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Parenting: Realities, Influence, and Cultural Conversation

Parenting: Realities, Influence, and Cultural Conversation

By West Franklin
As the culture around us changes, the way we parent ought to adjust. This 8 episode podcast, provided by The Church at West Franklin, provides encouragement, conversation, and resources to parents as they strive to raise their children in a culture much different than the one in which they grew up. Join us as a variety of experts walk through topics faced by parents and their children.
Week 6 - Parenting: LGBTQIA+ with David Hannah and Pieter Valk
Pieter Valk, a licensed counselor, author and speaker (his website is, and David Hannah, campus and teaching pastor at The Church at Lockeland Springs, join us to talk about raising our children in a culture that, at times, appears opposed to the Gospel and how to engage the LGBTQ+ community in a way that doesn't make it a win/lose situation. Pieter and David answer a lot of questions from parents while pointing them towards the Gospel and challenging and affirming the listener in a lot of great ways.  
September 25, 2022
Parenting Week 5: Sexuality with Amber Carroll
Amber Carroll talks with us about helping our kids determine their relationship call and explains that one call is not more important than the other. She also shares about helping our kids become comfortable with topics that some might call uncomfortable, thinking through age appropriate conversations to have with our children about sexuality, and much more. 
September 13, 2022
Parenting Week 4 - Social Media, Cell Phones, and More with Anne Fotrell
Anne Fotrell, a licensed therapist who has spent decades working with children and teenagers, joins us to talk about social media, cell phones, and the challenges of setting healthy boundaries. She'll talk with us about cyber bullying, when is the "right" age to get a phone, letting our kids fail, and much more. 
September 07, 2022
Parenting Week 3: Influencers In Our Kids Lives with Brandon and Darlene Abbott
We all want our kids to have good influences in their lives, but how do you help them find those good influences? What should they look for? How do you help them decide if someone is a good influence? What do you do when your child allows a not good influencer into their life? Brandon and Darlene Abbott help us explore this topic. They have walked with their 3 kids, ages 23, 20 and 16, and asked a lot of the same questions you have and I have about influences in the lives of our kids. Brandon is the Connection Minister at our Station Hill Campus and Darlene is a teacher at Zion Christian and writes for Lifeway and other well known publications. 
August 30, 2022
Parenting Week 2 - Parenting the Generations with Amy Jo Girardier
We continue our parenting conversation by exploring Gen Z and Gen Alpha. Amy Jo Girardier leads us by sharing about the characteristics that identify each generation, what drives and motivates them, and share some of her experiences from ministering to these generations. Amy Jo served as the Girl's Minister for over 15 years before recently transitioning into Women's Ministry. Along with a passion for understanding how God created each generation, Amy Jo is one of us as she parents two boys, ages 10 and 5. As you listen, if you have questions, please reach out to Matt Pearson and he will do all he can to provide an answer. 
August 23, 2022
Parenting Week 1 - A Conversation with Jonathan Boye
Jonathan Boye, a professional counselor who focuses on teenagers, talks with us about how we approach parenting, setting expectations and goals as a family, fear driven results, and much more. 
August 17, 2022