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Heavier Things: The Podcast for Parents by Youth Pastors

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Veteran Youth Pastors Mitch Norman and Mike Ricks discuss the difficulty and joy of parenting in the modern world. With a focus on raising children to follow Jesus, Mitch and Mike offer unique insight into the lives of teenagers as they fulfill the roles of Dad and Youth Pastor in their own lives.

Veteran Youth Pastors Mitch Norman and Mike Ricks discuss the difficulty and joy of parenting in the modern world. With a focus on raising children to follow Jesus, Mitch and Mike offer unique insight into the lives of teenagers as they fulfill the roles of Dad and Youth Pastor in their own lives.
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United States

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Veteran Youth Pastors Mitch Norman and Mike Ricks discuss the difficulty and joy of parenting in the modern world. With a focus on raising children to follow Jesus, Mitch and Mike offer unique insight into the lives of teenagers as they fulfill the roles of Dad and Youth Pastor in their own lives.

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English

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Episodes

010 Finances: These Darn Kids Are Expensive!

1/23/2020
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The duo is back and getting real on the podcast about the stinky truth regarding finances. While Mitch and Mike seek to give guidance and help to parents, they also realize their own questions with how they spend their money. The guys discuss budgeting, wealth, comparison, generosity, and how to navigate the expensive world of having children and doing their best on a modest income.

Duration:00:42:13

009 Community: Let's Do Better Together

1/9/2020
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Mitch goes turns on his inner Sunday School teacher when thinking through the idea of community from Ecclesiastes. Mike recounts the importance of community in his own life as well as the prowess Terrell Owens as a fantasy receiver. The guys eventually uncover truths and advantages of parenting in community. From being snowed in with friends to making a tough decision for your family, we always seem to do better when we do things together.

Duration:00:42:47

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Mitch and Mike!

12/20/2019
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Mitch and Mike talk about Christmas at their house and the value of time around the holidays. The guys tell a few old stories and talk about what they are hoping for with their families this Christmas. From riding the Pink Pig to seeing your Uncle Sam with a Christmas tree from the woods behind the house, the guys tell stories and share times in their life everyone is somewhat familiar with hoping to spread a little Christmas cheer and revive a few great memories. Merry Christmas everyone!

Duration:00:34:52

007 Apps and Our Kids: Come Sit A While, This Will Take a Minute (Part 1)

12/12/2019
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Mitch and Mike begin a discussion about social media apps that may be the first of many. Mitch makes Mike "go blind" for Mike's organic response to his assessment of certain apps. Mike reminds us all that he's "nothing if he's not organic." Take a listen as the guys discuss popular apps like Facebook and Instagram.

Duration:00:48:25

008 Apps and Our Kids: Come Sit A While, This Will Take a Minute (Part 2)

12/12/2019
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In the second part of the first ever DOUBLE FEATURE on the podcast, Mitch finally begins to break down apps that fit into his 'categories' that are potentially more dangerous. Mitch and Mike discuss SnapChat and go on a snapchat tour while recording. With strange and interesting details of certain apps, the guys leave more convinced than ever to have conversations with their kids and to teach them 'survival skills' while online.

Duration:00:59:04

006 - Happy Thanksgiving...with all the memories, stress, and carbs!

11/26/2019
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With their next scheduled podcast due to release on Thanksgiving Day, Mike and Mitch call an audible and talk about family time over Thanksgiving. Mike recounts a 5 hour drive in a Datsun and Mitch takes us to "the pack house." The guys share great memories in hopes that their listeners will recall some of their great Thanksgivings as well. Mike and Mitch talk about what they want their kids to get out of Thanksgiving and the legacy they pass on.

Duration:00:40:34

005 Heavier Things -- God's Glory and Prison...Among Other Opportunities on Your Cell Phone

11/14/2019
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Mitch and Mike turn back the clock remembering the bag phone, Mitch's "brick" and Mike being a "late bloomer." As fun as corded phones and "the children's line" were, the crew laments over the current state of cell phones in the hands of our kids while giving great insight into their world with its benefits and dangers.

Duration:00:46:24

BONUS! -- Halloween with the Heavier Things Crew

10/31/2019
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Mitch and Mike talk about Halloween traditions in a little bonus episode. Looking back at their own days as a hobo, astronaut, soldier, and racecar driver, the guys talk about new traditions, old school bicycles, and the Switch Witch!

Duration:00:19:53

004 Heavier Things: Seeing Our Children Follow Jesus

10/31/2019
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Mike and Mitch take a look at the book "Nothing Less" by Jana Magruder. The two make a "groundbreaking discovery" when it comes to seeing our kids follow Jesus. Mitch affirms his undying love for summer camp and Mike sings "it gets sweeter as the days go by."

Duration:00:41:30

003 Heavier Things: The Volcano Parent and all of his friends

10/17/2019
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The guys discuss different parenting styles after a "volcano" moment for Mike and a possibly negligent moment for Mitch. While letting parents think through their own style, Mitch and Mike dive into the deeper purpose of a parents' style and a parental paradigm worth remembering. Also, Goldfish are apparently bad for your teeth! Mike also recommends iGen by Dr. Jean Twenge.

Duration:00:42:07

002 Heavier Things - The Talk

10/3/2019
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Mitch aims for "our best episode ever" as Mike recounts seeing Marie Osmond in a different light. The guys eventually land on goals, defining success, things to consider, and ultimately why we need to talk to our children about the birds and the bees.

Duration:00:35:02

001 Heavier Things: The Podcast for Parents by Youth Pastors

10/3/2019
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Veteran Youth Pastors Mitch Norman and Mike Ricks open up their podcast with an unpolished chat about parenting. Beating around the bushes of aircraft carriers, NASCAR, and football practice on Wednesday night, Mitch and Mike share who they are and what their podcast will be about.

Duration:00:20:24