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Mom Struggling Well

Don't stop at 'struggle.' Love your actual life so you don't run away from home. Perfection is nonsense and peace is a perspective shift away!
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Jun 29, 2020

Yep, there are large problems in the world. And while we educate ourselves and our families on how to help with those problems (more on that in this episode), these pesky non-problem problems are still creeping up. People wrote in and asked things like: How often should I be practicing “bland face” for when my teenager tells me shocking things and How naked is TOO naked when pelotoning with friends?

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Emily enjoying her kid-free 2 weeks

  • various and assorted mask problems

  • how we’re approaching speaking about racial equality on social media

  • our thoughts on sending kids back to school this fall

  • helping anxious kids cope with COVID concerns

  • ways to enjoy your family on road trips

  • setting boundaries to find time to relax

  • using reflective questioning with teens that struggle with deception

  • practicing “bland face” in preparation for your kid’s teen years

  • giving your kids space to let their energy out

  • Rebecky’s new alter ego, Francesca

  • giving disrespectful kids the opportunity to try again (and again)

  • staying active while sheltering

  • Rebecky teases some news for next month’s Problem Solved episode

LINKS MENTIONED:

Between the World and Me
White Fragility
Phil Vischer - Race in America

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world
Little Spoon: get 20% off your first 3 orders when you visit littlespoon.com/msw

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Jun 22, 2020

Do you feel like your life is on hold as you raise small children? Might you spend too much time idolizing the wrong things? Find yourself fixating on a clean house? Maybe pointing out imperfections in others? You will never want this episode to end! Ruth shares with us what she has ascertained as a parent to SIX boys over the past 18 years. We talk: resolving conflict, the actual purpose, and the importance of memorizing scripture, why your job is so important, and an overall reminder of where our eyes should be as we train our young ones.

Ruth Chou Simons is an entrepreneur, speaker, and bestselling author of Beholding and Becoming and GraceLaced. She shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and paintbrush through an online shop at GraceLaced.com and her Instagram community of more than a hundred thousand. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—their greatest adventure.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • social distancing with 7 guys in the house

  • normalizing conflict resolution

  • the power of preaching to ourselves to control our inner narrative

  • applying the gospel to your day-to-day life

  • embracing your parenting years as an opportunity to grow

  • the biblical foundations for a healthy family

  • taking the pressure off family devotions

  • self-check - are we praying about it more than we’re complaining about it?

LINKS MENTIONED:

Beholding and Becoming
Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Healthy Family

CONNECT WITH RUTH:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Little Passports: get 15% off any subscription when you visit littlepassports.com and use promo code MSW
Everlywell: get 20% off an at-home lab test when you visit everlywell.com/msw and use promo code MSW
Noom: sign up to start your trial today at noom.com/msw

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Jun 15, 2020

Are you watching your adolescent struggle with mental health? Are you ever torn between faith and your own mental health recovery? Matt Stanford works right at that intersection. He reminds those of us who have adolescents dealing with mental and emotional health issues to check our preconceived notions at the door. Forgetting where they should be and helping them recover gracefully.

Matthew S. Stanford (PhD, Baylor University) is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, Texas, and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College. A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, he is the author of several books including Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness and Grace for the Children: Finding Hope in the Midst of Child and Adolescent Mental Illness.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the church’s response to assisting with mental health issues

  • over-spiritualizing mental health

  • identifying when your child needs outside help

  • steps to getting an accurate diagnosis

  • encouragement for moms who have received a hard diagnosis

  • removing the stigma of a mental health diagnosis

  • how to talk to your child about their diagnosis

  • good mental health practices while sheltering in place

LINKS MENTIONED:

Between the World and Me
White Fragility
Grace for the Children
Grace for the Afflicted

CONNECT WITH MATT:

website

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world
Everlywell: get 20% off an at-home lab test when you visit everlywell.com/msw and use promo code MSW
Little Spoon: get 20% off your first 3 orders when you visit littlespoon.com/msw

