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July 7, 2020
I don't know about you, but we need a vacation with a capital V!  As mom's of lots of kids, wives, and ultimately just girls, we talk about girl trips, couple trips, and family trips.  We share our favorite places, favorite memories, and do a little 'outside the box' thinking of how to make it special.   If you're in the mood for some inspiration on fun times in YOUR future, this is the episode for you!  Enjoy!
June 30, 2020
All parents have one similar problem: too much to do in too little time.  Is there any parent among us that feels like they have this completely under their belt?  I think not. Time mapping is a tool that can help parents to accomplish what matters most. Join us with our guest Lisa Andersen as we learn all about time mapping and how it can help each of us!
June 23, 2020
Studies have shown that your brain releases serotonin and dopamine when gratitude is felt, which leads to an immediate sense of happiness.  Nancy Davis Kho, a freelance writer, podcaster and author took this idea of gratitude to a whole new level.  Instead of just feeling gratitude she decided to express it.   There is even more power in expressing gratitude to others. We hope you enjoy this funny and uplifting episode and find more gratitude and happiness in the process!
June 16, 2020
We are big fans of personality profiles.  One of our favorite resources is Gretchen Rubin's book "The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)" In this episode Beth, Andrea and I (Camille) explore this book, rate ourselves, and (hopefully) shed a little insight to those listening as well.  Enjoy!
June 9, 2020
Positive parenting skills are definitely something that most parents would like to incorporate...unless that means that mom is super positive and kids are holy terrors.  "Not so!" Says our guest Stephanie Creighton.  Positive parenting is NOT perfect parenting or permissive parenting. It's developing skills to create a relationship of respect that leads to more peace.  If this is something that you are interested in then listen in for 10 steps to help you become more positive in your parenting.
June 2, 2020
Every human was made to be attached to other human beings.  Attachment Theory describes the bond between parent and child that influences subsequent behaviors and feelings in that child's life.  Valerie Hamaker is with us this week discussing attachment theory.  She talks about the attachment categories, how we can help our kids attach well, and what we can do with those children who didn't attach well in the beginning.
May 26, 2020
Alan Gratz is a New York Times Best Selling Author.  He has authored a number of books, including Samurai Shortstop, which was named one of the ALA's 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, and The Brooklyn Nine, which was among Booklist's Top Ten Sports Books and Top Ten Historical Books for Youth in 2010. In this episode we talk with him about his books, his insights into children and young adult literature, and how parents can encourage reading.  We hope you enjoy this fantastic episode!!
May 19, 2020
All marriages have their up's and down's.  Dr. Lynyetta Willis is with us this week talking about the down's and how to get them back on an upward path.  She refers to these "down" times as "stable misery".  In this episode she walks us through 5 steps for turning "stable misery" into joy again. Lynyetta is full of energy and insight.  We hope you love this episode!
May 11, 2020
Happy Mothers Day Mom Squad!!!  We wanted to bring you the gift of laughter this mothers day so we called on our Mom Squad to bring in the funny, and boy did they!  Caution:  This episode should not be listened to with a full bladder, while running in public, or while using knives in the kitchen (or anywhere else for that matter).  Enjoy!!!!
May 5, 2020
Did the COVID-19 pandemic affect your financial well being?  It did for millions across the globe.  Ericka Young, from Tailor-Made Budgets is with us this week talking us through the most important financial steps we should be taking right now to shore up our financial defenses.
April 28, 2020
So how are you actually doing?  We have all made it to the last week of April in quarantine and each of us are dealing with the isolation in our own ways.  The three of us join up in this episode to talk about how we are each coping and NOT coping.  We talk about what things we are learning, what things we have no desire to learn about any more, and what things we will always be grateful for.   Stay tuned for some laughs and some serious relatability!
April 21, 2020
Are you so over the idea of a quarantine?  Yasss!  Well, it's a slow death for all the extroverts out there.  How about using this time to lay the groundwork for a killer come back party when all this ends?! Darcy Case is with us this week.  Darcy is the definition of a party host that slays it every time.  She has some on fleek tips for making YOUR party snatched!  (That means really good) 🎉 🎊
April 14, 2020
When our children act out the one thing parents aren't likely to do in the moment is to simply listen.  At that point parents have usually reached their boiling point. Patty Wipfler is a mother as well as the founder of a non-profit organization called "Hand in Hand Parenting".  She is with us this week teaching about the powerful tool of simply listening.  In this episode she discusses her book "Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges".
