Mom Topics

TOPICS FOR MOM AUDIENCES

(Note: Each talk runs approximately 45 minutes.)

MOST REQUESTED TOPICS

 

Thrive It Up: Upgrade Your Attitude & Improve Your Outlook

Leslie developed this topic in honor of her husband’s favorite saying: “Doesn’t it feel good when you stop banging your head against that brick wall?” It’s hard for anyone to change or improve as long as they remain mired in the same old yuck. Leslie teaches practical steps toward positive change.

 

Aha Moments: Gaining Wisdom & Perspective from Life’s Defining Events

An aha moment is one of life’s defining moments where you gain clarity and understanding—wisdom God can use to change your life. An aha moment involves being available, honorable and authentic and moving toward acceptance, hope and anticipation. Leslie shares the story of her massive stroke in this powerful talk.

 

If Mama Ain’t Happy: On Finding Balance & Contentment

Balance? What’s that? Contentment? Yeah, right—maybe when the kids are grown. Does hubby wonder why you greet him with irritation or indifference on a good night? Because moms have the most difficult job on earth and nobody seems to care. Leslie addresses specific areas of discontent and how to improve attitudes about the job of motherhood. Watch out, though; this talk requires work—both introspection and action—on your part.

 

Home Fires: How to Keep Sparks of Passion in Your Marriage

Leslie shares age-old secrets, such as identifying and meeting your spouse’s needs, speaking to your spouse in his love language, and making your husband a priority over your children. An added bonus: practical tips for dating your husband when you have preschoolers and tight budgets!

 

Kid Boot Camp: Teaching Your Children to be Responsible

People often express a desire for their children to be responsible or take responsibility for their actions. Does this “just happen?” Not at all. But with a carefully formulated plan, parents can (1) determine what a responsible child looks like; and (2) develop effective ways to help their children learn those qualities and habits. Working backward from age 18, Leslie teaches audience members to use practical resources—ranging from age-appropriate chore charts to timers to organizational systems—to accomplish the goal of raising more responsible, conscientious children.

 

No More Cookie-Cutter Kids: Target Your Parenting to Your Unique Child

Like snowflakes, no two children are exactly alike. By identifying a child’s specific personality type, you can more effectively parent your sanguine, melancholy, choleric, and phlegmatic children. Leslie also discusses learning styles, kids’ needs, birth order, and love languages to help you better love, discipline and motivate your unique child.

 

 

IMPROVING YOUR MARRIAGE

 

Happily Ever After: Balancing Expectations and Reality in Marriage

Satisfaction in life corresponds to the degree of difference between people’s expectations and the reality that life serves up. Can Christian wives live “happily ever after” if they can learn to better balance expectations and reality? They can certainly increase our contentment by lowering expectations, improving our current situation, and increasing the amount of quality time we spend with our husbands. Combining practical helps with supporting Scripture, Leslie encourages women to adapt these principles to your individual marriage situation.

 

Home Fires: How to Keep Sparks of Passion in Your Marriage

Leslie shares age-old secrets, such as identifying and meeting your spouse’s needs, speaking to your spouse in his love language, and making your husband a priority over your children. An added bonus: practical tips for dating your husband when you have preschoolers and tight budgets!

 

In-Law Ish: How to Move from Outlaws to In-LawsNew for 2010

Most couples admit to problems with in-laws at some point during their marriage. What makes this relationship so tenuous and stressful? You probably want to throw your hands in the air and scream, “Why can’t we all just get along??” Leslie shares practical steps toward improving your relationship with one or both sets of parents.

 

Praying for Your Husband

Based on the best-selling book by Stormie Omartian, Leslie share both the methodology and practicality of implementing daily prayer for husbands. She also discuss the importance of and benefits from this seemingly simple action to the marriage relationship.

 

Viva La Difference: Men and Women—Created Equal, But Not the Same—New for 2009

Most everyone has heard that opposites attract, but is it really true? Leslie looks at the differences between men and women in a humorous—and slightly irreverent and offbeat—discussion that will leave you celebrating the unique role that both males and females bring to relationships.

