Episode 307: How To Choose Light In Dark Times

Episode 307: How To Choose Light In Dark Times

Yes, it’s September!  I love fall and as soon as September comes, I feel like fall is here.  There are many things I love about fall, but one of the biggest things is that the change of seasons gives hope that we can make things better.  Like a refresh.

We are living in stressful times and things in this world can seem dark and bleak.  But when we can keep our focus on the light, that is what we will see!  There is hope and it is so refreshing and that hope will transition to all areas of our life.

In this episode, I have 3 tips to help you find hope and renewal in changing seasons.

Tips From The Show

  1. Make getting into the word of God a priority.  I know, pretty obvious.  But sometimes life gets in the way.  What if you made it a goal to read the Bible twice a day?  You might hit it but even if you miss and you get it in once a day….pretty great.  We need to renew our mind in order to refresh for the season ahead.
  2. Realize that the enemy wants to divide us and cause us to stress about everything going on in the world today.
  3. Switch gears and get back into setting new goals and habits and systems that will help us reach them.  Change what you are focused on!  This is why we have programs life Life Balance Method.  Check it out here.

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Episode 306: Creating A Plan For After High School with Beth Langston

Episode 306: Creating A Plan For After High School with Beth Langston

Do you know what your kids will be doing after High School?  It might seem a long way off but it’s never too early to prepare your kids for launch.

I’m joined for this conversation with Beth Langston from College Flight Plan.

About Our Guest

Beth Langston founded College Flight Plan with her husband, Greg.  She graduated from Purdue University in Education and is an expert essay editor with a proven track record of helping students navigate the dreaded college applications essay process with tremendous success. 

Beth and Greg established The College Flight Plan to empower students to master their self-discovery, allowing them to successfully activate their life’s purpose. Combining over 20 years of experience in the education field and executive leadership, we have mentored hundreds of students and young professionals. Our courses provide training, coaching, and expert advice to enable students to establish clarity, confidence, and control over their future.

Learn more at https://collegeflightplan.com/

Action Items and Tips From the Show

There are 3 key things that college admissions look for and you can work on these things well before their senior year.  And these are not just for kids that are college bound.  These three things will help your kids on whatever path they choose after high school including trade school, military, or entering the workforce.

1.  Academic Success:  Empower teens for academic success through early preparation. GPA,
standardized tests, quality curriculum, outside studies, and pursuits

2. Extracurriculiam Accomplishment: Empower teens for extracurricular success by showing demonstrated
interest in activities. In-depth community projects, leadership positions,
commitment to an activity, entrepreneurial spirit (example: collect food during Covid
for charity).

3. Self-Awareness and Future Plans and Goals: Empower teens to express who they are with confidence and clarity as they
gain a sense of control through self-discovery tools and assessments.-know
their values, purpose, strengths and weaknesses, and natural inclinations. Have a
plan and goals set to pursue a major that will allow them to thrive. They know who
they are and where they are going and can articulate this in conversations and in
their application essays.

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Episode 305: How To Create An Academic Plan With Meagan Sousa

Episode 305: How To Create An Academic Plan With Meagan Sousa

There is a lot to focus on when our kids go back to school including setting them up for academic success.  It can be a lot to take on as a working mom and that is why sometimes we need help.  Learn how to navigate these waters and what to do in this episode with Meagan Sousa.

About Our Guest

In January of 2010, with 15 years of one-on-one tutoring experience and 10 years working with middle and high school students in out-of-school education, Meagan Sousa launched Parker River Tutoring. She has worked with students from all over the North Shore of Massachusetts to help those students succeed. Areas of expertise include Academic Coaching, Mathematics, Study Skills, SAT/ACT, SAT Subject Tests, High School Entrance Exams, MCAS, and MTEL.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

Academic Coaching:

This involves setting up for the school year ahead by finding the right tools for a student, gathering resources and setting up routines. That initial momentum of back to school tends to get kids in the right mode for wanting to achieve; the tools I give them helps keep them in that mode when the newness of the year wears off.

Coaching is also an approach that requires students to check in and reassess on a regular basis where they are at with their understanding, grades, balance and school supplies.

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Episode 304: Building Strong Faith In Your Kids With Janelle Alberts, and Ingrid Faro

Episode 304: Building Strong Faith In Your Kids With Janelle Alberts, and Ingrid Faro

When we send our kids back to school, we want them to succeed in every way.  For most of us, the biggest hope we have for our kids is that they follow Jesus and bring him into all the places they go.  But as they go into the world, there are other influences at work.  We can’t shelter them, and it’s healthy for all of us to stretch and grow in our faith.  So how do we support our kids to build strong faith in the face of the world?