April 7, 2020
During this stressful time of quarantine it's more important than ever to find ways to get outside as a  family.  John Muir Laws has spent his career helping kids to do just that.  He's with us this week to talk about the amazing effects nature has on children.  Tune in for inspiration, fantastic ideas of how you can help your kids, and a good laugh.  We hope you enjoy!
March 31, 2020
If you feel like you are living a hectic and harried life, full of pressures to be things you aren't, then this episode will speak to you!  Too often parents are pulled in too many different directions.  Trying to live up to the persona we think we should be, or even just want to be, is exhausting.  This episode gives you permission to decide that being you is enough, and gives you the tools to say "no" to things that are imposed and "yes" to things that actually have value.
March 24, 2020
If you are done with feeling anxiety over COVID-19 (or anything else in your life) and you just need a good laugh, then this is the episode for you! We decided that what mom's need most right now is just to laugh so hard they cry.  During this episode of Family Looking Up we play the game "Table Topics" and laugh until it hurts! We hope you laugh with us!
March 17, 2020
Randa Canter is a mother of 5 amazing kids, one of which, Parker has Spina Bifida and is in a wheelchair.  As Parker started kindergarten his kindergarten teacher approached Randa asking what she could tell the other kids to help them understand Parker.  Randa's book "Uniquely You" is her response to that question.  This interview is a fantastic look at how to help your kids embrace rather than shy away from differences in others!
March 10, 2020
In a world focused on imperfection, those of us who are flawed really have it rough!  Unfortunately none of us are going to reach a state of perfection while in this life, so it makes sense that we are going to need to learn to be a bit kinder to ourselves when we make mistakes .   This weeks guest is Jonathan Aslay, author of the book "What the Heck is Self Love Anyway ."  Jonathan teaches us 5 ways that we can start implementing a bit more kindness toward ourselves...even when we are flawed. Enj
March 3, 2020
It is an easy thing to fall into negativity in the challenges each of us face.  Often, we don't realize how much our perspective on a situation influences the outcome of the situation. This is especially true in parenting.  Brad Barton is with us this week talking about positive parenting and the power that minor adjustments in our perceptions bring to the realm of parenting.
February 25, 2020
Most parents have at least one strong willed kid.  Sometimes these kids bring some interesting challenges to unsuspecting parents.  Larry and Kami Kerby from "Parenting Rocks" are with us this week sharing lessons they've learned from Parenting With Love and Logic as they have dealt with strong willed kids in their home and in their practice. This episode is filled with lots of laughter, insight, and encouragement in your parenting journey!
February 18, 2020
"Parenting teenagers" is often spoken in dreaded tones.  Though it is true that some teens are harder than others (like any child in any phase) parenting most teens can be an exhilarating roller coaster ride that is both fun and challenging.  Watching this age group develop and fly is an amazing experience.  This week Beth, Andrea, and Camille talk teens.  We discuss the hard things as well as what we've learned from our teens.  It's a fun and enlightening discussion that we hope you enjoy!
February 11, 2020
Triggers.  We all have them no matter how much we wish we didn't!  How does the saying go?  To trigger is human, to parent is divine.  Something like that.    Amber Lia, author of "Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses" and "Marriage Triggers" is with us this week helping us to identify exactly what our triggers are and giving us the tools we need to respond in more loving ways than we initially feel.   We hope you enjoy (rather than feel triggered) by this
February 4, 2020
Motherhood is hard.  We've talked openly about the fact that mothers are put through similar torturous tactics as those employed by terrorists (namely sleep deprivation, solitary confinement, and brainwashing.  If you don't believe the last one you clearly have never engaged with a three year old who isn't getting their own way).  Honestly, laughter is our only hope! This week we bring you the hilarious Jenna Kim Jones (comedian, mom, podcaster). You can thank us later!
January 28, 2020
At the core, every parent aims to raise a child that can self-motivate and can fly once they are old enough to leave home.   No parent wants to raise a child that is either so full of anxiety that they can't bear to leave home or a child that is so apathetic to life in general that their biggest concern is their status in Fort Night.   Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson are with us this week discussing their book "The Self Driven Child" and the research behind it.
January 21, 2020
A challenge that everyone can relate to is that one person in your life that drives you crazy no matter how much you wish otherwise.  All of us have certain personalities in our friend and family sphere that we struggle with.  Chantel Allen is with us this week giving us some simple tools we can use to better handle the frustrations we feel in those situations.  This is a fantastic interview you won't want to miss!
