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When your parents separate or divorce, it hurts. You feel alone and uncertain of how to deal with it all. If you feel that way, the Restored podcast is for you. On it, we feature expert interviews and stories that offer practical advice on how to cope and heal after the trauma of your parents' divorce or separation, so you can feel whole again and become the person you were born to be.
 
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According to research, people like us from divorced or broken families are typically less physically healthy. If that describes you, or you simply want to become healthier, this episode will help. Fitness and nutrition coach Dakota Lane shares how the abuse and dysfunction in his family impacted his relationships and how he’s found healing. He also…
 
When William was in high school, his home was riddled with emotional pain and conflict. Eventually, his parents got divorced. That led to struggles in his relationships, especially with handling conflict and breaking up prematurely because he didn’t want to get hurt. But the pain didn’t end there. After suffering from neglect and severe bullying, W…
 
If there was a technique used by Special Operators (Navy SEALs, Rangers, Special Forces, etc), firefighters, paramedics, and high performing athletes to stay calm during stressful situations, think clearly, make the right decisions, and avoid overwhelm, would you want to know it? That’s what you’re going to learn in this episode from a firefighter …
 
In this episode, you'll hear six short highlight clips from the podcast in 2022. This episode, and the podcast as a whole, will help you heal and grow from the trauma of your parents’ divorce, separation, or broken marriage, so you can feel whole again and break the cycle of dysfunction and divorce in your own life. If you’re new to the podcast, th…
 
If you’re a woman with divorced or separated parents, have you struggled a lot in your relationships? If you’re married, has marriage felt extra difficult for you? If so, you’re not alone. That’s actually common as our guest today shares. In this episode, we discuss the struggles that daughters of divorce face in marriage that daughters of intact f…
 
Have you rejected God? Do you really struggle in your relationship with him? If you’re from a broken family and that’s true, you’re not strange. In fact, it’s really common. Why? From a young age, our parents represent God to us. If their example wasn’t good, it leaves us with a distorted image of God. As a result, we reject him or struggle extra i…
 
If you’re from a broken family, you don’t need anyone to tell you how stressful, depressing, or just plain difficult the holidays can be. If you can relate, this episode is for you. In it, we offer: 3 steps to plan the holidays, so you can reduce the drama and actually enjoy them Advice from a former trauma therapist on how to deal with your diffic…
 
Imagine you have all the success, pleasure, money, and excitement you could want. But instead of being happy, you feel unhappy and empty. What would you do? That was the story of our guest today. The wounds from his broken family were at the core of his need to live a life of extreme pleasure, excitement, and ultimately, unhappiness. But that all b…
 
If you’re from a broken family, you’ve likely dealt with a lot of fear. For so many of us, that holds us back in life and relationships. At the core of that fear is usually the fact that we don’t feel safe. In this episode, a psychologist joins us to discuss why so many people struggle to feel safe and how that affects their life and relationships.…
 
For so many of us, our parents’ divorce causes us to question everything — especially if it came out of the blue. We ask ourselves: What won’t fall apart? We may even go through life feeling like there’s a disaster around every corner and as a result, so often we play it safe in life. We discuss that and more in this episode as my guest shares: How…
 
Art is healing. If you’re not an artistic person, that might seem odd. But it’s true. In this episode, we discuss why and how art can be healing and more: What type of art has been healing for our guests How art can help people from broken families A piece of religious art specifically for Catholic/Christian adult children of divorce Dr. Daniel: Bu…
 
If you’re ashamed of your past because of mistakes or abuse, it’s natural to feel stuck. But you don’t have to stay stuck. Healing and freedom are possible for you. Author and speaker Crystalina Evert vulnerably shares how her broken family and sexual abuse caused her to cope with drugs, drinking, and sleeping around. We also discuss: Tactics that …
 
A myth about children of divorce is that the impact of our parents’ divorce is temporary. That’s simply not true, which research proves. Sadly, the effects last long after the divorce itself. Our guest today shares how his parents divorce has impacted him, even 20 years later in his own marriage. We discuss: How he felt lost when it came to dating …
 
Marriage isn’t easy. There are good times and challenging times. According to research, people like us from broken families typically struggle more in relationships and marriage. As a result, we’re more likely to need help. In this episode, a couple that offers marriage coaching offers advice and shares the one thing missing most in marriages today…
 
In this episode, we answer questions from listeners like you. Each question reveals a real life challenge faced by someone from a broken family. We offer answers and practical guidance. The questions include: How do you deal with your parents divorce when it isn’t a clearly justifiable split? As divorced parents, how do we make up for all the mista…
 
Often, people from broken families become very attuned to the needs of others, especially our parents and siblings. We become skilled at being what people want us to be. In the end, we often lose ourselves and our ability to articulate what we need and want. In this episode, we discuss that problem as well as: How normal was strange and strange was…
 
