One thing all parents have in common is they have kids, and it is not always easy being mom or dad. Parenting can get messy… literally and figuratively. So where do we go when we have questions? Do we go to google? Yes, Google is a valid parenting tool. Do we go to other parents? Our parents? The Churchome Parenting Podcast was created to pool together the knowledge and advice of moms and dads who have or are currently trying their best to raise kids in this often crazy world. It does not matter if you have a newborn, a toddler, teenagers, twins, or that twenty-year-old college student who lives in the basement. Married or single, we could all use a little help when it comes to this parenting journey. Sit down with Damon and Kristine Strom, the Churchkids Pastors at Churchome, as they talk with amazing parents about the ins and outs, the ups and downs of what it looks like to be a mother or father. You are not alone. We are in this parenting adventure together.
When Getting Pregnant Is Not Working
Damon and Kristine sit down with Rose and Jon and hear their journey of trying to get pregnant for almost ten years. The parents talk about the insecurities that settle in when you are trying to get pregnant but are unable to. Jon shares the importance of continually talking to Rose and not getting quiet. The parents speak about how hope can become an enemy. In an honest moment, Rose tells us she gave herself the freedom to get angry and not feel guilty. At the time of this recording (January), we find out Jon and Rose had not taken down their Christmas tree.
Single Parents: The True Heroes
Damon and Kristine listen to David's story as a single father after a divorce. The parents talk about having to co-parent with a person that is not your spouse. David tells us about taking his daughter to her first Seahawks game. David discusses the hardships of divorce and the effect it has on being a parent. Damon sings, "All the single daddies."
Helping Kids Cope with Death & Grief
Damon and Kristine talk with Holly about walking through grief with her three daughters after her husband passed. Holly discusses the importance of giving kids permission to grieve. Damon opens up about his father dying when he was a child. Holly shares her faith in a tragic season, "No matter what, God's got us."
Mom & Dad to the Rescue: The Art of Letting Your Child Fail
In this special episode, Damon and Kristine sit down with Medical Marriage and Family Therapist, Molly Jensen. Oh, and she has 5 Master's Degrees. 5!! The parents get started right away, talking about parents robbing their children of their adulthood by snowplow parenting. Molly talks about how letting your child fail is crucial for their development. Damon shares a story about how he recently picked up the shovel and snowplowed a problem away. We figure out this episode was just a free therapy session for Damon and Kristine.
Going Back to Work: Working Parents
Damon and Kristine dive into the topic of "working parents," with Michelle and Davis. The parents discuss the pressure a mother can feel to have to stay at home with the kids. Davis talks about making dinner for the family. The parents talk about the guilt that can come from being away from your kids when they need to work.
Social Media, Phones, and Kids
Damon and Kristine welcome back Larry and Kenesha to the podcast! The parents have a candid conversation about technology, phones, social media and all things digital.