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Hear inspiring stories leading up to Grandma's Marathon, a 26.2-mile road race along the scenic shores of Lake Superior and finishing in Duluth, Minn. Started in 1977 with only 150 runners, Grandma's Marathon is now the 12th largest marathon in the United States and brings approximately 20,000 participants to northern Minnesota each June. Our podcast is brought to you with the support of Essentia Health. Grandma's Marathon is proudly presented by Toyota, Members Cooperative Credit Union, and ...
 
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A weekly podcast from Liv Purvis (What Olivia Did) and Charlotte Jacklin (Betty) aka out of touch early grandma's (wishing they had their own radio show), navigating their way through millennial life, and laughing a lot in between. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
Do you long to be a more intentional mom but you feel overwhelmed or weary or just don't have a clear path to the next step toward a successful family life? The Practically Speaking MOM, Val Harrison, is here to bring some order to the chaos and some focus to the confusion. You don’t have to be the perfect mom to have a strong family, you need a plan! Join author, speaker, mother of seven, and grandma of two, as she shares wisdom and encouragement about the six areas of an intentional mom's ...
 
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Tony Loyd began running late in life and, to himself, said he'd never do it again after running his first-ever marathon in 2001. Well, Tony lied to himself and as since on running and on marathoning -- he qualified for his first Boston Marathon in 2005 and has run several other big races, including the 2013 New York City Marathon. Loyd touches on a…
 
Essentia Health ATC Cristina Nistler joins the podcast for the next of several installments ahead of the 2023 Grandma's Marathon weekend designed to help keep runners focused on the finish line while avoiding any common injuries and/or medical issues. As part of her role with Essentia Health, Nistler works part-time throughout the year in the Grand…
 
As you make your way down the North Shore during Grandma's Marathon in June, you and thousands of others are enjoying some of the very best road racing available in the United States. It's a race you've probably heard of --- almost certainly, if you're listening to this podcast. What you might not have heard much about, though, is trail running. Wi…
 
A self-proclaimed "marathon junkie," Chuck Engle has certainly earned the title. He's completed more than 475 marathons in his lifetime, and he's also the world record holder with more than 150 of those being completed in 3 hours or less. Engle travels nearly every week of the year to at least one race, and he has not only completed, but actually h…
 
A self-proclaimed "marathon junkie," Chuck Engle has certainly earned the title. He's completed more than 475 marathons in his lifetime, and he's also the world record holder with more than 150 of those being completed in 3 hours or less. Engle travels nearly every week of the year to at least one race, and he has not only completed, but actually h…
 
Essentia Health ATC Cristina Nistler joins the podcast for the first of several installments ahead of the 2023 Grandma's Marathon weekend designed to help keep runners focused on the finish line while avoiding any common injuries and/or medical issues. As part of her role with Essentia Health, Nistler works part-time throughout the year in the Gran…
 
The Practically Speaking MOM Podcast recently entered its fourth year and finished up our third season of the podcast! Have you ever stood in a pool with your young child on the side of the pool in their water wings, held out your arms and said, "Come on. You can do it. Jump in! I won't let you go under." It is scary for a child to LEAP to a new le…
 
The "Dominant Director" child you are raising is going to be a leader. They were born to lead. The question is, what kind of leader are they going to be? Will they lead by power and control, intimidation and trampling others? Or will they learn how to be humble and how to treat all people with dignity? Will they learn to value all the other persona…
 
What would we do without our Careful Calculator family members?! We need them!! They are often misunderstood, however. You will learn critical relationship, dynamics, and communication strategies for BLENDING BETTER and BRIGHTER as a cohesive family, even if you are each very different from one another. We're in a four-week series about family dyna…
 
Fresh off her first career win at the Chicago Marathon, wheelchair athlete Susannah Scaroni joined our Gearing Up for Grandma's podcast. Not only did Scaroni win the 2022 Chicago Marathon, she also won her fourth career Grandma's Marathon this past June and broke her own event record in the process. Scaroni is a three-time U.S. Paralympian and won …
 
