It also makes a great gift!<b
05/12/201833 minutes 39 seconds
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#86: Christmas Time Topics: Entitlement, Gift-Giving, Santa Claus, and Family Traditions Re-Release

This is a special re-released episode on Christmas topics for families, because there's nothing we want more than to experience the joy of Christmas.The problem is that Christmas can leave our time feeling pressed and our wallets stressed.In this episode, we go behind the lens of our own crooked picture frame to discuss some Christmas hot topics. We tell stories about how we were raised and what we implement today in our own family. We also discuss topics like: * Is my gift-giving out of control? * What does an entitled child look like? * Is it okay for my kids to believe in Santa Claus? * What will my kids really remember about Christmas? * How can we truly make it about Jesus’ birth? * Is the attitude I’m modeling for my kids at the holidays one of gratitude or grumbling? * What role do traditions play in our family?As you listen to this episode, think about your own family traditions, values, and what you model for and teach yo
03/12/201847 minutes 6 seconds
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#85: Making the Most of the Christmas Season with Your Family

Christmas often comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Not only that, it's easy to miss the magic of the season. Either things don't go the way we had hoped with our family, or we get so buried in our to-do lists we need a search and rescue team just to help us come to the surface.In this episode, we talk about decisions you can make to enjoy the Christmas season with your family. We talk about: * Practical ways we can manage our expectations of the Christmas season * Why it's important to also acknowledge and grieve loss during this season * Being people who include others * How to prioritize Jesus during the holidays--i.e. getting our kids to behave because of Jesus, not for Santa :) * How to make decisions at Christmas based on your family values, not the culture around you * One very practical way husbands can crush it this Christmas * How to be the grace others need at this time of yearShow Notes: To join us in the 25 Charact
28/11/201822 minutes 30 seconds
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#84: How Not to Dread Bedtime with Your Kids

Bedtime--it's that sometimes elusive and dreaded time of the day, especially if you have young kids. Yet, bedtime can be the most significant time of the day to connect with your kids, and even your teens.In this episode, we discuss the spiritual and emotional significance of bedtime. We also get super practical about turning it into one of the most memorable--and maybe even enjoyable--parts of your day. Even more, bedtime could be the environment that shapes your family and child's story for years to come.We talk about: * Why even Moses championed bedtime * When it's okay to call an audible * Practical ways to keep our kids in bed and not dread the process * Guilt free and emotionally safe ways for either laying with our kids to help them fall asleep or making them stay in bed * Questions we can ask our kids to draw out what's happening in their inner worldShownotesClick here for 15 Conversation Starters for Tucking Your Kids int
21/11/201830 minutes 7 seconds
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#83: The Power of Invitation – Changing a Generation by Opening Your Door with Jen Schmidt

For many of us, inviting people into our lives and homes feels more like inviting judgment on our entertaining skills and stress on our already maxed-out schedules. And with the holidays approaching, you may be feeling the pressure.But what if you knew that opening your front door had the power to radically change the world around you? To make an impact and leave a legacy with everyday invitations?Jen Schmidt has set out to reframe how we think about hospitality and to equip us to walk a road of welcome in our daily lives. Jen knows that every time we choose open-door living—whether in our homes or by taking hospitality on the road—those we invite in get to experience the lived-out love of Jesus, our kids grow up in a life-lab of generosity, and we trade insecurity for connection.In this episode, we talk to Jen about how you and your family can offer the life-changing gift of invitation, no matter the stage of life your family is in.
14/11/201841 minutes 30 seconds
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#82: How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex with Linda Stewart and Linda Noble

What happens when our son is exposed to pornography at a young age? Or our daughter begins hearing about sex at school and asking you questions? Many of our own parents didn't model for us how to have these difficult conversations with our kids. Not only that, our kids seem to be exposed to sex at even younger ages today.In this episode, we revisit with Linda Noble and Linda Stewart, two leading voices helping parents talk to their children about body image and sex through THE Conversation Workshop. This is part two of a two part series.In this episode, Linda and Linda discuss with us how to talk to our kids about sex through a simple, yet powerful framework of flourishing.We discuss: * how to talk to our kids about difficult topics, like when they discover their private parts * why a Theology of the Body is an important framework for us as adults as well * age-appropriate ways--from preschool through the teen years--to talk to our kids about
07/11/201846 minutes 25 seconds
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#81: Helping Kids Have a Healthy Body Image with Linda Stewart and Linda Noble

What happens when our daughter tells us she's fat? Or our son begins to ask questions about his private parts? These questions are enough to throw off any good parent. So how can we raise our kids to have a healthy body image in a culture that has distorted it?That's the conversation we have today with Linda Noble and Linda Stewart, two leading voices helping parents talk to their children about body image and sex through THE Conversation Workshop. This is part one of a two part series.In this episode, Linda and Linda discuss a framework for the Theology of the Body, and how we as parents can be ready anytime these conversations arise with our kids.We discuss: * the 2 most common parenting approaches to the body and the one we need to take * the 3 truths we need to instill in our kids about their body-selves on an ongoing basis * practical questions we receive from parentsIn the show notes below, you can also gain access to free PDF d
31/10/201843 minutes 53 seconds
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#80: Marriage in a Fishbowl: How Leaders Can Be Teammates in Marriage

There are eyes on your marriage. If you have kids, they watch how you interact. If you lead others in your community, those you lead watch how you live. In other words, your marriage is in a fishbowl.Some feel it more than others. But regardless of who's watching, if we don't pursue a marriage we'd wish on our kids, or we keep leading others without tending to our own marital garden, it will catch up to us. And besides, isn't it better to enjoy life with our spouse than merely tolerate it and go through the motions?We think so. That's why this episode covers four ways we can become teammates in marriage and why it's so important.Show Notes:To learn more about our Coaching Programs, click here.To learn more about Winshape Marriage Intensives and Adventures, click here. Podcast Sponsors:See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/10/201831 minutes 41 seconds
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#79: Lisa and Missy Harper: Who's Your Daddy? Discovering the Awesomest Daddy Ever

This episode is a treat. Lisa Harper joins us to talk about her newly released children's book, Who's Your Daddy: Discovering the Awesomest Daddy Ever.But she's not the only one to join us! After the break, her daughter Missy joins us - along with our kids - to sing and talk about Sid the Science Kid, the Greatest Showman, and Sing. They also talk about God and people they know in heaven. It is a precious portion we decided to keep in. We hope you enjoy the "real" interaction.The best description of this episode comes directly from the children's book:Missy has lived with her new mommy (Lisa) ever since she was adopted from Haiti. But when someone asks little Missy a BIG question—"Who's your daddy?"—she starts thinking and learning a lot about daddies.Missy could be sad that she doesn't have a "skin" daddy who can make her pancakes and take her to soccer practice. But through lots of talks with Mommy, Missy realizes that she DOES have a Daddy! In fact, n
17/10/201837 minutes 32 seconds
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#78: Your Questions: In-Laws + Boundaries in Kids

