Kids & Finances

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In this week’s episode, we are tackling that sticky subject of finances, especially once you start having children. We offer our own personal struggles and frustrations as well as tips on your finances when considering starting a family, expanding your family, or even maintaining a household budget. Hopefully this episode will give you some helpful tips and well as encourage you (and us) to be more mindful with your money for the future.

Show notes:
Preparing for a Baby? Tackle These 15 Financial Tasks
10 Tips To Manage Your Household Budget
Cost to Raise a Child
Cost of Raising a Child
How Does Having a Third Baby Affect Your Family Finances?
Dumb Ways to Spend Money on Your Kids

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Two Arrested in Buffet Brawl Over Crab Legs

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Raising Physically Active Kids

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This week we decided to discuss how we as moms keep our kids physically active and how to motivate them to stay physically active. We offer our own experiences as kids and how we are currently motivating and continue to motivate our kids. In this digital world, this is a challenging time for parents to keep their kids interested in activities but also moving them away from the screens and outside. We hope we offer some great tips to you and a few laughs as well.

Show notes:
Encouraging your child to be physically active
Motivating Kids to be Active
11 Ways to Encourage Your Child to be Physically Active
Tips for Getting Started

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Apps for Moms

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This week we have a fun and informative episode all about apps that are helpful to moms. Having a hard time keeping schedule, too much artwork laying around the house, or maybe a new mom trying to figure out a feeding and diapering schedule, these apps might be helpful towards you and your family. We get a little excited with all the apps we discuss. So, fire up your laptop, tablet, or phone and get to downloading!

Show notes:
App Download & Usage Statistics (2018)
12 Must-Have Apps for Moms
The 10 Best Apps For Moms In 2018
The 7 Most Helpful Housecleaning Apps
7 Apps to Help You Do Your Chores

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Discipline for Children – Part 2

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Today, we continue our discussion on discipline for children. In this second part, we discuss corporal punishment and positive reinforcement techniques. We also discuss the ups and downs of raising a strong-willed child and how discipline and punishment are a little for those children.

Show notes:
Spanking / Corporal Punishment
Parenting the Strong Willed Child: 5 Discipline Strategies
Positive Reinforcement


Discipline for Children – Part 1

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This week’s episode is the first half of our discussion of the different types of discipline for children. We discuss pros and cons for the different types of discipline, what potentially works better, and why some types of discipline do not work. Disclaimer: This discussion is not meant to pass judgment or for us to be “on our soap box”. We wanted to have a real discussion about the difficulties of disciplining children and what could work best.

Show notes:
How to Discipline Your Child
The Mental Impact of Discipline
Out of Control Children
Behavior Management Strategies

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Mom Clothes

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This week’s topic is a little off-beat as we discuss “mom clothes”. There are always lots of jokes about different “mom styles”, even an SNL skit on “mom jeans” but we wanted to take it a little bit further. We talk about our own styles and what we like to wear, how having children has even changed our style, what other “mom styles” are out there for you.

Show links:
I Wore Cliche Mom Clothes For A Week & Here’s What Happened
Mom Jeans (SNL)

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Raising Kids in the Digital Age

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The world is a lot different from when we were kids. Technology was mostly for fun or schoolwork (Oregon Trail!) but now, children are immersed in technology from birth with smartphones, streaming services, tablets, computers, etc. So how do you monitor and connect with your kids in this technology/digitally-driven world? This week, we break down some advice and offer tips to raising children in this new world and how we are trying our best to not let ourselves get sucked into technology as well. A fun mocktail/cocktail to share with you all and of course good random crap too! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Show links:
Description of the iGen Generation
Online Safety
Teens and Social Media
Tips for Parents in the Digital Age
How to raise a happy kid in the digital age

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Friends Quiz Minisode

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We have a special treat for you all this week. We have a fun minisode where we quiz each other, including our knowledge of the T.V. show Friends.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy some good laughs.

If Moms Ruled the World…

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This week’s episode is a little different. We are discussing how things would be if moms were the complete rulers of the world. Sometimes we get serious and sometimes we get funny, but always a good time. Pamela shares a good “mocktail”, while Sarah shares how she “dirtied” it up! As always, some funny random crap from the internet to give you a good laugh for the weekend!

