My friend author Angie Mosteller is here to help us recognize the godly symbols of the season (and how to pass on these treasures to our kids).   Angie has a wonderful book titled, Christmas: Celebrating the Christian History of Classic Symbols, Songs and Stories.

On the podcast, you'll learn:

Why we decorate with Christmas trees 

A surprising story about the carol "O Holy Night" 

What to say to your kids about Santa 

What are two important criteria for whether or not you should put something on your Christmas activity list?  

Visit Angie's website at Celebrating Holidays to learn more about her book and find a ton of Christmas resources like Christmas playlists of Advent songs, stories, the meaning of symbols, and recipes.  

Direct download: Creating_Christmas_Traditions_with_Angie_Mosteller.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:14pm PST

Joanne Miller, author of Creating a Haven of Peace, joins Arlene to talk about making your home a place of refuge and joy.  In this busy, crazy world, wouldn't it be nice for your family members to come home and sigh with relief.  This is where I'm safe.  This is where I'm loved. 

On this podcast, you'll learn how to: 


- Create a strong marriage even with the busyness of being parents

- How to use the five senses to make your home special

-Start a new branch of your family tree, even if you were raised in a less-than-peaceful home

-Benefit from the power of mentoring

- Put more fun and less business in your family life

- Practice family traditions that your kids will always remember

 

Learn more about Joanne and Creating a Haven of Peace at www.JoanneFMiller.com 

And learn more about Joanne's husband Dan Miller at 48Days.com 

Direct download: Joanne_Miller_on_Creating_a_Haven_of_Peace.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:55pm PST

Whether you need help as a single mom or encouragement with your prodigal children, this interview with author Janet Thompson will touch your heart and help you prioritize what is really important. 

You'll learn: 

-How to better journey through divorce and single parenting

-How to pray for your prodigal child

-The importance of woman-to-woman mentoring

-What to do if you feel alienated by the church because you are divorced or a single parent

-How to win the spiritual battles in your home  

Direct download: Hope_for_the_Single_Mom_and_Prodigals_with_Janet_Thompson_.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:23pm PST

Many children today struggle with ADHD.  Dr. Jennifer Degler joins Arlene to talk about her son Jake who was diagnosed at a young age.  You'll learn important coping and helping strategies.  Even though he was told he wouldn't ever be able to read well, Jake went on to take AP classes, go to college and win awards.  Behind him was a mom who wouldn't take no for an answer.  

Direct download: Jennifer_Degler_on_Hope_for_ADHD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Ruth Schwenk is a pastor's wife, mom of 4, author and blogger extraordinaire. Her new book is titled, "For Better or For Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House." On today's podcast, you'll learn:

-How to regain proper perspective as a mom
-The mission of being a mom
-How to have a calmer, saner home
- How to make decisions about kids' sports and activities

You'll be encouraged to remember that the moments matter. What you do with your kids is not forgotten or unimportant.

Learn more about Ruth at ForTheFamily.org or TheBetterMom.com

 

Direct download: Ruth_Schwenk_on_Becoming_a_Happy_Mom.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:14am PST

Mother of 7 Hannah Keeley joins Arlene in part 2 of this conversation about becoming a happy mom.  You'll learn how to: 

- Manage stress better 

- Have more fun as a mom 

- Limit screen time for your kids (including high schoolers) 

- Trust God more and worry less 

- Make peace with a less-than-perfect Pinterest life 

Hannah is the founder of Mom Mastery University, and the host of "Hannah Help Me!"  She has been featured on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, the Rachael Ray Show, and the Wall Street Journal. 

Learn more about Hannah at hannahhelpme.com 

Direct download: Hannah_Keeley_on_Becoming_a_Happy_Mom_Part_2.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36am PST

Arlene interviews mother of 7, TV personality, author, speaker and fun-loving wife Hannah Keeley.  If you've ever been overwhelmed as a mom, you'll want to listen to this energy boost about finding purpose and tackling life's greatest challenges - one step at a time. 

Learn how to turn your despair into hope and find more energy as a mom.  You'll be inspired to make positive changes in this lively conversation.  

Direct download: Becoming_a_Happy_Mom_with_Hannah_Keeley.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Singer and author Gwen Smith talks about launching your teens successfully, the power of prayer and God's Word in parenting, and how to deal with tone (yours and theirs!).  You will be inspired to seek God's presence in your home and you will be equipped to better connect with your tween or teen.  Plus Gwen is hilarious!  

Direct download: Gwen_Smith_Becoming_a_Happy_Mom.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:34am PST

Author, speaker, radio and TV host Kendra Smiley joins Arlene for an inspiring talk about:  

- Engaging your strong willed child
- Re-establishing family priorities

- Asking the parenting question, "What's my goal?"

Learn how Kendra responded to her strong willed son who didn't want to complete the "stupid assignment."  That sounds familiar right? 

 

Arlene interviewed Kendra for her book 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom.  And remember that eBook is only $1.99 in May 2016 (on Kindle, Nook, Google, Apple, etc).

Direct download: Kendra_Smiley_on_Becoming_a_Happy_Mom_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am PST

Singer and author Gwen Smith talks about launching your teens successfully, the power of prayer and God's Word in parenting, and how to deal with tone (yours and theirs!).  You will be inspired to seek God's presence in your home and you will be equipped to better connect with your tween or teen.  Plus Gwen is hilarious!  

Direct download: Gwen_Smith_on_Becoming_a_Happy_Mom.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:40am PST