225. Preparing Our Kids for Marriage (with Tricia Goyer)

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Step into a very candid conversation today as I am so thrilled to welcome Tricia Goyer to the show! Tricia is an accomplished author who’s been a part of my life for a long time, and our talk delves into her journey as an author, her unique family dynamics, and the importance of nurturing healthy relationships with our children. We reminisce about our past experiences speaking on adoption and foster care, which deeply influenced my path.

Tricia shares some incredibly valuable insights from her latest book, Before You Meet Your Future Husband: 30 Questions to Ask Yourself and 30 Heartfelt Prayers, co-authored with Robin Jones Gunn, and if you’re thinking, Well, I am already married, so I don’t need this book, I strongly encourage you to still at least stick around for this conversation because there is so much value that can help people across generations!

Tricia and I emphasize the significance of self-discovery, fostering personal growth, and building strong values before entering a relationship. We also explore the art of parenting teenagers, a journey that requires a balance of grace and guidance. Tricia’s stories reveal the transformation that comes from understanding and connecting with teens’ emotional needs. Through shared experiences, Trisha and I emphasize the power of empathy, understanding, and focusing on positive connections, even amidst life’s complexities, so join us in discovering how nurturing relationships with our children can truly make a difference!


In This Episode

[0:35] – Welcome Tricia Goyer to the podcast!

[2:33] – Tricia provides us with some background information about herself.

[4:13] – Tricia turned to foster care adoption, eventually expanding their family to seven children.

[7:23] – Learn what inspired Tricia’s book Calming Angry Kids.

[9:50] – Tricia reflects on doubt felt amidst directed trauma from adopted older girls.

[11:40] – Tricia emphasizes the importance of self-discovery before getting into a relationship.

[14:23] – Parents should start having these conversations with their kids around 12 or 13.

[17:05] – Tricia argues that kids are listening even when it seems like they’re not engaged.

[19:54] – ​​I point out the importance of engaging in children’s interests.

[21:19] – Tricia highlights the significance of recognizing hormones and emotions in teenagers.

[23:05] – All behavior is a form of communication.

[24:00] – The new book resonated with a diverse range of readers, which surprised Tricia.

[26:19] – Tricia reflects on having been a teen mom herself.

[29:11] – Tricia has written over 80 books!

[30:15] – Tricia points out that her calling also benefits her kids.


Links & Resources

Crystal Paine



Before You Meet Your Future Husband: 30 Questions to Ask Yourself and 30 Heartfelt Prayers by Tricia Goyer and Robin Jones Gunn

Calming Angry Kids: Help and Hope for Parents in the Whirlwind by Tricia Goyer

Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His by Tricia Goyer and Robin Jones Gunn

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis Majors


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