Mama, Take Heart

Robrenna Redl

Parenting in this day and age is not for the faint at heart. That’s why Mama Take Heart is here to help you be the gospel-centered, compassionate, and influential voice in your Gen-Z daughter’s life. In this show, we give listeners the tools they need to love and lead well in their child's formative years. Host Robrenna Redl is here to help equip and empower you with resources and practical takeaways, whether you’re looking for ways to intentionally connect or to have hard conversations. So don’t fret, Mama. Instead, take heart!

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In this episode, Stephanie and Robrenna talk about helping your girl set up important boundaries in her life. Topics they cover: 1. How God gives us boundaries for our good 2. What to do when someone crosses a boundary you’ve already established with them 3. Why our boundaries benefit others 4. The difference between nice and kind and why your girls need to understand the difference 5. How to help your girls respect other people’s boundaries Resources from this Episode: The Set Me Free Project Website: https://www.setmefreeproject.net/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/setmefreeproject/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/setmefreeproject Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSMFProject Follow Stephanie: https://www.instagram.com/stephanieolsonspeaking/ https://twitter.com/stephanieospeak *** Follow Robrenna on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robrennaredl/ Image Credit: Getty/Ponomariova_Maria

Dec 1

20 min 29 sec

Ways to engage your introvert: 1. Respect her need for quiet and space. 2. Be willing to talk when she emerges from her quiet time. 3. Don’t rush the conversation or interrupt her. 4. Be patient. 5. Don’t push for loud, outward engagement with others. More often than not she’s engaging inwardly first. 6. Respect and honor her creativity Resources and Links from Today’s Episode: Introverts in the Church by Adam S McHugh - https://amzn.to/30SvTnQ Introvert Dear - https://bit.ly/30SvUIq Healthline: 7 Myths about Introverts that Need to Go: https://bit.ly/3r8g6vI The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World Jenn Granneman - https://amzn.to/2ZhzrPs *** Follow Robrenna on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robrennaredl/ Image Credit: Getty/Lyudinka

Nov 24

21 min 45 sec

Robrenna sits down with author and speaker Kari Kampakis to talk about helping your daughters find good friends (and be a good friend!) as well as how to help your daughter find positive influences in their lives. Tips for Ways to Engage: 1. Take your girl out for a treat and talk to her about friendships 2. Ask your girl who is someone around you who fits the following: A Positive thinker Fun A good study partner A good shopper Trustworthy - keep what you say confidential and doesn’t spread gossip Loyal 3. Ask your girl to make a list of characteristics she’d like in a friend. 4. Ask your girl what characteristics from the list she that she possesses. 5. Do you see friendships that are “toxic” - hurtful and lack respect towards others? Why do you think a girl continues the friendship? **** Verses to consider when talking about friendship: John 15:12-15; Luke 6:31; Proverbs 17:17; Proverbs 13:20; Proverbs 18:25; Proverbs 22:24-25 **** To hear more from Kari: Grab a copy of her book “Love Her Well”: https://amzn.to/3Cp4Eho Website: https://www.karikampakis.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karikampakiswriter/ Instagram: @karikampakis Twitter: @karikampakis Podcast: Girl Mom Podcast: https://apple.co/3HxdQUE *** Follow Robrenna on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robrennaredl/ Image Credit: Getty/Lyudinka

Nov 17

29 min 6 sec

We're all naturally self-focused. It takes intentionality and good habits to look around and notice all we have to be grateful for. In this episode, Robrenna shares a meaningful way her family grew the fruit of gratitude in their home and other practical tips for helping your girl learn gratefulness. Maybe you can place a grateful jar somewhere in your house! Suggested questions to ask your girl: 1. What are you grateful for? 2. Can you think of ways to help others in our community? Want to Start Giving but Don't Know Where to Begin? Check out these great resources: 1. Salvation Army: https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/brighten-the-holidays/ 2. International Rescue Committee: https://www.rescue.org/ 3. Prison Fellowship Angel Tree: https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/angel-tree/ 4. Toys for Tots: https://www.toysfortots.org/ 5. Feeding America: https://www.feedingamerica.org/ 6. No Kid Hungry: https://www.nokidhungry.org/ 7. Family Promise: https://familypromise.org/ 8. Operation Christmas Child: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ Episode Image Credit: Getty/nicoletaionescu

