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Wire Talk with Karen Stubbs

Wire Talk was created to encourage and equip moms throughout the challenging and life-changing journey of motherhood. Each week on Wire Talk Karen Stubbs offers godly, practical advice on the topics every mother has questions about: mom guilt, our children’s faith, potty-training, divorce, our teenagers dating, and more!
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Nov 29, 2022

It’s easy as a mom to spend all of your time leading up to Christmas morning checking off a giant to-do list and completely neglect to set aside any time to focus your heart on what the point of all this fuss is - JESUS’s arrival! That’s why, over the next 4 weeks Karen is going to walk us through the Christmas story as recorded by Luke, and give you a slice of time that is just for your spirit. Today we are getting started in Luke 1 with the story of Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth.

Mentioned on this episode:

Wire Talk James study - Week 1

Luke 1:1-25 NLT version

Life Application Study Bible

Pre-order Survival Guide to Motherhood!

Nov 22, 2022

The holidays are a special time of year but they can be extremely tricky for families. Whether you're traveling or staying home, struggling with your mother-in-law or your own mom, there’s lots of family time involved and that often leads to tension. Today Karen gives moms tips for having tactful conversations with grandparents, preparing our kids for situations that are outside the everyday, and being especially proactive as we parent at this time of year. 

Mentioned on the episode:

Pre-order Survival Guide to Motherhood today!

Find resources for educating grandparents or other family members about your child's personality color HERE

Nov 15, 2022

What topics aren’t sensitive when you’re talking to a teenager! Today Karen is tackling tricky questions, from how to talk about health issues and personality differences to sneaky behavior and dealing with aging parents. As always, Karen doles out her trademark practical wisdom with some gems for the teenage years!

Mentioned on today’s episode:

Karen’s new book is available for pre-order!

Take Birds on a Wire’s personality colors quiz HERE

Find more BOAW personality resources HERE.

Kathleen Edelman’s A Grown Up’s Guide to Kids’ Wiring

Nov 8, 2022

Technology is increasingly a part of every aspect of today's world and there is so much to navigate! From gaming to social media to smartphones and everything in between, today Karen is answering questions about how to set boundaries and how to think about the technology we allow into our homes and into our kids' lives.

Mentioned on today’s episode:

GABB Wireless - safe phones for kids

Wire Talk episode 116 with expert Tom Shefchunas

Circle internet filtering

Right Now Media - video library for kids

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures (book about pornography for ages 6-11)

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures JR. (ages 3-6)

Nov 1, 2022

Toni Collier, founder of the women’s ministry, Broken Crayons Still Color, joins Karen today to talk about the message of her brand new book - Brave Enough to be Broken. We know you’ll enjoy hearing Toni’s personal story and resonate with the message that God uses all of our brokenness for His glory.

Be sure to grab a copy of Toni’s brand new book and share this episode with a woman in your life who needs some encouragement today!

Mentioned on today’s episode:

Toni’s ministry

Get the book: Brave Enough to be Broken

Connect with Toni on social media

Oct 25, 2022

If you have toddlers in the house, you know nap time is a BIG deal! Today Karen is fielding questions from moms desperate for a little afternoon peace. Listen in for tips on how to create a “quiet time” for your kiddo and how to navigate the tricky in-between season when they still need sleep, but just won’t surrender! 

Oct 18, 2022

Disagreement is inevitable in any relationship and marriage is no exception. When you’re parenting together, and your husband has his own way of doing things, disagreements cause even greater tension. Today we’re answering your questions about conflict with your husband, everything from planning date nights and handling criticism to riding motorcycles with the kids!

Mentioned on today’s episode:

Wild At Heart

WT 197: Creative Date Nights

Survival Guide to Motherhood (ages 0-5)

Oct 11, 2022

There's a reason they're called the 'Terrible Twos' friends! Whether it's daycare drop-off, not wanting to share, or just not getting their way, it can take us by surprise when our little angels find their voice and use it in a big way. If there's a toddler in your home, today's questions will probably sound familiar, so listen for a pep talk from Karen to stay the course, not give in, and keep up the good work, mom! 

