What Moms Hate the Most

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We don’t always admit that there are things we must do as moms that we completely hate. We want to hide, secretly roll our eyes, or pretend we absolutely love it while moaning on the inside. This episode covers all of that! Sarah and Pamela discuss the things they hate the most with motherhood. Please note, we are not saying we hate being moms or hate motherhood at all! What we are saying is there are some tasks or responsibilities as moms that we do not like/care for/want to do. We think this topic is so relevant now during our social distancing! Grab something good to drink and see if you agree with our thoughts. We would love to hear your own and share them on our show (anonymously, if you want)! Email us at motherhoodontap@gmail.com.

Show notes:
10 things all new moms hate….
15 Normal Things All Moms Hate

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Side note: We recorded several episodes before the stay-at-home order was issued for our state of North Carolina. This episode was recorded back in February, so some topics we discussed will be a little old.

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

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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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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…

Parent Fails

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In our episode today, we discuss “parent fails” or incidents where parents have good intentions but those intentions fall short or fail completely. Like the perfect family photo that isn’t so perfect. Or a bad clothing decision for your child, especially on picture day. Or even letting something slip and your child keeps repeating those words for everyone to hear. We discuss some of the best parent fails we found online and some of our own we have experienced. Please join us for a good laugh!

Show links:
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g3729/funny-parent-fails/
https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-parenting-fails/ utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

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Picky Eaters

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We are discussing how to handle and deal with picky eaters within your family. We look into the psychology behind picky eaters, tips on getting your child to try a food at least, and how to recognize the signs if the picky eating maybe a more serious issue.

Show links:
What makes kids picky eaters?
Picky eaters
The science of picky eaters: Why do children reject foods that we find tasty?
Long-term Impact of Picky Eating
Children’s nutrition: 10 tips for picky eaters
How to End the Picky Eating Struggle

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Photo by Tiago Pereira from Pexels

Kids & Finances

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In this week’s episode, we are tackling that sticky subject of finances, especially once you start having children. We offer our own personal struggles and frustrations as well as tips on your finances when considering starting a family, expanding your family, or even maintaining a household budget. Hopefully this episode will give you some helpful tips and well as encourage you (and us) to be more mindful with your money for the future.

Show notes:
Preparing for a Baby? Tackle These 15 Financial Tasks
10 Tips To Manage Your Household Budget
Cost to Raise a Child
Cost of Raising a Child
How Does Having a Third Baby Affect Your Family Finances?
Dumb Ways to Spend Money on Your Kids

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Traveling with Children

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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

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