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The Mom Hour

The Mom Hour

The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, preschool to teen. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We’re not experts, we’re moms who’ve been there. We’re not perfect, we’re real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

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Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 334

What do you do when your toddler has separation anxiety and being apart feels somewhat optional? A mom of a baby and a precocious toddler is looking for tools to help with emotional drop-offs at the church nursery. A mom with four young kids is desperate for a date night and looking for outside-the-box childcare solutions. Another mom whose age doesn't match up with her friends' wants help navigating the intersection of motherhood, friendship, and family planning. A part-time SAHM wonders if it's normal to feel bored during long days with her toddler. (Spoiler alert: YES!) Meagan and Sarah give advice for ditching the guilt. We also send our love to a longtime listener who is struggling with setting healthy boundaries with Grandma. We tackle a lot of tough stuff in this episode of Listener Questions.

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2021-10-12
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More Than Mom: Listener Questions

A listener is curious about Meagan and Sarah's Zodiac signs; she also wants to know if we could add any frivolous feature to our homes, what would it be? (Meagan recommends a llama to complement Sarah's dreamy detail.) A longtime listener asks if we've had any show topics that didn't make the cut. An aspiring blogger asks for writing tips. And finally, a new homeowner is looking for advice on landscaping a yard that looks nice, but is also low-maintenance. For this Sunday spin on listener questions, we're stepping outside the realm of parenting to weigh in on a wider variety of topics. This was a fun one!

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2021-10-10
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Getting (And Giving) Help During Hard Times: Episode 333

When you're going through A Thing, what kind of help feels most...helpful? Is it practical stuff, like a delivered meal? Is it emotional support, or humor and distraction? And does the way you feel most supported influence the way you step up for your own friends? Meagan and Sarah tackle these questions and more in Episode 333, all about the ways we give and receive support during hard seasons of life and motherhood. We look at our own personalities, our relationship patterns, and how all of this has evolved over time. (We also have a couple of real-time on-air epiphanies!)

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2021-10-05
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Raising An Elite Athlete (Including An Olympic Figure Skater!): Voices 65 With Kelly Rippon

From travel sports teams to competitive dance, elite kids? activities and their impact on family life often get a bad rap. In this month's Voices interview episode Meagan chats with Kelly Rippon, author of Parent Up: Inspire Your Child To Be Their Best Self and mother of former US champion figure skater Adam Rippon. Kelly shares a much more encouraging side of being an ?opportunity creator? for your kids, including her unique perspective as a single mom of many now-grown kids, all of whom were accomplished and active in extracurriculars.

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2021-10-01
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House Rules For Kid Hygiene: Episode 332

From hand washing to changing undies, bath time to brushing teeth, staying on top of your kids' hygiene is essential to keeping them healthy and not (too) stinky. In our latest "House Rules" episode, we're sharing listeners' hilarious, straightforward, and down-right-genius methods for taking the guesswork out of getting everyone clean. And in the spirit of keeping things VERY real, Meagan and Sarah both tell stories about times their kids seemed embarrassingly clueless about simple hygiene practices. Listen along for some ideas that might make YOUR family hygiene regimen less of a struggle.

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2021-09-28
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More Than Mom: Meagan Goes Camping; Sarah Has Questions

Meagan is an experienced camper, while Sarah likes the IDEA of family nature time, but isn't so sure. There's sleeping on the ground, critters (both mild and wild), plus all the logistics. And with so many options for "roughing it," from rustic backpacking to glamping, what even qualifies as camping these days? In today's More Than Mom episode, Meagan's breaking it all down for Sarah - and for our listeners! From packing to food prep, how to stay comfy and how to get clean(ish), follow along as Meagan shares her tips for figuring out what kind of camping might be right for you. Along the way, Meagan gets real about how she handles when nature calls, tells a funny story about a time she panicked about a snake getting too close for comfort, and talks about storing her gear. It's an adventure!

