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Parenting Forward

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Cindy Wang Brandt helps parents heal from religious trauma, break toxic cycles, and raise children with healthy spirituality and conscious citizenship. She is an author, speakers, conference host committed to helping parents raise kids for a better world. The Parenting Forward podcast features inter… read more

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132: Mild At Heart: Deconstructing Purity Culture in Men w/ Bradley Onishi

October 11th, 2021


Because of a whole host of systemic issues, the parenting space is mostly populated with women. In other words, mothers are the primary parenting …

131: How to Religious Trauma Proof Your Children

October 6th, 2021


This week, I have a great bonus episode for you. Last week, I hosted a two-day webinar on parenting after religious trauma, a topic that you all know is very dear to my heart. We all had such a great time in the webinar …

130: Mental Health Series - Intersection with Social Injustice w/ Dr. Han Ren

September 27th, 2021


For most of us, mental health feels like a very individualized issue. However, have you ever stopped to think about how your mental health intersects with the world at large and the social injustice you are seeing in it?

129: Mental Health Series - Neurodiversity w/ Joel Schwartz PsyD

September 13th, 2021


Today’s guest is Dr. Joel Schwartz, a licensed clinical psychologist. Joel co-runs Total Spectrum Counseling with his wife, Brittany Boveé Schwartz, …

128: Mental Health Series - Anxiety w/ Dr. Erin Underbrink

August 30th, 2021


Anxiety is one of the most common mental health struggles. At least it is for my family. I grew up in an anxious family, my husband struggles with …

127: Mental Health Series Introduction w/ Dr. Joseph Lee

August 16th, 2021


Today I am launching a podcast series on how to care for our children's mental health and flourishing. Although I struggle plenty with mental health myself, I am not a licensed expert in the subject. Therefore, I’m …

126: Little Justice Leaders w/ Shelby Kretz

August 2nd, 2021


By now you should know that the goal of this podcast is to help you raise conscious citizens. What you may not know is how to actually do that. …

125: Giving Kids an Inner Compass w/ Jon Ogden

July 12th, 2021


A few weeks ago I sent out a newsletter called “Disorganized Religion.” It was a product of my reflection on the idea that many who have decided to leave the church still crave a dedicated time and space to explore the …

124: Parenting on Tik Tok with Destini Ann

June 28th, 2021


Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot about one certain Tik Toker. Because I hang out in parenting spaces a lot, I hear about cool new voices and …

123: Freeing Jesus w/ Diana Butler Bass

June 14th, 2021


We’ve all read those Christian books that are full of flowery statements. The writing is beautiful but it has no substance to it. On top of that, …

122: LGBTQ Inclusive Youth Ministry w/ Ross Murray

May 31st, 2021


If you grew up evangelical, the thought of youth ministry is probably very triggering. It may bring back memories of shame and religiosity. …

121: Visible Child w/ Robin Einzig

May 10th, 2021


If we want to address and overcome all of the “isms” in our world, we have to start with the “ism” we have against our children. We can never help our kids understand the danger of racism, ableism, and sexism if we …

120: Cultures of Dignity w/ Carey Goldstein

April 26th, 2021


More than anything, parenting is about creating and changing culture. We just happen to do so one child at a time. As we extend love, compassion, and …

119: Raising Kids for a Just World w/ Lydia Wylie-Kellermann

April 12th, 2021


I’ve often joked that Parenting Forward is a social justice parenting manual. However, I wish The Sandbox Revolution had existed before I wrote it. …

118: Free Mom Hugs for LGBTQ+ Kids w/ Sara Cunningham

March 29th, 2021


I imagine many of my listeners are regulars at pride parades. If that’s you, you’ve probably seen the moms who offer free hugs to LGBTQ kids who may …

117: Civics at Home w/ Ashley Berner

March 15th, 2021


What are schools really teaching our kids? Are they educating them on information that is actually relevant to our world right now? Most of our …

116: Cultivating Civic Imagination w/ Sangita Shresthova

March 1st, 2021


Storytelling is a key element of the human spirit. As human beings, we respond to stories with both our emotions and our minds. Specifically, when we hear the stories of those who are different from us, we are forever …

115: To Raise a Conscious Citizen w/ Lauren Duca

February 22nd, 2021


Children in America have been largely boxed out from politics. They have missed out on that sense of political agency that our culture affords to …

114: My Children’s Book! w/ Lynnor Bontigao

February 15th, 2021


If the pandemic and the Trump-era taught me anything, it’s that we need to be conscious citizens. In fact, we can’t afford to be unconscious. Democracy and the assurance of justice require us to remain woke, vigilant, …

113: Parenting Forward with a Rebel Girl w/ Francesca Cavallo

February 8th, 2021


So many of us who grew up in evangelicalism just wanted to be good. We lived in fear of not being good and therefore losing God’s love. 

