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Moms of young children share the joys and struggles of their motherhood journey to inspire and entertain you. Listen in on honest discussions about how none of us know what the heck we're doing as moms and the beauty in figuring it all out together.

Moms just like you talk about a range of topics from awkwardly making mom friends, to finding purpose in life, to managing crippling anxiety and depression.

The show is all about tearing down our insecurities as moms by honestly sharing our stories and a little of what we've learned along the way. We believe it's a whole lot better riding the rollercoaster of motherhood together!

Gotcha Mama Amanda Bennett

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

Moms of young children share the joys and struggles of their motherhood journey to inspire and entertain you. Listen in on honest discussions about how none of us know what the heck we're doing as moms and the beauty in figuring it all out together.

Moms just like you talk about a range of topics from awkwardly making mom friends, to finding purpose in life, to managing crippling anxiety and depression.

The show is all about tearing down our insecurities as moms by honestly sharing our stories and a little of what we've learned along the way. We believe it's a whole lot better riding the rollercoaster of motherhood together!

    What's Next? A Big Announcement

    What's Next? A Big Announcement

    Big announcement in this episode!
    Transition happens all the time.
    Maybe you’re going through a transition right now too.
    I've talked to other moms who are feeling it.
    If you're wondering "What's the next thing?" for you, you aren't alone.
    After the interviews with Merritt and Mary Kathryn in episodes 85 and 86 about pursuing dreams as a mom (and lots of thought, prayer, and conversations with friends) I’ve felt a confirmation in my soul that it’s time for a new season.
    Not just personally, but also with Gotcha Mama and what I’m doing to support and encourage moms...
    Tune in to find out more!
     
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    • 10 min
    How to Raise Resilient Children with Meredith Brough

    How to Raise Resilient Children with Meredith Brough

    No parent wants to see their child struggle.

    But there's a point when our help isn't actually helping them learn the skills they need to be responsible, resilient adults down the road.

    Coming to their rescue every time they forget something at home...

    Resolving arguments with friends for them...

    Once or twice is not an issue.
    But when it becomes an all-the-time thing, it can set them up to be the college kid whose mom calls their teacher because they didn't get the grade they wanted. Yikes!

    So how do we teach them to be resilient when all we want to do is protect them?

    That's what my guest Meredith Brough and I discuss in this episode.

    Meredith has a lot of experience raising children and working with children. She's been married for 24 years and has 5 children ranging from 12 to 21-years-old. 

    She also has over 30 years of experience caring for kids in various roles, as a nanny, preschool teacher, running a daycare from her home, and more.
    We talk about:
    Some of the challenges and obstacles that she experienced raising her five kids Some ways that moms sometimes try to make things “perfect and protect our children from reality” and How we can stop doing this so much  The importance of resilience and learning consequences for kids How to know the balance of teaching and protecting and how she’s tried to teach her children to “struggle well” Connect with Meredith:
    www.sweetslumbertime.com
    www.instagram.com/sweetslumbertime
    www.facebook.com/sweetslumbertime
     
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/

    • 33 min
    Breaking Free From the Need to Hustle as a Christ-following Entrepreneur with Mary Kathryn Tiller

    Breaking Free From the Need to Hustle as a Christ-following Entrepreneur with Mary Kathryn Tiller

    Maybe you realize that NOW IS the time to pursue what God has put on your heart.
    Right here in the middle of motherhood with little kids, you're going to pursue this dream.

    But you don't want to pursue it in a way that creates anxiety and overwhelm.

    Not in a way that's driven by comparison of what someone else is doing or guilt for "not being enough" for your children OR in your business.

    Good news. There's a better way.

    And my guest this week, Mary Kathryn Tiller, shares her heart for encouraging mom entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams in a way that "moves at the pace of Jesus".

    Mary Kathryn is a mom of two and a writer.

    Her passion is helping entrepreneurial mamas connect more deeply with Christ so they can find the strength they need to thrive in all He’s called them to do. 

    Mary Kathryn is full of wisdom and encouragement.

    We talk about:
    How we can embrace motherhood AND our calling without “hustling harder” WHY it's important for moms to pursue what's on their heart in the middle of motherhood  That if Jesus is the center of everything we do, we can move at His pace and trust that He'll unfold our dreams in a way that gives us life- not anxiety. THIS is SO good! And her free resource Five Pockets of Time and How to Make Them Work for You as an entrepreneur and mom with young kids You're going to walk away from this conversation feeling lighter and inspired. I know I did!
    Connect with Mary Kathryn:
    https://www.instagram.com/marykathryntiller
    https://www.facebook.com/marykathryntiller
    www.marykathryntiller.com
    www.newmerciesformoms.com
     
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/

    • 28 min
    Knowing the Right Time to Pursue Your Dreams with Merritt Onsa

    Knowing the Right Time to Pursue Your Dreams with Merritt Onsa

    How do you know it's the right time to pursue your dream?
    You've got kids and all kinds of other things to worry about right now, right?

