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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 71 | The Ugly Truth About Busyness

I saw a photo of one of my friends on the Facebook yesterday. She was happily swimming in the pool with her family on vacation. No one was crying. No one was whining. Everyone had their goggles, and there wasn’t any fighting over who was going to be Marco and who would be Polo. I immediately wondered what kind of magic sauce she had access to that I had missed the line for. How was she back to pre-pregnancy weight so easily? How was it that all the kids were so well-behaved? How do you go on vacation with young kids and not have any stress?! I don’t know about you, but I find myself caught up in this game of comparison more than I would like to admit. Even though I know better, I still do it sometimes. No one’s life is perfect. And in fact, there is someone out there right now who thinks you have it all together! Instead of comparing, we have to learn more self-compassion, and focus on more realistic expecations. Listen today to hear: * all the ways I compare myself to other moms * what to do instead of comparing – comparing almost never lead to any good feelings Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things about motherhood that drive you crazy and move towards the things that make you feel more peaceful and happy (i.e. alone time!) There is weekly, free personal training in the Facebook group that I don’t include anywhere else. Plus, a community of moms just like you who won’t judge, and will even encourage! I also post a lot of behind the scenes photos and daily validation and motivation on Instagram that you won’t find here. Hop over there and follow me! You can alwaysreach out to me with any questions:sarah@parentswho.com (The emails go straight to me)

21 MINAUG 27
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 71 | The Ugly Truth About Busyness

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 70 Feeling Not Enough – It Never Ends, Unless…

Do you ever feel like you’re going faster than you really want to go? Maybe you feel like you have to prove how good you are or how generous you are or how capable you are. I have spent a lot of time seeking the approval of others. I’ve entered the competition of comparing my life with others. I competed, and it felt…awful. Approval-seeking, trying to keep up, constantly competing – it doesn’t feel good. But it is tempting. It’s tempting to try and do what everyone else is doing and to make crazy sacrifices to get there. I’ve sacrificed my health many times in service to trying to keep up. I’ve had to learn the hard way that I am enough. I don’t have to compete. I don’t have to fit in. I don’t even want to fit in. I want to belong. I want to just be. If today you are wondering if you are enough, let me assure you that you are. You don’t have to add another damn task or piece of clothing or lose more weight – you are enough right now. I know you don’t believe me though ...

17 MINAUG 20
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 70 Feeling Not Enough – It Never Ends, Unless…

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 69 | The Biggest Lie About Anger (and what you can do about it right now)

Discover how anger control is achievable no matter how far gone you think you are. Today’s episode will help you stop negative ways of handling anger like stuffing, exploding, yelling or using manipulation. Learn how to change your self-talk, communicate with assertiveness and apply time-out’s to yourself. You can learn to change unhealthy anger into a positive force which accomplishes good for yourself and for others. No more yelling (okay, less yelling) swearing, shutting down and miscommunicating. And more throwing ice at the fence. Listen today to hear: * the unhealthy ways I respond in anger * what no one else has shared with you about anger * the positive results of anger and how it can be super useful (i.e. don’t try to completely rid yourself of it!) * how to harness your anger and prevent it from hurting those that you love * how to help your kids harness their anger Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things abou...

14 MINAUG 14
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 69 | The Biggest Lie About Anger (and what you can do about it right now)

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 68 | Take the Stress Out of Marriage (How I took Mine from Separation to Connection)

I didn’t know until just a few years ago that I am allowed to prioritize my marriage over my kids. Yeah. It’s true. No one told me that though so I thought it went 1. kids, 2. marriage, 3. me. I knew I needed to make an intentional effort to step away from the steering wheel, the grocery cart, laptop and laundry room to connect with him, but I was always too tired. And honestly, at the end of the day, I didn’t want anyone touching me or wanting anything else from me AT ALL. I just wanted to put on some HGTV, curl up on the couch, and veg. I figured this was just a season and eventually when the kids were older we’d have more time and energy for our marriage. Cut to having older kids, dates still not happening, and marriage only getting worse. Chris and I have been through some very dark places. Separation. Divorce talk. Fights that would reality TV to shame. Grudges. Resentment. Jealously. Miscommunication. You name it. No one’s marriage is perfect. No matter how they act of wh...