January 14, 2020
This is the third installment of our "Ages and Stages" series.  The first two were episode 90 and episode 105. The school years are full of ups and downs, triumphs and tribulations.  They're bumpy for your kids too.  The three hosts of the Family Looking Up Podcast (with a combined 15 kids between the three of them) share their thoughts, hilarious fails, and a nugget or two of wisdom they gleaned along the way.  This is an episode you won't want to miss!
January 7, 2020
John Lanza and his wife had a desire to help their kids to be money smart.  John’s background was in entertainment and so they came up with the audacious idea of taking something relatively boring like financial literacy and make it fun.  They wanted to teach their kids about how to use their money wisely, how to save, and how to be able and willing to be charitable toward others. Join us as we talk with John about his company "Money Mammals", his philosophy, and have many great laughs along the
December 31, 2019
Monica Tanner(from the "On The Brighter Side Podcast) is with us today giving us some ideas on how to strengthen our marriage.  The catch is how to do it without even involving our spouse!  There is some great food for thought here, perfect for the new year!
December 24, 2019
Beth, Andrea, and Camille talk Christmas, the best of and the worst of in Christmas Music, and  best memories from Christmases past.  Join us for a Merry Christmas chat!
December 17, 2019
Is the art of meaningful conversation dying?  You bet it is. Conversation is yet another casualty of our digital world.  Ellen Martin, a wife and mother of 5 boys, with a Masters of Arts in Christian Education and Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, has been troubled by this communication trend as well.  Ellen began work on a book she recently published, called “A Life Shared: Meaningful Conversations With Our Kids.”
December 10, 2019
Chris and Brittany Kurtz, founders of the "Do Good. Be Kind." movement joined us this week.  We originally interviewed Chris in episode 13.  Now, two years and 98 episodes later, we met up with Chris and Brittany to talk about the movement of “Do Good. Be Kind.”.  About the takeaways they have gleaned after speaking at hundreds of assemblies and with thousands of people. Specifically, we talked about how individuals, families, and our children can benefit from this powerful message.
December 3, 2019
There is power in feeling gratitude.  Nancy Davis Kho, a freelance writer, podcaster on Midlife Mixtape, and author took this idea of gratitude to a whole new level.  She has written a book called "The Thank You Project", which is a culmination of thank you letters she wrote every week over the period of one year to those whom she felt had impacted and shaped her.   She joined us this week to discuss the book, her experiences, and the power of gratitude.
November 26, 2019
Did you know that ⅓ of all college freshmen transfer to another college after just one year?  For parents investing time, energy, and money into the decision of where to go to college, this statistic can be distressing.  If your child is one of the 4.2 million high school seniors applying to college this year, this interview is one you won’t want to miss.  Helping kids choose the right college (the first time around) will save you and them a lot of heartache and money.
November 19, 2019
In this week’s episode, Beth, Andrea and Camille each share a struggle that we have had in our personal life, our marriage, and in our parenting.  We talk about the struggle, and then we share some of the answers and solutions that we have found to be helpful. We hope that as you listen you will be able to relate, to empathize, and to receive comfort in your struggles.  We truly are all in this together. Thank you for allowing us to walk life’s journey with you!
November 12, 2019
For most women, guests coming for the holidays, means a full-on panic attack until the house looks like the cover of a “Better Homes And Gardens” Magazine. Today we have Dana White of “A Slob Comes Clean” with us to give us 10 tips to get our houses ready for the holiday hordes.   The greatest of slobs will come away from this fun interview feeling that they have hope rather than a sinking feeling that they may just need to burn down the house.
November 5, 2019
Today we are focusing on teaching our kids leadership skills. It’s one of those things that some kids come with and some don’t, but if it isn’t intrinsically within them is it worth teaching it to them? At its simplest a leader is defined as the inspiration and director of the action. Teaching children leadership skills will help them learn to inspire and direct others to a better, safer, smarter, happier or simply different path.
October 29, 2019
On this week's episode Beth, Andrea, and Camille talk about all things toddlers.  We laugh A LOT about the ups and downs of daily life with those adorable and angry little elves, we try to offer up some valuable advice for navigating these years, and we talk about the products that were game changers and worth every penny to purchase.  We hope you enjoy this funny and uplifting episode!
