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Wire Talk was created to encourage and equip moms throughout the challenging and life-changing journey of motherhood. Each week on Wire Talk Karen Stubbs offers godly, practical advice on the topics every mother has questions about: mom guilt, our children’s faith, potty-training, divorce, our teenagers dating, and more!

Wire Talk with Karen Stubbs Karen Stubbs

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 897 Ratings

Wire Talk was created to encourage and equip moms throughout the challenging and life-changing journey of motherhood. Each week on Wire Talk Karen Stubbs offers godly, practical advice on the topics every mother has questions about: mom guilt, our children’s faith, potty-training, divorce, our teenagers dating, and more!

    421: The Secret to a Happy Marriage After Kids

    421: The Secret to a Happy Marriage After Kids

    Want to know the secret to being happily married for 37 years? Listen and learn from Karen in today’s episode! We’re exploring how to navigate differences, keep the love alive, and build the strong, united front that benefits your kids. With personal stories, practical tips, and plenty of laughs, this episode is all about celebrating the joys and quirks of married life. Tune in and learn from the best. :) 
    Episode Recap:
    5:21 A strong marriage brings security to children
    7:53 Principle #1- Be United
    10:14 How to actively listen to your spouse
    17:05 Strategies to navigate and embrace differences
    21:39 Principle #2- Be FOR one another 
    27:01 Be your spouse’s #1 cheerleader
    Questions for Discussion:
    What shared values are most important in your marriage, and how do you reinforce them?How do you and your partner handle differences in parenting styles?What are some ways you keep the romance alive amidst the chaos of family life?Can you share a time when overcoming a challenge together strengthened your relationship?How do you celebrate the small, everyday moments in your marriage?Resources:
    Pre-order Karen’s all-new Survival Guide to Motherhood today! Orders ship July 30th: https://amzn.to/3Vr7LlDWant to bring Karen to speak in your community? Reach out: https://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms

    • 31 min
    420: How to Keep it Simple This Summer

    420: How to Keep it Simple This Summer

    In this episode, Karen and Emily share practical tips for creating a fun and memorable summer for your family. From nostalgic ice cream runs and imaginative backyard play to volunteering and fostering independence in kids, they offer ideas for keeping summer simple and enjoyable. Don’t miss Karen’s nuggets on balancing work with quality family time! Share your own summer ideas with us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple, or Instagram and join the conversation! 
    Episode Recap:
    3:20 - Karen shares her summer plans5:51 - Karen was a laid back mom, so summer was a always fun for her7:16 - Question 1: I'm a working mom and summer feels frantic for me, help! 11:04 - Question 2: I’m dreading hearing “I’m bored!”  Any suggestions?17:48 - Emily offers ideas: do your research and prepare ahead of time for a fun summer! 
    23:56 - Question 3: What are your thoughts on summer jobs for teens?
    26:58 - Question 4: How do I manage working from home with my kids this summer? 
    30:00 - Remember, you are not the cruise director for your kids’ lives! 
    Questions for Discussion:
    What are some of your favorite summer memories or traditions from your own childhood? Can you recreate or adapt any of them for your family today?Do you have to balance work responsibilities with family time during the summer? How have you planned ahead or what can you implement that you heard in this episode?How do you promote creativity and independence in your children during summer? Are you hovering too much or do you allow your kids to get bored?! Reflect on the idea of not being the "cruise director" for your children's lives. How do you manage expectations and foster self-sufficiency in your kids?Resources:
    Pre-order Karen’s all-new Survival Guide to Motherhood today! Orders ship July 30th: https://amzn.to/3Vr7LlDWant to bring Karen to speak in your community? Reach out: https://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms

    • 32 min
    419: Countdown to College: How to Make the Most of the “Last Summer” with Your Young Adult

    419: Countdown to College: How to Make the Most of the “Last Summer” with Your Young Adult

