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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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    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

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.

    #167 How to Get Your Spouse on Board -- Plus Why You Need a 'Breaking Point'

    #167 How to Get Your Spouse on Board -- Plus Why You Need a 'Breaking Point'

    Welcome back to the podcast! In this episode Greg and I are answering some often asked questions about how to get your spouse on board.

    This could be getting them on board with your big dreams and goals, or simply on board with the process of growing and improving. There’s nothing worse than starting to learn, grow, and develop as a person but then to feel that your spouse is getting left behind or, even worse, creating their own self-sabotage.

    One question we received said,

    As I’ve focused hard on self-improvement over the last 18 months, and not seen my wife doing much to try to improve with me, it has been hard not to judge her and become frustrated with her.

    That has been especially true with our parenting. It’s extremely painful to observe her parenting and I’m trying to think of what might be affecting her parenting negatively.”

    We’ll discuss several approaches than can be used to help make tricky situations like this one easier. 



    We’ll also explain what a ‘breaking point’ is and why every marriage needs to face one — or several of them.

    This episode is sponsored by our Creating an Extraordinary Marriage Bundle.

    Why settle for a a good or okay marriage when you can have an extraordinary one?

    Marriage isn’t static. It’s constantly in a state of flux. So if you’re not actively working on growing closer in your marriage then by default you’re working on your divorce. You can’t afford to spend even one day working on your divorce, so if you’re not already being proactive it’s time to make a change.

    Many of us believe that if our spouse would change then your marriage would be better. But the truth is you can’t wait around for you spouse to change. It is within your power to improve your marriage — even if your spouse won’t change.

    That’s the good news — it only takes ONE person to ‘be the tide’ and make a difference in your marriage. And that person is YOU.

    Learn how to create regular daily, weekly, monthly and yearly rituals to remind you that you’re a man and woman in love — and building a legacy.

    Unite as a couple, peruse shared dreams, and become an example of love and relationship that everyone — including your children — admires and looks up to.

    Go to ExtraordinaryFamilyLife.com now to get access to our Creating an Extraordinary Marriage Bundle.

    https://courses.extraordinaryfamilylife.com/bundles/extraordinary-marriage-bundle

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #166 The Size of Your Dreams MUST Exceed Your Current Capacity to Achieve Them

    #166 The Size of Your Dreams MUST Exceed Your Current Capacity to Achieve Them

    In this episode, Greg and I talk about one of our favorite topics — dreaming BIG and setting (and achieving) BIG goals.

    Greg has said that 

    “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.”

    We discuss dreaming, why it’s so important, and why (and HOW) to dream BIG and become the person who can fulfill those dreams.

    We show you how to take the lessons you learned in the last year and start with a fresh canvas to make this year your best year yet.

    We also discuss why your obstacles are your opportunities and how to learn to see them as stepping stones to creating your dream life.

    You have to stop approaching life in a haphazard way and instead learn how to be strategic and intentional to create the family life of your dreams.

    And finally, we talk about making progress on the things you want to make progress in so you can start loving the life you’re living.

    This episode is sponsored by our Extraordinary Life Planner.

    Too many people spend their days working on to-do lists that are unfulfilling. But there is a strategic way to make your daily to-do list a step-by-step path to your biggest goals and dreams.

    This is exactly the process Greg and I used to make full-time travel a reality with our family. It’s how we’ve accomplished our biggest goals and dreams like building a six-figure location independent business while traveling and homeschooling seven children in nearly 40 countries on five continents.

    We’ve outlined the process we’ve used into a Planner which will walk you through step-by-step how to turn your own dreams — no matter what they are — into reality by taking small, consistent actions on a daily basis.

    Go to ExtraordinaryFamilyLife.com now to get your copy of the Extraordinary Life Planner and start creating a life you love to live.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #165 Exposing Your Kids to the Dark Side -- WHY and HOW

    #165 Exposing Your Kids to the Dark Side -- WHY and HOW

    Welcome to this episode where we will be discussing a sensitive and sometimes frightening topic to many parents — and that’s WHY and HOW to expose your children to the darkness in order to help them be stronger and more prepared to face and fight evil and malice in the world (which does exist, in case you’re like I used to be and naively thought there are no ‘bad people’ in the world or that bad things don’t happen to me or my family.

    We’ll also touch on the Law of Attraction or Expectation and how that works into our encounters with evil -- as well as why allowing your children to choose the music and movies they listen to or watch can be a helpful place to start discussions that should be taking place regularly if you want to help your kids develop resilience.

    This episode is sponsored by Mr. Denning’s Habits for a Successful Life — a live, online class for teenagers.

    After studying personal development for 20 years, we looked far and wide for a class that would teach our teenagers something MORE important than academics — namely HOW to practice self-leadership and manage their minds, emotions, and habits in order to create a happy and fulfilled life.

    When we couldn’t find what we were looking for we decided to create it ourselves and offer it to other amazing families.

    Teens absolutely LOVE this class and all of Mr. Denning’s stories from his travels to 48 countries. The most recent 5-star review left this week by a teenager says:

    “This class was AMAZING! It has helped me get a new perspective and motivated me to shape my life into how I want it to turn out. I loved every minute of it, and I wholeheartedly recommend others try it as well!”

    If you have teenagers — or know someone who does — please share this class with them. 

