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Peter & Shannyn – Friday, October 30

Several locations are accepting candy donations to help various causes, including kids & soldiers.

Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Ronald McDonald House helps keep severely ill kids and their parents together during treatment. After Halloween, most locations accept donations of unopened candy for the families being served. You can search for your local chapter on the website but call ahead to find out the rules for dropping off candy.

Operation Stars and Stripes
Founded in 2001 in memory of a Vietnam War hero, this all-volunteer nonprofit supports service members at home and abroad with care packages and letters. Packages of unopened candy can be sent to the organization’s Georgia headquarters. Specific shipping info can be found on the website.

Operation Shoebox and Any Soldier
These are two more organizations that collect and send care packages to troops overseas. Operation Shoebox accepts individually wrapped candies all year long. Meanwhile, Any Soldier allows you to decide which branch of the armed forces you’d like to support: Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines

Finally, don’t forget about your local soup kitchen, homeless shelter, food pantry, or retirement or nursing home. Many take donations of unopened candy for residents and guests. It’s worth calling to find out if they accept treats, which your kids can deliver with a note and a non-cavity-filled smile.

Peter & Shannyn – Wednesday, October 28

REI is the only retailer confirmed to be closing on Black Friday, but Thanksgiving-lovers will be happy to hear that plenty of others are reclaiming the holiday for family time.  Here’s a preliminary list.

  • Staples
  • GameStop
  • Costco
  • BJ’s
  • Nordstrom
  • Sam’s Club
  • Home Depot
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Patagonia
  • At Home
  • Von Maur
  • Mattress Firm
  • Half Price Books

Peter & Shannyn – Monday, October 26

Comedienne & author Chonda Piercejoins P&S to talk about grief & her new movie event “Laughing in the Dark”.  All you need to know at her website,

Peter & Shannyn – Friday, October 23

Parenting lessons that many parents had to learn the hard way

  1. Super glue has no place in a house with young children
  2. Neither do Sharpie’s.
  3. There is no such thing as allowing your kid to play with your phone “just once.”
  4. Don’t use Google to diagnose illnesses. Ever.
  5. Always carry wipes, long after diaper wearing has ended.
  6. Keep track of who gave what at birthday parties.
  7. Never stock batteries in your house, or you will be forced to make obnoxiously loud toys work once again.
  8. Backup all photos. Better yet, print them.
  9. Look in the oven before you turn it on.
  10. Always check your kid’s pockets BEFORE you do the wash.

Peter & Shannyn – Thursday, October 22

Director David Schulz joins P&S today to talk about the upcoming film Brennan, based on the life of Brennan Manning.

Peter & Shannyn – Thursday, October 13



1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup biscuit mix (recommended: Bisquick)
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 eggsDirections

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.

Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend for 1 minute with a handheld electric mixer. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool.

Producer Kevin Downes talks about the new faith-based film Woodlawn.

Peter & Shannyn – Wednesday, October 12

Today is National Stop Bullying Day, and author Nancy Rue joins the show to talk about bullying from 3 different vantage points.

The Dove Awards were announced last night in Nasville.  For the list of winners, click here.

Peter & Shannyn – Friday, October 9

Bob Waliszewski from Plugged In joined the show this morning to talk about the new documentary filmed He Named Me Malala.

Peter & Shannyn – Wednesday, October 5

Alan Hall with Selah joins us this morning to talk weight loss & new music.




Peter & Shannyn – Wednesday, September 30

Deuteronomy 19:11 says “Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”

How do you get your kids to open up and talk to you?  Some suggestions from Aha! Parenting.

1. Notice Conversation Openers
Notice the little conversation openers your kids offer & drop everything to respond.  How you respond is crucial in building closeness.

2. Ask Questions That Require Real Answers
“What was the best thing about school today?,” “Do the kids at school ever talk about boyfriends and girlfriends?,” “Who did you sit with at lunch today?” or “How did the soccer game go at recess?” will get you a lot further than “How was school today?”

3. Don’t Jump In With Solutions and Advice
Your child needs a chance to vent, and he can’t hear advice until he does.

4. Make Sure You Connect with Each Child Every Single Day
Don’t expect your son or daughter to invite closeness or volunteer vulnerable emotions at each interaction, but if you set up enough regular opportunities to be together, it will happen.

5. Build “Special Time” with Each Child Into Your Routine
Kids often wait for these routine times with their parents to bring up something that’s bothering them.

6. If You Don’t Get the Response You Want, Step Back
Kids have a lot on their minds, not to mention hormones.  Find ways to get in their face in a friendly, inoffensive way.

7. If You’re Greeted With Something Hurtful, Try Not To Respond With Anger
Show your vulnerability and hurt. Say “Ouch!” and turn away.

8. Stay Available
Most kids don’t keep an agenda and nothing makes them clam up faster than pressing them to talk. Kids talk when something is up for them.

9. Use Indirect Communication
Kids often open more in the car, on a walk, or in the dark — all times when eye contact is limited.

This is, of course, the single the most important part of helping kids open up. Reflect back what they’re saying so they know you understand, and then be quiet so they can talk more.


Peter & Shannyn – Tuesday, September 29

Today is National Coffee Day!  A few national chains are offering deals.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Free medium cup of hot or iced dark roast coffee.

Krispy Kreme: Free small coffee & original glazed donut.

LaMar’s Donuts: Free 12-oz. cup of coffee & free mugs while supplies last.