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Equipped To Be

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Equipped To Be is dedicated to helping Christian women discover and develop their gifts, strengths, and talents to navigate all seasons of life. This podcast will inspire you to move forward, even when you think you aren't enough or don't have the right skills to succeed. Connie Albers shares conver… read more

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Raising Boys with Mark Hancock - 203

February 14th, 2024


Raising boys to become godly men is a question I'm frequently asked. As a mother of three boy, I know parenting boys requires some different skills and knowledge. Today Mark Hancock of Trail Life USA joins me for in …

Finding Joy in Learning Biblical Truths - 202

February 7th, 2024


Ever felt a little intimidated cracking open the Bible? You read page after page, but you don't understand it. You're not alone. The delightful Annie …

The Value of Community - 201

January 31st, 2024


What's the value of community? Communities stitch together threads of warmth, creating a cozy haven where ever moms find a place to belong and an opportunity to share experiences. Are you like most people who long for …

200 Episodes and Counting - 200

January 24th, 2024


A time of apreciation and gratefulness as we reach a milestone here at Equipped To Be. 

We are thrilled to share this momentous occasion --the …

Question Based Education with Jonathan Brush - 199

January 17th, 2024


Ready to revolutionized your children's education? It's time for a shift from the old-school knowledge-packed approach to a cutting-edge, …

Kids and Relationships - 198

January 10th, 2024


What do you do when your child willinging visits online sites or watches videos that are not appropriate? How can you guide your child through this season and learn God's design for a healthy relationship without …

Let Your Kids Play Outside- 197

January 3rd, 2024


Do you want your children to have a happy childhood? Let them play outside! We must add more playtime to a child's day so they can learn how to be …

Tips for Parents to Protect Your Child with John DiGirolamo - 196

December 20th, 2023


In a techno-driven world, parents can use all the information and guidance they can get to keep their children safe. Today, Connie and John …

Setting Family Goals - 195

December 13th, 2023


Setting Family Goals! As we stand on the cusp of a new year, it's the perfect moment to reflect, reset, and reimagine the future for your family. In today's episode on Equipped To Be, I will be unpacking into this topic …

Eliminating Holiday Meltdowns in Children - 194

December 6th, 2023


Eliminating holiday meltdowns in children can be a challenge, especially if they don't get the gift they wanted or asked for. A moment that is …

Homeschool Growth is Surging - 193

November 29th, 2023


What is causing the surge in homeschooling? Today, I'll be discussing what parents need to know about the fastest growing educational method with Jim …

Making Family Traditions - 192

November 22nd, 2023


Unlock the Magic of Family Traditions: A Journey of Joy and Connection!

Embark on a heartwarming journey with our latest podcast episode, where we dive deep into the art of making family traditions. From the chaos of …

The Power of a Child - 191

November 15th, 2023


Imagine a national holiday tradition, an influence on a U.S. President, and the indirect catalyst for pardoning hundreds in distress - all sparked by …

Taking A Break - 190

November 8th, 2023


Taking a break seems impossible. We think everything will fall apart if we don't keep going. But the opposite is true. Everything could fall apart if …

Empowering Parents to Safeguard Children Online with Richard Wistocki - 189

November 1st, 2023


How can we shield our children from the dangers they face online? We discuss how people get you your kids and what you need to do to protect them. I want parents to know three specific steps they can take to shield …

Dealing with Changes - 188

October 25th, 2023


Life is full of change, isn't it? Whether we like it or not, dealing with changes is essential to our personal, spiritual, and professional growth. …

Family Devotions Strengthen Relationships - 187

October 18th, 2023


Parents often ask me if family devotions strengthen relationships, and the answer is yes. Family devotions cause us to focus as a a family on our relationships with the Lord and each other. They draw us to one another …

How to Parent a Passive Child - 186

October 11th, 2023


Parening a passive child requires thoughful and purposeful guidance. Whether it's their birth order or individual temperament, passive children often …

Why Teens Don’t Talk to Their Parents - 185

October 4th, 2023


Getting teens to talk to their parents might be a little easier than you think.

Today, Jackie Brewton joins me to discuss how you can get your teens talking to you about the issues that matter to them. We unpack their …

Online Trends and Challenges: How to Protect Your Child - 184

September 27th, 2023


Online trends and challenges can be dangerous for kids in the ever-evolving social media world. But we can protect our children from the dangers …

When to Give Your Child a Smartphone - 183

September 20th, 2023


When should I give my child a smartphone? What is the perfect age? Some parents want to wait until the later teen years, while others think the tween …

Raise Interdependent Children - 182

September 13th, 2023


Are you raising interdependent, independent, or co-dependent children? What you decide can have a huge impact on your children. Lori Wildenberg and I discuss why we need to raise interdependent children and how it can …

Make Homeschooling Easier with Zan Tyler - 181

September 6th, 2023

My friend, Zan Tyler, joins us today to discuss ways to make your homeschool year easier and less stressful. During our conversation, you will learn …

Rooted Homeopathy: Bridging Faith and Wellness with Amanda Pelser - 180

August 30th, 2023


Get ready for a few tears with this episode! I finally convinced my podcast editor to join me on the show. It's part thank you and part farewell as she moves on to what God has for her in this next season of her life. …

Helping Your Kids Find Identity In Christ with Tina Yeager - 179

August 23rd, 2023


I want to introduce you to Tina Yeager. She's a mental health professional, coach, speaker, and podcaster. In this episode, she helps me tackle some tough topics that are affecting families these days. There's so much …

The Importance of Easing Kids Back Into School - 178

August 16th, 2023


It's that time of year again – the start of a new school year! Whether you're a seasoned parent or you have a new kindergartener, the mixed feelings …

