Don't Mom Alone Podcast

Don't Mom Alone Podcast

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". read less
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"Help When Adult Friendships End?" :: Shundria Riddick [Ep 477] Summer of Mentorship Week Two
6d ago
"Help When Adult Friendships End?" :: Shundria Riddick [Ep 477] Summer of Mentorship Week Two
A few years ago on an Instagram survey I learned that 68% of y’all have experienced broken friendships. I knew we needed an episode to help. Licensed professional counselor Shundria Riddick is here to walk us through some healthy ways to work toward reconciliation and how to know when to walk away from a hurtful friendship. We talk about setting healthy boundaries, having clarifying conversations, and how to analyze the health of relationships. We also cover the new trend of Millennials cutting off their parents and how to heal those wounds and come to new understandings.  With the busyness of parenting, work, and family- friendships often take the back burner. Shundria is here to help us make them a priority and learn how to move forward into healthy relationships even if we have been hurt in the past.  Connect with Shundria Riddick:  Website:  Shundria Riddick Facebook: Shundria Riddick MA, LPC Instagram:  Shundria Riddick (@shundriariddick) Links Mentioned:   Relax – Shundria Riddick, MA LPC  Related Episodes: The Unicorn That is Adult Friendship :: Cynthia Yanof – Summer of Mentorship – Wk 3 [Ep 416]Friendship is Hard :: Amy Weatherly and Jess Johnston [Ep 350]Healing Friendship Wounds :: Lisa-Jo Baker [Ep 159] Summer of Mentorship Discussion Questions: What stood out to you in this week's podcast? Have you had a broken friendship or relationship? What has been your experience of walking away from a friendship in the past?What boundaries do you set on friendships and how do you communicate them?Sit still and ask God to help you filter through a relationship that you have trouble with. Are you navigating it the way he wants you to?  Featured Sponsors:  Thrive Causemetics-Refresh your everyday look with Thrive Causemetics. Beauty that gives back. Right now, you can get an exclusive 10% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Greenlight-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.
Sidetracked by Naming Body Parts, Steaks for Lunch, and Summer Dilemmas (when you’re not in Italy) :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 476]
Jul 5 2024
Sidetracked by Naming Body Parts, Steaks for Lunch, and Summer Dilemmas (when you’re not in Italy) :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 476]
**earbud alert–if you listen with little ones around may want to pop in the ole earbuds or be prepared to have lots of conversations ;) **  We kick off today looking like we are going to two separate events, with one dressed up and one in athleisure. Are you team shorts or team dresses for summer? We give some summer updates including how to feed ALL of the teens that are home and my 1980’s drink that is keeping 4 boys hydrated. Social media has us convinced that everyone is traveling to Italy this summer, was there a BOGO deal we missed? Recapping the last month  includes a funeral for our young friend Pike who lost his battle with leukemia and how powerfully his family honored him at the touching memorial.  I was reeling emotionally going from graduation to funeral to medieval times with sixth graders then wisdom tooth removal for my college-bound son.  Join us today as we get sidetracked and share the hard and joyful parts of summer 2024.  Connect with Cynthia Yanof:  Website:  https://cynthiayanof.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof Instagram:  @cynthiayanof Podcast: MESSmerized  Links Mentioned:   Heather’s slip shortsHeather’s summer meal planCynthia’s pesto chicken slider recipeCountry Time Lemonade Drink MixStem Cell Donor Matching Program in Pike’s Honor: Anyone 18-55 that is in good health can request an at home swab kit at https://www.dkms.org/get-involved/virtual-drives/gettypedforpike Heather’s Air fryerAudible Books & OriginalsThe Silent Patient: by Alex MichaelidesThe Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: by John Mark ComerThe Women: by Kristin HannahGreenlights: by Matthew McConaugheyFunny Story: Emily HenryAll My Knotted-Up Life: A Memoir by Beth MooreZipper bags for movingCynthia’s portable chargerStanley Quencher H2.0 FlowState Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated TumblerTRUE LEMON Water Enhancer The Jess Connolly Podcast Episode 8 — Jess Connolly— “Must Be Nice Disease” Related Episodes: Let’s Talk about Sex :: Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson [Ep 328]Preparing Now for Future Puberty and Masturbation Questions :: Megan Michelson and Mary Flo Ridley [Ep 243]Birds and Bees (Continuing the Conversation) :: Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson [Ep 153]Sidetracked with Beth McCord :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 473]Sidetracked with Toni Collier :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 468] Featured Sponsors:  Gabb Wireless –Gabb is offering $25 off any device to new customers–with no contract required! That’s $25 off any Gabb smartphone or smart watch. Go to Gabb.com/DMA use code DMA. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.