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Jun 8, 2020

Where do you feel like you fall short? Just a little honest conversation about comparison going on over here today. It only makes sense to get into a rousing game of Would you Rather during our comparison chat and boy, it’s a tough one. Emily praises Katie for being a sandwich artist and Katie encourages Em to become a plant artist… because she has always wanted to be one.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the ways we struggle with comparison

  • how celebrating others helps us understand our own value

  • things we don’t care about comparing

  • stop comparing - we can’t all have a face as symmetrical as Denzel

  • would you rather…

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Kindle
Where the Crawdads Sing
Little Fires Everywhere
Papermate Ink Joy Gel Pens
Staedtler Marker Pens
Sun Bum

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram | website 

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world
Storyworth: visit storyworth.com/msw and get $10 off your first purchase

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Jun 1, 2020

You know, I don’t feel like I’m cut out for this Mom thing. I am angry ALL the time and it can feel completely overwhelming to be in charge sometimes. But the truth is, we have been chosen to be the mothers of our children. The perspective shift for today is to stop thinking about all of the ways you are falling short and to start focusing on how you have already been equipped for this job.

Becky Keife is the Community Manager for DaySpring’s (in)courage, a widely followed online community where authentic women connect deeply with God and others. She is also a popular speaker for MOPS groups and other women’s events, and is the author of the new book, No Better Mom for the Job: Parenting with Confidence (Even When You Don't Feel Cut Out for It.) Becky is a huge fan of Voxer, Sunday naps, and moms in the thick of it. She and her husband live near Los Angeles where they enjoy hiking sunny trails with their three spirited sons.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • enjoying different seasons of motherhood

  • when the people you love the most bring out the worst in you

  • how vulnerability has helped Becky overcome the shame of being an angry mom

  • feeling completely inadequate as a mom

  • shifting our perspective from our inadequacies to how God has uniquely equipped us for motherhood

  • standing on the promise of James 1:5 - “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

  • what God is teaching Becky about being present in the moment with her kids

  • resisting the temptation to put productivity on a pedestal

  • making a list of the mundane things you’re good at - those are strengths

  • calling out the strengths in the moms around you

LINKS MENTIONED:

#45: The One Where We Model the Awkward Race Conversation in Hopes that You Will Have One Too
#144: White Girls and Diversity with Nika Spaulding
No Better Mom for the Job
No Better Mom for the Job 5-Day YouVersion devotional

CONNECT WITH BECKY:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Prep Dish: try it free for 2 weeks when you visit prepdish.com/msw
Little Passports: get 15% off any subscription when you visit littlepassports.com and use promo code MSW
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon 

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May 25, 2020

Are you racing towards your goals? Running away every chance you can? I sure do. We could all use a gentle reminder to slow down and listen to what God may be telling us.

This week we are bringing you an exclusive interview with our very own Rebecky! There are no problems this month as we celebrate Rebecca Smith’s vulnerable and sweet page-turner that launched this week. In A Better Life: Slowing Down to Get Ahead, Rebecca tells us many personal stories of how she took baby steps and followed God’s lead to find her purpose. Even though she is one of my dearest friends, I didn’t know the sweet story behind Better Life Bags before reading. I loved each chapter more than the last and I’m so happy she shared her heart with all of us.

Rebecca Smith lives in a low-income area of Detroit, Michigan with her husband, four children, and many miscellaneous pets. She started a custom handbag company in her basement with a mission to hire women who have various barriers to employment. These women are adopted into the Better Life family and given a chance to succeed in life, family, and friendship. 

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • an update on Better Life Bags

  • Rebecca and Katie - who’s Emily’s sister?

