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Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, little to grown. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We're not experts, we're moms who've been there. We're not perfect, we're real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

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Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, little to grown. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We're not experts, we're moms who've been there. We're not perfect, we're real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

    10 Things We Love About Raising Siblings: Episode 248

    10 Things We Love About Raising Siblings: Episode 248

    The siblings in Sarah's house are leaning in hard on the bickering right now, so for the latest in our "10 Things We Love About..." series we're celebrating all the GOOD parts about raising siblings. We know it's not all sunshine and roses, but when we choose to focus on the positives, even a really challenging season of parenting can be put back into perspective.

    • 46 min
    Having “The Talk” About Internet Safety With Kids Little To Grown: Episode 247

    Having “The Talk” About Internet Safety With Kids Little To Grown: Episode 247

    When your kids are tiny, it might feel like you have lots of time before their access to the internet requires you to have “the tech talk” – a conversation about online safety, citizenship, and digital well being. And if having that talk feels overwhelming to you, you’re not alone! Only 4 in 10 parents feel confident enough to talk to their family about online safety.



    But as moms of many kids in different age ranges, we know that just like with other big topics, it’s not one conversation you’ll have with your kids, it’s many small ones over time that will add up to your kids feeling capable and confident using the internet as safely as possible (and feeling comfortable coming to you when they need support).



    Join Meagan and Sarah for a little-to-grown rundown of how we talk about things like online online safety, social sharing and communicating responsibly, digital citizenship and more with our kids–plus specific tips for how to make the conversation accessible and fun for you as a parent, not something to stress over.



    About Our Sponsor



    This episode is sponsored by Google’s Be Internet Awesome program, helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. February 11, 2020 is Safer Internet Day, and Google’s Be Internet Awesome program has made having “the tech talk” easier on families with their tools and resources. To find helpful resources like the Family Guide, explore the 5 pillars of internet awesomeness and play Interland, head to g.co/beinternetawesome.



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 247:

    Play the interactive learning game Interland at g.co/interland

    We would love to hear from you! Email us hello@themomhour.com, and send us your tips for talking to kids about internet safety

    • 49 min
    More Than Mom: Pop Culture Sensations! (Do We Even Care?)

    More Than Mom: Pop Culture Sensations! (Do We Even Care?)

    When something makes a huge splash and everyone is talking about it, we sometimes find reason to opt out, stay neutral, or even counter with the unpopular opinion. But not always! Sometimes we’re just excited about the latest hit thing as the rest of y’all. Promise. In today’s full-of-laughs More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah share our nominees for pop culture sensations we can get behind, the ones we can’t care about, and a whole bunch in between. Join us!



    Sponsor Spotlight: Baked By Melissa



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    Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode:

    We mentioned our episode on the Royal Baby & Celebrity Parenting Culture from May 2019

    Head to our Amazon Store to check out some of the things we have mentioned on the show!

    Check out Kidliterate, Sarah’s podcast co-hosted with her 11-year-old daughter all about smart media picks for the whole family

    Our Spotify playlists are a fun way to go back in the archives and listen by topic or theme! February’s lists are the Toddler Parent Helpline and Episodes That Feel Like A Hug

    • 49 min
    Dating & Romance (For Single Moms & Married Ones, Too!): Voices 45

    Dating & Romance (For Single Moms & Married Ones, Too!): Voices 45

    Making room in your life for romance can be really tricky for moms. We're often busy and focused on other things, and if we're single, maybe we're burned out on the dating game. In today's Voices episode, Meagan talks from her personal experienced as a divorced mom with love coach Casandra Henriquez about how to create a love vision, put yourself in the driver's seat when it comes to choosing a partner, and how to keep love alive in your current relationship. In the second half of the episode, Sarah joins Meagan to share an honest look at what love and dating as a married couple looks like after nearly fifteen years. Join us!

    • 47 min
    Home & Life Products We’re Loving: Episode 246

    Home & Life Products We’re Loving: Episode 246

    Life just feels easier when we have the right gizmos, doo-dads, odds, and ends to take care of ourselves and our homes. Could we survive using the same broom for another 10 years. Definitely. But would we benefit from reading a few Amazon reviews and choosing a really great new broom? Also definitely. Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun rundown of products that we’re loving lately the the arenas of home, beauty, life, and style. Enjoy!



