The Christian Parenting Podcast

November 07, 2023

Celebrating Advent with kids with Charity Rios

You are going to love my guest on the podcast today. Charity Rios is a mom of four young boys, an author, a writing coach, and a delightful person! She is so passionate about teaching kids about God and helping them develop a strong relationship with the Lord.


Today we are talking all about the season of Advent and Christmas. I know it feels so early, but Advent starts December 5th and all the Christmas décor has been out in stores for months!


Charity shares her heart for teaching kids about Jesus and following him, she gives us some examples of how she celebrates Advent with her family and encourages us to simplify our holiday traditions so that it’s not so overwhelming. And we, of course, cover the new Advent devotional that she wrote just for kids…Jesus, Light of the World


Listen to the end to hear Charity’s hope for kids who read this devotional, we were both brought to tears. I hope this episode encourages you in your walk with Jesus and in parenting kids to passionately follow Jesus, too. I also hope it helps you feel ready to enjoy the Advent season focusing on what really matters: the gift of Jesus’ birth.

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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.

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About 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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