October 22, 2019
In many ways being a parent is the scariest occupation out there.  Nevermind the teething, potty training, and tantrums (all scary in their own right), but how about the idea that every day of a childs life parents are either preparing that child to eventually launch from home or they are enabling dependence so the child fails to launch.  This week we have Lisa Bishop on our show discussing this issue of raising kids so that they can actually leave home and launch.
October 15, 2019
Mom guilt is as much of a reality to moms as dirty toilets in a house full of children.  Fun fact, both of them have a lot in common! They both stink, they both make a mom feel terrible about herself, and it takes some work to get rid of each of them.  However, closing our eyes to them, to pretend they don’t exist, eventually leads to hazardous mental and physical conditions. Today we learn techniques to combat the mom guilt!
October 8, 2019
Do you feel you need more connection in your relationships. Figs O'Sullivan talks to us about how improving empathy will improve all our relationships. Fighting and Disconnect can actually be a good thing. It shows we love each other and care for each other. Figs teaches us the tools to stop the continual cycle of hurting each other so we can spend more time connecting.
October 1, 2019
Do you stress about how to educate your kids about money?  How young is too young?  Do you give an allowance or not?  How do you handle money when teens are earning some of their own?  The questions never end.  If parents choose to let societal norms teach for them they are guaranteeing that a steady diet of debt and instant gratification will prevail. Ericka Young is with us this week talking about how to successfully teach financial literacy to our kids.  She shares 6 tips for success with our
September 24, 2019
A celebration and thank you to our Mom Squad for sticking with us for the first 100 episodes!  Beth, Andrea and Camille discuss what they have learned and how they have changed over the course of 100 episodes.  They also share insights about each other, out each other on our likes and dislikes and talk about behind the scenes laughs and insights.
September 17, 2019
Have you ever had a friend or family member that you were worried about and just didn't know how to reach out without making matters worse?  It is a terrible feeling to be worried about someone and simultaneously feel paralyzed by a lack of knowing how to help. Tawni Beardall from the podcast "Becoming For Teens" joins us today with her own incredible story and practical tips that will help us move past fear and help those we love!
September 10, 2019
Author and Medical Doctor, Saundra Dalton- Smith talks with us today about the 5 areas of rest that most parents are completely deficient in.   -Physical Rest -Mental Rest -Emotional Rest - Social Rest - Spiritual Rest She explains each of these, the effects on our person when we are deficient in them, and how we can begin to find that rest!
September 3, 2019
Lindsay Nielson from @thelindsayreport visits with us today about the mental game of this life.  Dealing with frustration, disappointment, chronic illness, and mundane tasks are a part of our life experience.  Lindsay identifies 6 key phrases that we can use as we live the path we are on that will help to keep putting one foot in front of the other and enjoy the life God has given us!
August 27, 2019
Parenting adult kids is NOT easy.  Empty nest parents are constantly faced with choices of what to say and what not to say to the “adults” who they have loved and taught from their infancy.  In todays episode, renowned author Jill Savage shares 6 lessons she has learned to help navigate this new season of parenting.
August 20, 2019
Sherrine is the mother of six whose oldest son, Dayton, is non-verbal and has severe disabilities. We covered many topics that can help YOU and YOUR FAMILY: how it feels to have a child with disabilities the benefits of inclusion for kids with disabilities how to teach our kids to be loving and kind to those not like them how to help the caregivers of kids with disabilities Sherrine’s decision to have five more kids after Dayton how humor helps with trials, and how trials shape our lives
August 13, 2019
Ep. 94 . Jenny brakes down the different kinds of tasks that we all have bearing down on us:  fires, regular tasks, projects and priorities.  Jenny teaches how to set up a routines for each of the tasks that are regularly there.  Setting up routines for these saves time and energy in our bank account so that we can give more to the things that matter most to us.  To find out more about Jenny visit her website at: https://thehappygal.com/
August 6, 2019
Raising boys is not for the faint of heart.  Boys come into this world with their own set of challenges and their own set of amazing abilities.  The goal is to learn to enjoy them for who they are and to harness all of their energy for their good. Monica Swanson is the mother of 4 and the author of a blog, a podcast, and a book all about raising boys.  Listen in to hear stories, tips, and tricks for raising boys into men.
July 30, 2019
Devrie Pettit, MS, RDN meets with us this week to discuss Intuitive Eating.  Whether you have a grasp on what that terminology means or you have only heard it in passing, this episode will enlighten and make you think about how you view food, diets, and body image.