How to Win Over Worry with Keri Eichberger - 177

August 9th, 2023


Do you worry? Seems like every time you turn around, there's another headline that strikes fear and causes worry these days. What about your kids? Do you worry about them? Do you worry you will ruin them? Do you worry …

Developing Resilience - 176

August 2nd, 2023


The new school year is upon us. If you're like most families, there's some upheaval going on as you figure out new routines and rhythms for meals and …

The Urgent Need to Retreat - 175

July 26th, 2023


As I've traveled this summer, I've heard many people talk about being tired and overwhelmed. Just like you, I can't get everything on my list done in a day! As a part of a recent conference, I participated in a retreat. …

Embracing Your Fierce Calling with Doris Swift - 174

July 19th, 2023


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Embracing Masculinity: The Warrior Poet Way with John Lovell - 173

July 12th, 2023


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Cultural Shifts with Michael Farris - 172

July 5th, 2023


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The Benefits of a Summer Job - 171

June 28th, 2023


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Defending Young Minds with Kristen A. Jenson - ETB #170

June 21st, 2023


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Turnabout Tales: From Underdog to Hero with Raymond Arroyo - 169

June 14th, 2023


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Making Daily Tasks Fun for Kids - 168

June 7th, 2023


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Nurturing Spiritual Development in Children - 167

May 31st, 2023


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The Impact of Parents Who Lack Self-Control - 166

May 24th, 2023


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Building Stronger Relationships with Your Children Using Correction Not Criticism - 165

May 17th, 2023


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Living a Biblical Worldview with David Closson - 164

May 10th, 2023


I had the pleasure recently to talk with David Closson, the Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview at Family Research Council. I've known David for many, many years. He shares with me the sobering statistics …

Parents vs Educators: Who Knows Your Child Best? - 163

May 3rd, 2023


A news outlet recently asked me to talk about the boom in homeschooling. Why is there such a surge of parents choosing to homeschool their kids? I'm …

What Can You Do When Your Child Has Secret Chats Online - 162

April 26th, 2023


I was recently asked to do a news segment responding to a story about how a twelve-year-old and their friend snuck out of the house and drove four …

The Search for Significance with Rachael Adams - 161

April 19th, 2023


When I met Rachael Adams a few years ago at a podcasting conference, I was so intrigued by her kindness and her authenticity. We connected again at another conference last year and I was so excited to hear about the …

When Your Kid Wants a Credit Card - 160

April 12th, 2023


The other day I was back in the Fox 35 Orlando studios to talk on air about another parenting topic. This time we were discussing kids and credit cards. Of course, a 3-5 minute morning TV segment gives little time to …

Homeschooling in the Hispanic Community with Ana Bagnuoli - 159

April 5th, 2023


I met Ana Bagnuoli many years ago at a homeschooling conference in Florida. Together with her husband, they began serving the Hispanic community and …

Hosting Sleepovers - 158

March 29th, 2023


In the last episode, we discussed the pros and cons of sleepovers. Rather than making a blanket decision, I encouraged you to look deeper into the goals of your family and how sleepovers can fit or do not fit into those …

The Pros and Cons of Sleepovers - 157

March 22nd, 2023


Do you allow your kids to participate in sleepovers? I'm personally not a fan of blanket directives because each family is unique. You have to make a decision about what is best for your family based on the pros and …

Guide Your Prodigal Home with Laine Lawson Craft - 156

March 15th, 2023


Do you have a prodigal child? Are you desperate to guide your prodigal home? Laine Lawson Craft has lived this story with her three children. Now she's committed to sharing their testimony and showing parents how to …

Extraordinary Forgiveness in the Life of Corrie ten Boom with Larry Loftis - 155

March 8th, 2023


New York Times Bestselling author Larry Loftis is back on the show to talk about the story behind his newest novel. In this spy thriller, Larry tells the story of the life of Corrie ten Boom. Many of us are familiar …

Why Children Resist Instructions - 154

March 1st, 2023


Do you have kids who resist your instructions? You tell them to do something and they don't do it. You beg. You lecture. You try to explain why. But, they don't do what you say or they simply ignore you. Why do children …

Season 3: A Look Back at God's Faithfullness - 153

February 22nd, 2023


I want to take a moment to talk about God's faithfulness. The Equipped To Be Podcast has reached a major milestone. With this episode and the …

How to Deal with Mom Guilt - 152

February 15th, 2023


Mom guilt is this pervasive feeling that you're not doing this mom thing right. Even when you think things are going well, you see another mom doing something differently and think she must be right and I am now wrong. 

How to Help Kids Manage Boredom - 151

February 8th, 2023


How do you manage boredom? Boredom plagues us all at one time or another. No one is immune to it. Boredom is often a sign that you're tired of the same things over and over, even if you like routine. But, boredom is …

Feasting on Truth with Erin Warren - 150

February 1st, 2023


I've known Erin Warren from Feasting on Truth for many years online. I recently had a chance to finally meet her in person at a women's conference. Erin has a passion for God's word that I think you'll hear in this …

How to Curb Cheating with OpenAI - 149

January 25th, 2023


Have you heard about OpenAI? It's all over the news right now and kids are learning to use this platform to their advantage. It is so easy to use OpenAI to cheat. As parents, we need to look at how to curb cheating with …

Mending Fractured Sibling Relationships - 148

January 18th, 2023


When members of the family live in close proximity and spend a lot of time together, there is bound to be tension in relationships at times. As a …

How to Help Kids Set and Keep Goals - 147

January 11th, 2023


When you set goals, do you set goals for and with your kids?


