Season 3, Episode 24. In this episode we're talking about how our stories as foster and adoptive parents can show the world hope.
Season 3, Episode 23. In this episode we're talking about finding hope even when everything you see and experience around you seems hopeless.
Season 3, Episode 22. In this episode, we discuss practical steps you can take when your difficult or out-of-control child pushes you to the edge or beyond.
Season 3, Episode 21. We are replaying the audio from our hugely successful online Q&A webinar on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Season 3, Episode 20. In the season premier of The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast, we welcome our good friend Andrew Schneidler to the show to talk about something that ever men need to hear when it comes to the adoptive journey.
Season 2, Episode 19. In the season finale for season 2 we are interviewing our firstborn daughter Jaala on what it's like to be adopted and not have contact with her birth family.
Season 2, Episode 18. In this episode we share the amazing audio interview that Mike did with a woman named Tricia Collins. Her story is inspiring and motivating to any foster parent who feels like they're not making a difference.
Season 2, Episode 17. In this episode we discuss the ins and outs of fostering-to-adopt. In the interview with the Robbins family we'll discover how beautiful fostering to adopt is.
Season 2, Episode 16. In this episode we're discussing the process of private adoption as we share audio from an interview with the director of a private adoption agency.
Season 2, Episode 15. In this episode we're sharing the audio recording from The Prepped & Polished Podcast, where host Alexis Avila interviews Mike on the premise behind Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent, how to navigate big obstacles, and get through the common myths surrounding adoption.
Season 2, Episode 14. In this episode, Mike, Kristin and Nicole discuss the effects of reactive attachment disorder on children from traumatic pasts, and how to keep going even when your child keeps pushing you away.
Season 2, Episode 13. In this episode, Mike, Kristin and Nicole interview Ellen Stumbo from Disability Matters and Ellenstumbo.com, on what it takes to overcome the lonely battles that parenting children with special needs often brings.
Season 2, Episode 12. In this episode we discuss practical steps to help foster and adoptive parents find more rest on the weary journey of parenting.
Season 2, Episode 11. In this episode we're playing back the audio from a video we recorded last year for adoptive and foster parents to share with their child's teachers.
Season 2, Episode 10. In this episode we discuss 7 realities that anyone who is just starting out on the foster care journey should know.
Season 2, Episode 9. In this episode Mike kicks off Season 2 by sharing the roadmap of the new season of The Honestly Speaking Podcast. We also share a recent webinar recording we did with The Refresh Conference founders, Andrew and Michele Schneidler.
Season 1, Episode 8. In this episode Mike and Kristin discuss the value of a support system in foster care and adoption and why it's so critical to your health and well being on the journey.
Season 1, Episode 7. In this episode we interview Denise Rose, who lost her son on December 24th, 2013. Denise shares the pain they went through and how they are continuing to live life each day in the wake of a devastating tragedy.
Season 1, Episode 6. In this episode we talk through 10 things foster parents wish their case manager knew about their life and the children they are caring for.
Season 1, Episode 5. In this episode we interview Peter and Krista Baughn who adopted two teenage boys internationally from Africa a little more than a year ago. One of their sons is HIV positive. They share with us how often misunderstood and judged HIV is and why they are choosing to do it all over again with their next adoption.
Season 1, Episode 4. In this episode we interview Nikka Palmer who grew up bouncing from home to home through foster care. She witnessed first hand, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as domestic violence. At one point she was even caught in a house fire. She survived, against all odds, and today is a wife, mother and public school teacher. She and her husband are working hard to break the cycle of foster care, abuse, and domestic violence by loving and leading their children and the children they care for through foster care. If you're an adoptive or foster parent this is an episode you must listen to!
Season 1, Episode 3. In today's show Mike sits down with Bruce Humphrey, father of a child diagnosed with autism, to discuss how he learned to live with the reality of his son's special need. Bruce shares openly and honestly how we blamed himself for many years, and even tried to fix his son's disorder.
Season 1, Episode 2 of The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast. In this episode Mike and Kristin sit down with comedian, author, and Compassion International representative, Tony Wolf to discuss what a life lived with compassion really looks like and how it can have a big impact on the world we live in!
In this debut episode, we pose the question, "Can you really find rest on the weary road of parenting, particular foster, adoptive or special needs parenting?" We answer this big question by walking through 5 key action steps you as a parent can take to help you find the rest you need and finally stop feeling alone!