    Sponsor Spotlight: March of Dimes



    March of Dimes is the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies. March of Dimes supports research, leads programs and provides education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, they empower every mom and every family. For more information, visit marchofdimes.org/themomhour



    Sponsor Spotlight: Lionrock Recovery



    Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling, with evidenced-based, accredited outpatient treatment options and videoconference sessions led by licensed counselors. If you or someone you know wants help for a drug or alcohol problem, counselors are standing by to chat, text, or talk whenever you’re ready. Visit lionrockrecovery.com/mom for more.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Hello Fresh



    HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers your favorite step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients so you can just cook, eat, and enjoy. Go to HelloFresh.com/themomhour10 and use code THEMOMHOUR10 during HelloFresh’s New Year’s sale for 10 free meals including free shipping.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Native



    Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR20 at checkout.



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 246:

    Amazon, Target, and Jane.com products are affiliate links. That means if you click through and make a purchase, we may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. All the products we mention we genuinely use and love–of course!



    Meagan is loving

    her new broom

    universal bath tub stoppers

    the high sided cat litter box that has been helping to contain cat litter

    a bluetooth adapter for her older car

    this folding box spring solved the problem of getting a traditional box spring up her stairs

    Tiles are going to help her find her keys!

    Sarah is loving

    she has found many uses for these magnets

    these slippers from J.Crew (h/t Ashlee Gadd for the original rec!)

    Small accent furniture on Amazon in general, including this round rug and round mirror she used in her entry way, and the desk, lamp, chair and nightstand she put in Reid’s room

    Brow pencil from Sephora

    Cuisinart Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer

    stuffed animal keeper bag from Jane

    You can find many more of our product recommendations in our Amazon Store

    Join our Facebook group for listeners, The Mom Hour Listeners Community (be sure to answer the questions to be approved!)

    • 44 min
    Embracing Real Life With Moments That Matter

    Embracing Real Life With Moments That Matter

    From August through January, life is action-packed: we’re on the go from back-to-school through the holidays, and we enter the new year with high aspirations. And then, in the face of that long stretch between mid-January and spring break, things get back to normal – really normal. It can be a relief to return to familiar rhythms, but how can we do that without slipping into autopilot and missing out on special moments with our kids?



    As the buzz of the new year fades into the comfort—and, sometimes, monotony—of our daily parenting routines without vacations and holidays to break them up, it’s a great opportunity to get intentional about what really matters to us, and to create those small simple moments of connection that are so important for family bonding (even if it means easing up on some of those loftier resolutions). In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah share our own memories and experiences of what can make a long stretch of “real life” both frustrating and special, and offer tips on how moms can connect with their kids and care for themselves by giving themselves permission to embrace the small and simple moments that add up to a meaningful life with kids.



    About Our Sponsor



    We’ve partnered with the Milk: Love What’s Real campaign on this special episode about celebrating real moments with our kids. When we look back over some of those simple, special moments we’ve shared with our kids, milk has played a big part. From cocoa to cereal, sippy cups to afternoon tea, we love the memories and moments of connection that have been made sweeter by milk.





    Learn more about the Milk: Love What’s Real Campaign at milklife.com, on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, or follow the hashtag #lovewhatsreal on social media.



    About Our Guest



    Dr. Sheryl Ziegler is a psychologist in private practice, and the author of Mommy Burnout: How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the Process. Find her at her website, drsherylziegler.com.



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode:

    We mentioned our recent episode about habits

    We also mentioned our episode about playing board games with kids

    Email us at hello@themomhour.com!

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

MJK Long ,

So relatable...

Thank you both for the energy and honesty you bring to your podcast. It is so refreshing to hear the real life experiences, and, as Meghan says in the intro, it’s all going to be ok. With two little ones (4.5 and 1.5) it has not felt that way each day of the last many years, but hearing about how the dynamics change as kids age is so incredibly reassuring. While I have many friends with older kids, few have similarly aged children and I don’t want to be reaching out in desperation when things are low to say “this does get better, doesn’t it?” Thank you and keep going, please!

LittleG in the OC ,

The podcast has changed

The podcast has changed over the years. I’m happy that Sarah & Meagan can make a living from the podcast, but there are too many ads now.

Eli'sHotMom ,

Thank you!

Thank you so much Meagan and Sarah for keeping it real with parenting! This is my favorite podcast, and I listen each and every week. Your content is so well thought out, and so relevant to my life.

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