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#145 – Facing Flaws In Marriage

Have you ever considered how easy it is to find flaws in other people and how challenging it is to see our own faults? Even though this bias is natural, it’s not very helpful in a marriage. Today’s discussion breaks apart this phenomenon and challenges us to dig a little deeper into our individual issues. Fun, right? Listen in if you dare! Talk about this: The biggest flaw I bring in the marriage is _______ What words feel safe for my spouse to use around this flaw? In what way does my...


#144 – Eight Back-to-School Reminders (Replay)

School days are right around the corner, which often feels like a blessing, but can also feel like a curse. So how do you make the most of the school year? Today’s episode is a great place to start with eight reminders for every family with school-aged children! Talk about this: Which item on this list feels like a challenge for us? What’s our plan for encouraging our child’s teacher? Related Links: Episode #66 – Picking Schools For Your Kids An additional article on enjoying school ...


#143 - Avoiding the Monotony of Parenting

Are you bored at home? Does the monotony of your routine zap all of your enthusiasm for parenting? You are not alone! We polled our listeners and compiled their best ideas for beating the monotony and enjoying the days more. Although this list may not be groundbreaking, each idea is a reminder that there are ways to find joy in the little moments and small wins of each day. Talk about this: Compare notes with your spouse or whomever you are doing life with and BUST up this weeks routine to...


#141 - Two Crucial Skills Every Kid Needs To Learn (Replay)

Do you know the most important part your kid’s education process? In this week’s podcast Billy & Joy discuss one guy’s opinion that the best education focuses on just two things. Check out the quote below and decide if you agree! Seth Godin quote “ Sooner or later parents have to take responsibility for putting their kids into a system that is indebting them and teaching them to be cogs in an economy that doesn’t want cogs anymore. Parents get to decide. I’m a huge fan of public school …...


#141 – Can you “affair proof” your marriage? (replay)

Extra-marital affairs can be ruinous to marriage, family, and self-esteem and yet they are familiar parts of our storylines. Is it possible to stop them from happening in the first place? In today’s episode Billy and Joy discuss factors that erode our relationship and what we should focus on to keep our marriage strong. Talk about this: - How much do we talk about our temptations as a couple? How much do we talk about what concerns us? How can we be better? - In what areas might I/we be...


#140– 6 Crucial Practices Before Becoming Parents (replay)

Are you thinking about having kids? Ever wonder what you need to know or maybe what things you shouldn’t worry about? Where do you start? In this episode Billy & Joy discuss six crucial practices to develop before you have kids. While this list isn’t exhaustive, it’s a great starting point. Here’s a quick recap of the list: #1 – Establish healthy habits #2 – Dial into families whose family (and processes) you admire #3 – Prioritize your marriage #4 – Prepare for your new life with some...


#139 Respond vs React : How to keep your cool

Do you ever lose your cool? Have you ever felt like you have one nerve left and everyone is standing on it? If you’re like us, it’s easy to react to people and circumstances reflexively – to give full range to impatience, frustration, or anger. In this summer replay episode Billy and Joy kick around the idea of responding rather than reacting to the things that bug us. Take a listen and form some of your own opinions about their opinions! Talk about this: How often do I react to my kids...


#138- The Most Insightful Parenting Movie Quote We Know

I don’t know about you, but quoting movies is one of our favorite hobbies. We love when characters say EXACTLY what’s on our mind. In this episode we kick around a classic exchange between parents that convicts, challenges, AND entertains us. You might want to check out the link below before you listen to this episode so you can “see” what we’re talking about. Talk about this: Kick around these quotes - discuss what you find challenging about parenthood. Do any of these ideas ring close to...


137 - Creating Family Identity

Have you ever heard of a nameless team…or of a team without logos, colors, and songs? These tools identify groups, rally individuals and galvanize fans. When you see people sporting a particular mascot on the back of their car or t-shirt, you learn something about them. In this episode, we discuss the importance AND the process of creating a family identity. Talk about this: What's stopping you from creating a family identity? What is your process to hone in on your values? When and where...


#136 - Keystone Habits of Healthy Families - REPLAY

We have dug deep into the archives to one of our favorite principles - establishing keystone habits that help make and keep a family healthy. We all have habits. We all do little things daily that add up to something bigger than we expect. In this episode Billy and Joy discuss Charles Duhigg’s concepts around Keystone Habits and how little efforts can make a big difference in our relationships and with our families. Take a listen and find small victories you can have with little...