Show notes:
How Motherhood Changes Your Brain Chemistry

Sarah’s list:
1. Everyone would get an afternoon nap!
2. No one would ever have schmutz on their face
3. Criminals would be taken by the ear to go apologize to whoever they wronged
4. Less violence
5. Less peacocking and more cooperation
6. Everyone would be taxed for being impolite!
7. We would stop seeing women as fragile and expendable
8. Everyone would get paid maternity and paternity leave
9. No one would struggle to find childcare

Pamela’s list:
1. No more daylight savings/standard time – only 1 time year-round
2. Dinner could be made and served by pushing a few buttons on a machine, like on The Jetsons
3. Listening would be a trained skill
4. “Me time” or day or whatever would be a required thing and already in our schedules
5. Therapy or other support systems would be readily available
6. Ensure all homes have an industrial-size dishwasher and washing machines
7. All clothing would be “tumble dry” and all dishes “dishwasher safe”
8. More structure in our daily lives
9. Short wait times and/or lines

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Mom Charities

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This week, we discuss some of the charities that are near and dear to our hearts that helps out mothers and their children. We discuss the history of these charities and what services and resources they provide to mothers. We are passionate about this topic and hope you enjoy our discussion and if you are able to check out these charities and see if you can help out in whatever capacity you can. Remember, we are all on this crazy, roller coaster of motherhood together!

Charities:
March of Dimes
Every Mother Counts
7 Charities Helping Moms
Carry the Future
Good+ Foundation
Global Midwife Education Foundation (GMEF)
Women in Need (WIN)
Circle of Health International

Organization and Decluttering

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New year, new you, and new resolutions. One of the biggest resolutions people make in the new year is to declutter and organize their home. We discuss some tips and methods for purging some of your unwanted items. We also go through some top organizing methods and tips to help get your house straight. We also have some follow up stories within our random crap segment and one of us has a BIG announcement!

Show links:
Clutter Causes Stress
Home Organization Stress Survey
What Clutter Costs Us
Life fixes: 50 ways moms keep it together
Best decluttering advice we’ve heard

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What do children worry about?

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Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and new year and we are excited to jump into 2019 with new content and new listeners.

This episode we are discussing the different worries children have by their age group. We primarily focus on the younger ages up to the tween ages, but offer additional information below to those who have older children. We were both amazed and surprised what children do truly worry about and why at these young ages. We hope this information is helpful to you as you navigate your way through these different stages with your children.

Show links:
What do children worry about and how can grown-ups help
What children worry about
What causes a child to be worried or anxious
Infographic: Child Therapist’s List of Top Worries by Age
KidsHealth.org
Anxioustoddlers.com

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Favorite Children’s Christmas Movies

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It’s that time of year where we all snuggle up on the couch and watch our favorite Christmas movies with our family. We discuss some of our favorite Christmas movies and what we like about them and how they make us feel during this time of year. Some of our favorites include: Elf, A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. So sit down with some hot chocolate (spiked or not) and listen to our conversation about some of the best Christmas movies.

Also, this is our last episode for 2018, so Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and we wish you all a Happy New Year!

Show links:
Best Christmas Movies from Good Housekeeping

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Traveling with Children

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Traveling is stressful. Traveling with children, even more nightmarish! During the holiday season, majority of us will do some traveling with our children. It may be short trips or long ones, but either way, children get scared, tired, and/or bored easily when getting to their destination. In this episode, we break down why and how traveling with children can be stressful and what you can do to combat some of the stress and boredom some children feel in an airplane or in a long car ride. 

We also have a delicious holiday drink for your to try: Jingle Juice. Find the recipe here

Show links:
25 Essential Tips for Traveling with Kids
12 Strategies for Stress-Free Air Travel With Children
TSA: Traveling with Children (Special Procedures)
The Worst Age to Travel with Kids
Travel with Kids: Horror Stories

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Figurative Language Crossword Puzzle

We’re posting a fun and engaging crossword puzzle from Education.com that you can work on with your children. Education.com offers a variety of themes and templates to create different worksheets for specific needs. Some types of worksheets include:

  • Maze
  • Word search
  • Word search with images
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Word scramble
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Division
  • Multiplication
  • Spelling Test
  • Matching words to images
  • Word Tracer


Sail away to learn about figurative language with this crossword puzzle worksheet. Visit Education.com for more language arts activities!

Crossword puzzle
Here is the puzzle.
Here is the answer key.

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