I’m joining my friend Brenda Yoder this summer for a podcast series titled On the Front Porch. We’ll be chatting over the next several months about friendship, family, faith and community ~ and any other topics that come to mind during our bimonthly chat. Brenda and I are good friends who always have plenty to talk about, and many of our best conversations have taken place on one of our front porches. Pull up a chair and enjoy these front-porch conversations. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.
Ingrid and Brenda talk today about their top three tips for family life. Between them, they have over sixty years of parenting, and almost the same years of marriage, and experience Ingrid has being a single mom. In this episode, they share some of the most important pieces of advice for family life. Join them On the Front Porch for this important episode! And, for more parenting tips like this, join the Fledge Parent Facebook Forum, and purchase Brenda’s book Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind.
about the importance of reaching out to other women. Importance characteristics they discuss are:
- availability to younger women or those growing in faith (which we all are, right?)
- mutual benefits of investing in the lives of women
- the importance of asking someone you admire or respect to pour into your life.
- the role reciprocity plays in mentor or intergenerational relationships.
- Sensitivity (or the ability to “see” them)
- Healthy, nurturing friendships
- The importance of reciprocity
- Boundaries in friendship
- And more!
In addition, Ingrid and Brenda each share a unique friendship from a specific season of life. They also agree there is one key ingredient in sustaining a healthy, mutually satisfying friendship. Listen in to discover that ingredient!
God created us to live in community. The pandemic has highlighted the fact that grass roots efforts may be the best solution for real problems. By addressing needs in local communities, we make a difference right outside our back door. In this episode, Ingrid and Brenda talk about how they participate in their local community, the importance of engagement, and how you can learn to be hands-on in solving problems that are real and tangible.
- The significance of a front porch
- How they met
- What they have in common as friends
- What they’ve been doing while staying at home.