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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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Oct 29, 2019

Whether you're trying to understand what is actually happening during their school day, or struggling with an issue at home, today Karen answers your questions and shares wisdom on how to communicate so our school-age kids hear and understand us. Don't miss a short list of alternative questions to ask besides, "how was your day?" and Karen's approach to dealing with sibling jealousy. As always, we hope this conversation encourages you and gives you a practical nugget to carry into your mom world today. 

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Oct 22, 2019

We're back today with the last installment in our Love Languages mini-series. Acts of service and physical touch are the final languages we're covering as we answer your questions and Karen gives loads of practical tips. If you're just tuning in, be sure to catch up with episodes 182 and 183 in this series! 

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Oct 15, 2019

We're back with part two of our conversation on the five love languages today. In this episode, we're taking a look at Quality Time and Gifts. Karen defines what it means to speak these languages to your kids and answers your questions like, "how much quality time is enough?" and "how do I deal with sibling jealousy when I give gifts to one child?" 

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Oct 8, 2019

We're kicking off a brand-new series today with Part One of a three-part conversation all about the five love languages. You'll get a birds-eye view (no pun intended) of what the five languages are, and then we'll deep dive into Words of Affirmation. As always, Karen gives loads of practical phrases you can start using this week, and even shares how the love languages still help her love her adult children well today.

Mentioned on the show:

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Karen’s Lunch Box Notes

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

Video lesson: Being A Student of your Child from Mom Core

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Oct 1, 2019

Karen’s son Taylor joins her in the studio today for a conversation about his years growing up in the Stubbs household. He reflects on some of the ways Karen and Greg instilled character in him across the years and the one family habit that stands out in his mind as character-building. He also shares a recent story of personal failure, and how the lessons he was taught as a boy gave him resilience to get back up again as a man.

Mentioned on the show:

Colors Personality Quiz

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Sep 24, 2019

On today's show we're talking about the habits that bring our families together. From big, intentional practices like creating a family mission statement to fun traditions like weekly queso-fests at the local Mexican restaurant, Karen shares her thoughts on how to create a family culture that ensures your children know they belong. Whatever your family looks like, we think you'll find something in this episode that you can take and make your own. 

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Sep 17, 2019

On today’s episode, Karen reflects back over 29 years of parenting and shares the big lessons she learned from all of those small moments. Plus, she shares the greatest lesson she believes she taught her kids and gives a great little tip for any moms of perfection-minded blue kids. We hope this episode inspires you to take a deep breath, to keep the long view in mind, and reminds you that raising children really does take a village. 

Links from today's show:

Corey's Auto Service - Karen’s mechanic, aka the best mechanic in North Georgia!

Get the BOAW app 

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Sep 10, 2019

Discipline is a constant in our world as moms and it's made harder by the fact that what works for your family constantly changes depending on the child you're disciplining and their age. On today's show we're discussing the idea of discipline as "currency", what that means and how to find out what your child's is. Plus, hear Karen delve into the idea of "pain now = peace later" and the Scripture that keeps her motivated to be consistent. If you're struggling with disciplining one or more children in your family, listen in and be encouraged! 

Links from the show today:

Discipline series: Episodes 154, 155, 156

Mom Core curriculum - Discipline lesson

Start a BOAW group!

Books on raising boys: Boy Mom, Bringing Up Boys

Hebrews 4:11

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Sep 3, 2019

We got a ton of questions from you guys over the summer and on today’s show we’ve picked out 5 questions that seem to come up over and over again. From sibling rivalry and sleepovers to meal time and bed time shenanigans, Karen and Sunny tackle it all.

Mentioned on the Show Today:

Episode 151: Sibling Rivalry

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Aug 27, 2019

From managing extracurricular activities and keeping our homes in order, to shepherding our children's faith and paying attention to our marriage in the midst of it all; on today's show we're talking about 4 aspects of family life that are easy to overcomplicate. If you're feeling overwhelmed by pressure to do it all and do it all well, this episode is one you don't want to miss. 

Mentioned on the show today:

Episode 175: Launching Your College Freshman Well

Karen's Studies: Says Who? Part 2 and Parenting Together 

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Aug 20, 2019

Karen and Sunny are back together today talking about the experience of sending our children off to college for the first time. They cover so much territory in this episode! From the best advice Karen gave her kids before they left for school to how to handle boyfriends/girlfriends coming back home with them. Karen also advises how to help siblings left behind adjust to the empty place at the dinner table. Whether you are facing this transition right now or if it's on the horizon, listen and be encouraged as Karen shares why she loved this season of mothering so much. 

Mentioned on the show today:

Get tickets to Mom's Night Out with Karen at Christ's Church in Jacksonville HERE

Wire Talk episode on Grief with Judy Wolfe

Praying for Your Adult Children

Grace Walk by Steve McVey

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Aug 13, 2019

Arlene Pellicane joins us again today to talk about a relatively recent parenting milestone: giving our kids their first phone. From pitfalls we want to avoid, to steps we can proactively take to ensure our child's health and safety, we are talking about it all. This is a conversation that is relevant whether you have a 5 year old or 15 year old, so grab a cup of coffee or pop in those earbuds and join us. As always, we hope you are encouraged and equipped! 

Let us know what you want to hear more of on the show by emailing us at info@birdsonawiremoms.com.

