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The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast

Longtime friends and authors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall share relatable, practical and fun conversations on faith, motherhood and leadership. Often inviting another friend into the conversation, listeners will be inspired to take that next step, do that hard thing, and encourage their family and friends to do the same as we walk through the doors God opens. Let's be world changers for good right where we are!
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Mar 23, 2021

In this episode Krista and Alex wrap up the series Teens: The State of the Union. They discuss what impacted them most, what changes they are making in their parenting because of what they heard, and what felt practical.

They also weigh in on their experience parenting teens – what’s been hard, what’s been helpful, and what they would recommend.

Join us as we have a sister to sister conversation, and as we attempt to make the most of the teen series.

Mar 16, 2021

Communications professor Heather Thompson Day talks about Gen Z's use of technology and social media and how these tools impact how they communicate (or don't) with the world around them. From developing a low tolerance for discomfort to managing how others perceive us, Heather offers professional insights into how social media is shaping a generation.

For parents of today's teens who feel at a loss on how to help their kids navigate this world of screens, posts, and likes, this conversation gives insight on practices families can take together. From meditation on Scripture to family check-ins we can open new channels of connection with our kids that help them identify and feel their feelings while learning about disappointment and discomfort.

Social media can feel like a beast (because it is!) and Heather doesn't let us forget it has addictive features that rewire our brain when we're engaged with it. We don't have to despair though. We can have meaningful relationships with our teens that help anchor them in the actual world and gives them the tools to better manage the technology.

Mar 9, 2021

Are you in a house with a teenager who is experiencing big emotions? Or maybe there isn’t enough communication around emotions and you want to help your teen be able to name them better. Whatever your situation, this podcast will offer tools to help you parent well through the emotional ups and downs of adolescence.

David Thomas, a well known therapist and author, brings his expertise to the conversation. He talks about the four emotional milestones that will help any teen, why the Enneagram plays an important role in this conversation, and how we can coach our children on how to handle their big feelings.

David is a fan favorite around The Sisterhood and this episode underscores why. After listening, you will walk away better equipped to parent your teenager with more love, grace, and hope.

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

THE FOUR EMOTIONAL MILESTONES

  • Vocabulary – to name what I’m feeling in life
  • Perspective – learning to put all of life in the right category (pain scale)
  • Empathy – a well researched ingredient to healthy relationships. The ability to understand the feelings of another.
  • Resourcefulness – taking the emotion to something constructive

In essence, it’s helping our kids learn how to identify what they feel & how they feel about it

If they can’t see it on the grown ups they trust, it’s incredibly hard to develop it.

Are My Kids On Track?

The Backdoor To Your Teen’s Heart
“To the degree that teens can predict you they will dismiss you.”

The Path Between Us – Enneagram book

Suzanne Stabile’s Podcast – Enneagram Expert

Mar 2, 2021

Katie Bulmer has been traveling the country talking to sorority women about identity, strength, sisterhood, and of course relationships! Katie comes to The Open Door Sisterhood with insight on the big questions parents can help their daughters ask as they enter the dating world. Questions like, "What is important to me?" "What am I dating for?" "What am I looking for in a relationship?"


We also cover, how technology impacts dating today, what science can teach young people about "hook up culture" and bonding, how media and pornography influence teenagers' impressions of sex, and how we as parents can ask questions that help our daughters (and sons) come to answers about what they want for themselves.


Katie's expertise falls on the girl end of the spectrum, but many of the principles we cover are great for both boys and girls. Have lifelong conversations with your kids about dating and sex, model the healthiest marriage you can to the kids in your home, and pray without ceasing for both your child and the person he or she is dating. We can't go wrong with these overarching goals leading the way.

Feb 23, 2021

Sex and pornography are topics that feel uncomfortable for parents to talk about, but if we aren’t our children’s main sex educators, culture will be.

If you wonder how to navigate this over sexualized society with your teen or pre-teen, this interview will help equip and encourage.

Rodney and Traci Wright, authors of How To Talk With Your Kids About Sex, travel the country as speakers and educators about healthy sexuality.

We cover how to start talking about sex early, what it looks like to heal from our own experiences, how we can frame this topic in a way that is helpful, and why vulnerability is important.

Consider sharing this episode – most parents need help navigating this tricky topic.

Feb 16, 2021

National trends show we are sending kids off to college with impressive resumes, but without the tools to handle their emotions or make meaningful social connections. Educator Margo Long joins The Open Door Sisterhood to give us the "state of the union" as far as teenagers' social and emotional health. A lifelong educator of educators, Margo has spent her career training young adults as they enter the education field. She has worked specifically with gifted students who often have the academic skills to complete assignments or talent to compete athletically, but not the emotional and social skills to be truly successful.

Margo reminds us that it is never too early to introduce the language of feelings to our kids. We can ask them about tasks AND ask them how they feel about the tasks at hand. We can also practice speaking and listening through regular times at the dinner table or through weekly family meetings, giving everyone the chance to take a turn sharing successes and struggles. As kids grow we give them age-appropriate space and responsibility so they can practice the range of social, emotional, and academic skills they will need to be successful adults.

The pandemic has made it especially difficult for teenagers to have meaningful connections with people outside of their immediate family. We can be intentional about their stressors and our conversations around them as we move ahead. This conversation can help us coach our teens with a little more intention.

Feb 9, 2021

Every year Alex and Krista do a round up of their favorite things from the past year. From beauty products, gift ideas, kitchen gadgets, clothing picks, TV shows and more, they give their best and most useful tips.

