The Parent Mentor: Episode 004 – Jodi Durr ~ Meaningful Mama

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Parenting Tip of the Week: Set down your phone.

Try something different this week with your phone and devices. Start small, but make one intentional change. If you don’t know where to begin, try this… right after dinner, hook your phone up to the charger for two hours and engage with your kids. If two hours is too much, then start with one. If you have teenagers, get their buy-in and do it as a family. Check out this article by Linda Stone: If Kids Made the Rules…

Parenting Resource of the Week: Screens and Teens

Kathy Koch in her book, Screens and Teens deals primarily with the dynamic of technology and our teenagers, but she is a wealth of information for all parents. Technology is here to stay and in fact, is only going to increase in intensity. It isn’t helpful to think that we can wish it away. Rather, we need to stay diligent in our understanding and consideration of how we are going to interact with it and our kids. Here’s the LINK.

Dani’s Digs ~ Parenting Product of the Week: Snoofy Bee

Hey! So excited to be sharing another dig with you all this week! I am tracking back to all our new and expecting parents out there! Lets talk DIAPER CHANGING! We can all relate with a blow out or two in those first few months or even years. What is more messy than just a blow out?! When our precious new baby reaches down to explore what you are doing down below. Where was this when I had new babies! The SnoofyBee 3 in 1 changing pad blocks your baby from being able to reach down and intervene with your diaper change. With easy velcro closure and attachment loops for toys this is a game changer! Check it out HERE!

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In this episode of The Parent Mentor, we interview Jodi Durr*. Jodi shares her experience of raising kids as well as all she has learned since launching her website Meaningful Mama.

Jodi is the founder and owner of the popular website Meaningful Mama. Together with her husband Jeremy, they are raising three beautiful young children. Her website and blog are packed full of craft ideas and parenting tips. She especially has a passion for character development in children.

Favorite Verse or Quote

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ~ Philippians 4:8

Parenting Failure

Really ugly yelling at her kids.

Parenting Ah-ha Moment

There’s an attitude problem in our house and it’s mine! Check out her blog post HERE.

Proudest Parenting Moment

Here daughter said, “When we chose to obey.”

Best Parenting Advice

Be present. When she sets down the distractions (phone, computers), she’s a better parent.

One thing they would do differently

To have different expectations… not so unrealistic.

Top 3 Priorities for parenting 

1) Raise kids who know they are loved by God and their parents unconditionally – their worth isn’t wrapped up in their performance. I love you up to the moon and back no matter what.

2) Raising kids that make a difference in the world. I see the world and the ugly things. But there are beautiful people doing great things.

3) Make our family home a safe place. We want our home to be an environment people are drawn to.

Interview Links

Jodi’s website : Meaningful Mama

Jodi’s Character Development Series

Other sites Jodi mentioned:

We Are That Family 

Your Modern Family

Beauty Through Imperfection

*The actual interview portion was recorded earlier for the podcast show, Parenting with Truth and Grace.