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Brave Parenting

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We are a network of brave parents who empower & equip others to intentionally develop & train children to have strong character & integrity. We believe brave parenting is doing the right thing even when it is hard. While it seems our children would rather be raised by the internet, the truth is the… read more

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Ep. 61: Among Us

November 13th, 2020


In this episode we are talking about the wildly viral game Among Us. Giving us some on-level explanation of the game is Kelly’s teenage son, Edward. Reviewing the game and its potential pitfalls, Edward provides our …

Ep. 60: Raising Modest Daughters

November 6th, 2020


In a culture of “Cuties” on Netflix and “WAP” on YouTube, it feels almost impossible to keep our daughters valuing modesty. In this episode we’re …

Ep. 59: Reface App

October 21st, 2020


The Reface app is an entertainment app allowing users to swap their face into popular memes. A fun way to pass the time but is it safe? We’ll give …

Ep. 58: Wizz App

October 12th, 2020


The Wizz app is a new social networking app your kids may be asking for. In this episode we’ll give you the facts you need about Wizz in order to decide whether it’s right for your kids.

Ep. 57: Video Game Addiction, Overuse, and Abuse

October 3rd, 2020


Video games are a major player in the arena competing for our attention. Many would classify themselves or someone they love as “addicted” to online …

Ep. 56: Social Media Addiction, Overuse, and Abuse

September 18th, 2020


Often times obsessive social media usage is justified by the claim it’s “communicating with friends” – but how much is too much? And what is the potential problems associated with spending too much time on social media …

Ep. 55: Smartphone Addiction, Overuse, and Abuse

August 30th, 2020


Smartphones are an intricate part of our life, but how do you know if yours or your child’s usage is truly problematic? In this episode we’ll take a …

Ep. 54: Teens & Money with Financial Advisor Chris Van Stavern

July 24th, 2020


We talk Teens & Money with Brave Parent and Financial Advisor, Chris Van Stavern. Do we allow them to spend hundreds on Fortnite? What’s the right age for money-sharing apps like Venmo? We give parents practical …

Ep. 53: The Baby-Sitters Club with Lily Newcom

July 17th, 2020


For the moms who loved reading the Babysitter’s Club books as children, it’s easy to gravitate towards the new G-Rated Netflix series of the modern …

Ep. 52: Netflix – “Stranger Things” with Chelsea Hezel

July 4th, 2020


Stranger Things is the most binge-worthy Netflix series for adolescents and teens. The sci-fi horror phenomenon draws viewers in through 80’s …

Ep. 51: Netflix – “13 Reasons Why” with Chelsea Hezel

June 26th, 2020


13 Reasons Why is one of the most popular Netflix series to date. Originally created bring real life hard topics to the screen in order to address …

Ep. 50: Eighteen & Smartphone Life

June 12th, 2020


A candid interview with Molly, a recent high school graduate, looking at how smartphones and technology has impacted the Class of 2020.

Ep. 49: Summertime Learning Activities with Special Guest with Lori Riehle

May 29th, 2020


Summertime is here and we have expert advice for parents on how to approach learning activities. Special guest, Mrs. Lori Riehle, an elementary …

Ep. 48: Anonymous Video Chat Apps

May 22nd, 2020


Kids and video chatting, although more normal now, can still pose some danger. Add anonymity, livestreaming, Snapchat and Tinder to the video chat and we have the host of apps we’ll be discussing in this episode. This …

Ep. 47: Steam

May 15th, 2020


How much do you know about PC gaming? In this episode we’ll be talking about Steam the online video game distribution platform. It’s where a lot PC gamers get their games so we’ll share with you everything you need to …

Ep. 46: Hiring and Raising Gen-Z Babysitters with Special Guest Dinah Hutson

May 1st, 2020


Generation Z teens are at the prime age for babysitting. Many parents of young children, however, are concerned about Gen Z’s character and screen time habits. In this episode we interview Dinah Hutson of Hutson Nannies …

Ep. 45: Whisper

April 24th, 2020


Whisper is an anonymous app allowing users to post their secrets, thoughts, and questions online without identifying themselves. Despite its 17+ rating there are lots of younger teens using this app. We’ll give you the …

Ep. 44: Screen Time’s Impact on Speech & Language with Special Guest Marie Bowers

April 17th, 2020


It’s easy to choose the convenience of a screen to entertain a young child and not realize – or recognize – the impact on the child’s speech and …

Ep. 43: Episode App

April 10th, 2020


Episode is a popular role-playing app that lets the reader direct the story. Aimed mainly at girls 13 and older – is this app worthwhile? We look …