    In this episode of "The Summer Before...", Karen and Emily discuss the summer before college and answer your questions about preparing for this big transition. They talk about fostering independence, celebrating your Senior, and teaching essential life skills. Emily shares some hilarious advice on dorm room safety, and Karen reminds moms to lower our expectations when it comes to phone calls. As always, tune in for practical tips and heartfelt encouragement as your child embarks on this exciting new chapter.
    Episode Recap:5:16 - Karen’s goal was to have her kids ready for independence by the time they left high school 7:19 - How can I celebrate my Senior well? 10:10 - Karen shares how she ended up at Auburn University11:29 - What are some life skills I can teach my 18 year old this summer? 14:52 - Emily gives advice for how not to set your college dorm room on fire ;)
    15:45 - How do I set my teen up to be supported in their faith while they are away from home
    17:23 - Your prayer life is essential to your child’s faith
    18:18 - What should my expectations be for how often I talk to my kids while they’re at school? 
    22:58 - Be excited for your child as they enter this new phase of life! 
    Questions for Discussion:
    How are you feeling about your child leaving for college? What emotions have surfaced as you prepare for this significant transition, and how are you processing them?How do you think the dynamics in your household will change with your child away at college? Have you thought ahead to how you will navigate that shift? What challenges do you foresee in balancing guidance and allowing your child to make their own decisions? How do you plan to handle situations where you might need to step back and let them navigate on their own?What are you most excited about for your child as they embark on this new journey? 
    Resources:
    Pre-order Karen’s all-new Survival Guide to Motherhood today! Orders ship July 31st: https://amzn.to/3Vr7LlDWant to bring Karen to speak in your community? Reach out: https://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms

    • 26 min
    418: The Summer Before: Preparing Your Child for Middle and High School

    418: The Summer Before: Preparing Your Child for Middle and High School

    As your kids transition to a new season in their school journey, summer presents a unique opportunity to support and celebrate them. In this episode, we discuss the developmental changes happening at this stage and the importance of letting your middle schooler discover their identity. We also tackle preparing your daughter for dealing with mean girls and how your child evolves during high school years. Plus, we explore the benefits of summer jobs, ways to connect with your son, and setting reasonable expectations for this new season. Tune in for practical tips and encouragement as you navigate this pivotal summer with your child! 
    Episode Recap:
    3:25 - What is changing developmentally as our kids move on from elementary years?
    7:14 - Let your middle schooler start to figure out who they are and find their path
    13:47 - How do I prepare my daughter for dealing with mean girls? 
    20:43 - How are our kids changing as they move into the high school years? 
    25:10 - Is having a summer job important? 
    28:43 - How can I connect with my son this summer?
    31:49 - How do I set reasonable expectations for my child in this new season?
    Questions for Discussion:
    After hearing about the developmental changes our kids go through as they move from elementary to middle and high school, what new insights did you gain about your child’s behavior or needs?What strategies have you used (or do you plan to use) to help your middle schooler begin to figure out who they are and find their path?What are your thoughts on encouraging your child to get a summer job? Do you think it’s important, and why?How do you plan to set reasonable expectations for your child in this new season of middle or high school?What challenges do you foresee in setting these expectations, and how do you plan to address them?
    Resources:
    Moments with God for Teenage Girls: https://store.birdsonawiremoms.com/collections/accessories/products/preorder-teen-devotionalWant to bring Karen to speak in your community? Reach out: https://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremomsPowered by Transistor.fm

    • 36 min
    417: Countdown to Kindergarten: How to Make the Most of the Summer Before School Starts

    417: Countdown to Kindergarten: How to Make the Most of the Summer Before School Starts

    In this episode, Karen and Emily answer questions about helping prepare your child for their big Kindergarten transition. From building essential skills to creating lasting memories, we've got you covered with tips to make summer fun and to ease you into a new routine this fall. Don’t miss Karen’s life hack for getting those adorable first day of school pictures and her assurance that God goes before your child in every place they go and in every season. 
    Episode Recap:
    2:45 - Emily’s feelings about her daughter going to Kindergarten next year
    5:34 - Karen reminisces about Kelsey’s Kindergarten years
    6:15 - How can I prepare my household for the Kindergarten transition? 
    9:35 - How do you manage tired and worn out kiddos after a (new to them) long day at school?
    11:45 - As a working mom, I’m stressed out during the summer. How can I make summer special since Kindergarten will be a change of pace? 
    14:05 - Are there practical skills I should be working on with my rising Kindergarteners this summer?
    16:50 - What FUN things can we do to mark this milestone in our kids’ lives? 
    21:00 - Don’t miss the BEST hack for getting those adorable first day of school pics?
    21:45 - Any tips for communication when kids get home from school? 
    24:00 - God goes before them in every season! God has your kids. 
    Questions for Discussion:
    Does the transition to Kindergarten make you feel excited, anxious, or something else? What are you looking forward to in this season of your child’s life?What worries can you give to the Lord about this next year? 
    Resources:
    Want to bring Karen to speak in your community? Reach out: https://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms

    • 26 min
    416: 5 Must-Read Parenting Books for Every Mom

    416: 5 Must-Read Parenting Books for Every Mom

    Whether you’re parenting toddlers or teens - these 5 books will give you the tools you need to create a healthier family. Join us as we dive into Karen's top recommendations for parenting books that offer invaluable insights, practical strategies, and wisdom to navigate the ups and downs of raising children. From building strong connections to setting boundaries with love, this episode is packed with essential reads for every parent's bookshelf.
    Episode Recap:
    4:25 - These 5 books truly helped Karen in her parenting journey
    5:25 - Personality Plus for Parents unpacks the four temperaments
    7:30 - PPP helps you understand the child’s strengths and weaknesses, especially if they are very different from your own
    13:21- A Grown Ups Guide to Kids’ Wiring - great for “translating” our kids behavior and helping us speak to them in ways that are more effective 
    15:40 - Boundaries book: moms are afraid to set boundaries with our kids, but boundaries bring security
    18:17- The Birth Order Book explains how the order of our children and age gaps in our family can help us understand our kids’ behavior and tendencies
    22:10 - The Five Love Languages of Children 
    28:02 - Honorable Mentions: Survival Guide to Motherhood, Parenting By The Book, Raising Worry-free Girls, Raising Emotionally Strong Boys, Wild Things, Shepherding A Child’s Heart, Parenting Your Powerful Child, The New Strong-Willed Child, Moms on Call Parenting Series
    Questions for Discussion:
    What is the most helpful parenting book you have read to date? Why? Have you read any of Karen’s Top 5 books? Which one? How has it helped you parent more effectively? Which of these books do you think would help equip you for the season of parenting you are in? Resources:
    Personality Plus for Parents: https://amzn.to/3UHqTdyA Grown Ups Guide to Kids’ Wiring: https://amzn.to/3ysKgziBoundaries series of books: https://amzn.to/3ypMYFMhttps://amzn.to/3WFjXA1Even Jesus Set Boundaries blog post: https://birdsonawiremoms.com/blog/2019/3/21/even-jesus-set-boundariesThe Birth Order Book: https://amzn.to/4bypAEl The Five Love Languages of Children: https://amzn.to/4bCFkqe Honorable Mentions: Survival Guide to Motherhood: https://amzn.to/4bysA3zParenting By The Book: https://amzn.to/4bfuR46Raising Worry-free Girls: https://amzn.to/4ag7fLjRaising Emotionally Strong Boys: https://amzn.to/4dF5hH8 Wild Things: https://amzn.to/4dEN2lqShepherding A Child’s Heart: https://amzn.to/3UXO4l4Parenting Your Powerful Child: https://amzn.to/44FtB7MThe New Strong-Willed Child: https://amzn.to/4bgvJWfMoms on Call Parenting Series: https://amzn.to/44ClNnnWant to bring Karen to speak in your community? Reach out: www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms  and Facebook: www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
897 Ratings

897 Ratings

Kunger22 ,

Listening for years!

I started listening and following Karen’s practical, Biblical wisdom when own mother passed away and my oldest child (who is now 13) was a toddler. I hear her voice in my head encouraging me and advising me regularly. So thankful for all of her advice and love for mothers and families.

R. Tindell ,

So practical

Love how easy it is to implement the suggestions and advice given. I am just another struggling mom looking for guidance from a Christian mom and found this podcast so helpful! Thank you all for what you do and being obedient in the call on your life to help moms in all stages of life!

Dozer12Sa ,

Karen makes parenting easier

I’ve heard that parenting doesn’t not come with a handbook or instructions for your children, apparently they have not found Birds on a Wire like I did. 😊

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