    Go to WorldSchoolAcademy.com or ExtraordinaryFamilyLife.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #164 Teen Mental Health Strategies That WORK! Pattern Interrupts & State Changes

    #164 Teen Mental Health Strategies That WORK! Pattern Interrupts & State Changes

    In this episode, we’re discussing teen mental health and strategies for helping them not only overcome mental health challenges but to learn to thrive despite their difficult circumstances. We’re empathetic to the real struggles and suffering that parents and youth are dealing with and want to provide hope in this episode.

    Through personal experience, as well as from working with thousands of youth, and doing decades of research, we’ve discovered what actually works to help teens deal with the challenges they face.

    We know that not every situation is black and white with clear-cut answers or solutions but this episode will provide some puzzle pieces that may fit perfectly for your unique situation.

    Please use what you can and share it with others who may need to hear this message.

    This episode is sponsored by Mr. Denning’s Habits for a Successful Life — a live, online class for teenagers.

    After studying personal development for 20 years, we looked far and wide for a class that would teach our teenagers something MORE important than academics — namely HOW to practice self-leadership and manage their minds, emotions, and habits in order to create a happy and fulfilled life.

    When we couldn’t find what we were looking for we decided to create it ourselves and offer it to other amazing families.

    Teens absolutely LOVE this class and all of Mr. Denning’s stories from his travels to 48 countries. 

    If you have teenagers — or know someone who does — please share this class with them. Go to WorldSchoolAcademy.com or ExtraordinaryFamilyLife.com — https://courses.extraordinaryfamilylife.com/courses/winter-2022-habits

    • 1 hr 14 min
    #163 The Failure to Launch Epidemic and How to Prevent It In YOUR Children & Teens

    #163 The Failure to Launch Epidemic and How to Prevent It In YOUR Children & Teens

    In this episode, we’re talking about Failure to Launch syndrome — a significant growing phenomenon among young adults who are not successfully making the transition to adulthood.

    Its symptoms include young adults who continue to live at home or to be supported by their parents, YA who don’t contribute financially to their own living expenses and begin to withdraw from the world and society.

    Failure to launch — known as Peter Pan syndrome in the U.S. -- can take the form of unrealistic (or NO) goals, blaming others for their situation, narcissism, a lack of motivation to change, low levels of persistence, high expectations without reciprocation, lack of basic adult skills, and no ‘liftoff’ into adult responsibilities — among other things.

    In the extreme, it can lead to the proverbial 30-year-old living in the basement and can be accompanied by anxiety, depression, and sometimes suicide.

    In this episode, Greg and I discuss the contributing factors to failure to launch plus strategies to avoid it. Whether you have toddlers or teens (or are one yourself), you NEED to listen to this!

    But first — this episode is sponsored by Habits for a Successful Life — a live, online class for teenagers.

    After studying personal development for 20 years, we looked far and wide for a class that would teach our teenagers something MORE important than academics — namely HOW to practice self-leadership and manage their minds, emotions, and habits in order to create a happy and fulfilled life.

    When we couldn’t find what we were looking for we decided to create it ourselves and offer it to other amazing families.

    Teens absolutely LOVE this class and all of Mr. Denning’s stories from his travels to 48 countries. They say things like:

    "This class changed my life! I have much better personal habits and I feel like I was given the keys to having a totally epic future. Mr. Denning is great at pushing us out of our comfort zones, while still being encouraging and supportive. Five stars are not enought to sum up how amazing and life-changing this class truly is!"

    If you have teenagers — or know someone who does — please share this class with them. Go to https://WorldSchoolAcademy.com or https://ExtraordinaryFamilyLife.com

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #162 'Entertainment Overrun' is Creating a Painful Gap Between Here and the Life of Your Dreams

    #162 'Entertainment Overrun' is Creating a Painful Gap Between Here and the Life of Your Dreams

    We often receive emails from parents or spouses asking questions -- we love it. (Email us your questions at support @ extraordinaryfamilylife.com)

    This email asked us:

    “How can our family create balance and not feel guilty for doing things we enjoy (Netflix, video games, etc.) that aren’t necessarily productive (toward achieving our goals)?”

    Great question!

    We've also experienced the 'gap' between the reality of where we are and where we want to go/be (our BIG dream or goal).

    Sometimes that gap is painful.

    And it often requires that we sacrifice, give up, or exchange some of what we're doing now in order to achieve what we really want to have. We call this The Exchange Rate.

    But where there's pain there's power.

    And you can use that power to transform your life.

    If you enjoy this episode, please leave a review.

    Take the next step in leveling up your family life.

    http://courses.extraordinaryfamilylife.com/

    You can also join Greg's Be The Man Masterclass & Tribe

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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55 Ratings

55 Ratings

ak19273645 ,

Too quiet

This is such a great podcast… but it is also the quietest one I listen to. While running or in the car, it can often be hard to hear. Work on your sound, everything else is great!

HKFamilyFirst ,

Love these people!!

Greg and Rachel have a partnership together that, when combined with their intentional life experiences and well-rounded individual development , create thought-provoking podcasts that encourage listeners to strive to embrace the potential possible individually and as families . I love the recognition of reality in family life and the encouragement to improve what you have control over, in alignment with true principles, to make meaningful change. Every time I listen, I am edified.

Case Bryant ,

Life Changer

I met Greg before discovering the podcast. He’s the real deal. If truly you listen, he will show you how to become a better person in every facet of your life. Most of all, he makes you want that person.

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