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🎙️ Parenting to Impress, your go-to podcast to learn practical ways to love God and love others, and impress this on the hearts of your children. Heidi Franz, the creator of ABCJesusLovesMe, is joined by her dear friend Melanie Simpson. Two moms who have made a lot of mistakes but have found grace and truth along the way.  🧒 Join Heidi and Melanie as they dive into the world of parenting, sharing their insights, stories, and wisdom gained from their own journeys.   From navigating the challenges of raising children in a modern world to finding creative ways to instill faith and values in your family, this podcast is your source of biblical and practical advice.  📖 Each episode will explore different aspects of parenting, faith, and relationships, with guest interviews, expert insights, and real-life anecdotes. Whether you're a seasoned parent or just starting your journey, Parenting to Impress is here to support you in creating a loving and godly home. 🎧 Tune in to Parenting to Impress and embark on a journey of growth, love, and faith as you seek to "impress" the values that matter most on the hearts of your children.  Subscribe now and never miss an episode!

Parenting to Impress Heidi Franz @ ABCJesusLovesMe

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

🎙️ Parenting to Impress, your go-to podcast to learn practical ways to love God and love others, and impress this on the hearts of your children. Heidi Franz, the creator of ABCJesusLovesMe, is joined by her dear friend Melanie Simpson. Two moms who have made a lot of mistakes but have found grace and truth along the way.  🧒 Join Heidi and Melanie as they dive into the world of parenting, sharing their insights, stories, and wisdom gained from their own journeys.   From navigating the challenges of raising children in a modern world to finding creative ways to instill faith and values in your family, this podcast is your source of biblical and practical advice.  📖 Each episode will explore different aspects of parenting, faith, and relationships, with guest interviews, expert insights, and real-life anecdotes. Whether you're a seasoned parent or just starting your journey, Parenting to Impress is here to support you in creating a loving and godly home. 🎧 Tune in to Parenting to Impress and embark on a journey of growth, love, and faith as you seek to "impress" the values that matter most on the hearts of your children.  Subscribe now and never miss an episode!

    When Your Marriage Doesn't Match Your Dreams

    When Your Marriage Doesn't Match Your Dreams

    Her inquiry was raw and brimming with emotion. To conclude, she anonymously posted, "I'm committed to our marriage, but I am tired." I'm aware that many have experienced this same sentiment in their marriages, even though Christians often feel pressure to have a different kind of marriage. Yet, what are you to do when you feel trapped and unhappy? Can love and connection truly endure in a marriage?
    I invite you to join me on what may be my most candid podcast yet. I welcome you to sit in the booth as my guest and I engage in an honest conversation about expectations for date nights, issues of control, and the impact of sin and discord. This is a marriage podcast that diverges from the typical "Christian" responses you may have encountered.
    Whether you've listened to every episode of the Parenting to Impress podcast or none at all, I encourage you to click "play" above and discover that you are not alone. There is hope.
    Helpful Links:
    Re|EngageA Weekend to RememberMarriage Recovery CenterGet connected with Parenting to Impress:
    Facebook Group: /groups/ABCJLM
    Facebook: /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram: /abcjesuslovesme/
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    Thanks for listening!

    • 33 min
    Understanding Fostering, Adoption, & Orphan Care

    Understanding Fostering, Adoption, & Orphan Care

    Let's talk about adoption and foster care. Some adopt to expand their families. Others personally feel a command to "look after the orphans" (James 1:27). Recently, I sat down with my friend Holly to learn about her journey of foster care and adoption. It was eye-opening and inspiring, to say the least. 

    Join us for a conversation that's not just about building a family, but about redefining what it means to love unconditionally.
    Get connected with Parenting to Impress:
    Facebook Group: /groups/ABCJLM
    Facebook: /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram: /abcjesuslovesme/
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    Thanks for listening!

    • 29 min
    Discovering Sabbath Rest: Trusting God in the Whirlwind of Parenthood

    Discovering Sabbath Rest: Trusting God in the Whirlwind of Parenthood

    Imagine a life in which you trust God with your time so much so that you pause work on Sundays.  Sounds intriguing, right?

    Join us, your hosts Heidi Franz and Melanie Simpson, as we share our personal journeys about observing Sabbath - even as busy moms. From the ancient roots of Sabbath in the Old Testament to its place in the 10 commandments, we dig into why God established this practice and how we strive to balance rest with our parenting responsibilities.

    Parenthood can often feel like a non-stop whirlwind, but we're here to remind you there is freedom in establishing a Sabbath routine that works for you. From navigating weekend tournaments to aligning with your spouse on spiritual goals for your children, we share our experiences and learnings in finding balance. So, whether you're a busy mom or a dad trying to figure out rest in the midst of chaos, this conversation will offer you practical insights and spiritual encouragement. Let's journey together in discovering the beauty of Sabbath rest in our lives as parents.

    Helpful Links from this Episode:  
    Characteristics of a God-Centered Family, Part 2 Podcast and Blog PostLive Chat with HeidiGet connected with Parenting to Impress:
    Facebook Group: /groups/ABCJLM
    Facebook: /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram: /abcjesuslovesme/
    Subscribe to Blog & Newsletters: forms.feedblitz.com/5r0

    Thanks for listening!

