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Too many parents are trying to SURVIVE family life when -- with a few simple tweaks -- they could THRIVE! Let us show you HOW. Greg and Rachel Denning -- globe-trotting, homeschooling, business building parents of 7 children -- will show you how to BE the man, woman, spouse, and parent you need to be to create the EXTRAORDINARY life of YOUR dreams.

The EXTRAORDINARY Family Life Podcast Greg & Rachel Denning

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Too many parents are trying to SURVIVE family life when -- with a few simple tweaks -- they could THRIVE! Let us show you HOW. Greg and Rachel Denning -- globe-trotting, homeschooling, business building parents of 7 children -- will show you how to BE the man, woman, spouse, and parent you need to be to create the EXTRAORDINARY life of YOUR dreams.

    #188 Your Current Habits Will Make or Break Your Life Happiness & Success

    #188 Your Current Habits Will Make or Break Your Life Happiness & Success

    Greg often says, “Tell me your habits and I’ll tell you your future.”

    Habits are the MOST important thing to determining the outcomes and happiness of your life.

    Habits will make or break your mental, emotional, spiritual, social, physical, family, and financial life.

    Where you are right now — and the quality and happiness of your life — is a DIRECT result of the habits you have had to this point.

    Where you want to go, who you want to become, and what you want to do, will be the DIRECT result of the habits you cultivate or break today.

    And yet, this is something that is not even taught to children, teens, or young adults anytime during their school years. It is something that few adults even understand.

    Instead, we’re taught to sacrifice our habits — or to develop bad habits — in the name of grades, tests, or graduation.

    This is a major contributing factor to the mental health and obesity crises we’re seeing in the world today.

    This is despite the research that shows there is NO correlation between academic success and life happiness and success.

    Let’s change that. Listen now to learn what the habits are for a successful life and how to develop and cultivate them intentionally in your own life and that of your children.



    This episode is sponsored by Mr. Denning's Habits for a Successful Life online class for teens and young adults. 

    Visit http://courses.extraordinaryfamilylife.com/ and then click the 'HABITS CLASS FOR YOUTH' link.


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    #187 Seek an ‘Inner Knowing’ (Insight & Intuition) And ACT On It to Avoid Sabotaging Your Life and Your Family

    #187 Seek an ‘Inner Knowing’ (Insight & Intuition) And ACT On It to Avoid Sabotaging Your Life and Your Family

    In our line of work coaching families for the past 20 years, we get an up-close-and-personal look into the lives of many different types of people. 

    It’s a sacred privilege and we learn so much. We often experience a wide range of emotions, from empathy to despair to elation. And not going to lie, sometimes we get fired up or frustrated about the things that people do — or don’t do — especially the things that THEY know they NEED to do. 

    They will receive a clear insight about something they should do or should NOT have done… but then they don’t act on it. This is usually because it’s big, frightening, requires too much work — or all of the above. In this episode, we dive into the long-term consequences of avoiding or ignoring these important moments of clarity. Plus, we'll cover what to do about your fears of the 'unknown'.

    If you’ve ever had a very clear moment, thought, or feeling about something you should do, or realized clearly that something you did do was a mistake but didn't know how to fix it, then you don’t want to miss this episode. Because doing so could be sabotaging your future happiness and success. Listen now!

    For more family life resources, including coaching and workshops visit ExtraordinaryFamilyLife.com.


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    #186 How to Build Confidence

    #186 How to Build Confidence

    "I would like to be more confident but my face turns red if I am embarrassed, nervous, shy, afraid, or just talking with someone. Without that handicap, I know I would be more confident, but unfortunately, I let it stop me all too often.

    But I heard that Mr. Denning used to be really shy and his face would turn red anytime people would even ask him a question in class. I'm heading off to college soon and am a bit overwhelmed. I do the same thing, I am generally an introverted person, but I really enjoy talking with people and learning, but I don't want to miss out on that because my face looks like a fire engine."

    We answer this question in this episode and share our personal stories about being shy and introverted as children and teens (my face also turned red while talking to people). We discuss how we overcame these challenges and how gaining confidence can help you not only in college but in marriage and as a parent, too.

    If you feel that you could use some more confidence in your life then you definitely want to listen to this strategy-filled episode.