Nov 10

11 min 41 sec

Candace suggests asking your GenZ girls the following questions to help them hone in on how they can serve others: What do you feel is your gift? What do you love to do? What gets you excited and how do you think you can use that to impact other people? What organizations (local if you can) can you participate in together? Legacy Collective: https://legacycollective.org/about-us/ Elevating Their Impact Podcast: https://legacycollective.org/podcast/ Highlighted Non-profits including to help Afghan women and children https://legacycollective.org/relief/ Follow Candace: Candace Collins Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cannace/ *** Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Nadia Bormotova

Nov 3

29 min 12 sec

Suggested questions to ask your girl: 1. How do you engage with scripture? 2. Do you think the Bible is relevant to love, hope, faith, and unity? Why or why not? 3. What do you think is the best way to talk to others about Jesus? Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode: Barna Group: GenZ Vol 2: https://bit.ly/3jH9IHi State of the Bible.org is a free resource through the American Bible Society: https://sotb.research.bible/ A video that talks more about the bible is State of the Bible: the Good Life: https://vimeo.com/580439488 Bible Project A great way to help your GenZ girl engage with scripture through the animation: https://bibleproject.com/ HowToLife Movement youth-led organization Equipping Young Leaders to Reach Our Generation for Jesus: https://www.howtolifemovement.com/ Christianity Today article on GenZ and Evangelism: https://bit.ly/3CkWOGn *** Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Nadia Bormotova

Oct 27

14 min 39 sec

Generation Z wants to be famous. But do they, really? We want to be known, but is fame really being known? In this episode, Robrenna talks about: 1. The marketing and branding power being used to get and keep GenZ online and on social media. 2. Influencers and the influence they wield over younger generations. 3. GenZ value creativity and expression, diversity, inclusivity, justice – and they want to use their influence for good Check out Axis.org for a great blog post relating to how influencers affect GenZ. Forbes: Marketing to GenZ Forbes: History of Influencer Collaborations YPulse: How much GenZ Cares about online celebrities Pew Research:What We Know about GenZ So Far *** Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei_Morozov

Oct 20

13 min 10 sec

Your girl needs autonomy and agency – they need to discover who they are apart from you, a sense of independence and a belief they can do things without you. Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Teen's Guide to Face-to-Face Connections in a Screen to Screen World by Jonathan and Alyssa McKee Verywell Family Developing Adolescent Autonomy *** Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei_Morozov

Oct 13

15 min 53 sec

If you haven’t listened to my overview on learning disorders, be sure to check it out. Today, we’re diving deep into three learning disorders: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder. I talk about the effects of these disorders academically and also socially. Resources for This Episode: Understanding Dyslexia Additudemag.com Dyslexia Overview Additudemag.com Dyscalculia Overview Additudemag.com Dyscalculia Symptoms NVLD Project - Non-Verbal Learning Disorder Additudemag.com Nonverbal Learning Symptoms *** Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei_Morozov

Oct 11

15 min 40 sec

This episode is all about learning disorders and how to get your girl the help she might need to succeed in school and in life. Resources mentioned in this episode: Learning Disabilities Association of America https://www.gotquestions.org/learning-disabilities.html LD Online Attitudemag.com Mayo Clinic Learning Disorders Childmind Institute: Inside an Evaluation How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the Mama Take Heart webpage for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei_Morozov

Sep 29

16 min 49 sec

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: Covenant Eyes TheFreedomFight.org Free to Thrive: How Your Hurt, Struggles and Deepest Longings Can Lead to a Fulfilling Life by Josh McDowell and Ben Bennet Connect with Ben: Instagram | The Resolution Movement How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the Mama Take Heart webpage for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Elena_Bondarenko

May 26

28 min 15 sec

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: LatashaFerguson.com Podcast Instagram How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the Mama Take Heart webpage for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/nadia_bormotova

May 19

25 min 54 sec

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 Kindred Psychology How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the Mama Take Heart webpage for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Nadya Ustyuzhantseva

