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Mama, Take Heart

with Robrenna Redl

Mama, Take Heart Episodes
The Problem of P*rn and What Parents Need to Know
May 26, 2021 - 27 min
For years, Ben Bennet experienced deep anger, a p*rn addiction, and mental health issues like anxiety and depression, before finding hope and healing through biblical, neuroscientific, and psychological solutions. He currently serves with Josh McDowell Ministry (A Cru Ministry) as an author, speaker, and the Director of The Resolution Movement - a new national initiative helping youth overcome hurts, unwanted behaviors, and live a thriving life. In this episode, Robrenna and Ben discuss: 1. Ben’s life journey of addiction, therapy and recovery 2. How Gen-Z kids are usually first exposed to p*rn 3. What happens to your brain when you are exposed to p*rn regularly 4. What should we do if we suspect our kids are looking at p*rn or if they confess (choose curiosity over questioning) 5. Understanding why humans are susceptible to addiction 6. Practical resources for parents and teens Verses Mentioned: Ephesians 1:11; Psalm 23; Romans 8:37-39 Resources Mentioned in This Episode: by Josh McDowell and Ben Bennet Connect with Ben: | How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Image Credit: Getty/Elena_Bondarenko
Helping Our Gen-Z Kids Transition into Adulthood
May 19, 2021 - 25 min
Overcome to Become. It is the theme of Latasha’s life. She has grown through and overcome adversities that have sparked a flame and passion within her to help other women do the heart work so they can be who God created them to be in every area of their life. Latasha has spent 16 years serving in the roles of teacher, assistant principal, principal, and now director of instruction. She is the founder of the Facebook Group We are Stronger Together. WAST is a diverse sisterhood that help women connect and receive support that will propel them into their God-given purpose. In this episode, Robrenna and Latasha discuss: 1. Latasha’s redemption story. 2. The transition our daughters make from teens to semi-adults and adults, and what they need (space, time, autonomy, responsibility). 3. The growth in faith it takes to launch our children from our homes. 4. Balancing boundaries and also letting our semi-adult kids make their own choices. 5. The importance of letting your children experience failure and the consequences of their mistakes or choices (Don’t be a lawnmower parent!). Connect with Latasha: How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Image Credit: Getty/nadia_bormotova
Helping Our Girls Develop Healthy Relationships with Siblings, Friends, and Us
May 12, 2021 - 22 min
We all want our kids to have healthy relationships. Not just romantic relationships later in life, but healthy relationships with their siblings, their peers and friends, and with us. So what does it look like to create an home environment where our daughters learn what healthy relationships look like, and how to foster and keep their healthy relationships throughout their lives. Today, I'm joined by Jillian Miles, a mental health practitioner and therapist who specializes in working with youth, adolescents, and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, mood regulation, and/or trauma concerns. In this episode, we discuss: 1. A holistic look at relationships for our daughters – not just their romantic relationships but their relationships with siblings, friends, family, and peers. 2. Why respect is key for our daughters developing healthy relationship boundaries. 3. How to communicate with our girls when they get to an age when they don’t necessarily want to tell you about everything in their lives. 4. Common trust issues and how to think about them. Connect with Jillian at How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Image Credit: Getty/Nadya Ustyuzhantseva
Finding Your Mom Community
May 05, 2021 - 23 min
Today, we’re talking about the importance of mom communities and also “mom-preneurs.” Dominque is the founder of the app , a community of women from all walks with tons of community opportunities for other moms to connect. A note from Robrenna: If you download the Faith Mamas Tribe app, you can find a group I started for moms called “Raising Multiracial Children.” What Robrenna and Dominique discuss: 1. God uses all the little steps of faith to prepare you for the big steps of faith ahead. 2. Setting boundaries around your work time. Download the Faith Mamas Tribe App on or Follow Dominique: How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Image Credit: Getty/gmast3r
How to Help Your Gen-Z Daughter Grow as a Leader
April 28, 2021 - 28 min
Your Gen-Z girl IS a leader – and in this episode, we talk about how you can develop the leadership potential in your girl. Robrenna talks with Erin Weidemann, the founder of , a brand that equips moms and women with resources to help them step into their unique leadership roles. What they covered in this episode: 1. The world is noisy – so what does it mean to use your voice, not to add to an angry culture, but in order to be heard with positivity and impact? 2. Diversity and Representation in books and why girls need to see diverse faces in the books and resources we give them. 3. The importance of girls seeing themselves as leaders in their families, schools, churches and communities. (Ask your girls these questions – what talents and gifts do they have? Who are they called to use those gifts for? What work was she created to do in this season of her life? 4. The five traits Erin works with girls on in order to cultivate their voice. 5. How introverted girls can still lead, and what quiet leadership looks like (and why it's so impactful!). 6. The difference between feminine leadership inside God’s Kingdom, and the feminist leadership culture of the world. Follow Erin on or at Erin's Books: How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Image Credit: Getty/Olha Khorimarko
