003: Introducing Our Kids to Unexpected Heroes // Jennifer Brimhall of Raise the Good

Introducing our Kids to Unexpected Heroes

“Children are great imitators–give them something great to imitate.” Joy D. Jones

Jennifer Brimhall, a mother of five and the founder of the website Raise the Good, believes that we can surround our children with good role models whom they will want to emulate. These aren’t superheroes with capes or celebrities with millions of dollars; these are unexpected heroes, and we will find them all around us.

In this episode, Jen goes into specifics about how we can introduce our children to…

1. Heroes in books and media

2. Role models in the world around them

3. Mentors in education.

Listen in to glean incredible wisdom from an incredible mother!

Jennifer Brimhall :: 3 in 30 Podcast

Episode Notes

An outline and list of resources mentioned in the podcast is included below:

1. Heroes in books and media

2. Role Models in the world around them

  • Check out the Hero Spotlights on Jen’s website!
  • Kayley Willis, a woman who feeds 130 children on the weekends
  • Glenn Allgood, the bus driver who impacted Jen’s life
  • Keep watch for news articles about “heroes” and share them with your kids
  • Point out everyday heroes around town, at the grocery store, and in daily interactions
  • Ask your children to list three things they are grateful for and who is responsible for that blessing
  • “Coming of Age Celebrations” with treasured family and friends
  • Article outlining the tradition
  • Jen’s eBook about how to plan your own!!

3. Mentors in education


About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.


  1. danielle on 10/30/2017 at 10:29 PM

    This was so good! I have followed Jen’s site but still learned a lot…

    • Rachel Nielson on 10/31/2017 at 3:43 AM

      I know! She’s amazing–so many good ideas, there was no way I could limit it to only 30 mins! (But it was still in the 30s, right?? 39 minutes…ha!)

  2. Sarah Badat Richardson on 02/20/2018 at 2:04 AM

    Great episode. I am very purposeful with what we read and watch and I look forward to reading Jen’s recommendations.
    You may like this essay I wrote about the place of books in our family: http://www.sarahbadatrichardson.com/an-army-of-books-to-keep-her-safe/

    I just posted a review on itunes. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Rachel Nielson on 02/20/2018 at 10:22 PM

      Thank you so much! I saw the review and loved it.

      I loved your article! So poignant. My mom had a bone marrow transplant when I was six-years-old, and she recorded our favorite storybooks on cassette tapes for us so we could listen to her voice reading to us at night. What a treasured memory. I love the idea of an army of books to keep our children safe!

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