Building Lasting Relationships: Speak Love Loud | 274

Welcome to the Teach Them Diligently Podcast. Leslie Nunnery is joined by Lori Wildenberg, a licensed parent and family educator, to talk all about the importance of intentional parenting. Leslie and Lori will discuss the three messages that children need to hear: that they are loved and lovable, that they are capable, and that they are born on purpose with a purpose.   


Lori emphasizes the importance of communicating these messages to children to reinforce their identity in Christ and help them navigate life with confidence. She also shares insights from her books. This conversation highlights the significance of intentional parenting in shaping children’s lives and fostering their relationship with God.  

This episode really leans into the Refocusing on Relationships Mark of a Heart Schooler, for by better understanding your kiddos and helping them better understand how God created them, you’ll find you have a much deeper, richer relationship with them that will only grow stronger in the days to come. Pick up the heart School book if you’re interested in learning more about the Heart School paradigm we talk about so much around here. 

Meet the Guest:

Helping families build relationships that last a lifetime is Lori Wildenberg’s passion. Lori, a licensed parent and family educator, is a national speaker, and award-winning author or coauthor of six parenting books including Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome, Anxiety, Depression or Suicidal Ideation and The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections. The Wildenberg home is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Lori is Mom to four, Mom-in-Love to three, and Mimi to four. A perfect day in Lori’s world is a hike with Tom (her hubby) and their growing family! 


  • Children need to hear three messages: that they are loved and lovable, that they are capable, and that they are born on purpose with a purpose.
  • Communicating these messages to children reinforces their identity in Christ and helps them navigate life with confidence.
  • Intentional parenting involves speaking truth, being specific in affirmations, and helping children discover and develop their unique gifts and talents.
  • Understanding and embracing their identity in Christ is crucial for children’s spiritual growth and their ability to resist seeking identity elsewhere.
  • Lori Wildenberg’s books, such as ‘The Messy Life of Parenting’ and ‘Messy Hope,’ provide practical guidance for intentional parenting and addressing specific challenges.

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