May 12

22 min 44 sec

Today, we’re talking about the importance of mom communities and also “mom-preneurs.” Dominque is the founder of the app Faith Mamas Tribe, 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 Google Play Store or Apple Follow Dominique: Instagram YouTube How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the Mama Take Heart webpage for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/gmast3r

May 5

24 min 6 sec

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 Truth Becomes Her, 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 Instagram or at Truth Becomes Her Erin's Books: The Bible Belles and Ringleaders How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the Mama Take Heart webpage for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Olha Khorimarko

Apr 28

29 min 15 sec

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: Website | Instagram Fierce & Lovely Moms Membership Community Purchase A Voice Becoming, here. You can find her free e-book, Before the Clock Strikes 12, at fierceandlovely.org Chris Bruno’s site for Father/Son connection: Restoration Project How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the Mama Take Heart webpage for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei Morozov

Apr 21

25 min 59 sec

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: The One Year Mother/Daughter Devo 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 Mama Take Heart webpage for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Instagram Image Credit: Getty/Ponomariova_Maria

Apr 14

15 min 37 sec

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: Instagram | JackieBrewton.com | YouTube How to Connect with Robrenna: On her website: https://www.robrennaredl.com/ Be sure to check out the Mama Take Heart webpage for a FREE list of ways to bond with your daughter and for previous episode resources and notes. Follow Robrenna on Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/Olga Streinkova

Apr 7

28 min 58 sec

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 Instagram, and visit her website, Beekaynutrition.com Follow Robrenna: Website | Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei Morozov

Mar 31

20 min 6 sec

*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: I've Got a Name I've Got a Name Facebook Page Polaris Project Human Trafficking Hotline: Call 1-888-373-7888 ( TTY: 711) *Text 233733 The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Megan’s story recording courtesy of Vision Builders at Christ Place Church. Many thanks to them for sharing their recording with us. Follow Robrenna: Website | Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/Tuuti Frutti

Mar 24

25 min 52 sec

*Please note: This episode contains conversation about childhood abuse and trauma* In this episode, Robrenna talks with Sandhya about transracial adoption and her story of coming to Jesus. Sandhya shares practical ideas for transracial families to help them navigate and celebrate their child's birth roots. Connect with Sandhya on her website or follow her on Instagram and Facebook. Sandhya is also a Race & Diversity Specialist Apprentice with Restoration Counseling. Follow Robrenna: Website | Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/Elena_Zlatomrezova

Mar 17

21 min 33 sec

Mama, how are you this week? Really? We all know the saying, ‘If Mama’s not happy, no one’s happy.” That’s because moms have the unique ability to set the temperature of the home. Often, what she’s feeling directly impacts the feelings of those around her. Is your house cold right now, or warm? Today, Robrenna takes your temperature to see how you’re doing mentally, physically, and spiritually. What We Talk about This Week - 1. The power of deep, slow breathing. Adding prayer to that deep breathing can calm us. 2. Check out the Abide Bible App for mindful, God-centered meditation. 3. The why and how of journaling to shift through emotions. 4. How our adrenal system can compound our anxiety 5. The benefits of crying to help you move out of anxious, overwhelming thoughts 6. Make time - even just 15 minutes a week - doing something that brings you joy. 7. Jesus’ directly told us to rest and pray - are we following that command? 8. When you prioritize taking care of yourself, you are teaching your children to do the same. Resources to Help You: WebMD for ideas on how to recharge Abide Bible Meditation App sign up for the free version My Life App Dr. Carolyn LeafDr. Carolyn Leaf Follow Robrenna: Website | Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/Elena_Zlatomrezova