    Maybe you think to yourself "I'll start when the kids are back in school" or "next year when it's not as wild". Ha!
    Okay, hold on. Let's back up a minute. First, how do you even know what your dream IS?

    Did you know all along and are maybe just hesitant because it feels "selfish" or "irresponsible"?
    Did God drop it in your heart in a moment - BAM - and you knew!?

    Or do you still wonder and struggle to figure out what your dream is? By the way, you're not alone if this is you.

    No matter where you land on the "dreamer spectrum" (just made that up), you will find all kinds of value from this conversation with my guest Merritt Onsa.

    Merritt is the host of the Devoted Dreamers podcast.
    She's a trail guide for the passionate and creative Christian woman who wants to get over her fear of failure, comparison, and imposter syndrome so she can get moving on her God-shaped dream without wasting more time second-guessing herself, procrastinating, or trying to be perfect.

    Sound like you?!

    Merritt believes it would be a tragedy if your God-shaped dreams stayed hidden. She helps you to unpack and sift through what God has uniquely gifted you with. And speaks truth and love over you as you navigate the journey forward.

    We talk about:
    How what she learned through her motherhood journey also helped her to listen to her heart in pursuing her God-shaped dream as a mom What her God-shaped dream is How she gets past fears and insecurities to pursue her dream How we can live out what God has called us to do without putting too much value on what WE are doing Letting dreams percolate for the right timing  
    Connect with Merritt:
    Devoted Dreamers podcast
    www.merrittonsa.com
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/devoteddreamers
    https://www.instagram.com/merrittjo
    https://www.pinterest.com/merrittonsa/_created
     
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/

    • 36 min
    How to Declutter Your Mind and Feel More Focused

    How to Declutter Your Mind and Feel More Focused

    If you’re feeling a lack of focus or direction. Or generally feel like you're spinning your wheels- this episode is for you.
    For the past several months I've had a lack of focus.
    I feel scattered and overwhelmed by pretty much everything.
    And I KNOW I’m not alone in this.
    When I feel like this, even when I’m doing my quiet time with the Lord and praying, I notice that I still search outside myself for direction and information.
    It’s like information quicksand.
    The more I sign up for courses, webinars, and freebies and read blogs, and books, the more I move and let information in, the more stuck I feel.
    So, I did what (I think) you’re supposed to do in quicksand: stop, relax and move slowly and intentionally.
    I am NOT going to tell you 15 ways to declutter your mind.
    We're trying to simplify and focus here not try to take in MORE information.
    I’m going to share with you ONE easy starting point to declutter your mind today.
    I talk about:
    The question to ask yourself to help you decide what you need to focus on. What I did that helped me to immediately feel more focused and lighter. One thing you can do after listening to this episode to help you clear out the mental clutter that’s keeping you feeling lost and distracted.  
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/

    • 15 min
    Helping Your Child Deal With Uncertainty and Change with Susie Harder

    Helping Your Child Deal With Uncertainty and Change with Susie Harder

    Change and uncertainty are difficult for most everyone.
    And 2020 has been a roller coaster of emotions, loss, change, and uncertainty.

    Especially for kids.

    As a parent, you want to protect your kids. You want to help them grow into resilient and confident adults.

    Part of that is helping them process difficult discussions and situations. Sometimes it's hard to know how to talk about things like illness, loss, or big transitions and change.

    Things that can make adults anxious and feel overwhelmed.

    Changes and uncertainty are part of life though. So how do we help our children process and deal with change and uncertainty in a healthy way?

    My guest on this episode, Susie Harder, talks about a creative way to do that. Pulling from her background as a speech therapist and a mom, she created an innovative way to help parents guide their children through difficult discussions of change, loss, and uncertainty.

    Susie is the founder of the Junior Author’s Program, a community project that engages students around the world in collaboratively writing a children’s book.

    Not only does it help students participate in a meaningful project, but the storyline of the book itself is written to help the children who lost their home in the Central California Creek Fire.

    Proceeds from the sale of the book will be given to the families who lost their homes in the devastating fire.
    We talk about:
    What a speech pathologist does to help kids How being a mom has affected being a speech pathologist The unexpected moment with her son that sparked her idea to create the innovative Junior Author’s Program What the Junior Author's Program is all about and the bigger vision for it How she suggests navigating conversations with your kids around sensitive topics  
    Connect with Susie:
    https://www.juniorauthorsprogram.com
    https://www.facebook.com/juniorauthorsprogram
     
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/

    • 41 min

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