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Don't Mom Alone Podcast

Don't Mom Alone Podcast

Christianity, Religion & Spirituality, God, Kids & Family, Parenting, Mom

52.2K Ratings

Overview

Heather MacFadyen, mother of four boys, connects you the listener with people and resources to help you feel less alone. Consider it an invitation to "withness".

553 Episodes

Sidetracked with Beth McCord :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 473]

Today’s podcast kicks off with a real-life example of how the enneagram can improve relationships and facilitate healthy conflict resolution. Heather sent our guest, Beth McCord, a less than friendly email recently and Beth responded with grace and understanding because she knows how to navigate our personalities, what a gift. Our guest Beth is a well-known speaker, author, teacher, enneagram coach, podcaster, and more. She has honed her skill of understanding personalities while helping people find freedom in Christ. We ask her the big question of how to approach the enneagram from a Biblical perspective when there are so many rumors swirling around that its roots are ungodly. At the end of the day, this is a tool to bring freedom to relationships and Beth reminds us the goal is to be a non-anxious connected presence to our kids. Her new book is about motherhood and how we approach our children and conflict based on our personalities and how to heal in unhealthy areas so we can be whole. Stick around to the end where she nails our enneagram types when it comes to mom life, work, and friendship. Connect with Beth McCord: Website: Your Enneagram Coach | Free Enneagram Test, Courses, and Coaching Facebook: Your Enneagram Coach Instagram: Beth McCord | (@yourenneagramcoach) Links Mentioned: Eight Sleep | The Intelligent Sleep System Should Christians Use the Enneagram I Origins of the Enneagram Gospel For Enneagram | Tyler Zach More Than Your Number: Beth McCord The Enneagram for Moms: Beth McCord Becoming Us: Beth McCord 9 Enneagram Type Core Motivations Enneagram Assessment - Your Enneagram Coach The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery: Ian Cron Beth’s Sidetracked Show : Dark Matter Beth’s Sidetracked Amazon Purchase: Inflatable Baby Seat for Babies 3 Months and Up, Baby Floor Seats for Sitting Up Related Episodes: The Enneagram, Marriage and the Gospel :: Beth McCord [Ep 259] Enneagram and Stress :: Ian Cron Recap [Bonus Episode] The Enneagram and Motherhood :: Suzanne Stabile [Ep 232] Featured Sponsors: Honeylove: Treat yourself to the best bras on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/DMA . Use our exclusive link to get 20% off - to find your perfect fit. Rhone: Upgrade your closet with Rhone and use DMA to save 20% at https://www.rhone.com/DMA Thrive Market: Save time and money and shop Thrive Market today. Go to ThriveMarket.com/DMA for 30% off your first order, plus a FREE $60 gift! Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 17 June 2024

Don’t Dad Alone :: Dustin Nickerson [Ep 472]

Father’s Day is quickly approaching and Dustin Nickerson- Comedian, author, and podcaster- is here to share all things funny and serious about parenting. On his podcast with his wife Melissa, they laugh at and also talk about the tough parts of parenting. I ask him about what it is like to try and balance family, travel for work, and attempt to have meaningful connections in friendships. The more busy we get with families and work the harder it is to lean in and make those very important relationships a priority. Dustin brings tons of joy to the parenting journey as he talks about fighting while hiking, kids with ADHD, and stolen cupcakes. Connect with Dustin Nickerson: Website: Dustin Nickerson Facebook: Dustin Nickerson Instagram: @dustinnickerson Links Mentioned: Don't Make Me Come Back There with Dustin and Melissa Nickerson How to Be Married (to Melissa): by Dustin Nickerson Dustin Nickerson at Addison Improv Related Episodes: #FeelFreetoLaugh :: Jordan Watts [Ep 137] Raising Emotionally Strong Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 368] ADHD :: Sara Furlich [Ep 165] Featured Sponsors: StoryWorth: Give all the “fathers” in your life a unique, heartfelt gift you’ll all cherish for years–StoryWorth! Right now, save $10 on your first purchase when you go to Storyworth.com/dma. BetterHelp: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at BetterHelp.com/dma today to get 10% off your first month and get on your way to being your best self. Thrive Causemetics: Refresh your everyday look with Thrive Causemetics. Luxury beauty that gives back. Right now, you can get an exclusive 10% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 10 June 2024

Sidetracked by American Idol, Father’s Day, and Eyebrows :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 471]

Today’s sidetracked starts off with Cynthia airing her grievances. We talk about eyebrows and all of the products we use to get them to grow. Then move on to an update about our Patreons which we find out are the Wal-Mart and Target of that platform. I guess once you start posting content people remember they are paying for it. We also talk about our local celebrity from American Idol, Jack Blocker, and break down the difference between the new American Idol and the era of Simon Cowell. Turns out we are both the Simon Cowell of our families sharing brutally honest truth daily. We wrap up with Father’s Day, and I get emotional sharing how my dad was the picture of a Godly leader and made it easy to trust the Lord. Cynthia shares the challenges and struggles of this season of life with teens and parents who need a little more help, there is always something to do. Both Bruce and Mike have shown up for our families in incredible ways and we honor them by talking about their strengths. Come laugh, cry, and rant with us as we get sidetracked. Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Podcast: MESSmerized Links Mentioned: Don't Mom Alone Community | creating support for isolated moms | Patreon MESSmerized with Cynthia Yanof | Your support is greatly appreciated! | Patreon Vegamour RevitaLash Cosmetics, RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner Serum Tinkle facial hair razors How do I improve my marriage? Guests Dave & Ann Wilson Jack Blocker (@jackforestblocker) Bob Ross socks Talking Bob Ross bobblehead Univ of Tennessee earrings Tozer and a Face Wax Related Episodes: Sidetracked with Cynthia and Heather [Ep 426] How to shine a light as a family :: Bruce MacFadyen {Ep. 5} The Legacy of a Calm Father :: Kirk Martin [Ep 210] Featured Sponsors: CrunchLabs: For the summer CrunchLabs is hosting Camp CrunchLabs, where kids get 12 build-it-yourself toys - with one shipped every week! Plus access to exclusive Mark Rober videos and weekly challenges that are chalkful of the juiciest engineering. Go to Crunchlabs.com and sign up for Camp CrunchLabs today! Gabb Mobile: Gabb is offering $25 off any device to new customers–with no contract required! Just go to Gabb.com/dma to get the best deal. Hello Fresh: Go to HelloFresh.com/dmaapps for FREE appetizers for life! One appetizer item per box while subscription is active. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2024

Creating a Family Tech Plan :: Andrea Davis [Ep 470]

Do you feel like since 2020 your family tech rules have gone out the window? How do you handle tech guidelines if both parents are not on the same page? Do you find it difficult to manage different ages and stages when it comes to screens? Andrea Davis, a mom of five with a degree in secondary education, is here to share a ton of wisdom and guidance on tech and screens for summer and beyond. We discuss the differences between kids earning screens, where often the screens become the entire focus of the long summer days and a family tech plan that creates more balance. Andrea's plan for teens includes the three p’s; purpose, plan, and passion. These all create space for your child to get creative and work on skills in their free time. Also, check out her boredom busters in the show notes for the days when mom needs to work, the budget is tight, or the kids are done with all of their daily tasks. This episode is full of practical ideas but more importantly, Andrea reminds us that our kids want time with us and shaping their character and who God created them to be is more important than rules and regulations. Connect with Andrea Davis: Website: Better Screen Time | Andrea Davis Facebook: Better Screen Time Instagram: Leading Families to Slow Tech • Andrea Davis (@betterscreentime) Links Mentioned: Summer Screen Time Survival Guide 100+ Screen-Free Boredom Busters for Kids and Teens Aro | Turn Screen Time into Family Time Digital Minimalism: by Cal Newport Atomic Habits: by James Clear Related Episodes: Time and Space for Flourishing in a Tech World :: Andy Crouch [Ep 208] Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Tech :: Joey Odom [Ep 425] Braving the Tech Landscape Through Connection :: Chris McKenna [Ep 424] Featured Sponsors: Vegamour–Give your hair the power of the little pink bottle with Vegamour. For a limited time, Don’t Mom Alone listeners get 20% off their first order by going to Vegamour.com/DMA and use the code DMA at check out. Trust and Will- Secure your assets and protect your loved ones with Trust and Will. Get 10% off plus free shipping of your estate plan documents by visiting trustandwill.com/DMA. Greenlight - Sign up for Greenlight today and get your first month free when you go to Greenlight.com/dma. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 3 June 2024

Finding Freedom from Habitual Sin :: Kirby Kelly [Ep 469]

Have you ever struggled with a repetitive sin that you can’t seem to break on your own? Do you swing from feelings of shame to justifying sin as no big deal? Do you understand the enemy’s tactics and how he preys on our weaknesses? Today Kirby Kelly- speaker, author, scholar, and Christian content creator- joins me to share her powerful and very vulnerable story. Kirby dealt with habitual sin for years until the Lord showed up in His grace and mercy to set her free. She shares how sanctification works in the life of believers and how the Christian community and other women standing beside her helped release her from shame and break off chains. Kirby also talks about green and red light zones which are boundaries that keep us free from sin and out of enemy territory. She discusses the difference between operating from a place of superhuman, subhuman, and simply human mindsets and how each of those affects our view of sin and ourselves. Through vulnerability, boundaries, our identity in Christ, and understanding our enemy Kirby imparts truth and tools that are truly life-changing. Connect with Kirby Kelly: Website: Kirby Kelly Facebook: Kirby Kelly Instagram: Kirby Kelly 🕊️✨🌿 (@kirbyisaboss) Links Mentioned: You Can Be Free: by Kirby Kelly Five Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age: by Rosaria Butterfield You Are More Than You've Been Told: by Hosanna Wong The Soul of Shame: by Curt Thompson Perfect or Perfected | Pastor Robert Morris | Gateway Church The Art Of War: by Sun Tzu You Can Be Free — Kirby Kelly Preorder bonus material Related Episodes: Redeeming Shame through Community :: Dr. Curt Thompson [Ep 308] Set Free From Shame :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 190] Finding Courage to Speak Up When You’re Not OK :: Kristen Glass [Ep 427] Featured Sponsors: Betterhelp: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at BetterHelp.com/dma today to get 10% off your first month and get on your way to being your best self. Green Chef: Go to GreenChef.com/dma50 and use code “dma50” to get 50% off, plus 20% off your next two months. #1 meal kit for eating well. Rhone Apparel: The Course to Court Collection can get you through any workday and straight into whatever comes next. Head to rhone.com/DMA and use promo code DMA to save 20% off your entire order. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 27 May 2024

