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

Episode Date
Talking About Racism As A Family (A Candid Conversation With Meagan’s Niece & Nephew)
1:25:09

In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan talks to her niece Cecily and her nephew Mario about their experiences as young black people living in today’s world. The discussions are at times raw and may make you squirm, but we’re hoping they will also make you think, learn, and hopefully, continue the conversation in your own homes, families, and communities.

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Jun 05, 2020
(Realistic) Summer Schedule Intentions: Episode 263
51:20

Summer 2020 isn't going to be like any other summer in our memories--and it's not going to look like whatever we'd dreamed up in midwinter before the pandemic hit. Still, Meagan and Sarah have ideas for how we'd like to set up ourselves and our families for healthy routines, regular self care, and (is it possible?) even some fun outings this summer. Join us for a look ahead at the next few months as we set our realistic intentions for summer 2020.

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Jun 03, 2020
Pandemic Perspectives: Church Leader + Café Manager + Daycare Owner
47:07

Allison is a minister in a church, finding new ways to lead her congregation while awaiting her second baby; Alison deals with the guilt of laying off foodservice employees and permanently shutting down a location of her café business; Starlynn owns an in-home daycare serving front-line families while navigating changing rules and regulations. All three are also working moms with all the demands of mothering and living through a global pandemic. Find out what's hard, what's hopeful, and what life is like in our final (for now!) episode of Pandemic Perspectives.

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May 31, 2020
10 Habits Of Happy Home Managers
48:40

With most of us staying at home for an unforeseen amount of time, managing our households to run efficiently and calmly is crucial to keeping the family machine plugging along and helping us create a positive mental space. From meal planning to cleaning schedules to keeping things organized, Meagan and Sarah will share 10 small habits that have the power to transform at-home life from frazzled, chaotic and marred by unmet expectations, to calm, reasonably-organized, and just-productive-enough.

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May 29, 2020
Baby Names & How We Chose Them: Episode 262
1:08:03

Naming a new human is a big task--and a fun one, we think! Looking back over our combined eight experiences naming babies, Meagan and Sarah talk about how we decided on names (and whether our partners agreed on our favorites!), what went into middle name decisions, and which names we left on the table. We also explore how our kids have grown into their names, including unexpected nicknames, trends we didn't see coming, and more.

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May 26, 2020
Pandemic Perspectives: Solo Parenting (In Australia!) + Blended Family Of Many Littles + ICU Nurse
38:57

Janice’s husband works in China and hasn’t been able to travel home to Australia since January; Kassidy and her partner have merged their combined five kids under the age of seven and are learning to live together while figuring out new ways to do their jobs; Stephanie returned from maternity leave just before the pandemic, resuming work as an ICU nurse in one of the country’s early hot spots. All three are also moms juggling the demands of caring for their families as the pandemic wears on. Hear what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Janice, Kassidy, and and Stephanie in Episode 07 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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May 24, 2020
Judgment, Criticism & Mom-Shaming In The Time Of COVID-19: Episode 261
1:04:55

As the country begins to open up--slowly, differently, uncertainly--one family's decisions about how to re-enter the world will look different from the next. Can we have confidence in our own decisions while holding space for others to interpret guidelines differently? Are criticism and judgment online a symptom of quarantine fatigue, or the beginning of a toxic new norm? And can the experience of new motherhood provide lessons about empathy that apply in these unprecedented times? Meagan and Sarah dive deep into big questions about shame, guilt, criticism, and judgment in Episode 261 of The Mom Hour.

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May 19, 2020
Pandemic Perspectives: Warehouse Worker + Child Welfare Attorney + 4th Grade Teacher
45:59

Maddi works full-time in a warehouse picking product to be shipped for GAP while her three little boys try to make sense of the changes in their lives; Sarah is pregnant with her second child and working to meet the needs of vulnerable children in her community; Robyn is a 20-year elementary school teaching veteran learning the new ways of distance learning with her fourth grade class. All three are also moms whose home lives, work lives, and futures have been upended by COVID-19. Find out what's hard, what's hopeful, and what life is like for Maddi, Sarah, and Robyn in Episode 06 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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May 17, 2020
Small Comforts (Part Two): Episode 260
48:11

We have MORE little pleasures to share this week! Continuing last week's discussion, Meagan and Sarah offer ten more small things that are bringing us comfort these days. From minor tweaks to the morning routine to the comfiest pants we've found, these are a combination of comforts you can add to your online shopping cart and simple pleasures that don't cost a thing.

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May 12, 2020
Pandemic Perspectives: Fabric Shop Owner + Blended Family SAHM + Steel Mill Essential Worker
46:49

Christina's brick and mortar fabric shop pivoted to mobilize mask-making for healthcare workers; Sarah facilitates distance learning for five kids while adjusting expectations for her own wedding celebration and plans to grow their blended family; Kati and her husband alternate day and night shifts at a steel mill and haven't experienced "staying at home" at all. All three are also moms dealing with the everyday challenges of busy toddlers, kids missing sports, and what to make for dinner. Hear what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Christina, Sarah, and Kati in Episode 05 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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May 10, 2020
Small Comforts (Part One): Episode 259
49:19

Stressors right now loom large; but sometimes solace comes in the form of lots of little bright spots. Today Meagan and Sarah compare notes on the little things that bring comfort, humor, and moments of happiness when things are intense in the world. From the silly to the slightly-less-silly, Episode 259 is full of ideas for how to notice--or, let's be honest: purchase--small comforts in a chaotic time.

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May 05, 2020
Pandemic Perspectives: Respiratory Therapist + University Psychologist + Foster Youth Social Worker
41:52

Laura treats COVID-19 patients as a respiratory therapist during incredibly unstable times; Hilary supports the mental health of young adults and is adjusting to delivering services via telehealth; Carla is a social worker serving foster youth in Canada and bears the weight of her caseload while mothering three very young girls. Hear what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Laura, Hilary, and Carla in Episode 04 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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May 03, 2020
Creativity & Connection During Hard Seasons With Coffee + Crumbs Founder Ashlee Gadd: Voices 48
1:02:40

Living a creative life with small children underfoot is a challenge by any definition; doing it while running a business during a global pandemic is another thing altogether. For this month's Voices interview Sarah chats with her good friend, fellow podcaster, and all-around good human Ashlee Gadd, founder of the wildly popular Coffee + Crumbs community. Ashlee shares thoughts on quarantine parenting, social media connection AND social media breaks, adjusting expectations when you're an Enneagram 3, and how her writing and photography practices change during different seasons of motherhood. We also chat about home decor, home-wrecking toddlers, and more.

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May 01, 2020
Life Skills We’re Glad Our Kids Have Right Now (And A Few They’re Still Working On): Episode 258
1:03:42

We've had lots of time to observe our kids in their natural habitats the last couple months...wherein their "natural habitat" is also OUR HOUSE. Turns out, we're really glad we've passed on some basic life skills to these growing humans, because they're doing pretty well in a lot of areas. It's clear, however, that other life skills are still works-in-progress. In Episode 258 Meagan and Sarah take a lighter look at life skills--both the ones our kids have mastered as well as the ones that need improvement.

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Apr 28, 2020
Pandemic Perspectives: Child Welfare Advocate + ER Nurse + High School Teacher
41:29

Kathryn is mom to four small girls and an attorney representing the most vulnerable kids in her state; Robyn and her husband are both on the front lines as an Emergency Room RN and a firefighter/paramedic; Kyria teaches social studies at a Bay Area high school and now instructs students from home while the baby (hopefully!) naps. All three are also moms dealing with the everyday challenges of clingy toddlers, remote-learning kids, and work-from-home demands. Hear what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Kathryn, Robyn, and Kyria in Episode 03 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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Apr 26, 2020
Getting A Break When There Are No Breaks (And Losing The Guilt About It!)
57:38

More than a month into safer at home, a day in the life of most moms looks nothing like it did before COVID-19. We’re living in close quarters with small humans (and big humans!) whom we love but may be used to getting an occasional break from. We’re parenting through a time of unprecedented stress. And we’re doing it all against a backdrop of Instagram-era expectations that can make us feel like we’re not measuring up. In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah take an honest look at the toll that nonstop-parenting in the time of COVID-19 takes on moms of young kids. We get real about the struggle, and then we dig into specific tips and strategies moms can employ in the name of building small breaks into long days. We offer tips for encouraging independent play, facilitating mixed-age sibling activities, and how we handle screen-time in our homes--all while helping moms lose the guilt and find small moments of joy during a stressful time.

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Apr 24, 2020
Mom Milestones (By Popular Request!): Episode 257
1:01:58

From making our first "mom friend" to the first time all of our children could stay home alone, today's episodes celebrates the milestones that mark new phases of motherhood. Inspired by a listener question and the enthusiastic response we received for a whole episode on this topic, in Episode 257 Sarah and Meagan share twelve mom milestones, moments where we felt like we'd unlocked next-level parenting skills or shifted our identity as moms in a small-but-significant way.

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Apr 21, 2020
Pandemic Perspectives: Preemie Twin Birth + NYC Physician + Grocery Store Manager
48:54

Jessi watched the national shutdown play out from inside the PICU, where she and her husband were quarantined with their newborn twins (who are now home and doing great!); Gillian's NYC-based medical practice undergoes huge changes while her family grieves a personal loss; Heather's husband is on the front lines at the grocery store while she juggles working from home while parenting. Hear what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Jessi, Gillian, and Heather in Episode 02 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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Apr 19, 2020
More Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 256
1:04:13

Does a toddler "need" a formal preschool program if it isn't necessary for childcare purposes? Did we think about kids' birthday timing when we were planning (or not planning) our pregnancies? How can a physically active toddler channel his energy for good during stuck-inside days? And what are Meagan and Sarah's most memorable "mom milestones"? In this week's episode we answer these questions with our personal stories and (solicited!) advice.

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Apr 14, 2020
Pandemic Perspectives: After-School Programs + Friends In China + Pregnant & Married To A Hospital Physician
47:43

Casey is the director of an after-school program serving vulnerable communities; Megan teaches English online to students in China and watched their families experience COVID-19 before things got serious in the US; Jayme is weeks away from having her second baby and worries that being married to a hospital physician might separate their family. All three are also moms dealing with the everyday challenges of clingy toddlers, remote-learning kids, and work-from-home demands. Hear what's hard, what's hopeful, and what life is like for Casey, Megan, and Jayme in Episode 01 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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Apr 12, 2020
Introducing Pandemic Perspectives
1:16

Join us for conversations with teachers, business owners, healthcare professionals, social workers, partners of first responders, and others who are living, working, and parenting their kids through the COVID-19 global pandemic in a unique or particularly challenging way.

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Apr 10, 2020
Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 255
52:30

Working from home with little kids during COVID-19, moving a baby into a shared sibling bedroom, dealing with cancellation disappointment for both mom and kids, and finding small breaks in the long days of stay-at-home parenting: This week's podcast episode is dedicated to your listener questions and our advice.

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Apr 07, 2020
Freezer Meals, Pantry Staples & The New Reality Of Food Prep With Stacie Billis: Voices 47
1:04:19

Meal planning is hard enough for busy families; now families are eating nearly all their meals at home, it's a next-level challenge. So for this month's Voices interview we're bringing back cookbook author and Didn't I Just Feed You? co-host Stacie Billis to talk about grocery shopping, what freezes well and when to freeze it, how to minimize food waste while adjusting to a new normal, the best pantry staples, and more.

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Apr 03, 2020
A Week Of Real-Life Dinners (COVID-19 Edition): Episode 254
55:17

Plans vs. reality. Pretty menus vs. the aftermath of a spontaneous smörgåsbord. Now, more than ever, we find it fascinating to look back at what our families ate for dinner in a given week and how the reality of those meals departed from our best-laid plans. Meagan and Sarah (plus Kelsey from our team) each wrote down our dinners for the past week and we’re here to discuss what worked, what failed, and how we’re faring as we feed our families during a global pandemic.

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Mar 31, 2020
Spring Cleaning Your Digital Life, Part 3 (Files, Folders & Storage)
26:08

Tackling digital clutter means working toward a system where there’s a place for everything, and everything is in its place—if that sounds daunting, we get it! Our desktops get messy, too. Join Meagan and Sarah for the final episode in our special series on digital spring cleaning as we talk about file storage, folder systems, that pesky-but-essential “cloud,” and more.

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Mar 27, 2020
Spring Cleaning Your Digital Life, Part 2 (Tackling Inbox Clutter)
31:48

s week we’re busy spring cleaning…our digital space! In Part 2 of this special series, Meagan and Sarah discuss the state of our email inboxes. From whether we aim for “inbox zero” to how we find that email we know is in here somewhere, this is both a realistic and an aspirational look at managing information that comes at us via email.

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Mar 26, 2020
Spring Cleaning Your Digital Life, Part 1 (So. Many. Photos.)
25:31

With lots of time spent at home these days, we’re motivated to do a little spring cleaning…and not only in our physical space. Join us for a special 3-part series this week, all about getting a better handle on our digital clutter. In Part 1, Meagan and Sarah tackle digital photos—from how we organize and back up the thousands on our phones right now, why on earth we end up with so many screen shots, and how we make use of new technology to do cool things with older photos.

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Mar 25, 2020
(Very Specific!) Self-Care Strategies For Stressful Seasons: Episode 253
1:04:57

It’s been a week of new reality, new schedules, and new opportunities to get to know ourselves as moms. Along with all the stress and changes brought about by current events, we’ve been thrust into a position of radical self-care, of ensuring we’re able to meet the needs of our families while navigating unprecedented times. Join Meagan and Sarah for a thoughtful—and even funny!—conversation about the specific things we’re doing to manage our time, energy, and moods at home these days.

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Mar 24, 2020
Homeschool Moms: “You’ve Got This. Here’s What’s Most Important.”
58:08

Parents everywhere are now the overseers of their kids' remote learning--in other words: Apparently we're all homeschooling now? In this special bonus episode, Sarah chats with two seasoned homeschooling moms about how they manage schedules, what home learning looks like during stressful seasons, when to add more structure and when to back off, and more. This is the episode you need to approach home learning calmly, without putting pressure on yourself, and even with an attitude of fun.

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Mar 19, 2020
Stuck At Home? Us Too. Here Are Some Ideas: Episode 252
52:11

Activities and products to keep kids busy? Got 'em. Some tips for setting the tone in your home during a stuck-inside season? Check. Updates on how COVID-19 has affected our communities in Southwest Michigan and Southern California? Yep (as of recording date, 3/13). We're coming to you from a new reality this week, and we hope you'll join us for some thoughtful discussion and helpful tips for managing time at home with kids.

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Mar 17, 2020
More Than Mom: How We’re The Same (And Also Different)
54:52

Do you naturally match up with friends who share your individual quirks and preferences, or are your relationships more a case of opposites attract? In our years-long working relationship and close (but long-distance) friendship, we've got a little bit of both going on. Get to know Meagan, Sarah, and our partnership a little better in this fun More Than Mom episodes all about the little and not-so-little ways that we're similar and different.

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Mar 15, 2020
Planning Travel & Family Vacations (Part 1): Episode 251
1:05:40

Is everyone you know taking a family vacation, or does it sometimes just feel that way? In our experience, there are "vacations" that feel like a lot of work, and other ways to spend school holidays that feel more relaxing and don't break the bank. In today's episode (Part One of Two in a series all about planning family travel) we're talking about what goes into planning a family vacation you'll actually enjoy--from knowing yourself as a mom and being realistic about the ages of your kids, to finding the sweet spot between getting a break from the responsibilities of home and over-extending yourself on the road. We also have some frank talk about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and how its arrival on the scene has (or has not) impacted our own travel planning this spring.

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Mar 10, 2020
Celebrating Neurodiversity & Parenting “Differently Wired” Kids With Debbie Reber: Voices 46
1:07:25

If you're parenting a child who walks through the world a little--or a lot--differently, or if you're hoping to raise kids who see differences as opportunities instead of deficits, this conversation is for you. Sarah chats with Debbie Reber, mom of a 15-year-old "differently wired" son and leader of TiLT Parenting, a movement that both celebrates neurodiversity and recognizes the challenges that kids and parents face in navigating a world designed for one type of learner.
Sarah and Debbie discuss why grouping differences like giftedness, anxiety, sensory processing issues, dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorder all together can give parents a sense of community and advocacy in a way that keeping them separate cannot, and what parents of differently wired kids can do to keep themselves afloat during stressful times. We also take a few questions from our listener community--take a listen!

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Mar 06, 2020
What One-On-One Time Really Looks Like With Our Kids: Episode 250
54:48

What’s great about our eight? Getting each of them ALONE once in a while. With big, busy families, we recognizing that connecting with each kid individually is important, but we also firmly believe it doesn’t have to be a fancy structured thing. In this installment in our (very loose) “What’s Great About Our Eight” series, Meagan and Sarah go kid-by-kid and talk about what solo time looks like in the stage they’re in right now, what we do together and whether feels like enough, and how we might be more intentional going forward. These episodes are a fun way to get to know our families and get a peek at what parenting looks like at a bunch of different ages and stages.

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Mar 03, 2020
Life & Motherhood After A High-Risk Pregnancy & Premature Birth
36:24

Ashley Schafluetzel is a kindergarten teacher and mom of two who lives outside St. Louis, Missouri. Her daughter, Ella, loves big hair bows and Frozen 2, is a great big sister, and is thriving in first grade. However, Ella's start in life was anything but typical, and through a high-risk pregnancy, premature birth, and extended NICU stay with multiple complications, Ashley and her husband faced challenges that they never expected would come with parenthood.
In this special bonus episode of The Mom Hour, Ashley shares an honest look back at her pregnancy, birth, NICU days, and early motherhood experience. From how she learned to advocate for herself and her baby, to growing into her role as a mom of a child with special needs, Ashley's story is part of an important part conversation that we hope you'll enjoy.

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Feb 28, 2020
Sickness, Health, and Motherhood: Episode 249
1:07:19

Flu season 2020 ripped through both our houses recently, and we hear from many of you that this year really is as bad as they say. In this week’s episode Meagan and Sarah talk about the implications of being sick when you’re a mom, the challenges of sick days with little kids vs. older kids, and how we personally handle things like high fevers, consulting professionals, administering home remedies, and more. We’re not medical experts, but we’re definitely moms who have been there.

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Feb 25, 2020
More Than Mom: Milestone Birthdays & Aging Gracefully
50:57

Sarah just hit the big 4-0 and we’re here to talk about it. Join us for a fun More Than Mom episode where we dive into how we feel about big birthdays in general, which milestone years from our past have made for big transitions or lasting memories, and what being in our forties means for fun stuff like comfy pants and skincare as well as more grown-uppy stuff like health screenings and eating well. Enjoy!

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Feb 23, 2020
10 Things We Love About Raising Siblings: Episode 248
46:57

The siblings in Sarah's house are leaning in hard on the bickering right now, so for the latest in our "10 Things We Love About..." series we're celebrating all the GOOD parts about raising siblings. We know it's not all sunshine and roses, but when we choose to focus on the positives, even a really challenging season of parenting can be put back into perspective.

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Feb 18, 2020
Having “The Talk” About Internet Safety With Kids Little To Grown: Episode 247
49:27

When your kids are tiny, it might feel like you have lots of time before their access to the internet requires you to have “the tech talk” - a conversation about online safety, citizenship, and digital well being. And if having that talk feels overwhelming to you, you’re not alone! Join Meagan and Sarah for a little-to-grown rundown of how we talk about things like online online safety, social sharing and communicating responsibly, digital citizenship and more with our kids--plus specific tips for how to make the conversation accessible and fun for you as a parent, not something to stress over.

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Feb 11, 2020
More Than Mom: Pop Culture Sensations! (Do We Even Care?)
49:15

When something makes a huge splash and everyone is talking about it, we sometimes find reason to opt out, stay neutral, or even counter with the unpopular opinion. But not always! Sometimes we're just excited about the latest hit thing as the rest of y'all. Promise. In today's full-of-laughs More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah share our nominees for pop culture sensations we can get behind, the ones we can't care about, and a whole bunch in between.

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Feb 09, 2020
Dating & Romance (For Single Moms & Married Ones, Too!): Voices 45
47:49

Making room in your life for romance can be really tricky for moms. We're often busy and focused on other things, and if we're single, maybe we're burned out on the dating game. In today's Voices episode, Meagan talks from her personal experienced as a divorced mom with love coach Casandra Henriquez about how to create a love vision, put yourself in the driver's seat when it comes to choosing a partner, and how to keep love alive in your current relationship. In the second half of the episode, Sarah joins Meagan to share an honest look at what love and dating as a married couple looks like after nearly fifteen years. Join us!

