The Families of Character Show

Jordan Langdon

We serve parents who want more for their family. Our show offers research based parenting solutions to the most common family problems, real life parenting stories and authentic support. The host, Jordan Langdon, is a wife, mother and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who validates what parents go through and offers practical actionable steps parents can implement today to transform their families in joy and unity. Guests are experts in their field of work and provide high-value material for parents and families.

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Ep# 100: Dr. Leonard Sax - Cancel the Playdate and Make a Family Date Instead
6d ago
Ep# 100: Dr. Leonard Sax - Cancel the Playdate and Make a Family Date Instead
Celebrate a milestone moment with us as we sit down with the esteemed Dr. Leonard Sax on our 100th episode, unpacking the treasures of the parent-child relationship. Dr. Sax, has both a PhD in Psychology and an MD.  He is noted for his expertise in child and adolescent development and returns to share his insights on why swapping play dates for family adventures can profoundly benefit our children's future. Together, we wade through the nuances of nurturing strong familial bonds, and Dr. Sax offers his seasoned advice on integrating children into everyday activities, such as hiking and baking, that can fortify their health and happiness.Delve into a discussion that cuts straight to the heart of humility, as we dissect the impactful role of household chores in shaping a young person's character.  His book "The Collapse of Parenting" serves as a springboard for our conversation on cultivating responsibility and contentment in our children. Dr. Sax and I brainstorm inventive ways to transform mundane tasks into moments of joy – think 'power hour' of chores with a musical twist! Meanwhile, we navigate the delicate balance of our digital lives, advocating for device-free zones to promote reflection and self-discovery, which are essential for our children's spiritual and personal growth. (no screens in bedrooms!)As we wrap up this landmark episode, we confront the evolving nature of family life as children venture into their teenage years. Dr. Sax and I emphasize that quality family time is more crucial than ever to shield against the tide of anxiety and depression linked to excessive screen time. For those seeking to delve deeper into Dr. Sax's profound insights, his speaking engagements can be an invaluable resource for communities navigating the intricacies of parenting, gender differences, and empowering our future generations.Dr. Sax's excellent books: The Collapse of Parenting, Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, and Girls on the Edge.  Book him to speak at your church or school. Also, check out Jonathan Haidt's book, The Anxious Generation, which Dr. Sax refers to in this episode. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep#99: What Does it Mean to "Be a Family of Character"?
May 7 2024
Ep#99: What Does it Mean to "Be a Family of Character"?
Stepping into the arena of parenting can often feel like navigating without a map. What if you had a playbook that promised not just good behavior but a legacy of strong moral fiber in your children?  Did you know that's what we're all about at Families of Character?Belonging to a community is KEY when navigating marriage and family life. Have you ever wondered what it means to be a "FAMILY OF CHARACTER"?In this episode, I share with you some simple, but intentional ways that families in our community are living the FOC WAY...& it's open to your family, too! No matter your family dynamics!Imagine holding weekly family huddles (a practice that might seem more suited to a sports team than a household). Yet, these gatherings are about more than just coordinating busy schedules—they're about reinforcing a shared vision, celebrating progress, and nurturing virtues like honesty, respect, and self-control. These moments are the building blocks of a resilient family culture, providing the courage to stand firm on your values in a world that's constantly shifting. Join me as I share heartwarming stories and practical advice that illustrate the profound impact of this proactive approach on families. You'll hear how a personalized Family Mission Statement, a simple Weekly Family Huddle and a common goal to focus on will anchor your parenting efforts. Being a "Family of Character" means you’re guided by your very own Family Mission Statement. You value Weekly Family Huddles to align your calendar and set the course for your week. When family life feels hectic, you reprioritize and say no to the things you need to, in order to get back on track. You are not easily swayed by what the culture says is “ok” for kids today. You’re willing to stand up for what is good and just, even when it’s hard. You educate your kids, being their primary mentor - preparing them for what they will face outside your home. When family life throws you a curveball, you courageously ask your community for help. You offer help to others. In your family, you value honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, organization and self-control and are intentional about instilling these traits in your kids. THIS is your family! THIS is possible! Living THIS family lifestyle will set you free!Be sure to check out our shop for ALL the resources you need to get your family on mission, today! The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep#98 Crowdsourced: Our Best Tips for Navigating Summer