In this episode, I want to talk with you about how you can help your kids set and keep goals. I have gathered together some general goal-setting advice as …

Asking God to Change Us - 146

January 4th, 2023


I spend time every year journaling and reflecting on the previous year. I have mixed feelings going into 2023, but I want to see this new year in the way that God wants me to see it. What if we chose to ask God to …

Raising a Creative Child - 145

December 28th, 2022


Our family has a wonderful announcement to share with the world! My son recently won an Emmy for cinematography for his part in a documentary called

How to Reflect and Refocus for the New Year - 144

December 21st, 2022


As we come to the end of another year, this is the perfect time to think about the year behind you and what you did or did not accomplish. Maybe you're wearily thinking that something has to change for 2023. Maybe …

Praying For Your Children - 143

December 14th, 2022


A friend recently suggested to me that I should talk to you about how God answers our prayers and specifically prayers of protection for our kids. …

Holiday Rituals Your Children Will Remember - 142

December 7th, 2022


We're moving into the holiday season with lots of parties, gatherings, and festivities! In this episode, I want to focus on creating traditions and …

How to Help Others in a Crisis - 141

November 30th, 2022


We've experienced a lot of change in the last few years. Everywhere I turn, I'm reading or hearing about someone else in crisis. I've had seasons of …

Teaching Appreciation to Kids - 140

November 23rd, 2022



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Teaching Kids Not to Quit - 139

November 16th, 2022


In the episode last week, I talked about resting vs quitting. So many of you contacted me asking about kids who have a tendency to give up on something too soon. How do you go about teaching kids not to quit?


It's …

It's Okay to Rest - 138

November 9th, 2022


There's a difference between resting and quitting. Many times I feel like I want to quit. Today, I want to remind you that it's okay to rest, but …

How to Keep Kids Safe Online - 137

November 2nd, 2022


I speak frequently about how to keep kids safe online. I've found two camps of parenting styles when it comes to technology and internet usage. On …

Teaching Kids to Serve with Samaritan's Purse - 136

October 26th, 2022


In episode #134, I told you that teaching kids to serve is a great way to help manage the impacts of stress. I mentioned the recent devastation in …

Raising Christian Kids with Lee Ann Mancini - 135

October 19th, 2022


It's a scary world out there. Humanistic culture is trying to take your kids and instill in them a worldview contrary to our biblical worldview. This …

Q&A: How to Manage the Impacts of Stress and Failure - 134

October 12th, 2022


This week on the podcast I'm doing something a little different. I'm answering some reader questions! Two types of questions that I receive regularly …

Raising Resilient Kids with Dr. Kathy Koch - 133

October 5th, 2022

I'm excited to welcome Dr. Kathy Koch back to the podcast! Dr. Kathy has a new book about kids and resiliency. She's back to talk with me today about this book titled Resilient Kids and to define and expand upon …

How to Implement Parenting Advice - 132

September 28th, 2022


Parenting is hard. Deciding how to implement parenting advice can be even more difficult. There are a lot of parenting books out there. I even wrote …

Don't Let Your Kids Be Quiet Quitters - 131

September 21st, 2022


There's a new term in HR departments around the country: quiet quitters. It refers to people who don't want to overexert themselves. They do just enough to get their paycheck and not get fired. Your children have the …

Immerse Yourself in Today - 130

September 14th, 2022


Are you immersing yourself in today? Or are you wrapped up in taking pictures "so you won't forget?" Or consumed with what someone else is doing? Or thinking about work that needs to be done? I have the same temptations …

How to Get Through Trials - 129

September 7th, 2022


I've recently come through a very difficult season in my life. Trial after trial kept coming. I couldn't get through most days without at least a few …

How to Follow God's Will with Brittany Ann - 128

August 31st, 2022


Brittany Ann is with me in this episode to talk about how to follow God's will as well as her upcoming virtual conference, Called to Act. She was on …

How Grandparents Can Support Their Homeschool Grandkids - 127

August 24th, 2022


As a parent, it can be a tricky balance to decide how much to share or not to share with your parents about your homeschooling journey. You may have …

How to Strengthen Sibling Relationships - 126

August 17th, 2022


What shapes family relationships? How can your kids grow up to be close friends? I wish I could tell you that you can build sibling relationships …

Your Child is Uniquely Created (PBTR Part 11) - 125

August 10th, 2022


How does your child think? How do they process the world around them? If you have multiple children as I do, you have probably seen that one child …

Stay Engaged (PBTR Part 10) - 124

August 3rd, 2022


Ever have that desire to jump into the car for a very long drive... ALONE? Or feel the need to take a long walk by yourself rather than deal with another teenage drama or toddler meltdown? As a mom of 5, I know the …

Squash the Fear (PBTR Part 9) - 123

July 27th, 2022


We have been gripped by fear for the last several years. The pandemic and waves of uncertainty hit us on top of the more common day-to-day fears. But, God says there's no place for fear in our lives! He tells us not to …

The Power of Words (PBTR Part 8) - 122

July 20th, 2022


How many times have you said something and then wished you hadn't said those words? Have you reacted to something your child did without thinking and you snapped at them in the process? The power of your words can be a …

How to Listen to Your Child (PBTR Part 7) - 121

July 13th, 2022


I've worked with kids from little ones to college kids for over 30 years. The number one complaint I hear from parents is: "My kids don't talk to …

How to Understand Your Child's World (PBTR Part 6) - 120

July 6th, 2022


Have you ever felt like you're trying so hard but you're losing the battle to talk to your kids? First, I want to tell you that is a defeatist mindset and I invite you to change the way that you look at the situation. …