    This episode is sponsored by our Helping Children to Develop Self-Control Workshop. For even more strategies and ideas on how to help them develop this important attribute consistently and well, visit the link in the show notes to get access to this Workshop now! Use the coupon code ‘self’ to save 50%!

    https://courses.extraordinaryfamilylife.com/pages/self-control-workshop


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    #185 Helping Children Develop Self-Control (aka The GREATEST Predictor of Future Success)

    #185 Helping Children Develop Self-Control (aka The GREATEST Predictor of Future Success)

    As a parent, if you knew there was ONE major characteristic which — if developed — would drastically increase your child’s chances of success and happiness, not only now but as an adult… wouldn’t you want to know what it is? 

    And wouldn’t you do everything in your power to help your child develop that characteristic?

    As parents of seven children, we give a definite ‘Yes!’

    We want to know and we want to help them develop it as fully as possible.

    Well, researchers have followed a large group of people from childhood into adulthood and they found a common denominator that could predict future success. Children who demonstrated more self-control at age 11 were more likely to be happy, healthy, and successful at age 32.

    And the best part is that self-control is a learnable skill. It is a skill that we, as parents, can teach to our children. And it is done in simple ways during interactions on a daily basis.

    Listen to this episode to learn simple strategies for helping your children to develop more self-control starting this week!

    This episode is sponsored by our Helping Children to Develop Self-Control Workshop. For even more strategies and ideas on how help them develop this important attribute consistently and well, visit the link in the show notes to get access to this Workshop now! Use the coupon code ‘self’ to save 50%!

    https://courses.extraordinaryfamilylife.com/pages/self-control-workshop


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    #184 Helping Children to Manage Their Emotions (so They Can Live Happier Lives)

    #184 Helping Children to Manage Their Emotions (so They Can Live Happier Lives)

    Emotions can be big and scary — for both parents and children.

    But it is possible to teach — and model — emotional management for your kids.

    Emotions are EVERYTHING. Our lives our experienced through emotions, so by default, the quality, quantity, and content of our emotions determine the quality and content of our lives.

    We can and should educate our emotions — and teach our children to do the same.

    How?

    That’s what we’ll cover in this episode. Strategies for dealing with a range of feelings (which are normal), and how to validate and accept them when they arise while working through them so they don’t stay to cause long-term distress or trauma.

    Don’t miss this!

    This episode is sponsored by our Teaching Children to Manage Their Emotions Workshop. For even more strategies on how to do this consistently and well, visit the link in the show notes to get access to this Workshop now!

    https://courses.extraordinaryfamilylife.com/pages/workshop-help-kids-manage-emotions


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    #183 Seeing BEYOND Roe Vs. Wade, Gun Control, & Other 'Surface Tensions'

    #183 Seeing BEYOND Roe Vs. Wade, Gun Control, & Other 'Surface Tensions'

    There is a lot of ‘surface tension’ in the media today -- social and mainstream. Lots of polarity and opposition about intense topics.

    And it bothers me. Because it paints the picture that there are only two sides to any issue. And that’s just not true.

    We (as individuals and society) have to look beyond the ‘surface tension’ of topics to the underlying problems and underlying causes of those problems.

    There is so little we know — we as a society, (and especially ‘we’ as in Greg & Rachel). But we do know that “as the area of your knowledge increases, so too does the perimeter of your ignorance.”

    To have more peace in society — and to find more real, lasting solutions — we have to learn to look past what we THINK we know to what we might not know that could be true.

    In this episode, we walk through the process of learning to look BEYOND the ’symptoms’ to the root causes of the disease in society that plague us.

    We discuss the problems with a ‘symptom management’ based focus on issues — not only political and societal but familial as well.

    And we cover some potential solutions that are psychologically, scientifically, and religiously supported.

    Don’t miss this potentially controversial episode!


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Amen.

If I’m ever feeling discouraged, their podcasts give me so much HOPE! Sometimes I find myself thinking AMEN to so many of the things I hear.

I love that even though I may be “alone” in improving my marriage right now, there is still hope… When I change myself, I change my marriage.

I can’t change my destination overnight, but I can change my direction. (Paraphrasing Greg)

Definitely a podcast to enjoy for yourself and to share with ALL your friends and family!
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I have been taking Greg and Rachel’s courses for years now, and love everything they do including this podcast! Some episodes are so powerful, I will listen to them multiple times to really drill it into my brain.

Thanks Greg and Rachel for all of the great information you share with the world! I look forward to the next episode 😊

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My favorite podcast by far

I listen to dozens of podcasts and I have never left any reviews on any of them, but this one is worth it! I just feel like Greg and Rachel are such a powerhouse couple and team and I’m not married, but I look for something like they have. I am always impressed with the balance they have in their perspective and experience. I love that they are not afraid to disturb the monotony and to question groupthink. Highly recommend. 🙌🏼

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