Apr 30 2024
Ep#98 Crowdsourced: Our Best Tips for Navigating Summer
Summer calls for sunshine, ice cream, and if you're a parent—stacks of strategies to keep the kids engaged and entertained. I'm Jordan Langdon, and together with the brilliant Niki Langley (mom of 5) and our online parent community, we've come up with our best tips for summer. Whether you're wrangling toddlers or trying to pry your teens away from their screens, we promise you'll walk away with actionable advice to smooth out your summer days. From flexible schedules that don't collapse at the hint of spontaneity to themed meal nights that end the "what's for dinner?" dilemma, we've got your back. Join us as we unpack creative solutions for the unique challenges that summer brings to every household, be it managing a raft of different ages or keeping tech time in check. We're talking about the sanity-saving 'I'm bored' list to spur on your kids' independence, plus a practical screen time checklist to help you navigate the digital jungle with confidence. With Nikki's expertise and our community's contributions, this episode is your go-to guide for parenting through the summer with a little more ease and a lot more joy. Tune in, and let's toast to a season of thriving as a family—no sweat required.Check out our shop for all the latest and greatest products to entertain your kids, sans screens!  The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep#97: Prepare for Summer: Planning Strategies for a Magical Season
Apr 23 2024
Ep#97: Prepare for Summer: Planning Strategies for a Magical Season
After counseling couples for 20 years, I've noticed a serious trend in what drives a wedge between husbands and wives when it comes to parenting and the seasons of family life. A lack of planning!If you're feeling overwhelmed by the next season of family life or if you dread summers because the season is so much different from the traditional school year, tune into this episode!I'm Jordan Langdon, and I've got your back with seasonal summer planning strategies that promise to turn potential pitfalls into pure pleasure. On today's show, we get up close and personal with the family calendar and discover how it can be your ally, not your adversary. From picking the perfect spot for your planning session to the old-school charm of handwriting your family’s itinerary, we'll cover how to make this summer not only manageable but magical. You'll walk away armed with everything you need to tackle those seasonal nuisances head-on, whether it’s wet towels littering the floor or scrambling for a last-minute birthday gift.But it's not all about the plan—it's about the people too. We discuss the art of keeping family ties strong and irritation at bay by maintaining bedtime routines on those summer nights even when the sun refuses to set. Plus, I share my personal playbook for creating simple systems that make summer living easy and enjoyable for the entire team. And let's not forget how sharing is caring; pass along these game-changing tips to friends yearning for their dose of serenity amidst the chaos of family life. So, tune in and transform your family's summer from frantic to fantastic!TakeawaysTake control of the family calendar to reduce distress and improve relationships.Set aside uninterrupted time for seasonal planning and involve your spouse and children.Make a brain dump of all the supplies and plans needed for summer.Reflect on the annoyances of summer and find solutions to minimize them.Involve the whole family in the planning process to create a sense of unity and belonging.Product Links mentioned in this episode:Summer Planning GuideTame the TechBest Me I Can Be JournalSupport the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep#96: Missing the Best Moments Through the Lens
Apr 16 2024
Ep#96: Missing the Best Moments Through the Lens
Caught up in the whirlwind of my husband's award ceremony, I found myself fumbling with a camera rather than soaking in his moment of glory. It was a wake-up call, underscoring a modern predicament: our incessant need to capture everything might just be causing us to miss the point of true experience. This episode is a heart-to-heart on the delicate balance between preserving memories and actually living them, especially poignant when it comes to parenting. I share my journey towards cherishing unrecorded moments with my family, and I promise, it's a conversation that will leave you rethinking the role of technology in your life.The anecdotes and insights don't end with my own revelations; we also bring our community into the fold, sharing stories and advice on how to engage more deeply with our