Moms on a Mission http://www.themompodcast.com to help other moms succeed! Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:51:27 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 Moms On a Mission to help other moms succeed! Moms on a Mission clean Moms on a Mission nancy@babiesandmomsradio.com nancy@babiesandmomsradio.com (Moms on a Mission) 2009-2016 Nancy Cadjan to help other moms succeed! Moms on a Mission http://www.themompodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/itunesMOM-436.jpg http://www.themompodcast.com nancy@signbabies.com Moms helping other moms. TV-G USA Weekly 77451509 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/06/01/25-rules-for-mothers-of-sons/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:09:20 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=935 http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/06/01/25-rules-for-mothers-of-sons/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/06/01/25-rules-for-mothers-of-sons/feed/ 0 We discuss the article 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons by Tabitha Studer which made it into several newspapers so we decided to join in the conversation.  We love the list and think every mom of boys ought to read it and think about their role as mother to a boy (since they are a … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/06/01/25-rules-for-mothers-of-sons/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "25 Rules for Mothers of Sons"</span></a></p> We discuss the article 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons by Tabitha Studer which made it into several newspapers so we decided to join in the conversation.  We love the list and think every mom of boys ought to read it and think about their role as mother to a boy (since they are a species we don’t always understand).

Note: Shelly’s son is graduating this week and is speaking at Graduation!  She is a great mom! Congrats Shelly

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We discuss the article 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons by Tabitha Studer which made it into several newspapers so we decided to join in the conversation.  We love the list and think every mom of boys ought to read it and think about their role as mother t... 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons by Tabitha Studer which made it into several newspapers so we decided to join in the conversation.  We love the list and think every mom of boys ought to read it and think about their role as mother to a boy (since they are a species we don’t always understand).
Note: Shelly’s son is graduating this week and is speaking at Graduation!  She is a great mom! Congrats Shelly
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Before You Put Your Child on Medication Listen http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/05/10/before-you-put-your-child-on-medication-listen/ Wed, 10 May 2017 20:14:30 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2012 http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/05/10/before-you-put-your-child-on-medication-listen/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/05/10/before-you-put-your-child-on-medication-listen/feed/ 0 Tricia and Nancy discuss what to do when a doctor suggests medication for your child.  We focus on a diagnosis of ADD but this applies to anytime your doctor discusses medicating your child. Tricia and Nancy discuss what to do when a doctor suggests medication for your child.  We focus on a diagnosis of ADD but this applies to anytime your doctor discusses medicating your child.

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Mothering Ourselves on Mother’s Day http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/05/05/mothering-ourselves-on-mothers-day/ Sat, 06 May 2017 04:36:01 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=588 http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/05/05/mothering-ourselves-on-mothers-day/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/05/05/mothering-ourselves-on-mothers-day/feed/ 2 Dr. Andie discusses the actual roots of Mother’s Day and how we can recapture its essence and have a wonderful day ourselves by taking care of ourselves.  Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You.  This show is just what you need to make Mother’s Day great for yourself. This book … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/05/05/mothering-ourselves-on-mothers-day/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Mothering Ourselves on Mother’s Day"</span></a></p> Dr. Andie discusses the actual roots of Mother’s Day and how we can recapture its essence and have a wonderful day ourselves by taking care of ourselves.  Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You.  This show is just what you need to make Mother’s Day great for yourself.

This book is so good, we had to post this podcast again! Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day

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Dr. Andie discusses the actual roots of Mother’s Day and how we can recapture its essence and have a wonderful day ourselves by taking care of ourselves.  Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. More than Saying I Love You.  This show is just what you need to make Mother’s Day great for yourself.
This book is so good, we had to post this podcast again! Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day
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Breaking the Good Mom Myth http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/03/30/breaking-the-good-mom-myth/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:29:46 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=245 http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/03/30/breaking-the-good-mom-myth/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/03/30/breaking-the-good-mom-myth/feed/ 0 Alyson Schafer, psychotherapist and parenting expert, discusses the Good Mom Myth and how we can break it and learn what we really need to do as moms. Alyson is author of Breaking the Good Mom Myth and Honey I Wrecked the Kids as well as the host of a popular parenting show in Canada.  Check … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/03/30/breaking-the-good-mom-myth/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Breaking the Good Mom Myth"</span></a></p> Alyson Schafer, psychotherapist and parenting expert, discusses the Good Mom Myth and how we can break it and learn what we really need to do as moms.

Alyson is author of Breaking the Good Mom Myth and Honey I Wrecked the Kids as well as the host of a popular parenting show in Canada.  Check out her site at http://www.alyson.ca/

We found very good advice in Breaking the Good Mom Myth and recommend this book to mothers!  You can find her on Facebook and Twitter too!

(Note: this is a re-run of a former podcast)

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Alyson Schafer, psychotherapist and parenting expert, discusses the Good Mom Myth and how we can break it and learn what we really need to do as moms. Alyson is author of Breaking the Good Mom Myth and Honey I Wrecked the Kids as well as the host of a ... Alyson is author of Breaking the Good Mom Myth and Honey I Wrecked the Kids as well as the host of a popular parenting show in Canada.  Check out her site at http://www.alyson.ca/
We found very good advice in Breaking the Good Mom Myth and recommend this book to mothers!  You can find her on Facebook and Twitter too!
(Note: this is a re-run of a former podcast)
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Starting an Instrument http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/02/18/starting-an-instrument/ Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:57 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=89 http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/02/18/starting-an-instrument/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/02/18/starting-an-instrument/feed/ 2 When should your child start playing a musical instrument?  It depends.  As parents of 10 kids playing musical instruments, we share tips about when and how to introduce your kids to music and a possible musical instrument. When should your child start playing a musical instrument?  It depends.  As parents of 10 kids playing musical instruments, we share tips about when and how to introduce your kids to music and a possible musical instrument.

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When should your child start playing a musical instrument?  It depends.  As parents of 10 kids playing musical instruments, we share tips about when and how to introduce your kids to music and a possible musical instrument. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 27:15 89
Under Pressure: Cooking with a Pressure Cooker http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/02/16/under-pressure/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:24:52 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1152 http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/02/16/under-pressure/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/02/16/under-pressure/feed/ 0 Nancy explains how the pressure cooker has changed the way she cooks dinner and how it helps her get great meals to the table while still driving kids to music and taekwondo lessons.  Learn about the new electric pressure cookers and how they can make dinner prep easier and faster. Nancy likes the Cuisinart electric … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2017/02/16/under-pressure/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Under Pressure: Cooking with a Pressure Cooker"</span></a></p> Nancy explains how the pressure cooker has changed the way she cooks dinner and how it helps her get great meals to the table while still driving kids to music and taekwondo lessons.  Learn about the new electric pressure cookers and how they can make dinner prep easier and faster.

Nancy likes the Cuisinart electric pressure cooker available at Costco.

Nancy’s EASY Frozen Chicken Dinner

Ingredients:
frozen chicken thighs (you can do breasts if you prefer)
1 cup Kirkland Organic Salsa from Costco
1/2 cup water

Place frozen chicken thighs in pressure cooker, then add water and top with Kirkland Organic Salsa. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.  You can use the quick release method.  Remove the chicken and keep warm.

To make the pan sauce, set the pressure cooker to brown and watch the sauce until it reduces.  Stir occasionally.  This should take 5-7 minutes and makes a healthy and delicious sauce.  If desired, you can add sliced zucchini to make the sauce into a side dish.

 

NOTE: Still Nancy’s favorite fast meal machine.  Dinner Sunday night and the kids rave about it still–5 years later.

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Nancy explains how the pressure cooker has changed the way she cooks dinner and how it helps her get great meals to the table while still driving kids to music and taekwondo lessons.  Learn about the new electric pressure cookers and how they can make ... Nancy explains how the pressure cooker has changed the way she cooks dinner and how it helps her get great meals to the table while still driving kids to music and taekwondo lessons.  Learn about the new electric pressure cookers and how they can make dinner prep easier and faster.
Nancy likes the Cuisinart electric pressure cooker available at Costco.
Nancy’s EASY Frozen Chicken Dinner
Ingredients:

frozen chicken thighs (you can do breasts if you prefer)

1 cup Kirkland Organic Salsa from Costco

1/2 cup water
Place frozen chicken thighs in pressure cooker, then add water and top with Kirkland Organic Salsa. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.  You can use the quick release method.  Remove the chicken and keep warm.
To make the pan sauce, set the pressure cooker to brown and watch the sauce until it reduces.  Stir occasionally.  This should take 5-7 minutes and makes a healthy and delicious sauce.  If desired, you can add sliced zucchini to make the sauce into a side dish.
 
NOTE: Still Nancy’s favorite fast meal machine.  Dinner Sunday night and the kids rave about it still–5 years later.
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Henry in Australia http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/11/10/henry-in-australia/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:43:29 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2396 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/11/10/henry-in-australia/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/11/10/henry-in-australia/feed/ 1 Shelly discusses what it was like for Henry to move to Australia as a two-year old.  During this important time in his life, this change could be either very helpful or detrimental.  Shelly discusses how she managed the change to make it a positive experience for him.  For moms in any situation where there is … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/11/10/henry-in-australia/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Henry in Australia"</span></a></p> Shelly discusses what it was like for Henry to move to Australia as a two-year old.  During this important time in his life, this change could be either very helpful or detrimental.  Shelly discusses how she managed the change to make it a positive experience for him.  For moms in any situation where there is big change, she shares what worked and how she kept the bond with people back home alive.

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Shelly discusses what it was like for Henry to move to Australia as a two-year old.  During this important time in his life, this change could be either very helpful or detrimental.  Shelly discusses how she managed the change to make it a positive exp... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 17:28 2396
Cousins http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/11/01/cousins/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 16:02:51 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2203 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/11/01/cousins/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/11/01/cousins/feed/ 0 In our society, we underestimate the power cousins have in our children’s life.  The power could come from their presence or their absence.  If you are lucky enough to have great cousin relationships for your children, there are some amazing benefits.  If your children do not have a close relationship with their cousins, we discuss … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/11/01/cousins/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Cousins"</span></a></p> In our society, we underestimate the power cousins have in our children’s life.  The power could come from their presence or their absence.  If you are lucky enough to have great cousin relationships for your children, there are some amazing benefits.  If your children do not have a close relationship with their cousins, we discuss how to create one and why it could be critical for your children in the future.

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One Mom Builds Playground for All Abilities http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/10/22/building-a-playground-for-all-abilities/ Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:50:21 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2378 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/10/22/building-a-playground-for-all-abilities/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/10/22/building-a-playground-for-all-abilities/feed/ 0 We have been busy getting kids in to school, coming back from Australia, AND building an all-abilities playground for our friend Presley Gleason. Check out some of the photos.  And we promise we will post new shows ASAP. They show the power of 1 mom to make a difference in the world.       … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/10/22/building-a-playground-for-all-abilities/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "One Mom Builds Playground for All Abilities"</span></a></p> We have been busy getting kids in to school, coming back from Australia, AND building an all-abilities playground for our friend Presley Gleason.

Check out some of the photos.  And we promise we will post new shows ASAP.

They show the power of 1 mom to make a difference in the world.

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We have been busy getting kids in to school, coming back from Australia, AND building an all-abilities playground for our friend Presley Gleason. Check out some of the photos.  And we promise we will post new shows ASAP. Presley Gleason.
Check out some of the photos.  And we promise we will post new shows ASAP.
They show the power of 1 mom to make a difference in the world.
 
 
 
 
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Shelly Twelve Months to Live http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/10/12/shelly-twelve-months-to-live/ Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:32:15 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2391 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/10/12/shelly-twelve-months-to-live/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/10/12/shelly-twelve-months-to-live/feed/ 0 We are so excited to have Shelly back from Australia.  She spent the last 12 months living down under.  Here how her experience changed her family and tips for every family–even those not as fortunate to have twelve months to live in Australia. We are so excited to have Shelly back from Australia.  She spent the last 12 months living down under.  Here how her experience changed her family and tips for every family–even those not as fortunate to have twelve months to live in Australia.

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We are so excited to have Shelly back from Australia.  She spent the last 12 months living down under.  Here how her experience changed her family and tips for every family–even those not as fortunate to have twelve months to live in Australia. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 19:18 2391
Mom Champions http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/30/books-that/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:56:35 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2159 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/30/books-that/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/30/books-that/feed/ 0 Katherine discusses her experience with her daughter who has autism and how she has become her daughter’s champion.  Even if your child is healthy, you are your child’s champion.  We discuss neuro-medical options and how parents keep searching for the right answers when they have a child with special needs. Katherine discusses her experience with her daughter who has autism and how she has become her daughter’s champion.  Even if your child is healthy, you are your child’s champion.  We discuss neuro-medical options and how parents keep searching for the right answers when they have a child with special needs.

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Katherine discusses her experience with her daughter who has autism and how she has become her daughter’s champion.  Even if your child is healthy, you are your child’s champion.  We discuss neuro-medical options and how parents keep searching for the ... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 22:16 2159
Making History Come Alive http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/20/katherine-topic/ Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:02:04 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2200 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/20/katherine-topic/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/20/katherine-topic/feed/ 0 When traveling in your state, the nation, or the world, you can make history come alive for your kids so that when they study history in school.  Learn the tips to help your kids connect with the places you are seeing and the history. It doesn’t matter where you are at, you can create connections … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/20/katherine-topic/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Making History Come Alive"</span></a></p> When traveling in your state, the nation, or the world, you can make history come alive for your kids so that when they study history in school.  Learn the tips to help your kids connect with the places you are seeing and the history. It doesn’t matter where you are at, you can create connections that help your child understand the world.

TIP:  Prep for the trip by having family night discussions that explain where you are going and the history of the place. 

From Nancy’s Recent Trip, here are the historical places she and her kids visited and learned from:

  • Churchill War Rooms gave us an incredible opportunity to see where Winston Churchill ran the British experience in WWII. The incredible Winston Churchill and his example was a great example for my kids. 
  • Greenwich is a great opportunity for sightseers interested in science since this is the location where modern clocks and other tools of travel were created. Heard of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)?  This is the place that the whole world’s time is set.
  • Tower of London is a great place to learn about the history of kings and queens of England and how quick the tide can turn on the leaders.
  • British Museum includes pieces of history from many times and countries.  In one museum, you can see Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and British history. From Mummys to Greek Gods, this place gives you a chance to discuss human history.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater provides an opportunity to understand the greatest writer in history.  See a play while there.  But remember to prep your kids either with a synopsis or by watching the play on a video before you go.  If they understand the play before they get there, things will go better.
  • The Medieval Banquet was a great way to experience and understand the medieval era in an enjoyable way.  My kids LOVED this dinner and show  It was one of the highlights of the trip for them.
  • Stonehenge takes you back in time over 5000 years.  Tours from Antiquity  provided the most amazing tour with an archeologist who shared his findings in the area as well as those of others and the theories they currently hold about the culture that created Stonehenge as well as other henges and burial mounds in the area. 
  • In Copenhagen, taking the Bus Tour and River Cruise helped us get a feel for the city and the history.  We also visited the Round Tower and the Changing of the Guard.

Even though Nancy’s trip was to one of the most important historical cities, you can create the same experience in local trips.

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When traveling in your state, the nation, or the world, you can make history come alive for your kids so that when they study history in school.  Learn the tips to help your kids connect with the places you are seeing and the history. TIP:  Prep for the trip by having family night discussions that explain where you are going and the history of the place. 
From Nancy’s Recent Trip, here are the historical places she and her kids visited and learned from:

* Churchill War Rooms gave us an incredible opportunity to see where Winston Churchill ran the British experience in WWII. The incredible Winston Churchill and his example was a great example for my kids. 
* Greenwich is a great opportunity for sightseers interested in science since this is the location where modern clocks and other tools of travel were created. Heard of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)?  This is the place that the whole world’s time is set.
* Tower of London is a great place to learn about the history of kings and queens of England and how quick the tide can turn on the leaders.
* British Museum includes pieces of history from many times and countries.  In one museum, you can see Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and British history. From Mummys to Greek Gods, this place gives you a chance to discuss human history.
* Shakespeare’s Globe Theater provides an opportunity to understand the greatest writer in history.  See a play while there.  But remember to prep your kids either with a synopsis or by watching the play on a video before you go.  If they understand the play before they get there, things will go better.
* The Medieval Banquet was a great way to experience and understand the medieval era in an enjoyable way.  My kids LOVED this dinner and show  It was one of the highlights of the trip for them.
* Stonehenge takes you back in time over 5000 years.  Tours from Antiquity  provided the most amazing tour with an archeologist who shared his findings in the area as well as those of others and the theories they currently hold about the culture that created Stonehenge as well as other henges and burial mounds in the area. 
* In Copenhagen, taking the Bus Tour and River Cruise helped us get a feel for the city and the history.  We also visited the Round Tower and the Changing of the Guard.

Even though Nancy’s trip was to one of the most important historical cities, you can create the same experience in local trips.
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Helping Friends in Times of Sorrow http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/10/helping-friends-in-times-of-sorrow/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:52:03 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2137 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/10/helping-friends-in-times-of-sorrow/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/10/helping-friends-in-times-of-sorrow/feed/ 0 When those around us struggle with huge burdens: death, loss, stress, divorce, What can we do? Nancy and Tricia discuss from personal experience how to help our friends. Here are a few tips: Listen more/talk less Don’t try and tell them you have been through it unless you have If they seek your help and … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/08/10/helping-friends-in-times-of-sorrow/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Helping Friends in Times of Sorrow"</span></a></p> When those around us struggle with huge burdens: death, loss, stress, divorce, What can we do? Nancy and Tricia discuss from personal experience how to help our friends.

Here are a few tips:

  • Listen more/talk less
  • Don’t try and tell them you have been through it unless you have
  • If they seek your help and advice, be careful unless you are a therapist
  • Find concrete things you can do to alleviate stress (dishes, laundry, picking up kids)
  • Don’t ask what you can do, tell them what you are going to do
  • When all else Fails, Chocolate is a good option

Listen to our podcast on Dealing with Death.

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When those around us struggle with huge burdens: death, loss, stress, divorce, What can we do? Nancy and Tricia discuss from personal experience how to help our friends. Here are a few tips: Listen more/talk less Don’t try and tell them you have been t... Here are a few tips:

* Listen more/talk less
* Don’t try and tell them you have been through it unless you have
* If they seek your help and advice, be careful unless you are a therapist
* Find concrete things you can do to alleviate stress (dishes, laundry, picking up kids)
* Don’t ask what you can do, tell them what you are going to do
* When all else Fails, Chocolate is a good option

Listen to our podcast on Dealing with Death.
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What Parents Fear and Need http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/30/claire-survey/ Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:01:37 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2198 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/30/claire-survey/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/30/claire-survey/feed/ 0 Claire Lerner, Senior Parenting Strategist, shares the findings of a Zero to Three survey that yielded new insights about the challenges parents face, what they do and do not understand about early childhood development, and what they want and need to be the best parents possible. One of the most interesting findings in the report is … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/30/claire-survey/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "What Parents Fear and Need"</span></a></p> Claire Lerner, Senior Parenting Strategist, shares the findings of a Zero to Three survey that yielded new insights about the challenges parents face, what they do and do not understand about early childhood development, and what they want and need to be the best parents possible.

One of the most interesting findings in the report is the changing role of the father and how they want to participate more but are not always allowed to by their partners.

Additionally, parents underestimate their child’s development.  Clair discusses things that parents could do better to help their child’s development.

Check out the survey at www.zerotothree.org/parent-survey for more in-depth information on the survey results including videos of parents discussing their concerns and hopes. 

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Claire Lerner, Senior Parenting Strategist, shares the findings of a Zero to Three survey that yielded new insights about the challenges parents face, what they do and do not understand about early childhood development, One of the most interesting findings in the report is the changing role of the father and how they want to participate more but are not always allowed to by their partners.
Additionally, parents underestimate their child’s development.  Clair discusses things that parents could do better to help their child’s development.
Check out the survey at www.zerotothree.org/parent-survey for more in-depth information on the survey results including videos of parents discussing their concerns and hopes. 
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Teaching Kids to Give Back http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/15/teaching-kids-to-give-back/ Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:59:51 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2196 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/15/teaching-kids-to-give-back/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/15/teaching-kids-to-give-back/feed/ 0 We talk with Lilly Yeh who started Little Loving Hands in hopes to provide an option for parents to start shifting a focus on teaching kids about empathy and giving back.  Every month, they spotlight a different charity and send out all the materials needed for a child to learn about who they are helping and create a … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/15/teaching-kids-to-give-back/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Teaching Kids to Give Back"</span></a></p> We talk with Lilly Yeh who started Little Loving Hands in hopes to provide an option for parents to start shifting a focus on teaching kids about empathy and giving back.  Every month, they spotlight a different charity and send out all the materials needed for a child to learn about who they are helping and create a beautiful gift that is sent back to the charity using a pre-paid envelope. To date, kids all over the country have directly helped support sick children, the homeless, and the elderly. 

More information can be found on our website: https://littlelovinghands.com and you can see a little video on how it works here

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Big Trip Tips http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/02/big-trip-tips/ Sat, 02 Jul 2016 15:59:17 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2194 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/02/big-trip-tips/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/02/big-trip-tips/feed/ 0 Planning a big trip? Nancy shares the tips she learned while planning and taking her big trip.  You don’t have to go out of the country to learn from her experience. Some of the tips covered include: Rent a Flat/Apartment/House–It is cheaper and helps a family have space and comfort Get Groceries to save money … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/07/02/big-trip-tips/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Big Trip Tips"</span></a></p> Planning a big trip? Nancy shares the tips she learned while planning and taking her big trip.  You don’t have to go out of the country to learn from her experience.

Some of the tips covered include:

  • Rent a Flat/Apartment/House–It is cheaper and helps a family have space and comfort
  • Get Groceries to save money and to understand the local food culture
  • Meet Locals–go out of your way to talk to people and learn about the place you are visitng.
  • Get a City Pass or Tour Bus to orient yourself and see a lot of the city quickly and easily. In London, we used Big Bus Tour and River Cruise and the London Pass which gave us entrance to almost major sites.  In Copenhagen, we used Stromma Hop On which included a River Cruise
  • Prep the kids for what they are going to see before, then explain during the visit to the site, and take time to review things seen after.  This helps create hooks that the kids can hang their experience on.
  • Plan your trip and create a written plan.  You can enter this plan in your cell phone with appointments that contain the  details to keep on track.
  • Make sure to plan flexibility in the schedule.
  • Plan times for relaxation in your sight seeing (River Cruise in the middle of a lot of walking; time in the park)
  • Make sure to do things each person wants to do.
  • Make a master folder with the itinerary and all the tickets, etc you need to get into the venues.
  • Use Google Maps to plan your path. Google Street view let me see all the way to the door of the flat.  But it failed me because we only had 3G in London.
  • Check your cell phone coverage. Does it work where you are going?
  • Figure out a money strategy ahead of time: Will your debit or credit card work? No longer need to use a money exchange
  • Plan your souvenirs ahead of time—think about who you want to buy something for and what might be unique. Tell each kid they can pick one thing for themselves.
  • Give the kids money they can use as they want. If they have a finite amount, they think about what they want to get.
  • Look for local shops instead of the tourist places to shop for memorable items.
  • Leave a slush fund for those times when you just need a treat or something unexpected happens because it will
  • Plan food that is kid-friendly.
  • Forget about fashion—go comfortable and take less (Walking shoes/Backpack/ Scarves, money belt, layering)
  • Find the Bathrooms and use them even if you think you don’t need to

 

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Planning a big trip? Nancy shares the tips she learned while planning and taking her big trip.  You don’t have to go out of the country to learn from her experience. Some of the tips covered include: Rent a Flat/Apartment/House–It is cheaper and helps ... Some of the tips covered include:

* Rent a Flat/Apartment/House–It is cheaper and helps a family have space and comfort
* Get Groceries to save money and to understand the local food culture
* Meet Locals–go out of your way to talk to people and learn about the place you are visitng.
* Get a City Pass or Tour Bus to orient yourself and see a lot of the city quickly and easily. In London, we used Big Bus Tour and River Cruise and the London Pass which gave us entrance to almost major sites.  In Copenhagen, we used Stromma Hop On which included a River Cruise
* Prep the kids for what they are going to see before, then explain during the visit to the site, and take time to review things seen after.  This helps create hooks that the kids can hang their experience on.
* Plan your trip and create a written plan.  You can enter this plan in your cell phone with appointments that contain the  details to keep on track.
* Make sure to plan flexibility in the schedule.
* Plan times for relaxation in your sight seeing (River Cruise in the middle of a lot of walking; time in the park)
* Make sure to do things each person wants to do.
* Make a master folder with the itinerary and all the tickets, etc you need to get into the venues.
* Use Google Maps to plan your path. Google Street view let me see all the way to the door of the flat.  But it failed me because we only had 3G in London.
* Check your cell phone coverage. Does it work where you are going?
* Figure out a money strategy ahead of time: Will your debit or credit card work? No longer need to use a money exchange
* Plan your souvenirs ahead of time—think about who you want to buy something for and what might be unique. Tell each kid they can pick one thing for themselves.
* Give the kids money they can use as they want. If they have a finite amount, they think about what they want to get.
* Look for local shops instead of the tourist places to shop for memorable items.
* Leave a slush fund for those times when you just need a treat or something unexpected happens because it will
* Plan food that is kid-friendly.
* Forget about fashion—go comfortable and take less (Walking shoes/Backpack/ Scarves, money belt, layering)
* Find the Bathrooms and use them even if you think you don’t need to

 
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Imaginary Friends http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/06/20/imaginary-friends/ Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:13:11 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2363 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/06/20/imaginary-friends/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/06/20/imaginary-friends/feed/ 1 New research shows that imaginary friends continue longer into childhood than previously thought. Claire Lerner, Senior Parenting Strategist at Zero to Three, discusses why older children may have imaginary friends.  She also discusses what an imaginary friend can do for your child and how you should react when your child tells you that she has an … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/06/20/imaginary-friends/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Imaginary Friends"</span></a></p> New research shows that imaginary friends continue longer into childhood than previously thought. Claire Lerner, Senior Parenting Strategist at Zero to Three, discusses why older children may have imaginary friends.  She also discusses what an imaginary friend can do for your child and how you should react when your child tells you that she has an imaginary friend.

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London Calling http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/06/11/london-calling/ Sat, 11 Jun 2016 16:52:24 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2151 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/06/11/london-calling/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/06/11/london-calling/feed/ 0 This show focuses on Nancy’s recent trip with her kids to London.  Listen to hear the amazing experiences they had.  Since there could never be enough time to discuss it in one podcast, here are more details to consider (some will also be covered in more detail in later shows). NOTE: For more personal reflections, … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/06/11/london-calling/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "London Calling"</span></a></p> IMG_1198This show focuses on Nancy’s recent trip with her kids to London.  Listen to hear the amazing experiences they had.  Since there could never be enough time to discuss it in one podcast, here are more details to consider (some will also be covered in more detail in later shows).

NOTE: For more personal reflections, see this post (no podcast). 

Rent a Flat! London hotels are incredibly expensive and rooms are very small.  You can rent a flat for the same or less money.  We paid about $190 a night for a 2 bedroom flat near a Tube stop.  Having a kitchen allowed us to skip eating out for breakfast and gave us the option to take lunch with us.  It also got us to go into the local grocery store to try different British foods (do not miss Cadbury Chocolate or Hob Nobs–chocolate covered oatmeal cookies).

To locate a flat, check out HomeAway.com but make sure you check the source.  I filtered through about 40 different flats and about 9 different companies.  Some companies/flat owners did not reply, others were just sketchy.  I googled each company and checked reviews on Trip Advisor. I finally went with Ivy Lettings.  They had a story written about them in the London Times, good reviews on Trip Advisor, and they had a phone number on their site as well as a live chat.  The person I chatted with was able to help me find the best flat for our family.   There were a few problems when we got to the flat and Ivy Lettings was good to fix them quickly.  I’d rent from them again.


IMG_1534Ride the Tube!
One of the amazing thing about London is watching the people from all over the world.  There is no better place to have that cultural experience than public transportation such as the London Underground.  You don’t have to worry about sticking out as an American because you will probably be a minority speaking English.  I heard Russian five times a day, Italian, French, German, and a slew of different languages from the African continent.  It was so much fun to try and guess the languages.

You can just purchase a one-way ticket each time you use the Tube or a bus but if you plan to use public transport as your mode of transportation, there are ways to save money.  Thanks to Bob Hanford, a dedicated blogger whose site–London Toolkit–focuses on everything London, I was able to figure out the best option for my family.   Check out his blog on Oyster vs. Travelcard.  For us, it was better to Get a 7-Day Oyster and a Youth Oyster.  Bob patiently answered all my questions and even gave me suggestions of things to see near our flat and around London.  Thanks Bob for the great advice–even advice on getting to Heathrow early in the morning.

Take a Bus Tour to Orient Yourself  London is a huge city but the main tourist area isn’t that big.  Things are quite close together.  Taking a hop-on-hop off tour or another type of tour is a great way to get your bearings.  We took the Big Bus Tour and loved it.  Opt for the tour with the live guide.  It was so much fun and the one time we got on a bus with the taped guide, we switched to a different bus after one stop.  Big Bus Tour included a 48-hour ticket, a night tour, and a river cruise.  We were too tired for the night tour but we loved taking the river cruise.  Actually, the kids asked to take the tour a second time toward the end of our time in London.
IMG_1139One of the fun things about a hop-on-hop-off bus is the ability to get off when you see the unexpected.  A friend had suggested going to Hamley’s toy store so when we saw it on the tour, we jumped off and spent an enjoyable 45 minutes in the store.  Alex also wanted to take a picture at a certain Piccadilly Circus Underground sign and we saw it on our tour and jumped off to capture his photo.

Suggestion:From th  If you are in London on the weekend and can schedule your bus tour on Saturday or Sunday, do so because the traffic during the week really slows down the tour.  We were on the tour on a Friday and getting through the financial district was like watching paint dry (except for the great scenery). On Saturday and Sunday, the roads were clear and the tour would have been much quicker.


Get Down Under in London
 One of the newer museums in London is the Churchill War Rooms.  These are the actual rooms where the British Empire strategized its moves against the Nazis in World War II.  Nothing like being in the actual Map Room to bring history to life.  The tourChurchillWarRooms

includes an audio guide to help you get a feeling for what was happening below ground complete with stories told by the people who lived and worked in the rooms.  The impact of seeing the table where Churchill sat to give his address to London and the World during the war while hearing the actual speech was very impactful for my 14-year old.  His world history class will have a very special feeling when they discuss the war.

IMG_1581Lay Siege to the Tower One of the kids’ favorite day was spent at the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.  It’s not everyday you get to walk in the courtyard where queens lost their heads and see the crown that sits on the pretty head of the current queen.  Tip:  Get there early–even before they open because the line to get in is long.  Then, when you enter, head right to the Crown Jewels before anything else.  The line to get into the Jewels can be so long that the interior of the Jewel House is more like the line labyrinth that snakes up to a Disney ride complete with pictures of what you are going to see and history tidbits to keep you interested while you wait 45 minutes to see a few rocks.  Since we were first in the Tower and first in the Jewel house, we were out in about 10 minutes.  That is enough for kids.

IMG_1619Make sure you take the Yeoman Warders’ Tour.  They do an excellent job and give a glimpse back into the gorey pass of the Tower mixed in with humor and facts about the buildings.  Not to be Missed.

Tower Bridge is easily the most famous bridge in London. Now you can experience the Bridge in a startling way–a glass floor that looks down on the traffic below.  Having walked on the glass bridge at the Grand Canyon, I thought I was prepared for the experience, but it was a bit more intense for me.  The kids loved it.

Ho Wench! One of the most fun experiences I had as a teen when I toured the UK was to go to a Medieval Feast.  There is nothing like pounding your fits on the table and saying Hey Nonny Noony  or yelling Ho Wench to get more mead (aka apple juice for those of us not imbibing).  The Medieval Banquet in London was fabulous! The food was plentiful andIMG_1512 the entertainment excellent–think court entertainment like singers, acrobats, jugglers and jousting.  We were each assigned to a House to which we pledged our allegiance and cheered for our knight in battle.  The kids loved every minute of it.  It isn’t cheap but if you have a London Pass, there is a discount.  And you have to remember that you get a great meal and entertainment.  It is cheaper than theater tickets and more fun for the family.

Get Bawdy with the Bard  We attended Shakespeare’s Globe and saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Before we went to London, I had my kids watch the Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer version so they would know the play.  There is nothing like sitting Globe–nothing.  And I have never seen a version of Midsummer like that one.  It was a modern interpretation wiIMG_1504th an Indian flare.  Think Shakespeare meets Cell Phones meets the Sitar and Rap Music.  I can’t even begin to explain how the song Major Tom ends up in a Shakespeare play but it WORKED!  The way the language and mood was interpreted (there are tons of ways to interpret Shakespeare) made the text and the concepts very accessible to my kids.  I had to cover my 10 year old’s eyes a few times and happily she doesn’t understand the sexual references in Shakespeare, but other than that, the play was a great experience (even with a pole in my way).  If you can go to a play, do so.  It is worth the cost.

GIMG_1251o Back in Time A bit off the beaten path, Greenwich is a great opportunity for sightseers interested in science.  Greenwich is the place where the Prime Meridian that divides the East and the West is located.

The site also hosts several amazing museums that cover topics like the history of how time was agreed upon (you might have heard of Greenwich Mean Time—yep it is that Greenwich), British Maritime history and so much more.  The views of London are also great from here.  You can see the huge size of the city from One Tree Hill (I can hear U2 singing).

IMG_1289Greenwich has so much to see that it would take a full day to see even a part of it.  For us, the Royal Observatory and The Cutty Sark were the two best museums.  Be warned that the Royal Observatory is up on One Tree Hill and there is no bus to get to the top so you need to walk it.  But you will be walking in the footsteps of amazing scientists like Sir Isaaic Newton.  Just about everything in our modern life works because of the men who worked at the Royal Observatory (clocks, calendars, map coordinates, and so forth that make travel and cell phones and just about everything possible).  The Cutty Sark is an amazing museum that allows you to see one of the great sailing vessels ever built.  The museum has interactive opportunities for kids and parents to learn more.

IMG_1326Cruise the Thames  One of the best ways to see the city’s most famous sites is to take a Thames River Cruise.  We took the cruise from Greenwich to Westminster Abbey.  It was a bit rainy and blustery, but the cruise offered some needed relaxation for tired toes and the first mate gave a great tour of the sites.  Not sure it was all true, but it was very entertaining.  The descriptions of the different bridges along with his comments on politics and history had us all laughing.  Remember that if you take Big Bus or get the London Pass, the cruise is included.

 

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Stonehenge is less than 2 hours from London.  There are dozens of tour companies that can take you there.  But I wanted the experience to be something the kids would remember and learn from.  So, we went on a tour with an Archeologist who actually works on digs at and near Stonehenge and other prehistoric sites around London.
This isn’t aIMG_1707 tour for little kids but it worked for my 10-year old and my 14-year old learned a lot. If your kids are interested in archeology and history, this is a great option that gives them amazing access to information and insight into the pre-historic cultures that created the henges (no Druids or Aliens needed).

Our guide Edward was so excited to share his knowledge that it was infectious.  Being able to ask questions of an expert was also great.  Check out Tours from Antiquity for various tours.  We chose the Stonehenge, Avebury, Salisbury tour.

Sing with the Angels It can be quite expensive to enter St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. However, they are working churchesIMG_1495 and have services at specific times of day and on Sundays.  These are times when you can get into the churches for free.  The bonus to this is that you often get to hear an amazing choir and a beautiful sermon.  The minus is that there are areas of the church that are off limits and “touring” the church is not allowed.  However, if you want to sit and stare up at the beautiful surroundings and listen to angelic choirs, this is a superb experience.  Sometimes, you can even sing with the choir.

We attended St. Paul’s on Sunday and arrived a few minutes before the service started.  We found great seats and while we waited, I explained the history of the Cathedral and why old churches were decorated the way they were as well as the significance of various parts of the church and what would happen in the service.  We are Christian but not Anglican so the experience was very different from our church experience and was an amazing cultural opportunity for the kids.  During our service, we sang along with the choir as we read the liturgy.  It was a chance of a lifetime to lift our voices with the St. Pauls boys choir.

IMG_1479Check out the Markets for Lunch London has several food markets that offer both fresh vegetables and hot food.  These are great places for families with diverse tastes because you can each find something you like.  We ate at Greenwich Market, Borough Market, and Kerb at Southbank.  The food was quick, excellent and not too expensive.  We were each able to get something we liked and share with each other without the time and expense of a restaurant.  The only drawback is limited seating.

IMG_1483Kerb was the best market with all sorts of middle eastern dishes and picnic tables.  Alex had a lamb curry burger and I had the most amazing kebabs. You will have to plan your schedule so you end up at the markets at the right time of day. Some of them are only open at lunchtime, others are only open at night.  Then, each of them have a day in the week when they are not open.  It would be horrible to have hungry mouths looking for food when the market is closed.  Camden Market is supposed to be great but it’s a bit off the main tourist map.

Give Me a Break!  This should have been obvious but it took us more time to get going when we got up the first day.  We landed at 1pm and stayed up until 9pm to adjust to the time in London.  But, it still took us more time to get going in the morning.  So, cut yourself some slack the first day and don’t plan anything with a specific timetable.  Everything we had planned for the first day was flexible within a few hours of time.  Having an Oyster Travel Pass also added to the flexibility because we could get off the bus tour and take the Tube to the location we wanted to be.

Consider a City Pass In the past, we have suggested purchasing city passes. These are tickets that give you entry into multiple museums, tour options and so forth.  The London Pass also includes Fast Pass entry into some of the most popular attractions.  We used this to get right into the Tower of London without the line.  It saved us a few hours time. The London Pass isn’t for people sightseeing for one day unless you are a crazy power-sightseer.  You can’t see enough in one day to make it worth the cost. If you have multiple days to see the city, check out the site and see if the museums and other sites you want to see are listed.

IMG_1554The Fast Pass for Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and Tower Bridge, along with the bus tour and river cruise make it a good deal if you are there in the height of tourist season. The cost of getting in to places like Westminster Abbey also makes the card a good possibility.  And if you want to go to Windsor Castle or Hampton Court, there are travel benefits in addition to the admission and Fast Pass.

If you are in London in the off peak season, Fast Pass probably isn’t important.  And, if you know the dates you are going to different locations, you can purchase tickets online for a discount. Do some calculating before you go. If you want flexibility, then the London Pass works well but may cost more.

Note:  The London Pass includes a different hop-on-hop-off tour that we did not take.IMG_1247

Make Time for Personal Interests One of the benefits of travel is seeing how something you love to do is done in another country.  Alex loves
skateboarding so we spent time at a few skateboarding venues.  It gave the rest of us time to rest our toes.  Anna wanted to ride double-decker busses so whenever we rode a bus, we went up to the top.  A few times, she got the front seat and was able to see out the window.

Plan Purchases Before You Leave Home  Instead of spending our money and time shopping for souvenirs, we planned what we wanted to buy before we left. Of course that was easier since I lived in London a bazillion years ago.  But you can still decide if you want to get t-shirts or teddyIMG_1681 bears.  Harrods is a must stop for teddy bears so we bought these for friends.  I had been wanting a Union Jack pillow for my couch and I found a fabulous one at Harrods.

We also shopped Primark–a H&M type store that has a larger variety of goods (not just clothes).  This was on my shopping plan because I had heard they had great UK themed goods.  My kids got  underwear with the Union Jack, journals with the flag, and t-shirts for $2.  Planning helped us save money and spend less time shopping and more time sightseeing.

Plan Your Expenses You no longer have to go to a money exchange bureau to get cash in London.  Check out your bank and credit card companies to see if they allow you to withdraw from ATMs in London.  We found that Barclay’s Bank allowed us to withdraw for a very small fee and our bank at home did not charge fees.  Also, using Visa cards with chips is very convenient.  I love my Capital One Venture Card because it allows me to pay for trip expenses with the miles I have saved on the card and it is easily used all over Europe. Plan your expenses and know which things you will need cash for (street markets and quick treats) and which things you will use the card for.  When all else fails and you have too much cash at the end, buy chocolate to bring home!

Give Up! Give In! Give Yourself Over Really, there is no way to see everything in a city like London.  Some of the things you want to do will be closed the days you want to see them (we learned that the hard way);  you may encounter long lines (like at the Platform 9 3/4 photo site); or you may be just too tired to see that site (the British Museum fell victim to our tired feet and we spent less than 2 hours there). Give up trying to get to everything.  Give in to whatever falls in front of you–especially if it is delicious food.  Give yourself over to the experience of being in the city and spend time talking to people rather than seeing dead people.  One of the most delightful experiences was speaking to the guard at the British Museum.  Our 30-minute conversation gave my kids a glimpse into the life of a Londoner.

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Kids asleep on my during the ride to Stonehenge. Can’t get any closer.

Get Closer My goal for this trip was to get closer to my children.  I think I achieved that in more ways than one.  You be the judge!

