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There are so many ways to swing motherhood and work. There is not one right way or one best way. Tiana, a mama of three, has been navigating The Part-Time Jungle, motherhood and part-time work, since becoming a mom 13 years ago. This is the path that works best for her and her family. However, there are 50 shades of green in the motherhood jungle and the variations in hue, intensity and brightness make the jungle awe inspiring, lush, strikingly beautiful, and at times wild. Let’s keep it real. Motherhood is an adventure with highs, lows, in-betweens, and all the bumps and detours along the way no matter how you swing it. Through personal reflections and interviews with other Mamas, Tiana will share observations, overheard conversations, solicited advice (the kind you actually ask for), wins, and "mommymessups". As you blaze your own trail through the motherhood jungle, The Part-Time Jungle will provide you with route markers, footprints, and travel companions that can encourage and guide you along the way.

The Part-Time Jungle Podcast Tiana Fech

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 36 Ratings

There are so many ways to swing motherhood and work. There is not one right way or one best way. Tiana, a mama of three, has been navigating The Part-Time Jungle, motherhood and part-time work, since becoming a mom 13 years ago. This is the path that works best for her and her family. However, there are 50 shades of green in the motherhood jungle and the variations in hue, intensity and brightness make the jungle awe inspiring, lush, strikingly beautiful, and at times wild. Let’s keep it real. Motherhood is an adventure with highs, lows, in-betweens, and all the bumps and detours along the way no matter how you swing it. Through personal reflections and interviews with other Mamas, Tiana will share observations, overheard conversations, solicited advice (the kind you actually ask for), wins, and "mommymessups". As you blaze your own trail through the motherhood jungle, The Part-Time Jungle will provide you with route markers, footprints, and travel companions that can encourage and guide you along the way.

    e046 – Choose What Matters

    e046 – Choose What Matters

    Chris Swail is a certified Life Coach and Health Coach and NLP Practitioner. She helps women who feel overwhelmed and stuck, feel confident and capable so they can live happier, less stressed lives. Chris is a mom to 3 young kids and understands the struggle and demands of motherhood and how it can feel hard to manage one's time and own needs. She found coaching and never looked back! 



    In this episode:



    Making decisions based on what is best for your own family and not based on other’s expectations. 

    Be a super mom in your own capacity and in your own way. 

    We get to choose how we show up. We are in control of our thoughts and feelings. 

    Habits are useful because they help our brains to use less brain power but… of course, we can have both good habits and bad habits. 

    Identity shifts, such as the transition to motherhood or a change in career, can be difficult and make us feel stuck. 

    Choose what matters and don’t be afraid to say no to the rest. 



     

    Connect with Chris:



    Instagram: @thisisalittlebitbetter https://www.instagram.com/thisisalittlebitbetter/

    Facebook: @thisisalittlebitbetter https://www.facebook.com/thisisalittlebitbetter

    Website: https://www.alittlebitbetter.ca/

    Podcast: A Little Bit Better https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/a-little-bit-better/id1524520825





    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



     





    LETTING GO OF THE "SHOULDS"

    “You can be a super mom in your own capacity and in your own way.” This will look different depending on the person. It can be hard to let go of the expectations that can be ingrained in us - whether it’s from our upbringing, society, a combination of both, or other places. We can hold ourselves to this really high standard and then, there can be a lot of negative self-talk or self-shaming if you feel like you’re not measuring up. 



    We can feel like we should be the mom who always volunteers at the school, bakes the best cakes for birthday parties, and who puts her kids in all the sports. It can feel like there is a lot of judgement in motherhood sometimes. Being able to dial down on what really matters to you as a mother can be a big challenge to overcome. 





    WE ARE IN CONTROL

    We are in control of our thoughts and feelings. Sometimes we can feel really out of control with our emotions. For example, “so-and-so” did this to me and made me feel this way. The reality is that we get to choose how we show up, including how we feel. It can be an internal battle to try and change our thinking if it's negative about a person or a situation. But - we can do it. Although it isn’t easy, that ownership piece can help us to stop feeling like we are out of control. 



    CHOOSE WHAT MATTERS

    It’s your life. Live within your values and your purpose. Don’t worry about what everybody else says. Don’t worry if it looks messy. Life is messy and that’s part of what makes it beautiful. That’s part of how we grow. We learn through our experiences even when (and especially when) we make mistakes. Choose what matters to you and to your family. Stick with that. Own it. And - don’t be afraid to say no. 