20 MINAUG 6
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 68 | Take the Stress Out of Marriage (How I took Mine from Separation to Connection)

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 67 | What To Do When You Feel Like Other Moms Have It Way More Together Than You

I saw a photo of one of my friends on the Facebook yesterday. She was happily swimming in the pool with her family on vacation. No one was crying. No one was whining. Everyone had their goggles, and there wasn’t any fighting over who was going to be Marco and who would be Polo. I immediately wondered what kind of magic sauce she had access to that I had missed the line for. How was she back to pre-pregnancy weight so easily? How was it that all the kids were so well-behaved? How do you go on vacation with young kids and not have any stress?! I don’t know about you, but I find myself caught up in this game of comparison more than I would like to admit. Even though I know better, I still do it sometimes. No one’s life is perfect. And in fact, there is someone out there right now who thinks you have it all together! Instead of comparing, we have to learn more self-compassion, and focus on more realistic expecations. Listen today to hear: * all the ways I compare myself to other moms...

8 MINJUL 30
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 67 | What To Do When You Feel Like Other Moms Have It Way More Together Than You

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 66 | Mental Health Days Are B.S.

The other day, instead of driving to work, I started driving to a random nail salon. I didn’t even feel like it was me driving the car. I have no idea what came over me. I took a gut detour. Instead of working, I ended up spending the entire day on that annoyingly dirty little word – self care. I took a mental health day. For me, mental health days are B.S. Listen today to hear: * where I ended up going instead of work (hint-there are many drinks included) * all the should’s I had to ban in order to have a mental health day * why I probably won’t take another mental health day until my gut forces me to Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things about motherhood that drive you crazy and move towards the things that make you feel more peaceful and happy (i.e. alone time!) There is weekly, free personal training in the Facebook group that I don’t include anywhere else. Plus, a community of moms just like you who won’t judg...

6 MINJUL 23
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 66 | Mental Health Days Are B.S.

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 65 | How To Deal With Loneliness

It is an established fact that chronic loneliness is actually more dangerous to your health than smoking. Why aren’t we treating loneliness with the same level of importance and interest as we treat cigarettes? It is entirely possible to be surrounded by people, have loads of friends, but still feel extremely lonely. When I first became a mom I had no idea how heavy the feelings of loneliness could actually be. Why does no one warn us about this? Why is there no pre-natal class to help us navigate this? Why are we not putting as much importance on what is going on inside our heads post-baby as we do on our bodies? Listen today to hear: * why these feelings of isolation and loneliness are not your fault * how our culture is set up to fail us moms, and how we can change things * the best way to divide a cookie in two Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things about motherhood that drive you crazy and move towards the things th...

12 MINJUL 16
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 65 | How To Deal With Loneliness

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 64 | How To Know When It Might Be Time To Start Medication

I feel disinterested, unsocial, fatigued, irritated and lonely. Is this okay, or do I maybe need to try medication? While it is hard to tell you exactly whether you may need to start medication, I can tell you what the experts advise, and what I myself experienced. How did I know it was time to go on medication the first time? And how did I know it was time to go back on it again just over a year ago? What are the signs it might be time for you to try medication as well? Listen today to hear: * a checklist you can use to establish whether or not you may need to start an antidepressant or other medication * the challenges I faced when trying to get started on medication, and how you can navigate these challenges with more peace * what to do with the feelings of shame, stigma, weakness, etc. that can come with starting medication Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things about motherhood that drive you crazy and move towards t...