July 23, 2019
Getting children to sleep is one of the hardest parts of parenthood. Dr. Melisa Moore is a clinical psychologist in the sleep center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine.  She sees patients, teaches, and conducts research in pediatric sleep, and is also a sleep expert on the Pediatric Sleep Council’s website which is babysleep.com.
July 16, 2019
Beth, Camille and Andrea give there NOT SO expert advice all about the baby years.
July 9, 2019
The really difficult thing about parenting is that you don’t really know if how you parent is truly effective (producing the end result you hope for) until it’s nearly too late.  Dr. Goddard has worked for many years as a professor of family and human development in both Arkansas and Alabama and has created many programs, one of which is on being an effective parent. According to Dr. Goddard there are 4 keys to use in becoming an effective parent.  Join us to learn those keys and to laugh in the pr
July 2, 2019
This generation of parents is on the forefront of dealing with the  topic of technology in a way that no previous generation has had to.  Studies are only beginning to come out that show what effect smart phones actually have on children.  Ken Ball is a retired school teacher, a husband, and a father who started his own company "Together Unplugged" to help families retrain their brains on how to interact and communicate with each other.
June 25, 2019
Mridu Parikh is a productivity speaker and coach who met with us and taught 3 easy steps to being able to focus and increase your productivity each and every day.  She says that even if people are afflicted with a “distracted brain” there is still hope. Brains can be re-trained to be able to focus. Mridu created an acronym (ACT) that she uses to teach her clients some easy tools that have an incredible impact on re-training their brains and increasing their productivity!
June 18, 2019
Tracey is the author of Be the Mom, in which she shares advice on how to avoid what she describes as the seven most common “mom traps.”  Tracey identified the seven most common “mom traps” in an effort to help her daughter as she embarked on the journey of motherhood.  The book is written in an encouraging tone that makes you feel like there is a possibility of learning to avoid these “traps” as we learn to recognize them for what they are.  The problem isn’t us. It’s our attitude.
June 11, 2019
In our society, the role of father is often demeaned as "not necessary" and VERY optional.  On this fathers day we speak with Jason Kreidman from "Dad University" about the importance of fathers and the unique gifts that dads bring to the family.  Jason helps us to see how moms can better appreciate the differences that dads bring and how moms can better include dads in family life.
June 4, 2019
According to a 2017 study “over the last decade, anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common reason college students seek counseling services.  Not only that, but there has been “a doubling of hospital admissions for suicidal teenagers over the last 10 years.” Haylee Bladen agrees that there is a definite rise, not only in teens being diagnosed with anxiety, but teens having clinical anxiety. Listen in for help.
May 28, 2019
Cindy Kaplan is a certified Parenting Coach and talked with us, in this episode, about the battles that we may not need to be fighting.  This interview was an eye opener in many ways for me.  She talked about the idea of gaining clarity in our parenting to be able to decipher what things we needed to be solid on and what things were truly not worth the battle.
May 21, 2019
Dinnertime is incredibly hard for most moms. We get that!  We have done several episodes on family meal time, ways to include kids in the kitchen, and hacks for making things easier.  All of these have given such terrific and incredible information, but I don’t think any of them have been as good at giving a guilt free look at the normal mom.  Also, prepare for some serious laughter in our intro where we talk about Beth’s expansive and articulate vocabulary and where we play “Never Would You Eve
May 14, 2019
What dreams have you had that have never been realized?  Maybe you have secretly held them close to you for years, maybe not.  Do you have dreams that you would like to pursue, but you don’t know where to begin? CrystaLee Beck is a business owner and business coach, she is the co-founder of The Mama Ladder International where she helps to empower mom entrepreneurs.  She visited with us about moms, about dreams, and about how moms can actually take the steps to pursue and succeed in those dreams!
May 7, 2019
Here’s to MOTHERS with ALL gifts and ALL struggles. We hope you enjoy this week’s episode where some of our Mom Squad called and emailed us to tell of their best and funniest Mom Fails!  THIS is real momming, not the glossy June Cleaver version. The down and dirty, trying our hardest, messy, “How is there only one shoe??” , I’m losing my mind but still here and still making dinner - version.  We hope it brings you laughter and perspective as you celebrate your best achievement: Being a mo
April 30, 2019
If you would love to travel more with your family but just don’t know how to make it happen, then this episode is for you! Jessica from “Flying With Four” is with us this week discussing how she (a kindergarten teacher) and her husband have found ways to take their four kids (ages 9-2) on multiple trips inside and outside of the country each year without breaking the bank or their sanity! If you would like to hear about the 5 things she never goes on a trip without?  Listen in!
