C4P 18: Team Player

Bible Passage: Matthew 10:13-16


Advocating for our child who has challenges as they struggle to fit in children’s ministry can sometimes be agonizing. There are many things to consider and today we want to help you develop some strategies.

Remember that you are part of the TEAM

The child is the priority

Think ahead

What is helpful for this setting?

Remember that your child is emerging and expect progress

Share good character traits as well as trigger/struggle points

Give ideas of what has helped in the past but be open to new strategies

Have an attitude of gratitude

Pray for your child, the leaders, and the other children regularly

Consider a small thank you gift

Always give grace

Tip for the Week – Dominance – Child Development Strategy

Dominance is long term memory and all about how the brain stores information.

Does your child struggle with:


Having roller coaster emotions?

Getting frustrated easily?




It is possible that your child is mixed-dominant.

Join us to find out how you can tell and why it matters.

Resources to help with organization of the brain’s storage system - Dominance:

1) We do private parent coaching through MarchForthFamily.com. If you would like to know more about how private coaching works and about our programs, email us at MarchForthFamily@gmail.com.

2) A helpful article regarding Dominance: http://realhealthtalk.com/Emotions,_Mixed_Dominance_and_the_Brain.html


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C4P 17: I Believe

Show Notes for Podcast 17 “I Believe”

Bible Passages: Matthew 6:33, Matthew 6:25-34, Nehemiah 2:4


Do you know God? Do you believe the Bible as His Word to us for life? And yet, do you struggle with UNBELIEVING moments as you raise your child who has some challenges? Join us for some encouragement and practical steps to help your focus stay on the Truth.


We’d love to have you join us as we discuss:

The Instruction Manual

Trusting the work of the Holy Spirit within you

Surrounding yourself with people who seek God

Doing something to make someone else’s world a little brighter

Looking for the silver linings


Tip for the Week – 3 Tips to Help Your Child Develop Social Skills

Understand the pieces of a strong developmental foundation

Understand the components of good relationships

Develop a plan to build these in your child


Resources to help with Social Skills:

MarchForthFamily.com (parent coaching)




Sandbox Learning



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C4P 16: Power of Words


Bible Passages: Psalm 19:14, Proverbs 10:19

Power of Words

Do you remember the old adage:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”

I grew up with: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

I think we all agree that we have felt the very painful sting of names and/or words. As parents, we want to consider our words and attitudes and how our children are affected by them.  Can you remember when someone said something to you that just crushed your spirit? It stayed with you a long time, didn’t it? Sometimes we forget those painful moments for a time and then something happens to bring them to the forefront again. Often the memories come complete with the feelings we felt as well. Of course, we would like to never be reactive or unkind or negative in our words to our children. The reality is that we will fail. Join us as we discuss the struggle and offer some suggestions.

Tip for the Week – Sharpening Your Child’s Brain Foundation

When our first three children were born, we cared about their development, just like any concerned parent. However, we really didn’t begin to have a passion to understand how we could facilitate good brain development for all of them until our Amy was born with a syndrome that carried with it multiple disabilities. The journey of the last 20 years has taught us much about stimulating the brain to create a strong foundation and then to build upon that foundation. One of the most foundational child development steps that you want to make sure is strong, is cross patterning.

We will cover these points:

· What is cross patterning?

· Why do I care?

· How can I tell if this child development step is strong?

· What can I do if it is not?

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C4P 15: Morning Sickness

Bible Passages: Mark 1:35, Lamentations 3:22 & 23

Morning Sickness

It has been a long time since Julie has experienced morning sickness. However, she does remember it well. Some would say that her version was pretty mild and listening to the war stories of other moms, she would have to agree. Any form of morning sickness, however, can render it difficult to focus on the other things of life such as caring for other children, holding down a job, cooking meals, and doing just about anything – especially if it has any kind of odors associated with it or requires stamina and focus.

-And…what works for one mom doesn’t even touch the problem for another.

