56 episodes

With 7 kids ages 10-32 and multiple health challenges, Jen's got a unique perspective on how to live well and get things done, even when it's tough.


How does that help you? She shares her tips and tricks that she's learned over those years - what really works and what doesn’t - because you want to focus your energy where it makes the most impact. As a Catholic Mom, she’s learned that a focus on faith is important to living a quality life, and it’s important she shares how to incorporate that into daily living.


Whether you’ve got physical challenges, like migraines, diabetes, fibromyalgia etc. or you’re struggling through anxiety or depression, Jen can help you live well. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word Hardy means: "robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions.” And that's what we are, Hardy Moms. Want more? Go to HardyMom.com and check out the latest episodes and more!


Welcome and God Bless!

Hardy Mom Jen Hardy

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

With 7 kids ages 10-32 and multiple health challenges, Jen's got a unique perspective on how to live well and get things done, even when it's tough.


How does that help you? She shares her tips and tricks that she's learned over those years - what really works and what doesn’t - because you want to focus your energy where it makes the most impact. As a Catholic Mom, she’s learned that a focus on faith is important to living a quality life, and it’s important she shares how to incorporate that into daily living.


Whether you’ve got physical challenges, like migraines, diabetes, fibromyalgia etc. or you’re struggling through anxiety or depression, Jen can help you live well. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word Hardy means: "robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions.” And that's what we are, Hardy Moms. Want more? Go to HardyMom.com and check out the latest episodes and more!


Welcome and God Bless!

    How to Alienate Your Child in 10 Easy Steps

    How to Alienate Your Child in 10 Easy Steps

    I have 7 kids. 
    5 of them are adults, and they’re successful as the world sees it. They each live on their own, are financially self-supporting - with cars, and money in the bank. 
    But when I was raising them, I didn’t know how to be a good parent. I never really spent time with good parents. So I raised them on book knowledge and what I knew I didn’t want to do. 
    On this podcast, I've said from the beginning that I'd share what to do, and what NOT to do. It's been tough to share my mistakes, but I need to do it. Here are mistakes that I and other Moms have made that really alienate kids. If you've done these things it's time to stop, apologize, and move forward. 
     
    HOW TO ALIENATE YOUR CHILD:
    Tune out Lie to them Don’t be forthcoming with important information, omission is a form of lying Find the rest in the episode, or at hardymom.com/how-to-alienate-your-child.
    Thank you for joining me today! 
    Want more? Go to HardyMom.com and you'll find ways to live well, grow, and enjoy your life again - with any health challenges.
    I'd love to hear what you think about this episode! Send me a message at HardyMom.com/contact
    Have a blessed week,
    Jen

    • 15 min
    How 6 Weeks in the Hospital Made Me Successful

    How 6 Weeks in the Hospital Made Me Successful

    You do what you can do --This is NOT supposed to make you feel guilty.  BUT - If you want more - you need more - what I'm saying is that you truly can do it.
     
    Some days turning over is all we can do, so turn over.
    Some days taking a shower is all we can do - so take a shower.
    Some days doing the dishes is all we can do - so do those dishes.
    And on an amazing day when you have a BURST of energy, get out a piece of paper - the biggest you can find - and a pen (and go to the website to find how to start living your dream)
     
    Thank you for joining me today! 
    Want more? Go to HardyMom.com and you'll find ways to live well, grow, and enjoy your life again -with any health challenges.
    I'd love to hear what you think about this episode! Send me a message at HardyMom.com/contact
    Have a blessed week,
    Jen
     

    • 22 min
    I have covid! My first days with the coronavirus

    I have covid! My first days with the coronavirus

    I have several "preexisting conditions" and the doctors all said I'd die if I got covid. But we were dealing with overwhelming anxiety by staying isolated. We did the unthinkable: living as though covid didn't exist. 
    And I got covid, but I've lived to tell about it. Find out the whole story, and how you can prepare at HardyMom.com
    Here are 10 things you can do to prepare:
    Prepare ahead of time (If it’s too late for that, it’s ok move to the next step) Stay calm Assess your needs in the beginning  Ask for the help you need (yes, it’s uncomfortable, but you can do it) REST -  Rest even when you feel a twinge of energy, because your body needs every bit of energy to fight. Drink fluids even if you’re not thirsty. Eat healthy foods even if you’re craving that junk food, because your body needs healthy fuel. Find things that make you laugh, it really does help. Stay away from things that upset you.  Wait.  Have faith.  Find out the details, the story of how I got the coronavirus to begin with, and more at HardyMom.com/i-have-covid

    • 18 min
    How to Deal with Annoying People

    How to Deal with Annoying People

    If you're struggling with how to deal with an annoying person, here are some tips that might help: 
    1. Don't take their behavior personally. Difficult people are often dealing with their own issues, and they're not looking for a fight, so try not to take their behavior personally. 
    2. Set boundaries. If someone is constantly crossing your personal boundaries, it's time to set some limits. Let the person know what behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable, and be prepared to enforce those boundaries if necessary. 
    3. Keep things positive. When you have a positive attitude, the whole world (and the people in it) seems better. If you need some tips on feeling more positive yourself, go HERE and listen to episode 50 about how to be positive.
     