Sidetracked with Toni Collier :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 468]

Today kicks off our new sidetracked series with a surprise guest! Toni Collier- author, speaker, podcaster, and single mom- joins us to cover all the topics. Toni is the author of Broken Crayons Still Color and encourages people that even in the hard and dark parts of life God is waiting to use us. In our brokenness, we can see God in the land of the living. She reminds us that regardless of events in our past there is still hope and joy to be found. Toni discusses how we lose wonder and excitement as we become adults and how to remain like a child while we look for God in the everyday, He is always working if we have the eyes to see it. It wouldn't be sidetracked though if we didn’t go on every tangent possible from tattoos with Ann Voskamp, to Toni’s dream concert, sushi, and the Ironman movies, we cover it all. Connect with Toni Collier: Website: HOME | Toni Collier Facebook: Toni J Collier Instagram: Toni Collier (@tonijcollier) Links Mentioned: PODCAST | Toni Collier Brave Enough to Be Broken: by Toni Collier Broken Crayons Still Color: by Toni Collier Ironman movie Matched workout sets on Amazon (something like this) Nuuly Torres - Black Truffle Potato Chips Related Episodes: When You’re Busy and Stressed by Mom Life Expectations :: Joanna Weaver [Ep 463] Brave Enough to be Broken :: Toni Collier [Ep 388] Broken Crayons Still Color :: Toni Collier [Ep 267] Featured Sponsors: Greenlight: Sign up for Greenlight today and get your first month free when you go to GREENLIGHT.com/dma Thrive Causemetics: Refresh your everyday look with Thrive Causemetics. Luxury beauty that gives back. Right now, you can get an exclusive 10% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Dwell: If you're struggling to find time to read the Bible, then head over to dwellbible.com/dma to receive your 25% discount today. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 20 May 2024

Hope and Help for Taboo Topics in Postpartum Care :: Krystle Howald [Ep 467]

Did you know that once you are postpartum you are always postpartum? Do you have issues from pregnancy, birth, or c-sections that have followed you and don’t know where to turn? Do you know that only 4% of parents are getting the movement that they need? Today Krystle Howald, a women’s health physical therapist and co-founder of Expecting and Empowered, is here to break down some of the pains and issues we as moms experience after birth and beyond. While going to physical therapy school she quickly realized there were limited resources for moms who have incontinence issues, pain during sex, or just want to feel good in their body after childbirth. She shares tips on how to baby-carry without injury, how to breathe properly to bring our body back into alignment, and how to fit movement in as a busy mom. Krystle brings hope, proving there are providers out there that want to help with the pain or shame around these sensitive topics, and that God has created our bodies to heal. Stick around until the end where she shares a coupon code for the Expecting and Empowered App! Connect with Krystle Howald: Website: Expecting and Empowered Instagram: Expecting and Empowered App: App — Expecting and Empowered Links Mentioned: Podcast — Expecting and Empowered Code for app: dontmomalone to get 25% off a one year subscription Related Episodes: Overcoming Barriers to Sexual Intimacy :: Nancy Houston [Ep 206] Postpartum Depression :: Brittany Turner [Ep 277] The Ripple Effect of Healthy Sexual Connection :: Francie Winslow [Ep 138] Featured Sponsors: Honeylove- Treat yourself to the best bras on the market and save 20% off at honeylove.com/DMA Better Help- This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at BetterHelp.com/dma today to get 10% off your first month and get on your way to being your best self. Thrive Market- Go to ThriveMarket.com/DMA for 30% off your first order, plus a FREE $60 gift! Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2024

Honoring Moms, the Unsung Heroes :: Rebecca St. James [Ep 466]

Rebecca St. James, a popular Australian American contemporary Christian singer, songwriter and actress, is here to talk about the amazing new movie Unsung Hero, which chronicles her family's journey to rebuild their lives from the ground up. She shares personal stories from her childhood and how their mom’s faith stands up against all odds and inspires her husband and children to hold on to theirs. Rebecca vulnerably shares her own marriage and motherhood struggles as she longed to be married and have children and how God shaped her through the waiting. Once she started a family all of the spiritual disciplines that her parents instilled in her have become an important part of how she and her husband lead their children today. This movie and conversation reminds us that every Christian family is called to a unique adventure- they are not all the same but God has a plan for every one of us. When we settle for cookie-cutter lives we are missing out on the miracles He has for us. Be encouraged today that God has an adventure for your family when we step out in faith. Connect with Rebecca St. James: Website: RSJ (rebeccastjames.com) Facebook: Rebecca St. James Instagram: Rebecca St. James (@rebeccast.james) Links Mentioned: Unsung Hero | Now Playing In Theaters Thank-You-Poster.pdf (focusonthefamily.com) Related Episodes: Summer of Mentorship 2019 Week Four :: Helen Smallbone Raising Rock Stars on a Firm Foundation :: Helen Smallbone [Ep 166] The Day Fear Died :: Courtney Smallbone [Ep 201] Lasting Parent-Child Relationships :: Summer of Mentorship 2022 Week 1 Featured Sponsors: Thrive Causemetics- 10% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Vegamour- Get twenty percent off your first order by going to VEGAMOUR.com/DMA and use code DMA at check out Greenlight- This episode is sponsored by Greenlight. Sign up for Greenlight today and get your first month free when you go to GREENLIGHT.com/dma Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

Sidetracked by 1980’s Mother’s Day, LTK, and Bad Book Reviews :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 465]

As usual, this sidetracked has so much packed into it, especially as we head into Mother’s Day and the end-of-school-year May(hem). We recap my son Quade’s final high school musical performance as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Once again the tears are flowing as I process having a senior and all of the final milestones that come along with it. Cynthia tries to describe what her best Mother’s Day would look like and it ends up being a 1980’s party with a clean house and peaceful kids. While I would like to bring back the homemade Mother’s Day crafts, let’s get all the high school teachers on board. Cynthia chats about what summer looks like when the college kids come home, it's around-the-clock fun with the little one up at 6:30 AM and the big kids up until the wee hours of the morning. Come laugh along with us as we face the month of May and all of the busyness and big feelings that come along with this season of motherhood. Stick around to the end where we share a big announcement about how the summer of podcasting will look. Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Podcast: MESSmerized Links Mentioned: LTK | Fashion, Home, Beauty, Fitness and More Life Is Messy, God Is Good: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life: by Cynthia Yanof Chico's (chicos.com) Forgiving What You Can't Forget: by Lysa TerKeurst I Shouldn't Feel This Way: by Alison Cook PhD The Body Keeps the Score: by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. A Mother’s Day Questionnaire for your kiddos to fill out. A Questionnaire you fill out about your kids by Brooke Romney The Holderness Family When Mother’s Day isn’t Facebook Perfect Related Episodes: Forgiving What You Can’t Forget :: Lysa TerKeurst [Ep 304] Embracing the Mom You’re Meant to Be :: Jo Saxton [Ep 283] The Goal Isn’t Happy Children :: Cynthia Yanof – Summer of Mentorship – Wk 6 [Ep 419] Featured Sponsors: Total Gym- For an ADDITIONAL 20% off your order, head to TotalGymDirect.com/DMA Better Help- This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at BetterHelp.com/dma today to get 10% off your first month and get on your way to being your best self. VisitFind links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

Stewarding Sacred and Spiritual Disciplines at Home :: Jennifer Pepito [Ep 464]

Do you feel like you are just existing with your family instead of being intentional? Are you finding it hard to consistently spend time with the Lord as a busy mom? Do you wonder how to train your kids in Godly principles and practices that last a lifetime? Today Jennifer Pepito- author, podcaster, and homeschool curriculum writer- joins me to talk about her new book Habits for a Sacred Home. She studied the ancient practices and habits of monks and Christian women who have gone before us to see how they lived and how we can use some of their tools in our homes. Through the Benedictine rule, she discovered nine principles that can guide our days: simplicity, stewardship, order, stability, hospitality, community, prayer, and work. Jennifer talks about what this looks like in the imperfect, busy, messy seasons that family life brings. Life does not need to be idyllic to have a sacred home. The goal of these practices is not to have another burden or to-do list but to create space for the Holy Spirit to show up in our families and guide us as we walk through life together submitted to Him. Connect with Jennifer Pepito: Website: THE PEACEFUL PRESS Facebook: Jennifer Pepito Instagram: Jennifer Pepito (@jenniferpepito) Links Mentioned: Restoration Home with Jennifer Pepito [PODCAST] Habits for a Sacred Home: by Jennifer Pepito Really Very Crunchy: by Emily Morrow The Rule of St. Benedict Atomic Habits: by James Clear He Leadeth Me: An Extraordinary Testament of Faith: by Walter Ciszek Kimberly June Miller Mothering by the Book: by Jennifer Pepito Related Episodes: Inner Healing Prayer :: Jennifer Barnett [Ep 323] Creating Family Culture :: Amber O’Neal Johnston [SOM Wk 4] Create a Home of Belonging and Becoming :: Sally Clarkson {Ep 107} Featured Sponsors: Skylight- Get 15% off a Skylight Calendar at SkylightCal.com/ALONE Dwell- Receive 25% off today dwellbible.com/dma Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

When You're Busy and Stressed by Mom Life Expectations :: Joanna Weaver [Ep 463]