  • Emily new home decor

  • Rebecky’s southern, tea-drinking grandma alter ego, Honey Bee

  • launching a book during a pandemic

  • letting your dreams simmer

  • avoiding comparison

  • feeling like a fraud (it’s not just you)

  • God’s “special stickers”

LINKS MENTIONED:

Milk & Honey Tees
Ruggable
#38: Starting Small and Saying “Hello” with Rebecca Smith

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Noom: sign up to start your trial today at noom.com/msw
Purple Mattress: visit purple.com/msw and use promo code MSW to get $150 off any mattress order over $1500 (terms apply)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world

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May 18, 2020

It’s every young parent's nightmare and it’s some parents' reality. My guest this week shares with us her family’s story through her son's addiction, overdose, and recovery. She describes what it looks like through the eyes of a faithful mother who did all of the right things but still found herself in the middle of a war. We talk about her struggles with bipolar disorder and her husband's experience with Coronavirus. She has sweet encouragement for all of us moms - we are not alone in these struggles!

Katherine James attended Columbia University, where she also taught undergraduate fiction. Her debut novel, Can You See Anything Now?, won Christianity Today's 2018 Fiction Book award and was a semifinalist for the Doris Bakwin Award. Her new book A Prayer for Orion is out now and is very beautifully written. She lives in West Chester, PA with her writer-philosopher-preacher husband, they have three adult children who are more awesome than everyone else in the world and she prays for them every night.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • coping with the pandemic with your family geologically spread out

  • Kate’s husband’s battle with COVID-19, recovery, and what God taught them through it

  • Kate’s bipolar diagnosis and journey

  • the “shoulds” while going through with depression

  • altering the definition of joy from feeling to faith

  • how medication has helped Kate

  • the misconceptions and guilt of having a child who’s an addict

  • predispositions for addiction

  • how Kate’s son’s addiction both strained and grew her faith

  • the use, shame, repeat cycle

  • resources for parents helping a child with drug addiction

LINKS MENTIONED:

HopeForHurtingParents.com
Clean by David Sheff
You Are Not Alone by Dena Yohe

CONNECT WITH KATE:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Purple Mattress: visit purple.com/msw and use promo code MSW to get $150 off any mattress order over $1500 (terms apply)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world
Hope Writers: take the 30-second quiz for writers today at hopewriters.com/msw

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May 11, 2020

Will the pools be open? What about the beaches? What are we going to DO this summer!?

We found ourselves asking all of these questions so we decided to get on the mic and talk through it like sisters do! We tried out two new recipes with our kids to pass some time and learned more than expected in that experience. We also talked about what swimsuit trends we may be rocking in our back yards this year and how to make limoncello like the Italians do. This episode was magnifico!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Katie’s messy ice cream in a bag experiment lead to the fulfillment of a 10-year dream

  • Emily making bread in a bag… without the bag

  • dividing chores

  • the possibility of summer without pools and beaches

  • investing in your outdoor space

  • summer swimwear trends

  • what’s giving us life and what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

Unlocking Us podcast
Ice Cream in a Bag recipe
Bread in a Bag recipe
Stitch Witchery

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram | website 

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Purple Mattress: visit purple.com/msw and use promo code MSW to get $150 off any mattress order over $1500 (terms apply)
Barefoot Scientist: visit barefootscientist.com and use promo code MSW to get 20% off your first order + free shipping
Little Passports: get 15% off any subscription when you visit littlepassports.com and use promo code MSW

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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May 4, 2020

Are you homeschooling by choice or by force? What “counts” as school, anyway? Maybe you just need some basic guidelines to keep your sanity. Erin shares with us 5 things that you can do right now to improve your homeschool experience plus ways to re-frame this unique situation to find the good. One of my favorite parts of this chat is where she shares the practice of placing value on “unique ability time” and I know it got me thinking of ways to switch things up at home for my kiddos.