April 23, 2019
Dana Suchow is an eating disorder survivor who resides in New York City.  “Since overcoming Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and exercise compulsion that resulted in permanent injuries, Dana Suchow has become an expert in the field of body image and eating disorder prevention. She shared many tools with us that will help to create body confident kids.
April 16, 2019
Would you like to learn the top 3 ways to easily start saving money today? We’ve got you covered! Melissa Blandford is with us and is here to teach us how to secure our financial future no matter where we are today! Melissa and her husband successfully dug out of $30,000 of debt and have stayed debt free despite life continuing to happen. If you would like to know how YOU can successfully control your financial future then listen in!
April 9, 2019
Jessica Smartt is the author of the book “Memory-Making Mom: Building Traditions That Breathe Life Into Your Home." .  Jessica wrote the book because she knows the deep importance of traditions for families and for children.  Traditions give children a sense of “belonging” within their family. Jessica wanted to share this knowledge with other moms and wanted to let them know that traditions are not as hard as we sometimes make them out to be.
April 2, 2019
This week it's just the three of us talking about our favorite things in life right now.  We hit topics ranging from favorite products, to movies, recipes, music (Beth even sings), books, to our favorite episodes of the podcast.   We hope you will enjoy the episode!  Check out our webpage at www.familylookingup.com for all of the links to our favorite things!
March 26, 2019
On this weeks episode we interviewed Stephanie Sikora about reducing stress through home organization.  You may ask if organization LITERALLY reduces stress. To listen to all of Stephanie's tips and tricks and become a walking talking organizational genius (not unlike myself), just click on the link and listen to this terrific episode.
March 19, 2019
As Dr. David Schramm was navigating fatherhood, he decided that the best experts on the subject of raising kids would be empty nesters who had raised their kids (and survived)! He interviewed nearly 400 empty nesters from across the United States and asked them questions pertaining to what they felt they succeeded at and what they regretted as they looked back at their parenting.  The results were fascinating.  Listen in to hear all the insightful details!
March 12, 2019
This weeks’ podcast interview with Kristen Duke @capturingjoy was terrific.  She talked with us about all the essential tips and tricks for taking amazing family pictures. She hit topics like how to choose clothes, how to choose a color combination for your pictures, what time of day is the best for pictures, how to choose a location that will stand out, what things you should consider when taking pictures at home, what you can expect a session to cost and so much more!
March 5, 2019
Moms, if you could name the sinister voice inside your head that is constantly comparing yourself to other moms, who would it be?   Cruella de Vil?   Miranda Priestly? Ursula? We visited this week with Sara Payne about 3 steps moms can take to avoid the comparison trap.  Sara is a mom of four, a wife, a podcaster, and a life coach. She talked with us about why women struggle so much with comparison.  It all boils down to women not understanding our real value.
February 26, 2019
If you are human it’s pretty much guaranteed that you have a list of life changes that you would like to make.  Unfortunately, It is also guaranteed (due to your human-ness) that you have probably tried to make MANY changes already and a multitude of those efforts have fallen by the wayside. Kristin Brown is a podcaster, writer, and photographer who loves talking about living with purpose, contentment, and creativity.  She shared with us 4 steps to making life changes that actually stick.
February 19, 2019
Brenda Garrison, author of the book “Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don’t Agree With”, joined us this week to discuss what to do when our kids are old enough to  start making BIG decisions that you don’t agree with;  such as using drugs, being sexually active, or dropping out of school?  What is the right decision in those situations? How are we really supposed to love them then, no matter what?!? Listen in!
February 12, 2019
Georgia Anderson, from Know How Mom, is a Gottman trained specialist in strengthening marriage.   She joined us to talk about the 7 Principles for making marriage work. Not only did Georgia share these 7 Principles, she also shared: What the three most important things are that we can do to manage conflict! She also shared several free resources that married couples can use to strengthen their marriage!