Do you often feel like you are dropping all the spinning plates? That you can’t keep up or believe the lie that you are the worst mom and wife? Do you wonder why you are not further along, why does everyone else seem to have it together? Today Joanna Weaver- author, speaker, and podcaster- joins me to discuss her new book Embracing Trust. We also spent time talking about her classic Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and how that message has stayed applicable through the years. We want to worship at the feet of Jesus like Mary but the Martha in us keeps bossing us around, telling us to work harder and strive more. Joanna reminds us that if we tend our connection with the Lord everything else flows out of that place. The tasks and needs do not disappear but the ability to tackle them with grace, tranquility, and truth increases as we spend time at the feet of Jesus. Connect with Joanna Weaver: Website: Christian Author and Speaker - Joanna Weaver Facebook: Joanna Weaver Books Instagram: Joanna Weaver | Christian Author (@joannaweaverbooks) Links Mentioned: Podcast - Joanna Weaver Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: by Joanna Weaver Embracing Trust: by Joanna Weaver Don't Mom Alone: by Heather MacFadyen Related Episodes: The What, Why and Work-through of Panic Attacks :: Kasey Van Norman [Ep 452] Inner Healing Prayer :: Jennifer Barnett [Ep 323] Set Free From Shame :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 190] Exchange False Beliefs with True Identity :: Jamie Winship [Ep 433] Featured Sponsors: Skylight Calendar - Get 15% off a Skylight Calendar at SkylightCal.com/ALONE Greenlight- Greenlight is a debit card and money app made for families. Get your first month free at GREENLIGHT.com/DMA Thrive Causemetics- get an exclusive 20% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

House Rules and Learning to Love your Home :: Myquillyn Smith [Ep 462]

Do you feel like you just need more money to create a home you love? Do you want an inviting home that feels peaceful and open to your friends and family? Are you confused about your decorating style and end up buying random decor that does not work? Myquillyn Smith, author and founder of the Nesting Place, joins me to help with all of the House Rules that can be so overwhelming. She gives me advice on how to update my kitchen on a limited budget by utilizing Pinterest. Plus gives advice on everything from throw pillows, lamps, wallpaper, and buying new couches. Myquillyn says that decorating is taking the time to learn about yourself and what you need for your home. Building the confidence to make big and small decisions that lead to a home you love and is functional. She reminds us that it does not have to be perfect to be beautiful. One powerful statement from Myquillyn is to not wait to get started, get started today on creating a home you love. One that you, your family, and your friends can be invited into a place of peace and rest. Connect with Myquillyn Smith: Website: Nesting Place Facebook: Nesting Place Instagram: Myquillyn Smith (@thenester) Links Mentioned: House Rules: How to Decorate for Every Home, Style, and Budget by Myquillyn Smith The Cozy Minimalist Community Jason Saft | Staged To Sell Home (@stagedtosellhome) The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful: by Myquillyn Smith Quiz: What's Your Decorating Era? Related Episodes: How to Quit Hustle and Embrace Small-Moment Living :: Emily Freeman {Ep 83} Create a Home of Belonging and Becoming :: Sally Clarkson {Ep 107} Your Unique Color Palette and Authentic Style :: Karen Blanc [Ep 343] Featured Sponsors: Honeylove - Save 20% Off at honeylove.com/DMA Skylight - Get 15% off a Skylight Calendar at SkylightCal.com/ALONE StoryWorth - Save $10 on your first purchase when you go to StoryWorth.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 15 April 2024

When You’re Disappointed in Mom Life Limitations :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 461]

Do you feel as if you are always measuring yourself as a mom? Do you feel like the pressure to keep up with moms around you is overwhelming? Do you feel snappy or resentful at your kids and husband? Today, author Sara Hagerty joins me to talk about her new book, The Gift Of Limitations. She is a wife and mom of seven with four adopted kids. Sara shares how we often find ourselves daydreaming about other seasons and how to recognize our limits and give ourselves grace without shame and complaining. When we name our limits we can actually grieve them and let God give us the story He is intricately weaving for our families. Society tells us we can be limitless, we can optimize everything, but Sara reminds us that the limits and plot twists in our life are all from a good Father who is at work in our stories. Connect with Sara Hagerty: Website: Sara Hagerty Facebook: Sara Hagerty Instagram: Sara Hagerty (@sarahagertywrites) Links Mentioned: The Gift of Limitations: Finding Beauty in Your Boundaries: by Sara Hagerty Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things: by Sara Hagerty Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed: by Sara Hagerty Related Episodes: When You Feel Unseen :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 175] Every Bitter Thing is Sweet :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 143] Help When You Feel Weak :: Lisa Whittle [Ep 170] Featured Sponsors: BetterHelp: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/DMA and get on your way to being your best self.” Total Gym: Remember: It only takes 10-20 minutes a day to reshape your body. Head to TotalGymDirect.com/DMA for an ADDITIONAL 20% off your order. Plus that includes a FREE AbCrunch attachment AND free shipping. This special offer won’t be available for much longer. Thrive Market: Save time and money and shop Thrive Market today. Go to ThriveMarket.com/DMA for 30% off your first order, plus a FREE $60 gift! Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

Sidetracked by Instagram Arguments, Chicos, and End-of-School Year Emotions :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 460]

Right off the bat Cynthia and I get sidetracked by my grumpy mood. A mood I blamed on an instagram battle but probably more about my grief of having a senior who is actually going to college! There’s some rehashing of the Bachelor, Heather’s advice for renting with Turo and discussion whether audiobooks count as reading. We also get sidetracked talking about all of the end-of-school year emotions including Cynthia's current struggle over her first grader’s learning and reading challenges. She claims her stage of life is somewhere between Kidzbop music and shapewear from Soma. Which makes us wonder how would you describe your current parenting stage? Regardless of which end of the spectrum you are on (or maybe you are in both seasons) this episode will give you encouragement that God cares for our kids more than we ever will and He has a good story for their lives. Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Podcast: MESSmerized Links Mentioned: Turo car rental marketplace Watch Mean Girls Chico's Soma Heather’s new Cupshe bathing suit Amazon.com: Audible Books The Women: by Kristin Hannah Confessions of a Shopaholic: by Sophie Kinsella Me before You by Jojo Moyes Don't Mom Alone: by Heather MacFadyen Life Is Messy, God Is Good: by Cynthia Yanof Cynthia’s MESSmerized Patreon Heather’s Don't Mom Alone Patreon Related Episodes: Emotional Maturity, Teamwork, and 25 years of Marriage :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 458] Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids :: Dr. Kara Powell [Ep 290] How to Stay Calm with School Stress :: Kirk Martin {Ep 88} Featured Sponsors: Thrive Causemetics- get an exclusive 20% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2024

From Ruin to Redemption :: Nadia Louise [Ep 459]

Earbud and Trigger warning We live on the other side of the Resurrection! If you find yourself in the middle of brokenness and ruin, we pray this episode reminds you that your heavenly Father God is in the redemption business. Today Nadia Louise joins me to share her powerful testimony. Her story is woven with so many layers of trauma and pain from a narcissistic, abusive father to the death of her brother when she was just 17 years old. That event was the catalyst that allowed Nadia to hear the voice of the Lord. But her story was not over; she still walked through pain, suffering, more death, and heartbreak. As she learned to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His voice she began to heal from depression, self-harm, and her past. Listen in to Nadia’s powerful story and know that God still heals, still redeems, and still works today. Connect with Nadia Louise: YouTube: Nadia Louise (youtube.com) Instagram: nadia louise (@itsnadialouise) Links Mentioned: Dancing on the Grave–Naomi Cantwell and Christ for the Nations Kiddell (@ohkiddell) Upperroom (uprmdallas.org) Related Episodes: Forgiving What You Can’t Forget :: Lysa TerKeurst [Ep 304] Faith in the Unexpected :: Christine Caine You Are Never Alone :: Max Lucado [Ep 298] Life Giving Faith in Every Circumstance :: Lisa Appelo [SofM wk 2] Featured Sponsors: Trust & Will- Get 10% off plus free shipping of your estate plan documents trustandwill.com/DMA Vegamour- For a limited time get twenty percent off your first subscription order at VEGAMOUR.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

Emotional Maturity, Teamwork, and 25 years of Marriage :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 458]

Bruce joins me today to discuss 25 years of marriage and answer listener questions like- What did you learn in year 25 that you wish you knew in year 1? How do you make time for intimacy? How to handle times when your significant other is having a struggle with faith? And, What are you looking forward to when your kids are grown and flown? I discuss how I’ve grown in emotional maturity while Bruce talks about how to get out of the ruts and routines of work and family life. We also tackle different personality types and how we handle those when parenting our boys. Teen parenting is hard y’all, there are no formulas but we have learned that teamwork is essential. God had been so good and faithful through 25 years of marriage and parenting. Join us today as we share the vulnerable, hard, and good parts of the journey. Connect with Bruce: Website: zello.com/about-us LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-macfadyen/ Links Mentioned: A Drama Triangle explanation A Definition of Locus of Control Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow Parenting with Hope: Raising Teens for Christ in a Secular Age: by Melissa B. Kruger Shōgun: The Complete Novel: by James Clavell The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany: by William Shirer Related Episodes: Bruce Learns to Label His Feelings :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 316] Talking, Teens, and Twenty-four Years :: Bruce + Heather [Ep 399] Changing the Atmosphere of Your Home with Positive Parenting :: Ralphie Jacobs [Ep 456] Helping Socially Anxious Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 451] Featured Sponsors: Better Help- DMA is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp.com/DMA today to get 10% off your first month. Greenlight- Greenlight is a debit card and money app made for families. Get your first month free at GREENLIGHT.com/DMA Total Gym- For an ADDITIONAL 20% off your order, head to TotalGymDirect.com/dma Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024

Three Faith Pillars for Parenting Teens :: Melissa Kruger [Ep 457]