    Thank you for joining me today! 
    Want more? Go to HardyMom.com and you'll find ways to live well, grow, and enjoy your life again -with any health challenges.
    I'd love to hear what you think about this episode! Send me a message at HardyMom.com/contact
    Have a blessed week,
    Jen

    • 8 min
    Ten Secrets to Living Well with Chronic Illness

    Ten Secrets to Living Well with Chronic Illness

    You are NOT alone!  So many of us have been are sick & tired of being sick & tired for a long time, but we don’t have to live this way! Hi! I’m Jen Hardy. Mom of 7, and collector of eclectic diseases. And I’m here to tell you the 10 secrets of living well with health challenges. 
    You can get all the details at Hardymom.com
    Some Secrets we discussed:
    How to get your kids to help out on Episode 46 How to clean your house in 1 hour on Episode 47 How to be positive, no really, on Episode 50 Feel better with Happiness Coaching Sign up and get all the info delivered to your inbox here  Thank you for joining me today! 
    Want more? Go to HardyMom.com and you'll find ways to live well, grow, and enjoy your life again - with any health challenges.
    I'd love to hear what you think about this episode! Send me a message at HardyMom.com/contact
    Have a blessed week,
    Jen

    • 13 min
    How to Cope with a New Diagnosis

    How to Cope with a New Diagnosis

    For some, getting a new diagnosis causes a feeling of relief to wash over them.  "I'm so happy it's this and not that!" or "thank goodness they finally found something!" But, often a new diagnosis isn't something we were hoping for. It can be hard to figure out how to deal with a new diagnosis. It might be IBS, migraine, or fibromyalgia. Or maybe you just got diagnosed with something like MS or cancer.  For someone who's always been healthy, it can be a shock. There are no rules, and there is no "normal" way of feeling. Everyone is a little different, even when they have the same diagnosis.  
    How to deal with a new diagnosis in 7 steps. Take the time you need to take it in. It's ok to focus on yourself for a few days, or weeks. Do your research and find out what to expect, but don't waste hours a day googling your diagnosis. You'll learn more as time goes on, and you might find misinformation out there. Locate the best doctor in your area who specializes in your diagnosis, or the system it affects.  Ask friends and family, or others with the disease. Ask your doctor who they would see, and get a referral there. Find a support group.  If you can get out, a medical center by you might have a specialized support group.  You can join a local group, or an online support group. WARNING - please don't give away personal information in an unsafe place.  ALSO, many "support" groups can bring you down by only discussing the negatives of what they're going through.  Find a place that is both honest and positive. Allow yourself to feel.  In the beginning you might have all kinds of feelings.  Be aware of those 5 stages of grief, and communicate how you feel with those around you so they can support you in the way you need it each day. Do not succumb to guilt.  This is not your fault. You didn't bring it on yourself.  You will still be able to have a satisfying life. You are still the parent your children were meant to have.  Feeling guilty doesn't make things any better, it just sucks your energy.  Find ways to enjoy your life.  You may start doing things differently, but you really can find joy no matter what's happening around you. There is so much more on the website! Check out HardyMom.com/new-diagnosis
    Thank you for joining me today! 
    Want more? Go to HardyMom.com and you'll find ways to live well, grow, and enjoy your life again -with any health challenges.
    I'd love to hear what you think about this episode! Send me a message at HardyMom.com/contact
    Have a blessed week,
    Jen

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Rickjames99 ,

A new lease on the salt life

the Hardy Mom has shared her story on battling chronic health issues and has a new lease on the salt life. Great recommendations for people who have chronic health issues, especially on how to stay positive, and also how to deal with annoying people in a counterintuitive manner. Very good at recommending specific episodes for further insights.

onebrokenmom ,

She gets it!

Jen gets it! There are so many women- this one included- who have to figure out how to live life with chronic pain and yet not let it consume you. Most people don’t know I have rheumatoid arthritis because I’ve “sucked it up” and powered on. It’s hard. Jen has a great thing going here with real advice from herself and experts as well as a gathering place for the mom’s who spend most days soldiering through life alone in plain sight.

scottshoots ,

Incredibly Important!

This is such an important podcast for moms to be able to hear right now! Jen is doing incredible work in a genre that needs more voices like hers. Smart, strong, and full of great information, this podcast is an instant subscribe!

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