 

 

 

 

Itinerary  Here is the itinerary we followed in case you are planning 6 days in London:

Thursday

  • Arrive in Heathrow
  • Take Heathrow Express to Paddington Station
  • Buy the Oyster Card 7-Day and Oyster Youth 7-Day
  • Take the Tube to Ladbroke Grove
  • Get Money at the ATM
  • Eat Fish and Chips at the place across the street
  • Take a Tour or Go Shopping for groceries
  • Bed at 9pm

Friday

  • Take lunch with us
  • Big Bus Tour Hop on Hop Off Bus
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Eat Lunch in St James Park
  • British Museum (open til 8pm on Fridays)
  • Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station (the lines are long–take time)
  • Kebabs and Fish and Chips

Saturday

  • GreenwichRoyal Observatory 
  • Greenwich Market for Lunch
  • The Cutty Sark
  • Thames River Cruise to Westminster
  • Walk Houses of Parliment
  • Attend Westminster Abbey at 5 for Evensong (you get free entry)
  • KERB food market at Southbank for dinner

Sunday

  • Church at the Hyde Park Ward
  • Church at St. Paul’s Cathedral (listen to choir)
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Play
  • Medieval Banquet (Opens at 5:15 and closes at 9:30)

Monday

  • Tower of London (it opens at 10 on Mondays–we were first in line because we arrived at 9–oops)
    • Tower Jewels first
    • Yeoman Warder tour
  • Tower Bridge and Tower Bridge Experience
  • Borough Market for lunch (seating is very limited)
  • Free time and shopping (skate shops and Harrods)

Tuesday

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This show focuses on Nancy’s recent trip with her kids to London.  Listen to hear the amazing experiences they had.  Since there could never be enough time to discuss it in one podcast, here are more details to consider (some will also be covered in mo... NOTE: For more personal reflections, see this post (no podcast). 
Rent a Flat! London hotels are incredibly expensive and rooms are very small.  You can rent a flat for the same or less money.  We paid about $190 a night for a 2 bedroom flat near a Tube stop.  Having a kitchen allowed us to skip eating out for breakfast and gave us the option to take lunch with us.  It also got us to go into the local grocery store to try different British foods (do not miss Cadbury Chocolate or Hob Nobs–chocolate covered oatmeal cookies).
To locate a flat, check out HomeAway.com but make sure you check the source.  I filtered through about 40 different flats and about 9 different companies.  Some companies/flat owners did not reply, others were just sketchy.  I googled each company and checked reviews on Trip Advisor. I finally went with Ivy Lettings.  They had a story written about them in the London Times, good reviews on Trip Advisor, and they had a phone number on their site as well as a live chat.  The person I chatted with was able to help me find the best flat for our family.   There were a few problems when we got to the flat and Ivy Lettings was good to fix them quickly.  I’d rent from them again.


Ride the Tube! One of the amazing thing about London is watching the people from all over the world.  There is no better place to have that cultural experience than public transportation such as the London Underground.  You don’t have to worry about sticking out as an American because you will probably be a minority speaking English.  I heard Russian five times a day, Italian, French, German, and a slew of different languages from the African continent.  It was so much fun to try and guess the languages.
You can just purchase a one-way ticket each time you use the Tube or a bus but if you plan to use public transport as your mode of transportation, there are ways to save money.  Thanks to Bob Hanford, a dedicated blogger whose site–London Toolkit–focuses on everything London, I was able to figure out the best option for my family.   Check out his blog on Oyster vs. Travelcard.  For us, it was better to Get a 7-Day Oyster and a Youth Oyster.  Bob patiently answered all my questions and even gave me suggestions of things to see near our flat and around London.  Thanks Bob for the great advice–even advice on getting to Heathrow early in the morning.
Take a Bus Tour to Orient Yourself  London is a huge city but the main tourist area isn’t that big.  Things are quite close together.  Taking a hop-on-hop off tour or another type of tour is a great way to get your bearings.  We took the Big Bus Tour and loved it.  Opt for the tour with the live guide.  It was so much fun and the one time we got on a bus with the taped guide, we switched to a different bus after one stop.  Big Bus Tour included a 48-hour ticket, a night tour, and a river cruise.  We were too tired for the night tour but we loved taking the river cruise.  Actually, the kids asked to take the tour a second time toward the end of our tim...]]>
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Conscious Eating http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/30/testing-weight-watchers/ Mon, 30 May 2016 16:05:15 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2162 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/30/testing-weight-watchers/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/30/testing-weight-watchers/feed/ 1 Becky Sampson shares tips on how to eat consciously and remove the extra weight.  Trisha shares her personal experience working with Becky. Check out Becky’s Website for great tips and her podcast. Becky Sampson shares tips on how to eat consciously and remove the extra weight.  Trisha shares her personal experience working with Becky.

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Becky Sampson shares tips on how to eat consciously and remove the extra weight.  Trisha shares her personal experience working with Becky. Check out Becky’s Website for great tips and her podcast. Becky Sampson shares tips on how to eat consciously and remove the extra weight.  Trisha shares her personal experience working with Becky.
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Privates are Private http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/19/privates-are-private/ Thu, 19 May 2016 13:47:55 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2133 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/19/privates-are-private/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/19/privates-are-private/feed/ 0 Tricia and Nancy discuss what to do if your child is showing his privates.  How do you handle it and what can you do to help your child understand that Privates are Private? Here are a few tips: Don’t freak and if you do, don’t show it. Figure out what is going on. Very young … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/19/privates-are-private/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Privates are Private"</span></a></p> Tricia and Nancy discuss what to do if your child is showing his privates.  How do you handle it and what can you do to help your child understand that Privates are Private?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Don’t freak and if you do, don’t show it.
  2. Figure out what is going on.
  3. Very young kids can seem immodest and may display curiosity about other people’s bodies and bodily functions.  These can include touching women’s breasts, wanting to watch when grownups go to the bathroom, wanting to be naked (even if others are not) and showing or touching private parts while in public. They are curious about their own bodies.
  4. When you are ready and they are ready, ask open-ended questions (and they are old enough to answer)
  • What were you doing?
  • How did you get the idea?
  • How did you learn about this?
  • How did you feel about doing it?
  1. Have a general discussion about what is private and what to do if someone invades your privacy.

Some causes for concern:

  1. Actions beyond their developmental stage (or language)
  2. Actions with threat or aggression
  3. Actions between kids of very different ages

Our Past Show for kids who are a bit older: http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/24/when-to-discuss-the-birds-and-bees/

LINK: More Info on Sexual Development and Behavior

 

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Tricia and Nancy discuss what to do if your child is showing his privates.  How do you handle it and what can you do to help your child understand that Privates are Private? Here are a few tips: Don’t freak and if you do, don’t show it. Here are a few tips:

* Don’t freak and if you do, don’t show it.
* Figure out what is going on.
* Very young kids can seem immodest and may display curiosity about other people’s bodies and bodily functions.  These can include touching women’s breasts, wanting to watch when grownups go to the bathroom, wanting to be naked (even if others are not) and showing or touching private parts while in public. They are curious about their own bodies.
* When you are ready and they are ready, ask open-ended questions (and they are old enough to answer)


What were you doing?
How did you get the idea?
How did you learn about this?
How did you feel about doing it?


* Have a general discussion about what is private and what to do if someone invades your privacy.

Some causes for concern:

* Actions beyond their developmental stage (or language)
* Actions with threat or aggression
* Actions between kids of very different ages

Our Past Show for kids who are a bit older: http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/24/when-to-discuss-the-birds-and-bees/
LINK: More Info on Sexual Development and Behavior
 
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Everyone Needs Therapy http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/09/everyone-needs-therapy/ Mon, 09 May 2016 12:46:11 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2128 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/09/everyone-needs-therapy/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/09/everyone-needs-therapy/feed/ 0 Nancy and Tricia discuss how therapy can change the way you mother and what therapy has done for them at different stages in their lives.  They discuss finding a good therapist, what to discuss with the therapist and surprises that happen in therapy. Worried about getting therapy? Today’s therapy is life coaching.  No more Freud … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/05/09/everyone-needs-therapy/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Everyone Needs Therapy"</span></a></p> Nancy and Tricia discuss how therapy can change the way you mother and what therapy has done for them at different stages in their lives.  They discuss finding a good therapist, what to discuss with the therapist and surprises that happen in therapy.

Worried about getting therapy? Today’s therapy is life coaching.  No more Freud and no more laying on the couch.  Therapists give you tools to use in daily life and other ways to look at the situation you are in.  With these tools, you are better-prepared to handle the tough stuff.

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Nancy and Tricia discuss how therapy can change the way you mother and what therapy has done for them at different stages in their lives.  They discuss finding a good therapist, what to discuss with the therapist and surprises that happen in therapy. Worried about getting therapy? Today’s therapy is life coaching.  No more Freud and no more laying on the couch.  Therapists give you tools to use in daily life and other ways to look at the situation you are in.  With these tools, you are better-prepared to handle the tough stuff.
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Packing in Carry-Ons Only Even with Kids http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/20/family-packing-in-carry-ons/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:15:27 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2147 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/20/family-packing-in-carry-ons/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/20/family-packing-in-carry-ons/feed/ 1 We Nancy and her kids are taking a 2 week trip in carry-on luggage only. Think it’s impossible?  Tricia can’t pack for a weekend in anything less than a large suitcase.  But Krista Paul, VP Content Marketing at eBags, explains tips and tricks to get the most out of carry-on luggage. You will be surprised … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/20/family-packing-in-carry-ons/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Packing in Carry-Ons Only Even with Kids"</span></a></p> We Nancy and her kids are taking a 2 week trip in carry-on luggage only. Think it’s impossible?  Tricia can’t pack for a weekend in anything less than a large suitcase.  But Krista Paul, VP Content Marketing at eBags, explains tips and tricks to get the most out of carry-on luggage. You will be surprised at how much you can actually take using these tricks.

Nancy and her kids are packing their clothing and Anna’s big blanket using the eBags Packing Cubes. Below you can see all their clothes packed up as well as Anna’s blanket and the bags they are taking with them. Nancy is in purple, Alex is in blue and Anna is in green (one for her and one for her blanket).  Then check out the packing tips below.

All our clothes and one big blanket
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Anna’s big blanket packed in the eBags Small Packing Cube
The bags we will carry–nothing else!

Other Great Travel Finds

I will be using the SHOLDIT and the Limber Stretch to secure things like passports, credit cards and phones.  Pick Pockets won’t know where to find our valuables!

NOTE:  I said that one version SHOLDIT baby carrier–OOPS.  It is a nursing scarf and has the pocket I like so much.

Using the Shouldit for my credit cards and passport
Using the Shouldit for my credit cards and passport
Not My Body! But Using Limber Stretch
Not My Body! But Using Limber Stretch

Travel Suggestions from Nancy and Krista

Bags

  • Each passenger gets 1 carry on and one personal item (and one bag for toiletries) but maybe you don’t need them
  • Decide if you need roll on or backpack
    • If you have to walk, think backpack
    • Roll on for kids (consider one with wheels that go all ways so they can push it instead of pull it) if you don’t need to walk
    • If you have a baby, you can wear a backpack and a baby carrier/sling
  • Make sure you measure the bags to ensure they will meet airline requirements (some airlines are more stringent)
  • Use your day bag as your personal item for the cabin and include:
    • Things to do, snacks, sweater or shawl (it’s cold on a plane)
    • Change of clothes for small children
    • Sanitizing wipes or spray
    • Electronics for easy access
    • Important documents

Clothing

  • Pile everything you are going to take and take things out (get really critical)
  • If you have time, wear what you are going to take and see how it works (if you are going for a week, wear your items for a week and see if you actually wear it all).
  • Do a rehearsal run of packing and carrying/wheeling your luggage. If you have kids, involve them. Have them carry their bags or if they are small, practice holding their hands with your luggage
  • Keep jewelry simple
  • Find out if you can do laundry at your destination or bring a sink plug and a rope so you can wash things in your hotel room with a bar of detergent like Fels Naptha (no liquids)
  • Pack clothes that wash easily and dry quickly. If not, you might want to change clothes.
  • Americans wash clothes way more than people do in other countries. Wash only the important parts (stains and private areas).
  • Think Layers not bulky sweaters/jackets (if it’s a cold destination bring thermals).

Toiletries

  • Invest in the little sizes or the bottles you can transfer your creams and shampoos to (and label those).
  • Remember the 3-1-1 rule
  • Bring meds you need in bottles with prescription.
  • Limit makeup.
  • Bring makeup remover wipes instead of a liquid (you can pack it in your carry on instead of in the 3-1-1 bag

Packing Techniques

  • Wear your heaviest shoes and clothes on the plane
  • Rolling? /Cubes?

Electronics

  • Use electronics that do double duty (camera/phone; reader/video player/game console)
  • Pack one electronic per person
  • Bring plugs/converters for your destination plus a power strip (most destinations never have enough outlets)

Consider shipping to your destination or buying things there

  • Ship diapers from Amazon Prime to your destination
  • Make a run to the store when you get there

Other things

  • Foldable Water Bottles
  • TSA Locks so they can get in your bag without ruining your lock

 

Read about Extreme Packing: One Bag for a Family of 4 for 21 Days in Europe

Their guidelines:

  • One, at most two, changes of clothing
  • Basic hygiene items
  • One (small) comfort item per child
  • One electronic device

 

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We Nancy and her kids are taking a 2 week trip in carry-on luggage only. Think it’s impossible?  Tricia can’t pack for a weekend in anything less than a large suitcase.  But Krista Paul, VP Content Marketing at eBags, Nancy and her kids are packing their clothing and Anna’s big blanket using the eBags Packing Cubes. Below you can see all their clothes packed up as well as Anna’s blanket and the bags they are taking with them. Nancy is in purple, Alex is in blue and Anna is in green (one for her and one for her blanket).  Then check out the packing tips below.

Other Great Travel Finds


I will be using the SHOLDIT and the Limber Stretch to secure things like passports, credit cards and phones.  Pick Pockets won’t know where to find our valuables!
NOTE:  I said that one version SHOLDIT baby carrier–OOPS.  It is a nursing scarf and has the pocket I like so much.
Travel Suggestions from Nancy and Krista
Bags

* Each passenger gets 1 carry on and one personal item (and one bag for toiletries) but maybe you don’t need them
* Decide if you need roll on or backpack

* If you have to walk, think backpack
* Roll on for kids (consider one with wheels that go all ways so they can push it instead of pull it) if you don’t need to walk
* If you have a baby, you can wear a backpack and a baby carrier/sling


* Make sure you measure the bags to ensure they will meet airline requirements (some airlines are more stringent)
* Use your day bag as your personal item for the cabin and include:

* Things to do, snacks, sweater or shawl (it’s cold on a plane)
* Change of clothes for small children
* Sanitizing wipes or spray
* Electronics for easy access
* Important documents



Clothing

* Pile everything you are going to take and take things out (get really critical)
* If you have time, wear what you are going to take and see how it works (if you are going for a week, wear your items for a week and see if you actually wear it all).
* Do a rehearsal run of packing and carrying/wheeling your luggage. If you have kids, involve them. Have them carry their bags or if they are small, practice holding their hands with your luggage
* Keep jewelry simple
* Find out if you can do laundry at your destination or bring a sink plug and a rope so you can wash things in your hotel room with a bar of detergent like Fels Naptha (no liquids)
* Pack clothes that wash easily and dry quickly. If not, you might want to change clothes.
* Americans wash clothes way more than people do in other countries. Wash only the important parts (stains and private areas).
* Think Layers not bulky sweaters/jackets (if it’s a cold destination bring thermals).

Toiletries

* Invest in the little sizes or the bottles you can transfer your creams and shampoos to (and label those).
* Remember the 3-1-1 rule
* Bring meds you need in bottles with prescription.
* Limit makeup.
* Bring makeup remover wipes instead of a liquid (you can pack it in your carry on instead of in the 3-1-1 bag

Packing Techniques

* Wear your heaviest shoes and clothes on the plane
* Rolling? /Cubes?

Electronics

* Use electronics that do double duty (camera/phone; reader/video player/game console)
* Pack one electronic per person
* Bring plugs/converters for your destination plus a power strip (most d...]]>
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Adoption http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/10/adoption/ Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:49:58 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2131 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/10/adoption/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/10/adoption/feed/ 0 Beverly discusses the joys and struggles of adoption.  She has adopted babies at birth as well as adopting older children.  She has also adopted in the US and Internationally.  Her experiences will help you decide if adoption is a possibility you should explore. She gives guidance and tips on how to find an adoption agency … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/10/adoption/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Adoption"</span></a></p> Beverly discusses the joys and struggles of adoption.  She has adopted babies at birth as well as adopting older children.  She has also adopted in the US and Internationally.  Her experiences will help you decide if adoption is a possibility you should explore.

She gives guidance and tips on how to find an adoption agency and how to make adoption work with your family dynamics.  She also discusses how to know if you are ready to adopt.

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Beverly discusses the joys and struggles of adoption.  She has adopted babies at birth as well as adopting older children.  She has also adopted in the US and Internationally.  Her experiences will help you decide if adoption is a possibility you shoul... She gives guidance and tips on how to find an adoption agency and how to make adoption work with your family dynamics.  She also discusses how to know if you are ready to adopt.
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Taking Kids Out of School for Travel http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/02/taking-kids-out-of-school-for-travel/ Sat, 02 Apr 2016 13:10:21 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2135 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/02/taking-kids-out-of-school-for-travel/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/02/taking-kids-out-of-school-for-travel/feed/ 0 Nancy shares her exciting news about an upcoming trip and how to take kids out of school for travel.  Some school districts fine parents for taking kids out and others just don’t like it.  There are ways to make a trip work for both your family and your child’s classroom. What to consider first: Know … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/04/02/taking-kids-out-of-school-for-travel/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Taking Kids Out of School for Travel"</span></a></p> Nancy shares her exciting news about an upcoming trip and how to take kids out of school for travel.  Some school districts fine parents for taking kids out and others just don’t like it.  There are ways to make a trip work for both your family and your child’s classroom.

What to consider first:

  • Know what your child’s School Policy is and how you can work with it.
  • Ask yourself how is your child doing in school and can they make up the work?
  • Ask your child how she feels about missing school.  This may not be the right time for your child.
  • What grade is your child in? Earlier grades are easier than when it counts in High School.
  • What time of year is it? Time travel when it is close to a break or not during important testing time or semester finals.

Some tips to help in taking your kids out of school:

  • Talk to the teacher(s) before you plan the trip and Ask them. Talk to the Principal as well.
  • Go in with an Educational Plan (why the trip is educational) explain to teachers they history, geography, language arts, and science your child will learn.
  • If necessary, make plans to cover topics missed—not just homework so that your child is caught up with the rest of the class.
  • Keep the amount of school missed short and if you can’t make it short, make a really good pitch.
  • Remember you are your child’s main educator and if you feel the trip will be educational, take it.

Making the Pitch:

  • Show how your Child will be Learning
  • Quantify the Results
  • Make it benefit the Class
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Nancy shares her exciting news about an upcoming trip and how to take kids out of school for travel.  Some school districts fine parents for taking kids out and others just don’t like it.  There are ways to make a trip work for both your family and you... What to consider first:

* Know what your child’s School Policy is and how you can work with it.
* Ask yourself how is your child doing in school and can they make up the work?
* Ask your child how she feels about missing school.  This may not be the right time for your child.
* What grade is your child in? Earlier grades are easier than when it counts in High School.
* What time of year is it? Time travel when it is close to a break or not during important testing time or semester finals.

Some tips to help in taking your kids out of school:

* Talk to the teacher(s) before you plan the trip and Ask them. Talk to the Principal as well.
* Go in with an Educational Plan (why the trip is educational) explain to teachers they history, geography, language arts, and science your child will learn.
* If necessary, make plans to cover topics missed—not just homework so that your child is caught up with the rest of the class.
* Keep the amount of school missed short and if you can’t make it short, make a really good pitch.
* Remember you are your child’s main educator and if you feel the trip will be educational, take it.

Making the Pitch:

* Show how your Child will be Learning
* Quantify the Results
* Make it benefit the Class

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Changing the Community http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/03/21/changing-the-community/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:34:06 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2124 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/03/21/changing-the-community/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/03/21/changing-the-community/feed/ 1 Mindy Gleason, a mother not afraid to open her mouth and speak for change, discusses how she is making a difference for children in her community and how you can find the courage to make a change in your neighborhood or city. Mindy is the mother of two amazing girls.  Her oldest, Presley, has a … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/03/21/changing-the-community/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Changing the Community"</span></a></p> Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 6.22.24 AMMindy Gleason, a mother not afraid to open her mouth and speak for change, discusses how she is making a difference for children in her community and how you can find the courage to make a change in your neighborhood or city.

Mindy is the mother of two amazing girls.  Her oldest, Presley, has a rare disease causing her to be in a wheelchair and on a ventilator.  Presley is incredibly social and loves to be with her friends. Because of her issues, Presley has a hard time finding parks where she can play.   She is always stopped by wood chips and park barriers.

Mindy was inspired to approach the City of Orem and ask for changes at a local park, but the park idea has gone much further.  Now the City of Orem is building an All-Abilities park where children of all abilities can play together.  Listen to Mindy’s story of triumph and her advice on how to make something happen in your community

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Mindy Gleason, a mother not afraid to open her mouth and speak for change, discusses how she is making a difference for children in her community and how you can find the courage to make a change in your neighborhood or city. Mindy Gleason, a mother not afraid to open her mouth and speak for change, discusses how she is making a difference for children in her community and how you can find the courage to make a change in your neighborhood or city.
Mindy is the mother of two amazing girls.  Her oldest, Presley, has a rare disease causing her to be in a wheelchair and on a ventilator.  Presley is incredibly social and loves to be with her friends. Because of her issues, Presley has a hard time finding parks where she can play.   She is always stopped by wood chips and park barriers.
Mindy was inspired to approach the City of Orem and ask for changes at a local park, but the park idea has gone much further.  Now the City of Orem is building an All-Abilities park where children of all abilities can play together.  Listen to Mindy’s story of triumph and her advice on how to make something happen in your community
Learn more about the All-Together Playground and how you can donate to this amazing cause.
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Embrace Life http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/03/11/embrace-life/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 18:42:17 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2119 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/03/11/embrace-life/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/03/11/embrace-life/feed/ 0 Mindy Gleason, mother extraordinaire and proponent of a positive outlook, describes how she met the challenges in the darkest part of her motherhood journey and rose above the pain to embrace life and learn wisdom we can all use in our daily lives. Mindy is the mom of two amazing girls.  Her daughter, Presley, is … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/03/11/embrace-life/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Embrace Life"</span></a></p> Mindy Gleason, mother extraordinaire and proponent of a positive outlook, describes how she met the challenges in the darkest part of her motherhood journey and rose above the pain to embrace life and learn wisdom we can all use in our daily lives.

Mindy is the mom of two amazing girls.  Her daughter, Presley, is an inspiration to people all across the globe.  Take a look at their amazing journey over these past 6 years and where they are now.  We can all learn to allow our children to soar from the flight that Mindy and Presley have taken.

And remember to share this show and the links to the Vote for Presley campaign so she can win a bike for her special needs.

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Mindy Gleason, mother extraordinaire and proponent of a positive outlook, describes how she met the challenges in the darkest part of her motherhood journey and rose above the pain to embrace life and learn wisdom we can all use in our daily lives. Mindy is the mom of two amazing girls.  Her daughter, Presley, is an inspiration to people all across the globe.  Take a look at their amazing journey over these past 6 years and where they are now.  We can all learn to allow our children to soar from the flight that Mindy and Presley have taken.
And remember to share this show and the links to the Vote for Presley campaign so she can win a bike for her special needs.

* Bike Giveaway https://www.friendshipcircle.org/bikes/2016/02/presley-g/
* Movie about Pres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMCBv3rPcU8&feature=youtu.be
* The All Together Playground http://www.alltogetherplayground.com

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Self Compassion http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/02/12/self-compassion/ Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:49:30 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2088 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/02/12/self-compassion/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/02/12/self-compassion/feed/ 0 Katie McClain, author of How to Tame Your Thought Monster, discusses how we can have compassion for ourselves when we feel a pain deep within ourselves.  Self-compassion allows us to give ourselves the comfort that a good friend would give us.  Using the findings of Dr. Kristin Neff, Katie has created Kind Cards to help … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/02/12/self-compassion/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Self Compassion"</span></a></p> Katie McClain, author of How to Tame Your Thought Monster, discusses how we can have compassion for ourselves when we feel a pain deep within ourselves.  Self-compassion allows us to give ourselves the comfort that a good friend would give us.  Using the findings of Dr. Kristin Neff, Katie has created Kind Cards to help us walk through the process.  She works through the process with Tricia.

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Katie McClain, author of How to Tame Your Thought Monster, discusses how we can have compassion for ourselves when we feel a pain deep within ourselves.  Self-compassion allows us to give ourselves the comfort that a good friend would give us. Kind Cards to help us walk through the process.  She works through the process with Tricia.
Be compassionate to yourself and have a listen!
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Raise the Child You Got Not the One You Want http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/02/03/raise-the-child-you-got-not-the-one-you-want/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:32:12 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2087 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/02/03/raise-the-child-you-got-not-the-one-you-want/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/02/03/raise-the-child-you-got-not-the-one-you-want/feed/ 0 Your child is born with inherent attitudes and traits (their CoreSelf).  Nancy Rose, author of Raise the Child You Got Not the One You Want explains how understanding a child’s core traits can help us see our children for who they are and not what we want them to be.  From this position of strength … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/02/03/raise-the-child-you-got-not-the-one-you-want/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Raise the Child You Got Not the One You Want"</span></a></p> Your child is born with inherent attitudes and traits (their CoreSelf).  Nancy Rose, author of Raise the Child You Got Not the One You Want explains how understanding a child’s core traits can help us see our children for who they are and not what we want them to be.  From this position of strength and leadership, we can help direct them to be productive and well-balanced adults.

We discuss how to mitigate conflicts when a parent and child have opposite CoreSelf traits and how to guide behavior when a CoreSelf trait may cause issues.  Finally, we discuss how we can change our language and attitudes about our children’s CoreSelf traits so that we don’t describe their core traits as negative (inflexible vs. consistent; lazy vs. energy conservationist).

Co-host Nancy and her family used the CoreSelf checklist to understand each family member’s CoreSelf traits and this has helped family interactions and has led to better ways to deal with challenging behaviors (in both parents and children).

Check our our previous podcast on Understanding Your Child’s CoreSelf. Download the CoreSelf list for yourself at Nancy Rose’s website (you sign up for her email and the link is sent to you–just know you don’t get spammed or get too much email–I haven’t gotten any additional ones).

If you have older children, it is a great experience to have a family meeting and have each member mark their CoreSelf traits on their own paper and then discuss them together and how these traits help the family or can be improved.

Check out Nancy’s videos on her blog. These explain the 9 traits of the CoreSelf.

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Your child is born with inherent attitudes and traits (their CoreSelf).  Nancy Rose, author of Raise the Child You Got Not the One You Want explains how understanding a child’s core traits can help us see our children for who they are and not what we w... Raise the Child You Got Not the One You Want explains how understanding a child’s core traits can help us see our children for who they are and not what we want them to be.  From this position of strength and leadership, we can help direct them to be productive and well-balanced adults.
We discuss how to mitigate conflicts when a parent and child have opposite CoreSelf traits and how to guide behavior when a CoreSelf trait may cause issues.  Finally, we discuss how we can change our language and attitudes about our children’s CoreSelf traits so that we don’t describe their core traits as negative (inflexible vs. consistent; lazy vs. energy conservationist).
Co-host Nancy and her family used the CoreSelf checklist to understand each family member’s CoreSelf traits and this has helped family interactions and has led to better ways to deal with challenging behaviors (in both parents and children).
Check our our previous podcast on Understanding Your Child’s CoreSelf. Download the CoreSelf list for yourself at Nancy Rose’s website (you sign up for her email and the link is sent to you–just know you don’t get spammed or get too much email–I haven’t gotten any additional ones).
If you have older children, it is a great experience to have a family meeting and have each member mark their CoreSelf traits on their own paper and then discuss them together and how these traits help the family or can be improved.
Check out Nancy’s videos on her blog. These explain the 9 traits of the CoreSelf.
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Can You Hear Me Now that You had a Baby http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/01/24/can-you-hear-me-now-that-you-had-a-baby/ Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:31:49 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2085 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/01/24/can-you-hear-me-now-that-you-had-a-baby/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/01/24/can-you-hear-me-now-that-you-had-a-baby/feed/ 0 Did you know that having a baby could ruin your hearing?  It’s not from the screaming child.  Listen and learn how Tricia learned about otosclerosis and how having 4 children helped her to lose hearing in one ear.  And learn how a doctor solved her problem.  Can She Hear Us Now?  Listen and find out! … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/01/24/can-you-hear-me-now-that-you-had-a-baby/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Can You Hear Me Now that You had a Baby"</span></a></p> Did you know that having a baby could ruin your hearing?  It’s not from the screaming child.  Listen and learn how Tricia learned about otosclerosis and how having 4 children helped her to lose hearing in one ear.  And learn how a doctor solved her problem.  Can She Hear Us Now?  Listen and find out!

For more information on otosclerosis, check out this site.  As soon as Tricia meets with her doctor for her follow-up and gets more information about other resources, we will post them here.

 

 

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Did you know that having a baby could ruin your hearing?  It’s not from the screaming child.  Listen and learn how Tricia learned about otosclerosis and how having 4 children helped her to lose hearing in one ear. Did you know that having a baby could ruin your hearing?  It’s not from the screaming child.  Listen and learn how Tricia learned about otosclerosis and how having 4 children helped her to lose hearing in one ear.  And learn how a doctor solved her problem.  Can She Hear Us Now?  Listen and find out!
For more information on otosclerosis, check out this site.  As soon as Tricia meets with her doctor for her follow-up and gets more information about other resources, we will post them here.
 
 
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Our Top Picks http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/01/06/our-top-picks/ Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:09:32 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2046 http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/01/06/our-top-picks/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/01/06/our-top-picks/feed/ 0 We discuss our top picks for products and stores and more.  Here are the links to the products discussed: Norwex PureWorks Rubbermaid LunchBlox Amazon Prime Kohl’s Groupon Note: This show was recorded before the holidays.  We did not get it posted.  Sorry that some of the references are pre-Christmas.  The products are still amazing and … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2016/01/06/our-top-picks/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Our Top Picks"</span></a></p> We discuss our top picks for products and stores and more.  Here are the links to the products discussed:

Note: This show was recorded before the holidays.  We did not get it posted.  Sorry that some of the references are pre-Christmas.  The products are still amazing and some of the same deals can be had.

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We discuss our top picks for products and stores and more.  Here are the links to the products discussed: Norwex PureWorks Rubbermaid LunchBlox Amazon Prime Kohl’s Groupon Note: This show was recorded before the holidays.  We did not get it posted.
* Norwex
* PureWorks
* Rubbermaid LunchBlox
* Amazon Prime
* Kohl’s
* Groupon

Note: This show was recorded before the holidays.  We did not get it posted.  Sorry that some of the references are pre-Christmas.  The products are still amazing and some of the same deals can be had.
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Flying with Kids: Insider Tips http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/18/flying-with-kids-insider-tips/ Sat, 19 Dec 2015 04:08:54 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2039 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/18/flying-with-kids-insider-tips/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/18/flying-with-kids-insider-tips/feed/ 1 Pamela Gann, a mom of 2 and former flight attendant discusses tips for flying with children.  She is the author of Flying with Kids: Insider Tips and Tricks from a Flight Attendant Mommy. We discuss: how to get through Security flying alone car seats on planes packing tips traveling with infants Pam is a long-time … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/18/flying-with-kids-insider-tips/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Flying with Kids: Insider Tips"</span></a></p> Pamela Gann, a mom of 2 and former flight attendant discusses tips for flying with children.  She is the author of Flying with Kids: Insider Tips and Tricks from a Flight Attendant Mommy.

We discuss:

  • how to get through Security
  • flying alone
  • car seats on planes
  • packing tips
  • traveling with infants

Pam is a long-time listener.  We loved talking with her!

 

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Pamela Gann, a mom of 2 and former flight attendant discusses tips for flying with children.  She is the author of Flying with Kids: Insider Tips and Tricks from a Flight Attendant Mommy. We discuss: how to get through Security flying alone car seats o... Flying with Kids: Insider Tips and Tricks from a Flight Attendant Mommy.
We discuss:

* how to get through Security
* flying alone
* car seats on planes
* packing tips
* traveling with infants

Pam is a long-time listener.  We loved talking with her!
 
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Fears of World Events http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/13/fears-of-world-events/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 04:02:46 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2037 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/13/fears-of-world-events/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/13/fears-of-world-events/feed/ 0 With the recent terror attacks abroad and at home, children may feel insecure and fearful.  Nancy and Tricia discuss strategies for helping our children feel safe and how to deal with the onslaught of media discussing the horrors.  Learn how to help children of all ages deal with this including what you as a parent … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/13/fears-of-world-events/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Fears of World Events"</span></a></p> With the recent terror attacks abroad and at home, children may feel insecure and fearful.  Nancy and Tricia discuss strategies for helping our children feel safe and how to deal with the onslaught of media discussing the horrors.  Learn how to help children of all ages deal with this including what you as a parent should not do.

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Chicks on Sticks–Join Us! http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/04/time-to-learn-to-ski/ Sat, 05 Dec 2015 03:39:05 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2031 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/04/time-to-learn-to-ski/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/04/time-to-learn-to-ski/feed/ 0 Uber ski instructor Kipper Warren Cluff explains Sundance Ladies Day to Tricia and why skiing is an excellent option for women–even those who have had a bad experience in the past or don’t like cold. Long time listeners know that Nancy took on the challenge 4 years ago and you can read about her exploits … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/12/04/time-to-learn-to-ski/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Chicks on Sticks–Join Us!"</span></a></p> KipperNancyUber ski instructor Kipper Warren Cluff explains Sundance Ladies Day to Tricia and why skiing is an excellent option for women–even those who have had a bad experience in the past or don’t like cold.

Long time listeners know that Nancy took on the challenge 4 years ago and you can read about her exploits on her Sundance Ladies Day page.  But in this podcast, Tricia talks to Kipper and decides if skiing is right for her.   Once she joins us, she will be a member of our group called Chicks on Sticks.

Don’t be deterred from listening if you don’t live in Utah or you think you will never ski because you live in the Bahamas.  There are lots of lessons to learn about taking on a challenge that is both physical and mental.  Maybe you want to run a marathon and this will inspire you.  I don’t know why you would ever want to run a marathon, but you  may be thinking that I am crazy for throwing myself down a mountain on sticks.

Interested in learning more? Contact me directly at nancy@babiesandmomsradio.com and I’ll let you know how to join Chicks on Sticks.  You can also read my recent guest blog post on the Sundance blog. If you live in another state, look for a ladies program at your local resort.  If all else fails, take a lesson.  It really makes all the difference and will get you enjoying both a mental and physical challenge (mostly mental) that will invigorate the long winter months.

See me getting my Bearclaw pin from Kipper?  They usually give the pin to little kids when they learn to ski the mountain, so Kipper thought it was appropriate for me.  I treasure that pin and the friendships I have made on the mountain.   CHICKS ON STICKS RULE!

#prayforsnow
#sundanceresort

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Uber ski instructor Kipper Warren Cluff explains Sundance Ladies Day to Tricia and why skiing is an excellent option for women–even those who have had a bad experience in the past or don’t like cold. Long time listeners know that Nancy took on the chal... Uber ski instructor Kipper Warren Cluff explains Sundance Ladies Day to Tricia and why skiing is an excellent option for women–even those who have had a bad experience in the past or don’t like cold.
Long time listeners know that Nancy took on the challenge 4 years ago and you can read about her exploits on her Sundance Ladies Day page.  But in this podcast, Tricia talks to Kipper and decides if skiing is right for her.   Once she joins us, she will be a member of our group called Chicks on Sticks.
Don’t be deterred from listening if you don’t live in Utah or you think you will never ski because you live in the Bahamas.  There are lots of lessons to learn about taking on a challenge that is both physical and mental.  Maybe you want to run a marathon and this will inspire you.  I don’t know why you would ever want to run a marathon, but you  may be thinking that I am crazy for throwing myself down a mountain on sticks.
Interested in learning more? Contact me directly at nancy@babiesandmomsradio.com and I’ll let you know how to join Chicks on Sticks.  You can also read my recent guest blog post on the Sundance blog. If you live in another state, look for a ladies program at your local resort.  If all else fails, take a lesson.  It really makes all the difference and will get you enjoying both a mental and physical challenge (mostly mental) that will invigorate the long winter months.
See me getting my Bearclaw pin from Kipper?  They usually give the pin to little kids when they learn to ski the mountain, so Kipper thought it was appropriate for me.  I treasure that pin and the friendships I have made on the mountain.   CHICKS ON STICKS RULE!
#prayforsnow

#sundanceresort
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Toddlers Establishing Independence http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/11/20/toddlers-establishing-independence/ Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:39:04 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2025 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/11/20/toddlers-establishing-independence/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/11/20/toddlers-establishing-independence/feed/ 0 Shelly and Clarie Lerner (our favorite guest from Zero to Three) discuss why Henry is acting up in Australia and how Shelly can reframe the situation to see that Henry is not being defiant.  It isn’t really a Terrible Two thing either.  This is a time with toddlers begin to explore their independence. Also, Claire … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/11/20/toddlers-establishing-independence/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Toddlers Establishing Independence"</span></a></p> ShellyHenryShelly and Clarie Lerner (our favorite guest from Zero to Three) discuss why Henry is acting up in Australia and how Shelly can reframe the situation to see that Henry is not being defiant.  It isn’t really a Terrible Two thing either.  This is a time with toddlers begin to explore their independence.

Also, Claire and Shelly discuss how the move to Australia could trigger other feelings in Henry.  They also discuss how Shelly’s other kids are adjusting and why Shelly’s oldest child in Australia is experiencing the same feelings that her youngest is experiencing.

Check out more about Claire at Zero to Three.

Read more about Shelly’s adventures in Australia at Seven On Sabbatical.

Note: This show is much longer than our regular shows but packed with amazing information.  We will take next week off for Thanksgiving.  Please give thanks for all the great people in your life!

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Shelly and Clarie Lerner (our favorite guest from Zero to Three) discuss why Henry is acting up in Australia and how Shelly can reframe the situation to see that Henry is not being defiant.  It isn’t really a Terrible Two thing either. Shelly and Clarie Lerner (our favorite guest from Zero to Three) discuss why Henry is acting up in Australia and how Shelly can reframe the situation to see that Henry is not being defiant.  It isn’t really a Terrible Two thing either.  This is a time with toddlers begin to explore their independence.
Also, Claire and Shelly discuss how the move to Australia could trigger other feelings in Henry.  They also discuss how Shelly’s other kids are adjusting and why Shelly’s oldest child in Australia is experiencing the same feelings that her youngest is experiencing.
Check out more about Claire at Zero to Three.
Read more about Shelly’s adventures in Australia at Seven On Sabbatical.
Note: This show is much longer than our regular shows but packed with amazing information.  We will take next week off for Thanksgiving.  Please give thanks for all the great people in your life!
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Becoming a Better Mom By Hearing our Internal Story http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/11/01/becoming-a-better-mom-by-hearing-our-internal-story/ Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:49:48 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2008 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/11/01/becoming-a-better-mom-by-hearing-our-internal-story/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/11/01/becoming-a-better-mom-by-hearing-our-internal-story/feed/ 0 We talk with Katie McClain, author, life coach and mother, about what happens when we find out that our parenting tactics and the stories we tell ourselves affect our children and weaken us as parents.  We learn how to parent from our strengths and change our internal stories and our tactics for success. Learn more … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/11/01/becoming-a-better-mom-by-hearing-our-internal-story/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Becoming a Better Mom By Hearing our Internal Story"</span></a></p> We talk with Katie McClain, author, life coach and mother, about what happens when we find out that our parenting tactics and the stories we tell ourselves affect our children and weaken us as parents.  We learn how to parent from our strengths and change our internal stories and our tactics for success.

Learn more about Katie McClain, go to www.katiemcclain.com

Katie’s Book we Love: How to Tame Your Thought Monster
Tame Your Thought Monster Coloring Book
Tame Your Thought Monster App

 

To listen to the Thought Monster show, go to http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/11/taming-your-thought-monster/

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We talk with Katie McClain, author, life coach and mother, about what happens when we find out that our parenting tactics and the stories we tell ourselves affect our children and weaken us as parents.  We learn how to parent from our strengths and cha... Learn more about Katie McClain, go to www.katiemcclain.com
Katie’s Book we Love: How to Tame Your Thought Monster

Tame Your Thought Monster Coloring Book

Tame Your Thought Monster App
 
To listen to the Thought Monster show, go to http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/11/taming-your-thought-monster/
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Baby Signing Essentials–Nancy’s New Book http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/23/baby-signing-essentials-nancys-new-book/ Fri, 23 Oct 2015 19:27:03 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2005 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/23/baby-signing-essentials-nancys-new-book/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/23/baby-signing-essentials-nancys-new-book/feed/ 0 We discuss Nancy’s new book Baby Signing Essentials and the basics of why you would want to sign with your baby.  If you are out of the baby stage, this book makes a great gift for a friend who is having a baby or has a young child. Email to Nancy if you want to … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/23/baby-signing-essentials-nancys-new-book/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Baby Signing Essentials–Nancy’s New Book"</span></a></p> We discuss Nancy’s new book Baby Signing Essentials and the basics of why you would want to sign with your baby.  If you are out of the baby stage, this book makes a great gift for a friend who is having a baby or has a young child.

Email to Nancy if you want to get a free copy of the book (first 2 emails win).  nancy@babiesandmomsradio.com

 

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We discuss Nancy’s new book Baby Signing Essentials and the basics of why you would want to sign with your baby.  If you are out of the baby stage, this book makes a great gift for a friend who is having a baby or has a young child. Baby Signing Essentials and the basics of why you would want to sign with your baby.  If you are out of the baby stage, this book makes a great gift for a friend who is having a baby or has a young child.
Email to Nancy if you want to get a free copy of the book (first 2 emails win).  nancy@babiesandmomsradio.com
 
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Understanding Your Child’s CoreSelf http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/16/understanding-your-childs-coreself/ Fri, 16 Oct 2015 18:13:20 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2003 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/16/understanding-your-childs-coreself/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/16/understanding-your-childs-coreself/feed/ 4 We think our job is a parent is to raise a child who is a success and that we have the experience to see what their potential is and how to mold them into the best adult possible. We feel that we need to create the right situations and encourage or kids to be the … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/16/understanding-your-childs-coreself/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Understanding Your Child’s CoreSelf"</span></a></p> We think our job is a parent is to raise a child who is a success and that we have the experience to see what their potential is and how to mold them into the best adult possible. We feel that we need to create the right situations and encourage or kids to be the best they can be and anything less is not good enough. And most kids want to please us so we can really influence our kids. BUT IS THAT REALLY SUCCESS as a parent?

Author Nancy Rose writes that there are two parts to parenting from Acceptance:

  • Who your child is and the parts you cannot change (She calls this the CoreSelf)
  • What your child does and the things you can and must influence (your child’s behavior)

Tricia and Nancy discuss how understanding your child’s CoreSelf can lead you to be a better parent to the child you have instead of the potential child you want. Check out the CoreSelf list for yourself at Nancy Rose’s website (you sign up for her email and the link is sent to you–just know you don’t get spammed or get too much email–I haven’t gotten any additional ones).

