Parents are busy these days, and we keep getting busier. Though we want to connect with our kids, our demanding schedules make it hard to know how to be present with them consistently. Kara Powell, director of Fuller Youth Institute, shares how to have quality time and focus on our kids even in the midst of busy schedules. Because the way we are present for our kids through their life is an important part of who they become.

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YOUR CUE

  1. This week, look out for the opportunities where your kids are already leaning in and already responsive. Use those moments as a starting point. Talk and ask questions about things they are passionate about or do something with them they enjoy doing. If it doesn’t go well (or even if it goes super well), keep trying!
  2. Find a close friend you can talk to about their perception of how you’re connecting and being present with your kids and your family. Be open to their feedback.

RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE

Kara Powell

KARA POWELL

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch”, Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist at Orange and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. She is the author or co-author of a number of books including The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family and Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith.

Carlos Whittaker, Parent Cue Live Host

CARLOS WHITTAKER

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 IVY

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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