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Feb 07, 2020
Home & Life Products We’re Loving: Episode 246
44:47

Life just feels easier when we have the right gizmos, doo-dads, odds, and ends to take care of ourselves and our homes. Could we survive using the same broom for another 10 years. Definitely. But would we benefit from reading a few Amazon reviews and choosing a really great new broom? Also definitely. Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun rundown of products that we're loving lately the the arenas of home, beauty, life, and style.

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Feb 04, 2020
Embracing Real Life With Moments That Matter
46:39

From August through January, life is action-packed: we’re on the go from back-to-school through the holidays, and we enter the new year with high aspirations. And then, in the face of that long stretch between mid-January and spring break, things get back to normal - really normal. It can be a relief to return to familiar rhythms, but how can we do that without slipping into autopilot and missing out on special moments with our kids?

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Jan 30, 2020
School Volunteering That Fits Your Personality: Episode 245
58:28

The preschool and elementary school years provide lots of opportunities to be involved at your kids’ schools…but for many moms the process of finding their place in the school community takes some time. Sarah is deep into the school years now, and Meagan is in her fifteenth consecutive year as an elementary school mom (!!), so we’ve learned from experience how to show up for kids and teachers in a way that suits our skill sets, our personalities, and the season of life we’re in at the moment. In Episode 245 we look at the different approaches we’ve taken, what we’ve discovered about ourselves and our schools, and what’s next for us as school parents in the coming years.

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Jan 28, 2020
More Than Mom: Talking About The Weather (No, Really.)
1:02:58

Weather chat has a reputation for being what you talk about when you have nothing else to say…but we have LOTS to say, and we still love to talk about the weather. Climate and temperature has a big impact on our lives as moms—from the clothes we wear and how we dress our kids, to the activities we can enjoy as a family and even our seasonal moods. This More Than Mom episode isn’t small talk at all—it’s Meagan’s and Sarah’s big thoughts on the weather where we live, all year round, and how it impacts our lives.

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Jan 26, 2020
Family Food Values & What’s Working For Us: Episode 244
51:08

We take the long view when it comes to feeding a family: What kind of food experiences and memories do we want our kids to have? What’s the culture around the dishes we serve and the tone around the table? And what are the core values around food and eating that we strive for in our families? In Episode 244 Meagan and Sarah share some of the “food truths” we aim for in our homes, as well as some specific areas of feeding a family that are working well right now (and a few that could use a 2020 reset).

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Jan 21, 2020
10 Things We Love About Toddlers: Episode 243
47:47

Toddlers get a bad rap - out in the world and even here on the podcast, where we’ve occasionally uttered the phrase: “One-year-olds are the worst.” But there’s so much to love about the toddler stage, too—from verbal explosion to hilarious antics. In Episode 243 Meagan and Sarah share stories from our own toddler-parenting years and offer, with the benefit of hindsight, ten things we love about toddlers.

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Jan 14, 2020
More Than Mom: Small Habits That Make A Big Difference
54:49

Overhauls and reinventions sound attractive, but they can be overwhelming and even cause us to crash and burn before we ever see results. We’re both interested in the role small habits and little improvements play in our daily rhythms, productivity, and overall happiness—we’re even reading books on the topic! Join Meagan and Sarah for a totally achievable approach to resetting our good habits and improving the ones that aren’t serving us as we head into the new year.

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Jan 12, 2020
Staying Organized & Motivated As A Full-Time Working Mom with Sarah Hart-Unger: Voices 44
47:02

A full-time physician with three young kids and a couple of side hustles, Sarah Hart-Unger relies on some time-tested systems to make sure she doesn’t miss a meeting, carves out space for her own creativity, and prioritizes date nights with her partner. She’s here to share tips and ideas with Sarah Powers as they chat all things planners, planning, goal-setting, and to-do list management in this month’s Voices interview episode.

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Jan 10, 2020
More Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 242
49:13

Thoughts on how we handle sick days, encouragement for a mom of two-under-two struggling with accepting help when it's offered, troubleshooting a six-year-old with a nightwaking habit, and commiserating with parents whose toddler only wants dad--Meagan and Sarah are here with advice, empathy, and our experience as we take on another round of your listener questions.

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Jan 07, 2020
Cozy Year-End Chat With Meagan & Sarah: Episode 241
32:28

We're not quite ready to get all crazy-intentional about 2020, but we're also over the holidays and feeling a little reflective. Episode 241 is a casual year-end fireside (we wish!) chat with Meagan and Sarah as we close out another year as moms, family managers, business owners, and humans. Join us!

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Dec 31, 2019
Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 240
50:59

A mom in the trenches wonders exactly when things will start to feel easier, playdates with school-aged boys whose house rules differ on video games, dealing with disappointment as a mom (especially around built-up big days like holidays), and a request for Sarah to share where she gets her news media and how to consume it without getting anxious. Such great questions sent in by our listeners this week! Join Meagan and Sarah for a pre-holiday helping of nuanced advice, gentle encouragement, and our signature “It’s all gonna be okay”.

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Dec 23, 2019
Kids’ Haircuts, Styling & Maintenance: Episode 239
1:04:25

When your baby comes home one with one of those hospital-issued fine-toothed combs, the nurses don’t warn you about awkward baby mullets, the heartache of cutting off toddler curls, or the volume of screeching elicited by soap in the eyes and combing out tangles. They also don’t mention lice, greasy tween hair, bad haircuts, getting slime stuck in long locks. In Episode 239 Meagan and Sarah discuss all things related to kids’ hair, from baby to teen.

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Dec 17, 2019
Must-Have Winter Gear For All Ages: Episode 238
56:59

Little kids have big needs when it comes to staying warm, comfortable, and happy in the winter, and even as the season returns again and again, growing kids seem to KEEP NEEDING WINTER STUFF. With Meagan’s decades of experience parenting five kids through Michigan winters plus the latest and greatest tips from our listener Facebook community, we’re rounding up all the footwear, apparel, car and stroller stuff, indoor and outdoor play, and miscellaneous products that will keep your whole family cozy all winter long.

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Dec 10, 2019
The Thank-You Project with Nancy Davis Kho: Voices 43
48:58

Would it change your life to write thank you letters to the people who've helped you get to where you are? That's what writer Nancy Davis Kho set out to do when she approached a milestone birthday while navigating a challenging series of family transitions and personal loss. In this month's Voices interview Meagan chats with Nancy about the science behind gratitude and the connection to happiness, and what the thank-you project taught her.

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Dec 06, 2019
The Holiday Meagan Went All In: Episode 237
53:23

Meagan’s last three Christmases have played out like a sad country song (divorce! family emergency! breakup!), and this year she’s going ALL IN on festiveness in an effort to reset the tone for the season and find new ways to enjoy and embrace the holidays as a mom of older kids. There will be Nutcrackers, Messiahs, baking, multiple advent calendars, and even (teen-willing) some ambitious exterior illumination. Sarah’s asking the questions today and Meagan is here for all of us who want to kick off the season with maximum enthusiasm.

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Dec 03, 2019
More Than Mom: Things We’ve Changed Our Minds About
50:43

We may seem set in our ways, but sometimes a change in persuasion comes later in motherhood--and life. This More Than Mom episode is all about the things we've changed our minds about, from the inconsequential (pickles?) to the highly controversial (decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving!). Join us as we confessing our changes of heart today!

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Dec 01, 2019
Holiday Shopping 03: Storing, Wrapping & Opening
36:00

Once the gifts have been purchased, what do we actually DO with them? Hide and hope? Box up and ship? Wrap and display? Stack in cardboard boxes until the eleventh hour? Turns out, it's a little of all of the above in our houses. In the final installment in our Holiday Shopping series, Meagan and Sarah discuss the tricky time between when gifts are procured and when they are opened.

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Nov 29, 2019
Holiday Shopping 02: Small Business, Maker & Handmade
31:56

We love supporting artists, makers, and small businesses, but when it comes time to actually DO the holiday shopping, this can be easier said than done. In the second installment of our Holiday Shopping series, Meagan and Sarah offer specific sites, marketplaces, and buying tips for those who want to shop small and give handmade this holiday season.

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Nov 28, 2019
Holiday Shopping 01: Organizing, Planning & Purchasing
34:49

List-making, idea-capturing, online-ordering, OH MY. It's time to get serious about holiday shopping, and between us we've got multiple spreadsheets and very different tactics when it comes to organizing, planning, and buying holiday gifts. In the first part in our Holiday Shopping series, Meagan and Sarah tackle all the prep and that goes into our purchasing this time of year.

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Nov 27, 2019
Grab Bag Catch-Up & Reading While Traveling: Episode 236
1:05:43

Grab your favorite beverage and cozy up for a catch-all catch-up with Meagan and Sarah! We talk about the season, the weather, our recent travels, and some fun updates from the business! Then Sarah is joined by our resident Books Talk contributor Katie Addiss to talk about holiday books, what we've been reading lately, and how we read while traveling--both to ourselves and to our kids.

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Nov 26, 2019
More Than Mom: Hair Styling & Hair Maintenance
59:08

We're doing a deep dive into all things hair and hairstyling in this week's More Than Mom episode! From how often we wash to whether we heat-style, covering grays, DIY color, cutting bangs, salon visits, favorite products and more, we have thoughts about it all.

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Nov 24, 2019
Creating Holiday Memories 03: Capturing
26:19

How can we capture sweet holiday moments even while they're happening? What's the balance between being the family documentarian and truly participating in the magic as it unfolds? In the final installment in our special series on Creating Holiday Memories, Meagan and Sarah offer easy ways to preserve those fleeting moments in writing, photography, video, and more--without stressing about perfection or performance.

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Nov 22, 2019
Creating Holiday Memories 02: Appreciating
23:05

From structured gratitude practices to spontaneous texts, this time of year provides lots of opportunities to appreciate the moments--and the people--in our lives. In this second part in our special series on Creating Holiday Memories, Meagan and Sarah talk about cultivating a habit of gratitude and appreciation--for ourselves as well as with our families.

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Nov 21, 2019
Creating Holiday Memories 01: Noticing
19:50

Moms are great at planning the holidays. Check-listing the holidays. Executing the holidays. But for those of us who want to create lasting holiday memories for ourselves and our families, it starts a much simpler place: noticing small moments of connection, beauty, and magic all around us. In this kickoff to our special series on Creating Holiday Memories, Meagan and Sarah offer our thoughts on the importance of noticing, and how busy moms can incorporate it into their holiday season this year.

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Nov 20, 2019
“Mom Brain” & Making Adult Conversation: Episode 235
1:04:34

Feeling distracted, forgetful, or just sorta fuzzy? We've been there. Listener Erin asked about "mom brain" and how we've handled it over the years, as well as how to keep your adult conversation skills from completely atrophying when you're in a phase of life that doesn't provide a lot of opportunity for intellectually stimulating discussions. We dive into small talk, how to navigate awkwardness in groups of adults where everyone seems to know each other, and how to nurture interesting conversations in mixed company.

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Nov 19, 2019
Mom Myths & Mom Truths: Episode 234
1:16:09

Heartburn in pregnancy means babies born with lots of hair; boys are harder when they're little, girls are harder later on; third babies are super chill: These are just a few myths and supposed truths that beg to be tested by reality. We asked YOU, our listeners, to help us come up with as many mom myths as possible, and in Episode 234 Meagan and Sarah discuss whether they've held true for our combined eight kids.

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Nov 12, 2019
More Than Mom: Fall Fitness Update
1:03:34

Meagan and Sarah have been lifting weights this fall! After bemoaning our fitness situation back in late summer, we got (sorta) serious about doing trainer-led workouts--and we found a way to do it "together," remotely! In today's More Than Mom episode we're full of updates, from how sore we are to what changes we've noticed after 6+ weeks of weight training. We also discuss where we want to go from here with our fitness routine, tips for working with a trainer or accountability group, how we feel about smartphone apps for fitness, and more.

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Nov 10, 2019
Removing The Stigma Of Kids In Therapy With Dr. Erin Lanphier: Voices 42
54:42

Taking your child to see a counselor, therapist, or psychologist feels heavy...but it doesn't have to be. As our understanding of childhood mental health expands and the stigma associated with seeking help shrinks, the growth and support opportunities for our kids that exist with the help of a trained professional are worth approaching with curiosity, not fear or sadness. In this month's Voices interview Sarah chats with child psychologist, professor, and therapist in private practice Dr. Erin Lanphier. Dr. Erin explains patiently, and with all the detail Sarah loves, what the process of finding and working with a therapist for your child is like. We also discuss anxiety and childhood fears, how to know whether it's time to seek outside help, and more.

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Nov 08, 2019
The Fall Sarah Quit Everything: Episode 233
57:30

The road to extracurricular insanity is paved with good intentions...or so the saying goes. Sarah has always resisted the pressure to sign her kids up for multiple sports, clubs, and activities, but somehow Fall 2019 landed the Powers family with a crazy after school schedule. Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss how it happened, what it revealed, and how it's all coming to an end this week. Enjoy!

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Nov 05, 2019
Celebrating Kids’ Birthdays & Family Culture: Episode 232
57:47

From gift giving to special meals, family gatherings and classroom celebrations, creating special birthday traditions for your kids is a multi-faceted affair. Even if you're not into big parties, there is still plenty to think about--and to keep you busy when multiple kids have birthdays in the same season, as is the case for Meagan's family. Join us for a thoughtful look at the family culture around kids' birthdays in Episode 232 of The Mom Hour.

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Oct 29, 2019
More Than Mom: Things That Creep Us Out
59:15

Weirdest thing Meagan and Sarah are afraid of? You'll never guess in a million years (and please tell us if you share our weird fears!). And then there are the more typical things that creep us out, from the minor heebie-jeebies to the big-time stuff that truly terrifies us. Join us for a fun, funny, not-at-all-scary More Than Mom episode all about the things that scare us!

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Oct 27, 2019
On Our Tables This Fall: Episode 231
56:27

Roasts, stews, gourd-shaped baked goods, and soups that pair with a storybook read-aloud--we are leaning in hard this fall to cozy seasonal cooking. Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss what we've been feeding our families lately, what we aspire to make and bake this fall, and how we like to bring the season to our table in both the food and décor departments.

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Oct 22, 2019
What’s One More? The Practical Realities of 3+ Kid Families: Episode 230
1:04:59

From cars to houses to groceries to college, there are some functional elements to growing your family that give a lot of couples pause. We're not here to convince you one way or the other, but we do have experience to share when it comes to going from two kids to three (and then, in Meagan's case, to four... and five...). We also acknowledge the emotional and psychological implications of parenting a bigger brood, and we're here to discuss it all in Episode 230. Join us!

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Oct 15, 2019
More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes Of Our Partnership
1:00:42

Curious what it’s like to run a business with your good friend? Or how we navigate money conversations, time commitments, and growth tension while mothering a collective eight children? Today’s More Than Mom episode pulls back the curtain on our 4-year business partnership (and 7+ year working relationship) with an honest look at how we

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Oct 13, 2019
Table Manners & Social Graces: Episode 229
58:43

Teaching manners and social graces is about so much more than pleases and thank-yous; it's years of modeling and coaching with many shades of gray that bring together regional and cultural differences and expectations, and with a line of sight toward courtesy that's much bigger than any one dinner party or social faux-pas. Join Meagan and Sarah as we confess the manners our kids are still struggling with, celebrate the areas where things are working well in our families, and take a big picture look at raising courteous humans.

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Oct 08, 2019
Career Challenges & Working Mom Strategies With TheMomProject.com’s Colleen Curtis: Voices 41
56:40

Navigating traditional employment while mothering small children brings up so many questions--from negotiating flexible schedules to getting hired while pregnant, promotion challenges and where to pump. In this month's Voices interview Meagan aims to answer the most common questions in a conversation with Colleen Curtis, head of community at The Mom Project, an organization dedicated to building better workplace environments for moms, and helping mothers remain active in the workplace, while acknowledging our need for flexibility and respect in their role as a mom, particularly in the early years of parenting.

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Oct 04, 2019
Parenting “Fair” vs. Parenting To The Child: Episode 228
56:05

Do we set family rules that apply to everyone, or adjust our expectations for individual kids' and their different strengths, struggles, and personalities? Yes. Both. And it's complicated. We loved answering listener Hannah's thoughtful question about parenting "fair" versus parenting to each kid's individual needs, with Sarah discussing how it works with younger families and Meagan shining the light on how things look with teens and young adults. It's a great conversation and we hope you'll join us!

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Oct 01, 2019
Female Friendships & Women We Admire (PLUS Picture Books with Katie): Episode 227
1:10:49

Mom-friends are a true gift--but they're just one type of female friendship we've benefitted from over the years. Today we're talking about building relationships with women we admire - mentors, colleagues, fellow entrepreneurs, and just generally awesome ladies. From where we find them and how we initiate a first friend-date to what kinds of friendships we like to have in our professional circles, we're unpacking all the benefits to surrounding yourself with women you admire. PLUS Katie Addiss joins Sarah for another Books Talk segment, where you'll hear our list of picture books we're never giving away - these are the keepers on our shelves that have been loved for years, and for good reason.

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Sep 24, 2019
More Than Mom: Fall Fitness Pep Talk
56:57

With kids back in school, we’re looking at taking care of our bodies through regular exercise. Meagan’s already established a new early morning workout routine with some accountability buddies, and Sarah’s ready to start. We talk about what’s worked in the past when committing to a new fitness routine, what obstacles we have to look

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Sep 22, 2019
Finding Time & Making Time: Episode 226
56:42

Time-strapped, mom? You’re not alone. This week Meagan and Sarah look at time management through two different lenses: first, how to find pockets of time in your existing schedule to make small but meaningful improvements to your overall productivity, AND second, how to carve out larger blocks of time for big changes and important priorities,

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Sep 17, 2019
Sports Fandom & Family Culture: Episode 225
1:02:33

Fall means football, whether you care a little bit, a ton, or not at all. This inspired us to talk about the way sports fandom relates to family culture in a broader way--from bonding across generations over a favorite team, to navigating marital stress when one partner prioritizes game day over family time. We also look at the positive lessons (and potentially troublesome ones) that kids can learn from watching televised sports, and how even fair-weather fans can find teachable moments in sports culture.

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Sep 10, 2019
More Than Mom: Being Alone
51:22

Recently both Meagan and Sarah took trips where they spent significant time alone--like, alone-alone, not "5 minutes in the bathroom with a kid outside the door" alone. This got us thinking about alone-ness in motherhood: the quest to get some, how we feel about it when we do get it, and what types of activities we prefer to do alone vs. with others. This conversation also leads us into topics like anxiety, fear, loneliness, extroversion/introversion, and more.

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Sep 08, 2019
Feeding Your Family Without The Guilt with Stacie Billis & Meghan Splawn: Voices 40
1:14:34

From picky eaters to snacking tweens, independent lunch-packers to dinner woes, this month’s Voices interview episode is packed with tips for feeding your family nutritious meals without the guilt. Hosts of the popular podcast Didn’t I Just Feed You? Stacie Billis and Meghan Splawn join Sarah to talk about their measured, nonjudgmental, and totally do-able approaches to family meals. This is a can’t-miss episode!

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Sep 06, 2019
Listener Questions (Vol. 21): Episode 224
54:36

A listener wonders if she's raising a mini-hoarder and we talk about kids who have a hard time parting with their stuff; a mom of elementary-aged kids asks us to talk about after-school grumpiness; a new mom of twins helps us reminisce about infant nap schedules; and a longtime listener asks about mass violence in the media and how we talk to our kids about it. It's another episode inspired by your parenting challenges, and we've got stuff to say--join us!

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Sep 03, 2019
Listener Questions (Vol. 20): Episode 223
45:15

Preschoolers and violent pretend play, navigating changing relationships with grown children, advice for a mom whose 15-month-old is starting a preschool program, and thoughts on talking to our kids about inclusiveness and representation: We're taking your questions and offering our advice in this week's episode.

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Aug 27, 2019
More Than Mom: Late Summer Check-In & Procrastination
58:01

It happens every year: Meagan and Sarah get to the end of summer and just feel the need to take a pause and check in. Today's More Than Mom episode gives us that space to catch up about our summer travels, share some highlights (and also commiserate about end-of-summer woes), and reflect on the last couple months. We also respond to a listener suggestion to discuss procrastination and how it affects our work lives, personal lives, and kids' lives.