loved ones in a digitized world. Whether it's setting down your phone to watch your child play or resisting the urge to document every second of a family holiday, this episode explores how these choices can lead to more vibrant and enduring memories. Through laughter and reflection, we tackle a modern challenge together, inviting you to join us in the journey to become more present and connected.TakeawaysConstantly using phones to capture moments can lead to missed opportunities and memories.Being fully present in the moment allows for a richer and more meaningful experience.Memories can be created and enhanced through engaging the senses and actively observing the environment.Putting the phone down and being present can create lasting memories for both parents and children.Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep# 95: How to Be The Hero Your Kid Needs You To Be
Apr 9 2024
Ep# 95: How to Be The Hero Your Kid Needs You To Be
When we say "I would die for my child," we're tapping into an ocean of love that runs deeper than a single act of bravery—it's about the daily acts of living for them, too. Our latest heart-to-heart on the podcast is a celebration of reaching a staggering 20,000 downloads, thanks to you, our dedicated listeners. We're peeling back the layers of parenting, highlighting the importance of self-care, and the ripple effect it has on the family unit. I open up about my personal battles with exhaustion, the struggle to balance work with family, and the essential nature of being our children's unwavering heroes.As we navigate through life's constant buzz of distractions, setting clear boundaries becomes an art worth mastering for the sake of family harmony. The podcast transitions into a candid conversation about the impact of simple daily habits—from waking up on time to dressing with confidence—and how these choices shape our self-perception and influence our most cherished relationships. Alongside these personal insights, we reflect on the strength of a thriving marital relationship and its significance as a model for our children's future partnerships.In the symphony of family life, it's the small, consistent actions that set the tone for harmony. We discuss the transformative potential of a weekly family meeting and the binding power of shared meals. With the support of resources from Families of Character, including a free guide to organize family time, we're here to help you take that next step towards enhancing your family dynamics. So join us, as we empower each other to become everyday heroes for our kids and step confidently into a stronger, more joy-filled family experience.TakeawaysParenting requires a total commitment and a willingness to live for your children on a daily basis.Taking care of yourself through self-care is essential for being the best version of yourself for your family.Setting boundaries with electronics and eliminating distractions can improve family relationships.Engaging the family in the calendar and sharing responsibilities can alleviate the burden on one person.Prioritizing family meals and choosing one thing for self-improvement are heroic acts that benefit the entire family. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep#94, The Weekly Ritual that Strengthens Family Bonds
Apr 2 2024
Ep#94, The Weekly Ritual that Strengthens Family Bonds
As I sat surrounded by the chaos of a schedule that was running me rather than the other way around, a lightbulb moment shifted everything: the weekly family huddle was born. On today's show, we're not just discussing the importance of family culture; we're taking an intimate look at how transforming our approach to family involvement and decision-making can create a powerful sense of belonging and unity. I'll reveal how this practice has enriched our family life, turning our weekly gatherings into a hub of communication, support, and shared joy.Strap in for a journey from isolation to collaboration, where I walk you through the steps to establish your very own weekly family huddle—one that I've seen work miracles not only in my own home but also in the homes of many families just like yours. Imagine a ritual that not only brings your family together but also champions executive functioning and celebrates collective success. You'll leave equipped with practical tips to infuse these sessions with fun and anticipation, crafting a weekly rhythm that promises to nurture a thriving, joyful, and united family culture.TakeawaysFamily culture is about creating a sense of belonging and unity within the family.Weekly family huddles are a powerful tool to strengthen family culture.Reviewing the calendar and setting common goals during family huddles helps build executive functioning skills in children.Intentional parenting and creating a strong family culture can have a lasting impact on the happiness and success of the family. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #93, FREE Early Intervention Services for Speech & Language Development, and more!
Mar 26 2024
Ep #93, FREE Early Intervention Services for Speech & Language Development, and more!
