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Category Archives for "Parenting"

How to Find Balance for Stressed Out Parents, via Catching Your Breath: The Podcast
May 12

Podcast: How to Find Balance for Stressed Out Parents

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Family , gratitude , life coaching , Marriage , Parenting , podcast , relationships , self-care , Self-help , stress management

​How to Find Balance for Stressed Out ParentsHoly End of the School Year, Batman! My wife is a teacher. Each day from 7-2:30, she ​teaches 14 three-year-olds. On top of that, we have two school-aged children of our own. That being said, this time of year is often chaotic and exhausting. End of the year parties, […]

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Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of my Faith
Apr 17

Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of My Faith

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Parenting , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]

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Children and Suicide: What You Can Do
Mar 12

Suicide and Children: What You Can Do

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , Mental Health , Parenting , Recovery from a Suicid...

“I have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” -James Baldwin​My Little Girl Doesn’t Really Want to Hang Herself, Right?A friend of mine was tidying up her little girl’s bedroom when she noticed tiny pieces of paper torn and lying in a pile near the […]

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Why Empathy Matters to the Little Girl with No Daddy
Jan 27

Why Empathy Matters to the Little Girl with No Daddy

By Steve Austin | empathy , Parenting , relationships

“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch in To Kill a MockingbirdYesterday, my daughter […]

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Feb 06

A Spiritual Misfit’s Journey: Faith Like Lego’s

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Family , Messy Grace , Parenting , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

My little boy is a Lego-maniac. He’s only six-years-old, but he’s got a brilliant imagination and is meticulous with the details. At least once a month, his grandmother takes him to a “build night” at the local Lego store. Forthe first few months, on build nights, Ben would get a small kit and follow the […]

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Jun 27

The Truth about Parenting, Recovery, and Messy Grace (Video)

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Current Events , faith , Family , Marriage , Messy Grace , Parenting , Recovery , Recovery from a Suicid...

On Father’s Day 2017, I had the incredible honor of speaking at Unity of Birmingham on the truth about parenting, recovery, and messy grace. The title of my talk is, “Eat Your Heart Out, James Dobson,” and I got really honest for a few minutes as we discussed the messiness of life, faith, parenting, and more. I […]

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