How we set boundaries with our parents and in-laws is a frequent stressor for many families, especially around the holidays. Whether family lives close by or far away, everyone brings expectations into what that relationship should look like. We navigate this on an ongoing basis as well.The first question deals with that very issue. How do we talk to our parents about it in an honoring way? How can we be united as husband and wife in making decisions and setting our own traditions?In this episode, we also discuss questions related to: * helping kids set their own boundaries and manage their feelings * teaching kids to play independently * how we can avoid showing favoritism when one child is more compliant than another * resources to manage explosive or strong-willed kidsThe questions: Question 1: Hi! I've recently listened to your grandparent episode - THANK YOU. My husband and I are new parents, and his parents live close by. My (di
10/10/201835 minutes 46 seconds
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#77: Spiritual Warfare in Marriage

Do you have a recurring issue in your marriage you can't seem to settle?Perhaps every now and again your marriage is tested in ways you couldn't even imagine at the time. Some nights you don't even sleep in the same bed.Maybe right now you just can't seem to connect with your spouse at all. Just getting on the same page would feel like a win.If you've been married for any length of time, you likely experience all of the above.That's because spiritual warfare is real. Natural and supernatural forces attack our most cherished relationship regularly. In this episode, we talk about how the things that separated Adam and Eve in the Garden are the very things attacking our marriage today.In this episode we discuss: * The three most common enemies of a great marriage * The importance of coming into agreement as a couple * How blame and shame distance us from our spouse * Why the love of God is the antidote to seeing your spouse as th
03/10/201831 minutes 43 seconds
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#76: How Singing Transforms Your Kids, Family, and Home with Keith Getty

Did you know that singing is one of, if not the most, stated commands in all of the Bible? Filling our homes with song has a deep, visceral effect on who we are and what we believe. Perhaps it's no wonder why singing is arguably the most powerful way to pass God's truth onto our kids.In this episode, Keith Getty joins Josh to talk about the importance of singing in the home. Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. According to CCLI, it is estimated that 40 to 50 million people sing their hymn “In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith and long-time writing partner, Stuart Townsend) in church services each year.With four young daughters, Keith takes us behind the walls of the Getty home to describe how he and Kristyn pass on the truths of God to their kids through song. Even more, Keith gives us insightful reasons for (that are quite convicting by the way) and practical ways to implement song into our kid's liv
26/09/201835 minutes 43 seconds
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#75: Your Questions–Spiritual and Emotional Climate of the Home

Thanks again for your questions. These episodes are gold for us because we get to interact with you, our family of listeners, on a regular basis.The questions this week are vulnerable and honest. We appreciate that so much about this community. Let's keep striving to be better spouses, parents, and all out human beings.This week we discuss: * How being raised in a legalistic home can impact our own parenting and climate of our home * How grandparents can influence the spiritual lives of their grandchildren * How to make Jesus attractive to our kids and grandkids * The one key factor to faith transmission across the generationsShow Notes:For more information on the findings of the study on faith transmission across the generations, click here to check out Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations by Vern Bengtson. The Questions:#1. My question relates to the spiritual life of my 5 year old daugh
19/09/201833 minutes 30 seconds
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#74: Rest, Margin, and Sabbath for Today's Frantic Family

In a recent survey of over 700 parents, we found that “being too busy” or “not having enough time” was the biggest parenting struggle of our day. Can you relate?Do you wish you could slow down a bit? Do you seem to use the phrase "too busy" too often?We did. That's why we're having this conversation on today's episode. And it begins by realizing one thing: You are the only person looking out for your family.Starting at a 30,000 foot view, we begin our discussion asking of ourselves one question: "What are we chasing?" Usually we can see what it is we're chasing when we look at our calendars and see where we're spending our time. From here we discuss what the Bible says about rest, provide practical ways for creating margin, and why it's more important than ever to honor the Sabbath.Show Notes: What Makes a Good Parent? - A Scientific Analysis Ranks the 10 Most Effective Child-Rearing Practices by Robert Epstein. Click here for journal article. <b
12/09/201842 minutes 28 seconds
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#73: Helping Moms Discover Their Call to Lead with Kelly King

Have you felt stuck in the trenches, especially in the early years of parenthood? Trying to be the best mom you can be, yet also feeling the urge to lead outside the home too?Or maybe you decided that in certain seasons you would focus on leading your kids, and wait to find God's calling for you outside of motherhood after that particular season was over.In this episode, we talk with Kelly King, Women's Ministry Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources, about how women can lead in the varying seasons of motherhood.We talk specifically about: * How to navigate raising kids and discovering the call to lead * Not dismissing the little doors because they feel small to us * Why it's important to stay in your lane * How to overcome mom shaming * The importance of who you surround yourself with * How husbands can champion their wives to leadKelly's insights come directly from her own personal lessons. This is a message she has live
05/09/201837 minutes 38 seconds
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#72: Having Conversations With Your Kids About Difficult Cultural Issues with Phillip Bethancourt

Have you been faced with getting difficult questions from your kids, and perhaps at a younger age than you had wished? Or feeling the need to have conversations with your kids but not sure how to have them?Welcome to parenting in the 21st century.We live in a very different political and cultural climate than in decades past. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Phillip Bethancourt, executive vice president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, on how he equips parents and church leaders to have these conversations. A very practical episode, you will be encouraged and equipped, especially if you lack confidence with some of the topics.Phillip, who has four boys, also provides super helpful illustrations to matter the age of our kids.In addition, this episode kicks off an online Bible study that Phillip co-wrote and that we're hosting on our blog called Christ-Centered Parenting: Gospel Conversations on Complex Cultural Issues. It's a free online s
29/08/201841 minutes 48 seconds
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#71: Your Questions: Emotional Safety + Parenting

Your questions are fuel for us for two reasons. First, you are real and desire to live a great story for your kids. Secondly, your courage to ask questions helps everyone listening to the podcast. If you struggle with something, other families struggle with it too.It's an honor being in this together with you. These Q & A episodes give all of us encouragement. So thank you!In this episode, we had a number of questions related to being emotionally safe for our kids and why it's important. In this week's episode we discuss: * Resources for understanding our own story as a parent * How to connect and talk to our child with grace, especially if he / she is prone to feeling ashamed * If a parent is away for work, ways he / she can connect with the kids from the road * How to plan for a difficult conversation with our teenager (and even our kids), especially when there is a rift in the relationship * Championing our kids in their interests and passions
22/08/201841 minutes 49 seconds
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#70: Spiritually Preparing Your Kids for a New School Year

Welcome to Season 4 of the "In This Together" podcast!School is back in session. In this episode, we talk about three ways we can spiritually prepare our kids for the new school year.Whether you homeschool, or your kids go to a public or private school, this episode will help guide your family to spiritually prepare your kids (and yourself) for the school year ahead.Here are the questions we consider to help us: * What is the biggest lesson you learned from last school year? Revisit that lesson. Write it down. What decisions will you make differently this year as a result? * What parental agendas do you have for your kids that you need to surrender this year? What are questions your kids have about the year ahead? * What two values do you want to instill in your kids this school year? * Do you have a family mission's statement? Put a plan in place to start one this week. * What is one thing you can remove from your family calendar that is
15/08/201835 minutes 18 seconds
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#69: [Best of Series Part 4] Living on a Faith Adventure as a Family with Christine Caine

