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Parenting in this day and age is not for the faint at heart. That’s why Mama Take Heart is here to help you be the gospel-centered, compassionate, and influential voice in your Gen-Z daughter’s life. In this show, we give listeners the tools they need to love and lead well in their child's formative years. Host Robrenna Redl is here to help equip and empower you with resources and practical takeaways, whether you’re looking for ways to intentionally connect or to have hard conversations. So don’t fret, Mama. Instead, take heart!

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    • Parenting
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Parenting in this day and age is not for the faint at heart. That’s why Mama Take Heart is here to help you be the gospel-centered, compassionate, and influential voice in your Gen-Z daughter’s life. In this show, we give listeners the tools they need to love and lead well in their child's formative years. Host Robrenna Redl is here to help equip and empower you with resources and practical takeaways, whether you’re looking for ways to intentionally connect or to have hard conversations. So don’t fret, Mama. Instead, take heart!

    Helping Your Gen-Z Child Work through Anxiety and Trauma

    Helping Your Gen-Z Child Work through Anxiety and Trauma

    Every one of us has been traumatically impacted by the events of the past year. If your Gen Z child is struggling with anxiety or other trauma right now, this interview with Patria Rector has a lot of practical guidance for you.

    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    • The difference between “Big T” and “little t” trauma
    • Secondary trauma, or compassion fatigue. This happens when we bear witness to the traumas of others. This is mostly present in adulthood, but children can experience this, especially in the Internet age.
    • How can I tell if my child is experiencing trauma?
    • What is the difference between experiencing trauma and being traumatized?
    • How can parents who are traumatized help their children navigate their own trauma?
    • How our bodies experience trauma and how we can help our children navigate symptoms in their bodies
    • What is resilience and the formula for each child’s unique resilience
    • Attunement – what it is and why we need this skill in order to attend to our children

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
    For a list of ways to take care of ourselves and each other, go to Patria’s website, TheBrokenandBeautiful.com

    The more on the work of healing: The Allender Center

    The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

    Faith and Healing Amid Turmoil by Robrenna

    Check out these Podcasts:
    Your Daily Prayer - A Prayer for When You Are Anxious
    Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast

    Follow Robrenna:
    Website | Instagram

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/Elena_Zlatomrezova

    • 30 min
    How to Help and Support Your ADHD Child

    How to Help and Support Your ADHD Child

    Today, we’re continuing our ADHD conversation with Jennifer Kampfe. We’re discussing specific strategies you can use to help your child manage their ADHD.

    Jennifer’s Tips:

    1. Learn as much as you can about ADHD.

    2. Be discerning.

    3. Adjust your expectations for your child and stop comparing them with their siblings or peers. Most ADHD children are 3-5 years behind their peers in executive functions and emotional maturity.

    4. Routines are key for ADHD children. Jennifer has some great tips for how to create routines that help ADHD children thrive.

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    ADDitude Magazine - https://www.additudemag.com

    Recommended Doctors who specialize in ADHD:
    Dr. Russell Barkley - https://www.russellbarkley.org
    Dr. Ned Hallowell - https://www.drhallowell.com
    Dr. Thomas Brown - https://www.brownadhdclinic.com

    About Jennifer:
    Jennifer Kampfe is a wife, a mom of five children, and an ADHD coach from Lincoln, Nebraska. She has a master's degree in music therapy from Radford University in Virginia. After having two sons diagnosed with ADHD, and wanting to help them more, she began her training at the ADD Coach Academy. Connect with Jennifer online at Fantastically Focused

    Follow Robrenna:
    Website | Instagram

    • 18 min
    Understanding Your ADHD Child

    Understanding Your ADHD Child

    In this episode, Robrenna talks with ADHD expert and coach Jennifer Kampfe about:

    • Their journey through their children’s diagnosis with ADHD.
    • What ADHD means and why it is important to understand that people with ADHD have different brain wiring that causes deficits in everyday functions.
    • The latest research says that ADHD isn’t actually a deficit of attention, it’s a deficit in self-regulation.
    • Why ADD is no longer a diagnosis and the new subsets of ADHD.
    • Why girls struggle to get ADHD diagnosis and why they often show different symptoms of ADHD than boys.
    • ADHD medication - should your child be on medicine for their ADHD?