 Erin Weidemann is the founder of Truth Becomes Her, a brand that equips moms and women with resources to help them step into their unique leadership roles. A sought-after homeschool consultant, certified teacher, coach, and nationally-recognized speaker, Erin’s personal mission is to shift the conversation around feminine values from being beauty-driven, to a focus on inherent worth. As an on-air personality for Air1 Radio as well as host of the Heroes For Her Podcast where she interviews positive female role models who are living out their passions in-line with their personal values. Erin has written eight (wow!) books, is a five-time cancer survivor, and lives and homeschools in San Diego, CA with her husband, Brent, and their daughter, Rooney.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the goal of Erin’s ministry Truth Becomes Her

  • over complicating finding purpose

  • 5 things that will help newly homeschooling moms

  • why it’s vital to embrace a flexible schedule

  • setting boundaries with your kids to help protect your time

  • tips for making the most of school time with kids in different grades

  • valuing this unique time with our families

LINKS MENTIONED:

Adore by Sara Hagerty
Free online Brave Moms conference
Heroic Homeschooler Masterclass

CONNECT WITH ERIN:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Embr Wave: get $70 off when you visit embrwave.com/msw
Barefoot Scientist: get 20% off your first order when you visit barefootscientist.com and use code MSW
Prep Dish: try it free for 2 weeks when you visit prepdish.com/msw

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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Apr 27, 2020

Emily doesn’t look forward to grandchildren and Rebecky has started cussing during quarantine. These are just the down and dirty facts, and we can’t hide them any longer. We talk about conflicting opinions on arugula, the good and bad days during a pandemic, and jaw-dropping chalk art. I would like to formally thank Rebecky for our shiny new explicit rating and for keeping things… fresh around here.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • when the pandemic became real for Rebecky and how she’s handling it

  • the confusing line between being cautious and being too cautious

  • being a medical health care professional during an outbreak

  • how routine has been helping Rebecky shelter-in-place well

  • everyone but Emily being obsessed with having grandkids

  • how COVID-19 is impacting small businesses, including Better Life Bags

  • spending less time on Instagram and more time cooking

LINKS MENTIONED:

Every Plate
Change-Your-Life Chicken recipe

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Noom: sign up to start your trial today at noom.com/msw
Embr Wave: get $50 off your Embr Wave bracelet when you visit embrwave.com/msw
Invisawear: get $10 off your first order when you visit invisawear.com/msw

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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Apr 20, 2020

Does someone in your family have a chronic illness? Could you use a perspective shift towards grace when it comes to your children?

I was so happy to hear from my guest today because she has practical ways to get in the bible no matter what your spiritual maturity and that was just the motivation I needed. She shares with us her wisdom on the subject of grace and her family’s journey navigating Crohn’s disease.

Amy Seiffert is an author, writer, and teacher. She currently is on the teaching team at her church, where she directs community groups and team cohesion. Weaving biblical wisdom through her presentations, Amy inspires, teaches, and humbly invites any willing spiritual pilgrim to walk alongside her in the pursuit of truth and the knowledge of God. Amy is married to Rob, and they live in Bowling Green, Ohio, with their three kids.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the need for parenting skills and relational help Amy sees in her community

  • what our kids are doing that is driving us crazy while we shelter in place

  • how grace allows us to be honest and allows others to be honest with us

  • “gift” and “grace” are synonymous with one another

  • how acceptance of grace has affected her parenting

  • what we gain by seeing from our child’s perspective

  • the fear of grace leading to a lack of authority

  • how extending freedom can lead to a better connection with our kids

  • tips for getting into the Bible no matter your spiritual maturity

  • four writing prompts - God, I feel…; God, I need…; God, You are…; and God, thank you…

  • the diet that’s been helping Amy’s family navigate life with a child with Crohn’s Disease

LINKS MENTIONED:

Jesus Storybook Bible
Feeding the Mouth That Bites You
Nordace backpacks
Grace Looks Amazing on You

CONNECT WITH AMY:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Beekeepers Naturals: get 15% off your 1st order when you visit beekeepersnaturals.com/msw and use promo code MSW

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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Apr 13, 2020

Friendship is hard in quarantine! How are other people connecting right now? Should I change my face to a potato on a Zoom call?