The final week of our "Best Of" Series is one that will challenge your faith. We listened to it again and it was like watching a movie the second time around. There was much we missed the first time that we needed right now in this season of our lives.Faith is the currency of heaven. We all need more of it. You may be in a season where you think that a "faith adventure" is just too much... * “But we are in survival mode.” * “Maybe when the kids are out of the house.” * “I’m too afraid.”We ourselves have said everyone of these. Christine Caine shares her family’s story of living a faith adventure and graciously shows us why we can’t afford not to.Here are a few highlights from one our favorite episodes! * How to overcome our, “But, God.” * Why marriage and family is a crucial part of Christian witness in the days ahead. * How our paralyzing fear serves nobody, and how to overcome it. * How to bring our kids on the adventure, no
08/08/201849 minutes 36 seconds
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#68: [Best of Series Part 3] How to Not Raise Entitled Kids with Dr. John Townsend

Welcome to week 3 of our "Best Of" series!As Dr. Townsend states about entitlement, "This isn't a generational problem; it's a human problem."Apparently, a lot of parents in our generation don't want their kids to be entitled. It was the most listened to episode of season 3!Entitlement, according to Dr. John Townsend, is "a belief that I am exempt from responsibility and that I am owed special treatment." Unfortunately, you don't have to look too far today to find entitled kids--and adults!In this episode, Dr. Townsend helps parents learn how to not raise entitled kids. An incredibly practical discussion, you'll learn the three antidotes to entitlement and hear Dr. Townsend explain the following three ways to apply the antidote: * Change your language * Do hard things first * Keep inconvenient commitmentsDr. Townsend encourages us, "Kids need to grow up at a dinner table where mom and dad are doing interesting things." Here's to b
01/08/201840 minutes 44 seconds
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#67: [Best of Series Part 2] How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well

Welcome to week 2 of our "Best Of" series!Emotional safety was one of the most requested topics in season 3. Not only that, this episode became one of the most listened to of any we did.When we first became parents we were exhausted and overwhelmed by the opinions of what we "should" do. That's why we decided to start with the end in mind. With the outcomes we most desire in our kids when they become adults. What we found is that emotional safety—more than any other factor—is scientifically linked to raising kids who live, love, and lead well.In other words, the posture from which we parent matters infinitely more than the techniques of parenting. What is emotional safety?In this episode, we answer this question and discuss: * The Golden Rule of relationships * Four walls of a Safe House (exploration, protection, grace, truth) * Four parenting styles (BFF, helicopter, boss, religious) * How to lead in grace and follow up in truth as w
25/07/201848 minutes 47 seconds
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#66: [Best Of Series Part 1] Hearing Your Kids' Screaming Data with Frank Tate

We're kicking off our "Best Of" Series for season 3. During the summer we take a little hiatus to regroup, rejuvenate, and plan for our upcoming season--season 4!In part 1 of of our "Best of" series, we revisit our interview with Frank Tate. As one of the most highly listened to and commented about episodes, we chose it first because of how it will change your view of being a parent.If you're a regular listener and were unable to listen to this episode, put it at the top of your list. Likewise, if you're new to the podcast, put it at the top of your list. This is time well spent!In his upcoming book, Foster Kid, Frank tells his riveting story and leaves behind nuggets of wisdom he’s picked up from the screaming data of raising his own two kids. Here’s a few nuggets he discusses with us in this episode: * How to listen to your kids’ screaming data * Why parents should be editors, not authors * How to avoid GPS (Generational Peer Stress) Parenting<
18/07/20181 hour 42 seconds
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#65: From Education to Therapy: The Gut Honesty of Championing Kids with Special Needs with Kelly Bagwell

Championing kids with special needs or medical disabilities can be quite difficult on many levels.First, there's the academic needs of the child. For instance, in some school systems, grades become emphasized over emotional development or character. Other schools lack the resources to champion the heart or strengths of the child.In addition, there's the therapeutic needs of the child. From a financial perspective, this can put quite a strain on the family.We close out this three-part series on families with children who have disabilities or special needs by talking with Kelly Bagwell. She and her husband Jeff are on the latter end of the journey, as their twin boys (who are on the autism spectrum) are about to graduate high school. She is also a high school teacher with special education students and a certified Christian counselor. So her perspective comes from all sides.However, as you listen, especially if you're a parent, what you'll hear is raw emot
11/07/201824 minutes 3 seconds
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#64: The Ministry "of" Children with Disabilities with Amy Julia Becker

So often, conversation on kids with intellectual disabilities centers on ministry "to" children with disabilities. What if we instead focused on the ministry "of" children with disabilities?In this episode, Amy Julia Becker presents us with a massive paradigm shift on many levels. After reading her cover article in Christianity Today titled The Ministry of the Disabled, we knew we needed to learn from her.A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Amy Julia's essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, Christianity Today, the Christian Century, and online for The New York Times, ABCNews, the Atlantic, Vox, and The Huffington Post.Here are some highlights of our conversation: * Changing how we see the word "need." Would you describe yourself as "being needy?" What if it were a necessary and good thing? * Why it's important to receive people (especially our kids) as they are gi
04/07/201848 minutes 35 seconds
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#63: Supporting Families of Kids with Special Needs with Nick + Jackie Tait

Parenting children with special needs or medical disabilities brings with it so many added variables. As if having a strong marriage and being a great parent weren't hard enough, what happens when you have to travel for 20 hours of therapy each week in addition to your other tasks and roles?This is the journey Nick and Jackie Tait are walking. With three beautiful children ages five and under, their five year old was born at 23 weeks. Today, he is a walking miracle. However, he has medical disabilities and developing special needs that require added attention and care.In this episode, we talk with Nick and Jackie (a 22:6 family!) about their story. Their countenance and approach alone speaks volumes. They share with us not only what they have done to maintain a strong marriage, but also what they need from others who aren't walking the same road.Here are a few highlights from our discussion with Nick and Jackie: * Grieving the loss of dreams you had for
27/06/201847 minutes 8 seconds
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#62: How to Budget, Think About and Teach Your Kids About Money with Chris Brown

Money is one of the single biggest reasons for divorce today. If we don't have vision for our money, it will own us.Chris Brown, host of Life, Money, and Hope and a Ramsey Personality, joins us this week to talk about two primary topics:A.) How and why to budget from a Biblical perspective.B.) How to teach our kids about money.Here's a specific overview of what we talked about: * How to tell your money where it's going * How the Western world and Biblical teaching contradicts one another when it comes to money * Why normal in today's world is broken * How to shift your mindset about money * Surprising statistics about families and money today * 3 ways to teach your kids about how to give, save, and spend * A surprising perspective on college debtShow Notes:Check out Life, Money, Hope with Chris Brown. Click here.       Click here for Fi
20/06/201847 minutes 8 seconds
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#61: Lessons I Learned About Being a Dad, From My Dad