Unconditional Love (PBTR Part 5) - 119

June 29th, 2022

When you have a baby, there is unimaginable joy. It's hard to understand how much a mom or dad loves their child. But, we have to be careful to not …

Foundation of Relationship (PBTR Part 4) - 118

June 22nd, 2022


My father-in-law is an architect. Years ago, when my kids were little, I was in his office looking at the artwork on the walls. It was a collection …

When the Picture Gets Blurry (PBTR Part 3) - 117

June 15th, 2022


Did you get a parenting manual when your child was handed to you? Sometimes it feels like it would have been easier if we had been given a guide or …

Your Child is a Masterpiece (PBTR Part 2) - 116

June 8th, 2022

The purpose when I started writing Parenting Beyond the Rules was to talk about the principles that we're trying to instill into our kids as we're …

The Importance of Parenting Beyond the Rules (PBTR Part 1) - 115

June 1st, 2022

I've made mistakes in my parenting journey. Plenty of mistakes! I didn't do it all right and I don't have all of the answers. If I were to go back …

How to Overcome Toxic Thinking with Alicia Michelle - 114

May 25th, 2022


Our minds are powerful. Sometimes our thoughts run away from us. We find ourselves falling into destructive self-talk and negativity. This mindset …

Equipping You to Love Where You Are with Somer Colbert - 113

May 18th, 2022


Sometimes it can be hard to be and to love where you are. It is so tempting to try to speed up time and pass over sticky, messy seasons. We want to rush through suffering and pain. But, there are lessons to be learned …

The Smiling Homeschooler with Todd Wilson - 112

May 11th, 2022


Do you smile in your homeschool and in your family life? Raising your kids, homeschooling, and developing relationships are all hard work. Sometimes …

Taste the Spice of the Gospel with Stephanie Rousselle - 111

May 4th, 2022


Translating between languages can be tricky. Sometimes one word just can't encompass all of the nuances of meaning or one words contains the concepts of two words from another language. When translated into French from …

Nurturing Relationships with Blythe Daniel & Dr. Helen McIntosh - 110

April 27th, 2022


We tend to have relationships based on what was modeled for us as children. That's the first place we learn about relationships. As parents, we have the opportunity to change the negative patterns and teach our children …

When Mountains Crumble: Navigating Grief with Danita Jenae - 109

April 20th, 2022


Navigating grief is not easy. I've endured several seasons of loss in the last few years, so I know this firsthand. My guest on this episode is sadly well-acquainted with grief but has turned her story into one that …

A Woke World: What Should You Do? - 108

April 13th, 2022

Are you biting your nails a little more than usual lately? Are you flat-out irritated or angry about what you see happening around you? I'm right …

The Benefits of Repetition - 107

April 6th, 2022

Are you a sunrise or a sunset person? Do you like rising early to start the day and ponder what is ahead of you as the sun comes up? Or do you prefer to sit and consider what happened in your day as the sun goes down? …

Resolve Conflict to Restore Relationships - 106

March 30th, 2022

You can't ignore conflict and have that conflict just disappear. You also can't resolve conflict by addressing it straight up. Working out conflicts …

4 Responses You Can Have to Teens Leaving the Church - 105

March 23rd, 2022

It used to be that college kids were the ones who would walk away from their faith. Now, it's teens leaving the Church. It is kids aged 15-17 who are …

P.R.A.Y. to Be Genuine - 104

March 16th, 2022

I've been at the National Religious Broadcasters conference this past week. My experiences there made me think about people and how they pitch themselves to others. There's a time and a place for pitching yourself, such …

How to Manage Device Use at Family Gatherings - 103

March 9th, 2022

I've been doing a lot of research about technology and how it affects our families and our kids. Since the beginning of the pandemic, online usage, …

Developmental Milestones: How to Equip Your Children - 102

March 2nd, 2022

The CDC recently released new developmental milestone markers for children. This new guidance sadly shows that our children have been developmentally delayed and emotionally hindered during the pandemic. Young children …

Following God: The Story of Schoolhouse Rocked with Yvette Hampton - 101

February 23rd, 2022

Yvette Hampton from Schoolhouse Rocked and her family have an incredible story of following God. God called them to sell their home, buy an RV, leave …

Staying the Course: A Look Back at 100 Episodes - 100

February 16th, 2022

It's been a long road for this podcast, but I've stayed the course. The Equipped To Be podcast began just a few weeks before COVID hit and the world went into lockdown. I knew we were supposed to be doing this podcast. …

See Through the Lens of Your Child: Creating Your Unique Parenting Style - 99

February 9th, 2022


When I talk to teens, I hear this time and time again. Teens want to be heard, but they feel like their parents are not listening. Parents tell me that their teen doesn't talk to them. Your teen has few true choices at …

How to Discipline Your Mind - 98

February 2nd, 2022


it all done? If you look at the Proverbs 31 woman and think that you'll never measure up, I want to remind you that story is a picture of this …

Live a Life of Excellence - 97

January 26th, 2022

I was reviewing some data recently for a project that will soon lead to another book. As I analyzed that data, it made me think about excellence. I pondered what it means to live a life of excellence. What are God’s …

Building a Family Name - 96

January 19th, 2022


What's in a name? You could call it leaving a legacy or building a heritage, but are you casting a vision to your kids for what you want your family …

Embracing Change in 2022 - 95

January 12th, 2022


A new year always brings some kind of change that must be embraced. And there have been so many changes in these last couple of years of disruption! …

How to Be the Parent Your Child Needs - 94

January 5th, 2022


Your tweens and teens have been through a lot of change. They need you to help them cope with these changes. Society at large says that they will be fine because they can handle more than their parents think they can …

