Finding (and giving) Grace in Motherhood: An Interview with Jeannie Cunnion – ITA62

By November 13, 2014Podcast

You’re going to feel a weight lifted off your shoulders as you listen to Jeannie Cunnion, author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child. Her humble attitude and transparent walk through her own journey of accepting God’s grace reminds you that motherhood tends to reveal everyone’s weaknesses. So take a deep breath, sit back and listen. You aren’t the only one striving for perfection in parenting.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • What it means to have a wholehearted child and how you parent one.
  • How to raise kids with the freedom from the pressure of being perfect.
  • How to weave grace into your parenting, even in discipline.
  • How it really must start with allowing God to do a work in our own hearts before we can model this freedom to our kids.

Click the play button in the post or grab your favorite podcast app and join us for a chat!

My Least Gracious Hour

Truth be told, I am the least gracious to my children in that 4-5 o’clock hour when I’m putting dinner together, helping kids do homework and preparing for the next day. I call it the Fourth Quarter. It’s go time. The game is on the line and the pressure is on. (Sports analogies for the win!)

It has truly been such a blessing to not have to wonder what I’m making for dinner. Oh, I’m still grumpy and a little frazzled from the process of cooking (not my strength) but having a meal plan each week eliminates the frustration of figuring out what to have or the guilt of ordering another pizza.

It’s weird and possibly a little dorky to think that a meal planning website has made me a better mom, but it’s actually true. Now if only Plan To Eat could create a house cleaning website…

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Here are a few highlights from my meal plan this week. (Please remember I am not a gourmet chef. I am a “get out of there” chef. I like simple, fast and relatively healthy recipes. The Pioneer Woman…I am not. 🙂

Tortellini Soup – I love this super fast, healthy and comforting soup. It’s full of ingredients that I always have on hand.
Sausage, Beans and Rice – This is really just a hodge podge of ingredients but my husband and kids love it and it’s easy to freeze for a quick meal later on.

Click here to visit Plan To Eat and sign up for their free trial.

Quick Links

  1. Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child’s Heart with God’s Extravagant Grace
  2. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

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  • Avatar Paige says:

    if you need a housecleaning website, check out or

    They helped me and I was a disaster.

  • Avatar Dom Sharee says:

    I really enjoyed this podcast and I am so happy I came across this email. Currently I am recognizing that I am not using enough grace-based parenting (currently reading this book or at least attempting to try to lol). Definitely gave me a forgiveness about myself after hearing this podcast and helps me realize that I can never give up no matter how frustrating it may seem or the journey may become.

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Oh, that’s another great parenting book. The one by Tim Kimmel, right? And, yes, never give up…the best is yet to come!

      • Avatar Dom Sharee says:

        That’s the one! I learned about it through you guys, that book and several others. Thanks for all the wonderful shares!

      • Avatar Nichole says:

        So as I plan my reading for this year I’m having a hard time choosing between The Whole Hearted child and Grace Base Parenting. Any recommendations? Seems like Whole Hearted has some practical tips. Can you help?

  • Kat, I have been listening to your podcasts for a few months now and this by far has had the most impact on me. While listening to you and Jeannie chat I felt like what I have “known” in my head about grace, not just on a parenting level, but as a child of God level, finally moved to my heart in a whole new way. Thank you for sharing and doing what YOU do each day! Love & God Bless, Kelli

  • Avatar Amy Grable says:

    So excited to listen to this podcast. I am in the middle of reading Parenting the Wholehearted Child. I was so great to hear Jeannie’s heart and own struggles with parenting. Love hearing from Moms still in the trenches. Love your podcasts Kat! Keep them coming!

  • I’m listening to this podcast for a second time! So good. Are there plans for an audio version of the book, Jeannie?

  • Avatar K says:

    I have been a listener since the beginning and love your podcast. But this episode swept me away! It was AMAZING… and I realized that it’s all stuff I know but somehow through this interview the knowledge really penetrated my heart. It’s been super encouraging this week as I parent and trouble-shoot with my 3 boys.
    Keep up the great work, Kat… we love you!

    • Avatar Kat says:

      That is great to hear! Honestly? I’ve listened to this episode a few times too! I love Jeannie’s heart and wisdom. I definitely recommend her book too…

  • This was a wonderful interview. I just bought the book!


  • Avatar Viola says:

    I just came across your website this morning and checked out this episode because it sounds like what I had needed.

    It is really divine timing to hear this the day after Christmas as a load dropped off my shoulders by being reminded of God’s grace in parenting.

    “It is not about what we have to teach about parenting, but about what God teaches us about His grace.” – Wow.

    May Jeannie’s message spread so that chains may fall from both parents and their children.

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