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  Parents, get your hour of empowerment amid crazy schedules, school, meals, and bills! Here's help from the award-winning author, expert, and "Mom of the Week" who understands you want to be a great parent - or just survive - in the chaos. Mission-driven to educate and encourage, Brenda Nixon, M.A., encourages you to come here anytime and listen to any topic.

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She's also a "Mom to the Ex-Amish" and
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We All Married Idiots

Well, maybe you think that about your spouse but, what does that have to do with good parenting? Today, Tuesday, June 19, we're talking about balancing parenting with marriage. My guest says that parents today seem more devoted to their kids than to their marriage. What do you say?

How do you develop a strong, happy marriage AND strong, happy kids? Is there dysfunction in your marriage that affects your children? Call in and share, ask a question, or make a comment 1-877-864-4869 anytime between 10-11 am (EST).

Elaine W. Miller, author, mom, grandmom, and pastor's wife, will share fascinating stories and powerful examples to help parents keep a marriage strong amid the busy, chaotic, stressful childrearing years. Don't become a divorce statistic . . . or make your child one. Get empowerment and encouragement now.

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Teaching Kids Attitudes & Behaviors for Success

Today, June 12, 10:00am EST, we're going to pose the question, "Does our education system prepare our children for life?"  Even though it's not totally up to the schools ~ parents are the first & most influential "teachers,"~ what DO we need to teach kids if they're to be successful in life?

My special guest is David Machin of, a fabulous website and service that helps you prepare your children for life success with great books, games, and other resources. Call HumanBean your bestie in parenting services because it will introduce these qualities, attitudes, and behaviors directly to your children via entertaining stories and interactive game (something they're already comfortable with and probably using).

To participate in our discussion or ask David questions, call our toll free studio line 877-864-4869 anytime during the show 10-11 am (EST).

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Parenting in a Military Family

  Tuesday morning, May 15, my delightful, experienced, and informative guest, Karen Whiting, shares some of her stories of parenting when a child is in the military! You won't believe her adventures, heartache, trauma & drama plus her wisdom and parenting tips.  Karen's latest book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, is flying off the shelves as it inspires readers of past and present military families! 

Karen's son served in Iraq while Karen & her husband supported his family. Then her own husband was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Listen as Karen reveals how she told her son - who couldn't return home - and encourages other families who must cope with devastating news during deployment. Our free studio line is 877-864-4869.

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The Mother/Daughter Relationship

Join me today, Tuesday May 8, at 10 AM (EST) for an exciting show with my guest - a mom and author - Penny Monetti. Penny Monetti is a dynamic, humorous, and poignant speaker who presents family-strengthening presentations to organizations, retreats, and military installations nationwide. She has authored several hope-inspiring books including “Choose to Dance: A Mother/Daughter Guide to Tackling Life’s Tough Issues” and her latest book, “Called to Serve: Encouragement, Support, and Inspiration for Military Families.”

On this episode we talk about the tenuous mother/daughter relationship! Do you have questions, comments, a story to share about your mother/daughter relationship? Call us anytime between 10-11 am (EST) 877-864-4869 or go to the page & click on "Live Chat" to type in your message.

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Good News For Drained & Overwhelmed Moms

Tuesday, May 1, my awesome, fun & funny guest is Debbie Taylor Williams, a mom, grandmom, Texas-based speaker, funny girl, and author of the just released The Plan A MOM in a Plan B World.


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  1. Debbie Taylor Williams says: Brenda, Thanks for having me on The Parent's Plate this morning. And, thank you for all YOU are doing for the kingdom! It's a joy to serve Christ with you.

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Brenda Nixon, M.A. has authored or contributed to 32 titles, including Miracles & Moments of Grace and her award-winning The Birth to Five Book.  Her articles, books, and blog empower parents with education and encouragement.
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Brenda's lives in Ohio with her husband and mini-dachshund, Opie. Her older daughter is married to a man who grew up Amish, her younger daughter teaches English overseas, and her ex-Amish "son" Mosie lives in NC.  Brenda would love to connect with you anytime on twitter or Linkedin.

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