Citizens for America with Dr. Chris Hughes - 93

December 29th, 2021


Dr. Chris Hughes from Citizens for America is back on the show today. He shares more about his background, what Citizens for America is, and …

The Sexualization of America's Children with Dr. Chris Hughes - 92

December 22nd, 2021


We’ve heard so much about CRT in the last couple of years, but have you heard about the sexualization of America’s children? Yes. You read that right. This is happening and it’s being funded by the federal government. …

The Importance of Family Traditions - 91

December 15th, 2021


The holidays can be hectic. The plays, parties, and gatherings. The decorating, shopping, and wrapping. What do you do around the holidays that are …

When Mentors Replace Mothers - 90

December 8th, 2021


Mentors are important and play a special role in our lives. Unfortunately, it is far too easy for mentors to replace mothers, or fathers, in a …

How to Give Advice to Older Children - 89

December 1st, 2021


Your older children are facing a world with so much chaos and conflicting information. If you're like me, you want them to know what you think. You …

Teach the Principle Behind the Rules - 88

November 24th, 2021


Do you have kids who say things like this: "Mom, you just don't understand. You're always on my back. You constantly criticize and tell me what I do wrong." I want you to know that there is a way to build a relationship …

Living with a Rebellious Child - 87

November 17th, 2021


What should you do when you have a rebellious child? When your child pulls away from you? When your adult child is estranged from you? We don't …

How to Build Sibling Relationships - 86

November 10th, 2021


Tom and I did a lot over the years to cultivate close sibling relationships within our family. I hear frequently that this is an issue of importance …

Learn to Love Struggles and Trials - 85

November 3rd, 2021


How can you learn to love struggles and trials? We are conditioned to ignore and suppress struggles and trials in order to not appear weak or …

Walking Wisely Through Seasons of Grief - 84

October 27th, 2021


Grief is part of life. Death, loss, separation, trials, unmet needs, or unfulfilled expectations are a few things we find ourselves grieving over. …

How to Fight for Your Family: 3 Tips for Picking Your Battles - 83

October 20th, 2021


There are so many different crises vying for your attention these day. As hard as you might try, you can do it all. You can't fight every battle at once. So, how do you pick the battle or battles that you will fight? …

How to Successfully Raise a Strong-Willed Child - 82

October 13th, 2021


Strong-willed children do not want to surrender; they want to have their way. Therefore, they often view your instructions as mere suggestions. If they win the argument or don’t have to do what you tell them to do, then …

How to Create a Positive Digital Footprint - 81

October 6th, 2021


Do you know how to create a positive digital footprint and why it matters to your child’s future?


Most of us know what we shouldn’t share …

Raising Tech-Savvy Kids - 80

September 29th, 2021


Parents are rightly concerned when it comes to technology. But unfortunately, devices are often the source of disagreements, threats, and angry …

3 Ways to Honor Parents - 79

September 22nd, 2021


Does God want us to honor our parents? Or is that only for children?


The answer is yes! We need to honor our parents as we teach our children to honor us. The best way to teach your children to honor us is by example. …

How to Keep School Kids from Being at Risk - 78

September 15th, 2021


Are your school-aged kids at risk? How will this back-and-forth sort of schooling impact our kids? First, the back and forth disrupts children's …

3 Ways to Create Memorable Moments for Your Children - 77

September 8th, 2021


Parents, you have the opportunity to shape and create memorable moments your children will think about for years. A few years ago, I read The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. If you've read Parenting beyond …

Importance of Playtime for Children - 76

September 1st, 2021


You can learn so much about your children from playtime. Playtime for children can be more revealing about who they are than talking or even watching …

Your Kids Are Watching You - 75

August 25th, 2021


You know that your kids are watching you, right? They are watching and learning from you how to communicate from the time they are little and well …

Knowing Your Strengths Part 4 - 74

August 18th, 2021


Why does knowing your strengths, talents, and the domain order matter?


If you missed episodes #71, #72, or #73, go back and listen to those first before jumping into this episode.


In this episode we dive into three …

How to Transition from School to Homeschool - 23

August 11th, 2021


Where is your child going to school? Will it be public, private, or homeschool? You aren't alone. Millions of parents are making hard decisions …

Knowing Your Strengths Part 3 - 73

August 4th, 2021


Knowing your strengths and your child’s strengths can bring great clarity to you and your child so that everyone can see the masterpiece God designed them to be. While many personality assessments are available, few …

Knowing Your Strengths Part 2 - 72

July 28th, 2021


Do you know your strengths? Have you spent time trying to discover what you are uniquely designed for? Do you know why you do what you do? Do you know why you think, feel, and behave in a certain way?


In this episode, …

Knowing Your Strengths Part 1 - 71

July 21st, 2021


Do you know your strengths? Are you like most people who spend a good deal of time trying to strengthen your weaknesses? Do you dwell on what you …

The 4-Hour School Day with Durenda Wilson - 70

July 14th, 2021


When I began homeschooling in the early '90s, most people didn't know it was legal or if it was possible. Parents had a lot to prove to society, …

Praying Mom with Brooke McGlothlin - 69

July 7th, 2021


Do you know you should be praying for your kids but don't know how? Or do you wait to pray when life is difficult? I have. Do you want to be a …

Goal Setting Can Lead to Greater Fulfillment - 68

June 30th, 2021


Are you a fan of goal setting? Do goals matter? They should because God has an assignment for you to complete! It's one only you can fulfill if you …

When to Step Away or Push Through - 67

June 23rd, 2021


Have you been torn between deciding when to step away or push through a difficult situation? Sure you have. We all have. Making tough decisions is …

Run Your Race with Confidence - 66

June 16th, 2021


Are you running your race with confidence or looking around at what others are doing? Do you know why running your race is important? Do you find yourself looking at others and trying to imitate them?