Quotes from today’s show:

Try to see your child as a seed that came in a packet without a label.  Your job is to provide the right environment and nutrients and to pull the weeds.  You can’t decide what kind of flower you’ll get or in which season it will bloom. – Anonymous

Acceptance is like the fertile soil that permits a tiny seed to develop into the lovely flower it is capable of becoming. The soil only enables the seed to become the flower. It releases the capacity of the seed to grow, but the capacity is entirely within the seed. As with the seed, a child contains entirely within his organism the capacity to develop. Acceptance is like the soil-it merely enables the child to actualize his potential.–Thomas Gordon

Check out our Second Podcast featuring Nancy Rose:  Raise the Child You Got Not the One you Want.

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We think our job is a parent is to raise a child who is a success and that we have the experience to see what their potential is and how to mold them into the best adult possible. We feel that we need to create the right situations and encourage or kid... Author Nancy Rose writes that there are two parts to parenting from Acceptance:

* Who your child is and the parts you cannot change (She calls this the CoreSelf)
* What your child does and the things you can and must influence (your child’s behavior)

Tricia and Nancy discuss how understanding your child’s CoreSelf can lead you to be a better parent to the child you have instead of the potential child you want. Check out the CoreSelf list for yourself at Nancy Rose’s website (you sign up for her email and the link is sent to you–just know you don’t get spammed or get too much email–I haven’t gotten any additional ones).
Quotes from today’s show:
Try to see your child as a seed that came in a packet without a label.  Your job is to provide the right environment and nutrients and to pull the weeds.  You can’t decide what kind of flower you’ll get or in which season it will bloom. – Anonymous
Acceptance is like the fertile soil that permits a tiny seed to develop into the lovely flower it is capable of becoming. The soil only enables the seed to become the flower. It releases the capacity of the seed to grow, but the capacity is entirely within the seed. As with the seed, a child contains entirely within his organism the capacity to develop. Acceptance is like the soil-it merely enables the child to actualize his potential.–Thomas Gordon
Check out our Second Podcast featuring Nancy Rose:  Raise the Child You Got Not the One you Want.
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Avoiding Toxic Relationships http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/08/avoiding-toxic-relationships/ Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:50:49 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=2001 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/08/avoiding-toxic-relationships/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/08/avoiding-toxic-relationships/feed/ 2 Jordin Corlett, founder of Boundaries of Love, discusses the warning signs of toxic relationships and how to avoid them.  We also discuss how to talk to your young adult children about toxic relationships.  Even if you are in a great relationship, this discussion helps you prepare for the discussion you might have to have with … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/10/08/avoiding-toxic-relationships/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Avoiding Toxic Relationships"</span></a></p> Jordin Corlett, founder of Boundaries of Love, discusses the warning signs of toxic relationships and how to avoid them.  We also discuss how to talk to your young adult children about toxic relationships.  Even if you are in a great relationship, this discussion helps you prepare for the discussion you might have to have with a child or friend.

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Jordin Corlett, founder of Boundaries of Love, discusses the warning signs of toxic relationships and how to avoid them.  We also discuss how to talk to your young adult children about toxic relationships.  Even if you are in a great relationship, ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 20:54 2001
From Australia with Love http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/09/29/from-australia-with-love/ Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:20:57 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1995 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/09/29/from-australia-with-love/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/09/29/from-australia-with-love/feed/ 3 We talk to Shelly who has moved to Australia and learn what the difference in life are and how it is for an American family to live in Australia for a year. ShellyAustraliaWe talk to Shelly who has moved to Australia and learn what the difference in life are and how it is for an American family to live in Australia for a year.

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We talk to Shelly who has moved to Australia and learn what the difference in life are and how it is for an American family to live in Australia for a year. We talk to Shelly who has moved to Australia and learn what the difference in life are and how it is for an American family to live in Australia for a year.
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Parenting the Introverted Child http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/07/05/parenting-the-introverted-child/ Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:29:27 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1987 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/07/05/parenting-the-introverted-child/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/07/05/parenting-the-introverted-child/feed/ 0 She was told her son had autism but today, he is in the top 4% of students across the country.  Pilar’s son is brilliant, but he is introverted so he never spoke up in class and had a hard time socializing with kids.  In our extrovert-oriented society, her son’s skills were not immediately valued.  Now … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/07/05/parenting-the-introverted-child/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Parenting the Introverted Child"</span></a></p> She was told her son had autism but today, he is in the top 4% of students across the country.  Pilar’s son is brilliant, but he is introverted so he never spoke up in class and had a hard time socializing with kids.  In our extrovert-oriented society, her son’s skills were not immediately valued.  Now that he has won national prizes for a documentary and an app that he created, people are beginning to see her son’s talents shine (even if he is still the quietest kid in the class.  Learn how to parent an introverted child and how to help them find their mojo.

Pilar recommends reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

And Check out the TED Talk on Introverts

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She was told her son had autism but today, he is in the top 4% of students across the country.  Pilar’s son is brilliant, but he is introverted so he never spoke up in class and had a hard time socializing with kids. Pilar recommends reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
And Check out the TED Talk on Introverts
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Who Do You Think You Are? http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/06/21/who-do-you-think-you-are/ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 04:24:41 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1985 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/06/21/who-do-you-think-you-are/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/06/21/who-do-you-think-you-are/feed/ 0 Finding your roots is not something that only the stars can do.  Now affordable DNA kits let you take a peek into your family’s past. Websites like Ancestry.com make locating ancestors easier.  And FamilySearch.org helps you write your family history.  Learn about Nancy’s experience as she tested her DNA and got a real surprise. Finding your roots is not something that only the stars can do.  Now affordable DNA kits let you take a peek into your family’s past. Websites like Ancestry.com make locating ancestors easier.  And FamilySearch.org helps you write your family history.  Learn about Nancy’s experience as she tested her DNA and got a real surprise.

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Finding your roots is not something that only the stars can do.  Now affordable DNA kits let you take a peek into your family’s past. Websites like Ancestry.com make locating ancestors easier.  And FamilySearch.org helps you write your family history. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 21:49 1985
Forget Stranger Danger Think Tricky People http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/06/07/forget-stranger-danger-think-tricky-people/ Mon, 08 Jun 2015 03:07:57 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1981 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/06/07/forget-stranger-danger-think-tricky-people/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/06/07/forget-stranger-danger-think-tricky-people/feed/ 0 Mom told you not to talk to strangers.  But she really should have told you to watch out for Tricky People! Pattie Fitzgerald, creator of Safely Ever After, discusses what we really should be worried about and how to arm our children so they are ready to face Tricky People.  Her website and books teach … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/06/07/forget-stranger-danger-think-tricky-people/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Forget Stranger Danger Think Tricky People"</span></a></p> Mom told you not to talk to strangers.  But she really should have told you to watch out for Tricky People! Pattie Fitzgerald, creator of Safely Ever After, discusses what we really should be worried about and how to arm our children so they are ready to face Tricky People.  Her website and books teach kids that they are the boss of their body.

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Mom told you not to talk to strangers.  But she really should have told you to watch out for Tricky People! Pattie Fitzgerald, creator of Safely Ever After, discusses what we really should be worried about and how to arm our children so they are ready ... Safely Ever After, discusses what we really should be worried about and how to arm our children so they are ready to face Tricky People.  Her website and books teach kids that they are the boss of their body.
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Traumatic Brain Injuries on the Rise http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/31/traumatic-brain-injuries-on-the-rise/ Mon, 01 Jun 2015 02:00:55 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1979 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/31/traumatic-brain-injuries-on-the-rise/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/31/traumatic-brain-injuries-on-the-rise/feed/ 0 According to the CDC, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in children increased 60% in the past decade.  We talk with Alexis Carroll, mother of a young man seriously injured in a skateboarding accident about how the decision to take off his helmet changed both their lives. This is a cautionary tale for every … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/31/traumatic-brain-injuries-on-the-rise/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Traumatic Brain Injuries on the Rise"</span></a></p> According to the CDC, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in children increased 60% in the past decade.  We talk with Alexis Carroll, mother of a young man seriously injured in a skateboarding accident about how the decision to take off his helmet changed both their lives. This is a cautionary tale for every mother with tips to help you keep your child safe when riding, boarding, scootering, or skating.

Check out the local news story on Alex and Alexis: http://m.ksl.com/index/story/sid/34279985

Check out the Facebook Page for Alex’s progress: https://www.facebook.com/AlexUpdates

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According to the CDC, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in children increased 60% in the past decade.  We talk with Alexis Carroll, mother of a young man seriously injured in a skateboarding accident about how the decision to take of... Check out the local news story on Alex and Alexis: http://m.ksl.com/index/story/sid/34279985
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Empowering Kids to Deal with a Hyper-sexualized World http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/17/empowering-kids-to-deal-with-a-hyper-sexualized-world/ Mon, 18 May 2015 01:31:55 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1977 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/17/empowering-kids-to-deal-with-a-hyper-sexualized-world/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/17/empowering-kids-to-deal-with-a-hyper-sexualized-world/feed/ 0 As never before, our society focuses on a person’s looks and sexuality.  From seemingly innocent ways to devastatingly manipulative ways, children are exposed to sexuality at younger and younger ages and in much more in-your-face ways.  How do we equip our children to deal with everything coming at them? Dina Alexander, President of Educate and … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/17/empowering-kids-to-deal-with-a-hyper-sexualized-world/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Empowering Kids to Deal with a Hyper-sexualized World"</span></a></p> As never before, our society focuses on a person’s looks and sexuality.  From seemingly innocent ways to devastatingly manipulative ways, children are exposed to sexuality at younger and younger ages and in much more in-your-face ways.  How do we equip our children to deal with everything coming at them? Dina Alexander, President of Educate and Empower Kids, explains what we need to do as parents and where we can get the resources we need to raise future adults who have a healthy understanding of sexuality and the amazing blessing it can be when approached appropriately.

Check out educateempowerkids.org/ for more resources.  Check out the 30 Days of Sex Talks books on Amazon.com

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As never before, our society focuses on a person’s looks and sexuality.  From seemingly innocent ways to devastatingly manipulative ways, children are exposed to sexuality at younger and younger ages and in much more in-your-face ways. Educate and Empower Kids, explains what we need to do as parents and where we can get the resources we need to raise future adults who have a healthy understanding of sexuality and the amazing blessing it can be when approached appropriately.
Check out educateempowerkids.org/ for more resources.  Check out the 30 Days of Sex Talks books on Amazon.com
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Free Range Vs Helicopter http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/04/free-range-vs-helicopter/ Tue, 05 May 2015 01:30:34 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1973 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/04/free-range-vs-helicopter/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/04/free-range-vs-helicopter/feed/ 0 The news has been filled with stories of children being picked up by the police for walking to the park to play with parents investigated for neglect. This got us thinking about whether the world is such an unsafe place that we need to hover over our children or raise them in glass cages or … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/05/04/free-range-vs-helicopter/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Free Range Vs Helicopter"</span></a></p> The news has been filled with stories of children being picked up by the police for walking to the park to play with parents investigated for neglect. This got us thinking about whether the world is such an unsafe place that we need to hover over our children or raise them in glass cages or if we are doing more damage by not allowing them to experience independence.  Should we be the ones to call 911 when we see children alone or can we be the block mom and assess the situation before we get hysterical?  We discuss our fears and the facts of today’s world.

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The news has been filled with stories of children being picked up by the police for walking to the park to play with parents investigated for neglect. This got us thinking about whether the world is such an unsafe place that we need to hover over our c... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 15:11 1973
Disneyland Tips 2015 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/28/disneyland-tips-2015/ Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:53:02 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1969 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/28/disneyland-tips-2015/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/28/disneyland-tips-2015/feed/ 0 Since it is one of the places most visited by families with kids (our main listeners) and since we go there ourselves, we want to share the tips we learn for a successful trip.  We discuss Tricia’s first trip with her clan and how she made the week spectacular. Check out Disneyland Tips from a … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/28/disneyland-tips-2015/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Disneyland Tips 2015"</span></a></p> Since it is one of the places most visited by families with kids (our main listeners) and since we go there ourselves, we want to share the tips we learn for a successful trip.  We discuss Tricia’s first trip with her clan and how she made the week spectacular.

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Since it is one of the places most visited by families with kids (our main listeners) and since we go there ourselves, we want to share the tips we learn for a successful trip.  We discuss Tricia’s first trip with her clan and how she made the week spe... Check out Disneyland Tips from a past show.
 
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Success in Weight Loss–It’s All In Your Head http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/17/success-in-weight-loss-its-all-in-your-head/ Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:46:58 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1967 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/17/success-in-weight-loss-its-all-in-your-head/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/17/success-in-weight-loss-its-all-in-your-head/feed/ 3 Tricia and Nancy discuss how to lose weight.  Both women have lost large amounts of weight (70+105 pounds) and have changed their lives.  Tricia is currently in the midst of her weight loss journey and is changing her life (70 pounds and going strong).  She shares the reasons for her success and she and Nancy … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/17/success-in-weight-loss-its-all-in-your-head/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Success in Weight Loss–It’s All In Your Head"</span></a></p> Tricia and Nancy discuss how to lose weight.  Both women have lost large amounts of weight (70+105 pounds) and have changed their lives.  Tricia is currently in the midst of her weight loss journey and is changing her life (70 pounds and going strong).  She shares the reasons for her success and she and Nancy talk about what is most important when you decide to change your body and change your life. Nancy shares her journey to lose 105 pounds and her journey back to lose the 30 pounds she gained after surgery and recovery.

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Tricia and Nancy discuss how to lose weight.  Both women have lost large amounts of weight (70+105 pounds) and have changed their lives.  Tricia is currently in the midst of her weight loss journey and is changing her life (70 pounds and going strong).... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 24:47 1967
Technology To Help Find Lost Kids http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/08/technology-to-help-find-lost-kids/ Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:14:42 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1958 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/08/technology-to-help-find-lost-kids/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/08/technology-to-help-find-lost-kids/feed/ 0 We talk to Spencer Behrend, Founder and CEO if KiLife about upcoming technology he and his wife envisioned after losing their child during a parade.  Kiband is more than bluetooth tag for your child.  It uses smart alerts to let you and your child know when your child has moved away from your zone of … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/02/08/technology-to-help-find-lost-kids/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Technology To Help Find Lost Kids"</span></a></p> We talk to Spencer Behrend, Founder and CEO if KiLife about upcoming technology he and his wife envisioned after losing their child during a parade.  Kiband is more than bluetooth tag for your child.  It uses smart alerts to let you and your child know when your child has moved away from your zone of comfort and allows your child to learn to stay in the zone.  It also has advanced features to warn you if your child enters the water.  This product is so evolutionary that we had to talk about it even though it isn’t even out in the market yet.   We want you to learn about it so you can be prepared when this great product is released.

Listen to Spencer and learn about the Kiband and how to develop an idea you have into a product. If you have ever had an idea and thought, “If I could find that product, I would buy it,” you may have a new product in the making.

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We talk to Spencer Behrend, Founder and CEO if KiLife about upcoming technology he and his wife envisioned after losing their child during a parade.  Kiband is more than bluetooth tag for your child.  It uses smart alerts to let you and your child know... Spencer Behrend, Founder and CEO if KiLife about upcoming technology he and his wife envisioned after losing their child during a parade.  Kiband is more than bluetooth tag for your child.  It uses smart alerts to let you and your child know when your child has moved away from your zone of comfort and allows your child to learn to stay in the zone.  It also has advanced features to warn you if your child enters the water.  This product is so evolutionary that we had to talk about it even though it isn’t even out in the market yet.   We want you to learn about it so you can be prepared when this great product is released.
Listen to Spencer and learn about the Kiband and how to develop an idea you have into a product. If you have ever had an idea and thought, “If I could find that product, I would buy it,” you may have a new product in the making.

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Decision Making Skills http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/01/11/decision-making-skills/ Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:30:36 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1892 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/01/11/decision-making-skills/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/01/11/decision-making-skills/feed/ 1 One of the best skills you can teach your child is to problem solve for them self.  Whether they are 4 or 14, this skill will become one they use throughout their life. Julie Nelson shares 5 steps to help kids learn how to make decisions along with practical examples to help you see how … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/01/11/decision-making-skills/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Decision Making Skills"</span></a></p> One of the best skills you can teach your child is to problem solve for them self.  Whether they are 4 or 14, this skill will become one they use throughout their life. Julie Nelson shares 5 steps to help kids learn how to make decisions along with practical examples to help you see how to put these steps into practice.

Step 1: Define the problem. Context changes perception for each person. Be sure that both people agree or moving forward will be going in the wrong direction.

Step 2: Generate possible solutions. Let the child do this as much as possible so they feel empowered. Don’t shoot them down right way. Let them feel safe with their ideas. Offer some of your own. If they say, “I don’t know,” tell them that you’ll give you both time to think about it and come back.

Step 3 Evaluate possible solutions. “That doesn’t work for me” is a good way to phrase a bad idea. Make sure this ends up being a win-win for both of you.

Step 4: Implement the decision. Try it out. See how it works. Step 5: Evaluate. Get back together and see how the solution worked or is working.

Step 5: Evaluate. Get back together and see how the solution worked or is working.

Check out Julie’s website at http://aspoonfulofparenting.com/ where she shares many more tips. And check out her book Parenting with Spiritual Power.

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One of the best skills you can teach your child is to problem solve for them self.  Whether they are 4 or 14, this skill will become one they use throughout their life. Julie Nelson shares 5 steps to help kids learn how to make decisions along with pra... Step 1: Define the problem. Context changes perception for each person. Be sure that both people agree or moving forward will be going in the wrong direction.
Step 2: Generate possible solutions. Let the child do this as much as possible so they feel empowered. Don’t shoot them down right way. Let them feel safe with their ideas. Offer some of your own. If they say, “I don’t know,” tell them that you’ll give you both time to think about it and come back.
Step 3 Evaluate possible solutions. “That doesn’t work for me” is a good way to phrase a bad idea. Make sure this ends up being a win-win for both of you.
Step 4: Implement the decision. Try it out. See how it works. Step 5: Evaluate. Get back together and see how the solution worked or is working.
Step 5: Evaluate. Get back together and see how the solution worked or is working.
Check out Julie’s website at http://aspoonfulofparenting.com/ where she shares many more tips. And check out her book Parenting with Spiritual Power.
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Big Changes for Shelly http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/01/04/big-changes-for-shelly/ Sun, 04 Jan 2015 14:31:56 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1923 http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/01/04/big-changes-for-shelly/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2015/01/04/big-changes-for-shelly/feed/ 0 Shelly’s family has a big change coming.  It’s not what you are thinking (or at least not what we were thinking).  Listen and learn what amazing change her family has to look forward to. Shelly’s family has a big change coming.  It’s not what you are thinking (or at least not what we were thinking).  Listen and learn what amazing change her family has to look forward to.

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Shelly’s family has a big change coming.  It’s not what you are thinking (or at least not what we were thinking).  Listen and learn what amazing change her family has to look forward to. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 13:10 1923
Most Useful Baby Shower Gifts http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/12/14/best-baby-shower-gifts/ Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:23:02 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1910 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/12/14/best-baby-shower-gifts/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/12/14/best-baby-shower-gifts/feed/ 0 Moms on a Mission clean 15:45 1910 Dreams Come True in an Awesome Way http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/11/23/dreams-come-true-in-an-awesome-way/ Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:56:39 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1902 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/11/23/dreams-come-true-in-an-awesome-way/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/11/23/dreams-come-true-in-an-awesome-way/feed/ 0 Have a dream you want to realize?  Want to teach your kids to dream big? We talk with Dallas Clayton, author and dreamer whose book An Awesome World shows kids and adults how to dream big. Learn what it takes to make dreams come true and how Dallas is changing the world. Check out this … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/11/23/dreams-come-true-in-an-awesome-way/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Dreams Come True in an Awesome Way"</span></a></p> DallasHave a dream you want to realize?  Want to teach your kids to dream big? We talk with Dallas Clayton, author and dreamer whose book An Awesome World shows kids and adults how to dream big. Learn what it takes to make dreams come true and how Dallas is changing the world.

Check out this video about Dallas.  Dallas has a great book on Thankfulness and a great book on Love you should check out and share with your kids during Thanksgiving and around Valentine’s Day (or any time of the year).  There is even one for the adults.  Check them out!

Lily Mae BagsCheck out the Lilly Mae bags  The 20% discount code is Holiday 2014.  Lilly Mae is owned and run by Stay-at-Home Moms! Support moms everywhere in their dreams!

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Have a dream you want to realize?  Want to teach your kids to dream big? We talk with Dallas Clayton, author and dreamer whose book An Awesome World shows kids and adults how to dream big. Learn what it takes to make dreams come true and how Dallas is ... Have a dream you want to realize?  Want to teach your kids to dream big? We talk with Dallas Clayton, author and dreamer whose book An Awesome World shows kids and adults how to dream big. Learn what it takes to make dreams come true and how Dallas is changing the world.
Check out this video about Dallas.  Dallas has a great book on Thankfulness and a great book on Love you should check out and share with your kids during Thanksgiving and around Valentine’s Day (or any time of the year).  There is even one for the adults.  Check them out!
Check out the Lilly Mae bags  The 20% discount code is Holiday 2014.  Lilly Mae is owned and run by Stay-at-Home Moms! Support moms everywhere in their dreams!
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Thanksgiving and Christmas: Expressing Gratitude and Love http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/11/09/thanksgiving-and-christmas-expressing-gratitude-and-love/ Mon, 10 Nov 2014 03:35:20 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1899 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/11/09/thanksgiving-and-christmas-expressing-gratitude-and-love/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/11/09/thanksgiving-and-christmas-expressing-gratitude-and-love/feed/ 0 We discuss ways to teach children gratitude and love this holiday season through small acts.  Starting in November and going in to December, these tips help teach kids how to focus on gratitude and family instead of on what your kids are “getting this Christmas.” Starting in November: Start a Wall of Thanks or a … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/11/09/thanksgiving-and-christmas-expressing-gratitude-and-love/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Thanksgiving and Christmas: Expressing Gratitude and Love"</span></a></p> 20141111_090326 We discuss ways to teach children gratitude and love this holiday season through small acts.  Starting in November and going in to December, these tips help teach kids how to focus on gratitude and family instead of on what your kids are “getting this Christmas.”

Starting in November:

  1. Start a Wall of Thanks or a Thankfulness Chain.  You can leave the Wall of Thanks up during after Thanksgiving and add to it as you go into the holidays.  Or, you can create a chain of thoughts of things you are thankful for.  This chain could be added to your Christmas Tree.  Let kids write as many things they are thankful for.
  2. Plan some acts of service for others.  Make it something your kids can participate in.  Maybe your elderly neighbors need some help with their leaves or there is a place for the homeless where you can bring some gently used clothes. Starting in November gives you a chance to start the holiday season off right.
  3. Contact a local shelter or crisis center and ask what they might need for kids and if they accept gently used items.  Help you kids decide which toys or stuffed animals they can part with.  Help them clean the toys and prepare them for drop off.

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We discuss ways to teach children gratitude and love this holiday season through small acts.  Starting in November and going in to December, these tips help teach kids how to focus on gratitude and family instead of on what your kids are “getting this ... We discuss ways to teach children gratitude and love this holiday season through small acts.  Starting in November and going in to December, these tips help teach kids how to focus on gratitude and family instead of on what your kids are “getting this Christmas.”
Starting in November:

* Start a Wall of Thanks or a Thankfulness Chain.  You can leave the Wall of Thanks up during after Thanksgiving and add to it as you go into the holidays.  Or, you can create a chain of thoughts of things you are thankful for.  This chain could be added to your Christmas Tree.  Let kids write as many things they are thankful for.
* Plan some acts of service for others.  Make it something your kids can participate in.  Maybe your elderly neighbors need some help with their leaves or there is a place for the homeless where you can bring some gently used clothes. Starting in November gives you a chance to start the holiday season off right.
* Contact a local shelter or crisis center and ask what they might need for kids and if they accept gently used items.  Help you kids decide which toys or stuffed animals they can part with.  Help them clean the toys and prepare them for drop off.


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Getting A Better Answer to “How Was School Today” http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/28/getting-a-better-answer-to-how-was-school-today/ Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:39:50 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1862 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/28/getting-a-better-answer-to-how-was-school-today/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/28/getting-a-better-answer-to-how-was-school-today/feed/ 0 We ask our kids “How was school today?” and hear “Fine.” End of discussion.  Why do we ask it then every day hoping for more?  Because we want to connect with our kids.  Our intention is right, but the question is wrong.  We discuss ways to ask your kids about their day at school without … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/28/getting-a-better-answer-to-how-was-school-today/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Getting A Better Answer to “How Was School Today”"</span></a></p> We ask our kids “How was school today?” and hear “Fine.” End of discussion.  Why do we ask it then every day hoping for more?  Because we want to connect with our kids.  Our intention is right, but the question is wrong.  We discuss ways to ask your kids about their day at school without asking the wrong question that gets no response.  The idea came from a post by Liz at Simple Simon and Company.  Check out their two lists of questions to ask your children instead of “How Was School Today?”

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We ask our kids “How was school today?” and hear “Fine.” End of discussion.  Why do we ask it then every day hoping for more?  Because we want to connect with our kids.  Our intention is right, but the question is wrong.
* 25 Questions for School-Aged Kids
* 25 Questions for Teens

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Teens and Respect http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/14/teens-and-respect/ Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:10:53 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1891 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/14/teens-and-respect/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/14/teens-and-respect/feed/ 1 What do you do when your teen treats you with disrespect?  How do you deal with it when your simple request is responded to with venom?  Julie Nelson shares very practical tips on how to help your child navigate the hormonal horrors of the teen years that often set them off. Use the following phrases: … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/14/teens-and-respect/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Teens and Respect"</span></a></p> What do you do when your teen treats you with disrespect?  How do you deal with it when your simple request is responded to with venom?  Julie Nelson shares very practical tips on how to help your child navigate the hormonal horrors of the teen years that often set them off.

Use the following phrases:

  • Say Yes with a No:  Yes you can go out as soon as you . . .
  • I noticed that . . .
  • It appears that . .
  • That doesn’t work for me . . .

A few more tips:

  • Often kids need to blow off steam so using physical activities to help them get back in balance often helps.
  • Use Parallel Talk: this is when you do something while talking. This could include taking a walk, playing basketball, crafting, etc.  Anything that gives you time together and a chance to talk where you don’t have to look right at each other.
  • Past Performance Predicts Present Privileges: If your kids know that what they have done in the past helps determine what they will be able to do in the future, that will help them know what is coming
  • Loosen the reigns as much as you can.  The teen years are a time to give them a chance to experience more freedom and learn how to use it wisely.
  • Know that mistakes will be made by both you and your child so be prepared to have do-overs.

Check out Julie’s website at http://aspoonfulofparenting.com/ where she shares many more tips. And check out her book Parenting with Spiritual Power.

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What do you do when your teen treats you with disrespect?  How do you deal with it when your simple request is responded to with venom?  Julie Nelson shares very practical tips on how to help your child navigate the hormonal horrors of the teen years t... Use the following phrases:

* Say Yes with a No:  Yes you can go out as soon as you . . .
* I noticed that . . .
* It appears that . .
* That doesn’t work for me . . .

A few more tips:

* Often kids need to blow off steam so using physical activities to help them get back in balance often helps.
* Use Parallel Talk: this is when you do something while talking. This could include taking a walk, playing basketball, crafting, etc.  Anything that gives you time together and a chance to talk where you don’t have to look right at each other.
* Past Performance Predicts Present Privileges: If your kids know that what they have done in the past helps determine what they will be able to do in the future, that will help them know what is coming
* Loosen the reigns as much as you can.  The teen years are a time to give them a chance to experience more freedom and learn how to use it wisely.
* Know that mistakes will be made by both you and your child so be prepared to have do-overs.

Check out Julie’s website at http://aspoonfulofparenting.com/ where she shares many more tips. And check out her book Parenting with Spiritual Power.
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Free 12 Week Course: Fitness for the New Year http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/08/free-12-week-fitness-course/ Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:33:25 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1880 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/08/free-12-week-fitness-course/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/08/free-12-week-fitness-course/feed/ 0 Are you ready to start on the first week of this super simple, totally doable, powerful plan to give your life a kick in the health? Check it out. This is Shelly’s FREE and EASY Plan. She created it because she has seen people struggle with where to start for too long.  Many people don’t … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/08/free-12-week-fitness-course/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Free 12 Week Course: Fitness for the New Year"</span></a></p>

Shelly Zumba picsmallAre you ready to start on the first week of this super simple, totally doable, powerful plan to give your life a kick in the health? Check it out.

This is Shelly’s FREE and EASY Plan. She created it because she has seen people struggle with where to start for too long.  Many people don’t know where to start or aren’t even aware of what habits are unhealthy. She wants to empower you with simple, practical guidelines that will set you in a great direction.  The goal is to be in control of your health by the New Year but you can do this any time. This isn’t a “diet” but a way to establish the habits you need to get yourself on track to healthy living.

Let’s do together!

Shelly Parcell

shelly.zumbafitness@gmail.com
www.zumbaspot.com

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Are you ready to start on the first week of this super simple, totally doable, powerful plan to give your life a kick in the health? Check it out. This is Shelly’s FREE and EASY Plan. She created it because she has seen people struggle with where to st... Are you ready to start on the first week of this super simple, totally doable, powerful plan to give your life a kick in the health? Check it out.
This is Shelly’s FREE and EASY Plan. She created it because she has seen people struggle with where to start for too long.  Many people don’t know where to start or aren’t even aware of what habits are unhealthy. She wants to empower you with simple, practical guidelines that will set you in a great direction.  The goal is to be in control of your health by the New Year but you can do this any time. This isn’t a “diet” but a way to establish the habits you need to get yourself on track to healthy living.
Let’s do together!
Shelly Parcell
shelly.zumbafitness@gmail.com

www.zumbaspot.com

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School Social Skills http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/06/school-social-skills/ Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:36:11 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1860 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/06/school-social-skills/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/06/school-social-skills/feed/ 0 We expect our children to practice their handwriting, their piano, and their jump shot to get good at them but we don’t often think that they have to learn and practice social skills to be successful at school.  One blogger starts the conversation on what social skills we need to teach our kids and we … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/10/06/school-social-skills/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "School Social Skills"</span></a></p> We expect our children to practice their handwriting, their piano, and their jump shot to get good at them but we don’t often think that they have to learn and practice social skills to be successful at school.  One blogger starts the conversation on what social skills we need to teach our kids and we continue the conversation.

Here is her list to get the conversation started:

  1. Make eye contact, smile and say hi.
  2. Learn to converse: don’t monopolize, ask questions, pay attention, listen (be a reporter).
  3. Learn people’s names.
  4. Include everyone.
  5. Be kind.

What do you think and what ways have you found to teach these skills to your children?

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We expect our children to practice their handwriting, their piano, and their jump shot to get good at them but we don’t often think that they have to learn and practice social skills to be successful at school. social skills we need to teach our kids and we continue the conversation.
Here is her list to get the conversation started:

* Make eye contact, smile and say hi.
* Learn to converse: don’t monopolize, ask questions, pay attention, listen (be a reporter).
* Learn people’s names.
* Include everyone.
* Be kind.

What do you think and what ways have you found to teach these skills to your children?
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Get Your Spook On: Halloween Preparations http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/09/29/get-your-spook-on-halloween-preparations/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:58:31 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1854 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/09/29/get-your-spook-on-halloween-preparations/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/09/29/get-your-spook-on-halloween-preparations/feed/ 0   What costumes do your kids want? How are you going to decorate (or not) for the season?  Are you in charge of games at the school party? What about some fun food ideas?  We cover these topics and more with some excellent ideas to help you get your Spook On! Some Decorating Tips If … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/09/29/get-your-spook-on-halloween-preparations/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Get Your Spook On: Halloween Preparations"</span></a></p> 20141003_143858  What costumes do your kids want? How are you going to decorate (or not) for the season?  Are you in charge of games at the school party? What about some fun food ideas?  We cover these topics and more with some excellent ideas to help you get your Spook On!

Some Decorating Tips

  • If you can’t decorate a lot, choose one area to decorate and put it all in that one place.
    • Your front door is a great place to decorate because many people come there (see the photo of Nancy’s front door above)
    • Choose one Room to decorate (Nancy’s living room gets transformed with a Harry Potter Theme–check out the book titles and the magazines–great printables from online)
  • Choose a theme and a style
    • The key is to have some cohesive look (cutesy or scary, Harry Potter look or Fall Décor, witches or scarecrows)
    • Find a color palate and stick with it. Spray paint can be a life-saver20141006_11583820141006_11592620141006_115758
    • Black and Orange are not the only colors. Try using lime green or turquoise to spice it up. Silver and white work too to give a ghostly feel.20141006_115810
  • Use what you have—don’t buy new things
    • Outside lanterns for summer become spooky lanterns
    • Planters/Urns can be used to stage pumpkins or Witches Legs
    • Trimmed trees or bushes can become backdrops for both Fall and Halloween scenes
    • Vases and jars can become apothecary jars
    • Family silver and old photos of relatives add that old feeling
  • Candles add ambiance
  • Check out a past podcast and photos
  • Paper can be your cheap friend for a great impact (Shelly’s silhouette)
  • More is More—one bat won’t cut it. You need a swarm for impact.
  • Check out the perfect 20141006_120000way to cut out a pumpkin for cleaning and lighting  http://makezine.com/2009/10/23/a-better-20141006_115903way-to-slice-a-pumpkin/

Ideas for School Games

  • Eyeballs—have you played Kerplunk? Do this at school with eyeballs (ping pong balls painted)
  • Eyeball relay with eyeballs and spoons where they have to carry the eyeball through a course and drop it in the cup.
  • RENAME a game Shrinking Island (like Musical Chairs)
  • Witches Stew (kids have to make a stew by picking up pieces of paper with a straw and suction to get them in to their stew—the first one wins) Print pictures of Halloween ingredients for the stew from the Internet and

Costume Ideas

  • Start early
  • Think of something easily recognizable but not often repeated
  • If on a budget, think of something that uses what you already have (Clothing, etc)

Food Ideas

  • Use a toothpick to drag out legs from melted chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies   http://jensfavoritecookies.com/2013/10/19/spider-cookies-2/  or go to http://iambaker.net/spider-chocolate-chip-cookies/
  • Inside out Caramel Apples–slice the apple in half, core out the seeds and a bit more flesh, pour the caramel in the center and let set up before slicing.
  • Turn Cuties (small oranges) into pumpkins (with or without the peel).  With the peel–draw faces on the peel.  Without the peel–stick a green candy coming out the top like a pumpkin stem.

How to Get the Witch Leg Look

1410794201268Use what you have around the house. I used one pool noodle cut in half, halloween tights, old boots, and some stuffing and bubble wrap to get the shape of thighs.

Once you get the legs, you can attach them to your pot.  I used two dowels (actually two checkered flags on wooden sticks) to give the legs some stability. Then, I attached the shoes to the legs using rubber bands that I covered with cute ribbon (see the photo at the top).

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  What costumes do your kids want? How are you going to decorate (or not) for the season?  Are you in charge of games at the school party? What about some fun food ideas?  We cover these topics and more with some excellent ideas to help you get your Sp...   What costumes do your kids want? How are you going to decorate (or not) for the season?  Are you in charge of games at the school party? What about some fun food ideas?  We cover these topics and more with some excellent ideas to help you get your Spook On!
Some Decorating Tips

* If you can’t decorate a lot, choose one area to decorate and put it all in that one place.

* Your front door is a great place to decorate because many people come there (see the photo of Nancy’s front door above)
* Choose one Room to decorate (Nancy’s living room gets transformed with a Harry Potter Theme–check out the book titles and the magazines–great printables from online)


* Choose a theme and a style

* The key is to have some cohesive look (cutesy or scary, Harry Potter look or Fall Décor, witches or scarecrows)
* Find a color palate and stick with it. Spray paint can be a life-saver
* Black and Orange are not the only colors. Try using lime green or turquoise to spice it up. Silver and white work too to give a ghostly feel.


* Use what you have—don’t buy new things

* Outside lanterns for summer become spooky lanterns
* Planters/Urns can be used to stage pumpkins or Witches Legs
* Trimmed trees or bushes can become backdrops for both Fall and Halloween scenes
* Vases and jars can become apothecary jars
* Family silver and old photos of relatives add that old feeling


* Candles add ambiance
* Check out a past podcast and photos
* Paper can be your cheap friend for a great impact (Shelly’s silhouette)
* More is More—one bat won’t cut it. You need a swarm for impact.
* Check out the perfect way to cut out a pumpkin for cleaning and lighting  http://makezine.com/2009/10/23/a-better-way-to-slice-a-pumpkin/

Ideas for School Games

* Eyeballs—have you played Kerplunk? Do this at school with eyeballs (ping pong balls painted)
* Eyeball relay with eyeballs and spoons where they have to carry the eyeball through a course and drop it in the cup.
* RENAME a game Shrinking Island (like Musical Chairs)
* Witches Stew (kids have to make a stew by picking up pieces of paper with a straw and suction to get them in to their stew—the first one wins) Print pictures of Halloween ingredients for the stew from the Internet and

Costume Ideas

* Start early
* Think of something easily recognizable but not often repeated
* If on a budget, think of something that uses what you already have (Clothing, etc)

Food Ideas

* Use a toothpick to drag out legs from melted chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies   http://jensfavoritecookies.com/2013/10/19/spider-cookies-2/  or go to http://iambaker.net/spider-chocolate-chip-cookies/
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Cross Country Move http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/09/25/cross-country-move/ Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:55:13 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1848 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/09/25/cross-country-move/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/09/25/cross-country-move/feed/ 0 Back after a summer of craziness, cancer and a cross-country move!  Stacey shares tips on how to make the best of moving kids–especially kids in school–to a new place. How can you prepare your family to make the move successfully?  Listen and learn from a woman with nine-yes-nine children ranging in age from college to … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/09/25/cross-country-move/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Cross Country Move"</span></a></p> Back after a summer of craziness, cancer and a cross-country move!  Stacey shares tips on how to make the best of moving kids–especially kids in school–to a new place. How can you prepare your family to make the move successfully?  Listen and learn from a woman with nine-yes-nine children ranging in age from college to kindergarten.

Here are some tips for moving with kids/teens:

  1. Do lots of research. Uprooting kids (especially teens) is very traumatic for them, so make SURE it’s the best move for your family.
  2. Once you decide, don’t look back. Remember your old home fondly, but look forward with hope, speak with optimism.
  3. Find out what your new area is famous for (best fish, biggest clock tower? Special museums? Pumpkin patch, theater, etc.) and explore that with your family.
  4. Go onto a family history website to find out if you have ancestors who may have lived anywhere near your new place. Visit wherever they came from and feel connected.
  5. Keep family traditions going (bedtime stories, birthday dinners, holiday rituals) Keep some furniture and decor the same to provide a bridge during the transition time.
  6. Find a local congregation of your church and get connected there.
  7. Volunteer at schools, network in the community. Don’t wait for an invitation.
  8. Take treats to your new neighbors with a card introducing your family. It will break the ice and let them know you’re open for friendship.
  9. Communicate daily with your kids. Through notes on pillows, texts, emails, phone calls or talks in the car. Just communicate. They will be going through some of the hardest days of their lives. Keep a pulse on how they are doing. Tell them when you feel homesick too. Be a friend and a support. Let them talk safely about their loss of old friends, old school, etc.
  10. Stay connected with family and friends through Facebook, email, etc. but never say negative things about your new home. Your kids will take their cues from you. If you transition well, chances are, they will too. Soon, you’ll realize that home is simply where the heart is. 🙂
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Back after a summer of craziness, cancer and a cross-country move!  Stacey shares tips on how to make the best of moving kids–especially kids in school–to a new place. How can you prepare your family to make the move successfully? Here are some tips for moving with kids/teens:

* Do lots of research. Uprooting kids (especially teens) is very traumatic for them, so make SURE it’s the best move for your family.
* Once you decide, don’t look back. Remember your old home fondly, but look forward with hope, speak with optimism.
* Find out what your new area is famous for (best fish, biggest clock tower? Special museums? Pumpkin patch, theater, etc.) and explore that with your family.
* Go onto a family history website to find out if you have ancestors who may have lived anywhere near your new place. Visit wherever they came from and feel connected.
* Keep family traditions going (bedtime stories, birthday dinners, holiday rituals) Keep some furniture and decor the same to provide a bridge during the transition time.
* Find a local congregation of your church and get connected there.
* Volunteer at schools, network in the community. Don’t wait for an invitation.
* Take treats to your new neighbors with a card introducing your family. It will break the ice and let them know you’re open for friendship.
* Communicate daily with your kids. Through notes on pillows, texts, emails, phone calls or talks in the car. Just communicate. They will be going through some of the hardest days of their lives. Keep a pulse on how they are doing. Tell them when you feel homesick too. Be a friend and a support. Let them talk safely about their loss of old friends, old school, etc.
* Stay connected with family and friends through Facebook, email, etc. but never say negative things about your new home. Your kids will take their cues from you. If you transition well, chances are, they will too. Soon, you’ll realize that home is simply where the heart is. 🙂

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Disneyland Tips http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/07/09/disneyland-tips/ Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:27:47 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1814 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/07/09/disneyland-tips/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/07/09/disneyland-tips/feed/ 0 Hadley and Nancy discuss Hadley’s recent trip to Disneyland and how to make the most of a trip to Disneyland–even if you are not a fan of theme parks or Disneyland. Know what kind of Disney Family you are (Full On Disney or Casual Disney—do you need your Mickey Fix or Princesses or just some … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/07/09/disneyland-tips/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Disneyland Tips"</span></a></p> Hadley and Nancy discuss Hadley’s recent trip to Disneyland and how to make the most of a trip to Disneyland–even if you are not a fan of theme parks or Disneyland.

