Practically Speaking Mom: Intentional Mom, Strong Family

Practically Speaking Mom: Intentional Mom, Strong Family

Do you long to be a more intentional mom but you feel overwhelmed or weary or just don't have a clear path to the next step toward a successful family life? The Practically Speaking MOM, Val Harrison, is here to bring some order to the chaos and some focus to the confusion. You don’t have to be the perfect mom to have a strong family, you need a plan! Join author, speaker, mother of seven, and grandma of two, as she shares wisdom and encouragement about the six areas of an intentional mom's life. You'll learn from her years of experience, successes, mistakes and redemption. Val and her husband Rich, married 28 years, have three married children, two more in college, and two in her homeschool. This podcast covers all stages of parenting, from babies to toddlers to teens and beyond. Val wants to encourage you to not become weary in your work as an intentional mom, "Even with all its unique personalities, imperfections and scars; your family is God's masterpiece. Your efforts matter in this worthy journey of motherhood." Galations 6:9 says, "Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you'll reap a harvest if you do not give up." Let's walk this marathon journey of motherhood TOGETHER, right here, every Monday on the Practically Speaking MOM podcast, the place for an intentional mom to build a strong family.

Episodes

January 17, 2022 12 min

I don't want my vision for my family's future. My vision is skewed. My motives are often selfish and my imagination of what could be is often way too small. I want new vision, but I want it to be God's vision for our family. He is the divine Way-Maker. He's the great Vision-Caster, truly the Master Artist of our family, if we allow Him to be. I don't want to be heading toward my own goals and agenda. I don't...

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"Our kids need to know that SUCCESS IS IN THE JOURNEY AS MUCH AS IN THE END ACHIEVEMENT. Falling down and getting back up are important milestones in the journey." Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM

Three Steps to Teaching Your Kids the Success Habit of Goal Setting and Goal-mapping Skills.
1. Pray over your goal-setting before, after, and during the process.
We want God to be our partner in life.  He knows us; He know...

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"Hiding in the messy moments from our past are opportunities for new God moments with us and with our kids" - Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM from episode 68 & 120

We are always working on the growth of our kids' hearts.  This episode is for YOU, intentional mom, to work on your heart.  It's a process to recalibrate, to refine your mom journey.

Somewhere around eleven New Years’ ago, I began a personal ...

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"What they're struggling with on the inside, these are the more critical things than the things that they're struggling with on the outside."
What I've Observed in the middle years
1.They're figuring out social skills about themselves so be sure to be teaching them people skills.
2. There's a reason they're so absent-minded right now - have grace and try the two techniques mentioned.
3. They're turni...

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Intentional Moms, I pray that you and your family are preparing your hearts for a blessed Christmas in your home. 

Today's episode is an inspirational devotional from guest host Jan Burt.  She gives us encouragement that, because of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have reason to have hope and joy, even in the midst of the struggles we face in our world.  Thank you, Jan, for pointing us again to the Savior this Christmas ...

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Mama, Are you depleted?  You can't pour out of an empty pitcher.  Intentional Moms take time to have your soul nourished so that you can truly nourish the souls of your children. Today we look at the different ways a busy mom can get quality time with God to nourish her heart so that it's filled up in order to be poured out for her children.
The episode concludes with a look at four steps to being a Power House Parent.
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An honest story of brokenness, redemption, hope, and beautiful scars along with SPECIFIC ACTION STEPS for INTENTIONAL PARENTS - steps for the role you play in your child's sacred journey to make their faith their own...with Guest Host Nina Baldwin, EverydayBlessings.net, Everyday Blessings YouTube Channel, featuring Victoria Dahilig.  

What's so sacred about struggling?  We don't realize it is sacred until later.   And t...

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Special Thanks to our guest host this week, Nina Baldwin of the YouTube Channel "Every Day Blessings" EverydayBlessings.net   Everyday Blessings YouTube Channel

Nina introduces you to a conversation between myself, Val Harrison The Practically Speaking MOM, and my oldest daughter, Victoria Dahilig, a youth director.
"In all honesty I was tired of running from God. It’s hard work to run away from God because you’re running...