When a listener reached out with her story about her son's speech delays, it struck a chord with me. We're peeling back the layers on parenting instincts and speech development with the help of Erin Honbarrier, a seasoned speech and language pathologist and homeschooling mother. Erin's expertise shines a light on the often-neglected early signs and interventions that can redefine a child's communication journey. We navigate the complex crossroads of speech versus language, how they intersect with play, and the transformative power of early intervention, laying out a roadmap for parents to follow their instincts and seek the support their child might need.TakeawaysTrust your intuition as a parent and seek assessment if you have concerns about your child's speech and language development.Speech and language development is a spectrum that encompasses communication from infancy to childhood.Functional language development, including the ability to communicate needs, is crucial for children's overall well-being.Early intervention, including speech therapy and other services, can greatly benefit children with speech and language issues. Early intervention services are available state to state and are free for children who qualify before their third birthday.Assessments for speech and language delays can be done through the early intervention program, usually through Child Find.Services can be covered by insurance or obtained through sliding scale options.It's never too late to seek help for speech and language delays, even in high school or adulthood.In the Denver area and want to see about Speech and Language Therapy Services with our guest, Erin Honbarrier? Email erinhonbarrier@gmail.comColorado: www.eicolorado.org (site for some background information about early intervention, resources and materials for families, and help if you need to refer a child for services)Developmental Delay Fact Sheethttps://www.parentcenterhub.org/dd/To find State-by-State Early Intervention programshttps://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/parents/state-text.html The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #92, The Bulletproof Husband™: How to Become the Husband She'd Be Crazy to Leave
Mar 19 2024
Ep #92, The Bulletproof Husband™: How to Become the Husband She'd Be Crazy to Leave
The resource I've been searching for over the past 20 years has been developed! As a therapist working with couples, I've noticed a huge gap in resources when it comes to helping husbands overcome blow-ups, knee-jerk defensive reactions, stonewalling, and gaslighting in their marriages! And I'm not talking about a quick hack or temporary band-aid.  Imagine a world where every husband has a shield, not against bullets, but against the forces that threaten the very fabric of marriage and fatherhood. The resource has been located!This conversation, featuring the insightful Endre Gabori and Dr. Jonathan Welton is a treasure trove for any man seeking to fortify his role within his family. The duo introduces us to the Bulletproof Husband™ program, an empowering initiative that equips men to be the partners and parents that seem almost too good to be true. As you listen, you'll be struck by the raw honesty and the courage it takes to peel back the layers of emotional scars and "narcissistic tendencies" that plague many relationships. Our distinguished guests unravel the complexities of emotional maturity with the precision of seasoned coaches, offering a roadmap for men willing to do the gritty work of inner healing. You'll hear stories of transformations that prove no trait is beyond redemption and that every step toward emotional accountability is a step toward relationship revival. We round out our episode by exploring the dance of masculine and feminine energies within partnerships, illustrating the delicate balance that sustains attraction and stability. The Bulletproof Husband™ program's community-driven model serves as a beacon of hope for those seeking a brotherhood that champions lasting change. Don't miss this heart-to-heart that's not just about becoming a better husband, but about true healing and getting back to the love you had when you were first married!Grab a copy of their book. Visit their website!For more from Dr. Jonathan Welton, visit his website. TakeawaysThe Bulletproof program focuses on emotional work, inner child work, and grieving to address emotional problems.Narcissism is often the result of emotional stunting in childhood, and inner child work is crucial for healing. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #91: How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact The Future of Our Families
Mar 12 2024
Ep #91: How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact The Future of Our Families
Join the adventure of parenthood in the AI era with guest Jay Ezell, as we ponder the future landscape our kids will navigate. We're not just talking about any shift; this is a seismic wave propelled by artificial intelligence, touching everything from the way our children learn to the jobs they'll aspire to. Together, we dissect how AI is revolutionizing education, the job market, and the essence of human connection. As AI embeds itself into the fabric of family life, I share the story of my high school senior's crossroads and the career decisions that loom ahead, sparking an engaging dialogue on preparing our next generation for a transformed world.In the midst of technological advancement, we make a case for the irreplaceable - our human spirit and emotional growth. This episode tackles the challenge of fostering these domains untouched by technology. Drawing from the wisdom of thinkers like Stephen