Helping Your Gen-Z Daughter Find Her Voice
April 21, 2021 - 25 min
This week, we’re looking at what it takes to help your daughter find her voice. Beth Bruno, author of the book A Voice of Becoming: A Yearlong Mother-Daughter Journey into Passionate, Purposed Living. In this episode, Robrenna and Beth discuss: 1. What it takes to lift our daughter’s eyes to a greater vision and better story, the story of the gospel and the Kingdom of God. 2. How to address our own stories, with all their beauty and brokenness, in order to help our daughters live their stories. Beth says, “Most of us, when our daughters reach tween and teenage years, are going to start experiencing the presence of our younger self in the room. We’re going to be triggered by various things, respond and react to things that seem way out of context of what just happened. We need to realize that those reactions are not about our daughters, but about ourselves.” 3. Building a scaffolding around our daughters - what that means and why it matters. 4. Why we need to ask more questions than give perfect answers. 5. Raising globally-minded women who have eyes and hearts for the world. Connect with Beth: | Purchase , here. You can find her free e-book, Before the Clock Strikes 12, at Chris Bruno’s site for Father/Son connection: How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei Morozov
Your Girl's Worth
April 14, 2021 - 14 min
The next few years are ones of discovery for your girl. She’s on a journey into womanhood, and you are one of many guides on this path. There are other people in her sphere of influence (family members, friends, youth group, coach, teachers, and culture), but of all of these guides, you are the most influential. This is a time in her life where her story converges with your story. This can be challenging. In this episode, Robrenna walks us through the story of Hagar in Genesis 16, and asks us these questions: where did you come from, and where are you going? Our goal should be to help our girl understand who she is in Christ, and who God says she is according to His Word. As you walk this journey together, God intends you both to learn and grow together. Resources mentioned in this episode: by Dannah Gresh (this book is great for tweens, but some may find it a little dated). Verses on Your Girl’s Identity in Christ: Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 1:5; 1 John 3:1; Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 139; Jeremiah 1:5 How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Image Credit: Getty/Ponomariova_Maria
Talking to Your Gen-Z Girl about Sex and Relationships
April 07, 2021 - 28 min
When should we start talking to our girls about sex? Jackie Brewton (author, youth speaker, teen relationship expert and the founder and CEO of MotivationN3D) says this: “The misnomer is that the conversation needs to be a ‘sex talk.’ I think you need to talk about sex, but I think the bigger conversation needs to be about healthy relationships.” In this episode, Jackie and Robrenna talk about: - What age-appropriate conversations about sex and relationships can look like. - Why you can’t wait until your daughter’s first relationship to start talking about dating and sex. - The trend of n*de pictures and what parents need to know. - Why you need to be careful about how you talk about other girls in your daughter’s life who make poor choices. - The difference between how guys and girls view sex and why it matters To connect with Jackie: | | How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Episode Image Credit: Getty/Olga Streinkova
How to Talk to Your Gen-Z Girl about Food and Diet Culture
March 31, 2021 - 19 min
Teens gain weight. This is not a problem. It’s how they get to their adult size. But too often, mamas start to worry about their child's weight as they begin puberty, especially their daughters. In this episode, Bracha Kopstick, a registered dietitian specializing in adolescent nutrition and food freedom for youth aged 8-15, talks to Robrenna about navigating the often-loaded topic of food, diets and weight gain with our children. Bracha wants every parent to understand this: kids need to gain weight. Weight gain is not something to fear or to address. Bodies change over time. Learning to respect the growth of the body from childhood to adulthood, and respecting our own bodies as mamas, is part of modeling a healthy relationship with food. When we honor our own bodies, we better honor our children’s bodies. Here are Bracha’s 3 tips for normalizing food as a positive part of life with your children: 1. Remove judgment around food. Don’t call foods “good” or “bad.” 2. Normalize eating. There are physical AND emotional reasons for eating. 3. Try to have family meals as you can. There is a lot of research around the benefits of eating together as a family, including decreasing the risk of developing problematic eating behaviors What about teens and diet culture? Bracha and Robrenna discuss the trend of teen girls diet hop from the latest diet fad, as they hop from friend group to friend group. How should parents view these popular diets like Vegan or Keto? To connect with Bracha, follow her on , and visit her website, Follow Robrenna: | Episode Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei Morozov
What Parents of Gen-Z Kids Need to Know about Sex Trafficking
March 24, 2021 - 25 min
*Please note: This episode contains sensitive and possibly upsetting conversation about trafficking.* In this episode, Robrenna talks with Paul Yates, the Executive Director of I’ve Got a Name. Then she shares Megan’s story. For more information or ways you can help see the links below: : Call 1-888-373-7888 ( TTY: 711) *Text 233733 Megan’s story recording courtesy of Vision Builders at Christ Place Church. Many thanks to them for sharing their recording with us. Follow Robrenna: | Episode Image Credit: Getty/Tuuti Frutti
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