Difficult Conversations with Children

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

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

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19 Surprising Baby Name Statistics
12 Fun Christmas Facts

Very Brady Renovation – Part 2

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.

Very Brady Renovation – Part 1

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”!

Participation Trophies

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

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

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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Another Shoot the S**t Episode

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.

Self-Care

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.

Show notes:
Self-care for busy moms
Self-care ideas for exhausted parents
Self-care ideas for working moms
Why Self-Care Is Important for Your Physical and Mental Health
Self-Care During Pregnancy
The self-care checklist that will refresh new mamas

additional links:
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/a25655596/self-care-for-moms/
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mom-selfcare-is-nonnegoti_b_1171034
https://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/postpartum/easy-ways-sneak-self-care-new-moms/

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