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Heather MacFadyen, mother of four boys, connects you the listener with people and resources to help you feel less alone. Consider it an invitation to "withness".

Don't Mom Alone Podcast Heather MacFadyen

    • Kids & Family

Heather MacFadyen, mother of four boys, connects you the listener with people and resources to help you feel less alone. Consider it an invitation to "withness".

    Understand Your Developing Teen :: Dr. Nell Bush [Ep 351]

    Understand Your Developing Teen :: Dr. Nell Bush [Ep 351]

    The preteen/teen years are a time of immense change and growth that often come with difficulty between mother and child. As the mom of a teen you may find yourself confused or frustrated with your child’s new behavior and attitudes. (The thought of those years is enough to fill elementary-kid moms with dread!)  Come and listen as we shed light on the confusion of these transitional years that will help us both prepare for and thrive during this crucial developmental stage.
    In this episode Child Development Specialist, Dr. Nell Bush, explains to us the four pillars of preteen/teen development.  Dr. Bush co-authored The Parenting Survival Guide, a practical handbook for parents addressing common child rearing concerns. Having four children of her own, she understands teen development on a theoretical and practical level.
    Nell encourages us that if we can understand what’s going on socially, emotionally, mentally, and physically with our preteens/teens we can respond with compassion and adapt our parenting strategies to fit their needs. She also covers aspects of development from why teens sleep so much to why they seem to love and hate us almost simultaneously. Draw hope for the present or wisdom for the future as you sit in (or do the dishes, or drive the kids all over) on Heather and Nell’s conversation. 
    Connect with Dr. Nell Bush:  Email:   nell.f.bush@gmail.com Links Mentioned:   Handout from Dr. Bush Birds and Bees  https://birds-bees.com/ Episodes with Mary Flo and Megan Michaelson of Birds and Bees Featured Sponsors:  
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Friendship is Hard :: Amy Weatherly and Jess Johnston [Ep 350]

    Friendship is Hard :: Amy Weatherly and Jess Johnston [Ep 350]

    We’ll just say it - friendship as an adult is hard. It’s hard to find friends, to keep friends, and to be a good friend amidst all the hustle and bustle of motherhood. And motherhood can be an extremely lonely place. On this episode, Amy Weatherly and Jess Johnston, founders of Sister I am With You, share the good, the bad, and the awkward of making friends as a mom. They guide us through their own story of friendship (and encourage us to get out there and start the work of friendship) with candor and humor.  They talk about some pitfalls of making friends and share tips on how to be a good friend. 
    Their book, I’ll be There, (But I’ll be Wearing Sweatpants), releases January 25, 2022. 
    Connect with Amy and Jess:  Website:  https://www.sisteriamwithyou.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sisteriamwithyou Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sisteriamwithyou Instagram for Amy: https://www.instagram.com/amyweatherly Instagram for Jess: https://www.instagram.com/wonderoakblog Links Mentioned:   I’ll be There, (But I’ll be Wearing Sweatpants)   Related Episodes: Ep 321 Healing from Broken Friendships :: Shundria Riddick Shifting Perspective on Hard Things :: Summer of Mentorship Week 6 Ep 338 Helping our Kids Foster Friendships :: David Thomas and Sissy Goff Ep 289 Strengthening Our Friendships :: Susan Seay Ep 273 Navigating Friendships :: Melanie Shankle Ep 159 Healing Friendship Wounds :: Lisa-Jo Baker Ep 148 Overcoming Insecurities in Friendship :: Renee Swope
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    • 58 min
    Sunday Planning :: Retha Nichole [Ep 349]

    Sunday Planning :: Retha Nichole [Ep 349]

    Do you ever feel like you wake up Monday and the week is already running away from you? Overwhelm is a common feeling among moms and in this episode Retha Nichole shares the system she created that helped create margin in her own life. 
    As a working mom to three boys, and at times a single mom, her Sunday Planning routine and portioning out her “plate” has helped her take care of herself and her people well.
    “Sunday Planning looks different in the different seasons of life. As a mom of two  littles I thought of the five things that would help me the MOST. That is still what I do as my children have grown up and can do most of these things on their own.”
    Retha walks us through measuring our own capacity and how to craft your own Sunday Planning routine. Her website offers several products ready to make the most of your Sunday Planning efforts. 
    Connect with Retha:  Website: Retha Nichole https://www.thespcircle.com/ Facebook: Retha Nichole - Home | Facebook Instagram: @RethaNichole Links Mentioned:   Retha’s story on the So…What Else? Podcast with Kaitlin Eliott Featured Sponsors:  Stitch Fix Freestyle -- Get started today by filling out your style quiz at stitchfix.com/DMA HelloFresh--Get up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts at hellofresh.com/dma16 use code: dma16 Prose--Take your FREE in-depth hair consultation and get 15% off your first order today. Go to prose.com/DMA. 

