Cynthia Yanof


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Hi, I’m Cynthia! I am a wife, mom of 3, blogger and host of the MESSmerized podcast. I love Jesus, my family, foster care, and having lots of people around me as often as possible.

I believe God is found in the real life, everyday moments of parenting, marriage, friendships, and everywhere in between. Let’s look for him together.

Parenting Ahead with Kristen Hatton MESSmerized Episode 41 Cynthia Yanof

Season 1 :: Episode 41

Parenting Ahead with Kristen Hatton

I’m so excited to have my friend Kristen Hatton with us today. Not only is she a Licensed Professional Counselor, but she’s also a brand new empty nester with a great perspective on fostering relationships with our kids now in preparation for when they live away from our homes. 


We talk a lot about communication in today’s show, with Kristen highlighting several reasons why our kids may not feel safe or comfortable talking to us. Even with the best of intentions, there are things we inadvertently do each day that close the lines of communication with our kids. She may or may not have stepped on my toes in this area as I realize I’m guilty of several of them. Ha! 


I especially love her list of seven ways to “parent ahead” (also the name of her book), which includes things like active listening, setting boundaries, normalizing awkward topics, and avoiding the temptation to nag. Listen in to get the complete list and her explanation as to why these things matter. 


Kristen is one wise mom, and I can’t wait for you to hear our conversation today!


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