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Podcast discussion on how families can uncover the vision, values, and traditions that unify and strengthen their family.

Podcast discussion on how families can uncover the vision, values, and traditions that unify and strengthen their family.
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Podcast discussion on how families can uncover the vision, values, and traditions that unify and strengthen their family.




Episode 023: SJ Barakony: The Importance of Soft Skill to Prepare for the Future

Soft skills, including empathy, people skills, emotional intelligence among others, lend to our ability to adapt to new situations, to cope with change, and to innovate. 7 Tips for encouraging soft skills: Mentioned in this episode (contains affiliate links): SJ's presentations on HECOA (membership required) Learn more about what a gig economy and a digital era economy are, and what they mean for the future. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin Noel...

Duration: 00:49:12

Episode 022: Pat Hade on Virtual Safety

We know that kids need to be trained to drive a car, or manage their money. But, for some reason we disregard that kids need to be trained and guided on how to use their electronic devices, social media, and messaging. The internet and social media are relatively new, and the hazards are relatively unknown. Pat's job is to help make people aware of the dangers and benefits of using these tools appropriately. Kids need to learn the skills necessary to navigate the internet, know the rules,...

Duration: 00:56:05

Episode 021: New Year, New Goals (Solo Episode)

Solo episodes are really just a few of my thoughts. I hope you'll find this episode helpful as you plan your 2018 goals. It's just a short episode, and I STILL have a scratchy voice. It's been, like, two months or something! I think you'll find the content insightful and brief. Thank you again for listening. Thank you for your support! Please remember to like and share on social media. Click the links here to connect with me. Instagram Twitter Facebook Check out some helpful tools for...

Duration: 00:13:20

Episode 020: Merrilee Boyack Raising Independent Children

I have owned Merrilee's book, The Parenting Breakthrough since I was a newlywed. I think it was part of a bundle that was giving out at a conference because it was a new book. I loved reviewing its contents in preparation to talk to the author. It is a very inspiring book that is a guidebook for parents to give their children life skills. There is even a list of what skills children should learn by what age. Merrilee has so many amazing tips for preparing her kids for adulthood, and she...

Duration: 00:43:40

Episode 019: Bolaji Oyejide - Brave Young Heroes

src="" height="90" width="100%" placement="top" theme="custom" This is another longer episode, but SO worth it! I had such a great conversation with Bolaji! He's such an amazing person, and it was so easy to talk about this topic with him. There are so many great gems in this episode! Bolaji...

Duration: 01:01:59

Episode 018: MJ DeMarco - Raising Kids with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

You'll notice this episode is a bit longer than the usual length of my podcast. I normally keep my discussions under forty-five minutes! I guess that just shows how important this discussion is to me. I don't know if I did the topic justice, but I hope that you will take the time to listen to the whole episode because there are some gems about how to be open-minded about the way our culture at large shapes our mindsets around education, finances, and our day-to-day norms. Raising our...

Duration: 00:58:41

Episode 017: Wendy Ulrich on Forgiveness and Apologies

I like to say that I am a recovering perfectionist. Forgiving ourselves it about allowing yourself some grace to do what Wendy says, quoting Beverly Flanigan: giving up the hope of ever having a better past. Just move on from where you are, and do enough to make progress with what tools and skills you have. Wendy says that "mental health is the ability to respond to what really is from our deepest values." That's what I'm learning. When I think about forgiveness, the words that come to my...

Duration: 00:33:38

Episode 016: Jody Moore of Bold New Mom

Bold New Mom Jody and I had a great discussion about why moms are so important, and why she has chosen to focus on moms in her efforts to lend support and guidance. Jody is a mom, too, and she has learned great skills in the corporate setting that will help moms. In the corporate world, people get to have retreats, personality tests, and things that help with employee development, but moms need those kinds of things for their development, too! I have found that for myself I love reading...

Duration: 00:24:05

Episode 015: Seasonal Traditions

Traditions are one of the important keys in shaping our family culture. Traditions shape our family stories and create an identity, and shape values and priorities. In an article by The Art of Maniliness, traditions come in daily, weekly, and monthly forms. They also come in seasonal forms. Perhaps your family has an annual road trip, or have a special way to initiate a new school year. Maybe you have a seasonal purging session in your house each year, or "spring cleaning". Yes, even...

Duration: 00:14:36

Episode 013: Kathy Mellor - The Importance of Being a Hero

Kathy is the mother of six and the mentor to hundreds of youth. For the last nine years she has had the opportunity of training parents to be mentors with the Leadership Education Mentoring Institute (LEMI), which specializes in the unique (and sometimes terrifying) teen years. In addition to being a trainer for LEMI, she also travels all over the country doing Unleashing Your Voice! public speaking and debate seminars and offers an online monthly webinar series called Mentoring the One....