Before we ever got to the actual subject of friendship we found out that Emily has experienced Tiger King’s property first hand and how Katie’s at-home art class became more educational than planned. We also did stash it or trash it on Aha Black Cherry + Coffee Sparkling Water and Caramel Coconut Oreos.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Katie Roadrunner-legging right out of work

  • why Emily told a client to “kick themselves out”

  • Emily’s raging UTI

  • Emily recaps her trip to Joe Exotic’s G.W. Zoo

  • Zoom call mishaps

  • what Katie is loving about this weird time

  • Em is incorporating Bible study back into the family’s routine

  • Katie explains why you maybe shouldn’t tell Alexa to play James Brown while your kids are in the room

  • shelter-in-place family movie suggestions

  • being an enneagram 2 during a pandemic

  • how our kids are coping with the new normal

  • staying connected with friends

  • stash it or trash it

  • turning Em’s wet bar into an entertainment center

LINKS MENTIONED:

Marco Polo
Zoom

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Laurel Springs: get your registration fee waived when you visit laurelsprings.com/msw

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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Apr 6, 2020

Raising daughters is amazing/overwhelming. Today we are focusing on pre-teen girls but we also touch on the general wellness that all of us mothers are trying to maintain over here.

In Courtney’s experience, our girls turn a corner around first and second grade - when things aren’t just about cool tutus and everyone being friends. Courtney is really passionate about this time in life, so with her girls, she tackles 6 subjects: identity, friendship, body, emotions, and technology in a fun and interactive way.

Courtney DeFeo is most known for being a factory of ideas for families. It’s her desire to lead a life that radiates God’s love in action and His grace along the way. As a former marketing professional for Chick-fil-A, Courtney has a history of creating memorable programs and ideas that motivate others to action. She is the author of In This House, We Will Giggle, creator of ABC Scripture Cards and the kindness movement Light ‘Em Up Acts. Recently, Courtney launched a new study in collaboration with Parent Cue entitled Treasured designed for tween girls and their moms. Courtney’s most honorable mention is her husband Ron and their two wildly creative girls (Ella, 13 and Larson, 10).

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Courtney’s faith has been tested while living away from her family

  • sacrificing for your spouse without holding resentment

  • not feeling well due to neglecting self needs

  • where to start when you’re trying to get well

  • not letting your children’s emotions pull down your emotional state

  • helping your pre-teen/teen girl navigate emotions

  • how finding a community and being vulnerable unites us

  • Courtney’s passion for teaching 9-12 year-old-girls

LINKS MENTIONED:

Treasured Journal: An Interactive Experience for a Tween Girl & Her Mom
Treasured Podcast
Down Dog Yoga app

CONNECT WITH COURTNEY:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Beekeepers Naturals: get 15% off your 1st order when you visit beekeepersnaturals.com/msw and use promo code MSW
Embr Wave: get $60 off your Embr Wave bracelet when you visit embrwave.com/msw
YogaSleep: get 20% off a sound machine when you visit yogasleep.com/msw
Abide app: get 25% off a premium subscription when you visit abide.co/msw

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Mar 30, 2020

How many of you can not DEAL with another change in plans? I feel like I can’t possibly make one more decision right now. I don’t have enough information and I’m probably doing all of this wrong.

I know for me, I overthink like it’s my job. Today we’re talking to Anne Bogel who a lot of you know as Modern Mrs Darcy. Through her blog and podcasts, Anne helps us get more out of our reading life (which means we’ll get more out of our actual life) and now she has a new book that is EXCELLENT and timely. One of my favorite quotes from Don't Overthink It is "the best memories start with things going wrong". Well, I hope you’ve been buckled up because we have been “making memories” left and right!