    BEG, BORROW,

    • 30 min
    e045 – Money-Smart Moms

    e045 – Money-Smart Moms

    A Toronto-based CPA, Jennifer Kapedani had spent 10 years in the Corporate world of Public Accounting. Working as a Business Advisor to both global, public corporations and small to mid-sized, owner-managed businesses, she had seen it all – the successes and perhaps more importantly, the struggles. It was during that time that she developed her passion for working with those owner-managed businesses and so, in 2020 launched her own practice – a full-service accounting & advisory practice, acting as a financial “one-stop-shop” for owner-managed businesses. Through her Virtual CFO, Business Coaching & Tax services, she provides a holistic approach to financial services for businesses and their owners. She is committed to changing the landscape for small business accounting – making the expertise of experienced CPAs more accessible to all, not just the big players! Jennifer, a proud "Mompreneur", lives in North Toronto with her husband (another CPA!) and two toddlers. She is an active supporter of women-owned businesses, a fierce advocate for women’s equality in the workforce, and an avid home chef!



    In this episode:



    * Accounting best practices for both personal and business finances. Review your finances regularly and stay up to date on your taxes. 

    * Saving money at tax time. Track your expenditures because even for personal taxes you can deduct medical expenses, tution, daycare, and even interest on some loans. And - pay your taxes on time! 

    * There are different types of accountants. Depending on your financial needs you may need to seek the help of a bookkeeper, tax accountant, or CPA. 

    * Important money lessons for kids. Credit cards, debt, interest, budgeting, and taxes!

    * Allowances. Do you give an allowance? Do you connect allowances to household chores and responsibilities? 

    * Your dreams matter. Do what you need to do to be happy and fulfilled and it will flow through to everywhere else in your life. 







    Connect with Jennifer:



    Instagram: @jkapedanicpa https://www.instagram.com/jkapedanicpa/

    Facebook: @jkapedanicpa https://www.facebook.com/JKapedaniCPA

    Website: https://www.jkcpa.ca





    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



     





    YOUR DREAMS MATTER

    For a long time, Jennifer wasn’t happy in the career that she had. So, she made a jump and a change. She is grateful to her husband for supporting her in making this leap. When you are happy, it flows through to everywhere else in your life. Your kids want to see you happy. You can’t be the best mom you can be if you aren’t happy. 



    It can be really hard to change careers, write a book, or create a product that you want to. Jennifer feels that it is really important “for your kids to see you doing something that you love and that is fulfilling because you would obviously want the same for them.” She doesn’t ever want her kids to put their dreams second. “Just effing do it.” If you need to tell your husband to start pulling more weight or hire a babysitter or work a night, then just do what you need to do to make you feel happy and fulfilled. Everything else will fall into place afterwards.



     





    KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

    Jennifer stresses the importance of regularly looking at both your personal and business finances.

    • 39 min
    e044 – Community & Connection

    e044 – Community & Connection

    Lisa Webb is an author, educator, entrepreneur, and mom of 2 who has lived on four different continents with her family. Her experience as a global citizen has taught her that women everywhere thrive when they have a sense of community, connection and belonging. This was the driving force behind her starting Wine, Women and Well-Being; which has expanded to 23 cities across Canada and has now launched internationally in France. Lisa believes that we are all stronger together and is passionate about making that a reality through Wine, Women and Well-Being events. She is also the host of the podcast “May Contain Wine” where she chats with women about all things community, entrepreneurship, wellness, and everyday life. 



    In this episode:



    Living the expat life as a global family. Lisa and her family have lived on four different continents and her girls were actually born in France!

    Bringing people together. Lisa has always loved connecting people from different areas of her life. 

    Being a part of a community. Being part of a circle, having a place, and feeling like you belong, can be life changing in the best way!

    Expat life can be both amazing and tough. There can be those “pinch me” moments along with those difficult and challenging times. 

    Considering the expat life for your family? Do your homework and learn the language.

    Learning opportunities facilitate connection. There’s so much value in enjoying a night out and learning something new. 

    You do not have to go it alone. Lean on those friends who you can just be your real self with.



     

    Connect with Lisa:



    Instagram: 



    @lisawebbofficial https://www.instagram.com/lisawebbofficial/

    @winewomenwellbeing https://www.instagram.com/winewomenwellbeing/





    Facebook: @winewomenwellbeing https://www.facebook.com/winewomenwellbeing

    Websites: 



    http://www.canadianexpatmom.com

    https://www.winewomenwellbeing.com





    Podcast: May Contain Wine https://bit.ly/maycontainwine





    From Lisa:



    Book Recommendation: At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, & Priorities Working in Your Favor by Carrie Nieuwhof https://bit.ly/book_atyourbest





    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



     





    LEARNING TOGETHER

    Lisa Webb is an educator and a lifelong learner. She has been a classroom teacher and an assistant principal. She also has her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is all about personal development, learning, reading, podcasts, and audio books. Lisa says that “We connect better when we are learning new things together.”