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2021-09-26
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Small Steps Toward Sustainability In The Kitchen

Doing better by the planet is a lofty goal: but what does it REALLY look like in the homes of busy moms with lots of kids? Less plastic, no plastic, better plastic? Zero waste, composting, recycling? It?s objectively overwhelming, but that doesn?t mean it?s an all-or-nothing decision. As with any kind of improvement we talk about on The Mom Hour, we?re all about small, repeatable actions you can incorporate into your existing routine, and that add up to meaningful change over time--and in today?s special episode we?re applying that framework to sustainability in the kitchen. Meagan and Sarah share how we identify our personal values when it comes to kitchen sustainability, what small changes we?ve made (and stuck with!), and how we keep from getting lost in all the ?shoulds? as we navigate doing just a little bit better for the planet, in ways that work for us.

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2021-09-24
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Envisioning Your Week Of Ideal Meals: Episode 331

Our "Week Of Real-Life Dinners" is beloved around these parts, and we have another installment coming up next month! And while normalizing the pivots and misses (and hastily ordered pizzas) that characterize EVERY family's real-life dinners is super important, we also know that revisiting the values and ideals that serve as your foundation can help re-energize the meal-planning process. In short: there's nothing wrong with real-life dinners, but there's also nothing wrong with shooting for an ideal plan. In Episode 331 Meagan and Sarah reflect on the what's and why's of our own week of ideal family meals, acknowledging the pain points we're trying to avoid and the north star we're shooting toward. We also look at the "ingredients" that go into a week of meals that nearly hits that elusive ideal.

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2021-09-21
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Managing Kids’ Extracurriculars (What We’ve Learned & What’s On Tap This Fall): Episode 330

Whether you're trying to scale back to a simpler schedule or ramp up after a pandemic hiatus, adjusting to kids' activities and extracurriculars is a huge part of settling into a fall routine. In Episode 330 Meagan and Sarah look at this topic with some hindsight (sharing what we learned about ourselves and our kids by trying different activities during the little years), and also through the lens of Fall 2021 (what our kids are playing and trying now, and how a year off has changed things in our families). We also reflect on how our own childhoods influence our family cultures around extracurriculars, and what has surprised us about how older kids and teens find their passions and pursuits.

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2021-09-14
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More Than Mom: The OTHER Four Senses

te foods and flavors are WELL-documented on the podcast, but what about the other four senses? Sights, smells, sounds, and textures can all contribute to a boosted mood OR a not-so-great sensory experience. In today's More Than Mom episode - our first one back after a summer hiatus! - Sarah and Meagan chat about whether our sensory preferences change with the seasons, how our sensitivities have changed with age, and what specific textures, scents, and sounds we're drawn to. We round out the episode by talking about how trends influence our favorite colors, and which ones we've loved our whole lives.

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2021-09-12
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Our Birth Stories (And Your Questions About Them!): Episode 329

Every pregnancy, baby, and birth is unique--and between us we've had eight of them! From planned c-sections to hospital births that didn't go as planned, birthing centers, home births, and water births: we haven't experienced everything, but we've been through a lot! Coming off of Labor Day (wink wink), Meagan and Sarah are looking back on the births of our eight babies in Episode 329. We answer your questions about how we prepared, some funny and not-so-fun moments, and what we wish we had known about birth.

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2021-09-07
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Inside The Morning Hustle: Voices 64 With Lisa Payne & Ashley Schafluetzel

Ever wondered how other moms get everybody up, ready, fed, and out the door with all their parts and pieces? We think it's fascinating to peek behind the curtain at different families' routines and rituals, so in today's episode Sarah chats with two moms from our Contributor team. Lisa is a full-time working single mom of four kids (at three schools!) who has great ideas for keeping mornings calm, making time for herself, and giving kids increasing independence as they grow. Ashley is a kindergarten teacher and mom of two kids, one with Cerebral Palsy, so mornings present a different set of challenges in her house. Find out what's working well so far this fall for Lisa's and Ashley's families, how they're dealing with setbacks, and what they've learned works for them when it comes to morning routines.

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2021-09-03
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House Rules For Easier Mornings: Episode 328

Stress out by mornings? You're not alone. But good news: we found the source of all solutions for smoother mornings... THIS COMMUNITY. The latest episode in our House Rules For... series is full of our listeners? genius ideas for prepping ahead, managing morning screen time, and how, when, and where Mom Signs All The Things. Whether you have early risers or slow-to-movers, listen to Episode 328 to hear how experienced parents in our community are setting boundaries, teaching responsibility, and taking the guesswork out of the morning hustle.