February 5, 2019
Shaunti Feldhahn talked with us about finding rest, peace,  Being a social researcher led Shaunti to look to science to help fill in the blanks of how to actually find rest. Being a woman of faith led her to look to God.   As she started actively looking to both of these sources for guidance she began to see some very interesting correlations between the answers they were each giving.  She ultimately found that patterns in science and scripture boiled down to the same 8 elements of finding rest.
January 29, 2019
Hillary Hess came on the scene to help us see how to EASILY include kids in cooking in a way that won’t lead to mom having a nervous breakdown before dinner is served.  Hillary graduated with a BS in Home Economics with an emphasis in Home and Family. She runs a website and podcast called “Helping of Happiness”. She shared 10 tips for teaching kids to cook.  To access the full list as well as many links to resources and books, visit our website www.familylookingup.com.
January 22, 2019
Tanya Lindquist is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a wife, and a mom. We talked with Tanya about what childhood anxiety looks like, how to help your kids to learn coping strategies, what those strategies are, and how to get more help if needed. For a detailed description of what we discussed, as well as all the links to websites and books referenced, visit our website www.familylookingup.com
January 15, 2019
Jessica Dahlquist of the “Extraordinary Moms” and “Everyday Extraordinary” podcasts, believes that all moms are extraordinary...even you.  She says that “We need to take on the badge of extraordinary because of what we’ve signed up for in the first place.”  Motherhood is not for the faint of heart and should be celebrated! Through hundreds of interviews on her podcast, Jessica has identified four common traits that extraordinary moms have.
January 8, 2019
One of the BIGGEST stresses about grocery shopping is the budget .  😰 Erin Chase, creator of $5 dinners.com is with us today to break down the science of affordable grocery shopping---yes, it’s a thing--- for our Mom Squad (insert applause).  👏👏👏 Years ago, Erin needed to save money for her family. Through strategic grocery shopping, meal planning & couponing methods she learned to cut her grocery bill in half.  She is now on a mission to help others do the same. We hope you enjoy!
January 1, 2019
In our episode this week we talk with Brandie Nemchenko, a pregnancy chiropractor with over fifteen years of experience in treating thousands of pregnant woman.  As someone who has experienced years of pregnancy pain, I LOVED so many of Brandie’s comments. My very favorite of which was “Severe pain in pregnancy is NOT NORMAL, it’s COMMON, but NOT NORMAL”.  How often do we, as pregnant women, think that all of our suffering is normal so we do nothing about it?!?
December 25, 2018
It's Christmas today!!!!! Merry Christmas Mom Squad! If your house is like mine, we've been up since the crack of dawn (insert yawn). I look like a junkie with mascara caked under my eyes and my family room looks like a wrapping paper company exploded. Currently there are kids playing with toys, teens reading new books, and a husband getting frustrated because the toys are not working correctly. All's right in the world! Now is the perfect time for mom to go listen to an episode of Family Looking Up!
December 18, 2018
On todays episode we have Tracey Eyster who is the author of Be the Mom, in which she shares advice on how to avoid what she describes as the seven most common “mom traps.” Here’s what I LOVE about Tracey (other than her accent).  Tracey isn’t advocating perfection in motherhood. She knows it’s hard. She says that moms are too hard on themselves. Listen in to hear about all the traps and how to navigate them.
December 11, 2018
Sherrine is the mother of six whose oldest son, Dayton, is non-verbal and has severe disabilities. We covered many topics that can help YOU and YOUR FAMILY: how it feels to have a child with disabilities the benefits of inclusion for kids with disabilities how to teach our kids to be loving and kind to those not like them how to help the caregivers of kids with disabilities Sherrine’s decision to have five more kids after Dayton how humor helps with trials, and how trials shape our lives
December 4, 2018
I feel like I have a split personality during the Christmas season. At the first of December I am Andy Williams singing,”It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the year.”  I blast the Christmas tunes, pin every beautiful dish from Pinterest, and string lights on every wall in my house. By mid-December something changes in me. I am starting to feel the stress and THE GRINCH starts to come out in me. The toys, the parties, the bags! The food, the shopping, the tags!  I start to hate the whole Christmas season. But unlike the Grinch, I do know the reason! There is a lot of pressure on moms to make Christmas the most magical, perfect time of the year.   Our guest this week, Kathi Lipp, author of “Get Yourself Organized for Christmas: Simple Steps to Enjoying the Season,” said the problem is not Christmas. The problem is the expectations we PUT UPON OURSELVES.  It is possible to truly enjoy this season that was meant to bring families together and celebrate the birth of our Savior. In this FUN conversation, Kathi provides doable tips to stay sane and get organized for Christmas.   How to deal with expectations for the Christmas holiday First things first: figure out what is MOST IMPORTANT to our family and the people that we are celebrating with Ask ourselves what about Christmas is MOST important to me Gathering Christmas stuff to determine what is needed Allow others to help When to start planning for Christmas Get dates on the calendar early for holiday celebrations Make a holiday mission statement The value of a Christmas binder Keep ALL Christmas items together How to set a Christmas budget Plan gifts as early as possible and then BE DONE. How to blend different holiday traditions within your family Planning December meals Kathi’s favorite Christmas hacks Online resources to get organized for Christmas Mom Squad Challenge: Get the all your important holiday dates on the calendar! kathilipp.com
November 27, 2018
We have gone to the experts to bring parents and grandparents a “survival guide” in this episode! Richard and Linda Eyre are among the most popular speakers in the world on parenting and families. They’re also N.Y. Times #1 Bestselling authors of 30 Family and Parenting books, two of which, just released, are on Grandparenting!