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Aug 25, 2019
Morning Routines & Morning Makeovers: Episode 222
55:05

That feeling when summer has all but killed your morning mojo and you're BEGGING for a fresh start? Yep, we're there. Sarah's kids are newly back in school and Meagan's are gearing up, so this episode is all about resetting our mornings. We talk about what has worked in the past, what needs a reset this year or will be changing completely, and offer our best tips for getting out the door on time, feeding yourself and your kids, and how to fit exercise in with it all. (Kidding. We haven't figured that part out yet, but we have much to say about the challenge!)

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Aug 20, 2019
Reading & Literacy Tips by Age & Stage
54:49

Encouraging literacy and reading aloud to kids is something we all know we “should” do, and most of us do our best. But depending on your stage of motherhood and the age of your kids, this is easier said than done. In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer specific been-there-done-that tips for incorporating reading and literacy into home life for moms of kids at specific ages, including addressing specific challenges that come up during motherhood's many seasons.

We talk about making time for reading when you have a new baby and a toddler, dealing with little kids who don't like to sit still for a story, tips for the managing bedtime reading with kids of different ages, encouraging reluctant readers, keeping up with voracious readers' book consumption, and how family culture around literacy changes as kids grow up.

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Aug 16, 2019
Tips For Starting (Elementary & Middle) School: Episode 221
49:02

Sarah has a new middle schooler and needs all the tips, which Meagan is happy to share. And many of you are launching new kinders or early elementary kids this year, something the two of us have done a combined eight times (!!). In Episode 221 Sarah leads a pep talk with tips for parents with kids starting elementary school and Meagan takes a turn with advice about middle and high school.

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Aug 13, 2019
More Than Mom: For The Love Of Libraries
50:27

Do you remember the libraries of your past? We do. In fact, we have enough to say about the transformative power of libraries to fill an entire More Than Mom episode! From our earliest library memories (grouchy Mrs. Young!), to junior high school library adventures (that book was NOT appropriate for 11-year-old Meagan), to an accidental nap in dreary old England, we look back at our lives through the stacks.

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Aug 11, 2019
Home Management Systems That Work (For Now): Episode 220
53:47

Donating used items, keeping track of library books, getting kids to put their own clean clothes away, and staying on top of the monthly budget: These are a few of the home management / life / adulting systems that are working well in our homes right now. In this episode we talk about what's working and why, how these systems necessarily change (and how nothing works well forever), and which areas of our home lives due for a system overhaul.

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Aug 06, 2019
Mothering & Running A Business Through Chronic Illness With Amy Clark: Voices 39
1:03:50

Imagine you're a mom of two, successful entrepreneur, and self-confessed Type A personality...and then you find out that you have a chronic condition that will cause you to be in pain and sap your energy--daily--possibly for the rest of your life. How would you react? What would you let go of? And how would you re-adjust expectations of yourself and the world around you in order to continue to thrive in your new reality? That's the journey that today's guest, Amy Clark, faced. The founder of MomAdvice.com, Amy is a 16-year veteran of digital publishing, and for years really seemed to Do All The Things. Two and a half years ago, she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a chronic condition that affects the connective tissue in her body, and everything changed. In this inspiring episode Amy shares how she's dealt with her diagnosis and her "new normal" and how her condition has forced her to let go of things that don't really matter and instead focus on her priorities - which include being a "good mom" in a totally different way than she might have once thought.

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Aug 02, 2019
Motherhood & FOMO: Episode 219
1:04:41

The fear of missing out is real, and it preys on new moms in particular. Whether your FOMO flares up when you see other moms' lives play out on Instagram, or you feel it most when it seems like everyone else's kid is on a path to greatness, we can relate (and we've been there). In this episode, Meagan and Sarah look at the types of FOMO that come with motherhood, how we've personally experienced them, and how we've learned to manage the fear of missing out.

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Jul 30, 2019
More Than Mom: The Lives We Didn’t Lead
50:58

Remember Sliding Doors? Today's episode asks the question: "Where would we be if...". Meagan and Sarah talk about the points in our lives where different decisions might have led us down dramatically different paths, and imagine what life would be like in these hypothetical alternate realities.

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Jul 28, 2019
Let’s Talk About “Sharenting”: Episode 218
52:47

Concerns over safety and privacy are one thing (and worth discussing), but what about the broader implications of kids growing up with a digital identity shaped by their parents long before they were old enough to have a say? This week Meagan and Sarah talk about how we make decisions about what to share online (and on the podcast) about our own kids and how things shift as kids get older and technology evolves; we also tackle a few listener questions on the topic of "sharenting" from moms of younger kids.

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Jul 23, 2019
Throwbacks & TimeHops (Why Looking Back Matters): Episode 217
45:21

On this day in history, where were we? One year Sarah was stuck inside with littles in 115-degree Arizona heat; another year Meagan was directing her kids in a play. One July day many years ago, Meagan's four boys all fit on the same park swing; on another, more recent one Sarah sent a nervous kindergartener off to a full day of summer camp. Looking back at photos from the past, we reflect on the phases of motherhood we've survived through a series of ordinary July days.

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Jul 16, 2019
More Than Mom: Would You Rather…
39:22

Today is pure fun--a game of Would You Rather...?, in which Meagan and Sarah challenge each other with choices between wildly impossible scenarios. Which one of us would rather have a permanent three-year-old and which would rather have a permanent 18-month old? You'll have to listen to find out!

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Jul 14, 2019
Other People’s Babies: Episode 216
43:26

Now that our kids are getting older, we have the opportunity to ooh and ahh over other people's babies, and we're here to talk about it. From how we are with our nieces and nephews to whether holding babies really makes our ovaries twinge, we look at the role of auntie, experienced/helpful friend, and even future grandparent (!!) and how they differ from the way we were with our own babies.

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Jul 09, 2019
Worth The Wait: One Mom’s Infertility Story with K.C. Clifford: Voices 38
1:06:01

When starting a family didn’t go as planned and money was tight, singer-songwriter K.C. Clifford felt like she had no choice but to surrender to the devastating possibility that she would never become a mom. Then, just days after finding this acceptance, she got a phone call that changed her life. Join Sarah and K.C. for a real and raw conversation about the heartbreak of infertility, the hope that followed, and the kids who were worth the wait. You’ll also hear the debut of K.C.’s brand new single “Worth The Wait”, as well as an excerpt from the beautiful “Broken Things” , songs written about her journey to becoming a mom via IUI and IVF.

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Jul 05, 2019
We Love Fun Now! (Or Do We?) PLUS Beach Reads: Episode 215
1:07:37

We're known by many as fun-haters (see Episode 10 for the backstory!), but does this still hold true four years later? We revisit the fun-list today--everything from pushing kids on the swings, to parades and carnivals, to craft projects--to see whether our opinions have changed. PLUS Katie Addiss joins Sarah to talk about what we've been reading, what makes for a great beach read, and what's on our book list for this summer.

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Jul 02, 2019
Must Have Gear For The Beach & Pool: Episode 214
45:25

We've been to the beach and the pool with little kids...and survived! From what to take with you to how to carry it, from how to sit comfortably to the best ways to stay entertained, we've got you covered. Episode 214 is full of practical tips and our favorite products for beach days and pool trips with kids. Join us!

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Jun 25, 2019
More Than Mom: Dating As A Divorced Mom
59:29

Meagan opens up about dating as a divorced mom after being partnered up for the better part of two decades, and Sarah has many questions. If you've ever wondered about dating apps, dating as a single parent, or starting a relationship with someone you've already Googled, this More Than Mom episode takes us all behind the scenes.

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Jun 23, 2019
Adventure As A Family Value: Episode 213
1:00:44

It can be as small as trying a new food or as big as starring in the school play; helping our kids feel the thrill of adventure doesn't have to mean putting them at risk or forcing an indoor-loving kid outside. In Episode 213 Meagan and Sarah talk about why creating a family culture around adventure is important to us AND tackle some of the obstacles to living a life of adventure when you have small children, including nudging anxious kids out of their shells and getting over our own hangups in the process.

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Jun 18, 2019
Parenting Siblings (Host Swap With Edit Your Life’s Asha Dornfest): Episode 212
1:05:52

Introducing a new baby to a freshly-minted big sibling can be daunting, and it's only the beginning of parenting siblings. Join Meagan and Edit Your Life's Asha Dornfest, who are both now parenting teens and young adults, for a look back at how they managed new baby transitions with older siblings and how sibling relationships continue to evolve in new ways.

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Jun 11, 2019
More Than Mom: The Search For The Perfect Thing
48:31

That product you've been searching for to do just that thing you need? We found it. Okay, well, we found a few of them...and we're still on the hunt for a few more. In this More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah share a few "perfect things" and a few more that we'd love to find.

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Jun 09, 2019
Having Kids Young & Building A Creative Business With Camp Climb Founder Emma Hicks: Voices 37
42:28

Take a girl with a great eye for design and an entrepreneurial streak, add a just-out-of-high-school introduction to motherhood, and sprinkle with some good-old Midwestern pluck and determination, and you've got a great reinvention story. Our guest on today's Voices episode is Emma Hicks, founder of Camp Climb, a gathering for women entrepreneurs and creatives. Emma and Meagan talk about their similar backgrounds (having babies really young and raising a business alongside a family), the unconventional career Emma launched when her kids were small, and how she continues to pivot her career while building a community of creative entrepreneurs.

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Jun 07, 2019
Listener Questions (Vacation Edition): Episode 211
1:00:35

Creating family culture around vacations, whether we let our kids skip school for family trips, how to (and whether to) stick to sleep routines on the road, dealing with kid meltdowns while traveling, and budgeting tips for family travel--we're taking your vacation-related listener questions in Episode 211.

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Jun 04, 2019
Listener Questions (Vol. 19): Episode 210
52:42

Coping tips for a mom whose husband travels for several weeks at a time, our thoughts on whether traditional preschool is "necessary" when a four-year-old's needs are being met at home, Sarah's detailed response to a listener anticipating a planned Caesarian birth, and encouragement for a mom of three who wonders when her family will all be able to enjoy the same activities together. Join us for a jam-packed Listener Questions episode!

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May 28, 2019
More Than Mom: Adventures Great & Small
54:27

What makes an experience an adventure, and how has motherhood changed our willingness to be up for it? Are Meagan and Sarah adventure-seekers, adventure-avoiders, or somewhere in the middle? And what types of adventures are our favorites? Join us for a More Than Mom episode all about living a life of adventure...even when (and especially if) you're in the trenches of motherhood.

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May 26, 2019
Screen Time Strategies Through The Years: Episode 209
58:18

Whether you’re more structured like Sarah or intuitive like Meagan, your parenting decisions around screen media will likely evolve as kids get older, new tech emerges, and expert recommendations shift again (and again). Here’s a look at how our own feelings and approaches to screen time have changed over the years–and how you can lose

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May 21, 2019
BONUS: Teachers Respond To May Madness
26:50

May is so crazy for parents that it has a new internet nickname: MAYcember (like December, without the presents). We covered the parenting side of things in Episode 206 (listen here if you missed it), and in this special bonus episode, we hear from three teachers about what it's like from their perspective.

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May 17, 2019
Royal Baby & Celebrity Parenting Culture: Episode 208
52:45

Archie is seventh in line to the crown, and we have thoughts about it all: the royals, our cultural obsession with celebrity parents, and how becoming a new mom in the spotlight would be both harder and easier than for the rest of us. Sarah also shares her personal connection to the Duchess of Sussex (true story!), we talk about our celebrity pregnancy buddies, and more.

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May 14, 2019
More Than Mom: Giving & Receiving Gifts
55:28

Do you love giving gifts or sometimes stress over the obligation? Are you more of a spontaneous giver or a planner? And where does Receiving Gifts fall in your Love Languages? Meagan and Sarah discuss our own gift-giving personalities and quirks in this fun More Than Mom episode.

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May 12, 2019
Our Kids & Their Friendships: Episode 207
58:41

Between us we’ve seen it all: the shy kid, the sensitive empath, the loyal bestie, the social-savvy teen. In Episode 207 Meagan and Sarah look at our combined eight kids through the lens of friendships and social dynamics, unpacking their strengths and struggles and how they’ve changed over time. Sponsor Spotlight: Motherhood Sessions In Gimlet

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May 07, 2019
Spending, Saving, and Living Your Values with Natalie Taylor: Voices 36
1:07:25

Credit card debt, saving for college, working full-time vs. part-time, and planning for the long term: there are big questions that come up in personal finance, and they manage to overlap and intertwine in ways that can be hard to sort out. That’s why it’s so helpful to have the counsel of a trusted advisor. […]

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May 03, 2019
Surviving The End Of School: Episode 206
55:42

Brace yourselves, school moms: May is here. In Episode 206 Meagan and Sarah share time-tested tips for surviving the end of school--from volunteering our time without going nuts to keeping track of the crazy calendar. Join us for laughs and commiseration; this is the pep talk you need before the final stretch.

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Apr 30, 2019
Family Budgets & Personal Finance: Episode 205
54:21

Meagan recently did a budget overhaul and has some thoughts. From getting really clear about expenses to taking an honest look at emotionally-motivated money decisions from the past, we’re getting real about family finances in Episode 205. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Motherhood Sessions In Gimlet Media’s new podcast Motherhood Sessions, renowned reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Alexandra […]

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Apr 23, 2019
More Than Mom: Outdoor Décor & Patio Style
1:08:42

From dream porches and fantasy backyards to the practical ways we currently enjoy our outdoor spaces, this More Than Mom episode is all about the homes outside our homes. We’ve got DIY (and hire-it-out) projects this spring, wish lists for updates, and thoughts on overgrown gardens. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Skylight Frames Skylight is a […]

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Apr 21, 2019
Getting Outside With Kids: Episode 204
53:33

Are you a total nature mama or more of an “indoor cat” (as Sarah calls herself)? Wherever you fall on the spectrum, there are big benefits that come with getting kids outdoors as much as possible…and there are also some tricky logistics. And bugs. In Episode 204 Meagan and Sarah discuss the why and the […]

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Apr 16, 2019
BONUS: Introducing Motherhood Sessions from Gimlet
8:26

Gimlet Media’s new podcast for moms launches today! We’re popping into your feed to air a special conversation between Julia, a mom grappling with her identity and family history after having her own kids, and Dr. Alexandra Sacks, a reproductive psychiatrist specializing in women’s health and psychiatry. Confronting Your Parents After Motherhood Julia was born […]

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Apr 11, 2019
Knowing Yourself As A Mom: Episode 203
1:02:19

Self-discovery doesn't always coincide with becoming a mom, but for many of us the identity shift that begins in new motherhood continues down a path of personal development through personality profiling, self-help books, and other modes of learning. In Episode 203 Meagan and Sarah look at our own interest in personality tests and self-discovery, and how knowing yourself as a mom can make you a more compassionate parent, partner and friend. Join us!

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Apr 09, 2019
More Than Mom: Hospitality & Customer Service
55:16

What makes for a memorable restaurant meal or hotel stay? What’s the secret sauce involved in great hospitality? (Hint: Pricy does not always equal excellence.) In this More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah share our own service industry experience working in restaurants and retail as we discuss great service, poor service, and everything in […]

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Apr 07, 2019
Helping Kids Learn From Mistakes with Jessica Lahey: Voices 35
55:01

Seeing our kids struggle is HARD–but the long game involves supporting them through mistakes and even failures in the pursuit of raising kids who take (appropriate) risks and can advocate for themselves competently and autonomously. In this month’s Voices interview Meagan chats with teacher, author, and mom Jessica Lahey about the connection between overparenting and academic learning, when the slippery slope of helicopter parenting really begins, and what parents can do at every stage to support kids’ tolerance for mistakes and the discomfort that necessarily accompanies growth and learning.

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Apr 05, 2019
Spring Traditions & Spring Books For Kids: Episode 202
1:00:28

Meagan wants to go lilac-hunting and Sarah might try something for Earth Day this year. Of course we're also dyeing eggs, hiding baskets, and sprucing up our homes and gardens for a new season. Join us as we discuss the rituals, routines, and traditions that Spring brings to our homes--plus Katie Addiss joins Sarah to talk Spring and Easter books for kids!

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Apr 02, 2019
It’s Time To Plan For Summer: Episode 201
59:45

It's spring, which means we're thinking about summer. Cobbling together childcare as a working mom, giving kids a chance to try new activities without over-scheduling them, and making time to enjoy a simpler schedule in your own backyard--we've got a lot to talk about.

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Mar 26, 2019
More Than Mom: Making The Podcast (Then vs. Now)
58:47

From microphones to sponsors, babysitters to sound engineers, the way we make The Mom Hour podcast has changed a ton in the last four years and 200+ episodes. In this fun lookback episode we laugh about what we've learned, what has changed, and what has stayed the same. Join us!

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Mar 24, 2019
What We’ve Learned From Each Other: Episode 200
1:17:40

Four years to the day after dropping our very first episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah are here with our 200th show. Join us as we reflect on what we've learned from each other, our guests, and you: our community. We also play voicemails from listeners, team members, and fellow podcasters from around the world. It's a four-year-old birthday party and a bicentennial all rolled into one...join us for the celebration!

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Mar 19, 2019
BONUS: Not Aunt Becky!? The College Scam & Parenting Culture
17:45

Were you shocked - but, you know, not really all that surprised - to learn about this week's widespread accusations of wealthy parents using cheating, bribing, fraud and other nefarious means to get their kids into elite colleges? In a special "breaking" episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan sits down with Amy Joyce, the On Parenting editor at The Washington Post, to find out more about this case, the high-stress culture many kids are growing up in, and how we parents can resist.

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Mar 14, 2019
BONUS: Not Aunt Becky!? The College Scam & Parenting Culture
17:45

Were you shocked - but, you know, not really all that surprised - to learn about this week's widespread accusations of wealthy parents using cheating, bribing, fraud and other nefarious means to get their kids into elite colleges? In a special "breaking" episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan sits down with Amy Joyce, the On Parenting editor at The Washington Post, to find out more about this case, the high-stress culture many kids are growing up in, and how we parents can resist.

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Mar 14, 2019
Listener Questions (Vol. 18): Episode 199
44:10

Helping a little kid deal with big feelings about an out-of-state move, traveling as a nervous flyer, finding your groove as an at-home mom when kids are in school full-time, and getting dad involved when a toddler only wants mama--we're taking more of your parenting challenges and listener questions in this week's episode. Join us!

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Mar 12, 2019
Listener Questions (Vol. 18): Episode 199
44:10

Helping a little kid deal with big feelings about an out-of-state move, traveling as a nervous flyer, finding your groove as an at-home mom when kids are in school full-time, and getting dad involved when a toddler only wants mama--we're taking more of your parenting challenges and listener questions in this week's episode. Join us!

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Mar 12, 2019
More Than Mom: Smartphone Apps We Can’t Live Without
59:11

Those little squares on our phones are portals to a whole lot of essential--and nonessential--aspects of life. From navigation to shopping, social to fitness, mindless to productive, Meagan and Sarah break down the apps on our phones in today's More Than Mom edition of The Mom Hour. Join us!

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Mar 10, 2019
More Than Mom: Smartphone Apps We Can’t Live Without
59:11

Those little squares on our phones are portals to a whole lot of essential--and nonessential--aspects of life. From navigation to shopping, social to fitness, mindless to productive, Meagan and Sarah break down the apps on our phones in today's More Than Mom edition of The Mom Hour. Join us!

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Mar 10, 2019
Listener Questions (Vol.17): Episode 198
55:48

Helping school-age kids start to self-regulate around screens and sweets, navigating an awkward situation with a fellow preschool mom, and organizing the "drop zone" in our homes--we answer these great listener questions in Episode 198. PLUS Alison Thompson joins Sarah to answer more questions from listeners about her transition from one baby to two. We talk sleep, schedules, and getting ready to go back to work.

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Mar 05, 2019
Listener Questions (Vol.17): Episode 198
55:48

Helping school-age kids start to self-regulate around screens and sweets, navigating an awkward situation with a fellow preschool mom, and organizing the "drop zone" in our homes--we answer these great listener questions in Episode 198. PLUS Alison Thompson joins Sarah to answer more questions from listeners about her transition from one baby to two. We talk sleep, schedules, and getting ready to go back to work.

