Living Wholehearted

July 11, 2023

Episode 189: Raising Prayerful Kids with Steph Thurling

Parents ask how much is too much? How do I balance all the things? Should we do club sports or music lessons? Should I homeschool or send my kids to public school? How do I make sure my kids don’t lose their faith after they leave? Help! If you are a parent (or would like to be someday), this conversation is for you. Leading in the home is one of the greatest responsibilities we have – shepherding the life of a child. Though there are countless books written about all the research, wisdom, and personal stories of parenting, there is no manual on how to raise your child! Tune in as we talk with Steph Thurling, the Executive Director of Christian Parenting and host of The Christian Parenting Podcast. Steph has a master’s degree 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, and a frequent speaker at churches and mom groups. Steph lives in Minnesota with her husband and three kids. In this episode Steph shares insights about how to balance it all, the main things we can focus on as parents, and how to teach our kids to pray. Whether you are a committed follower of Jesus or on a spiritual journey and curious about how to parent well, listen in. We are so glad you’re here! 


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About Jeff and Terra Mattson

Jeff Mattson (MA ORL) and Terra Mattson (MA LPC, LMFT) are Christian Parenting spokespeople and the co-hosts of the Living Wholehearted Podcast in the Christian Parenting Podcast Network.


After two decades studying and working in leadership and trauma-informed therapy, Jeff and Terra are bridging the gap between Biblical, clinical, and relational wisdom to help leaders live with integrity in the home, work, and community.


They are the co-founders of Living Wholehearted, a professional counseling and organizational development firm. Terra is the author of Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace and together they co-authored Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between what Leaders Preach and Live. Jeff and Terra have skin in the game as they raise their two daughters just outside Portland, OR on five acres of old growth woods. There is never a dull moment in the Mattson home!


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