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Episode 19:

Raising Teens and Building Fences

Parenting is tough- and just when you think you’ve figured it out, something changes and you’re not reaching our kids hearts the way we used to. Sound familiar? The way we relate to our kids needs to change as they get older. In this podcast, parents of teens learn how to transition from a teacher to a coach.

Want personal tools for parenting teens? familiesmattermost@gmail.com


Episode 18:

Who Do You Think You Are?

Ever wonder how Families Matter Most came to be a thing? Join me in reminiscing through the humble beginnings of a nervous girl with a big dream to help families succeed. 

Want tools to be a better parent? familiesmattermost@gmail.com


Episode 17:

Teammates- with Sean Dean

When I say that we’ve learned everything the hard way, I wasn’t kidding! This episode we learn from my hero- my husband, Sean Dean. He has worked hard over the years to become the amazing father and husband he is today. If your marriage is strong- press in to make it even better. If your marriage is struggling- our hope is to motivate you to do the hard work now.

That pimple we brought up.
Whether you feel like your marriage is struggling or not, have a look at this.
If either of you are using manipulation (purposely or not) -get help!

Episode 16:

Sister- You are not alone!

We all have our own weird. But as crazy as this life can be, one thing we know is that we are all better together! In this episode Niki Williams is real and honest in her struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. You were created with a purpose, and whether you believe it or not- You are worth fighting for!

Niki shares compassion and healing. If you are struggling right now it can be hard, but getting help is possible. There is hope! If you know somebody stuck in the trenches, we want to help you be that person who will jump in the ditch to help.

One of my biggest dreams is building a community of women who will support and cheer each other on! If life is going great, we need you to share your joy, and if life is super sucky right now we need you to come out and be encouraged with a night of hope.

Resources:

  1. Write out some notes thanking and encouraging the people that have been with you in the trenches- they may not even know they’ve been your person. Often those support people struggle with not knowing what to do or say, so a note acknowledging that they actually helped you goes a long way.
  2. One of my biggest dreams is building a community of women who will support and cheer each other on! If life is going great, we need you to share your joy, and if life is super sucky right now we need you to come out to the Sisters Event and be encouraged with a night of hope.

SISTERS EVENT: Nov 15th

Come join women from all over Saskatchewan for a special one-night event Created with YOU in mind. You will leave inspired and motivated to walk through your daily life with Hope and Wonder.

The evening will consist of a fantastic coffee & tea bar, sweet treats, and a time of worship led by Kaeli Dane. Our featured speaker is Niki Williams.

Friday, November 15th – 7 – 9:00pm

Tickets available at Bloom Church or at the door for $15

Or to Pre Purchase tickets with a credit card – Please contact Deanna Sudom @306-551-1865

Event location: 3900 Arcola Ave (Living Hope Alliance)

FUN PRIZE: The first person that listens to the podcast and shares it on Facebook gets FOUR FREE TICKETS! Tag @nikiwilliamsspeaks and @familiesmattermost


Episode 15:

Victim to Warrior

In this episode we get to hear from Vanessa Mehrer about the inner struggle of transitioning from being career focused to embracing her new role as stay-at-home mom. She’ll teach us how to do it well, or at least do it with flair!  Don’t let yourself fall into a Victim mindset. Instead be a Warrior in every season of life! 

Vanessa encourages us to develop community by finding mentors that inspire us. You might also like to scroll down and listen to Episode 6: Finding a Mentor right here on this page!

Resources:

Vanessa and her husband David co-pastor a church in Assiniboia. Check it out!

Listen to some of Pastor Vanessa’s sermons online on Facebook.

Vanessa spoke of starting a gratitude journal for her husband. I found one online that is so simple and easy ANYBODY can do it. Read it here.

Our challenge for this episode is to reach out to that person who has gotten into the pit with you BUT loved you enough to not let you stay there. Share a kind word with them, and send them this podcast with an nod that says, Yup I see you! I see that you’ve been willing to love me even when it’s inconvenient, you’ve had the courage to call me when I’m in a pity party, you’ve spoke truth and had the difficult conversations when necessary, and I love you for it! You are my person!