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Mar 05, 2019
Parenting Only Children & Loving The Teen Years With Karen Walrond: Voices 34
1:03:44

As a mom of an only child who came home through adoption to a family already rich with diversity, Karen Walrond has thought a lot about what it means to develop a family culture under your own roof. Combining influences from their countries of origin and cultural backgrounds, she and her husband have intentionally set out to give their daughter an appreciation not only for her own diverse background but also for that of others.

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Mar 01, 2019
Parenting Only Children & Loving The Teen Years With Karen Walrond: Voices 34
1:03:44

As a mom of an only child who came home through adoption to a family already rich with diversity, Karen Walrond has thought a lot about what it means to develop a family culture under your own roof. Combining influences from their countries of origin and cultural backgrounds, she and her husband have intentionally set out to give their daughter an appreciation not only for her own diverse background but also for that of others.

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Mar 01, 2019
BONUS: The Story Behind The “Surfboard Kid” Viral Photo…
11:41

That “surfboard kid” meme you’ve seen all over the internet? That’s a photo of Meagan and her son Isaac in 2003. We’re popping in with the full backstory on the photo, how the meme took off without our knowledge or Meagan’s permission, and what we’re doing to bring the focus back to the real story.

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Feb 27, 2019
BONUS: The Story Behind The “Surfboard Kid” Viral Photo…
11:41

That “surfboard kid” meme you’ve seen all over the internet? That’s a photo of Meagan and her son Isaac in 2003. We’re popping in with the full backstory on the photo, how the meme took off without our knowledge or Meagan’s permission, and what we’re doing to bring the focus back to the real story. […]

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Feb 27, 2019
Birth Order, Siblings, And Families Of Origin: Episode 197
53:56

Meagan’s a youngest, Sarah’s a firstborn, and between us we have eight kids (not to mention a bunch of grown siblings ourselves). In Episode 197 we share insights into sibling relationships from little to grown, what it’s like raising a kid whose personality is similar to yours, and how our families of origin continue to

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Feb 26, 2019
Birth Order, Siblings, And Families Of Origin: Episode 197
53:56

Meagan’s a youngest, Sarah’s a firstborn, and between us we have eight kids (not to mention a bunch of grown siblings ourselves). In Episode 197 we share insights into sibling relationships from little to grown, what it’s like raising a kid whose personality is similar to yours, and how our families of origin continue to […]

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Feb 26, 2019
More Than Mom: Products We Love
55:36

Best purchase we’ve made recently? Product we can’t believe we lived so long without? Splurges that were worth it and cheapos we love? Meagan and Sarah talk STUFF in this fun more than mom — all about the products and purchases that have made our lives better recently. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Native Native makes

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Feb 24, 2019
More Than Mom: Products We Love
55:36

Best purchase we’ve made recently? Product we can’t believe we lived so long without? Splurges that were worth it and cheapos we love? Meagan and Sarah talk STUFF in this fun more than mom — all about the products and purchases that have made our lives better recently. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Native Native makes […]

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Feb 24, 2019
A Week Of Real-Life Dinners (Vol. 2): Episode 196
1:02:15

Meal plans are one thing; real life is another. Join Meagan and Sarah as we look back at a recent week in our lives, detailing the dinners we planned, the ones that came together as expected, and the curve balls that led to pizza ordered in. We also share cooking tips, modifications for picky eaters,

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Feb 19, 2019
A Week Of Real-Life Dinners: Episode 196
1:02:15

Meal plans are one thing; real life is another. Join Meagan and Sarah as we look back at a recent week in our lives, detailing the dinners we planned, the ones that came together as expected, and the curve balls that led to pizza ordered in. We also share cooking tips, modifications for picky eaters, […]

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Feb 19, 2019
Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 2): Episode 195
1:10:27

From baby safety to impulsive toddlers, school projects to friendship struggles, as moms we're given a ton of opportunities to get up in our kids' business or let them figure it out on their own. This week on the podcast we continue our look at helicopter parenting and the challenge of raising confident, independent kids.

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Feb 12, 2019
Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 2): Episode 195
1:10:27

From baby safety to impulsive toddlers, school projects to friendship struggles, as moms we’re given a ton of opportunities to get up in our kids’ business or let them figure it out on their own. This week on the podcast we continue our look at helicopter parenting and the challenge of raising confident, independent kids. […]

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Feb 12, 2019
More Than Mom: Former Jobs & Style Aspirations
51:45

Two things always fun to reminisce about: former jobs (especially the crazy ones) and style evolutions (our own, and fashion in general). Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour wherein we share weird or embarrassing things we’ve done for money, the fashion decade we’d most like to

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Feb 10, 2019
More Than Mom: Former Jobs & Style Aspirations
51:45

Two things always fun to reminisce about: former jobs (especially the crazy ones) and style evolutions (our own, and fashion in general). Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour wherein we share weird or embarrassing things we’ve done for money, the fashion decade we’d most like to […]

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Feb 10, 2019
Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 1): Episode 194
1:08:14

It’s not as simple as “helicopter” vs. “free range”. It never is, right? Most of us want to raise resilient, fulfilled, happy future-adults, but the trajectory from high-needs infant to self-assured teen is really murky. What distinguishes over-involved from just, um, involved? What about the cultural pressure to produce kids with impressive, well-rounded résumés? And

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Feb 05, 2019
Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 1): Episode 194
1:08:14

It’s not as simple as “helicopter” vs. “free range”. It never is, right? Most of us want to raise resilient, fulfilled, happy future-adults, but the trajectory from high-needs infant to self-assured teen is really murky. What distinguishes over-involved from just, um, involved? What about the cultural pressure to produce kids with impressive, well-rounded résumés? And […]

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Feb 05, 2019
The Pump & Dump Show: Voices 33
47:54

All moms know that parenting is full of hilarious moments…well, hilarious in the “someday you’ll look back and laugh” kind of way. Tracey Tee and Shayna Ferm – friends, moms, comedians and creators of the Pump & Dump show – have turned those funny (and frustrating) moments into a stage show that invites moms to

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Feb 01, 2019
The Pump & Dump Show: Voices 33
47:54

All moms know that parenting is full of hilarious moments…well, hilarious in the “someday you’ll look back and laugh” kind of way. Tracey Tee and Shayna Ferm – friends, moms, comedians and creators of the Pump & Dump show – have turned those funny (and frustrating) moments into a stage show that invites moms to […]

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Feb 01, 2019
What’s In Your Motherhood Time Capsule? Episode 193
55:00

Everybody is getting rid of stuff…and we’re holding on! At least we’d like to. Join Meagan and Sarah as we talk about the stuff of motherhood–the material things that may not spark joy, but do hold meaning and memories. We build imaginary time capsules as we talk through sippy cup lids and old Lansinoh tubes,

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Jan 29, 2019
What’s In Your Motherhood Time Capsule? Episode 193
55:00

Everybody is getting rid of stuff…and we’re holding on! At least we’d like to. Join Meagan and Sarah as we talk about the stuff of motherhood–the material things that may not spark joy, but do hold meaning and memories. We build imaginary time capsules as we talk through sippy cup lids and old Lansinoh tubes, […]

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Jan 29, 2019
More Than Mom: Grumpiness
46:47

Ever have an inexplicably grumpy day? (Please say yes.) Meagan and Sarah chat all things grumpiness in this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. We laugh about our personal grumpiness triggers, how we survive grumpy days as a mom, and even how our personality types play into grumpiness. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Picture

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Jan 27, 2019
More Than Mom: Grumpiness
46:47

Ever have an inexplicably grumpy day? (Please say yes.) Meagan and Sarah chat all things grumpiness in this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. We laugh about our personal grumpiness triggers, how we survive grumpy days as a mom, and even how our personality types play into grumpiness. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Picture […]

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Jan 27, 2019
Toddlers vs. Teenagers: Episode 192
59:12

Emotionally volatile, intellectually delightful (for the most part), overflowing bundles of growth and change: Toddlers and teens have a lot in common. Join Sarah and Meagan for a healthy debate about the trials and virtues of both stages, and how as moms we can support kids through their big feelings and changing worlds. It’s a

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Jan 22, 2019
Toddlers vs. Teenagers: Episode 192
59:12

Emotionally volatile, intellectually delightful (for the most part), overflowing bundles of growth and change: Toddlers and teens have a lot in common. Join Sarah and Meagan for a healthy debate about the trials and virtues of both stages, and how as moms we can support kids through their big feelings and changing worlds. It’s a […]

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Jan 22, 2019
Chores, Life Skills, & Household Contributions: Episode 191
58:37

We know from research that kids who do chores become more successful adults…but we also know from experience that teaching kids to take on household responsibilities is challenging and often frustrating (and rarely results in less work for mom). In Episode 191 Meagan and Sarah share an honest look at where our combined eight kids

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Jan 15, 2019
Chores, Life Skills, & Household Contributions: Episode 191
58:37

We know from research that kids who do chores become more successful adults…but we also know from experience that teaching kids to take on household responsibilities is challenging and often frustrating (and rarely results in less work for mom). In Episode 191 Meagan and Sarah share an honest look at where our combined eight kids […]

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Jan 15, 2019
More Than Mom: Sleep!
48:15

Pillow quirks, perfect sheets, temperature preferences, and bedside clocks–we have a LOT to say about the role sleep plays in our lives. For this More Than Mom episode we’re not talking about kids’ sleep, we’re talking about our own: how we like it, how to get the best of it, and what happens when we’re

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Jan 13, 2019
More Than Mom: Sleep!
48:15

Pillow quirks, perfect sheets, temperature preferences, and bedside clocks–we have a LOT to say about the role sleep plays in our lives. For this More Than Mom episode we’re not talking about kids’ sleep, we’re talking about our own: how we like it, how to get the best of it, and what happens when we’re […]

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Jan 13, 2019
Little Steps, Big Leaps, & Setting Intentions As A Mom: Episode 190
58:25

With New Year energy buzzing, it's easy to get excited about overhauling every area of your life from parenting to home to work and play. Continuing the conversation we started last week about choosing a word for the year, Meagan and Sarah tackle practical ways to keep your intentions, goals, and resolutions top of mind when real life resumes. Whether you resist goal-setting or love it, we're looking at approachable ways to continue that January 1st mojo well into the year.

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Jan 08, 2019
Little Steps, Big Leaps, & Setting Intentions As A Mom: Episode 190
58:25

With New Year energy buzzing, it's easy to get excited about overhauling every area of your life from parenting to home to work and play. Continuing the conversation we started last week about choosing a word for the year, Meagan and Sarah tackle practical ways to keep your intentions, goals, and resolutions top of mind when real life resumes. Whether you resist goal-setting or love it, we're looking at approachable ways to continue that January 1st mojo well into the year.

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Jan 08, 2019
Your Potty Training Questions, Answered: Voices 32
51:20

Is your toddler ready to begin potty training? What about a preschooler with frequent accidents or a fear of pooping in the toilet? And how long is it normal for kids to be dry during the day and still struggle with staying dry at night? We get so many questions about potty training that we

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Jan 04, 2019
Your Potty Training Questions, Answered: Voices 32
51:20

Is your toddler ready to begin potty training? What about a preschooler with frequent accidents or a fear of pooping in the toilet? And how long is it normal for kids to be dry during the day and still struggle with staying dry at night? We get so many questions about potty training that we […]

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Jan 04, 2019
We’re Not “Word Of The Year” Types…Or Are We? Episode 189
39:35

Seems like everybody chooses a “word of the year” nowadays, and we’re conflicted. Both Meagan and Sarah can be trend-averse and skeptical of fads…but we’re also all-in on self-reflection and anything that gives moms a chance to prioritize their happiness and fulfillment. So in Episode 189, our first of the new year, we discuss the

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Jan 01, 2019
We’re Not “Word Of The Year” Types…Or Are We? Episode 189
39:35

Seems like everybody chooses a “word of the year” nowadays, and we’re conflicted. Both Meagan and Sarah can be trend-averse and skeptical of fads…but we’re also all-in on self-reflection and anything that gives moms a chance to prioritize their happiness and fulfillment. So in Episode 189, our first of the new year, we discuss the […]

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Jan 01, 2019
Best Of The Mom Hour 2018: Episode 188
53:37

From confessing our #MomFail moments to airing our (literal) dirty laundry, Meagan and Sarah are looking back at the best moments on the podcast from 2018. Join us for a brand new episode and fresh commentary, plus throwback clips from some of our favorite moments. It’s the very last episode of 2018–join us! Patreon Our

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Dec 26, 2018
Best Of The Mom Hour 2018: Episode 188
53:37

From confessing our #MomFail moments to airing our (literal) dirty laundry, Meagan and Sarah are looking back at the best moments on the podcast from 2018. Join us for a brand new episode and fresh commentary, plus throwback clips from some of our favorite moments. It’s the very last episode of 2018–join us! Patreon Our […]

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Dec 26, 2018
More Than Mom: Our Favorite Products Of 2018
45:03

From most embarrassing moments to favorite TV shows to what we learned about ourselves, Meagan and Sarah are taking a (mostly) fun and fluffy look back at 2018 for this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. Join us! Patreon Our Patreon community is growing! Become a patron (that’s a fancy way of saying

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Dec 21, 2018
More Than Mom: Our Favorite Products Of 2018
45:03

From most embarrassing moments to favorite TV shows to what we learned about ourselves, Meagan and Sarah are taking a (mostly) fun and fluffy look back at 2018 for this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. Join us! Patreon Our Patreon community is growing! Become a patron (that’s a fancy way of saying […]

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Dec 21, 2018
Should I Get Pregnant Again? Episode 187
51:27

On the fence about adding another baby to the family? You are not alone. We hear this a TON from listeners, and it’s a favorite topic among mom friends in the family-growing years. In Episode 187 Meagan and Sarah share our own experiences growing our families (with a special focus on the transition from two

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Dec 18, 2018
Should I Get Pregnant Again? Episode 187
51:27

On the fence about adding another baby to the family? You are not alone. We hear this a TON from listeners, and it’s a favorite topic among mom friends in the family-growing years. In Episode 187 Meagan and Sarah share our own experiences growing our families (with a special focus on the transition from two […]

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Dec 18, 2018
Listener Questions (Holiday Edition, Vol.3): 2018 Holiday Special #4
37:36

Gift ideas for a second baby who wants for nothing, managing holiday hosting stress as a mom with a clingy toddler, tips for staying organized during the holidays, and standing your ground when extended family lays on the guilt. We answer these listener questions in this week's holiday bonus episode.

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Dec 14, 2018
Listener Questions (Holiday Edition, Vol.3): 2018 Holiday Special #4
37:36

Gift ideas for a second baby who wants for nothing, managing holiday hosting stress as a mom with a clingy toddler, tips for staying organized during the holidays, and standing your ground when extended family lays on the guilt. We answer these listener questions in this week's holiday bonus episode.

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Dec 14, 2018
Raising Readers & Our Favorite Holiday Books: Episode 186
1:01:22

We love books, and we hope our kids grow up to love them too…but how do we get there? Meagan and Sarah break down the ways we encourage literacy and a love of reading in our homes–without piling on the pressure. We talk about reading aloud, reading for homework, encouraging reluctant readers, and modeling a

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Dec 11, 2018
Raising Readers & Our Favorite Holiday Books: Episode 186
1:01:22

We love books, and we hope our kids grow up to love them too…but how do we get there? Meagan and Sarah break down the ways we encourage literacy and a love of reading in our homes–without piling on the pressure. We talk about reading aloud, reading for homework, encouraging reluctant readers, and modeling a […]

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Dec 11, 2018
Loving The Holidays As A Divorced Mom, Single Mom, Or Blended Family: 2018 Holiday Special #3
51:58

Most families are touched by divorce in some way, and the holidays can bring up all kinds of questions and challenges for single or re-coupled parents, children of divorced parents (including adult children), and blended families. As Meagan enters her third holiday season post-separation, Sarah picks her brain about everything from the practical logistics of sharing the holidays with an ex, to the emotional landscape of the holidays as a divorced mom.

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Dec 07, 2018
Loving The Holidays As A Divorced Mom, Single Mom, Or Blended Family: 2018 Holiday Special #3
51:58

Most families are touched by divorce in some way, and the holidays can bring up all kinds of questions and challenges for single or re-coupled parents, children of divorced parents (including adult children), and blended families. As Meagan enters her third holiday season post-separation, Sarah picks her brain about everything from the practical logistics of […]

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Dec 07, 2018
Road Trips & Air Travel With Babies, Toddlers, & Littles: Episode 185
1:10:12

Buckle up, mamas. We’re getting into the details of air travel AND car trips with babies, toddlers, and little kids. Meagan’s the expert on road trips, and Sarah has flown a ton with tiny kids. If you’ve ever wondered whether to buy an airplane seat for a one-year-old, how to plan stops on an 8-hour

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Dec 04, 2018
Road Trips & Air Travel With Babies, Toddlers, & Littles: Episode 185
1:10:12

Buckle up, mamas. We’re getting into the details of air travel AND car trips with babies, toddlers, and little kids. Meagan’s the expert on road trips, and Sarah has flown a ton with tiny kids. If you’ve ever wondered whether to buy an airplane seat for a one-year-old, how to plan stops on an 8-hour […]

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Dec 04, 2018
December Intentions For Busy Moms: 2018 Holiday Special #2
29:05

This year’s December doesn’t have to be like last year. Join Meagan and Sarah as we set intentions for the busy holiday month ahead, everything from little ways to find joy in the messes to bigger stuff about changing traditions. It’s another Holiday Bonus episode of The Mom Hour! Sponsor Spotlight: Canvas People How’s the

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Nov 30, 2018
December Intentions For Busy Moms: 2018 Holiday Special #2
29:05

This year’s December doesn’t have to be like last year. Join Meagan and Sarah as we set intentions for the busy holiday month ahead, everything from little ways to find joy in the messes to bigger stuff about changing traditions. It’s another Holiday Bonus episode of The Mom Hour! Sponsor Spotlight: Canvas People How’s the […]

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Nov 30, 2018
Change Is The Only Constant: Episode 184
54:13

In Episode 184 we talk about the things that have changed since we became moms--from the superficial stuff like trends in baby gear to the more significant ways that the digital age has shaped parenting culture over the years.

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Nov 27, 2018
Change Is The Only Constant: Episode 184
54:13

In Episode 184 we talk about the things that have changed since we became moms--from the superficial stuff like trends in baby gear to the more significant ways that the digital age has shaped parenting culture over the years.