  1. Know what kind of Disney Family you are (Full On Disney or Casual Disney—do you need your Mickey Fix or Princesses or just some rides—a Cars/traditional family—older/younger kids? Fireworks and Parades shows or No Shows)
  2. Pick your time of year wisely—Disneyland is small so people don’t spread out like in DisneyWorld.  You can check touringplans.com to get an idea of the crowds.
  3. You don’t have to stay on property (we like hotels that have separate kids rooms) Desert Palms also the Marriott is good.
  4. Skip Park Hopper and focus on one park per day but use Fast Passes (there are some new wrinkles you will want to know about so check these out online)
  5. Think about what you will ride before you go and plan out your day (use apps and touringplans.com or RideMax)
  6. Get the Disney PhotoPass+ DVD before you go for $69 and all your photos are taken for you and are yours
  7. Skip the Disney Dining Package (bring your food/eat off hours)
  8. If you have School Aged Kids, look into Disney Youth Education Programs  This was one of our Best experiences in a Disney Park.

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Hadley and Nancy discuss Hadley’s recent trip to Disneyland and how to make the most of a trip to Disneyland–even if you are not a fan of theme parks or Disneyland. Know what kind of Disney Family you are (Full On Disney or Casual Disney—do you need yo...
* Know what kind of Disney Family you are (Full On Disney or Casual Disney—do you need your Mickey Fix or Princesses or just some rides—a Cars/traditional family—older/younger kids? Fireworks and Parades shows or No Shows)
* Pick your time of year wisely—Disneyland is small so people don’t spread out like in DisneyWorld.  You can check touringplans.com to get an idea of the crowds.
* You don’t have to stay on property (we like hotels that have separate kids rooms) Desert Palms also the Marriott is good.
* Skip Park Hopper and focus on one park per day but use Fast Passes (there are some new wrinkles you will want to know about so check these out online)
* Think about what you will ride before you go and plan out your day (use apps and touringplans.com or RideMax)
* Get the Disney PhotoPass+ DVD before you go for $69 and all your photos are taken for you and are yours
* Skip the Disney Dining Package (bring your food/eat off hours)
* If you have School Aged Kids, look into Disney Youth Education Programs  This was one of our Best experiences in a Disney Park.


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Paradise Found in the Lower 48 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/22/paradise-found-in-the-lower-48/ Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:44:55 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1821 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/22/paradise-found-in-the-lower-48/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/22/paradise-found-in-the-lower-48/feed/ 0 What parents don’t want an island get away? But leaving kids behind to travel across the Pacific ocean might not be in your comfort zone. We found an island in the lower 48 states that is tropical, easily accessible and less expensive than a hula holiday. If you think of San Diego for Sea World, … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/22/paradise-found-in-the-lower-48/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Paradise Found in the Lower 48"</span></a></p> What parents don’t want an island get away? But leaving kids behind to travel across the Pacific ocean might not be in your comfort zone. We found an island in the lower 48 states that is tropical, easily accessible and less expensive than a hula holiday.20140607_122757

If you think of San Diego for Sea World, Legoland and surfing, we found that San Diego has a romantic side to it just right in price and tempo for a quick  getaway. Leave the kids and the sippy cups and pack your swim suit and favorite black dress for relaxation on a very tropical island.

20140605_153107We stayed at the the Paradise Point Resort on Vacation Island to celebrate our 20th anniversatry.  It is an island oasis in the lower 48 that offers amenities and relaxation without the need to fly across the Pacific.  The island has so much to do that it was actually hard to think about leaving–and we didn’t for the first few days.  With 5 pools, a marina with boats and other water toys to rent, bikes, segways, tennis courts, mini golf, tennis courts, and white sandy beaches, there really is no reason to leave.

20140608_084802We enjoyed our stay in a Bayside Bungalow on the lagoon side.  The bungalow is a wonderful choice for a couple wanting a relaxing and romatic getaway.  We had our own beach and lagoon to have evening strolls on and lounge on.  The water was even warm enough to swim in (in California–the water can be very cold).  We even saw lobsters walking along the bottom.

20140607_122955We enjoyed swimming in the pools and eating in the various restaurants on property.  My favorite meal was eating poolside at the Tropics Cantina.  The carne asada salad was delicious and the atmosphere was wonderful.  We also enjoyed the lagoon-side lunch at the Barefoot Bar and Grill.  Barefoot boasts a beautiful view of the marina and a lagoon filled with leopard sharks and rays.  For a scuba diver, it was fun to watch them while eating. Dinner at Tidal, Paradise Point’s new restaurant, was a feast for the eye and the palate.

20140606_13245020140606_140503Even though it was hard to leave our island oasis, we did venture in to San Diego where we visited Old Town and ate at Casa Guadalajara.  The fajitas were plentiful and delicious.  We strolled Old Town looking at the various historic buildings.  One that we enjoyed especially was the Mormon Battalion presentation.  It is fun and interactive.  Arthur even got to dress up as a battalion member and pan for gold.

20140608_105218We took a Harbor Cruise with Hornblower and it was quite interesting and enjoyable and gave us a great view of the San Diego skyline as well as many of the military establishments around San Diego. Located next to the USS Midway, the cruise was quite accessible–just bring quarters for the metered parking or be prepared to pay $10 for all day parking.

20140608_134426Finally, don’t miss out on Coronado island and especially don’t miss Sunday Brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado.  It was amazing.  The hotel and the meal are a feast for the eyes and the palate.  I especially loved the ceviche, crab legs, shrimp, striped bass, and salmon.  If you are not a seafood lover, there is a carving station that is incredible.  Everything was abundant and delicious.  Since I am gluten-free, there was an entire section of sandwiches and paninis that I did not even venture to.  There was also a complete breakfast section.

20140608_135526Coronado beach was also incredible.  The sand and the sea meet beautifully with a view of Mexico to the south and Point Loma to the North.  We met another couple on a romantic getaway strolling the beach like we were.  We enjoyed watching a man make a massive sand castle and kids jumping in and out of the waves.  If we had more time, we would have taken some lounge chairs in front of the hotel and relaxed while being served by an impeccable staff.

20140608_135541San Diego makes the perfect easy get away since paradise is only 10 minutes away from the airport.  We only drove 66 miles in our 4-day trip.   Everything is close and easily accessible when and if you decide to leave Paradise.  But if you decide not to leave Paradise Point, you could spend your entire vacation there and be perfectly content.

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What parents don’t want an island get away? But leaving kids behind to travel across the Pacific ocean might not be in your comfort zone. We found an island in the lower 48 states that is tropical, easily accessible and less expensive than a hula holid... If you think of San Diego for Sea World, Legoland and surfing, we found that San Diego has a romantic side to it just right in price and tempo for a quick  getaway. Leave the kids and the sippy cups and pack your swim suit and favorite black dress for relaxation on a very tropical island.
We stayed at the the Paradise Point Resort on Vacation Island to celebrate our 20th anniversatry.  It is an island oasis in the lower 48 that offers amenities and relaxation without the need to fly across the Pacific.  The island has so much to do that it was actually hard to think about leaving–and we didn’t for the first few days.  With 5 pools, a marina with boats and other water toys to rent, bikes, segways, tennis courts, mini golf, tennis courts, and white sandy beaches, there really is no reason to leave.
We enjoyed our stay in a Bayside Bungalow on the lagoon side.  The bungalow is a wonderful choice for a couple wanting a relaxing and romatic getaway.  We had our own beach and lagoon to have evening strolls on and lounge on.  The water was even warm enough to swim in (in California–the water can be very cold).  We even saw lobsters walking along the bottom.
We enjoyed swimming in the pools and eating in the various restaurants on property.  My favorite meal was eating poolside at the Tropics Cantina.  The carne asada salad was delicious and the atmosphere was wonderful.  We also enjoyed the lagoon-side lunch at the Barefoot Bar and Grill.  Barefoot boasts a beautiful view of the marina and a lagoon filled with leopard sharks and rays.  For a scuba diver, it was fun to watch them while eating. Dinner at Tidal, Paradise Point’s new restaurant, was a feast for the eye and the palate.
Even though it was hard to leave our island oasis, we did venture in to San Diego where we visited Old Town and ate at Casa Guadalajara.  The fajitas were plentiful and delicious.  We strolled Old Town looking at the various historic buildings.  One that we enjoyed especially was the Mormon Battalion presentation.  It is fun and interactive.  Arthur even got to dress up as a battalion member and pan for gold.
We took a Harbor Cruise with Hornblower and it was quite interesting and enjoyable and gave us a great view of the San Diego skyline as well as many of the military establishments around San Diego. Located next to the USS Midway, the cruise was quite accessible–just bring quarters for the metered parking or be prepared to pay $10 for all day parking.
Finally, don’t miss out on Coronado island and especially don’t miss Sunday Brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado.]]>
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Pantry Sparkle http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/10/pantry-sparkle/ Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:40:44 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1791 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/10/pantry-sparkle/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/10/pantry-sparkle/feed/ 0 Got a dark, unorganized pantry?  We have the solutions to make it sparkle and stay organized! You will save money and time when you organize your food and kitchen organization. Here are Nancy’s tips and check out the photos below: What You See is What you Get: if I can see it in my pantry … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/10/pantry-sparkle/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Pantry Sparkle"</span></a></p> 20140604_102023Got a dark, unorganized pantry?  We have the solutions to make it sparkle and stay organized! You will save money and time when you organize your food and kitchen organization.

Here are Nancy’s tips and check out the photos below:

  • What You See is What you Get: if I can see it in my pantry or cupboards I won’t buy it again on accident—when it is in my basement
  • Location, Location, Location: put most used things where they are most accessible—not in the basement (take cereal out of boxes and stack bags behind the cereal in the shelves)
  • Once a Year Means Not Here: prime real estate needs to be used for things that get used all the time.  Things that got used once a year got moved down to the basement and the food got moved up. Take this chance to purge and decide if you use things often enough to keep it at all.
  • Divide and Conquer: I added more shelves in my cupboards and my pantry to give me more space to organize (love Lowes).  See the photos below. You just have to add cleats to the wall and put new shelves down!IMG_1323IMG_1324
  • Let There Be Light: Mr Beams battery operated motion detection lights added the light I needed to my pantry and to my shelves.  After several months of use, I have only changed the batteries once.  I used the Mr Beams LED Spotlight and the Mr Beams LED Motion Sensor Slim Light for the places you need to reach in to.

OK so here is the cute stuff:

  • Paint the walls in a bright color so the pantry makes you smile!
  • Use a bright color for the shelves (white) so you can see everything more easily)
  • 20140604_102002Paint old bread pans and 9×13 cake pans to sort your foods. You can add cute chalkboard stickers and write what’s inside on the end. If you don’t have old bread pans, check out the local thrift stores and garage sales or ask friends and neighbors if they have old ones.
  • Use see-through containers so you can see what your foods are (these are from IKEA)
  • IMG_1325Use baskets to wrangle the things like bags of pasta, rice and beans (these are from the dollar store but I had them before–no need to purchase new stuff)
  • Use lazy susans for the corners to get the most out of your space.  Mine are from IKEA and only cost $9 each–a great price.
  • Go up as high as you can!

Check out our past show on Pantry Organization!

FYI:  The pantry is still organized and looks great 5 months after I organized it.  Doing this motivates the kids to keep it clean!

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Got a dark, unorganized pantry?  We have the solutions to make it sparkle and stay organized! You will save money and time when you organize your food and kitchen organization. Here are Nancy’s tips and check out the photos below: What You See is What ... Got a dark, unorganized pantry?  We have the solutions to make it sparkle and stay organized! You will save money and time when you organize your food and kitchen organization.
Here are Nancy’s tips and check out the photos below:

* What You See is What you Get: if I can see it in my pantry or cupboards I won’t buy it again on accident—when it is in my basement
* Location, Location, Location: put most used things where they are most accessible—not in the basement (take cereal out of boxes and stack bags behind the cereal in the shelves)
* Once a Year Means Not Here: prime real estate needs to be used for things that get used all the time.  Things that got used once a year got moved down to the basement and the food got moved up. Take this chance to purge and decide if you use things often enough to keep it at all.
* Divide and Conquer: I added more shelves in my cupboards and my pantry to give me more space to organize (love Lowes).  See the photos below. You just have to add cleats to the wall and put new shelves down!
* Let There Be Light: Mr Beams battery operated motion detection lights added the light I needed to my pantry and to my shelves.  After several months of use, I have only changed the batteries once.  I used the Mr Beams LED Spotlight and the Mr Beams LED Motion Sensor Slim Light for the places you need to reach in to.

OK so here is the cute stuff:

* Paint the walls in a bright color so the pantry makes you smile!
* Use a bright color for the shelves (white) so you can see everything more easily)
* Paint old bread pans and 9×13 cake pans to sort your foods. You can add cute chalkboard stickers and write what’s inside on the end. If you don’t have old bread pans, check out the local thrift stores and garage sales or ask friends and neighbors if they have old ones.
* Use see-through containers so you can see what your foods are (these are from IKEA)
* Use baskets to wrangle the things like bags of pasta, rice and beans (these are from the dollar store but I had them before–no need to purchase new stuff)
* Use lazy susans for the corners to get the most out of your space.  Mine are from IKEA and only cost $9 each–a great price.
* Go up as high as you can!

Check out our past show on Pantry Organization!
FYI:  The pantry is still organized and looks great 5 months after I organized it.  Doing this motivates the kids to keep it clean!


 


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A Better Way to Say Sorry http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/01/a-better-way-to-say-sorry/ Sun, 01 Jun 2014 12:32:39 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1789 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/01/a-better-way-to-say-sorry/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/01/a-better-way-to-say-sorry/feed/ 0 Long-time listener Tristen shared a post with us about a better way for kids (and parents) to say sorry.  We chat with Tristen and discuss how this 4-step process has changed the way her children interact for the better. The Steps include: 1) I’m sorry for…: Be specific. Show the person you’re apologizing to that … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/06/01/a-better-way-to-say-sorry/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "A Better Way to Say Sorry"</span></a></p> Long-time listener Tristen shared a post with us about a better way for kids (and parents) to say sorry.  We chat with Tristen and discuss how this 4-step process has changed the way her children interact for the better.

The Steps include:

1) I’m sorry for…: Be specific. Show the person you’re apologizing to that you really understand what they are upset about.

Wrong: I’m sorry for being mean.
Right: I’m sorry for saying that nobody wants to be your friend.

2) This is wrong because…:This might take some more thinking, but this is one of the most important parts. Until you understand why it was wrong or how it hurt someone’s feelings, it’s unlikely you will change. This is also important to show the person you hurt that you really understand how they feel

Wrong: This is wrong because I got in trouble.
Right: This is wrong because it hurt your feelings and made you feel bad about yourself.

3) In the future, I will…:

Wrong: In the future, I will not say that.
Right: In the future, I will keep unkind words in my head.

4) Will you forgive me? Don’t assume that they will—ask for forgiveness

To read the original post, go to http://www.cuppacocoa.com/a-better-way-to-say-sorry/.  We reached out to the author of the post but she hasn’t gotten back to us yet.  Thanks for the great information!  We love that you shared!

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Long-time listener Tristen shared a post with us about a better way for kids (and parents) to say sorry.  We chat with Tristen and discuss how this 4-step process has changed the way her children interact for the better. The Steps include:
1) I’m sorry for…: Be specific. Show the person you’re apologizing to that you really understand what they are upset about.
Wrong: I’m sorry for being mean.

Right: I’m sorry for saying that nobody wants to be your friend.
2) This is wrong because…:This might take some more thinking, but this is one of the most important parts. Until you understand why it was wrong or how it hurt someone’s feelings, it’s unlikely you will change. This is also important to show the person you hurt that you really understand how they feel
Wrong: This is wrong because I got in trouble.

Right: This is wrong because it hurt your feelings and made you feel bad about yourself.
3) In the future, I will…:
Wrong: In the future, I will not say that.

Right: In the future, I will keep unkind words in my head.
4) Will you forgive me? Don’t assume that they will—ask for forgiveness
To read the original post, go to http://www.cuppacocoa.com/a-better-way-to-say-sorry/.  We reached out to the author of the post but she hasn’t gotten back to us yet.  Thanks for the great information!  We love that you shared!
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Getting Boys to Read http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/05/21/getting-boys-to-read/ Wed, 21 May 2014 12:20:45 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1785 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/05/21/getting-boys-to-read/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/05/21/getting-boys-to-read/feed/ 0 Mike McQueen, author of Getting Boys to Read, discusses his new book and tips on how to get your boys interested in reading.  Do you know a boy who struggles with reading?  Mike has great tips that come from his own personal experience as a struggling reader turned teacher-librarian.  He knows what boys struggle with … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/05/21/getting-boys-to-read/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Getting Boys to Read"</span></a></p> Mike McQueen, author of Getting Boys to Read, discusses his new book and tips on how to get your boys interested in reading.  Do you know a boy who struggles with reading?  Mike has great tips that come from his own personal experience as a struggling reader turned teacher-librarian.  He knows what boys struggle with and how parents and teachers can help.  This book is filled with practical tips as well as interviews with authors.  With 114 tips, there is sure to be something that will help inspire you and get the boy in your life reading.

The book is divided into 7 main ideas:

  1. Create the right environment.
  2. Strengthen your relationship.
  3. Connect reading with his interests and needs.
  4. Lure him with the best materials.
  5. Make reading interactive.
  6. Make reading fun.
  7. Try different techniques.

Some of my favorite tips included in the book include:

  • read aloud daily
  • recruit male role models
  • set up a book club for boys (we podcasted about this 4 years ago–listen here)
  • never criticize what he reads
  • use Amazon’s related titles
  • take him to the library
  • allow him to read comic books
  • introduce him to non-fiction

We discuss these and SO many more ideas.  For even more great ideas, check out the Getting Boys to Read website.

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Mike McQueen, author of Getting Boys to Read, discusses his new book and tips on how to get your boys interested in reading.  Do you know a boy who struggles with reading?  Mike has great tips that come from his own personal experience as a struggling ... Getting Boys to Read, discusses his new book and tips on how to get your boys interested in reading.  Do you know a boy who struggles with reading?  Mike has great tips that come from his own personal experience as a struggling reader turned teacher-librarian.  He knows what boys struggle with and how parents and teachers can help.  This book is filled with practical tips as well as interviews with authors.  With 114 tips, there is sure to be something that will help inspire you and get the boy in your life reading.
The book is divided into 7 main ideas:

* Create the right environment.
* Strengthen your relationship.
* Connect reading with his interests and needs.
* Lure him with the best materials.
* Make reading interactive.
* Make reading fun.
* Try different techniques.

Some of my favorite tips included in the book include:

* read aloud daily
* recruit male role models
* set up a book club for boys (we podcasted about this 4 years ago–listen here)
* never criticize what he reads
* use Amazon’s related titles
* take him to the library
* allow him to read comic books
* introduce him to non-fiction

We discuss these and SO many more ideas.  For even more great ideas, check out the Getting Boys to Read website.
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Head to Heart How We Use It http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/05/07/head-to-heart-how-we-use-it/ Wed, 07 May 2014 17:15:53 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1780 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/05/07/head-to-heart-how-we-use-it/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/05/07/head-to-heart-how-we-use-it/feed/ 0 How is our experience going with  Head to Heart?  We talk with founder, Johnny Covey and share how we are getting out of our heads and in to our hearts in some critical times in our life with our family members.   How is our experience going with  Head to Heart?  We talk with founder, Johnny Covey and share how we are getting out of our heads and in to our hearts in some critical times in our life with our family members.

 

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How is our experience going with  Head to Heart?  We talk with founder, Johnny Covey and share how we are getting out of our heads and in to our hearts in some critical times in our life with our family members.   Head to Heart?  We talk with founder, Johnny Covey and share how we are getting out of our heads and in to our hearts in some critical times in our life with our family members.
 
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Head to Heart: Our First Experiences http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/30/head-to-heart-our-first-experiences/ Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:21:28 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1777 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/30/head-to-heart-our-first-experiences/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/30/head-to-heart-our-first-experiences/feed/ 0 We cover the basics of Head to Heart with founder, Johnny Covey and how we worked to get out of fright and flight (head) and into our hearts with our kids. Listen to this session and see what we learned and see how you might find ways to help your kids when they get in … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/30/head-to-heart-our-first-experiences/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Head to Heart: Our First Experiences"</span></a></p> We cover the basics of Head to Heart with founder, Johnny Covey and how we worked to get out of fright and flight (head) and into our hearts with our kids. Listen to this session and see what we learned and see how you might find ways to help your kids when they get in their Fright-Flight so they can make an amazing choice to create a better way for themselves.

THEN, get a Head to Heart group together and/or send us your Head to Heart experiences.  We want to hear how this is working for you!

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We cover the basics of Head to Heart with founder, Johnny Covey and how we worked to get out of fright and flight (head) and into our hearts with our kids. Listen to this session and see what we learned and see how you might find ways to help your kids... Head to Heart with founder, Johnny Covey and how we worked to get out of fright and flight (head) and into our hearts with our kids. Listen to this session and see what we learned and see how you might find ways to help your kids when they get in their Fright-Flight so they can make an amazing choice to create a better way for themselves.
THEN, get a Head to Heart group together and/or send us your Head to Heart experiences.  We want to hear how this is working for you!

 
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Grandma Version of Me http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/23/grandma-version-of-me/ Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:35:28 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1768 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/23/grandma-version-of-me/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/23/grandma-version-of-me/feed/ 0 Julie Nelson, author of Parenting with Spiritual Power, discusses how the voice of a trusted grandmother figure can help you in your parenting.  Grandparents say that if they had known how great grandparenting would be, they would have skipped right to it.  Why is that and how can we use the wisdom grandparents have to … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/23/grandma-version-of-me/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Grandma Version of Me"</span></a></p> Julie Nelson, author of Parenting with Spiritual Power, discusses how the voice of a trusted grandmother figure can help you in your parenting.  Grandparents say that if they had known how great grandparenting would be, they would have skipped right to it.  Why is that and how can we use the wisdom grandparents have to make our parenting more enjoyable and impactful. The “grandma version” of ourselves is wise and witty and helps us to achieve the balance we need to survive the years until we do indeed become grandparents.

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Julie Nelson, author of Parenting with Spiritual Power, discusses how the voice of a trusted grandmother figure can help you in your parenting.  Grandparents say that if they had known how great grandparenting would be,
* Read the Grandma Version article
* Julie’s website: A Spoonful of Parenting

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Head to Heart: How To Get Started http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/17/head-to-heart-how-to-get-started/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:30:13 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1764 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/17/head-to-heart-how-to-get-started/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/17/head-to-heart-how-to-get-started/feed/ 0 We chat with Head to Heart founder, Johnny Covey about how to get yourself and your kids out of the fright and flight (head) and into action (heart) to face fears, solve problems and find success in your daily life and peace in your children’s lives. Head to Heart is a framework that allows you … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/17/head-to-heart-how-to-get-started/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Head to Heart: How To Get Started"</span></a></p> We chat with Head to Heart founder, Johnny Covey about how to get yourself and your kids out of the fright and flight (head) and into action (heart) to face fears, solve problems and find success in your daily life and peace in your children’s lives.

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Head to Heart is a framework that allows you to Choose to Change and Create. We all have had experiences that keep us from Creating what we want. Johnny spent 12 years searching for the answer to the question Why don’t I choose to do what I know? He read hundreds of books, attended conferences all over the country and invested over 10,000 hours to get the answer: The Head to Heart framework. Yes, he is related to that other well-known Covey so this figuring out thing is in his genes!  His great uncle Steven R. Covey taught about being proactive, Choosing your response. The Head to Heart framework allows anyone, regardless of their previous Experiences to Choose their response. It is so digestible that anyone can understand it, so doable that they will actually use it, so duplicable that they can teach it right away.

When we are using our Head we hold back, worried about what others think about us. In our Heart we are able to be ourselves and fully express ourselves. We Create rather than Control.

This session is the How To Get Started.  We will have future episodes where we discuss our results and what we found as we use this process in our lives.

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We chat with Head to Heart founder, Johnny Covey about how to get yourself and your kids out of the fright and flight (head) and into action (heart) to face fears, solve problems and find success in your daily life and peace in your children’s lives. Head to Heart founder, Johnny Covey about how to get yourself and your kids out of the fright and flight (head) and into action (heart) to face fears, solve problems and find success in your daily life and peace in your children’s lives.

Head to Heart is a framework that allows you to Choose to Change and Create. We all have had experiences that keep us from Creating what we want. Johnny spent 12 years searching for the answer to the question Why don’t I choose to do what I know? He read hundreds of books, attended conferences all over the country and invested over 10,000 hours to get the answer: The Head to Heart framework. Yes, he is related to that other well-known Covey so this figuring out thing is in his genes!  His great uncle Steven R. Covey taught about being proactive, Choosing your response. The Head to Heart framework allows anyone, regardless of their previous Experiences to Choose their response. It is so digestible that anyone can understand it, so doable that they will actually use it, so duplicable that they can teach it right away.
When we are using our Head we hold back, worried about what others think about us. In our Heart we are able to be ourselves and fully express ourselves. We Create rather than Control.
This session is the How To Get Started.  We will have future episodes where we discuss our results and what we found as we use this process in our lives.
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Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/09/keeping-kids-safe-on-social-media/ Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:53:09 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1761 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/09/keeping-kids-safe-on-social-media/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/09/keeping-kids-safe-on-social-media/feed/ 0 Nancy shares her family’s scary social media experience and discusses tips to help kids navigate social media with clinical social worker, Kim Kettle.  Learn how a mom who set up incredibly distinct rules for using technology found a predator taking aim at her child and how you can keep your child safe while teaching them … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/03/09/keeping-kids-safe-on-social-media/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media"</span></a></p> Nancy shares her family’s scary social media experience and discusses tips to help kids navigate social media with clinical social worker, Kim Kettle.  Learn how a mom who set up incredibly distinct rules for using technology found a predator taking aim at her child and how you can keep your child safe while teaching them how to have good social media skills.  Your child is all alone in the social media landscape and you have to step up and be their guide and their support in this lonely space.

Kim’s Reasons WHY parents need to Help Kids with Social Media

  1. Ensure kindness
  2. Be aware of who they are communicating with
  3. Be aware of sites they are visiting
  4. Help them develop good judgment

Other Resources:

 

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Nancy shares her family’s scary social media experience and discusses tips to help kids navigate social media with clinical social worker, Kim Kettle.  Learn how a mom who set up incredibly distinct rules for using technology found a predator taking ai... Kim’s Reasons WHY parents need to Help Kids with Social Media

* Ensure kindness
* Be aware of who they are communicating with
* Be aware of sites they are visiting
* Help them develop good judgment

Other Resources:

* Kims’ tv appearance: Should You Stalk Your Kids on Social Media
* Kim Kettle’s Website http://creatinglifesolutions.blogspot.com/
* 5 Apps Parents Should Know About

 
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Missing a Childhood http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/28/missing-a-childhood/ Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:53:30 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1706 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/28/missing-a-childhood/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/28/missing-a-childhood/feed/ 0 Could you be missing your child’s childhood?  Modern parents struggle with something that parents of previous generations never did–the persistence of the cell phone/smart phone/internet.  Even 10 years ago, the use of these devices was not so everpresent in our lives.  By being plugged in, we can actually miss our children’s childhood.  We discuss what … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/28/missing-a-childhood/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Missing a Childhood"</span></a></p> Could you be missing your child’s childhood?  Modern parents struggle with something that parents of previous generations never did–the persistence of the cell phone/smart phone/internet.  Even 10 years ago, the use of these devices was not so everpresent in our lives.  By being plugged in, we can actually miss our children’s childhood.  We discuss what we can do to ensure we don’t miss our children’s lives while still living in the modern age.

For more information, see this blog:  http://www.handsfreemama.com/2012/05/07/how-to-miss-a-childhood/

“I can recall a time when you were out with your children you were really with them. You engaged in a back and forth dialog even if they were pre-verbal. You said, ‘Look at the bus, see the doggie, etc.’ Now I see you on the phone, pushing your kids on the swings while distracted by your devices. You think you are spending time with them but you are not present really. When I see you pick up your kids at day care while you’re on the phone, it breaks my heart. They hear your adult conversations. What do they overhear? What is the message they receive? I am not important; I am not important.”

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Could you be missing your child’s childhood?  Modern parents struggle with something that parents of previous generations never did–the persistence of the cell phone/smart phone/internet.  Even 10 years ago, For more information, see this blog:  http://www.handsfreemama.com/2012/05/07/how-to-miss-a-childhood/
“I can recall a time when you were out with your children you were really with them. You engaged in a back and forth dialog even if they were pre-verbal. You said, ‘Look at the bus, see the doggie, etc.’ Now I see you on the phone, pushing your kids on the swings while distracted by your devices. You think you are spending time with them but you are not present really. When I see you pick up your kids at day care while you’re on the phone, it breaks my heart. They hear your adult conversations. What do they overhear? What is the message they receive? I am not important; I am not important.”
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Overstimulating Babies http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/15/overstimulating-babies/ Sun, 16 Feb 2014 02:36:56 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1702 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/15/overstimulating-babies/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/15/overstimulating-babies/feed/ 0 We discuss what we are doing to our babies with some of the gadgets and toys we offer to them.  Through over-stimulation, we may be raising children who no longer know how to entertain themselves or who can sit quietly and think about things.  In the Google age where everything is accessible, maybe a bit … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/15/overstimulating-babies/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Overstimulating Babies"</span></a></p> We discuss what we are doing to our babies with some of the gadgets and toys we offer to them.  Through over-stimulation, we may be raising children who no longer know how to entertain themselves or who can sit quietly and think about things.  In the Google age where everything is accessible, maybe a bit of wonder and boredom goes a long way to helping babies and children develop the skills to think for themselves.  Check out our discussion led by Shelly who has children 20 years apart (so she knows a thing or two about how things have changed).

 

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Stopping Entitlement http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/08/stopping-entitlement/ Sun, 09 Feb 2014 02:49:58 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1704 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/08/stopping-entitlement/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/02/08/stopping-entitlement/feed/ 0 Lindsay shares her feelings about entitlement and how to raise children who don’t feel like the are entitled to everything.  Learn easy ways to help your child learn to value what she is given and work for what he wants. For more information and ideas, read this article: http://wearethatfamily.com/2013/12/5-signs-kids-are-struggling-with-entitlement/   Lindsay shares her feelings about entitlement and how to raise children who don’t feel like the are entitled to everything.  Learn easy ways to help your child learn to value what she is given and work for what he wants.

For more information and ideas, read this article: http://wearethatfamily.com/2013/12/5-signs-kids-are-struggling-with-entitlement/

 

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Lindsay shares her feelings about entitlement and how to raise children who don’t feel like the are entitled to everything.  Learn easy ways to help your child learn to value what she is given and work for what he wants. For more information and ideas, read this article: http://wearethatfamily.com/2013/12/5-signs-kids-are-struggling-with-entitlement/
 
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Tips to Deal with Bullies http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/01/05/tips-to-deal-with-bullies/ Sun, 05 Jan 2014 07:37:26 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1696 http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/01/05/tips-to-deal-with-bullies/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/01/05/tips-to-deal-with-bullies/feed/ 0 With some tips, your kids can learn to handle bullying (the garden variety).  We discuss what works in the elementary, middle and high school years.  Check out more tips on the website http://www.stopbullying.gov/. Be a Role Model—Don’t Be a Bully.  Show them how to treat others with respect and kindness Use situations to teach—if you … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2014/01/05/tips-to-deal-with-bullies/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Tips to Deal with Bullies"</span></a></p> With some tips, your kids can learn to handle bullying (the garden variety).  We discuss what works in the elementary, middle and high school years.  Check out more tips on the website http://www.stopbullying.gov/.

  1. Be a Role Model—Don’t Be a Bully.  Show them how to treat others with respect and kindness
  2. Use situations to teach—if you see something in a show or in life that is wrong or right, point it out
  3. Role Play with your kids to help them respond under stress
  4. IF they get bullied, replay the situation and try out different responses
    1. Can your child say STOP and look the bully in the eye?
    2. Can your child deflect with humor?
    3. Is your child too shy and needs to walk away?
  5. Don’t downplay their feelings (empathize with them but don’t make them a victim)
  6. Teach your child how to stay safe:
    1. Stay away from places where bullying happens
    2. Hang where there are adults.  Most bullying happens when adults are not aroud
    3. Talk to someone so you don’t feel alone
    4. Read Wimpy Kid
  7. Teach your children to embrace their own uniqueness and not want to be just like everyone else
  8. Stand up for others and be kind to a kid being bullied.  Show them someone cares
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With some tips, your kids can learn to handle bullying (the garden variety).  We discuss what works in the elementary, middle and high school years.  Check out more tips on the website http://www.stopbullying.gov/. Be a Role Model—Don’t Be a Bully.
* Be a Role Model—Don’t Be a Bully.  Show them how to treat others with respect and kindness
* Use situations to teach—if you see something in a show or in life that is wrong or right, point it out
* Role Play with your kids to help them respond under stress
* IF they get bullied, replay the situation and try out different responses

* Can your child say STOP and look the bully in the eye?
* Can your child deflect with humor?
* Is your child too shy and needs to walk away?


* Don’t downplay their feelings (empathize with them but don’t make them a victim)
* Teach your child how to stay safe:

* Stay away from places where bullying happens
* Hang where there are adults.  Most bullying happens when adults are not aroud
* Talk to someone so you don’t feel alone
* Read Wimpy Kid


* Teach your children to embrace their own uniqueness and not want to be just like everyone else
* Stand up for others and be kind to a kid being bullied.  Show them someone cares

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Collecting Family Stories http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/12/19/interviewing-older-family-members/ Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:09:07 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1622 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/12/19/interviewing-older-family-members/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/12/19/interviewing-older-family-members/feed/ 0 We discuss successful techniques to collect stories from family members this holiday season and every day of the year.  Capturing the stories and preserving the for your family is easy.  Learn how your phone or other digital recorder can be used and how to ask the right question to start the stories flowing.   We discuss successful techniques to collect stories from family members this holiday season and every day of the year.  Capturing the stories and preserving the for your family is easy.  Learn how your phone or other digital recorder can be used and how to ask the right question to start the stories flowing.

 

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Living Purposefully http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/12/06/living-purposefully/ Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:27:20 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1687 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/12/06/living-purposefully/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/12/06/living-purposefully/feed/ 0 The turkey is done, but the holiday madness rolls on!  Today, we discuss living purposefully and how to embrace the season and everyday for the rest of your life.  Join us in the dance. Quotes Tricia Shared: True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. -Helen Keller Our prime … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/12/06/living-purposefully/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Living Purposefully"</span></a></p> The turkey is done, but the holiday madness rolls on!  Today, we discuss living purposefully and how to embrace the season and everyday for the rest of your life.  Join us in the dance.

Quotes Tricia Shared:

True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
-Helen Keller

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
-Dalai Lama

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
-John F. Kennedy

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.
-Wayne Dyer

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The turkey is done, but the holiday madness rolls on!  Today, we discuss living purposefully and how to embrace the season and everyday for the rest of your life.  Join us in the dance. Quotes Tricia Shared: True happiness… is not attained through self... Quotes Tricia Shared:
True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

-Helen Keller
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

-Dalai Lama
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

-John F. Kennedy
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.

-Wayne Dyer
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Digital Organization http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/11/10/digital-organization/ Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:11:24 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1676 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/11/10/digital-organization/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/11/10/digital-organization/feed/ 0 Before the holidays, learn how to manage your digital life including what types of files to save, where to save them, how to make backups and what tools to use. Best File type: Depends on your needs.  Save Raw files if you can Online Storage http://www.zdnet.com/the-top-10-personal-cloud-storage-services-7000011729/ Dropbox (Nancy’s favorite because photos load from her phone … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/11/10/digital-organization/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Digital Organization"</span></a></p> Before the holidays, learn how to manage your digital life including what types of files to save, where to save them, how to make backups and what tools to use.

  • Dropbox (Nancy’s favorite because photos load from her phone directly on to Dropbox)
  • iCloud
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Sky Drive (Windows 8)
  • Hard Drive Backup: LaCie Iomega  You can even make your own personal Cloud.
  • Data Disaster Plan—Send to a relative in a different state
  • If you have multiple copies of the same file on your laptop, invest in a program that finds multiples to get back disk space
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Before the holidays, learn how to manage your digital life including what types of files to save, where to save them, how to make backups and what tools to use. Best File type: Depends on your needs.  Save Raw files if you can Online Storage http://www...
* Best File type: Depends on your needs.  Save Raw files if you can
* Online Storage http://www.zdnet.com/the-top-10-personal-cloud-storage-services-7000011729/



* Dropbox (Nancy’s favorite because photos load from her phone directly on to Dropbox)
* iCloud
* Google Drive
* Microsoft Sky Drive (Windows 8)



* Hard Drive Backup: LaCie Iomega  You can even make your own personal Cloud.
* Data Disaster Plan—Send to a relative in a different state
* If you have multiple copies of the same file on your laptop, invest in a program that finds multiples to get back disk space

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Preparing Daughters To Go It Alone http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/11/03/preparing-daughters-to-go-it-alone/ Sun, 03 Nov 2013 18:08:32 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1620 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/11/03/preparing-daughters-to-go-it-alone/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/11/03/preparing-daughters-to-go-it-alone/feed/ 0 We were raised to think you need to be with someone to be complete.  We discuss raising our daughters so they can go it alone in their lives–so they feel complete without having someone else.  This frees them to be everything they can be whether or not they have a relationship with a significant other. … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/11/03/preparing-daughters-to-go-it-alone/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Preparing Daughters To Go It Alone"</span></a></p> We were raised to think you need to be with someone to be complete.  We discuss raising our daughters so they can go it alone in their lives–so they feel complete without having someone else.  This frees them to be everything they can be whether or not they have a relationship with a significant other.

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Postpartum Health http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/20/postpartum-health/ Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:56:21 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1613 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/20/postpartum-health/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/20/postpartum-health/feed/ 0 Did you know there is more to having the baby than HAVING the baby?  What you do right after birth can affect your heath for the rest of your life.  Marianne Ryan, Physical Therapist and Clinical Director of the MRPT Physical Therapy clinic in Manhattan discusses what women need to do after having a baby … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/20/postpartum-health/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Postpartum Health"</span></a></p> Did you know there is more to having the baby than HAVING the baby?  What you do right after birth can affect your heath for the rest of your life.  Marianne Ryan, Physical Therapist and Clinical Director of the MRPT Physical Therapy clinic in Manhattan discusses what women need to do after having a baby to avoid chronic back pain or pelvic dysfunctions that can appear later in life.

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Did you know there is more to having the baby than HAVING the baby?  What you do right after birth can affect your heath for the rest of your life.  Marianne Ryan, Physical Therapist and Clinical Director of the MRPT Physical Therapy clinic in Manhatta... MRPT Physical Therapy clinic in Manhattan discusses what women need to do after having a baby to avoid chronic back pain or pelvic dysfunctions that can appear later in life.
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Not So Baby-Wise: Answer to a Listener Question http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/13/not-so-baby-wise-answer-to-a-listener-question/ Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:00:12 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1669 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/13/not-so-baby-wise-answer-to-a-listener-question/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/13/not-so-baby-wise-answer-to-a-listener-question/feed/ 0 Shelly responds to a listener email asking why in an earlier podcast, she told moms not to follow the Baby Wise method.  Hear her response and what the research shows is the best way to help your child feel secure. Shelly responds to a listener email asking why in an earlier podcast, she told moms not to follow the Baby Wise method.  Hear her response and what the research shows is the best way to help your child feel secure.

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Shelly responds to a listener email asking why in an earlier podcast, she told moms not to follow the Baby Wise method.  Hear her response and what the research shows is the best way to help your child feel secure. earlier podcast, she told moms not to follow the Baby Wise method.  Hear her response and what the research shows is the best way to help your child feel secure.
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Lunch Solutions http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/06/lunch-solutions/ Sun, 06 Oct 2013 18:01:09 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1615 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/06/lunch-solutions/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/06/lunch-solutions/feed/ 0 Lunch boxes don’t keep your child’s lunch cold enough and you don’t have time in the morning. SOLUTION: Making Lunch on the Weekend and Freezing Them! Nancy explains how she makes fun lunches for the entire week including snacks and fun stuff in an hour or so on the weekend. Nancy’s Tips to Make a … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/10/06/lunch-solutions/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Lunch Solutions"</span></a></p> LunchWeekFreezerLunch boxes don’t keep your child’s lunch cold enough and you don’t have time in the morning. SOLUTION: Making Lunch on the Weekend and Freezing Them! Nancy explains how she makes fun lunches for the entire week including snacks and fun stuff in an hour or so on the weekend.

Nancy’s Tips to Make a Week of Lunches Ahead of Time and So They Stay Cold:

  1. make all sandwiches at once and freeze them in freezer paper  (if mayo—put in the middle between layers of meat). You can even cut shapes out and freeze them.
  2. bake and freeze cookies or muffins, then take some out everyday
  3. freeze yogurts or applesauce(even pudding freezes fine)
  4. freeze water bottles
  5. freeze cheese sticks so they stay cold
  6. cut up fruits and veggies and put in containers in the fridge
  7. make bags of dry goods that can be added quickly to lunches

MissingPieceWith everything already cut up, frozen and ready, you can just grab things in the morning for your kids!  Making lunches takes seconds this way.

Other things to check out:

PBJ Sushi RollPBJ Sushi–the TOTAL hit at lunch in Elementary and JR High

  1. Roll the bread thin and flat with a rolling pin.
  2. Spread the peanut butter on the bread.
  3. Add a slice of banana and a small amount of jam.
  4. Roll the bread tight (try to keep the jam in the first time you roll so it doesn’t spread further.
  5. Place the sushi rolls in the freezer uncut.
  6. Cut them when you make lunch.

