SMM 059: How to Be the Expert +Advocate for Your Child||Cheryl Cardall

I first interviewed Cheryl Cardall in episode 23 about overcoming weakness and using humor in motherhood. Cheryl is back and we are diving in to talk about what Cheryl has learned in 20 years of motherhood. You’ll also hear why Cheryl believes you should be the expert and advocate for your child.

Cheryl talks about a recent moment when she realized she was doing better as a mom than she thought she was. She shares how motherhood refines us and makes us better. Cheryl believes you can do more than just survive in motherhood. You can thrive.

We also have a discussion about why a mother’s worth isn’t determined by what her kids do. Cheryl has learned to be good with herself no matter what her kids do. “Their behavior has no reflection on me.”

Cheryl also discusses her recent experiences learning how to be an expert and advocate for one of her children struggling with mental health issues.

Recently, both Cheryl and her husband were prompted to get a dog for their family. She talks about how they trusted this prompting and how having a dog has been a huge blessing for their whole family. Her story illustrates so well that God cares about everything in our lives and why you can trust and act on the promptings you get.

Cheryl has seen and felt God the most when she has felt she isn’t enough. She discusses how a common answer from God for her has been to “Love them through it.”

“Motherhood is the perfect way to learn about the atonement. We are not enough on our own but when we use God and our Savior as our partner, somehow we are.”

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Show Notes

Here is the quote Cheryl shared by Dr. Christina Hibbert: “The fruit of motherhood isn’t how your kids turn out. It’s how you turn out.”

See the Instagram post by @reflectionsofchrist about the parenting advice to repent fast and frequently I mentioned in the episode. (I think I said it was about forgiveness in the episode, but it’s about repentance.)

This is the quote Cheryl shared by Janet Lansbury: “It can be really tough to remember how emotionally immature children are because they can be so impressively intelligent, capable, and aware. When they seem deliberately bratty or downright mean, we’ll need to remind ourselves: These are tiny people with incredibly low impulse control who are very easily overwhelmed. In the moment, it may feel like our kids are out to get us, but it is actually that their impulses have gotten the better of them.”

Books Cheryl recommends:
The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Dan Siegel
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen

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SMM 039: Simplifying Motherhood + Seeing Your Body as a Gift || Chanelle Neilson

On this episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast, I interview a fellow podcaster. Her name is Chanelle Neilson and her podcast is Moms Who Know. We talk about how she has simplified motherhood. Chanelle’s story includes struggles with body image, and she share how God helped her see her body as a gift.

Simplifying Motherhood

Chanelle shares her parenting philosophy of letting her kids dictate their own play and creativity. In addition, she talks about her simplified approach to mothering.

At one point, Chanelle felt overly stressed as a mom. She discusses how having a morning routine really changed her outlook. This small change helped Chanelle stay more calm throughout the day.

Seeing Your Body as a Gift

Chanelle shares her personal struggles with body image and unhealthy eating habits. After years of struggling, she tells about the eye opening moment that helped her put body image struggles behind her.  She gives some great advice for anyone who is currently struggling with any long-term issue.

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Show Notes

Follow Chanelle

Instagram: instagram.com/momswhoknowpodcast
Facebook: facebook.com/momswhoknowpodcast
Website: momswhoknowpodcast.com
Podcast: Moms Who Know Podcast

Go here to learn more about Chanelle’s courses for morning routines, body transformation and more.

Chanelle mentioned the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

Hear another perspective on body image:
Spiritually Minded Mom Episode 30: Choosing Happiness + Embracing that Your Best is Enough in Motherhood || Becca Jackson

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SMM 037: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better || Lisa Funk

Create Thoughts

In this episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast I interview Lisa Funk.  You may know Lisa from her business and Instagram account, Hand Lettered Design.  Lisa’s business focuses on hand lettering as well as creativity. She also shares about mindfulness.  Lisa has learned to change her expectations and create thoughts to love herself and her children better.

Loving and Teaching

In the interview, you’ll hear Lisa talk about steering away from trying to control your child and instead, loving and teaching them.  She compares this to God and how he does not control us and instead loves and teaches us, and then gives us agency. (See the show notes below for a video of Lisa discussing loving and teaching.)

Sharing About Mental Health

Lisa also talks about her struggles with depression and anxiety.  She discusses how changing her thoughts and expectations has not only helped her overcome these things but also helped her in her journey through motherhood.