 

 

CREATING A BALANCED HOME

 

Order in the Home: Getting Organized and Staying that Way

Using an acrostic for ORDER, Leslie explains how Organization, Routine, Displays, Elimination and Records can help any household overcome problems caused by chaos and a lack of order. By using these simple strategies, moms can increase free time while the home gets an organizational face-lift.

 

The Home: Making It the Place They Want to Be

In a comparison to making hot chocolate, Leslie starts with the basics in the home—keeping up with laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, etc. Then I move on to creative ways to add warmth—because no one wants to drink COLD hot chocolate!—to our homes. Lastly, she discusses serving everything with love through an attitude of unselfishness and a desire to identify and meet the individual needs of our family members.

 

‘Tis the Season: How To Take the Stress out of the Holidays

Through simple things such as prayer, planning ahead, preparation, and patience, Leslie reveals strategies to help you thrive—not just survive the holidays, from Halloween through New Year’s. She also shares a Holiday To Do List that is sure to keep women organized, gracious, and enthusiastic during the busy season.

 

 

PRACTICAL PARENTING

 

Kid Boot Camp: Teaching Your Children to be Responsible

People often express a desire for their children to be responsible or take responsibility for their actions. Does this “just happen?” Not at all. But with a carefully formulated plan, parents can (1) determine what a responsible child looks like; and (2) develop effective ways to help their children learn those qualities and habits. Working backward from age 18, Leslie teaches audience members to use practical resources—ranging from age-appropriate chore charts to timers to organizational systems—to accomplish the goal of raising more responsible, conscientious children.

 

No More Cookie-Cutter Kids: Target Your Parenting to Your Unique Child

Like snowflakes, no two children are exactly alike. By identifying a child’s specific personality type, you can more effectively parent your sanguine, melancholy, choleric, and phlegmatic children. Leslie also discusses learning styles, kids’ needs, birth order, and love languages to help you better love, discipline and motivate your unique child.

 

The Not-so-Terrible Teens and ‘Tweens: Strategies for Parenting Kids Ages 12-18

Many parents struggle to relate to their children once they hit puberty and experience hormonal and emotional changes. And what about media influences (Facebook, music, TV)? Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, set proper boundaries, enforce effective discipline and partner with other parents. (This can be a 45-minute talk or a 3-part seminar.)

 

Renaissance Kids: Raising Well-Rounded Children

Parents sign children up for organized sports at younger ages than ever before. Fearful of increasing competition, parents don’t want to wait till their kids are older to begin athletics. But isn’t there more to life than sports? In this session, Leslie shares specific steps to help moms guide their children to choose age-appropriate, balanced activities that will help them to become more well-rounded.

 

Say Cheese: The Ups and Downs of Child Modeling/Acting

Have you ever thought your child looked like the Gerber baby? Leslie’s three children have been involved in modeling and acting for a combined total of nearly 20 years. Here, she reveals secrets about the industry—telling you how to get your child involved, how to navigate the ups and downs of the business, and how to make modeling a part of life—not the central focus.

 

The ABC’s of Effective Discipline

Who’s in control in your house? If it’s not you, Leslie can help by sharing discipline strategies that are easy as ABC. “A” stands for Authority in the home. She encourage parents to avoid extremes—being Dictators or Pushovers—with regard to discipline. “B” stands for Boundaries, which we need to establish early—the younger the better. And “C” stands for Creativity—how discipline should be applied.

 

Don’t Wait Too Long: How and When to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

By identifying specific resources, Leslie helps equip parents for those all-important discussions with their kids concerning marriage, sex, childbirth, STDs, privacy issues, abstinence, and dating. Relying on a scriptural foundation, Leslie encourages moms and dads in their quest to rear children who make godly choices regarding purity and marriage.

 

Bookworms A-Z: Teaching Your Children to Develop a Love of Reading

Do video games rule in your home? Is it next to impossible to get your kids to read a book? Leslie reveals strategies and tips to instill a love of reading in young children that will last a lifetime. A bonus: She shares her family’s recommended reading list—selections to read with your child and books kids devour on their own.