Do you feel like you are on the hamster wheel of expectations this culture throws at your teen? Do you feel the pressure and pull of having them in every sport, activity, and tutor to excel? Is church becoming a point of struggle every Sunday? Melissa Kruger joins me to talk about all things teen and how to raise them in this culture that is pointing to everything but Jesus. Melissa is an author and Bible teacher who encourages women as they walk through life and motherhood. We talk about how to enjoy our teens instead of curating their lives and how to allow them space to fail. Melissa shares the three pillars that are the foundation of a home focused on Christ- God’s word, prayer, and the Church. We dive into each of these and how to practically walk them out in our homes and with our teens. Melissa ultimately reminds us that as recipients of God’s unfailing grace, we get to share that identity with our kids as we guide them through these challenging years. Connect with Melissa Kruger Website: Melissa Kruger (melissabkruger.com) Facebook: Melissa B. Kruger Instagram: Melissa Kruger (@melissabryankruger) Links Mentioned: Pre-order “Parenting with Hope” Books – Melissa Kruger Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know by Melissa B Kruger The Gospel Coalition (TGC) Article on Melissa’s family prayer routine: Now’s the Time! Resources for Family Devotions Related Episodes: “What is My Responsibility in My Child’s Salvation?” :: Vela Tomba [Ep 431] Freeing Your Adolescents to Step Into Adulthood – Ages and Stages – Teens :: Dr. Ken Wilgus [Ep 382] Doubt, Questions and Your Teen’s Growing Faith :: Mary Jo Sharp [Ep 375] Featured Sponsors: Caraway- Non-toxic cookware made modern. Visit Carawayhome.com/DMA for 10% off your next purchase. Thrive Market- Get convenient, high-quality, affordable groceries delivered with Thrive Market! Go to ThriveMarket.com/DMA for 30% off your first order, plus a FREE $60 gift! Vegamour- Elevate your hair wellness routine this year with Vegamour. For a limited time get 20% off your first subscription order of Gro Hair Serum by going to VEGAMOUR.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

Changing the Atmosphere of Your Home with Positive Parenting :: Ralphie Jacobs [Ep 456]

Is your home a place of peace or one of anger and frustration? Do you feel exhausted from the arguing and bickering between kids? Does the bedtime struggle make most evenings end in overwhelm? Ralphie Jacobs is here to help us understand the science and tactics behind Positive Parenting. She started her career in early childhood education and soon realized through her own parenting struggles that there was a lack of resources for behavior change through Positive Parenting. She teaches parents how to change their own behaviors to change home environments and the practical steps to get there. Shifting the atmosphere of our home can feel like turning the Titanic, but Ralphie gives us hope that we can walk a path of gratitude instead of a path of scarcity. Connect with Ralphie Jacobs: Website: Simply On Purpose - Home Instagram: Ralphie• Positive Parenting (@simplyonpurpose) Links Mentioned: Calm in the Chaos Webinar (watch the replay) 50+ ideas for spending one-on-one time with your kid Related Episodes: Choosing Connection Over Critique :: Rachel Macy Stafford [Ep 280] How to Stop Yelling, Lecturing and Power Struggles :: Kirk Martin {Ep 62} The Window of Tolerance :: Charissa Fry [Ep 260] Featured Sponsors: Honeylove–Get 20% OFF @honeylove by going to honeylove.com/DMA Thrive Causemetics–Right now, you can get an exclusive 20% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 11 March 2024

Secure Borders and the Compassionate Christian :: Bri Stensrud [Ep 455]

Do you feel the pull between protecting your family and kids while having compassion on the orphan and the widow who are crossing our borders? Do you feel confused about immigration laws and sustainable immigration practices? Today Bri Stensrud, author, human dignity advocate, and the Director at Women of Welcome shares her heart on immigration. She began her career as a pro-life advocate and after going to Mexico and seeing the reality of so many women and children, compassionate care quickly became her mission. Bri tells us that we can advocate for secure, safe, and legal borders and also the dignity of those arriving here in America. Fear and confusion can often cause us not to engage in the conversation or the communities around us but the Lord has called us to be salt and light. Stick around for the end where she gives practical ideas on how to reach out to those who have fled from desperate situations to bring friendship and hope. Connect with Bri Stensrud: Website: Bri Stensrud - Women of Welcome Facebook: Women of Welcome | Facebook Instagram: Women of Welcome (@womenofwelcome) Links Mentioned: Start with Welcome: The Journey toward a Confident and Compassionate Immigration Conversation: by Bri Stensrud World Relief Compassion International Show Me the Way by Henri Nouwen (the lent study Heather is doing) Private Refugee Settlement Program Related Episodes: The Ministry of Presence in a Broken World :: Tess Clarke [Ep. 252] Compassion Changes Everything :: Jonathan Almonte [Ep 264] Many Hues, One Humanity :: Dr. Lucretia Berry [Ep 282] Featured Sponsors: BetterHelp–This episode is sponsored by/brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/dma and get on your way to being your best self. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2024

Sidetracked by Throat Gurgles, Unlikely Friendships and Trash Can Valentines :: special guest Rachel Green [Ep 454]

Today’s show starts with a small hiccup and then really gets going with our guest and listener Rachel Green (but not that one ;)). We discussed what we had for breakfast and it was everything from a frittata, to coconut milk yogurt with all the toppings, to a Diet Dr. Pepper with saltines. Can you guess who ate what? Rachel admits to being sidetracked by ruminating over her busy calendar, and how Cynthia’s book is helping her, “get comfortable with being uncomfortable so she can bring others in”. We share what the Lord is teaching us lately including Kingdom success vs. the world’s success and how to prioritize relationships over tasks. All while Cynthia starts a new segment called, “How are we even friends?”. Lastly, don’t forget to tag us on socials with your amazing dog names (Heather promises not to judge). Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Podcast: Episodes – Cynthia Yanof Links Mentioned: Life Is Messy, God Is Good: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life: by Yanof, Cynthia Jordan's Skinny Syrups Sugar Free Coffee Syrup, Vanilla Life Is Beautiful (English Subtitled) Right Where You Belong: How to Identify and Fully Occupy Your God-Given Space: by Heather MacFadyen Women, Food and Hormones Jesus cookies Lume deodorant (use DMA to get $5 off starter pack) Clothes Steamer Related Episodes: “Plump it Up”:: Sidetracked by 10 years of Podcasting [Ep 437] Balancing Work and Family Life :: Tricia Goyer [Ep 7] Strengthening Our Friendships :: Susan Seay [Ep 289] Featured Sponsors: Greenlight–So stop putting off the “Money Talk” and start putting your kids on the right path. Sign up for Greenlight today and get your first month free at GREENLIGHT.com/dma. Lume– As a special offer for listeners, new customers GET $5 OFF a Lume Starter Pack with code DMA at LumeDeodorant.com. That equates to over 40% off your Starter Pack. Trust and Will –Secure your assets and protect your loved ones with Trust and Will. Get 10% off plus free shipping of your estate plan documents by visiting trustandwill.com/DMA. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2024

Hope for the Hopeless Marriage :: Kathy Bush [Ep 453]

If you need a reminder that God can redeem and restore a broken marriage, this week’s guest, Kathy Bush shares her powerful restoration testimony. Kathy and Tim have been married for 42 years, many of those years filled with hurt, pain and infidelity. Their story centers around a primary marriage challenge —bringing two stories, backgrounds, and expectations together. It took Kathy and Tim hitting rock bottom to begin a two-year process of counseling where they found a place of healing. Kathy reminds us that God designed marriage before He designed the church and that it can be a powerful tool against the enemy if we can walk in step together. Today Kathy and Tim run War Room Ministries to serve men, marriages, families, and churches across the country and help families find healing. Connect with Kathy Bush: Website: Home - War Room Ministries Instagram: War Room Ministries (@warroomministry) Links Mentioned: Sex on The First Date by Tim and Kathy Bush The Bible Recap Family Life –Weekend to Remember Conferences Genesis Women's Shelter---resources if you are in an abusive relationship Related Episodes: Building Strong Marriages :: Kimberly Beam Holmes [Ep 374] Finding the Courage to Speak Up When You’re Not Ok :: Kristen Glass [Ep 427] Rebuilding from an Abusive Marriage :: Jeni B [Ep 246] Infidelity, Divorce and Redeeming Love :: Rebekah Greer [Ep 8] Walking Through Divorce :: Lara Williams [Ep 324] Sinners Married to Sinners–How God Refines Us :: Cheryl Scruggs and Jae Carpenter [Ep 195] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2024

The What, Why and Work-through of Panic Attacks :: Kasey Van Norman [Ep 452]

Did you know panic attacks can happen even when everything around you looks “perfect”? They can sneak up seemingly out of nowhere and be frightening. But a panic attack is a warning light to slow down and see what is happening in our bodies and emotions. Panic is a behavioral and physical response to anxiety locked in our bodies. So many of us can feel alone and isolated even when surrounded by people. My guest today, Kasey Van Norman, an author, counselor, and teacher, shares the neurological and physical science behind panic attacks and anxiety. She gives us insight into why they happen and reminds us that the key to living a life free of anxiety is a present relationship with Jesus. Kasey dives into Luke 10 where Mary and Martha show the pull between anxiety and peace. She reminds us that sitting at the feet of Jesus is the way to peace and always available to us. Connect with Kasey Van Norman: Website: Kasey Van Norman Facebook: The Made Well House Instagram: Kasey Van Norman, LPC | Therapy + Theology (@kaseyvannorman) Made Well House: The Made Well House Counseling and Wellness Links Freedom Prayer Ministries People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership by John Townsend Ultimate Leadership Conferences Soul of Shame by Dr. Curt Thompson Don't Mom Alone: Growing the Relationships You Need to Be the Mom You Want to Be: by Heather MacFadyen Related Episodes: Freedom from Anxiety :: Ashley Willis [Ep 180] Getting Brave About Anxiety :: Sissy Goff [Ep 311] Panic Attacks and Growing Trust :: JJ Heller [Ep 238] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

Helping Socially Anxious Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 451]

Boys today are struggling more than ever with social anxiety. They feel hesitant, anxious, and struggle to take healthy risks. How do we know when to push them into uncomfortable places? Many boys are even struggling with life milestones like getting their driver's license, asking a girl to the school dance, or applying to college. OCD and ADHD are on the rise and we want to understand when to step in and get them any help that is needed. My guest David Thomas, a licensed professional counselor, is back to bring wisdom, advice, and tools to navigate life with our boys. He tells us the top three reasons why these issues are on the rise. David helps us learn how to support, challenge, and help boys be more outward moving and have more purpose. He reminds us that our sons are first a child of God and we can anchor them in that truth as we parent and guide them through life. Connect with David Thomas: Website: Raising Boys and Girls (raisingboysandgirls.com) Facebook: Raising Boys and Girls | Facebook Instagram: Raising Boys and Girls (@raisingboysandgirls) • Instagram photos and videos Links Mentioned: Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David The Worry-Free Parent: Living in Confidence So Your Kids Can Too by Sissy Goff Feeding the Mouth That Bites You: A Complete Guide to Parenting Adolescents and Launching Them Into the World by Kenneth Wilgus Life 360 App Your Enneagram Coach (a gospel-centered approach to the Enneagram) Related Episodes: David Thomas Episodes Freeing Your Adolescents to Step Into Adulthood – Ages and Stages – Teens :: Dr. Ken Wilgus [Ep 382] The Enneagram and Motherhood :: Suzanne Stabile [Ep 232] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 12 February 2024

