262 episodes

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

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 57 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!

    #262: 6 Ways to Spark Faith in your Family this Summer - Walking With Him

    #262: 6 Ways to Spark Faith in your Family this Summer - Walking With Him

    6 Ways to Spark Faith in your Family this Summer 
    Welcome to summer 2024 – there will never be another summer like this one. Your kids will never be this age, your family season will never be like this again and we want to use this special summer season to do some building. 

    We are devoting the summer to building faith, connecting with family, and making every day intentional and FUN!


     Week 1: Encountering His Presence 
     Week 2: Engaging His Word 
     Week 3: Walking with Him 
     Week 4: Hearing His Voice 
     Week 5: Building Our Faith
     Week 6: Living Out His Mission 

    We intentionally slow down our podcasts in the summertime because it allows families to rest, enjoy each other, and practice the concepts we unpack over a few weeks!  

    Week 3: Walking With Him
    Main Ideas from this episode:


    Why and how do we walk with God - it's SO important, but why...? 
    How to include Jesus in your daily life
    Living a faith-filled example for our kids and showing them a personal relationship with Jesus
    Kids want to see your failures AND victories
    The cause and effect of walking with Jesus
    Practical ways to show your kids how to walk with God - at every age!

    Stick with us this summer as we practice sparking faith in our family - one day at a time!

    Podcast Resources:

    Join the 5 Day Family Challenge 
    Visit the CCF Store 
    Follow us on Instagram

    • 37 min
    #261: 6 Ways to Spark Faith in your Family this Summer - Engaging His Word

    #261: 6 Ways to Spark Faith in your Family this Summer - Engaging His Word

    6 Ways to Spark Faith in your Family this Summer 
    Welcome to summer 2024 – there will never be another summer like this one. Your kids will never be this age, your family season will never be like this again and we want to use this special summer season to do some building. 

    We are devoting the summer to building faith, connecting with family, and making every day intentional and FUN!  

    If this is something you want – then the next 6 podcasts are for you! We are launching the series today and we will release 1 episode every other week until late August.  

    Each week we will share a new way to build your family’s faith and strengthen the relational lines within the family. Our relationship with Jesus is the cornerstone to all other relational lines within family! He helps us know how to love each other best!  


     Week 1: Encountering His Presence 
     Week 2: Engaging His Word 
     Week 3: Walking with Him 
     Week 4: Hearing His Voice 
     Week 5: Building Our Faith
     Week 6: Living Out His Mission 

    We intentionally slow down our podcasts in the summertime because it allows families to rest, enjoy each other, and practice the concepts we unpack over a few weeks!  

    Week 2: Engaging His Word
    Main Ideas from this episode:


      Why the Word of God is still relevant for families 
     Why is it important for us to value the ancient words of God? 
     The Bible is more than rules, it's about relationship
     Practical ways to help your kids LOVE the word of God

    Stick with us this summer as we practice sparking faith in our family - one day at a time!

    Podcast Resources:


    Join the 5 Day Family Challenge 
    Visit the CCF Store 
    Follow us on Instagram

    • 33 min
    #260: 6 Ways to Spark Faith in your Family this Summer - Encountering HIS Presence

    #260: 6 Ways to Spark Faith in your Family this Summer - Encountering HIS Presence

    6 Ways to Spark Faith in your Family this Summer 
    Welcome to summer 2024 – there will never be another summer like this one. Your kids will never be this age, your family season will never be like this again and we want to use this special summer season to do some building. 

    We are devoting the summer to building faith, connecting with family, and making every day intentional and FUN!  

    If this is something you want – then the next 6 podcasts are for you! We are launching the series today and we will release 1 episode every other week until late August.  

    Each week we will share a new way to build your family’s faith and strengthen the relational lines within the family. Our relationship with Jesus is the cornerstone to all other relational lines within family! He helps us know how to love each other best!  


    Week 1: Encountering His Presence 
    Week 2: Engaging His Word 
    Week 3: Walking with Him 
    Week 4: Hearing His Voice 
    Week 5: Building Our Faith
    Week 6: Living Out His Mission 

    We intentionally slow down our podcasts in the summertime because it allows families to rest, enjoy each other, and practice the concepts we unpack over a few weeks!  

    Week 1: Encountering His Presence
    Main Ideas from this episode:


    What does the presence of God look like?
    What does the presence of God look like in our homes during the summer?
    What do parents do if they don’t know how to encounter God’s presence on their own? Where should they start?
    How do parents invite God into each day? How do they show their kids? 
    Summer resources to build your personal relationship with God!

