Only a Parent
By Cris & Belinda Vleck
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Talking about the deeper parenting issues and doing our best to build solid characters from the ground up. We are, of course, talking about ourselves and not the kids. Hosted by Belinda and Cris Vleck. Only a Parent is published weekly on Tuesdays.
||CleanGood-bye and Thank You||All good things must come to an end and, for us, this is one of them. We are sad to say that this is our final episode. Thank you for all your support.||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTop 10 Episodes of 2016||For the final episode of 2016 we review the top 10 episodes of 2016. Find out which episodes were the most popular with our listeners and which episodes made our lists. We were quite surprised to see how they ranked.||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristmas Stories||Christmas is once again drawing near so we decided to ask people we know to share their Christmas stories. We want to thank everyone who participated and were brave enough to share their stories with the world. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTo Lie Or Not To Lie||This week we reveal a debate we’ve had for fifteen years and talk about whether or not we should tell our kids about Santa . Warning- this episode should be listened to without kids.||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParenting Without Fear||It sneaks up on us and a lot of times we don’t even notice. Fear can be a constant state of being for some parents. How do we combat fear and most importantly, how do we keep from passing that fear on to our kids. This episode we talk about …||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParenting Without Ego||Do you see your kids as an extension of yourself? Do you have unrealistic expectations for your kids? Are you always concerned about making sure your kids present the perfect image? This week’s episode is about ego and how it affects our parenting ch||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParenting Picky Eaters||We all have them. ‘Picky Eater’ stories. This week we tell a few stories of our own picky eaters and share some of the things we did to get through those times when our kids were less than enthused about eating what we put on the table.||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet’s talk About Sex||With so much sexual messaging in open society it is increasingly more important to talk to our kids about healthy sexuality. This week we talk about how to get the ball rolling when it comes to having conversations with your kids about sex.||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaising Kids in the Porn Age||With unprecedented access, pornography has become incredibly pervasive in our society. Is it possible to keep our kids from having access to pornography? Is pornography really that harmful, anyway? Science says yes and some people even want to have por||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInternet Safeguards||When applying software safeguards for the internet what do you prefer? This week we talk about the differences between accountability versus site blocking software. Here is the software that we use. http://www.covenanteyes.com||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt takes a Village||This week we talk to two members of “The Farmily”. Three families who made adventurous decision to live together in one house and tend their farm. We talk about co-parenting in a community setting and all the challenges that brings.||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRemembering to Play||As adults we can forget one of the most important things….to play. This week we talk about recapturing the sense of play and remembering how important it is to just have fun with your kids.||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSchool is a Job||It’s almost time to go back to school. This week Belinda rants about an increasing casual attitude about school. She talks about the idea of parents and kids treating school with the same respect as any other job.||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdulting Pt. 2||Last week we didn’t give ourselves enough time to rant about the term ‘adulting’. So this week we carry on the rant and help define some of the things we think makes an emotionally healthy adult.||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdulting||As our summer continues we have another short episode for you. This week we talk about the verb ‘adulting’ and the idea of being an ‘adult’ is something you do but not what you are.||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeware of the Overshare||On this episode we are joined by special guests, Deb and Gina. It's just the mom's this week talking about learning to trust your instincts as a first time mom instead of becoming confused by relying on books and (often times) conflicting advice.||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrusting Your Mommy Powers||On this episode we are joined by special guests, Deb and Gina. It's just the mom's this week talking about learning to trust your instincts as a first time mom instead of becoming confused by relying on books and (often times) conflicting advice.||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing with Death||Grieving is a confusing emotion for kids. Death is a hard subject to work through with your kids even when you haven’t experienced a loss. This week we talk about the loss of many pets as well as two family members and how those losses impacted our so||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaching Life Skills||This week’s podcast is inspired by an article we read last week. The subject was that schools need to teach more life skills because too many young people are growing up without learning the basics. We disagree.||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI’m Bored||Summer is here and that marks the beginning of those two famous words. ‘I’m bored.’ This week we talk about fighting the urge to keep our kids entertained. This summer boredom can be our kids’ best friend, find out why.