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Nov 27, 2018
Kids & Gift Lists: 2018 Holiday Special #1
49:53

Our kids have made their holiday wish lists, and we’re popping into your podcast feed on Black Friday to chat about them! Join Meagan and Sarah as we review our own kids’ Christmas lists, what we have our eyes on as we kick off holiday shopping season, plus the ways we get around those “ain’t

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Nov 23, 2018
Kids & Gift Lists: 2018 Holiday Special #1
49:53

Our kids have made their holiday wish lists, and we’re popping into your podcast feed on Black Friday to chat about them! Join Meagan and Sarah as we review our own kids’ Christmas lists, what we have our eyes on as we kick off holiday shopping season, plus the ways we get around those “ain’t […]

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Nov 23, 2018
“Mommy Needs Wine” & Other Problematic Mom-Tropes: Episode 183
51:52

Meagan and Sarah both enjoy wine and cocktails, but coincidentally we both scaled back our drinking recently and have observations to share. We’re also wary of the pervasive “mommy needs a drink” trope and the way meme culture in general aims for cheap laughs with potentially harmful side-effects. Today’s episode gets into the gray area

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Nov 20, 2018
“Mommy Needs Wine” & Other Problematic Mom-Tropes: Episode 183
51:52

Meagan and Sarah both enjoy wine and cocktails, but coincidentally we both scaled back our drinking recently and have observations to share. We’re also wary of the pervasive “mommy needs a drink” trope and the way meme culture in general aims for cheap laughs with potentially harmful side-effects. Today’s episode gets into the gray area […]

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Nov 20, 2018
More Than Mom: Cheers!
47:43

Heading into a holiday week, Meagan and Sarah are feeling festive and talking about our favorite adult beverages. We also talk about rituals and routines involving our favorite drinks, hangover cures, holiday drinking and more. Join us! Note: We know that alcohol is a tricky topic for a lot of people, and in this episode

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Nov 18, 2018
More Than Mom: Cheers!
47:43

Heading into a holiday week, Meagan and Sarah are feeling festive and talking about our favorite adult beverages. We also talk about rituals and routines involving our favorite drinks, hangover cures, holiday drinking and more. Join us! Note: We know that alcohol is a tricky topic for a lot of people, and in this episode […]

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Nov 18, 2018
Holiday Travel & Visiting Relatives: Episode 182
46:13

Whether it’s across town for dinner or cross-country for a week, visiting family comes with challenges–especially at the holidays. There are relationship dynamics to consider, plus germs, traditions, sleep schedules, and a lot of public parenting. In Episode 182, Meagan and Sarah sit down for a thoughtful discussion on how to make family visits and

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Nov 13, 2018
Holiday Travel & Visiting Relatives: Episode 182
46:13

Whether it’s across town for dinner or cross-country for a week, visiting family comes with challenges–especially at the holidays. There are relationship dynamics to consider, plus germs, traditions, sleep schedules, and a lot of public parenting. In Episode 182, Meagan and Sarah sit down for a thoughtful discussion on how to make family visits and […]

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Nov 13, 2018
More Than Mom: Clutter
52:11

Cupboards, cabinets, closets, and drawers: Meagan and Sarah are opening up and confessing what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to clutter and our homes. Join us for another fun More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour! Patreon Our Patreon community is thriving! Become a patron (that’s a fancy way of saying you

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Nov 11, 2018
More Than Mom: Clutter
52:11

Cupboards, cabinets, closets, and drawers: Meagan and Sarah are opening up and confessing what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to clutter and our homes. Join us for another fun More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour! Patreon Our Patreon community is thriving! Become a patron (that’s a fancy way of saying you […]

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Nov 11, 2018
How Baby’s Personality May (Or May Not) Predict Big Kid Character Traits: Episode 181
1:06:57

Can a wild toddler become mellow teen? A shy preschooler an outgoing tween? Or do our littles’ personalities predict their big kid identities? As usual, we’re saying it’s a little of both, or somewhere in the middle. In this week’s episode Meagan and Sarah break down our combined eight kids and how they were as

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Nov 06, 2018
How Baby’s Personality May (Or May Not) Predict Big Kid Character Traits: Episode 181
1:06:57

Can a wild toddler become mellow teen? A shy preschooler an outgoing tween? Or do our littles’ personalities predict their big kid identities? As usual, we’re saying it’s a little of both, or somewhere in the middle. In this week’s episode Meagan and Sarah break down our combined eight kids and how they were as […]

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Nov 06, 2018
Finding Your Voice As Your Kids Get Older With Asha Dornfest: Voices 31
1:01:44

If your kids are little, maybe you’ve wondered what it’s really like to send a child off to college. Or maybe you’ve pondered how your mom-life – and the way you relate to the world – might change as your children grow. In this episode, Meagan and the always warm, wise and wonderful Asha Dornfest

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Nov 02, 2018
Finding Your Voice As Your Kids Get Older With Asha Dornfest: Voices 31
1:01:44

If your kids are little, maybe you’ve wondered what it’s really like to send a child off to college. Or maybe you’ve pondered how your mom-life – and the way you relate to the world – might change as your children grow. In this episode, Meagan and the always warm, wise and wonderful Asha Dornfest […]

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Nov 02, 2018
Helping Kids With Doctor Visits, Shots, and “Appointment Fear”: Episode 180
1:01:04

Hiding under the exam table, screaming and flailing, flat-out refusing to open up for the dentist: Our kids have done it all in the name of avoiding the needle or the checkup (or even a haircut!).In Episode 180 we cover appointments of all kinds and how to survive them when your kids are fearful.

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Oct 30, 2018
Helping Kids With Doctor Visits, Shots, and “Appointment Fear”: Episode 180
1:01:04

Hiding under the exam table, screaming and flailing, flat-out refusing to open up for the dentist: Our kids have done it all in the name of avoiding the needle or the checkup (or even a haircut!).In Episode 180 we cover appointments of all kinds and how to survive them when your kids are fearful.

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Oct 30, 2018
More Than Mom: Pets!
54:37

Pets are fun, but they’re not easy. Meagan and Sarah both love animals, but we also keep it real about the times in our lives when pets have brought more trouble than delight to our busy homes. We also tell hilarious stories about the pets of our childhood and relive a few animal-related traumas. Join

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Oct 28, 2018
More Than Mom: Pets!
54:37

Pets are fun, but they’re not easy. Meagan and Sarah both love animals, but we also keep it real about the times in our lives when pets have brought more trouble than delight to our busy homes. We also tell hilarious stories about the pets of our childhood and relive a few animal-related traumas. Join […]

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Oct 28, 2018
First Babies Vs. The Rest: Episode 179
47:00

First babies get all our attention...but they have to endure our most rookie mistakes and newbie neuroses, too. Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun flashback at how we planned for, fed, celebrated, and parented our firstborn kids in contrast to their younger siblings.

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Oct 23, 2018
First Babies Vs. The Rest: Episode 179
47:00

First babies get all our attention...but they have to endure our most rookie mistakes and newbie neuroses, too. Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun flashback at how we planned for, fed, celebrated, and parented our firstborn kids in contrast to their younger siblings.

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Oct 23, 2018
Co-Parenting In Real Life: Episode 178
1:03:56

Co-parenting is tough, and we're here to talk about it. This week Meagan and Sarah talk about getting on the same page as your co-parent, how to handle personality differences and baggage from our backgrounds, and why we think kids benefit from different parenting styles (mostly). Plus, Alison Thompson joins Sarah for a fun chat about choosing baby names.

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Oct 16, 2018
Co-Parenting In Real Life: Episode 178
1:03:56

Co-parenting is tough, and we're here to talk about it. This week Meagan and Sarah talk about getting on the same page as your co-parent, how to handle personality differences and baggage from our backgrounds, and why we think kids benefit from different parenting styles (mostly). Plus, Alison Thompson joins Sarah for a fun chat about choosing baby names. Join us!

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Oct 16, 2018
More Than Mom: Musical Theater
48:47

It’s an all-Broadway edition of More Than Mom! We talk about Meagan’s recent performing stint as Roxie Hart in Chicago!, the stage shows we’ve seen lately or want to see, and respond to listener response to our first installment in this conversation, the More Than Mom episode on Movie Musicals that we did back in

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Oct 14, 2018
More Than Mom: Musical Theater
48:47

It’s an all-Broadway edition of More Than Mom! We talk about Meagan’s recent performing stint as Roxie Hart in Chicago!, the stage shows we’ve seen lately or want to see, and respond to listener response to our first installment in this conversation, the More Than Mom episode on Movie Musicals that we did back in […]

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Oct 14, 2018
Halloween Costumes & Halloween Picture Books: Episode 177
1:02:17

Halloween costumes come with parenting questions: Will baby keep the hat on? How scary is too scary? Can you figure out how to master that face painting technique your kid is dying for? When and how to veto a costume choice that isn’t your jam? How to help make costume dreams come true without spending

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Oct 09, 2018
Halloween Costumes & Halloween Picture Books: Episode 177
1:02:17

Halloween costumes come with parenting questions: Will baby keep the hat on? How scary is too scary? Can you figure out how to master that face painting technique your kid is dying for? When and how to veto a costume choice that isn’t your jam? How to help make costume dreams come true without spending […]

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Oct 09, 2018
Changing The Conversation With Jenny Schatzle: Voices 30
1:06:08

Twin mom and motivational powerhouse Jenny Schatzle gets vulnerable about her transition to motherhood, her role as a leader and entrepreneur, and the tricky business of staying authentic AND positive online when you're a public persona.

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Oct 05, 2018
Changing The Conversation With Jenny Schatzle: Voices 30
1:06:08

Twin mom and motivational powerhouse Jenny Schatzle gets vulnerable about her transition to motherhood, her role as a leader and entrepreneur, and the tricky business of staying authentic AND positive online when you're a public persona.

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Oct 05, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.16): Episode 176
48:35

Parenting a strong-willed kid, handling criticism about your family size or kids' spacing, the first signs of kid crushes and puppy love, and gift ideas for your kids' grandparents. Meagan and Sarah take on these questions and offer our advice in Episode 176.

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Oct 02, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.16): Episode 176
48:35

Parenting a strong-willed kid, handling criticism about your family size or kids' spacing, the first signs of kid crushes and puppy love, and gift ideas for your kids' grandparents. Meagan and Sarah take on these questions and offer our advice in Episode 176.

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Oct 02, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.15): Episode 175
59:56

Losing your cool and yelling at your kids (how it happens to us ALL, how to prevent it, and how to cope after it happens), dealing with a pinching/biting 19-month-old, and extracting your family from a sticky situation with neighbor friends whose parenting style makes you uncomfortable. These listener questions PLUS a chat with newly-minted mom of two Alison!

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Sep 25, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.15): Episode 175
59:56

Losing your cool and yelling at your kids (how it happens to us ALL, how to prevent it, and how to cope after it happens), dealing with a pinching/biting 19-month-old, and extracting your family from a sticky situation with neighbor friends whose parenting style makes you uncomfortable. These listener questions PLUS a chat with newly-minted mom of two Alison!

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Sep 25, 2018
More Than Mom: Fall!
57:02

It's officially fall, no matter what kind of whether you're enjoying. Meagan and Sarah chat fall décor, fall wardrobes, experiencing fall in different parts of the country, and more in this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. Join us!

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Sep 23, 2018
More Than Mom: Fall!
57:02

It's officially fall, no matter what kind of whether you're enjoying. Meagan and Sarah chat fall décor, fall wardrobes, experiencing fall in different parts of the country, and more in this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. Join us!

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Sep 23, 2018
How To Be The Parent That Teachers (And Schools) Love: Episode 174
56:58

Supporting your child's school experience doesn't have to look like tons of volunteer hours, chaperoning field trips, or organizing classroom parties. It CAN (and we salute those who do it!), but it doesn't have to.

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Sep 18, 2018
How To Be The Parent That Teachers (And Schools) Love: Episode 174
56:58

Supporting your child's school experience doesn't have to look like tons of volunteer hours, chaperoning field trips, or organizing classroom parties. It CAN (and we salute those who do it!), but it doesn't have to.

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Sep 18, 2018
The Life-Changing Magic Of Arbitrary Rules: Episode 173
52:37

Why? Because I said so. Has a nice ring to it, right? Even better, though (and more specific): because it’s a rule in our house. In Episode 173 Meagan and Sarah are talking about the beauty and hilarity of arbitrary rules, drawing from our own experience and some genius listener suggestions. Join us! Patreon We

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Sep 11, 2018
The Life-Changing Magic Of Arbitrary Rules: Episode 173
52:37

Why? Because I said so. Has a nice ring to it, right? Even better, though (and more specific): because it’s a rule in our house. In Episode 173 Meagan and Sarah are talking about the beauty and hilarity of arbitrary rules, drawing from our own experience and some genius listener suggestions. Join us! Patreon We […]

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Sep 11, 2018
More Than Mom: Podcasts We Love
45:34

Meagan and Sarah talk about what podcasts WE listen to in this week’s More Than Mom episode! After a dry spell of discovering new audio shows, we each have a few new favorites–and they’re outside of the motherhood/parenting sphere. We’ll tell you what podcasts they are, who we’d recommend listen to them, and where to

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Sep 09, 2018
More Than Mom: Podcasts We Love
45:34

Meagan and Sarah talk about what podcasts WE listen to in this week’s More Than Mom episode! After a dry spell of discovering new audio shows, we each have a few new favorites–and they’re outside of the motherhood/parenting sphere. We’ll tell you what podcasts they are, who we’d recommend listen to them, and where to […]

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Sep 09, 2018
Stretched Too Thin With Jessica Turner: Voices 29
44:38

Working moms: are you stressed, anxious, and tired of hearing about this mythical thing called "balance?" You aren't alone, and you've come to the right place.

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Sep 07, 2018
Stretched Too Thin With Jessica Turner: Voices 29
44:38

Working moms: are you stressed, anxious, and tired of hearing about this mythical thing called "balance?" You aren't alone, and you've come to the right place.

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Sep 07, 2018
Dirty Dishes In The Sink (No, It’s Not A Metaphor): Episode 172
53:07

Do you have dirty dishes in your sink right now? So do we, but instead of washing them we decided to podcast about it! Join Meagan and Sarah for a look at the products and practices that keep things moving in our kitchens, plus stories of faulty dishwashers, dishes pet peeves, what keeps us company while we do the dishes and more.

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Sep 04, 2018
Dirty Dishes In The Sink (No, It’s Not A Metaphor): Episode 172
53:07

Do you have dirty dishes in your sink right now? So do we, but instead of washing them we decided to podcast about it! Join Meagan and Sarah for a look at the products and practices that keep things moving in our kitchens, plus stories of faulty dishwashers, dishes pet peeves, what keeps us company while we do the dishes and more.

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Sep 04, 2018
Mom Habits We Just Can’t Shake: Episode 171
54:00

You're standing in the checkout line doing that familiar bounce-bounce-sway motion to soothe a fussy baby when suddenly you realize: you don't HAVE a baby. Ever been there? We're willing to be you have, and we're discussing a bunch more mom-habits that are hard to shake in Episode 171 of The Mom Hour.PLUS pregnant mama Alison Thompson joins Sarah to discuss first versus second pregnancies, staying comfortable in the third trimester, maternity clothes that fit and flatter, and more.

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Aug 28, 2018
Mom Habits We Just Can’t Shake: Episode 171
54:00

You're standing in the checkout line doing that familiar bounce-bounce-sway motion to soothe a fussy baby when suddenly you realize: you don't HAVE a baby. Ever been there? We're willing to be you have, and we're discussing a bunch more mom-habits that are hard to shake in Episode 171 of The Mom Hour.PLUS pregnant mama Alison Thompson joins Sarah to discuss first versus second pregnancies, staying comfortable in the third trimester, maternity clothes that fit and flatter, and more.

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Aug 28, 2018
More Than Mom: Splurges & Saves
55:16

We all make choices about where and how we spend our money--so what areas of home, life, and style to Meagan and Sarah choose to save on, and which ones are our splurges? We discuss in this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour (suggested by listener Rachel!).

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Aug 26, 2018
More Than Mom: Splurges & Saves
55:16

We all make choices about where and how we spend our money--so what areas of home, life, and style to Meagan and Sarah choose to save on, and which ones are our splurges? We discuss in this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour (suggested by listener Rachel!).

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Aug 26, 2018
How To Be A Good-Enough Lunch Packer: Episode 170
1:02:43

Boxes, bags, and bentos--here we go, friends. We're talking lunch-packing on this week's episode of The Mom Hour. From the gear we love (or like well-enough), to the stuff we pack (no, it's not pretty or perfect), to when and how we get lunches packed (and unpacked...ew), today's episode is FULL of tips and stories to encourage you this school year.

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Aug 21, 2018
How To Be A Good-Enough Lunch Packer: Episode 170
1:02:43

Boxes, bags, and bentos--here we go, friends. We're talking lunch-packing on this week's episode of The Mom Hour. From the gear we love (or like well-enough), to the stuff we pack (no, it's not pretty or perfect), to when and how we get lunches packed (and unpacked...ew), today's episode is FULL of tips and stories to encourage you this school year.

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Aug 21, 2018
Productivity & Time Management Tips For Moms: Episode 169
1:00:14

How do the things get done? Where does the time go? These are the questions we look at in today’s podcast episode. We’ve got tips for making the most of your time and prioritizing well so you feel your most productive (yes, even in those early baby days where it seems like NOTHING gets done).

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Aug 14, 2018
Productivity & Time Management Tips For Moms: Episode 169
1:00:14

How do the things get done? Where does the time go? These are the questions we look at in today’s podcast episode. We’ve got tips for making the most of your time and prioritizing well so you feel your most productive (yes, even in those early baby days where it seems like NOTHING gets done). […]

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Aug 14, 2018
More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes & Business Updates
52:25

By listener-request we’re taking you behind the scenes! We discuss the making of The Mom Hour, our recording quirks, tips for aspiring podcasters, how we work with brands, and more. We also give a little back-story on how the show has grown, how the Life, Listened network started, evolved, and continues to change, and what

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Aug 12, 2018
More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes & Business Updates
52:25

By listener-request we’re taking you behind the scenes! We discuss the making of The Mom Hour, our recording quirks, tips for aspiring podcasters, how we work with brands, and more. We also give a little back-story on how the show has grown, how the Life, Listened network started, evolved, and continues to change, and what […]

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Aug 12, 2018
Late-Summer Check-In & Managing Seasonal Transitions: Episode 168
53:35

Sarah has one week left of summer and Meagan has a MONTH. We chat about late-summer malaise, seasonal energy slumps in general, how to (or whether to) get back to healthier habits and routines, and what (if anything) we’re doing to gear up for the impending school year. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Hydralyte Hydralyte is

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Aug 07, 2018
Late-Summer Check-In & Managing Seasonal Transitions: Episode 168
53:35

Sarah has one week left of summer and Meagan has a MONTH. We chat about late-summer malaise, seasonal energy slumps in general, how to (or whether to) get back to healthier habits and routines, and what (if anything) we’re doing to gear up for the impending school year. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Hydralyte Hydralyte is […]

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Aug 07, 2018
How To Be A Happier Parent with KJ Dell’Antonia: Voices 28
54:16

Happiness in parenting doesn’t mean mean skipping through fields of daisies with a brood of clean, cheerful, never-whining children who eat their veggies and always put their dirty clothes in the hamper. In reality, it’s a much messier–but totally attainable–thing. In this episode of The Mom Hour Voices, Sarah talks with writer KJ Dell’Antonia about

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Aug 03, 2018
How To Be A Happier Parent with KJ Dell’Antonia: Voices 28
54:16

Happiness in parenting doesn’t mean mean skipping through fields of daisies with a brood of clean, cheerful, never-whining children who eat their veggies and always put their dirty clothes in the hamper. In reality, it’s a much messier–but totally attainable–thing. In this episode of The Mom Hour Voices, Sarah talks with writer KJ Dell’Antonia about […]

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Aug 03, 2018
Loads And Loads (And Loads) Of Laundry: Episode 167
55:48

We’ve yet to meet a mom at any stage of parenthood who didn’t have to deal with laundry–it’s one of the great equalizers of the mothering experience, no? Today on The Mom Hour Meagan and Sarah take you inside their homes and laundry rooms for a look at how we keep up with the piles,

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Jul 31, 2018
Loads And Loads (And Loads) Of Laundry: Episode 167
55:48

We’ve yet to meet a mom at any stage of parenthood who didn’t have to deal with laundry–it’s one of the great equalizers of the mothering experience, no? Today on The Mom Hour Meagan and Sarah take you inside their homes and laundry rooms for a look at how we keep up with the piles, […]

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Jul 31, 2018
More Than Mom: Décor Nostalgia
39:02

High school bedrooms, college dorm rooms, first apartments, first homes. Meagan and Sarah describe their home décor style through the years in this More Than Mom episode. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Campaign Living Campaign makes sofas, chairs, loveseats, and ottomans that are built to last. Their furniture is made using quality materials, arrives in just a

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Jul 29, 2018
More Than Mom: Décor Nostalgia
39:02

High school bedrooms, college dorm rooms, first apartments, first homes. Meagan and Sarah describe their home décor style through the years in this More Than Mom episode. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Campaign Living Campaign makes sofas, chairs, loveseats, and ottomans that are built to last. Their furniture is made using quality materials, arrives in just a […]

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Jul 29, 2018
Last Firsts & First Lasts (Milestones We Notice, And A Bunch We Miss): Episode 166
56:13

The last day of preschool is one thing–poignant, and easy to see coming–but what about the last time your toddler uses your favorite adorable mispronunciation? The last time you step on a LEGO? The last time a kid needs your help in the bath, crawls into your bed in the wee hours, or reaches for

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Jul 24, 2018
Last Firsts & First Lasts (Milestones We Notice, And A Bunch We Miss): Episode 166
56:13

The last day of preschool is one thing–poignant, and easy to see coming–but what about the last time your toddler uses your favorite adorable mispronunciation? The last time you step on a LEGO? The last time a kid needs your help in the bath, crawls into your bed in the wee hours, or reaches for […]

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Jul 24, 2018
When You’re Feeling Criticized, Remember This: Episode 165
1:01:25

Navigating decisions as a mom is hard enough; feeling judged, criticized, or shamed for those decisions? That feels like garbage. After years of practice, Meagan and Sarah have words of encouragement for dealing with criticism, including six things to keep in mind when you’re feeling judged by others about your parenting. PLUS Katie Addiss joins

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Jul 17, 2018
When You’re Feeling Criticized, Remember This: Episode 165
1:01:25