Join us for today’s podcast to get tried and true help for morning sickness from real-life moms who have been there and done that. The symptoms for these moms ranged from mild to pretty severe.

Tip for the Week – Clothing Dilemma – Four Solutions!

Our children who have sensory concerns struggle sometimes with wearing certain clothes. Some of them struggle with wearing any clothes. Some of them will only wear one dress – or one kind of pants – or one kind of shirt. Some have a great deal of difficulty with wearing socks and shoes.

This can be very challenging for parents.

We have some solutions for you!

· Scratchy Glove

· Fabric Rub

· Mindset

· Timer-Clothes Game

Tune in to get the details!

Resources and Links:

Resources and Links:






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C4P 14: Development Rut Buster

Sometimes our children get stuck as they are developing. This “stuckness” can be attributed to many things. Today we are going to share an early development that often gets stopped or hindered along the way which can cause children to struggle with school, relationships, frustration levels, distractibility and much more. The good news is there are things you can do about it. Knowledge is power and we want you to be empowered with knowing about this potential cause for hiccups.

Bible Passages: Psalm 139:1-4, 13-18

Development Rut Buster

Today tune in for information about a developmental step that often gets stuck. We will talk about primitive reflexes and about them being integrated or retained.

Does your child have any one of these concerns?



Respiratory infections

Muscle tone

Difficulty accepting criticism

Mood swings

Low self-esteem


If you answered yes to any of these concerns, it is possible that your child has retained primitive reflexes.

What are Primitive Reflexes? Here are some:



ATNR or Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex

Spinal Galant

Tonic Labyrinthine,

Symmetrical Tonic

These could be symptoms of retained reflexes.


Learning issues

Awkward Social Skills

Speech difficulties

Sensory integration struggles

Walking gait concerns

Poor handwriting


Bowel problems

Poor memory

Emotional struggles,

One of our favorite resources: Reflexes, Learning and Behavior: A Window into the Child's Mind by Sally Goddard.

Find all this and more on this week’s Podcast.

Tip for the Week – Potty Training for typically developing kids as well as those with developmental challenges.

We share some great information from an article from the Mayo clinic and talk about adapting these ideas for typical children as well as children who have challenges.


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C4P 13: Boost Maturity

Do you feel like your child has gotten stuck? There are many ways that you can help your child develop and mature. Today we are going to give you a developmental tool that has been instrumental in equipping many parents to help their children to new maturity.

Show Notes:

Bible Passages: Genesis 22:1-14, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 24, 2 Peter 1:3

Boost Maturity

Today tune in for a great tool to increase maturity and jump start stuck development and also enhance good development. We will talk about how to increase sequential processing.

Benefits in increasing auditory and visual sequential processing:

·         maturity and social skills

·         behavior improves

·         frustration levels decrease

·         a child becomes more focused and less distracted

·         they are able to following directions better

·         relationships with peers, sibs, parents, other adults al improve

·         helps with concepts: beginnin –middle–end, first-second-third

·         aids in putting the pieces together for phonics

·         improves spelling ability

·         helps with reading comprehension

·         gives a child more ability to do multi-steps needed in math

Find all this and more on this week’s Podcast.

Tip for the Week – Silence the Mind Clutter

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C4P 12: Parent Recharge

Special Treat: A visit from our daughter, Katie, mom of a 5 month old little girl. Today, we are talking about getting you reFUELED as a parent. Raising babies and children takes a lot out of you. Actually, if you are not careful (and even if you are), it can zap every single bit of your life. We have learned (sometimes the hard way) how important it is to RECHARGE.

Bible Passages: Psalm 23, John 14:27, Matthew 11:28,29


Primary Food (trademark of Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Joshua Rosenthal



Inspiring Calling (as a wife/husband, parent, homemaker, career)

Physical Activity

How are YOU getting refreshed, refueled, recharged – nourished - all around?

Find all this and more on this week’s Podcast.

