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The Mom Hour

The Mom Hour

Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, little to grown. 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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Dealing With Insecurity As A Mom: Episode 384

Oh, you bought THAT carseat? Your third grader has a cell phone? Wow, you really give your kids freedom! No moms we know are immune from feeling judged, or criticized, or called out by comments from others (even if it's mostly in our heads!). In Episode 384 Meagan and Sarah discuss our own insecurities and vulnerabilities when it comes to parenting. We share our specific insecurity triggers, plus offer ideas for what to think about BEFORE your insecurities get activated, what to say IN THE MOMENT when someone makes a comment, and what to remember AFTER you?ve had an experience that makes you feel judged. We hope you find this conversation comforting; you are not alone!
2022-09-27
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More Than Mom: Tiny Habits For Making The Most Of Your Fall Mom Mojo

Have you found some renewed energy now that the season is changing and the kids are back in school? Now is the perfect time to start some tiny habits to make the most of that fall mojo! Today, Meagan and Sarah share some of our small habits that are making a big difference for us this fall, along with the driving principles behind them. While some habits impact our morning and bedtime routines (like skin care, water before coffee and learning Finnish), others are woven into our busy weeks whenever we get the chance (like picking up and reading the local paper). And never forget: while we may seem like we have it figured out at times, some areas of our lives are still chaos, this fall and always.
2022-09-25
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Talking To Kids About Money: Episode 383

Teaching kids life skills around money isn't as straightforward as, say, teaching them how to order a pizza or do a load laundry. Not only are there different ways to approach each topic - from allowance and paying for chores to saving and charitable giving - but money is also incredibly emotionally-charged and often complicated by our own life experiences (ahem, baggage). Today Meagan and Sarah reflect on how our upbringings impacted our financial points of view, and the challenges we face when it comes to teaching our kids good money habits.
2022-09-20
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Separation Without (Quite So Much) Anxiety: Episode 382

Separation anxiety - but make it for moms! Today we're talking about the feelings and experiences that come up when we're separated from our children, whether it's for a couple of hours or many days. Meagan and Sarah look back on what separation felt like as new moms, how the tears at preschool drop-off years are sort of the worst, and why we both can go into "out of sight, out of mind" compartmentalization pretty easily when we're not with our kids. We also discuss how much information we like to have about what our kids are up to when they're away from us, and whether it helps or hurts to get a peek into their lives away from us. Whether you're getting ready for your first caregiver handoff or sending an adult off to college, this episode is for you!
2022-09-13
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More Than Mom: Books Talk! (What & How We’re Reading Lately)

It's been a while since we talked about books and reading! These days Meagan identifies as a total bookworm and Sarah as more of a modest reader in terms of quantity - during other seasons of life we've been just the opposite. In this More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah share how our reading habits ebb and flow, where and how we find new books to read, and specific titles we've read so far in 2022. Cozy up on the couch as we dive into some of our weirdest, quickest, fluffiest, unfinished, most educational and inspirational books we've been reading lately. Whether you're an avid reader yourself, or just want some books talk by osmosis, enjoy!
2022-09-11
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What’s In Our Fridge & Freezer Right Now: Episode 381

Is your fridge neat and tidy inside with organized compartments, or is it more like a game of Tetris? Taking a peek into someone's fridge can tell a lot about the season of life they're in, and in today's episode, Meagan and Sarah are opening ours for you! We cover the things we love and hate about the fridge models themselves, the items inside that make us cringe, what see in the fridge that makes us feel proud, and much more! Plus, Meagan looks for advice about how to better utilize her garage fridge, Sarah shares a meal prep fail, and we play a fun game of "in the fridge or on the counter" for food staples in our homes.
2022-09-06
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Seasonally-Inspired Homemaking & Parenting: Voices 79 With Katherine DeVries