21 MINJUL 9
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 64 | How To Know When It Might Be Time To Start Medication

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 63 | How To Know When It Might Be Time To Talk To a Therapist

I feel sad, overwhelmed, angry, exhausted and sometimes don’t want to do anything at all. Is this okay, or do I maybe need to see a therapist? While it is hard to tell you exactly whether you may need to start therapy, I can tell you what the experts advise, and what I myself experienced. How did I know it was time to reach out for help from a professional counselor? What are the signs it might be time for you to try therapy as well? Also, what is the difference between talking to a therapist and just talking to your friends? Isn’t venting with friends enough? Answer? No. Listen today to hear: * the most telling that happens to me that leads me to know it’s time to go back to counseling * signs to look for to help you distinguish when it may be time to seek help from a therapist * how talking to a counselor is different, and much more effective, than talking to your friends * my response to any excuses you have about why you can’t make yourself go to counseling Be sure to join t...

22 MINJUL 2
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 63 | How To Know When It Might Be Time To Talk To a Therapist

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 62 | The True Cost of Impossibly High Standards

How do I stop feeling like a failure? How can I stop having such impossibly high standards for myself? I’m tired of comparing myself to other moms and wondering how do they do it all. How do I stop caring how other people judge me? I have such high standards for myself as a mom. Too high. So when things go wrong (and boy do they go wrong) I blame myself and then feel like I’m failing. What do you do when parenthood doesn’t go as planned? Where and how are we even getting our definition of what parenthood is “supposed” to look like? Listen today to hear: * how to cope when you’re feeling frustrated that things don’t seem to be going as you always dreamed they would, or how things seem to be going for everyone else around you. * I open up about how parenthood has not gone as planned for Chris and I * how I found out that Baby A can now open the doors in our house * why I got a $75 fine for celebrating Chris’s birthday, * and the best non-advice my Dr. gave me before leaving th...

15 MINJUN 25
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 62 | The True Cost of Impossibly High Standards

Latest Episodes

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 71 | The Ugly Truth About Busyness

I saw a photo of one of my friends on the Facebook yesterday. She was happily swimming in the pool with her family on vacation. No one was crying. No one was whining. Everyone had their goggles, and there wasn’t any fighting over who was going to be Marco and who would be Polo. I immediately wondered what kind of magic sauce she had access to that I had missed the line for. How was she back to pre-pregnancy weight so easily? How was it that all the kids were so well-behaved? How do you go on vacation with young kids and not have any stress?! I don’t know about you, but I find myself caught up in this game of comparison more than I would like to admit. Even though I know better, I still do it sometimes. No one’s life is perfect. And in fact, there is someone out there right now who thinks you have it all together! Instead of comparing, we have to learn more self-compassion, and focus on more realistic expecations. Listen today to hear: * all the ways I compare myself to other moms * what to do instead of comparing – comparing almost never lead to any good feelings Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things about motherhood that drive you crazy and move towards the things that make you feel more peaceful and happy (i.e. alone time!) There is weekly, free personal training in the Facebook group that I don’t include anywhere else. Plus, a community of moms just like you who won’t judge, and will even encourage! I also post a lot of behind the scenes photos and daily validation and motivation on Instagram that you won’t find here. Hop over there and follow me! You can alwaysreach out to me with any questions:sarah@parentswho.com (The emails go straight to me)

21 MINAUG 27
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 71 | The Ugly Truth About Busyness

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 70 Feeling Not Enough – It Never Ends, Unless…

Do you ever feel like you’re going faster than you really want to go? Maybe you feel like you have to prove how good you are or how generous you are or how capable you are. I have spent a lot of time seeking the approval of others. I’ve entered the competition of comparing my life with others. I competed, and it felt…awful. Approval-seeking, trying to keep up, constantly competing – it doesn’t feel good. But it is tempting. It’s tempting to try and do what everyone else is doing and to make crazy sacrifices to get there. I’ve sacrificed my health many times in service to trying to keep up. I’ve had to learn the hard way that I am enough. I don’t have to compete. I don’t have to fit in. I don’t even want to fit in. I want to belong. I want to just be. If today you are wondering if you are enough, let me assure you that you are. You don’t have to add another damn task or piece of clothing or lose more weight – you are enough right now. I know you don’t believe me though ...

