When we started Motherhood On Tap, we wanted to share our own struggles with parenting, but also understand other mothers out there and what they are facing and how we as a whole, as mothers, can help each other through these struggles. So we decided we would discuss issues that mothers of color face still in today’s society. We hope this episode demonstrates how we stand in solidarity with people of color and the BLM movement.
As the world continues the various lockdowns for COVID-19, we continue our check-ins through Zoom and tell each other how we are holding up. We are both having some good days and some bad days and we know you all are too. Side note, this episode was recorded several weeks ago before the death of George Floyd and the protests going on. We wanted to make you all aware of our sensitivity to this issue and why we did not post this episode last week. As always, we hope our show brings you some laughs as well as confirmation that we are all in this together.
On behalf of Pamela and myself, I am here to say that Motherhood on Tap condemns all forms of racism and violence. We, along with many others in the podcasting community, mourn the loss of all those whose lives have ended as a result of senseless brutality. To show our support for people of color, we are participating in this week’s podcast blackout and will not be posting our regular episode today.
Pamela and I are well aware that we are two white women and that we exist within a society where we benefit from the color of our skin. It is likely that a lot of our listeners fit into this demographic as well. It would be easy for us to simply ignore the ongoing racial injustice in our country, but we are choosing to use our platform (and our privilege) to stand in solidarity with people of color.
Please take the time that you would have spent listening to this week’s episode to start educating yourself on the systemic racism in the US and how you can be a powerful ally and advocate. There are many educational books and articles available on these topics – I personally just started reading “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo. If you are able, please also consider donating to organizations that are fighting for equal rights for all people.
Let us never forget those who’ve needlessly died, and let us work to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
We have all been stuck at home now for several weeks due to the COVID-19 virus and feeling a little stir crazy. We decided to “meet up” through a Zoom call and record a check-in episode for you all. Sound quality may not be the best since it was over Zoom and we also had to record really late at night after our children went to bed. We hope you enjoy us discussing the hardships of working from home with kids and trying to entertain them.
Motherhood on Tap presents Salacious History – Sarah’s podcast about moments in history that were shaped by sex, romance, and people who were generally down to clown. Pamela and Sarah would like to share a recent minisode about how the coronavirus quarantine has impacted married couples…ENJOY!
As the coronavirus continues to spread, the CDC continues to recommend social distancing, which means only leaving one’s home when absolutely necessary, and when you are in public, staying at least six feet away from those around you. The six-foot rule, however, does not apply to partners or family members that you live with. With married couples and domestic partners spending an unprecedented amount of time together at home, what kind of impact does this have on their relationships?
So, we all need a break and some fun, especially right now, so we decided to quiz each other and have some laughs. This was recorded before all of the quarantines happening all over our state and the country, but not a bad idea for a potential Zoom mommies call over coffee or other tasty beverages and quiz each other for a few laughs. We have some links in the show notes where we found our quizzes for this episode.
We hope all of our listeners are staying safe and healthy. Thanks for letting us entertain you!
We don’t always admit that there are things we must do as moms that we completely hate. We want to hide, secretly roll our eyes, or pretend we absolutely love it while moaning on the inside. This episode covers all of that! Sarah and Pamela discuss the things they hate the most with motherhood. Please note, we are not saying we hate being moms or hate motherhood at all! What we are saying is there are some tasks or responsibilities as moms that we do not like/care for/want to do. We think this topic is so relevant now during our social distancing! Grab something good to drink and see if you agree with our thoughts. We would love to hear your own and share them on our show (anonymously, if you want)! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Side note: We recorded several episodes before the stay-at-home order was issued for our state of North Carolina. This episode was recorded back in February, so some topics we discussed will be a little old.
March is Women’s History Month and we decided to end the month with another bad ass moms episode! In this episode we cover the lives and accomplishments of Eustacia Cutler and Candy Lightner. We also have a wonderful drink of gin and ginger ale that’s simple and a must try.