Fall is just around the corner and while some of us look to classic markers like crisp air, sweatshirts and chili, others - especially those in warm-weather climates - have to work a bit harder to make a mindful shift into a new season. In today's Voices episode (and in a fun hot seat role-reversal!) our contributor Katherine DeVries interviews Meagan about seasonally-led parenting and homemaking. Meagan and Katherine share seasonal activities we enjoy with our kids (and some we avoid), tips for bringing seasonality into home decor (without breaking the budget), ways to change up your cooking routine depending on the time of year (we're looking at you, farmer's markets), and ideas for getting through long stretches of dreary weather.
2022-09-02
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House Rules For After School: Episode 380

Empty your lunch box! Wash your hands! No screens before homework! What non-negotiable rule do you enforce when the kids walk through the door after school gets out? In our latest "House Rules" episode, Meagan and Sarah tackle the time between when school-age kids get home and the onset of dinner and bedtime. We asked our community for rules, systems or routines that make the after-school time just a bit easier (having a rule can be pure magic because it takes the pressure off of mom!), as well as what small rituals help with reconnecting and decompressing after school.
2022-08-30
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Lessons In Motherhood From Chickens & Kittens: Episode 379

While we WILL be talking all about motherhood today, we WON?T be talking about mothering any humans. In this one-of-a-kind episode, Meagan and Sarah talk motherhood through the lens of caring for chickens and kittens! If you've been following us on instagram, you know we've been busy welcoming 23 chickens (Meagan) and two newborn kittens plus their lactating mama (Sarah) into our lives. We share how similar (and different) animal babies and mamas are compared to our own families (and how we just can?t help but assume human thoughts are happening in these creatures' minds). Join us to find out why Meagan compares her roosters to bad 80?s sitcom dads and why Sarah gets reprimanded by mama cat!
2022-08-23
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More Than Mom: Empties! (Products We Love So Much We Want More…)

Got any empties? You know the ones?those products that you use down to the VERY last drop. In this super fun More than Mom, Meagan and Sarah share products that we simply can't stop adding to our cart because they?re just THAT good. We cover all of our go-to skin care and makeup products, our can't-live-without clothing essentials, candle obsessions and much more!
2022-08-21
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Annual Late Summer Grab Bag Chat: Episode 378

You're invited to our accidentally-annual-grab-bag chat! In today's episode, Meagan and Sarah have a good-old fashioned girl chat to catch up on all the things. We share our late summer moods (one of us is very ready for school to begin; one of us likes August to linger), our planned social media breaks (we'll be back in September, promise!), trips we've taken this summer, creatures living on our properties (cute kittens and chickens) and more.
2022-08-16
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Glad I Did / Wish I’d Done: Back To School: Episode 377

The back to school season brings that sense of routine that some of us crave?but it can also bring on a whole lot of anxiety (getting the right supplies, attending all the events, filling out paperwork?the list goes on!). In this Glad I Did / Wish I?d Done episode, Meagan and Sarah reflect on all the things we?re glad we did to ease the transition into this season and also some things we could have done differently (or that we plan to try this year!). We share what to do with all those school supplies from one year to the next (Meagan is genius, really!), our approach for communicating with teachers, our thoughts on homework, how we plan to hold onto summer JUST a little bit longer this year, and more.
2022-08-09
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First Phones & Digital Responsibility: Voices 78 with Catherine Pearlman

When to get kids their first cell phone brings up all kinds of questions: How do you know when your child is ready? How to talk to kids about safety? How to help kids develop a healthy relationship with their phone? Social Media? Phone etiquette? (The list goes on!) In today's episode, Sarah welcomes back her friend Dr. Catherine Pearlman to talk about kids and technology--specifically the learning that happens when kids start to navigate their own personal devices, like phones. Today Catherine helps us navigate the new and murky waters of personal devices for our kids and answers some of your burning questions about first phones. Plus, stick around for a short conversation Sarah had with her own 9- and 12 year-olds about what THEY think about this topic!
2022-08-05
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College Plans & Family Culture (Hopes, Dreams, Memories & More): Episode 376

College decision-making is influenced by so many things--parents, peers, teachers, family members, your larger community and more. And as with everything else: all families approach this differently! While some bleed their alma mater colors, others don't see college as the only option for helping launch kids after graduation. In this episode, Meagan and Sarah have an open-ended conversation about the role college played in our own stories, our family-of-origin culture, and the narrative we're shaping for our kids now. We also give you a peek into our educational paths, how we made those decisions and how our eight kids perceive the idea of college today. This is a topic close to home for Meagan as she prepares to send Will off in the next few weeks to start his own journey.
2022-08-02
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Listener Questions (Vol. 41): Episode 375