Navigating decisions as a mom is hard enough; feeling judged, criticized, or shamed for those decisions? That feels like garbage. After years of practice, Meagan and Sarah have words of encouragement for dealing with criticism, including six things to keep in mind when you’re feeling judged by others about your parenting. PLUS Katie Addiss joins […]

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Jul 17, 2018
More Than Mom: Guilty Pleasures
30:43

You’re home alone on a rainy Saturday afternoon and that movie comes on that you just HAVE to watch. What is it? In this More Than Mom episode Meagan and Sarah confess the books, movies, songs, and TV that maybe don’t get points for artsy intellectualism, but that we just can’t resist. Much pop culture

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Jul 15, 2018
More Than Mom: Guilty Pleasures
30:43

You’re home alone on a rainy Saturday afternoon and that movie comes on that you just HAVE to watch. What is it? In this More Than Mom episode Meagan and Sarah confess the books, movies, songs, and TV that maybe don’t get points for artsy intellectualism, but that we just can’t resist. Much pop culture […]

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Jul 15, 2018
Mamas Of The NICU with Bianca Dottin: Voices 27
47:51

Bianca Dottin’s second pregnancy was long-awaited and relatively drama-free. But when baby Tristan arrived at 34 weeks and was admitted to the NICU unable to breathe on his own, it was clear that her life was about to change. In this month’s Voices interview episode, Bianca shares her NICU story with Sarah, including how 6

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Jul 13, 2018
Mamas Of The NICU with Bianca Dottin: Voices 27
47:51

Bianca Dottin’s second pregnancy was long-awaited and relatively drama-free. But when baby Tristan arrived at 34 weeks and was admitted to the NICU unable to breathe on his own, it was clear that her life was about to change. In this month’s Voices interview episode, Bianca shares her NICU story with Sarah, including how 6 […]

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Jul 13, 2018
Nurturing Kids’ Talents (And When To Let Them Quit): Episode 164
1:00:11

Your kid shows an aptitude for something…now what? Meagan and Sarah discuss the sometimes tricky topic of how to nurture our kids’ natural abilities without pressuring or pushing. We also talk about when to support kids through an activity they may not be particularly talented at, the importance of dabbling, and when it’s OK to

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Jul 10, 2018
Nurturing Kids’ Talents (And When To Let Them Quit): Episode 164
1:00:11

Your kid shows an aptitude for something…now what? Meagan and Sarah discuss the sometimes tricky topic of how to nurture our kids’ natural abilities without pressuring or pushing. We also talk about when to support kids through an activity they may not be particularly talented at, the importance of dabbling, and when it’s OK to […]

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Jul 10, 2018
More Than Mom: Would You Rather…?
23:47

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned game of “Would you rather…?”? Join Meagan and Sarah (recording together in person, which is always fun) for a surprisingly revealing exercise in hypothetical thinking. Sponsor Spotlight: Simple Contacts Simple Contacts is a super convenient way to renew your contact lens prescription and reorder your contacts from anywhere, in

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Jul 08, 2018
More Than Mom: Would You Rather…?
23:47

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned game of “Would you rather…?”? Join Meagan and Sarah (recording together in person, which is always fun) for a surprisingly revealing exercise in hypothetical thinking. Sponsor Spotlight: Simple Contacts Simple Contacts is a super convenient way to renew your contact lens prescription and reorder your contacts from anywhere, in […]

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Jul 08, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.14): Episode 163
47:43

Helping a toddler with nighttime fears, the logistics of taking a baby to the beach, the ideal age-spacing between siblings, and helping a two-year-old feel special when a new baby arrives. These are the listener questions we answer in this week's episode of The Mom Hour. Join us!

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Jul 03, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.14): Episode 163
47:43

Helping a toddler with nighttime fears, the logistics of taking a baby to the beach, the ideal age-spacing between siblings, and helping a two-year-old feel special when a new baby arrives. These are the listener questions we answer in this week's episode of The Mom Hour. Join us!

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Jul 03, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.13): Episode 162
45:36

Teaching social graces to a shy preschooler, saving money on groceries and household supplies, and helping school-aged kids learn to deal with feelings of frustration. These are three topics brought to us by listeners that Meagan and Sarah tackle on this week’s episode of The Mom Hour.

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Jun 26, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.13): Episode 162
45:36

Teaching social graces to a shy preschooler, saving money on groceries and household supplies, and helping school-aged kids learn to deal with feelings of frustration. These are three topics brought to us by listeners that Meagan and Sarah tackle on this week’s episode of The Mom Hour.

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Jun 26, 2018
More Than Mom: What’s In Our Purses?
35:37

You can learn a lot about a person by taking a peek inside their purse. (Also: it’s time we cleaned out our purses!) In this episode of More Than Mom from The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah do a deep dive into their bags, laughing as they go. We also challenge listeners to share the

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Jun 24, 2018
More Than Mom: What’s In Our Purses?
35:37

You can learn a lot about a person by taking a peek inside their purse. (Also: it’s time we cleaned out our purses!) In this episode of More Than Mom from The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah do a deep dive into their bags, laughing as they go. We also challenge listeners to share the […]

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Jun 24, 2018
The Life-Changing Magic of Opting Out: Episode 161
59:18

No one mom "does it all"--or so we're told. But what exactly DON'T we do? In Episode 161 Meagan and Sarah share our experience finding ways to opt out of the little (and sometimes not-so-little) tasks and obligations that aren't meaningful to us as moms, making room for more of what is. PLUS resident new mom Katie Addiss joins Sarah at the end of the show to talk about a great swimsuit-saving strategy and other tales from the trenches.

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Jun 19, 2018
The Life-Changing Magic of Opting Out: Episode 161
59:18

No one mom “does it all”–or so we’re told. But what exactly DON’T we do? In Episode 161 Meagan and Sarah share our experience finding ways to opt out of the little (and sometimes not-so-little) tasks and obligations that aren’t meaningful to us as moms, making room for more of what is. PLUS resident new […]

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Jun 19, 2018
More Than Mom: Summer Bucket List (For Moms)
34:57

Summer fun isn’t just for kids! Meagan and Sarah chat about their hopes, dreams, and plans for this summer–everything from their favorite indulgent magazines to read to what kind of outdoor adventures their families are ready for. It’s a More Than Mom episode all about SUMMER. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal

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Jun 17, 2018
More Than Mom: Summer Bucket List (For Moms)
34:57

Summer fun isn’t just for kids! Meagan and Sarah chat about their hopes, dreams, and plans for this summer–everything from their favorite indulgent magazines to read to what kind of outdoor adventures their families are ready for. It’s a More Than Mom episode all about SUMMER. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal […]

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Jun 17, 2018
Feeding A Family (Dinner Woes, Part 2): Episode 160
50:48

If you struggle with meal planning or dread the grocery store, you’re not alone. Today we tackle three more challenges to dinner-making success and offer our tips and solutions for overcoming them. This is a follow-up to last week’s episode, so be sure to catch that one as well (though you can listen in any

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Jun 12, 2018
Feeding A Family (Dinner Woes, Part 2): Episode 160
50:48

If you struggle with meal planning or dread the grocery store, you’re not alone. Today we tackle three more challenges to dinner-making success and offer our tips and solutions for overcoming them. This is a follow-up to last week’s episode, so be sure to catch that one as well (though you can listen in any […]

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Jun 12, 2018
Strong As A Mother with Kate Rope: Voices 26
58:18

“Having help and support is the way nature intended for us to make human beings”. So says journalist and author Kate Rope in her new book all about how moms can take better care of their mental, emotional, and physical selves from pregnancy through parenthood. Kate joins Sarah in Episode 26 in our Voices interview

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Jun 08, 2018
Strong As A Mother with Kate Rope: Voices 26
58:18

“Having help and support is the way nature intended for us to make human beings”. So says journalist and author Kate Rope in her new book all about how moms can take better care of their mental, emotional, and physical selves from pregnancy through parenthood. Kate joins Sarah in Episode 26 in our Voices interview […]

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Jun 08, 2018
Feeding A Family (Dinner Woes, Part 1): Episode 159
49:04

No time to cook? Got picky eaters? Hate the “witching hour”? We’re with you. In this episode Meagan and Sarah tackle three common dinner-making obstacles and offer solutions and tips that help us in our own lives and kitchens. We’re not experts; we’re parents who’ve been there, remember? This episode is the third in our

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Jun 05, 2018
Feeding A Family (Dinner Woes, Part 1): Episode 159
49:04

No time to cook? Got picky eaters? Hate the “witching hour”? We’re with you. In this episode Meagan and Sarah tackle three common dinner-making obstacles and offer solutions and tips that help us in our own lives and kitchens. We’re not experts; we’re parents who’ve been there, remember? This episode is the third in our […]

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Jun 05, 2018
More Than Mom: Movie Musicals
36:59

Warning: this episode may make you want to ignore all responsibilities for an untold number of hours so that you can hole up and watch a movie musical marathon. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Join Meagan and Sarah for a More Than Mom minisode about our favorite movie musicals (and stay tuned for a

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Jun 03, 2018
More Than Mom: Movie Musicals
36:59

Warning: this episode may make you want to ignore all responsibilities for an untold number of hours so that you can hole up and watch a movie musical marathon. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Join Meagan and Sarah for a More Than Mom minisode about our favorite movie musicals (and stay tuned for a […]

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Jun 03, 2018
Kids’ Clothes, Shoes, and Gear for Summer: Episode 158
50:53

The weather is warming up and everybody’s clothes are too small–time to talk summertime clothes, shoes, and gear for kids! Meagan and Sarah share our go-to tips and favorite brands for keeping kids comfy, cool, and affordably dressed during the summer. Join us! Partner Spotlight: Shoot Along! Are you ready really use your DSLR camera

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May 29, 2018
Kids’ Clothes, Shoes, and Gear for Summer: Episode 158
50:53

The weather is warming up and everybody’s clothes are too small–time to talk summertime clothes, shoes, and gear for kids! Meagan and Sarah share our go-to tips and favorite brands for keeping kids comfy, cool, and affordably dressed during the summer. Join us! Partner Spotlight: Shoot Along! Are you ready really use your DSLR camera […]

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May 29, 2018
More Than Mom: Exercise & Fitness
27:52

We’ve hit a mid-year slump in our fitness mojo, friends. Have you? Meagan and Sarah address where we are with working out, what has worked for us in the past, and discuss strategies for getting back on the wagon this summer. We also talk frankly about WHY working out matters to us (and it may

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May 27, 2018
More Than Mom: Exercise & Fitness
27:52

We’ve hit a mid-year slump in our fitness mojo, friends. Have you? Meagan and Sarah address where we are with working out, what has worked for us in the past, and discuss strategies for getting back on the wagon this summer. We also talk frankly about WHY working out matters to us (and it may […]

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May 27, 2018
Our Worst #MomFail Moments: Episode 157
59:19

We aren't perfect, we're real. It's the last line of our show intro and it's the guiding principle of this episode. Buckle up, guys, as Meagan and Sarah confess some really cringe-worthy mom fails that keep us humble to this day. From a major faux pas at the school Thanksgiving feast to some near-death (or at least near-injury) experiences that still make us shudder, we're serving up a whole lot of vulnerability in Episode 157. Plus Katie Addiss joins Sarah at the end of the podcast with a mom fail of her own plus a struggle, success, and discovery from her life as a mom of two little ones.

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May 22, 2018
Our Worst #MomFail Moments: Episode 157
59:19

We aren’t perfect, we’re real. It’s the last line of our show intro and it’s the guiding principle of this episode. Buckle up, guys, as Meagan and Sarah confess some really cringe-worthy mom fails that keep us humble to this day. From a major faux pas at the school Thanksgiving feast to some near-death (or […]

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May 22, 2018
Potty Training & Other Bathroom Matters: Episode 156
52:16

By popular request we’re tackling potty training in Episode 156! But if your kids are well beyond diapers by now, stick around. We extend the conversation to include other bathroom messes and realities that come with raising kids. From privacy to hygiene to showering solo to (gasp!) man-boys who shave, this entire podcast episode takes

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May 15, 2018
Potty Training & Other Bathroom Matters: Episode 156
52:16

By popular request we’re tackling potty training in Episode 156! But if your kids are well beyond diapers by now, stick around. We extend the conversation to include other bathroom messes and realities that come with raising kids. From privacy to hygiene to showering solo to (gasp!) man-boys who shave, this entire podcast episode takes […]

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May 15, 2018
Birthday Parties The Easier Way: Episode 155
43:11

Between Meagan and Sarah we’ve celebrated our kids’ birthdays 95 times. NINETY-FIVE birthdays, guys. We share the lessons we’ve learned in scaling back while still keeping up some special traditions, make a case for opting out of birthday madness when it isn’t your jam, and confess some of our birthday party fails from over the

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May 08, 2018
Birthday Parties The Easier Way: Episode 155
43:11

Between Meagan and Sarah we’ve celebrated our kids’ birthdays 95 times. NINETY-FIVE birthdays, guys. We share the lessons we’ve learned in scaling back while still keeping up some special traditions, make a case for opting out of birthday madness when it isn’t your jam, and confess some of our birthday party fails from over the […]

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May 08, 2018
More Than Mom: Mom 2.0 Conference Recap
28:02

Meagan and Sarah recap their week at the Mom 2.0 conference in Pasadena, including that one time they lovingly accosted a breastfeeding mom in an evening gown, that other time Meagan had to be forcibly removed from a Rent The Runway dress, a sweet listener encounter, and more hijinks. (New to The Mom Hour? This

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May 06, 2018
More Than Mom: Mom 2.0 Conference Recap
28:02

Meagan and Sarah recap their week at the Mom 2.0 conference in Pasadena, including that one time they lovingly accosted a breastfeeding mom in an evening gown, that other time Meagan had to be forcibly removed from a Rent The Runway dress, a sweet listener encounter, and more hijinks. (New to The Mom Hour? This […]

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May 06, 2018
Surviving A Major Health Scare with Kathreen Francis: Voices 25
50:27

Meagan sits down with her sister Kathreen to talk openly for the very first time about the major health crisis that rocked their family last December. This special episode in our Voices interview series is full of really practical ways to support families going through a health scare, plus a vulnerable inside look at a

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May 04, 2018
Surviving A Major Health Scare with Kathreen Francis: Voices 25
50:27

Meagan sits down with her sister Kathreen to talk openly for the very first time about the major health crisis that rocked their family last December. This special episode in our Voices interview series is full of really practical ways to support families going through a health scare, plus a vulnerable inside look at a […]

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May 04, 2018
Feeding A Family (Snacks & Sweets): Episode 154
50:33

No one tells you when you become a parent that you’ll spend a significant portion of the rest of your life in conversations about snacks and sweets–but it’s true! Most kids would snack and indulge their sweet-tooths all day long we if we let them, and in this episode of The Mom Hour Meagan and

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May 01, 2018
Feeding A Family (Snacks & Sweets): Episode 154
50:33

No one tells you when you become a parent that you’ll spend a significant portion of the rest of your life in conversations about snacks and sweets–but it’s true! Most kids would snack and indulge their sweet-tooths all day long we if we let them, and in this episode of The Mom Hour Meagan and […]

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May 01, 2018
Moving, Remodeling & Other Home Transitions: Episode 153
52:54

Moving, remodeling, and home renovations are never easy, but with kids in the mix the difficulty level goes up a notch…or twelve. Meagan is fresh off a cross-town move and Sarah has had several home improvement challenges in the last year. Join us for tips and tactics to minimize stress when your home in transition.

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Apr 24, 2018
Moving, Remodeling & Other Home Transitions: Episode 153
52:54

Moving, remodeling, and home renovations are never easy, but with kids in the mix the difficulty level goes up a notch…or twelve. Meagan is fresh off a cross-town move and Sarah has had several home improvement challenges in the last year. Join us for tips and tactics to minimize stress when your home in transition. […]

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Apr 24, 2018
More Than Mom: Purses
28:42

The search for the perfect purse (and laptop bag…and evening clutch) continues to elude Meagan and Sarah, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to find it. Join us for as fun More Than Mom minisode where we dig into the details of what makes the perfect bag and what we’re looking for in a

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Apr 22, 2018
More Than Mom: Purses
28:42

The search for the perfect purse (and laptop bag…and evening clutch) continues to elude Meagan and Sarah, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to find it. Join us for as fun More Than Mom minisode where we dig into the details of what makes the perfect bag and what we’re looking for in a […]

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Apr 22, 2018
What’s Great (And Less-Great) About Our Eight: Episode 152
47:08

Part of the fun of having so many kids between us is that we never run out of things to talk about! Join Meagan and Sarah for a quick look at what each of our eight kids is going through these days--this lets cover the phases from preschool through teen in a way that's personal, funny, and encouraging.

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Apr 17, 2018
What’s Great (And Less-Great) About Our Eight: Episode 152
47:08

Part of the fun of having so many kids between us is that we never run out of things to talk about! Join Meagan and Sarah for a quick look at what each of our eight kids is going through these days–this lets cover the phases from preschool through teen in a way that’s personal, […]

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Apr 17, 2018
Stepping Into Your True Self with Musician Sarah Sample: Voices 24
1:11:42

Singer-songwriter and mom of two Sarah Sample joins The Mom Hour co-host Sarah Powers for a chat that feels like two old friends catching up. That’s because Sarah and Sarah ARE two old friends–of 25 years! Musician Sarah talks honestly about creativity in motherhood, being a traveling working mom, and making big career shifts in

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Apr 13, 2018
Stepping Into Your True Self with Musician Sarah Sample: Voices 24
1:11:42

Singer-songwriter and mom of two Sarah Sample joins The Mom Hour co-host Sarah Powers for a chat that feels like two old friends catching up. That’s because Sarah and Sarah ARE two old friends–of 25 years! Musician Sarah talks honestly about creativity in motherhood, being a traveling working mom, and making big career shifts in […]

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Apr 13, 2018
Feeding A Family (Breakfast & Lunch): Episode 151
55:44

Meagan and Sarah share what they feed their families for breakfast and lunch (and we’re keeping it VERY real here) in Episode 151 of The Mom Hour. We also take a look back and how we survived the breakfast and lunchtime challenges that come with early motherhood. This episode kicks off our new Feeding A

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Apr 10, 2018
Feeding A Family (Breakfast & Lunch): Episode 151
55:44

Meagan and Sarah share what they feed their families for breakfast and lunch (and we’re keeping it VERY real here) in Episode 151 of The Mom Hour. We also take a look back and how we survived the breakfast and lunchtime challenges that come with early motherhood. This episode kicks off our new Feeding A […]

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Apr 10, 2018
More Than Mom: Travel
33:46

Beaches or big cities? Rental cars or public transport? Where have we been and where would we love to go? Join Meagan and Sarah for a More Than Mom episode all about TRAVEL! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Meagan and Sarah shared what

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Apr 08, 2018
More Than Mom: Travel
33:46

Beaches or big cities? Rental cars or public transport? Where have we been and where would we love to go? Join Meagan and Sarah for a More Than Mom episode all about TRAVEL! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Meagan and Sarah shared what […]

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Apr 08, 2018
Meagan’s Divorce Update (One Year Later): Episode 150
56:47

Meagan first shared that her marriage had ended last spring and we've heard from a lot of listeners that you guys would like an update on how things are going as she adjusts to life as a divorced mom. In Episode 150 Sarah checks in with Meagan on everything from how home life and work life have changed, to things like dating, friendships, parenting, health, and self-care--all of which have evolved over the last year and half.

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Apr 03, 2018
Meagan’s Divorce Update (One Year Later): Episode 150
56:47

Meagan first shared that her marriage had ended last spring and we’ve heard from a lot of listeners that you guys would like an update on how things are going as she adjusts to life as a divorced mom. In Episode 150 Sarah checks in with Meagan on everything from how home life and work […]

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Apr 03, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.12): Episode 149
43:48

Setting up toddler playgroups, feeling overwhelmed by housework, and how to handle teachers who don't see your kid the way you do. We got GREAT listener questions for this episode and do our best to answer this week!

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Mar 27, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.12): Episode 149
43:48

Setting up toddler playgroups, feeling overwhelmed by housework, and how to handle teachers who don't see your kid the way you do. We got GREAT listener questions for this episode and do our best to answer this week!

