70 episodes

The 5 to 8 Shift is a community and resource for parents. Here to encourage you, provide some tips, and remind you that you're doing great.

The 5 to 8 Shift Podcast is hosted by Susannah and 3 times a month she invites guests to share their stories with you. Episodes highlight the highs and lows of parenting, provide a good laugh as we all commiserate together, or impart the latest research and tips to help families thrive.

We’re thrilled to cheer you on in your own 5 to 8 shift - it's your most important shift of the day.

Connect: Instagram - @susannah.mcmonagle / the5to8shift.com

The 5 to 8 Shift with Susannah McMonagle, a podcast for parents Parenting Survival

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

The 5 to 8 Shift is a community and resource for parents. Here to encourage you, provide some tips, and remind you that you're doing great.

The 5 to 8 Shift Podcast is hosted by Susannah and 3 times a month she invites guests to share their stories with you. Episodes highlight the highs and lows of parenting, provide a good laugh as we all commiserate together, or impart the latest research and tips to help families thrive.

We’re thrilled to cheer you on in your own 5 to 8 shift - it's your most important shift of the day.

Connect: Instagram - @susannah.mcmonagle / the5to8shift.com

    68. Teens + Tweens: Building a Circle of Influence Around Our Teens, Kelly Heath

    68. Teens + Tweens: Building a Circle of Influence Around Our Teens, Kelly Heath

    Kelly Heath talks to us today about the importance of building a circle of influence around our teens. Additionally, she shares ways to discern who might be a strong mentor for your kid, the many roles a mentor can take, and how to spot red flags. If you've got a teen you love in your life - this one's for you!

    We chat:
    - Using discernment to facilitate important mentor relationships for your teen
    - The many roles of a mentor - from encourager to truth-seeker and so much more
    - The wisdom of praying about who might be able to step into a hard space for your kid and provide guidance
    - How the broader your circle is the more opportunities you'll experience to find your teen a mentor
    - How to spot red flags
    ...and
    - How teens can get the most from their mentors!

    Connect with Kelly:
    Website // Instagram // Facebook

    Connect with Susannah:
    Instagram // Facebook // Website


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    • 41 min
    67. Adoptive + Foster Family Series: Navigating the Unscripted - A First Mama's Journey, Jeannine Keim

    67. Adoptive + Foster Family Series: Navigating the Unscripted - A First Mama's Journey, Jeannine Keim

    Buckle up, Mama. We have an incredible episode for you. Episode 67 brings you an emotional and heart-warming conversation with Jeannine Keim. We are honored to share her story of grace, redemption, and placing a beautiful baby for adoption long ago. In our conversation, she reflects on the outcomes of her decisions, how God is always present, and how shame distorts everything. She shares about navigating the unscripted and moving into the reckless love of God - it's SO remarkable. She also shares how one Facebook message changes everything.

    On this episode, we chat:
    - Seeing God's hand at work, even in crisis
    - What it's like to place a baby for adoption at the hospital
    - The deepest and darkest moments in our lives - why we should share with our trusted tribe
    - Shedding the misconceptions around building relationships between birth families + adoptive families
    - ...and a poignant reminder that life isn't perfect no matter what - everybody has a story

    You will be so moved by Jeannine's bravery in sharing her story. Listen and share with someone who needs some faith and encouragement today.

    Connect with Jeannine:
    Email // Facebook

    Connect with Susannah:
    Instagram // Facebook // Website


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    • 48 min
    66. Adoptive + Foster Family Series: Trust, Compassion + Trauma-Informed Care, Jamie Finn, Foster the Family

    66. Adoptive + Foster Family Series: Trust, Compassion + Trauma-Informed Care, Jamie Finn, Foster the Family

    Foster Care Encouragement + so much more. Our guest on Episode 66 is Jamie Finn of Foster the Family blog and book (and other valuable resources too.) We talk about the ins and outs of foster care - and how to be a friend to someone in this important calling.

    In this episode, we chat:
    - Preparing people for the realities of foster care and encouraging them in this journey
    - Ways to build trust with families and kids in the foster care network
    - How "trauma-informed care" can help inform your journey with foster kids
    - Why "All or Nothing" is the wrong question when it comes to foster care
    - ...and how to show up well for a foster care parent in your church or community.

    ALSO - Are you a foster or adoptive mama looking to grow your knowledge and meet some amazing women? Come to the Filled Retreat for foster and adoptive moms in Lancaster, PA - February 3-5, 2022! Use my code: Susannah10 for $10 off registration. Learn more here.