It’s Valentine’s Day and though YOU are really our favorite, we also like to share other “practical” favorite things with you. Part 2 of this episode will be sent to our email subscribers this week via email. Sign up at The Open Door Sisterhood to get the second part.

THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Monat Hair Products

Anastasia Beverly Hills
Brush #7B
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Brow Powder Duo
PATRICK TA
Monochrome Moment – Blush Brush #1

Burt’s Bees Hand Cream

FAVORITE GIFTS TO GIVE

Secret Hitler Game

7 Wonders Game (strategy)

Gold Pepper Mill

iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dash & Windshield Car Mount Phone Holder Desk Stand Pad & Mat for iPhone

Le Creuset Stoneware 9 x 12

Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book  

Studio Series Ink Pad Set (15 colors) 

FAVORITE HOME DECOR

Cozy Earth Sheets – Krista’s item of the year

Mon Chateaux Luxury Collection faux fur rugs

XFi Pod Wifi Extender

IN THE KITCHEN

12 qt. Yedi Air fryer

The Always Pan – replaces your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest.

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine

Costco Business Center to stock my own convenience store

Nutpods

Capers

FAVORITE APPS

Pray As You Go my item of the year

Lightroom & Canva

FAVORITE CLOTHING

Faux leather Spanx leggings

Scallop apple watch silver/gold jewelry strap

Street Level Reversible Tote – black

Barefoot Dreams Lite Long Cardigan

Ann Taylor Loft seasonal clearance

Amazon essentials

Jannuu face masks

FAVORITE PODCASTS

The Bridgetown Daily – walked Krista through COVID

The Art of happiness with Arthur Brooks

Nice White Parents, 5 part series by the NYT

Feb 2, 2021

Eryn Eddy wasn't setting out to develop a lifestyle fashion brand. She simply wanted to reinforce the message she was giving her music fans, "You are worthy of love." Her unplanned t-shirt adventure has turned into a business shipping products around the world. But in all of that fashion merchandising, Erin began to absorb the message for herself. She began to dig deep into what it means to be worthy of love and practice self love. This meant examining long held beliefs about herself and contrasting them with what the Bible said about her. It led her to places of honesty with herself and with God.

In this 30-minute conversation we talk through what resilience looks like, how to determine if someone should be speaking into you, and how caring for ourselves allows us to better care for others. We cover how to take first steps when feeling overwhelmed and how those first steps give us confidence for next steps. Eryn tells us what she wrote on her mirror with dry erase marker and why she celebrated with a night in a Tiki Airstream trailer.

If you are wondering how to deal with feelings or thoughts that are destructive, this episode could be a good place to start. It's easy for us to tell you that "God loves you", it's much harder to absorb that message. This conversation will offer some first steps toward health.

Jan 26, 2021

Learning to stand up in our confidence is a life-long, ever changing journey. What even is confidence and how do we get it? and why do we feel confident in some areas and not others?

As we look at getting Healthy in 2021, we feel that this topic of confidence is important for our journey ahead.

Alli Worthington, author, business coach, and speaker gives us sharp insight on this topic. Her book, Standing Strong: A Woman’s Guide To Overcoming Adversity And Living With Confidence offers us a road map for developing confidence in our lives, both this year and life long!

Jan 19, 2021

Moving our bodies is essential for health. Running and walking is one simple, yet powerful way to do that. Running and track coaches Shawn Young and Dorina Gilmore-Young give us some strategies on how to start even if the thought of running a block sounds exhausting. We cover so much more than running though. We hear their story of love after tragedy, how running can be a spiritual practice, finding community in exercise, how to get kids moving, and setting goals and face setbacks.

These two met through running, but their story took a few turns on the trail and in life before they married. Part love story, part training guide, this episode of The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast reminds us that moving our bodies can get us closer to God and to each other. That sounds like so much more than losing a few new year pounds, doesn't it? Grab your earbuds and go on a walk outside and listen to this special conversation with husband and wife and co-authors of the new book Run, Walk, Soar, Shawn Young and Dorina Gilmore-Young.

Jan 12, 2021

s your relationship with alcohol complicated and layered? Do you or does someone you know struggle with wine-o-clock or with keeping alcohol in check? You aren’t alone. In fact, it is a common struggle.

Jenn Kautsch, founder of sobersis.com, is a pioneer of sober minded living. She leads a community of women who are gray area drinkers. No labels, no all or nothing mentality, but women who feel as though drinking is a bit more prominent in their lives than they want it to be.

In this conversation you will find a sober-minded approach to life that is infused with love, authenticity, acceptance, freedom, and support.

Jan 5, 2021

As we head out of the holiday season and into the new year, we may be tempted to swing from extremes when it comes to food. We've enjoyed more than we should and now we are going to focus on rigidity. Tilly Dillehay challenges us to examine our relationship with food and our own tendencies that take us away from God's good intent: to enjoy the gift of food for the flourishing of our bodies and relationships.


Tilly talks about "four poles" of extremes and how we can shift our mindsets away from extremes toward health. As a woman who struggled with an eating disorder for years, Tilly knows how food can be used as an exterior control tool for inner turmoil. Her solution to a healthy approach to food is grace and relationships. When we seek more of who God is and his purposes here on earth, we become less obsessed with food and more likely to enjoy and use it with a healthy lens.


This isn't a conversation about how to lose the COVID-20 you gained in 2020 or how to cook with a calorie count in mind, it is a step back that asks What was God's intent with food in the first place? And how can I experience his goodness through meals with others?

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