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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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Now displaying: June, 2020
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

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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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

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon 

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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

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon 

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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 

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here!

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