    • 58 min
    Honoring Others :: Rachael Wade [Ep 348]

    Honoring Others :: Rachael Wade [Ep 348]

    As we enter the holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up in the tasks and external pressures that crowd our days… coordinating family events, planning the food, buying and wrapping gifts. With so much to do, it can be easy to adopt a Grinch-like personality or to just be a bit snappy with people who enter our lives. 
    My guest Rachael R Wade is here to help our hearts grow three times larger by practicing giving honor to those around us. It’s a simple act of kindness that can be very powerful.
    “No one gets tired of hearing encouragement or being honored. And it's just calling out what God has put in others. Just taking the time to notice them and saying something kind. That little piece of encouragement could be the difference for if they decide to continue on in a dream or how they parent their kids. There's a lot of weight to our words.”
    Whether it’s showing honor to our kids and extended family or the clerk at the next store you enter, I invite you to pour out God’s love to a hurting world and use your words to heal. Rachael shares a lot of ideas for honoring others and how coming alongside and holding space for those around us is a catalyst for God’s kingdom here on earth. 
    Connect with Rachael R Wade:  Website: rachaelrwade.com   Facebook: facebook.com/RachaelRWade  Instagram: @rachwade  Links Mentioned:   Olive Us Community BOOK: Love Where You Live by Shauna Pilgreen  Don’t Mom Alone Patreon Group-- December Bonus Pep Talks Featured Sponsors: 
     
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    • 53 min
    Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 347]

    Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 347]

    Jeannie Cunnion is back on the show with a powerful message that reminds us that we are NEVER ALONE. As believers we always have the Holy Spirit with us and Jeannie shares how to deepen your understanding of the Holy Spirit and come to know Him as an intimate friend and companion.
    Not only that, but the Holy Spirit gives us power for the daily grind and holy work of motherhood. She shares about how He is faithfully at work, making the gospel irresistible to our kids and the freedom that comes from not having to do the Holy Spirit’s job for our kids. 
    “I think that there's a freedom and a frustration that comes with the Holy Spirit. There's freedom because it's like I can not do the Holy Spirit's job. He is going to be the one who sparks their faith, sustains their faith, strengthens them, sanctifies them. That is all his job. But that can also be frustrating because we want to be able to produce that fruit in their life to spare them from the consequences and the pain of sin. I have to remind myself that God loves my kids infinitely more than I ever could imagine and that he longs for them to live in the fullness of his grace and mercy, even more than I do.” 
    If you are longing to experience the freedom that comes from resting in the Holy Spirit instead of your own strength, this is the episode for you! Jeannie shares more in-depth on this subject in her new Bible study available for pre-orders now, Never Alone - Bible Study Book: Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit.
    Connect with Jeannie Cunnion:  Website: jeanniecunnion.com    Facebook: facebook.com/JeannieCunnion  Instagram: @jeanniecunnion  Links Mentioned:   BOOK: Don’t Miss Out BOOK: Never Alone - Bible Study Book: Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit   BOOK: Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit [Ep 190] Set Free From Shame :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 91] Anchoring Our Kids’ Lovability in Christ :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 55] How to {really} Parent with Grace :: Jeannie Cunnion PDF: Never Alone Manifesto Featured Sponsors:
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    • 53 min
    Embracing Your Power in Marriage :: Dr. Juli Slattery [Ep 346]

    Embracing Your Power in Marriage :: Dr. Juli Slattery [Ep 346]

    Many women feel lost in their marriages. They don't know what to do with their disappointment, when to ask for help, or what it looks like to let go of the need to control. But God has given women incredible power in marriage and Dr. Juli Slattery is here to help us learn how to use it.
    Dr. Slattery joins me to discuss key points from her bestselling book Finding the Hero in Your Husband and about how what we believe about our husbands can make all the difference in the intimacy, connection and health of our marriages.  
    “There are going to be issues in every marriage that have to be addressed, but it's the relational equity that we build through how we treat our husbands that gives us the power to confront things when they really need to be addressed. And when your husband has come to rely so much on your intimacy and companionship, then the fact that you have a concern really gets his attention because he doesn't want to lose you.”
    We talk about being emotionally safe for our husbands, stopping the cycle of disappointment and nagging in our marriages, and taking another look at intimacy as a sexual journey to go on with our husbands. It’s. So. GOOD. 
    If you are in need of a boost of hope and excitement to help you re-engage in your marriage, this episode is for you!
    Connect with Dr. Juli Slattery:  Website: authenticintimacy.com   Facebook: facebook.com/AuthenticIntimacy  Instagram: @authenticintimacy   Podcast: Java with Juli  Links Mentioned:   BOOK: Finding the Hero in Your Husband, Revisited  More Recent Episodes on Marriage: [Ep 299] Nurturing Your Marriage :: Brent and Janis Sharpe [Ep 234] Habits of a Healthy Marriage :: Paul David Tripp [Ep 335] Self-Differentiation and Why it Matters :: Nancy Houston  [Ep 206] Overcoming Barriers to Sexual Intimacy :: Nancy Houston Featured Sponsors: 
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