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Cindy Wang Brandt helps parents heal from religious trauma, break toxic cycles, and raise children with healthy spirituality and conscious citizenship. She is an author, speakers, conference host committed to helping parents raise kids for a better world. The Parenting Forward podcast features interviews with thought leaders from progressive faith and non-faith spaces, resources to create better practices in parenting and life with children. We believe parenting is revolutionary, that if we ...
 
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In a post-COVID society, life is different for everyone. VL is no exception and feels like a brand new church start in many ways. So whether this is your first time, you've been around VL since its origin, or you just have a curious skepticism, this series is for you. Who is Vinings Lake? What are we doing here? And how are we doing this? We will n…
 
Today’s guest is Dr. Joel Schwartz, a licensed clinical psychologist. Joel co-runs Total Spectrum Counseling with his wife, Brittany Boveé Schwartz, in the San Luis Obispo area of California. He specializes in therapy and testing for the misunderstood and demonstrates this through his unique practice: Total Spectrum Counseling is fully staffed by n…
 
In a post-COVID society, life is different for everyone. VL is no exception and feels like a brand new church start in many ways. So whether this is your first time, you've been around VL since its origin, or you just have a curious skepticism, this series is for you. Who is Vinings Lake? What are we doing here? And how are we doing this? We will n…
 
In a post-COVID society, life is different for everyone. VL is no exception and feels like a brand new church start in many ways. So whether this is your first time, you've been around VL since its origin, or you just have a curious skepticism, this series is for you. Who is Vinings Lake? What are we doing here? And how are we doing this? We will n…
 
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health struggles. At least it is for my family. I grew up in an anxious family, my husband struggles with some anxiety, and, as a result, we have two pretty anxious kids. So, in this episode, we are diving into all things anxiety in childhood and parenting. Here to discuss this topic with me is my co-host fo…
 
In a post-COVID society, life is different for everyone. VL is no exception and feels like a brand new church start in many ways. So whether this is your first time, you've been around VL since its origin, or you just have a curious skepticism, this series is for you. Who is Vinings Lake? What are we doing here? And how are we doing this? We will n…
 
In a post-COVID society, life is different for everyone. VL is no exception and feels like a brand new church start in many ways. So whether this is your first time, you've been around VL since its origin, or you just have a curious skepticism, this series is for you. Who is Vinings Lake? What are we doing here? And how are we doing this? We will n…
 
Today I am launching a podcast series on how to care for our children's mental health and flourishing. Although I struggle plenty with mental health myself, I am not a licensed expert in the subject. Therefore, I’m bringing my friend, Joseph Lee, onto the show. Joseph Lee is a psychiatrist and previous guest from episode 43. In his episode, we talk…
 
In a post-COVID society, life is different for everyone. VL is no exception and feels like a brand new church start in many ways. So whether this is your first time, you've been around VL since its origin, or you just have a curious skepticism, this series is for you. Who is Vinings Lake? What are we doing here? And how are we doing this? We will n…
 
By now you should know that the goal of this podcast is to help you raise conscious citizens. What you may not know is how to actually do that. Raising conscious citizens sounds like a lot of work. Not only do we have to re-parent ourselves with consciousness but we then have to find the exact right words to say to our kids regarding citizenship an…
 
Ever feel lost? Disoriented? Confused about who you are and where you are going? Ever feel like your GPS is recalculating? Ever have a sense there is more for you to create, attempt, and do, but you lack clarity? In this series, we will explore the voices, restlessness, stirrings, questions, curiosities, pulls, fear, doubts, anxieties, and intuitio…
 
Ever feel lost? Disoriented? Confused about who you are and where you are going? Ever feel like your GPS is recalculating? Ever have a sense there is more for you to create, attempt, and do, but you lack clarity? In this series, we will explore the voices, restlessness, stirrings, questions, curiosities, pulls, fear, doubts, anxieties, and intuitio…
 
A few weeks ago I sent out a newsletter called “Disorganized Religion.” It was a product of my reflection on the idea that many who have decided to leave the church still crave a dedicated time and space to explore the bigger questions of life and existence and to validate their children's innate spiritual questions. They’re happy with their decisi…
 
Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot about one certain Tik Toker. Because I hang out in parenting spaces a lot, I hear about cool new voices and parenting influencers pretty quickly. In this case, my community has been raving about how much they love this Tik Toker. I’ve started seeing her videos all over the place and they’re truly amazing. Her name …
 
We’ve all read those Christian books that are full of flowery statements. The writing is beautiful but it has no substance to it. On top of that, it’s pretty stuffy too. It can seem very academic, old, and quite frankly boring. Diana Butler Bass, however, is a Christian author whose writing falls right into the sweet spot of not fluffy and not stuf…
 
Ever feel lost? Disoriented? Confused about who you are and where you are going? Ever feel like your GPS is recalculating? Ever have a sense there is more for you to create, attempt, and do, but you lack clarity? In this series, we will explore the voices, restlessness, stirrings, questions, curiosities, pulls, fear, doubts, anxieties, and intuitio…
 
If you grew up evangelical, the thought of youth ministry is probably very triggering. It may bring back memories of shame and religiosity. Adolescence is a very tender time of our lives and that is exactly when a lot of the toxicity of fundamentalism was solidified. More likely than not, we heard rhetoric like, “Gay is sinful” and, “Love the sinne…
 
