The Christian Parenting Podcast

May 30, 2023

Modeling emotional health for our kids with Debra Fileta

Debra is a licensed counselor, homeschooling mom to four, a podcaster, a speaker and an author. Today she is joining me to talk about our emotional health and thinking habits. We talk about why we need to do the work of identifying and dealing with emotions and then make changes to heal.


We also talk about toxic optimism and how the way we respond to our emotions, our situations, and even our past experiences is so important in how we parent. All of those things effect how we model and teach our kids to regulate their emotions and walk through difficult situations.


Debra gives us really practical advice and a really convicting and encouraging message, you’re going to love her.


Connect with Debra



Instagram: @debrafileta


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About The Christian Parenting Podcast

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.

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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