Ep. 42: Messenger Kids

April 3rd, 2020


Messenger Kids is growing in popularity due to the social distancing and quarantine directives in place at the time of this recording. Owned and …

Ep. 41: YouTube Kids – Understanding the Parental Controls

March 28th, 2020


YouTube is ingrained into the fiber of our kids lives – even our young kids know and crave YouTube! So is YouTube Kids a safer alternative? Is it worth setting up accounts for our kids here or just letting them use the …

Ep. 40: Working and Schooling from Home during COVID-19 with Special Guest Chelsea Hezel

March 20th, 2020


As the world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, children and parents finds themselves both working and schooling from home. In this episode we talk …

Ep. 39: TikTok (Updated 2020)

March 13th, 2020


TikTok has been at the #1 free app for nearly all of 2020 and as more kids join we learn more about its influence on culture and character. We cover …

Ep. 38: YouTube Music

February 28th, 2020


YouTube is a powerful force and influence in our children’s lives. In this episode we discuss the importance of ongoing conversations about YouTube …

Ep. 37: Hoop, New Friends on Snapchat

February 14th, 2020


Snapchat: so many nuances and potential issues/dangers with this app. In this episode we cover Snap’s announcement to roll out a mental health …

Ep. 36: IRL, Having a Social Life in a Social Media World

February 7th, 2020


Today, our teenage children’s culture tends to blend social media and social life together. Can one help improve the other – or – is one be a …

Ep. 33: Amino, Passion, and New Friends Friday

November 22nd, 2019


Innovative ideas are springing up across the country as schools try to balance education and smartphones. Today, we highlight one principal in Iowa’s …

Ep. 32: Houseparty, OK Boomer, Empathy, and the Common Sense Media 2019 Census

November 15th, 2019


In this episode we discuss the app Houseparty, the new trend of OK Boomer, the character focus of Empathy, and the Common Sense Media 2019 Census.

Ep. 31: Facebook, Facebook Ads, and Discernment

November 8th, 2019


This week are all about Facebook. The social media giant who boasts 2.7 billion users worldwide is regularly in the news and often in negative light. …

Ep. 30: Fortnite and Mike Jacobus of Reset Summer Camp

November 1st, 2019


Fortnite: The cultural phenomenon that has captivated millions of children and has frustrated an equal amount of parents. We talk about the details …

Ep. 29: Reddit, Tolerance, Chores and Allowances

October 18th, 2019


In this week’s episode we talk about new research aiming to answer the question of which comes first: Depression or Dependency on a smartphone. With …

Ep. 28: GroupMe, Efficiency, and Consuming vs. Producing

October 11th, 2019


In this episode we discuss the App GroupMe, how to teach your children to be efficient, and the power of producing over consuming.

Ep. 27: VSCO Girls, Self-confidence, VSCO app, and Vaping

October 4th, 2019


In this episode we dive into VSCO girls and the new celebrity-like thinking of today’s teens. Rightfully so, we discuss the virtue of self-confidence …

Ep. 26: Unsolicited Nudes, Selfies vs Posies, the App Bumble, and the Character Trait of Sensible

September 27th, 2019


In this episode we give our news, character, and app focus a 22 year-old perspective with our guest Evelyn Fernandez. We talk about the prevalence of …

Ep. 25: Olivia Jade, Google Classroom, and the Character Trait of Educated

September 20th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss Olivia Jade being back in the news, the character trait of Educated, and Google Classroom: the pros, the cons, and how it is used.

Ep. 24: Positive Use of Social Media with Austin & Kate Mackintosh

September 13th, 2019


In this episode we talk with Austin & Kate Mackintosh about their journey to becoming missionaries in Ireland while pregnant with triplets and how they used social media to connect with others around the world.

To …

Ep. 23: Determination, YouTube ends private messages, high schools going phone free, VPN, and access to porn

September 6th, 2019


In this episode we discuss YouTube ending private messages, high schools going phone free, VPN access and children, and access to porn and the …

Ep. 22: Subtle Dangers of Technology with Dr. Margaret Mauze

August 30th, 2019


As technology advancements creep into every aspect of our life, it’s important to pause and consider what could be lost as we adapt. Technology isn’t …

Ep. 21: Monkey App, Courageous, and Face to Face Relationships

August 26th, 2019


In this episode we discuss the Monkey App, how to develop a courageous child, and the value of face to face relationships in teens and children today.

Ep. 20: Screens and Sleep with Dr. Margaret R. Mauze, PhD ABPP

August 17th, 2019


In this episode, Dr. Margaret R. Mauze joins us again to discuss the effects of screens on sleep.