PBJ Shushi

Since you have extra time, some days you can make some fun lunches

AngryBirdsLunch ShaunTheSheep

 

 

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Lunch boxes don’t keep your child’s lunch cold enough and you don’t have time in the morning. SOLUTION: Making Lunch on the Weekend and Freezing Them! Nancy explains how she makes fun lunches for the entire week including snacks and fun stuff in an hou... Lunch boxes don’t keep your child’s lunch cold enough and you don’t have time in the morning. SOLUTION: Making Lunch on the Weekend and Freezing Them! Nancy explains how she makes fun lunches for the entire week including snacks and fun stuff in an hour or so on the weekend.
Nancy’s Tips to Make a Week of Lunches Ahead of Time and So They Stay Cold:

* make all sandwiches at once and freeze them in freezer paper  (if mayo—put in the middle between layers of meat). You can even cut shapes out and freeze them.
* bake and freeze cookies or muffins, then take some out everyday
* freeze yogurts or applesauce(even pudding freezes fine)
* freeze water bottles
* freeze cheese sticks so they stay cold
* cut up fruits and veggies and put in containers in the fridge
* make bags of dry goods that can be added quickly to lunches

With everything already cut up, frozen and ready, you can just grab things in the morning for your kids!  Making lunches takes seconds this way.
Other things to check out:

* Nancy’s Perfect Protein Oatmeal Cookies
* Good Housekeeping Review of Lunch Boxes where every lunchbox failed.
* http://www.echoesoflaughter.ca/2012/08/school-lunches-made-easy.html
* http://happymoneysaver.com/cold-lunches-in-a-day/
* http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/09/06/school-lunch-photo-contest-results/

PBJ Sushi–the TOTAL hit at lunch in Elementary and JR High

* Roll the bread thin and flat with a rolling pin.
* Spread the peanut butter on the bread.
* Add a slice of banana and a small amount of jam.
* Roll the bread tight (try to keep the jam in the first time you roll so it doesn’t spread further.
* Place the sushi rolls in the freezer uncut.
* Cut them when you make lunch.


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Increasing Marital Intimacy http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/30/increasing-marital-intimacy-2/ Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:15:17 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1609 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/30/increasing-marital-intimacy-2/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/30/increasing-marital-intimacy-2/feed/ 0 All marital relationships go through changes when children enter the picture.  Sometimes, as women we set aside our personal needs or the needs of our spouse because we think the kids have to come first.   Dr. Juli Slattery, author of No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage takes a loving and intimate relationship-oriented … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/30/increasing-marital-intimacy-2/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Increasing Marital Intimacy"</span></a></p> All marital relationships go through changes when children enter the picture.  Sometimes, as women we set aside our personal needs or the needs of our spouse because we think the kids have to come first.   Dr. Juli Slattery, author of No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage takes a loving and intimate relationship-oriented look at how to increase our marital strength through our sexual relationships.

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All marital relationships go through changes when children enter the picture.  Sometimes, as women we set aside our personal needs or the needs of our spouse because we think the kids have to come first.   Dr. Juli Slattery, No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage takes a loving and intimate relationship-oriented look at how to increase our marital strength through our sexual relationships.
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Is it Your Hormones? http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/22/is-it-your-hormones/ Sun, 22 Sep 2013 17:43:18 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1603 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/22/is-it-your-hormones/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/22/is-it-your-hormones/feed/ 0 Nancy has been struggling after her hysterectomy with her hormones.  So we are bringing back a show from Babies and Moms Birth and Beyond for those moms who might be struggling with weight and not know it could be hormonal (despite what your GP will tell you). Dr. Vaughn Johnson shares how our hormones can … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/22/is-it-your-hormones/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Is it Your Hormones?"</span></a></p> Nancy has been struggling after her hysterectomy with her hormones.  So we are bringing back a show from Babies and Moms Birth and Beyond for those moms who might be struggling with weight and not know it could be hormonal (despite what your GP will tell you).

Dr. Vaughn Johnson shares how our hormones can affect us and how even young women can have hormone issues (this is not JUST a menopause issue).  Millions of women are misdiagnosed and live with symptoms of miscarriages, depression, tiredness, irritability, weight gain, hair loss, and more just because they have a simple-to-fix issue. Nancy has a lot of experience with this topic!

 

 

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Nancy has been struggling after her hysterectomy with her hormones.  So we are bringing back a show from Babies and Moms Birth and Beyond for those moms who might be struggling with weight and not know it could be hormonal (despite what your GP will te... Dr. Vaughn Johnson shares how our hormones can affect us and how even young women can have hormone issues (this is not JUST a menopause issue).  Millions of women are misdiagnosed and live with symptoms of miscarriages, depression, tiredness, irritability, weight gain, hair loss, and more just because they have a simple-to-fix issue. Nancy has a lot of experience with this topic!
 
 
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Nursing While Losing Weight http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/15/nursing-while-losing-weight/ Sun, 15 Sep 2013 21:45:50 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1584 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/15/nursing-while-losing-weight/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/15/nursing-while-losing-weight/feed/ 0 Shelly has never nursed her babies for very long and she thought she could not do it because she is so skinny.  This time, she wanted to protect her milk and nurse for as long as possible.  BUT she wanted to lose weight as well.  She decided that it was something she could do if … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/15/nursing-while-losing-weight/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Nursing While Losing Weight"</span></a></p> Shelly has never nursed her babies for very long and she thought she could not do it because she is so skinny.  This time, she wanted to protect her milk and nurse for as long as possible.  BUT she wanted to lose weight as well.  She decided that it was something she could do if she took the right approach.  Using the app My Fitness Pal, Shelly logged her calories and exercise and made sure she ate enough calories to keep the milk but also the right amount to lost weight.  Listen to how she was able to lose the weight while having the richest milk she has ever produced.

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What New Moms REALLY Need http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/08/what-new-moms-really-need/ Sun, 08 Sep 2013 21:43:12 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1582 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/08/what-new-moms-really-need/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/08/what-new-moms-really-need/feed/ 1 Shelly has been writing down the things that new moms REALLY need to share with her daughters.  We discuss what she found out and how you can really help the new moms you know (since you probably forgot what it is really like). Here is what we recently found at Costco.  Can you believe it?  … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/09/08/what-new-moms-really-need/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "What New Moms REALLY Need"</span></a></p> Shelly has been writing down the things that new moms REALLY need to share with her daughters.  We discuss what she found out and how you can really help the new moms you know (since you probably forgot what it is really like).

2013-08-14 19.20.26Here is what we recently found at Costco.  Can you believe it?  11 pounds of Nutella.  Of course we did not buy it but jsut the thought made me happy.  And I think there are a few new moms who could use some Nutella during those LONG nights when you think you will never sleep again.  Ladies–if anyone deserves 11 pounds of Nutella, it is you!

 

 

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Shelly has been writing down the things that new moms REALLY need to share with her daughters.  We discuss what she found out and how you can really help the new moms you know (since you probably forgot what it is really like). Here is what we recently found at Costco.  Can you believe it?  11 pounds of Nutella.  Of course we did not buy it but jsut the thought made me happy.  And I think there are a few new moms who could use some Nutella during those LONG nights when you think you will never sleep again.  Ladies–if anyone deserves 11 pounds of Nutella, it is you!
 
 
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Green Cleaning http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/08/30/greenclean/ Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:26:59 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1477 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/08/30/greenclean/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/08/30/greenclean/feed/ 0 After a family member’s baby received a diagnosis of liver cancer, Tricia decided to clean her house of all chemicals when the doctor told her family that they should get chemicals out of their lives.  Learn about how Tricia has done this and how the last 4 months have changed her family. Learn more about … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/08/30/greenclean/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Green Cleaning"</span></a></p> After a family member’s baby received a diagnosis of liver cancer, Tricia decided to clean her house of all chemicals when the doctor told her family that they should get chemicals out of their lives.  Learn about how Tricia has done this and how the last 4 months have changed her family.

Learn more about Norwex cloths from Tricia  greenwaytolive@gmail.com
See her site or watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvKE8dGNqOI

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After a family member’s baby received a diagnosis of liver cancer, Tricia decided to clean her house of all chemicals when the doctor told her family that they should get chemicals out of their lives.  Learn about how Tricia has done this and how the l... Learn more about Norwex cloths from Tricia  greenwaytolive@gmail.com

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What That Cry Means http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/08/25/what-that-cry-means/ Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:39:52 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1578 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/08/25/what-that-cry-means/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/08/25/what-that-cry-means/feed/ 2 Understanding your baby can be as simple as interpreting his cries.  From Nancy’s book, Baby Signing 1, 2, 3, Shelly read about Priscilla Dunstan and her ability to interpret baby cries to understand what it is that babies need.  After testing her baby language theory on more than 1,000 infants around the world, Priscilla says … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/08/25/what-that-cry-means/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "What That Cry Means"</span></a></p> Understanding your baby can be as simple as interpreting his cries.  From Nancy’s book, Baby Signing 1, 2, 3, Shelly read about Priscilla Dunstan and her ability to interpret baby cries to understand what it is that babies need.  After testing her baby language theory on more than 1,000 infants around the world, Priscilla says there are five words that all babies 0–3 months old say—regardless of race and culture;

  • Neh=”I’m hungry”
  • Owh=”I’m sleepy”
  • Heh=”I’m experiencing discomfort”
  • Eair=”I have lower gas”
  • Eh=”I need to burp”

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Understanding your baby can be as simple as interpreting his cries.  From Nancy’s book, Baby Signing 1, 2, 3, Shelly read about Priscilla Dunstan and her ability to interpret baby cries to understand what it is that babies need. Priscilla Dunstan and her ability to interpret baby cries to understand what it is that babies need.  After testing her baby language theory on more than 1,000 infants around the world, Priscilla says there are five words that all babies 0–3 months old say—regardless of race and culture;

* Neh=”I’m hungry”
* Owh=”I’m sleepy”
* Heh=”I’m experiencing discomfort”
* Eair=”I have lower gas”
* Eh=”I need to burp”

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Dinosaurs and Rapids: Family Fun http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/30/dinosaurs-and-rapids-family-fun/ Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:55:56 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1543 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/30/dinosaurs-and-rapids-family-fun/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/30/dinosaurs-and-rapids-family-fun/feed/ 0 Nancy shares her family adventure in Dinoland and Flaming Gorge for a trip back in time and down a river.  Eastern Utah, near Wyoming and Colorado offers an amazing playground for families. Learn how we enjoyed three days of sun, river, fish, dinosaurs, native American history, culture, great food and accommodations in an amazingly beautiful … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/30/dinosaurs-and-rapids-family-fun/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Dinosaurs and Rapids: Family Fun"</span></a></p> Dinoland Nancy shares her family adventure in Dinoland and Flaming Gorge for a trip back in time and down a river.  Eastern Utah, near Wyoming and Colorado offers an amazing playground for families. Learn how we enjoyed three days of sun, river, fish, dinosaurs, native American history, culture, great food and accommodations in an amazingly beautiful part of the country. TroutCreek

Day 1: The Drive  Getting to Flaming Gorge and Vernal in Eastern Utah is easy.  We drove 3 hours east of Salt Lake City, Utah.  You can also access the area from Wyoming and Colorado.  We stayed at the Flaming Gorge Resort which is perfect for families.  The suites are essentially 1 bedroom apartments with a kitchen.  There were enough beds for every member of the family to get a great night sleep.  The resort has everything you need.

RiverDay 2: The River Flaming Gorge is an incredible playground.  The Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River has created a beautiful background for boaters, fishermen and lazy river rafters.  We joined the later group and took three generations down the Green River thanks to help from Trout Creek Files Outfitters who hooked us up with a boat and even taught my son how to tie on a lour and how to cast. Thank you to the great staff for helping us have a wonderful experience! The Green River is an easy adventure for families to take on their own. I was a bit worried since I had three generations with me, but the river had many families and lots of helpful people who got us going.  We had a very enjoyable time on the river looking down to see huge trout (lots of award-winning fish are caught here–up to 35 pounds) and looking up to see the rugged canyon walls circled by hawks and eagles.  The rapids are just enough to be fun without being scary fDinoTracksor the very young and the very old.

Day 3: The Reservoir Thanks to the great ladies at the Uintah County Travel and Tourism office, we learned about Red Fleet State Park, an incredible reservoir located just north of Vernal, Utah. The reservoir is an incredible boating destination but if you don’t have a boat, you can still enjoy its wonders.  We were shown around by Park Ranger Jeff and enjoyed paddle boarding and swimming during our stay.  One highlight of our Red Fleet experience was seeing ancient dino tracks in the rocks (check out the dino track next to my daughter’s hand). You can IMG_0952hike to them or rent a paddle board or kayak to make the trek to the tracks easier.  The water was a wonderful 70 degrees and fun to swim in! We will come back to this water wonderland again.

After our great day on the water, we returned to Vernal to our great hotel Springhill Suites for some  relaxation before heading out to McConkie Ranch to see ancient petroglyphs make by the Freemont Indians.  Located just north of Vernal on private property, the rock carvings are incredible. My kids McConkiewere pooped from the day’s adventures but perked up when they saw the first petroglyph.  The hike is not hard but is not for people with difficulty climbing so we left Grandma at the hotel. Seeing the ancient art and discussing what they could mean was so much fun for the kids.  They also loved seeing the lizards and bugs along the trail.  For city kids, it was a great adventure.

DinoNationalDay 4: The Dinosaurs The Vernal Area is the richest dinosaur destination in the U.S. with more dinosaur digs and bones than anywhere else.  A great place to start your dino-sized adventure is Dinosaur National Monument, located outside of Vernal, where an incredible wall of bones has been preserved and housed for easy exploration. The monument is not very large and not overwhelming so for a family not overly interested in dinosaurs, it was the perfect size. Check out our Al-osaurus with the state dinosaur of Utah Allosaurus.  They have the same temperament and look strikingly similar.

AlosaurusWe returned to Vernal and visited the Utah Field House, the perfect museum for kids and families who want to learn about dinosaurs.  With many hands-on learning exhibits, the museum teaches kids and parents how dinosaur bones are located and why the Vernal area is one of the richest locations in the world for dinosaur bones.  Don’t miss the movie–it is very educational and quite engaging.  Even my IMG_0936pre-teen sat through it with interest.  And remember to go out to the gardens and see the to-scale dinosaur sculptures.  You will know what it would be like to be chased by a T-rex or by the imaginary dinosaurs from Jurassic Park (see the first picture above).

We highly recommend the Uintah County and Dagget County areas for a wonderful unplugged family adventure.

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Nancy shares her family adventure in Dinoland and Flaming Gorge for a trip back in time and down a river.  Eastern Utah, near Wyoming and Colorado offers an amazing playground for families. Learn how we enjoyed three days of sun, river, fish, Nancy shares her family adventure in Dinoland and Flaming Gorge for a trip back in time and down a river.  Eastern Utah, near Wyoming and Colorado offers an amazing playground for families. Learn how we enjoyed three days of sun, river, fish, dinosaurs, native American history, culture, great food and accommodations in an amazingly beautiful part of the country.
Day 1: The Drive  Getting to Flaming Gorge and Vernal in Eastern Utah is easy.  We drove 3 hours east of Salt Lake City, Utah.  You can also access the area from Wyoming and Colorado.  We stayed at the Flaming Gorge Resort which is perfect for families.  The suites are essentially 1 bedroom apartments with a kitchen.  There were enough beds for every member of the family to get a great night sleep.  The resort has everything you need.
Day 2: The River Flaming Gorge is an incredible playground.  The Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River has created a beautiful background for boaters, fishermen and lazy river rafters.  We joined the later group and took three generations down the Green River thanks to help from Trout Creek Files Outfitters who hooked us up with a boat and even taught my son how to tie on a lour and how to cast. Thank you to the great staff for helping us have a wonderful experience! The Green River is an easy adventure for families to take on their own. I was a bit worried since I had three generations with me, but the river had many families and lots of helpful people who got us going.  We had a very enjoyable time on the river looking down to see huge trout (lots of award-winning fish are caught here–up to 35 pounds) and looking up to see the rugged canyon walls circled by hawks and eagles.  The rapids are just enough to be fun without being scary for the very young and the very old.
Day 3: The Reservoir Thanks to the great ladies at the Uintah County Travel and Tourism office, we learned about Red Fleet State Park, an incredible reservoir located just north of Vernal, Utah. The reservoir is an incredible boating destination but if you don’t have a boat, you can still enjoy its wonders.  We were shown around by Park Ranger Jeff and enjoyed paddle boarding and swimming during our stay.  One highlight of our Red Fleet experience was seeing ancient dino tracks in the rocks (check out the dino track next to my daughter’s hand). You can hike to them or rent a paddle board or kayak to make the trek to the tracks easier.  The water was a wonderful 70 degrees and fun to swim in! We will come back to this water wonderland again.
After our great day on the water, we returned to Vernal to our great hotel Springhill Suites for some  relaxation before heading out to McConkie Ranch to see ancient petroglyphs make by the Freemont Indians.  Located just north of Vernal on private property, the rock carvings are incredible. My kids were pooped from the day’s adventures but perked up when they saw the first petroglyph.  The hike is not hard but is not for people with difficult...]]>
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Overwhelmed by the Holiday Expectations http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/21/overwhelmed-by-the-holiday-expectations/ Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:47:52 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1537 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/21/overwhelmed-by-the-holiday-expectations/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/21/overwhelmed-by-the-holiday-expectations/feed/ 0 Do you know what a leprechaun looker is or that there is a Pi holiday?  We did not either.  We discuss the new hysteria over holidays and birthdays powered by Pintrest and how to let your kids know you love them while not going crazy. Check out the article in the Huffington Post that sparked … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/21/overwhelmed-by-the-holiday-expectations/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Overwhelmed by the Holiday Expectations"</span></a></p> Do you know what a leprechaun looker is or that there is a Pi holiday?  We did not either.  We discuss the new hysteria over holidays and birthdays powered by Pintrest and how to let your kids know you love them while not going crazy.

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Do you know what a leprechaun looker is or that there is a Pi holiday?  We did not either.  We discuss the new hysteria over holidays and birthdays powered by Pintrest and how to let your kids know you love them while not going crazy. Check out the article in the Huffington Post that sparked our conversation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-howerton/can-we-bring-the-holidays_b_2903040.html
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Smart Phone Apps We Love http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/14/smart-phone-apps-we-love/ Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:42:03 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1533 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/14/smart-phone-apps-we-love/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/14/smart-phone-apps-we-love/feed/ 0 We discuss the smart phone apps we can’t live without and how they make our lives as moms easier. Note: We love My Job Chart for its ease of use and now that there is an app, it is even better! Check it out! Now you and your kids have your job charts wherever you … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/14/smart-phone-apps-we-love/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Smart Phone Apps We Love"</span></a></p> We discuss the smart phone apps we can’t live without and how they make our lives as moms easier.

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We discuss the smart phone apps we can’t live without and how they make our lives as moms easier. Note: We love My Job Chart for its ease of use and now that there is an app, it is even better! Check it out! Note: We love My Job Chart for its ease of use and now that there is an app, it is even better! Check it out! Now you and your kids have your job charts wherever you have your phone.
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Math in the Summer http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/07/math-in-summer/ Sun, 07 Jul 2013 23:47:08 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1532 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/07/math-in-summer/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/07/07/math-in-summer/feed/ 0 Stop Summer Brain Drain with some simple math programs and websites you can use to keep your kids doing math all summer. Nancy’s favorite is Khan Academy. Check out math and other school programs at Costco as well. Stop Summer Brain Drain with some simple math programs and websites you can use to keep your kids doing math all summer.

Nancy’s favorite is Khan Academy.

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Stop Summer Brain Drain with some simple math programs and websites you can use to keep your kids doing math all summer. Nancy’s favorite is Khan Academy. Check out math and other school programs at Costco as well. Nancy’s favorite is Khan Academy.
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Preparing a Child for Surgery http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/06/09/preparing-a-child-for-surgery/ Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:22:38 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1469 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/06/09/preparing-a-child-for-surgery/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/06/09/preparing-a-child-for-surgery/feed/ 0 When your child has to have surgery, how can you prepare them so it is less stressful for them and YOU! We talk about what to do before the day of surgery and what not to do as well as how to make the transition easier. Additional Information:  Here is an article Shelly found about … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/06/09/preparing-a-child-for-surgery/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Preparing a Child for Surgery"</span></a></p> When your child has to have surgery, how can you prepare them so it is less stressful for them and YOU! We talk about what to do before the day of surgery and what not to do as well as how to make the transition easier.

Additional Information:  Here is an article Shelly found about how one doctor helps children deal with pain during surgery.  It shows what doctors can do when they approach children with pain management techniques.  http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/09/doctor-says-it-wont-hurt

Makes me sad for the experiences that many of us had with doctors when we were children.  Our kids can have a much better experience than we did.

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When your child has to have surgery, how can you prepare them so it is less stressful for them and YOU! We talk about what to do before the day of surgery and what not to do as well as how to make the transition easier. Additional Information:  Here is an article Shelly found about how one doctor helps children deal with pain during surgery.  It shows what doctors can do when they approach children with pain management techniques.  http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/09/doctor-says-it-wont-hurt
Makes me sad for the experiences that many of us had with doctors when we were children.  Our kids can have a much better experience than we did.
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Making Summer Work http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/06/02/new-1/ Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:22:08 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1467 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/06/02/new-1/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/06/02/new-1/feed/ 0 Summer is a transition out of regular routine.  Are you a planner or not?  How do you make summer a success for you and your kids?  We discuss how we face summer.  Some of us are planners and others are “free range.”  Learn the benefits of both styles and how to find your own style … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/06/02/new-1/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Making Summer Work"</span></a></p> Summer is a transition out of regular routine.  Are you a planner or not?  How do you make summer a success for you and your kids?  We discuss how we face summer.  Some of us are planners and others are “free range.”  Learn the benefits of both styles and how to find your own style for success.

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Summer is a transition out of regular routine.  Are you a planner or not?  How do you make summer a success for you and your kids?  We discuss how we face summer.  Some of us are planners and others are “free range. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 20:21 1467
Having a Hysterectomy http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/26/having-a-hysterectomy/ Sun, 26 May 2013 21:58:55 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1435 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/26/having-a-hysterectomy/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/26/having-a-hysterectomy/feed/ 0 Dr. Kari Lawrence discusses the most common but one of the most secretive surgeries–the hysterectomy.  What circumstances lead a woman to have a hysterectomy and what alternatives are there today to having abdominal surgery. Dr. Kari Lawrence discusses the most common but one of the most secretive surgeries–the hysterectomy.  What circumstances lead a woman to have a hysterectomy and what alternatives are there today to having abdominal surgery.

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Dr. Kari Lawrence discusses the most common but one of the most secretive surgeries–the hysterectomy.  What circumstances lead a woman to have a hysterectomy and what alternatives are there today to having abdominal surgery. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 32:54 1435
Learning to Play an Instrument as an Adult http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/19/learning-to-play-an-instrument-as-an-adult/ Mon, 20 May 2013 03:29:43 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1441 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/19/learning-to-play-an-instrument-as-an-adult/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/19/learning-to-play-an-instrument-as-an-adult/feed/ 0 Think it is too late to learn an instrument?  Lindsay is living proof that it isn’t.  She takes lessons from Tricia.  Nancy and Shelly learned to play guitar as adults (Shelly much better than Nancy).  We discuss what it takes to learn an instrument as an adult and what it can give to your soul … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/19/learning-to-play-an-instrument-as-an-adult/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Learning to Play an Instrument as an Adult"</span></a></p> Think it is too late to learn an instrument?  Lindsay is living proof that it isn’t.  She takes lessons from Tricia.  Nancy and Shelly learned to play guitar as adults (Shelly much better than Nancy).  We discuss what it takes to learn an instrument as an adult and what it can give to your soul to take on the challenge.

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Think it is too late to learn an instrument?  Lindsay is living proof that it isn’t.  She takes lessons from Tricia.  Nancy and Shelly learned to play guitar as adults (Shelly much better than Nancy).  We discuss what it takes to learn an instrument as... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 27:06 1441
Our Mothers Knew It http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/12/our-mothers-knew-it/ Sun, 12 May 2013 12:16:08 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1456 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/12/our-mothers-knew-it/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/12/our-mothers-knew-it/feed/ 0 We share insights our mothers gave us and strengths they passed on to us in honor of them this Mother’s Day!  Listen with your mom and then share with her what she taught you. We share insights our mothers gave us and strengths they passed on to us in honor of them this Mother’s Day!  Listen with your mom and then share with her what she taught you.

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We share insights our mothers gave us and strengths they passed on to us in honor of them this Mother’s Day!  Listen with your mom and then share with her what she taught you. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 24:04 1456
He is Here! http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/05/he-is-here/ Sun, 05 May 2013 12:20:26 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1464 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/05/he-is-here/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/05/05/he-is-here/feed/ 0 Shelly shares with us what it is like to have her new son around. Shelly shares with us what it is like to have her new son around.

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Getting Grants or Donations for Your Child’s School http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/28/getting-grants-or-donations-for-your-childs-school/ Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:09:58 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1338 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/28/getting-grants-or-donations-for-your-childs-school/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/28/getting-grants-or-donations-for-your-childs-school/feed/ 0 Karen Reno shares her tips and ideas for how to get products and services for your child’s school.  If they need technology or even landscaping, there is probably a grant or a program to help.  Big businesses like Target and Lowes are ready to help and so are smaller companies in your community.  Learn how … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/28/getting-grants-or-donations-for-your-childs-school/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Getting Grants or Donations for Your Child’s School"</span></a></p> Karen Reno shares her tips and ideas for how to get products and services for your child’s school.  If they need technology or even landscaping, there is probably a grant or a program to help.  Big businesses like Target and Lowes are ready to help and so are smaller companies in your community.  Learn how Karen was able to get donations for many things from shade trees to electronic classroom survey systems donated for very little effort.

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Karen Reno shares her tips and ideas for how to get products and services for your child’s school.  If they need technology or even landscaping, there is probably a grant or a program to help.  Big businesses like Target and Lowes are ready to help and... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 15:39 1338
When a Kid Needs a Cell Phone http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/21/when-a-kid-needs-a-cell-phone/ Sun, 21 Apr 2013 16:37:10 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1302 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/21/when-a-kid-needs-a-cell-phone/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/21/when-a-kid-needs-a-cell-phone/feed/ 0 When should you give your child a cell phone and what rules should you use with your child? We discuss how to determine when you child is ready and what expectations you should set up with your child.  Check out one mom’s contract with her son. NOTE:  Since we recorded this show, Bill Gates, the … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/21/when-a-kid-needs-a-cell-phone/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "When a Kid Needs a Cell Phone"</span></a></p> When should you give your child a cell phone and what rules should you use with your child? We discuss how to determine when you child is ready and what expectations you should set up with your child.  Check out one mom’s contract with her son.

NOTE:  Since we recorded this show, Bill Gates, the creator of Windows and Microsoft and a god in the technology world, has stated that he gives his children a cell phone at 13 on a limited basis.  So, Nancy chatted with her son and let him know that she isn’t the mean miserly mom.  If the man who can give away 260 BILLION dollars makes his kids wait until they are 13, Nancy is sticking to her guns!

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When should you give your child a cell phone and what rules should you use with your child? We discuss how to determine when you child is ready and what expectations you should set up with your child.  Check out one mom’s contract with her son. mom’s contract with her son.
NOTE:  Since we recorded this show, Bill Gates, the creator of Windows and Microsoft and a god in the technology world, has stated that he gives his children a cell phone at 13 on a limited basis.  So, Nancy chatted with her son and let him know that she isn’t the mean miserly mom.  If the man who can give away 260 BILLION dollars makes his kids wait until they are 13, Nancy is sticking to her guns!
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Having a Baby After 40 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/14/having-a-baby-after-40/ Sun, 14 Apr 2013 21:55:12 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1430 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/14/having-a-baby-after-40/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/04/14/having-a-baby-after-40/feed/ 0 Dr. Kari Lawrence joins us to talk about what it is like to have a baby after 40 and what Shelly can expect her birth experience to be like.  She has very positive news for women who are considering having babies later in life. Dr. Kari Lawrence joins us to talk about what it is like to have a baby after 40 and what Shelly can expect her birth experience to be like.  She has very positive news for women who are considering having babies later in life.

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Dr. Kari Lawrence joins us to talk about what it is like to have a baby after 40 and what Shelly can expect her birth experience to be like.  She has very positive news for women who are considering having babies later in life. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 33:35 1430
Handing Comments about Your Child with Special Needs http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/24/handing-comments-about-your-child-with-special-needs/ Sun, 24 Mar 2013 16:50:08 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1320 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/24/handing-comments-about-your-child-with-special-needs/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/24/handing-comments-about-your-child-with-special-needs/feed/ 0 Claire Lerner discusses how to help your child deal with uncomfortable comments.  Even though we focus on children with Special Needs, these skills work for all kids and can help your child be prepared for those times when people are less than kind.  Listen and learn! Claire Lerner discusses how to help your child deal with uncomfortable comments.  Even though we focus on children with Special Needs, these skills work for all kids and can help your child be prepared for those times when people are less than kind.  Listen and learn!

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Claire Lerner discusses how to help your child deal with uncomfortable comments.  Even though we focus on children with Special Needs, these skills work for all kids and can help your child be prepared for those times when people are less than kind. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 28:10 1320
Recovering from a Schedule Buster http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/17/recover_schedule/ Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:51:32 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1322 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/17/recover_schedule/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/17/recover_schedule/feed/ 1 Sometimes well-meaning family members come into town and upset our fine-crafted schedules.  We want to spend time with them because they are not with us everyday.  But the aftermath can last long after they return home.  Learn how to keep your kids on a schedule even when family come into town and how to get … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/17/recover_schedule/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Recovering from a Schedule Buster"</span></a></p> Sometimes well-meaning family members come into town and upset our fine-crafted schedules.  We want to spend time with them because they are not with us everyday.  But the aftermath can last long after they return home.  Learn how to keep your kids on a schedule even when family come into town and how to get them back to normal after family have left.

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Running when Pregnant http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/10/running-when-pregnant/ Sun, 10 Mar 2013 16:43:55 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1307 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/10/running-when-pregnant/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/03/10/running-when-pregnant/feed/ 2 Runner Julie Thomas discusses how things change when you are pregnant and if you can keep running.  She is the mom of 6 children and trained for marathons while pregnant.  Shelly, our Zumba instructor co-hosts asks all her questions about how to run when pregnant. Runner Julie Thomas discusses how things change when you are pregnant and if you can keep running.  She is the mom of 6 children and trained for marathons while pregnant.  Shelly, our Zumba instructor co-hosts asks all her questions about how to run when pregnant.

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Runner Julie Thomas discusses how things change when you are pregnant and if you can keep running.  She is the mom of 6 children and trained for marathons while pregnant.  Shelly, our Zumba instructor co-hosts asks all her questions about how to run wh... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 25:47 1307
What My Child Needs to Get to College http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/24/what-my-child-needs-to-get-to-college/ Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:48:55 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1317 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/24/what-my-child-needs-to-get-to-college/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/24/what-my-child-needs-to-get-to-college/feed/ 0 High school guidance counselor *** explains what our kids really need to be doing to make it to college including what extra-curricular activities pay off and what your child might be doing already that looks good on a college application.  She also explains why more activities don’t always lead to a better application and why … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/24/what-my-child-needs-to-get-to-college/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "What My Child Needs to Get to College"</span></a></p> High school guidance counselor *** explains what our kids really need to be doing to make it to college including what extra-curricular activities pay off and what your child might be doing already that looks good on a college application.  She also explains why more activities don’t always lead to a better application and why some kids need to relax a bit.

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High school guidance counselor *** explains what our kids really need to be doing to make it to college including what extra-curricular activities pay off and what your child might be doing already that looks good on a college application. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 29:37 1317
Baby Wearing http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/17/baby-wearing/ Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:52:32 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1319 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/17/baby-wearing/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/17/baby-wearing/feed/ 0 Shelly and Lindsay discuss various ways to “wear” your baby along with the advantages of each style of wrap.  Lindsay, who has tried them all, explains why some are better than others. Check out www.wrapyourbaby.com and wwwthebabywearer.com for more information on wraps. Shelly and Lindsay discuss various ways to “wear” your baby along with the advantages of each style of wrap.  Lindsay, who has tried them all, explains why some are better than others.

Check out www.wrapyourbaby.com and wwwthebabywearer.com for more information on wraps.

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Shelly and Lindsay discuss various ways to “wear” your baby along with the advantages of each style of wrap.  Lindsay, who has tried them all, explains why some are better than others. Check out www.wrapyourbaby.com and wwwthebabywearer. Check out www.wrapyourbaby.com and wwwthebabywearer.com for more information on wraps.
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Baby Led-Weaning http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/10/baby-led-weaning/ Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:42:33 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1304 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/10/baby-led-weaning/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/10/baby-led-weaning/feed/ 1 You never have to mash or mix or blend another meal again for your baby! Tracey Murkett, co-author of Baby-led Weaning, discusses how to help your baby love real food and not be picky all while making family dinner time more enjoyable for everyone in the house–even when you have children spread in age from … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/10/baby-led-weaning/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Baby Led-Weaning"</span></a></p> 9780091923808You never have to mash or mix or blend another meal again for your baby! Tracey Murkett, co-author of Baby-led Weaning, discusses how to help your baby love real food and not be picky all while making family dinner time more enjoyable for everyone in the house–even when you have children spread in age from 20 years to 6 months.

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You never have to mash or mix or blend another meal again for your baby! Tracey Murkett, co-author of Baby-led Weaning, discusses how to help your baby love real food and not be picky all while making family dinner time more enjoyable for everyone in t... You never have to mash or mix or blend another meal again for your baby! Tracey Murkett, co-author of Baby-led Weaning, discusses how to help your baby love real food and not be picky all while making family dinner time more enjoyable for everyone in the house–even when you have children spread in age from 20 years to 6 months.
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Skiing as a Family http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/03/skiing-as-a-family/ Sun, 03 Feb 2013 16:47:38 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1313 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/03/skiing-as-a-family/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/03/skiing-as-a-family/feed/ 0 Nancy and Lindsay discuss how to get the entire family into winter sports like skiing–both downhill and cross country.  Don’t stay locked inside the house this winter–get out together and enjoy an amazing, healthy time together. Learn more about skiing lessons at Sundance Resort on our Sundance Ladies Day page. Learn about the 5th and … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/02/03/skiing-as-a-family/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Skiing as a Family"</span></a></p> Nancy and Lindsay discuss how to get the entire family into winter sports like skiing–both downhill and cross country.  Don’t stay locked inside the house this winter–get out together and enjoy an amazing, healthy time together.

Learn more about skiing lessons at Sundance Resort on our Sundance Ladies Day page. Learn about the 5th and 6th Grade Ski and Snowboard Passport.

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Nancy and Lindsay discuss how to get the entire family into winter sports like skiing–both downhill and cross country.  Don’t stay locked inside the house this winter–get out together and enjoy an amazing, healthy time together. Learn more about skiing lessons at Sundance Resort on our Sundance Ladies Day page. Learn about the 5th and 6th Grade Ski and Snowboard Passport.
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New Baby Changes Family with Older Kids http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/27/new-baby-changes-the-family-with-older-kids/ Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:25:24 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1297 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/27/new-baby-changes-the-family-with-older-kids/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/27/new-baby-changes-the-family-with-older-kids/feed/ 0 Claire Lerner chats with Shelly about how adding a 7th child will change her family and how she can help her older kids (ages 8-20) adjust and accept their new sibling.  Claire has a very positive view of what these interactions can teach Shelly’s kids and the lessons the whole family can learn.  Claire is … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/27/new-baby-changes-the-family-with-older-kids/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "New Baby Changes Family with Older Kids"</span></a></p> Claire Lerner chats with Shelly about how adding a 7th child will change her family and how she can help her older kids (ages 8-20) adjust and accept their new sibling.  Claire has a very positive view of what these interactions can teach Shelly’s kids and the lessons the whole family can learn.  Claire is the Director of Parenting Resources for Zero to Three.

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Claire Lerner chats with Shelly about how adding a 7th child will change her family and how she can help her older kids (ages 8-20) adjust and accept their new sibling.  Claire has a very positive view of what these interactions can teach Shelly’s kids... Zero to Three.
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Germiest Places in Your House http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/20/germiest-places-in-your-house/ Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:29:25 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1300 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/20/germiest-places-in-your-house/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/20/germiest-places-in-your-house/feed/ 0 Where are the places that a cold or flu pass most easily in your house? It might surprise you that the salt and pepper shakers are one of the biggest culprits in your house. Did you know that your credit cards could be giving you more than airline miles with every swipe?  And you might … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/20/germiest-places-in-your-house/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Germiest Places in Your House"</span></a></p> Where are the places that a cold or flu pass most easily in your house? It might surprise you that the salt and pepper shakers are one of the biggest culprits in your house. Did you know that your credit cards could be giving you more than airline miles with every swipe?  And you might not know that your shoes could me making your family sick.  It isn’t just enough to wash your hands this season.  Listen to learn more and then check out these resources:

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Where are the places that a cold or flu pass most easily in your house? It might surprise you that the salt and pepper shakers are one of the biggest culprits in your house. Did you know that your credit cards could be giving you more than airline mile...
* Vsauce 5 Second Rule Show
* How Many Germs are On Your Cell Phone  (Over a million bacteria on my phone even though I wipe it down with a disinfectant wipe)
* 5 Germiest Places Article
* 9 Germiest Places Article

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What They Don’t Teach in School But Should http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/13/what-they-dont-teach-in-school-but-should/ Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:53:34 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1122 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/13/what-they-dont-teach-in-school-but-should/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/13/what-they-dont-teach-in-school-but-should/feed/ 0 Your kids learn a lot in school, but some very important lessons are not taught in school.  Listen as we discuss several lessons that are not taught and how you as a mom can teach them to your children. For more ideas about what should be taught in school, check out this article on 27 … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/13/what-they-dont-teach-in-school-but-should/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "What They Don’t Teach in School But Should"</span></a></p> Your kids learn a lot in school, but some very important lessons are not taught in school.  Listen as we discuss several lessons that are not taught and how you as a mom can teach them to your children.

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Your kids learn a lot in school, but some very important lessons are not taught in school.  Listen as we discuss several lessons that are not taught and how you as a mom can teach them to your children. For more ideas about what should be taught in sch... For more ideas about what should be taught in school, check out this article on 27 Things They Don’t Teach in School
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Baby Signing: A Retrospective http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/06/baby-signing-a-retrospective/ Sun, 06 Jan 2013 14:08:37 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1177 http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/06/baby-signing-a-retrospective/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/06/baby-signing-a-retrospective/feed/ 0 Kathy Irving shares the end of her 2 year journey of signing with her hearing daughter.  Because she works with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what happened during this time. Their journey of signing is coming to an end with her daughter’s use of verbal language.  Kathy shares how the experience … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2013/01/06/baby-signing-a-retrospective/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Baby Signing: A Retrospective"</span></a></p> Kathy Irving shares the end of her 2 year journey of signing with her hearing daughter.  Because she works with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what happened during this time. Their journey of signing is coming to an end with her daughter’s use of verbal language.  Kathy shares how the experience helped her daughter gain a master vocabulary more than 20 times larger than what normal 2 year-olds can speak.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

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Kathy Irving shares the end of her 2 year journey of signing with her hearing daughter.  Because she works with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what happened during this time. Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.
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Ukuleles: The New Cool Instrument http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/12/09/ukuleles-the-new-cool-instrument/ Mon, 10 Dec 2012 02:22:48 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1150 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/12/09/ukuleles-the-new-cool-instrument/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/12/09/ukuleles-the-new-cool-instrument/feed/ 0 Jason Mrantz plays one, so why can’t you or your child? The Ukulele is not the instrument of large Hawaiian singers anymore (thanks to one very large Hawaiian singer named Iz Kamakawiwo‘ole).  Ryan Taylor of UkulelePlay.com discusses how to select and instrument and how to learn to play.  It is one of the least expensive … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/12/09/ukuleles-the-new-cool-instrument/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Ukuleles: The New Cool Instrument"</span></a></p> Jason Mrantz plays one, so why can’t you or your child? The Ukulele is not the instrument of large Hawaiian singers anymore (thanks to one very large Hawaiian singer named Iz Kamakawiwoole).  Ryan Taylor of UkulelePlay.com discusses how to select and instrument and how to learn to play.  It is one of the least expensive instruments while still being one of the most fun and interactive instruments.  With ukes starting at $30, there is no excuse not to bring music into your family’s life. Maybe you will all learn to play–the family that ukes together sticks together!

Looking for songs and chord charts or even classes and bootcamps?  Check out Ryan’s site for more information.  UkulelePlay.com

Personal Note:  Alex got his Uke and he LOVES it.  We had issues with him learning chords on the classical guitar, but playing the uke, he has embraced chords and is learning strumming patterns.  It has been a blast.

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Jason Mrantz plays one, so why can’t you or your child? The Ukulele is not the instrument of large Hawaiian singers anymore (thanks to one very large Hawaiian singer named Iz Kamakawiwo‘ole).  Ryan Taylor of UkulelePlay. UkulelePlay.com discusses how to select and instrument and how to learn to play.  It is one of the least expensive instruments while still being one of the most fun and interactive instruments.  With ukes starting at $30, there is no excuse not to bring music into your family’s life. Maybe you will all learn to play–the family that ukes together sticks together!
Looking for songs and chord charts or even classes and bootcamps?  Check out Ryan’s site for more information.  UkulelePlay.com
Personal Note:  Alex got his Uke and he LOVES it.  We had issues with him learning chords on the classical guitar, but playing the uke, he has embraced chords and is learning strumming patterns.  It has been a blast.
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Making the Holidays Merry and Bright http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/12/02/make-the-holidays-merry-and-bright/ Sun, 02 Dec 2012 15:03:38 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1183 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/12/02/make-the-holidays-merry-and-bright/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/12/02/make-the-holidays-merry-and-bright/feed/ 0 LaNae Callihan of It’s Written On the Wall shares simple tips to make this holiday season merry and bright. Her ideas are simple to do and her downloads are free and give you the best gifts for neighbors and teachers as well as our favorite Lunchbox Notes.  She is an accomplished artist and has a … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/12/02/make-the-holidays-merry-and-bright/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Making the Holidays Merry and Bright"</span></a></p> LaNae Callihan of It’s Written On the Wall shares simple tips to make this holiday season merry and bright. Her ideas are simple to do and her downloads are free and give you the best gifts for neighbors and teachers as well as our favorite Lunchbox Notes.  She is an accomplished artist and has a fabulous eye for simple design.  Check out her blog and see what you can be doing to make your holidays merry and bright!  All you need is a printer, some scissors and a great imagination!