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2021-08-31
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Want More Energy As A Mom? Start By Learning What Drains (& Boosts!) You: Episode 327

Expectations these days feel like ... a lot. When your energy is finite and the demands on you feel, well, INfinite, we find it helps to begin with self-awareness. What drains your energy as a mom? When are you naturally at your best? If you're depleted, is it physical, mental, or emotional energy that's in shortest supply? And if you're in a low-energy season - whether it's a day, a week, a month, or a year - can you reprioritize and reframe so that you're not further weighed down by guilt or unrealistic expectations? Sarah and Meagan look at these questions and more in Episode 327. Join us!

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2021-08-24
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What’s For Breakfast This Fall: Episode 326

Every family's breakfast routine looks different - and that's OK. Whether you're all about prep-ahead dishes that fill up hungry kids on weekday mornings, or are just trying to make it out the door in one piece with a cereal bar for the road, we're here to validate that not every single breakfast needs to look perfect, or tick every nutritional box. Join Meagan and Sarah for Episode 326, a zoom in on the first meal of the day. We talk about our family cultures around breakfast, how weekends look (very) different from weekday mornings, and how things have shifted as kids have gotten older.

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2021-08-17
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Late Summer Grab Bag & What We’re Loving Lately: Episode 325

Meagan and Sarah are inviting you in for a good old-fashioned catch-up sesh as we wind down Summer 2021. There's a bit of everything in today's episode: updates on our own kid and family milestones, reflections on the second pandemic summer (a few fails, some sweet moments, and everything in between), thoughts on the strange time of year that is mid-August, and some of what's been keeping us entertained lately (books, TV, podcasts, and more!). Join us!

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2021-08-10
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Working Motherhood & Behind The Scenes At The Mom Hour: Voices 63 With Amanda Park

Today's guest is a working mom with three kids under five, a career journey punctuated by curiosity and leaps of faith, and a brand new role as Content Manager for The Mom Hour! Please help us welcome Amanda Park to the team, and join us for a conversation that covers her working mom journey through several big industries, how she found The Mom Hour as a listener (and eventually joined our team), and what it's been like working behind the scenes as we expand our content goals this summer. We also chat about personality stuff, Amanda's current wins and challenges in the trenches of motherhood, and offer a sneak peek into what's coming up this fall with our new team of contributors.

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2021-08-06
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Envisioning Your Perfect Ordinary Day: Episode 324

If you've ever fantasized about a week on a tropical island, a whole day in the spa, a winning lottery ticket, or - let's be honest - even just a hot cup of coffee you get to finish in one sitting, you're not alone. As busy, tired mamas it's natural to dream about a life different from the one we're living. But it's also helpful, we think, to point those daydreams in a slightly more achieve-able direction, and that's what Meagan and Sarah are doing in today's episode. Join us as we each envision our version of a perfect, ordinary day: a day that exists within the actual framework of our current homes, jobs, cars, kids, and schedule, but where the stars align to leave us feeling especially happy and fulfilled. Play along at home and think about what key elements go into your own ideal ordinary day - it's part fun fantasy and part food for thought.

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2021-08-03
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House Rules For Kid Birthdays: Episode 323

From goody bags to party guest lists, opening gifts and blowing out candles, kid birthdays go deep into your personal family culture and traditions. We firmly believe that there's no One Right Way to celebrate, but we do know that without some parameters those celebrations can get to be ... a lot. In our latest House Rules For... episode, we're highlighting our listeners' smart tips and hacks for keeping birthdays manageable and meaningful. Take the ones that work for you and leave the rest - this is mom-crowdsourcing at its finest!

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2021-07-27
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Coping Tips For The Chronically Annoyed: Episode 322

Annoyed. Irritated. Short-fused. Anyone else feeling low-level grumpy lately? When it's not an actual crisis, deep exhaustion, crippling overwhelm, or another significantly hard season of motherhood, it can be tricky to identify the reasons behind--and the strategies to help with--a bad mood. But we know one thing for sure: sometimes it helps to vent a bit. In Episode 322 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah air some very petty gripes about what's driving us bonkers lately, and then do a little self-reflection about what triggers our annoyance, how our personalities manifest it, and how to reframe it and reset our moods.