Covey, we explore the indispensability of in-person connections and the singular experiences that only nature can offer. Furthermore, we delve into the shifts in our habits brought on by COVID-19 and discuss the need to balance screen time with human-centric activities that remind us of our essence.As we look towards the horizon, our chat focuses on empowering families to not only adapt to AI but to thrive within it. We emphasize the critical nature of instilling enduring values in our children and the significance of intentionally investing time in their growth. Wrapping up our insightful exchange, I express my gratitude to Jay for his wisdom and point our listeners toward valuable resources that can help families navigate the integration of technology into their lives. Tune in and join the conversation for a rich blend of personal reflections and strategies for fostering a family that flourishes amidst the waves of AI.Want to follow Jay Ezell for more positive encouragement? Follow him on Insta @jpxe TakeawaysArtificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay and will have a significant impact on various aspects of society, including education and the job market.Parents should embrace AI and learn how to utilize it to streamline tasks and improve efficiency in their daily lives.While AI technology offers many benefits, it is crucial to maintain the human component and prioritize human connection, spirituality, and the core values of being human. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #90: 7 Tips for Managing Conflict in Marriage
Mar 5 2024
Ep #90: 7 Tips for Managing Conflict in Marriage
Have you ever considered the profound impact our conflict resolution skills have on our little ones? That’s exactly what we tackle in this episode. Join me, Jordan Langdon, as I uncover seven key tips to address marital disagreements in a constructive manner, especially when tiny ears are around. I dive straight into the transformative power of "I-statements" and respectful communication, sharing a personal story to bring this point home. You'll learn how steering clear of the blame game can not only mend fences with your partner but also impart crucial life lessons to your children, preparing them for a future of healthy relationships.Tension in the air can be as easy to spread as a yawn, but resolving it doesn't have to be a battle. With insights from previous podcast guest Heather Younger's expertise, this episode explores strategies to break the negative cycle of blame and embrace the art of active listening. I also reveal my secret weapon, the "24-hour rule," that keeps my marriage free from lingering resentments. You'll get a front-row seat to how timely and focused communication can work wonders for any relationship. It's a blend of personal anecdotes and professional wisdom that will leave you equipped to face conflicts with a newfound grace and understanding.We wrap things up by stitching together the fabric of effective conflict management strategies, ensuring these are lessons that resonate well beyond our personal lives. I highlight how being present, assuming good intentions, and knowing when to let things go can not only save your sanity but also model resilience and empathy for our children. By the end of this episode, you'll be ready to navigate the tricky waters of disagreement with a compass that always points towards unity and positivity. So, if you’re committed to raising emotionally intelligent individuals and strengthening your marriage, this is one conversation you won't want to miss. Remember to pass on these invaluable tips and join our family of listeners by subscribing for even more enriching episodes.TakeawaysExpress your thoughts and feelings directly and respectfullyAvoid blaming your partner and take responsibility for your own actionsStay focused on one issue at a timeBe an active listener and seek to understand your partner's perspectiveSuspend judgment and assume The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #89: Nurturing a Thriving Family Environment by Embracing Simplicity and Open Communication
Feb 27 2024
Ep #89: Nurturing a Thriving Family Environment by Embracing Simplicity and Open Communication
Discover the secret to a harmonious home life with simple yet profound tweaks to your daily habits, drawing from James Clear's book, "Atomic Habits," as I, Jordan Langdon, guide you on a journey to amplify family unity and personal growth. I applied 3 of James Clear'sTips to Marriage and Family Life to help you be able to:Create more simplicity in your home ("it’s cheaper AND easier"!)Communicate more effectively by being direct and specific (+ learn how to handle disappointment when asking for help)Stop comparing yourself and your family to others (we all do it - how about some practical tips for focusing on your own journey instead?)Transform the chaos of family life into a serene symphony through our discussion on the power of minimalism, where less truly becomes more, paving the way for deeper connections and a stronger family unit. Learn how a weekly family huddle not only streamlines your household's organization but also fosters an environment where every voice is heard, and every small victory celebrated.Communication is the heart of any relationship, and in this episode, we explore the art of setting healthy expectations and expressing needs with clarity, unlocking a newfound freedom in your family dynamics. Listen to personal stories that shine a light on the mutual respect created when we honor each other's boundaries. Tune in for ideas on how to help grandparents see the value in gifts of "experience" vs more toys and "stuff" that may get in the way of living simply. Plus, get an insider's introduction to our unique "pod club" idea, tailored for busy parents seeking to enrich their marriage and family life without the time commitment of a traditional book club. Together, we will lay the groundwork for raising children who will become adults of exceptional character.TakeawaysEmbrace simplicity in family life by prioritizing quality time and experiences over material possessions.Practice direct communication and healthy expectations by asking for what you want and respecting others' boundaries.Focus on your own journey and avoid comparing yourself to others.Incorporate these tips into your marriage and family life to bring more peace and harmony. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #88: Turn Setbacks into Triumphs: Shift Your Mindset to "Suffering is Good"