Feeding Your Kids Without Mom Guilt :: Kacie Barnes [Ep 450]

Kids plus nutrition often equals a storm of thoughts and emotions. What should I serve my child? How do I get them to eat it? Is what I heard on the internet true? We don’t come to these questions with blank slates either. Words spoken to us or ideas we’ve internalized can make this area of life rife with trouble. But my guest this week is mom and registered dietician Kacie Barnes and she is here to help! She’s got broad guidelines and specific tips to help us through snacks and mealtimes. The one thing she made sure to say in our interview? “Give yourself some credit because I know that you work really hard to feed your kids and it is not an easy job.” Connect with Kacie Barnes: Website: https://mamaknowsnutrition.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamaknowsnutrition/ Instagram: @mamaknowsnutrition Links Mentioned: Renzo’s Pick Eater Multivitamin with Iron Find Simple Mills foods or Harvest Pea Snaps at your favorite grocer Related Episodes: Fed is Best || New Baby Series Pt 2 :: Dr. Bridget Young Healthy Habit Building :: Kat Lee [Ep 300] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

Life is Messy, God is Good :: Sidetracked with Cynthia and Heather [Ep 449]

Where do you turn when life gets messy? Cynthia said it best, “98% of life is the messy part.” But that sentence doesn’t have to end there, with us shaking our fists at the sky. Instead, get Sidetracked with Cynthia and me as we dive right into life’s messy parts, clinging to the brilliant hope that God is still good to us, and for us. Pre-order Cynthia’s new book, Life is Messy, God is Good and enter our contest to be on a future episode of Sidetracked! Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Podcast: MESSmerized Links Mentioned: Life is Messy, God is Good: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life by Cynthia Yanof Enter our Sidetracked Giveaway Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2024

She’s Not Your Enemy :: Jenn Schultz [Ep 448]

How do you measure yourself? How do you decide if you’re succeeding or failing in life? One ruler we often reach for is comparison. Sometimes comparisons are helpful tools we can use to evaluate our processes or methods. But we’ve all seen comparisons go wrong. Who hasn’t thought, “I’m not like her. I must be less than”? Comparison isolates. It causes us to withdraw from our community or to put up perfect-looking walls that keep people out. My guest this week is recovering comparison-chaser, Jenn Schultz. Her new book, She’s Not Your Enemy, shows us the root of the problem isn’t how we are different from one another, it’s that we don’t truly know who we are. Armed with the knowledge of who God made us to be, we are free to celebrate other women and build God’s kingdom together. Connect with Jenn Schultz: Website: https://jennschultzauthor.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennschultzauthor Instagram: @jennschultzauthor Podcast: Called Into Being @calledintobeing Links Mentioned: She’s Not Your Enemy: Conquering Our Insecurities So We Can Build God’s Kingdom Together by Jenn Schultz Inner Healing Prayer :: Jennifer Barnett [Ep 323] Psalm 103 Romans 8 Ephesians 1 Related Episodes: Be Vulnerable, Find Your People :: Jennie Allen [Ep 354] Move From Comparison to Compassion :: Karen Ehman [SOM Wk 5] Sidetracked with Fall, Homecoming and Sibling Conflict :: Cynthia & Heather [Ep 432] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 22 January 2024

Is This Normal? A Women’s Health Conversation :: Dr. Kamilia Smith [Ep 447]

Have you ever asked yourself, “Is what’s going on with my body normal?” So often as women, we are quiet about what’s going on with our bodies. Our concerns have been dismissed before. We’re worried about what will have to change in our lives to fix this nagging symptom. The doctor is busy. We have to leave this appointment soon to make it on time to the next thing on our lists. So we just deal. But my guest this week, Dr. Kamilia Smith, says that “quality of life issues should not be extra credit for women.” Our conversation covers a gamut of topics from menopause to sexual health to supplements. Dr. Smith is the Founder and Director of Charleston House Gynecology in Dallas. Her practice is geared toward caring for all of a woman on the zig-zag road through midlife healthcare. Connect with Dr. Kamilia Smith: Website: https://charlestonhousegyn.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlestonhousegyn Instagram: @charlestonhousegyn Links Mentioned: Estrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Women’s Well-Being and Lengthen Their Lives – Without Raising the Risk of Breast Cancer by Avrum Bluming and Carol Tavris Dallas Pyschologist/Therapist: https://behavioralhealthdallas.com/dr-katie-sardone-psychologist-therapist Dallas Counseling: https://www.mend-counseling.com/ NY Times article on Menopause Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 15 January 2024

Gathering a Mentor Circle :: Ben Bevis [Ep 446]

What would you do to make sure your child’s faith life is growing strong? Is this something you’re taking on yourself or getting help with? Join us this week as Ben Bevis, a passionate advocate for youth empowerment through faith, shares insights on gathering Mentor Circles around our young people. As the founder of Encircled, Ben is dedicated to helping to launch the Next Generation with sustained faith. Ben and Encircled do this by helping to equip parents, grandparents and mentors by grounding youth in their identity in Christ, discover their God-given gifts and create a vision for their lives. Listen in about how you as a parent can gather a Mentor Circle around your child! Connect with Ben Bevis: Website: https://encircled.org/ Instagram: @encircled.official Email: [email protected] Links Mentioned: FREE Encircled Parenting Resource (https://encircled.org/parents/) Fuller Youth Institute (https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/) Connected Families (https://connectedfamilies.org/) The Intentional Father: A Practical Guide to Raise Sons of Courage and Character by Jon Tyson Related Episodes: Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids :: Dr. Kara Powell [Ep 290] Equipping Your Kids for Difficulty :: Kim Sorgius [Ep 356] Relationships you Need to Be the Mom you Want to Be :: Heather Macfadyen [Ep 341] Exchanging False Beliefs for True Identity :: Jamie Winship [Ep 433] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

Out with the Old Cherry Bomb Exhaust and In with the New :: Sidetracked by the New Year feat. Laurel Denise [Ep 445]

Happy New Year! We’re starting the year off right with mile-long to-do lists and a complex highlighting system so we don’t forget to wash the dog in the midst of crocheting that giant bow. JK! But we are thinking about what went well in 2023 and what we’re focusing in on 2024. Whether you make resolutions or not, evaluating how things are going is helpful and the flip of the calendar is a natural time to do just that. But because we’ve been victimized by the to-do list just as often as we’ve been helped by it, we brought in professional help. Laurel Denise, better known as Lolly, from Laurel Denise Planners joins us to talk about planning and to help us make sense of all those task-thoughts running around our brains. Getting Sidetracked may be a little more productive than usual this month! (but still with plenty of laughs!) Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Podcast: Messmerized Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Connect with Laurel Denise: Website: https://laureldenise.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/laureldeniseloves Instagram: @laureldenise TikTok: @_laureldenise Links Mentioned: Right Where You Belong: How to Identify and Fully Occupy Your God-Given Space by Heather MacFadyen Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets Life is Messy God is Good: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life by Cynthia Yanof **ENTER to be a guest on our March Sidetracked episode (giveaway ends Feb 9th) Laurel Denise Planners Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens Related Episodes: Organize Your Mental Load :: Laurel Denise [Ep 444] Cultivate What Matters :: Lara Casey [Ep 146] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 5 January 2024

Organize Your Mental Load :: Laurel Denise [Ep 444]

How are you handling your mental load? Are you a well-packed Sherpa able to take on any terrain or Sisyphus rolling the ball up the hill only to watch it roll back down? This is the time of year when it feels natural to look back and look forward. We can evaluate what worked and what didn’t, but more importantly we can listen to what space the Lord is asking us to occupy. Maybe things need to drop off our list. Maybe God isn’t saying “let go” but is tasking you with bringing order to your every day. My guest this week is mom and planner creator Laurel Denise. Laurel shares her journey thus far through motherhood and owning a small business and how she made sense of it all. Connect with Laurel Denise: Website: https://laureldenise.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/laureldeniseloves Instagram: @laureldenise TikTok: @_laureldenise Related Episodes: Sunday Planning :: Retha Nichole [Ep 349] Listening for God’s Leading :: Caroline Cobb [Ep 405] RWYB Week 4 Cultivate What Matters :: Lara Casey [Ep 146] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 11 December 2023

Nobody’s Mother :: Dr. Sandra Glahn [Ep 443]

Have you heard the Bible verse “Women will be saved through childbearing”? (It’s part of 1 Timothy 2:15) What do you think that verse means? What do you think it means for the woman facing infertility, or singleness? My guest this week, Dr. Sandra Glahn, wants to dispel some iffy interpretations of this verse many of us grew up hearing. Dr. Glahn is Professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary and has spent over 20 years trying to better understand what Paul meant in these verses in 1 Timothy, and what they mean for us today. Join me for this fascinating conversation that delves into the role of women and the cultural context of Paul’s letter, 1 Timothy. Connect with Dr. Sandra Glahn: Website: https://sandraglahn.com/ Instagram: @sandraglahnauthor Links Mentioned: Nobody’s Mother: Artemis of Ephesians in Antiquity and the New Testament by Sandra L. Glahn Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting the Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible by Sandra L. Glahn Related Episodes: On the Role of Women :: Joel Muddamalle [Ep 397] Every Mom a Theologian :: Phylicia Masonheimer [Ep 389] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 4 December 2023

Sidetracked with the Holidays :: Pie-arrhea, Dutch Cabbage Patch Dolls and Advent Fails :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 442]

