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If you're raising an out-of-the-box kid, you've likely struggled with doubt, guilt, and shame in your motherhood. "Am I crazy?" you've likely wondered. "What am I doing wrong?" You've probably never met another mother raising a neurodiverse child like yours, and truth be told, your mental health has suffered. Host Megan Champion gets it and has a mission to bring connection and support to mothers raising neurodiverse children. Each week, a brave and vulnerable mom shares her story to the world, in the hopes of helping listeners feel seen, heard, and validated. Whether your child has a diagnosis or not, if you feel lonely in your motherhood journey, On The Hard Days is for you. Follow Megan @on.the.hard.days on Instagram for personalized messages of hope and support (DMs are ALWAYS open!). Then subscribe to On The Hard Days and share the show with other moms in the trenches. No one knows our kids better than we do, and we are MEANT to be their mothers!

On The Hard Days Megan Champion

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 54 Ratings

If you're raising an out-of-the-box kid, you've likely struggled with doubt, guilt, and shame in your motherhood. "Am I crazy?" you've likely wondered. "What am I doing wrong?" You've probably never met another mother raising a neurodiverse child like yours, and truth be told, your mental health has suffered. Host Megan Champion gets it and has a mission to bring connection and support to mothers raising neurodiverse children. Each week, a brave and vulnerable mom shares her story to the world, in the hopes of helping listeners feel seen, heard, and validated. Whether your child has a diagnosis or not, if you feel lonely in your motherhood journey, On The Hard Days is for you. Follow Megan @on.the.hard.days on Instagram for personalized messages of hope and support (DMs are ALWAYS open!). Then subscribe to On The Hard Days and share the show with other moms in the trenches. No one knows our kids better than we do, and we are MEANT to be their mothers!

    Ep. 85 Mom Allison Kenny on Letting Go of Motherhood Perfectionism (Especially With a Neurodivergent Kid) & Creating Your Own Image of Love

    Ep. 85 Mom Allison Kenny on Letting Go of Motherhood Perfectionism (Especially With a Neurodivergent Kid) & Creating Your Own Image of Love

    About This Episode: Allison Kenny brought me HOME to myself and gave me the therapy session I didn't know I needed! Wow. You've got to take a listen to this amazing mom and life coach, who, in raising her own neurodivergent child, had to re-wire her brain for different outcomes in motherhood than the way she grew up. You'll want a notepad handy to jot down some really amazing, stick-with-you-for-days takeaways. Here are just a few of the topics we discussed:

    -The false narrative of what raising kids in our society looks like
    -Moms' suffering mental health due to putting ourselves last
    -The foster-to-adopt system and how it created a false illusion of preparedness
    -"Survival wiring" - perfectionism and hustle
    -Reactive Attachment Disorder
    -"Shift Parenting" - What is it?
    -The trauma and PTSD that comes with the tough moments of motherhood

    You can find Allison on IG @allisonkenny_coach and on FB @ Allison Kenny.
    Please shower Allison with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story!

    MORE:
    -For bonus episodes, monthly printables, Zoom hangouts, on-air shouts, and more (including the change to submit your family picture as the podcast cover art!) head to patreon.com/ontheharddays and sponsor the show.

    -Want to be a part of my support group community, Mothers Together? Head over to ontheharddays.com/motherstogether to sign up. Our next group starts on June 1st!

    -Subscribe to On The Hard Days via Apple, Spotify, or however you get your podcasts.  *Please leave a review*  to spread the word to other moms around the world!

    • 55 min
    Ep. 84 (Replay) Lessons From a Frying Pan

    Ep. 84 (Replay) Lessons From a Frying Pan

    About This Episode: I'm throwing it WAY back to episode 5 to tell the story of the frying pan. Yes, the pan we cook eggs on.  We so often are caught up in the intense emotions of our neurodivergent kids that sometimes the answer is staring us in the face! Take a listen to this personal story of mine and let me know if it resonates!

    Please SHARE this episode with your mom friends and groups!

    MORE:
    -Want to be a part of my support group community, Mothers Together? Head over to ontheharddays.com/motherstogether to sign up. Our next group starts on June 1st!
    -Subscribe to On The Hard Days via Apple, Spotify, or however you get your podcasts.  *Please leave a review*  to spread the word to other moms around the world!

    • 39 min
    Ep. 83 Mom Alicia DuBois on Learning How to Pick Your Battles and the Trial and Error of the Medication Process

    Ep. 83 Mom Alicia DuBois on Learning How to Pick Your Battles and the Trial and Error of the Medication Process

    About This Episode: Alicia DuBois and I got talking about a lot of very relatable topics in this week's episode. I love her matter-of-fact nature in that, it is what it is, so let's just move on sort of attitude! Here's just some of the things we discuss:

    -Working with your child to solve problems
    -Being the mom you used to judge
    -When strategies work one day and not the next
    -How to let some behaviors go
    -The ups and downs of trying new medications
    -Is it giving in, or is it being flexible?

    Please shower Alicia with love and support by SHARING this episode with your mom friends and groups!

