Family Meeting Podcast

FMP 65: Meet Mrs. Wrong

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra describe what Mrs. Wrong looks like. If you see these warning signs, it's time to take some serious actions, because ignoring them can have life-long repercussions. To share your story with them, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 64: Meet Mr. Wrong

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra describe what Mr. Wrong looks like. If you see these warning signs, it's time to take some serious actions, because ignoring them can have life-long repercussions. To share your story with them, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 63: Parenting Burn Out

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra provide some encouragement for all of the worn out parents out there. Parenting is exhausting, but what do you do if you are just sick of it altogether? Listen in to find out the signs of parenting burnout and the steps to recover from it. To share your episode ideas, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 62: Isn't It Romantic?

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra dive into the world of romance. In a lot of relationships romance dies out pretty early, but it shouldn't. Listen in as Thomas and Lysandra give some very specific ways that you can bring romance back into your relationship. To share your episode, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 61: Ask Us Anything

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra answer your questions on a variety of topics. Questions range from disciplining your children to who inspires you today. To ask your questions for a future Ask Us Anything episode, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 60: Work It Out

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra focus on instilling a strong work ethic into your children. Teaching your children to work hard can be challenging, but it will give them a head start on whatever they want to do in life. To ask your questions, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 59: Isabella Interview

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra interview their second oldest daughter, Isabella. Isabella shares her favorite memories and the mistakes that Thomas and Lysandra have made as parents. To share your episode ideas, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 58: Navigating Transitions

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about the major transition that they are currently in. Transitions bring stress and uncertainty and they will share some of the things that they are dealing with in hopes of helping others with their own transitions. To share your transition tips, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 57: Year One

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra go back and discuss the problems that they faced in their first year of marriage. Year one is often the most difficult year of marriage, but there are so many valuable lessons that can be learned from it. To share your year one marriage struggles, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 56: Too Much Stuff

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about what to do with all of that stuff that you have just lying around. And where did it all come from anyway? For some people getting rid of stuff is a real difficult task, listen in as they share some ideas for decluttering your space. To share your episode ideas, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 55: Kathryne Interview

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra interview their oldest daughter, Kathryne. Kathryne shares her thoughts on how to develop a closer relationship with your teen, and opens up about a situation that her parents helped her navigate. To share your episode ideas, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 54: Sheltered

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra answer the question, "How sheltered is too sheltered?" As parents, it is our responsibility to protect our children, but we also need to teach them how to navigate the world that they live in. To share your advice on "How sheltered is too sheltered?", send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 53: Friends

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra explore friendship. We were created to have meaningful relationships, but we need to learn to have a proper balance on the friends that we have and the time that we spend with them. To share your advice on friendships, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 52: Everyone's A Critic

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about the right way to deal with criticism. It seems like everyone has an opinion on how you ought to live your life. You will face criticism, and it is important to know how to handle it correctly. To invite Thomas and Lysandra to speak at your next event, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 51: Love Story

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share their love story. Your love story is a powerful tool to teach people about God's love for us. To share your love story with us, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 50: Spiritual Mentoring

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra conclude a 4-part series on parenting teens. Today's episode explains the importance of spiritually mentoring your teen. To share your parenting tips, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 49: Communication Is King

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra continue a 4-part series on parenting teens. Today's episode looks at how you can keep the lines of communication open between you and your teen. To share your parenting tips, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 48: Building Trust

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra continue a 4-part series on parenting teens. Today's episode explores building trust between you and your teen. To share your parenting tips, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 47: You Were Made For This

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra start a 4-part series on parenting teens. They start the series by focusing on the fact that you were made to parent your teen. To share your parenting tips, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 46: Family Vacation

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about hitting the road with your family. We only have a limited amount of time to make memories with our children, and family vacations are a great way to do that while building a lasting bond with them. To share your episode ideas send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 45: Money Talks

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share the importance of couples being on the same page financially. We need to have a plan for what we do with our money, otherwise we will be left wondering where it went. To ask your financial questions send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 44: Spiritual Leadership

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about spiritual leadership in the home. When husbands and wives don't see eye to eye on who will lead their home spiritually, it can create discontentment and friction in the relationship. Listen in as they share how to get on the same page spiritually. To ask your questions send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 43: Blending Families Part 2

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra explore the subject of blended families. Bringing people together from different family backgrounds to form a new family unit can be difficult at times, but it is possible to build a healthy happy home. To share your tips and stories of blending families send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 42: Blending Families

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra explore the subject of blended families. Bringing people together from different family backgrounds to form a new family unit can be difficult at times, but it is possible to build a healthy happy home. To share your tips and stories of blending families send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 41: Keeping Up With The Joneses

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about the allure of materialism. If we aren't careful, then we will begin to live our lives for things, and we will teach our children to do the same. Listen in as they share some strategies for dealing with the desire of wanting more. To share your episode ideas send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 40: Family Day