What are Meagan and Sarah?s best tips for getting kids started with their first phone? And with a new school year right around the corner, a mom asks how to prepare her child for the first day of kindergarten and looks for some fun traditions to help celebrate back to school. The ?bigger kids, bigger problems? stage arrives early for one listener?s family, and she looks for strategies for maintaining her mental health and other relationships while they navigate tough times. Lastly, a mom of bickering siblings sets us up for a lively discussion about whether it?s mom?s job to prevent kids developing a complex or identity stemming from their birth order and sibling roles. In addition to our own thoughts, we tap the wisdom of our contributors as we tackle your listener questions in Episode 375.
2022-07-26
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Listener Questions (Vol. 40): Episode 374

What?s a mom to do when one kid feels left out of outings his younger sibling gets to do while he?s at school? A listener about to move to a new city for just one year wants tips for finding mom friends quickly, and another listener?s question about how common it is for moms to feel the need to keep spirits up in a family with moodier characters really gets Meagan and Sarah thinking about their own families. Finally, a newer listener is curious about Meagan?s backstory of young motherhood and journey to becoming a mom of five. In Episode 374 we take these questions from our community and ? for the first time! ? include words of wisdom from members of our contributor team in addition to our own advice.
2022-07-19
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More Than Mom: Advice (Giving It, Getting It & More)

Today we're talking about advice: asking for it, giving it, and consuming it in general. Things have come a looong way since the days of Dear Abby (we're looking at you, Facebook crowdsourcing!), and in this fun More Than Mom conversation, Meagan and Sarah share how we individually show up when it comes to receiving advice, whether we're comfortable giving advice, and how it all has changed for us over the years. We also discuss our mutual fascination with advice-column culture and parse the difference between seeking wise counsel from trusted friends and looking for quick answers from the Internet hive mind.
2022-07-17
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Self-Improvement & Self-Acceptance In Motherhood: Episode 373

We get dueling messages from our culture: On the one hand, come as you are! Accept yourself fully, imperfections and all. On the other hand, you deserve better! Here's what to do (and buy) to sleep better, eat better, look better, and feel better. It can be confusing to navigate a genuine desire to live your best life alongside the necessary self-acceptance it takes to feel like you're doing enough today. Do we have this figured out? We do not, but today we're here to talk about it. Meagan and Sarah share what self-improvement AND self-acceptance look like for them in the reams of wellness, career, mental health, and leisure - plus we reflect on what this balance has looked like at different seasons of motherhood.
2022-07-12
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What’s New In Baby Gear & Baby Shower Registries: Voices 77 with Kia Hammond and Katherine DeVries

Meagan's first baby shower was - wait for it - twenty-five years ago this summer. To bring her up to speed on how things are done nowadays and what's new in baby gear, gifting, and registries, Meagan is joined by Kia and Katherine from our contributor team. Both are seasoned moms who have seen trends evolve, and both have had babies much (much) more recently. Join us as we talk about the pros and cons to today's baby product landscape, what's changed and what hasn't, and what we'd do differently when registering for our very first baby shower. Kia and Katherine also share their must-have product recommendations and registry favorites while Meagan puts it all into context for us.
2022-07-08
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Growing Families, Grown Kids, And The “Someday Family Dinner Table”: Episode 372

"How do you know when your family is complete?" is one of the most common listener questions we receive. Meagan and Sarah both now have several years of hindsight separating them from the baby and toddler years, and today we're reflecting on the idea of a "complete" family unit. We acknowledge that it doesn't necessarily look like what we imagined it would - and that for many moms there is uncertainty and even grief wrapped up in all of this - but we also find much to celebrate about the current and future states of our proverbial "family tables".
2022-07-05
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A Week Of Real-Life Housework (Part Two): Episode 371

