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.
Toddlers vs. Teenagers: The Mom Hour, Episode 192
Emotionally volatile, intellectually delightful (for the most part), overflowing bundles of growth and change: Toddlers and teens have a lot in common. Join Sarah and Meagan for a healthy debate about the trials and virtues of both stages, and how as moms we can support kids through their big feelings and changing worlds. It’s a fun one–join us! Featured Sponsor: Disney Codenames We’re all about family games, but finding one that everybody can enjoy is tricky–especially when you have kids spanning multiple age ranges. We’re loving Disney Codenames from USAopoly because it combines those recognizable Disney properties (which got Sarah’s younger kids’ attention right away) with the family game Codenames, a already a well-known classic in Meagan’s family. Look for Disney Codenames in the games aisle at your local Target, or purchase online here. Also Thanks To: Zola Zola makes planning a wedding and registering for newlywed life so easy!Zola takes the stress out of wedding planning with free wedding websites, your dream wedding registry, affordable save the dates and invitations, and easy-to-use planning tools.To start your free wedding website AND get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to ZOLA.com/themomhour. Also Thanks To: Audible Audible members get access to the largest selection of audiobooks on the planet and now, with Audible Originals, the selection has gotten even more custom with content made for members.Listen on any device, anytime, anywhere and enjoy easy exchanges, rollover credits, and an audiobook library you keep forever – even if you cancel. Get started with a 30-day trial when you go to audible.com/themomhour or text themomhour to 500500. Links We Mentioned (Or Should Have) In Episode 192: * Go-To Resources For Parenting Toddlers (Sarah wrote this post for our blog at listeners’ requests) * Center for Parent and Teen Communication (Meagan recommended this resource) Toddler photo byKelly SikkemaonUnsplash/ Teen photo byTodd TrapanionUnsplash
Chores vs. Life Skills vs. Household Contributions: The Mom Hour, Episode 191
We know from research that kids who do chores become more successful adults…but we also know from experience that teaching kids to take on household responsibilities is challenging and often frustrating (and rarely results in less work for mom). In Episode 191 Meagan and Sarah share an honest look at where our combined eight kids are with their family contributions these days, what chores we wish we’d started kids on sooner, how to adapt for different kids’ personalities, and more. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Lionrock Recovery Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling, with evidenced-based, accredited outpatient treatment options and videoconference sessions led by licensed counselors. If you or someone you know wants help for a drug or alcohol problem–or if you’re not sure whether there even IS a problem–Lionrock has set up a special page for our listeners. Your information is completely private (Meagan and Sarah won’t see it), and counselors are standing by to chat, text, or talk whenever you’re ready. Visit lionrockrecovery.com/mom for more. Sponsor Spotlight: Snug Safety For moms with aging relatives who live alone, the Snug app offers easy, unintrusive peace of mind. Your loved one checks in via the app by a certain time each day; if they forget, they’ll be prompted, and if there’s still no response the app will notify their emergency contact. Check out Snug Safety in the iOS app store, or visit snugsafe.com to learn more. Links We Mentioned (Or Should Have) in Episode 191 * Happy Children Do Chores (KJ Dell’Antonia for NYTimes Sunday Review) * Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults (Bill Murphy, Jr. for Inc.com) * If you missed them, we did entire episodes on both dishes and laundry, both of which include discussions about how or whether our kids contribute to these chores * How to raise successful kids — without over-parenting (Julie Lythcott-Haims for TED Talks Live) * Ask the Doctor:Frustration over getting kids to do chores without reminding and nagging (Dr. Laura Markham / AhaParenting.com) * Episode 129 of the Edit Your Life Show: How to Teach Kids Life Skills (the printable list of 100 life skills you can teach kids in five minutes is linked up in their show notes – but the whole episode is a must-listen!) Queue It Up! Check out Episode 63 from August 2016 – What To Expect From The Middle School Years – Meagan shares her experience parenting kids through this tricky time. Photo bypan xiaozhenon
More Than Mom: Sleep!
Pillow quirks, perfect sheets, temperature preferences, and bedside clocks–we have a LOT to say about the role sleep plays in our lives. For this More Than Mom episode we’re not talking about kids’ sleep, we’re talking about our own: how we like it, how to get the best of it, and what happens when we’re short on it. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: ModCloth Stay cozy this winter with ModCloth! Put a stylish spin on your sweater collection, or get ready for spring with transitional, layered looks. We’re loving the Throw In The Cowl sweater in mist, andYOU can save 25% on your purchase of $100 or more through April 7, 2019. Use promo code THEMOMHOUR when you shop at modcloth.com. Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: * Meagan’s bedside clock:Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation, White (affiliate link) * Sarah’s bedside clock:Round Time Table Clock Gray – Capello(affiliate link) * Our episode about Coping With Sleep Deprivation as a mom Photo byA...
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