This was even more prominent for those of us who are natural storytellers. Not …

112: Raising Resilient Children w/ Amelia Richardson Dress

February 1st, 2021


Each of us must understand that they will go through hard things in life. However, we must also never fall into despair or overwhelming anxiety. That is where resilience comes in. Being resilient is the ability to …

111: Parenting After Purity Culture

January 25th, 2021


Over the summer, I posted a Twitter thread about recovering from purity culture. I wasn’t specifically addressing the parenting audience, but it …

110: Six Minute Sex Ed w/ Kim Cavill

January 18th, 2021


Talking openly about sex is very new to me. I openly share about religion and parenting but have little experience sharing about my sex life. It …

109: God is Grey w/ Brenda Marie Davies

January 11th, 2021


All month in January, we’re talking about purity culture. I want to hold various discussions on sex to ramp up the Parenting After Purity Culture …

108: Breaking Free from Purity Culture w/ Linda Kay Klein

January 4th, 2021


All throughout the month of January, we’re going to be revisiting the topic of purity culture in preparation for our upcoming Parenting After Purity …

107: You Can’t Say You Don’t Like Kids w/ Anna Skates

December 28th, 2020


Many adults believe that kids don’t have much to contribute to society. It’s very common to brush them aside as “not quite people yet.” This is one …

106: Parenting Decolonized w/ Yolanda Williams

December 21st, 2020


My guest today is Yolanda Williams from Parenting Decolonized. Her mission is to help black parents raise emotionally, spiritually, and …

105: Holidays with Religious Trauma w/ Brian Peck & Laura Anderson

December 14th, 2020


We’re back with another special holiday episode of Parenting Forward! However, instead of doing something festive, we’re going to be talking about …

104: Bloom Homie, Detoxing Masculinity w/ Eric Eztli

December 7th, 2020


Many of us, particularly those of us who grew up in conservative religious spaces, were taught unhealthy stories about what it meant to be a man. …

103: How to Teach Kids a Responsible Reading of the Bible w/ Pete Enns

November 30th, 2020


You can tell a lot about people by their reaction to the Bible. That is what makes it so interesting as a sociological phenomenon. There are secular …

102: Unpacking the Privileges of Gentle Parenting w/ Michael Singletary

November 23rd, 2020


Voices of hate and bigotry have been amplified in our country. This proves that they exist to be amplified. They won’t be going away anytime soon. That’s why we need the voices of love and gentleness, voices that are …

101: How to Be Assertive During Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2020


Today's episode will be a rapid-fire Q & A. My goal has always been and always will be to make sure I’m doing my very best here on the podcast to …

100: How to Raise Justice Seeking Kids

November 9th, 2020


I don’t just believe our kids are going to change the world. I believe they have already changed the world. They don’t have to wait to grow up to change the world. They don’t have to achieve anything grandiose to change …

099: Cultivating Sacred Moments with Kids w/ Traci Smith

November 2nd, 2020


The way I think is very big picture. I am an abstract thinker who’s great with ideas, but not so much with concrete practices. Because of this, I try to bring guests onto the show who will compensate for this weakness …

098: Elections and Political Engagement with Kids w/ John Shallman

October 26th, 2020


Those of you who listen to this podcast are people who are very active and engaged in the political process. I tend to be a political junkie myself. …

097: Don’t Simplify Theology for Kids w/ Katey Hage

October 19th, 2020


Resistance is spiritual. However, what’s spiritual is spiritual too. That’s why I brought on someone whose career vocation it is to invest in the spirituality of children. 