Oct 4, 2022

When you have elementary and middle school aged kids, the pressure and the busy schedule that come with pursuing athletics or the arts can really stress a mom out! Whether it’s pushback from your kids, or a strain on your schedule and your finances, today Karen gives advice on how to juggle it all and keep the most important things central in your world during this season of life.

Check out today's shownotes and find all things BOAW at: birdsonawiremoms.com

Sep 27, 2022

Megan and Leigh join us in the studio today to share how they see the world through the lens of a GREEN MOM. They'll talk about what makes motherhood easy for greens and how it challenges their temperaments; if you're a green, we think you'll hear a bit of your own experience in this conversation and if you're not green, we think it will give you valuable insights into the green moms in your world.

Not sure your color? Don't forget to take our quiz at BOAW.MOM/QUIZ

Mentioned on the show:

Personality Plus for Parents

I Said This, You Heard That by Kathleen Edelman

Sep 20, 2022

Today Ashley and Anisa join us in the studio to share how they see the world through the lens of a BLUE MOM. They'll talk about how blues thrive in mom world and what doesn't come easily to them as blues.

If you're a blue, we think you'll hear a bit of your own experience in this conversation and if you're not blue, we think it will give you valuable insights into the blue moms in your world.

Not sure your color? Don't forget to take our quiz at BOAW.MOM/QUIZ

Sep 13, 2022

Mandee and Erin join us in the studio today to share how they see the world through the lens of a YELLOW MOM. You know Karen is yellow, so this is one FUN conversation!

We'll hear what these yellows love about mom life, but also how it refines them. If you're a yellow, we think you'll hear a bit of your own experience in this conversation and if you're not yellow, we think it will give you valuable insights into the yellow moms in your world.

Not sure your color? Don't forget to take our quiz at BOAW.MOM/QUIZ

Sep 6, 2022

Today Katie and Kelly join us in the studio to share how they see life and parenting through the lens of being a "red". They'll talk about working life, home life, and everything in between. If you're a red, we think you'll hear a bit of your own experience in this conversation and if you're not red, we think it will give you valuable insights into the red moms in your world. Not sure your color? Don't forget to take our colors quiz at BOAW.MOM/QUIZ

Mentioned on today's episode:

Personality Plus for Parents

I Said This, You Heard That

Aug 30, 2022

This episode kicks off 5 weeks of a new Personality Colors series! We're going to share what the colors are, where the concept comes from, how to find out your color, and why it’s a helpful tool for families. Then, week by week we're bringing you interviews with moms of each color to help you understand how this temperament plays out in motherhood. We hope you come away encouraged and equipped to use the colors in your family!

Mentioned on the show:

The BOAW Colors Quiz

Personality Plus for Parents

I Said This, You Heard That by Kathleen Edelman

A Grown Up's Guide to Kids' Wiring 

Aug 23, 2022

We all know focusing on a healthy marriage should be a priority while you raise kids, but sometimes your kids are the source of conflict in your marriage! Today Karen and Sunny are answering your questions about how to navigate the inevitable disagreements that go hand in hand with parenting together.

Links from today's show:

Parenting Together curriculum

Our newest study: Survival Guide to Motherhoood (ages 0-5)

Aug 16, 2022

Have you ever been taken aback by the BIG feelings coming out of your child's small body? Today we're talking about angry outbursts, emotional meltdowns, sibling jealousy, and a crippling fear of failure. Listen and learn from Karen's wisdom so you can equip your kids to handle big emotions.

Mentioned on today’s episode:

A Grown Up’s Guide to Kids’ Wiring

The Anger Iceberg blog post

Snag Karen’s devotional and start the school year off right: Moments with God for Moms

Aug 9, 2022

Moms often feel like we work all day—either at an office or at home—and then we start a second shift in the evening: dinner, dishes, bathtime, etc. Sometimes it can feel like we do it all alone! Today, we're answering questions about spouses who don't carry half the weight, kids who are perpetual mess-makers, and how to motivate your family to pitch in and help a mom out! 