Not feeling like an expert in the housework realm? Turns out, very few of feel like we know what we are doing. Last week Meagan and Sarah talked about WHAT we do to keep our households in a state of "good enough," and this week's Part Two is all about the feelings that came up as we tracked a week of real-life housework. We dive into some of our insecurities as home managers, the difference between housework and mothering, and some of the really sticky aspects of finding your identity as a mom and homemaker in the 21st century. We have LOTs of thoughts - and we hope you'll join us!
2022-06-28
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More Than Mom: Meagan & Sarah As Kids & Teens

What we remember from childhood helps build our narrative of who we were - even if those memories are fuzzy or slightly flawed. Today Meagan and Sarah get in the way-WAY-back machine and reflect on what we were like as kids and teens. As a child, Meagan was dreamy, imaginative, chatty, and obsessed with balloons (!!), while Sarah was studious, quiet-but-sociable, responsible, and circumstantially prone to tears. We touch on how our personalities developed as we grew up, whether we were ?popular? or not, and if we felt clueless or confident come high school. Join us for this fun More Than Mom to get a glimpse into our growing up years (at least the way we remember it!).
2022-06-26
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A Week Of Real-Life Housework (Part One): Episode 370

Most of us enjoy having a clean and tidy home, but have you ever kept track of how much you do throughout the week to keep it that way? In today?s episode, Meagan and Sarah share what seven days of real-life housework looks like in our homes. We reflect on the tasks we knew went into running a home, and some surprising ones we thought of as housework before (like picking plums and chasing chickens!). Whether you prioritize deep-cleaning on a regular schedule or tend to tidy as you go and hope for the best, it?s eye-opening and gratifying to acknowledge the work that goes into managing a home full of kids.
2022-06-21
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Family Travel Mishaps & Why We Go Anyway: Voices 76

If you travel with kids, it?s just a matter of time before a trip goes off the rails in spectacular fashion. Maybe it?s a flat tire in the middle of nowhere, or an expensive vacation spent sick in a pricey hotel room. Today Sarah is joined by Catie, Stacy, Emily and Lisa ? regular contributors to the show and seasoned travelers with a combined 13 kids ? who share their most memorable travel mishap stories. (Full disclaimer: there will be puke-talk.) In sharing these stories, we hope to normalize that travel with kids doesn?t have to go perfectly to be ?worth it? and remind you that you?re not alone if this summer?s adventures go awry. Plus, one of the only perks to surviving stories like these is that we get to laugh about them later.
2022-06-17
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8 Truths Every Mom Needs To Hear: Episode 369

As moms, we can be hard on ourselves?and sometimes we just need to hear the simplest, oft-repeated pieces of advice and encouragement to remind us that it is all going to be OK. Join Meagan and Sarah for a reflection on eight pieces of wisdom that have carried us through motherhood struggles at every age and stage. We are offering them to you, to ourselves, and to all of our future selves in Episode 369.
2022-06-14
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More Than Mom: Fantasy Summer Camps For Moms

Have you ever fantasized about attending a camp-like environment for grown-ups? Much about the classic summer camp experience is appealing to us (though not EVERYTHING--we could certainly do without the bugs), and the idea of simply showing up for a perfectly curated experience without any responsibility, or planning, sounds AMAZING. Listen to this fun More Than Mom to hear all of our must-have activities (like food and wine tastings, yoga, personal style consults and more!), things that would be a hard no (like swimming in the gross, murky lake or participating in corny, guided crafts) and our daydreams about creating a Mom Hour Retreat (maybe someday?)!
2022-06-12
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Glad I Did / Wish I?d Done: Tech And Devices: Episode 368

Among parents, technology and screen time can be a loaded topic. How much is too much? Is that movie too mature? And what's the best age for a first phone? In today?s episode, Meagan and Sarah share the role technology played in our families when kids were little, and reflect on how things changed as they grew. We discuss the tech parenting choices we still stand behind today, and with hindsight, what we could have done differently.
2022-06-07
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Getting Outdoors With Kids: Voices 75 With Jayme Sherrod & Jennifer Carroll