We're in a four-week series about family dynamics and personality differences called, "Here We Go through Uniquely United 2.0." It's an eye-opening opportunity to learn how to improve family relationships by discovering the differences between you in how you think. This week we learn about the Sensitive Server. We're examining FOUR COMBINATIONS of …
 
Today we begin a four-week sub-series called "Here We Go through Uniquely United 2.0." We'll examine FOUR COMBINATIONS of personality traits, one combination each of the four weeks. As we take this tour through each of the four combinations we'll look at the following characteristics in each of the four combinations: For Each Type: ✅What they FEAR …
 
Do you have some family members who just want to have fun and other family members that are militant about tasks? How do we help these two very different people blend and mesh and shine TOGETHER in the family unit? Episode 164 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast is here to help! Rich joins Val for "People-Focused vs Task-Focused Family Members"…
 
CHALLENGES in a family unit are actually OPPORTUNITIES in a family unit, opportunities for self-evaluation, opportunities for identifying ways that we need to grow, opportunities for getting a gameplan for that growth. And family challenges are opportunities for family bonding. Well, friends, let's take today in the next 30 min to learn how to bett…
 
Today in episode 162 we lay the foundation for the Uniquely United series in the Practically Speaking MOM: Intentional Mom, Strong Family Podcast. Note from Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM, about episode 162. If you have listened to this podcast for a while, you know that I pray about every topic and every episode and really seek to list…
 
It's important to equip our kids for life. One way we do that is by involving them in cooking. However, I was uncomfortable with my kids working with raw meat, so I needed a plan. Years ago, I came up with this "Save Your Sanity: One Hour a Week Meal Prep Plan" so my kids could cook meals but not deal so much with meat. This plan ended up saving me…
 
Minnesota native and former US Olympian Carrie Tollefson has been involved with Grandma's Marathon for more than a decade, serving most recently as lead analyst for the women's marathon for our radio broadcast. Tollefson works primarily on race day with Chad Salmela, who has Olympic experience of his own in the broadcast booth. Together, they are p…
 
Feeding a family of nine can be expensive. I learned to SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES and SAVE MONEY ON CLEANERS. This podcast is bursting with mom hacks for meals, groceries, and cleaning. HI, I'm Val Harrison, the Practically Speaking MOM. I am passionate about helping intentional moms to build strong families. A big key in having TIME and ENERGY to fo…
 
Would you love to see your middle school or teen girl become more fully-devoted to living a life of growth, courage, patience, purpose, resilience? You're going to enjoy this fast-paced mother/daughter talk about being focused on GROWTH and LIVING a meaningful life rather than preoccupied with romance too young. There is time for romance in life AF…
 
Val and her third daughter, Abby, a college freshman, discuss Abby's 2nd favorite book for understanding our self-worth, guarding and guiding our heart, and focusing on becoming God's design for our life BEFORE getting into a romantic relationship. This would be a great episode for your teen daughter to listen along with you. Girl Defined: God's Ra…
 
We hit the pause button for a week... Letting Go of the Old to Begin the New, Hard is Good, 5 Dual Credit Tips, and a Note from the Heart. Episode 157 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast is a little interruption in the plan. Resources mentioned The Homeschool Roadmap to College, $5 EBook Click Here Homeschooling in Real Life, $5 EBook Click Her…
 
You may hear the phrase, "Follow your heart" but I teach my kids to LEAD their hearts. I want my kids to be confident in their intrinsic value. I want them to know how to get control of their thoughts and emotions. I want them to identify their life principles. I want them to know their self-worth is not dependent on someone wanting to date them. A…
 
The world is sending SO MANY messages to our hearts. As adults, we know to filter those messages and to guard our minds, but kids have a harder time doing that. In episode 155 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast, I am introducing a new series - a series in which we will look at many of the world's messages and identify how to talk with our chil…
 