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about why family day is so important to them. They also share some of their favorite family day ideas. To ask your questions or share your family day ideas with them, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 39: Recovering From An Affair Part 2

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share a listener's story about her affair and how they are working through it. An affair doesn't have to be the end of your relationship, but it will take a lot of commitment to work through it. To ask your questions or share your story with them, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 38: Recovering From An Affair

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share a listener's story about her affair and how they are working through it. An affair doesn't have to be the end of your relationship, but it will take a lot of commitment to work through it. To ask your questions or share your story with them, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 37: Dealing With Disruptions

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about how their lives were recently turned upside down. Life doesn't always go according to plan, and how you respond in those moments can make all the difference. To ask your questions or share your story with them, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 36: Mentoring Your Kids

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share their strategy for discipling their children. Too many parents are passing the responsibility of the spiritual formation of their kids on to their church and school, or worse yet they aren't thinking about it at all. As parents, we should be the greatest influence on our children. This task is too important to give to someone else. To ask your questions or share your advice on mentoring, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com
You can find the spiritual mentoring curriculum mentioned in this episode at http://gnbc.church/3G.html

FMP 35: Balancing the Crazy Interview

In this episode, Thomas asks Lysandra about her new book, Balancing the Crazy. Losing balance in our lives can cause a lot of problems. Lysandra's new book seeks to help us find and keep our balance amidst the craziness of life. To ask your questions or share your thoughts on Balancing the Crazy, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 34: Starting The New Year Off Right

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra get us ready for the new year. The new year is a great time to establish some goals in your life. What do you want to accomplish this year? To share your plans and goals with them send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 33: Who Does What?

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra tackle the topic of household responsibilities. Figuring out who does what can be a hot button issue in some homes. Listen in as Thomas and Lysandra share how their home operates and some suggestions for your home as well. To share your thoughts on household responsibilities send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 32: Navigating Christmas

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra give some advice on family and Christmas. Christmas can bring a lot of good memories or a lot of bad memories, and it all depends on how you choose to navigate it. Listen in and get some ideas for how you can handle the holidays. To share your episode ideas send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 31: Unconditional Love

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about how our children perceive the way that we love them. Listen in and evaluate yourself on the way that you are loving your kids. To share your episode ideas send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 30: The Talk

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share their thoughts on talking to your children about sex. This crucial conversation can be so awkward, but it doesn't have to be. Listen in to get some ideas to make the talk go a lot smoother. To share you experience with the talk send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 29: Marriage Lies part 3

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra continue to talk about some of the common lies that we believe about marriage. If these lies are present in our relationships, eventually they will cause problems. Listen in and see if you have fallen for any of these lies. To share your marriage lies with us or suggest a podcast topic send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 28: Marriage Lies part 2

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about some of the common lies that we believe about marriage. If these lies are present in our relationships, eventually they will cause problems. Listen in and see if you have fallen for any of these lies. To share your marriage lies with us or suggest a podcast topic send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 27: Marriage Lies

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about some of the common lies that we believe about marriage. If these lies are present in our relationships, eventually they will cause problems. Listen in and see if you have fallen for any of these lies. To share your marriage lies with us or suggest a podcast topic send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 26: Sleepovers

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share their thoughts on their kids and sleepovers. Spending the night with friends can be some of the best times of your childhood, but it can also lead to some of our worst childhood experiences. Listen in as Thomas and Lysandra share some tips to make it a good time for your kids, and also share some warnings to keep your children safe. To ask a question about sleepovers send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 25: Managing The Busy Seasons

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about how to make it through the busy seasons of life. Sometimes life can seem so overwhelming with so many things going on. How can we keep up? Listen in as they share their thoughts on decluttering your schedule to make time for what is really important. To ask your questions or to share your ideas with them send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 24: Talking Toddlers

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra explore what it's like to raise toddlers. These formative years in your child's life can be some of the most challenging and yet rewarding as a parent. They will answer some of your questions and share some of the things that worked for them as they raised four toddlers of their own. To ask your questions or to share your parenting stories with them send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 23: Screen Zombies

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about kids and technology. The average child sits in front of a screen for way too much time. Between TV, video games, phones, and a host of other tech gadgets, our children's lives are being consumed by screen time. Listen in for suggestions on how you can put screen time in its proper place in your child's life. To ask your questions or to share your screen time suggestions with them send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 22: Dealing with emotional abuse

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra dive into the topic emotional abuse. Chances are that someone that you love is going through this pain. Listen in as they share some of their tips for dealing with emotional abuse so that you can better help your friends and family. To ask your questions or to share your episode ideas with them send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 21: Renovating your bedroom

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra give the fourth session in their 2020 Marriage Conference, Relationship Renovation. The fourth session is on renovating your bedroom. To ask your marriage questions send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 20: Renovating your attic

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra give the third session in their 2020 Marriage Conference, Relationship Renovation. The third session is on renovating your attic. To ask your marriage questions send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 19: Renovating your foundation

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra give the second session in their 2020 Marriage Conference, Relationship Renovation. The second session is on renovating your foundation. To ask your marriage questions send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 18: Renovating your blueprint for marriage

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra give the first session in their 2020 Marriage Conference, Relationship Renovation. The first session is on renovating your blueprint for marriage. To ask your marriage questions send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 17: What charges your battery?