Ready or not, the holidays are upon us! What are your favorite holiday traditions? What are the ones you could leave behind? Get sidetracked with Cynthia and me as we discuss everything from trees (real, fake, and Jesse) to gift giving philosophies (more or less presents than Jesus?) to elves and shepherds and the awful name your pie might get if it doesn’t come out just right. There’s even help for the mom who just wants to help her kids see Jesus in the midst of all the holiday stuff! Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Podcast: Messmerized Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Links Mentioned: The Jesse Tree Heather’s Mother-in-law’s Wassail Recipe→ combine in a pot: a gallon of apple cider (or juice) with 12 whole cloves, 4 tsp whole allspice, 12 sticks of cinnamon. (optional: 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup orange juice, 6 Tbsp lemon juice). Bring to a slow boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and serve hot. Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls Recipe Pioneer Woman Chocolate Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie Courtney DeFeo’s Light ‘Em Up Cultivate What Matters Powersheets Christmas Eve Service Printable Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul David Tripp “Pilgrim Rick” Season 1 Episode 8 of This Is Us Related Episodes: Truth in the Tinsel with Amanda White (Ohamanda) :: [Ep 3] Celebrating Advent :: Tsh Oxenreider [Ep 305] Christmas Traditions with Little Ones :: Jacki Rucksdashel [Ep 142] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 1 December 2023

How to Get Real and Savor More (Replay) :: Shauna Niequist [Ep 441]

How are you doing? Honestly. What is the pace of your day? What do you long for and feel you are missing out on? What activities have you crammed in your life out of a “should” mentality? When do you focus on your spiritual life? Today we are getting honest about our lives. And discussing ways to deepen relationships, simplify schedules, and connect spiritually. This week’s podcast guest is the talented, Shauna Niequist. Author of several books (“Cold Tangerines”, “Bread and Wine”, etc), she has a new devotional available called, “Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are”. If you are longing for friends you can share vulnerably with, Shauna offers a simple plan. If you struggle with the concept of slowing down and “savoring”, we discuss our own struggle and practical ways to start. If you want to expand your spiritual life beyond time alone with your Bible, then Shauna paints a beautiful picture of what that can look like. Shauna dishes out oodles of wise words. Enjoy! Connect with Shauna Niequist: Website: https://www.shaunaniequist.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sniequist/ Instagram: @sniequist Links Mentioned: Savor: Living Abundantly, Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist Cheddar Sage Shepherd’s Pie–switch out the sage for thyme and extra cheddar Nigella Lawson’s Guiness Chocolate Cake Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Wayne Muller’s “A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough” Concentric Circles of Care Related Episodes: Soulful Over Frantic :: Shauna Niequist [Ep 127] Walking Through Seasons of Unbelonging :: Shauna Niequist [Ep 362] Recovering from Mom Burnout :: Nicole Zasowski [Ep 257] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 27 November 2023

Demystifying Financial Aid :: Kristi Steele [Ep 440]

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “college tuition”? Does your heart rate speed up? Sending a child to college is the culmination of a lot of effort. It’s emotional and there are a lot of logistics to manage. In this hands-on, information-packed conversation Kristi and I cover the basics of applying for financial aid for college. We talk through deadlines and how-to’s to help relieve some of the logistical stress of sending a child to college. Connect with Kristi Steele: Website: https://www.kc360.co/ Links Mentioned: FAFSA Federal Student Aid CSS Profile MyCap College Funding Services Kristi’s The College Project Lunch and Learn: A Deeper Dive Into Financial Aid and Scholarships: November 27, 11:00am CST (Webinar will be recorded and recording sent to all who register) **Private School Special Circumstance Form will be found with the specific university your child is applying to** Related Episodes: Work of Worth :: Kristi Griem [Ep 39] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 20 November 2023

Bedtime Rituals to End Worry Spirals :: Emily Ley [Ep 439]

What are two words to describe your mind when your head hits the pillow most nights? The quiet space before sleep can be our most vulnerable moments. Whether it’s to-do’s or dredging up memories from the past, our thoughts can feel overwhelming. If we let our mind spiral we’re sacrificing the rest God intends us to enjoy. But my guest this week, Emily Ley has some bedtime rituals that can help us stop the spiraling. Crafted to help herself with the nighttime barrage of thoughts, Emily’s simple routines and reminders can set you on a path to the peace that comes, not from an easy life, but from an abiding trust in God. Emily is a mom of three, a best-selling author, and the founder of organizational products and tools company, Simplified. Connect with Emily Ley: Website: https://emilyleybooks.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplified Instagram: @simplified Links Mentioned: The Simplified Planner Heather uses Raising Them Ready: Practical Ways to Prepare Your Kids for Life on Their Own by Jonathan and Erica Catherman How to Be a Person Camp - Emily Ley on Substack Near in the Night: 100 Evening Meditations on God’s Peace and Rest by Emily Ley Sure as the Sunrise: 100 Morning Meditations on God’s Mercy and Delight by Emily Ley Growing Boldy: Dare to Build a Life You Love by Emily Ley A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley Related Episodes: Fighting Toxic Thoughts :: Jennie Allen [Ep 272] Freedom From Anxiety :: Ashley Willis [Ep 180] Getting Brave About Anxiety :: Sissy Goff [Ep 311] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 13 November 2023

Parenting as a Highly Sensitive Person :: Mary Van Geffen [Ep 438]

Do the sights and sounds and feels of parenting overwhelm you some days? Or most days? How can we parent kindly and intentionally when we desperately need a break from all the stimulation? My guest this week is Mary Van Geffen. She is a mom who has striven to cultivate good relationships with her children and husband while also navigating life as a Highly Sensitive Person with diagnosed ADHD. She knows firsthand the struggles moms face with sensory overload and she’s not trying to “fix” you - you’re not broken! But she does offer a bevy of tips to help us take care of ourselves amidst the din of life and to parent in a calm and connected manner. Connect with Mary Van Geffen: Website: https://www.maryvangeffen.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parentcoachforspicyones Instagram: @maryvangeffen Links Mentioned: How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty Class with Mary Van Geffen Heather and Mary’s Instagram performance–Body Posture in Parenting Related Episodes: Body Awareness in Parenting :: Mary Van Geffen [Ep 333] When Your Child is on the Autism Spectrum (Part 1) :: Terri Conlin [Ep 182] When Your Child is on the Autism Spectrum (Part 2) :: Terri Conlin [Ep 183] Parenting Neurodivergent Children - Summer Edition :: Carrie Cassell [Ep 413] Parenting Sensitive and Intense Kids :: Lynne Jackson and Lydia Rex [Ep 395] Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues :: Lynne Jackson [Ep 258] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 6 November 2023

“Plump it Up”:: Sidetracked by 10 years of Podcasting [Ep 437]

Pull out the petit fours and lip plumpers - it’s time to celebrate! Don’t Mom Alone has officially reached double digits!! Get Sidetracked with us as Cynthia leads us on a surprising, only mildly teary ride as we look back on 10 years of the podcast. There’s even a Cameo from Bob Ross! Jk, there isn’t. But we do have a great lineup of special guests and listeners to help us commemorate 10 years of mom-ing together. Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Links Mentioned: Don’t Mom Alone Right Where You Belong: How to Identify and Occupy Your God-Given Space PREORDER: Life is Messy, God is Good: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life by Cynthia Yanof Milani Keep It Full Maxxx Lip Plumper **Plump At Your Own Risk** Related Episodes: Helping Our Kids Foster Friendships :: David Thomas and Sissy Goff [Ep 338] Raising Girls :: Sissy Goff [Ep 141] The Worry-Free Parent :: Sissy Goff [Ep 421] Getting Brave About Anxiety :: Sissy Goff [Ep 311] Raising Worry-Free Girls :: Sissy Goff [Bonus] Raising Emotionally Strong Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 368] A Lil Help with Boys and Screens :: David Thomas [Bonus] Understanding Boys Better :: David Thomas [Ep 315] The Art of Nuturing Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 119] Shrinking or Swelling to Fill Your Space :: Courtney DeFeo [Ep 406] RWYB Wk 5 Light ‘Em Up :: Courtney DeFeo [Ep 50] “Help, I’m Tired of Fighting with My Daughter About Clothes” :: Kari Kampakis [Ep 429] Connecting with Your Daughter Through Humility and Compassion :: Kari Kampakis - Part 1 [Ep 390] Steady Identity in Shifting Roles :: Kari Kampakis - Part 2 [Ep 391] The Goldmine of a Mother’s Hindsight :: Chrystal Evans Hurst [Ep 71] Rescuing the Girl in You :: Chrystal Evans Hurst [Ep 172] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 3 November 2023

The Most Memorable Moments :: Celebrating 10 Years of Don't Mom Alone [Ep 436]