    About Jennifer:
    Jennifer Kampfe is a wife, a mom of five children, and an ADHD coach from Lincoln, Nebraska. She has a master's degree in music therapy from Radford University in Virginia. After having two sons diagnosed with ADHD, and wanting to help them more, she began her training at the ADD Coach Academy. Connect with Jennifer online at Fantastically Focused

    Follow Robrenna:
    Website | Instagram

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nadia_Bormotova

    • 25 min
    Face-to-Face Connections in a Screen-to-Screen World - Ep 7

    Face-to-Face Connections in a Screen-to-Screen World - Ep 7

    Robrenna talks with Jonathan McKee about his new book, A Teen’s Guide to Face-to-Face Connections in a Screen-to-Screen World. He wrote the book with his daughter, Alyssa, who is right on the line between Millennial and Gen-Z.

    Topics Discussed in This Episode:
    • Why 2012 was such a turning point in the digital world
    • Why the vulnerability and honesty of younger generations can help us learn how to manage new technologies
    • New research on the effects of social media on girls
    • What happened when Alyssa decided to take a social media break
    • Teaching our kids that what they post now may have repercussions in the future
    • The benefits of delaying giving your kids phones (and how you can talk to them about waiting for that coveted phone)
    • How to deal with potential predatory behavior in social media apps

    Find more from Jonathan:
    Becoming Screenwise
    Jonathan’s books can be found here.

    Follow Robrenna:
    Website | Instagram

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nadia_Bormotova

    • 32 min
    Navigating Smart Phones and the Digital World with Your Kids - Ep. 6

    Navigating Smart Phones and the Digital World with Your Kids - Ep. 6

    Today, we’re talking about how to help our kids make wise and safe choices on social media, the Internet, and gaming apps. START Co-Founder and Executive Director Tracy Foster joins Robrenna today, and together they talk through how to engage with our kids in conversation about technology.

    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    • How parents can feel competent and confident in awkward conversations about technology
    • Why the generations before us really can’t help us navigate this new frontier like we wish they could (and what we can do about it)
    • The #1 question Tracy gets: “How do I juggle this world where I can’t get away from screens?”
    • Keeping your kids safe, sane, and relationally seen in the virtual world
    • Why the question of quality screen time matters more than quantity of screen time (creating, connecting and consuming)
    • Having a “Define the Relationship” conversation with your kids about how they want you to interact with them on social media

    Resources Mentioned:
    START | Stand Together and Rethink Technology (check the resources tab for all the resources mentioned in the podcast): https://www.westartnow.org/
    Check out their new podcast, Screen Sanity

    Follow Robrenna:
    Website | Instagram

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/Irina_Strelnikova

    • 30 min
    Episode 5: Social Media Mania and The Gen-Z Generation

    Episode 5: Social Media Mania and The Gen-Z Generation

    In this episode we’re going to talk about:
    The good, bad and scary of social media.

    For adults, social media is information-driven. For teens, it’s a social currency. We’ll talk about how we approach these tools differently and what you need to know about helping your Gen Z child navigate social media responsibly.

    We’ll also talk about anxiety, doomscrolling and how social media affects mental health in teens.

    Finally, Robrenna will share some practical ideas and tips for helping you think through smartphone usage for your kids.

    Verses Referenced:
    James 1:5

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
    Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma
    Common Sense Media Parental Control
    Techwise Family by Andy Crouch
    Check out Arliene Pellicane's website. She co-wrote a book with Dr. Gary Chapman titled "Screen Kids."
    Center for Humane Technology for ways to help your kids and fight pervasive technology.

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/PaperFox

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

sherricontrary ,

Fantastic!

Robrenna has a gift! This podcast is not only full of very helpful and pertinent information, but it is really well done and listening feels like a hug from a friend.

iheartpodcasts30 ,

Practical help for parents of tweens and teens

I’ve really enjoyed the last few episodes - they are full of practical ideas and expert resources to help you navigate the digital world with your kids. And you can just tell Robrenna is focusing on what’s most important with her kids- relationship. This is really, really good.

LaCondra ,

Great Information

I listened to all of them just now! Powerful, information filled episodes. Thankful for the resources to share with friends with children in this age range and beyond. Robrenna is such a researcher and teacher! God bless her!

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