Ana Bright from Grace and Glory Moms joins the podcast to discuss God-centered co-parenting strategies.
Overview of God-Centered Co-parenting Strategies Podcast
(0:43) I welcome Ana to the show and she gives an overview of how long she’s been co-parenting.
(3:39) Keeping our children first in mind when talking to child’s other parent.
(4:14) Parenting out of fear. Ana’s wisdom: love your kids more than you hate your ex
(5:45) Discuss the book, Co-parenting With a Toxic Ex
(8:00) Ana talks about connection with our kids versus us trying to control situations.
(11:20) How teaching kids boundaries helps them instill lifelong skills they will carry with them from house to house.
(13:40) When parenting styles differ between mom’s and dad’s house
(16:17) Being honest with our kids about our failings and saying, “I blew it.”
(17:07) Ana reminds us that God loves our children way more than we ever could. Our children are ultimately His, we can trust our children in His care.
(18:20) If we can stop looking at our exes as bad and just remember there doing what they think is right as well.
(20:25) Ana says that even though it doesn’t deal with co-parenting in the Bible, it tells us how to treat people: love God and love others as yourself.
Favorite lessons from this episode
“You control the relationship you have with your kids. Nobody else in the world, can change that. No matter what kind of awful things are being said or done or manipulation or lies. Ultimately, you being you, staying true to who you are and who God says you are and who God says you need to be for your kids in this situation.”
“The times where I’ve tried to control the situation are the times where things blew up in my face the most.”
“The best we can do is still try to love them (our children’s other parent) because by loving them we’re loving our kids and our children are going to see it.”
“They (your ex) were made in the image of God as well. So whether they profess to be followers of Jesus or not, it still says that we are all made in God’s image. We might be the only Jesus they see.. So just keep going. Just stay true who you were made to be and who’s you are. Eventually the kids will see on the other end, man, you never wavered, mom. You know, dad, you were always solid. You pointed me to Jesus every step of the way.”
Where you can find more about Ana
Ana Bright is a cheerleader for moms. She strives to empower mamas raising (sometimes extra) strong-willed kids. You can find her at Grace and Glory Moms, where she shares hope, humor, and helpful tips for making it through motherhood while holding tightly onto Jesus.