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about their differences as introverts and extroverts. A lack of understanding each other in this area can cause some conflict. Listen in as they share some of their insights on this topic so that you can better relate to the members of your family. To ask your questions or to share your episode ideas with them send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 16: Help me! I'm homeschooling!

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share some of their experiences from homeschooling their children. Parents all across the country have been thrown into the homeschooling life because of COVID-19. Listen in for some practical advice and encouragement on teaching your children at home. To ask your homeschooling questions or to share your homeschooling stories send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 15: Investing In Your Marriage

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about the importance of investing in your marriage. Attending marriage retreats and conferences helps to build up your marriage relationship by taking time away from your day to day life and spending extra time working on your relationship. Listen in as they share how this investment has helped their marriage and how it can help yours too. To ask your relationship questions send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 14: Thriving in quarantine

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share how they are dealing with the COVID-19 quarantine as a family. This unprecedented time in our nation's history will be something that your children always remember. Listen in as they discuss how you can make it a good memory instead of a time of drudgery. To share your quarantine tips send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 13: Having fun as a couple

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra discuss the value of having fun together as a couple. Fun breathes life into a relationship! But it is important to be on the same page when it come so having fun. Listen in as they share some of the ways that they have fun together, and get some ideas for how you can make your relationship more enjoyable. To share your favorite ways to have fun or to ask a question, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 12: Serving as a family

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about the importance of serving together as a family. Teaching your children to serve while they are young, helps them learn to see and meet the needs of others. Listen in as they share some helpful ideas on ways that you can help others as a family. To share how you serve together as a family or to ask a question send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 11: Now You're Speaking My Language

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra discuss the five love languages. To ensure that our family and friends feel loved, we need to make sure that we are speaking their language. Listen in to figure out the love language of the people in your life, so that you can love them fully. To ask a question or share your thoughts with us send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 10: Parenting A Child With Special Needs

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk with their friends, Dusty and Ashley Beasley about their experience parenting a child with special needs. Dusty and Ashley share their fears, struggles, and failures, as well as their hope, encouragement, and wins in raising a daughter with cerebral palsy. Listen in as they share some tips on how to help the people in your life that are dealing with special needs. To ask a question or share your thoughts with us send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 9: Party Like It's Your Birthday

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about the importance of celebrating the birthdays of the people in your life. Birthdays are a great way to show people that they are important to you. Listen in as they share some of the ways that they make birthdays special for their loved ones. To share your birthday ideas or to ask any questions send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 8: In-laws or outlaws?

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra dive into thier relationships with their in-laws. These relationships can be a great blessing, bur for many people they just feel like a curse. Listen in as they share some suggestions for working on your relationships with your in-laws. To share your story with them or episdoe ideas, please send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 7: Teaching your children how To make decisions

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra discuss the importance of teaching your children how to make decisions for themselves. One day your children will be making all of their own decisions, so it is necessary for us to equip them to do that. Listen in and learn some techniques on how to do that successfully. To share your tips or episode ideas send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 6: Living with depression

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about living with depression. They pull back the curtain on their personal lives and share how they deal with Thomas' battle with depression. Chances are that someone in your life struggles with a mental illness, listen in and get some ideas on how you can help them. Please share your battle with depression with them by sending an email at podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 5: Sibling dynamics

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra explore how birth order comes into play in sibling dynamics. Does birth order really have an affect on how our children will turn out? Listen in and evaluate the character traits of your children. To share your thoughts on birth order send us an email at podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 4: Date Night

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra talk about the importance of investing time into your marriage. A great relationship doesn't just happen. It takes purposeful effort. Listen in as they share their date ideas and why dating is so important. To share your date ideas, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 3: Disciplining your children

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share their 5 C's to discipline. Discipline is one of the worst things about parenting, and yet it is one of the most important. Listen in and gain some tips on how discipline can help build your relationship with your children. To ask your discipline questions, send an email to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 2: How to fight fair

In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra share the 10 rules that they have for fighting fair. Conflict will arise in your relationships, and how you handle that conflict will go a long way in determining what kind of relationship you will have. If you have any questions on conflict resolution you can email them to podcast@thomasosterkamp.com

FMP 1: Welcome to the family

Thomas and Lysandra have been married for over sixteen years, and they have four daughters. They have been leading Good News Church in Cedar Rapids, Ia for the last ten years. In this episode, Thomas and Lysandra introduce their family and their goals for the Family Meeting Podcast. They share their favorite and least favorite things about parenting and their parenting wins and fails. Feel free to share yours by emailing them at podcast@thomasosterkamp.com