Podcast Blackout

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Hi, mamas. Sarah here.

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.

Bad Ass Moms – 2

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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.

Show notes:
Eustacia Cutler
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin
https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism
http://www.templegrandineustaciacutlerautismfund.com/eustacia-cutler
https://www.aspergers101.com/day-great-eustacia-cutler/

Candy Lightner
https://www.biography.com/activist/candy-lightner

Random stuff:
Roxboro woman celebrates 100th birthday by going to jail
8 Personality Traits of Highly Intelligent People (Backed by Science)

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

Very Brady Renovation – Part 2

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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

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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

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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