Duration: 00:39:27

Episode 012: Marlene Peterson - Heart Education and A Mother's Influence

I loved talking with Marlene. She is such a genuine person. Her mission to empower mothers has been inspirational to me. As a homeschooling mom of four young kids, I have often struggled with feeling inadequate. It can be easy to wonder if I couldn't be more useful outside of the home. Not so. Marlene has established a haven for mothers who are searching for empowerment and enlightenment. Heart education is all about mothers nurturing the hearts and spirits of their children to become...

Duration: 00:29:22

Episode 011: Emma Jacobs Briggs on Resilience

I really enjoyed talking with my friend, Emma. She was so patient with me! I learned a lot about endurance and resilience from her experiences. So many lovely gems in this episode about how trials and oppositions shape our character and mission in life; that endurance and resilience is work and they take grit. We talked about Emma's childhood growing up in a home of child actors but that they adopted twins from Romania while she was young and the trials they endured having two special...

Duration: 00:35:09

Episode 010: Michael Chaffee - Interview with Jodi

This episode was a little different! My husband, Michael, volunteered to interview me about my family culture, and what I hope to get out of doing this podcast. Our hope is that you will be able to get to know me a little better in spite of my vulnerability and weakness! Below are a list of resources we mention in this episode. They are indeed affiliate links (except Elder Bednar's talk). Affiliate links make it possible for The Home & Family Culture Podcast to operate (or will...

Duration: 00:29:38

Episode 009: Ashley Logsdon - The Importance of Understanding Personality Styles

Ashley is the host and creator of the Mama Says Namaste. Ashley takes families from surviving to thriving by helping them uncover how "the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us". She guides parents through identifying their strengths - and also their triggers - to live with intention and not simply reaction to the chaos of an ever-growing family. Ashley, her husband, three unschooling daughters and dog are RVing the States full-time. They focus on authenticity, awareness, and...

Duration: 00:28:42

Episode 008: Solo - Introduction to Season 2

Dear Friends, Thank you for your support on my journey of discovering my purpose for doing this podcast! I am so excited to get back on the saddle again! I have had my doubts about what I am capable of doing going forward. I started this podcast with no expectation, and with the attitude that I would not hold on to any outcome because of fear of success. You thought I was going to say failure! No. I am sure I will fail a hundred times. But if I expect to succeed and then don't, then that...

Duration: 00:13:06

Episode 007: Paul Schulte - Visualize Success

Today's episode is my conversation with Paul Schulte, a wheelchair basketball player. He has played in five world championships, and three paralympics throughout his career, and also happens to be a childhood friend of mine. Paul and I grew up in the same little town in Michigan, and our families were/are very close. I remember the day that he talks about when he and his mom and brother had their accident. I was very young, but it is one of the only times I ever witnessed my big brother...

Duration: 00:40:26

Episode 006: Brad Wilcox - You Are Part Of The Solution

I had the honor of talking with Brad Wilcox about the importance of family culture. He is incredibly insightful, and it was a real privilege to talk with him. I'll be honest, I have been pretty overwhelmed with my roles lately, and I was starting to question where I wanted to take this podcast. I had this interview scheduled and I knew I didn't want to miss this opportunity. Talking with Brad helped me remember why I wanted to start this podcast in the first place. He was great to talk to,...

Duration: 00:26:00

Episode 005: Donna Goff - Shepherding Parenting

Donna Goff, owner of discusses how she went from a factory-type home management style to a Shepherding-style home culture through family work, and mirroring The Good Shepherd style of parenting. Donna's Site: Affiliate Links - Books mentioned in this episode:

Duration: 00:43:29

Episode 004: Rachel Demille - Prioritizing Our Family Culture

Rachel DeMille of discussing how we can prioritize our family culture and realign with our values. This is really just a preview of the information that Rachel has available on her website. She is adding value daily helping families shape their family culture. I would also appreciate if you would look into the DeMille's content on liberty. Rachel touches on this topic only for a moment, and I didn't have the time or presence of mind to dive into it deeper. But, more and more our...

Duration: 00:33:46

Episode 003: Greg Denning - Building Character Through World Class Education

The more I learn about family culture, the more I know it is so important to our development and happiness. All families have a culture, whether intention or not, whether good or not. Our family cultures will lead our children to flourish, or flounder. When we intentionally cultivate the language and activities of our family culture through the books we read, the activities that foster learning and character building, and through conversations that teach correct principles. Greg has an...

Duration: 00:27:30

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