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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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.

Self-Care

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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/

Random stuff:
Fitness trackers are good for your health, but that 10,000-step goal is overblown
Nonagenarian drinks between 12 and 20 glasses of beer per day

Mom Guilt

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This episode topic might be a touchy subject, but we feel that all moms have felt some type of “mom guilt” at certain points of motherhood. Whether it is an unorganized, messy house, long hours at the office, or missing a child’s practice or rehearsal, we all understand that nagging feeling in our guilt that says we are doing enough. Or we aren’t there enough. Or we aren’t good enough. Today, we discuss this and the psychology behind where “mom guilt” comes from. We also dive into some research that may prove “mom guilt” is not truly anything but a feeling that is society-driven and not personally-driven.

We do have a few laughs and a several serious moments as we discuss this topic.

Show links:
What is mom guilt?
What Exactly IS Mom Guilt Anyway? A Clinical Psychotherapist Explains
Why mom guilt is the biggest lie of all
5 Myths About Mom Guilt, Debunked

Brene’ Brown TED Talks
Power of Vulnerability
Listening to Shame

Random stuff:
https://www.huffpost.com/section/weird-news
Guns N’ Roses Sues Brewery Over ‘Guns ‘N’ Rosé’ Beer
Child Discovers $40,000 Worth Of Meth Inside Box Of Legos

Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels




Random stuff:
https://www.huffpost.com/section/weird-news
Guns N’ Roses Sues Brewery Over ‘Guns ‘N’ Rosé’ Beer
Child Discovers $40,000 Worth Of Meth Inside Box Of Legos

Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels



Random stuff:
https://www.huffpost.com/section/weird-news
Guns N’ Roses Sues Brewery Over ‘Guns ‘N’ Rosé’ Beer
Child Discovers $40,000 Worth Of Meth Inside Box Of Legos

Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels

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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Parent Hacks

You’ve probably had that moment when you’re in the middle of a chore or helping your kids with a project and thought “there has to be an easier way!” We completely understand, so we are discussing some parent hacks you or us may not have ever heard but definitely want to consider. As always, we have our random stuff from the internet (Ross has a twin!) and a tasty beverage to enjoy.

So grab your headphones, relax, and have a pad and pen handy to write down some of these ideas.

Show links:

27 Brilliant Parenting Hacks That Will Make Life with Kids Just a Little Easier

100 Genius Hacks Guaranteed To Make A Parent’s Job Easier

Random stuff:

UK police hunt shoplifter who looks like David Schwimmer

Good Samaritan driver revives squirrel after car scare

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