With Father's Day approaching, we want to honor dads. In particular, we share stories from our own dads.In this episode, I (Josh) share about what I've learned about being a dad, from my dad. He went to be with Jesus in November, 2016, but his legacy lives on in our family.Christi also shares memories from her childhood and the influence of her dad to this day.In this episode, you'll hear about: * Dad jokes. Yes, dad jokes. * How to make the most of the moments with our kids and those we love. * The importance of being others-centered. * The power in telling stories of how your dad influenced you.Show Notes:For Celebration of Life Video of David E. Straub, click here. The Boat!       Podcast Sponsors:See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/06/201843 minutes 32 seconds
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#60: Your Questions: Sibling Rivalry, Understanding a Child's Emotions, and Tough Conversations with Family

Your questions have been so good! We love hearing from each of you. This episode covers more questions related to parenting.In this week's episode we discuss: * How kids handle emotions * New ways to think about your child's overwhelming emotions * The difference between a temper tantrum and an act of disobedience * Sibling rivalry * How to handle grief and loss with kids * And how should we handle family members who don't hold their kids to the same values we hold ours to, especially when we spend a lot of time together with them?Again, if you want to submit a question for a future episode, simply click here to submit your question.It's an honor journeying with you!Show Notes: Click here for Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen Thomas and David ThomasClick here for Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead WellClick here for FREE Feelings Chart fo
06/06/201846 minutes 50 seconds
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#59: My Child's First Phone–What Parents Need to Know with Michael Kong

When should I get my child her first phone? Once I get that first phone, how should I set it up? What limits should I set on it? Is my child's phone different than the one I buy?We get so many questions from parents about what to do, and what not to do, when it comes to their child's first phone. Navigating the world of screens can feel scary, but it doesn't have to be!In this episode, we interview Michael Kong, CEO and founder of Forcefield, a parental control product he developed when his girls were in middle school (5 years ago). He shares with us what he's learned first as a dad, and now as a developer.With your kids home for the summer, this is a fascinating episode on screens you won't want to miss.Show Notes: Try Forcefield FREE for 30 days! Just click here. Podcast Sponsor:See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/05/20181 hour 10 minutes 59 seconds
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#58: Gold Nuggets from a Military Marriage with Chaplain Matthew and Corie Weathers

In 2015, Corie Weathers was named Military Spouse of the Year. That was in large part because of how her husband, Chaplain Matthew Weathers, nominated and championed her. But as we all know, championing your spouse is much easier when you feel championed.In honor of Military Appreciation Month, we wanted to honor and learn from the marriage of a military family who is also in the trenches serving other military families and first responders.In this episode, Chaplain Matthew and Corie Weathers take us behind their own picture frame and teach us how they connect personally as a military family. Even more, they share with us incredibly powerful insights and tools they use to help military and first responder families thrive.The nuggets harvested from this episode are gold. Here are a few of them: * How to praise your spouse * The power in seeing your spouse as a bonsai tree * How to find purpose together in your marriage, especially for families wit
23/05/201854 minutes 44 seconds
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#57: Christine Caine–Living on a Faith Adventure as a Family

When you hear the phrase, "faith adventure," what comes to mind? Excitement. Risk. Trust. Memories. Miracles. Or does the rational, natural side of your brain kick in? * "But we are in survival mode." * "Maybe when the kids are out of the house." * "I'm too afraid."We ourselves have said everyone of these. In this episode, Christine Caine shares her family's story of living a faith adventure and graciously shows us why we can't afford not to.Here are a few highlights from one our favorite episodes! * How to overcome our, "But, God." * Why marriage and family is a crucial part of Christian witness in the days ahead. * How our paralyzing fear serves nobody, and how to overcome it. * How to bring our kids on the adventure, no matter their age, and why our kids deserve it!Christine Caine is an Australian born, Greek blooded, lover of Jesus, activist, author and international speaker. She and her husband, Nick, founded the global a
16/05/201849 minutes 53 seconds
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#56: Grandparenting–Navigating the Role with Your Adult Kids

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes that sweet, lovely, and wonderful baby carriage.Then comes our in-laws telling us how to parent.Then comes our parents spoiling our kids.Okay, so that may sound a bit dramatic. At least we hope so for your sake. Truthfully, we loved seeing our parents become grandparents. That doesn't mean we haven't had to figure things out along the way, sometimes with difficult conversations. But it does mean that our parents have our hearts. And because they have our hearts, they have incredible influence in how their grandkids are being raised.In this episode, we go behind the scenes to talk about our own relationship with our parents and how they grandparent our kids.We also discuss practical ways for unity and honor to be the soil for the intergenerational relationships in your family to flourish.Podcast Sponsors:See omnystudio.com/listener for privac
09/05/201844 minutes 56 seconds
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#55: Single Parenting with Nicole C. Mullen

If parenting is difficult, single parenting is all the more unyielding and lonely. In this episode, we learn from someone walking the road of single parenting. Even more, she gives us insights into her own ministry to single moms in her church community.Nicole C. Mullen, a two time Grammy nominated recording artist and Female Vocalist of the Year Award winner, who is now a single mom of three, shares her story. Since her difficult divorce, she has emerged from a "night season" stronger than she's ever been before. Compiling her story into a new album fittingly titled, Like Never Before, Nicole shares how she had to learn to forgive and relates to those who have walked through betrayal and hurt.Church leaders, single parents, and families with single parent friends will find this episode incredibly insightful, practical, and inspiring!Show Notes: Be sure to check out more of Nicole's story at www.nicolecmullen.com
02/05/201842 minutes 3 seconds
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#54: Your Questions: Parenting Teenagers, Managing Technology, and Raising Teens to Be Self-Motivated

Welcome to our third Q & A episode! As always, we're grateful for the opportunity to journey with you. Thank you for submitting your questions.In this episode, we address questions specifically related to parenting teenagers, dealing with respect, the reasons for increasing anxiety and depression in teens, and managing technology in the home.Here’s a review of the questions we discuss in this episode: * What to do with a teen who is rude and disrespectful when spending too much time on technology. * How to manage our own anxiety and depression and not pass it onto our children. * Why anxiety and depression are increasing in kids and teens. * When to say yes to our teens (so they can prove their trust to us) and when to say no (without overprotecting them). * How to encourage our teenagers to be self-motivated.The questions:I am a Christian, and I struggle with anxiety and depression. I am going to counseling to work through these
25/04/201842 minutes 39 seconds
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#53: Dr. John Townsend: How to Not Raise Entitled Kids

Entitlement, according to Dr. John Townsend, is "a belief that I am exempt from responsibility and that I am owed special treatment." Unfortunately, you don't have to look too far today to find entitled kids--and adults!As Dr. Townsend states, "This isn't a generational problem; it's a human problem."In this episode, Dr. Townsend helps parents learn how to not raise entitled kids. An incredibly practical discussion, you'll learn the three antidotes to entitlement and hear Dr. Townsend explain the following three ways to apply the antidote: * Change your language * Do hard things first * Keep inconvenient commitmentsDr. Townsend encourages us, "Kids need to grow up at a dinner table where mom and dad are doing interesting things." Here's to being parents who take responsibility, live well, and show our kids how to be grateful.Show Notes: Learn from a Role Play Coach. Join TownsendNOW today!To learn more about Townsend Leade
18/04/201839 minutes 5 seconds
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#52: Mom Set Free: A Special Release with Jeannie Cunnion