Whether you’re single, dating, or engaged, your wedding day will be a beautiful experience. However, planning it is very consuming. As a result, it’s easy to prepare more for the wedding day than for a lifetime of marriage. Marriage preparation is meant to refocus you and prepare you not only for your wedding day, but for your marriage. In this epi…
 
If you or someone you know has struggled with an eating disorder, you know how painful that experience can be. It’s often an overlooked struggle that really deserves more attention and resources. But thankfully, some resources do exist to heal an eating disorder. Today, a psychologist who specializes in treating eating disorders joins us. We discus…
 
Growing up too fast is a common experience for children of divorce. You’re often called upon to take on responsibilities that should never be yours. As a result, you may become a serious, mature person — even if you’re still a kid. That’s what happened to our guest today, which he explains in this episode. In addition, we discuss: A surprising thin…
 
After his parents’ divorced, Joey feared repeating the same mistakes in his own marriage. He wanted to know, “How do I not repeat my parents’ mistakes?” He wanted authentic love but had no idea how to build it. It set him on a quest for answers and a roadmap for love. In this episode, you’ll hear a talk which offers a roadmap based on research, tim…
 
After his parents’ divorced, Joey feared repeating the same mistakes in his own marriage. He wanted to know, “How do I not repeat my parents’ mistakes?” He wanted authentic love but had no idea how to build it. It set him on a quest for answers and a roadmap for love. In this episode, you’ll hear a talk that offers a roadmap for love based on resea…
 
If you’re from a broken family, did your parents’ separation or divorce drag out for years? That was the story of our guest today. In this episode, you’ll hear what happened in his family and how it affected him. We also discuss: How he learned from an early age that his needs weren’t going to be met, so he had to figure out things for himself How …
 
If you’re from a broken family, becoming independent and breaking the cycle can be extremely attractive. It certainly was for my guests, a married couple where both spouses from a broken family. They share what happened in their families, how it’s affected them, their marriage, and even their kids. We also discuss: Why one of their mentors encourag…
 
When you’re 7 years old and your parents divorce out of the blue, it causes confusion and lots of questions. Unfortunately, the struggles for my guest didn’t stop there. In this episode, we discuss: How her parents divorce has impacted her, even years later What to do when your divorced parents become ill and near the end of their lives, especially…
 
If you’re from a broken family, you’ve likely experienced extra barriers in your relationship with God. In fact, you might not even believe in God because of what happened in your family. Wherever you’re at, we’re glad you’re here. In this episode, you’ll hear how spiritual direction is a tool you can use to overcome those barriers, heal from the t…
 
One night, Maggie’s mother left her family without any explanation. Naturally, Maggie felt extremely abandoned. Following that night and her parents’ divorce, she hated her mom. All the pain led her to cope by using drugs, drinking, and sex. Thankfully, her story transformed. In this episode, you’ll hear: How all that trauma led her to attempt kill…
 
When your parents’ marriage and family break apart, it’s traumatic for you as their son or daughter. That trauma is not only painful, but also has devastating effects on you that last for a long time. As a result, you need to heal. But how? Our guest today, a trauma therapist, shares the antidote or opposite of trauma. We discuss: The 4 principles …
 
In this episode, you'll hear 7 short clips from the podcast in 2021. This episode, and the podcast as a whole, will help you heal and grow from the trauma of your parents’ divorce, separation, or broken marriage, so you can feel whole again and thrive. If you’re new to the podcast, this is the perfect way to sample our content and learn how it will…
 
When Alexandra was in 7th grade, her parents divorced. Almost immediately, she went to counseling, which led her to believe that the effects of her parents’ divorce were in her past. She thought she was healed. But in college, poor decisions and failed relationships showed her that perhaps it wasn’t resolved like she thought. She woke up on her bir…
 
Since she was 2 or 3, Sydney’s parents have been divorced. It’s all she’s ever known. As a result, she spent most of her childhood living out of a suitcase between Mom and Dad’s house. While Sydney has navigated her parents’ divorce fairly well, there have certainly been challenges. In this interview, we discuss those challenges and more: How Sydne…
 
Are you from a broken family? If so, you know how challenging the holidays can be. Not only is it difficult to balance time between mom and dad, but we also have to deal with any family drama. Instead of enjoying the holidays, many of us just can’t wait till they’re over. But there is good news: it doesn’t always have to be that way. In this episod…
 
Forgiving someone that wounded you is difficult. Not only is forgiveness difficult, it is often over simplified and misunderstood. That’s why we interviewed an expert on forgiveness, who happens to be a child of divorce. In this practical episode, we address: What exactly is forgiveness? How to forgive through the four stages of forgiveness Why for…
 
Alcoholism is a major cause of dysfunction in so many families. That was certainly true for our guest’s family. In this episode, she shares how alcoholism played a pivotal role in the breakdown of her parents’ marriage and family. We also discuss: Why she kept a packed bag that was always ready to go under her bed at college What she’d say to her p…
 