Katey Hage is the children’s pastor of Quest …

096: Activist, You! with Lindz Amer

October 12th, 2020


It’s never too early to talk to kids about equality. From an early age, we should give them the tools and language to see themselves and interact …

095: Keeping Families Together w/ Heather Askew

October 5th, 2020


A few episodes ago, I hosted a show with Cam Lee, a transracial adoptee and mental health professional. We talked about issues surrounding transracial adoption, white saviorism, and the movement to adopt from orphanages …

094: Children Making Theological Meaning w/ David Csinos

September 28th, 2020


It’s a great moment when we find kindred spirits whose views align closely with our own. It’s just an amazing feeling to know we’re not alone in …

093: Decolonizing Parenting w/ Jo Luehmann

September 21st, 2020


In past episodes, I’ve used the term faith deconstruction a lot. Some of you might be sick of hearing it, while others of you might be confused. To get us all on the same page, faith deconstruction implies that we’re …

092: V is for Voting w/ Kate Farrell

September 14th, 2020


Kids are affected just as much as adults are by the government and the decisions that are being made by our leaders. However, they aren’t given a say …

091: We Bare Bears: The Movie w/ Daniel Chong

September 4th, 2020


I am amazed at how our kids are so much more woke than we were at their age or even than we are now. They take things like demanding equality for granted. This is because of children’s media and stories that aren’t …

090: Parenting After Purity Culture Tweet Thread

August 31st, 2020


Recently, I posted a Twitter thread about recovering from purity culture. I wasn’t specifically addressing the parenting audience, but it easily …

089: Transracial Adoption Mental Health w/Cam Lee

August 24th, 2020


Transracial adoption is a complicated problem with no simple solution. I’m not a parent of transracial adoption, nor am I a transracial adoptee …

088: Mother of 3 Runs for Office w/ Elizabeth Madeira

August 17th, 2020


Awhile back, I read this book, Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein and it explains why the state of political discourse is so polarized and the answer …

087: 9 Year Old CEO of Peyticakes w/ Peyton Brown & Windy Augustine

August 10th, 2020


At Parenting Forward we believe that every child can make a difference no matter the age and because of this narrative, I'm always on the lookout for kids in the world who are creating change.

Peyton Brown and her …

086: Parenting after Losing RHE w/ Dan Evans

August 3rd, 2020


So many of us grieved the loss of Rachel Held Evans. She was the best-selling author of several books and a hugely influential figure shaping a generation of discourse around faith. When she died in 2019 at the age of …

085: Holy Troublemaking & Raising Strong-Willed Children with Daneen Akers

July 27th, 2020


Love and justice will only arise when we unite with those who are different from us. People with diverse backgrounds, faiths, and even beliefs have …

084: Black Boys, Black Hair, Black Anger w/ Michael Waters

July 20th, 2020


Many of us feel intimidated to talk to our kids about racism. It’s so much more than someone not liking someone else because of the color of their …

083: Parenting Teens, the Mental Load, & Passing on Faith w/ Kristen Howerton

July 13th, 2020


By and large, evangelical culture defines Christianity by what we don’t do. This gets passed on to our kids until they begin to define themselves not …

082: Kids & Aunties Sew Masks with Kristina Wong

July 6th, 2020


Masks have become a polarizing political symbol in our society this year. Opinions on them have changed and developed throughout the entirety of …

081: The Science of Parenting with Amy and Jeff Olrick

June 29th, 2020


It’s easy to forget that our kids are people too. They have just as much humanity as we do and yet we place so many limits on them. We have to understand that kids experience the same amount of stress we experience. …

080: Raising Antiracist Kids with Rebekah Gienapp

June 22nd, 2020


Today, I brought my friend Rebekah Gienapp on to talk about raising antiracist kids. A lot of you have been asking questions about how to talk to your kids about everything that has been going on and we wanted to answer …

079: Stories from THE Rebel Girl w/ Francesca Cavallo

June 15th, 2020


It’s so important that we put real-world events into accessible language for our children so they can form their own opinions on them. Too much of mainstream media either hides hard topics from kids altogether or …

078: The ABC’s of Diversity w/ Carolyn Helsel & Joy Harris-Smith

June 8th, 2020


Today, I'd like to introduce you to the authors of the upcoming book, The ABC's of Diversity: Helping Kids (And Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences.

077: Growing Sustainable Together with Shannon Brescher Shea

June 1st, 2020


Shannon Brescher Shea is a mom who writes about parenting, social justice, and sustainability. This week she joins me on the podcast to talk about her new book, Growing Sustainable Together, and how we can guide our …

076: Parenting After Purity Culture with Erica Smith

May 25th, 2020


Today we're talking about how to raise children with healthy sexuality. I've hosted a couple of episodes in the past about sex and parenting. I've …

075: Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt

May 18th, 2020


Today, I am sharing some of my own stories and reflections to hold witness to this unique moment in history - the COVID-19 crisis. I wanted to …

074: Highlights of the Parenting Forward Conference

May 11th, 2020


A couple of weeks ago, we wrapped up the Parenting Forward conference.  Today, I’m going to air some highlights from the conference so that you can experience some of the best parts of the speakers too.


