The Christian Parenting Podcast

With Steph Thurling
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The Christian Parenting Podcast

With Steph Thurling
The Christian Parenting Podcast with Steph Thurling
As believing parents, we know how important it is to raise our kids with love and intentionality. We want to give our kids a full picture of God's love for them every day! But some days, it's really hard! We are stretched thin, tired, and often feel unequipped. The Christian Parenting Podcast gives parents the space and resources to set aside perfection and grow into the perfectly imperfect parents God made them to be. Join host Steph Thurling and her guests as they discuss practical tips and spiritual guidance for your parenting journey.
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May 21 • 30:53
Teaching Etiquette & Manners with Jennifer L. Scott

Get ready for a practical and fun episode as we sit down with Jennifer L. Scott, a New York Times bestselling author and popular YouTuber.

Today, we're diving into her book Connoisseur Kids: Etiquette, Manners, and Living Well for Parents and Their Little Ones. Jennifer brings a refreshing perspective on teaching manners and etiquette, turning them from old-school and boring into fun, meaningful, and beneficial life skills.

Heres what youll learn in todays episode:

  • Jennifer shares her top four essential etiquette lessons for children, providing practical tips for parents.
  • Strategies to transform table manners and other etiquette practices from tedious to enjoyable.
  • Insights into what our kids typically do well in terms of manners and areas where they might need more guidance.
  • Tips on how we, as parents, can effectively support and teach our kids these lifelong skills.

Here's a little more about our guest:

Jennifer is a New York Times bestselling author known for her expertise in manners and etiquette. Her popular YouTube channel and books, including "Connoisseur Kids," focus on living well and teaching essential life skills. Jennifers holistic approach to etiquette emphasizes its importance not just in childhood but as a foundational skill for a lifetime.

Join us for an episode filled with practical advice that will help you instill valuable etiquette and manners in your children, making the process enjoyable for the whole family.

Connect With Jennifer  here

Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dailyconnoisseur

Resources Mentioned

Gods Holy Spirit in Me kids devotional

Connoisseur Kids

The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org

Resources Mentioned

Gods Holy Spirit in Me kids devotional

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May 14 • 33:32
Clear Clutter, Clear Mind. Home Organization Tips with Kristen Stokes

This week, we're diving into something a bit different but incredibly practicalhome organization. My friend Kristen Stokes, a professional organizer and owner of Simplified by Stokes, joins us for the first of a two-part series aimed at bringing order to our spaces and peace to our lives.

Heres what youll learn in todays episode:

  • Kristen discusses how maintaining an organized home can lead to mental clarity and stress reduction.
  • Practical strategies for tackling the most important rooms in your house to maximize efficiency and calm.

Whether youre a natural at keeping things tidy or someone who struggles with clutter, there's something in this episode to inspire and assist everyone in their organizational journey. 

Kristen is the skilled owner of Simplified by Stokes, where she transforms chaotic spaces into models of organization. Her expertise not only makes homes more visually appealing but also supports healthier, more focused lives for her clients. With her practical tips and empathetic approach, Kristen helps individuals regain control over their environments, one space at a time.

Get ready to be inspired and pick up some great tips to help transform your home into a sanctuary of order and peace! 

00:00

Introduction and Getting to Know Kristen Stokes

11:01

The Impact of Home Organization on Well-being

28:59

Simplifying and Streamlining the Kitchen Pantry

Connect With Kristen

Simplified by Stokes

Instagram: @simplifiedbystokes

Resources Mentioned

Come Home by Caroline Saunders

Gods Holy Spirit in Me kids devotional

First15

Fabric hangers

Lazy susan

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May 7 • 36:18
From anxious and tired to joyful and peaceful with Bethany Kimsey

Get ready for an uplifting episode today as I sit down with my friend Bethany Kimsey. Bethany truly knows what it is like to be an exhausted mom who needs Jesus. Her story is a testament to the transformative power of faith and the strength found in Christ.

Heres what youll discover in todays talk:

  • Bethany shares her transformation from tiredness, anxiety, and fragility to becoming a mom marked by joy, peace, and triumph.
  • How the truths of the gospel intersect with the practicalities of motherhood.
  • The importance of connecting with experienced moms for guidance and support.

Bethany is a mom of eight and a passionate writer and podcaster. Her life reflects the incredible changes that God can bring about in our lives when we let him. Through her work, she is dedicated to empowering other moms to find victory over worry and fatigue by anchoring their lives in their identity in Christ.

