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Take the Parenting Grateful Challenge

There are some days when parenting is wonderful, but there are other days when it is hard.

Setting boundaries, following through on discipline, and teaching them responsibility can fall under the harder days.

As I think back over the week, I have had a mixture of both.  It is easy as parents to only focus on the negative times with our kids.  The times that they talked back with disrespect or said unloving words to their sibling.  But if we truly stop and reflect, there is so much to be grateful for.

So today, I encourage you to do the Parenting Grateful Challenge!

1. Reflect on your week and write out 5 grateful moments you had with your child. 

It could be a special time together or something you observed that made you proud.   The purpose is to focus on your child’s strengths, gifts, and positive moments instead of all the frustrating times.

2. Share these joyful moments and thankful words with your child. 

There is something powerful about reminding them of their God given gifts, places where you see them using their strengths, and moments where you were proud of them.   You can do it at dinner so everyone can hear or in a special one on one time.  The important part is to speak this truth over them.

3. Refer back to this list when you encounter one of the harder parenting days.

On those harder days, pull out your list and remind yourself of all their God given gifts.  Remember that we are all works in progress and have setbacks. Use their poor choices as a growing tool and tackle the growth steps that need to be addressed. 

I love when God gives us just what we needed to hear.  You see, I wrote these words because I needed this reminder today.  I needed to shift my focus, so I just wrote my 5 statements for each of my boys.

Friends, my whole attitude has changed!

Focusing on the positive, not the negative is powerful.  I believe where you put your focus will determine your level of joy in parenting.  This week, let’s remember to reflect and be grateful for all that God is doing in our children’s lives. 

Love, Jodi

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Exciting News!!

Just thinking about it makes me smile!

The Depth Podcast is celebrating its one year birthday at the end of this month.

This time last year, I was sharing my cover art with you for the first time and announcing that the Depth Podcast is coming soon. Two weeks later, the Depth Podcast launched.

I am so thankful for all that God has done in just one year!

To celebrate, I will be having a special Behind the Scenes Birthday Celebration episode on August 24th. I cannot wait to share with you some amazing God stories as well as have a personal question and answer time. This is where I need your help.

I want to hear from you, my listener.

Below is a quick survey that should take only 5 minutes to complete. After completing this entire survey, you will automatically be entered into a special giveaway happening at the end of August on my celebration episode!

Depth Podcast Survey

I bet you can guess what I will be giving away! BOOKS!

I would really love to hear from all my Depth Podcast Listeners. You can tell me what you like best, what you would like changed, and even recommend a book or person to be highlighted next year on the podcast!

Lastly, I want to hear your questions and what do you want to know about me? (Maybe you want to know more about my ministry, my book, my podcast, life as a single mom, raising teenagers, parenting in general, or something about me- my favorite……?)

I am so excited for this special celebration episode, and I cannot wait to hear from you!

I want to thank you for the bottom of my heart for all your support! It really means so much to me!

Love, Jodi

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