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2021-07-20
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Feeding Toddlers, Part 3: Toddler Eating Strategies, Meal By Meal

From breakfast to snacks, lunch to dinner to even dessert, each day holds plenty of opportunity to introduce new flavors and textures, teach table skills, and introduce micro-doses of nutrition into your toddler?s tummy. Meagan and Sarah cover each meal and the specific strategies they used to keep them interesting, low-stress, and as nutritious as possible, even when a toddler has the attention span of a fruit fly.

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2021-07-16
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Feeding Toddlers, Part 2: Help! I Have A Picky Eater.

?Picky? and ?toddler? - the two words go hand-in-hand, right? In this episode Meagan and Sarah tackle one of their listeners? biggest mom-obstacles, sharing tips and tricks to help get those opinionated toddlers to eat more adventurously and healthfully while also offering reassurance that this stage won?t last forever and that there are things you can do to help even the choosiest toddler (occasionally) try new things while getting the nutrition they need.

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2021-07-15
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Feeding Toddlers, Part 1: Feeding A Toddler In Transition

When it comes to toddlers, one thing is certain: just when you get used to a new stage or phase, it changes. And nowhere is this more true than when it comes to how a toddler eats: from introducing new textures and foods, to weaning, to attempting self-feeding and even learning how to use cups and utensils, toddlers are in a constant state of transition - and so is the way they eat. In this first episode in our three-part series on feeding toddlers, Meagan and Sarah offer solutions to the most common struggles moms face during those transitions, as well as a healthy dose of ?it?s all gonna be okay? mom-confidence.

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2021-07-14
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Dressing & Styling Our Kids (And What Happens When They No Longer Let Us): Episode 321

Itty bitty overalls and doll-sized dresses make for adorable first outfits, but dressing babies (and toddlers, and kids) comfortably and stylishly throughout the ages and stages is no easy task. In Episode 321 Meagan and Sarah remember the joys and challenges of dressing our littles while they still let us (most of the time, anyway). Then we move into the realities of clothing our big kids, tweens and teens. From keeping up with sizes to choosing our battles over teen fashion that baffles our mom-brains, the refrain is familiar: it doesn't get easier, it just gets...different.

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2021-07-13
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Preparing For Disaster (Without Scaring Your Family): Voices 62 With Red Cross VP Jennifer Pipa

Wildfires, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes; home emergencies, local disasters and national crises. These aren't things we love to think about, but they do have one thing in common: having a plan and talking about it as a family can bring peace of mind and even save lives. In this month's Voice interview Sarah chats with Jennifer Pipa, Vice President of Disaster Programs for the Red Cross. With an emphasis on making disaster preparedness practical for busy families, applicable no matter where in the world you live or what risks your natural climate brings, and as un-scary as possible for little kids, Jennifer is full of tips and information to help you up your preparedness this summer.

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2021-07-09
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Never Thought The Day Would Come…: Episode 320

It feels like it?ll be like this forever, but we?re here to tell you: it won?t. In today?s episode Meagan and Sarah take turns sharing big and small transformations our kids have undergone that leave us shaking our heads in total amazement because, at one point in time, we never thought we?d ever see this day. From an ultra-fearful preschooler who turned out to be a super confident kid, to the wild-toddler-turned-chill-teen, to the sibling pairs who fought like crazy and now are best friends, we?re talking about all the times we?ve been proven wrong by our own assumptions over the years.

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2021-07-06
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House Rules For Travel & Vacation: Episode 319

Who needs RULES on vacation? Turns out, we do. And we're not alone. The latest episode in our House Rules For... series is all about the rules that keep our families sane when we're not at home. From road trip snack management to beach house screen time, treats on the airplane to getting out of the gift shop without a meltdown, listen to Episode 319 for hard-earned experience from parents in our community. As always, take what works for you and leave the rest - there's something here for nearly every family.

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2021-06-29
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More Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 318

Is it EVER appropriate to correct another mom?s car seat buckling technique? A listener wants to hear Meagan and Sarah?s thoughts on whether we feel comfortable offering unsolicited safety tips to other parents. Another mom asks our thoughts on how you distribute your parenting energy evenly when one kid is really struggling and others are

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2021-06-22
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More Than Mom: Hitting The Beach (At Home or On Vacation)

Meagan and Sarah both live in beach towns ? but very different ones. Today?s More Than Mom episode invites you to come to our areas for a visit ? and head to the beach! We talk about what it?s like to live in a beach area generally, and in our towns specifically, and offer tips for making a day at the beach fit with your idea of fun (yes, even with kids!). From parking to hotels, what to bring and when to go, we have locals-only insights that will help you think through your next trip to the beach ? even if it?s not to Santa Barbara or Saint Joe. We finish up the episode by talking about the beach-related products we?re using currently, as well as some we have our eye on.