#135- 20 Practical Ways To Invest In Your Marriage

When someone says you should “invest in your marriage” do you ever wonder what that means? How can you make the idea practical? Look no further! We have 20 quick ideas for you! Talk About This: Today’s episode is less about talking and more about DOING! Pick your favorite “investment reminders” from the show and do some of them! Related Links: Episode #57 – Hurry Home Episode #9 – Making In –Law Relationships Work Episode #45- Let’s Talk About Sex: Marriage Edition Episode # 95 –...


#134 - Tips for Making Summer Great REPLAY!!

Are you ready for summer? Even though it feels like we have barely defrosted from winter, the days of grilling, swimming, and sunscreen are here. If you’re like many parents, the change of routine has its blessings and curses. On this REPLAY episode Billy and Joy discuss practical tips for making summer fun with just a little bit of effort. Have a listen! Also remember: Want to reach us? You can find us on the socials @betweenparents on Instagram and @betweenparentspodcast on Facebook....


When A Parent Disapproves Of A Spouse

Have you or your spouse ever felt judged by your in-laws? If so, you know the experience is not just challenging, it’s emotional. How do you navigate these treacherous waters and still maintain a relationship? That’s today’s conversation. Talk About This: As you process with your spouse consider the five ideas 1 - How can you create space for your emotions? 2 - In what way do you need to cultivate understanding? 3 - Where do you have expectations as it relates to your inlaws? 4 -...


Stop Asking Kids This Question

What do you want to be when you grow up? This seems like a harmless question, right? But what if it undermines what we really want for our kids? That’s the thesis of a recent article by Adam Grant and the topic of today’s podcast. Talk About This: When we talk about the future with our kids, how much do we emphasize the "what" you'll be versus what you'll be "LIKE?" What are the potential liabilities in the way we talk future employment with our kids? What should we continue to emphasize...


#131- Question Grab Bag: Demands, Wisdom, & Hospitality

Today’s episode clears out some of the random questions we have received about family life. There’s a little something for everyone here PLUS maybe we answered a question that’s been on your mind too! Talk About This: In what areas do we struggle with being servant-hearted? What are key words/phrases we can use to elevate our service factor? What prevents our ability to release our expectations in our relationships? Who do we need to spend time with those behind us (newer to) in their...


#130- Letting Go Of Control In Parenting

Are you ever tempted to control your kids? Perhaps you’re merely tempted to drift into the world of “over-managing” them. Whatever the case, in this episode we give you a word picture WE LOVE that can help you stop the control madness! Talk About This: We encourage you to talk to your spouse and extended friends and family about the idea of being a Gardener or an Architect. Work to bring that language into your conversations. Then identify how your mindset reflects Gardner ideas or...


#129- Removing Negotiation From Marriage

Some say "life is a series of negotiations," so why shouldn’t marriage be the same way? In this episode we’ll discuss how negotiations is not only tedious, but also dangerous to your relationship with your spouse. Then, we’ll also suggest an alternate approach. Talk About This: Discuss your tendencies to turn challenges into negotiations. Does this happen often? Sometimes? Rarely? When are you most likely to negotiate instead of white boarding your challenges as a couple? What are...


#128- When You Don’t Understand Your Spouse

Who are you? I don’t understand him! I don’t get her! These are common frustrations in any relationship, but what can you do to move pass misunderstanding? How can you demystify your spouse? That’s today’s conversation! Talk About This: Take one of the areas of your marriage and talk to your spouse about how your behavior reflects Nature, Nurture, and/or Choice. Possible non-emotional areas to process are: Related Links: Episode # 107 – Understanding Personality Types in...


Raising Kids in a Digital Age pt 5: When do I give my kid a phone?

Unfortunately this simple question doesn’t have a simple answer. In this episode Billy and Joy discussed the critical milestones your kids should reach before getting a phone and the markers you’ll need to notice and, as necessary, discuss with your kids during the Pre-Phone Season. Now it’s time for you to have your own discussion. These questions should get you started! TALK ABOUT THIS: LINKS: RESOURCES FROM TRANSIT STUDENTS (North Point Community Church): Joy Interviewing Andy...


Raising Kids In A Digital Age Pt 4 - Strategy 101

In the last episode we introduced the idea of evaluating digital maturity through a three-part filter - WHEN/HOW MUCH/WHY. Keep those categories in mind as you listen to episode four. Then get ready to talk strategy! The discussion questions below should prompt you to share how to practically apply those filters in our families. However, you should use this time to get at the best ideas and to consider where you might need to make some changes! TALK ABOUT THIS: LINK: BOOK: The Tech...