This week Anne gives actionable steps and strategies to make easier, more confident decisions so that we can spend more time focusing on the things that really matter in life. You can find more from Anne on her podcasts What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how putting down our phones can help us stop overthinking

  • not letting our disappointments turn into comparisons that lead to shame

  • how Anne is helping guide her family through quarantine

  • Anne’s struggle with overthinking

  • the link between perfectionism and overthinking

  • determining when you’re giving something the attention it deserves vs. overthinking it

  • ways to stop overthinking

  • values-driven decision making

  • mental tricks to help you make decisions

  • stopping the overthinking spiral

  • adopting an attitude of experimentation

LINKS MENTIONED:

What Should I Read Next? podcast
One Great Book podcast
Don’t Overthink It
Libro.fm

CONNECT WITH ANNE:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Noom: sign up to start your trial today at noom.com/msw
Grove Collaborative: visit grove.co/msw and get a free 5-piece cleaning set from Mrs. Myers
Hands-On Bibles: get 35% off the purchase of deluxe editions of the Hands-On Bible through 4/12/20

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Mar 23, 2020

Waiting well through the adoption process, working towards financial freedom for your family and battling comparison as a parent of a child with delays are just a few of the topics we hit on today with my guest Alison Storm. She talks to us about her season of waiting and her distaste for the phrase “it happens in God’s time”. Alison saw child slavery first hand on a trip and it started a fire in her to change her parenting to battle entitlement. She founded an organization that can get your kids involved and feeling empowered too!

Alison Storm calls the south home and began her career as a television reporter working in newsrooms around the country. Alison was a part of HIS Morning Crew which airs on HIS Radio across the Carolinas and coastal Georgia, serves as the features editor of Belle magazine and facilitates Financial Peace University at her church. In 2018 she founded Crowdsourcing Kids, an organization that taps into the entrepreneurial spirits of young people to fund wells in India and support children rescued from slavery. Alison and her husband Tim have two little world changers, Sammy and Phani.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Alison’s experience with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

  • being married to an Italian immigrant

  • why Alison chose to adopt and the long process of finding her daughter

  • how she has learned how to have grace for herself while raising a son with medical needs

  • what she learned in retrospect from the adoption process

  • Alison’s struggle with choosing her comfort over her children’s needs

  • how being debt-free allowed her to not to return to work after the adoption

  • how Alison’s work to provide clean water changed her life

  • how she’s helping kids in America spread hope in India

  • advice for listeners who may have something on their heart, but are afraid to begin the work

LINKS MENTIONED:

Are You Humble Enough to Be Carefree?
All God’s Children
Financial Peace University
Set Free Alliance
Crowdsourcing Kids

CONNECT WITH ALISON:

website | Instagram | facebook 

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Mar 16, 2020

WHAT I CHAT ABOUT:

  • giving your anxiety to the Lord; He is near

  • finding things to be grateful for

  • waiting well - be aware of what you look to for comfort while you wait

  • expecting well - trust that God is working all things for our good

  • looking again - find opportunities to share hope

  • leaning in - make the next right choice moment by moment and embrace the opportunities God is providing

LINKS MENTIONED:

Every Moment Holy

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Mar 9, 2020

Have you ever wondered if you may have a substance dependence issue? Maybe you have a child or loved one dealing with substance abuse and could use some advice on how to love them well through that. My friend and neighbor Liz came to sit with me on my bedroom floor and tells us about her journey through alcohol use and rehabilitation. She shares when she came to faith and the conditions she made up to help keep her sober. We talk about pride, abortion, neglect, and denial in this bittersweet story.

Liz is a mom to three, a wife to a Richard and is in recovery. She believes that God can make a message out of all of her messes and she loves the idea of Struggling WELL vs. plain ole’ struggling. Gratitude is her superpower and I’m so glad to call her a friend!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Liz’s kids are teaching her to be present

  • taking our kids’ actions less personally

  • Liz’s journey with drugs, alcoholism, abortion, recovery, and relapse

  • setting healthy boundaries with loved ones dealing with addiction

  • the moment God met Liz in her darkest place and changed her heart

  • facing an addiction as a Christian

  • how God has helped Liz strive less and struggle well

  • recognizing when you have a problem

  • encouragement for listeners struggling with addiction

LINKS MENTIONED:

The Naked Mind Podcast
The Alcohol Experiment

CONNECT WITH LIZ:

Instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Yoga Sleep: get 20% off a sound machine when you visit yogasleep.com/msw
Everlywell: get 15% off an at-home lab test when you visit everlywell.com/msw and use promo code MSW
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Mar 2, 2020