Dr. Andrew Swafford came from a dysfunctional family, even though his parents never got divorced. As a result, he questioned: “Can I be a good husband and father? Or am I destined to repeat the cycle of dysfunction?” Thankfully, he overcame those doubts and built a beautiful marriage and family. In this conversation, he shares what helped him to do…
 
If your family is broken, you’ve probably felt like our guest today who badly wanted her family to be normal. It’s such a natural desire which goes painfully unsatisfied. In this raw episode, we discuss: How an affair broke her family apart and how that’s impacted her How we often use excessive drinking to cope with our pain and what to do instead …
 
If you spoke to your friends the way you spoke to yourself, would those relationships become abusive? The words you tell yourself are often filled with lies, but you might not even realize it. But those lies become your identity, which then dictates the quality and happiness of your life. Thankfully, our guest today can help you beat the lies and d…
 
Many young people from broken families struggle to discern their relationships and calling in life because they feel so anxious and uncertain. The trauma of their broken family and the effects that stem from it often interfere with their ability to discern properly. In this episode, we dive into that and more: Why a lack of peace isn’t an automatic…
 
A popular question we receive from young people from broken families is “How do I help my parents and navigate my relationship with them?” In this episode, we offer advice and answer that question. We discuss: What to do when your parents try to enlist you in their war against each other How to respond if your parents are asking you to make or heav…
 
Music has always been a tool to cope with the pain and problems from my parents’ divorce. Two artists whose music helped me a lot are Jenny and Tyler, a married musical duo. Their music and marriage have especially convinced me that love can last. In this episode, they share: Lessons they’ve learned after years in marriage that would’ve been helpfu…
 
For 40 years, Holli searched for help to heal from the trauma of her parents’ divorce, including 30 years of counseling. But nothing worked. She had all but lost hope when she found Restored. She claims this podcast has been more healing than 30 years of counseling. Having struggled with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, she also shared h…
 
What would you do if you were 12 years old and you accidentally found out that your mom is cheating on your dad? That’s the exact situation that today’s guest faced as a little girl. We discuss how she felt that her mom not only cheated on her dad, but on her and her siblings too. Plus, we get into: The ways in which her mom’s infidelity wounded he…
 
As a boy, Bart Schuchts thought his family was normal. But in reality, it was very broken. When he was five years old, his dad left after cheating on his mom. He remembers his mom crying herself to sleep at night. Seeing the devastation his dad left, he swore to never be like him. But in college, his worst fear came true. Sleeping around and using …
 
When your parents’ marriage breaks apart, it feels like an earthquake. The most basic foundation, your family, is shaken and shattered. It’s disorienting. It’s traumatic. As a result, we tend to go through life doubting anything can last. But thankfully, we’re not doomed to skepticism our entire lives. We can heal and feel whole again, like our gue…
 
What did you learn about parenting from your parents that you want to repeat with your kids? What do you not want to repeat? The answers to those questions are extremely valuable in helping you become the best parent you can be. But sadly, most of us don’t dig deep enough. Today, we do by talking about: Our experiences as new parents with babies wh…
 
It’s no secret that we’re facing a huge crisis of fatherlessness. So many fathers have physically or emotionally abandoned their children, largely because nobody ever showed them how to be a great dad. This problem is at the root of so many issues in our world. So, what’s the solution? In this episode, Justin Batt from Daddy Saturday offers advice …
 
For most people, becoming a parent is beautiful but also scary and intimidating. But that is especially true for people from broken families. Often, we didn’t see a great example of parenthood, so we feel lost and unsure how to do it ourselves. In this episode, we talk parenting with Mike and Alicia Hernon, the parents of 10 kids and leaders of a m…
 
If you’re from a broken family, you likely struggle extra in your relationship with God. There are so many barriers people like us have to overcome. One barrier is feeling abandoned by God. In this episode, a Catholic priest who is a child of divorce joins us to discuss: How to overcome common barriers people like us face in our spiritual lives Wha…
 
As people from broken homes, we fear repeating the dysfunction we experienced in our families. But sometimes, we end up going down that path. Our guest today dealt with that in a very real way. Years after her parents divorced, she found herself in the exact place she never wanted to be: Going through her own divorce, feeling so broken and empty. B…
 
Statistically, children of divorce are less likely to attend college. Further, they’re less likely to receive financial support from their parents for college. To pay for college, most young people apply for government aid by filling out the FAFSA. But if your parents are separated, divorced, or remarried, the process can seem confusing. Today, we …
 
You want to go to counseling, but a massive barrier stands in the way: The price. Therapy is not cheap. So, how are you going to pay for it? We tackle that question and more in this episode: 9 practical tips on how to pay for counseling How much does counseling actually cost? The info and next steps you need to pay for counseling, so you can heal a…
 
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