Parents Take Five
Episode 73 - Two Years of Parents Take Five

Episode 73 - Two Years of Parents Take Five

February 25, 2021

Happy anniversary to Parents Take Five! It's been two whole years, 730 days, of editing podcasts, talking to guests, belly laughs, and deep recognition of our mistakes. Jen cannot thank you all enough for your support in this community so, as a token of her appreciation, here's a look back at some of the best moments and bloopers of the past two years.

 

Make sure to listen all the way to the end of the episode for a surprise addition that even our host, Rev. Jen, didn't know about. 

Episode 72 - Holy Ordinary Time with Jocelyn Wildhack

Episode 72 - Holy Ordinary Time with Jocelyn Wildhack

February 16, 2021

Due to the once-in-a-few-decades weather that Central Arkansas has been experiencing this week, we took a day to spend time out in the snow with our families and make sure our heaters weren't rattling in their boots. 

In today's episode, Jen joins Ferncliff's Chaplain and Camp Director Jocelyn Wildhack to talk about the resources Ferncliff has been offering families so that overworked, pandemic-era parents aren't carrying the brunt of faith formation and entertainment of their kiddos all by themselves. Jocelyn spends her time at work sending worshippers on scavenger hunts, fills hundreds of boxes with sparkly pipe cleaners, and makes sure that no camper gets left behind. 

Episode 71 - Interruptions

Episode 71 - Interruptions

February 5, 2021

Life comes with a lot of interruptions. Interruptions as momentary and harmless as a kiddo who keeps asking what's for dinner in the middle of a grown-up conversation to interruptions as long-lasting and deeply impactful as the onset of an illness. In today's episode, Jen reminds us that scripture is full of these interruptions and gives us a deep hope in the midst of them.

Episode 70 - The Joy of Play with Coach Ryan Pt. 2

Episode 70 - The Joy of Play with Coach Ryan Pt. 2

January 25, 2021

Ryan Stallings (a.k.a. Coach Ryan) has been coaching youth sports for the past fifteen years, ranging from flag football and baseball to basketball and soccer. For more information on Ryan's background, check out the bio of Episode 69 or go to our website: www.parentstakefive.com

In this second part to Coach Ryan and Rev. Jen's conversation, Ryan talks about ways he keeps the parents and players in a positive mindset and ​how he uses critical thinking to help his young players always look for growth.

*This episode was recorded before COVID-19 hit home for the United States in March of 2020. 

Episode 69 - The Joy of Play with Coach Ryan

Episode 69 - The Joy of Play with Coach Ryan

January 15, 2021

Ryan Stallings (a.k.a. Coach Ryan) has been coaching youth sports for the past fifteen years, ranging from flag football and baseball to basketball and soccer. He’s trained age groups from pre-k to high school and he prioritizes creating a fun environment for the kids, training that promotes personal growth and life lessons, and fostering mutual respect between the players and the coach. When he’s not coaching, Ryan invests his free time in outdoor adventures, culinary pursuits, reading and sketching. Ryan and his wife, Leslie, their sons, Caiden & Conner, and their pups, Izzy & Nymeria love family adventures. 

 

In today's episode, Coach Ryan talks about the one thing your kid truly wants to hear after a game and, oddly enough, it's the one thing us as parents need to hear sometimes as well. Ryan talks mostly about boys in this episode as its the most recent team he's coached but these words of wisdom are true for any kiddo. *This episode was also recorded before COVID-19 hit home for the United States in March of 2020. 

Episode 68 - Welcome 2021

Episode 68 - Welcome 2021

January 5, 2021

Happy New Year, Take Five friends! This new year has been long awaited and anticipated. But with it comes new stuff...and not so new stuff. Listen in with Jen about how we continue to keep ourselves grounded and thankful as we enter 2021. 

Episode 67 - Merry Christmas from the Take Five Family

Episode 67 - Merry Christmas from the Take Five Family

December 25, 2020

In today's episode, Jen's family joins her for a few minutes of reflection on the Christmas story and even more laughs. Merry Christmas and a happy new year from all of us on this side of the podcast!

Episode 66 - Advent Week 3 with Anne Russ

Episode 66 - Advent Week 3 with Anne Russ

December 15, 2020

Welcome to week three of our 2020 Advent series with Rev. Anne Russ of Doubting Believer! Anne and Jen have been partnering on episodes to talk us through Advent and this preparation season. Today they talk about ways families can change up their "regular" spaces to create some holy space for Christmas and Anne gives us all the permission to do whatever our heart and souls need us to do (or not do) this holiday season.

 

Doubting Believer: www.doubtingbeliever.com

Parents Take Five: www.parentstakefive.com 

Episode 65 - Advent Week 2 with Anne Russ

Episode 65 - Advent Week 2 with Anne Russ

December 5, 2020

We're back with the second week of Advent episodes! Today, Anne and Jen talk about the grief that's going to come with this holiday season. For some kids, it'll be the first Thanksgiving or Christmas without their grandparents or cousins. For parents, this will be equally, if not more, painful for them to watch their kids miss out on these experiences. In the midst of all that grief though, Jen and Anne bring the reassurance that yes, everything is a little chaotic and everything was a little chaotic when Jesus was born. He still came then and he will still come now. 

Episode 64 - Advent Week 1 with Anne Russ

Episode 64 - Advent Week 1 with Anne Russ

November 25, 2020

Welcome to our 2020 Advent series with Rev. Anne Russ of Doubting Believer! Over the next few episodes, Anne and Jen will be partnering on episodes to talk us through Advent and this preparation season. They're also introducing their Advent calendar they've partnered on! This Advent calendar has been made with busy parents and families in mind and is available on the Doubting Believer website and the new Parents Take Five website. We hope it helps prepare your heart and soul for the coming of Christmas. 

 

Doubting Believer: www.doubtingbeliever.com

Parents Take Five: www.parentstakefive.com 

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