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Want home to be your favorite place in the world? Want to see siblings get along like best friends? Want to send your kid off to college with hope instead of fear? At Crazy Cool Family, we can help you answer all of those questions with a resounding “YES!”

We have one simple mission: To show parents how to create amazing families by building their lives around Jesus and helping their kids to do the same. In Matthew 22, Jesus tells us that what is most important in life is our relationship with God and our relationships with one another. We believe that families are our most important relationships and their strength will determine the strength of your family. You will Rethink the Way You Do Family when you see God’s incredible relational design for your families.

God wants a Crazy Cool Family for you and we want to help you get there!

Crazy Cool Family Don and Suzanne Manning

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    • 5.0 • 47 Ratings

Want home to be your favorite place in the world? Want to see siblings get along like best friends? Want to send your kid off to college with hope instead of fear? At Crazy Cool Family, we can help you answer all of those questions with a resounding “YES!”

We have one simple mission: To show parents how to create amazing families by building their lives around Jesus and helping their kids to do the same. In Matthew 22, Jesus tells us that what is most important in life is our relationship with God and our relationships with one another. We believe that families are our most important relationships and their strength will determine the strength of your family. You will Rethink the Way You Do Family when you see God’s incredible relational design for your families.

God wants a Crazy Cool Family for you and we want to help you get there!

    #192: Building a Crazy Cool Family (Feat. Chris Grainger)

    #192: Building a Crazy Cool Family (Feat. Chris Grainger)

    “Couples that grieve together, grow together.” - Chris 
    In difficult situation, or extensive grief, who do you turn to? How do you continue to build family when you are struggling?

    What does it mean to turn to God and turn to people who are safe?
    Chris Grainger joins Don on the podcast to help parents who are in a difficult season. Through divorce, family loss, and other trials Chris leaned into God and church community. He shares how God encountered him with love, mercy, and community to help him walk through relational valleys.  

    If you are feeling shameful, alone, or uncertain on how to deal with your current family situation, this is the podcast for you. Chris and Don get to the heart of family and how to be a spiritual leader amidst struggles.  

    Chris Grainger has an amazing ministry called the Lion Within Us and many resources. Check out the podcast, share it with a friend, and take a look at all Chris has to offer.  

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    • 49 min
    #191: Coaching Your Inner Self (Feat. Jill Hawkins)

    #191: Coaching Your Inner Self (Feat. Jill Hawkins)

    Are you a people pleaser?
    Are you dreading the holidays because the "needs of others" feel overwhelming? 
    The amazingly joyful and wise JILL HAWKINS is back on the CCF podcast for Episode 191! 
    Last time she was on, she shared about physical health and how eating right can change your life. Over the last few years, she has been venturing into other areas of health. She is a "mental fitness" coach and LOVES helping people become emotionally and mentally healthy. 

    Do you feel like your emotions and mind run you? 
    Do you get stuck in emotional cycles and feel like there is no consistent solution? 
    Episode #191 is made for you. You are not alone and Jill is sharing profound words of wisdom about emotions, values, and needs. If you have spent your life trying to please others, enough is enough! She will let you in on the secrets of coaching your inner self, finding language for emotions, and expressing those emotions in alignment with your values. 

    There is too much goodness in this podcast, we might just have to give away some FREE stuff.... wait, Jill already is! 

    Click the link below to schedule a FREE coaching call with Jill Hawkins. See what her mental fitness coaching is all about. Dip your toes into this world and we promise you will not regret it! 

    So, what are you waiting for? Listen and sign up today!
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    • 38 min
    #190 AVOID the HoliDAZE - Part 2 (Feat. ALL the "Manning" Girls)

    #190 AVOID the HoliDAZE - Part 2 (Feat. ALL the "Manning" Girls)

    How do you ENJOY the holidays and not get stuck in a holiDAZE? 
    This mini series is created for all the parents out there who are lying awake at night wondering how they are going to get it all done by December 24th... 

    Madeline, our 2nd daughter, came up with the word, "holidaze." Its completely made up (we think....🤷🏽‍♂️) 

    Definition of "Holidaze":
    not enjoying the present event, festivity, or celebration, because you are so stressed out about the next event, festivity, or celebration.  

    2nd definition:  

    cloudy, negative mindset around the upcoming holiday events because they feel too overwhelming/you don’t have the energy to make it through them with joy.  

    Anyone feel this way about the 2022 holidays?
    How do we kick any HOLIDAZE MINDSETS and make the most of 2022 Holidays! They only happen once, so how do we make the most of them?
    We cover so much in this podcast, you will just have to listen. This is one of our favorite quotes to entice you....

    "Rethink the holidays and the relationships around you in this season. The end of 2022 can be full of healing. God can restore and reignite our relationships this holiday season!" 
    Check out this week's podcast (Part 1) and be on the lookout for next week's episode! We believe God will highlight a strategy to you, for your family, and it will make this holiday season AMAZING!

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    #189: AVOID the HoliDAZE - Part 1 (Feat. ALL the "Manning" Girls)

    #189: AVOID the HoliDAZE - Part 1 (Feat. ALL the "Manning" Girls)

    How do you ENJOY the holidays and not get stuck in a holiDAZE? 
    This mini series is created for all the parents out there who are lying awake at night wondering how they are going to get it all done by December 24th... 