How you run your …

You Can Overcome the Character Crisis - 65

June 9th, 2021


Do you see what I'm seeing? Parents and leaders across the country are noticing the character crisis permeating our communities. Lying, marginalizing, undermining, spreading partial truths all seem okay now. Are they? …

Candid Interview with Larry Loftis, author and NYT Bestselling Espionage Author, Part II - 64

June 2nd, 2021


We are back in the studio of Equipped To Be for part II of my interview with international bestselling author Larry Loftis. We begin this episode with how I met Mr. Loftis through a mutual friend.


During this part of …

Candid Interview with Larry Loftis, author and NYT Bestselling Espionage Author, Part I - 63

May 26th, 2021


The odds of becoming a published author are low, but becoming a bestselling author is extremely difficult. Larry Loftis not only beat the odds, but …

God Can Heal Your Marriage with Jill Savage - 62

May 19th, 2021


Marriage can be messy and far from normal. But what can we learn about loving our spouse when they don't love us back? How do we trust God to work in us when hope seems lost? Can God heal your marriage?


God has not …

How to Cultivate Curiosity with Cheryl Bastian - 61

May 12th, 2021


We enter life curious. We wonder about the world around us, but as the years unfold that natural curiosity for life and learning can fade. So, how …

Little Faith, Big God with Debbie W. Wilson - 60

May 5th, 2021


Do you ever feel like you don't have enough faith to do what God asks you to do? Or that God isn't big enough to help you? If you answered yes to either question, you're not alone. Even Abraham and Noah also struggled …

Make Homeschooling Easy with Lea Ann Garfias - 59

April 28th, 2021


Is it possible to make homeschooling easy? Homeschooling is too hard! Where do I start? I could never do that! Are common questions parents ask when …

Don't Let School Drive Out Your Child's Creativity with Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang Part II - 58

April 21st, 2021


Is school driving out your child's creativity? Is a formal degree the only way to a fulling or financially rewarding career? Is your child's degree …

What Parents Can Do About The Broken Education System with Ai Addyson-Zhang Part 1 - 57

April 14th, 2021


Parents know the public educational system is broken, but most don't know what they can do about it. Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang was a college professor for …

Biblical Citizenship in Modern America with Rick Green - 56

April 7th, 2021


Biblical Citizenship is grounded in faith and encourages Americans to embrace their freedoms. America is changing. What part do you play? Rick Green joins me to talk about Biblical Citizenship and how we can protect the …

Is Self-Protection Hurting Your Faith and Friendships? - 55

March 31st, 2021


Self-protection isn't new. People disappoint us, so we put up walls. God doesn't answer our prayer, so we stop praying. We deal with pain and suffering by self-protecting. It feels safer. But, is it how Jesus handled …

A Conversation about Love-Centered Parenting with Crystal Paine - 54

March 24th, 2021


With all the parenting books available, what makes Love-Centered Parenting, by Crystal Paine, unique? Like many books, where the authors focus on …

Stop Giving People Headspace - 53

March 17th, 2021


Do the words of others linger in your mind? You can hear them play over and over again. You want to erase their words, but you can't get them out of your head. It's because we've given people headspace. It's like giving …

The Future of Homeschooling with Ashley Wiggers Part 2- 52

March 10th, 2021


What is the future of homeschooling? The future looks bright!

While homeschooling and at-home learning surged due to school closures, parents are …

Tips for Running a Business and Homeschooling with Ashley Wiggers Part 1 - ETB #51

March 3rd, 2021


Are you among millions of parents trying to run a business and homeschooling your children? You're not alone. Millions of parents are faced with the …

Generational Living: How to Make it Work - 50

February 24th, 2021


Generational living is a way of life that is back in vogue. Have you thought about it? It's when multiple generations live under one roof. It can be …

Foster Respect Between You and Your Teen - 49

February 17th, 2021


Fostering a foundation of respect between you and your teen requires time and intentionality. The good news is that your investment now pays off in the long run as you show your child respect.

Respecting each other is …

Launching Your Child AND Maintaining Relationships - 48

February 10th, 2021


Launching your child brings a host of emotions. For most parents, it's a bittersweet experience. Feelings of loss, fear, excitement, and satisfaction are some of the more common emotions parents have to work through. …

How To Teach Children Well - 47

February 3rd, 2021


People often ask me how did I teach my children. I love when I get the opportunity to share how we homeschooled our kids. But what I love even more …

How to Move Forward with New Leadership - 46

January 27th, 2021


Do you feel like 2021 started rough? Does it feel overwhelming? Are you unsure of how to move forward with new leadership? Or are you eager to see God work in your family?