    Connect with Jamie:
    Foster the Family // Jamie on Insta // Foster the Family Book on Insta // Foster the Family Book

    Connect with Susannah:
    Instagram // Facebook // Website

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    • 43 min
    65. Adoptive + Foster Family Series: Representation Matters - and Why It Takes More than Love, Brittany Salmon

    65. Adoptive + Foster Family Series: Representation Matters - and Why It Takes More than Love, Brittany Salmon

    Brittany Salmon, our guest on episode 65, is the author of "It Takes More Than Love," which shares her own family’s story of transracial adoption and offers a biblically-based guide for others following the same path. Her book confronts issues of racism, explores heritage, and highlights the importance of representation. AND she does this in a non-judgemental, grace-filled way that any potential or current adoptive or foster parent can really learn from and grow.

    In episode 65, we chat -
    - Shedding the shame as an adoptive parent and instead using conviction for a catalyst to make changes
    - How to be a "bridge builder" for our kids - so they can develop a healthy racial identity
    - "Windows and Mirrors" - and how this concept can help serve your adopted/foster kids and family
    - Why Representation Matters - and how to start to cultivating valuable items, practices, and traditions for your family
    - Ways to intentionally seek out a multicultural life
    - How to support a friend who has adopted transculturally

    Listen in and let us know what you think of this episode. We'd love your review on Apple or Spotify or Amazon. 

    Connect with Brittany:
    Instagram // Twitter // Website // It Takes More Than Love: A Christian Guide to Navigating the Complexities of Cross-Cultural Adoption, book

    Connect with Susannah:
    Instagram // Facebook // Website


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    • 50 min
    64. Tech + Family Series: Making Social Media Small, Sandy Cooper, The Scoop On Balance

    64. Tech + Family Series: Making Social Media Small, Sandy Cooper, The Scoop On Balance

    Want 2 extra hours a day? Sandy Cooper says she can give it to you. 

    In this episode, Sandy Cooper, author of "The Scoop On Balance" blog and host of "The Balanced Momcast," encourages moms to get off social media. She's got great research, loads of data, and plenty to share from her own journey to implore moms to spend more time off of social media.

    For this episode, we talk all about the addictive nature of social media, how to step away, and compelling reasons why you should (read: to fight depression, regain your time, rewire your brain to focus better, and so much more). She's even hosting a 7-Day Challenge called Make Social Media Small that starts on November 1st where you'll receive daily encouragement via email. Listen in to learn more about why you may want to rethink your relationship with social media.

    If you've ever been scrolling aimlessly or feel a yearning to turn your focus to other important things - this one's for you. Check out Sandy's blog and sign up for her 7-Day Make Social Media Small Challenge below.

    Connect with Sandy:
    Website // Podcast // Make Social Media Small 7-Day Challenge // "Is it Time to Break Up with Social Media?" Quiz

    Connect with Susannah:
    Instagram // Facebook // Website


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    • 59 min
    63. Tech + Family Series: How Covid Changed Kids' Lives, Tech Habits, + Finding Balance for Your Family, Anya Kamenetz

    63. Tech + Family Series: How Covid Changed Kids' Lives, Tech Habits, + Finding Balance for Your Family, Anya Kamenetz

    The third installment of our Tech + Family Series brings you a fantastic interview with Anya Kamenetz, author of The Art of Screen Time (2018) and The Stolen Year (2022). Anya shares valuable insight on why we should be intentional about screen time and takes it one step further by taking a deep dive look at where our kids are post-covid from an educational perspective.

    On episode 63, we chat:
    - Why time isn't always the most important measurement when it comes to screens
    - Why parents must pay attention to the connections between screens and sleep
    - Navigating the habits that devices bring on - setting good ones and correcting potentially negative ones
    - The very real social deficits brought on by Covid - and what we can do as parents
    - How leadership failed some of our most vulnerable communities during the pandemic
    - Better understanding our kids' mental health state post-pandemic
    - Why parents should attend Board meetings!
    - ...and ultimately, why The Stolen Year is a account of resilience - for kids, families, and schools

    Love this episode? Send me a message or let us know on Instagram. Share with your parent group today!

    Connect with Anya:
    Website // Instagram // Twitter // NPR

    Connect with Susannah:
    Instagram // Facebook // Website


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    • 38 min

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Wonderful podcast, so informative!

Loving this podcast. Especially the tech and family episodes, so informative and helpful.

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Not just for parents

Maybe you’re trying to start a family; maybe you’re single and just interested in family life; maybe you’re not interested in family life but you love a good story and life tips. This is your podcast! Susannah is so real and she brings the best insight into everything you need to live your best life—family or not!

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