Mar 10

14 min 33 sec

Every one of us has been traumatically impacted by the events of the past year. If your Gen Z child is struggling with anxiety or other trauma right now, this interview with Patria Rector has a lot of practical guidance for you. Topics Discussed in this Episode: • The difference between “Big T” and “little t” trauma • Secondary trauma, or compassion fatigue. This happens when we bear witness to the traumas of others. This is mostly present in adulthood, but children can experience this, especially in the Internet age. • How can I tell if my child is experiencing trauma? • What is the difference between experiencing trauma and being traumatized? • How can parents who are traumatized help their children navigate their own trauma? • How our bodies experience trauma and how we can help our children navigate symptoms in their bodies • What is resilience and the formula for each child’s unique resilience • Attunement – what it is and why we need this skill in order to attend to our children Resources Mentioned in this Episode: For a list of ways to take care of ourselves and each other, go to Patria’s website, TheBrokenandBeautiful.com The more on the work of healing: The Allender Center The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD Faith and Healing Amid Turmoil by Robrenna Check out these Podcasts: Your Daily Prayer - A Prayer for When You Are Anxious Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast Follow Robrenna: Website | Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/Elena_Zlatomrezova

Feb 24

31 min 35 sec

Today, we’re continuing our ADHD conversation with Jennifer Kampfe. We’re discussing specific strategies you can use to help your child manage their ADHD. Jennifer’s Tips: 1. Learn as much as you can about ADHD. 2. Be discerning. 3. Adjust your expectations for your child and stop comparing them with their siblings or peers. Most ADHD children are 3-5 years behind their peers in executive functions and emotional maturity. 4. Routines are key for ADHD children. Jennifer has some great tips for how to create routines that help ADHD children thrive. Resources Mentioned in This Episode: ADDitude Magazine - https://www.additudemag.com Recommended Doctors who specialize in ADHD: Dr. Russell Barkley - https://www.russellbarkley.org Dr. Ned Hallowell - https://www.drhallowell.com Dr. Thomas Brown - https://www.brownadhdclinic.com About Jennifer: Jennifer Kampfe is a wife, a mom of five children, and an ADHD coach from Lincoln, Nebraska. She has a master's degree in music therapy from Radford University in Virginia. After having two sons diagnosed with ADHD, and wanting to help them more, she began her training at the ADD Coach Academy. Connect with Jennifer online at Fantastically Focused Follow Robrenna: Website | Instagram

Feb 17

18 min 54 sec

In this episode, Robrenna talks with ADHD expert and coach Jennifer Kampfe about: • Their journey through their children’s diagnosis with ADHD. • What ADHD means and why it is important to understand that people with ADHD have different brain wiring that causes deficits in everyday functions. • The latest research says that ADHD isn’t actually a deficit of attention, it’s a deficit in self-regulation. • Why ADD is no longer a diagnosis and the new subsets of ADHD. • Why girls struggle to get ADHD diagnosis and why they often show different symptoms of ADHD than boys. • ADHD medication - should your child be on medicine for their ADHD? About Jennifer: Jennifer Kampfe is a wife, a mom of five children, and an ADHD coach from Lincoln, Nebraska. She has a master's degree in music therapy from Radford University in Virginia. After having two sons diagnosed with ADHD, and wanting to help them more, she began her training at the ADD Coach Academy. Connect with Jennifer online at Fantastically Focused Follow Robrenna: Website | Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nadia_Bormotova

Feb 10

26 min 38 sec

Robrenna talks with Jonathan McKee about his new book, A Teen’s Guide to Face-to-Face Connections in a Screen-to-Screen World. He wrote the book with his daughter, Alyssa, who is right on the line between Millennial and Gen-Z. Topics Discussed in This Episode: • Why 2012 was such a turning point in the digital world • Why the vulnerability and honesty of younger generations can help us learn how to manage new technologies • New research on the effects of social media on girls • What happened when Alyssa decided to take a social media break • Teaching our kids that what they post now may have repercussions in the future • The benefits of delaying giving your kids phones (and how you can talk to them about waiting for that coveted phone) • How to deal with potential predatory behavior in social media apps Find more from Jonathan: Becoming Screenwise Jonathan’s books can be found here. Follow Robrenna: Website | Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nadia_Bormotova