Have you ever felt like you been so busy during the day, but NOTHING was accomplished? I think we all have. Between life, children, our children’s activities, our spouse/partner, and trying to have our own personal life, how can we get anything done? We discuss some obstacles that get in our way and then some tips and possible solutions to help us all be more productive and feel like we are getting some things done. Of course we have a few laughs and yummy drinks while we discuss and share our own frustrations with feeling productive.
We take on a relevant topic for all parents right now. How do we keep our kids healthy in this cold and flu season. We go over how the immune system works and how important it is, tips and tricks on how to keep your children (and yourself), and we go on a side rant about the importance of vaccines. Grab a cold, satisfying drink and hopefully we can help with your family battle this rough time of the year.
We are back together after a slight recording hiatus because baby Riley is here. Sarah recalls her birth story with Riley and how she is doing. He even joins us in the recording with his adorable baby whimpers (in case you hear them). Pamela did have some random crap from the internet, since it had been a while. Try to follow along as she tries to explain the “new” way to calculate dog years.
This episode we finished our discussion on bullying. Pamela dives into the signs to look for if you suspect if your child is being bullied and what steps you can take to stop and help your child with the bullying. These steps are for both home, school, sports, etc. She also discusses the other side of the situation, what if you suspect your child is the bully. She offers the signs that your child might be bullying someone and how you can help your child to stop bullying and understand why they are bullying someone.
Pamela also highlights the most recent case of a young man who took his own life due to the bullying he received. This segment covers suicide, so please use discretion.
Again, we hope this episode is informative and not judgmental because that is not our intention. This is a topic we want more people discussing so we all can help children be successful adults.
This episode is part 1 of our discussion on bullying. Do you worry about if your child is being bullied or what to do if they are being bullied? What if your child is the one who is bullying someone else? We will discuss all angles of this hot and controversial topic.
In this part, Sarah provides the research, statistics, and background about what bullying actually is and how often it happens. We really hope this episode will open people’s eyes and ears to understanding that this is a serious issue and discuss how we can stop bullying from continuing.
Hello listeners! We are back with an important and uncomfortable topic. Have you ever been eating dinner and your child asks you an “adult” question and you are not sure how to answer it? Should you be honest? How much detail is needed? Is brushing it off for another time smart or could that affect them from coming back to you with other concerns or questions? It is a lot to think about. We tackle this topic from both professional research and our own personal experiences and offer what advice we found and what might work best and what has not. We hope you listen and gain some insight like we did researching this topic. We all learned something!
We all scroll through Pinterest looking at some of the most imaginative and creative gifts you could make for family and friends. But, what if you don’t have that kind of time? Or that kind of money? Well, we have you covered. For our Christmas episode this year, we are covering DIY Christmas gifts that are not only easy but budget-friendly too. We share our most favorite ideas and why DIY gifts have become popular and more meaningful lately.
We’re back with part 2 of our review of the Very Brady Renovation. We discuss episodes 3 and 4, including our respect for the construction team on this show and our dislike of one of the designers on the show. Grab a warm and tasty drink and re-watch this show with our commentary in the background.
We followed the saga of purchasing of the Brady Bunch house and announced the show was being filmed. Now, we watched it and we have our thoughts and opinions…a lot of opinions! Part 1 covers episodes 1 and 2 of the HGTV show. Join us as we cover the ins and outs of this unique renovation show that is soooooo “iconic”!
Happy Friday listeners! We are new this week with a somewhat controversial topic, participation trophies. We have all seen the memes and jokes about children receiving participation trophies, but we wanted to have a real conversation on the topic and the background behind the trophies, pros and cons, and does it really make our children entitled? We were surprised with what we found and how our own opinions changed.
Happy weekend listeners! This week, we are picking up where we left off discussing the mental load and its effects on women, especially mothers. Part 2 covers how to have difficult conversations about the mental load with our spouses and practical steps you can take to begin rebalancing the priorities. So grab a light or heavy (whatever helps you get through) and join us as we discuss how we are trying to rebalance our lives.
