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Mama, Take Heart

with Robrenna Redl

Mama, Take Heart Episodes
Does Your Girl Suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder? (with Grace Larson)
May 18, 2022 - 16 min
In this episode, Robrenna and Grace discuss:

- Grace’s diagnosis with Social Anxiety Disorder
- How Grace felt in middle and high school
- What is helpful and unhelpful in discussing mental health issues
- How the church can be helpful and not harmful with mental health issues

Preparing Your Kids for Family Moves & Other Big Changes (with Alida Sharp)
May 11, 2022 - 27 min
Alida Sharp moved with her family to Russia to be missionaries when her kids were 15 and 18. Moving overseas with teens was a huge challenge, but also a gift, and Alida shares what she learned about helping our kids navigate huge life changes.


Talking with Our Daughters about Consent (with Tiffany Bluhm)
May 04, 2022 - 21 min
In this episode, Robrenna and Tiffany discuss:

- Why we put all the responsibility for purity AND blame for transgression on women
- “Just world mentality” and why it’s pervasive in purity culture
- Reimaging what consent could look like for boys and girls
- What kinds of conversations we need to have with both our little and pre-teen kids
- How we can coach our girls to say no with confidence
- Why we miss the point when we focus only on what girls are wearing


Unpacking Purity Culture, Sex, and Race


Prey Tell: Why We Silence Women Who Tell the Truth and How Everyone Can Speak Up


Why Tho Podcast with Tiffany Bluhm and Ashley Abercrombie:

Disability and the Church (with Dr. Lamar Hardwick)
April 27, 2022 - 31 min
After years of silently struggling with social anxiety and sensory processing issues, Dr. Lamar Hardwick was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of 36. This week, we’re going to talk about his book, “Disability and The Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion.”

In this episode, Dr. Hardwick and Robrenna talk about:

- Dr. Hardwick’s story and the earliest signs of his personal experience with autism spectrum disorder
- How he came to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder late in life
- How the church has fallen short in inclusion and support for those who are differently abled
- The parable of the banquet and what it can teach the church regarding loving the differently abled
- Practical steps churches can take to make adjustments for differently abled members

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How Your Church Can Support Autistic Kids and Their Parents
April 20, 2022 - 18 min
This is the second part of Robrenna's conversation with her friend Sherry. In this episode, they talk about the failures of the church to welcome families on the spectrum, and a few ideas to make parents and their autistic children feel more at home and included in the life of the church.

Here are helpful links for parents regarding Autism and Asperger’s:

Autism Speaks,in%20the%20United%20States%20today.

Testing for Autism:

Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R),and%20diagnose%20children%20with%20autism.

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

Also on the Autism Spectrum: Gilliam Asperger's Diagnostic Scale (GADS).

Understanding Autism in Girls and Women

Understanding Non-verbal Learning Disorder

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A Conversation about Autism and Children – Part 1
April 13, 2022 - 40 min
April is Autism Awareness Month. In this episode Robrenna sits down with her friend Sherry to talk about her own personal journey as a parent of a child with autism.

Here are helpful links for parents regarding Autism and Asperger’s:

Autism Speaks,in%20the%20United%20States%20today.

Testing for Autism:

Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R),and%20diagnose%20children%20with%20autism.

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

Also on the Autism Spectrum: Gilliam Asperger's Diagnostic Scale (GADS).

Understanding Autism in Girls and Women

Understanding Non-verbal Learning Disorder

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More Than a Mom (with Kari Kampakis)
March 23, 2022 - 29 min
Most of us moms take care of a lot of people, but sometimes we can struggle to take care of ourselves. Kari joins Robrenna to talk about her new book: More than a Mom: How Prioritizing Your Wellness Helps You (And Your Family) Thrive.

Pre-order Kari’s book now for a free bundle of goodies!

In this episode, Robrenna and Kari discuss:

1. Why taking care of yourself is not selfish, but actually helps you show up better for your family
2. Caring about your body and health set a good example for our daughters
3. Aging and the importance of making time for regular checkups before problems start
4. The joy of rediscovering your purpose as your kids get older and move out of your home
5. The importance of making space in seasons when you are overburdened

Links and Resources from Today’s Episode:

Be sure to Listen to Robrenna’s previous episode with Kari: Helping Your Girl Find Good Friends and Positive Influences -

Connect with Kari:

Grab a copy of her book “Love Her Well”:
Instagram: @karikampakis
Twitter: @karikampakis
Podcast: Girl Mom Podcast:

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Understanding What GenZ Cares About (with Bill Kollar)
March 16, 2022 - 29 min
Today, Robrenna talks with family friend Bill Kollar, the Leadership Development Director at Cru, a college campus, interdenominational Christian parachurch organization. He and Missy are parents to four children. Bill has worked for Cru for the past 33 years.

Here are some of the topics they discuss:

1. How Genz feels about God and the Bible: they are both open to religion and spiritual matters, but also distruss religious institutions and leaders.

2. Bill’s personal experiences interacting with Gen Z: the key is conversations.

3. What topics Bill often talks with GenZ’ers about (i.e.: anxiety, loneliness, faith and science)

3. What do GenZ’ers yearn for? (The Big Three questions: identity, belonging, purpose - see article link below)

4. What makes Bill hopeful about GenZ?

5. What should encourage parents about their GenZ’ers?

Connect with Bill:

Email: Bill DOT kollar AT cru DOT org (also available on the App Store and Google Play)

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
3 Big Question That Change Every Teenager by Kara Powell:

Trauma In America by Barna Group:

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Recognizing and Talking about Eating Disorders (w/ Bracha Kopstick)
March 09, 2022 - 29 min
Adolecent Nutritionist Bracha Kopstick is back! This time she and Robrenna sit down to discuss eating disorders and disordered eating. Since the pandemic, there have been huge increases in eating disorder diagnoises. Bracha helps us understand that eating disorders serve a purpose in our teens lives - a sense of control. They unpack this as well as a variety of topics:
1. What are eating disorders and what are the most common?
2. What are the signs and symptoms of eating disorders?
3. How social media effects eating disorders and disordered body image
4. The #1 indicator that a child will develop an eating disorder
5. How parents can help their children who are struggling with eating disorders
Sources Mentioned in this Episode:
Be sure to check out our other episode with Bracha (How to Talk to Your GenZ Girl about Food and Diet Culture) -
“Here are 4 key points from the Facebook whistleblower's testimony on Capitol Hill” -
How to Talk to Your Teen about Eating Disorders:
Eating Disorder Awareness Month:
Teen eating disorders: Tips to protect your teen
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Help Your Teen Figure Out Life, Love and God (with Jessie Minassian)
March 02, 2022 - 31 min
Jessie is a popular speaker, blogger and author of 14 books, including “Crushed: Why Boys Don’t Have to Make or Break You.” Her work for girls and their parents has been featured in Focus in the Family, Parenting Today’s Teens, She Reads Truth, Revive Our Hearts, and Brio Magazine. She has two teenage daughters.

In this episode, Jessie and Robrenna discuss:

1. How Jessie decided to create her website (
2. The power of silence to make us stay trapped in shame and secrecy
3. Disordered eating
4. The common questions girls have for Jessie about their beauty and relationships
5. Why there are no perfect families

Connect with Jessie:

Her site:

Find out more about Jessie’s books: Backwards Beauty, Unashamed, Crushed, and Family.

Her latest YA Fiction Nedé Rising is under the pen name Jess Corban (

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