It may feel …

073: When Our Parents have a Faith Crisis with Diana Butler Bass

May 4th, 2020


As the world is going through major growing pains, some days, it seems impossible to extricate the pandemic from the conversation about religion and spirituality. If you are a parent going through a rocky ride when it …

072: This One is for the Kids with Brad Montague, Anna Skates, & Noah Glenn

April 27th, 2020


Calling all kids! Today's episode is just for you. Check this out: usually, I talk to your parents about how to raise you with healthy spirituality. You know how doctors, nurses, and scientists can help you to stay …

071: How to Find Community in a Post Religious World w/ Casper ter Kuile

April 20th, 2020


One of the biggest concerns I see among parents undergoing faith deconstruction is the desire or need to find a meaningful community. This week, …

070: Parenting Decentering Whiteness - Untigering w/ Iris Chen

April 13th, 2020


Throughout the series, Parenting Decentering Whiteness, my special co-host, Leslie Arreola Hillenbrand, and I have been interviewing parenting …

069: Parenting Decentering Whiteness - Raising Free People w/ Akilah Richards

April 6th, 2020


This week, we continue with the series, Parenting Decentering Whiteness. We are talking about what it means to raise free people with Akilah …

068: Parenting Decentering Whiteness - Parenting for Liberation with Trina Greene Brown

March 30th, 2020


This week we discuss Parenting for Liberation and the work Trina Greene Brown is doing within her organization for the Black community. As we continue the series, Parenting Decentering Whiteness, we explore what it …

067: Parenting Decentering Whiteness - Latinx Parenting w/ Leslie Arreola Hillenbrand

March 23rd, 2020


I am excited to bring you my next series, Parenting Decentering Whiteness. This series features interviews with parenting influencers of color, …

066: Parenting After Religious Trauma Series Part 4 with Brian Peck & Janelle Stauffer

March 16th, 2020


Today we are going to talk about healing attachment wounds and creating safe communities, as we wrap up the series on Parenting After Religious Trauma. As parents with spiritual trauma wounds, how can we participate and …

065: Parenting After Religious Trauma Series Part 3 with Brian Peck & Tori Williams Douglass

March 9th, 2020


In Part 3 of the series, Parenting After Religious Trauma, we debate the use of the term spirituality and discuss why language matters. We also continue our conversation on how we can engage with healthy parenting …

064: Parenting After Religious Trauma Series Part 2 w/ Brian Peck & Tori Williams Douglass

March 2nd, 2020


Today as we continue the series Parenting After Religious Trauma, we discuss some of the common parenting struggles we may have after religious trauma. The focus for this entire series is to address the health and …

063: Parenting After Religious Trauma Series Part 1 w/ Brian Peck & Laura Anderson

February 24th, 2020


How do you know if you're a parent who suffers from religious trauma? If your goal is to raise children with healthy spirituality then, first, you have to acknowledge and address your own spiritual wounds and religious …

062: Parenting with Spiritual Triggers & Glimmers with Cindy Wang Brandt

February 17th, 2020


Today on the show I share five spiritual triggers and glimmers that are commonly experienced in parenting, specifically when you have a history of spiritual trauma. Most of us know what triggers are—something that …

061: Changing the Myth of Motherhood w/ Lyz Lenz & Amy Sullivan

February 10th, 2020


Parenting and progressive faith are not monolithic in any way. There are many different paths of parenting and I am fascinated by the many ways …

060: Talking Money with Your Kids

February 3rd, 2020


Mark and Lisa Scandrette are the authors of the two books, Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most and Belonging and Becoming: …

059: Every Kid is a Revolutionary

January 20th, 2020


Today I tackle some of the objections parents may have when we talk about raising kids to be revolutionaries. It all feels like a little much, we …

058: Talking Politics with Your Kids - Pantsuit Politics

January 6th, 2020


You know them as Sarah and Beth from Pantsuit Politics, a podcast hosting grace filled political conversations. I have them on the show today to …