"How do I connect better with my kids?" [Ep 475] :: Summer of Mentorship Week 1
Jul 1 2024
"How do I connect better with my kids?" [Ep 475] :: Summer of Mentorship Week 1
Welcome to week one of the Summer of Mentorship! This summer we are answering your questions with guests from past episodes. We are starting off with an episode from April of 2020 (ep 280) with Rachel Macy Stafford, the founder of Hands Free Mama.  Rachel’s Hands Free Mama mentality is all about finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. And it’s about seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. She shares a realization that she was not connected with her own people. How she was believing a lie that she needed to hide certain parts of herself, the messy parts, the imperfect parts, in order to be loved and accepted.Her “ah-ha” moment came when she vulnerably shared this belief with her daughter and found acceptance.  “Opening that door to being human actually brings us closer together. Then we can connect from that place of 'I'm struggling' and that doesn't mean there's something wrong with me. That doesn't mean I need to hide it. It means I need to reach out and talk to someone about this so we can work together to see how we might go forward.” From that place she has chosen to extend that same acceptance and found real connection. Which then helps keep the lines of communication open as they grow up.  “This is all about redefining what our role is as a parent. It is not the authoritarian model anymore. It is the guide, the truth teller and the encourager. Not the enforcer, not the half listener, not the critic. That those roles are only going to get us further and further from each other when the idea is right now we need to come closer.” Connect with Rachel:  Website:  handsfreemama.com Facebook: facebook.com/TheHandsFreeRevolution Instagram:  @handsfreerevolution Twitter: @handsfreemama FREE LIVE LOVE NOW LISTENING PLAN:  Click here for special 7-day listening plan for Don’t Mom Alone Listeners Links Mentioned:   Live Love Now [BOOK] Only Love Today [BOOK]Amy McCready--Positive Parenting Solutions Pre-order Bonuses--21-Day Self-Care Listening Plan AND 4 Downloadable Tools for Connection Ask “Heart Questions vs. Performance Questions”Practice phrases that take you “From Conflict to Calm”Consider if you are an “Easy-to-Be-Around Adult”Exclusive Phone Lock Screen - “Connecting by Protecting” Summer of Mentorship Podcast Club Discussion Questions: What kind of parenting model did you grow up with? How has that model influenced your parenting today?Do you see your role as more of an enforcer or an encourager?What are some problem areas for your child(ren) that you can bring them in on finding a solution? Could taking the time to listen to them make a difference in how you both respond?What is one thing you’d like to implement this week from Rachel’s talk?
Raising Critical Thinkers :: Julie Bogart [Ep 474]
Jun 24 2024
Raising Critical Thinkers :: Julie Bogart [Ep 474]
Do you notice our culture (especially online) is full of people who all think their opinion is correct and want to argue? Do you wish you had the tools to help your child think for themselves and have deep conversations? Julie Bogart; author, podcaster, and creator of Brave Writers; is here to help us teach our kids how to have critical thinking skills and how to use those tools as parents. In a world full of people defending their views and trying to convince everyone around them that their way is the right way, Julie shows us how to have real conversations. Many of us grew up with authoritarian parents and have moved all the way over to the gentle parenting side but Julie explains how both are not the best way forward.  She gives many ideas on how to approach conversations, especially with our teens, using imagination, curiosity, and empathy to understand them better.  She teaches us how to pay attention in uncomfortable conversations and how that is a critical thinking opportunity. This episode is full of wisdom and tons of ideas on how to teach our children to think well. From how little kids learn through play to how our big kids learn through reading and expanding their worldview. The goal is to have deep and meaningful relationships that go far beyond their years in our home and this episode equips us to build better conversations and relationships.  Connect with Julie Bogart:  Website:  Brave Writer | Writing programs and online classes Facebook: Brave Writer Instagram:  Julie Sweeney (@juliebravewriter) Links Mentioned:   The Brave Learner: by Julie BogartRaising Critical Thinkers: by Julie BogartBecoming a Critical Thinker: by Julie Bogart Inside Out Approach to Parenting Our Challenging Child [BLOG POST] DMA Podcast Clubs (scroll down, look for box to input email address if you want support) Related Episodes: Factual News, Flexible Thinking and Family Moral Imperatives :: Sharon McMahon [Ep 332]Crafting Your Family Culture :: Rebecca Hagelin {Ep 124}Parenting Ahead :: Kristen Hatton [Ep 409] Featured Sponsors:  Green Chef: Go to Greenchef.com/dma50 and use code dma50 to get 50% off, plus 20% off your next two months. 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 BetterHelp: Visit BetterHelp.com/dma  today to get 10% off your first month. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors.