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LaNae Callihan of It’s Written On the Wall shares simple tips to make this holiday season merry and bright. Her ideas are simple to do and her downloads are free and give you the best gifts for neighbors and teachers as well as our favorite Lunchbox No... It’s Written On the Wall shares simple tips to make this holiday season merry and bright. Her ideas are simple to do and her downloads are free and give you the best gifts for neighbors and teachers as well as our favorite Lunchbox Notes.  She is an accomplished artist and has a fabulous eye for simple design.  Check out her blog and see what you can be doing to make your holidays merry and bright!  All you need is a printer, some scissors and a great imagination!

* Lunchbox Notes
* Christmas Coloring Book
* Letter to Santa


* Hershey Nugget Christmas Treats

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Taming Your Thought Monster http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/11/taming-your-thought-monster/ Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:45:13 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1167 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/11/taming-your-thought-monster/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/11/taming-your-thought-monster/feed/ 1 Katie McClain shares with us how to tame our thought monster and how to help our kids tame theirs to help them have a stronger sense of self and a more positive outlook.  Learn how to conquer those negative thoughts you might be having and ban them from your mind.  Your thoughts are not YOU … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/11/taming-your-thought-monster/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Taming Your Thought Monster"</span></a></p> Katie McClain shares with us how to tame our thought monster and how to help our kids tame theirs to help them have a stronger sense of self and a more positive outlook.  Learn how to conquer those negative thoughts you might be having and ban them from your mind.  Your thoughts are not YOU and you can change your thoughts to change your life.

Learn more about Thought Monsters at www.katiemcclain.com and share your thought monster picture to win on her Contest Page.

Check Out Nancy’s Thought Monster!

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Katie McClain shares with us how to tame our thought monster and how to help our kids tame theirs to help them have a stronger sense of self and a more positive outlook.  Learn how to conquer those negative thoughts you might be having and ban them fro... Katie McClain shares with us how to tame our thought monster and how to help our kids tame theirs to help them have a stronger sense of self and a more positive outlook.  Learn how to conquer those negative thoughts you might be having and ban them from your mind.  Your thoughts are not YOU and you can change your thoughts to change your life.
Learn more about Thought Monsters at www.katiemcclain.com and share your thought monster picture to win on her Contest Page.
Check Out Nancy’s Thought Monster!

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Gluten Free A Fad or Something to Do http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/04/gluten-free-a-fad-or-something-to-do/ Mon, 05 Nov 2012 04:47:27 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1120 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/04/gluten-free-a-fad-or-something-to-do/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/04/gluten-free-a-fad-or-something-to-do/feed/ 0 Stars are touting gluten free.  Should you consider going gluten free?  For Nancy, it was a good option. If you are looking for a cookbook that will make it easy to have those treats you are missing, check out the No Excuses Gluten Free Cookbook.  The treats in this book taste like their gluten inspirations.  … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/11/04/gluten-free-a-fad-or-something-to-do/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Gluten Free A Fad or Something to Do"</span></a></p> Stars are touting gluten free.  Should you consider going gluten free?  For Nancy, it was a good option.

If you are looking for a cookbook that will make it easy to have those treats you are missing, check out the No Excuses Gluten Free Cookbook.  The treats in this book taste like their gluten inspirations.  You can give these treats to anyone and they won’t be able to tell that they are gluten free.

Our position is that gluten free is not as important (unless you have Celiacs or are Gluten Intolerant as Nancy is) as getting all the processed foods out of your diet and eating things that are natural and fresh!

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Stars are touting gluten free.  Should you consider going gluten free?  For Nancy, it was a good option. If you are looking for a cookbook that will make it easy to have those treats you are missing, check out the No Excuses Gluten Free Cookbook. If you are looking for a cookbook that will make it easy to have those treats you are missing, check out the No Excuses Gluten Free Cookbook.  The treats in this book taste like their gluten inspirations.  You can give these treats to anyone and they won’t be able to tell that they are gluten free.
Our position is that gluten free is not as important (unless you have Celiacs or are Gluten Intolerant as Nancy is) as getting all the processed foods out of your diet and eating things that are natural and fresh!
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Take a Mental Health Day http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/28/take-a-mental-health-day/ Mon, 29 Oct 2012 04:43:24 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1116 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/28/take-a-mental-health-day/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/28/take-a-mental-health-day/feed/ 0 If you are feeling short tempered, having problems sleeping or are overreacting, you may need to take a Mental Health day (and your employer might even be willing to give you the day off to do it). Learn what a Mental Health Day is. If you are feeling short tempered, having problems sleeping or are overreacting, you may need to take a Mental Health day (and your employer might even be willing to give you the day off to do it). Learn what a Mental Health Day is.

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Need a 504? http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/21/need-a-504/ Mon, 22 Oct 2012 04:39:29 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1114 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/21/need-a-504/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/21/need-a-504/feed/ 0 What is a 504 and do you need one for your child to make sure that she is getting a fair shot at learning in schools. What is a 504 and do you need one for your child to make sure that she is getting a fair shot at learning in schools.

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Easy Halloween Ideas http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/13/easy-halloween-ideas/ Sun, 14 Oct 2012 03:09:43 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1107 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/13/easy-halloween-ideas/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/13/easy-halloween-ideas/feed/ 1 We discuss getting ready for Halloween and some ideas to make it simple and fun. Using your printer and some ingenuity, you can make your house a Halloween haven.  Scroll down to get the Podcast. EASY TREATS Boo Bags: http://thegainesgang4.blogspot.com/2010/10/panic-mode-party-treats.html Your Mummy Loves You treats: http://www.theidearoom.net/2011/10/halloween-oreosmummy-treats.html (I did not put mine on sticks–just put them … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/13/easy-halloween-ideas/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Easy Halloween Ideas"</span></a></p> We discuss getting ready for Halloween and some ideas to make it simple and fun. Using your printer and some ingenuity, you can make your house a Halloween haven.  Scroll down to get the Podcast.

EASY TREATS

HALLOWEEN CANDY SWAP

DECORATING  IDEAS

  • Collect your candles and other things to decorate (add a few Dollar store spiders and rats)
  • Add spooky pictures to your family portraits

OTHER GREAT HALLOWEEN TIPS AND RECIPES

Pumpkin Chili

1 medium pumpkin,  4-5 pounds (or 2 cups canned)
1 small yellow onion
1 clove garlic
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 T oil
1 lb. ground beef
4 c diced tomatoes
2 c tomato sauce
2 c cooked kidney beans
1 c corn
1/2 c diced green chilis
1 T chili powder
1 t ground cumin
salt and fresh black pepper

Cut lid in top of pumpkin; set aside. Remove seeds, replace lid. Bake at 375° for 20-40 minutes until pulp in soft. Scoop out pumpkin flesh, leaving at least 1/2 inch to hold pumpkin shape. Dice pumpkin and set aside. Reserve pumpkin shell.

In large pot, cook onion, garlic and bell pepper with ground beef. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, reserved pumpkin, beans, corn, chilis, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Serve from reserved pumpkin shell. Garnish with shredded cheese and/or sour cream. Serve over cooked rice. 6-8 servings.

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We discuss getting ready for Halloween and some ideas to make it simple and fun. Using your printer and some ingenuity, you can make your house a Halloween haven.  Scroll down to get the Podcast. EASY TREATS Boo Bags: http://thegainesgang4.blogspot. EASY TREATS

* Boo Bags: http://thegainesgang4.blogspot.com/2010/10/panic-mode-party-treats.html
* Your Mummy Loves You treats: http://www.theidearoom.net/2011/10/halloween-oreosmummy-treats.html (I did not put mine on sticks–just put them in their lunch)

HALLOWEEN CANDY SWAP

* Halloween Candy Swap for the Troops: http://www.operationgratitude.com/halloween-candy-buy-back-2012/

DECORATING  IDEAS

* Collect your candles and other things to decorate (add a few Dollar store spiders and rats)
* Add spooky pictures to your family portraits

OTHER GREAT HALLOWEEN TIPS AND RECIPES

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Easy Teacher Gifts, Bingo, Bookmarks and More http://www.itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot.com/ (this is Nancy’s new favorite site)
* Cool Glow in the Dark Ideas http://playathomemom3.blogspot.com/2011/07/glow-water_08.html
* Halloween fun idea. Glow in the dark scavenger hunt. Write clues in UV ink and they have to turn out the lights and shine a UV light to read the clues. Usually the pen has a light on it.

Pumpkin Chili
1 medium pumpkin,  4-5 pounds (or 2 cups canned)

1 small yellow onion

1 clove garlic

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 T oil

1 lb. ground beef

4 c diced tomatoes

2 c tomato sauce

2 c cooked kidney beans

1 c corn

1/2 c diced green chilis

1 T chili powder

1 t ground cumin

salt and fresh black pepper
Cut lid in top of pumpkin; set aside. Remove seeds, replace lid. Bake at 375° for 20-40 minutes until pulp in soft. Scoop out pumpkin flesh, leaving at least 1/2 inch to hold pumpkin shape. Dice pumpkin and set aside. Reserve pumpkin shell.
In large pot, cook onion, garlic and bell pepper with ground beef. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, reserved pumpkin, beans, corn, chilis, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Serve from reserved pumpkin shell. Garnish with shredded cheese and/or sour cream. Serve over cooked rice. 6-8 servings.
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Best Of Part 2 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/07/best-of-part-2/ Sun, 07 Oct 2012 21:01:24 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=969 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/07/best-of-part-2/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/07/best-of-part-2/feed/ 0 The show continues with the products, services, and sites that Nancy and Shelly have found most useful over 5 years of podcasting. Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You. Jayne Clayson Best Detergent: Quick N Brite is Nancy’s FAVORITE stain remover Best Family Travel Deal: Disney YES Program Best Beach/Outdoor … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/10/07/best-of-part-2/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Best Of Part 2"</span></a></p> The show continues with the products, services, and sites that Nancy and Shelly have found most useful over 5 years of podcasting.

Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You. Jayne Clayson

Best Detergent: Quick N Brite is Nancy’s FAVORITE stain remover

Best Family Travel Deal: Disney YES Program

Best Beach/Outdoor Gadget: Sun Smarties Family Cabana Pop-up tent from One Step Ahead

Best Early Learning Program: Rusty and Rosy and was created by Waterford Institute

Best Baby Signing Book: Baby Signing 1, 2, 3s

Best Soap: Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is Shelly’s favorite soap/ Nancy Loves PureWorks Antibacterial Foam as hand sanitizer, soap and lotion

Best Cold Fighter: Xlear nasal wash

Best Kitchen gadget: Piggy Platter Nancy Loves the Piggy Platter

Best Purse: Lilly May Bag. Check it out at www.lillymaebags.com

Best Baby Bedding: QuickZip Sheets by www.cloudsandstars.com

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The show continues with the products, services, and sites that Nancy and Shelly have found most useful over 5 years of podcasting. Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You. Jayne Clayson Best Detergent: Quick N Brite is Nancy’s ... Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You. Jayne Clayson
Best Detergent: Quick N Brite is Nancy’s FAVORITE stain remover
Best Family Travel Deal: Disney YES Program
Best Beach/Outdoor Gadget: Sun Smarties Family Cabana Pop-up tent from One Step Ahead
Best Early Learning Program: Rusty and Rosy and was created by Waterford Institute
Best Baby Signing Book: Baby Signing 1, 2, 3s
Best Soap: Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is Shelly’s favorite soap/ Nancy Loves PureWorks Antibacterial Foam as hand sanitizer, soap and lotion
Best Cold Fighter: Xlear nasal wash
Best Kitchen gadget: Piggy Platter Nancy Loves the Piggy Platter
Best Purse: Lilly May Bag. Check it out at www.lillymaebags.com
Best Baby Bedding: QuickZip Sheets by www.cloudsandstars.com
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Loving Yourself and Banishing ANTs http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/30/loving-yourself-and-banishing-ants/ Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:57:41 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1065 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/30/loving-yourself-and-banishing-ants/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/30/loving-yourself-and-banishing-ants/feed/ 0 We continue our Proactive Parenting tips and discuss how to teach children to love themselves and how to analyze automatic negative thoughts. Listen and learn some specific tips today and then check out the Proactive Parenting workshops later this year. In Dr. Andie’s I Love Me, Who Do You Love workshop you will discuss how … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/30/loving-yourself-and-banishing-ants/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Loving Yourself and Banishing ANTs"</span></a></p> We continue our Proactive Parenting tips and discuss how to teach children to love themselves and how to analyze automatic negative thoughts. Listen and learn some specific tips today and then check out the Proactive Parenting workshops later this year.

In Dr. Andie’s I Love Me, Who Do You Love workshop you will discuss how to help your children love and accept themselves from body image to dealing with their imperfections as well as their strengths. This is the best gift any parent can give their child! This Conference Call will be October 16 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or
9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST).

In Dr. Andie’s Devil on My Shoulder workshop, we will discussion how of the 60,000 thoughts we create every day, 80% are negative and untrue. These kinds of thoughts can lead to stress, self-doubt, and undesirable behavior. Learn how to understand these untrue thoughts and help your children “weed them out” to build confidence, make better choices, and increase self-esteem.  The Conference Call will be November 13, 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or 9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST)

To join these informative and interactive workshops, complete the application and once registered, look for additional discounts and bonuses!  Click the Link below or go to http://www.drandie.com/

Click Here to sign up for Proactive Parenting Workshops with Dr Andie

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We continue our Proactive Parenting tips and discuss how to teach children to love themselves and how to analyze automatic negative thoughts. Listen and learn some specific tips today and then check out the Proactive Parenting workshops later this year... In Dr. Andie’s I Love Me, Who Do You Love workshop you will discuss how to help your children love and accept themselves from body image to dealing with their imperfections as well as their strengths. This is the best gift any parent can give their child! This Conference Call will be October 16 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or

9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST).
In Dr. Andie’s Devil on My Shoulder workshop, we will discussion how of the 60,000 thoughts we create every day, 80% are negative and untrue. These kinds of thoughts can lead to stress, self-doubt, and undesirable behavior. Learn how to understand these untrue thoughts and help your children “weed them out” to build confidence, make better choices, and increase self-esteem.  The Conference Call will be November 13, 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or 9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST)
To join these informative and interactive workshops, complete the application and once registered, look for additional discounts and bonuses!  Click the Link below or go to http://www.drandie.com/

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Lunchbox Love with Real Food http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/23/lunchbox-love-with-real-food/ Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:00:16 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1073 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/23/lunchbox-love-with-real-food/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/23/lunchbox-love-with-real-food/feed/ 0 Making lunch for your kids seems daunting sometimes, but giving them wholesome real food for lunch is one of the best things you can do–especially since school lunch programs in the US are very unhealthy.  Before you get overwhelmed and throw in the towel, listen to some great ideas that will have you making stellar … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/23/lunchbox-love-with-real-food/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Lunchbox Love with Real Food"</span></a></p> Making lunch for your kids seems daunting sometimes, but giving them wholesome real food for lunch is one of the best things you can do–especially since school lunch programs in the US are very unhealthy.  Before you get overwhelmed and throw in the towel, listen to some great ideas that will have you making stellar lunches.

Idea Tips:

Tool Tips:

  • Use your Cookie Cutters/Sandwich cutters at Wal-Mart/Dollar Store, Lunch Punch
  • If you have a Japanese store near you, they have cool stuff (Daison and Itchi Ban Kan); shape cutters
  • Get a few types of containers (Ziploc three compartments, KlipIt Sandwich and Salad at TJMaxx, get small containers, save food-safe containers)
  • Create a place for all your lunch supplies in one place (containers, cutters, love notes, little treats)
  • Silicone cupcake cups make great dividers
  • Dress it up with toothpicks (you can make or purchase)
  • Good cookbooks: Deceptively Delicious and the Sneaky Chef
  • Here is a list of good supplies http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/08/24/my-favorite-school-lunch-supplies/

Time Tips:

  • Think Ahead: dinner into lunch; cook on weekends
  • Make Ahead: freeze muffins, oatmeal bars, cut out bread and freeze, freeze complete sandwiches; cut out cheese shapes, eyes,  applesauce, spaghetti, meatballs, even cupcakes and cake pops
  • Buy/Make your love notes ahead of time ItsWrittenOnTheWall.com has the cutest lunchbox notes; file by topic
  • Buy/store staples you can use in a crunch (sugar free applesauce; crackers, fruit leather, etc)

NOTE: If you are looking for a GREAT site with tons of wonderful ideas, ItsWrittenOnTheWall.com is my new Go-to site for fun ideas.  The site has the best lunch box notes and way more–all the best ideas on the web are here! Check them out!

And here is a sampling of the lunchbox notes:

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Making lunch for your kids seems daunting sometimes, but giving them wholesome real food for lunch is one of the best things you can do–especially since school lunch programs in the US are very unhealthy.  Before you get overwhelmed and throw in the to... Making lunch for your kids seems daunting sometimes, but giving them wholesome real food for lunch is one of the best things you can do–especially since school lunch programs in the US are very unhealthy.  Before you get overwhelmed and throw in the towel, listen to some great ideas that will have you making stellar lunches.
Idea Tips:

* Check websites for inspiration (I keep a file of pics)

* 100 Days of Real Food (they also have a great lunch gadget page)
* Bento Box Gallery
* Family Fresh Meals Bento Boxes (you might need to modify for school lunches)


* Use the holidays to inspire you

* Halloween Lunches
* Christmas Lunches
* Valentine Lunches


* Use your kids interests to inspire you (Angry Birds, pokemon, hello kitty, star wars)
* Think out of the bread—sandwich on a stick, do-it-yourself lunchables; soup; pancakes; apple stacks; tortillas, salad; turkey wrap-ups

Tool Tips:

* Use your Cookie Cutters/Sandwich cutters at Wal-Mart/Dollar Store, Lunch Punch
* If you have a Japanese store near you, they have cool stuff (Daison and Itchi Ban Kan); shape cutters
* Get a few types of containers (Ziploc three compartments, KlipIt Sandwich and Salad at TJMaxx, get small containers, save food-safe containers)
* Create a place for all your lunch supplies in one place (containers, cutters, love notes, little treats)
* Silicone cupcake cups make great dividers
* Dress it up with toothpicks (you can make or purchase)
* Good cookbooks: Deceptively Delicious and the Sneaky Chef
* Here is a list of good supplies http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/08/24/my-favorite-school-lunch-supplies/

Time Tips:

* Think Ahead: dinner into lunch; cook on weekends
* Make Ahead: freeze muffins, oatmeal bars, cut out bread and freeze, freeze complete sandwiches; cut out cheese shapes, eyes,  applesauce, spaghetti, meatballs, even cupcakes and cake pops
* Buy/Make your love notes ahead of time ItsWrittenOnTheWall.com has the cutest lunchbox notes; file by topic
* Buy/store staples you can use in a crunch (sugar free applesauce; crackers, fruit leather, etc)

NOTE: If you are looking for a GREAT site with tons of wonderful ideas, ItsWrittenOnTheWall.com is my new Go-to site for fun ideas.  The site has the best lunch box notes and way more–all the best ideas on the web are here! Check them out!
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Shelly’s Big Surprise http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/16/shellys-big-surprise/ Mon, 17 Sep 2012 04:58:40 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1071 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/16/shellys-big-surprise/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/16/shellys-big-surprise/feed/ 1 Shelly shares with us her big surprise.  You will want to listen and hear how Shelly’s life is changing forever. Shelly shares with us her big surprise.  You will want to listen and hear how Shelly’s life is changing forever.

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Best Of Part 1 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/09/best-of/ Sun, 09 Sep 2012 16:09:37 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=953 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/09/best-of/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/09/best-of/feed/ 0 Shelly and Nancy discuss the best products, services, books, and more that they have discovered over the past 5+ years of podcasting. Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You.  Jayne Clayson Best Detergent: Quick N  Brite is Nancy’s FAVORITE stain remover Best Family Travel Deal: Disney YES Program Best Beach/Outdoor … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/09/best-of/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Best Of Part 1"</span></a></p> Shelly and Nancy discuss the best products, services, books, and more that they have discovered over the past 5+ years of podcasting.

Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You.  Jayne Clayson

Best Detergent: Quick N  Brite is Nancy’s FAVORITE stain remover

Best Family Travel Deal: Disney YES Program

Best Beach/Outdoor Gadget: Sun Smarties Family Cabana Pop-up tent from One Step Ahead

Best Early Learning Program: Rusty and Rosy and was created by Waterford Institute

Best Baby Signing Book: Baby Signing 1, 2, 3s

Best Soap: Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is Shelly’s favorite soap/ Nancy Loves PureWorks Antibacterial Foam as hand sanitizer, soap and lotion

Best Cold Fighter: Xlear nasal wash

Best Kitchen gadget: Piggy Platter Nancy Loves the Piggy Platter

Best Purse:  Lilly May Bag. Check it out at www.lillymaebags.com

Best Baby Bedding: QuickZip Sheets by www.cloudsandstars.com

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Shelly and Nancy discuss the best products, services, books, and more that they have discovered over the past 5+ years of podcasting. Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You.  Jayne Clayson Best Detergent: Quick N  Brite is Nan... Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You.  Jayne Clayson
Best Detergent: Quick N  Brite is Nancy’s FAVORITE stain remover
Best Family Travel Deal: Disney YES Program
Best Beach/Outdoor Gadget: Sun Smarties Family Cabana Pop-up tent from One Step Ahead
Best Early Learning Program: Rusty and Rosy and was created by Waterford Institute
Best Baby Signing Book: Baby Signing 1, 2, 3s
Best Soap: Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is Shelly’s favorite soap/ Nancy Loves PureWorks Antibacterial Foam as hand sanitizer, soap and lotion
Best Cold Fighter: Xlear nasal wash
Best Kitchen gadget: Piggy Platter Nancy Loves the Piggy Platter
Best Purse:  Lilly May Bag. Check it out at www.lillymaebags.com
Best Baby Bedding: QuickZip Sheets by www.cloudsandstars.com
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Under the Influence http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/05/under-the-influence/ Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:51:19 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1062 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/05/under-the-influence/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/05/under-the-influence/feed/ 0 We all want our children to make friends and establish good relationships. Friendships can have great and lasting influences; and both good and bad consequences. Learn a tip TODAY on how to teach your children how to make friends, maintain positive interactions and how to cope when relationships go awry. Then, join us September 18  … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/09/05/under-the-influence/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Under the Influence"</span></a></p> We all want our children to make friends and establish good relationships. Friendships can have great and lasting influences; and both good and bad consequences. Learn a tip TODAY on how to teach your children how to make friends, maintain positive interactions and how to cope when relationships go awry. Then, join us September 18  for the Conference Call

Time: 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or
9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST)

To join these informative and interactive workshops, complete the application and once registered, look for additional discounts and bonuses!  Click the Link below or go to http://www.drandie.com/

Click Here to sign up for Proactive Parenting Workshops with Dr Andie

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We all want our children to make friends and establish good relationships. Friendships can have great and lasting influences; and both good and bad consequences. Learn a tip TODAY on how to teach your children how to make friends, Time: 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or

9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST)
To join these informative and interactive workshops, complete the application and once registered, look for additional discounts and bonuses!  Click the Link below or go to http://www.drandie.com/

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Proactive Learning for Proactive Parents http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/26/proactive-learning-for-proactive-parents/ Sun, 26 Aug 2012 14:25:44 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=1048 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/26/proactive-learning-for-proactive-parents/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/26/proactive-learning-for-proactive-parents/feed/ 0 So much of parenting is reacting to a situation causing stress, uncertainty, and sometimes with undesirable results. Wouldn’t it be nice to be pro-active and know what to do before a problem arises? Dr. Andie Weiner explains how you can get ahead of the curve in your parenting by learning NOW skills to to help … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/26/proactive-learning-for-proactive-parents/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Proactive Learning for Proactive Parents"</span></a></p> So much of parenting is reacting to a situation causing stress, uncertainty, and sometimes with undesirable results. Wouldn’t it be nice to be pro-active and know what to do before a problem arises? Dr. Andie Weiner explains how you can get ahead of the curve in your parenting by learning NOW skills to to help you with issues that invariably come up in parenting.  To accommodate parents who want to be proactive, Dr. Andie is offering interactive live workshops for parents.

Dr. Andie invites you to attend her Pro-Active Parenting Workshops as she addresses three hot parental topics. In the privacy and ease of being in your own home, join a small, intimate group of parents that like you are looking to become a better parent.

The workshop opens with a 15-minute overview with Dr. Andie offering three to five easy to implement tools to help parents. Each parent will then have an opportunity to ask one question related to her presentation or a family concern on that subject.

Dr. Andie deals with each of the topics with sensitivity, hands-on experience as a therapist, parent coach, and mom, as well as humor – a must for ALL parents!

Hot Topics for Workshop

Under The Influence:
We all want our children to make friends and establish good relationships. Friendships can have great and lasting influences; and both good and bad consequences. Learn how to teach your children how to make friends, maintain positive interactions and how to cope when relationships go awry.

I Love Me. Who Do You Love?
One of the first and most valuable relationships a child needs to develop is one with themself.  Help your children love and accept themselves from body image to dealing with their imperfections as well as their strengths. This is the best gift any parent can give their child!

Devil on My Shoulder:
Of the 60,000 thoughts we create every day, 80% are negative and untrue. These kinds of thoughts can lead to stress, self-doubt, and undesirable behavior. Learn how to understand these untrue thoughts and help your children “weed them out” to build confidence, make better choices, and increase self-esteem.

The Specifics

Conference call-in for 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • September 18   Under The Influence
  • October 16      I Love Me. Who Do You Love?
  • November 13   Devil On My Shoulder

Time: 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or
9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST)

Cost:

1 workshop    $30.00
2 workshops   $50.00 (save $10.00)
3 workshops   $75.00 (save $15.00)

To join these informative and interactive workshops, complete the application and once registered, look for additional discounts and bonuses!  Click the Link below or go to http://www.drandie.com/

Click Here to sign up for Proactive Parenting Workshops with Dr Andie

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So much of parenting is reacting to a situation causing stress, uncertainty, and sometimes with undesirable results. Wouldn’t it be nice to be pro-active and know what to do before a problem arises? Dr. Andie Weiner explains how you can get ahead of th... Dr. Andie invites you to attend her Pro-Active Parenting Workshops as she addresses three hot parental topics. In the privacy and ease of being in your own home, join a small, intimate group of parents that like you are looking to become a better parent.
The workshop opens with a 15-minute overview with Dr. Andie offering three to five easy to implement tools to help parents. Each parent will then have an opportunity to ask one question related to her presentation or a family concern on that subject.
Dr. Andie deals with each of the topics with sensitivity, hands-on experience as a therapist, parent coach, and mom, as well as humor – a must for ALL parents!
Hot Topics for Workshop
Under The Influence:

We all want our children to make friends and establish good relationships. Friendships can have great and lasting influences; and both good and bad consequences. Learn how to teach your children how to make friends, maintain positive interactions and how to cope when relationships go awry.
I Love Me. Who Do You Love?

One of the first and most valuable relationships a child needs to develop is one with themself.  Help your children love and accept themselves from body image to dealing with their imperfections as well as their strengths. This is the best gift any parent can give their child!
Devil on My Shoulder:

Of the 60,000 thoughts we create every day, 80% are negative and untrue. These kinds of thoughts can lead to stress, self-doubt, and undesirable behavior. Learn how to understand these untrue thoughts and help your children “weed them out” to build confidence, make better choices, and increase self-esteem.
The Specifics
Conference call-in for 1 hour and 15 minutes

* September 18   Under The Influence
* October 16      I Love Me. Who Do You Love?
* November 13   Devil On My Shoulder

Time: 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or

9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST)
Cost:
1 workshop    $30.00

2 workshops   $50.00 (save $10.00)

3 workshops   $75.00 (save $15.00)
To join these informative and interactive workshops, complete the application and once registered, look for additional discounts and bonuses!  Click the Link below or go to http://www.drandie.com/

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110 Pounds and Counting http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/19/110-pounds-and-counting/ Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:02:40 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=971 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/19/110-pounds-and-counting/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/19/110-pounds-and-counting/feed/ 1 Lisa Elrene of 110 Pounds and Counting explains how she lost 110 pounds and how she has kept it off for 4 years.  She and Nancy discuss Nancy’s weight loss and how Nancy can deal with the changes to her life.  If you have lost weight or want to lose weight, listen so you can … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/19/110-pounds-and-counting/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "110 Pounds and Counting"</span></a></p> Lisa Elrene of 110 Pounds and Counting explains how she lost 110 pounds and how she has kept it off for 4 years.  She and Nancy discuss Nancy’s weight loss and how Nancy can deal with the changes to her life.  If you have lost weight or want to lose weight, listen so you can learn key points for success over the long haul!

Nancy’s weight loss is over 100 pounds. Here are pictures of her at the same air show 3 years apart.  You can read more about Nancy’s weight loss at the Green Smoothie Girl Website

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Lisa Elrene of 110 Pounds and Counting explains how she lost 110 pounds and how she has kept it off for 4 years.  She and Nancy discuss Nancy’s weight loss and how Nancy can deal with the changes to her life. 110 Pounds and Counting explains how she lost 110 pounds and how she has kept it off for 4 years.  She and Nancy discuss Nancy’s weight loss and how Nancy can deal with the changes to her life.  If you have lost weight or want to lose weight, listen so you can learn key points for success over the long haul!
Nancy’s weight loss is over 100 pounds. Here are pictures of her at the same air show 3 years apart.  You can read more about Nancy’s weight loss at the Green Smoothie Girl Website

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Right Brain Parenting http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/12/right-brain-parenting/ Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:07:45 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=951 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/12/right-brain-parenting/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/12/right-brain-parenting/feed/ 0 Dr. Andie discusses how to have fun while you are being a parent.  She calls it Right Brain Parenting.  Listen and learn how to get more out of your relationship with your children and have more fun doing it! Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/12/right-brain-parenting/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Right Brain Parenting"</span></a></p> Dr. Andie discusses how to have fun while you are being a parent.  She calls it Right Brain Parenting.  Listen and learn how to get more out of your relationship with your children and have more fun doing it!

Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!

For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!

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Dr. Andie discusses how to have fun while you are being a parent.  She calls it Right Brain Parenting.  Listen and learn how to get more out of your relationship with your children and have more fun doing it! Dr. Dr. Andie discusses how to have fun while you are being a parent.  She calls it Right Brain Parenting.  Listen and learn how to get more out of your relationship with your children and have more fun doing it!
Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!
For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!
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Let’s Play Music http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/05/lets-play-music/ Sun, 05 Aug 2012 15:54:10 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=944 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/05/lets-play-music/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/08/05/lets-play-music/feed/ 0 Stacey returns and shares her adventures with Let’s Play Music, an innovative music education program for children from 3-7 years old that prepares children to be amazing musicians (Nancy wishes she had found this program years ago). Watch a Demo Video Contact Stacey staceyplaysmusic@gmail.com Stacey returns and shares her adventures with Let’s Play Music, an innovative music education program for children from 3-7 years old that prepares children to be amazing musicians (Nancy wishes she had found this program years ago).

Watch a Demo Video

Contact Stacey staceyplaysmusic@gmail.com

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Stacey returns and shares her adventures with Let’s Play Music, an innovative music education program for children from 3-7 years old that prepares children to be amazing musicians (Nancy wishes she had found this program years ago). Watch a Demo Video
Contact Stacey staceyplaysmusic@gmail.com
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Dark Side of Weight Loss http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/29/dark-side-of-weight-loss/ Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:15:50 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=939 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/29/dark-side-of-weight-loss/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/29/dark-side-of-weight-loss/feed/ 2 Losing weight can have a dark side and we discuss how losing over 100 pounds has had some consequences Nancy never intended.  How people relate to her and how she relates to herself are not what she expected them to be.  If you have lost weight and struggled to keep it off, listen because some … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/29/dark-side-of-weight-loss/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Dark Side of Weight Loss"</span></a></p> Losing weight can have a dark side and we discuss how losing over 100 pounds has had some consequences Nancy never intended.  How people relate to her and how she relates to herself are not what she expected them to be.  If you have lost weight and struggled to keep it off, listen because some of the answer to why might be in this discussion.

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Tween Brain http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/22/tween-brain/ Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:48:26 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=941 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/22/tween-brain/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/22/tween-brain/feed/ 0 Dr. Andie discusses the Tween Brain and what we need to know to deal with 10-12 year olds and how that merges into the teenage years.  We all think that kids get squirrelly when they become teenagers, but it actually starts much earlier and being prepared will help us know how to help our kids. … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/22/tween-brain/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Tween Brain"</span></a></p> Dr. Andie discusses the Tween Brain and what we need to know to deal with 10-12 year olds and how that merges into the teenage years.  We all think that kids get squirrelly when they become teenagers, but it actually starts much earlier and being prepared will help us know how to help our kids.

Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!

For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!

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Dr. Andie discusses the Tween Brain and what we need to know to deal with 10-12 year olds and how that merges into the teenage years.  We all think that kids get squirrelly when they become teenagers, but it actually starts much earlier and being prepa... Dr. Andie discusses the Tween Brain and what we need to know to deal with 10-12 year olds and how that merges into the teenage years.  We all think that kids get squirrelly when they become teenagers, but it actually starts much earlier and being prepared will help us know how to help our kids.
Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!
For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!
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Teaching Kids to Destress http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/08/teaching-kids-to-destress/ Sun, 08 Jul 2012 15:14:20 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=933 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/08/teaching-kids-to-destress/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/07/08/teaching-kids-to-destress/feed/ 0 Angela Bussio, best-selling author, stress expert and creator of Real Stress Solutions discusses how to help your child destress.   Angela provides great tips and guidance.  For more information from her, check out her website Real Stress Solutions. Angela Bussio, best-selling author, stress expert and creator of Real Stress Solutions discusses how to help your child destress.   Angela provides great tips and guidance.  For more information from her, check out her website Real Stress Solutions.

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Angela Bussio, best-selling author, stress expert and creator of Real Stress Solutions discusses how to help your child destress.   Angela provides great tips and guidance.  For more information from her, check out her website Real Stress Solutions. Real Stress Solutions.
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The Dreaded Science Fair http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/06/10/the-dreaded-science-fair/ Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:15:41 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=854 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/06/10/the-dreaded-science-fair/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/06/10/the-dreaded-science-fair/feed/ 0 If you have a child in upper elementary grades or jr. high, you have probably faced the dreaded science fair. Listen with us and laugh about this rite of passage.  If your kids are not there yet, listen and learn what NOT to do and WHAT WORKS when helping your child with their science fair … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/06/10/the-dreaded-science-fair/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "The Dreaded Science Fair"</span></a></p> If you have a child in upper elementary grades or jr. high, you have probably faced the dreaded science fair. Listen with us and laugh about this rite of passage.  If your kids are not there yet, listen and learn what NOT to do and WHAT WORKS when helping your child with their science fair project.

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If you have a child in upper elementary grades or jr. high, you have probably faced the dreaded science fair. Listen with us and laugh about this rite of passage.  If your kids are not there yet, listen and learn what NOT to do and WHAT WORKS when help... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 20:09 854
Roaring in Santa Cruz http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/27/coast/ Sun, 27 May 2012 14:17:04 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=885 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/27/coast/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/27/coast/feed/ 0 Santa Cruz offers some unique experiences. For our inter-generational travel in California, we chose to see the Redwoods on the Roaring Camp Railroad and enjoy a quintessential beach boardwalk experience on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The Roaring Camp Railroad is located just outside Santa Cruz.  In the summer, you can take the railroad from … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/27/coast/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Roaring in Santa Cruz"</span></a></p> Santa Cruz offers some unique experiences. For our inter-generational travel in California, we chose to see the Redwoods on the Roaring Camp Railroad and enjoy a quintessential beach boardwalk experience on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

The Roaring Camp Railroad is located just outside Santa Cruz.  In the summer, you can take the railroad from the Boardwalk to the mountains. The railroad is magical, set in a mountainous redwood forest.  On the day we rode the railroad, it was raining lightly with a fog and it was easy to imagine prehistoric creatures roaming the landscape.  When our 1917 Steam Engine appeared, it was like something out of a movie with steam billowing from it like a snorting dragon.  For Harry Potter fans, the experience was just like stepping on to Platform 9 3/4.

The ride itself was interesting to all generations.  Seeing the Redwoods by train is a great experience for younger children who cannot walk far and for grandparents not up to the hike.  The added excitement of experiencing the train made them all the more magical.  Watching the engineer switch the tracks and hearing the horn blow brought smiles to my pre-teens face (a rare sighting).  Everyone was happy with the experience.  The Camp is clean and makes a great place for lunch with many kid-friendly options.  The staff was very nice and the entire experience was amazing.  Roaring Camp Railroad sponsors fun events on holidays like an Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Ghost train, Day out With Thomas and much more.  As difficult as it is to find something that everyone enjoys, this makes our list of the most fun California activities!

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is truly the quintessential beach boardwalk experience.  It brought back childhood memories to Grandma and gave great new experiences to our children. With a roller coaster on the National Registry along with many modern rides, an arcade and midway, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has fun for everyone.  Don’t pass up the best lollipops in the nation–created by Kendon’s in San Jose, CA, these lollipops are divine!  We were there on a rainy day so we did not get to ride too many rides, but it was still a fun time and my kids only wanted to stay longer.

We had lunch at the Picnic Basket, a local sandwich shop dedicated to simple, delicious food and treats, seasoned with lots of love. Local farmers, foragers, and artisans, including the famous Penny Ice Creamery, are the cornerstone of their seasonal menu. Lunch was a HIT with Mom and Grandma but not as much with the kids since the food is a bit upscale for their taste.  However, the ice cream, which is handmade by the owner, was a surefire hit with the kids.  We recommend this place for lunch to our friends whose kids’ palate is more developed or to adults wanting a quick delicious bite.  Ice Cream for Everyone!

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Santa Cruz offers some unique experiences. For our inter-generational travel in California, we chose to see the Redwoods on the Roaring Camp Railroad and enjoy a quintessential beach boardwalk experience on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. California, we chose to see the Redwoods on the Roaring Camp Railroad and enjoy a quintessential beach boardwalk experience on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
The Roaring Camp Railroad is located just outside Santa Cruz.  In the summer, you can take the railroad from the Boardwalk to the mountains. The railroad is magical, set in a mountainous redwood forest.  On the day we rode the railroad, it was raining lightly with a fog and it was easy to imagine prehistoric creatures roaming the landscape.  When our 1917 Steam Engine appeared, it was like something out of a movie with steam billowing from it like a snorting dragon.  For Harry Potter fans, the experience was just like stepping on to Platform 9 3/4.
The ride itself was interesting to all generations.  Seeing the Redwoods by train is a great experience for younger children who cannot walk far and for grandparents not up to the hike.  The added excitement of experiencing the train made them all the more magical.  Watching the engineer switch the tracks and hearing the horn blow brought smiles to my pre-teens face (a rare sighting).  Everyone was happy with the experience.  The Camp is clean and makes a great place for lunch with many kid-friendly options.  The staff was very nice and the entire experience was amazing.  Roaring Camp Railroad sponsors fun events on holidays like an Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Ghost train, Day out With Thomas and much more.  As difficult as it is to find something that everyone enjoys, this makes our list of the most fun California activities!
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is truly the quintessential beach boardwalk experience.  It brought back childhood memories to Grandma and gave great new experiences to our children. With a roller coaster on the National Registry along with many modern rides, an arcade and midway, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has fun for everyone.  Don’t pass up the best lollipops in the nation–created by Kendon’s in San Jose, CA, these lollipops are divine!  We were there on a rainy day so we did not get to ride too many rides, but it was still a fun time and my kids only wanted to stay longer.
We had lunch at the Picnic Basket, a local sandwich shop dedicated to simple, delicious food and treats, seasoned with lots of love. Local farmers, foragers, and artisans, including the famous Penny Ice Creamery, are the cornerstone of their seasonal menu. Lunch was a HIT with Mom and Grandma but not as much with the kids since the food is a bit upscale for their taste.  However, the ice cream, which is handmade by the owner, was a surefire hit with the kids.  We recommend this place for lunch to our friends whose kids’ palate is more developed or to adults wanting a quick delicious bite.  Ice Cream for Everyone!
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Raising Savvy Consumers of Media http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/20/raising-savvy-consumers-of-media/ Mon, 21 May 2012 03:55:08 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=851 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/20/raising-savvy-consumers-of-media/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/20/raising-savvy-consumers-of-media/feed/ 0 Our kids are bombarded by media in all its forms.  We need to teach them to be savvy consumers of media so that they are not trapped in the false information given by TV, movies, internet, advertising, and so forth.  Shelly and Nancy talk about ways to do this successfully including ideas like: creating commercials … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/20/raising-savvy-consumers-of-media/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Raising Savvy Consumers of Media"</span></a></p> Our kids are bombarded by media in all its forms.  We need to teach them to be savvy consumers of media so that they are not trapped in the false information given by TV, movies, internet, advertising, and so forth.  Shelly and Nancy talk about ways to do this successfully including ideas like:

  • creating commercials or short movies so kids can see that media is just created like any other fiction
  • talking back to/or about (during) shows that are not logical to help your child see the logical fallacies
  • allow your kids to look for information on shows (we like www.commonsensemedia.org for this purpose)
  • talking about how people don’t have unlimited lives like video game characters
  • teaching your child HOW to search the web by exposing your inner dialogue as you search and look at sites

For more great tips, listen to our show.

You can also check out www.commonsensemedia.org and http://www.pbs.org/parents/childrenandmedia/

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Our kids are bombarded by media in all its forms.  We need to teach them to be savvy consumers of media so that they are not trapped in the false information given by TV, movies, internet, advertising, and so forth.
* creating commercials or short movies so kids can see that media is just created like any other fiction
* talking back to/or about (during) shows that are not logical to help your child see the logical fallacies
* allow your kids to look for information on shows (we like www.commonsensemedia.org for this purpose)
* talking about how people don’t have unlimited lives like video game characters
* teaching your child HOW to search the web by exposing your inner dialogue as you search and look at sites

For more great tips, listen to our show.
You can also check out www.commonsensemedia.org and http://www.pbs.org/parents/childrenandmedia/
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San Francisco from the Top http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/13/san-francisco/ Sun, 13 May 2012 14:16:27 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=883 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/13/san-francisco/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/13/san-francisco/feed/ 0 San Francisco: an enchanting city and with a stay at the Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill, who wouldn’t be enchanted. We discuss our inter-generational travel to the city by the Bay and how to make it work for every generation along with our exciting adventures. The City Is the Adventure You would think that a … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/13/san-francisco/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "San Francisco from the Top"</span></a></p> San Francisco: an enchanting city and with a stay at the Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill, who wouldn’t be enchanted. We discuss our inter-generational travel to the city by the Bay and how to make it work for every generation along with our exciting adventures.

