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405: The Ultimate Potty Training Episode


Today we’re answering your questions about the challenges of potty training. We cover dealing with frequent bathroom trips during outings and handling stubborn three-year-olds and Karen shares practical tips for creating routines and staying patient through the ups and downs of potty training. Tune in for helpful advice, encouragement, and reassurance that you’re not alone on this messy adventure!

Episode Recap:

2:16 - Potty Training Boys vs. Girls

3:24 - Frequent Potty Breaks Issue

5:15 - Motivating a Stubborn Child to Potty

7:16 - Dealing with Weak Pelvic Floor in Children

10:21 - Empathy and Understanding in Potty Training

11:36 - Strategies for Poop Training

Resources:

Register for Mom Core Online today! http://www.boaw.mom/momcoreonline

Want Karen to speak to the moms in your community? Reach out: http://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite 

Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms


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404: Q&A with Karen’s son Taylor Stubbs


Taylor joins Karen and Emily in the studio today to answer your questions about creating a healthy relationship with your son. We answer questions about what experiences bonded Taylor’s heart to Karen early on in life and how Karen being a student of Taylor’s (blue/melancholy) personality helped him to feel known growing up in a house full of girls. This conversation is full of nuggets that will both encourage your heart and help you invest in your sons. 

Episode Recap:

- Mother-Son Relationship Dynamics

- How Karen Showed Love During Taylor’s Teen Years

- Strategies for Interacting with a Blue Personality

- Learning to Communicate with a Blue Child

- Dating Rules for Taylor vs. His Sisters

- The Four S's for Blues

- Structuring Family Time for Blues

- Advice for Grandparenting with Sensitivity and Staying in Your Lane

Resources:

Register for Mom Core Online today! http://www.boaw.mom/momcoreonline

Want Karen to speak to the moms in your community? Reach out: http://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite 

Check out Christian Parenting’s Discipleship Simplifed Guide: https://www.christianparenting.org/product/discipleship-simplified/

Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms


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403: You Need Friends

As moms, making time to prioritize friendship can feel difficult or downright impossible depending on your situation. In today’s episode, Karen answers questions about friendship from the new mom in town, working moms, introverted moms, and the mom who feels out of place with others in her peer group. 

Episode Recap:

4:17 - The Loneliness of Motherhood
7:15 - Finding New Friends After Moving
9:15 - The Challenge of Making Friends as an Introvert
10:45 - Balancing Work & Friendship
13:43 - Dealing with Past Hurt from Mom Cliques

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402: You Need a Church Family

If the church has hurt you - this is one conversation you don’t want to miss. Today Karen is answering questions about what to do if your teens don’t enjoy the church you attend, seeking a new church family, when church hurts, and how to respond to a church that seems to be slowly dying. We hope this conversation encourages you to persevere in your efforts to be a part of a local church and reminds you why it is worth it!

Episode Recap:

4:30 - There’s no such thing as a perfect church
11:20 - How to handle teens hurt by church
16:30 - Help! My teens dislike our church
22:00 - Our church is dying…what do we do?

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401: Encouraging Your Teens’ Faith

We’re talking teens and their faith on today’s show. Join us as Karen answers your questions on everything from choosing a Bible for your teen to navigating difficult life situations and even to questioning God. Our prayer is that this episode gives you the encouragement and the resources you need to help guide your teens along their faith journey. Check out today’s show notes for links to all the recommendations from the episode and then some! 

Episode Recap:

7:48 - Bible study recommendations for teen girls
8:06 - Announcing Karen’s devotional for teen girls!
9:43 - Handling apathy in your teen's faith
10:01 - Encouraging your teen to read their Bible
10:54 - Creating boundaries around your teen’s behavior

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400: Training Your Children To Do Chores

It's a milestone episode for us—number 400—and today we are going to answer all your questions about chores! When should we start assigning them? Do we need to pay for them? Is it all just part of being in the family? How do we instill this into our family unit and get it going as a mom? Tune in as Karen shares how chores were handled in the Stubbs home as her kids were growing up and encourages us to reframe how we think about chores!

 

Episode Recap:

6:09 - Adjusting Chore Expectations

8:00 - Consistency & Allowance for Chores

12:20 - Tailoring Chores to Children's Ages

14:19 - Paying for Chores: Yes or No?

17:04 - Simplifying Chore Systems

 

Resources:

Want Karen to come deliver some tough love and major encouragement to the moms in your community? Reach out to Katie at https://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite 

Check out Mom Core Online, course registration opens February 2024: https://www.boaw.mom/momcore2024

Pre-order Karen’s new Teen Girls Devotional: https://store.birdsonawiremoms.com/products/preorder-teen-devotional

Join our private FB group, BOAW Moms: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BOAWmoms

Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms


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399: What Should My Prayer Life Look Like?

Join us today as we dive deep into the heart of prayer, answering your questions and offering wisdom on where to start. From instilling the power of prayer in your children to practical tips about getting your mind focused when you pause to pray, we hope this conversation encourages you to make prayer an integral part of your daily routine this year!

Episode Recap:
- Overcoming Guilt in Prayer Life (8:47)
- Staying Focused During Prayer (10:16)
- Praying with Kids and Modeling Prayer (13:35) 
- Structure/Format for Effective Prayer (17:34) 

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398: The State of Motherhood Address | Part 2

We’re back with part two of our “State of Motherhood” address and we hope you’ve got on your closed toe shoes, because Karen might step on your toes today! As we continue this candid conversation about the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of being a mom, we talk about the necessity of taking ownership for your world and encourage you to root out laziness wherever it has crept into your life. Don’t miss Karen’s encouragement for us all at the end, that it is worth it. Despite the challenges and the seemingly never-ending work of motherhood - there are great rewards in this calling. We hope this episode reminds you that everything we do should be done unto the Lord, and that includes being a mom! 

 

Episode Recap

• Stop blaming others, take ownership for your life (6:00-18:00)

• Stop being lazy (18:53)

• Proverbs 31 and the virtuous woman (29:17)

• It’s all worth it (32:07)

 

Resources:

Want Karen to come deliver some tough love and major encouragement to the moms in your community? Reach out to Katie at http://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite 

Check out Mom Core Online, course registration opens February 2024: http://www.boaw.mom/momcore2024

Pre-order Survival Guide to Motherhood on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Survival-Guide-Motherhood-Parenting-Christian/dp/0736990054/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3IHHWBH00N3CV&keywords=survival+guide+to+motherhood&qid=1703862226&sprefix=survival+guide+to+mother%2Caps%2C102&sr=8-5

Already purchased Survival Guide? Send us an email (i[email protected]) with a picture of your copy and we’ll put you on our list to receive a brand-new signed copy when the new release comes out! 

Pre-order Karen’s new Teen Girls Devotional: https://store.birdsonawiremoms.com/products/preorder-teen-devotional

Join our private FB group, BOAW Moms: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BOAWmoms

Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms  and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms


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397: The State of Motherhood Address | Part 1

Welcome back to Wire Talk, moms! It's a new year, and today we're kicking off a two-part series with a "State of Motherhood" address. We're acknowledging the good, the hard, and the unfair aspects of motherhood, and we're here to give you a loving kick in the pants to help you refocus and maintain perspective as we jump back into the “real world” this week.

Episode Recap

• What’s coming up at BOAW Moms this year (0:00-10:54)

• Moms are pursuing wisdom and excellence in parenting (10:54-13:09)

• Life isn’t fair (13:09-20:20)

• Being a mom is HARD (20:20-32:27)

• Lean in on Christ and on others (32:27- 35:57)

 

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