We tackle a rather loaded topic over the next two episodes. We are discussing the “mental load”, also known as the “invisible load” women, especially mothers, take on a daily basis. In this first part, we discuss the “mental load” cartoon, our own experiences with handling (or lack of) the mental load, and how it can affect mothers.
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Hi listeners! Sarah and Pamela are back together for the first time since baby Brianna’s arrival. Pamela discusses the circumstances of why she made her arrival a week early and how things have been going since then. Cozy up with something delicious and enjoy some good laughs on Pamela’s thoughts on having a family of 5 now. Also, Pamela relishes in having a glass (or plastic cup) of wine after her long hiatus.
This episode we discuss the topic of self-care. We cover a lot of information on this topic from how important self-care is to any person, but especially to pregnant women and moms too. We offer the benefits of self-care, ways you can provide self-care, and even cheaper and/or free options of self-care that you probably wouldn’t think about! So, we suggest putting on something comfy with a tasty beverage and indulge yourself in this new episode.
In our episode today, we discuss “parent fails” or incidents where parents have good intentions but those intentions fall short or fail completely. Like the perfect family photo that isn’t so perfect. Or a bad clothing decision for your child, especially on picture day. Or even letting something slip and your child keeps repeating those words for everyone to hear. We discuss some of the best parent fails we found online and some of our own we have experienced. Please join us for a good laugh!
In this episode, we are continuing our discussion of what NOT to say to pregnant woman. This includes discussing if a woman is too young/old to be pregnant, how much a woman weighs or is gaining during her pregnancy, and we share some horror stories we found online from real moms who had their own “what not to say” moment. Finally, we thought we should share what you SHOULD say to a pregnant woman. Another fun, interesting discussion that gets us fired up! So grab a tasty beverage or slushie and enjoy.
Join Pamela and Sarah as they discuss some of the dumbest/meanest/most insensitive things that are said to pregnant women all the time. WHY DO PEOPLE TALK??? Also, Pamela gives an in-depth overview of why a c-section delivery is not “taking the easy way out.”
This week we finish our interview with Cecily White-Cooper, who is a teacher and a mother of twins. She also has a podcast of her own on teaching: Teacher CES Podcast. In part 2 of our talk with Cecily, we discuss what is like being the mom of twins.
We discuss what it was like for her finding out she would be having twins, what are the biggest differences giving birth to twins over having a single baby, and what it’s like to suddenly have two newborns to care for. We also discuss challenges that come with having multiples as well as any misconceptions people might have about raising multiples. We also touch base on how friends and family can help out a new mom of multiples and provide any support.
We are back! We hope you all had a wonderful July 4th break.
This week we interviewed a wonderful woman, Cecily White-Cooper, who is a teacher and a mother of twins (we will discuss that next week) and has a podcast of her own on teaching: Teacher CES Podcast.
We discuss her experience being a teacher, what subject she loves to teach, and even the pros and cons of being a teacher. We also discuss how to prepare your children ready for kindergarten when they are rising kindergarteners. How do you as a parent help your child get a good start in school? What do parents need to do to connect with their child’s teacher?
We are finishing up our discussion of crazy parenting advice throughout history. We are wrapping up focusing on the 1940’s through the 1970’s. We hope you enjoy and have a good laugh as we did. Personally, we think parents had it a little easier “back in the day”.
Have you ever read past parenting advice or hear from a relative what they would feed a baby “way back when”? Well after our Old Wives’ Tales episode, we thought we would go another step and look at parenting through history. Beginning with the turn of the 20th century (around 1900) and ending at the 1970s. Part 1 discusses the periods between 1900-1930s. This has been hilarious and eye-opening for us and we hope you will appreciate the humor and how parenting has evolved over time.
