127 episodes

The Mama Bear Podcast is a place for women raising children with special needs to get together and chat about life. Mary Susan McConnell and her guests discuss the beautiful highs and the extreme lows that can come with parenting on such unique journeys. Conversations are fun, candid, and you may want headphones (adult language warning).

Mama Bear Podcast Mary Susan McConnell

    • Parenting
    • 5.0, 246 Ratings

The Mama Bear Podcast is a place for women raising children with special needs to get together and chat about life. Mary Susan McConnell and her guests discuss the beautiful highs and the extreme lows that can come with parenting on such unique journeys. Conversations are fun, candid, and you may want headphones (adult language warning).

    127. Three Ways to Easily Remove Toxic (or Stagnant) Energy from our Lives (especially in Quarantine)

    127. Three Ways to Easily Remove Toxic (or Stagnant) Energy from our Lives (especially in Quarantine)

    Purchase Mary Susan's ebook HERE. 
    Find the blue tooth noise cancellation headphones (and other items she loves) here. 
    Find Mary Susan at: 
    www.marysusanmcconnell.com
    IG: @marysusanmcconnell
    FB: @marysusanmcconnell

    • 41 min
    126. Victoria Silvestri of Gavin's Medical Adventure: Lymphatic Malformation

    126. Victoria Silvestri of Gavin's Medical Adventure: Lymphatic Malformation

    In this episode, Mary Susan speaks with Victoria Silvestri about their amazing life with their son Gavin. You may already know Victoria from Gavin's Medical Adventures on Instagram.
    Find Mary Susan at:
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/marysusanmcconnell/
    FB: @marysusanmcconnell
    Find Mary Susan's eBook, "We're Going to Have Fun, Damnit" at www.marysusanmcconnell.com/shop
    Find freebies: coloring book, master folder template, and 75 Tiny Things that May Help Amidst the Chaos at Mary Susan's website:
    www.marysusanmcconnell.com
    Find Victoria Silvestri: 
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/gavinsmedicaladventure/
    Personal IG: https://www.instagram.com/warrior_mama2118/
     

    • 40 min
    125. Happy Freakin' Mother's Day! (Recorded today, on Mother's Day from Me to You)

    125. Happy Freakin' Mother's Day! (Recorded today, on Mother's Day from Me to You)

    Happy Mother's Day!
    Download your 125pg eBook "We're Going to Have Fun, Damnit: Transparent Tales of Thriving & Struggling in the Extreme Circumstances of Special Needs Parenting": 
    www.marysusanmcconnell.com/shop
     

    • 17 min
    124. "We're Going to Have Fun, Damnit" (My New Book) is Out Today! I read a chapter & answer questions

    124. "We're Going to Have Fun, Damnit" (My New Book) is Out Today! I read a chapter & answer questions

    I wrote a book! Surprise! 
    Get your eBook here: 
    www.marysusanmcconnell.com/shop

    • 38 min
    123. Sean & I on Raising a Child who is Nonverbal + 7 Weeks of Quarantine Life

    123. Sean & I on Raising a Child who is Nonverbal + 7 Weeks of Quarantine Life

    In this episode, Mary Susan and her husband Sean McConnell discuss the highs and lows of raising a child who is nonverbal- especially during this quarantine time. They also discuss the things that have helped them during this season, as well as their one big fight over the last 40+ days. (It involves cheese). 
    Find Sean at: 
    IG: @sean_mcconnell
    www.seanmcconnell.com 
     
    Find Mary Susan at: 
    IG: @marysusanmcconnell
    FB:@marysusanmcconnell
    www.marysusanmcconnell.com
     
    Find the coloring pages created by Sue Nuenke and her son here: poppingwheelies.weebly.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    122. How to Make a Creative Unit that *Might Give You Allll a Good Break : Quarantine Style

    122. How to Make a Creative Unit that *Might Give You Allll a Good Break : Quarantine Style

    Mary Susan puts her education hat on (she was a middle school teacher, has her Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and her Doctorate in Special Education) to give you FUN ideas for units during this weird time- *IF and ONLY IF- it serves your family. Otherwise- forget it. 
    Mary Susan can be found at:
    IG/FB: @marysusanmcconnell
    www.marysusanmcconnell.com 
    Get a free inclusive coloring book and more at the website above! 

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

PATAYTO ,

A wonderful resource!

Mary Susan McConnell is wise, deep (and fun!) as she shares authentically about parenting a child with special needs. She inspires me with her creativity, the resources she provides, and her big mama heart. Thank you!!!

bpoolio ,

YES!!!!

I started listening over a year ago and look forward to each new episode. I keep finding myself shouting “YES!!!” at least once or multiple times in every episode because there is always a good take away for me or something that resinates me. Thank you, MarySusan, for creating a safe space to talk about all things special needs and for keeping it real. Your positivity and encouragement is food for my soul!

Musicaldrive ,

My weekly saving grace!

I have been listening to this podcast for exactly a year now! And I’m looooong overdue for a review. I found Mary Susan on one of the worst days navigating our undiagnosed journey with my son, and this lovely podcast brought life into my weary soul. I felt so seen. In the isolation of the weeks that followed for us, this was the spark of light I needed to get through. Love this woman, this podcast, and the community. It’s like listening to a friend that GETS it.

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