Mentioned on today's episode:

Elizabeth Pehrson's ministry (mom of 8 who gives lots of chores!!): The Exchange

Moms on Call sleep training program

YouVersion plan: 10 Days to a Better Back to School

Snag Karen’s devotional and start the school year off right: Moments with God for Moms

Aug 2, 2022

August is basically another New Year for moms, right? New schools, new teachers, new schedules, everything starts over and we get a chance for a fresh start. Listen in today for Karen's tips on hitting the reset button and starting off on the right foot this school year.

Mentioned on today's episode:

YouVersion reading plan - 10 Days to a Better Back to School

Karen's daily devotional - Moments with God for Moms 

 

Jul 26, 2022

The feelings of guilt are REAL in a mom’s world. Today Karen talks about how she's experienced mom guilt in the past and how she manages it in the present. She also offers advice on asking for help, dropping kids off at child care, and what to do when guilt creeps in. Tune in and be encouraged today!

Mentioned on today’s episode:

Moms of Teens! Register for the SURVIVE retreat today!

Get on Karen’s monthly email list

Share Your Thoughts about BOAW with us!

Jul 19, 2022

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among students today. As a society, we are clearly in crisis. As mothers, we are fighting on the front lines.

Today, mental health professional Debbie Causey joins us to talk about her own journey as the mother of a child with mental health conditions. Debbie also shares wisdom on the warning signs we can be alert for and the steps we can take to fight for our children's lives.

Even if you have toddlers and this conversation feels light years away, listen for a friend, a family member, or a student you know and love.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Moms of teens, register for the SURVIVE retreat today! It's a weekend away with Karen focused specifically on the challenges and the joys of parenting teens. 

Karen’s book The Art of Motherhood

NAMI.ORG

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Crisis Text Line

NAMI Classes

Jul 12, 2022

Mother and occupational therapist Christy Bennett joins Sunny and Karen today to dive into sensory based behavior. We discuss what sensory behaviors are, and how to provide the sensory stimulus (or lack thereof) that your child is craving.

Christy also answers your questions on how to talk to teachers about your child's specific needs and how parents can advocate for their child in the school system and in situations with other adults (coaches, church leaders, etc.) 

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Moms of teens! Register for the SURVIVE retreat today. 

Lucy the Lapdog

How to Leave a Wire Talk review

Share Your Thoughts about BOAW with us!

Jul 5, 2022

Dr. Mike Sytsma joins us to answer your questions about sex and motherhood. Dr. Mike is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, a Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Sexual Addictions Specialist. He is also an ordained minister who is passionate about marriage and helping couples grow in their marriage! We are so glad he is here to provide expert level advice and answers to your questions. 

Learn more about the Survive Retreat for Moms of Teens

Take a second to tell us what you love about BOAW!

Intimate Marriage - Dr. Mike's online couples group

IntimateMarriage.Org - Dr. Mike's organization

Winshape Marriage retreats 

Parenting Together study with Karen and Greg Stubbs

Jun 28, 2022

Fear in motherhood is a very real thing. It starts when they're young: are they hungry, are they hurting? And never stops, even when they are adults! Many of us are worried we’ll mess something up and mess up our kids in the process. Today Karen reminds us what is true and where to keep our focus when fear threatens to take us down.

Get the New Mom's Baby Box: boaw.mom/babybox

Join our private FB community of moms seeking godly wisdom: facebook.com/groups/BOAWmoms

Jun 21, 2022

We've all heard the advice to "pick your battles" as a mom. But which battles are the right ones to pick? We asked you to send in the battles you're frustrated by in your home and Karen is going to weigh in with whether or not it's worth the fight. Play along as you listen, can you guess what Karen's answer will be??

Take a second to tell us what you love about BOAW!

Grab our New Mom's Baby Box 

Save the Date - Survive: A Retreat for Moms of Teens registration opens July 10th!

Jun 14, 2022

There are all kinds of books and podcasts that aim to prepare you for childbirth or breastfeeding, but one thing that’s hard to prepare for is the isolation you’ll experience in those early days as a newborn mom. From how to "get out there" with a newborn to overcoming FOMO because you're breastfeeding all the time, on today's episode, Karen shares wisdom for the newest moms in our community.

Mentioned on today's episode:

Start a BOAW Group and go through Mom Core together

New Mom’s Baby Box

Share Your Thoughts about BOAW with us!

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