❓Do you ever get tired of telling kids "no" they can't watch that movie or show or listen to that music or play that game? ❗Help is here!!! This week on the podcast, I share with you a plan to reduce that stress, to help you say "no" less because your child has learned to discern and filter to protect their own heart and mind - the process of teach…
 
The Practically Speaking MOM Podcast is all about strengthening families and one important factor in a strong family is having a handle on internet usage in your home. After all, our children's childhood should be made up of lots of LIVING LIFE to the fullest through experiences and adventures and developing hobbies and talents, and so much more! W…
 
Three of today's topics are #1 Taking the plunge to SIMPLIFY & Reduce #2 Great family vacation spots in the US, and #3 helping our kids grow in wisdom, which for many these days includes homeschooling. Whether you homeschool or not, you will enjoy this lighthearted look at selling it all, traveling with your family, and living God's calling for you…
 
This week on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast (for intentional moms to build strong families), I will give you a game plan for getting your kids off of screens and on to activities that help them GROW in the four main areas of life - physical, mental, social, and spiritual. It's a plan called GROWTIME before SCREENTIME which is perfect for Summ…
 
The topic of Junior High Boys can be very interesting. That's where this episode begins - with our guest, Andrew Dahilig who has worked with middle school boys for over twelve years. He gives his boys FOUR CHALLENGES every week in four main life areas. We will learn about these challenges in episode 150 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast. Our …
 
The words we choose with our kids can speak life into them, can transform their perception of themselves, can give them a vision for who they are becoming. This week's guest, Dakota Hammond (dad to our special VIPs) shares methods he uses to impact his sons. You will be inspired and challenged with some very practical steps you can take with any ag…
 
Each year, we accept a number of "race ambassadors" who help us throughout the year spread the word about Grandma's Marathon and help keep the spirit of the race alive in the buildup to June. Some of this year's "Grambassadors" join us for this podcast to talk about one of their favorite things - Grandma's Marathon! Hear firsthand about their favor…
 
Rich joined me on this week's episode for some very important topics. Please consider listening to our Father's Day Special Episode: Some questions our sons may be thinking but not saying: Can I be depended on? Will I be able to come through in difficult situations? Am I capable? Can I achieve challenges that come my way? Then we address: What can …
 
We've had multiple podcast episodes about teaching our kids to listen to us. This episode is about the importance of us as parents learning to effectively listen to our kids. It's also about the value of mentors for our teen kids and how to go about setting up a mentor, and it is about teaching them work ethic and lots more today in episode #147. O…
 
An unscripted, honest look at the difficult parenting task of talking to our kids about tragedy - facing fear with them, giving them tools to manage fear or anxiety, effective discussion topics to grow kids who become hope-filled, difference makers in our world, and looking at the question, "How could a good God allow bad things to happen." This is…
 
"We chose to no longer have a Battle of Wits or a Battle of Verbal Arrows or a Battle of Stiff Silence. We were learning to lay down our emotional weapons and pick up tools for transforming our relationship." Celebrating 30 years of marriage, Rich & Val share some of the tools that transformed their marriage in episode 145 of the Practically Speaki…
 
The use of CBD by runners to aid in their training and recovery has exploded over the past several years, and it's led to a lot of different opinions about what's best for your body and how to properly choose from and use the many products on the market. Nature's Gem CBD & Wellness has been a major sponsor of Grandma's Marathon since 2019, and foun…
 
Do Hard Things Love Works Episode 139 Link Work Ethic Episode Link Getting Kids to Listen the First Time Episode Link Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM Ministry Cash App: $valPSM Paypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.com Donate with a creditcard HERE All donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YO…
 
Each year, we accept a number of "race ambassadors" who help us throughout the year spread the word about Grandma's Marathon and help keep the spirit of the race alive in the buildup to June. Some of this year's "Grambassadors" join us for this podcast to talk about one of their favorite things - Grandma's Marathon! Hear firsthand about their favor…
 
