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Dive into the heart of Christian parenting with "Practice Makes Parent," your go-to podcast for actionable insights, faith-based inspiration, and real-life strategies for every stage of parenthood. From the joyous toddler years to the challenging school-age phase, the perplexities of puberty, and the exhilarating journey of guiding your confident teen, this podcast is your trusty companion. Join hosts Dr. Danny Huerta and Rebecca St. James as they bring you weekly episodes packed with the wisdom of parenting experts. Uncover Biblical truths, effective parenting techniques, and a treasure trove of resources designed to empower moms and dads in today's ever-evolving culture in this fun Christian parenting podcast.
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Rebecca St. James brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone join the show to discuss their movie Unsung Hero. Rebecca talks about seeing God perform miracles in her life. Danny discusses the helpful content from the film for parents that he took away about how to deal with adversity.   Donate Now!   We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail.
Danny and Rebecca continue their discussion with Jerusha Clark about depression in teens. In this episode they focus on how parents can be vulnerable with their kids and reminding them of Gods guiding light. Plus, we'll hear a question from one of our listeners about finding activities to do with a child struggling with depression.   Donate Now!   We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail.
What are some signs of depression in teens? Jerusha Clark joins Danny and Rebecca to discuss teen depression and steps parents can take to recognize it. Plus, we'll hear a question from one of our listeners who wants to know how she can encourage her son to make better decisions.   Donate Now!   We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail.
As we start to set boundaries around media, we need to make clear that we love our kids, even when they don’t follow the rules we put in place. We don’t want them to feel as if a boundary is more important that our relationship with them. There will be consequences, but we need to express our love for them. Parents need to put away their screens around their kids. They need to model what they want their kids to do. It comes down to having intentional family conversations around media and screens. Ask your kids how you are doing as a family with the boundaries.   Get the book Becoming a Screen Savvy Family for a gift of any amount!   Donate Now!   We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail.
How much screen time should kids have? Paul Asay and Adam Holz from The Plugged In Show chat with Danny and Rebecca about boundaries with children and screens. Plus, we'll hear a question from a listener who wants to know if she should let her daughter watch a show that's rated TV-MA!   Get the PluggedIn book for a gift of any amount!   Wondering what you should let your kids watch? Check out PluggedIn's website!   Check out Paul and Adam's podcast, The PluggedIn Show!   Donate Now!   We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail.
How can we overcome parental anxiety? Today, Danny and Rebecca talk with Aaron Sharp about how dads can deal with parenting stress. Plus, we'll hear a question from a dad who wants to know how he can help his wife with their newborn!   Get Aaron's book for a gift of any amount!   Want to know where you can improve as a parent? Click here to take our free assessment!   Donate Now!   We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail.
What kind of adventures lead to family connection? On today's episode, Danny and Rebecca are joined by Greta Eskridge, who shares some ideas for family adventure! Plus, we'll hear a question from a mom who wants to know what family adventures would be good for her young kids!   Get a copy of Greta's book for a gift of any amount!   Click here to learn more about Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey Club!   We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail.
What is the value of a stay-at-home mom? Today, Jen Babakhan joins Danny and Rebecca to talk about a stay-at-home mom vs a working mom. Plus, we'll hear a question from one of our listeners who wants to know how she can find purpose as a stay-at-home mom!   Get the book Detoured for a gift of any amount!   We'd love to hear from you! Visit our Homepage to leave us a voicemail.
How can we be raising confident daughters? Today, Patty Garibay from American Heritage Girls joins Danny and Rebecca to talk about how you can build resiliency in your girls. Plus, we'll hear a question from a mom who is asking how to approach a tough topic with her daughter.   Get Patti's book for a gift of any amount!   Want to learn more about American Heritage Girls? Click here.
How can you avoid mom burnout? Today, Becky Baudouin joins Danny and Rebecca to share some encouraging words for moms! Plus, we have a question from a mom who wants to know where she can find mom support.   Get the book Enjoy Every Minute for a gift of any amount!   Are you struggling with mom burnout? Contact our Counseling team!
How do we respond to our strong willed child? Cynthia Tobias joins Danny and Rebecca to discuss how we can change our parent communication to reach our stubborn kids. Plus, we'll hear a question from a listener who wants to know how she can persuade her daughter to do her chores.   Get Cynthia's book for a gift of any amount!   Are you struggling with communication with your children? Contact our Counseling team!
How can we battle anxiety around our kids getting sick? On today's episode, Danny and Rebecca chat with Dr. Scott James about how we can pray for a sick child! Plus, we'll hear a question from one of our listeners about how to keep a good attitude when her daughter just got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.   Receive the book God Cares for Me for a gift of any amount!   Unsure of what your next steps are as a single parent? Contact our counseling team for help!
What do you do when you become a single parent? Linda Ransom Jacobs joins Danny and Rebecca to talk about how a single parent family can thrive! Plus, we'll hear a question from one of our listeners about how she can comfort her children as they experience feelings of abandonment.   Receive the book for a gift of any amount!   Unsure of what your next steps are as a single parent? Contact our counseling team for help!
Does a child-centered approach work? Kay Wyma joins Rebecca and Danny to talk about how to teach your child responsibility. Plus, we'll hear a question from a dad who wants to know how he can get his kids to do their chores with a good attitude!   Get Kay's book for a gift of any amount!
Why do we try to have an ideal family? Today, Julie Lowe joins Danny and Rebecca to talk about how we can parent each child uniquely and stop comparing yourself to others on social media. We'll also hear a question from a listener who is having trouble disciplining their two kids who are complete opposites.   Get a copy of Julie's book for a gift of any amount!
What is mom rage and how can we over come it? On today's episode, Danny and Rebecca talk with Becky Kopitske about a term she came up with called, "Momster." Plus, we'll hear a question from one of our listeners about how she can best communicate with her son without overreacting.   Get a copy of Becky's book for a gift of any amount!
What do we say to our girls when they have low self esteem? Today, Scarlet Hiltibidal joins Danny and Rebecca to talk about how we can help our girls find their identity in Christ! Plus, we'll hear a question from a dad who wants to know how he can encourage his daughter who's getting bullied at school.   He Numbered the Pores on My Face   Check out our Brio Magazine for teen girls!   Click here to read Rebecca's letter to her younger self!
Should we be teaching our kids about money? In today's episode, Danny and Rebecca talk with Matt Bell about how to teach our kids about money and how we can give our kids the right mindset around it. Plus, we'll hear a question from a parent who wants to teach their pre-teen about the power of a budget!   Receive the book Trusted: Preparing Your Kids for a Lifetime of God-Honoring Money Management for your donation of any amount!
How can parents help their kids find their identity in Christ? Today, Natalie Frisk joins Rebecca and Danny to talk about the best ways to share Jesus with our kids. Plus, we'll hear a question from one of our listeners about how to tackle hard salvation questions with their child.   Receive the book Raising Disciples for your donation of any amount!   Check out this free video series about praying for your children!
Are your kids talking back? Today, Ginger Hubbard joins Danny and Rebecca to talk about how you can help your child overcome profanity, whining, and back talk! We'll also hear a question from a parent who is struggling with a child who has a problem with lying.   Click here to get Ginger's book for a gift of any amount!   Check out Ginger's article about how parents can tackle whining, teasing, and bickering in their kids!
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