With Mother's Day just around the corner, we wanted to do something special for moms, so I (Christi) decided to host an online Bible study!The study is called Mom Set Free by our friend Jeannie Cunnion, it begins May 17, and it's good news for moms who are tired of trying to be good enough.We love Jeannie and wanted you to have a special opportunity to get to know and learn from her!This episode describes the details of the upcoming online Bible study and also includes our original interview with Jeannie where she talks about "wrestling with the wild grace of God," so she could learn to overcome shame and give grace to her kids in their weaknesses and brokenness.To learn more about the online Bible study and to sign up, click here!Show Notes:Click here to sign up for the FREE online Bible study.Have more questions? Check out the Online Bible Study FAQs.To pick up a copy of the Mom Set Free Bible study book, you can order o
16/04/201856 minutes 3 seconds
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#51: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well

Does parenting sometimes feel complicated to you?You can't even leave the hospital before having to make a decision on whether or not you're going to immunize your child. Think about some of the other choices we have to make as parents in the twenty-first century.~  “Is it okay that our baby sleep in bed with us?”~  “Should we let our baby cry it out?”~  “Is spanking okay? Or should we do time-outs?"~  “How do I respond to a temper tantrum?”~  “Wait, we're supposed to do time-ins? What's a time-in?"~  “Should I stay home with the kids or put them in day care?”~  “Should we homeschool or send our kids to a private or public school?”~  “How much screen time do I let my kids have?”To be quite honest, we were exhausted. That's why we decided to start with the end in mind. With the outcomes we most desire in our kids when they become adults. What we found is that emotional safety—more than any other factor—is scientifically linked to raising kids
11/04/201846 minutes 59 seconds
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#50: 10 Great Dates with David + Claudia Arp

In the spirit of interviewing people who influence us personally, this episode features marriage mentors of our own, David and Claudia Arp. Married for 55 years, their insights on marriage have influenced the types of conversations we have in our marriage today.In this episode, David and Claudia share the secrets that have kept them enjoying their marriage for more than five decades. In addition, they introduce us to their research based marriage program, 10 Great Dates!Here are some insights you'll hear from them in this episode: * The story of their greatest period of emotional disconnection in their marriage (hint: it was when their kids were young!) * How they overcame this season and the lessons they learned from it * Why having fun in marriage is serious business * The beauty of an anger contract * How both spouses can be right * Why it's important to walk down memory lane * The amazing benefit of intimacy couponsFinally, we
04/04/201848 minutes 9 seconds
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#49: Your Questions: Marriage, Sex, and Not Being on the Same Page with Your Spouse

Welcome to our second Q & A episode! Thank you for submitting your questions.In this episode, we address questions specifically related to marriage, sex, and what to do when you and your spouse are not on the same page.Here’s a review of the questions we discuss in this episode: * How can I stop from feeling wrong and dirty about sex with my spouse? * What do I do when my spouse isn't "on the same page." * How can I encourage godliness in my son when his dad isn't actively growing in his faith? * What is the best way to help our kids heal after years of marital turmoil we are now trying to fix?The questions:From Amanda: My husband and I have been married for about 4 1/2 years and have had sex about 4 times. Every time I begin to feel good I also feel incredibly wrong and dirty. I believe this may stem from my abstinence, true love waits upbringing, but in marriage it's now time to stop waiting. Mentally, I can grasp this concept but I
28/03/201841 minutes 22 seconds
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#48: Making Easter and the Resurrection Real to Our Kids

The resurrection of Jesus changed everything. But how do we help our kids understand the resurrection in a concrete way? How can we communicate to our kids the power that Christ has in our life?Don't get us wrong, we love chocolate and Easter eggs, but how can we make sure Easter isn't just another holiday for our kids.In this episode, we clarify four ways we can turn the abstract message of the resurrection into a concrete message our kids can begin to understand. * Live out the resurrection for our kids. * Use resurrection eggs. * Raise caterpillars. This is our favorite. * Die to something that has power over you.Being families who live, love, and lead well begins with the resurrection. Let's not allow Easter to slip by as just another holiday. Instead, let's be intentional about walking daily in the authority and resurrection of Jesus. Our kids are watching, and always learning.Show Notes: To purchase Resurrection Eggs, cl
21/03/201835 minutes 44 seconds
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#47: Screaming Data–How to Hear Your Kid's Passions and Strengths By Observing Their Actions with Frank Tate

If you love stories that lead to practical truths, this episode is for you! Frank Tate is one of Josh's closest friends on the planet. Even more, his insights as a dad have revolutionized the way we parent our kids.Growing up as a foster kid, Frank came to know "invisible Jesus" as his dad. During that time, Frank began asking Him what good dads do. Then, in Sunday School as a little boy, Frank remembers learning that wisdom cries aloud in the streets (Proverbs 1:20). With this newfound truth, Frank ventured into the world looking for "screaming data" on what it takes to be a good dad, because he never wanted his own children growing up the way he did.The "screaming data" Frank learned through the years and the stories he tells will leave you wanting more. One of the most invaluable truths Frank discusses is that, as parents, we can't hear screaming data if we're screaming data. Too often, we don't listen to our kids' passions or see their strengths. That's because we'r
14/03/201858 minutes 49 seconds
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#46: Parenting Girls with Purpose & Intentionality with Jonathan + Wynter Pitts

Jonathan and Wynter Pitts have four beautiful girls. At one point, three of them were in diapers at the same time. As you can imagine, Wynter was overwhelmed. But in the middle of the exhaustion and discontentment, she found purpose and contentment. During this time, the Lord revealed to her a need he wanted her to fill for girls in today’s culture.Today, she leads a ministry called For Girls Like You, a magazine for girls that unravels the heart of God for them. Her passion for raising girls who find their identity in Christ is contagious.In this episode, Wynter, along with her husband Jonathan, who serves as Executive Director for the Urban Alternative (the ministry of Dr. Tony Evans), describe practical ways they shepherd the hearts of their girls.Fellow dads, you also want to listen to what Jonathan has to share. The conversation in this episode is so rich and applicable to each of us, but to dads especially, Jonathan will encourage you.Here are a fe
07/03/201846 minutes 31 seconds
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#45: Your Questions: Parenting Young Children

This is our first Q & A episode! Thank you for submitting your questions.In this episode, we address questions specifically related to parenting young children.Here's a review of the questions we discuss in this episode: * What are good, practical survival tips for our marriage? * How do I hit the reset button after blowing up at my kids? * I struggle with setting limits on technology. * I'm a single mom and I'm all alone.The questions:From Jody: In September, we will be welcoming into the world our fourth child in 5 years. We are very excited. But it is definitely tough because we have zero help from grandparents and are on our own. What are some good practical survival tips for our marriage in this season to keep it "till death do us part and not till kids do us part?"From Jenny: Two sick toddlers + one sick mommy = a terrible, horrible morning today. After the dust settles though, how do I come back from that? My kids recov
28/02/201840 minutes 16 seconds
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#44: Jamie + Aaron Ivey: Shame, Vulnerability, and Identity in Christ