Thank you to each and every one of you that wrote in with your vulnerable and funny problems to solve surrounding love and marriage. Rebecky and I had to take this one in a different direction because it turns out as we have been solving YOUR problems, OUR problems had been stacking up!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what’s going on with Rebecky and Emily

  • if Emily should haze the new patients at her job

  • solving Rebecky’s pet problem

  • canceling Emily’s double gym membership

  • Rebecky’s new vs. used car dilemma

  • caring for sick kids

  • Emily’s daughter’s dentist anxiety

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Feb 24, 2020

You guys, we just scored some sound advice on bedtime problems, sibling rivalries, and technology + teens. These two have a framework that has really shaped my parenting and now they have even more resources for us to enjoy!

Jim & Lynne LOVE making God’s grace and truth practical for parents. Their combination of experience at home with three wired kids, and in careers helping kids and parents, have uniquely prepared them to give parents tools they can use right away, supported by memorable principles that will last a lifetime. Since we talked last, Jim and Lynne have started their own Connected Families podcast! You can visit their website at connectedfamilies.org to learn more.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the framework of parenting - foundation, connect, coach, correct

  • how our relationship with parental figures influences our foundation

  • becoming a coach, facilitator, and encourager in sibling conflict

  • how to intervene in sibling conflict to break the pattern of aggressor and victim

  • getting your kids to bed without the struggle

  • kids and technology

LINKS MENTIONED:

Connected Families podcast
Screenagers
Framework magnet
Sibling Conflict Online Course
The Entitlement Fix Course
Discipline That Connects
Online Gaming Addiction

CONNECT WITH JIM AND LYNN:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Feb 17, 2020

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Kirsten’s story

  • changing the language we use about our bodies

  • how working through non-sexual trauma affected Kirsten’s sex life

  • taking control of your energy for yourself

  • changing the negative connotation of pleasure

  • deciding what you want your sex life to look like

  • the mind, body and spiritual connection of sex

LINKS MENTIONED:

It’s So Amazing
Another Name for Everything with Richard Rohr
Morgan Day Cecil Instagram
Mating in Captivity
Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
The Forgotten Feminine
Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free

CONNECT WITH KIRSTEN:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Feb 10, 2020

If you want to feel normal about marriage, please listen to this episode. Huge shout out to the listeners who wrote in! We all have conflict and it was so fun to hear about your most ridiculous fights and how you all have learned to conflict well. We shared a good amount of personal information on behalf of our “big boys” and we are hoping this podcast never makes its way to their phones!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • sharing your (and our) ridiculous spouse fight stories

  • conflict resolution strategies from our fellow struggs

  • arguing in front of your kids well

  • understanding your partner’s expectations

  • tips for marital bliss from getting a king-sized bed to discussing emotional topics through texts

  • what’s giving us life and what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

Ripple Dairy-Free Milk
Third Love: get 15% off your first order when you visit thirdlove.com/msw

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Prep Dish: get 2 weeks free when you visit prepdish.com/msw
Clearly Filtered: get 20% off when you visit clearlyfiltered.com/msw and use promo code MSW
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Feb 3, 2020

Do you love to storm out when you’re fighting with your spouse? Maybe get a good door slam in and draw things out a bit? Conflict happens. Especially with those partners we love so much and that’s exactly what we’re talking about today with The Peppers.

Gerard Brown and Jessie Artigue launched the now popular ‘Marriage is Funny’ podcast just two days after a serious discussion about divorce. Four years later, they credit the health of their connection to a podcast community that developed in response to the radical vulnerability they bring to their listeners each week. They refuse to claim the title of “RELATIONSHIP EXPERTS” because they continue to figure things out just like everybody else. Residing in sunny Long Beach, CA, Gerard and Jessie believe that talking things out and tight bear hugs fix (almost) anything, have committed to what they call ‘Great Love,’ and strive to find the humor in every mess. 