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2021-06-20
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Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 317

A mom of tweens asks Meagan and Sarah whether we require our own kids to keep their rooms tidy (we have thoughts!); another listener dealing with cultural and generational divides in her family asks our thoughts on how to handle well-meaning grandparent advice. Finally, we coach a new-to-preschool mom on how to begin setting up playdates and social opportunities when you don't know anyone at the school (and are emerging from a global pandemic).

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2021-06-15
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The One Where Our Kids Are Broken (Casts, Stitches, Crutches & More): Episode 316

By pure coincidence, BOTH Meagan and Sarah have kids with broken bones right now - so we're here to talk about it! We discuss the current injury situation in each of our homes, and reflect back on other kid-injuries that have occupied that tricky space in between "rub some dirt on it" and "call the ambulance". From stitches to sprains, bumps to the head and busted lips, we know raising kids involves a lot of injuries, and that it can be tough on parents to know what to do in the moment. Today's stories all ended well - we promise! - but we're here to validate that parenting an injured kid can be tough, both in the moment of decision as well as in the aftermath.

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2021-06-08
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More Than Mom: Meagan and Sarah At Our Bests & Worsts

From bad hair to failed friendships to terrible taste in music, there are some phases of our lives that, in hindsight, were just kind of the worst. Other eras we look back on fondly, whether it was because our social lives were dazzling or our fashion sense just worked. In today's More Than Mom episode Meagan and Sarah look back at our lives - both before motherhood, and also since becoming a mom - and declare our Bests and Worsts in style, culture, and friendships.

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2021-06-06
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Running Marathons & Raising Boys: Voices 61 with Lindsey Hein

Lindsey Hein is a lifelong runner with more than 16 marathons to her name, including several Boston Marathon finishes. She's also mom to four busy boys, ages two to eight, and host of a popular podcast for runners. In this month's Voices episode Lindsey chats with Meagan about training for races with four little kids, how her podcasting side hustle grew into a network of shows (including a parenting podcast!), and why she made the tough decision to have a prophylactic mastectomy after finding out she was positive for the BRCA 2 gene mutation when her oldest son was 16 months old.

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2021-06-04
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A Summertime Chores, Life Skills & Freedoms Reset: Episode 315

We've noticed something: the end of school and start of summer always makes it suddenly clear how dang much our kids have grown. They're smarter, they're taller, they're more capable, and all that means...it's time to level up! We think summer is a great time to teach new life skills, reset chores and responsibilities, and also grant expanded freedoms to growing kids. In Episode 315 Meagan and Sarah talk about summer resets generally, and Summer 2021 more specifically - what our kids are ready for, where they need some support in the independence department, and how we're planning on expanding their worlds this summer.

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2021-06-01
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House Rules For Sibling Harmony: Episode 314

Having a house rule gives parents a shorthand for handling the same small annoyance the same way, every time. Will it stop your kids from fighting over the coveted "fishy cup" or arguing over whose turn it is to set the table? It will not. But it WILL allow you to consistently apply the same judiciary process (and one that feels right to YOU) each time kids start to go at it, which can cut down on a lot of mental gymnastics for mom. The beauty of house rules is that they're born from necessity and are unique to each family, so in today's episode we're including smart ideas from dozens of our community members, all in the pursuit of House Rules For Sibling Harmony.

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2021-05-25
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Month-By-Month Memories Of Baby’s First Year: Episode 313

So many firsts, so many outgrown outfits, so many unforgettable mom-moments, and so much MESS. Join Meagan and Sarah as we walk month-by-month through a baby's first year of life, sharing our personal memories as well as general thoughts on what makes each month unique. If you're beyond the infant years, we hope this will offer a little trip down your own nostalgic memory lane; if you're in the middle of baby-land, we hope you feel seen and validated.