17 MINAUG 20
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 70 Feeling Not Enough – It Never Ends, Unless…

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 69 | The Biggest Lie About Anger (and what you can do about it right now)

Discover how anger control is achievable no matter how far gone you think you are. Today’s episode will help you stop negative ways of handling anger like stuffing, exploding, yelling or using manipulation. Learn how to change your self-talk, communicate with assertiveness and apply time-out’s to yourself. You can learn to change unhealthy anger into a positive force which accomplishes good for yourself and for others. No more yelling (okay, less yelling) swearing, shutting down and miscommunicating. And more throwing ice at the fence. Listen today to hear: * the unhealthy ways I respond in anger * what no one else has shared with you about anger * the positive results of anger and how it can be super useful (i.e. don’t try to completely rid yourself of it!) * how to harness your anger and prevent it from hurting those that you love * how to help your kids harness their anger Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things abou...

14 MINAUG 14
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 69 | The Biggest Lie About Anger (and what you can do about it right now)

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 68 | Take the Stress Out of Marriage (How I took Mine from Separation to Connection)

I didn’t know until just a few years ago that I am allowed to prioritize my marriage over my kids. Yeah. It’s true. No one told me that though so I thought it went 1. kids, 2. marriage, 3. me. I knew I needed to make an intentional effort to step away from the steering wheel, the grocery cart, laptop and laundry room to connect with him, but I was always too tired. And honestly, at the end of the day, I didn’t want anyone touching me or wanting anything else from me AT ALL. I just wanted to put on some HGTV, curl up on the couch, and veg. I figured this was just a season and eventually when the kids were older we’d have more time and energy for our marriage. Cut to having older kids, dates still not happening, and marriage only getting worse. Chris and I have been through some very dark places. Separation. Divorce talk. Fights that would reality TV to shame. Grudges. Resentment. Jealously. Miscommunication. You name it. No one’s marriage is perfect. No matter how they act of wh...

20 MINAUG 6
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 68 | Take the Stress Out of Marriage (How I took Mine from Separation to Connection)

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 67 | What To Do When You Feel Like Other Moms Have It Way More Together Than You

I saw a photo of one of my friends on the Facebook yesterday. She was happily swimming in the pool with her family on vacation. No one was crying. No one was whining. Everyone had their goggles, and there wasn’t any fighting over who was going to be Marco and who would be Polo. I immediately wondered what kind of magic sauce she had access to that I had missed the line for. How was she back to pre-pregnancy weight so easily? How was it that all the kids were so well-behaved? How do you go on vacation with young kids and not have any stress?! I don’t know about you, but I find myself caught up in this game of comparison more than I would like to admit. Even though I know better, I still do it sometimes. No one’s life is perfect. And in fact, there is someone out there right now who thinks you have it all together! Instead of comparing, we have to learn more self-compassion, and focus on more realistic expecations. Listen today to hear: * all the ways I compare myself to other moms...

8 MINJUL 30
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 67 | What To Do When You Feel Like Other Moms Have It Way More Together Than You

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 66 | Mental Health Days Are B.S.

The other day, instead of driving to work, I started driving to a random nail salon. I didn’t even feel like it was me driving the car. I have no idea what came over me. I took a gut detour. Instead of working, I ended up spending the entire day on that annoyingly dirty little word – self care. I took a mental health day. For me, mental health days are B.S. Listen today to hear: * where I ended up going instead of work (hint-there are many drinks included) * all the should’s I had to ban in order to have a mental health day * why I probably won’t take another mental health day until my gut forces me to Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things about motherhood that drive you crazy and move towards the things that make you feel more peaceful and happy (i.e. alone time!) There is weekly, free personal training in the Facebook group that I don’t include anywhere else. Plus, a community of moms just like you who won’t judg...