    • 17 min
    How to Preserve Your Marriage Amidst a World of Divorce

    How to Preserve Your Marriage Amidst a World of Divorce

    This podcast episode explores the sacred covenant of marriage. Join us as we uncover the truths behind common misconceptions and reveal the divine blueprint for matrimony.
    In this personal discussion, Melanie and I dive into the wisdom of 1 Corinthians 13:4-9, offering practical advice on cultivating love and humility within your marriage. We'll debunk the notion of perpetual happiness, emphasizing instead the journey towards holiness that marriage entails.

    Discover the true meaning of submission as a reflection of surrender to God, not a tool for control. We'll also address common challenges like the 'seven-year-itch' and offer insights on how to guard and nurture your relationship.

    Through personal experience and insights from God's word, we'll show you how facing life's trials together has strengthen our marriages, allowing them to not just endure, but thrive. Tune in for a fresh perspective on marriage that will inspire and encourage you on your own journey of matrimony.
    Helpful Links from this Episode:  
    "One study found that a third of unhappy couples with new babies divorced, but of the two-thirds who persisted, 93% reported happy marriages. A 2002 report found that two-thirds of unhappily married adults who chose to stick it out reported happier marriages five years later."  Breakingpoint.org

    Love is.... {Free Printable}Get connected with Parenting to Impress:
    Facebook Group: /groups/ABCJLM
    Facebook: /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram: /abcjesuslovesme/
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    Thanks for listening!

    • 19 min
    Teaching Children How to Apply the Bible

    Teaching Children How to Apply the Bible

    Delve into the transformative journey of guiding your child's spiritual growth with our latest podcast episode! From laying the foundational truths of Scripture in preschool years to navigating its application in the teen phase, we unravel practical insights for every stage.

    Join us as we explore how to bridge the gap between Bible stories and real-life application, equipping your child to navigate life's challenges with wisdom rooted in faith. Tune in for invaluable tips and heartfelt encouragement on nurturing a lasting relationship between your child and God's Word.

    Helpful Links from this Episode: Some linked items are affiliate links. This means that we receive an itty-bitty commission if you choose to purchase through these links.  
    From Pages to Hearts: Finding the Best Children's Bible for Your ChildCultivating a Lifelong Love for the Bible: A Parent's Guide From Toddlers to TeensBlueLetter Bible AppThe Power of ‘What Do You Think?’ in ParentingGet connected with Parenting to Impress:
    Facebook Group: /groups/ABCJLM
    Facebook: /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram: /abcjesuslovesme/
    Subscribe to Blog & Newsletters: forms.feedblitz.com/5r0

    Thanks for listening!

    • 12 min
    Cultivating a Lifelong Love for the Bible: A Parent's Guide From Toddlers to Teens

    Cultivating a Lifelong Love for the Bible: A Parent's Guide From Toddlers to Teens

    Ever wondered how to cultivate a lifelong love of God's Word in your child, starting from their early years? That's exactly where we're heading in this enlightening episode of Parenting 2 Impressed. We share hands-on activities that can build a passion for the Bible and explain how teaching children to sit still and listen to God's Word can lay the groundwork for a lifelong love of scripture. Imagine your little one clutching their very own Bible, eyes sparkling with interest as you read to them - that's the kind of passion we're talking about!

    Now, let's move onto the preteens and teens, shall we? This phase can be quite a challenge, but also an opportunity to further develop your child's relationship with the Bible. We give you strategies to provide resources that will help them engage with scripture in a way that suits them. More so, we explore the importance of creating an environment where your children feel comfortable to ask questions about their faith. We wrap things up with practical tips on helping your children develop a personal relationship with the Bible, including how to handle resistance. Join us as we navigate the delightful journey of guiding your child towards a fulfilling relationship with the Bible.

    Helpful Links from this Episode:  Some linked items are affiliate links. This means that we receive an itty-bitty commission if you choose to purchase through these links.  
    From Pages to Hearts: Finding the Best Children's Bible for Your Child  Podcast/Blog PostFree Bible WorksheetsABCJesusLovesMe CurriculumMy Learn to Read BibleKay Arthur's Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for KidsYouVersion Audio Bible AppShould Self-Help Books Be Used in Your Quiet Time? Podcast/Blog PostHow to Have a Quiet Time with God Podcast/Blog PostLive Chat with HeidiEpisode Sponsor:  The Old and New Testament  Bible Curricula provides age-appropriate learning for children ages 3-10 years at home, preschool, or church (Sunday School).
    Get connected with Parenting to Impress:
    Facebook Group: /groups/ABCJLM
    Facebook: /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram: /abcjesuslovesme/
    Subscribe to Blog & Newsletters: forms.feedblitz.com/5r0

    Thanks for listening!

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

saraskipper ,

So encouraging!

This podcast is so encouraging and helpful to me as a parent. I feel like each time I listen to an episode I come away with practical tips and things to implement to improve my parenting skills. Thank you for this!

MomatWorkatMom ,

Perfect extension of the blog!

This is such a great example of using podcast as extension of blogs. I’ve enjoyed the blog for years now and am so excited to have the podcast now. I listen and learn now when I’m driving alone in the car or during a task at home. This is so beneficial to busy mom life. Heidi has compiled her education, knowledge and experience into the information she shares. It’s a great listen!!!

Lawhead7 ,

Helpful

This podcast has been helpful in many ways. I don’t feel so alone in parenting and it has helped me in my quiet time. I have been using ABCJLM with my three kids for two years now and love all the help Heidi gives along the way with that. But this podcast takes it to another level. I feel like I have two new friends helping me become a better parent.

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