Some moments create a “before” and “after” in life. Whether it’s a circumstance we live through or a person we encounter, we see the world and our lives differently after these experiences. In choosing the most memorable moments to go back to, I thought about, “What were the conversations that changed my own life and parenting?” Don’t forget, we are walking together down this path of motherhood! I’m sharing these conversations again because they have impacted my journey in encouraging, clarifying, and simplifying ways. Full Episodes: Anchoring Our Kids’ Lovability in Christ :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 91] Motherhood, Career, and Identity :: Kat Armstrong [Ep 171] When to Have the Talk :: Mary Flo Ridley [Encore] The Window of Tolerance :: Charissa Fry [Ep 260] Gospel Parenting :: Paul David Tripp [Ep 176] Connect with: Jeannie Cunnion Website: https://www.jeanniecunnion.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JeannieCunnion Instagram: @jeanniecunnion Mary Flo Ridley Website: https://birds-bees.com/ Podcast: The Birds and Bees Instagram: @birds_bees Kat Armstrong Website: https://www.katarmstrong.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katarmstrongauthor Instagram: @katarmstrong1 Charissa Fry Lopez Website: https://charissalopez.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharissaFryCounseling/ Paul David Tripp Website: https://www.paultripp.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pdtripp Instagram: @PaulTrippQuotes Links Mentioned: Books by Jeannie Cunnion Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child’s Heart with God’s Extravagant Grace by Jeannie Cunnion Mom Set Free: Find Relief from the Pressure to Get It All Right by Jeannie Cunnion Don’t Miss Out: Daring to Believe Life is Better with the Holy Spirit by Jeannie Cunnion Never Alone: Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit by Jeannie Cunnion Books by Kat Armstrong The In-Between Place: Where Jesus Changes Your Story by Kat Armstrong No More Holding Back: Emboldening Women to Move Past Barriers, See Their Worth, and Serve God Everywhere by Kat Armstrong The Storyline Project by Kat Armstrong Resources from Charissa Fry Lopez Regulation Pack Keys to Playing with Your Kiddo Resources by Mary Flo Ridley God’s Very Good Design by Mary Flo Ridley Birds and Bees Courses Resources by Paul David Tripp Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional Marriage: 6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Needs to Make Complete List of Paul Tripp’s Resources Related Episodes: In Light of Eternity :: Jen Clouse [Ep 100] Quiet Your Inner Critic and Practice Self-Compassion :: Kim Fredrickson [Ep 188] Lessons Learned in 87 Years (Part 1) :: Vickie Kraft [Ep 73] Lessons Learned in 87 Years (Part 2) :: Vickie Kraft [Ep 74] Donut Dates with John Price [Ep 6] Jeannie Cunnion How to {really} Parent with Grace :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 55] Set Free From Shame :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 190] Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 347] Kat Armstrong Women Can Be All in for Jesus :: Kat Armstrong [Ep 253] Mary Flo Ridley Birds and Bees? Oh Help Me Please :: Mary Flo Ridley [GCM Ep 25] Birds and Bees (Continuing the Conversation) :: Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson [Ep 153] Preparing Now for Future Puberty and Masturbation Questions :: Megan Michelson and Mary Flo Ridley [Ep 243] Let’s Talk About Sex :: Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson [Ep 328] Charissa Fry Lopez Connecting Through Play :: Charissa Fry [Ep 319] Ages and Stages Series - The Tween Years :: Charissa Lopez [Ep 380] Paul David Tripp The Good God Wants for Our Families :: Paul David Tripp [Ep 285] Habits of a Healthy Marriage :: Paul David Tripp [Ep 234] Opportunity vs Disruption :: Paul David Tripp [Ep 212] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 30 October 2023

The “Five-Timers” Club :: Celebrating 10 Years of Don’t Mom Alone [Ep 435]

Though I didn’t have a five-timers jacket to send them, the guests on today’s show have all been on DMA at least 5 times (some have been on double that amount!). As we celebrate ten years of the podcast we wanted to acknowledge the voices I turn to again and again for support in parenting and life. Trustworthy and encouraging, their episodes are full of hope and help so we don’t mom alone (see what I did there? ;) ). Connect with: David Thomas and Sissy Goff Website: https://www.raisingboysandgirls.com/ Instagram: @raisingboysandgirls Online Courses Sally Clarkson Website: https://sallyclarkson.com/ Instagram: @sally.clarkson Jim and Lynne Jackson Website: https://connectedfamilies.org/ Instagram: @connectedfams Online Courses Kirk Martin Website: https://celebratecalm.com/ Instagram: @celebratecalm Podcast: Celebrate Calm Online Courses Full Episodes Here: Emotional Milestones :: Sissy Goff and David Thomas [Ep 160] Create a Home of Belonging & Becoming :: Sally Clarkson [Ep 107] Help Your Child Feel Safe and Loved :: Jim and Lynne Jackson [Ep 80] Calmly Parenting the Strong-Willed Child :: Kirk Martin [Ep 69] The Right to Change My Mind :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 196] Links Mentioned: Books by David Thomas and Sissy Goff Are My Kids on Track: 12 Emotional, Social and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach by Sissy Goff and David Thomas The Worry-Free Parent by Sissy Goff Raising Emotionally Strong Boys by David Thomas Raising Worry-Free Girls by Sissy Goff Brave by Sissy Goff Braver Stronger Smarter by Sissy Goff Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David Thomas Books by Sally Clarkson Different: the Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him Giving Your Words: The Lifegiving Power of a Verbal Home for Family Faith Formation Help, I’m Drowning: Weather the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope Mom Heart Moments: Daily Devotions for Lifegiving Motherhood Girls Club: Cultivating Lasting Friendship in a Lonely World The Lifegiving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith Through Feasting One Meal at a Time Books by Jim & Lynne Jackson Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart How to Grow a Connected Family Related Episodes: David Thomas and Sissy Goff Helping Our Kids Foster Friendships :: David Thomas and Sissy Goff [Ep 338] Raising Girls :: Sissy Goff [Ep 141] The Worry-Free Parent :: Sissy Goff [Ep 421] Getting Brave About Anxiety :: Sissy Goff [Ep 311] Raising Worry-Free Girls :: Sissy Goff [Bonus] Raising Emotionally Strong Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 368] A Lil Help with Boys and Screens :: David Thomas [Bonus] Understanding Boys Better :: David Thomas [Ep 315] The Art of Nuturing Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 119] Sally Clarkson That’s Me…Sleep Deprived and Needing Jesus :: Jennie and Sally [Ep 106] Create a Home of Belonging & Becoming :: Sally Clarkson [Ep 107] Cultivating Friendships in a World of Isolation :: Sally Clarkson [Ep 233] Weathering Life’s Storms :: Sally Clarkson [Ep 336] How to Own Your Life :: Sally Clarkson [Ep 54] Identifying Your God-Given Space (Part 2) :: Sally Clarkson [Ep 404] RWYB Wk 3 Jim and Lynne Jackson How to Connect, Coach and Correct Your Child :: Jim and Lynne Jackson [Ep 81] Connecting With Your Kids in Any Circumstance :: Jim and Lynne Jackson [Ep 98] Resolving Sibling Conflict :: Jim and Lynne Jackson [Ep 126] The Entitlement Fix :: Jim and Lynne Jackson [Ep 200] Discipline 101 (Live Event - Friday Night) :: Jim and Lynne Jackson [Ep 221] Connected Relationships (Live Event) :: Jim and Lynne Jackson [Ep 222] Helping Your Child With Sensory Processing Issues :: Lynne Jackson [Ep 258] Grace and Truth for Moms :: Lynne Jackson [Ep 296] Parenting Sensitive and Intense Kids :: Lynne Jackson and Lydia Rex [Ep 395] Kirk Martin How to Stop Yelling, Lecturing and Power Struggles :: Kirk Martin [Ep 62] Calmly Parenting the Strong-Willed Child :: Kirk Martin [Ep 69] Summer (and Sibling) Survival Guide :: Kirk Martin [Ep 77] How to Stay Calm with School Stress :: Kirk Martin [Ep 88] Q and A with Kirk Martin From Celebrate Calm :: Kirk Martin [Ep 104] 10 Ways to Stop Meltdowns and Arguments :: Kirk Martin [Ep 139] The Legacy of a Calm Father :: Kirk Martin [Ep 210] Bruce How to Shine a Light as a Family :: Bruce MacFadyen [Ep 5] When Your Husband Has a Demanding Job :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 38] Goals, Roles, & Superpowers :: Bruce and Heather MacFadyen [Ep 112] This is Us :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 145] The Right to Change My Mind :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 196] 20th Anniversary Q and A Episode :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 242] Bruce Learns to Label His Feelings :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 316] Talking, Teens, and Twenty-Four Years :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 399] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 23 October 2023

The “Don’t Miss” List :: Celebrating 10 Years of Don’t Mom Alone [Ep 434]

How do you quantify 10 years of mom-ing together? Let’s start with what I want to make sure you don’t miss. As we inch closer to 500 episodes, I selected clips from 5 episodes over the years for us to listen to together this week. Some have been transformational for me, all get to the heart of the message I want you to hear as a mom - you’re in the right spot and God is lavishing his love over you as your work to pass on your faith, to really see what your kids need, to release the shame you carry, and to fully occupy your God-given space. Connect with: Dr Kara Powell - https://karapowell.com/ Instagram: @kpowellfyi Amy and Jeffrey Olrick - https://www.growingconnected.com/ Instagram: @growingconnected Jo Saxton - https://www.josaxton.com/ Instagram: @JoSaxton Dr. Curt Thompson - https://curtthompsonmd.com/Instagram: @curtthompsonmd Lisa Harper - https://www.lisaharper.org/Instagram: @lisadharper Listen to the Full Episodes: Build Lasting Faith In Your Kids :: Dr. Kara Powell [Ep 290] Six Needs of Every Child :: Amy and Jeffrey Olrick [Ep 322] Embracing the Mom You’re Meant to Be :: Jo Saxton [Ep 283] Redeeming Shame Through Community :: Dr. Curt Thompson [Ep 308] When Your Wounded Soul Needs a Smiling God :: Lisa Harper [Ep 174] Links Mentioned: Books by Dr. Kara Powell 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager: Making the Most of Your Conversations and Connections Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids Books by Amy Elizabeth Olrick and Jeffrey Olrick The 6 Needs of Every Child: Empowering Parents and Kids Through the Science of Connection Books by Jo Saxton The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence More Than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World Influential: Women in Leadership at Church, Work and Beyond Books by Curt Thompson, MD The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves by Curt Thompson, MD The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope by Curt Thompson, MD The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community by Curt Thompson, MD Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships by Curt Thompson, MD Books by Lisa Harper A Perfect Mess: Why You Don’t Have to Worry About Being Good Enough for God The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World Overextended and Loving Most of It Stumbling Into Grace Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 16 October 2023

Exchange False Beliefs with True Identity :: Jamie Winship [Ep 433]

What hats do you wear? We’ve all heard the phrase “She wears many hats.” Maybe we’ve said it about ourselves or others. But do you know what is constant in this word picture about one person performing many roles? The head that the hats sit on. It’s such a simple concept - we remain the same in each job we do or season we’re in. But it isn’t simple at all, is it? If we think of our identity as the hat rather than the person wearing the hat, we’ll continually be shifting, trying to keep up. So how do we find our true identity and live in the freedom of who God created us to be? My guest this week is author and storyteller Jamie Winship. In our encouragement-packed conversation, Jamie invites us to learn to hear the voice of love and to live fearlessly in our truest selves. Connect with Jamie Winship: Website: https://www.jamiewinship.com/ & https://www.identityexchange.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejamiewinship Instagram: @thejamiewinship Links Mentioned: Antioch Youth Camp --Jamie shares more of his story Living Fearless: Exchanging the Lies of the World for the Liberating Truth of God by Jamie Winship Related Episodes: Inner Healing Prayer :: Jennifer Barnett [Ep 323] Listening to the Lord :: Kelsey Phillips [Ep 279] Right Where You Belong Podcast Series Motherhood, Career, and Identity :: Kat Armstrong [Ep 171] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 9 October 2023