057: Raising Kids with Healthy Body Image

December 16th, 2019


Honored to have Hillary McBride join Parenting Forward today to talk about raising daughters with healthy body image, cultivating critical thinking …

056: How to Parent Through Climate Anxiety

December 2nd, 2019


I talk with Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics from Union Theological Seminary about climate justice, spirituality, and how to …

055: The Room Nobody Wants to be in - Grief

November 18th, 2019


Traci Loux is a mother of 7 children, one of whom died just before he turned 4 years old. She shares the story of this traumatic and tragic loss, how …

054: Child-Inclusive Intergenerational Worship

November 4th, 2019


Worship and liturgy should be accessible to children and I’m so thankful Rebecca Stevens Walter is doing the work of creating intergenerational …

053: 4 Year Old asks, “Is God Real?”

October 21st, 2019


Today on the show I answer a question by one of you, a member of the Parenting Forward community. I get questions from you all on social media, or in my inbox, and some of them are such good questions that I want to …

052: Trauma Proofing our Kids with Brian Peck

October 7th, 2019


I feel like releasing this episode for free is cheapening the value that’s packed in here. One of my favorite episodes that helps PARENT FORWARD. Therapist Brian Peck explains what the difference is between abuse and …

051: Unraptured with Zack Hunt

September 23rd, 2019


Zack Hunt is the author of Unraptured: How End Times Theology Gets It Wrong, and in this episode we talk about growing up as evangelical teens in …

050: Creating Brave Spaces with Colby Martin

September 9th, 2019


This show is admittedly less about parenting and more about creating community. I am wanting to expand on some of our conversations because I find that many of you struggle with finding authentic community which impacts …

049: Train Up Your Child in Their Own Way

August 26th, 2019


In this episode we get to discuss progressive parenting backed by research from child psychology. Ellen, with a child psychology background and …

048: The Trauma of an Evangelical Upbringing with Jamie Lee Finch

August 12th, 2019


Jamie Lee Finch is a body and relationship coach and the author of You Are Your Own. She speaks articulately and precisely about the trauma of …

047: Simplicity Parenting with Kim John Payne

July 29th, 2019


With the Parenting Forward Conference coming up in two months, I answer some FAQs as well as play an extended clip from the actual conference to give you a taste of what it will be like. My guest is Kim John Payne, …

046: Grieving RHE, Fox News & Empty Nesting with Carol Howard Merritt

July 15th, 2019


I have recently returned from a month long travel in the United States, so while I’m catching up with work, I invited my friend, Carol Howard …

045: The Bible, feminism, and liberation for children

July 2nd, 2019


I am traveling in the U.S. for the month of June and doing one event in Denver, Colorado for my book launch. Because many of you likely could not …

044: How the Enneagram Helps Us Parent

June 17th, 2019


Hannah Paasch is the author of Millenneagram, a witty, hilarious, and also incredibly incisive book on how to access our truest self using the tool …

043: Conservative Christian Parenting Clash with Mainstream Parenting Research

June 3rd, 2019


Dr. Joseph Lee is a mental health professional practicing in California. A while back we had a casual conversation in which he mentioned that conservative Christian parenting is often in opposition with mainstream …

042: Art and Parenting at Intersectional Identities

May 20th, 2019


Every child is creative. But so often we drive creativity out of children, whether it’s religious fundamentalism, market forces, or the way …

041: Sparkles and Sequins for Boys

May 6th, 2019


I talk to Rebecca and Eva, the founders of Boy Wonder, a campaign to create clothing for boys that feature unicorns, rainbows, sparkles and sequins. The mission is to expand the palette of expression for boys so that …

040: Short Term Missions Trips - Corey Pigg

April 22nd, 2019


My conversation partner today is Corey Pigg, the creator of the podcast, Failed Missionary, and I invited him to join me in tackling the subject of …

039: Clarity is Reasonable - George Mekhail

April 8th, 2019


Clarity is reasonable. Ambiguity is harmful. I love the mission of Church Clarity to raise the standards of clarity for churches to present their …

038: Social Justice Cram School for Kids - Kristina Wong

March 25th, 2019


Kristina Wong is a performance artist who has created a youtube series called Radical Cram School, a show about social justice, revolution, and how …

037: My Exvangelical Testimony

March 11th, 2019


In parenting our children forward in faith, it is a good and beautiful exercise to share our faith stories with them. However, parents often …