Feb 3

33 min 24 sec

Today, we’re talking about how to help our kids make wise and safe choices on social media, the Internet, and gaming apps. START Co-Founder and Executive Director Tracy Foster joins Robrenna today, and together they talk through how to engage with our kids in conversation about technology. Topics Discussed in this Episode: • How parents can feel competent and confident in awkward conversations about technology • Why the generations before us really can’t help us navigate this new frontier like we wish they could (and what we can do about it) • The #1 question Tracy gets: “How do I juggle this world where I can’t get away from screens?” • Keeping your kids safe, sane, and relationally seen in the virtual world • Why the question of quality screen time matters more than quantity of screen time (creating, connecting and consuming) • Having a “Define the Relationship” conversation with your kids about how they want you to interact with them on social media Resources Mentioned: START | Stand Together and Rethink Technology (check the resources tab for all the resources mentioned in the podcast): https://www.westartnow.org/ Check out their new podcast, Screen Sanity Follow Robrenna: Website | Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/Irina_Strelnikova

Jan 27

31 min

In this episode we’re going to talk about: The good, bad and scary of social media. For adults, social media is information-driven. For teens, it’s a social currency. We’ll talk about how we approach these tools differently and what you need to know about helping your Gen Z child navigate social media responsibly. We’ll also talk about anxiety, doomscrolling and how social media affects mental health in teens. Finally, Robrenna will share some practical ideas and tips for helping you think through smartphone usage for your kids. Verses Referenced: James 1:5 Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma Common Sense Media Parental Control Techwise Family by Andy Crouch Check out Arliene Pellicane's website. She co-wrote a book with Dr. Gary Chapman titled "Screen Kids." Center for Humane Technology for ways to help your kids and fight pervasive technology. Episode Image Credit: Getty/PaperFox

Jan 19

17 min 18 sec

How can we be the redeeming culture in a cancel culture world? In this episode, we’ll discuss the best and worst of online boycotts, hashtag movements, hashtag activism and how we as parents can navigate the media with our children. We’ll also talk about helping our kids develop wisdom when it comes to what they post on social media. Key Bible Verses: Isaiah 1:17; John 8:1-11, Ecclesiastes 3:17; Romans 2:4; Mark 2:13-17; Romans 8:31-37 Resources Mentioned in This Episode: A Parent's Guide to Cancel Culture Dr. Henry Cloud's Facebook post on Mature Character Episode Image Credit: Getty/wildpixel

Jan 12

15 min 43 sec

Gen Z is the most post-Christian generation ever. 37% of Gen Z’ers say that there is no way to know if God is real. They see church-goers are hypocritical. 17% believe that church feels like an exclusive club. All of this tells me we’ve got work to do. And that work starts with building trust through authentic relationships. Resources Mentioned in this Episode: https://axis.org/ - Axis: Connecting Parents, Teens & Jesus in a Disconnected World Pew Research Center: What We Know About Gen Z So Far Barna Group: Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey Trends Report Episode Image Credit: Getty/Kudryavtsev-Pavel

Jan 6

14 min 54 sec

In this episode, we look at the latest research about the values, passions and norms of our youngest generation, and throw some fast facts your way. https://axis.org/ - Axis: Connecting Parents, Teens & Jesus in a Disconnected World Pew Research Center: What We Know About Gen Z So Far Barna Group: Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey Trends Report About the Host: Robrenna Redl is a real, raw, no-filters, kind of girl. She is the executive administrative assistant for the anti-sex-trafficking organization I've Got A Name. Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nataliia Nesterenko

Dec 2020

14 min 37 sec

As a mama to a 17-year-old and 19-year-old, I’ve been through the roller coaster of emotions, the social media mishaps, the friendship fiascos, and we’ve dealt with anxiety, depression and yes, bullies. I’ve also seen growth, joy, affirmation and hope in the midst of these things, and my goal is to equip you with resources and practical takeaways as you walk through your parenting journey. Today, we’re going to take time to learn a little about Gen Z, who they are, how they communicate, how they see themselves and the world around them, and how they view security both in the world and in themselves as individuals. Episode Resources: https://axis.org/ - Axis: Connecting Parents, Teens & Jesus in a Disconnected World Pew Research Center: What We Know About Gen Z So Far Barna Group: Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z About the Host: Robrenna Redl is a real, raw, no-filters, kind of girl. She is the executive administrative assistant for the anti-sex-trafficking organization I've Got A Name. Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nadia Bormotova

Dec 2020

13 min 10 sec