Girl Mom Podcast

Girl Mom Podcast

Today's teenage girls face unprecedented challenges - and so do their parents. From anxiety, loneliness, and depression to struggles with friendships, body image, and self-worth, girls feel the overwhelm of a perfect storm that often leads them to despondency. For moms raising daughters, big questions have emerged: How can we help them thrive? How can we offer hope, wisdom, calm, and strength? In the Girl Mom podcast, blogger Kari Kampakis, a mom of 4 girls and author of 3 books (including the latest for moms, LOVE HER WELL) unites women who aim to be strong mothers raising empowered daughters. Addressing modern-day issues through the lens of faith, Kari helps mothers feel less alone, more encouraged, and more equipped to unleash the potential of their mother-daughter relationships.... Show More

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February 27, 2021 16 min

One of the fastest ways for your son (or your daughter) to get off-track is through a bad relationship with the opposite sex. Yet what wise parents know is how bluntly stating your opinion can push a teenager away and deeper into the arms of a bad influence. Join Kari as she tackles this topic inspired by a group text among old friends.  As kids grow up, parents move from a position of power to a position of influence, and Kari wil...

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You may have said it - or wanted to say it. When your daughter comes home crying after another girl hurts her, it’s tempting to repeat this popular cliché. But is it helpful? And can it deter girls from building real friendships if they believe this stereotype is 100% true? Join Kari as she offers an alternative - and more hopeful - point of view. This message is also available as a post on Kari’s blog.


Ep. 18 Show Notes:

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When trouble arises between your child and a friend or classmate, your first instinct is not always your best instinct. You can amplify matters by getting involved too quickly. Join Kari as she offers 4 guidelines to help you think through situations and guide your child in a crucial relationship skill. This message is also available on Kari's blog.

Ep. 17 Show Notes:

o   Order Kari’s new book: Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy ...

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November 14, 2020 11 min

The teen years bring new experiences - like dating and breaking up. When your daughter ends a relationship with a guy she really liked, it can be painful. Join Kari as she shares thoughts to offer comfort and hope to your daughter (or son) after a breakup.  This message will also be available as a new article on Kari's blog.

Ep. 16 Show Notes:

o   Order Kari’s new book: Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your ...

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As a mom, you need to vent. You need safe places to be real and process your rawest, most nitty-gritty emotions. Oftentimes, however, what should keep as private conversations with friends turn into public conversations on Facebook - leading to hurt feelings, damaged relationships, and dirty laundry that's better unaired. Join Kari as she talks about the importance of having an adult network that lets you get frustrations off y...

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Most females are hard on themselves - and even more detrimental than the critics of this world are the critics inside their heads. Join Kari as she talks about self-image, self-love, the conversations our daughters have with themselves, and how we - as mothers - can take to heart the same lessons we aim to teach. 

Ep. 14 Show Notes:

o   Order Kari’s new book: Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughte...

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Do you ever get too chatty and see your teenagers' eyes glaze over as you give life lessons? With teens, attention spans are limited, and you are lucky to get 30 seconds of a life lesson in. Being clear, concise, and brief – and not asking too many questions – helps keep them talking. It enables deeper, more meaningful conversations. Join Kari as she shares what she's learned about being heard by the next generation.

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Motherhood is a constant dance of loving children and letting them go. As teenagers turn 16, it ushers in a new season where graduation feel startingly close and new emotions start to evolve. Join Kari as she shares thoughts on navigating these emotions and watching kids growing up. This message is also available as a new article on Kari's blog.

Ep. 12 Show Notes:

o   Kari’s new book for moms: Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy a...

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No parent is perfect - we know that - yet in the journey of parenthood, we struggle to show ourselves grace. We believe the enemy's lies that keep us feeling defeated rather than living with the hope of Christ.

In this episode (originally featured on Ask Alice, part of Rooted Youth Ministry), Kari is interviewed by Alice Churnock, a sought-after counselor of teenage girls. Join Alice and Kari for a vulnerable conversation about...

