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#64 Talking to your kids about temptation

How do you teach your kids to delay gratification? How do you articulate why waiting for something is better than having it immediately? What’s your plan for equipping your children for dealing with a lifetime of temptation? In this episode Billy and Joy review approaches to these questions and encourage you to keep taming the appetites that can control old and young alike! Talk about this: What is my kids’ unique “temptation profile” these days? What tempts them most? What is their...

Duration: 00:35:41

#63 - Coming to grips with imperfection

When our kids are little, it’s easy to understand how attitudes and dispositions are “just a phase.” But somewhere between 10-14 there’s a shift and we recognize that a “phase” may actually be a more permanent feature. In today’s episode Billy and Joy discuss settling up with our kid’s flaws and adjusting our approach to the kids we have, not to the kids we dreamed about! Talk about this: Are there any areas where we need to acknowledge that our kids "phase" is something closer to part of...

Duration: 00:34:19

#62 - 101 Fun things to do as a family

Bored much? Tapped out of ideas for family fun? Well, THIS episode will solve that problem! Check out 101 things your family can do together. Some are aspirational and will take focused attention (#72) while others are easy to accomplish any day of the week (#28, 33, or 83). Here's the list for easy reference. 1 Have a Photo scavenger hunt - (Example here) 2 Moms - Let your daughter do your hair or makeup 3 Play hide and seek 4 Memorize the lyrics to a song that you can all sing...

Duration: 00:35:29

#61 - When is it time to quit?

Do you ever feel like your calendar is the boss of you? Do you ever wonder how you became so over-committed? In this week’s podcast Billy & Joy discuss one family’s process and discovery of knowing when to quit. Links: Knowing When to Quit – article here LA really is a doughnut heaven! - check out this article or google for yourself ; ) Talk about this: What do we want outside family activity to provide? What can't it provide (that WE should be responsible for)? What are we willing to...

Duration: 00:32:56

#60 - What to do when spouses annoy

When you live in close proximity to someone, particularly a spouse, eventually that person will annoy you. What do you do with this irritation? Is it avoidable? Is there a way to short-circuit the process and not be so easily frustrated? Billy & Joy serve up some ideas in this episode, so have a listen! Talk about this: Today's question is REALLY high on the vulnerability scale - Perhaps it's good for an awkward date night (episode #11) - but this question is WORTH the awkwardness...three...

Duration: 00:32:04

#59 - Ten Parent Profiles - Which Will You Be?

Imagine a teacher, coach, or neighbor describing your parenting profile, what terms would they use? Are they positive or negative descriptions? In this episode Billy and Joy review ten parenting profiles – five negative and five positive. Think of them as coins with a distinct flip side! However, when if comes to parenting, YOU get to pick what side your coin lands on. What do you choose? Are you… The Complaining Parent or The Uplifting Parent? The Panic Parent or The Measured...

Duration: 00:37:44

#58 - A Parent's Most Fundamental Role

What does a parent do? This is a simple question, but can you boil the answer down to something clear and compelling? In today’s episode Billy and Joy kick around one classic word picture that’s timeless and encouraging for families even today. Talk about this: How do you define coaching in the context of your family... what kind of coach are you? When is it most difficult for you to show up as a coach? (when you wake up? walk down the road? etc.) Also remember… We are on Facebook! If...

Duration: 00:28:54

#57 - Hurrying Home

Why is it so hard to get home from the office? What keeps us from racing home? In today’s episode Billy and Joy talk about some of the factors standing in our way and offer some reminders of things we can do differently. Talk about this: Do you REALLY believe your presence at home makes a difference? Do you feel the urgency of waning days? What are your unique factors in your particular season? Related Links: Pew Research Fathers Day Facts Forbes Article -25 Biggest...

Duration: 00:31:10

#56 - Dreading the thought of your kids growing up

Your kids are growing up fast. How does that make you feel? Are you excited? Do you dread the loss of the little years? In this episode Billy and Joy kick around some mental frameworks to help parents cope with loss and celebrate every childhood season. Talk about this: What leads me to try to hang on childhood in my kids? What should I be looking forward to that I might be missing? What are my goals for my kids when they are 15 years? 20 years? 25 years? (And what am I doing that will...

Duration: 00:32:20

#55 - Can you affair proof your marriage?

Extra-marital affairs can be ruinous to marriage, family, and self-esteem and yet they are familiar parts many storylines. Is it possible to stop them from happening in the first place? In today’s episode Billy and Joy talk about 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...