    Madeline, our 2nd daughter, came up with the word, "holidaze." Its completely made up (we think....🤷🏽‍♂️) 

    Definition of "Holidaze":
    not enjoying the present event, festivity, or celebration, because you are so stressed out about the next event, festivity, or celebration.  

    2nd definition:  

    cloudy, negative mindset around the upcoming holiday events because they feel too overwhelming/you don’t have the energy to make it through them with joy.  

    Anyone feel this way about the 2022 holidays?
    How do we kick any HOLIDAZE MINDSETS and make the most of 2022 Holidays! They only happen once, so how do we make the most of them?
    We cover so much in this podcast, you will just have to listen. This is one of our favorite quotes to entice you....

    "Rethink the holidays and the relationships around you in this season. The end of 2022 can be full of healing. God can restore and reignite our relationships this holiday season!" 
    Check out this week's podcast (Part 1) and be on the lookout for next week's episode! We believe God will highlight a strategy to you, for your family, and it will make this holiday season AMAZING!

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    • 23 min
    #188: Wrapping Up the Pursue God Series

    #188: Wrapping Up the Pursue God Series

    What are your reasons for not having a strong relationship with God?
    In this podcast, we unpack SIMPLE but POWERFUL ways you can strengthen your relationship with God. In every season you are in, God is pursing you and He wants to have a relationship with you. It will give you the strength to live each day to the fullest! 

    The Parent to God is the covering relationship for a family. We are wrapping up this series by talking about how GREAT God is amidst the change. This fall air and crisp evenings has us excited about what all God is going to do as this year comes to a close.  

    What are practical ways to connect to God?  


    Get out in nature (especially amidst the changing seasons)  
    Worship 
    Read your Bible  
    Find the small moments to invite God 
    Asking God for His perspective on each situation 

    “God, what is your perspective on this situation? Show me your ways.” -Suz 
    What are ways you spend time with God?  


    Consistency to get up in the mornings  
    Along the way (especially with small children)  
    Leave for work early and spend time with God there  
    Find quiet times in your days  
    Ask your spouse what they need to connect with God 

    Fight and articulate for your time with God. Your spouse may not know what you need, so tell them!  

    “It may not be easy, but it is worth it!” - Don  
    What do I do if I love God but my kids don’t? How do I help my child hear God for themself? What about my spouse?  


    Our example is more important than our words/instruction  
    The questions are so important! (Look for that the questions are doing in your child’s heart)  
    Create experiences for them to see/know God  
    Allow the truth of the Gospel to be in front of your kids as often as possible  
    Invite your kids to thank God for the everyday miracles  

    What if my family doesn’t like church? How do we connect with God within the church?  


    Everyone has a story and church needs to be at the center of it  
    Kids need a foundation for the truth, which is found within the church  
    Jesus created the church but it is imperfect, we are called to contribute, not just consume  
    Ask God what church your family needs to be a part of 

    “The church is an extension of your family. We don’t walk away from family when it’s messed up... so we don’t walk away from the church when it feels messy.” - Suz 
    What else can we do to help make God a priority in our family?


    Invite Him into every decision 
    Talk about God and give Him credit for the little things  
    Technology is everywhere – put God things in front of your kids  
    Thank God for food, toys, teams, and everything we are a part of each day  
    Include your kids in the ups and downs of life (emotions, decision, etc...)  
    Show them how you include God in your feelings and life decisions 

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    • 36 min
    #187: Talk to Yourself the Way God Talks to You (Feat. John Stange)

    #187: Talk to Yourself the Way God Talks to You (Feat. John Stange)

    Parents, do you ever feel like all those spiritual words get jumbled up in your head and you can’t figure out a simple, effective way to consistently hear God?  
    Words like, identity, repentance, intimacy, Gospel, grace, etc...?!??!  

    Well, today’s your day! John Stange joins this week’s podcast to talk about walking and talking with God. 

    Ep. 187 provides practical tools to help you focus on God’s voice and start experiencing His presence daily.  

    Crazy as it seems, God sees His kids (that’s us) the same way He sees Jesus.... holy.... clean... righteous. If you don’t see yourself this way, then it’s time to invest a little time in Ep. 187 and let John and Don redirect your thinking!  

    Listen today and share with a friend! It’s worth your investment!  

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Customer Reviews

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47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Doorman7 ,

Future Home Leader

Learning to cultivate a comfortable environment for the family is a spiritual goal, and healthy practices is just a big part of it! Looking forward to learning more from this podcast.

Jodie 2021 ,

Suzanne is so encouraging

I love Suzanne’s heart for parents. At every turn she encouraging us to build strong relationships - with God, our kids, our spouses and others. You aren’t alone on the journey. This podcast is full of great resources and ideas.

Julie Parido ,

Practical for Christian families!

I’m a mom of four young kids, and I really enjoy this podcast! Every episode I’ve listened to has been Christ-centered while also practical for implementing biblical principles into daily life. Highly recommend!

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