She goes into detail about her hand-lettering business which came at a time when she needed hope while going through challenges. Lisa also shares why she’s so open about her mental health struggles.

Lisa is a light.  I know you will love her positivity and faith as you listen to her motherhood story.

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Show Notes

Follow Lisa

Instagram: www.instagram.com/handlettereddesign/
Website: handlettereddesign.com

Go HERE to watch a short video of Lisa sharing about loving and teaching your children. It’s short and you will love it!

Other Episodes about Mental Health

Episode 10: Being Open about Mental Illness in Motherhood + When You Don’t Know if God is Your Partner || Ally Hayward

Episode 21: Chasing Your Dreams + Turning to God in Post-Partum Depression || Amanda Anderson

Other Episodes about Creating Thoughts

Episode 14: How to Recognize God in Simple Ways + Battle Loneliness and Negative Thoughts || Michelle Garfield

Episode 15: Balance + Overcoming Feelings of Failure + True Self-Care in Motherhood || Elise Curtis

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SMM 035: From Sex Trafficking Victim To Survivor With Life Full of Love || Elizabeth Frazier

On today’s episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast I interview Elizabeth Frazier, a wife, mother, sex trafficking victim and survivor and creator of Hero Bands.

Sex Trafficking Victim to Mother and Advocate

Elizabeth’s story starts with an extremely difficult childhood where she was sexually trafficked by family members starting at the age of four. In the interview, we talk about Elizabeth’s upbringing  that seemed “charmed” on the outside but was really anything but normal. Despite her traumatic childhood being a sex trafficking victim, Elizabeth became the mother of a beautiful family of 5 children. She is also an advocate for others who have been exploited and abused.

Overcoming Trauma

Elizabeth talks about the tipping point where she started to realize the disturbing truth about her childhood.  She shares some of the experiences with her trials, the self-harm she endured and how she started to deal with the trauma of her past.  Although she didn’t see it at the time, Elizabeth knows God was aware of her. Looking back, she can see His had helping her during her difficult childhood.

Ultimately, Elizabeth has created a much different life for her children than what she experienced. She readily admits that she still has hard times. Elizabeth shares how she acknowledges those feelings and then seeks to keep moving forward.  She also shares why she models kindness to herself to her children.

Inspiration for Hero Bands

She concludes with sharing how her healing led her to start her company, Hero Bands. Elizabeth makes and sells leather bracelets with an inspirational word stamped in metal. In the interview, you’ll hear why starting Hero Bands was so important to her.

Elizabeth donates $2 of every product sold at Hero Bands to Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that rescues children from sex trafficking. In addition, she also allows customers to purchase one of her bands for a rescued child. She hopes the bands let survivors know someone cares about them.

Elizabeth’s story is a beautiful example of God making “beauty for ashes.” (Isaiah 61:3)

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Show Notes

Follow Elizabeth Frazier

Instagram: instagram.com/hero_bands/
Website: herobands.com

To donate a Hero Band to a child rescued from sex trafficking, go HERE.

To learn more about Operation Underground Railroad, go HERE.

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Why You Don’t Need to Compare Your Spiritual Journey || Monica Packer

Has motherhood been anything but natural for you? How do you mother multiple children who are all so different? Does God really speak to you as an individual? Why isn’t your spiritual journey the same as someone else’s?

If these are questions you have asked yourself, you are not alone. Today I am airing a replay of an interview I did with Monica Packer of the podcast and website About Progress. In this interview we dive in to how Monica has sought to answer all of these questions and more for herself.

When I decided to replay an episode, I instantly knew it should be this one with Monica. I originally aired this interview as my 6th episode. I was still new and not only learning how to podcast but also what the purpose of my podcast should be.

Talking to Monica opened my eyes to a new perspective about how God communicates. Before, I thought I knew because I knew how He communicated with me, but after interviewing Monica, I realized I only knew my way of communicating with deity. I started to understand there are many ways God speaks to us because we are all individuals.

This interview led me to think deeply about how a relationship with God is not “one size fits all.” Talking to Monica helped me take a new approach. I didn’t need to give mothers a “formula” or  “how to” on recognizing and developing a relationship with God. I only needed to encourage them to figure out for themselves how He communicates with them.

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Show Notes

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Blog: aboutprogress.com
Instagram: Instagram.com/aboutprogress
Podcast: About Progress on iTunes

The scripture Monica mentioned in the episodes is found in Doctrine and Covenants 121:1.

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