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012 | Us & Kids: Thanksgiving

Inspiration from this Episode

“You can make it the best it can be under whatever circumstances you’re in.”

“Sometimes it takes a lot of energy to be around groups of people.”

“Keep your boundaries in a good place.”

 

012 | Us & Kids: Thanksgiving 

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we're in the season of celebrating Thanksgiving this week. The holidays can put an emotional and relational impact on your relationship and raising your kids. This holiday season when there is so much to be thankful for, there are still some things you should focus on for yourself. 

During this season, I want you to work on putting pride aside and really focusing on happiness. Learn when to ask and accept help from others. Remember to take time for yourself if constant crowds and large groups become draining for you. It’s never a bad thing to ensure you are in the right mind space to truly enjoy the season with our loved...

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011 | Us & Kids: Write It to Right It

 

Inspiration from this Episode

“They would have missed out on this beautiful bonding space.”

“Being organized often helps us be more calm.”

“Write those words of encouragement because it builds trust.”

 

011 | Us & Kids: Write It to Right It

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are talking about why writing is so important for good mental health, family health and marriage health. Many of us get caught up in the thought of sitting down and having to write things down. Our school-aged kids also have responsibilities for writing in their day, from book reports, their agendas and other homework. 

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, that is a time that we like to quietly reflect on all the things we are thankful for. We often feel scared of the idea of journaling or other consistent writing because we think there is only one right way to do things. What we usually don’t realize is that journaling is just a...

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010 | Us & Kids: When and How to Apologize

Inspiration from this Episode

“What do we want the end of the conversation to look like?”

“We didn’t rush into things often.”

“I'm going to continue to help my children to be calm.”

 

010 | Us & Kids: Apologize

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we're discussing something that's important in any relationship—how to apologize. Sometimes things can get messy and we need to learn the right way and time to apologize to one another. When we run into difficult situations in our marriage and while parenting, there are a few things we can do to help get to a resolution. 

A lot of the time we need to evaluate what we want to get out of a conversation before we know how to approach it. When kids are brought into the mix, it can be hard to understand how to properly handle a situation while using it as a learning experience. 

 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • Defining the desire for our...
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009 | Us & Kids: Make Your Bed

Inspiration from this Episode

“I am going to have one space that is neat.”

“Making your bed is a reminder to create order out of the chaotic.”

“A good goal is to make it good but not perfect.”

 

009 | Us & Kids: Make Your Bed

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are talking about how one simple and small action we can take each day can make a huge difference. That one little step many of us may love or avoid doing is making our bed. We often don’t realize the impact that making our bed first thing in the morning has on our day.

Us as parents need a space that provides us with peace and calmness among the chaos of each day. Things are never going to be perfect, especially with kids, but when we take the opportunity to create order in our lives it can positively impact our children. 

 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • The theory behind making our bed and our mood.
  • Creating that space of calmness and...
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008 | Us & Kids: Breast Cancer Awareness

 Inspiration from this Episode

“Remember, those who knew you before still know you.”

“Your needs and desires can shift.”

008 | Us & Kids: Breast Cancer Awareness

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are talking about something that can be hard to talk about but something that is necessary to bring awareness to—breast cancer. When someone gets diagnosed with cancer, there is a lot of uncertainty in their lives. They become unsure of who they are as a woman, as a wife and as a mother. 

There are so many ways we can deal with this diagnosis in our own lives as well as for those around us. We want to ensure we can embrace the new things to come while also keeping the normal things in our lives. This month let’s take the time to bring awareness around breast cancer and how it can affect everyone. 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • Breast cancer as a woman & a wife.
  • How to bring normalcy back into your...
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007 | Us & Kids: Positive Emotions & Thoughts

Inspiration from this Episode

“The negative emotions of worry and fear creates anxiety.”

“The broader our knowledge and skill base, the more likely we are to try new things.”

“You accept those worries with good intentions.”

 

007 | Us & Kids: Positive Emotions & Thoughts

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we’re talking about PETS and how they relate to our marriage. In our day-to-day lives, there are so many things that can put us into a negative mindset. It’s hard to not let our anxiety and negative emotions creep into our relationships.

We don’t want to burden our spouses with our worries but they can often be a great way to help achieve PETS. 

When we were newly married and raising our kids, we had a variety of pets over the years. Each of our dogs had very different personalities and each one taught of new things about communication. 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • What we...
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006 | Us & Kids: Miscarriage & Loss

Inspiration from this Episode

“Feelings from miscarriage looks different for everyone.”

 

006 | Us & Kids: Miscarriage & Loss

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we talk about the hard topic of miscarriage and losing a child. Miscarriage is never an easy thing to go through no matter when it happens. We often feel as though we are alone because no one talks about what they might also be going through. 


As a friend, we often don’t know what to say or how to support our friends through this time. We don’t want to risk saying the wrong thing or potentially upset them more. We are going to discuss some of the many ways you can support a friend or loved one during a miscarriage. 

 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • When we think no one else is going through it.
  • How to support a friend through miscarriage.
  • Not forgetting the grieving spouse.
  • Dealing with the different emotions.

 

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005 | Us & Kids: Happy Anniversary

 

Inspiration from this Episode

“We need to practice being close to each other.”

“You just had to make a decision and go.”

“It’s not easy to make a win, especially when you’re busy.”

 

005 | Us & Kids: Happy Anniversary

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are talking about ANNIVERSARIES and all the ways we celebrate them. I’ve been a marriage and family therapist for many many years. Anniversaries matter to so many people around us, our family, our friends, our kids. 

As the years go by and we celebrate bigger and greater accomplishments, we also need to take the time to look back and see where we’ve been. Go over all of those wins you’ve had with your spouse, and remember those times that might have been a little bit more trying. 

 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • How to celebrate the wins no matter how small.
  • Taking responsibility for your part when...
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004 | How Your Kiddo Might Be Like Blueberries

Inspiration from this Episode:

“Get them outside. Let them play, let them have fun.”

“Give them the space for rest.”

 

004 | Us & Kids: Blueberries

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are talking about the sweet and juicy topic of berries and how they can resemble our kids and families. When we think about our gardens and the variety of fruits we might be growing, we hardly ever stop to think how so many of the attributes of these berries are similar to our kids. Many of the things needed to careful grow plants and make them flourish are the same things our kids need as they also grow. 

 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  •     What berries have to do with raising kids.
  •     How our kids might resemble growing fruits.
  •     Dealing with the differences in their personalities.
  •     Growing fruit vs growing good kids.

  

Resources in Today’s Episode

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003 | Us & Kids: Alive After 5—Us

Inspiration from this Episode

“Being married is a challenge all in itself, learning how to become husband and wife.”

“Put something in that schedule that says this is for us.”

 

003 | Us & Kids: Alive After Five—Us

 

Intro 

Today on our show, we’re getting into part 2 of our series Alive After Five. On the last episode, we discussed what happens in the first 5 years of raising our kids. Today, the discussion is all about our marriage and those first few stages most couples go through. We talk about how to be open to all of the changing phases as well as how to take intentional actions that help direct your marriage. 

 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • The first few stages of being married.
  •  Dealing with the changes and being open to them.
  • How to get yourself back to that passion.
  • Regular actions to take to live with purpose.

 

Resources in Today’s Episode

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