Raising Kids in the Digital Age

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

Random stuff:
Woman Drove Drunk on Vanilla Extract
Man Hospitalized After Injecting Own Semen To Treat Back Pain
Man Says Emotional Support Alligator Helps His Depression

Friends Quiz Minisode

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…

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

Random stuff:
Lawyer: Coat chewing could’ve thrown off breath test in drunken-driving case
Woman breaks into police station, wanted to date cop
Man caught smuggling live kittens in his trousers

Mom Charities

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

What do children worry about?

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

Random stuff:
David Schimmer’s look alike arrested
20 predictions about the year 2020 made a long time ago


Traveling with Children

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

Random stuff:
Are you guilty of these rude behaviors? Why supermarkets bring out the worst in us.
Luke Sky Walker lands in jail after arrest in Tennessee

Mom…I’m bored!

As moms (or parents), we have been there when we think our children are entertaining themselves well enough and then… “Mom, I’m bored!” You may think, “Now what?”, “Figure it out”, or completely ignore them, maybe? This week, we discuss why children feel bored, why it can be a good thing for them, and how and when you should help them handle it. We have a yummy seasonal beverage in this episode, so grab a drink and let us help guide you through the rolled eyes, sluggish faces, and sad frowns of bored children.

Show links:

Apple cider and caramel vodka

5 Ways Boredom Makes Your Kid More Awesome

Handling Boredom: Why It’s Good for Your Child

How to Help When Your Kids Are Bored

Random stuff:

Animal control officer, nearby helpers catch loose chicken

Donkey, emu find love at animal shelter

11-year-old Ohio boy takes car on joyride

 

Bad Ass Moms

Happy Black Friday y’all! We hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends. We are very thankful and grateful to have you all as listeners of our podcast.

This episode we will be talking about bad ass moms! Pamela chose Mary Wollstonecraft and Sarah chose Michelle Obama and Sheryl Sandberg. We talk about each of their childhoods, when they became moms, and how they have left lasting impacts on our culture. Grab a cold one and enjoy…because “it’s Wollstonecraft…hitherto delicious!”

Disclaimer: This episode was recorded before the news broke about Sheryl Sandberg possibly covering up information at Facebook. We do not condone her alleged behavior, however, we did not feel right editing her segment out of the episode.

Show links:

Mary Wollstonecraft

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Wollstonecraft#Legacy

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mary-Wollstonecraft

Michelle Obama

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Obama

Sheryl Sandberg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheryl_Sandberg

 

Random stuff links:

A Very Brady Renovation

NY family thinks bones under home are long-missing father

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Interview with Shauna Armitage (www.makingmoxie.com)

Hey y’all! Today we have a wonderful interview with Shauna Armitage! Shauna started her professional career as a copywriter and quickly discovered her real passion was for uncovering innovative strategies that would help the companies she worked with grow. She took the dive into marketing as a project manager and founded Making Moxie, LLC a few years later. Additionally, she is the mother of 3 (soon to be four) great kids and is a military spouse.

 

Shauna Armitage/Making Moxie, LLC information:

www.makingmoxie.com

shauna@makingmoxie.com

instagram/facebook: iammakingmoxie

Making Moxie podcast

 

Mom Ghost Stories

Happy Friday! In honor of Halloween this week, we are sharing ghost stories that involve moms (of course). Sarah, naturally, gives us a background on ghost stories, and Pamela shares classic ghost stories from the eastern North Carolina region. Our stories are quite creepy but hopefully a little alcohol will make us all brave!

Show links:

A Brief History of Ghost Stories

True Ghost Story: Mother’s Helper

Nun Chunks

Where are you my son?

Portrait of Theodosia Burr

Rum Keg Girl

 

Random stuff:

‘Call my lawyer,’ says sweater seized with stolen sneakers

Police find stolen doughnut van, share treats with homeless