Isn't it interesting that as moms we can LONG FOR alone time, when in the very same moment we feel LONELY. How is that possible to feel lonely when we are continually surrounded by our little darlings? It's because we long for intimacy, a relationship that challenges us and spurs us to growth through mutual edification. We long for this kind of rel…
 
This is the third episode in our Mother's Day Week series of four short episodes about motherhood. "Come to the Table: Feasting with the Father When You Feel Like a Frazzled Mama" is an event topic that I speak on from time to time at women's retreats or conferences. Some of the material from that is sprinkled into the following episodes: 22 Mom's …
 
Ways to give to support the Practically Speaking MOM Ministry Cash App: $valPSM Paypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.com Donate with a creditcard HERE All donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are NOT tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms. Visit Val's website: Practica…
 
"Some moments in motherhood are pure bliss. It's the big moments of joy when our child learns to walk or say, "I love you" for the first time. Then there are moments in motherhood that are pure agony or fear or regret or concern..."Listen to episode 140, "Mom's feel the deepest feelings." This is the first of FOUR SHORT EPISODES THIS WEEK, celebrat…
 
Everyone in your family is God's precious, purposeful design. And yet, sibling squabbles, personality clashes, character issues, parenting mistakes... sometimes family life is uhh, colorful. We've created a new occasional, on-going series looking at the unique personalities in your home and how to get them to mesh, blend, and shine together as a fa…
 
Healthy Sibling Relationships - Listener Q&A, episode 138 Resources Related to today's Topic Val's book When Littles Are Loud: Maximizing the Moments without Drowning in Chaos Val's book Clash In Your Home: A Game Plan for Cleaning Up the Conflict The podcast series called Dealing with Lying in Your Child (This series teaches a way to deal with any…
 
Too often we moms get distracted by the smaller parenting issue right in front of us, missing the BIGGER, LONG-TERM issue behind it that matters even more than the immediate frustration or difficulty with our child. Or, sometimes, in an effort to deal with this immediate issue, we don't realize we are sacrificing the bigger priority. This parenting…
 
As each weekend rolls around, what kind of goals do you have for your family? Today we're unpacking four simple goals that will bring much more meaning to your weekend. Blog post and podcast episode about Spontaneous Friday and Sketchy Saturday What's coming next Monday: Kids HABITS, Mom HACKS, and How to Get Kids to Clean Their Room without Ruinin…
 
Just a few days ago the ground looked dormant. The mulch had faded and decomposing leaves were burrowed all around the flowerbed.... For a moment I worried that my plants wouldn't emerge... You know, mamas, parenting is a lot like raising plants. We’re tending these plants BEFORE the growth comes. Growth is not always visible at the moment and we a…
 
CJ Albertson was the men's runner-up at the 2021 Grandma's Marathon, but he may be best-known for his performance a few months later at the 2021 Boston Marathon. Albertson went to the lead at record pace for the first 20 miles of Boston, but he was eventually caught by the pack and ended up finishing 10th on the day. He joins the Gearing Up for Gra…
 
The sound of home... a respite from the rest of life. Or is it? The atmosphere of our mama heart spills over and becomes the atmosphere of our home. Plenty of days I completely blow it when it comes to having an atmosphere of peace and joy inside my heart, and it is pretty obvious in my attitude, in my voice, in my eyes, in my facial expression. Pr…
 
Intentional parent, we want to answer the question, “Am I worth knowing?” with the answer, “I am honored and excited to spend my lifetime discovering God’s unique, masterful design of you, my precious child. I want to know you – not the surface you, but the deep in your heart you. I can handle knowing your fears, your struggles, what makes you angr…
 
Part of our role as intentional moms is to identify God’s unique design in our children, to help them to see it clearly for themselves, and, to help them to allow the Holy Spirit to HONE their gifts & strengths and work on their "weaknesses" that may be strengths that are just covered up. HOW DO WE DO THIS? How do we discover our child's design and…
 
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