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Mar 27, 2018
School Projects, Homework, & How Much To Help: Episode 148
51:55

If the mere thought of a tri-fold science project display board makes you want to run for the hills, we’re right there with you. But we’ve also come to accept that as kids move into upper elementary, middle, and high school, school projects and increased homework demands are par for the course. Join Meagan and

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Mar 20, 2018
School Projects, Homework, & How Much To Help: Episode 148
51:55

If the mere thought of a tri-fold science project display board makes you want to run for the hills, we’re right there with you. But we’ve also come to accept that as kids move into upper elementary, middle, and high school, school projects and increased homework demands are par for the course. Join Meagan and […]

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Mar 20, 2018
More Than Mom: Hobbies
22:43

What constitutes a hobby? Does it have to involve textiles? Does cheese count? Do people really have hobbies outside of singing, dancing, and writing? Meagan and Sarah laugh our way through another more-than-mom chat–all about our hobbies. Enjoy! More-Than-Mom Sponsor: KIND Snacks Our go-to just-for-mom snacks come from KIND, who believes you shouldn’t have to

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Mar 18, 2018
More Than Mom: Hobbies
22:43

What constitutes a hobby? Does it have to involve textiles? Does cheese count? Do people really have hobbies outside of singing, dancing, and writing? Meagan and Sarah laugh our way through another more-than-mom chat–all about our hobbies. Enjoy! More-Than-Mom Sponsor: KIND Snacks Our go-to just-for-mom snacks come from KIND, who believes you shouldn’t have to […]

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Mar 18, 2018
Baby Shower Gift Ideas (& My, How Things Have Changed): Episode 147
53:42

Whether you're expecting a new baby or love showering friends with thoughtful baby gifts, this episode is for you. Meagan and Sarah enlist the help of some savvy new moms to get the latest product must-haves, plus rely on our own experience and the benefit of hindsight to dissect what's really essential, what you can probably pass on, and which gifts go the distance.

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Mar 13, 2018
Baby Shower Gift Ideas (& My, How Things Have Changed): Episode 147
53:42

Whether you’re expecting a new baby or love showering friends with thoughtful baby gifts, this episode is for you. Meagan and Sarah enlist the help of some savvy new moms to get the latest product must-haves, plus rely on our own experience and the benefit of hindsight to dissect what’s really essential, what you can […]

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Mar 13, 2018
More Than Mom: Beverages
35:34

Who knew we’d have so much to say about beverages? That’s the fun of our More-Than-Mom series–it’s a deep dive into the super superficial, with bits of nostalgia thrown in for fun. Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss memories of our favorite childhood drinks, what kept us going in high school and college, and

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Mar 11, 2018
More Than Mom: Beverages
35:34

Who knew we’d have so much to say about beverages? That’s the fun of our More-Than-Mom series–it’s a deep dive into the super superficial, with bits of nostalgia thrown in for fun. Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss memories of our favorite childhood drinks, what kept us going in high school and college, and […]

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Mar 11, 2018
Kindergarten Readiness & Parent-Teacher Relationships with Kelly Hiltz: Voices 23
51:18

We get a ton of listener questions on the topic of sending kids off to kindergarten--how to know if they're ready, what to do about those tricky summer birthdays in terms of sending a kid or holding him back, and how to prepare kids to be successful as they transition into elementary school. Kindergarten teacher and mom of two Kelly Hiltz brings a calming voice of reason to this often amped-up topic.

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Mar 10, 2018
Kindergarten Readiness & Parent-Teacher Relationships with Kelly Hiltz: Voices 23
51:18

We get a ton of listener questions on the topic of sending kids off to kindergarten–how to know if they’re ready, what to do about those tricky summer birthdays in terms of sending a kid or holding him back, and how to prepare kids to be successful as they transition into elementary school. Lucky for […]

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Mar 10, 2018
Other Adults In Our Kids’ Lives: Episode 146
59:59

What if "I can't do it all" wasn't a statement of parenting failure and instead an opportunity to expand our kids' horizons and our own support system? What if instead of trying to be all things to each child, we recognized the importance of other role models in our kids' lives. Meagan and Sarah look at these questions in Episode 146 as we discuss the importance of other adults in our kids' lives and how to help kids cultivate these important extra-familial relationships. Plus, Katie Addiss joins Sarah for a struggle, success and discovery at the end of the show.

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Mar 06, 2018
Other Adults In Our Kids’ Lives: Episode 146
59:59

What if “I can’t do it all” wasn’t a statement of parenting failure and instead an opportunity to expand our kids’ horizons and our own support system? What if instead of trying to be all things to each child, we recognized the importance of other role models in our kids’ lives? Meagan and Sarah look […]

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Mar 06, 2018
More Than Mom: Social Media
29:58

Love it or hate it, social media is a part of our lives. Join Meagan and Sarah for a meandering chat about our favorite ways to be social online. This episode is part of our More Than Mom series, where we set aside the practical parenting tips (which you can still find in each new

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Mar 04, 2018
More Than Mom: Social Media
29:58

Love it or hate it, social media is a part of our lives. Join Meagan and Sarah for a meandering chat about our favorite ways to be social online. This episode is part of our More Than Mom series, where we set aside the practical parenting tips (which you can still find in each new […]

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Mar 04, 2018
Stocking Your House For Stuck-Inside Days: Episode 145
47:48

Between sick days and snow days, new babies and school holidays, we know firsthand how hard it is to be stuck inside with kids for what feels like eternity. In Episode 145 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer tips for stocking your home so that when that stomach flupocalypse does strike, you’re prepared

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Feb 27, 2018
Stocking Your House For Stuck-Inside Days: Episode 145
47:48

Between sick days and snow days, new babies and school holidays, we know firsthand how hard it is to be stuck inside with kids for what feels like eternity. In Episode 145 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer tips for stocking your home so that when that stomach flupocalypse does strike, you’re prepared […]

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Feb 27, 2018
More Than Mom: Beauty Product Nostalgia
39:01

Can you remember the skincare products and fragrance you swore by in middle school? How do you feel about clear mascara or yellow nail polish? Can you sing the Jhirmack shampoo jingle at full voice? (One of us can. Guess who.) Laugh along with Meagan and Sarah in a more-than-mom special episode all about beauty

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Feb 25, 2018
More Than Mom: Beauty Product Nostalgia
39:01

Can you remember the skincare products and fragrance you swore by in middle school? How do you feel about clear mascara or yellow nail polish? Can you sing the Jhirmack shampoo jingle at full voice? (One of us can. Guess who.) Laugh along with Meagan and Sarah in a more-than-mom special episode all about beauty […]

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Feb 25, 2018
The Myth Of The Mom Tribe: Episode 144
50:21

Moms need tribes, right? So we’re told. But what if friendships in motherhood are a little more dynamic, evolving, and complicated than just finding the right group and sliding on in. Join Meagan and Sarah for a thoughtful discussion about what it really means to “find your tribe” as a mom, PLUS we offer 10

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Feb 20, 2018
The Myth Of The Mom Tribe: Episode 144
50:21

Moms need tribes, right? So we’re told. But what if friendships in motherhood are a little more dynamic, evolving, and complicated than just finding the right group and sliding on in. Join Meagan and Sarah for a thoughtful discussion about what it really means to “find your tribe” as a mom, PLUS we offer 10 […]

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Feb 20, 2018
Tweens (Is This A Thing? Yes, It Is): Episode 143
59:45

Tweens are not just overgrown little kids or mini-adolescents. Caught between the two, they really are in phase worthy of its own discussion–and its own podcast episode! Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss what makes 8-12-year-olds unique and how to up our parenting game to meet their needs as they grow. Sponsor Spotlight: KIND

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Feb 13, 2018
Tweens (Is This A Thing? Yes, It Is): Episode 143
59:45

Tweens are not just overgrown little kids or mini-adolescents. Caught between the two, they really are in phase worthy of its own discussion–and its own podcast episode! Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss what makes 8-12-year-olds unique and how to up our parenting game to meet their needs as they grow. Sponsor Spotlight: KIND […]

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Feb 13, 2018
Becoming A Maker With Christine Koh: Voices 22
39:51

When Christine Koh started making t-shirts for herself as a creative release and weekend hobby, she had no idea that within a matter of months her designs would be seen on celebrities, in magazines, and as a meaningful part of social good movements around the country. Join Sarah as she chats with Christine (who is

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Feb 09, 2018
Becoming A Maker With Christine Koh: Voices 22
39:51

When Christine Koh started making t-shirts for herself as a creative release and weekend hobby, she had no idea that within a matter of months her designs would be seen on celebrities, in magazines, and as a meaningful part of social good movements around the country. Join Sarah as she chats with Christine (who is […]

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Feb 09, 2018
Listener Questions (Working Mom / SAHM Edition): Episode 142
49:17

We’re taking listener questions this week, all around the topics of working outside the home, staying at home full-time, and the tension the often exists no matter where you spend your days. (Spoiler alert: Two moms with totally opposite schedules both wrote in to say that 4:00pm is a totally brutal time of day.) Join

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Feb 06, 2018
Listener Questions (Working Mom / SAHM Edition): Episode 142
49:17

We’re taking listener questions this week, all around the topics of working outside the home, staying at home full-time, and the tension the often exists no matter where you spend your days. (Spoiler alert: Two moms with totally opposite schedules both wrote in to say that 4:00pm is a totally brutal time of day.) Join […]

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Feb 06, 2018
Busting Dad Stereotypes with Whit Honea: Episode 141
41:08

The picture of fatherhood we see depicted in pop culture is fraught with stereotypes. From the bumbling dad who can’t fasten snaps on a onesie to the overly intense sports dad who pushes his kid on the ball field, the generalizations often don’t represent the truth and in many cases can be harmful to dads’

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Feb 02, 2018
Busting Dad Stereotypes with Whit Honea: Episode 141
41:08

The picture of fatherhood we see depicted in pop culture is fraught with stereotypes. From the bumbling dad who can’t fasten snaps on a onesie to the overly intense sports dad who pushes his kid on the ball field, the generalizations often don’t represent the truth and in many cases can be harmful to dads’ […]

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Feb 02, 2018
Meagan & Sarah’s Working-Mom Lives: Episode 140
56:53

Meagan and Sarah are both working more than we have in a long time–and our work schedules have changed recently. In Episode 140 we talk about what’s working (ha!), what isn’t, and how things have evolved since the drop-a-toddler-off-at-daycare years. We also talk about how working moms and stay-at-home moms can support one another, how

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Jan 30, 2018
Meagan & Sarah’s Working-Mom Lives: Episode 140
56:53

Meagan and Sarah are both working more than we have in a long time–and our work schedules have changed recently. In Episode 140 we talk about what’s working (ha!), what isn’t, and how things have evolved since the drop-a-toddler-off-at-daycare years. We also talk about how working moms and stay-at-home moms can support one another, how […]

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Jan 30, 2018
State Of The Style Situation, Head To Toe: Episode 139
1:03:03

What's the state of our wardrobes? Glad you asked. In Episode 139 Meagan and Sarah go Head-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toes through what's working and what isn't when it comes to style for us lately. Find out what Meagan loves about having longish hair for the first time in a decade, why Sarah continues to struggle with leggings and can never find her socks, and hear our takes on two different popular online bra retailers. Plus Katie Addiss joins Sarah at the end for a fashion-related struggle, discovery, and success.

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Jan 23, 2018
State Of The Style Situation, Head To Toe: Episode 139
1:03:03

What’s the state of our wardrobes? Glad you asked. In Episode 139 Meagan and Sarah go Head-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toes through what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to style for us lately. Find out what Meagan loves about having longish hair for the first time in a decade, why Sarah continues to struggle with leggings and […]

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Jan 23, 2018
10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 2): Episode 138
35:05

What daily habits do happy moms practice? Our answers may surprise you. Join Meagan and Sarah for the second in our two-part series on cultivating happiness during motherhood. Listen to Episode 138 using the player below, and catch up on Part 1 in the series with Episode 137, too! Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic! is a

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Jan 16, 2018
10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 2): Episode 138
35:05

What daily habits do happy moms practice? Our answers may surprise you. Join Meagan and Sarah for the second in our two-part series on cultivating happiness during motherhood. Listen to Episode 138 using the player below, and catch up on Part 1 in the series with Episode 137, too! Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic! is a […]

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Jan 16, 2018
Leaning In To Chaos With Sarah R. Bagley: Voices 21
52:48

Sarah R. Bagley mothers, writes, podcasts, teaches group fitness, and runs a local women’s entrepreneur group–all while keeping up with the demands and schedules of a toddler, a preschooler, and a first-grader. She’s the first to admit that this hybrid working/momming thing isn’t easy, but her philosophy is all about leaning in to both creative

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Jan 12, 2018
Leaning In To Chaos With Sarah R. Bagley: Voices 21
52:48

Sarah R. Bagley mothers, writes, podcasts, teaches group fitness, and runs a local women’s entrepreneur group–all while keeping up with the demands and schedules of a toddler, a preschooler, and a first-grader. She’s the first to admit that this hybrid working/momming thing isn’t easy, but her philosophy is all about leaning in to both creative […]

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Jan 12, 2018
10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 1): Episode 137
31:17

What do happy moms do on a regular basis to stave off stress, grumpiness, and dissatisfaction? We know that no mom is happy ALL the time, but in Episode 137 we’re digging deep into five habits of mostly-happy moms. Next week we’ll share five more habits to round out this two-part series. Enjoy! Part 2 of

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Jan 09, 2018
10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 1): Episode 137
31:17

What do happy moms do on a regular basis to stave off stress, grumpiness, and dissatisfaction? We know that no mom is happy ALL the time, but in Episode 137 we’re digging deep into five habits of mostly-happy moms. Next week we’ll share five more habits to round out this two-part series. Enjoy! Part 2 of […]

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Jan 09, 2018
Looking Back To Look Forward (Our 2017/2018 Chat): Episode 136
53:07

Happy New Year, friends! Before we launch headlong into 2018 we’re taking a quick look back at what happened for each of us–and the podcast–in 2017. Looking back at the year behind us is a helpful way to discover what we want to see more (or less) of in the coming year. Join us, and

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Jan 02, 2018
Looking Back To Look Forward (Our 2017/2018 Chat): Episode 136
53:07

Happy New Year, friends! Before we launch headlong into 2018 we’re taking a quick look back at what happened for each of us–and the podcast–in 2017. Looking back at the year behind us is a helpful way to discover what we want to see more (or less) of in the coming year. Join us, and […]

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Jan 02, 2018
Listener Questions (Vol.11): Episode 135
48:22

A toddler who won’t stay in his room at bedtime, a seven-year-old with a fibbing habit, and the age-old questions of “what do you do with a two-year-old while you put the baby to bed?” and “why do my kids have such a hard time occupying themselves?”. In Episode 135 of The Mom Hour, Sarah

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Dec 26, 2017
Listener Questions (Vol.11): Episode 135
48:22

A toddler who won’t stay in his room at bedtime, a seven-year-old with a fibbing habit, and the age-old questions of “what do you do with a two-year-old while you put the baby to bed?” and “why do my kids have such a hard time occupying themselves?”. In Episode 135 of The Mom Hour, Sarah […]

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Dec 26, 2017
Listener Questions (Holiday Edition, Vol.2): Episode 134
56:56

We’re answering a TON of your parenting questions in this week’s episode, and it’s all about navigating the holidays. From getting kids to thank grandma appropriately to keeping toddlers on a schedule, we weigh in on the topics you suggested in this Instagram post. Take a listen! Featured Sponsor: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal

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Dec 19, 2017
Listener Questions (Holiday Edition, Vol.2): Episode 134
56:56

We’re answering a TON of your parenting questions in this week’s episode, and it’s all about navigating the holidays. From getting kids to thank grandma appropriately to keeping toddlers on a schedule, we weigh in on the topics you suggested in this Instagram post. Take a listen! Featured Sponsor: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal […]

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Dec 19, 2017
Struggles, Successes & Discoveries: Episode 133
56:24

If you’ve enjoyed Katie’s new mom segments over the past year, you’ll love this week’s episode. We listen to Katie highlight one struggle, one success, and one discovery from her life as a mom of two littles, then Meagan and Sarah weigh in with their thoughts PLUS share struggles, successes and discoveries of our own.

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Dec 12, 2017
Struggles, Successes & Discoveries: Episode 133
56:24

If you’ve enjoyed Katie’s new mom segments over the past year, you’ll love this week’s episode. We listen to Katie highlight one struggle, one success, and one discovery from her life as a mom of two littles, then Meagan and Sarah weigh in with their thoughts PLUS share struggles, successes and discoveries of our own. […]

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Dec 12, 2017
Newborn Attachment with Alexandra Spitz: Voices 20
52:52

Parent Educator Alexandra Spitz is passionate about helping new moms feel calm and confident in their parenting abilities, and attachment theory is one of the cornerstones of her 10-week newborn class at The New Mom School in Newport Beach, CA. Join Sarah for as she interviews Alex about newborn attachment, what new moms can do

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Dec 08, 2017
Newborn Attachment with Alexandra Spitz: Voices 20
52:52

Parent Educator Alexandra Spitz is passionate about helping new moms feel calm and confident in their parenting abilities, and attachment theory is one of the cornerstones of her 10-week newborn class at The New Mom School in Newport Beach, CA. Join Sarah for as she interviews Alex about newborn attachment, what new moms can do […]

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Dec 08, 2017
Slowing Down To Catch Up: Episode 132
53:54

Grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and settle in for an entire episode of The Mom Hour that’s all about slowing down and catching up. We’ve been moving so fast this fall that we wanted to take time to update listeners on what’s been going on with us personally, some fun

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Dec 05, 2017
Slowing Down To Catch Up: Episode 132
53:54

Grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and settle in for an entire episode of The Mom Hour that’s all about slowing down and catching up. We’ve been moving so fast this fall that we wanted to take time to update listeners on what’s been going on with us personally, some fun […]

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Dec 05, 2017
Holiday Meals, Messes, and Staying Sane Amid Kitchen Craziness: Episode 131
54:04

Hosting a large family gathering and serving The Big Meal can be intimidating, especially if you didn't grow up schooled in the ways of traditional homemaking and entertaining. Meagan and Sarah break down the process of hosting and serving a holiday meal from beginning to end--from prepping and shopping to serving and cleanup.

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Dec 01, 2017
Holiday Meals, Messes, and Staying Sane Amid Kitchen Craziness: Episode 131
54:04

Hosting a large family gathering and serving The Big Meal can be intimidating, especially if you didn't grow up schooled in the ways of traditional homemaking and entertaining. Meagan and Sarah break down the process of hosting and serving a holiday meal from beginning to end--from prepping and shopping to serving and cleanup.

