Equipped To Be is dedicated to helping Christian women discover and develop their gifts, strengths, and talents to navigate all seasons of life. This podcast will inspire you to move forward, even when you think you aren't enough or don't have the right skills to succeed. Connie Albers shares conversations about building relationships, parenting, social media, marriage, homeschooling, faith, challenges we face, and how to navigate them. I've spent 35 years learning about how we are uniquely created for relationships and connections with others, and one of the things I've learned during this time is how few of us know who we are and what we are equipped to be.
What Parents Can Do About The Broken Education System with Ai Addyson-Zhang Part 1
Parents know the public educational system is broken, but most don't know what they can do about it. Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang was a college professor for over a decade and knew first hand what's happening in the classroom and why she walked away from her teaching job to pursue something better. What can you do about the broken education system?
In this episode, we discuss why the system is broken, and practical things parents need to know so their child can obtain a superior education that focuses on learning, not test-taking.
Read more in the full show notes: https://conniealbers.com/the-broken-education-system/
About Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang is an educator and an entrepreneur. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Communication from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland. Ai is the founder of Classroom Without Walls, an alternative school to future-proof the next generation. Ai is also an Adobe Insider, Adobe Education Leader, and HubSpot Academy Instructor. Dr. Ai’s work has been featured in Forbes, Inside Higher Education, Pearson Education, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, & others. Additionally, Dr. Ai hosts two weekly live streaming shows, where she interviews industry leaders in Business and Education, such as Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki. Dr. Ai additionally serves as a SEMrush Webinar guest and host. Dr. Ai frequently speaks at academic and industry conferences, including Inbound, VidCon, SEMrush Global Marketing Day, Social Media Day, Social Media Week Lima (the largest social media marketing conference in the midwest), and others.
Biblical Citizenship in Modern America with Rick Green
Biblical Citizenship is grounded in faith and encourages Americans to embrace their freedoms. America is changing. What part do you play? Rick Green joins me to talk about Biblical Citizenship and how we can protect the freedoms we've enjoyed for centuries.
Read more about Rick's tips for actions steps we can all take in the full show notes.
About Rick Green Rick Green is a former Texas State Representative, national speaker, author, and radio host. He is America’s Constitution Coach. He and his family travel the nation speaking on America’s forgotten history and heroes, emphasizing our moral, religious and constitutional heritage. Rick and David Barton co-host the national daily radio program, WallBuilders Live! He is the author and executive producer of Constitution Alive, America’s most engaging and entertaining study of the U.S. Constitution.
Rick and his wife, Kara, founded Patriot Academy, an elite leadership training program specializing in applied civics with a Biblical, historical, and Constitutional Foundation. Through their Constitution Coach program, they are training and empowering adults across the nation to educate their communities about the Constitution.
Rick and Kara have 4 older kids and two grandchildren. They have homeschooled for 18 years.
Is Self-Protection Hurting Your Faith and Friendships?
Self-protection isn't new. People disappoint us, so we put up walls. God doesn't answer our prayer, so we stop praying. We deal with pain and suffering by self-protecting. It feels safer. But, is it how Jesus handled pain and suffering? Did he avoid people who hurt him? No. Then maybe we should live by his example.
A friend recently shared something about self-protection from the book 40-Days to Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole. Her text was so good that I had to pull my copy off the shelf and read more.
I found myself wondering if I'm guilty of self-protection. Sadly, I am. Most of us are. I think the longer we live, the more pain and suffering we'll experience, but we have a choice. Put up walls or let our light shine by being different.
In this episode, I share some reasons people self-protect, what God's taught me about not using self-protection to keep others at a distance, and why we should follow Jesus's example.
Read the full show notes and see all the links here.
A Conversation about Love-Centered Parenting with Crystal Paine
With all the parenting books available, what makes Love-Centered Parenting, by Crystal Paine, unique? Like many books, where the authors focus on results-based parenting. Love-Centered Parenting has a different approach.
To many, Crystal Paine had it all together - a happy marriage, a successful business, a vibrant faith, and national selling books as the Money Saving Mom®. But one day, her world turned upside down.
The crisis she and her family faced was the being of a transformational process in her parenting. Before she could make changes, God had to change her from the inside out. It was through this painful process that she discovered a new way to parent her children.
In this episode, Chrystal shares her raw story of transformation and what lead to Love-Centered Parenting. This honest conversation about God's love, her transformation, and how her parenting has changed.
About Crystal Paine Crystal Paine is the founder of MoneySavingMom.com, host of “The Crystal Paine Show” podcast, New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and author of Money-Making Mom. Her desire is to help women across the globe live with more joy, purpose, and intention in their everyday lives. She lives with her husband and kids in the Nashville, Tennessee area, where she is actively involved in her local church. Her biggest passions are helping women understand how the Gospel can radically transform their lives, raising awareness for foster care, going on adventures with her family (locally, domestically, and internationally), finding great deals at the grocery store, heartfelt
conversations, and trying to read too many books at one time!
In Love-Centered Parenting, Paine gives examples of how she’s learned to listen to her children, sit and be present, ask meaningful questions, and not pass judgment. In addition to hard-won lessons, major changes, and a radically different parenting approach, Paine also provides practical,
tangible resources for parents.
Get all the details, resources, and links in the full show notes for this episode.
Stop Giving People Headspace
Do the words of others linger in your mind? You can hear them play over and over again. You want to erase their words, but you can't get them out of your head. It's because we've given people headspace. It's like giving free rent in my head to others, and it has to stop.
Most people can remember a time when someone said something they couldn't let go of:
You're a jerk! You're no good at that! You should give it up and try something else! Those become haunting words that trigger emotions and attitudes, causing us to alter our behavior.
Read the full show notes here.
The Future of Homeschooling with Ashley Wiggers Part 2
What is the future of homeschooling? The future looks bright!
While homeschooling and at-home learning surged due to school closures, parents are considering continuing this educational method in the future. The freedom and flexibility that comes with learning at home are among the many reasons parents list.
Although parents had little time to figure out how to pivot to at-home learning, parents overcame many obstacles thanks to the vast support they found online. Bloggers, vloggers, online classes, and social media platforms offering a litany of support that most parents didn't know existed until now.
Ashley Wiggers is back to talk with me about the future of homeschooling.
Read more detail about this episode here.
About Ashley Wiggers Ashley Wiggers speaks at homeschool seminars, serves as Public Relations Director for GeoMatters, and is the author of the Profiles from History series. She also joins Homeschooling Today magazine as a co-executive editor and writes the column, Lessons My Mother Taught Me.
Ashley grew up in the early days of the homeschooling movement. She was taught by her parents, Greg and Debbie Strayer, who are authors of numerous homeschooling materials and were part of the founding group of Homeschooling Today magazine back in 1992. As a homeschool graduate, Ashley has a deep appreciation for the opportunity to homeschool and the need for encouragement and support of homeschooling families.
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I appreciate Connie’s ability to tackle hard topics like pre and post election conversations as well as regular, every day family strife. This podcast is an encouragement to me, and I hope it is to you too.
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Thank you, Connie, for fighting for our children! They are our future. We need to equip and empower parents to raise the next generation to become stronger warriors for Christ. It’s about their salvation and our future as a Christian Nation. I love you interview style and informative questions!
So encouraging and helpful.
It is so helpful to be reminded to not react to be and listen and work through the problem together.