The Parent Mentor: Episode 005 – Dustin & Jamie Bates

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 Parenting Tip of the Week: Recapture Time!

We’re all busy and it’s hard to plan those big chunks of time to get away for extended vacations or a weekend trip. Don’t let that keep you from taking advantage of those shorter pieces that come along. This week, do at least one quick family activity using one of those chunks of time. If you have a few minutes before dinner go outside and play catch… Saturday morning, before you do chores go for a walk with your kids… Sunday after church instead of driving straight home, take fifteen minutes and drive to get an ice cream cone. Especially with little kids, fifteen minutes can feel like they got hours with mom and dad.


Parenting Resource of the Week: Have a Family Meeting

So we confess, we are big proponents of family meetings. But… the reason we are giving you this resource this week is because of the Advent and Christmas season. If you have kids school age or older, then we suggest you have a family meeting. Here’s a link for a free FAMILY MEETING GUIDE. Before things get really crazy, be proactive, and gather your family. You will be glad you did. Talk about the upcoming schedule… Christmas services, parties, visiting family, school events, friends, presents, decorating, cleaning up, taking care of the house, visitors etc. etc. Doing this will allow you to be much more intentional this Christmas season.

Dani’s Digs ~ Parenting Product of the Week: Puj PhillUp

This week is for my parents out there who are tired of dishes!! I might be the only one but I have two little ones who feel the need to use a new cup every time they need a drink of water. If you saw my dig from week one I shared a product from the company Puj. This week I am sharing another one of their products. They are drinking cups that hang on the outside of your fridge using suction cup nobs. You can put them at any height for them to reach and designate each kid a different color!

Show me the Puj PhillUp

It’s not too late!!!

In case you missed it, we are offering the book Finding the Treasure in Christmas at a special price along with some great bonuses. Dec 3rd is the first Sunday of Advent and the special offer ends December 10th. So click on the button below and find out more.



In this episode of the Parent Mentor we interview Pastor Dustin & Jamie Bates. Dustin and Jamie are fairly new parents. At the time of this recording their two boys were 2 years old and 8 weeks old. Listen as we talk about their fresh experience raising kids.

Dustin and Jamie are originally from the Pacific Northwest, relocating to Allen, Texas 9 years ago. Dustin has served as youth pastor and now as lead pastor of Church Eleven32 (formerly the Harvest) in Allen. They have been married ten years. Dustin believes the gospel still works today and it’s his vision to see the church released in the love and power of that gospel.

Favorite Verse or Quote – Psalm 112: Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Parenting Failure – The humbling reality that what we planned exactly to happen with our children isn’t exactly what happens. And just when we hit our stride with marriage we had kids and had to start all over again.

Parenting Ah-ha Moment – If you really work at it, your children become who you teach them to be. Spending time to teach Jude after he took a swipe at Jamie.

Proudest Parenting Moment – proudest When a frustrated Jude wanted to take a swipe at Jamie, but because of the time we spent teaching, he instead gently stroked her face.

One thing you are excited about in this season – Seeing our boys develop and love the things they love. And really looking forward to sibling relationships, for the boys to develop into friends.

Lightning round – Greatest fear – scared I wouldn’t like them until they were teenagers – Best advice – don’t lose battles, consistency is key – One of your personal habits that contributes to your success – priority of family time together (the four of us), “Saying no to someone else in order to say yes to us.” – Parenting book – Baby Wise.

One thing they would do differently – We wouldn’t have been quite so rigid with the schedule.

Top 3 Priorities for parenting –  1) Consistency 2) Quality time 3) Community