Parenting to Impress

Parenting to Impress

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.

Episodes

July 18, 2022 19 min

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.

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  • What Lies Are You Believing?
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    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.

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  • Training Your Child to Sleep In
  • How to Set Up an Afternoon Quiet Time for Preschoolers
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    June 26, 2022 21 min

    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.

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  • Part 1 of this Series:  Sh...
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    June 5, 2022 23 min

    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 the...

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    May 22, 2022 20 min

    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 includi...

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    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 t...

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    April 25, 2022 14 min

    Finding a church home can be challenging! In this episode Heidi and Melanie unpack the questions they would ask if they were looking for a church. Significant issues to consider include doctrine, worship style, and children's services. In this encouraging conversation, you'll find helpful ideas and hear how they processed these very questions when their families were looking for a church home.

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    If you knew you could transform your life by changing how you spend 1% of your day, would you do it?  While it hasn't always been easy, Melanie and Heidi made the change and today's podcast shares their stories. 

    Join the Parenting to Impress Podcast team as they process through the what, when, where, and how details of this change. And be encouraged and challenged to give it a try!

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    Does the idea of planning a family vacation stress you out?
    Or do you enjoy fine-tuning the details of a trip?

    Wherever you land on planning a family vacation, this episode offers practical advice as you process what a family vacation looks like for your family! Make sure to listen to the end when Heidi shares one of the most freeing pieces of advice Melanie's ever heard about family vacations.

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    March 8, 2022 21 min

    Heidi introduces Melanie to a fun way to jumpstart a conversation, with your family or in any situation. You'll hear both ladies share their Highs, Lows, and one random thought. And you'll hear how quickly this "game" leads to further conversation. Listen in and get to know Heidi and Melanie a bit better as they share their hearts and encourage one another along the way.

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    February 16, 2022 17 min

    In the final episode in this series, Heidi and Melanie wrap up their list of the best parenting and marriage advice they’ve learned over the years. Spoiler alert! Even though there weren’t supposed to be any “favorites,” Heidi and Melanie reveal the advice that has meant the most to them.

    Helpful Links from this Episode: 

  • Teaching Kids About Money
  • How to Have a Quiet Time
  • How to Pray Scripture
  • Voxer app
  • Marco Polo app
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    Heidi and Melanie continue their conversation about advice they’ve received as well as the lessons they wished they’d learned earlier in their parenting journeys. Be sure to listen to Episode #5 to hear the first part in this series.

    Helpful Links from this Episode:

  • Potty Training Cheat Sheet
  • Tips to Have Successful Meals
  • Training Your Child to Sleep In
  • How to Have a Quiet Time with God
  • So Much to Tell You (I Forgot to Laugh) 
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    Join Heidi and Melanie in the first episode of a 3-part series on parenting and marriage advice they’ve learned over the years. Some of it may be familiar to you but expect a few surprises too!

    Helpful Links from this Episode:

  • Quality Books for Children
  • How My Expectations Nearly Ruined My Family Blog Post
  • What Lies Are You Believing? Episode #1
  • Episode Sponsor:  The ABCJesusLovesMe Bible Curriculum - Fun, interactive Bible learning at...

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    January 12, 2022 18 min

    One of our most important roles as mom is to teach our children the joy of talking with God in prayer. But what if we don’t know how to do this? How do we begin introducing prayer to our little one? Heidi and Melanie talk about how they taught their children to pray, offer ideas for how to introduce prayer to your children, and encourage you to start wherever you are, no matter how old your kids are!

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    We know God wants us to pray and that it's a valuable part of our walk with Him. But sometimes prayer is hard. We don't know what to say, or how to pray and often we find ourselves in a prayer rut. In this episode Heidi and Melanie discuss the benefits of praying Scripture and share ways you can incorporate this into your prayer life.

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    Can talking to my child really enrich her vocabulary and raise her IQ?  Do conversations with my child create space for connection and spiritual growth? Listen in as Melanie asks Heidi to share what she's learned in her own research and work in developing the ABCJesusLovesMe curriculum and as a mom of four kiddos. Learn about the differences between "Instructional Talk" and "Relational Talk," why we need to purs...

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    In the trailer to the Parenting to Impress podcast, Heidi and Melanie introduce themselves and share the heart behind this much anticipated podcast.  Also learn the meaning behind the name "Parenting to Impress."

    Links:  

  • ABCJesusLovesMe.com
  • ParentingtoImpress.com
  • Intro Episode Blog Link

  • Episode Sponsor:  ABCJesusLovesMe.com, an educational ministry that equips adults with the materials needed to be intentional in educating chil...

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    December 7, 2021 12 min

    I'm not enough. I'm a failure. I just can't get it right. Everyone else seems to know what they're doing.  We wear so many hats as wives, moms, employees and the enemy wants to distract us from living out our God-given purpose. How can we recognize and reject the lies from the enemy?  Is there a way to stop this destructive cycle and experience the abundant life we read about in the Bible? Join Heidi and Melanie as ...

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