    Wine, Women, and Well-Being events are both a night out and an opportunity to learn something may it be from a hands-on activity or a listening to a speaker and learning from their experiences. You can enjoy a glass of wine and also get a takeaway. Learning makes us better people whether we are young, old, or anywhere in-between!





    IT'S (MORE THAN) OKAY TO NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS

    • 44 min
    e043 – Motherhood & Movement

    e043 – Motherhood & Movement

    Christina Whelan Chabot lives with her family on their beloved farm in Ontario. She is a best-selling co-author in the You’ve Got This, Mama series and juggles motherhood, a role at the family business and her Pilates business (Matters of Movement). Not to mention her brand new podcast of the same name. During COVID-19, she began a Move Better Feel Better campaign directly supporting women’s mental health. After graduating from the exercise sciences Master’s program at the University of Toronto, she went on to study Pilates, the Franklin Method® and the Oov, in an effort to help people find the freedom that a fit and healthy body and mind will provide.  

    In this episode:



    The Double Shift. Working and mothering can prove to be difficult, especially when it seems like the work never ends. Christina talks about her double shift as a businesswoman and a mother.

    Healthier Habits. Change needs to be made in moderation, you can’t climb Mt Everest without learning how to hike.

    Movement and Accessibility. Reframing our mindset, approach, and expectations can help us to move better and feel better. 

    The Magic of Movement. Movement can positively impact so many facets of our lives including mental health, chronic pain, and anxiety.

    The Art of Change. This involves doing a visual sweep, getting clear on your “why’s”, and making a plan that works for you. 

    Overcoming Obstacles. If you think you need help, seek it out. Don’t struggle any longer than you need to, it’s okay to ask for help.









    Connect with Christina:



    Instagram: @mattersofmovement www.instagram.com/mattersofmovement

    Facebook: @mattersofmovement www.facebook.com/mattersofmovement

    Website: https://www.mattersofmovement.com

    Podcast: Matters of Movement https://www.mattersofmovement.com/blog



    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



     

    THE DOUBLE SHIFT

    Christina spends more time with her children than her husband does, this is because of his job. Along with Christina’s day job, she has the second shift of looking after her children, which can serve to be challenging as it appears to be a never ending loop of working and mothering. Despite this, she describes her home life as “the perfect chaos”, with a mix of work and interruptions. She also took her eldest daughter’s advice of being more present, as it is easy to be buried in work. So, Christina vowed to spend less time with distractions (such as her phone) and to be fully engaged while she’s in her mothering shift. 

    MOVEMENT

    The farm that Christina lives on is fairly big, so movement is a huge part of her life. She likes to stay active because it helps serve as a distraction for the things that spike her anxiety. Christina also teaches pilates, though she has to make sure her kids are watching TV otherwise she feels like she can’t do her movement. She mentions that she hires her children to babysit her youngest on the nights she teaches pilates, which is a great opportunity for her children to learn responsibility. Christina also says that she tries to move with the kids. It could be simply moving around the farm or throwing a dance party, but she wants movement to be a part of their lives. 





    HEALTHIER HABITS

    • 38 min
    e042 – Unleash Your Passion

    e042 – Unleash Your Passion

    Janet Castillo is a Dance and Performance coach, and TV Host and Producer of the WORK IT! TV Show. Her mission is to use dance as a tool to inspire and empower people to live with joy and on purpose. From beginner to professional, she has impacted hundreds of students with her energy, passion, and creativity. With over a decade of professional experience as a dancer and choreographer, she has worked with high-profile artists and brands including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Milian, So You Think You Can Dance, Much Music, the Latin Grammys, TEDx, Canadian and American Idol Finalists, PAN AM Games, the Olympic Committee, and was the dance captain of a touring musical co-produced by Tyler Perry and Cedric the Entertainer. Once Janet became a wife and mom, she stepped away from the dance industry to focus on her family and worked a stable 9-5 job. After years of feeling that something was missing, she stepped back into the dance studio and returned to her true calling. She then quit her job, became the host and producer of a tv show, and has been on a mission to share her love of dance and the power it has to transform lives both on and off the dance floor. Her WORK IT! dance courses and programs are helping women to step into their power, become fearless and live freely in the moment. 

    In this episode:



    Communication is key in setting each week up for success. Have clarity on the schedule, expectations, and needs for the week ahead. 

    The paper vs. digital calendar debate! What is the strategy that you prefer to keep track of “all the things”? Or do you like using both? 

    Unleashing your passion can create a sense of joy and fulfillment that allows you to be the best version of yourself. 