Episode 14:

Is it Just a Phase?

Is it just a phase? Lessons from an expert in children’s stages of development.

Raising kids is really hard! If you’ve ever wondered if you’re ruining your children, you’re not alone. What used to work isn’t anymore, and maybe it’s even hurting your kids. You can feel them emotionally slipping away…what can you do!?

This episode we get to hear from an unbiased outsider who has seen it all!

Whether you have preschoolers or teens, you’ll get practical tips on what to expect at each stage in order to reach your child’s heart. Grab a notepad and get ready to learn from the best.

Jori Stockdale is an expert in helping families through stages of development. In this podcast you’ll  learn how to reach the heart of your child specifically related to their stage of development: 

What are the questions our kids are asking at each stage of development?

What are the pitfalls we need to avoid?

What do they need from us?

No matter how old your kids are, there’s something for you and it’s never too late.

 5 Stages of Development:

  1. Preschool
  2. Elementary
  3. Middle Years
  4. High School
  5. After High School

Parents, whether you’re playing Fortnight or Candyland (the worst game EVER) for the millionth time, remember you’re building up your relational foundation. When they’re in high school or beyond you’ll have equity you can use to speak into their life. So get on the floor with those little humans, watch youtube videos with your middles, take up an interest in their passions and it will absolutely pay off! 

Are you taking the challenge? Surprise your kids at bedtime with a jammie trip out for ice cream. This one is especially fun for older kids! Head out in your pj’s and make some fun family memories this week!

Resources: 

Have a question? Want to check out Pastor Jori’s programs? 

Send her an email:  pastorjori@reginapp.com

Be sure to head over to the Regina Apostolic Church to sign up for FREE parenting tips.

www.nextgenrac.com Resources, Kids & Youth Programs, Free Online Parenting Classes via Email

Here’s a link to the book we talked about in the session. 

https://www.amazon.ca/Its-Just-Phase-So-Dont-Miss/dp/194125943X


Episode 13:

selfless

selfless the movie. You gotta see this!
Podcast Episode 13: selfless

Want to change the world? No, seriously, what if you had a crazy idea to make a movie that would inspire youth to look at themselves differently, but you had literally no idea how to make it happen. Most of us would shrug it off and go back to scrolling Instagram. But not Kim and Meg. This mother/daughter duo pondered the question,’If a girl lived in the forest with no mirrors, magazines or social media – what would beautiful look like to her and how would she see herself?’ Creating something from nothing, This movie is a must-watch for every family on the planet. Listen to their incredible story.

 Watch the selfless movie trailer. below. Check out extra scenes from the documentary, and find out where it’s playing!

These ladies are travelling the world encouraging young people to participate in the great conversation about self worth! Follow them on your favorite social media:

https://www.instagram.com/freshindependence/

https://www.facebook.com/freshindependence/

Fresh Independence Twitter

The young lady, Kuki, and her brother Izzy, are absolute joys in the movie. I enjoyed their music and wanted to share it with you! Just because.


Episode 12:

Being Present

Podcast Episode 12: Being Present

I get to interview my great friend Julie Allan, who teaches a parenting program called ‘Circle of Security’. Julie has this way of presenting hard truths in a way that you feel inspired to look at yourself, and your children, differently. After our conversation we hope you’ll be able to give yourself a little more grace.

Circle of Security is all about finding the courage to be fully present for your children. We aren’t perfect, but we need to be bigger than our kids problems so that they can rely on us to meet their needs. Whether it’s that extra hug when we’re triggered, or discipline when we feel severely under-qualified, our kids need to know that we are bigger, stronger, wiser and kind. Learn more or register for her next class by emailing Julie at dwajulallan@gmail.com

Here is the video about shark music that we reference in the podcast. Notice how our own perceptions, and triggers, make all the difference? What is your shark music? Next time you feel yourself reacting unreasonably, ask yourself if there’s shark music playing for no reason. Perhaps you’re reacting to something in your own past, and often just seeing that is enough to talk us off the ledge of despair.