Jamie Ivey's Happy Hour podcast was Christi's gateway drug into the podcastosphere. So you can imagine what a joy it was to have Jamie, and her husband Aaron, join us on our podcast.We love these two human souls because they embody healthy authenticity. Jamie's new book is called If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free. The title itself is a fitting description of our conversation. As parents to four children, Jamie and Aaron have navigated ministry, marriage, and adoption. Once Jamie navigated her way through her own story, finding identity in Christ, she became free to lead--as a wife, as a mom, and as a successful podcaster.And that's what you hear throughout the interview: a message of freedom. Jamie and Aaron give us the permission to tell our stories and the importance of doing so for our family. So we can champion our marriage. Get rid of shame as a mom. Be present as a dad.So many of us want rid of the nagging feeling of shame.
21/02/201859 minutes 32 seconds
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#43: 5 Ways to Create a Culture of Forgiveness in Your Marriage

Why is it that our natural tendency is to become hard and insensitive toward the person we love the most? Rather than being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry (James 1:19), we're quick to defend ourselves, quick to cast blame, and slow to understand—a recipe that keeps us enslaved to self-righteousness, and too often, unable to forgive.In this episode, we talk about 5 ways you can create a culture of forgiveness in your marriage: * Forgive from the heart but set boundaries on behavior. * Don't defend yourself. * Clothe yourself in gentleness, because bitterness is unattractive. * Pray this one prayer each day for your spouse. * Take the Golden Rule and replace the word "do" with the word "understand."We also reveal the first three actions we give to a couple who call us because they feel stuck in their marriage. If you feel stuck, forgiveness may be the first place to begin.Show Notes:For counseling referrals
14/02/201845 minutes 3 seconds
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#42: Losing Patience, Feeling Inadequate, Discipline, and Not Enough Time: Parenting Struggles 1-5

We asked families in our 22:6 Parenting audience this one question: What’s your #1 struggle as a parent? We had over 700 responses.Last week we covered struggles 6-10. In part 2, we talk about the top 5 struggles of today's parents. We also offer some practical insights on how we can overcome these struggles.In this episode, we talk about the top 5 struggles:5. How do I disciple my kids?4. I lose my patience.3. I feel inadequate.2. How can I get my kids to obey? (Discipline)1. There's not enough time.Also, we invite YOU to ask us questions and be on the podcast. We will have Q&A episodes this season. Just click here to ask your questions or submit your topic. Show Notes:Be on the podcast! Submit your question / topic here!Christi's article: A Shame-Free Approach to Teaching our Kids About Jesus written by Christi StraubSafe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who L
07/02/201854 minutes 19 seconds
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#41: Single Parenting, Technology, Independent Kids, Communication and Respect: Parenting Struggles 6-10

Welcome to season 3!Last month, we asked families in our 22:6 Parenting audience this one question: What’s your #1 struggle as a parent? We had over 700 responses. Trust us when we say, you’re not alone.In the first two episodes of season 3 we talk about the top 10 struggles of today's parents. We also offer some practical insights on how we can overcome these struggles.In this episode, we talk about struggles 6-10:10. Single parenting9. Technology8. Raising kids to be independent7. Communication6. RespectFinally, in season 3, we are going to focus on topics YOU deal with in your family. That's why we want to invite YOU to ask us questions and be on the podcast. We will have Q&A episodes this season as well. Just click here to ask your questions or submit your topic. Show Notes:Be on the podcast! Submit your question / topic here!You can download the electronic nuptial agreement by c
31/01/201853 minutes 2 seconds
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#40: 7 Ways to Prioritize Your Family in the New Year

Welcome to our 40th episode!What an incredible and fun year it's been for the podcast.Having not yet been at this a year, we have learned a lot from each of you. Thank you for becoming a part of our family and making this journey so enjoyable.We thought it would be fitting to close out season 2 by talking about ways we can prioritize our family in the New Year. As the saying goes, "The days are long, but the years are short."In this episode, we light-heartedly go behind our own crooked picture frame to discuss how we have prioritized--or failed at prioritizing--one another. Throughout the discussion, we also offer practical ways you can have fun with your spouse and make memories with your children in the New Year. In addition, we offer tons of bonuses in the show notes to help you get started.As a fun addition for season 3, we will have specific episodes where we answer listener questions. Therefore, we invite you to ask questions, give us feedb
13/12/201748 minutes 7 seconds
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#39: Overcommitment in Marriage – Dealing with the Stress of Always Saying Yes

When is the last time you and your spouse argued about being too busy? Or maybe you didn't argue. Perhaps the busyness meant you just passed one another by, like ships in the night. That's how overcommitment usually begins in our home. It's not until we feel the stress of trying to manage it all that we begin to argue. That's when we "see" one another floating by.Let's face it, overcommitment is plaguing today's families. Unfortunately, the first casualty is usually our marriage. Whether it's finances, work, kid's school activities, or even church, we all feel stretched. Without intentionality, our family life will simply go wherever the winds take it.That's why we decided to make this episode a special one!We were invited to talk about overcommitment in marriage as a part of "marriage week" on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk. This is a conversation we want to invite you in on, especially with the demands of the holiday season upon us.Our hope is that aft
06/12/201730 minutes 8 seconds
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#38: Christmas Hot Topics–Entitlement, Gift-Giving, Santa Claus, and Traditions

There is nothing we want more than to experience the joy of Christmas. Unfortunately, Christmas can leave our time feeling pressed and our wallets stressed. In addition, the holiday also brings along with it some baggage, especially when it comes to our children and the traditions we hold dear.In this episode, we go behind the lens of our own crooked picture frame to discuss some Christmas hot topics. We tell stories about how we were raised and what we implement today in our own family. We also discuss topics like: * Is my gift-giving out of control? * What does an entitled child look like? * Is it okay to lie to my kids about Santa Claus? * What will my kids really remember about Christmas? * How can we truly make it about Jesus' birth? * Is the attitude I'm modeling for my kids at the holidays one of gratitude or grumbling? * What role do traditions play in our family?As you listen to this episode, think about your own family tradition
29/11/201746 minutes 44 seconds
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#37: Blended Families, Step-Parenting, Widowhood, and Holiday Step-Stress with Ron Deal

Over one-third of Americans live in, or are a part of, a blended family. So many questions abound for stepparents. Fortunately, in this week's episode, our dear friend and expert on blended families, Ron Deal, answers many of these questions.Ron serves as Director of Family Life Blended and is the author of The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepmom, The Smart Stepfamily Marriage, and The Smart Stepdad. After listening to this episode, you'll realize he's smart too. What's even better, his approach to blended families is honest, but full of grace. He answers questions like: * What does the Bible say about stepfamilies? * I'm trying to instill good values with my kids but my ex-spouse doesn't. How do I handle that? * What do I tell my kids when they have a new aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc. * How do we deal with loss during the holidays in our family? * We just divorced and now we are both getting remarried. What do we tell our kids to call our new spouses?<
22/11/201753 minutes 22 seconds
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#36: Proactive Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

