Raising kids isn’t easy, but the most helpful advice can come from right next door. Join host Ivy Lassiter as she draws on her experience working with families and practical tips from some of the best experts – parents who’ve been there, too.
Kathleen: Advocating for your Kids
Kathleen is a mom of two adult children. Kathleen and her husband found out when their daughter was a few months old that she had a rare genetic disorder. While the disorder causes her daughter to have some delays, it doesn’t mean she can’t do it. From day one she has been her daughter’s advocate and cheerleader - learning when to step in and when to not intervene. Kathie talks very honestly about being a mom to a child that struggles to accomplish the things that other kids might soar through, and she really doesn’t sugar coat her experience. On top of the genetic disorder her daughter was diagnosed with diabetes and a little later with Celiacs, a autoimmune disorder. Kathleen brings a unique perspective that will help us all see a perspective that we have not seen before.
Zach: You Can Mentor
Zach talks about the hurt he experienced in his growing up years and what happened as he became an adult to heal those wounds. Spurred by his own experiences he started a mentoring program in Dallas which allows children without father figures to have a relationship with men that follow Jesus.
All the links referenced:
https://youcanmentor.com (You Can Mentor)
https://www.forerunnermentoring.com/home (Forerunner Mentoring)
https://youcanmentor.com/book (Zach's book)
https://medium.com/@zachgarza/tell-me-about-your-father-ef6d5652d8f4 (The Blog Post that made me cry)
Kenny: Starting Out
Kenny and his wife, Sweet married, left Alabama to move to Texas and started their family. They raised two girls, Kendall and Ivy (yes, me!). This episode Kenny talks about the challenges of starting out, how they built community and some words of wisdom on how to raise your children to be adults.
Storytime: Get Out of the Minivan
This is a story about two little parenting moments including a time where a child didn't do what their parent wanted them to do and another where a child does exactly what they've asked been to do....
and how there might be a bigger lesson for us in those moments.
Let's be people that GET OUT OF THE MINIVAN!!
Sarah: NICU with Twins
Sarah is a mom 3, a set of elementary aged twins and a toddler. Her twins were born prematurely which resulted in a 5 month stay at the NICU. Sarah talks about how she experienced God during those days and how it has impacted her parenting today.
If you would like to reach out to Sarah for parenting support, send her a message on Instagram!
Ashley: Parenting on the Mission Field
Ashley and her husband have 4 children, and when her youngest was 3 months old their family moved to China to spread the truth about Jesus to unreached people. They spent 10 years there, and were unfortunately forced to leave and at this time are not welcomed to come back.
In this episode Ashley talks about their journey in China, what it was like transitioning back to the states and then some parenting truths that all of us can relate to.
Practical Wisdom and Encouragement
I love this podcast! I walk away from every conversation inspired by those who share their stories. I have been encouraged, gained wisdom, and grown in my perspective about this parenting journey. I love hearing all these stories about how God uses parenting to draw us nearer to Him.
For those of us with little ones, it’s so great to get wisdom, guidance, and advice from parents who’ve been there and come out on the other side. Love that this podcast consistently points my parenting back to Jesus!
Great encouragement for young parents!
Ivy is an insightful and thoughtful host, asking great questions that are relatable to so many - especially me as a young parent. Is so great to get perspective on the “end-game” when you’re in the thick of it with little littles. Thanks for meeting this need! I highly recommend!!