How Can I Be More Productive?

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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.

Show notes:
Obstacles that keep us from being productive
8 Reasons You are Not as Productive as You Can Be (and How to Fix Them)
Plan your day through to-do lists
18 Habits of Highly Productive People: What Efficient People Have in Common

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Valentine’s Day Facts

Keeping Kids Healthy

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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.

Show notes:
What is the Immune System?
Cold symptoms vs Flu symptoms
Importance of the Flu Vaccine
Different Types of Flu Vaccines
Don’t Send Your Child to School Sick

Links for keeping family healthy:
10 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy During the School Year
My Kid Is Sick Again: Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy
Parents: Tips for Raising Safe and Healthy Kids
Staying healthy in school: Kid-friendly tips
Back-to-School Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy

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Shoot the S*** – Riley is here!

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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.

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Dream House winners cannot afford their home
New way to calculate dog years

Bullying – Part 2

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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.

Show links:
parenttoolkit.com
Is My Child a Bully?

Channing Smith

Bullying – Part 1

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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.

Show notes:
What is bullying?

Statistics & Research
https://www.stopbullying.gov/media/facts/index.html
https://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/stats.asp
https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-bullying

Difficult Conversations with Children

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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!

Show notes:
Common Sense Media – discussing difficult topics per age group
American Psychological Association
Imperfectfamilies.com

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DIY Christmas Gifts

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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.

Show notes:
Why DIY gifts are so special
24 DIY Christmas Gifts
5 Cheap Gifts Ideas from the Dollar Store Under $10

Random stuff:
19 Surprising Baby Name Statistics
12 Fun Christmas Facts

Participation Trophies

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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.

Show notes:
History of participation trophies
Psychological debate round participation trophies
Food for thought…

More links to come…

The Mental Load – Part 2

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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.

Show notes:
Tips for Rebalancing the Mental Load

The Mental Load – Part 1

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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.

Show notes:
“You should’ve asked” – Mental load cartoon
Women’s invisible labor leaves them feeling empty, study finds
Mom’s invisible task list
The mental workload of a mother

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