There are big benefits to getting kids outside as much as possible. But as a mom to young kids, it can feel intimidating to curate the perfect outside experience for them (and you)! In this Voices episode, Meagan chats with regular contributors Jayme Sherrod and Jennifer Carroll about ways to weave nature into your family's routine. Both Jennifer and Jayme love the outdoors, but their approaches to getting outside with young kids are very different; listen to get their best tips and must-have gear for successful outdoor family adventures. Whether you are looking for encouragement to take baby steps to get kids outside regularly or some inspiration to try bigger adventures, you?ll love this conversation.
2022-06-03
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Simple Summer Rituals & Traditions: Episode 367

It?s the last day of May, which means that for many families it's time to stow away backpacks, say 'see ya later' to early morning alarms, and settle in for a more laid-back (or at least DIFFERENT) routine. In this episode, Meagan and Sarah tap into the wisdom of our community and share your simple summer rituals and traditions for filling summer calendars with fun - without totally throwing structure out the window. Enjoy this mashup of sweet, family rituals along with clever house rules to help you prepare for summer days ahead!
2022-05-31
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On This Day In (Our Motherhood) History: Episode 366

Looking back at old photos is a quick way to feel a ALL the feels: everything from "I can't believe they were ever that little" to "What was I thinking with that haircut?" to "Oh riiiiiiiight, that was one exhausting season of life." Looking back is also a great reminder of the value in documenting everyday life - whether we share it publicly or keep it tucked away for our future selves. In this episode, Meagan and Sarah take a stroll down motherhood memory lane as we look back at one day (May 24) in our motherhood lives over several years. Spoiler Alert?our kids are cute, we?ve had many life changes over the past ten years and Meagan will forever be paranoid about applying sunscreen (sorry Owen!). Enjoy!
2022-05-24
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More Than Mom: Products We’re Loving Lately

Products. Just because. Yay! Meagan and Sarah pop into your Sunday feed with a light and fluffy chat about the products we are loving lately. From linen pants to fizzy beverage makers, pens for lefties and Very Many Opinions About Mugs, we cover our latest can?t-live-without products in this fun More Than Mom episode.
2022-05-22
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Real Stories About Postpartum Mental Health: Voices 74 With Emily Roark And Kia Hammond

Between the raging hormones, sleep deprivation, and overstimulation that occurs on the daily, it's no wonder most moms feel a little "off" for a few weeks after delivery. But how do we know when the baby blues develop into something more? In this episode, Sarah chats with contributors Emily Roark and Kia Hammond, who share their personal postpartum mental health journeys, including how they recognized signs of postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, when and how they got help, and which coping strategies worked best. We also get into preparing for mental health support during subsequent pregnancies, how the COVID upended mitigation strategies for pandemic babies, and more. We hope you'll join us for this important conversation.
2022-05-20
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Oh Hey, It’s May. (End of School Chaos, 2022 Edition): Episode 365

Performances. Plays. Graduations. The lusty month of May is upon us as we ditch our well-oiled, calendar-planning systems and enter our end-of-school-year survival mode. In this episode, Meagan and Sarah share strategies for tackling the extra-ness of this season (like death by a thousand emails), setting intentions for the next few weeks and the many lessons May tries to teach us year after year (maybe someday we will learn?). Enjoy this May madness roundup as you dream of the peaceful, calm days of summer ahead (Ha, wouldn't that be great!).
2022-05-17
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Talking About Our Own Kids. Or Not: Episode 364

As moms, we are our kids' biggest fans. But when it comes to deciding when, how and what to share about them with others, the struggle is real. In today?s episode, Meagan and Sarah discuss how talking about our own kids in a public forum gets tricky as they get older (think bigger kids, bigger problems) - and not just for the reasons you might think. Join us for a real conversation about navigating the ever-changing seasons of motherhood and how we think you can be honest and authentic without sharing *everything* going on inside your four walls. We wrap up with some updates on our specific kids (all eight!).
2022-05-10
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More Than Mom: Marketing To Moms (We Have Thoughts)

