202 episodes

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
    • 4.9 • 156 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.202 Mom Chantelle Stieghan on Facing Motherhood Struggles With Humor & Rolling With the (Literal) Punches

    Ep.202 Mom Chantelle Stieghan on Facing Motherhood Struggles With Humor & Rolling With the (Literal) Punches

    About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Chantelle. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:

    -The lack of support when living in a foreign country
    -When doctors have never heard of the struggles your child is facing
    -Eating disorders as part of being neurodivergent
    -How ADHD can look so different in different kids
    -How emotional it is to feel alone in your struggles
    -Trying to advocate for your child in a different language than your native tongue
    -How exciting it is to find a resource that helps
    -Chantelle's children's books that she made up for her children - on sale on Amazon! Find them here: https://www.amazon.com/Books-Chantelle-Stieghan/
    Please shower Chantelle with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.

    ** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!
    I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.

    And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 230K downloads. Thank you!

    The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:
    1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!
    2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!
    3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!

    THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!

    • 57 min
    Ep.201 Mom Felicia Watkins on Stopping the Cycles of Self-Gaslighting and Judging How She Parents Her Neurodivergent Kids

    Ep.201 Mom Felicia Watkins on Stopping the Cycles of Self-Gaslighting and Judging How She Parents Her Neurodivergent Kids

    About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Felicia. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:

    -Raising multiple children with Autism
    -Learning how to stop self-gaslighting when looking at your child's struggles
    -The exhaustion she feels from trying to meet the needs of all of her kids
    -Rolling with the punches while establishing your household "norms"
    -How she's practicing self-love with less judgement
    Please shower Felicia with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.

    ** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!
    I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.

    And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 230K downloads. Thank you!

    The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:
    1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!
    2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!
    3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!

    THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!

    • 32 min
    Ep.200!! Celebrating 200 Episodes With Megan Through Vulnerability & Validation

    Ep.200!! Celebrating 200 Episodes With Megan Through Vulnerability & Validation

    About This Episode: I'm celebrating 200 episodes today - join me as I reflect on how sharing stories brings us the crucial validation we need.

    ** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!
    I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.

    And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 230K downloads. Thank you!

    The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:
    1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!
    2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!
    3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!

    THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!

    • 39 min
    Ep.199 Mom Stephanie Fluger on Asking For Help: Learning to Let Go of Control, Shed Guilt & Anger, and Actually Take Care of Yourself

    Ep.199 Mom Stephanie Fluger on Asking For Help: Learning to Let Go of Control, Shed Guilt & Anger, and Actually Take Care of Yourself

    About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Stephanie. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:

    -The hardships of raising a non-verbal toddler and a baby during Covid with very limited resources.
    -Relearning how to ask for help and take care of herself as a stay-at-home mom.
    -When everything just feels like too much
    -Feeling like we have to do everything and letting go of control
    -Why did she feel so angry all the time?
    -How she now feels that exercise isn't self-care - it's a necessity.
    -How hormone imbalance adds to our challenges
    Please shower Stephanie with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.

    ** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!
    I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.

    And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 225K downloads. Thank you!

    The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:
    1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!
    2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!
    3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!

    THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!

    • 41 min
    Ep.198 Mom Cathy Shields on Acceptance & Understanding of a Neurodivergent Young Adult

    Ep.198 Mom Cathy Shields on Acceptance & Understanding of a Neurodivergent Young Adult

    About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Cathy. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! 
    Please shower Cathy with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.

    Find Cathy at cathyshieldswriter.com!

    ** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!
    I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.

    And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to almost 220K downloads. Thank you!

    The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:
    1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!
    2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!
    3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!

    THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!

    • 50 min
    Ep.197 Dad Rob Gorski on the "Sudden Detour" of a Massive Regression & Parenting the Kid, Not the Diagnosis

    Ep.197 Dad Rob Gorski on the "Sudden Detour" of a Massive Regression & Parenting the Kid, Not the Diagnosis

    About This Episode: Today's brand new episode features a dad!!  I'm talking with Dad Rob Gorski. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:

    -How challenging a massive regression was for him to process
    -How fevers brought back the "old" child - and going through the grief all over again
    -What "survival mode" looked like for him
    -How he channeled his struggles into writing and podcasting
    -What life looked like as a single dad - and how he chose to focus on positivity
    -How to compassionately hold his kids accountable for tough behaviors

    Want to connect with Rob? Go to theautismdad.com and specialneedsohio.com.
    Please shower Rob with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom (or dad!) who needs to hear his story.

    ** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!
    I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.

    And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to almost 220K downloads. Thank you!

    The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:
    1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!
    2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!
    3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!

    THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

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Beyond validating!!

I just started listening to your podcast. Episode 202 has been one of the most validating hours of my parenting years!!!
Thank you so much
I feel so heard and understood

gencaro ,

Loved the 10/9 episode

Really loved this particular episode because the mom was truly herself. A total adhd interview and I felt so seen (or heard). I seriously appreciated the realism. Thank you!

AlisonBandmy3 ,

Life saver

This podcast has been a lifesaver to me. As a mom of two neurodivergent kids, and one with a serious illness, I had a hard time finding resources for moms like me who need a community of our own and need to know that we’re not alone. Megan is so relatable, and her guests have given me so much comfort and peace in going down this unplanned and unchartered path. Thank you Megan for all you do.

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