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Strategies for being an intentional mom and a money making mom are packed into episode 113.  Most families these days need mom to make some income also.  Even most stay-at-home moms and homeschool moms I know are earning money on the side or more.    This episode is about setting up strong home systems and work systems so that your FOCUS CAN BE ON YOUR FAMILY.  Part of the episode is a conversation with one of my grown daughters, B...

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Not only are we talking about MOM PRESSURES on episode 112, we're also talking about the MOM PRESSURE that lead to my Big Announcement! And, no worries, it is a good announcement!  

We are going to cover Four Steps to Dealing with Mom Pressure.  Step two includes bringing our concerns to God in prayer.  One of the great things about God is that His solutions to our obstacles  come at just the right time and He orchestrates much ...

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We mamas are on a constant quest for improving our health.  We talk about that journey in the first half of today's podcast. In fact, the tips that guest Becca Hammond shares are the changes she made to help her third pregnancy to be MUCH healthier than her previous ones.  She even says her delivery was a positive experience and she felt good, alert, and had energy.  In episode 111, she shares three simple things that made a bi...

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Everything you do as a parent is an investment in your child's future. Therefore, let's be sure that the effort we are making is effective for strengthening their life steps.  In Episode 110 we are going to have a checklist for growth steps toward the ultimate goal of helping our kids to live fully in God's unique purpose for their lives.

To do this, we look at Val's diagram of A Child's Hierarchy of Needs to God...

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"COMFORT ZONES are pretty dull places to live..." This week is about helping our kids to STRETCH for growth, to SPREAD their wings in order to fly.  It's one of those episodes you will want your kids to hear.

"You become a leader by learning to serve others" 

"Don't compare yourself to others"

"Everything you do speaks and you are constantly building your brand" are just some of the truths share...

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This is the second episode in the new series "Preparing Your Child to Soar," where we're talking about how the best preparation is a holistic approach, based on Luke 2:52. 

In this episode I'm joined by our youngest son Andrew to discuss specific and practical techniques for thriving.  Today we cover the following topics:

Time management skills

People skills

Balancing Weaknesses & Strengths

Stress Management

How to De...

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I want my children to be well-prepared for life –  a holistic view of life – prepared emotionally and socially, prepared academically and with wisdom, prepared spiritually and with discernment for their life purposes, prepared physically with healthy habits.  I want my kids to be prepared. Do you agree? That preparation doesn’t begin when they’re 16, it begins from a very early age.  We’re going to talk about all of this in our new...

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My husband Rich joins me in the studio this week to share about the BIG SURPRISE our children gave us!  

Next week, we begin the series "Equipped to SOAR" - what are the ingredients to effectively prepare your kids to soar beyond the nest? It begins NOW, right where your kids are TODAY.  They aren't too young to begin preparing them to soar!

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In this final episode in the series, "Teaching Our Kids to BE A BLESSING,"  we look at HOW to help our children ESTABLISH and MAINTAIN healthy friendships . 

One of the most common concerns that moms bring to me, is their heartache over their child's lack of meaningful friendships.  What can be done about this concern?
 
In this episode we look at ALL the layers of RELATIONSHIPS that our children have and some ways to he...

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Here's an episode power-packed with examples and PRACTICAL solutions for your family.    The focus is on improving sibling interactions.  Intentional Mom, you can do this!  There is HOPE for your family!

41 - Sibling Relationships, Family Values... Val's Four Daughters
53 - Sibling Squabbles, Bonding, Etc.

Gal. 5:15-24 (NIV)

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"BLESSING ONE ANOTHER AMONG SIBLINGS," what does that look like?
How do we make this a reality in our imperfect home?  It's going to take two episodes to share my answers with you.  This  is part one.  Oh!  This episode also talks about IDENTIFYING GOD's WILL FOR OUR OWN LIFE and OUR KIDS LIVES !
Read the BLOG POST that goes with this series, CLICK HERE.

This is the THIRD topic in the series on THE HABIT OF BEING A B...

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We're in the middle of a series on Teaching Our Kids to be a Blessing.

 Last week we talked about being a blessing  through VOLUNTEERING. 

This week, we're looking at incorporating BEING A BLESSING through HOSPITALITY in your busy, hectic, imperfect family life.  Learning to create a community right in your own home using your home to care about others while growing your children's character through these intentional co...

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