Episode 95: Holding on to Hope in a Hard Parenting Season—with Erica Wiggenhorn

June 4, 2024

Rob & Joanna Teigen

“A mom is only as happy as her unhappiest child.” Have you seen this quote floating around social media? It’s caught our eyes more than a few times.

I think for a lot of us as parents, this phrase can feel accurate because when our child is hurting or struggling, it becomes the main focus of our lives. Our emotions can get all tangled up in their anxiety, pain, or their failures, and those feelings can make us feel like we let them down.

You may be in a hard parenting season right now. You may be having a difficult time feeling okay because your child is not okay at all. If that’s you, we are so glad to introduce our guest, Erica Wiggenhorn.

She is a national speaker, best-selling author, and she’s on the writing team for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Erica’s passion is to equip people to read God’s Word with confidence. She’s also a wife and a mom of two who knows all about the joys and challenges of parenting.

In this episode, Erica shares with us:

  • The danger of focusing too much on a single circumstance
  • How we can unwittingly direct what our children are placing their faith in
  • Practical ways you can remain connected with your spouse in this season
  • And much more!

We hope you find encouragement and hope in this episode!

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Our Takeaways:

1) Consider if you are trusting in God or yourself. When circumstances are difficult, we have a choice to make. We can either put our faith in God or faith in ourselves. Every difficult season is an opportunity to point our children to the One who they can always rely on and who will never fail them.

2) Focus on your child’s heart, not their behavior. When our child is acting out and it puts a strain on our ability to parent, we need to pause and focus on our child’s heart. If you can help repair your child’s heart, it can often help with the behavior. You may find that your child is feeling scared, disappointed, or another deeper issue that is driving their behavior.

3) Lean on your spouse. We’ve all had those situations where our children are getting on our last nerve and we are dangerously close to blowing up at them. In those moments when we are at our wit’s end, we need to lean on our spouse to give us reprieve to collect ourselves. We cannot do this alone and it’s so important to lean on God and communicate well with your spouse to make it through this difficult season of parenting together.

Meet Our Guest

Erica Wiggenhorn

Erica Wiggenhorn

Erica Wiggenhorn is an award-winning author, national speaker, founder of Every Life Ministries, and is on the writing team for Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is passionate about bringing God’s Word to anyone who’ll listen, whether it’s at a large conference, a church retreat, or at her own kitchen table. Erica lives in Phoenix with her best friend and husband, Jonathan, and their four children, two of which are human and two who are furry and adorable.

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