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023 | Us & Kids: How to Become Bilingual in Love Languages

Inspiration from this Episode

“Don’t just say I love you, also act it.”

“Listen to feedback from your spouse on what makes them calm down and hear them.”

“Help them learn, help them through the flops.”

 

023 | Us & Kids: How to Become Bilingual

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are learning how your brain best receives love so that it can sink into your heart and being is good to know - and good for others to know. Of course - you would also then want to know what language your spouse speaks so that you can clearly and deeply communicate your deep love for them in a way that they easily understand.  

Did you know that love can have many different languages? And that you and your spouse and other family members can all speak a different language? Don’t be overwhelmed just yet - these languages are pretty easy as they share the common base to them - the base of love.  

 

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022 | Us & Kids: Keeping the Messiness of Everyday Living From Overwhelming Our Relationships

Inspiration from this Episode

“What I do advocate is that you work a plan and work a budget.”

“We talked about where there was going to be time for us.”

“It keeps integrity between us so we can ask about each other’s day.”

 

022 | Us & Kids: Keeping Your Relationship Rug Clean

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are carrying on from last week’s episode about cleaning up under your rug. Rugs...keep our feet warm, collect crud from our shoes, make a room look pretty. How do we keep our relationship so that it is warm, doesn’t become overwhelmed with crud and even looks and feels pretty? 

Like an entryway rug, our relationship gets daily use and can easily get beat up and looking pretty ratty. But, with some attention to daily details, your relationships can stay strong, steady and even pretty. Join us for great ways to keep track of memories, stay positive and keep the crud of everyday living from...

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021 | Us & Kids: How to Clean Up What's Under the Rug in our Relationships

Inspiration from this Episode

“How do we remember? We usually don’t take pictures of the icky memories.”

“What can I add or take away that would make it okay?”

“What do you want yourself to look like over the next year?”

 

021 |  How to Clean Up What's Under the Rug in our Relationships

 

Intro 

On today’s show, the question is, have you looked around your house, your garage, or your bedroom lately? Have you thought, what a mess? I sure wish someone would clean this up. Well, I'm not here to help you right now with cleaning those things up in the physical sense, but I am interested in wondering with you about what do we do when we look around our relationships.

Sometimes the holidays in December can bring to light the tensions of the past year and things that have gotten stuffed under a rug. So let's be brave and take a look back, see what things there are to clean up or straightened up. We're going to look at it...

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017 | Us & Kids: How to Have Remarkable Courage in Difficult Years

Inspiration from this Episode

“It really helped us stay steady in the traumatic year we had.”

“We had learned to value each others input and perspective.”

“Maybe it’s ending a habit, maybe it’s starting a new one.”

 

017 | Us & Kids: How to Have Remarkable Courage in Difficult Years

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are celebrating the last day of the year as we bring in the New Year. It’s often hard not to get up in the “year in review” mode when we get to the end of the year. It can be important to look back and see where we have been and how far we’ve come. Sometimes though, we might have difficult or painful that happened to us this past year that are hard to relive. 

What You’ll Learn in Today’s Episode

  • Reviewing the good and the bad.
  • Finding calmness through our partner.
  • What we can achieve if we don’t quit.
  • How to build that solid foundation.

 

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016 | Us & Kids: Reducing stress around gift giving and getting

 

Inspiration from this Episode

“I want to teach my kiddos what’s the best response they can do when they receive a gift.”

“As adults we are supposed to be able to hold our own emotions together.”
“It could be wise for you to have that exit plan.”

016 | Us & Kids: Presents and Presence

 

Intro 

On today’s show, Christmas is right around the corner, so for many of us presents are on our minds. Are you ready? Are the presents wrapped? Or has frazzled and weary got your heart and mind?  Does staying home to sleep sound so much better than playing - even if it is with your favorite people?

Taking care of gifts and having any energy left to enjoy the occasion can be a tough and tiring balance. Have a listen to today’s podcast for some ideas on how to help you and your kiddos with the present giving and receiving skill. I also share some ideas on how to help yourself and your marriage with the being present with...

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015 | Us & Kids: Raising our Kids is Messy, Like Building Gingerbread Houses

 Inspiration from this Episode

“These are the same skills we want when we're parenting our little ones.”

“Be creative. Ask for help.”

“Teach, model, show, practice, encourage. Be patient and persistent, with deep kindness and joy.”

 

015 | Us & Kids: Raising our Kids is Messy, Like Building Gingerbread Houses

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we're talking about how raising our kids is like building gingerbread houses. There are so many fun, messy and challenging parts of building a gingerbread house around the holidays. A lot can also be said about the fun, messy and challenging times that we go through when we raise our little ones.

As our kids grow and go through different phases, there are little tidbits we can take away from how to handle situations. Sometimes we might need to be still, quiet and just support, while other times we may need to overlook the messy bits and just appreciate the fun we’ve had along the...

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014 | Us & Kids: DNA for F.U.N.

Inspiration from this Episode

“What if we wanted to evaluate our relationship DNA?”

“It takes a lot of work to even keep their own selves together.”

“We have to learn how to be still and hold our own needs.”

 

014 | Us & Kids: DNA for Fun

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we are talking about how relationships can be tricky and just when we think we’ve figured them out they grow and change. So many of us want to feel that our relationships are steady, dependable and predictable. We often think of DNA as who we are genetically but what if we thought about who we are as individuals and partners in our relationships.

Is it possible to take two very unique human beings and put them together in a forever marriage? What types of things we would need to look at in yourself or your partner? So many things affect who we are as people from our childhood, traumas, spirituality, personality and so much more. Today we will look at our...

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013 | Us & Kids: Lost and Found

Inspiration from this Episode

“We don’t have control over other people.”

“You’ve decided how you’re going to act—with grace and maturity.”

“How should we help our children grieve?”

 

013 | Us & Kids: Lost and Found

 

Intro 

On today’s show, we're talking about all the things we lose in our day to day lives.

When we lose things, no matter how small or insignificant, how do you react? Do you think you’re losing your mind and get mad? Do we have tendencies to sometimes blame other people when things get lost?

Many times when we lose things, it isn’t just the thought of them being lost that really bothers us. It can be what that specific item represents to us and it no longer being around that upsets or bothers us. The loss of a family member or loved one in our lives can also be a time where we lose sense of ourselves and we must learn how to reconnect. 

 

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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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