Bethany's encouragement and insights are a beacon of hope for any overwhelmed parent. Tune in to be inspired by her journey and to learn how to apply the peace and triumph of the gospel in your own life.

00:38 Getting to Know Bethany

04:02 The Hardest Transition in Parenting

04:53 The One Thing Every Parent Should Know

05:22 The Impact of Social Media on Motherhood

07:17 Finding a Wise Older Mom

08:13 Discerning God's Voice in Parenting

13:25 The Gospel and Motherhood

26:09 Wanting the Best for Our Children

29:26 Bethany's Resources for Parents

33:07 How to Connect with Bethany

Connect With Bethany  here

Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bethanykimsey

Resources mentioned:

A Warrior Mamas Prayer Journal

FearLess pillowcase

Come Home by Caroline Saunders

The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org

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Apr 30 • 39:31
A legacy of faith, balancing life, and passing on beliefs with Casey Hilty

Join me today for a conversation with one of my favorite friends, Casey Hilty. Our conversation will dive deep into the joys and challenges of managing various life roles and the beautiful task of passing on a legacy of faith.

Heres what we unpack in our episode:

  • Casey shares insights on setting boundaries and being selective with commitments to maintain balance.
  • We explore the powerful impact of family prayers over generations, inspired by Caseys transformative journey in faith.
  • Casey emphasizes the importance of resting in Jesus and letting go of the pursuit of perfection.

Casey is not only a dynamic speaker and author of Her Children Arise: Passing a Legacy of Faith to the Next Generation, but also an inspiring figure in Christian communities as a worship leader and artist. She stays busy managing her roles as a writer, speaker, worship leader, artist, mom of three, and teacher. 

Her personal story of coming to faith later in life, influenced by the enduring prayers of her grandmother and great-grandmother, adds a profound depth to her teachings on spiritual legacy.

This episode will uplift and inspire you, just as Casey has inspired me. Tune in to discover how to balance your lifes roles more effectively and contribute to a lasting spiritual legacy!

00:00 Introduction and Getting to Know Casey Hilty

05:08 Balancing Responsibilities and Setting Boundaries

25:24 Embracing Imperfection in Parenting

33:22 Resources for Teaching Kids About God

Connect With Casey  here

Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/caseyhilty

The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org

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Apr 23 • 37:28
Embracing the uniqueness of each child with Jessica Hurlbut

In todays conversation, I'm joined by Jessica Hurlbut, who is co-host of Full Spectrum Parent, alongside her husband. Full Spectrum Parent is the only faith-based podcast focused on parenting kids on the autism spectrum and is proudly hosted on The Christian Parenting Podcast Network. Today she offers encouragement and hope in the beautiful, sometimes chaotic parenting journey.

Heres what we cover in our chat:

  • Jessica discusses the importance of recognizing and nurturing each childs unique qualities.
  • She shares how letting go of our own expectations and trusting God can transform our parenting approach.
  • We get practical advice for managing the limits and distractions mothers face while prioritizing spiritual growth.

Jessica is a podcast host, dedicated pastor, and author. She is passionate about empowering parents to embrace their childrens individual paths. Her book, Unlimited Motherhood, explores the joys and challenges of parenting with faith and flexibility.

Jessica's insights are inspiring and deeply relevant, and her message will leave you feeling a bit lighter and more hopeful.

00:00 Introduction and Family Description

01:33 Every Child is Different

05:41 The Importance of Surrender

08:30 Being is Better than Seeming

10:53 The Power of Vulnerability

14:37 Unexpected Gifts from Letting Go

22:26 Releasing Limitations and Trusting God

26:06 The Limitations Moms Face

29:31 Seeking God First

Resources mentioned:

Moms, Dads, and Grads Gift Guide

The Christian Parenting Podcast is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org

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About the Host

Steph Thurling

Steph Thurling is Executive Director of Christian Parenting and host of The Christian Parenting Podcast.

Steph has her master’s in youth, family, and culture from Fuller Theological Seminary and has a background in youth and children’s ministry. She is co-author of Raising Prayerful Kids, a book that shares easy, life-giving, and fun ways to teach kids to pray. She loves helping families grow closer to each other and to God through meaningful experiences and conversations. Steph is a frequent speaker at churches and mom groups and is known for her relatable stories, practical ideas, and gentle encouragement.

Steph lives in Minnesota with her husband and three amazing and hilarious kids. When she is not hanging out with her family, you can probably find her on a walk with a friend, organizing things that won’t stay organized, or somewhere cozy reading a book.

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