18 episodes

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. They are two moms who have made a lot of mistakes but have found grace and truth along the way.

Parenting to Impress Heidi Franz @ ABCJesusLovesMe

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 27 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. They are two moms who have made a lot of mistakes but have found grace and truth along the way.

    True or False: God Won't Give Me More Than I Can Handle

    True or False: God Won't Give Me More Than I Can Handle

    Is it true that God won't give believers more than they can handle?   Heidi and Melanie invite you to listen to their journeys to find out if this common saying is even Biblical.   Discover the circumstances that caused them to let go of control, trust God, and believe that even when things get really hard, God never leaves nor forsakes us.

    Helpful Links from this Episode: 
    What Lies Are You Believing?Episode Sponsor:  The Be Intentional Planner - the planner created to help you be the intentional woman God has called you to be.  Order now for only $15.00.

    Facebook Group:  /groups/parentingtoimpress
    Facebook:  /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram:  /abcjesuslovesme/

    • 19 min
    What is Causing Your Parental Exhaustion?

    What is Causing Your Parental Exhaustion?

    Being a mom is hard work, but what do we do when it just feels like too much? When you are overwhelmed, hate being a parent, and dread getting up each morning?  Be encouraged as Heidi and Melanie open up about their own struggles with this issue and how they have found hope in the exhaustion.

    Helpful Links from this Episode: 
    Training Your Child to Sleep InHow to Set Up an Afternoon Quiet Time for PreschoolersParenting Toolbox Video SeriesWhat Lies Are You Believing?Episode Sponsor:  ABCJesusLovesMe.com, an educational ministry that equips adults with the materials needed to be intentional in educating children.

    Facebook Group:  /groups/parentingtoimpress
    Facebook:  /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram:  /abcjesuslovesme/

    • 23 min
    How to Raise Children Who Serve

    How to Raise Children Who Serve

    In this second episode about teaching our kids the value and purpose of work, Heidi and Melanie get into the nitty gritty of dealing with older kids, defiant kids, and kiddos with disabilities. As always, there are practical ideas with lots of love and grace to cover it all!
    Join the discussion about chores and work and be encouraged to parent your kids with the end in mind.

    Helpful Links from this Episode: 
    Part 1 of this Series:  Should Children Have Chores? Age-Appropriate Chore Chart  Free PrintableKevin Leman's Have a New Kid By FridayThe What and How of One-liners Free PrintableVisual ScheduleOne LinersEpisode Sponsor:  The Be Intentional Planner - the planner created to help you be the intentional woman God has called you to be.  Order now for only $15.00.

    Facebook Group:  /groups/parentingtoimpress
    Facebook:  /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram:  /abcjesuslovesme/

    • 21 min
    Is "Work" a Dirty Word?

    Is "Work" a Dirty Word?

    Let's dig into the idea of work.  What does the Bible have to say about work and chores? And, as parents, what's our responsibility in teaching our children to work?

    As always, the Parenting to Impress team rely on scripture to guide their choices. In this episode Melanie and Heidi share the ideas they've incorporated into their families as they taught their children about work. They also reflect on how the training they did in the early years is beginning to bear fruit in their teenaged kids.

    Helpful Links from this Episode:
    Some linked items are affiliate links. This means that I receive an itty-bitty commission if you choose to purchase through these links. See my favorite products here. 
    Age-Appropriate Chore Chart  Free PrintableExperiencing God by Henry BlackabyQuarter System (Money Management and Behavior System for Children)Kid-safe KnifeEpisode Sponsor:  The Be Intentional Planner - the planner created to help you be the intentional woman God has called you to be.  Order now for only $15.00.

    Facebook Group:  /groups/parentingtoimpress
    Facebook:  /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram:  /abcjesuslovesme/

    • 23 min
    How to Create Purpose This Summer

    How to Create Purpose This Summer

    The school year is almost over! For our kids it's a time to play, spend time with family and friends and have a different daily rhythm. But for moms (and dads too), the 3 months with no structure or routine can make us feel anxious-what will we do with all this time! Whether you are ready to embrace summer or are worried about how to fill your days, this episode is for you! Heidi and Melanie chat about all things summer including how to be intentional with your days so that you don't look back at the start of the next school year with regret.

    Helpful Links from this Episode: 
    Blank Summer Schedule ChartTraining a Child to ReportTeaching Little Man First-Time ObedienceRunts Fruit Candy (affiliate link)Our Daily Bread for Kids (affiliate link)Old and New Testament Curriculum All About Spelling Curriculum (affiliate link)How Much Media Use is the Right Amount?Episode Sponsor:  ABCJesusLovesMe.com, an educational ministry that equips adults with the materials needed to be intentional in educating children.

    Facebook Group:  /groups/parentingtoimpress
    Facebook:  /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram:  /abcjesuslovesme/

    • 20 min
    Should Self-Help Books Be Used in Your Quiet Time?

    Should Self-Help Books Be Used in Your Quiet Time?

    Congratulations! You've decided to start having a quiet time with God! You'd like to use something alongside your Bible to help guide your quiet time but you're not sure what to choose. We get it!

    In this episode, Heidi and Melanie discuss how to avoid the common pitfall of using self-help books during your quiet time. What's wrong with self-help books? Should I never read a book from this genre? The ladies answer these questions and offer encouragement as you decide what to use other than the Bible when you meet with God each day.

    Helpful Links from this Episode: 
    How to Have a Quiet Time Podcast EpisodeDRAW DeepCreating a Prayer JournalWhat is a Quiet Time?When to Have a Quiet TimeDoes Where Matter?But I Need My Sleep!The Best Devotionals to Guide Your Quiet TimeA Quiet Time, Worth the Time eBookFree Psalm Study (Attributes of God) - Part of the ABCJesusLovesMe Resource LibraryFree Old Testament Chronological Reading PlanFree New Testament Chronological Reading PlanEpisode Sponsor:  The Be Intentional Planner - the planner created to help you be the intentional woman God has called you to be.  Order now for only $15.00.

    Facebook Group:  /groups/parentingtoimpress
    Facebook:  /heidi.franz.2911
    Instagram:  /abcjesuslovesme/

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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.

Kimberlyh930 ,

Encouraging

The content of this podcast is so relatable and refreshing. I have been using ABCJLM curriculum with my daughter, and Heidi’s approach/content there is solid. Now the content of these podcasts is so encouraging for myself as I am on the journey of parenting.

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