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2021-05-18
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More Than Mom: #Influenced

From swimsuits to fitness programs, nail polish to meal delivery, we admit: we're influenceable. But there's a lot to unpack about the concept of influencer marketing and influencer culture in general. In today's More Than Mom episode Meagan and Sarah talk about about the silly stuff (like the kind of ads the algorithm INSISTS on delivering us) and also the more substantial (like the ways in which we've been positively influenced by friends, both IRL and on the Internet).

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2021-05-16
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BONUS: Re-Learning How To Learn (And Teach!) At The College Level

We?ve talked a lot about how little kids (and their parents) experienced schooling disruptions over the past year. But college students, their families, and their instructors also went through a major shift in how higher education is delivered and experienced. Today?s special bonus episode features a conversation with Hsiao-Yun Chu, Ph.D., a college professor, mom of two young children, and longtime listener of the podcast. She shares her thoughts with Sarah on how virtual learning and virtual teaching created some real positives in higher education this year, and even what she hopes will continue after the pandemic is behind us.

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2021-05-14
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Kitchen Storage & Organization: Episode 312

Having a functional kitchen relies on a number of factors, many of which are outside our control (funny floor plans, small spaces, or that weird area between where the open dishwasher blocks off access to that one cabinet? yeah, things like that). But as moms of many kids who have occupied at least as many kitchens in our combined histories, we've also realized there are some things we can do to use the space we have in ways that helps us enjoy being in the kitchen more. Today's episode looks at what's currently frustrating us about kitchen storage and organization (as always, we love your solutions sent by email or as comments on our social pages!), and also what's working well.

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2021-05-11
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Freaking Out Less About Kindergarten, COVID Learning Loss & Elementary School Academics: Voices 60 With Kelly Hiltz

As this incredibly strange and stressful school year winds to a close, parents are looking ahead to next fall and wondering: Should I send my 5-year-old to kindergarten, or wait a year? Will my first grader remember how to make friends since she's been behind a screen all year? Will the struggle that was virtual learning mean my kid never learns to love school again? These are understandable worries, especially for those who are in the middle of their own first experience as school parents. This month's Voices interview guest is Kelly Hiltz, kindergarten teacher who has seen it all this year - remote, hybrid, in-person - and mom to two boys in preschool and early elementary. Sarah and Kelly address the concerns parents have about kindergarten specifically, COVID learning loss generally, and what a 2021-2022 school year might look like for families. We also touch on "red-shirting" younger kinders, how to know what decision is right for your child, and what specific things families can do this summer to best prepare incoming kindergarteners for the fall.

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2021-05-07
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Why Mother’s Day Is Hard (And How To Make It What You Want This Year): Episode 311

If you have mixed feelings about Mother's Day, you're not alone. For some, it's a reminder of loss or grief, unmet expectations or missing people we love. For others, the social media buildup and commercialized clichés create expectations that can lead to disappointment. And even for those who don't completely dread Mother's Day, it can be hard to articulate what we really want to the ones who want to spoil us. In short: it's a lot. In this week's Episode 311, Meagan and Sarah validate why Mother's Day can be complicated, reflect on our own celebrations during different seasons of life, and offer ideas for how to celebrate in a way that feels right to you this year.

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2021-05-04
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More Than Mom: Car Talk (Then, Now, Someday)

Are we "car people"? Turns out, yes and no. After 25+ years of driving, Meagan and Sarah have many stories and a few opinions on what we want in our four-wheeled rides. From first cars to true lemons, minivans to post-divorce pre-mid-life-crisis splurges, this More Than Mom episode is an ode to our vehicles. We also chat about the process of procuring a new car, how much haggling at the dealer is a sport we do NOT enjoy, and what we hope for in our future cars.

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2021-05-02
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Meagan Schools Sarah on Parenting Teens: Episode 310

Big news: Sarah is joining the Parents Of Teenagers club! In honor of Sarah's oldest turning 13, Meagan taps into wisdom gained from over a decade of parenting teens and gives Sarah the real story. We unpack some stereotypes about teens (they're moody! they're smelly! they're obsessed with their phones!) and find out what's totally true, what's sometimes true, and what might very much depend on the kid. We also explore some of the best and sweetest parts of parenting teens, validate that these are often very lonely years for moms, and compare teenage milestones to those reached earlier in childhood.

