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Oct 13, 2023

How can we help our kids cultivate healthy relationships amid a culture of sexpectations?

In this episode, Barb Winters shares her personal journey as a mother of a recovered pornography addict and how it led her to become a certified sexual risk avoidance specialist. 

Barb Winters is the author of Sexpectations: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Healthy Relationships She is a speaker, certified Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist, and founder of Hopeful Mom: supporting parents in an online world, where she offers encouragement and practical advice to parents and leaders.

Barb, a pastor's wife and former homeschool mom, experienced the shock and devastation of finding pornography in her home. Overwhelmed by guilt and feelings of isolation, Barb kept this secret from her family and only confided in one person, who lived miles away due to the stigma surrounding the issue. 

As she embarked on a challenging journey to help her son and herself, Barb conducted extensive research and discovered the alarming prevalence of pornography in households today. This realization led her to question why parents weren't discussing these issues with each other and with their children.

Motivated by a strong conviction, Barb decided to create a platform called Hopeful Mom, where she could openly address and engage in conversations about pornography, social media dangers, human trafficking, and other related topics. This spark of inspiration marked the beginning of Barb's mission to empower parents and provide support in navigating these sensitive subjects.

She opens up about the initial shock, anger, and guilt she experienced when discovering pornography in her own home, highlighting the isolation and stigma that often surround these issues. Barb's determination to help not only her son but also other families sparked the creation of "Hopeful Mom," where she offers practical advice and encouragement to parents navigating the challenges of an online world.

Tina and Barb also discuss the prevalence of pornography and other related issues in our society, shedding light on some staggering statistics.

They address the common misconception that only certain individuals or families are affected by these problems and emphasize the importance of breaking the silence and bringing these issues into the light.

The conversation guides us towards creating safe spaces for discussions without judgment or condemnation. Barb encourages us all to step out of our comfort zones, relying on the Holy Spirit's guidance, to initiate these necessary conversations. She shares valuable insights on how parents can approach their children, as well as how we can cultivate healthy relationships within our families and spousal relationships by fostering open communication based on love and support.

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