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Aug 6, 2019

Karen and guest host Katie Leipprandt are chatting with Arlene Pellicane today about how technology has impacted our parenting world. We talk about the ways we use technology as moms, the benefits and pitfalls of having a world of technology at arm's length and some boundaries we can consider putting in place to stay connected in our most important relationships - our families.

Let us know what you want to hear more of on the show by emailing us at info@birdsonawiremoms.com.

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Jul 30, 2019

On today's episode all of Karen's children join her in the studio to answer questions you guys have asked about the Stubbs family. Hear their thoughts on growing up in a big family, what traditions they want to carry into their own families one day, and for sure don't miss them answering the question, "How did Karen mess up as a mom?"

Let us know what you want to hear more of on the show by emailing us at info@birdsonawiremoms.com.

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Jul 23, 2019

On today’s episode we’re getting real about how isolating and lonely life as a mom can be. Listen in to hear Karen answer questions from moms who have recently moved, single moms, and a newly stay-at-home mom. As always, we hope this conversation encourages you! Let us know what you want to hear more of on the show by emailing us at info@birdsonawiremoms.com.

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Jul 16, 2019

Two single moms, Misty Paige and Michelle Lane, join Karen and Sunny on today’s episode to answer your questions, share their hearts, and discuss their experiences as single parents. Listen to hear how they grew as they journeyed from being single moms to young children, to watching those well-adjusted children leave their nests. We hope this encourages your heart whether you are parenting on your own, or have single moms in your circle of friends.

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Jul 9, 2019

Karen shares wisdom for talking about divorce, separation, and navigating a blended family on today’s episode of Wire Talk.  Even if you are not in a blended family or going through a divorce, listen to better understand the moms around you. (And don’t miss Karen sharing the prayer she prays that helps her love even the most unloveable people in her life!)

Whether you’re married for the first time, re-married or divorced, we hope this episode gives you a few tools for navigating a tough season of life.

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Jul 2, 2019

Any working moms out there? We thought so. On today's show Karen answers your questions about managing work plus motherhood and the conflicting emotions that often accompany that combination. She reminds us all to quit chasing perfect and tells us exactly what we should do with all our mom guilt. 

-Find links to resources mentioned on the show at the Birds on a Wire Moms website. 

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Jun 25, 2019

Karen dives into her mentoring bag of tricks on today's episode to share three key principles for fighting fairly in our families. Learn to practice assertiveness and what it means to actively listen to one another. Plus, find out what Karen's "wish list" activity for conflict resolution is all about. 

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Jun 18, 2019

Author Susannah B. Lewis of Whoa, Susannah! joins Karen and Sunny today for a conversation you don't want to miss. Susannah opens up about the very real way she clings to God and His Word while facing the curve balls life inevitably throws. If you're already a fan, you're going to love Susannah even more after this chat (if that's possible). And if she's a new voice for you, you're going to understand why more than a million folks find her honest and encouraging humor so refreshing! Stay tuned through the end of the show for details on a fun giveaway! 

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-Find links to the resources discussed on this episode on the Birds on a Wire Moms website. 

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Jun 11, 2019

Dr. Juli Slattery joins Karen and Sunny today to answer your questions about sexual intimacy within marriage. Juli gives her thoughts on what to do when you’re the one with the higher sex drive, how to keep your sex life alive when you’re exhausted at the end of every day, and how we can integrate our spirituality with our sexuality. (Psst, pop in your earbuds for this one!)

Want more? 

-Find links to all the resources Juli mentions at the Birds on a Wire Moms website. 

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Jun 4, 2019

Yellow moms, this episode is for YOU! Karen is also a yellow, so this conversation is especially fun to listen to as she tells stories about growing up as a yellow and how she brought her yellow strengths to play in her mothering. Not a yellow mom? Listen in to better understand and love on your friends! 

In today's conversation, Karen and Sunny address your questions about the monotony of mothering, how to balance your desire for FUN with your kiddo's need for structure, and how to keep the long-term in mind when your nature is to live for the moment. 

Want more? 

-Find links to the resources discussed on this episode on the Birds on a Wire Moms website. 

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May 28, 2019

We all want to be the healthiest version of ourselves possible, but what happens when we fall into destructive patterns with exercise or eating? And what can we do when we see a loved one struggling with the same thing?

Today, therapist Angela Schaffner joins Karen and Sunny in the studio to answer your questions about struggling with eating disorders, uncovering the reasons behind our damaging behaviors, and setting an example for our children.

Want more? 

-Find links to the resources discussed on this episode on the Birds on a Wire Moms website. 

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May 21, 2019

There's no way around it, motherhood changes a woman's body. Whether it's stretch marks from giving birth, or a stretched schedule that allows little time for exercise, there's a new normal once kids are a part of your daily routine.

Today Sunny and Karen answer your questions about making time to work out, giving yourself grace, and ultimately, making peace with the beautiful and capable body God has given you.  

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May 14, 2019

Is it okay that my 7 year old prefers to spend time with our family over other kids? How can I teach my son to be a good friend at school? How do I handle “tricky” friends - ones who look good on paper but who are secretly doing all the things I don’t want my teenage son involved in?

On today’s show we’re tackling questions about your kids and their peer relationships. Tune in to hear this far-ranging discussion and stay tuned until the end for the verse Karen wants us to meditate on as we relinquish control over this arena of our children’s lives.

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