Sidetracked with Beth McCord :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 473]
Jun 17 2024
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 SystemShould Christians Use the Enneagram I Origins of the EnneagramGospel For Enneagram | Tyler ZachMore Than Your Number: Beth McCordThe Enneagram for Moms: Beth McCordBecoming Us: Beth McCord9 Enneagram Type Core MotivationsEnneagram Assessment - Your Enneagram CoachThe Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery: Ian CronBeth’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.
Don’t Dad Alone :: Dustin Nickerson [Ep 472]
Jun 10 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.
Sidetracked by American Idol, Father’s Day, and Eyebrows :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 471]
Jun 7 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 | PatreonMESSmerized with Cynthia Yanof | Your support is greatly appreciated! | PatreonVegamourRevitaLash Cosmetics, RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner SerumTinkle facial hair razors How do I improve my marriage? Guests Dave & Ann WilsonJack Blocker (@jackforestblocker)Bob Ross socksTalking Bob Ross  bobbleheadUniv of Tennessee earringsTozer 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.
Creating a Family Tech Plan :: Andrea Davis [Ep 470]
Jun 3 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 Guide100+ Screen-Free Boredom Busters for Kids and TeensAro | Turn Screen Time into Family TimeDigital Minimalism: by Cal NewportAtomic 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.
Finding Freedom from Habitual Sin :: Kirby Kelly [Ep 469]
May 27 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 KellyFive Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age: by Rosaria ButterfieldYou Are More Than You've Been Told: by Hosanna WongThe Soul of Shame: by Curt ThompsonPerfect or Perfected | Pastor Robert Morris | Gateway ChurchThe 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.
Sidetracked with Toni Collier :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 468]
May 20 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 CollierBrave Enough to Be Broken: by Toni CollierBroken Crayons Still Color: by Toni CollierIronman movie Matched workout sets on Amazon (something like this)NuulyTorres - 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.
Hope and Help for Taboo Topics in Postpartum Care :: Krystle Howald [Ep 467]
May 13 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 EmpoweredCode 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.
Honoring Moms, the Unsung Heroes :: Rebecca St. James [Ep 466]
May 6 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 TheatersThank-You-Poster.pdf (focusonthefamily.com) Related Episodes: Summer of Mentorship 2019 Week Four :: Helen SmallboneRaising 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.
Sidetracked by 1980’s Mother’s Day, LTK, and Bad Book Reviews :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 465]
May 3 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 MoreLife Is Messy, God Is Good: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life: by Cynthia YanofChico's (chicos.com)Forgiving What You Can't Forget: by Lysa TerKeurstI Shouldn't Feel This Way: by Alison Cook PhDThe 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 RomneyThe Holderness FamilyWhen 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.
Stewarding Sacred and Spiritual Disciplines at Home :: Jennifer Pepito [Ep 464]
Apr 29 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 ClearHe Leadeth Me: An Extraordinary Testament of Faith: by Walter CiszekKimberly June MillerMothering 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.
When You're Busy and Stressed by Mom Life Expectations :: Joanna Weaver [Ep 463]
Apr 22 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 WeaverHaving a Mary Heart in a Martha World: by Joanna WeaverEmbracing Trust: by Joanna WeaverDon'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.
House Rules and Learning to Love your Home :: Myquillyn Smith [Ep 462]
Apr 15 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 SmithThe Cozy Minimalist CommunityJason Saft | Staged To Sell Home (@stagedtosellhome)The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful: by Myquillyn SmithQuiz: 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.
When You’re Disappointed in Mom Life Limitations :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 461]
Apr 8 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 HagertyEvery Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things: by Sara HagertyUnseen: 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.
Sidetracked by Instagram Arguments, Chicos, and End-of-School Year Emotions  :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 460]
Apr 5 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 marketplaceWatch Mean GirlsChico'sSomaHeather’s new Cupshe bathing suitAmazon.com: Audible BooksThe Women: by Kristin HannahConfessions of a Shopaholic: by Sophie KinsellaMe before You by Jojo Moyes Don't Mom Alone: by Heather MacFadyenLife Is Messy, God Is Good: by Cynthia YanofCynthia’s MESSmerized PatreonHeather’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.
From Ruin to Redemption :: Nadia Louise [Ep 459]
Apr 1 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 CaineYou 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.
Emotional Maturity, Teamwork, and 25 years of Marriage :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 458]
Mar 25 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 explanationA 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 ClavellThe 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.