015 – Training Your Toddlers

Show Notes

Listener Question: What is a good Bible for kids learning to read?
Adventure Bible, Revised, NIV – note that this is more advanced and for a child who knows how to read. I recommend reading this to your child if you are looking for an actual Bible, rather than, a Bible story book as this listener was. Have them follow along and as they are learning to read, use this to help them in that process.
6 Ways to Prepare Their Hearts (ages 0-4)
  • Be Consistent
  • Model God’s love as you show your love
  • Connect with where they are and what they’re interested in
  • Teach obedience
  • Keep learning exciting
  • Make church attractive

Biblical Training

Family Devotions Resources:
Heritage Builders – This is a great resource for family game nights with a Biblical message. Great to use with toddlers!
Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God
Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

Other Resources Your Toddlers will Love!
Donut Man – After School & The Donut Repair Shop
Veggie Tales
Adventures in Odyssey

Educational/Developmental Resources for Toddlers

Blues Clues
Melissa and Doug toys

Discovery Toys
SUPER YUMMY Teether by Discovery Toys
MARBLEWORKS® Marble Run Starter Set by Discovery Toys
MEASURE UP!® Cups by Discovery Toys


014 – The TeenPact Impact

Show Notes

TeenPact – Changing Lives to Change the World

David Armbruster and Ryan Fraser join me in this episode to discuss the impact that TeenPact has had on their lives and the impact it can have on your child’s life. With student leadership being the key ingredient, TeenPact is about helping teenagers become leaders in an environment where they get to experience government and learn about the political process.


Ryan Fraser


David Armbruster

Why consider TeenPact?

  • It is a life changing experience
  • To be a part of something big
  • To get yourself out of your comfort zone
  • To learn what you are capable of
  • To stretch you
  • It is empowering
  • It gives you a framework to view government and leadership
  • Instills confidence

I Timothy 4:12 – Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Some of the Benefits:

  • Opportunity to work with like-minded future leaders
  • Staffing opportunities
  • Alumni events
  • Learn speaking skills

TWEET: You don’t have to be great to serve, but you have to serve to be great.

TeenPact Indiana
TeenPact Indiana Facebook page
TeenPact Blog

013 – I Am Not a Pirate

Show Notes


Shannon Anderson

In this episode, I interview author and literacy coach, Shannon Anderson.

Find out…

  • What inspired her to start writing.
  • What Amblyopia (lazy eye) is.
  • Why it’s important to get your children’s vision screen early.
  • What obstacles her daughter had to overcome.
  • How she and her husband helped their daughter through the process.

Tate Publishing

Books by Shannon:

Amblyopia Awareness Month is coming in August!

Other Resources:
Little Four Eyes

How I Listen to Podcasts

I’ve been into podcasts for a little over a year now. I have gotten so much into them that I decided to start my own this year. As of tomorrow, I will have thirteen episodes available!

But I listen to about two or three others every day. There are a lot of other good ones out there. I enjoy listening to them because I usually learn a lot from them.

One of the nice features of the podcast app on my iPhone is that I can listen to podcasts at 1.5 or 2 times the normal speed. This allows me to absorb more content on my commute to work. So, you can listen to a 30 minute show in only 15 or 20 minutes!

If you don’t know about this feature, this is how you can use it:

Step 1 – Open Your Podcast App

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Step 2 – Select the Intentional Parenting Podcast Episode

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Step 3 – Note the Speed at the Bottom Left of the Screen

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Step 4 – Select the Speed to Change It!

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Note that you can also set it to 1/2 x the speed as well which may be nice in some cases but I’ve never used that. Hopefully this tip adds to your podcast listening enjoyment!

012 – Courageously Leading Your Children

Show Notes

Fun Times with Dad: Race your daughter on your bike today!

I Corinthians 16:13 – Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Source of a Godly Man’s (or Parent’s) Strength

  1. The Assurance of God’s Presence
  2. The Pursuit of a Just Cause
  3. The Promise of God’s Sovereign Power

Scripture References:
Deuteronomy 31
Joshua 1
I Kings 2

Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood – Dennis Rainey
Raising a Modern Day Knight – Robert Lewis
Being a Dad Who Leads – John MacArthur
Courageous – Sherwood Pictures
Amazing Grace – story of William Wilberforce

011 – Knowing the Environment Your Children Live In

Show Notes

Fun Times with Dad: Do you want to build a snowman?

What we can do:
1. Be Intentionally Influential
2. Don’t use technical ineptness as an excuse
3. Talk with your kids about everything
4. Be aware of what your kids are going through, of what environment your kids are living in
5. Stay informed

TWEETABLE: Be intentionally influential – know the environment your children live in

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
The Briefing – 11/12/14
The Briefing – 2/27/15
Passport2Purity® Getaway Kit by FamilyLife – Version 3

010 – Talking About Discipline

Show Notes

conrad-stationFun Times with Dad – The Conrad Station (see image)

Guidance for Discipline
1. Plan Ahead
2. Have Each Others Back
> You and your wife are on the same team…ALWAYS
> Have a unified front with your spouse.
3. Be Consistent
4. Allow Yourself to be Inconvenienced
5. Never Administer Discipline in Anger
6. Tell Them You are Being Obedient to God
> Disciplining Children is Being Obedient to God – Proverbs. 13:24
7. Tell Them You Love Them
8. Forgive

TWEETABLE: Consistently disciplined toddlers develop into obedient respectful young adults.

Identify evidences of grace in others.
Humility by C.J. Mahaney

009 – Lead Your Children On

Fun Times with Dad: Taking Nolan to McDonald’s and then to a High School basketball game

Lead Your Children On

Under what circumstances is it okay for adult children to live with their parents? We consider this question in this podcast episode. Certainly there are circumstances where it is appropriate for adult children to live with their parents but at what point do parents need to encourage their kids to move on?

TWEET IT: “Your adult children need you to become smaller, not bigger, in their lives.” @DennisRainey #Intentional #Parenting

  • Our children need us to become a smaller voice in their lives as they grow into adults.
  • Learning to Let go is allowing our children to grow up.
  • Don’t be a “helicopter parent”. Let your adult children learn adult responsibility.
  • When your adult children need advice from you, they will ask for it.

Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

Adult Children Living with Parents

In 2012, 36% of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31—the so-called Millennial generation—were living in their parents’ home.

008 – Nine Ways to Build Relationships with your Children

Show Notes

Fun Times with Dad – Krispy Kreme

Nine Ways to Build Relationships with your Children
1. Ask God’s help in understanding your child
2. Be a goal-oriented parent
3. Understand when he tests you, he needs help
Nip it in the bud!
4. Commend Character strengths
5. Having undivided time to work and play
6. Set structured time for dedicated talks
7. Ask for forgiveness
8. Teach them skills
9. Express your love

Biblical Counseling Training Conference



007 – Three Types of Parents

Show Notes

Fun Times with Dad: Volleyball in the house!

Biblical Counseling Training Conference

Three Types of Parents

  • Impatient Parent
  • Passive Parent
  • Biblical Parent

Ephesians 6:1-4

Tweet: If we are not intentional to define the culture in our home the culture outside our home will define it for us. @brianjdixon #Intentional #Parenting
Tweet: If we are not intentional to define the culture in our home the culture outside our home will define it for us. @brianjdixon #Intentional #Parenting


What type of parent do you identify with most? Tell us a story in the comments!