In this week’s episode, we discuss the importance of continuing your interests or hobbies or pursuing new ones while also navigating the world of motherhood. We discuss the research behind the importance and steps on how to get yourself motivated to get started (if you need to).
Happy weekend! This episode we are discussing the movies we are looking forward to sharing with our daughters. These are movies that have a special meaning to us or a life lesson we want to share with them. It’s a fun and funny conversation. Also, in random crap from the internet, we discuss a new project that Chris Rock is doing that we find…interesting!!!!
We previously discussed how to connect with your children within the digital age, but how do we keep them safe? How do we monitor the things they could be exposed to when there is so much out there and easily available? This week we discuss this issue, offer some tips from experts, and other advice we have found through our research. We know our children are a lot younger, but we try to discuss protecting all age groups.
This episode topic might be a touchy subject, but we feel that all moms have felt some type of “mom guilt” at certain points of motherhood. Whether it is an unorganized, messy house, long hours at the office, or missing a child’s practice or rehearsal, we all understand that nagging feeling in our guilt that says we are doing enough. Or we aren’t there enough. Or we aren’t good enough. Today, we discuss this and the psychology behind where “mom guilt” comes from. We also dive into some research that may prove “mom guilt” is not truly anything but a feeling that is society-driven and not personally-driven.
We do have a few laughs and a several serious moments as we discuss this topic.
We are discussing how to handle and deal with picky eaters within your family. We look into the psychology behind picky eaters, tips on getting your child to try a food at least, and how to recognize the signs if the picky eating maybe a more serious issue.
Hello listeners! Recently, we were contacted by the Sleep Help Institute. They are a site devoted to spreading awareness of sleep health and wellness. Currently they have been researching steps expecting parents can take to get a restful comfortable sleep throughout all stages of their pregnancy and beyond. Here are a few resources they recommend to help:
You have probably heard one before…”you can’t be having a girl, you are carrying too low” or “don’t cut a baby’s hair too soon, it won’t grow back”, old wives’ tales that have been passed down through generations. Do any of these “tales” have an ounce of truth to them? In this episode we cover old wives’ tales for conception, pregnancy, and taking care of infants and these tales are pretty funny. We also discuss some of their origins and whether or not they are completely false. Grab yourself a snack and drink and see if you have heard any of these before. Also, feel free to share any tales we didn’t cover by emailing us at email@example.com.
In this week’s episode, we wanted to have a little fun, so we take a few gender prediction quizzes before Pamela announces the gender of baby #3. We also spend some time discussing some random topics and well shoot the s*** again. Hope you all enjoy!
This week’s episode we discuss another mom sterotype…the “mom car”. Is it the minivan, monster SUV, or the mid-sized sedan? We go through the list and discuss the evolution of the “mom car” and car safety in general and then what your “mom car” says about you! See where you fit in.
As always, we have some interesting random crap from the internet to discuss, including why you need a good friend with you to help check your tattoo before you officially ink.
This week we are discussing the hot topic of “helicopter” parenting and discuss the pros and cons of this parenting style. We also provide a high-level of detail of other parenting styles. In this episode, there are many different definitions of “helicopter” parenting and we discuss them all. Again, this episode is not meant for judgement but exploring the different styles of parenting and what might work best for our children with a few laughs mixed in.
On this week’s episode, we have a very special interview for you! Elizabeth and Annie Griner (who just happen to be Sarah’s sister and sister-in-law) explain what it’s like to get pregnant via fertility treatments. Hear about the highs and lows of investing your time, money, and body in a process in the hopes of starting a family. They also share insight into what it’s like to make a family as a same-sex couple.
Happy Friday everyone! We have a fun episode today because we are discussing our favorite Disney movies. We also have fun with a Disney quiz and a discussion over some more odd or controversial animated films by Disney. We hope you enjoy this fun episode.
*Disclaimer: All images, sounds, movie lines, etc. belongs to the Walt Disney Company and we do not own any rights to them. We are really big Disney fans!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.