In this episode, we are joined by the Authors of Honest Answers: Exploring God Questions with Your Tween, Janelle Alberts, and Ingrid Faro.  Even if you are not the moms of tweens, the knowledge shared about presenting the Gospel to our kiddos is priceless.  Although we raise our kids in the church, they will go through their own journey to come and find the Lord.  Listen in to this conversation to learn how to apply grace, plant seeds of hope, and be there for your kids without being their savior (this was a big take away for me!)

About Our Guests

Janelle Alberts spent her early career in PR departments for Microsoft and UPS, boiling down logical, clear corporate messaging. She now attempts the same for parents who love Scripture, often featuring bits we’ve never heard but wish we had. Alberts wrote her first faith column for the Akron Beacon Journal in 2010 and has since been a regular contributor to various online sites including Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership, RELEVANT magazine, and others. Honest Answers is her first book. Alberts and her family make their home in Ohio.

Ingrid Faro is dean of academic affairs and associate professor of Old Testament at Northern Seminary. She is also an associate professor of Old Testament at the Scandinavian School of Theology in Sweden. She has an MDiv and Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Faro is an international speaker at conferences and churches and writes on topics that include navigating evil and suffering, abuse and power dynamics, women in the Bible, forgiveness, the goodness of God, identity in Christ, discipleship, and leadership. Her motivation is to encourage people, help them navigate the pain and suffering of this world, and grow in a thriving relationship with God and others. She is the coauthor of Honest Answers. Faro has two married children and three grandchildren. She lives in Illinois.

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Episode 303: Taking The Stress Out of Back To School With Joy Acaso

Episode 303: Taking The Stress Out of Back To School With Joy Acaso

Back to school can be awesome, but it can also be stressful!  Have no fear, we have an expert for that!  Joy Acaso is an Anxiety Support Coach and Psychotherapist and a repeat guest on this show and a wonderful source of information and inspiration on how we can best support our kids through and transition.

About Our Guest

Joy is a wife and mom of 2, an 13 yr old daughter and 7 yr old son. Personally, parenting has
been a season of “unlearning and learning.” Her work as an Anxiety Support Coach and
Psychotherapist is a testament that it’s never too early or never too late to choose the best
course of action.

She values the integrity and uniqueness of every family and individual she meets. Joy tries her
best to put awe and curiosity at the forefront because she knows that “one-size-fits-all” can
never bring healing. She has made it her mission to spread awareness in utilizing therapy and
coaching as a means of helping families bond closer and make their mental health their priority.

Learn More About Joy:

www.joyacaso.com

IG: @joyacaso
FB: @joyacasocoaching

Tips From The Show

Success tips for overcoming overwhelm and stress:

1. How can we support our kids as moms?: Every family has their own story and
must therefore take the time to identify their kind of stress or their kind of crisis.

2. When should we be worried about the effects of isolation for our kids or other
effects of the events around us?: Everyone is affected now more than ever. We
are facing the worst mental health crisis in America today. Globally, we’ve also
seen research studies from the UK and Asia. Emphasize on physical distancing, not social isolation.

3. What are the signs that our kids are more greatly affected? We as parents must
educate ourselves about what stress looks like, and what it feels like in our own
lives so that we can talk to our children about it. Many times, children don’t even
know that they’re stressed out or affected. Some common symptoms:
forgetfulness decreased interest in friends or friendships, decreased interest in
creative outlets, more frequent crying or anxiety.

4. What kind of intervention is best and when to seek it? Early intervention is always
best. The most effective and most basic kind of intervention at home is listening,
engaging and ongoing observation.

5. I keep hearing talk about previous generations and things in history that kids
grew up in that were hard. How can we learn from those times to provide a good
outcome or should we not even worry about it knowing that our kids will gain
resilience? Learning from the past is always a good thing. Part of building
resilience is the very act of making sense of distress as a family. If we are going
to use the past as a history lesson with our children, approach and timing are key.
For example, when our children are in the middle of dealing with a sensitive topic
(sensitive to them), that would not be the appropriate to bring up lessons of
sorts.

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Episode 302: Making It A Successful School Year

Episode 302: Making It A Successful School Year

It’s back to school time!  Yes, this season takes so much time and energy and for us working moms, it can be a little overwhelming.  No fear!  In this episode, we are talking about creating a game plan for a successful school year.

Tips From The Show

Ready to set a strong foundation for the school year?  Here are a few things to do:

  1. Set your objectives for the kids for the school year.  Think both academic and personal.
  2. Gain partnership from other sources of influence in your kid’s life.  Think teachers, coaches, caregivers, youth pastors.  Communicate the objectives that you are thinking about and get their feedback and perspective.
  3. Look at the routines for your kids and how you can set them up for success against these objectives.  Focus on morning routines first.

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