Tip for the Week – KODAK MOMENTS

The tip for this week is all about enjoying the craziest moments of childhood. You have most likely already experienced those moments where your child has done something that makes you want to laugh out loud and sob hysterically at the same time – that is after you catch your breath.

What is your reaction to the upsets and insanity that can sometimes happen?

Our suggestions:

· Expect them.

· Think now what you want your reaction to be.

· Develop a plan and memorize it.

The plan may be:

Take child out of danger, if any.

Grab the camera and snap away.

Strategize the best plan for “cleaning up”

Child first

Damaged goods second.

Teach child.


Remember to laugh about it.

Share with a family member or friend. They will help you put it into perspective.

Believe it or not – days, months, or years from now this will be hilarious.

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C4P 11: Distracted Child

Some of our children get stuck in certain patterns of behavior that are not serving them well. Our Amy certainly had her share of them. On today’s podcast we will explore what kinds of things you can do to re-engage your zoned-out or distracted child.

Show Notes for Podcast 11 “Distracted Child”:

Bible Passages: Luke 6:45, Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8,9

Helpful Tips to Re-engage Your Distracted Child

Redirect stimming (repetitive and fixed behaviors)

Extend an invitation to purposed activity

Create an environment in your home for purposed play

Structured play – Your child may need you to be a role model to show them how to play appropriately.

Call in the helpers

Take a look at diet

Find all this and more on this week’s Podcast.

Amy’s video: “What Do I Do about the Quirky Behaviors in My Child”


Tip for the Week – “Honor – Building Relationships among Family Members”

Wonderful strategies from Scott and Joanne at biblicalparenting.org

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C4P 10: The Best Toys

It can be perplexing for birthdays and holidays to find good gifts for our children. We are eager to find things that will enhance our children's development, aren't we? There are a lot of "toys" advertised on television and social media. How does a parent or grandparent pick what to purchase for a child? On today's podcast we are sharing our suggestions with some recommendations and ideas from friends and family of toys that are best for children.

Bible Passages: Proverbs 22:1–11 and John 3:16

-Making Good Choices and How Best to Use Them
-Consider the effect of the latest toy trends for and on children.
-Are they a good choice or is there something better?
-What are the optimal toys for child development?
-What are the benefits of the optimal toys?
-Find all this and more on this week's Podcast.

Tip of the day (which is really tip of the week!):
The Body Contact Problem

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C4P 9: Unsolicited Advice

Most of us have extended family and friends who truly care about our welfare and the welfare of our children. Sometimes their behavior makes it seem that they really don’t have our best interest at heart when they strongly give their opinions about how we should raise our children

Let’s say that your mother, mother-in-law, father, father-in-law, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, and maybe even close friends have strong opinions about what they think you should do next with your child or how you should handle certain struggles.

Let’s say that you don’t necessarily agree with their opinions or maybe not every aspect of the advice they are so freely giving you. What do you do?

Bible Passages:

Prov. 11:14


Prov. 24:6

Ask God to direct you to folks who can give good information

Love those who give you unasked-for advice

1) Listen to what they have to say. Really listen. Try to keep your frustrations at bay and set them aside for a minute and focus only on what this person wants to tell you.

2) Acknowledge their concern.

3) Tell them you appreciate their love/concern/care for your child and your family and that you will take into consideration what they have to say.

Fortify your Confidence Level

1) Take in all the information and advice that you have gotten and consider each piece.

2) If you are married, sit down with your spouse and chat about it from all angles.

3) Pray for wisdom.

4) Ask trusted prayer warriors to pray for you as you decide what to do today and ongoing as your raise your child.

5) Trust your gut (which I believe is the Holy Spirit guiding you) and always consider what your spouse or your child’s mom or dad is wanting.

6) Make your decision or decisions and go with it.

7) Always be willing to re-evaluate but go forth in confidence with your plans after considering all of the above.

Tip for the Day: Create Electronic Free Times for the Whole Family

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