6 MINJUL 23
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 66 | Mental Health Days Are B.S.

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 65 | How To Deal With Loneliness

It is an established fact that chronic loneliness is actually more dangerous to your health than smoking. Why aren’t we treating loneliness with the same level of importance and interest as we treat cigarettes? It is entirely possible to be surrounded by people, have loads of friends, but still feel extremely lonely. When I first became a mom I had no idea how heavy the feelings of loneliness could actually be. Why does no one warn us about this? Why is there no pre-natal class to help us navigate this? Why are we not putting as much importance on what is going on inside our heads post-baby as we do on our bodies? Listen today to hear: * why these feelings of isolation and loneliness are not your fault * how our culture is set up to fail us moms, and how we can change things * the best way to divide a cookie in two Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things about motherhood that drive you crazy and move towards the things th...

12 MINJUL 16
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 65 | How To Deal With Loneliness

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 64 | How To Know When It Might Be Time To Start Medication

I feel disinterested, unsocial, fatigued, irritated and lonely. Is this okay, or do I maybe need to try medication? While it is hard to tell you exactly whether you may need to start medication, I can tell you what the experts advise, and what I myself experienced. How did I know it was time to go on medication the first time? And how did I know it was time to go back on it again just over a year ago? What are the signs it might be time for you to try medication as well? Listen today to hear: * a checklist you can use to establish whether or not you may need to start an antidepressant or other medication * the challenges I faced when trying to get started on medication, and how you can navigate these challenges with more peace * what to do with the feelings of shame, stigma, weakness, etc. that can come with starting medication Be sure to join the private Parents Who groupif you want to really start moving away from the things about motherhood that drive you crazy and move towards t...

21 MINJUL 9
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 64 | How To Know When It Might Be Time To Start Medication

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 63 | How To Know When It Might Be Time To Talk To a Therapist

I feel sad, overwhelmed, angry, exhausted and sometimes don’t want to do anything at all. Is this okay, or do I maybe need to see a therapist? While it is hard to tell you exactly whether you may need to start therapy, I can tell you what the experts advise, and what I myself experienced. How did I know it was time to reach out for help from a professional counselor? What are the signs it might be time for you to try therapy as well? Also, what is the difference between talking to a therapist and just talking to your friends? Isn’t venting with friends enough? Answer? No. Listen today to hear: * the most telling that happens to me that leads me to know it’s time to go back to counseling * signs to look for to help you distinguish when it may be time to seek help from a therapist * how talking to a counselor is different, and much more effective, than talking to your friends * my response to any excuses you have about why you can’t make yourself go to counseling Be sure to join t...

22 MINJUL 2
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 63 | How To Know When It Might Be Time To Talk To a Therapist

The Parents Who Podcast Episode 62 | The True Cost of Impossibly High Standards

How do I stop feeling like a failure? How can I stop having such impossibly high standards for myself? I’m tired of comparing myself to other moms and wondering how do they do it all. How do I stop caring how other people judge me? I have such high standards for myself as a mom. Too high. So when things go wrong (and boy do they go wrong) I blame myself and then feel like I’m failing. What do you do when parenthood doesn’t go as planned? Where and how are we even getting our definition of what parenthood is “supposed” to look like? Listen today to hear: * how to cope when you’re feeling frustrated that things don’t seem to be going as you always dreamed they would, or how things seem to be going for everyone else around you. * I open up about how parenthood has not gone as planned for Chris and I * how I found out that Baby A can now open the doors in our house * why I got a $75 fine for celebrating Chris’s birthday, * and the best non-advice my Dr. gave me before leaving th...

15 MINJUN 25
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The Parents Who Podcast Episode 62 | The True Cost of Impossibly High Standards
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