036: Homophobia in Faith Spaces with Trey Pearson & Susan Cottrell

February 25th, 2019


One of the harsh realities of parenting is that in order to teach our children about love, sometimes we have to tell them about hate. This is the truth in confronting homophobia in the world. I have on my show today, …

#ExposeChristianSchools - Chris Stroop

February 18th, 2019


Chris Stroop and I connect online because we are both #EXvangelicals, which is a term coined by our mutual friend, Blake Chastain, who has a podcast by the same name. It means that evangelicalism is both a shaping …

The Progressive Asian American Parent - Liz Lin

February 11th, 2019


Liz Lin is a writer and co-founder of the Facebook group Progressive Asian American Christians. We took the opportunity to geek out about facebook groups and what it’s like to admin for fairly large groups and foster …

MAGA Teens and Dismantling White Supremacy with our Kids

January 28th, 2019


This episode is in response to the MAGA teens from Covington Catholic High School interacting disrespectfully to an Indigenous elder. This story …

Raising Transgender Children - Laurie Frankel

January 14th, 2019


At the end of the year, lots of people love posting round-ups of their favorite books. I was lazy and didn’t do a round up even though I read lots of good books, but IF I WERE to have done one for 2018, at the tippy top …

Progressive Children’s Book List -Ashia Ray

December 31st, 2018


I’ve long admired the work done by Ashia Ray in her book curating website called Books For Littles. Her list of children’s books that help children …

Breaking Free from Purity Culture - Linda Kay Klein

December 24th, 2018


Linda Kay Klein, author of PURE, and I talk all things purity culture in evangelicalism. We define what purity culture is, how deeply it is embedded …

Dismantling Toxic Masculinity with Mike Reynolds

December 17th, 2018


Toxic Masculinity is the root of many of our evils in the world today. I ask Mike Reynolds, the founder of Everyday Girl Dad to join me in helping …

When a Pediatrician Faith Shifts - Joani Lea Jack

December 10th, 2018


It’s hard to believe we haven’t had a pediatrician on the show about parenting yet! This oversight ends today! So honored to have Dr. Joani Lea Jack on the show. She’s a pediatrician who grew up in the conservative …

How to Talk about Death with Children - Kay Bruner

December 3rd, 2018


An unimaginable tragedy happened to one of our previous podcast guests, Kay Bruner. She lost her 28 year old daughter in the summer of 2018. I’ve …

How to Parent while going through a Spiritual Migration with Brian McLaren

November 26th, 2018


Brian McLaren, like many of us, grew up fundamentalist and then evangelical, and he has been a thought leader in forging a path forward to finding a way to sustain faith that is inclusive and healthy for the world. I am …

Episode 25: Good Christian Sex with Bromleigh McCleneghan

November 19th, 2018


There’ no getting around the awkwardness of talking to kids about sex, but it’s also a critical conversation to have if we want our children to grow into healthy sexuality. Parenting Forward is here to help! Join my …

Little Faith Podcast Crossover

November 13th, 2018


Because I’ve been traveling, I’m running a bit behind schedule. While I work to recover and get back on schedule, I wanted to run a crossover episode …

Episode 23: First Q&A Episode! Special Guest: Brad Jersak

November 5th, 2018


This show is our first Q&A format! I answer questions from what to do if grandparents are spouting Right Wing rhetoric at my teenage son, to how …

Episode 22: Surviving a Cult with Carly Gelsinger

October 29th, 2018


My guest today grew up in a cult and tells her story in her memoir, Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith. We talk about why adolescents and …

Episode 21: Interfaith Parenting with Susan Katz Miller

October 22nd, 2018


One of the pillars of progressive faith parenting is inclusivity, connecting with people of all religions and faiths instead of drawing dogmatic boundaries. Because of this, I think it is a critical conversation to …

Episode 20: Raising White Kids in a Racially Unjust World

October 15th, 2018


Raising white kids is to raise children in a vexed location, at the intersection of whiteness and childhood. White children experience the smog of toxic white supremacy and yet are often silenced and rendered incapable …

Episode 19: Andi Cumbo-Floyd - Infertility, Miscarriage, Entering Parenthood at 43

October 8th, 2018


Andi Cumbo-Floyd is a writer, editor, and writing coach, who recently entered the season of motherhood at the older age of 43. She struggled with …

Episode 18: Stereotypes of Mixed Race Children Debunked - Sharon Chang

October 1st, 2018


“Domination is built by binaries.” My guest today explains why the race conversation in America is often flattened to the black and white binary and …

Episode 17: What Shall We Tell The Children in Trump era?