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2021-04-27
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BONUS: Meagan & Sarah Chat About Reinvention

Whether it?s a career pivot, a creative passion, a relationship change, or just one of life?s unexpected twists, most women find themselves in a season of reinvention at least once. Today Meagan and Sarah are here with a surprise bonus episode, chatting about the idea of reinvention, how it intersects with motherhood and raising young kids, and how Meagan?s new podcast celebrates women reinventing themselves in a variety of wonderful ways. Join us for a fun conversation, followed by an extended excerpt from Season 1 of the Mother of Reinvention show.

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2021-04-23
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Our Most Heroic “Mom To The Rescue!” Moments: Episode 309

Whether it's pulling out the puke bucket juuuuuussst in the nick of time, or speeding across the room while pregnant to save a toddler from a toppling accident, we all know that feeling of doing what needs to be done in the moment without so much as a conscious thought. Call it quick-thinking, mom-heroics, or just another day in the life of parenting young kids, but these are moments that deserve to be celebrated. In Episode 309 Meagan and Sarah share stories from our own in-the-trenches days -- some truly life-or-death and others just, well, messy -- as a reminder that sometimes you have no idea just how strong, quick, clever, or brave you are until you're called into action.

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2021-04-20
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More Than Mom: Creative Hobbies (Now … Soonish … Maybe Someday)

Hobbies outside of everyday work, life, and parenting ebb and flow as your season of life changes, but it's fun to think about what creative pursuits you'll add back in as time opens up. In today's More Than Mom episode Meagan and Sarah speak from the perspective of moms whose kids are getting older, and who are pursuing hobbies in our own (often very different) ways. We talk about what hobbies we're enjoying now, which ones we could imagine trying, in theory, without needing a total life overhaul, and then some "maybe someday" hobbies we can see ourselves enjoying much later on.

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2021-04-18
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Friendships In Motherhood, Part Two (Deepening & Widening Your Circle): Episode 308

Conversations around friendship in motherhood often center around those ride-or-die besties that you just can't imagine life without (which, as we discussed last week, isn't always helpful). But as pandemic life has shown us in all kinds of ways, regular interactions with acquaintances, co-workers, fellow school parents, neighbors, and other "friendlies" are also really important to feeling rooted in a community and fulfilled in the friendship space. Today Meagan and Sarah look at these outer-circle relationships and share what 2021 looks like for us, how our listeners feel about the changes brought about by the past year, and what we hope our friendship landscape will look like a year from now.

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2021-04-13
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Friendships in Motherhood, Part One (Redefining “Ride Or Die”): Episode 307

In a year that changed nearly everything about how humans connect and communicate, it's no surprise that friendships in motherhood have changed. Some deepened over the past year, as the pandemic gave us new ways to bond (and hard stuff to get real about). Some fell away, strained by distance or differences. And pandemic or no pandemic, not every close friendship is created equal, and they all go through seasons of change. In today's episode, part one of two all about friendships in motherhood, Meagan and Sarah look at "ride or die" friendships (including a critical look at what that even means). We talk about ways close friends can show up for each other when things are hard, how close friendships have adapted over the past year, and what to keep in mind if you're missing or grieving close friendships in your life right now.

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2021-04-06
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More Than Mom: Podcast Listening & Book Reading Habits (Plus A Few We’re Loving Lately)

Our habits around media consumption are as unique as each of us is--and, when you think about it, there are quite a few little details that go into how each of us decides when, how, and where to listen to a podcast or pick up a book--not to mention the actual what of the content itself. Today's More Than Mom episode is a look at how Meagan and Sarah currently consume their listening and reading media, from bluetooth struggles to library holds. As we go, we'll recommend some shows and titles we've enjoyed so far this year too.

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2021-04-04
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Finding Purpose & Belonging After Healing From Trauma: Voices 59 With Sarah Jakes Roberts

Imagine being 13, the daughter of an influential megachurch pastor...and pregnant. That's how Sarah Jakes Roberts began her journey to motherhood - and she grappled with feelings of shame and questions surrounding her self-worth while wondering if she could ever afford to "dream big" again. Today, Sarah is a happily married mom of six kids, a pastor and sought-after speaker, and five-time book author. In today's Voices episode, Sarah tells Meagan about her journey from scared teen mom to mentor and leader, why she encourages moms to seek "soul care" as well as self-care, and how to dig deep to work toward purpose in your life.

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2021-04-02
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