    We kick off with this topic because we really want you to practice it all summer! Go for it and bring the Presence of God into your home TODAY!
    Podcast Resources:

    Join the 5 Day Family Challenge 
    Visit the CCF Store 
    Follow us on Instagram

    • 28 min
    #259: Capturing Your Child’s Heart this Summer

    #259: Capturing Your Child’s Heart this Summer

    It’s summertime and we cannot wait to help you make the most of your summer! Parents, this season is not made to survive- It's made for investment!  

    “Summer is a special time. It’s set apart and different. There is a bit of a break and a great chance for kids to be at home and with their parents. It’s needed in a lot of ways for your child’s heart.” - Suz 

    FIRST THINGS FIRST! Ask your kids what they want summer to hold- see what they want to do and do your best to make some of those things happen!  

    3 Ways to Invest in family this summer:
    1. Speak more life than death

    Start with a yes (build a world of yes) 
    Encourage, build up, invest in identity (You are a mighty man of God, so helpful, kind to sibling, smart, clever, talented). 
    Speak forth what is not as if it is. Call them up to the actions you want 

    2. Invest in making memories

    Think of your happy childhood memories and build from them 
    Ingredients for a memory: fun, laughter, activity, productivity, creativity, adventure 
    Add water to summer fun 
    Don’t be afraid to make a mess 
    Be intentional 
    Embrace the chaos 

    3. Choose family first

    Give family space each week to hang out with each other (slow down with activities and friend hang outs) 
    See summer as a gift of time to invest in the relationships that might be a little broken 

    This is the only summer 2024 we get- let's make the most of it and invest in family this summer! 
    Podcast Resources:

    Join the 5 Day Family Challenge 
    Visit the CCF Store 
    Follow us on Instagram

    • 33 min
    #258: Cultivating Harmony Between Parents & Grandparents

    #258: Cultivating Harmony Between Parents & Grandparents

    Let's continue with the grandparent conversation! 
    We have 8 grandchildren (4 boys and 4 girls) and are learning so much about grand parenting! We wanted to bring the relational line to the front and talk about how to have harmony between parents and grandparents! 

    Main topics of this podcast:


    Parenting vs. Grandparent leadership dynamics
    How grandparents can be honoring and value the family's culture 
    Grandparent's unique position of influence
    How to be honest with your parents (grandparents) when it comes to gifts for kids
    Setting boundaries for grandparents with your kids - how to do it!

    The goal of this relational dynamic is.... HONOR. Find ways to honor the grandparents and have conversations asking for honor in return. Family is worth it, and we can find a way to include the generations in our family culture. Do what it takes to have the relationship AND be strategic with the freedoms you give! 

     

    Podcast Resources:

    Join the 5 Day Family Challenge 
    Visit the CCF Store 
    Follow us on Instagram

    • 31 min
    #257: Calling All Grandparents! (Feat. Larry Fowler)

    #257: Calling All Grandparents! (Feat. Larry Fowler)

    Calling All Grandparents!!!
    Larry Fowler joins us. He is the founder of the Legacy Coalition which invests specifically in grandparents. He has been in ministry for over 40 years and really cares about the role of grandparents within family. 

    Legacy Coalition started in 2016 and is designed with grandparents in mind. Larry Fowler and his wife felt a nudge from God to start this ministry and fill in the gaps within the church where grandparents exist – because they are worth investing in!  

    “Navigating issues from the parent’s perspective AND the grandparent's perspective is pivotal.” - Larry Fowler
     
    2 Main Ideas:  

    When grandparents aren’t believers and don’t influence the kids the way the parents want them to...  
    How are parents/grandparents partner successfully when it comes to raising the kids? 

    Here are things we discuss in the podcast:

    Consistency is key. Some grandparents want to spoil their kids, and some are rule followers. In both cases, these grandparents need to try to build consistency with their kids who are now parents. 
    There is a biblical model for grandparents. They don’t stop parenting, but they do stop being the primary caregivers. They have more of an influence role. 
    Does what they are doing engage the relationship or damage the relationship? 
    Grandparents can have great influence in the world of technology by engaging their grandkids by asking them questions and letting them explain technology to them rather than complaining about the kids’ usage of technology. 

    “Grandparents, you are still a parent (noun) but are no longer parenting (verb) the grandkids.” - Larry Fowler 
    Legacy Coalition is an amazing resource for parents AND grandparents – if you need help, click the link below for more information.

     
    Podcast Resources:

    Legacy Coalition Information
    Join the 5 Day Family Challenge 
    Visit the CCF Store 
    Follow us on Instagram

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 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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