Cooler weather. Peppermint mochas. Hallmark movies. The holidays. For many, it’s wonderful. For others, this time of year can be quite chaotic. The pressure of figuring out what to buy. Making travel arrangements. Deciding which family members to spend the holidays with.We try—emphasis on “try”—to talk about the upcoming holidays ahead of time. We pray and think through how we can make the most of it as a family. Having little kids can make it a bit more chaotic for us, but it can also make it a lot more precious too.What #TeamStraub has found out is that, without a plan, it’s too easy to allow the chaos and busyness to rob us from being truly present with those we love most, especially one another.In this week's episode, we talk through the acronym E.N.J.O.Y.I.N.G., and discuss eight proactive ways we can enjoy the upcoming holiday season as family. Some of the topics we discuss include: * When and how to say "no" * How to navigate Christmas gatheri
19/11/201739 minutes 2 seconds
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#35: Candace Cameron Bure–Staying Stylish: Cultivating Confidence in Your Family, Style, and Attitude

Do you sometimes feel like you live in a fishbowl? Especially as a parent of young kids, your every move feeling scrutinized by glaring eyes in the grocery store. Or your teenager's every post on social media a reflection of how you parent?For many of us, the peanut gallery just adds insult to injury. We don't need the added pressure of the critics or the perfect family on social media to feel like we're not living up to the expectations we have of ourselves. One person who lives with these feelings heightened to the nth degree is our friend and America's beloved "DJ Tanner," Candace Cameron Bure.In spite of living in the fishbowl of Hollywood, Candace lives, loves, and leads with a confidence so many admire. In this episode, she graciously invites us behind the picture frame of her own family. With candor, Candace describes how she filters out the noise of the critics and who she allows to have access to her heart.Based on her new book, Staying Stylish: Cultiva
08/11/201749 minutes 14 seconds
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#34: Taking Care of Yourself as a Parent

Nobody can really prepare us for the chaos, unpredictability, and self-imposed guilt that accompany becoming a parent. Well-intentioned people may try to prepare you for the sleepless nights, colic, and grocery store tantrums, but let’s be honest, you can’t really be prepared until you encounter them.Instead, it was something subtler, yet much deeper, that nearly took me (Christi) out as a momma. Something nobody else warned me about—I lost my identity.In this episode, we talk about what taking care of ourselves as parents looks like from our own picture frame. Rather than remaining stuck in the ongoing cycle of guilt, shame and feelings of depression, together, we are finding a way out. The reason this is so important to us is because research consistently shows that it's not necessarily what we know about parenting that matters most for how our kids turn out, but who we are becoming as adults.If you too have lost yourself in parenting, this is a conversation w
01/11/201751 minutes 6 seconds
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#33 Championing Your Child's Love for Learning with Mr. Stuart Tutler

Education is one of the most challenging topics for many parents. Do we homeschool our kids? Is it okay to send them to public school? Or should we invest in private school?What about a parent's role in their child's education? How much responsibility should we shoulder versus the school itself?These are questions we tackle in this episode with Mr. Stuart Tutler, the Headmaster of New Hope Academy in Franklin, TN.We describe Mr. Tutler as a student of pedagogy. He has a passion for learning about the methods of teaching. In other words, in this episode, Mr. Tutler shares with us what he's learning to be the best ways to teach kids.Encouraging parents, he answers for us a few questions: * Who's responsible for a child's education? * How important is it that my child gets good grades? * What is the role of experience in a child's education? * How do we navigate the private, homeschool, or public school discussion? * Why and how shou
25/10/201745 minutes 41 seconds
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#32: Working as a Team in the Trenches of Early Parenthood with Christy + Nathan Nockels

For parents in the trenches of the early years, this interview is for you. The heart of our conversation with Christy and Nathan Nockels is the story behind their new lullaby album. The reason we were drawn to the story is because we have played Scripture lullabies in our children's bedrooms from the time they were infants. Ironically, as you'll learn, this album was birthed in the early years of Christy and Nathan's journey as parents.Christy Nockels is a worship leader / singer-songwriter. Her husband, Nathan, is a producer (Passion, Matt Redman, Laura Story). Together, they have three beautiful children.Christy and Nathan toured for several years as the duo Watermark. Today, Christy is a GMA Dove Award winner and podcaster. Her own podcast, The Glorious in the Mundane, came from her own journey as a mom. She shares her journey in this episode.Even more, Nathan shares how he championed Christy's creativity and career from behind the scenes. Truly, the conversa
18/10/201747 minutes 21 seconds
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#31: The Core Social Milestones of Boys and Girls with David Thomas & Sissy Goff

Our affectionally labeled "resident child therapists," David Thomas and Sissy Goff are back on the podcast! In season 1, David and Sissy joined us to talk about the emotional milestones of boys and girls. Now that school is in full session, we talk with them about social milestones. Respectively, Sissy eloquently describes how girls can develop socially, and David describes what it takes to help boys do the same.The four core social milestones include: awareness, reciprocity, ownership, and boundaries. In this episode, David and Sissy talk about the milestones, and also give us very practical ways we can help our boys and girls, respectively, reach these milestones. Fortunately, they also counsel us a bit with our kids. Christi took copious notes.David and Sissy are licensed counselors and serve at Daystar Counseling in Nashville. Along with Daystar’s founder, Melissa Trevethan, they host a website of helpful resources for parents called Raising Boys and Girls.S
11/10/201751 minutes 43 seconds
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#30: The Lies Our Screens Tell Us

We want to ask an honest question: Are you the master of your screen, or is your screen the master of you? Nobody doubts the pervasiveness of screens in our culture today, especially among kids and teens. But when was the last time you stopped and truly asked yourself, "What, about my screen, do I accept without question?"Don't misunderstand us, we don't believe screens are all bad. We just want to be honest with ourselves. And after listening to our conversation in this episode, we hope you'll do the same. Because as research is showing, the subtle lies we have come to believe about our screens may be changing us in ways we never expected.Show Notes: The Death of Reading is Threatening the Soul by Phillip YanceyHave Smart Phones Destroyed a Generation by Dr. Jean TwengeiGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us b
04/10/201737 minutes 14 seconds
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#29: The Beautiful Things We Miss with Matthew West

Our guest this week is singer and songwriter, Matthew West. Matthew just released a brand new album called "All In." When we heard about Matthew's heart behind the album, we knew we had to interview him.Most noteworthy, our conversation centers around a song on the album called, "The Beautiful Things We Miss." If you listen to our podcast, you can already tell where this is going.As a self-described "professional Christian," West knows how easy it can be to coast, to pretend his spiritual life is in a better place than it actually is.“That’s a dangerous place to be,” he says. “That’s what the Bible talks about. Being lukewarm. So I’ve had this idea that I want to be all in like never before. I want to be all in with the songs that I write, I want to be all in with my time with the Lord, I want to be all in with my wife, I want to be all in with my relationship with my daughters.”As a husband, dad, and "professional Christian," Matthew takes u
27/09/201751 minutes 23 seconds
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#28: Mom Set Free: Find Relief From the Pressure to Get it All Right with Jeannie Cunnion