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Dec 01, 2017
Sane & Satisfying Holiday Entertaining: Episode 130
45:07

“Entertaining” sounds intimidating, but how about “open your doors and let people in”? Meagan and Sarah want you to feel like opening your home to guests is an opportunity, not a potential Pinterest-fail, and we’re here to offer some tips for scaling back the expectations and making entertaining fun, sane, and satisfying for everyone. Join

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Nov 28, 2017
Sane & Satisfying Holiday Entertaining: Episode 130
45:07

“Entertaining” sounds intimidating, but how about “open your doors and let people in”? Meagan and Sarah want you to feel like opening your home to guests is an opportunity, not a potential Pinterest-fail, and we’re here to offer some tips for scaling back the expectations and making entertaining fun, sane, and satisfying for everyone. Join […]

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Nov 28, 2017
Gift Ideas For Teens & Adults: 2017 Holiday Special #3
41:15

Need help with gift ideas for the teens and adults on your holiday shopping list? Meagan and Sarah are chatting about unique, surprising, and time-tested gifts for teens and adults in our third Cyber Monday Special Episode. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight ActionHeat makes the world’s best heated clothing, powered by rechargeable batteries. It’s the perfect

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Nov 27, 2017
Gift Ideas For Teens & Adults: 2017 Holiday Special #3
41:15

Need help with gift ideas for the teens and adults on your holiday shopping list? Meagan and Sarah are chatting about unique, surprising, and time-tested gifts for teens and adults in our third Cyber Monday Special Episode. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight ActionHeat makes the world’s best heated clothing, powered by rechargeable batteries. It’s the perfect […]

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Nov 27, 2017
Gift Ideas For Big Kids & Tweens: 2017 Holiday Special #2
39:15

Kids ages 6-12 can be hard to shop for, having outgrown the obvious little-kid toys but still young enough to enjoy creative play and good old fashioned fun. Meagan and Sarah offer suggestions for gift giving to big kids and tweens in this Cyber Monday Special Episode. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight Stencil Revolution is a

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Nov 27, 2017
Gift Ideas For Big Kids & Tweens: 2017 Holiday Special #2
39:15

Kids ages 6-12 can be hard to shop for, having outgrown the obvious little-kid toys but still young enough to enjoy creative play and good old fashioned fun. Meagan and Sarah offer suggestions for gift giving to big kids and tweens in this Cyber Monday Special Episode. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight Stencil Revolution is a […]

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Nov 27, 2017
Gift Ideas For Babies, Toddlers & Little Kids: 2017 Holiday Special #1
41:19

Shopping for babies, toddlers, or preschoolers? Sarah and Katie sit down in a Cyber Monday Gift Guide Special to brainstorm great gift ideas for ages 0-5. We share more than 40 ideas in about that many minutes–come along for the ride!  Sponsor Spotlight Telling family stories is a huge part of the culture in both

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Nov 27, 2017
Gift Ideas For Babies, Toddlers & Little Kids: 2017 Holiday Special #1
41:19

Shopping for babies, toddlers, or preschoolers? Sarah and Katie sit down in a Cyber Monday Gift Guide Special to brainstorm great gift ideas for ages 0-5. We share more than 40 ideas in about that many minutes–come along for the ride!  Sponsor Spotlight Telling family stories is a huge part of the culture in both […]

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Nov 27, 2017
Routines, Rituals, and Traditions (Part 2): Episode 129
42:09

Routines help us move through the day as busy moms, so what can we do to instill healthy ones, change up the ones we’ve outgrown, and add meaningful rituals into our family culture? Join Meagan and Sarah as they offer tips for using routines to make your life as a mom easier and more fun–have

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Nov 21, 2017
Routines, Rituals, and Traditions (Part 2): Episode 129
42:09

Routines help us move through the day as busy moms, so what can we do to instill healthy ones, change up the ones we’ve outgrown, and add meaningful rituals into our family culture? Join Meagan and Sarah as they offer tips for using routines to make your life as a mom easier and more fun–have […]

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Nov 21, 2017
Routines, Rituals, and Traditions (Part 1): Episode 128
56:56

Meagan's divorce has shaken up the family schedule and plans for the holidays, and both she and Sarah are interested in exploring what happens to routines, rituals, and traditions in times of major change. Join us for a look at all this and more in Episode 128 (the first in a two-part series!).

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Nov 14, 2017
Routines, Rituals, and Traditions (Part 1): Episode 128
56:56

Meagan’s divorce has shaken up the family schedule and plans for the holidays, and both she and Sarah are interested in exploring what happens to routines, rituals, and traditions in times of major change. Join us for a look at all this and more in Episode 128 (the first in a two-part series!) of The […]

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Nov 14, 2017
Regional Parenting Differences (Host-Swap With What Fresh Hell’s Margaret Ables): Episode 127
52:40

Are all East Coast parents uptight traditionalists grooming their kids for the Ivy League? Are all West Coast moms drinking kale smoothies while practicing yoga on a paddleboard? Of course not, but in this special episode of The Mom Hour Sarah (of the West Coast) is joined by guest co-host Margaret Ables (a New Yorker)

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Nov 07, 2017
Regional Parenting Differences (Host-Swap With What Fresh Hell’s Margaret Ables): Episode 127
52:40

Are all East Coast parents uptight traditionalists grooming their kids for the Ivy League? Are all West Coast moms drinking kale smoothies while practicing yoga on a paddleboard? Of course not, but in this special episode of The Mom Hour Sarah (of the West Coast) is joined by guest co-host Margaret Ables (a New Yorker) […]

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Nov 07, 2017
Family Photography & Capturing Moments with Amy Tripple: Voices 19
51:54

Amy Tripple is a Chicago-based photographer who understands that it’s hard to get little ones dressed and out the door on a normal day–let alone for a family photo shoot. In Episode 19 of our Mom Hour Voices series Amy and Sarah talk about how to make the most of professional family photos, what to

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Nov 03, 2017
Family Photography & Capturing Moments with Amy Tripple: Voices 19
51:54

Amy Tripple is a Chicago-based photographer who understands that it’s hard to get little ones dressed and out the door on a normal day–let alone for a family photo shoot. In Episode 19 of our Mom Hour Voices series Amy and Sarah talk about how to make the most of professional family photos, what to […]

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Nov 03, 2017
For The Love Of Cousins! Episode 126
40:23

Meagan’s family is full of cousins and Sarah’s more sparsely “cousined”, but we both have a lot to say about the cousins we grew up with as well as the cousins our kids have. Join us as we discuss these unique and meaningful extended family relationships, and how to make the most of them. PLUS,

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Oct 31, 2017
For The Love Of Cousins! Episode 126
40:23

Meagan’s family is full of cousins and Sarah’s more sparsely “cousined”, but we both have a lot to say about the cousins we grew up with as well as the cousins our kids have. Join us as we discuss these unique and meaningful extended family relationships, and how to make the most of them. PLUS, […]

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Oct 31, 2017
Holiday Prep (Now!) For An Easier December: Episode 125
40:56

Too early to make meaningful progress on holiday to-do lists? Sarah says no, and Meagan is curious but skeptical. Whether you’re a plan-ahead type or not, we’ve got some practical tips for making December less hectic by doing a little planning right now. Join us! (For clarity’s sake, we are Team NO Decorations/Music Until After

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Oct 24, 2017
Holiday Prep (Now!) For An Easier December: Episode 125
40:56

Too early to make meaningful progress on holiday to-do lists? Sarah says no, and Meagan is curious but skeptical. Whether you’re a plan-ahead type or not, we’ve got some practical tips for making December less hectic by doing a little planning right now. Join us! (For clarity’s sake, we are Team NO Decorations/Music Until After […]

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Oct 24, 2017
Headlines, Heartache, and Helping: Episode 124
57:20

It’s been a rough few weeks and we want to talk about it. Join Meagan and Sarah for an honest discussion about how we manage our media intake when the headlines are heartbreaking, how to identify the feelings that come up when we’re triggered in some way by the news, and how to help when

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Oct 17, 2017
Headlines, Heartache, and Helping: Episode 124
57:20

It’s been a rough few weeks and we want to talk about it. Join Meagan and Sarah for an honest discussion about how we manage our media intake when the headlines are heartbreaking, how to identify the feelings that come up when we’re triggered in some way by the news, and how to help when […]

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Oct 17, 2017
Listener Questions (Vol.10): Episode 123
52:40

When to start giving kids an allowance, paying for chores, getting mentally psyched up for baby #2, and dealing with kids’ annoying habits–these are the parenting challenges and motherhood topics we’re tackling in the latest Listener Questions episode of The Mom Hour. Join us! Want Meagan and Sarah to answer a question of yours? Record

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Oct 10, 2017
Listener Questions (Vol.10): Episode 123
52:40

When to start giving kids an allowance, paying for chores, getting mentally psyched up for baby #2, and dealing with kids’ annoying habits–these are the parenting challenges and motherhood topics we’re tackling in the latest Listener Questions episode of The Mom Hour. Join us! Want Meagan and Sarah to answer a question of yours? Record […]

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Oct 10, 2017
Kids & Friendships With Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore: Voices 18
50:22

Helping kids navigate friendships and social dynamics is one of the most commonly-requested topics from our listeners. That’s why we’re so thrilled to welcome Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, an author, psychologist, and expert on children’s friendships, to this special episode of The Mom Hour Voices series. Sarah asks Dr. Eileen about helping kids who feel left

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Oct 06, 2017
Kids & Friendships With Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore: Episode 18
50:22

Helping kids navigate friendships and social dynamics is one of the most commonly-requested topics from our listeners. That’s why we’re so thrilled to welcome Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, an author, psychologist, and expert on children’s friendships, to this special episode of The Mom Hour Voices series. Sarah asks Dr. Eileen about helping kids who feel left […]

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Oct 06, 2017
Listener Questions (Vol.9): Episode 122
37:13

Closely spaced babies, tips on room-sharing, helping siblings get along, and dealing with super-shy toddlers. These are the topics we cover in this week’s episode–all of which are inspired by listeners’ real lives and kids. Join us as we hear from YOU and then offer our advice (which is as usual, mostly “hang in there…it

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Oct 03, 2017
Listener Questions (Vol.9): Episode 122
37:13

Closely spaced babies, tips on room-sharing, helping siblings get along, and dealing with super-shy toddlers. These are the topics we cover in this week’s episode–all of which are inspired by listeners’ real lives and kids. Join us as we hear from YOU and then offer our advice (which is as usual, mostly “hang in there…it […]

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Oct 03, 2017
Laid-Back Mom vs. Type A Mom: Episode 121
42:36

Sarah’s the Type-A, detailed one; Meagan’s the free spirit who’s super laid-back. Right? Or is there more? In Episode 121 we share the ways in which we break type from our typical molds–go figure! we’re not two-dimensional!–and challenge the idea that any one mom is either totally chill or totally stressed. Join us! Featured Sponsor:

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Sep 26, 2017
Laid-Back Mom vs. Type A Mom: Episode 121
42:36

Sarah’s the Type-A, detailed one; Meagan’s the free spirit who’s super laid-back. Right? Or is there more? In Episode 121 we share the ways in which we break type from our typical molds–go figure! we’re not two-dimensional!–and challenge the idea that any one mom is either totally chill or totally stressed. Join us! Featured Sponsor: […]

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Sep 26, 2017
Sitters & Caregivers, Part 2: Episode 120
56:16

How much do we pay our babysitters? (Yes, we get real about numbers.) Do we expect sitters to do the dishes? (One of us gets super weird about this.) And what's the best way to get the potentially awkward conversations out of the way and start building great relationships with the people caring for your kids? (Early, often, and as clearly as possible.)

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Sep 18, 2017
Sitters & Caregivers, Part 2: The Mom Hour, Episode 120
56:16

How much do we pay our babysitters? (Yes, we get real about numbers.) Do we expect sitters to do the dishes? (One of us gets super weird about this.) And what’s the best way to get the potentially awkward conversations out of the way and start building great relationships with the people caring for your […]

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Sep 18, 2017
Sitters & Caregivers, Part 1: Episode 119
56:47

We've learned a lot from our own mistakes over the years about finding, hiring, and building relationships with non-family caregivers. In Episodes 119 and 120 we'll go on a deep dive into this topic, starting with general tips today for finding great sitters and making sure your childcare needs are covered--even if you're the primary parent at home.

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Sep 12, 2017
Sitters & Caregivers, Part 1: Episode 119
56:47

We’ve learned a lot from our own mistakes over the years about finding, hiring, and building relationships with non-family caregivers. In Episodes 119 and 120 we’ll go on a deep dive into this topic, starting with general tips today for finding great sitters and making sure your childcare needs are covered–even if you’re the primary […]

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Sep 12, 2017
Motherhood, Creativity & Balance with Lesley Miller: Voices 17
45:30

Sarah sits down with fellow writer-turned-podcaster, mom of three, and California girl Lesley Miller in this month’s episode in our Mom Hour Voices series. Join them as they talk about their semi-parallel lives, the process of adjusting to life as a mom of school-aged kids, being a sorta-working/sorta-staying-home mom, and more. Sponsor Spotlight: Opinion Outpost

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Sep 08, 2017
Motherhood, Creativity & Balance with Lesley Miller: Voices 17
45:30

Sarah sits down with fellow writer-turned-podcaster, mom of three, and California girl Lesley Miller in this month’s episode in our Mom Hour Voices series. Join them as they talk about their semi-parallel lives, the process of adjusting to life as a mom of school-aged kids, being a sorta-working/sorta-staying-home mom, and more. Sponsor Spotlight: Opinion Outpost […]

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Sep 08, 2017
Our Favorite Fictional Moms: Episode 118
48:29

From Ma Ingalls to Claire Huxtable, Mrs. Pteranodon to Marmee March, we’re discussing our favorite moms from books, TV and movies this week on the podcast. We hope after listening you’ll be as nostalgic for classic literature as we are (and maybe that you’ll also want to binge-watch Arrested Development). Enjoy! Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic!

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Sep 04, 2017
Our Favorite Fictional Moms: Episode 118
48:29

From Ma Ingalls to Claire Huxtable, Mrs. Pteranodon to Marmee March, we’re discussing our favorite moms from books, TV and movies this week on the podcast. We hope after listening you’ll be as nostalgic for classic literature as we are (and maybe that you’ll also want to binge-watch Arrested Development). Enjoy! Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic! […]

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Sep 04, 2017
How To REALLY Help A New Mom: LIVE From Newport Beach
51:11

What’s your favorite way to help a new mom? In this very special episode–recorded LIVE at The New Mom School in Newport Beach–Meagan and Sarah offer some outside-the-box ideas for helping a new mom, PLUS our amazing live audience chimes in with stories and tips from their own new mom days. Enjoy! Links we mentioned

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Sep 01, 2017
How To REALLY Help A New Mom: LIVE From Newport Beach
51:11

What’s your favorite way to help a new mom? In this very special episode–recorded LIVE at The New Mom School in Newport Beach–Meagan and Sarah offer some outside-the-box ideas for helping a new mom, PLUS our amazing live audience chimes in with stories and tips from their own new mom days. Enjoy! Links we mentioned […]

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Sep 01, 2017
How To Be A Happier Sports Parent: Episode 117
55:11

Sports and activities should add fun and fulfillment to your family culture--not suck the life out of it. And yet, between keeping wiggly babies occupied in the gymnastics waiting area and driving all over town for team sports commitments, it's easy to feel like there's a high cost to all that "fun". Meagan and Sarah offer concrete tips for being a happier sports parent as we head into this new school year. From opting out of mommy-and-me classes to letting older kids dabble instead of specialize, we're here to remind you that your happiness matters (and that your kid is probably not a future Olympian). PLUS, listen all the way to the end for a fun segment featuring Sarah and Katie Addiss.

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Aug 28, 2017
How To Be A Happier Sports Parent: Episode 117
55:11

Sports and activities should add fun and fulfillment to your family culture–not suck the life out of it. And yet, between keeping wiggly babies occupied in the gymnastics waiting area and driving all over town for team sports commitments, it’s easy to feel like there’s a high cost to all that “fun”. Meagan and Sarah […]

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Aug 28, 2017
Back To School = The New Year For Moms: Episode 116
54:35

Whether you have kids heading back to the classroom or not, this time of year feels like an opportunity to renew routines, set some goals, and tackle some overdue projects. Back to school is like another New Year for moms, and in this episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah get specific about their

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Aug 22, 2017
Back To School = The New Year For Moms: Episode 116
54:35

Whether you have kids heading back to the classroom or not, this time of year feels like an opportunity to renew routines, set some goals, and tackle some overdue projects. Back to school is like another New Year for moms, and in this episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah get specific about their […]

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Aug 22, 2017
Back To School, Preschool To Teen: Episode 115
53:34

We’re looking ahead at the new school year and talking about what it means for each of our combined EIGHT kids, ages 4 through 19. Join Meagan and Sarah as we go age by age and discuss what the challenges, opportunities, and unique situations are for each grade level–everything from transitioning to middle school to

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Aug 15, 2017
Back To School, Preschool To Teen: Episode 115
53:34

We’re looking ahead at the new school year and talking about what it means for each of our combined EIGHT kids, ages 4 through 19. Join Meagan and Sarah as we go age by age and discuss what the challenges, opportunities, and unique situations are for each grade level–everything from transitioning to middle school to […]

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Aug 15, 2017
Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Breastfeeding Edition): Episode 114
48:51

Supply envy, pumping woes, and prop overload: These are just a few of the things that Meagan, Sarah, and resident-nursing-mom Katie realize in hindsight that we worried way too much about in our early breastfeeding days. Join us for a frank discussion about the things we wish we’d known about breastfeeding, plus our tips for

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Aug 08, 2017
Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Breastfeeding Edition): Episode 114
48:51

Supply envy, pumping woes, and prop overload: These are just a few of the things that Meagan, Sarah, and resident-nursing-mom Katie realize in hindsight that we worried way too much about in our early breastfeeding days. Join us for a frank discussion about the things we wish we’d known about breastfeeding, plus our tips for […]

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Aug 08, 2017
Announcing Our LIVE Event! The Mom Hour LIVE in Newport Beach CA
4:48

Meagan and Sarah have news! We’re hosting a LIVE event in Newport Beach, CA on Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00pm at The New Mom School and The Dailey Method Studios. Listen for details, and click here to register to join us in person! Helpful links: Register to attend The Mom Hour LIVE! — registration is […]

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Aug 05, 2017
Ignore Bad Behavior & Enjoy Parenting More with Catherine Pearlman: Voices 16
36:44

Dr. Catherine Pearlman has been helping parents with behavioral challenges and family dynamics for nearly 20 years through her private coaching practice and career as a social worker. In this special episode of The Mom Hour Voices, Catherine sits down with Sarah to talk about strategies moms can use to curb frustrating behavior patterns and enjoy parenting more. Join us!

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Aug 04, 2017
Ignore Bad Behavior & Enjoy Parenting More with Catherine Pearlman: Voices 16
36:44

Dr. Catherine Pearlman has been helping parents with behavioral challenges and family dynamics for nearly 20 years through her private coaching practice and career as a social worker. In this special episode of The Mom Hour Voices, Catherine sits down with Sarah to talk about strategies moms can use to curb frustrating behavior patterns and enjoy parenting more. Join us!

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Aug 04, 2017
Defining Your Family’s “Food Values”: Episode 113
41:54

What does “healthy” mean for your family? What are the behaviors and values around food you try to model for your kids? And what little things can we do as parents to show our kids a healthy relationship with food and eating that will (hopefully) create a lasting impression? These are the questions Meagan and

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Aug 01, 2017
Defining Your Family’s “Food Values”: Episode 113
41:54

What does “healthy” mean for your family? What are the behaviors and values around food you try to model for your kids? And what little things can we do as parents to show our kids a healthy relationship with food and eating that will (hopefully) create a lasting impression? These are the questions Meagan and […]

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Aug 01, 2017
How To Survive (And Even Enjoy) Playing Board Games With Kids: Episode 112
57:25

If one more game of Candy Land or Monopoly threatens to send you over sanity’s edge, this is the podcast episode for you. In Episode 112 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer practical tips for making game play as a family tolerable–and even fun. We talk about including little players who can’t quite

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Jul 25, 2017
How To Survive (And Even Enjoy) Playing Board Games With Kids: Episode 112
57:25

If one more game of Candy Land or Monopoly threatens to send you over sanity’s edge, this is the podcast episode for you. In Episode 112 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer practical tips for making game play as a family tolerable–and even fun. We talk about including little players who can’t quite […]

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Jul 25, 2017
More Listener Questions (Vol.8): The Mom Hour, Episode 111
54:03

Samantha wants to start transitioning her one-year-old to a big-kid bed, Jess feels stuck in a pattern of frustrating behavior with her toddler and preschooler, and Tessa shares that her evenings at home with four kids are not the enjoyable family togetherness time that she wants them to be. In Episode 111 of The Mom […]

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Jul 18, 2017
Listener Questions (Vol.7): Episode 110
46:29

Maryanne asks if we’ve ever requested our kid change teachers at school, Danya hopes to find balance between accepting her postpartum body and sticking to a realistic fitness routine, and Janine shares that her safety worries are keeping her from getting out with her little ones. In Episode 110 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and

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Jul 11, 2017
Listener Questions (Vol.7): Episode 110
46:29

Maryanne asks if we’ve ever requested our kid change teachers at school, Danya hopes to find balance between accepting her postpartum body and sticking to a realistic fitness routine, and Janine shares that her safety worries are keeping her from getting out with her little ones. In Episode 110 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and […]

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Jul 11, 2017
Managing Stress and Uncertainty with Divorce Coach Jessica Ashley: Voices 15
49:34

Anyone who's been through a divorce or other major life change knows that stress, uncertainty, and feeling out of control are unavoidable. But you CAN find ways to quiet the chatter in your head, take care of yourself, and take steps toward creating the kind of life you want to live - no matter what circumstances you're in. Meagan chats with Jessica Ashley, certified divorce coach and founder of Single Mom Nation, about managing stress and getting your feet back on solid ground during uncertain times.

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Jul 07, 2017
Managing Stress and Uncertainty with Divorce Coach Jessica Ashley: Voices 15
49:34

Anyone who’s been through a divorce or other major life change knows that stress, uncertainty, and feeling out of control are unavoidable. But you CAN find ways to quiet the chatter in your head, take care of yourself, and take steps toward creating the kind of life you want to live – no matter what […]

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Jul 07, 2017
We Hate Fun: Episode 109
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