Ep. 19: Roblox, Passion, Smart Diapers, and the Fortnite World Cup

August 9th, 2019


In this episode we discuss the character trait of being passionate, smart diapers, the game/app Roblox, and the Fortnite World Cup.

Ep. 18: Technology and Schools with Dr. Margaret R. Mauze.

August 2nd, 2019


In this episode of the Brave Parenting Podcast we interview Dr. Margaret R. Mauze, a board certified pediatric psychologist, on the use of technology …

Ep. 17: Resourcefulness, Wish, Social Media Influencer Murder, and FaceApp

July 26th, 2019


In this episode we discuss FaceApp, Wish, developing resourcefulness, and the murder of a social media influencer.

Ep. 16: Pinterest, Creativity, Screen-Free Parent Coaches, and the Value of Boredom

July 20th, 2019


In this episode we discuss Pinterest, Creativity, Screen-Free Parent Coaches, and the Value of Boredom

Ep. 15: Sexting, Texting, and How to be More Reliable

July 12th, 2019


In this episode we discuss a recent study showing that sexting might be “good” for teens, texting apps, and how to be more reliable.

Ep. 14: Instagram, Authenticity, and the Power of Influence

July 6th, 2019


This episode is all about Instagram. The photo and video sharing platform is used by more than 75% of teens and is redefining many aspects of parents and teens lives. The virtue of authenticity and the power of …

Ep. 13: Google Integrates Food Delivery, Deepfakes, Developing Independence, DoorDash, and Controlled by Convenience

June 28th, 2019


In this episode we discuss Google Integrating Food Delivery, Deepfakes, Developing Independence, DoorDash, and Controlled by Convenience.

Ep. 12: Selfies, Snapchat Games, Humility, and Facetune

June 21st, 2019


In this episode we discuss Selfies, Snapchat Games, Humility, and Facetune

Ep. 11: Effects of Social Media, Gabb Wireless, Hard Work, Netflix, and Binge Watching

June 14th, 2019


In this episode we discuss the effects of Social Media, Gabb Wireless, Hard Work, Netflix, and Binge Watching.

Ep. 10: YOLO App, Fortnite Bullying, Moderation, Twitch, and the Dirty Dozen

June 7th, 2019


In Episode 10, we discuss the YOLO App, Fortnite Bullying, Moderation, Twitch, and the Dirty Dozen

Ep. 9: Red Sox Ban Fortnite, Twitch, Gaming Apps, and Moderation

May 31st, 2019


In this episode we discuss the Red Sox baseball team banning Fortnite, streaming games via Twitch, the immense popularity of mobile gaming apps, and …

Ep. 8: Apple Removing Parental Control Apps, Ever App, Trustworthiness, Find My Family, and iOS Screen Time

May 24th, 2019


In this episode we go over Apple removing parental control apps from the App Store, Ever App, Trustworthiness, Find My Family App, and we compare …

Ep. 7: Scrubbing Social Media, Self Control, Discord, Video Game Screen Time

May 17th, 2019


In episode 7, we cover Scrubbing Social Media, Self Control, Discord, Video Game Screen Time

Ep. 6: College Basketball Phone Ban, Instagram Inappropriate Content, Loyalty, Tinder, and Teenage Dating

May 10th, 2019


In this episode, we cover the College Basketball Phone Ban, Instagram Inappropriate Content, Loyalty, Tinder, and Teenage Dating

Ep. 5: Cheese Challenge, Uber, Gratitude, Venmo, Earning, Saving, and Spending Money

May 3rd, 2019


In episode 5, we cover the Cheese Challenge, Uber, Gratitude, Venmo, Earning, Saving, and Spending Money

Gratitude Journal
Teaching Financial Responsibility

Ep. 3: Instagram Checkout, CoParenter, Respect, Spotify, and Listening to Music

April 19th, 2019


In this episode we discuss Instagram Checkout, CoParenter, Respect, Spotify, and Listening to Music.

Top songs through the decades

Ep. 2: Varsity eSports, Olivia Jade, Perseverance, Photomath, and Digital Cheating

April 12th, 2019


In this episode we discuss Varsity eSports, Olivia Jade, Perseverance, Photomath, and Digital Cheating.

Parent’s Guide to Digital Cheating

Ep. 1: Patience, New Rules for Communication, and Tik Tok

April 5th, 2019


In Episode 1 we talked about the #trashchallenge, pedestrian texting lanes, a $5.7 million Coppa breach, our character focus is on the virtue of …

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