How is YOUR shark music affecting your parenting?

Have a listen, and would you do me a favor? If you enjoy the podcast would you take a screenshot and share it out to your friends? Please mention us in the comment so we can say hi! Thanks so much guys!


Episode 11:

Is It Time You Stopped Procrastinating?

Do you put things off? If so, welcome to the party- I wouldn’t have said I was a procrastinator, just extremely productive at unimportant tasks!

I struggled with overwhelm for a long time until I learned how it develops. You see, procrastinators aren’t lazy after all. It’s not that they don’t want to work hard. In fact, they are often perfectionists who insist on excellence. In this episode you’ll learn how to become super productive in your work and home life without feeling overwhelmed and stuck.

Learn how to be more productive without overwhelm!
Hey Guys! I would love to hear from you! Take a screenshot of your favorite podcast and share it out! Don’t forget to include me so I can thank you!

Families Matter Most Episode 10:

Baby Sign Language

Jess from Stay n Play Parenting is my special guest this episode. One of the hardest parts of raising little ones is figuring out what they need. Teaching them some sign language will help you communicate better and reduce the amount of frustrated tears in your kitchen. Also, Jess is open and honest about sharing her own struggles in advocating for a child that needs extra help.

Stay and Play Parenting has a free download with some baby sign lessons to get you started as well as a coupon for her next sign session HERE. Thanks Jess!

Jenn and Jess, discussing advocating for our kids and teaching them sign language.

On this podcast, we learned how giving a little one the skill to deal with frustration improves positive communication and reduces the amount of discipline. Similarly, YOU can feel more positive in your parenting by learning new skills to reduce anger and frustration! Check out our upcoming live and online events, and register today!


Families Matter Most Episode 9:

No Fair- Expo Facto

Jenn shares three things about parenting that aren’t fair. Sometimes we need to hear the truth, even if it hurts. There are area’s of our life that impact our parenting even if they seem completely unrelated, but in order to raise healthy confident kids we need to go there.

No Fair! Learn three area’s that, as parent’s, we often blow it. It’s important for us to deal with them in order to be reach our kids hearts.
Ever considered private family coaching? I can work anywhere!

Get some help! I offer online and in person workshops and private coaching. Check out our upcoming events HERE.


Families Matter Most Episode 8:

Kids and Nutrition

Our special guest, Lacey Engel, owner of Beyond Baby Nutrition, is on the podcast to help answer the most often asked questions by parents. How much should our child eat, and what to do if they don’t want to eat the vegetables. Should our kids be eating lots of carbs? We had a great time recording this one! Don’t miss it!

Links and Bonus:

Find out more about Beyond Baby Nutrition here.

Lacey has provided us with a FREE Cheat Sheet to help! We thought you’d love to have some pointers in print: Stop Sabotaging Mealtimes and Do This Instead Thanks Lacey!

One of our Lacey’s awesome tips was Greek Pork Chops from Costco! If you don’t have a Costco membership, this recipe for marinated Greek Pork Chops looks delicious!

If you haven’t already, why don’t you set aside one hour of your time to enjoy my free video workshop on finding Balance. The amount of time and stress it can save you is priceless, but it’s completely free! Just something to love on my people because I want to give you as many tools as possible to help. Look, I get it. Parenting is HARD! I can make it easier. Get your free class here!


Families Matter Most Episode 7:

Avoid Common Pitfalls in Marriage

Intentionally craft a divorce-proof marriage!

Jenn and Valerie Dean at Family Life Canada talk about how to avoid two common pitfalls in marriage. Happily married or ready to strangle each other, you’ll learn something new for sure. We’ll even do our best to convince you to talk about your feelings. Preferably over coffee, while on a weekend holiday!

You can learn more about Valerie and Family Life Canada HERE

Some upcoming events we mention in the podcast:

Couples Cafe: One Thursday each month. 