    MORE:
    -Want to be a part of my support group community, Mothers Together? Head over to ontheharddays.com/motherstogether to sign up. Our next group starts on June 1st!
    -Subscribe to On The Hard Days via Apple, Spotify, or however you get your podcasts.  *Please leave a review*  to spread the word to other moms around the world!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 82 Mom Tiphany Kane on Shifting the Dreams We Have For Our Neurodivergent Kids - But Dreaming Nonetheless

    Ep. 82 Mom Tiphany Kane on Shifting the Dreams We Have For Our Neurodivergent Kids - But Dreaming Nonetheless

    About This Episode: Tiphany Kane is a friend and a wonderful mother. I loved how positively she spoke of parenting, while also describing so many really hard moments.  Here's just some of the things we discuss:

    -Shifting and Growing WITH Our Children
    -Letting go of parental expectations
    -Quieting the judgmental voices in our heads

    More About Tiphany!
    Tiphany Kane, M. Ed. is known as “The Heck
    Yes! Coach”. She spent two decades in public
    education and specializes in professional
    development, training professional adults, and
    public speaking. She is also an entrepreneur
    and writer, who brings her passion for the art
    of the spoken word to people who need help
    finding their voice. Tiphany is passionate about
    coaching women to turn life's painful “no's” in
    life & business into empowered opportunities to
    find the “YES!”. Tiphany’s mission is to empower
    and educate women to elevate their voice and
    story through podcasting, writing, and other
    media. Tiphany is the co-founder of KaSa Media
    productions as well as the host of 2 podcasts;
    Radical Audacity and Mastering the Podcaster
    Mindset.

    CONTACT
    tkane@tiphanykane.com
    www.tiphanykane.com
    IG, Twitter, LinedIn:tiphanykane
    FB:Tiphany Kane Coaching
    Pod: Radical Audacity in Love & Life
    Pod: Mastering the Podcaster Mindset

    Please shower Tiphany with love and support by SHARING this episode with your mom friends and groups!

    MORE:
    -Want to be a part of my support group community, Mothers Together? Head over to ontheharddays.com/motherstogether to sign up. Our next group starts on May 1st!
    -Subscribe to On The Hard Days via Apple, Spotify, or however you get your podcasts.  *Please leave a review*  to spread the word to other moms around the world!

    • 56 min
    Ep. 81 (Replay) Mom Patricia Sung on Understanding ADHD in Neurodiverse Kids and Their Parents

    Ep. 81 (Replay) Mom Patricia Sung on Understanding ADHD in Neurodiverse Kids and Their Parents

    *This week, I'm bringing back the MOST downloaded interview-based episode I have since starting the show in January of 2021. If you've heard it once, it hasn't been enough! Keep a notepad handy!

    About This Episode: Patricia Sung is just the person I needed to talk to. She has ADHD and understands its nuances to a fault. She has her own podcast, Motherhood in ADHD, and is a featured guest speaker in my support group community, Mothers Together. In this episode, she was able to answer so many of my questions. We could've talked for hours longer! Here's just some of the things we discuss:

    -Postpartum anxiety and the tie to ADHD
    -The hyper vigilance in recognizing the same diagnosis in our kids as we have
    -How everyone's ADHD looks different
    -Building up your ADHD child
    -Supporting undiagnosed kids by looking for behavioral patterns
    -Tantrums vs. meltdowns
    -ADHD and setting parental boundaries

    You can find Patricia at https://www.patriciasung.com/podcast
    Please shower Patricia with love and support by SHARING this episode with your mom friends and groups!

    MORE:
    -Want to be a part of my support group community, Mothers Together? Head over to ontheharddays.com/motherstogether to sign up. Our next group starts on May 1st!
    -Subscribe to On The Hard Days via Apple, Spotify, or however you get your podcasts.  *Please leave a review*  to spread the word to other moms around the world!

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 80 Mom Erika Boudreau on Being a Pseudo-Mom (yet a Full Time Caretaker) to a Neurodivergent Child

    Ep. 80 Mom Erika Boudreau on Being a Pseudo-Mom (yet a Full Time Caretaker) to a Neurodivergent Child

    About This Episode: Mom Erika is a powerhouse, telling a story that honestly, I would have a hard time telling. After unexpectedly and suddenly becoming a foster parent to her niece, she now is an amazing advocate and caretaker for  her. Here are just some of the topics we discussed:

    -Lack of control as a foster parent
    -Giving your whole self to someone else's child
    -Parenting a family member's child
    -Changing your family's culture to help your child fit in
    -When you didn't plan to foster
    -Neurodivergence or trauma?

    Please shower Erika with love and support by SHARING this episode with your mom friends and groups!

    MORE:
    -Want to be a part of my support group community, Mothers Together? Head over to ontheharddays.com/motherstogether to sign up. Our next groups start on May 1st!
    -Subscribe to On The Hard Days via Apple, Spotify, or however you get your podcasts.  *Please leave a review*  to spread the word to other moms around the world!

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

GP Resident ,

LOVE this podcast

I am a podcast junkie and listen to a wide variety of topics. This podcast - which I am currently binge listening to and talking to everyone I know about it - is incredible. Megan Champion is a gift. Her podcasts are focused, supportive, helpful and HONEST. Sometimes parenting can be really hard and mothers usually bear much of the emotional load of a lot of it. Add in a child with extra needs and it becomes harder. Megan acknowledges that without pretending she’s unlocked the secrets to making everything OK, because sometimes things are neither easy nor OK.
This is not a downer podcast that focuses on the negative. It’s honest and hopeful and refreshing and there’s something wonderful communicated through this podcast that assures mothers they’re not alone in struggling with the challenges of raising a neuroatypical child.

jsmarge ,

Life changing!

These podcasts have helped me through so many rough days. I’ve literally cried listening as moms explain exact scenarios going on in my home, leaving me feeling so much less alone. I’m so glad I found this podcast!

Nici1027 ,

A Podcast for All

I am a parent to two children—one who is on the spectrum and another who has Down syndrome and autism as well. I found this podcast through the beautiful algorithm on Instagram. And while my children do not share the exact same challenges as Megan’s, I find her podcast to be SO enriching. She is real, honest, relatable, and helpful as well. I find her to be incredibly insightful and it’s a breath of fresh air for those of us who are constantly faced with challenges that just don’t fit inside everyone else’s box. Thank you, Megan, for your bravery and openness in sharing your struggles and hardships and for creating such an amazing community!

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