    What is possible on the other side? If you are looking to make a change, do the research, have the conversations, and if it just feels right, take the leap! 

    Dance is a state of joy. We all have that favourite song or playlist that we can’t help moving to or dancing to when we hear it!

    The many benefits to moving your body! Taking even a few minutes can help with focus, clarity, productivity, and so much more! Don’t overthink it. Just get moving! 

    Know that you are worth it. Prioritize scheduling time for you in your day, be authentic by taking ownership of your feelings, and communicating clearly what you do and don’t want and need. 

    What does your family stand for? What are the words and values that your family wants to be in all that you do? 





    Connect with Janet:



    Instagram: @workitjanet https://www.instagram.com/workitjanet/

    Facebook: @workitjanet https://www.facebook.com/workitjanet

    Website: https://janetco.live

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/WorkItJanet



     

    Mentioned by Janet:



    Book: Feck Perfuction by James Victore https://bit.ly/feckperfuction





    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



     





    GIVING OURSELVES SELF-COMPASSION

    Janet talks about how sometimes despite planning, communication, and the best of intentions, things just don’t go as we wanted them to. We need to give ourselves self-compassion. It’s okay. We are going to be just fine. For Janet, she has come to peace with knowing that things are always going t...

    • 39 min
    e041 – Leaving the Nest

    e041 – Leaving the Nest

    Danni Mcfarland and Christine Klassen are two 'almost 50' gals living their best lives. They met when their oldest boys became fast friends at a local park. A few dozen playdates, cases of wine, dinner dates and vacations later – the rest is history!  Over a glass or 2 of wine, they decided to create a blog, born from a desire to include the more established woman in the blogging sphere. They wanted to create a template that was relatable to a family that is starting to face the challenges of kids leaving the nest, “big kid issues,” aging, and the excitement and trepidation of this next stage. And the rest is history!

    In this episode:



    * Kids Learning Adulting. As their children enter the adult phases of their lives, Danni and Christine talk about the challenges they may face.

    * Moments to Reflect On. With their kids' new level of maturity, Danni and Christine are able to have more meaningful conversations with their children, and see the paths they take guided by their decisions. 

    * Vulnerability. Being vulnerable and real on social media is very important, but there’s a fine line between being vulnerable, and unintentionally hurting people.

    * Words of Advice. Children should be afforded the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions.





    Connect with Mojo and Moxie:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mojo_and_moxie_/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mojoandmoxies

    * Website: https://mojoandmoxie.ca



     

    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



     

    *Thank you to Emily Mc., my amazing professional student intern, who wrote the show notes for this episode!



    KIDS LEARNING ADULTING

    Both Danni and Christine have kids who are young adults, and with the pandemic, they have been back at home. They’ve also been learning how to “adult” during these times, and they each follow their own individual schedules. Danni notes that a good analogy is giving the kids their independence as they learn adulting. On the other hand, Christine talks about how she does not make breakfasts or lunches for her kids anymore, and leaves them to their own devices until dinner. One of Christine’s children is away at school, so she speaks about how there’s an adjustment period when they arrive back home. Another thing that Christine touches on is the difference in maturity between her 17 year-old, and her 21 year-old. She notes that she sees her 21 year-old as a fully grown man, but cannot picture her 17 year-old being at that maturity level as of right now.

    SUPPORTING FROM AFAR

    Whilst recognizing that their kids are all grown up now, Danni says that the door does not automatically close on them when they turn 21. They are still welcome to come home or go to their parents for support, which a lot of kids forget whilst trying to prove their independence. They also give the reminder that it’s okay to stray from what you thought you were originally going to do. 

    MOMENTS TO REFLECT ON

    Christine describes her favourite part of this stage of motherhood as being able to see her children’s decisions and how their paths are being guided. She also finds comfort with knowing that she helped shape her children as people, and that she can help guide them as they get older. Danni enjoys being able to talk to her children as adults and have more meaningful conversations with...

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

DDTL00 ,

Insight into Motherhood!

As a busy mom of three stumbling upon this podcast has been a gem. Getting to hear from other mothers about their ups and downs. Hearing from others is a reminder that motherhood is a journey. Like so many things finding connection creates a space for understanding and community.

C.Plesuk ,

Amazing podcast and host!

This podcast is taking such a refreshing, real and inclusive look at motherhood and work balance. Tiana is intuitive, open, honest and warm! She is so committed to creating this community to help women through this often stressful and lonely struggle of balancing motherhood and work. Thank you Tiana!

Kinia Romanowska ,

CEO, Pros&Babes

Tiana creates such an important space for moms to reflect on their journey as moms and professionals. She pours her heart and soul into creating an important conversation that every mom should be part of! Thank you for such a great podcast!

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