Author of "Parenting Forward" and special guest speaker Cindy Wang Brandt joins us for pt. 6 of Raising Humans: A Brief Guide to Parenting. We are all shaping the generation behind us. They are all watching and listening to everything we say and do. The question is, “How are we shaping them?” What are we passing off to them? For many, this reality …
 
We are all shaping the generation behind us. They are all watching and listening to everything we say and do. The question is, “How are we shaping them?” What are we passing off to them? For many, this reality creates enormous anxiety and worry. So we devour parenting books and podcasts looking for an owner’s manual. But the truth is there is no on…
 
If we want to address and overcome all of the “isms” in our world, we have to start with the “ism” we have against our children. We can never help our kids understand the danger of racism, ableism, and sexism if we overlook ageism and the effects it has on them. This can feel extremely overwhelming. Oftentimes we don’t even know the prejudices we h…
 
We are all shaping the generation behind us. They are all watching and listening to everything we say and do. The question is, “How are we shaping them?” What are we passing off to them? For many, this reality creates enormous anxiety and worry. So we devour parenting books and podcasts looking for an owner’s manual. But the truth is there is no on…
 
We are all shaping the generation behind us. They are all watching and listening to everything we say and do. The question is, “How are we shaping them?” What are we passing off to them? For many, this reality creates enormous anxiety and worry. So we devour parenting books and podcasts looking for an owner’s manual. But the truth is there is no on…
 
We are all shaping the generation behind us. They are all watching and listening to everything we say and do. The question is, “How are we shaping them?” What are we passing off to them? For many, this reality creates enormous anxiety and worry. So we devour parenting books and podcasts looking for an owner’s manual. But the truth is there is no on…
 
More than anything, parenting is about creating and changing culture. We just happen to do so one child at a time. As we extend love, compassion, and justice towards our children, they are formed into members of society who extend the same to others. They challenge the harmful status quo of the world and, together, we build a better future. I recen…
 
We are all shaping the generation behind us. They are all watching and listening to everything we say and do. The question is, “How are we shaping them?” What are we passing off to them? For many, this reality creates enormous anxiety and worry. So we devour parenting books and podcasts looking for an owner’s manual. But the truth is there is no on…
 
I’ve often joked that Parenting Forward is a social justice parenting manual. However, I wish The Sandbox Revolution had existed before I wrote it. That book is even more like a social justice parenting manual. This week I am talking with its author, Lydia Wylie-Kellermann. She was raised in a family where she was heavily involved in activism and f…
 
Death and resurrection sit at the very center of the Christ story. The iconic image of a man on the cross has pierced our collective consciousness for thousands of years. What does it mean? What does it reveal? Did Jesus die for our sin? There seems to be a mystery at the heart of this provocative image. Mystery is not something you can’t understan…
 
I imagine many of my listeners are regulars at pride parades. If that’s you, you’ve probably seen the moms who offer free hugs to LGBTQ kids who may not have a supportive or loving family. There is something so simple and yet so profound about that act of kindness. It communicates a love that is basic to human dignity but often denied to LGBTQ kids…
 
Death and resurrection sit at the very center of the Christ story. The iconic image of a man on the cross has pierced our collective consciousness for thousands of years. What does it mean? What does it reveal? Did Jesus die for our sin? There seems to be a mystery at the heart of this provocative image. Mystery is not something you can’t understan…
 
Death and resurrection sit at the very center of the Christ story. The iconic image of a man on the cross has pierced our collective consciousness for thousands of years. What does it mean? What does it reveal? Did Jesus die for our sin? There seems to be a mystery at the heart of this provocative image. Mystery is not something you can’t understan…
 
What are schools really teaching our kids? Are they educating them on information that is actually relevant to our world right now? Most of our schools just aren’t teaching our kids things like how to vote and make wise decisions about policies. Those topics usually aren’t even brought up. That’s why I am so excited to talk with Ashley Berner this …
 
Death and resurrection sit at the very center of the Christ story. The iconic image of a man on the cross has pierced our collective consciousness for thousands of years. What does it mean? What does it reveal? Did Jesus die for our sin? There seems to be a mystery at the heart of this provocative image. Mystery is not something you can’t understan…
 
Rabbi Heschel said, “Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.” As children, we have this primal sense of awe built into us. Back then, every moment is filled with anticipation, imagination, and astonishment. Then life happens. We grow up. Bills. Stress. Betrayal. Traffic. We get bored. Our hea…
 
Storytelling is a key element of the human spirit. As human beings, we respond to stories with both our emotions and our minds. Specifically, when we hear the stories of those who are different from us, we are forever changed. In our effort to raise conscious citizens, this should be one of our primary goals. We must be dedicated to providing oppor…
 
Rabbi Heschel said, “Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.” As children, we have this primal sense of awe built into us. Back then, every moment is filled with anticipation, imagination, and astonishment. Then life happens. We grow up. Bills. Stress. Betrayal. Traffic. We get bored. Our hea…
 
Rabbi Heschel said, “Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.” As children, we have this primal sense of awe built into us. Back then, every moment is filled with anticipation, imagination, and astonishment. Then life happens. We grow up. Bills. Stress. Betrayal. Traffic. We get bored. Our hea…
 
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