Thong Gone Wrong :: Sidetracked with Cynthia and Heather [Ep 432]

It’s mum time in Texas, y’all! Both the colorful garden flowers and the personalized faux floral and ribbon creations seen at Texas homecoming football games. Get sidetracked with Cynthia and me this week as we decode what the kids are saying these days, design our own mums, and talk about the hard things life has thrown at us lately. We discuss the trap of comparison and we finally stop searching for the elusive Conflict-Free Sibling Zone but instead help our kids learn reconciliation. Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Links Mentioned: This Dream Is Not For You: Learn to Live by Letting Go by Wady Joye Right Where You Belong: How to Identify and Fully Occupy Your God-Given Space by Heather MacFadyen Related Episodes: Resolving Sibling Conflict :: Jim and Lynne Jackson [Ep 126] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 6 October 2023

Sidetracked with Fall, Homecoming and Sibling Conflict :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 432]

It’s mum time in Texas, y’all! Both the colorful garden flowers and the personalized faux floral and ribbon creations seen at Texas homecoming football games. Get sidetracked with Cynthia and me this week as we decode what the kids are saying these days, design our own mums, and talk about the hard things life has thrown at us lately. We discuss the trap of comparison and we finally stop searching for the elusive Conflict-Free Sibling Zone but instead help our kids learn reconciliation. Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Links Mentioned: Joy (movie about self-wringing mop) QVC meat HALO usb/bolt charger Cynthia mentioned. This Dream Is Not For You: Learn to Live by Letting Go by Wady Joye Right Where You Belong: How to Identify and Fully Occupy Your God-Given Space by Heather MacFadyen Related Episodes: Resolving Sibling Conflict :: Jim and Lynne Jackson [Ep 126] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 6 October 2023

“What is My Responsibility in My Child’s Salvation?” :: Vela Tomba [Ep 431]

What is our role in our children’s salvation? It’s easy to hope in a formulaic approach for our kids’ salvation - to think if we just pray and have the family bible studies we’re guaranteed our kids will make an early decision to follow Jesus. But what about when they don’t? How do we stay “ok” when our kids are choosing the things we wouldn’t choose for them? How do we trust in God’s relentless but gentle pursuit of our kids when we don’t see any evidence of it? My guest this week, Vela Tomba, says we stay in our own hula-hoop. We let go of the things we cannot control. We allow ourselves grief but we also allow ourselves hope and trust in the way God is writing the story. She draws from her own experience as a mom and from helping other moms struggling with their kids’ choices. Connect with Vela Tomba: Website: https://www.velatomba.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vela.tomba/ Instagram: @velatomba Links Mentioned: Cru Campus Ministries Paige Brown Bible Study on Jonah (new videos each Wed with discussion questions…only up for a week) The Bible Recap with Tara Leigh Cobble Strong’s Concordance App Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring For Yourself by Melody Beattie Pollyanna Related Episodes: Hula Hoop-o-logy :: Vela Tomba [GCM Ep 28] Self-Differentiation and Why It Matters :: Nancy Houston [Ep 335] Summer of Mentorship 2019 Week One :: Nancy Williams Building Lasting Faith in Your Kids :: Dr. Kara Powell [Ep 290] Doubt, Questions and Your Teen’s Growing Faith :: Mary Jo Sharp [Ep 375] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 2 October 2023

Ministry in the Margins :: Angel Ricchuiti and Brittany Turner [Ep 430]

What is your ministry? Of course, motherhood is its own type of ministry, but did you envision something else as your “ministry”? Whether you had plans you’ve set aside or not, working at something you’re passionate about outside of your home can quite the challenge. My guests this week are Angel Ricchuiti and Brittany Turner. Both are moms of 4 and both want to use their giftings and experience to serve Christ. Our conversation explores the tension between caring for children and doing ministry. Connect with Angel Ricchuiti: Website: https://angelricchuiti.blogspot.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angel.ricchuiti Instagram: @angelricchuiti Connect with Brittney Turner: Website: https://brittanyjturner.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iambrittanyjturner Instagram: @iambrittanyjturner Links Mentioned: Tim Ricchuiti's Math TikTok Account How to set up your own Amazon Affiliate account Related Episodes: Church Hurts, Healed by the Churh :: Angel Ricchuiti [Ep 355] Postpartum Depression :: Brittany Turner [Ep 277] Mom, You are Important but Not Essential, That’s Good News :: Brittany Turner [Ep 361] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 25 September 2023

“Help, I’m Tired of Fighting with my Daughter about Clothes” :: Kari Kampakis [Ep 429]

Admit it, you’ve seen a girl somewhere and thought, “I can’t believe her mother let her out of the house wearing that.” But if you’ve parented a teenage girl, you know it’s just not that simple. How can we connect with our daughters and let them know we’re on their side even if we are not on board with certain trends or styles? My guest this week is author, speaker, and mother of four girls, Kari Kampakis. She has walked the road of countless clothing conversations with her girls. She gives practical encouragement for moms to build relationships and learn the art of compromise that doesn’t throw out standards but still lets girls have choices. Connect with Kari Kampakis: Website: https://www.karikampakis.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karikampakiswriter/ Instagram: @karikampakis Podcast: Girl Mom Links Mentioned: Lee Cordon Homecoming Dresses Post Related Episodes: Connecting With Your Daughter Through Humility and Compassion :: Kari Kampakis Part 1 [Ep 390] Steady Identity in Shifting Roles :: Kari Kampakis Part 2 [Ep 391] Important Topics to Cover with Tweens and Teens about Manners, Technology, and Friendship:: Lee Cordon [Ep 408] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 18 September 2023

My Kid Saw Porn, Now What? :: Mandy Majors [Ep 428]

What would you do if your kid told you they saw porn? What would you do if you discovered porn on your child’s device? My guest this week is mom and founder of NextTalk, Mandy Majors. Her daughter was exposed to pornography at age 9 at school and she didn’t see it on a cell phone. That was a wake-up call moment for Mandy and she made it her goal to teach other parents how to talk through the quickly changing digital world. Fast forward 10 years and NextTalk is spreading the message of fostering real relationships between parents and kids - the kind where both parties can talk about those awkward or taboo subjects freely. Mandy encourages us that if we do our best to create a safe place of open communication between us and our kids there isn’t a tech situation we can’t face together. Connect with Mandy Majors: Website: https://nexttalk.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nextTalk Instagram: @nexttalkorg Podcast: https://nexttalk.org/podcast/ Links Mentioned: Chris McKenna and Protect Young Eyes Kristen Jenson and Defend Young Minds Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids by Kristen A. Jenson Fight the New Drug Related Episodes: Creating Digital Safe Spaces :: Chris McKenna [Ep 360] Braving the Tech Landscape Through Connection :: Chris McKenna [Ep 424] Porn-Proofing Our Kids :: Kristen Jenson [Ep 256] Pornography :: Jimmy and Josh Myers of Pairadocs Podcast [Ep 162] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 11 September 2023

Finding Courage to Speak Up When You’re Not OK :: Kristen Glass [Ep 427]

Who do you call when it feels like your world is falling apart? Do you share your struggles with trusted friends or is it hard to open up about what is going on in your life? Toward the end of her first marriage Kristen Glass broke a habit she’d had for years - struggling silently. For years she suffered alone, carrying shame for her actions and circumstances that left her feeling condemned and isolated. All that changed one weekend in Utah when she found the courage to tell a friend her story. That simple act of speaking up freed her to see the truth of who God made her to be and His great love for her. Join me for her story that has dark times and places but is also filled with the hope of redemption and restoration that only God can bring. Connect with Kristen Glass: Email: [email protected] Related Episodes: Walking Through Divorce :: Lara Williams [Ep 324] Forgiving What You Can’t Forget :: Lysa TerKeurst [Ep 304] Good Boundaries and Goodbyes :: Lysa TerKeurst [Ep 387] Coping Mechanisms, Recovery, and Codependency :: Taylor Bashta [Ep 275] Sinners Married to Sinners - How God Refines Us :: Cheryl Scruggs and Jae Carpenter [Ep 195] Rebuilding From an Abusive Marriage :: Jeni B [Ep 246] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 4 September 2023

Sidetracked with Cynthia and Heather [Ep 426]

Is Back-to-School time a mini fresh-start for you? With all the fresh supplies we get a chance to think again about who we want to be and what our daily life can look like. Get sidetracked with Cynthia and me this week as we discuss rhythms we are creating for the fall. Cynthia discovers AI and we talk habits, opening our homes for connection, scrapbooking for our younger selves, and new business ventures! Connect with Cynthia Yanof: Website: https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram: @cynthiayanof Links Mentioned: Book a Mahjong training party with Heather and Amber @Mad4Mahj Leanne Morgan Nate Bargatze Kevin James Related Episodes: Previous episodes with Heather and Cynthia Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 1 September 2023

Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Tech :: Joey Odom [Ep 425]

Maybe you’ve wondered if you are addicted to your phone? Or if your kids are addicted to their devices? Is addicted the right word to use? Between work and school and life it is nearly impossible to live without some screen interaction, but what if we could change our relationship with our screens? What if they are not something we are powerless against, but something we can put in their proper places? My guest this week is dad and entrepreneur, Joey Odom. His own missed moments as a dad served as the impetus for changing his relationship with his phone and creating a system to help us do the same. His encouragement and creativity help us give ourselves (and our spouses and kids) grace and tools to shape our time spent with and away from screens. Connect with Joey Odom: Website: https://www.goaro.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goaronow/ Instagram: @goaronow Links Mentioned: Troomi Phone Related Episodes: The Screen Struggle is Real :: Arlene Pellicane [Ep 331] Time and Space for Flourishing in a Tech World :: Andy Crouch [Ep 208] Creating Digital Safe Spaces :: Chris McKenna [Ep 360] Braving the Tech Landscape Through Connection :: Chris McKenna [Ep 424] Featured Sponsors: Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.

Transcribed - Published: 28 August 2023

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