Moms are savvy consumers, conscientious home managers, and discerning decision-makers. So why are we so often the target of hyper-generalized and cringey marketing efforts? In today?s More Than Mom episode - airing on Mother's Day! - Meagan and Sarah keep it light (and a bit snarky ?) as we vent about the sloppy intent, terrible puns and ridiculous stereotypes advertisers use to market to us moms.
2022-05-08
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Cultivating A Reading Life: Voices 73 With Amy Clark

Has your reading life come to a screeching halt due to the responsibilities of motherhood? In this month?s Voices interview, Meagan welcomes back blogger, podcaster, and book club leader Amy Clark, to discuss how a busy mom can take small steps to create a readerly life. We discuss all the hacks for finding the time to dive back in (think TikTok?s #sundayreset for inspiration!) and a neat tool for finding the perfect book to match your mood. Amy also shares how reading can help you "find your people" during your current season of life. This episode is for anyone looking to fit more reading into their lives (in little and big ways).
2022-05-06
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The Muscle Memory Of Motherhood: Episode 363

Crouching. Bending. Stooping. The magical, ninja-like way you lay a baby down in the crib without waking her up; the feeling of wet, sloppy gums on your knuckles as he teethes. In Episode 363, Sarah and Meagan reflect on the muscle memories associated with the repetitive motions of early motherhood. Some bring back all the warm fuzzies and others make us shudder (looking at you, nipple-biting babes), but we promise, this episode will bring the memories flooding back.
2022-05-03
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#VanLife (No, Not That Kind)

Between our kids? school schedules, extracurricular activities, and social plans, we spend a lot of time driving them around. And when they get older and start driving themselves, a whole new world of independence (and issues) presents itself. In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah talk about how we use car time to connect with our kids and how we handle some of the challenges that crop up over time, from crying babies and sibling squabbles to sensory overload and car sickness. Buckle up!
2022-04-29
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Listener Questions (Vol. 39): Episode 362

Sports and extracurriculars are picking up this spring, and two different listeners have questions about what age to start kids in activities and how to budget for this part of family life. We take a question about ?gentle parenting? that leads into an in-depth discussion about discipline philosophies and finding the approach that works for your family. Finally, a busy mom of three has the chance to get help from neighborhood ?mother?s helpers? and wants our guidance on how to make the most of the extra sets of hands. Meagan and Sarah offer validation, support, and encouragement in another Listener Questions episode this week ? join us!
2022-04-26
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More Than Mom: Spaces That Inspire Us

English cottages, sunny greenhouses, cozy cabins, and professors? offices. What do these spaces have in common? They all evoke an essence we wish we could recreate in our own spaces. Join Meagan and Sarah as we reveal our twinkle-lit, midlife-lady dream spaces . . . even if we may never have them. We talk about our actual homes, too, and our romantic visions vs. reality. Plus we imagine nap rooms (yes, please) and opening The Mom Hour satellite offices in our favorite fantasy locales.
2022-04-24
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Listener Questions (Vol. 38): Episode 361

A mom of big kids is going back to work full-time and wondering how to prepare her family. A toddler needs to brush his teeth and take vitamins, but hates it; should Mom force it? A lucky listener now has two pantries and is looking for tips on optimal organization for kitchen items and back stock storage. Finally, a teacher mom is stuck on how to balance school behavior and discipline at home. For today?s episode, we?re answering these questions from our community together in person (woohoo!).
2022-04-19
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Books We’re Loving Lately: Voices 72 With Joanna Martin & Katherine DeVries

Settle in for a books chat! Sarah is joined by two guest co-hosts from our contributor team today: Joanna and Katherine. Both are former educators and avid readers, here with lots to say about books. We touch on our reading lives as moms, what we?re reading lately, and how and when we prefer to do our reading. Then we dive into book recommendations for kids ? starting with babies and moving all the way up through teens. This episode is for anyone who loves to read or aspires to read more ? grab a warm beverage and join us!
2022-04-15
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Broken Records (The Things Moms Say–And Repeat!–To Our Kids): Episode 360

When we imagine the "refrains of motherhood," poetic sweet-nothings of love and encouragement come to mind. In reality? The words that come out of moms' mouths on repeat are a little more... normal. And that's OK! We're here to normalize being normal. In Episode 360 Meagan and Sarah highlight the best of our communities oft-repeated phrases--everything from clever quips to 1,001 different ways to say "No". We love how universal mom-speak is in the end, and we're marveling over the clever ways moms find to talk to their families.
2022-04-12
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More Than Mom: Our Questions, YOUR Advice