People are passionate about what they believe. …

Fall In Love with God's Word with Brittany Ann - 45

January 20th, 2021


Did you know only 31% of people read their Bible every week? I'm not sure if that surprises you or not, but It did me. That got me wondering why. What are the hindrances to consistently reading God's Word? How can you …

Simple Strategies to Improve Motivation When You're Stuck - 44

January 13th, 2021


Are you feeling unmotivated, uncertain, or stuck? You aren't alone. Though your social media feed is full of 5-day challenges, organizational hacks, …

How to Handle Bullying with Candice Duggar (Part II) - 43

January 6th, 2021


Has your child been bullied? Do you find out or did they tell you? How do you know if they are dealing with bullying or if it's general conflict that …

How to Handle Bullying with Candice Duggar (Part I) - 42

December 30th, 2020


Have you or your child been on the receiving end of bullying? If so, you know how emotionally traumatic it can be for your child. Bullying is a …

Listen and Trust God's Leading with Misty Phillip (Part II) - 41

December 23rd, 2020


Misty Phillip joins me for part II of our conversation on how to listen and trust God's leading in your life. Today we focus on the steps she's learned about waiting that will help you learn how God is working in your …

Listen and Trust God's Leading with Misty Phillip (Part I) - 40

December 16th, 2020


Learning to listen and trust God's leading takes intentionality and practice. These are disciplines Misty Phillip put into practice early in her life. She joins me to discuss how God led her from corporate work to …

My Child Would Not Do THAT - 39

December 9th, 2020


When I saw other children publicly act up or act out, I thought my child would not do THAT. My children knew right from wrong. Have you thought that …

Hurt and Heartbreak Over the Holidays - 38

December 2nd, 2020


Tis the holiday season to be jolly! A season full of thanksgiving and joy and family. While many people are welcoming this season with great …

Turn Heaviness to Hopefulness - 37

November 25th, 2020


Heaviness is not an uncommon feeling these days. But what if we could turn heaviness to hopefulness? Well, we can!

In today's episode, we are going …

Raising Kids Amid Cultural Chaos - 36

November 18th, 2020


How do we raise children in a culture of chaos when confusion and strife surround us? And how do we remain steadfast while adjusting along the way? …

Fast from Social Media Feed to Feast on God's Word with Wendy Speake - 35

November 11th, 2020


Today, I'm joined by author and speaker Wendy Speake to discuss her new book The 40 Day Social Media Fast: Exchange Your Online Distractions for Real-Life Devotion. Wendy shares how our spiritual lives are impacted when …

How to Discuss Post-Election Results with Children - 34

November 4th, 2020


It's time to exhale; the election is over! Now it's time to discuss the winners and losers with your children in a constructive way so you can get on …

7 Election Week Tips to Talk with Children - 33

October 28th, 2020


Elections can create tension between family members. But, we can discuss politics, share our positions, and engage in dynamic conversations with our …

Wisely Choose Who You Listen To - 32

October 21st, 2020


Do you know people who believe they know the right way to parent children? I sure do. Over the years, I've encountered many well-meaning people eager to help me get it right! Some of the advice I've been given has been …

Living Through Seasons of Loss - 31

October 14th, 2020


Do you know how to walk through seasons of loss or grief? It's a question many are asking. If we are honest, we've all gone through tough seasons: losing a job, a parent, a child, or a friendship. How you process the …

How She Considers Wisely - 30

October 7th, 2020


Do you want to be a wise woman? You can be! I'm always asked how I decide what projects to accept and what to decline. Today, I share what I've learned from Proverbs 31:16a and how to apply it in your life. You can be …

How to be an Effective Parent with Daniel Huerta - 29

September 30th, 2020


Did you know 73% of parents feel parenting is their greatest challenge? Did you know 80% of those parents believe parenting can be learned, but wished they knew more positive approaches? Daniel Huerta joins me to …

Strengths Defined and Understood Part 2 - 28

September 16th, 2020


How does understanding Strengths improve family relationships? Why should we be more intentional about teaching to our child's strengths? …

Strengths Defined and Understood Part 1 - 27

September 9th, 2020


How does understanding Strengths improve family relationships? Why should we be more intentional about teaching to our child's strengths? …

Awaking Wonder In Your Child with Sally Clarkson - 26

September 2nd, 2020


Does your child wonder about their world? Is there a vision for your family that your child can hold onto? Sally Clarkson, and I discuss how to make …

Build Relationships by Monitoring Your Mouth - 25

August 26th, 2020


Do your words roll off your tongue and land in a tender place of your child's heart or do they wound their spirit? We know words have power, so using …

How to Respond to Anger and Disappointment with Joël Malm - 24

August 19th, 2020


Do you find yourself getting angry more than ever before? Did you know anger follows fear? While these are God-given emotions, they don't have to …

Stop Living in Fear with Heidi St. John - 22

August 5th, 2020


Have you felt fearful lately? Do you want to speak up, but know what to do? As a Christian, how can we starve the fear that is taking over our …

How to Resolve Sibling Conflict - 21

July 29th, 2020


Do you wish you knew how to resolve sibling conflict in your family? Do your children fight or argue? Does their conflict make you concerned about …

Help Your Child Discover Peace - 20

July 22nd, 2020


Does your child wrestle with finding peace? Are uncertain times causing fear or worry or disappointment to rob your child of living a peace-filled life? Confusion and uncertainty can hinder you and your child from …

Does Your Child Want To Take A Gap Year? - 19

July 15th, 2020


Could your child benefit from taking a gap year in in the fall? For many students a gap year is looking like a viable option. If you are the parent …

How to Create a Better Money Mindset for Women with Ed Vargo - 18

July 8th, 2020


Do you feel overwhelmed with managing, budgeting, or investing your money? You're not alone. Women often lack the confidence they need to make wise money decisions. My guest, Ed Vargo, founder of, joins …

Listen to Resolve Conflict - 17

July 1st, 2020


Do you want to resolve conflict with your teen or others? Learning to listen is the first step to working through all conflicts. And when you …

7 Tips to Improve Listening to Your Teen - 16

June 24th, 2020


You don't listen me. You always correct me. You rush to judgement. Are these the words your teen says when they try to talk to you? Implementing these 7 tips to improve listening to your teen will help your teen want to …

10 Insights for the Parent Considering Homeschooling - 15

June 17th, 2020


Are you considering homeschooling in the fall? As a homeschool mom of five graduates, I share 10 Insights I would tell my younger self. You'll glean …