Feb 20 2024
Ep #88: Turn Setbacks into Triumphs: Shift Your Mindset to "Suffering is Good"
Suffering, in marriage and family life, is inevitable. What we tell ourselves about the suffering makes all the difference.  In this episode, I share an inspirational message from New York Times #1 Best Selling Author, Jocko Willink, that I encourage you to embrace. When life threw a curveball that ended my marriage just after college, I found myself at a crossroads between despair and development. Tune in to hear how embracing Jocko Willink's philosophy of finding "Good" in the worst of times has revolutionized my approach to personal setbacks, business challenges, and the ever-evolving puzzle of family dynamics. In today's heartfelt dialogue, I take you through the trenches of my own experiences and the strategies that have turned trials into triumphs, demonstrating that the stormiest periods of our lives can give rise to the most unshakable values and family bonds.The intricate dance of family life is filled with steps both graceful and awkward, and it's my mission to guide you through each one. This episode is a treasure trove of practical solutions for reframing suffering and modeling resilience and opportunity for your kids. TakeawaysEmbrace suffering as an opportunity for growth and learning.Find the good in difficult situations and trust that something positive will come out of it.Fight for your marriage and family, even in the face of challenges.Have trust and faith in the midst of suffering, knowing that there is hope.  The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #87, The Time Hack: How to Gain Back Time When There Seems to be None
Feb 13 2024
Ep #87, The Time Hack: How to Gain Back Time When There Seems to be None
Struggling to find time for the people you love amidst the chaos of everyday life? You're not alone. Our latest episode is a heartfelt journey into the art of balancing the unstoppable march of time with the irreplaceable moments with family and friends. We're celebrating the successes of our coaching couples from the alumni meetups, whose stories bring to life the transformative power of learning to say "no." With personal tales and a friend's inspiring commitment to a 'year of no,' we'll guide you through strategies that help keep the heart of your home beating strong, no matter how busy life gets.We shed light on the subtle patterns that can erode even the strongest of relationships, acknowledging the rising trend of couples drifting apart after years of misplaced focus on careers over connections. From honoring commitments to your spouse and children, to making date nights sacred, this conversation is an ally in your quest to keep your family ties resilient. Whether you're juggling the demands of parenting, navigating the bustling pace of retirement, or simply seeking to cement the bonds with your loved ones, join us as we share practical tips and real-life examples that champion family time as the cornerstone of a fulfilling life.TakeawaysSay no to commitments that drain time and energy, and say yes to activities that enrich family bonds.Prioritize your relationships with your spouse and children by scheduling specific time for them.Streamline and automate tasks to create more free time.Schedule regular dates with your spouse to nurture your relationship. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #86, Navigating the Teenage Years: Top 10 Tips for Parenting Teens
Feb 6 2024
Ep #86, Navigating the Teenage Years: Top 10 Tips for Parenting Teens
Ever feel like the teen years are an enigma wrapped in a hormonal riddle? Buckle up, parents, because today's chat is about to shed some much-needed light on that infamous rollercoaster ride. We will arm you with the essential tips needed to not just weather this storm but set sail smoothly through the tempestuous seas of adolescence. From fostering open communication—where judgment is left at the door—to being the pillar of approachability and support, we're unlocking the secrets to a bond with your teen that's as strong as it is vital.Join us as we unpack the art of modeling healthy relationships and the delicate dance of encouraging independence. We don't just dole out advice; we're in the trenches with you, sharing strategies that promote growth and pave the way for well-adjusted adults. Our conversation extends beyond the talk as we introduce practical tools like the 'Tame the Tech' bundle, designed to help your family navigate the digital world together. So, gather 'round, all ye parents of teens, and let's journey together through this transformative chapter—it's a ride you won't have to brave alone!Want more info on navigating the teen years? We highly recommend the book, The Self Driven Child.  