Duration: 00:47:04

#54 - Toddler 101: Parenting Through the Early Years

“Believe it or not, you will survive toddler hood.” People may tell you this, but some days it’s hard to believe. In this episode, Billy & Joy go through 20 practical tips for making the most of these very fast (and exhausting) years. Here are the headlines: Talk about this: 1 Which of these practices do we feel like we're doing well? Where can we improve? 2 What would YOU add to the list? 3 - If you have a toddler, whom are you leaning into for wisdom or community? What system do you...

Duration: 00:41:57

#53 - Parenting With A Positive Vision

Don’t think about elephants! But what do you think about the moment you read the sentence? Yup… elephants! The mind can’t process negatives so saying, “don’t” doesn’t help. Yet as parents telling our kids “don’t” do something is standard practice. Is it possible to give a more positive vision? Billy and Joy offer some practical ideas in today’s podcast. Talk about this: In what categories of my parenting do I seem to default to the defensive? What are the "better visions" for my kids...

Duration: 00:36:15

#52 - How Family of Origin Impacts Your Marriage

Have you ever looked at your spouse cross-eyed and wondered, “Why are you like that?” only to meet their family and then understand? In this episode Billy and Joy talk about how our family of origin impacts our marriage and why we need to get this connections out in the open. They discuss triggers and how to build empathy through understanding our background. Talk about this: Also remember… We are on Facebook! If you like the page you’ll receive more consistent updates and be able to...

Duration: 00:34:34

#51 - 21 Bits of Advice For Newlyweds

Are you engaged or recently married? Do you know someone who is? Or have you been married for a while and forget all of the helpful newlywed tips? Take a listen as Joy & Billy review 21 quick bits of advice for how to get marriage off to a great start! Spoiler… here’s the list! together Talk about this: If you're a newlywed or engaged, review the ENTIRE list with your spouse/fiance and talk about which areas might be challenges for you. If you've been married for a while talk to your...

Duration: 00:34:16

#50 - Two Crucial Skills Every Kid Needs To Learn

Do you know the most important part your kid’s education process? In this week’s podcast Billy & Joy discuss Seth Godin's opinion that the best education focuses on just two things. Listen in 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 … But from 3...

Duration: 00:32:56

#49 - Defining Your Family's Story

What if you had to summarize your life story in a few brief statements – what would you say? Consider the headlines of your life; milestones that rise to the level of being noted. What if you were to reverse engineer your life, how you raise your kids and the way you treat your marriage based on the milestones you want to hit? In today’s episode, Billy and Joy talk through four things to consider for your family's story. Talk about this: First - think about your story - how do you...

Duration: 00:39:36

#48 - Is Criticism Killing Your Marriage?

No one likes to be picked at…but criticism is especially deadly in marriage. In this episode Billy & Joy challenge you to try and see your critical habits in the mirror and to consider the impact they have on your marriage. Talk about this: What critique hurts more than others? What critiques feel like personal preferences? What criticisms are good advice, but delivered poorly? What topic/issue is most important to you? How does your wiring impact the way you communicate? Also...

Duration: 00:34:50

# 47 - Discussing Current Events With Kids

The world is a crazy place! Like every generation before, today’s parents have to process difficult news with their kids. But where do we start? What do we say? How can we explain events we don’t fully understand? In today’s podcast, Billy and Joy talk about principles parents should consider as they process current events with their kids. How do we lead our family well - and wisely - when we are emotionally charged ourselves? Talk about this: Are there any "general rules" we...

Duration: 00:33:38

#46 - Let's Talk About Sex: Parent Edition

Parents are often nervous about talking to their kids about sex. While this is natural, we need to shake off these nerves and jump into the discussion. But where do you begin? In this podcast Billy and Joy give some practical ideas of when to start and what to cover. Talk about this: For each of your kids ask, "What are our family priorities in terms of TIMING - CONTEXT - and CONTENT of what we want our kids to know about sex?" Who are some people we can talk to and ask about their...

Duration: 00:54:30

#45 - Let's Talk About Sex: Marriage Edition

Whether we acknowledge it or not, sex is more than just a physical act. In today’s episode, Billy and Joy discuss nine intimacy principles that impact every relationship and then they tee up a list of questions that should open the flow of communication. Take a listen and, more importantly, have a chat! Talk about this: Also remember… We are on Facebook! If you like the page you’ll receive more consistent updates and be able to share episodes with others. Connect with us...

Duration: 00:38:24

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