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Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas here at the Happy Home podcast!

We are counting down to Christmas in festive fashion.  Get your free 25 Days of Christmas guide with 10 devotions (for mom and for kids), 10 easy and fun family activities, and 5 ways to serve your community.

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Week 3 is all about creating a FUN HOME.  How can we create a home that our kids want to return home to year after year?

My guest Sandra Stanley has three grown kids who love coming home.  She’s here to help us understand the seasons of parenting better (and leverage them to get closer to our kids).  She explains what it means to have a north star as a family (and what hers is).

Sandra’s devotionals include Breathing Room and Comparison Trap.  Her husband Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries.  Sandra is passionate about fostering – you can find out more about her at SandraStanley.com

On today’s episode, we’ll talk about:

3:35 Navigating Christmas with grown kids 

3:50 How to share your kids with in-laws 

7:00 What was your family’s north star? 

10:00 What are the seasons of parenting?

11:20 The two rules we had at home 

11:50 Why did your boys stand at the dinner table until you sat down first? 

15:00 Natural consequences 

17:00 When my son said he was going to become a comedian

19:00 How we use our phones to laugh together 

21:00 Why do we “over-thank” 

23:50 How you talk to adult kids who are not making good decisions

25:50 Unsolicited advice to adult children feels like rejection

26:50 What if our teens boys stop talking to us? 

29:30 What is your Christmas tradition with your family? 

 

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