What Your Teen Wants and Needs from You with Jackie Brewton - 14

June 10th, 2020


Do you struggle to get your teens to open up about their struggles? They have a lot to say. But are they talking to you? Jackie Brewton joins me to discuss how you can get your teens talking to you about the issues …

Countercultural Parenting with Lee Nienhuis - 13

June 3rd, 2020


Does building character in your children in a world of compromise seem overwhelming? Countercultural parenting can be hard! Lee Nienhuis joins me to …

Parenting Passive Children - 12

May 27th, 2020


Do you have a passive child? Does your child struggle to make a decision? Watch out! You need to help that child learn how to speak up and not follow …

Parenting Strong-Minded Children (Part 2) - 11

May 20th, 2020


Do you know your strong-minded child struggles with being controlled? Do you want to know how to persuade your child to follow your instructions? …

Parenting Strong-Minded Children (Part 1) - 10

May 13th, 2020


Do you have a strong-minded child? Does turning conflict into cooperation appeal to you? Then this episode is for you! I'll be sharing 3 tips you can do today to start improving your relationship and reduce conflict in …

Hope In Crises - 9

May 6th, 2020


Do you feel fearful or frustrated in a crisis? Do you want to learn how to navigate trials? There is a way to have hope in the midst of disruption. …

Building Resiliency in Your Family - 8

April 29th, 2020


Every day we hear stories of resilient families that rose above unbearable circumstances. Is it possible for your family to be resilient? Unsettling and challenging times provide an opportunity to build resiliency in …

Bonus - How to Lead Yourself so You Can Lead Others with Esther Littlefield

April 22nd, 2020


Do you want to lead others well? Esther Littlefield and I as we discuss how to keep yourself refueled so you can pour out from a full pitcher.


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Bonus: Living, Working, and Schooling from Home with Sherri Seligson

April 15th, 2020


Are you getting frustrated by being surrounded by your spouse and kids all day? Sherri and I discuss how to manage your expectations and learn to talk things through so you can build close relationships instead of …

Bonus: Managing Marriage with Erin Smalley

April 8th, 2020


How do we navigate marriage during difficult times? Erin Smalley, of Focus on the Family, and I discuss how to keep your differences from becoming …

How to Set Curfews for Children - 7

April 1st, 2020


Establishing curfews is an essential part of parenting, but we don't always know how to set curfews for our children without them pushing back. How …

Stop Second-Guessing Yourself - 6

March 25th, 2020


Stop second-guessing yourself! In an age where we often look around and compare, we must stop second-guessing if we are doing enough. We can live the …

Bonus: Turn Concerns and into Confidence that comes from the Lord with Katie Reid

March 24th, 2020


Do you feel the need to be productive when life requires that you slow down? Katie Reid, author of Made Like Martha, joins me to discuss how to be …

Bonus: How to Handle the Complexities within the Family with Dr. Daniel Huerta, VP of Parenting and Youth of Focus on the Family

March 24th, 2020


Do you wrestle with knowing how to navigate the twists and turns of keeping the family together? Daniel Huerta, (VP of Parenting and Youth at Focus on the Family) and I have an upbeat conversation about the needs of …

Bonus: Managing Expectation with Mental Health Professional Michelle Nietert

March 20th, 2020


Want to learn how to help your child process the abrupt changes happening in their lives? A licensed counselor and owner of Counselor Thoughts, Michelle Nietert, will join us as we discuss walking your child through …

Bonus: Overcoming Fear and Anxiety with Dr. Michelle Bengtson

March 18th, 2020


Sudden changes often cause unease leading to stress, anxiety, and fear, but author Dr. Micheal Bengtson shares how you can overcome anxiety, worry, …

Bonus: Equipping Parents and Students with Dr. Kathy Koch

March 17th, 2020


What does it look like to equip your child and create opportunities while you teach your child how to manage hard times. Dr. Kathy shares how we can walk with our child and not make them projects to fix, but people to …

Bonus: Adjusting to Change with Connie Albers

March 17th, 2020


A crisis, such as Covid-19, can hit suddenly and hard, but we can reduce stress and conflict while keeping our family safe when we focus on helping our children know how to work together as a family. Every crisis is an …

You Aren't A Label: Assessments Are Just Tools - 5

March 11th, 2020


You aren't a label! Sometimes we can mistakenly use assessments as defining labels for ourselves and others rather than as tools designed to help us …

Loving Others Well Using Personality and Strengths Assessments - 4

March 4th, 2020


Giving grace to ourselves and loving others is easier when we know how they are uniquely created. CliftonStrengths, Love Languages, and the Meyers/Briggs assessments can help you understand how others think and process …

Saying Yes to God with Sherri Seligson - 3

February 26th, 2020


God uses your gifts in unexpected ways.  Learn how God blessed Sherri Seligson's faithfulness in her faith, family, homeschool, and life. 


Read the …

How to Make Marriage and Writing Work with Janet and Geoff Benge - 2

February 18th, 2020


Janet and Geoff are the authors of ”Heroes of the Christian Faith.” They have written more than 300 books and sold more than 6 million copies. We …

Listening to God’s Leading - 1

February 18th, 2020


How God has equipped you with strength and confidence for every good work to help you navigate every season of life. Connie shares how equipped to be came to fruition and God is using her story to inspire and encourage …

Welcome to Equipped to Be

February 18th, 2020


Stop wandering or wondering if you have gifts, strengths, talents. God has equipped you with exactly what you need to navigate every season of life. Whether it’s raising children, managing a family, growing a business, …

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