September 24th, 2018


When November 2016, and the election results were final, many of us were shocked, scared, and confused. Parents, in particular, couldn’t fathom how …

Episode 16: Should I Raise my Children in Church - Barbara Brown Taylor

September 17th, 2018


Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest, teacher, best selling author, and one of the most profound voices for spiritual seekers and wanderers. It was a treat to get a chance to ask her questions about what it means …

Episode 15: 7 Spiritual Child Protection Policies

September 10th, 2018


Today I am sharing 7 spiritual child protection policies to ensure that while raising our children in faith, we are minimizing the risk of them being …

Episode 14: Amanda Meisenheimer - Progressive Children’s Minister

September 3rd, 2018


Amanda Meisenheimer is a progressive children and families minister. She creates music and curriculum to help families raise children with healthy …

Episode 13: Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

August 27th, 2018


Rabbi Sandi Eisenberg Sasso is the author of several award winning children’s books on spirituality including God’s Paint Brush and In God’s Name. In …

Episode 12: Kaitlin Curtice - Decolonizing Faith as a Native American Parent

August 20th, 2018


My guest today is Kaitlin Curtice, Native American Christian author and speaker, and a mother of two boys. Kaitlyn shares with us how she embodies race, religion, & resistance in her identity and her work.

I ask …

Episode 11: Carol Howard Merritt - Healing Spiritual Wounds

August 13th, 2018


Important to Parenting Forward is the practice of parenting ourselves, specifically, to name our past wounds and engage in the work of healing. Breaking cycles of pain and shame means dealing with our own childhood …

Episode 10: Mihee Kim-Kort Queering Our Faith

August 6th, 2018


Mihee Kim-Kort is a Presbyterian minister, speaker, and author of several books including her most recent one titled, Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith. It is Mihee’s coming out story …

Episode 9: Andrew Grant-Thomas at Embrace Race

July 30th, 2018


Andrew Grant-Thomas is the co-founder, along with his partner, Melissa Giraud, of the organization, Embrace Race. Their vision is to help provide parents resources to talk about race with their kids, and their website …

Episode 8: Melissa Greene - Parenting with Rituals & Community after Faith Shift

July 23rd, 2018


Melissa Greene is a musician, most notably a member of the Christian group, Avalon, from the years 2002-2009, bringing us lots of hit songs. She served as a pastor at Grace Pointe in Tennessee, which is known for its …

Episode 7: Parenting without Certainty of Faith

July 16th, 2018


This show addresses some common fears and anxieties of those who are parenting with shifting faith. I am on a mission to convince parents that although it may not be the easy path, parenting with shifting faith …

Episode 6: Hayden Brandt - Anxiety and Saving the World

July 9th, 2018


This is a special episode of Parenting Forward where I get to feature my own son, Hayden Brandt, who is 12 years old at this time of recording. I …

Episode 5: Danielle Shroyer - Original Sin is Damaging for Children

July 2nd, 2018


By far, one of the most damaging doctrines to children is the Original Sin doctrine, and I try to advocate against it as much as possible. …

Episode 4: Bruce Reyes-Chow - Don’t Be An Asshat

July 2nd, 2018


Bruce Reyes Chow is someone I have followed for a long time. I have him on today to discuss his parenting book that he co-wrote with his wife, called …

Episode 3: Kay Bruner - Boundaries

July 2nd, 2018


There were so many things I could’ve interviewed Kay about, she is such a treasure trove of wisdom, but I know boundaries, especially for those of us …

Episode 2: Melvin Bray - Composting Toxic Stories

July 2nd, 2018


I always learn so much when I talk to Melvin Bray, he’s brilliant and kind and resourceful. I ask him to tell us about the COMPOST acronym which …

Episode 1: Five Pillars of Progressive Faith Parenting with Daniel Kirk

July 2nd, 2018


In this episode I invite Dr. Daniel Kirk onto the show as my co-host to introduce the five pillars of Parenting Forward. They are:


  1. Fluidity of …

Welcome to Parenting Forward!

June 25th, 2018


This is our pilot episode to introduce Parenting Forward, the new podcast exploring the intersection of parenting and progressive faith. I share a little bit of my own story, introduce some of the conversations we’ll …

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