Get Spiritually Enriched!

Grab a Cup of Coffee and Listen to My 3 Top Podcast Picks!

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Do you ever feel as though God hand picks something you specifically need to hear or read? That was my experience this week when I listened to these podcasts that absolutely were soul enriching! So, of course I had to share them with you sweetie pies! Grab a quiet corner and a cup of coffee and settle in with these 3 spiritually rich podcasts:

  1. Making a Lasting Impact:In Touch with Charles Stanley: This podcast particularly struck me today because I’ve been thinking about my impact on my daughter, my friends, my family, and even strangers. Is my light recognized? Do I flavor other’s lives when I’m around? I love how Charles Stanley discusses and explains and relates our life to the salt of the earth mentioned in the bible. It is truly a gem of a sermon.
  2.  He Restores My Soul, Day 1: Revive Our Hearts with Damaris Carbaugh: I can barely wait until tomorrow for Day 2. Damaris talks about being sheep of God and how our we can worship with our lips, but our hearts are far from him. What a frank and honest testimony that hits you where it sticks, but in the best way.
  3. Parenting and Interruptions: Modern Homemakers with Donna Otto: This spoke straight to my momma’s heart. We all know how it is when you’re trying to get dinner on the table, send that last work email, and all you hear is, “mom, mom, mom!” Although we love our kids, the interruptions can make us want to pull out our hair! Donna talks about how we can take a different view of these interruptions and look at them as opportunities for divine intervention. This ladies, changed my attitude big time this week.

I hope these podcasts make as big of an impact on you as it did on me!

Don’t Sweat The Summer!

8 Summer Co-Parenting Tips for the Single Mom!

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We’re finished with spring break and in a few short weeks, summer will arrive in all its glory! Single moms may find summer break and co-parenting a little challenging for several reason. One, you miss your kids. Two, you have to reconfigure schedules. Three, you want to maximize the time you have with your kids. So, here are a few co-parenting tips that will make this summer a little bit easier!

  1. Confirm dates in May. Some of you may have specific dates on when you’re sharing the summer. If not, I suggest you do it by next month. The more time and notice you give one another the less stress you’ll have with the transition. If your kid’s dad has 4 weeks in the summer, the quicker you know which dates the better prepared you’ll be for the months ahead. It’s okay to send a friendly reminder if you don’t have dates in the works.
  2. Take Into Consideration Any Camps or Special Programs Your Children Will Attend: For example, if your child is enrolled in a specific dance camp or football camp, make sure the other parent knows those dates in advance so that they can plan around it or make appropriate arrangements with you for pick up and drop off.
  3. Communicate With The Kids About the Summer Schedule: Kids like to know where they will be and what they’ll be doing during the summer. Keep them abreast of the schedule and get their input (especially if they are older) on how they’d like to spend summer. Ultimately, parents have to work around each other’s schedule, but it’s so important to give your kids a voice.
  4. Create a Keep In Touch Schedule: Depending on the age of your kids and the circumstances, keeping in touch when they are away is important for everyone. Most parents won’t make a big deal about this, but if it has been an issue in the past, talk to your kid’s father and figure out what works best for your kids.
  5. Exchange Important Information: Make sure that you exchange phone numbers, insurance cards, and anything else that both parents should have access to for the kids.
  6. Confirm Summer Holiday Plans: Take into consideration when you’re planning the summer the holidays, such as the 4th of July, Labor Day and Father’s Day. Depending on how you share holidays this may be something to consider when planning out the summer schedule.
  7. Stay Positive! It’s hard to be without our kids, even if it’s a day. But, we want them to happy and comfortable. Staying positive and being excited for their time with dad will encourage them to have a good time. It’s okay for them to know that you’ll miss them, but you know that they will have a great vacation as well!
  8. Plan a Little Fun for Yourself: This is an opportune time to get in some you time! Explore a new hobby, read a juicy book, take a drive to a new city, hang out with girlfriends and try to enjoy the free space. You deserve it!