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Believe in Your Kids

May 14, 2019

Mike Berry, author of "Confessions of an Adoptive Parent," gives an honest look at the challenging side of adoption. A father of eight adopted children, including four with fetal alcohol syndrome, Berry talks about the loss his kids have experienced and the overwhelming needs they face physically, emotionally, and mentally. Berry tells parents considering adoption that their number one need is for education and community, and promises there will be hardship alongside the joy. Berry shares what has kept him and his wife, Kristin, from giving up, and how Jesus has come alongside them.

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Author Mike Berry, a husband and father of eight adopted children, tells what led him and his wife to pursue adoption and foster parenting. When they first started their journey they didn't understand childhood trauma, but now they do. Berry encourages couples to adopt if they feel led, but warns them that at some point there will likely be a moment when they feel they are running into a wall. He believes it's critical for them to understand that kids in chronic trauma are functioning in survival mode, and don't always know why they act the way they do.
May 13, 2019
For 17-year-old Chelsea Sobolik, key signals of her passage into womanhood were late—very late. As she prepared to enter college, a visit with her physician revealed that she had been born without a uterus, confirming Chelsea's worst fear: She was permanently infertile. In this episode of Unfavorable Odds, Chelsea Sobolik reveals how this difficult diagnosis led her on a journey of self-discovery.
May 10, 2019
The tongue may be small, but it's impact is great! That's why author Ginger Hubbard believes parents need to put their kids on the right track early by teaching and training them to be wise with their words. If a parent is unsure whether a child is telling the truth, Hubbard believes he should err on the side of mercy. But if a parent knows for certain a child has lied, they need to address the issue and remind the child of the relational consequences of their behavior, and then apply suitable discipline.
May 9, 2019
Do your children whine? If so, then maybe author Ginger Hubbard can help! As a mother of two, she knows a thing or two about whining and shares a few "how to's" to nip it in the bud. Ginger pulls examples from her own experience, and reminds parents that until you reach a child's heart, their behavior isn't likely to change. To help a child consider his or her behavior, Hubbard encourages parents to ask their children thought-provoking questions, and then have the kids repeat their request, but in a more respectful tone.
May 8, 2019
Catherine Parks, author of "Real," believes that trust has to be established before a person can truly open up to another, and this applies to marriage. Parks remembers how, early in her marriage, she would stuff what she was feeling, afraid to rock the boat. Over the years, however, she learned that relationships grow through honesty and authenticity, with the end goal of confession being right worship of God. Ultimately our security must come from Christ, and not what others think.
May 7, 2019
Author and Bible teacher Catherine Parks reveals the surprising secret to deeper relationships. Parks tells what happens when we decide to get real about our sin through repentance and confession. She remembers how she learned the basics of forgiveness as a child, and how her parents modeled self-reflection and grace. Parks recalls her friendship with her friend Amber, who consistently asked her the deeper questions. Though resistant at first, Parks remembers how freeing it was to finally be honest and open with her friend, and what she's doing to encourage others to do the same.
May 6, 2019
Pastor Brian Tome, author of "Five Marks of a Man," talks to wives about the importance of encouraging their husbands. He also reminds men of their calling to lay down their lives for their wives. Tome shares what he's done to nurture and love his wife, and tells women what affirmation does for a man.
May 3, 2019
What is a man? Brian Tome, pastor of Crossroads Church, talks about the qualities that make men unique. Tome recalls his youth and the irresponsibility that marked much of it. Tome explains that a man has a vision for his life while a boy lives day to day.
May 2, 2019
Adolescent boys often do crazy things like drinking, smoking, and carousing with girls to prove that they are men. But are these the types of qualities that really distinguish men as men? Pastor Brian Tome talks about the five marks of a man, beginning with protection. Tome reminds men that they exist to protect those around them, either physically or through their wisdom. Men who stay boys, on the other hand, are predators.
May 1, 2019
Brian and Cherie Lowe know a little about managing money. Working together, they paid off $127,000 worth of debt in four years, and they've never been happier, or more intimate! The Lowes tell how working as a team to manage the household finances can lead to surprising benefits.
April 30, 2019
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FamilyLife Today® is a weekday podcast featuring fun, engaging conversations that help families grow together with Jesus while pursuing the relationships that matter most.

About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

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