The City Is the Adventure

You would think that a city without a large amusement park would be the last place to take children.  San Francisco is an amazing place because it is the city itself that provides the amusement.  There is something about it from the hilly streets, cable cars, winding roads, bridges, fog and rain, and of course Nob Hill and the Mark Hopkins hotel that makes this city enjoyable for all generations.  This city holds extra charm for us because it is the city where my mother and I started our journey together–where my mom had lived as a single woman and then taken me as her baby and young daughter to enjoy city life.

During our 3 days in San Francisco, we took in the city’s sites using our San Francisco City Pass. From other shows, you know we are a fan of checking for City Passes that include multiple attractions and rides on local transport services–this was a great deal since it included museums, cable cars, muni-bus service, and a ride on the Blue and Gold Fleet.

The Escape from the Rock cruise around the bay plus Alcatraz was fabulous and well worth the extra money. Alex, who never stays still, listened to the narration intently.  He had read a few books that featured Alcatraz and was surprised to learn that Al Capone was just a short, fat Italian who he never would have recognized as a criminal mastermind. The view of Alcatraz was incredible.  We opted not to go to the island because the climb up is very steep and Grandma would not be able to make it.  Sometimes, with inter-generational travel, you have to make these decisions.

Another thing we are fans of are hop-on hop-off bus tours because they allow you to see the sites in major cities the way you want to in an efficient manner.  The City Sight Seeing San Francisco double decker bus was just perfect for this.  We opted for the 4-tour pack but only were able to do two of the tours–the downtown loop and Golden Gate to Sausalito. It was still a bargain and I would do it again (we ran out of time and it was raining in the evening so the night tour would not have been that much fun). The tour guides on both were lively and entertaining with great stories and information to help.

Because the weather can be very unpredictable in San Francisco and we dealt with a great amount of rain while we were there (houses in the city were flooding), we had to plan around it a bit. Remember to bring rain gear and warm clothes even in the summer.  The sweat shirt shops do huge business in July when tourists expect summer temps and get rain and cold.

We also enjoyed walking through Chinatown and going to the Chinatown Kite Shop.  Alex bought a Dragon Kite that we have since found is impossible for him to fly (the woman at the store was very knowledgeable and tried to help him find a kite that was easy to fly but he chose looks over function and how we have a nice kite hanging in his room).  We went to Japantown as well, but it is not comparable to Chinatown in size.  We did get some great Bento Lunchbox items and Origami papers there though.

Being in the city itself is the fun.  We rode the cable cars up and down California Avenue enjoying the feel of the wind in our faces and the fun of the ride.  Our HUGE tip is do not wait in line at Fisherman’s Wharf for the cable car ride–you can wait up to 2 hours to ride a cable car if you do on any of the three lines.  Walk, drive or take public transportation to any where down to the middle or other end one of the three lines and you can get right on.  At the end of the California line, there were only 10 passengers boarding and we got to take pictures while the gripman took a quick break.

Even though the city itself is the attraction, we did go to two museums: the Cable Car Museum and the Exploratorium. The Cable Car Museum sits on Nob Hill and can be accessed by the California line or the Powell-Mason line. It is the actual working hub of the cable car system and allows you to see how the cables run through the city and what employees need to do to keep the cars running.  It is incredibly educational and fun, especially after a few rides on the cable cars.  We left Grandma behind for this museum because the trek from the California line was too steep for her.  However, we could have taken her on the Powell-Mason line which drops you off right in front of the museum.

The Exploratorium is a uniquely educational and fun museum for kids and parents. It is filled with experiments and displays that, if the time is taken, can teach principles of science, physics, geology, meteorology and more.  My kids were less interested in active learning and opted for the “let’s have fun” approach and just played in the Exploratorium.  That has its value too.  Mom and Grandma got some needed time to relax while the kids entertained themselves. The Exploratorium is included in the San Francisco City Pass and the pass even gets you past the very long line to get in–you go to a separate window and get right in–a real plus for us since we were there on a day where the line had over 100 people waiting in it.  If you are taking the Golden Gate to Sausalito hop-on hop-off bus tour, you can stop at the Exploratorium before going to Golden Gate. Even though parking at this museum is free, it is difficult so if you have the tour, use it first as transportation to the museum and then join a tour a few hours later to go across the Golden Gate Bridge. Tip: The food at the Exploratorium is great.  Like most food in the Bay area, it is a step up from the common fare at museums.  We had the hand-tossed pizza and nachos which used REAL cheese and not sauce. It was very delicious.

Reaching the Top

The most enchanting part of our entire stay in San Francisco was the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill.  I cannot say enough about this hotel.  People may shy away from it because of its prestige and location, but it is a fabulous family destination.  The service is incredible and the hotel is enchanting.  My kids ask everyday if they can go back to the Mark Hopkins again.  When we made our reservations, the staff asked the ages of our party members and if any members of our party had any special needs.  When we arrived, there were cookies and milk in our room for our kids and even a plate of gluten free cookies for me (WHOOO HOOOO!) The pastry chef at the Mark Hopkins has to be a cookie fairy.  These were the best cookies ever.  My kids and Grandma ate cookies day and night.

We had asked for a room that accommodated roll-away beds if possible–a rarity in a city hotel because the rooms are generally quite small. When we arrived and were shown our room, the manager called up and said that he was afraid that our room was too small for a roll-away but that he could move us to a room where one was available.  We agreed and the staff moved our luggage while we were at dinner.  When we arrived at our new hotel room, we found that we had been moved to a room on the 16th floor that looked exactly the same as our other room with one exception–it had a sun room where the staff had placed a roll-away bed with a teddy bear on it!  We had a 3/4 view of San Francisco to enjoy as well.  My son thoroughly enjoyed his stay in the sun room and did not want to leave.  The magic of older hotels is that there are small gems like this room tucked away in them.  We are so lucky we got to experience it.  After one of the staff told us that we were staying on one of the floors where the Saudi princes stay when they come, we had fun imagining who might have stayed in the room we were in.

The Mark Hopkins is truly a luxurious hotel but is also very accessible for families.  We met a family earlier in our travels (see our show on Monterey) and they were also staying at the Mark Hopkins.  The rack room rate is very reasonable and the rooms are quite luxurious.  Of course, the hotel has a wonderful set of suites if you need the extra space and have the money to spend.  These are very luxurious and include rooms that bring the charm of old San Francisco with a feel of staying in a library to a modern suite that feels like an apartment for a hip DotCom mogul.  But, you don’t have to splurge to take advantage of the amazing staff (that is the REAL difference in a good hotel and an amazing hotel).  The staff treated us like royalty.  They parked our Hundai rental car right next to a Rolls Royce and a Lexus happily and were there to open doors, give advice, and make our stay amazing.

The Mark Hopkins has a famous restaurant called the Top of the Mark.  It is a great place to have tea with the kids and enjoy the amazing view of the city.  It is one of the highest points in the city and the view cannot be matched.  The Top of the Mark has been the sight of many impressive parties and was a true in-spot in the 1960s.  In her younger days, my mom met Liberace at the Top of the Mark.

One option the hotel offers that I would suggest is the Club Intercontinental Lounge.  If you are not a member, you can purchase a membership while you are staying at the hotel.  Located on the Lobby floor, the Club offers 5 food and beverage services a day including a spectacular continental breakfast with smoked salmon, cheese, cold cuts, cereal, yogurt, fruit, pastries and much more. Grandma and the kids LOVED the last service called Sweet Dreams because they served their favorite cookies which we cannot say enough about! The food services are also very convenient if you are dropping in to the hotel during your activities.  The kids were able to get a soda and some fruit in between sight seeing and riding the cable car.  We were in no rush and did not have to sit with other diners while we just had a quick sip and then were off again.  It is a perfect option with kids who need to eat frequently but don’t eat too much each time.  As we enjoyed ourselves, we could hear the cable car bell outside which added to the charm. The Club also includes a game area where families can play games in the evening as well as a tv with DVDs and a Office area with computers, internet, printers and so forth needed to make travel plans easily. Members are also enjoy a later check out time–2pm–and a guest relations staff member there to help arrange anything needed.

My heart and the hearts of my children have been left in this beautiful city. They ask daily if we can return to the Mark Hopkins and to the wonderful city of San Francisco. The trip was a magical experience for all generations with my mom and I reliving our past experiences while making new memories with my children.  San Francisco is a place we will return to again and again.

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San Francisco: an enchanting city and with a stay at the Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill, who wouldn’t be enchanted. We discuss our inter-generational travel to the city by the Bay and how to make it work for every generation along with our exciting adventure... Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill, who wouldn’t be enchanted. We discuss our inter-generational travel to the city by the Bay and how to make it work for every generation along with our exciting adventures.
The City Is the Adventure
You would think that a city without a large amusement park would be the last place to take children.  San Francisco is an amazing place because it is the city itself that provides the amusement.  There is something about it from the hilly streets, cable cars, winding roads, bridges, fog and rain, and of course Nob Hill and the Mark Hopkins hotel that makes this city enjoyable for all generations.  This city holds extra charm for us because it is the city where my mother and I started our journey together–where my mom had lived as a single woman and then taken me as her baby and young daughter to enjoy city life.
During our 3 days in San Francisco, we took in the city’s sites using our San Francisco City Pass. From other shows, you know we are a fan of checking for City Passes that include multiple attractions and rides on local transport services–this was a great deal since it included museums, cable cars, muni-bus service, and a ride on the Blue and Gold Fleet.
The Escape from the Rock cruise around the bay plus Alcatraz was fabulous and well worth the extra money. Alex, who never stays still, listened to the narration intently.  He had read a few books that featured Alcatraz and was surprised to learn that Al Capone was just a short, fat Italian who he never would have recognized as a criminal mastermind. The view of Alcatraz was incredible.  We opted not to go to the island because the climb up is very steep and Grandma would not be able to make it.  Sometimes, with inter-generational travel, you have to make these decisions.
Another thing we are fans of are hop-on hop-off bus tours because they allow you to see the sites in major cities the way you want to in an efficient manner.  The City Sight Seeing San Francisco double decker bus was just perfect for this.  We opted for the 4-tour pack but only were able to do two of the tours–the downtown loop and Golden Gate to Sausalito. It was still a bargain and I would do it again (we ran out of time and it was raining in the evening so the night tour would not have been that much fun). The tour guides on both were lively and entertaining with great stories and information to help.
Because the weather can be very unpredictable in San Francisco and we dealt with a great amount of rain while we were there (houses in the city were flooding), we had to plan around it a bit. Remember to bring rain gear and warm clothes even in the summer.  The sweat shirt shops do huge business in July when tourists expect summer temps and get rain and cold.
We also enjoyed walking through Chinatown and going to the Chinatown Kite Shop.  Alex bought a Dragon Kite that we have since found is impossible for him to fly (the woman at the store was very knowledgeable and tried to help him find a kite that was easy to fly bu...]]>
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Helicopter Parenting http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/06/helicopter-parenting/ Mon, 07 May 2012 03:33:04 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=840 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/06/helicopter-parenting/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/06/helicopter-parenting/feed/ 0 Dr. Andie discusses what helicopter parenting is and how it differs from just being a caring parent.  She shows how helicopter parenting is more about the parents’ needs than the child’s and what we can do to avoid being a helicopter parent. Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/05/06/helicopter-parenting/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Helicopter Parenting"</span></a></p> Dr. Andie discusses what helicopter parenting is and how it differs from just being a caring parent.  She shows how helicopter parenting is more about the parents’ needs than the child’s and what we can do to avoid being a helicopter parent.

Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!

For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!

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Dr. Andie discusses what helicopter parenting is and how it differs from just being a caring parent.  She shows how helicopter parenting is more about the parents’ needs than the child’s and what we can do to avoid being a helicopter parent. Dr. Dr. Andie discusses what helicopter parenting is and how it differs from just being a caring parent.  She shows how helicopter parenting is more about the parents’ needs than the child’s and what we can do to avoid being a helicopter parent.
Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!
For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!
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Magical Monterey http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/29/monterey/ Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:13:48 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=878 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/29/monterey/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/29/monterey/feed/ 2 Nancy and her family share their inter-generational trip to Monterey, CA including their stay at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa and their experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a delicious meal at Abalonetti. Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa is the perfect place for families with members with different interests.  With an amazing golf … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/29/monterey/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Magical Monterey"</span></a></p> Nancy and her family share their inter-generational trip to Monterey, CA including their stay at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa and their experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a delicious meal at Abalonetti.

Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa is the perfect place for families with members with different interests.  With an amazing golf course with an onsite pro, tennis center with an onsite pro, world-class spa with couples rooms and full beauty salon as well as two swimming pools, outside board games and Camp Hyatt for the kids, there is something for every generation to enjoy. The cozy nature of the property is incredible even though it is the largest hotel in Monterey.  It is very kid-friendly and the staff is amazing.  Dining at TusCA was fabulous and Knuckles Sports Bar fit the bill for a less formal meal.  Listen to the Podcast for more details. The Monterey Suite with two separate rooms was fabulous for a family or for our inter-generational group.  With two bath rooms and two TVs, it was easy to please everyone.  The bedroom had a king size bed and two roll-aways fit easily into the sitting room without taking up all the living space.  We were served a different evening appetizer based on locally grown ingredients each night we were there.   The pool was a wonderful break for the children and warm enough to enjoy even in springtime.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an amazing place to take multiple generations for an educational and exciting experience. From the simplicity of picking up tickets to the great staff who fixed a problem with our behind-the-scenes tour and gave us a private tour, everyone in the staff was amazing. Thanks Scott and Andrea! The Aquarium focuses on the local sea life right outside the Aquarium in Monterey Bay.  As a scuba diver, it was easy to appreciate the quality of the exhibits.  However, grandmother and kids who have never seen these creatures in the wild also were amazed by the exhibits and the opportunities to interact with stingrays, star fish and so forth. The Aquarium exhibits are easy to access for all ages and abilities.  With frequent feeding displays and interactive demonstrations, you could spend several hours at the Aquarium.

Lunch at Abalonetti was a incredible.  The Chippino is literally the best ever. The calamari is world-famous for a reason–it is tender and tasty. No rubber here. Every dish that passed our table was enticing.  The children’s menu is also very extensive and according to our pint-sized tasters, the chicken nuggets were the best on our trip. Just please tell me who thought a child would order liver and brussel sprouts?  However, it probably was still the best liver and brussel sprouts the kid ever had.  The service was incredible and I will be back.

The food in Monterey was absolutely wonderful–both at the Hyatt and at Abalonetti.  This is a foodie paradise.

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Nancy and her family share their inter-generational trip to Monterey, CA including their stay at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa and their experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a delicious meal at Abalonetti. including their stay at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa and their experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a delicious meal at Abalonetti.
Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa is the perfect place for families with members with different interests.  With an amazing golf course with an onsite pro, tennis center with an onsite pro, world-class spa with couples rooms and full beauty salon as well as two swimming pools, outside board games and Camp Hyatt for the kids, there is something for every generation to enjoy. The cozy nature of the property is incredible even though it is the largest hotel in Monterey.  It is very kid-friendly and the staff is amazing.  Dining at TusCA was fabulous and Knuckles Sports Bar fit the bill for a less formal meal.  Listen to the Podcast for more details. The Monterey Suite with two separate rooms was fabulous for a family or for our inter-generational group.  With two bath rooms and two TVs, it was easy to please everyone.  The bedroom had a king size bed and two roll-aways fit easily into the sitting room without taking up all the living space.  We were served a different evening appetizer based on locally grown ingredients each night we were there.   The pool was a wonderful break for the children and warm enough to enjoy even in springtime.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an amazing place to take multiple generations for an educational and exciting experience. From the simplicity of picking up tickets to the great staff who fixed a problem with our behind-the-scenes tour and gave us a private tour, everyone in the staff was amazing. Thanks Scott and Andrea! The Aquarium focuses on the local sea life right outside the Aquarium in Monterey Bay.  As a scuba diver, it was easy to appreciate the quality of the exhibits.  However, grandmother and kids who have never seen these creatures in the wild also were amazed by the exhibits and the opportunities to interact with stingrays, star fish and so forth. The Aquarium exhibits are easy to access for all ages and abilities.  With frequent feeding displays and interactive demonstrations, you could spend several hours at the Aquarium.
Lunch at Abalonetti was a incredible.  The Chippino is literally the best ever. The calamari is world-famous for a reason–it is tender and tasty. No rubber here. Every dish that passed our table was enticing.  The children’s menu is also very extensive and according to our pint-sized tasters, the chicken nuggets were the best on our trip. Just please tell me who thought a child would order liver and brussel sprouts?  However, it probably was still the best liver and brussel sprouts the kid ever had.  The service was incredible and I will be back.
The food in Monterey was absolutely wonderful–both at the Hyatt and at Abalonetti.  This is a foodie paradise.
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Introducing Kids to Other Cultures http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/22/introducing-kids-to-other-cultures/ Mon, 23 Apr 2012 03:41:57 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=845 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/22/introducing-kids-to-other-cultures/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/22/introducing-kids-to-other-cultures/feed/ 0 We discuss ways to introduce your child to other cultures.  It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t need to involve lengthy travel.  It might surprise you the resources you have in your own community or on the internet to introduce your child to the greater world around her.  Festivals, ceremonies, religious centers as … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/22/introducing-kids-to-other-cultures/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Introducing Kids to Other Cultures"</span></a></p> We discuss ways to introduce your child to other cultures.  It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t need to involve lengthy travel.  It might surprise you the resources you have in your own community or on the internet to introduce your child to the greater world around her.  Festivals, ceremonies, religious centers as well as neighbors and friends can be a great way to learn more about other cultures and traditions and help raise a wel-rounded individual who thinks about more than baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet (even though there is nothing wrong with those things too)!

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We discuss ways to introduce your child to other cultures.  It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t need to involve lengthy travel.  It might surprise you the resources you have in your own community or on the internet to introduce your child to... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 13:22 845
American Parenting Style http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/15/american-parenting-style/ Mon, 16 Apr 2012 03:05:36 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=837 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/15/american-parenting-style/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/15/american-parenting-style/feed/ 0 We’ve talked about Tiger Mothers and French Bebe’s and the joys of motherhood in Norway.  In this show, Dr. Andie discusses what is the American Parenting Style and why it works for us in the US. Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/15/american-parenting-style/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "American Parenting Style"</span></a></p> We’ve talked about Tiger Mothers and French Bebe’s and the joys of motherhood in Norway.  In this show, Dr. Andie discusses what is the American Parenting Style and why it works for us in the US.

Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!

For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!

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We’ve talked about Tiger Mothers and French Bebe’s and the joys of motherhood in Norway.  In this show, Dr. Andie discusses what is the American Parenting Style and why it works for us in the US. Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. Dr. Andie discusses what is the American Parenting Style and why it works for us in the US.
Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!
For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!
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Gardening with Kids http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/08/gardening-with-kids/ Sun, 08 Apr 2012 14:08:59 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=871 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/08/gardening-with-kids/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/04/08/gardening-with-kids/feed/ 1 Shelly gets down and dirty about how to garden with kids.  She discusses what to plant, when to plant, how much to plant and what NOT to do (and it is exactly what Nancy would do). Shelly gets down and dirty about how to garden with kids.  She discusses what to plant, when to plant, how much to plant and what NOT to do (and it is exactly what Nancy would do).

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Shelly gets down and dirty about how to garden with kids.  She discusses what to plant, when to plant, how much to plant and what NOT to do (and it is exactly what Nancy would do). ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 24:51 871
Learn to Ski or Take On Any New Challenge http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/03/26/learn-to-ski-or-take-on-any-new-challenge/ Tue, 27 Mar 2012 03:05:00 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=833 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/03/26/learn-to-ski-or-take-on-any-new-challenge/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/03/26/learn-to-ski-or-take-on-any-new-challenge/feed/ 0 Nancy chose this as the winter to challenge herself and learn to ski.  She and Shelly discuss taking on a new challenge in life and learning how to do something new and exciting.  They discuss the specifics of being successful at skiing but also the general principles of learning anything new or succeeding in life. … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/03/26/learn-to-ski-or-take-on-any-new-challenge/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Learn to Ski or Take On Any New Challenge"</span></a></p> Nancy chose this as the winter to challenge herself and learn to ski.  She and Shelly discuss taking on a new challenge in life and learning how to do something new and exciting.  They discuss the specifics of being successful at skiing but also the general principles of learning anything new or succeeding in life.

Nancy learned to ski at the Sundance Resort Ladies Day.

Here is a video of Nancy skiing–not bad for a true beginner who has only had four lessons.

Shelly suggested the following book: We Can Do, by Moshe Kai Cavalin

Other Post on Skiing

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Nancy chose this as the winter to challenge herself and learn to ski.  She and Shelly discuss taking on a new challenge in life and learning how to do something new and exciting.  They discuss the specifics of being successful at skiing but also the ge... Nancy learned to ski at the Sundance Resort Ladies Day.
Here is a video of Nancy skiing–not bad for a true beginner who has only had four lessons.
Shelly suggested the following book: We Can Do, by Moshe Kai Cavalin
Other Post on Skiing

* Sundance Ladies Day Lesson 1: The Mighty Fall Hard
* Sundance Ladies Day Lesson 2: Got On the Lift
* Sundance Ladies Day Lesson 3: Falling with Style
* Sundance Ladies Day Lesson 4: Getting the Hang of This!
* Podcast:  Taking on a New Challenge–Learning to Ski
* Can’t Stop NOW!

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Teens: Who Invaided my Child’s Body? http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/26/teens-who-invaided-my-childs-body/ Mon, 27 Feb 2012 06:05:17 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=826 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/26/teens-who-invaided-my-childs-body/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/26/teens-who-invaided-my-childs-body/feed/ 0 Wondering who that stranger is living in your teen’s room?  He looks like your son but you know that he is a body snatcher living in the skin of your sweet child you have nurtured from birth. Or maybe you feel that your daughter has a split personality disorder. Angela Bussio, best-selling author, stress expert … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/26/teens-who-invaided-my-childs-body/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Teens: Who Invaided my Child’s Body?"</span></a></p> Wondering who that stranger is living in your teen’s room?  He looks like your son but you know that he is a body snatcher living in the skin of your sweet child you have nurtured from birth. Or maybe you feel that your daughter has a split personality disorder.

Angela Bussio, best-selling author, stress expert and creator of Real Stress Solutions discusses how to find your child in that teen creature living in your house.

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Wondering who that stranger is living in your teen’s room?  He looks like your son but you know that he is a body snatcher living in the skin of your sweet child you have nurtured from birth. Or maybe you feel that your daughter has a split personality... Angela Bussio, best-selling author, stress expert and creator of Real Stress Solutions discusses how to find your child in that teen creature living in your house.
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Part 2: Signing Explosion-How Easy is It? http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/19/part-2-signing-explosion-how-easy-is-it/ Mon, 20 Feb 2012 05:31:03 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=812 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/19/part-2-signing-explosion-how-easy-is-it/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/19/part-2-signing-explosion-how-easy-is-it/feed/ 0 Kathy Irving and  Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3) continue their discussion and explain what it takes to sign with your child and the benefits that come from it.  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/19/part-2-signing-explosion-how-easy-is-it/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Part 2: Signing Explosion-How Easy is It?"</span></a></p> Kathy Irving and  Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3) continue their discussion and explain what it takes to sign with your child and the benefits that come from it.  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids who are lucky enough to sign with their parents. This is Part 2 of a 2 Part discussion requested by listeners.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

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Kathy Irving and  Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3) continue their discussion and explain what it takes to sign with your child and the benefits that come from it.  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Baby Signing 1, 2, 3) continue their discussion and explain what it takes to sign with your child and the benefits that come from it.  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids who are lucky enough to sign with their parents. This is Part 2 of a 2 Part discussion requested by listeners.
Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.
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Keeping Your Work Skills Sharp http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/12/keeping-your-work-skills-sharp/ Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:57:18 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=821 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/12/keeping-your-work-skills-sharp/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/12/keeping-your-work-skills-sharp/feed/ 1 Chrysula Winegar, author, blogger, and mother discusses how to keep the skills you learned at your 9-5 job sharp while you do the 24/7 job of mothering.  Whether you are working from, home, at home, in the office or all the above at one time, you must be ready for anything.  Keeping yourself sharp is … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/12/keeping-your-work-skills-sharp/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Keeping Your Work Skills Sharp"</span></a></p> Chrysula Winegar, author, blogger, and mother discusses how to keep the skills you learned at your 9-5 job sharp while you do the 24/7 job of mothering.  Whether you are working from, home, at home, in the office or all the above at one time, you must be ready for anything.  Keeping yourself sharp is insurance against the bad things that we never want to happen.

Learn more about Chrysula at http://chrysulawinegar.com.  Her blog on how mothers who wake to their calling to help the world is located at http://www.whenyouwakeupamother.com/.  To find the Power of Moms website, go to http://powerofmoms.com/.

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Chrysula Winegar, author, blogger, and mother discusses how to keep the skills you learned at your 9-5 job sharp while you do the 24/7 job of mothering.  Whether you are working from, home, at home, in the office or all the above at one time, Learn more about Chrysula at http://chrysulawinegar.com.  Her blog on how mothers who wake to their calling to help the world is located at http://www.whenyouwakeupamother.com/.  To find the Power of Moms website, go to http://powerofmoms.com/.
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Identifying Stress in Kids http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/05/identifying-stress-in-kids/ Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:34:15 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=817 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/05/identifying-stress-in-kids/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/02/05/identifying-stress-in-kids/feed/ 1 Angela Bussio, best-selling author, stress expert and creator of Real Stress Solutions discusses what signs you should look for in your kids that show they are feeling stressed.  Angela provides great tips and guidance.  For more information from her, check out her website Real Stress Solutions. Angela Bussio, best-selling author, stress expert and creator of Real Stress Solutions discusses what signs you should look for in your kids that show they are feeling stressed.  Angela provides great tips and guidance.  For more information from her, check out her website Real Stress Solutions.

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Angela Bussio, best-selling author, stress expert and creator of Real Stress Solutions discusses what signs you should look for in your kids that show they are feeling stressed.  Angela provides great tips and guidance.  For more information from her, Real Stress Solutions.
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Part 1: Signing Explosion-How it Starts http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/29/part-1-signing-explosion-how-it-starts/ Mon, 30 Jan 2012 05:29:07 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=810 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/29/part-1-signing-explosion-how-it-starts/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/29/part-1-signing-explosion-how-it-starts/feed/ 0 Kathy Irving, an audiologist, mother, and listener updates experience of signing with her daughter with Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3).  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids who are lucky enough to sign with their … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/29/part-1-signing-explosion-how-it-starts/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Part 1: Signing Explosion-How it Starts"</span></a></p> Kathy Irving, an audiologist, mother, and listener updates experience of signing with her daughter with Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3).  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids who are lucky enough to sign with their parents. This is Part 1 of a 2 Part discussion requested by listeners.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

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Kathy Irving, an audiologist, mother, and listener updates experience of signing with her daughter with Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3).  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is ... Baby Signing 1, 2, 3).  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids who are lucky enough to sign with their parents. This is Part 1 of a 2 Part discussion requested by listeners.
Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.
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The Power of Connected Moms http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/23/the-power-of-connected-moms/ Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:20:29 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=807 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/23/the-power-of-connected-moms/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/23/the-power-of-connected-moms/feed/ 0 Chrysula Winegar, community manager of the Million Moms Challenge, author, blogger, and mother of four discusses the power that moms can have when they wake up and understand their power to do good in the world. Learn more about Chrysula at http://chrysulawinegar.com.  Her blog on how mothers who wake to their calling to help the … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/23/the-power-of-connected-moms/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "The Power of Connected Moms"</span></a></p> Chrysula Winegar, community manager of the Million Moms Challenge, author, blogger, and mother of four discusses the power that moms can have when they wake up and understand their power to do good in the world.

Learn more about Chrysula at http://chrysulawinegar.com.  Her blog on how mothers who wake to their calling to help the world is located at http://www.whenyouwakeupamother.com/.  To learn more about the Million Moms Challenge, check http://millionmomschallenge.org/ . To find the Power of Moms website, go to http://powerofmoms.com/.

To win a Million Moms t-shirt, send Nancy an email at nancy@babiesandmomsradio.com and include your size. First come first shirt!

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Chrysula Winegar, community manager of the Million Moms Challenge, author, blogger, and mother of four discusses the power that moms can have when they wake up and understand their power to do good in the world. Learn more about Chrysula at http://chrysulawinegar.com.  Her blog on how mothers who wake to their calling to help the world is located at http://www.whenyouwakeupamother.com/.  To learn more about the Million Moms Challenge, check http://millionmomschallenge.org/ . To find the Power of Moms website, go to http://powerofmoms.com/.
To win a Million Moms t-shirt, send Nancy an email at nancy@babiesandmomsradio.com and include your size. First come first shirt!


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Blast in the Past http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/15/blast-in-the-past/ Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:11:27 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=746 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/15/blast-in-the-past/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/15/blast-in-the-past/feed/ 0 Want your kids to get interested in history?  Let them step back into it and try it on for size. We visit America’s Historic Triangle and enjoy more than just American history. How about history mixed with roller coasters and cannon fire.  Hear how Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg make for a great family vacation that … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/15/blast-in-the-past/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Blast in the Past"</span></a></p> Want your kids to get interested in history?  Let them step back into it and try it on for size. We visit America’s Historic Triangle and enjoy more than just American history. How about history mixed with roller coasters and cannon fire.  Hear how Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg make for a great family vacation that teaches US history in a unique interactive manner focused on children and families.  We even get our roller coaster fix in at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!

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Want your kids to get interested in history?  Let them step back into it and try it on for size. We visit America’s Historic Triangle and enjoy more than just American history. How about history mixed with roller coasters and cannon fire. Busch Gardens Williamsburg!
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Dating after a Divorce http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/08/dating-after-a-divorce/ Sun, 08 Jan 2012 18:45:46 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=691 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/08/dating-after-a-divorce/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/08/dating-after-a-divorce/feed/ 2 We speak again with Claire Lerner from Zero to Three about dating after divorce.  She shares ideas on how to gauge your child’s readiness for meeting a parent’s new partner and ideas of what information kids can handle and what is too much.  If you are a single parent and are ready to date, this … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/08/dating-after-a-divorce/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Dating after a Divorce"</span></a></p> We speak again with Claire Lerner from Zero to Three about dating after divorce.  She shares ideas on how to gauge your child’s readiness for meeting a parent’s new partner and ideas of what information kids can handle and what is too much.  If you are a single parent and are ready to date, this show is not to be missed.  This show was originally broadcast on  Babies and Moms: Birth and Beyond

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We speak again with Claire Lerner from Zero to Three about dating after divorce.  She shares ideas on how to gauge your child’s readiness for meeting a parent’s new partner and ideas of what information kids can handle and what is too much. Zero to Three about dating after divorce.  She shares ideas on how to gauge your child’s readiness for meeting a parent’s new partner and ideas of what information kids can handle and what is too much.  If you are a single parent and are ready to date, this show is not to be missed.  This show was originally broadcast on  Babies and Moms: Birth and Beyond
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Teaching the Cost of Freedom http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/01/visiting-history/ Sun, 01 Jan 2012 19:02:06 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=728 http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/01/visiting-history/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/01/visiting-history/feed/ 0 During a trip to Washington DC, children learn that freedom has a cost and that cost can be very high.  Learn how to instill a lesson that helps your child to understand the cost of freedom and the history of the United States.  On our quick one-day trip, we were able to see as much … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2012/01/01/visiting-history/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Teaching the Cost of Freedom"</span></a></p> During a trip to Washington DC, children learn that freedom has a cost and that cost can be very high.  Learn how to instill a lesson that helps your child to understand the cost of freedom and the history of the United States.  On our quick one-day trip, we were able to see as much as we did thanks to the Old Town Trolley company.  Their trolleys took us directly to the places we wanted to visit on our one day blitz of the nation’s capital.

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During a trip to Washington DC, children learn that freedom has a cost and that cost can be very high.  Learn how to instill a lesson that helps your child to understand the cost of freedom and the history of the United States. Old Town Trolley company.  Their trolleys took us directly to the places we wanted to visit on our one day blitz of the nation’s capital.
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Motherhood’s Simple Joys http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/25/motherhoods-simple-joys/ Sun, 25 Dec 2011 17:53:12 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=683 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/25/motherhoods-simple-joys/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/25/motherhoods-simple-joys/feed/ 0 As a mom, you have opportunities no one else gets.  We discuss the simple joys you experience and how to savor them so the hard times are easier.  We discuss how to embrace, record and reflect on the unique experiences only YOU have with your child. As a mom, you have opportunities no one else gets.  We discuss the simple joys you experience and how to savor them so the hard times are easier.  We discuss how to embrace, record and reflect on the unique experiences only YOU have with your child.

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As a mom, you have opportunities no one else gets.  We discuss the simple joys you experience and how to savor them so the hard times are easier.  We discuss how to embrace, record and reflect on the unique experiences only YOU have with your child. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 28:31 683
Under the Sea in Georgia http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/18/under-the-sea-in-georgia/ Sun, 18 Dec 2011 19:01:12 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=726 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/18/under-the-sea-in-georgia/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/18/under-the-sea-in-georgia/feed/ 0 We visit the world’s largest aquarium exhibit and swim with the fishes at the Georgia Aquarium.  We were able to see amazing sites like Whale Sharks, Rays, Piranhas, Lion Fish, Beluga Whales and More!  Hear how the kids enjoyed the trip! We visit the world’s largest aquarium exhibit and swim with the fishes at the Georgia Aquarium.  We were able to see amazing sites like Whale Sharks, Rays, Piranhas, Lion Fish, Beluga Whales and More!  Hear how the kids enjoyed the trip!

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We visit the world’s largest aquarium exhibit and swim with the fishes at the Georgia Aquarium.  We were able to see amazing sites like Whale Sharks, Rays, Piranhas, Lion Fish, Beluga Whales and More!  Hear how the kids enjoyed the trip! ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 13:03 726
The Pitfalls of Rewarding with Food http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/11/the-pitfalls-of-rewarding-with-food/ Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:35:35 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=792 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/11/the-pitfalls-of-rewarding-with-food/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/11/the-pitfalls-of-rewarding-with-food/feed/ 0 Our society often rewards kids with food.  This has serious problems for our kids and our family life. We discuss what this means and how we can help our kids overcome this situation. Our society often rewards kids with food.  This has serious problems for our kids and our family life. We discuss what this means and how we can help our kids overcome this situation.

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Our society often rewards kids with food.  This has serious problems for our kids and our family life. We discuss what this means and how we can help our kids overcome this situation. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 24:35 792
When Discipline Doesn’t Work http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/04/when-discipline-doesnt-work/ Sun, 04 Dec 2011 23:58:16 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=773 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/04/when-discipline-doesnt-work/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/12/04/when-discipline-doesnt-work/feed/ 0 When we choose a discipline style, sometimes we find it doesn’t work.  We discuss what to do when our chosen path isn’t yielding the desired results and how to help our children grow into great adults! When we choose a discipline style, sometimes we find it doesn’t work.  We discuss what to do when our chosen path isn’t yielding the desired results and how to help our children grow into great adults!

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When we choose a discipline style, sometimes we find it doesn’t work.  We discuss what to do when our chosen path isn’t yielding the desired results and how to help our children grow into great adults! ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 22:58 773
Keeping the Spirit of the Seasons http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/20/keeping-the-spirit-of-the-seasons/ Sun, 20 Nov 2011 23:46:03 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=766 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/20/keeping-the-spirit-of-the-seasons/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/20/keeping-the-spirit-of-the-seasons/feed/ 0 Commercialism is alive in our culture and children can get swept up in it and lose sight of the reason for celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah,  and Kwanzaa.  We share how we try to strengthen the spirit of these holidays in our own houses and tips you can use to make the season more meaningful … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/20/keeping-the-spirit-of-the-seasons/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Keeping the Spirit of the Seasons"</span></a></p> Commercialism is alive in our culture and children can get swept up in it and lose sight of the reason for celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah,  and Kwanzaa.  We share how we try to strengthen the spirit of these holidays in our own houses and tips you can use to make the season more meaningful for you and your children.

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Commercialism is alive in our culture and children can get swept up in it and lose sight of the reason for celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah,  and Kwanzaa.  We share how we try to strengthen the spirit of these holidays in our own hou... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 24:19 766
Job Charts for Digital Natives http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/13/job-charts-for-digital-natives/ Sun, 13 Nov 2011 23:23:15 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=761 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/13/job-charts-for-digital-natives/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/13/job-charts-for-digital-natives/feed/ 0 Our kids are digital natives and the old job charts with stickers just don’t cut it anymore.  Stacey and Shelly love a FREE online job cart designed to help parents and kids bridge the digital divide and come to a consensus on job charts.  This is one your children will want to use and is … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/13/job-charts-for-digital-natives/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Job Charts for Digital Natives"</span></a></p> Our kids are digital natives and the old job charts with stickers just don’t cut it anymore.  Stacey and Shelly love a FREE online job cart designed to help parents and kids bridge the digital divide and come to a consensus on job charts.  This is one your children will want to use and is so flexible that you can set it up to meet your specific needs.  It emails you when jobs are completed and even allows you to reward kids through online ordering.  Greg Murset, creator of www.myjobchart.com discusses why he created it and we tell you what we think of it!

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Our kids are digital natives and the old job charts with stickers just don’t cut it anymore.  Stacey and Shelly love a FREE online job cart designed to help parents and kids bridge the digital divide and come to a consensus on job charts. ww.myjobchart.com discusses why he created it and we tell you what we think of it!
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Fostering Animals http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/06/fostering-animals/ Mon, 07 Nov 2011 00:23:44 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=759 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/06/fostering-animals/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/06/fostering-animals/feed/ 0 Thinking about getting a cat or dog but not sure you want the long term commitment?  Fostering animals might be the option for you. Shelly has been fostering kittens and she introduces us to the idea with two experts from No More Homeless Pets: Ashley Wing and Verral May. Ashley works for No More Homeless … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/11/06/fostering-animals/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Fostering Animals"</span></a></p> Thinking about getting a cat or dog but not sure you want the long term commitment?  Fostering animals might be the option for you. Shelly has been fostering kittens and she introduces us to the idea with two experts from No More Homeless Pets: Ashley Wing and Verral May. Ashley works for No More Homeless Pets and Verrel volunteer with No More Homeless Pets, as well as many other animal rescue groups and has rescued over 1500 dogs and cats.

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Thinking about getting a cat or dog but not sure you want the long term commitment?  Fostering animals might be the option for you. Shelly has been fostering kittens and she introduces us to the idea with two experts from No More Homeless Pets: Ashley ... If you are looking to foster or adopt an animal, check out these sites:

* petfinder.org (national)
* bestfriends.org (national)
* caws.org (Utah)
* utahpets.org (Utah)

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Motherhood and Mesothelioma http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/30/motherhood-and-mesothelioma/ Sun, 30 Oct 2011 18:56:50 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=723 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/30/motherhood-and-mesothelioma/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/30/motherhood-and-mesothelioma/feed/ 0 Heather Von St. James tells her story of how after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, she discovered she had mesothelioma and the path her life has taken since then.  For any mother struggling with an illness, her story will give you heart.  If you have never heard of mesothelioma, listen up because it … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/30/motherhood-and-mesothelioma/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Motherhood and Mesothelioma"</span></a></p> Heather Von St. James tells her story of how after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, she discovered she had mesothelioma and the path her life has taken since then.  For any mother struggling with an illness, her story will give you heart.  If you have never heard of mesothelioma, listen up because it is a cancer on the rise.

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Heather Von St. James tells her story of how after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, she discovered she had mesothelioma and the path her life has taken since then.  For any mother struggling with an illness, her story will give you heart. For more on Heather, check out her blog at http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/heather/
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Simple School Life http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/27/simple-school-life/ Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:08:53 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=717 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/27/simple-school-life/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/27/simple-school-life/feed/ 0 Now that the kids are back in school, we have to get our lives adjusted to the new normal.  Learn the principles to making school life function well and products we use for our kids. Now that the kids are back in school, we have to get our lives adjusted to the new normal.  Learn the principles to making school life function well and products we use for our kids.

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Now that the kids are back in school, we have to get our lives adjusted to the new normal.  Learn the principles to making school life function well and products we use for our kids. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 23:47 717
When Bright Kids Can’t Learn http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/23/when-bright-kids-cant-learn/ Sun, 23 Oct 2011 18:52:05 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=719 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/23/when-bright-kids-cant-learn/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/23/when-bright-kids-cant-learn/feed/ 0 We talk to Dr. John Heath, author of When Bright Kids Can’t Learn to discover the research into training the brain to learn better and how it can help your child succeed in school and overcome small and large learning problems like forgetfulness or dyslexia. We talk to Dr. John Heath, author of When Bright Kids Can’t Learn to discover the research into training the brain to learn better and how it can help your child succeed in school and overcome small and large learning problems like forgetfulness or dyslexia.

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We talk to Dr. John Heath, author of When Bright Kids Can’t Learn to discover the research into training the brain to learn better and how it can help your child succeed in school and overcome small and large learning problems like forgetfulness or dys... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 37:04 719
When Kids Struggle with Learning http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/02/when-kids-struggle-with-learning/ Sun, 02 Oct 2011 18:02:17 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=686 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/02/when-kids-struggle-with-learning/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/02/when-kids-struggle-with-learning/feed/ 0 If your child struggles at school and you wonder what might be going on, we discuss things to check and how to help your child.  A solution might be as simple as a trip to the right optometrist and a few simple exercises or you might want to have an evaluation from a school or … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/10/02/when-kids-struggle-with-learning/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "When Kids Struggle with Learning"</span></a></p> If your child struggles at school and you wonder what might be going on, we discuss things to check and how to help your child.  A solution might be as simple as a trip to the right optometrist and a few simple exercises or you might want to have an evaluation from a school or private psychologist to pinpoint a learning disability (even when you have an incredibly bright child).