As a special gift, Jessie and Gerard are sharing their free video series about the three “marriage myths” that nearly ruined their relationship with MSW listeners at meetthepeppers.com/strugglingwell!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Jessie and Gerard’s struggling marriage lead them to start their podcast

  • how we can grow in relationships through conflict

  • having conflicts well

  • better communication by changing the language around your internal story

  • reframing marital myths

  • grieving unmet expectations

  • advice for making friends as a couple

  • supporting a partner with an anxiety disorder

LINKS MENTIONED:

Brene Brown: The Call to Courage
Three “Marriage Myths” video series
MarriageHelp.org

CONNECT WITH THE PEPPERS:

website | instagram | podcast | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Jan 27, 2020

We solved it all this week. How do you plan for a day out and about without breaking the bank to feed your crew on the way home? Solved. What to do when your friends are shaming you for living paycheck to paycheck? Solved! Is meal planning non-existent in your home and you think it’s breaking the bank? SOLVED! Listeners not only wrote with their problems, they told us what makes them feel like winners at saving and we shared all of their tips with you.

P.S. USB ports are going away and Weight Watchers changed their name. We aren’t happy about it either. Enjoy saving WELL!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • an update on Em’s decision to get bangs and how 40 is going so far

  • the beginning of Rebecky’s WW journey (and all the things that are messing up her routine)

  • ideas for last-minute meals that don’t break the bank

  • differentiating want vs. need

  • solving your meal prep probs

  • saving when you live paycheck to paycheck

  • tips from listeners on what’s been saving them money

LINKS MENTIONED:

Diet Bet
Dave Ramsey
YNAB
Mo’ Money Podcast
ChooseFI
Her Money
Amazon warehouse
Your Money or Your Life

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Invisawear: get $10 off your first order when you visit invisawear.com/msw

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Jan 20, 2020

Are you a workin’ lady? Maybe you’ll be returning to work in the near future. Maybe you don’t work outside of the home but some friends that you love do. This week I wanted to share a conversation that I had with the women over on the Mom to Mom Podcast. We talk about tips for working moms and also I share a very raw description of what it looks like in the Thomas house now that I’m back to work. Spoiler alert: It’s not magazine perfect.

Kate Battistelli, September McCarthy & Jamie Erickson are three generations of moms who have experienced nearly every season of motherhood. They don’t have all the answers, but you can be sure that they’ll always point you to the One who does.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • learning to pivot when the thing you thought would work isn’t yielding the desired results

  • accepting help in order to better balance your life

  • learning and prioritizing self-care

  • why Emily stopped homeschooling and has no regrets

  • tips for helping manage your home when you work full-time

  • finding space for time with the Lord in the midst of a busy schedule

  • the power of in-person community

  • alleviating mom guilt

  • encouraging words for working moms

CONNECT WITH THE MOM TO MOM PODCAST:

website | Kate Battistelli | September McCarthy

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% off your first order when you visit thirdlove.com/msw
Zola: get 50% off Save the Dates when you use promo code SAVE50 at zola.com/struggling
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Jan 13, 2020

Are you a saver or a spender? Do you have a joint bank account or are they separate? Oh, and do you still tuck in the front of your shirt or is that over now? This week we are talking finances and saving well. Emily brought some really simple saving tips and Katie sends out a siren call for large thongs. We establish that money can be difficult and Em stumbled upon some helpful sermons to ponder this month as we think about our finances. Please send your finance problems to hello@momstrugglingwell.com for Rebecky and Emily to solve later on this month. Biyeee!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Katie the saver and Emily the spender

  • joint vs. separate bank accounts

  • our personal struggles with saving and what’s been working for us

  • simple saving tips from taping reminders to your credit cards to swapping clothes with a friend (no underwear, please)

  • the importance of stewarding money well

  • the connection between loving money and loving people

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Mint
America Saves
Stewardship sermon
Mo Money, Mo Problems sermon
Down Dog app

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Future: get 50% off your first month when you visit tryfuture.com/msw
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