||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Best Worst Reward||Here is the episode we said we’d never do. Due to overwhelming feedback we’re relenting and talking about R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Sit back and eat some popcorn while we eat crow. Kids are graduating and that means getting ready to take some giant steps into||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNever Say Never: Respect||Here is the episode we said we’d never do. Due to overwhelming feedback we’re relenting and talking about R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Sit back and eat some popcorn while we eat crow.||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Third Trimonster||This week we politely negotiate (sort of) our differences of opinion on Belinda’s mood(s) in her third trimester during both pregnancies.||6/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeeping Your Word||As parents it is so important to keep your word. Kids not only need to trust what parents say but integrity needs to be modelled before it can be taught.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Things We Will Never Talk About||This week we talk about 5 topics we aren’t going to talk about. Wait! What? There are 5 basic things we automatically assume parents should already be doing so won’t be making a topic out of them….ever….(maybe).||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStepping into Blended||We talk about blended families with Maria Ashworth. She is the author of ‘Step One Step Two Step Three and Four’, a children's book that helps with the transition into becoming part of a blended family. You can learn more about Maria and find her ne||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOwning It: Should Parents Apologize?||Should we, as parents, admit when we screw up? Should we apologize or carry on without saying anything? Some parents say yes, and some say no. This week we talk about apologizing to our kids and why we should or shouldn't do it.||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrace Flows Uphill||This week we talk about the concept of ‘Grace Flows Uphill’. As parents, we often use our authority to assert our power to control our kids. 'Grace Flows Uphill' is the idea that we use that power to serve our kids instead of control them.||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEntitlement||Do your kids expect things for no reason? Are they grateful when they do get gifts? Where does that expectation come from and what can we do about it? This week we’re talking about a sense of entitlement. If you like the podcast please consider leav||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere there’s a will…||There comes a time when you have to go head to head with a strong willed child. It’s that time when you have to find your ‘hill to die on’. This week we talk about breaking will but not spirit. P.S. We want to thank you for listening. If you …||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThings Only a Parent would say||Ever find yourself saying something to your kids that is completely insane? On this episode we explain how “Only a Parent” originally began and go through some funny and crazy things only a parent would say…… Photo courtesy of Ryan McGuire||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMiracles||We’ve had some pretty hard times when it comes to our kids health. We’ve also seen some pretty incredible miracles to go along with them. This week we share our personal stories of ‘divine intervention’. Photo Courtesy of Public Domain Pictures||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpic Fails||This week we talk about our biggest parenting fails and wins. The hardest part was coming up with just one each. Photo courtesy of Ryan McGuire||3/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily Time||On this week’s podcast we get a little help from our kids as we ‘check in’ to see if our parenting is holding up.||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRedefining Success||This week we talk about what defines success. What real success is and some of the ways to achieve that for your family. We’re adding a link to a fantastic blog post at ‘The Art of Simple’ by Robin Dance that we came across and mention in this||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Your Parent Identity||The huge life change of having children forces us to change in a big way. Sometimes we lose ourselves in the process. This week we talk about having a parenting identity crisis. Picture courtesy of Unsplash||3/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntervention||You have a big event coming up like Christmas or a family vacation. You’ve imagined the perfect scenario in your mind and prepare to make this the best family event EVER. When the big day comes it all goes sideways and the perfect family picture you||2/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Perfect Picture||You have a big event coming up like Christmas or a family vacation. You’ve imagined the perfect scenario in your mind and prepare to make this the best family event EVER. When the big day comes it all goes sideways and the perfect family picture you||2/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroduction||This is an example page. It’s different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes). Most people start with an About page that introduces them to potential site visitors.||2/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Down to earth parenting advice from real parents who are open and honest. I have enjoyed every episode I have listened to so far. I hope you continue to make more podcasts forever or at least as long as your a parent.
I find myself looking forward to this refreshing podcast...sweetly honest, no topic off the table, great parenting advice. Although not really set up as "advice", but rather an inside look on two parents just winging it with trial and error parenting. Makes you feel good about your own struggles and successes in raising the next generation. Grab a coffee, because it's just like you're sitting at the table having a conversation with these two!
Glad I found you guys!
Down to earth and insightful. I look forward each week to the newest podcast!