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

Random stuff:
‘I’m the sheriff’: Detroit-area lawman stops phony cop car
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

Random stuff:
Atari plans to open video game-themed resorts in 8 US cities
Man who ate the $120,000 banana art installation says he isn’t sorry and did it to create art

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

Random stuff:
Woman Climbed Into Bronx Zoo Exhibit To Taunt Lion
‘Fake News’ Added To Oxford English Dictionary — Really
Michigan Drivers Shocked When Billboard Displays Porn For 20 Minutes – SFW link

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…

Another Shoot the S**t Episode

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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.

Interview with Cecily White-Cooper (Teacher)

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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 had a great time talking with Cecily and we know you will enjoy this conversation we had with her. For more information on Cecily and to listen to her podcast, visit:
Podcast website: http://teacherces.libsyn.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/teacherces
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/teacherces
Facebook: www.facebook.com/teacherces

Crazy Parenting Advice Throughout History – Part 2

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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”.

Show links: coming soon.

Crazy Parenting Advice Throughout History – Part 1

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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.

Show links:
https://www.redbookmag.com/life/mom-kids/g4109/worst-parenting-advice-through-the-decades/?slide=1

https://howtoadult.com/childrearing-practices-1800s-8084427.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/04/dont-think-of-ugly-people-how-parenting-advice-has-changed/275108/

https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/baby/caring-for-baby/85019454/terrible-parenting-advice-from-the-1920s

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g4223/weird-parenting-trends-100-years/

https://www.positive-parenting-ally.com/parenting-styles.html

Random crap links will be posted with Part 2.