Together For Good Moose Jaw at Church of God. Here is the link for this event.


Families Matter Most Episode 6:

Finding a Mentor for Parenting, Marriage, or Business

How to *ACTUALLY* find help and support!

We’ve all felt lost and isolated, and wished there was someone who could point us in the right direction. Whether it’s in our parenting, help in our marriage, or career advice, finding a great mentor is hard. In this podcast, Jenn breaks it down into steps that you can actually do! Without ever saying the word “mentor”, you’ll surround yourself with experts in their fields to help you push through.

In addition, I’ve provided you with a FREE Cheat Sheet to help you determine who would be that perfect fit for you. It includes steps to get a meeting with said person, and great questions to ask once you’re together.

How to Find a Mentor

If you haven’t already, why don’t you set aside one hour of your time to enjoy my free video workshop on finding Balance. The amount of time and stress it can save you is priceless, but it’s completely free! Just something to love on my people because I want to give you as many tools as possible to help. Look, I get it. Parenting is HARD! I can make it easier. Get your free class here!


Families Matter Most Ep. 5: Spanking!

Spanking! Is it ever ok? In this podcast I’m going there…now I want to know what you think. Grab a cup of coffee, and join in the discussion.

In this episode I referenced this government article: Corporal Punishment and Spanking

Also, I mentioned being trained by the National Centre for Biblical Parenting. They have incredibly practical and useful tools. Visit biblicalparenting.org


Episode 4: Hard Kids

This podcast episode is for every parent who struggles. Encouragement to not give up, to look for ways to reach your child’s heart even when you want to sit on your steps and cry.

If you haven’t already, why don’t you set aside one hour of your time to enjoy my free video workshop on finding Balance. The amount of time and stress it can save you is priceless, but it’s completely free! Just something to love on my people because I want to give you as many tools as possible to help. Look, I get it. Parenting is HARD! I can make it easier. Get your free class here!


Episode 3: Mixed Feelings

Your kids deal with big emotions every single day. Connect with their hearts to help them through.

If you haven’t already, why don’t you set aside one hour of your time to enjoy my free video workshop on finding Balance. The amount of time and stress it can save you is priceless, but it’s completely free! Just something to love on my people because I want to give you as many tools as possible to help. Look, I get it. Parenting is HARD! I can make it easier. Get your free class here!


Episode 2: Helping Kids Deal with Anger

What do you look like when you’re angry?
If you’re in a good mood ask your kids what you look like- they definitely know already and are more than happy to show you!

In this episode, Jenn gives some tools to help kids recognize frustration before it leads into anger. You’ll learn how to recognize cues that trouble is brewing, and develop a new perspective on the emotion itself. It’s not so terrible!

If you haven’t already, why don’t you set aside one hour of your time to enjoy my free video workshop on finding Balance. The amount of time and stress it can save you is priceless, but it’s completely free! Just something to love on my people because I want to give you as many tools as possible to help. Look, I get it. Parenting is HARD! I can make it easier. Get your free class here!


Episode 1: Feelings

Welcome to the first ever Families Matter Most podcast! I’m thrilled- and completely terrified- but doing hard things is something I encourage kids to do, so here I am!

This episode teaches about the Circle of Acceptable Feelings. Learn what this is, and how to use it to learn more about your kids and yourself. When you apply this new tool in your relationship I know you’re going to be surprised by some of the insights you’ll gain! Let me know how it goes 🙂

If you haven’t already, why don’t you set aside one hour of your time to enjoy my free video workshop on finding Balance. The amount of time and stress it can save you is priceless, but it’s completely free! Just something to love on my people because I want to give you as many tools as possible to help. Look, I get it. Parenting is HARD! I can make it easier. Get your free class here!

4 Comments

  1. Monique Strachan says:

    Thanks Jenn! I never get tired of hearing your wisdom 😊

  2. When is podcast 2 coming out?! I very much enjoyed this one!!

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