For specific strategies on becoming an active listener, check out Episode 49 of our show, titled "Transform Your Family with Active Listening, featuring Heather Younger". TakeawaysBuilding and maintaining a strong connection with your teen is crucial for successful parenting.Open and honest communication is key, and parents should encourage their teens to talk about anything without fear of judgment.Quality time together helps strengthen the bond between parents and teens.Parents should be available and approachable, creating an environment where teens feel comfortable seeking guidance.Establishing trust and empowering teens to make responsible decisions is important.Parents should show empathy and understanding towards their teen's challenges and emotions.Setting real and clear expectations, teaching decision-making skills, and encouraging independence are essential The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #85, Grandparents4Kids Unites with Parents to Advocate for Quality Education in Schools
Jan 30 2024
Ep #85, Grandparents4Kids Unites with Parents to Advocate for Quality Education in Schools
Have you ever pondered the profound impact grandparents have on shaping the future? Linda, the wise and warm-hearted founder of Grandparents for Kids, joins us to illuminate the influential role these cherished family members play in the tapestry of education and moral guidance. Through her own experiences as a seasoned medical professional and her passionate involvement in medical missions, Linda brings to life the concept of grandparents as "bonus parents"—integral to nurturing and supporting the growth of our children. Our enlightening conversation with her will leave you inspired and appreciative of the multigenerational bonds that fortify family values and community strength.We also take a heartening look at how Linda's victory in a speech contest planted the seeds for an organization that today champions the education of our youth. Grandparents for Kids stands as a beacon of advocacy for foundational learning in math and reading, strategically stepping in when parents grapple with the demands of work and life. Linda's fervor for history and education shines through as she discusses the importance of grandparents, parents, and educators joining forces to cultivate informed, responsible citizens with a profound understanding of our nation's past. If you're seeking motivation to make a difference in the lives of the younger generation, this episode will not only touch your heart but also call you to action.TakeawaysGrandparents play a vital role in supporting children's education and well-being.An academic-focused education, including reading, writing, math, and critical thinking, is essential for children's success.There are concerns about the current state of education, including low literacy rates and a lack of critical thinking skills.Grandparents for Kids is an organization that aims to support parents and schools in providing a quality education for children. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #84, Simple Tracking to Master Goals and Tackle Problem Areas
Jan 23 2024
Ep #84, Simple Tracking to Master Goals and Tackle Problem Areas
I'm thrilled to pull back the curtain on the Langdon family's secret weapon for navigating the chaos of everyday life: our distinctive approach to tracking goals and behaviors. We've cracked the code on structuring our days with clarity and ease, and now, you too can transform those hectic mornings into streamlined operations. Discover how a simple wall calendar became our ally in recording workouts, sleep patterns, and even our kids' responsibilities, turning goal-setting from a game of guesswork into a strategic victory.In the heart of the episode, we celebrate a recent bedtime shift that has sparked an unexpected renaissance in our family evenings, offering a candid look at the serendipitous joys of parenting. My husband Josh and I unveil how our unified front on bedtime routines has not only strengthened our family dynamics but also empowered us with solid data to improve our decisions regarding health and happiness. Join us for an honest conversation filled with practical, actionable advice that's sure to resonate with fellow parents seeking harmony and health for their loved ones.TAKEAWAYSTracking behaviors and goals can help identify patterns and make informed decisions for positive change in family life.Using a wall calendar provides a visual orientation to time and allows for a different level of engagement.Being oriented in time and space is important for both parents and children to feel grounded and in control.Tracking frustrations and solutions can help improve routines and solve problems in family life.Sharing and building community, as well as participating in group coaching, can provide support and valuable insights for families. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #83, The Science Behind Handwriting That Makes Goals Stick
Jan 16 2024
Ep #83, The Science Behind Handwriting That Makes Goals Stick
Ever felt like your parenting goals are vanishing into thin air? I'm Jordan Langdon, and I'm here to assure you that the simple act of writing by hand can anchor those goals and transform your approach to family management. Tune in as I uncover the science of how pen and paper can not only preserve your ambitions but also bring a newfound clarity to your hectic life. We explore how handwriting activates the brain, reinforcing memories and enhancing those critical decision-making skills, which, let's be honest, are a lifeline on those chaotic days of parenting. Don't believe us? Check out this TED talk by Jake Weidmann.Join me as we discuss strategies for creating achievable to-do lists that go beyond the digital realm, offering the same satisfaction as ticking off items on a grocery list. We'll discuss the mental liberation that comes with getting tasks out of your head and onto paper, making room for life's curveballs without losing your sanity. It's all about turning those airy aspirations into tangible actions, so grab a pen and get ready to put your parenting plans into motion with a clear and focused path ahead.TakeawaysHandwriting activates multiple regions of the brain and enhances memory.Writing down goals and tasks helps with prioritization and clarity.Handwriting provides tactile feedback and cognitive benefits that digital tools lack.Encouraging children to write by hand fosters cognitive development and executive functioning skills.Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #82, Prevent a Crisis in 2024 with Family Goal Setting