Don't let the title of this episode fool you. Yes, Jeannie Cunnion's message is helping moms find relief from the pressure to get it all right (i.e. be perfect). But this conversation is for all parents. If you need to experience the grace and gentleness of Jesus today as a mom or dad, this episode is for you. Jeannie's words are salve to the exhausted parent. You don't need to listen long before you realize Jeannie really "wrestles with the wild grace of God."We had the privilege of meeting Jeannie through this episode. Since then, her words have penetrated our home and how we show Jesus to our kids. Jeannie is a wife and mom of four fun boys. Her unique message of God's grace is so refreshing.In Jeannie's words, "I spent the first many years of parenting believing that I had to be a perfect example for my kids to follow and worrying that their entire futures were riding on my ability to perfectly orchestrate their lives. My goal was to make very few mistakes and have
21/09/201748 minutes 4 seconds
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#27: The Enneagram and Marriage with Ian Morgan Cron

Our guest this week is Ian Morgan Cron. We invited him on the podcast because nothing has been as significant as the Enneagram in taking our marriage to the next level.What is the Enneagram? Personally, we have been busting at the seams to introduce you to it. But nobody can explain the Enneagram the way Ian can. In this episode, Ian graciously joins us to explain all nine types.As you'll learn, and unlike all other personality tools, the beauty of the Enneagram is that it doesn't just show who you are, it shows you who you could be. When you become aware not just of your behaviors, but the underlying motivations behind your behaviors, it changes the view you have of yourself.Subsequently, we unlock barriers to living fully alive. Not only that, it changes the view you have of your spouse as well. That's why Christi and I also go behind our picture frame to share stories about how the Enneagram has helped us to understand ourselves, and one another, at a
13/09/201750 minutes 57 seconds
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#26: Teaching Our Kids to be Human

Have you given thought to what it means to be human? Think about what makes you--and your kids--truly come alive. Perhaps not surprisingly, those moments rarely happen on a screen.This summer we challenged ourselves to embrace more of what it means to be human. We took our kids camping. Gave away items to those in need. Went on adventures. Completed projects with our hands. And in so doing, we discovered five ways we can teach our kids to be human.In this episode, we tell stories from behind our picture frame and use examples from our journey this past summer. We also talk through the five ways we can show our kids what it means to be human. Full of stories and practical application, it was one of our favorite episodes to record together.Show Notes:Feelings Chart FREE DownloadPodcast Sponsors:Forcefield: Screen Time Done Right. Try it out FREE for 30 days. TwentyTwoSix Parenting: Discipleship Tools for Raising Kids
06/09/201736 minutes 30 seconds
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#25: The Power of Guarding Your Time–and the Hearts of Those You Love with Rodney + Selma Wilson

Do you struggle finding time for those you love most? Does busyness tend to disconnect you from the heart of your spouse?In this episode, we affectionately adopt new "podcast parents," Rodney + Selma Wilson. They join us to explain the secret behind how they can still look at one another like teenagers in love, after 40+ years.Now grandparents, they talk about how they see parenting differently today than when they were raising their daughters. The wisdom and encouragement Rodney and Selma share in this episode comes purely from their experience of loving people so well.At LifeWay, Selma Wilson serves as VP of Organizational Development and Chief People Officer. Cool title, right? She's also a cheerleader for moms! Her husband, Rodney, is an Associate Pastor and Marriage and Family Counselor. He doesn't consider himself a cheerleader (bye, bye pompoms), but he is an encourager.You are in for a dose of wisdom. Some highlights include: * How to pri
30/08/201739 minutes 11 seconds
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#24: Louie + Shelley Giglio–Fighting Goliath and Championing Your Spouse

If you listen to the podcast, you know every conversation we have is centered on being a generation of families who live, love, and lead well. This week's guests, Louie and Shelley Giglio, epitomize this vision.Louie is pastor of Passion City Church and founder of the Passion movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus. Since 1997, Passion has united millions of students in worship, prayer, and justice.Not only did Louie join us, we got the inside scoop from behind their picture frame from his wife, Shelley. Together, Louie and Shelley lead the teams at Passion City Church, sixstepsrecords, and the Passion Global Institute. Shelley is chief strategist, director of label operations and artist management at sixstepsrecords.Not surprisingly, Louie and Shelley walked down a difficult road a few years ago. Remember, everyone of us has a picture frame. And every one of us have Goliath's we fight in our families. Fear. Reje
23/08/201745 minutes 7 seconds
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#23: An Open Conversation for Moms: What Your Husband Really Needs

Today's episode is a continuation of last week's conversation for Dads. This week, however, we talk to Moms. But that doesn't leave husbands off the hook. Guys, it's imperative you join the conversation. Without your input, it's hard for your wife to know what motivates you to pursue her.To reemphasize, our conversation in this episode comes from our own crooked picture frame. Our story is not your story. My (Josh) needs may be different than those of other husbands. However, we hope this conversation is what you and your spouse need to talk deeper about your own relationship and how you can better support one another--especially when the going gets tough.Once again, based on a blog post I (Josh) wrote, we talk about the valuable lessons we continue to learn as it relates to connecting deeper in our marriage, particularly after kids.Let us hear from you. Join the conversation with us and share the lessons you are learning from your own picture frame.Show
16/08/201729 minutes 29 seconds
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#22: An Open Conversation for Dads: What Your Wife Really Needs

Today's episode is a conversation for Dads. Okay, so wives will appreciate it too. Peaking behind our own picture frame, we begin with a story about how we began to emotionally disconnect in our marriage after our kids entered the world (i.e. invaded our home).Don't get us wrong, we love our children dearly. But nothing challenged our marriage more than having two kids less than two years apart. Even more, it impacted Christi's identity. But in the moment, she was unable to put words to that. As I left for work each day, she stayed in between the four walls of our home. Eventually, as she describes it, she was on "the bottom rung of life."Based on a blog post I (Josh) wrote that continues to resonate with many, we talk about the valuable lesson we learned on connecting deeper in our marriage, after kids.This conversation is certainly not exhaustive, nor does it represent the feelings of every woman. However, we hope it opens the door for wives to voice what they
09/08/201731 minutes 24 seconds
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#21: Lisa Harper–Adoption, Single Parenting, and Living Happy!

Part of the vision of In This Together with Dr. Josh + Christi is to be a podcast where we interview guests to discover how their stories can give us insight on becoming families who live, love, and lead well. Today's guest is the epitome of what it means to live a great story. Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person. But then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! Listen for a few minutes and you'll see why.Lisa a gem. In this episode, she shares her journey with adoption, losing two, before adopting her precious daughter, Missy.In addition, Lisa hilariously, yet truthfully, gives us incredibly practical advice on living happy. And no it's not sinful to be happy. In fact, Jesus teaches about it. Lisa encourages exhausted moms, single parents, and families in the trenches. She even lovingly calls us out as parents (hint: we do trauma, but we don't do drama
03/08/201740 minutes 44 seconds