Thursday, October 10, 2013

discipleship and discipline webinar review

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Being a mom is tough. You go through nine months of carrying around a living human child INSIDE of you and then when you go through the whole process or extracting said child, be it easy, painful, quick or slow at the end of the hospital stay you are sent home with a human child and a pack of diapers. There are no training manuals, no "how-to" books...you're on your own. Well,  you're not really completely on your own because there are many many women out there who have gone before you in the trenches of motherhood and have come out on the other side. There are women around you who are mothers, who know what you're going through and although every situation is different there are so many similarities that you don't need to do this motherhood thing alone. I've come across many of these women in my seven years of being a mother. Women with more experience, children, and patience. Women who want me to succeed and are cheering for me from the sidelines. Women who have rolled up their sleeves and joined me in the barrage of parenting mistakes and joys. Women who have offered advice, a non-judgmental ear and a shoulder to cry on.

There are also many women of God whom I have never had the joy of meeting that have helped me on my journey of becoming the mother that I long to be. Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson are two of those women. What I wouldn't give to have a cup of coffee with them or just curl up on their couch and talk till all hours of the night. They are women who have been through this motherhood thing and are going through it still with grace and confidence. I first learned about them through the book "Desperate". What an amazing book. I never felt like I had to justify my parenting techniques, I didn't feel like I had to do certain things to make sure my kids turned out okay. I never felt pressure to be a perfect mom. I just felt like these two women "get it" and are writing to me to tell me it's okay...and here's some things that may help you in your journey. They have challenged me in my thoughts and actions. They have shown me there may be better ways to do some of the things I'm already doing. These women have taken me on a new journey of motherhood and I feel like they're holding my hand along the way and telling me it's okay.
When I learned about the Discipleship and Discipline Webinar that they were hosting I was so excited to be a part of it. I wanted to learn all I could from these women who seemed like friends to me after simply reading their book. I wanted to get a new perspective on how to disciple my kids and learn more about discipline that might work for my kids. Yes, I do need to take everything with a grain of salt and place the thoughts they share in the context of my own family but I love learning new things about how to have better relationships with my kids and things that I could be doing to help those relationships grow.

These four webinars were incredible and I am so glad that I took the time to listen to them. I felt like I was sitting in the same room as Sally and Sarah Mae and they just seemed comfortable and REAL! Since I know it's next to impossible to have Sally or Sarah Mae in my living room this was the next best thing. They were so gracious, inspiring and great teachers. I look forward to other webinars that they may offer and cannot wait to go and get another book of theirs to read and pour over.

My friend Liz came over and watched the webinars with me and it was so great to be able to hash out what we heard and talk about parenting, specific to our families. I'm not sure that I would have gotten as much out of this webinar without a friend to talk about it with in person. So, get a couple of your girlfriends together, get the webinars and watch them and talk about how you can share these bits of wisdom with your kids.

Here are some thoughts from Liz:
I really enjoyed the Discipleship and Discipline webinar.  The information was clear and concise, yet rich and thought provoking.  I must admit I have not taken the time to study my children the way that I should.  There are times I do expect them to fit into a parenting formula or pattern and I find myself being more harsh when they don't.  Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae gave great suggestions for using the Meyer's Briggs test to get to know their personalities and also to pray/speak blessings over our children even before they feel like a delight and a blessing.  The Core Lies section in the final session resonated with me.  I know that I parent out of a wounded place and I desperately do not want to continue the cycle.  Sarah Mae gave excellent information and guidance towards healing our own wounds so we can parent in freedom.  Overall the content was fantastic and I am still sifting through these heavy issues as I try to implement the ideas into my own parenting.  The delivery was relaxed and honestly felt like Sally and Sarah Mae were hanging out with us in the living room sharing information.  It was unfortunate to have the technical difficulties, but the ladies dealt with the issues well and were able to deliver the information well.

All information on this course can be found on Sarah Mae's website...
And if you haven't read Desperate yet, I totally recommend it. It is an incredible book!!


This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and purchase the webinar I will get a small compensation. I am not telling you about this webinar series to make money, I am telling you about it because I thought it was incredible!!

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