November 20, 2018
Creating a family Culture of Service
November 13, 2018
Beth, Andrea and Camille celebrate their one year podcast anniversary. They also share fun thanksgiving hacks and traditions.
November 6, 2018
Mornings,  after school, and bedtime--- these are by far the hardest times for moms to navigate.   Help is here, Mom Squad! On today's show we bring you one of our favorite mom helpers out there: Whitney Archibald from “How She Moms” (www.howshemoms.com).
October 30, 2018
Amber brueseke of "Biceps After Babes" talks about improving your body image, setting attainable health goals and how to avoid letting the scale rule you.
October 23, 2018
A conversation with Jill Savage about the need to let go of the "perfect kid," and love our kids just they way they are...flaws and all. We discuss strategies for battling perfectionism in both ourselves and our children.
October 16, 2018
WE’RE HERE TO GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK! So let’s bring this out of the dark where it’s been hiding and learn to support each other better. This week we talk to Erin Shepard and Kate Jones about perinatal depression, postpartum depression, and the many aspects of women’s mental health. Listen for yourself or for someone you love.
October 8, 2018
I honestly believe there were lines that we could get in before we were born.  One of those lines was for potential parents and it was labeled "Those Who Want To Spend Your Life Running Around Like a Chicken With Its Head Cut Off Line Up Here."  The other was probably something like "Living With Purpose and Having Your Junk Together, Line Up Here."  I don't know if I was attracted to the chicken theme, the headless theme, simply illiterate, or just plain dumb, but I CLEARLY joined the wrong line!
October 2, 2018
In this week’s episode we get the opportunity to learn from Andrea Davis of "Better Screen Time". She talks to us about strategies for regulating screen time and helping our family buy into regulating their own screen time.
September 25, 2018
This week’s episode is SO MUCH FUN!  We talked with four normal (amazing) moms who shared some of their funniest and most outlandish mom fails with us.  This is an hour of stomach-clenching, tear-streaming, head-shaking laughter that you are sure to enjoy!
September 18, 2018
Finding courage to cut out the good activities to make room for the GREAT activities with your family!
September 11, 2018
I  saw a meme the other day that said “I don’t do the KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON thing.  I do the spontaneously combust and go totally mental thing.   Just FYI…”  It made me laugh and think that most parents INTEND to do the keep calm thing, but END UP doing the spontaneously combust thing instead.  Why?!? Well, today we bring you HOPE and HELP from none other than Ralphie Jacobs of “Simply on Purpose”.
September 4, 2018
Learning assertive communication so get your needs and wants met.
August 28, 2018
This week’s show is all about saving lives! Dr. Greg Hudnall is with us and shared some incredible insights in how we, as parents, can help our kids, our kids friends, and community members to keep hope alive and prevent suicides.
August 21, 2018
Everything you want to know about Family Looking Up!
August 14, 2018
Mom Squad!  This week's episode is for you!  We have Chanelle Neilson, from the Moms Who Know podcast, talking with us about why moms need to take care of themselves, why moms don't, and why it is SUCH a big mistake!   Listen in to hear a great story about  how Chanelle found out she was pregnant with her fifth child (a major surprise), at age 38, and how Chanelle began her writing and podcasting career in China....whaaaat?!?  Plus find out Andrea's best tip for breastfeeding moms.
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