Nina Schmidgall, director of family ministry at National Community Church in Washington, D.C., joins host, Carlos Whittaker, to talk about the important topic of setting your family’s rhythm according to your goals (and reestablishing it when necessary) in today’s episode of the Parent Cue Live podcast.


  • Reevaluate often. Several times a year, you’ll need to take time to recalibrate. As a family, ask yourselves, “What is the rhythm for my family during this season? How can I be more intentional with my time?”
  • Consider your priorities. You and your family members have things that are uniquely important to them. Clarify what they are and always test your family’s rhythm against them. Anything that doesn’t align with your family’s priorities shouldn’t be a part of your rhythm.
  • Decide the moments you want to guard. In your family’s life together, there will be some things you can bend a little on, and some things you can’t. Protect those things that cannot be compromised, from vacations together to family nights.


Life’s new seasons often call for an adjustment in your family’s rhythm. And whether you think so or not, your family definitely has a rhythm, chaotic as it may be.

With the school year’s arrival and the summer season coming to a close, it’s important for families to decide during seasons of transition exactly what’s important to them and what’s not. Nina Schmidgall, director of family ministry at National Community Church in Washington, D.C., a wife and mother of three, knows all too well the demands life places on a family. Her oldest daughter is heading into middle school for the first time, and her school is located clear across town in a large, metropolitan area. Maximizing their family’s rhythm and all of its moving parts, Nina says, is the key to parents’ success.

It’s important for families to remember their rhythm might look completely different from someone else’s (insert your favorite quote about how comparison is terrible here!). Whether you’re part of a family where one member travels for work, or where one or both parents work primarily on the weekends, families should always take into account that comparing your family to someone else’s ultimately distracts you from tuning in to your own family’s rhythm and needs.

Tune in to today’s episode to hear more from Nina about taking practical steps to establishing your family’s rhythm, how to be intentional with life’s small moments, and the need for slowing down.





Nina Schmidgall


Director of family ministry at National Community Church in Washington, D.C.

Carlos Whittaker, Parent Cue Live Host


Carlos is an author, speaker, and content creator living in Nashville, TN with his wife Heather and 3 kids Sohaila, Seanna, and Losiah. He is addicted to social media, his wife’s enchiladas, and is determined to have his daughters teach him to land a backflip on the trampoline by the time he is 45.

Kristen Ivy - Parent Cue Live Host


Kristen is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, Director of The Phase Project, and co-author of Playing For Keeps and It’s Just a Phase – So Don’t Miss It. She combines her degree in secondary education with a Master of Divinity and lives with her husband, Matt, and their three children, Sawyer,  Hensley, and Raleigh, in Cumming, GA.

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