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If your child struggles at school and you wonder what might be going on, we discuss things to check and how to help your child.  A solution might be as simple as a trip to the right optometrist and a few simple exercises or you might want to have an ev... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 22:43 686
Making Time for Your Passions http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/25/making-time-for-your-passions/ Sun, 25 Sep 2011 15:53:31 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=670 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/25/making-time-for-your-passions/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/25/making-time-for-your-passions/feed/ 0 As moms, we put our needs last.  But making time for our passions can make us better moms.  We share how we have found time for our passions and what we have done–it just might inspire you to take up an instrument, pick up your tennis racket or lace on tap shoes! As moms, we put our needs last.  But making time for our passions can make us better moms.  We share how we have found time for our passions and what we have done–it just might inspire you to take up an instrument, pick up your tennis racket or lace on tap shoes!

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As moms, we put our needs last.  But making time for our passions can make us better moms.  We share how we have found time for our passions and what we have done–it just might inspire you to take up an instrument, ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 31:09 670
Preparing Kids for Unprecedented Events http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/12/preparing-kids-for-unprecedented-events/ Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:03:08 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=673 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/12/preparing-kids-for-unprecedented-events/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/12/preparing-kids-for-unprecedented-events/feed/ 0 We try to prepare our kids for life but how do we help them when something happens that no one could prepare for–a natural disaster like a hurricane or flood. Dr. Andie gives us tips for helping our kids and us cope and thrive in times of stress including how the language we use affects … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/12/preparing-kids-for-unprecedented-events/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Preparing Kids for Unprecedented Events"</span></a></p> We try to prepare our kids for life but how do we help them when something happens that no one could prepare for–a natural disaster like a hurricane or flood. Dr. Andie gives us tips for helping our kids and us cope and thrive in times of stress including how the language we use affects how children see the situation!  Check this one out!

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We try to prepare our kids for life but how do we help them when something happens that no one could prepare for–a natural disaster like a hurricane or flood. Dr. Andie gives us tips for helping our kids and us cope and thrive in times of stress includ... Dr. Andie gives us tips for helping our kids and us cope and thrive in times of stress including how the language we use affects how children see the situation!  Check this one out!
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The Real Lives of Moms http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/11/the-real-lives-of-moms/ Sun, 11 Sep 2011 15:28:26 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=648 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/11/the-real-lives-of-moms/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/11/the-real-lives-of-moms/feed/ 0 We tell it like it is so you know that our lives are not any different than yours and we don’t have perfect families.  Listen and find yourself and realize you are part of the tribe of moms all trying to do their best. We tell it like it is so you know that our lives are not any different than yours and we don’t have perfect families.  Listen and find yourself and realize you are part of the tribe of moms all trying to do their best.

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We tell it like it is so you know that our lives are not any different than yours and we don’t have perfect families.  Listen and find yourself and realize you are part of the tribe of moms all trying to do their best. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 19:56 648
HPV and Cervical Cancer http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/04/hpv-and-cervical-cancer/ Sun, 04 Sep 2011 15:18:58 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=646 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/04/hpv-and-cervical-cancer/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/09/04/hpv-and-cervical-cancer/feed/ 1 Dr. Brandy Hughes, OB/GYN, discusses cervical cancer and HPV and how to protect yourself and your children. Dr. Brandy Hughes, OB/GYN, discusses cervical cancer and HPV and how to protect yourself and your children.

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Dr. Brandy Hughes, OB/GYN, discusses cervical cancer and HPV and how to protect yourself and your children. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 25:55 646
Cinderella Parenting http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/28/cinderella-parenting/ Sun, 28 Aug 2011 15:12:22 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=641 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/28/cinderella-parenting/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/28/cinderella-parenting/feed/ 1 Dr. Andie discusses what Cinderella parenting is and how to avoid  it. Listen to hear how you can relax your parenting stress and still be a super mom. Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. We also talk about the PeeWeePC.  It is a computer set up specifically for kids.  … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/28/cinderella-parenting/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Cinderella Parenting"</span></a></p> Dr. Andie discusses what Cinderella parenting is and how to avoid  it. Listen to hear how you can relax your parenting stress and still be a super mom. Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You.

We also talk about the PeeWeePC.  It is a computer set up specifically for kids.  If you are thinking about getting a computer for a child, this is a great option–the laptop we tried has a rubberized case that protects it, software to protect the kids while surfing and educational programs to help them learn.

PeeWeePC has offered a discount to our listeners: Use promotional code is PWPROMO to save $10 off any purchase of $20 or more. Simply input this code during checkout in the box that says “promotional codes.”

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Dr. Andie discusses what Cinderella parenting is and how to avoid  it. Listen to hear how you can relax your parenting stress and still be a super mom. Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. We also talk about the PeeWeePC. More than Saying I Love You.
We also talk about the PeeWeePC.  It is a computer set up specifically for kids.  If you are thinking about getting a computer for a child, this is a great option–the laptop we tried has a rubberized case that protects it, software to protect the kids while surfing and educational programs to help them learn.
PeeWeePC has offered a discount to our listeners: Use promotional code is PWPROMO to save $10 off any purchase of $20 or more. Simply input this code during checkout in the box that says “promotional codes.”
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Suzuki Music Lessons–What are They? http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/21/suzuki-music-lessons-what-are-they/ Sun, 21 Aug 2011 15:04:19 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=636 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/21/suzuki-music-lessons-what-are-they/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/21/suzuki-music-lessons-what-are-they/feed/ 0 TruAnn Boulter, Suzuki violin teacher, discusses what the Suzuki method is and how it might work for you and your children interested in taking music lessons. Suzuki uses the Mother Tongue approach.  Learn what this is. If you are looking for a Suzuki teacher, check out the Suzuki Association www.suzukiassociation.org. If you are in Utah, … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/21/suzuki-music-lessons-what-are-they/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Suzuki Music Lessons–What are They?"</span></a></p> TruAnn Boulter, Suzuki violin teacher, discusses what the Suzuki method is and how it might work for you and your children interested in taking music lessons. Suzuki uses the Mother Tongue approach.  Learn what this is.

If you are looking for a Suzuki teacher, check out the Suzuki Association www.suzukiassociation.org. If you are in Utah, you can check the Utah site at www.suzukimusicutah.org/.

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TruAnn Boulter, Suzuki violin teacher, discusses what the Suzuki method is and how it might work for you and your children interested in taking music lessons. Suzuki uses the Mother Tongue approach.  Learn what this is. If you are looking for a Suzuki teacher, check out the Suzuki Association www.suzukiassociation.org. If you are in Utah, you can check the Utah site at www.suzukimusicutah.org/.
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Should We Pay our Kids? http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/14/should-we-pay-our-kids/ Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:01:53 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=634 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/14/should-we-pay-our-kids/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/14/should-we-pay-our-kids/feed/ 0 We discuss whether or not to pay our kids allowances and we also discuss the Stewardship system used by Stacey’s family.  For more on the Stewardship system, you can check out our podcast where Stacey discusses the specifics. We discuss whether or not to pay our kids allowances and we also discuss the Stewardship system used by Stacey’s family.  For more on the Stewardship system, you can check out our podcast where Stacey discusses the specifics.

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We discuss whether or not to pay our kids allowances and we also discuss the Stewardship system used by Stacey’s family.  For more on the Stewardship system, you can check out our podcast where Stacey discusses the specifics. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 28:33 634
Intergenerational Travel http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/11/intergenerational-travel/ Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:26:42 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=625 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/11/intergenerational-travel/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/08/11/intergenerational-travel/feed/ 0 Traveling with children, parents and grandparents can be a bonding experience but it can also be difficult on the nerves.  Learn what to expect and how to set everyone’s expectations so that your trip is a bonding experience and not a blow up. Traveling with children, parents and grandparents can be a bonding experience but it can also be difficult on the nerves.  Learn what to expect and how to set everyone’s expectations so that your trip is a bonding experience and not a blow up.

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Traveling with children, parents and grandparents can be a bonding experience but it can also be difficult on the nerves.  Learn what to expect and how to set everyone’s expectations so that your trip is a bonding experience and not a blow up. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 8:53 625
Helping Kids Get Rid of Negative Thoughts http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/31/helping-kids-get-rid-of-negative-thoughts/ Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:56:57 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=631 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/31/helping-kids-get-rid-of-negative-thoughts/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/31/helping-kids-get-rid-of-negative-thoughts/feed/ 0 Dr. Andie discusses how to teach your kids how to differentiate the truth of their thoughts and to get rid of their negative thoughts.  Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. We also talk about the Box4Blox that has saved us from the insanity of thousands of Lego pieces we … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/31/helping-kids-get-rid-of-negative-thoughts/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Helping Kids Get Rid of Negative Thoughts"</span></a></p> Dr. Andie discusses how to teach your kids how to differentiate the truth of their thoughts and to get rid of their negative thoughts.  Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You.

We also talk about the Box4Blox that has saved us from the insanity of thousands of Lego pieces we can’t sort through.  Nancy’s son has been using it for a week and loves being able to sort and find what he wants.  Check this totally cool gadget out!

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Dr. Andie discusses how to teach your kids how to differentiate the truth of their thoughts and to get rid of their negative thoughts.  Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. We also talk about the Box4Blox that has saved us from the i... More than Saying I Love You.
We also talk about the Box4Blox that has saved us from the insanity of thousands of Lego pieces we can’t sort through.  Nancy’s son has been using it for a week and loves being able to sort and find what he wants.  Check this totally cool gadget out!

We give it our Squeal of Approval!
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When Should Kids Date? http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/24/when-should-kids-date/ Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:25:20 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=620 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/24/when-should-kids-date/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/24/when-should-kids-date/feed/ 0 Stacey discusses when kids are ready to date and how to handle helping them get ready to experience the feelings and emotions that come with dating.  Great information for any parent of a tween! Stacey discusses when kids are ready to date and how to handle helping them get ready to experience the feelings and emotions that come with dating.  Great information for any parent of a tween!

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Stacey discusses when kids are ready to date and how to handle helping them get ready to experience the feelings and emotions that come with dating.  Great information for any parent of a tween! ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 28:49 620
Visiting Relatives: Is it Worth It? http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/19/visiting-relatives-is-it-worth-it/ Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:14:40 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=616 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/19/visiting-relatives-is-it-worth-it/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/19/visiting-relatives-is-it-worth-it/feed/ 0 Nancy and Karen discuss the merits of visiting relatives that live far away.  Is it worth it to take precious vacation time and family money to spend time with relatives? What do the kids get out of it and how does it help your family? Nancy and Karen discuss the merits of visiting relatives that live far away.  Is it worth it to take precious vacation time and family money to spend time with relatives? What do the kids get out of it and how does it help your family?

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Nancy and Karen discuss the merits of visiting relatives that live far away.  Is it worth it to take precious vacation time and family money to spend time with relatives? What do the kids get out of it and how does it help your family? ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 14:43 616
Hidden Treasure: Blanding http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/10/hidden-treasure-blanding/ Sun, 10 Jul 2011 21:09:35 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=611 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/10/hidden-treasure-blanding/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/10/hidden-treasure-blanding/feed/ 0 We found a hidden treasure for vacations and family reunions where you can see ancient ruins up close, swim and have access to dozens of national parks and monuments. Blanding, Utah–the name sounds bad, but the place is amazing.  Listen and learn where you might want to plan your next vacation. The Abajo Haven Guest … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/10/hidden-treasure-blanding/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Hidden Treasure: Blanding"</span></a></p> We found a hidden treasure for vacations and family reunions where you can see ancient ruins up close, swim and have access to dozens of national parks and monuments. Blanding, Utah–the name sounds bad, but the place is amazing.  Listen and learn where you might want to plan your next vacation.

The Abajo Haven Guest Cabins was our Base Camp and Bill was our incredible guide and amazing chef.  His ranch and his family are wonderful! His knowledge of the area in encyclopedic.  And his ribs are delicious!

The wonderful museum is the Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum–really it is incredible and has wonderful programs for families.

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We found a hidden treasure for vacations and family reunions where you can see ancient ruins up close, swim and have access to dozens of national parks and monuments. Blanding, Utah–the name sounds bad, but the place is amazing. The Abajo Haven Guest Cabins was our Base Camp and Bill was our incredible guide and amazing chef.  His ranch and his family are wonderful! His knowledge of the area in encyclopedic.  And his ribs are delicious!
The wonderful museum is the Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum–really it is incredible and has wonderful programs for families.
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Choosing Their Own Clothes http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/03/choosing-their-own-clothes/ Sun, 03 Jul 2011 21:03:55 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=608 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/03/choosing-their-own-clothes/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/07/03/choosing-their-own-clothes/feed/ 0 When should you let your child choose her own clothes and should you worry about how he is dressed when he leaves the house (no coat in winter for example).  Seasoned mothers who have survived years of the battle discuss what is important and what you should let slide. When should you let your child choose her own clothes and should you worry about how he is dressed when he leaves the house (no coat in winter for example).  Seasoned mothers who have survived years of the battle discuss what is important and what you should let slide.

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When should you let your child choose her own clothes and should you worry about how he is dressed when he leaves the house (no coat in winter for example).  Seasoned mothers who have survived years of the battle discuss what is important and what you ... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 25:48 608
Seeing Stars http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/26/seeing-stars/ Sun, 26 Jun 2011 20:52:21 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=603 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/26/seeing-stars/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/26/seeing-stars/feed/ 0 When was the last time you got to see the stars–the celestial ones that really are beautiful?  We discuss ways to introduce kids to star gazing and taking advantage of your local planetarium or local star gazing groups to see planets as well as stars.  Introducing your kids to the night sky can have incredible … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/26/seeing-stars/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Seeing Stars"</span></a></p> When was the last time you got to see the stars–the celestial ones that really are beautiful?  We discuss ways to introduce kids to star gazing and taking advantage of your local planetarium or local star gazing groups to see planets as well as stars.  Introducing your kids to the night sky can have incredible educational benefits.  Lear more today!

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When was the last time you got to see the stars–the celestial ones that really are beautiful?  We discuss ways to introduce kids to star gazing and taking advantage of your local planetarium or local star gazing groups to see planets as well as stars. the celestial ones that really are beautiful?  We discuss ways to introduce kids to star gazing and taking advantage of your local planetarium or local star gazing groups to see planets as well as stars.  Introducing your kids to the night sky can have incredible educational benefits.  Lear more today!
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Geotagging http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/19/geotagging/ Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:48:26 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=600 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/19/geotagging/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/19/geotagging/feed/ 0 If you have a smart phone and use it to take pictures, you need to listen to this show to keep your family safe.  People may be tracking you because of pictures you take with your camera and post online.  Learn more on today’s show. If you have a smart phone and use it to take pictures, you need to listen to this show to keep your family safe.  People may be tracking you because of pictures you take with your camera and post online.  Learn more on today’s show.

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If you have a smart phone and use it to take pictures, you need to listen to this show to keep your family safe.  People may be tracking you because of pictures you take with your camera and post online.  Learn more on today’s show. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 25:20 600
Getting Kids off Junk Food http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/12/getting-kids-off-junk-food/ Sun, 12 Jun 2011 20:44:57 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=595 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/12/getting-kids-off-junk-food/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/12/getting-kids-off-junk-food/feed/ 0 Robyn Openshaw, the Green Smoothie Girl, discusses her new book The Adventures of Junk Food Dude and how it can help kids understand why junk food isn’t good for us and what alternatives there are. Robyn Openshaw, the Green Smoothie Girl, discusses her new book The Adventures of Junk Food Dude and how it can help kids understand why junk food isn’t good for us and what alternatives there are.

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Robyn Openshaw, the Green Smoothie Girl, discusses her new book The Adventures of Junk Food Dude and how it can help kids understand why junk food isn’t good for us and what alternatives there are. The Adventures of Junk Food Dude and how it can help kids understand why junk food isn’t good for us and what alternatives there are.

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Grand Canyon West http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/05/grand-canyon-west/ Sun, 05 Jun 2011 19:53:54 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=590 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/05/grand-canyon-west/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/05/grand-canyon-west/feed/ 0 Nancy, her kids and her mom experience Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reservation in Arizona.  This is not the Grand Canyon you remember from childhood–there are cowboys and Native Americans, cultural experiences, great food, hikes and of course the Skywalk–4,000 feet above the Colorado.  Listen to their experience and plan a trip!  It was … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/06/05/grand-canyon-west/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Grand Canyon West"</span></a></p> Nancy, her kids and her mom experience Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reservation in Arizona.  This is not the Grand Canyon you remember from childhood–there are cowboys and Native Americans, cultural experiences, great food, hikes and of course the Skywalk–4,000 feet above the Colorado.  Listen to their experience and plan a trip!  It was a amazing.

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Nancy, her kids and her mom experience Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reservation in Arizona.  This is not the Grand Canyon you remember from childhood–there are cowboys and Native Americans, cultural experiences, great food, Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reservation in Arizona.  This is not the Grand Canyon you remember from childhood–there are cowboys and Native Americans, cultural experiences, great food, hikes and of course the Skywalk–4,000 feet above the Colorado.  Listen to their experience and plan a trip!  It was a amazing.
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Living on a Budget pt 3 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/26/living-on-a-budget-pt-3/ Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:47:46 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=583 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/26/living-on-a-budget-pt-3/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/26/living-on-a-budget-pt-3/feed/ 0 Stacey shares tips for how she manages a family of 11 on a single salary.  Learn how budgeting works to keep the family debt free and happy! To listen to other current shows, go to the MOMs on Athena365. Stacey shares tips for how she manages a family of 11 on a single salary.  Learn how budgeting works to keep the family debt free and happy! To listen to other current shows, go to the MOMs on Athena365.

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Stacey shares tips for how she manages a family of 11 on a single salary.  Learn how budgeting works to keep the family debt free and happy! To listen to other current shows, go to the MOMs on Athena365. MOMs on Athena365.
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Living on a Budget pt 2 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/26/living-on-a-budget-pt-2/ Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:45:48 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=580 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/26/living-on-a-budget-pt-2/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/26/living-on-a-budget-pt-2/feed/ 0 Stacey shares tips for how she manages a family of 11 on a single salary. Learn how budgeting works to keep the family debt free and happy! To listen to other current shows, go to the MOMs on Athena365. Stacey shares tips for how she manages a family of 11 on a single salary. Learn how budgeting works to keep the family debt free and happy! To listen to other current shows, go to the MOMs on Athena365.

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Stacey shares tips for how she manages a family of 11 on a single salary. Learn how budgeting works to keep the family debt free and happy! To listen to other current shows, go to the MOMs on Athena365. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 7:41 580
Living on a Budget pt 1 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/26/living-on-a-budget-pt-1/ Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:43:22 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=574 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/26/living-on-a-budget-pt-1/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/26/living-on-a-budget-pt-1/feed/ 0 Stacey shares tips for how she manages a family of 11 on a single salary.  Learn how budgeting works to keep the family debt free and happy! To listen to other current shows, go to the MOMs on Athena365. Stacey shares tips for how she manages a family of 11 on a single salary.  Learn how budgeting works to keep the family debt free and happy! To listen to other current shows, go to the MOMs on Athena365.

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Stacey shares tips for how she manages a family of 11 on a single salary.  Learn how budgeting works to keep the family debt free and happy! To listen to other current shows, go to the MOMs on Athena365. MOMs on Athena365.
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Teaching Children to Love Themselves http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/04/teaching-children-to-love-themselves/ Tue, 05 Apr 2011 01:21:57 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=567 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/04/teaching-children-to-love-themselves/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/04/teaching-children-to-love-themselves/feed/ 0 This week on Athena 365 and The MOM Podcast Dr. Andie discusses how to teach kids to love themselves so that they do not seek approval from outside sources. Dr. Andie’s new book More Than Saying I Love You: 4 Powerful Steps that Help Children Love Themselves is an excellent resource for parents to teach … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/04/04/teaching-children-to-love-themselves/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Teaching Children to Love Themselves"</span></a></p> This week on Athena 365 and The MOM Podcast Dr. Andie discusses how to teach kids to love themselves so that they do not seek approval from outside sources. Dr. Andie’s new book More Than Saying I Love You: 4 Powerful Steps that Help Children Love Themselves is an excellent resource for parents to teach their child the greatest skill they can—how to truly love yourself so that you do not need to rely on others for affirmation. Dr. Andie is a mother and grandmother so she knows the road we walk.  Learn answers to the following questions:

  1. Why isn’t just saying, “I love you” enough to create children that love themselves?
  2. What is the difference between self-love and self-esteem?
  3. What are the benefits of children learning to love themselves?
  4. Does self-love or “I love me” lead to narcissism and being egotistical?
  5. At what age do we begin teaching our children about loving themselves?
  6. What are the external forces that erode a child’s birthright of love?
  7. What are the 4 steps that help children love themselves?

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This week on Athena 365 and The MOM Podcast Dr. Andie discusses how to teach kids to love themselves so that they do not seek approval from outside sources. Dr. Andie’s new book More Than Saying I Love You: 4 Powerful Steps that Help Children Love Them... More Than Saying I Love You: 4 Powerful Steps that Help Children Love Themselves is an excellent resource for parents to teach their child the greatest skill they can—how to truly love yourself so that you do not need to rely on others for affirmation. Dr. Andie is a mother and grandmother so she knows the road we walk.  Learn answers to the following questions:

* Why isn’t just saying, “I love you” enough to create children that love themselves?
* What is the difference between self-love and self-esteem?
* What are the benefits of children learning to love themselves?
* Does self-love or “I love me” lead to narcissism and being egotistical?
* At what age do we begin teaching our children about loving themselves?
* What are the external forces that erode a child’s birthright of love?
* What are the 4 steps that help children love themselves?

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Moving to Athena 365 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/03/13/moving-to-athena-365/ Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:47:09 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=540 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/03/13/moving-to-athena-365/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/03/13/moving-to-athena-365/feed/ 0 We are moving our shows from iTunes to Athena365 over the next several months.  You will still be able to access shows on our website at any time and on Athena365 on our own internet radio channel.  Please make the move with us so we can share the message with more moms. Listen to this … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/03/13/moving-to-athena-365/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Moving to Athena 365"</span></a></p> We are moving our shows from iTunes to Athena365 over the next several months.  You will still be able to access shows on our website at any time and on Athena365 on our own internet radio channel.  Please make the move with us so we can share the message with more moms. Listen to this discussion to hear why!

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We are moving our shows from iTunes to Athena365 over the next several months.  You will still be able to access shows on our website at any time and on Athena365 on our own internet radio channel.  Please make the move with us so we can share the mess... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 4:57 540
Dealing with Death http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/03/06/dealing-with-death/ Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:46:28 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=544 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/03/06/dealing-with-death/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/03/06/dealing-with-death/feed/ 1 Nancy shares her family’s sudden and unexpected experience with death and what she learned that could help your family deal with death.  When her father-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and died in 10 days, her family learned some valuable lessons that could help you when you face death.  Also, check our other show … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/03/06/dealing-with-death/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Dealing with Death"</span></a></p> Nancy shares her family’s sudden and unexpected experience with death and what she learned that could help your family deal with death.  When her father-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and died in 10 days, her family learned some valuable lessons that could help you when you face death.  Also, check our other show Talking About Death with Children.

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Nancy shares her family’s sudden and unexpected experience with death and what she learned that could help your family deal with death.  When her father-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and died in 10 days, Talking About Death with Children.
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Violent Video Games–Are they OK? http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/27/violent-video-games-are-they-ok/ Sun, 27 Feb 2011 21:32:30 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=538 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/27/violent-video-games-are-they-ok/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/27/violent-video-games-are-they-ok/feed/ 2 A new video came coming out in March portrays US cities such as Salt Lake City being blown up or taken over by a nuclear North Korea.  We discuss what video games do and don’t do for our kids and how we as parents need to respond to them.  We also discuss tools to help … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/27/violent-video-games-are-they-ok/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Violent Video Games–Are they OK?"</span></a></p> A new video came coming out in March portrays US cities such as Salt Lake City being blown up or taken over by a nuclear North Korea.  We discuss what video games do and don’t do for our kids and how we as parents need to respond to them.  We also discuss tools to help you find out more about the video games and other media your kids are interested in so you don’t have to play each game before determining its suitability.

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A new video came coming out in March portrays US cities such as Salt Lake City being blown up or taken over by a nuclear North Korea.  We discuss what video games do and don’t do for our kids and how we as parents need to respond to them. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 15:47 538
Tiger Mother http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/20/tiger-mother/ Mon, 21 Feb 2011 03:08:36 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=536 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/20/tiger-mother/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/20/tiger-mother/feed/ 0 Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve heard the roar about Battle Cry of the Tiger Mother, a Chinese-American mother’s take on mothering and how to have successful kids.  We discuss whether Tiger Mothers are crazy or have some important parts of the puzzle to successful children. Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve heard the roar about Battle Cry of the Tiger Mother, a Chinese-American mother’s take on mothering and how to have successful kids.  We discuss whether Tiger Mothers are crazy or have some important parts of the puzzle to successful children.

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Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve heard the roar about Battle Cry of the Tiger Mother, a Chinese-American mother’s take on mothering and how to have successful kids.  We discuss whether Tiger Mothers are crazy or have some important parts of the ... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 15:24 536
Getting Your Child Ready for His Senior Year http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/16/getting-your-child-ready-for-his-senior-year/ Thu, 17 Feb 2011 03:08:31 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=532 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/16/getting-your-child-ready-for-his-senior-year/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/16/getting-your-child-ready-for-his-senior-year/feed/ 0 Your child’s senior year can be much more daunting for both of you thank you both expect. Learn from Stacey and Shelly the things you need to do to prepare WAY in advance.   Learn the things you want to do in the sophomore and junior years to be prepared and what you need to expect … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/02/16/getting-your-child-ready-for-his-senior-year/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Getting Your Child Ready for His Senior Year"</span></a></p> Your child’s senior year can be much more daunting for both of you thank you both expect. Learn from Stacey and Shelly the things you need to do to prepare WAY in advance.   Learn the things you want to do in the sophomore and junior years to be prepared and what you need to expect in the senior year and beyond!

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Your child’s senior year can be much more daunting for both of you thank you both expect. Learn from Stacey and Shelly the things you need to do to prepare WAY in advance.   Learn the things you want to do in the sophomore and junior years to be prepar... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 12:49 532
When Your Child has an Issue with a Teacher http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/30/when-your-child-has-an-issue-with-a-teacher/ Mon, 31 Jan 2011 03:14:17 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=522 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/30/when-your-child-has-an-issue-with-a-teacher/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/30/when-your-child-has-an-issue-with-a-teacher/feed/ 2 We discuss what to do when you find that your child has some issue with a teacher–perceived or real and how to approach the teacher and deal with the situation.  As mothers of 14 school-aged children, we have had experiences that you can use to deal with questions that come up when dealing with your … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/30/when-your-child-has-an-issue-with-a-teacher/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "When Your Child has an Issue with a Teacher"</span></a></p> We discuss what to do when you find that your child has some issue with a teacher–perceived or real and how to approach the teacher and deal with the situation.  As mothers of 14 school-aged children, we have had experiences that you can use to deal with questions that come up when dealing with your children and their teachers.

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We discuss what to do when you find that your child has some issue with a teacher–perceived or real and how to approach the teacher and deal with the situation.  As mothers of 14 school-aged children, we have had experiences that you can use to deal wi... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 47:44 522
Can Hypnotherapy Help You? http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/23/can-hypnotherapy-help-you/ Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:01:48 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=519 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/23/can-hypnotherapy-help-you/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/23/can-hypnotherapy-help-you/feed/ 0 We’ve all seen the shows where a hypnotist makes a guy cluck like a chicken, but can hypnosis help you?  Licensed Therapist and Hypnotherapist Shanna Gwilliam tells us what hypnotherapy can do to help you overcome defeating thought processes you have and help you conqueror your fears.  Maybe you sabotage your own weight loss, feel … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/23/can-hypnotherapy-help-you/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Can Hypnotherapy Help You?"</span></a></p> We’ve all seen the shows where a hypnotist makes a guy cluck like a chicken, but can hypnosis help you?  Licensed Therapist and Hypnotherapist Shanna Gwilliam tells us what hypnotherapy can do to help you overcome defeating thought processes you have and help you conqueror your fears.  Maybe you sabotage your own weight loss, feel like you can’t get that new job, or feel inadequate as a wife and mother.

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We’ve all seen the shows where a hypnotist makes a guy cluck like a chicken, but can hypnosis help you?  Licensed Therapist and Hypnotherapist Shanna Gwilliam tells us what hypnotherapy can do to help you overcome defeating thought processes you have a... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 47:44 519
The Body Snatchers–Kids Moving from Tween to Teen http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/08/the-body-snatchers-kids-moving-from-tween-to-teen/ Sun, 09 Jan 2011 06:44:47 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=475 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/08/the-body-snatchers-kids-moving-from-tween-to-teen/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/08/the-body-snatchers-kids-moving-from-tween-to-teen/feed/ 0 Wonder if your creature living in your child’s room really genetically connected to you?  He used to be your son, but now he is an emotional mess.  Maggie Stevens, author of Parent Fix, discusses how to weather the tween years and the transition to teen years. Wonder if your creature living in your child’s room really genetically connected to you?  He used to be your son, but now he is an emotional mess.  Maggie Stevens, author of Parent Fix, discusses how to weather the tween years and the transition to teen years.

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Wonder if your creature living in your child’s room really genetically connected to you?  He used to be your son, but now he is an emotional mess.  Maggie Stevens, author of Parent Fix, discusses how to weather the tween years and the transition to tee... Parent Fix, discusses how to weather the tween years and the transition to teen years.
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The Stewardship System http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/02/the-stewardship-system/ Mon, 03 Jan 2011 06:51:25 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=485 http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/02/the-stewardship-system/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2011/01/02/the-stewardship-system/feed/ 2 Stacey discusses her experience in the summer with the Stewardship System, her method of giving children responsibility for the household chores and teaching them about real life.  She says this is the best thing she has ever done! Stacey discusses her experience in the summer with the Stewardship System, her method of giving children responsibility for the household chores and teaching them about real life.  She says this is the best thing she has ever done!

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Stacey discusses her experience in the summer with the Stewardship System, her method of giving children responsibility for the household chores and teaching them about real life.  She says this is the best thing she has ever done! ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 31:33 485
How Stress Manifests Part 2: To Label or Not with Claire Lerner http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/26/to-label-or-not-with-claire-lerner/ Mon, 27 Dec 2010 06:48:14 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=481 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/26/to-label-or-not-with-claire-lerner/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/26/to-label-or-not-with-claire-lerner/feed/ 0 Our discussion about Stress with Kids continues with Claire Lerner as we discuss whether or not it is good to label your child and how to help your child without making a big issue of your child’s needs. This is Part 2 of a 2 Part discussion. Our discussion about Stress with Kids continues with Claire Lerner as we discuss whether or not it is good to label your child and how to help your child without making a big issue of your child’s needs.

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Our discussion about Stress with Kids continues with Claire Lerner as we discuss whether or not it is good to label your child and how to help your child without making a big issue of your child’s needs. This is Part 2 of a 2 Part discussion. This is Part 2 of a 2 Part discussion.
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Creating a Safe Haven http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/19/creating-a-safe-haven/ Mon, 20 Dec 2010 06:49:41 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=483 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/19/creating-a-safe-haven/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/19/creating-a-safe-haven/feed/ 1 Maggie Stevens, author of Parent Fix discusses how to create a safe haven in your house so that your child will always want to come home and share with you–the best way to ensure that your child will be safe in the world. Maggie Stevens, author of Parent Fix discusses how to create a safe haven in your house so that your child will always want to come home and share with you–the best way to ensure that your child will be safe in the world.

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Maggie Stevens, author of Parent Fix discusses how to create a safe haven in your house so that your child will always want to come home and share with you–the best way to ensure that your child will be safe in the world. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 47:44 483
How Stress Manifests in Children Pt 1 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/12/how-stress-manifests-in-children/ Mon, 13 Dec 2010 06:08:49 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=468 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/12/how-stress-manifests-in-children/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/12/how-stress-manifests-in-children/feed/ 0 Claire Lerner discusses a listener’s question about her daughter who seems to have back-tracked in potty training after some stress.  Like kids of any age, stress often doesn’t manifest itself in ways we would expect, but in ways we can’t understand at first glance.  Listen and learn so you can diagnose stress in your kids.  … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/12/how-stress-manifests-in-children/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "How Stress Manifests in Children Pt 1"</span></a></p> Claire Lerner discusses a listener’s question about her daughter who seems to have back-tracked in potty training after some stress.  Like kids of any age, stress often doesn’t manifest itself in ways we would expect, but in ways we can’t understand at first glance.  Listen and learn so you can diagnose stress in your kids.  Stacey gets the gold star for having the answers for this listener’s question!

This is part 1 of a 2 part discussion.

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Claire Lerner discusses a listener’s question about her daughter who seems to have back-tracked in potty training after some stress.  Like kids of any age, stress often doesn’t manifest itself in ways we would expect, This is part 1 of a 2 part discussion.
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Importance of Family Vacations and Holidays http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/05/importance-of-family-vacations-and-holidays/ Mon, 06 Dec 2010 06:47:40 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=478 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/05/importance-of-family-vacations-and-holidays/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/12/05/importance-of-family-vacations-and-holidays/feed/ 0 They take too long, cost too much and are too much work.  Are vacations and holiday times worth it for the family?  Why not just stay home?  We discuss why they are important even when the family gets stuck in a blizzard driving across Oklahoma or running to catch a connecting flight in 10 minutes. They take too long, cost too much and are too much work.  Are vacations and holiday times worth it for the family?  Why not just stay home?  We discuss why they are important even when the family gets stuck in a blizzard driving across Oklahoma or running to catch a connecting flight in 10 minutes.

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They take too long, cost too much and are too much work.  Are vacations and holiday times worth it for the family?  Why not just stay home?  We discuss why they are important even when the family gets stuck in a blizzard driving across Oklahoma or runn... ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 14:32 478
Taking a Great Family Photo http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/27/taking-a-great-family-photo/ Sat, 27 Nov 2010 21:17:27 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=493 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/27/taking-a-great-family-photo/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/27/taking-a-great-family-photo/feed/ 0 Photographer Amy Harrison discusses what makes a great family photo and how to pick a photographer to meet your family’s needs.  Amy’s photos are amazing.  Check them out at Remember This Photography. Photographer Amy Harrison discusses what makes a great family photo and how to pick a photographer to meet your family’s needs.  Amy’s photos are amazing.  Check them out at Remember This Photography.

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Photographer Amy Harrison discusses what makes a great family photo and how to pick a photographer to meet your family’s needs.  Amy’s photos are amazing.  Check them out at Remember This Photography. Photographer Amy Harrison discusses what makes a great family photo and how to pick a photographer to meet your family’s needs.  Amy’s photos are amazing.  Check them out at Remember This Photography.
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Cyber Saving this Christmas http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/21/cyber-saving-this-christmas/ Mon, 22 Nov 2010 06:42:32 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=463 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/21/cyber-saving-this-christmas/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/21/cyber-saving-this-christmas/feed/ 1 Learn the tricks we use to save $$ shopping on the internet for things like gift certificates Check out City Deals for 50-60 percent off gift certificates.  You can even purchase gift certificates for deals in other cities so if your family lives somewhere else, you can still take advantage of the deals.  Or if … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/21/cyber-saving-this-christmas/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Cyber Saving this Christmas"</span></a></p> Learn the tricks we use to save $$ shopping on the internet for things like gift certificates

Check out

City Deals for 50-60 percent off gift certificates.  You can even purchase gift certificates for deals in other cities so if your family lives somewhere else, you can still take advantage of the deals.  Or if you are traveling, check the deals in the location you are going!

Restaurant.com has up to 80 Percent off deals.   Check them out for cities you will be traveling to on vacation too!

Pinching Your Pennies and the Screaming Penny: This email comes to your box filled with tons of deals.  Even though the Screaming Penny is supposed to be focused on the Western States, they show deals for internet sites.  Somebody there searches and finds the great deals each day (sometimes twice).  I got a Razar RipStick regularly $90 for $19.  Great deal just by checking my mail.  They also include City Deals and Restaurant.com deals so you can see tons of deals at once!

The Frugal Girls: You can get email or check out their posts in Facebook.  They specialize in finding things that you can get for free.  Great resource. They post coupon deals too!

Friend your favorite stores on Facebook for exclusive coupons.  Lowes had 90% off coupons last weekend!

Check out Amazon Prime Shipping Free 2-Day Shipping on any order size for a month.  This is great for sending presents to family and friends everywhere–especially when you forget that Cousin Bob!

Check out more deals and ideas on the podcast.

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Learn the tricks we use to save $$ shopping on the internet for things like gift certificates Check out City Deals for 50-60 percent off gift certificates.  You can even purchase gift certificates for deals in other cities so if your family lives somew... Check out
City Deals for 50-60 percent off gift certificates.  You can even purchase gift certificates for deals in other cities so if your family lives somewhere else, you can still take advantage of the deals.  Or if you are traveling, check the deals in the location you are going!
Restaurant.com has up to 80 Percent off deals.   Check them out for cities you will be traveling to on vacation too!
Pinching Your Pennies and the Screaming Penny: This email comes to your box filled with tons of deals.  Even though the Screaming Penny is supposed to be focused on the Western States, they show deals for internet sites.  Somebody there searches and finds the great deals each day (sometimes twice).  I got a Razar RipStick regularly $90 for $19.  Great deal just by checking my mail.  They also include City Deals and Restaurant.com deals so you can see tons of deals at once!
The Frugal Girls: You can get email or check out their posts in Facebook.  They specialize in finding things that you can get for free.  Great resource. They post coupon deals too!
Friend your favorite stores on Facebook for exclusive coupons.  Lowes had 90% off coupons last weekend!
Check out Amazon Prime Shipping Free 2-Day Shipping on any order size for a month.  This is great for sending presents to family and friends everywhere–especially when you forget that Cousin Bob!
Check out more deals and ideas on the podcast.
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Time for Each Child http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/14/time-for-each-child/ Sun, 14 Nov 2010 20:53:12 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=372 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/14/time-for-each-child/#respond http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/14/time-for-each-child/feed/ 0 As we discussed with Claire, it is important to make time for each child.  We discuss ways this can be done if you have 2 04 9 children and some innovative ideas to make each child feel special. As we discussed with Claire, it is important to make time for each child.  We discuss ways this can be done if you have 2 04 9 children and some innovative ideas to make each child feel special.

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As we discussed with Claire, it is important to make time for each child.  We discuss ways this can be done if you have 2 04 9 children and some innovative ideas to make each child feel special. ]]> Moms on a Mission clean 27:15 372
Carving out Family Time with Claire Lerner http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/07/carving-out-family-time-with-claire-lerner/ Sun, 07 Nov 2010 12:43:15 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=370 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/07/carving-out-family-time-with-claire-lerner/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/07/carving-out-family-time-with-claire-lerner/feed/ 1 We talk with Claire Lerner about how computers are invading our families and how to set some guidelines to make sure we spend enough time interacting with more than just our virtual family members.  This show is filled with great ideas on how to deal with the onslaught of media coming at our precious family … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/11/07/carving-out-family-time-with-claire-lerner/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Carving out Family Time with Claire Lerner"</span></a></p> We talk with Claire Lerner about how computers are invading our families and how to set some guidelines to make sure we spend enough time interacting with more than just our virtual family members.  This show is filled with great ideas on how to deal with the onslaught of media coming at our precious family time.

Check out our other show on Digital Nation for an insightful discussion on media and the family.

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We talk with Claire Lerner about how computers are invading our families and how to set some guidelines to make sure we spend enough time interacting with more than just our virtual family members.  This show is filled with great ideas on how to deal w... Check out our other show on Digital Nation for an insightful discussion on media and the family.
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The Florida Report http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/31/the-florida-report/ Mon, 01 Nov 2010 02:13:47 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=396 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/31/the-florida-report/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/31/the-florida-report/feed/ 2 Nancy and her family just returned from Florida. Hear about the trip and what everyone liked best.  There are tips to make your next trip enjoyable.  Also, see the video podcast of Alex at Disney YES and see Nancy’s other podcasts at www.iseekissimmee.com. Nancy and her family just returned from Florida. Hear about the trip and what everyone liked best.  There are tips to make your next trip enjoyable.  Also, see the video podcast of Alex at Disney YES and see Nancy’s other podcasts at www.iseekissimmee.com.

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Nancy and her family just returned from Florida. Hear about the trip and what everyone liked best.  There are tips to make your next trip enjoyable.  Also, see the video podcast of Alex at Disney YES and see Nancy’s other podcasts at www. Nancy and her family just returned from Florida. Hear about the trip and what everyone liked best.  There are tips to make your next trip enjoyable.  Also, see the video podcast of Alex at Disney YES and see Nancy’s other podcasts at www.iseekissimmee.com.
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When to Discuss the Birds and Bees http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/24/when-to-discuss-the-birds-and-bees/ Sun, 24 Oct 2010 21:25:01 +0000 http://www.themompodcast.com/?p=356 http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/24/when-to-discuss-the-birds-and-bees/#comments http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/24/when-to-discuss-the-birds-and-bees/feed/ 1 You might need to have that talk sooner than you think.  Diana Ruschhaupt of the    Ruth Lilly Health Education Center shares timing, tips and resources for you to make the discussion easier on you and your children.  Also check out the resources she recommends: Books By Lynda Madaras Website: KidsHealth.org Girls: The Care and … <p class="link-more"><a href="http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/24/when-to-discuss-the-birds-and-bees/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "When to Discuss the Birds and Bees"</span></a></p> You might need to have that talk sooner than you think.  Diana Ruschhaupt of the    Ruth Lilly Health Education Center shares timing, tips and resources for you to make the discussion easier on you and your children.  Also check out the resources she recommends:

Books By Lynda Madaras

Website: KidsHealth.org

Girls: The Care and Keeping of You

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You might need to have that talk sooner than you think.  Diana Ruschhaupt of the    Ruth Lilly Health Education Center shares timing, tips and resources for you to make the discussion easier on you and your children. Books By Lynda Madaras
Website: KidsHealth.org
Girls: The Care and Keeping of You
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