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September 26, 2020 19 min

Even if you tell your daughter all the right messages at home, she'll hear all the wrong messages from the world. In dating, it's easy for girls to get misguided and misled as they search for true love. Join Kari for this crucial conversation that offers talking points to share as you have dialogue about boys. An abridged version of this message is also available as a new article on Kari's blog.

Ep. 11 Show Notes:

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Today's teenagers get inundated with voices - people telling them who to be, what to do, and how to think - and they need their parents' help to tune into God's quiet whisper. In this episode, Kari shares key conversations to help you connect with your teenager, prepare her for the road ahead, and get her thinking about her choices before she's in a situation. With topics that range from mental health and eating dis...

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August 29, 2020 13 min

God created us for community so that we won’t do life alone. Too often, however, we keep our struggles to ourselves and suffer in silence. 

In this episode, Kari encourages parents to create a family climate of truth telling and raw honesty. She shares how she spent half her life bottling up her emotions and hiding her most vulnerable side – until taking baby steps in the right direction helped her push past fear and awkwardness. Wh...

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August 22, 2020 19 min

God answers prayers - but He can’t answer prayers that we don’t pray. Even if you're new to faith, or walking just one step ahead of your child, you can be a powerful prayer warrior. You can equip your child spiritually and point them to the source of all peace. In this episode, Kari shares chapter 10 from the audiobook of Love Her Well: Pray for Her and Empower Her Through Faith. Join Kari for specific prayers relevant to chil...

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As moms, we want our teenagers to confide in us. We long to be their safe place and sounding board, yet earning their trust is a privilege that we lose if we betray their confidence. When parents divulge too much, teenagers shut down or quit talking together. 

In this episode, Kari talks about protecting your teenager’s privacy while still getting the support you need to parent through a challenging season. As your kids grow older, ...

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Girls today need healthy assertion. As girls learn to speak up for themselves, they gain the courage to speak up – and speak out – for others. Unfortunately, girls get conflicting advice about what it means to be a strong woman, especially in a world where many voices are hostile, abrasive, and rude. In this episode, Kari shares ideas on how to speak the truth in love, take up for yourself (and others), identify situations that cal...

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Ever wonder what your daughter is thinking? Ever been at a loss over why you rubbed her the wrong way? Today’s episode is for any mother who wishes she could crack the code or get a glimpse into the teenage girl mystique. Teenagers don’t care what we know until they know that we care, and by being aware of some common thoughts, we may find entry points to build stronger connections. 

EPISODE 4 Show Notes:

o   Pre-order Kari’s new bo...

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For many women, having a baby girl is a dream come true. Yet as girls grow up, the narrative of innocence and joy changes to gloom and doom as moms are told, “Just wait until she’s a teenager!” and handed a disheartening script that treats a teenage girl’s final years at home as solely a season to survive.

In this episode, Kari talks about picking your battles, practicing healthy conflict resolution, and being on the same team. With...

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At an event in 2018, Kari gave a talk titled “How to Love a Teenager” that was inspired by personal mistakes. Afterward, a mom came up to her, pointed, and boldly declared, “That needs to be your next book.”

Immediately the lightbulb flashed, and after years of waiting for a new book idea to grab her, Kari finally had an answer. For the next 8 months, she dove into this labor of love, her first book for mothers navigating the teen y...

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Girls care deeply about their friendships, yet in today’s world, friendships often create more stress than comfort. In this episode, Kari goes behind the scenes to address the #1 heartache that girls struggle with and equip mothers to guide and comfort their daughters through social ups and downs. 

As moms patiently learn to offer a voice of wisdom and a steady source of support, girls learn to navigate peer relationships, work thro...

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Years ago, while struggling with a strong-willed toddler, Kari received a book from a friend. It started her on a deeper journey of faith that eventually led her to write Christian books. Join Kari and that friend, Toni, as they talk about race relations in America, leaning in to listen, the power of prayer, and the love of Christ that ultimately transforms hearts.

o   Power of a Praying Wife

o   Dr. Anita Phillips on Facebook (inte...

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