Episode 27: How to Have Hard Conversations with Kids

In this powerful episode, Crystal Woodman Miller describes her experience as a survivor of the Columbine school shooting when she was 16 years old. Crystal was in the library at the time of the shooting — the room where most of the violence occurred. She explains how she relied on God that day and the desperate prayers she prayed with her friends. She truly believes that prayer should be our first defense!

In the years that followed, the grief was suffocating, but Jesus kept her anchored. Today, Crystal categorizes herself as a “recovering fear addict” which is a daily reminder of how desperately she needs God.

Crystal is now a mother, a speaker, an author, and an advocate for having difficult conversations with our kids. She believes that our job as parents is that we can frame these conversations so that our kids feel safe and that we can speak through the lens of Scripture and provide hope.

Ready to be inspired by someone who has gone through immense tragedy and learn ways to approach difficult topics with your kids? Let’s go…

CRYSTAL WOODMAN MILLER is a young woman whose life was forever changed by the tragic events at Columbine High School in 1999—seven eternal minutes that served as the ultimate wake-up call. And in the aftermath of tragedy, Crystal found herself at a crossroad of fear and faith.

The reason Crystal has chosen to speak and share her story is and always has been to share a message of Hope. The common thread woven throughout the fabric of humanity is our shared experience in suffering and hardship. Regardless of race, religion, gender, or geographic location, no one is immune to the difficulties of this life. Therefore, Crystal shares candidly of her own journey of hardship, faith and hope so that it may encourage others in the challenges they face. Crystal also speaks in effort to prevent school violence and to help those who, unfortunately have already been impacted by it.

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments I give you…Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road…Deuteronomy 6:5-7