Jan 9 2024
Ep #82, Prevent a Crisis in 2024 with Family Goal Setting
Want to safeguard your family from a crisis in 2024? In this episode, you'll get practical ideas for setting a simple family goal to work towards that will have you all moving the ball down the field like a cohesive team. Listen, I know what it’s like to be managing a house, 3 kids, a job, my relationship with my spouse, friendships, volunteering…ALL THE THINGS…  WITHOUT a clear, identified direction…and it’s a recipe for complete burnout. This is how marriages end, kids end up feeling isolated and disconnected from their parents & each other, and people have nervous breakdowns. If you want to save yourself and your family from a crisis like that… consider identifying a goal to work on together and begin to lead your kids to a better future.  This episode gives a very SIMPLE approach to identifying 1 Family Goal to work towards on a monthly basis. Keeping the focus on positive progress, your family will experience a transformation like you never imagined. Download the Family Goals printable now to get your family working better together.TakeawaysSetting family goals can transform family life and bring joy and excitement.Keep family goals simple and focus on overcoming the biggest challenges the family is currently facing.Examples of family goals include improving respect, consistent routines, organization, patience, gratitude, and generosity.Family goals create deep connection, belonging, and the ability to dream and accomplish exciting goals together.Want to hear more from parents like you who are seeking self-improvement and a better life for their children, too? Join the Thrive Community by Families of Character, our online Facebook Community where we support each other and offer resources that truly help.  Catch us on the social channels, too! We are on FB and Insta and would love to hear from you.Check out our shop for tools that help you manage screen time, get your kids to pitch in around the house more, and take responsibility for their own morning and evening routines. We’ve got you covered! www.familiesofcharacter.comDon’t forget to The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!
Ep #81, Celebrate Your Family Wins: A Guided Reflection of 2023
Jan 2 2024
Ep #81, Celebrate Your Family Wins: A Guided Reflection of 2023
Ready to transform your family life in the new year? Before you dive into goal setting, take a few minutes to reflect on 2023 as you listen to this episode. It'll give you that energy and synergy you need to declare a few simple goals for 2024. We promise!We’re sharing our journeys and wisdom to help you do just that. This episode is a treasure trove of stories, techniques, and challenges designed to help you pause, reflect, and goal set. We'll take you on a reflective journey through six pivotal areas of life—spirituality, relationships, friendships, health, finances, and career—with the promise of a deeper understanding of your progress in these realms.We'll start with an engaging review of the past year, the subtle changes that made a big difference, and how to continue fostering growth and connection within your family. We’ll dive into how spirituality influences your children's understanding and behavior and the impact of your friendships, health, finances, and career on your overall satisfaction. Use this FREE downloadable worksheet to guide your reflections and gear you toward a fulfilling year ahead. We round off by extending an invitation to our Thrive community on Facebook, a space to share triumphs, struggles, and resources. Join us and discover how to make reflection and goal-setting your secret weapons for a thriving family life.Check out our SHOP for tools that help manage screen time, bolster respect in kids, get kids in the rhythm of a morning and evening routine, and more!TakeawaysTake time to reflect on the past year before setting goals for the new year.Small changes and consistent effort can have a significant impact on family life.Assess six categories: spirituality, relationships, friendships, health, finances, and career.Set realistic goals to improve family dynamics and prioritize what matters most. The Thriving Family Accelerator provides an easy, 3-step process to lower stress, parent as a united team, and enjoy a true friendship with your spouse & relationship with your kids. Sign up now for this live parent coaching with proven methods for positively engaging your family and redistributing the mental load. Support the Show.Give $20 to keep the mic on. We're a 501 c(3) non-profit and produce this show for parents around the globe. Discover the secrets to building a connected + thriving family. All you'll need is a few minutes of your week—it's easy! Looking for things to combat boredom and bolster growth in your kids? Check out our Tame the Tech Bundle and the Best Me I Can Be Journal! our website | our Private FB community!