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Meet Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM!

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Val's podcast
Rich and Val

My passion is for encouraging and equipping intentional parents to build strong families.  Speaking at conventions, leading parenting classes and women’s small groups, and speaking to moms’ groups for over two decades, I share the message that your family, even with all its unique personalities, imperfections, and scars is God’s masterpiece in the making.  You can find my books, blog, resources, and podcast episodes on my website,

You can also connect with me through my private Facebook group Intentional Mom Strong Family and follow me on Instagram and Facebook @PracticallySpeakingMOM. 

I publish a new podcast episode every Monday called Practically Speaking MOM: Intentional Mom, Strong Family which can be found on any major podcast platform.

Rich and I were high school sweethearts in Kansas City, went to college by Chicago, and have been married over 30 years. I earned a degree in Speech Communications..  Our greatest blessings in life are our seven children, three in-law children, and four grandchildren.

Val's Books & Booking Val to Speak at Your Event

Val's books include:
Wearing All Your Hats without Wearing Out: Finding Focus to be the Masterpiece Family God Intended

When Littles are Loud: Maximizing the Moments without Drowning in Chaos

Clash In Your Home: A Game Plan for Cleaning Up the Conflict

Gaining Momentum: Preparing Your Student for a Career With or Without College

And she is currently working on her fifth book, Your Love Becomes Their Strength: Answering the Six Questions of Your Child’s Heart

Speaking Topics

(For Homeschool Speaking Events, Val adjusts each topic to be homeschool specific)

Val's most popular topic is Your Love Becomes Their Strength: Answering the Six Questions of Your Child's Heart, which is her current book project.


Her second most popular topic is Raising a Well-Rounded Child:  Luke 2:52 and the four areas of life growth.   This topic has a part two, if your organization wants two sessions.  The second session is Diagramming a Difficulty: Creating a holistic game plan to overcome your child's issue.


The third most popular topic  Feasting with the Father When You Feel Like a Frazzled Mama

Two popular homeschool topics:
1. The Homeschool Roadmap to College

2. Preparing Your Student for a Career with or without College

3. Homeschooling in Real Life: Simplifying Your Homeschool Journey


Below are some additional topics:



When Littles are Loud; Maximizing the Moments Without Drowning in Chaos

For being the littlest bodies in the home, it sure is ironic that their needs are often the loudest. Young children can be especially demanding, but oh how very valuable are those early years.  As a busy family it is hard for parents to juggle a young child’s constant demand for attention while also trying to oversee the needs of our older children, manage the household, and just make it all come together. 


Speaker Val Harrison, mother of seven, will share practical strategies for scheduling a young child's day in a way that keeps their heart filled while still having time to focus on older students' schoolwork, chores, and even God-moments as well.  It takes a balance of both ORDER and FLEXIBILITY to identify these God-moments in our children's day and to maximize those moments without drowning in constant chaos. Join us for a workshop about scheduling, training, loving and living with littles in a busy household.

Wearing All Your Hats without Wearing Out resource

Wearing All Your Hats without Wearing Out

 How many times do we find ourselves overwhelmed and at our wits' end, feeling pulled in too many directions at once? Our obligations are endless as we're expected to be wearing multiple hats at any given moment; from cook to counselor... SO many hats! How are we to keep from being constantly frazzled and depleted?  We’re going to look at the real priorities (four main hats) in parenting, get a new perspective on all the crazy obligations, and implement some practical solutions for reducing the chaos. Wearing All Your Hats without Wearing Out is about the four main steps to find your focus for your family to be the masterpiece God intended it to be.

Clash in Your Home workshop

Time-Saving Strategies for Busy Homes  

If you’re busy spinning your wheels, nagging or arguing with your kids, or feeling lost in chaos, you’re missing the blessings! Packed with practical solutions, this workshop is designed to equip your family with positive habits that should free up your time to pursue the full, abundant life that God has planned for you.  Strategies in the workshop include:

*Getting Kids to Listen the First Time  

*An Effective Strategy for Teaching Kids to Do Chores Thoroughly and Faithfully

*Raising a Luke 2:52 Kid: A Simple Strategy to See Regular Growth in the Four Main Areas of Your Child's Life

*Technology Control – Internet Contract and Accountability

Clash In Your Home


Every person has communication habits and hang-ups that need to be eradicated or at least overhauled.  Not only that, but when you're a part of a family, you've got a whole flock of folks displaying each of their individual communication flaws which cause frequent clashes in the home.  This workshop is about the real-life, everyday conflict that you often find yourselves in as a family. As a mom of seven with a degree in communications, speaker, author, and podcaster Val Harrison will stand by your side as you open that scary door to your family dynamics and help you get a game plan for cleaning up the conflict traps that might be lurking in your home.    The communication habits your family has TODAY are going to shape countless relationships and situations TOMORROW. There's not going to be a better time to begin transforming your family dynamics than right now. Val will talk about strategies for teaching kids (and their parents) how to take off the boxing gloves and work together. You will also learn about “Mercy Seat Parenting” - the complex art of balancing mercy with unwavering standards, modeled after the ultimate parent, our Heavenly Father, and how He parents us. It's exciting to think how much you can improve your family dynamic as well as your kids' future relationships by dealing with the clash in your home.

Help! My Home is Full of Difficult Personalities and One of them is Mine! worshop

Help! My Home is Full of Difficult Personalities and One of them is Mine!


This workshop is here to help!  We’ll figure out each unique personality in your family and what each person needs to thrive, shine, and blossom together as a masterpiece!  Unique but united! It is possible to identify the different personalities in our home, to be equipped for maximizing the strengths of each of those personalities, and to strategically deal with the most common weaknesses of each personality type. 


We'll identify the personality type of parents and equip him/her with the tools needed to avoid pitfalls. We'll also look at the personality types of our children and find out what each of those types need to succeed, what shuts them down, and what makes them blossom! 


Our personalities are gifts from God, and our family needs every one of those personality types that God has given us!  For our family to be all that God intended it to be, we've got to quit trying to turn our kids into mini-me's when they need to be developed into who they were meant to be!  

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