Calling all experts . . . OR at least those who have been there, done that, and are willing to share their thoughts. In this week's More Than Mom episode, we're flipping the script and sharing our own challenges in the hopes that our smart, skilled, and seasoned listeners have the solutions we need. We're stuck when it comes to a variety of topics such as home organization, the care and keeping of living things, hair maintenance, and sibling bonding screen time. Can you help? Listen and let us know!
2022-04-10
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Glad I Did / Wish I’d Done: Summer Planning: Episode 359

Today we're looking back on past summers and remembering the choices we appreciate and the ones we regret. This is a fantastic episode to listen to if you're starting to plan your summer! We cover family traditions, camps, childcare, travel, and overall philosophies for fun (with boundaries). There's a fine line between unstructured leisure time and going off the rails, and hopefully our reflections will help you find the right balance for your family.
2022-04-05
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Real Talk About High School (With A Real Teen!): Voices 71 With Meagan’s Son Will

We know what it's like to be a teen because we were all teenagers once, right? Well, not quite. In this month's Voices episode, Meagan is joined by her son, affectionately nicknamed "Good Ol' Reliable William" to discuss life as a teenager. As a 18-year-old wrapping up his senior year, Will walks us through the nuances of 9th-12th grade, shares some high school memories, and reveals what he's looking forward to. He also schools us all on what adults don't get about being a teen . . . and Meagan explains what balancing a checkbook is. Together, we bond over the universality of struggling to appreciate where you are in the moment. Listen 'til the end to hear Will's message for moms who are (and will be!) raising teenagers.
2022-04-01
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Growing Kids, Year By Year (Ages 9-17): Episode 358

Tweens, teens, (and the parents who love them!) go through a lot between the ages of 9 through 17. There's growing societal pressure, shifting friendships, mounting responsibility, and body changes. Fun, right?! In Episode 358, Meagan and Sarah pick up where we left off last week's conversation, but this time it's all about the older kids. While acknowledging every child is different and being sensitive to our kids' privacy, we remember the sweetness of kids just-on-the-cusp of growing up and tell stories about adolescent awkwardness and attitudes. It can be a bit of a rocky journey, but every teen eventually comes into their own. Whether you're in the thick of it with us or want a fun peek ahead, this episode is a great reminder that kids--and motherhood--are ever-evolving.
2022-03-29
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More Than Mom: Reflections On A Two-Year Time Warp

Shutdowns, re-openings, surges, and guidelines . . . so much has changed since the COVID-19 Pandemic crashed into our lives two years ago. And it's bringing up all feelings. In this More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah have a lighter (but still honest!) look back on things like our final outings, strongest pandemic memories, and shared experiences. What do we really remember, and are our recollections even accurate? We also share what we're eager to get back to and what will never be the same. We'll all be processing these squiggly feelings for a long time, and we think this reflection--on both the surreal and the sweet--is a good start.
2022-03-27
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Growing Kids, Year By Year (Ages 2-8): Episode 357

Language leaps, school milestones, growing bodies . . . a lot happens on the journey from toddler to big kid! Join Meagan and Sarah as we try to capture the true essence of ages two through eight. We'll talk through each year, sharing memories of our own kids and observations from all the little ones we've known. There are ages that feel like major transition points and many times where kids' skills don't quite match up with their wants. If you're parenting in the trenches, looking ahead at what's to come, OR looking back with us, we think you'll love this one.
2022-03-22
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Preparing Kids (And Ourselves!) For Summer Independence

From day camps to sleep-away camps, playdates with new friends to sleepovers with grandparents, summer vacation can be a great time for your child to hone their independence skills. But it can be scary, too. Sometimes a health issue, disability or allergy can make our kids seem especially vulnerable. Sometimes we?re just not sure they?re ready to take that next significant step in self-sufficiency. So how do we balance guarding them from harm with encouraging their growth?
2022-03-18
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