 

 

PURPOSEFUL PARENTING—THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION

 

Planting the Seeds of Faith: Giving Your Children a Strong Spiritual Foundation

Leslie shares her Top Ten strategies to pass on a spiritual legacy to your children. Some are standbys: read the Bible daily, develop your prayer life and take your children to church regularly. Others may be new to you: incorporate Scripture in your everyday life and dedicate your home and service to the Lord. This approach is reminiscent of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up your child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

 

Praying for Your Child and Your Child’s Future Mate

Replace worry for your children with prayer! Believing prayer to be one of the most effective parenting tools, Leslie shares whys and hows of praying God’s word in specific situations, not only for our own children, but also our someday kids—the future husbands and wives of our children.

 

Power Moms: Relying on the Holy Spirit to be the Mom God Intended You to Be

Using the acronym P-O-W-E-R, Leslie identifies the steps to a deeper spiritual life as a mother. Pray about the job that God has called you to do. Obey God’s commands even when you don’t feel like it. Wait on the Lord to renew your strength. Experience contentment in the midst of a messy kitchen and hectic schedule. Rely on the Holy Spirit instead of yourself.

 

Putting Christ Back Into Christmas: Tracing the Christian Origin of Christmas Traditions

Leslie examines time-honored traditions—celebrating Christmas on December 25th, sending Christmas cards, decorating trees, believing in Santa, and exchanging gifts—and trace how each is rooted in the Christian faith.

 

 

WIFE AND MOTHER

 

If Mama Ain’t Happy: On Finding Balance & Contentment

Balance? What’s that? Contentment? Yeah, right—maybe when the kids are grown. Does hubby wonder why you greet him with irritation or indifference on a good night? Because you have the most difficult job on earth and nobody seems to care. Leslie addresses specific areas of discontent and how to improve attitudes about the job of motherhood. Watch out, though; this talk requires work—both introspection and action—on your part.

 

Reality Motherhood: Wacky Wisdom for Imperfect Moms

Can you handle the truth? Do you want someone to tell it like it is? It being motherhood. For too long moms have committed the sin of omission—not sharing what we really know in order to warn, er—educate the next generation of young moms. Leslie shares valuable truths cloaked in hilarity to inform and inspire. Or, and did she mention that each section borrows titles from reality TV shows?

 

The Mother Load: How to Share Responsibilities within Your Family

Even well intentioned families get sidetracked sometimes as they attempt to prioritize and share the responsibilities of taking care of the home. The result: moms bear most of the load by themselves. Leslie reveal sways to set up ground rules and better share the mother load with ALL of the members of your family.

 

 

SEASONAL

 

Putting Christ Back Into Christmas: Tracing the Christian Origin of Christmas Traditions

Leslie examines time-honored traditions—celebrating Christmas on December 25th, sending Christmas cards, decorating trees, believing in Santa, and exchanging gifts—and trace how each is rooted in the Christian faith.

 ‘Tis the Season: How To Take the Stress out of the Holidays

Through simple things such as prayer, planning ahead, preparation, and patience, Leslie reveal strategies to help you thrive—not just survive the holidays, from Halloween through New Year’s. She also shares a Holiday To Do List that is sure to keep you organized, gracious, and enthusiastic during the busy season.

 

Preparing Your Kids for School

Using empathy peppered with humor, Leslie communicates simple strategies to help you prepare your child to start school. Covering everything from after-school activities to good behavior in the classroom to school supplies, she helps you feel confident that your kids will be OK in the classroom.

 

In the Good Ol’ Summertime: Tips for a Super Summer

Summer can either be the longest or shortest 12 weeks of motherhood, depending on how you approach it. Leslie communicate simple strategies that help you make the most of the time off from school—everything from family vacations to fun, inexpensive activities in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.

 

 

       

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Leslie Wilson Bio

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I belong. To God, to Bret (my husband of 23 years), and to my precious children—Charlie, Molly & Reese.

I’m blessed. To speak, write, edit and market for a living.

I’m called. To thrive in life—to find contentment where I am and with what I have.

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