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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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    • 4.8, 950 Ratings

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.

    Pandemic Perspectives: Church Leader + Café Manager + Daycare Owner

    Pandemic Perspectives: Church Leader + Café Manager + Daycare Owner

    Allison is a minister in a church, finding new ways to lead her congregation while awaiting her second baby; Alison deals with the guilt of laying off foodservice employees and permanently shutting down a location of her café business; Starlynn owns an in-home daycare serving front-line families while navigating changing rules and regulations. All three are also working moms with all the demands of mothering and living through a global pandemic. Find out what's hard, what's hopeful, and what life is like in our final (for now!) episode of Pandemic Perspectives.

    • 47 min
    10 Habits Of Happy Home Managers

    10 Habits Of Happy Home Managers

    With most of us staying at home for an unforeseen amount of time, managing our households to run efficiently and calmly is crucial to keeping the family machine plugging along and helping us create a positive mental space. From meal planning to cleaning schedules to keeping things organized, Meagan and Sarah will share 10 small habits that have the power to transform at-home life from frazzled, chaotic and marred by unmet expectations, to calm, reasonably-organized, and just-productive-enough.



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    Safety Tips & Resources For Our Listeners

    Store liquid laundry packets up high and out of sight and reach

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    • 48 min
    Baby Names & How We Chose Them: Episode 262

    Baby Names & How We Chose Them: Episode 262

    Naming a new human is a big task--and a fun one, we think! Looking back over our combined eight experiences naming babies, Meagan and Sarah talk about how we decided on names (and whether our partners agreed on our favorites!), what went into middle name decisions, and which names we left on the table. We also explore how our kids have grown into their names, including unexpected nicknames, trends we didn't see coming, and more.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Pandemic Perspectives: Solo Parenting (In Australia!) + Blended Family Of Many Littles + ICU Nurse

    Pandemic Perspectives: Solo Parenting (In Australia!) + Blended Family Of Many Littles + ICU Nurse

    Janice’s husband works in China and hasn’t been able to travel home to Australia since January; Kassidy and her partner have merged their combined five kids under the age of seven and are learning to live together while figuring out new ways to do their jobs; Stephanie returned from maternity leave just before the pandemic, resuming work as an ICU nurse in one of the country’s early hot spots. All three are also moms juggling the demands of caring for their families as the pandemic wears on. Hear what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Janice, Kassidy, and and Stephanie in Episode 07 of Pandemic Perspectives.



    This episode was recorded on April 30, 2020.



    A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities.



    AND ALSO: Our Pandemic Perspective guests are moms just like you, doing their best with the resources they have. Their opinions do not necessarily represent those of the podcast, and the information they offer should not be taken as advice, medical or otherwise.



    One Way Moms Can Help

    Our friends at Crisis Text Line offer free, 24/7 support from trained crisis counselors – all delivered via text. And with a huge demand for extra mental health support right now, they’re working hard to build up an even larger base of volunteer crisis counselors.





    You don’t have to have any particular education or work background to apply to be a volunteer – just a desire to help out, and empathy, which we know our listeners have so much of. Crisis Text Line provides all the training you’ll need to turn your desire to help into the skills and knowledge you need to make a difference.



    Visit themomhour.com/ctl to submit your application and get started. And if you’re having a hard time right now and need some help, you can also get support right now! Text GO to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor.



    Share Your Pandemic Perspective

    If you’d like to be interviewed for this project tell us your perspective here.



    Send A Note To Another Mom

    If you’d like to share a note of encouragement with one of the moms you heard on the podcast, send an email to hello@themomhour.com with Pandemic Perspectives in the subject line and we’ll make sure to pass along your note.

    • 38 min
    Judgment, Criticism & Mom-Shaming In The Time Of COVID-19: Episode 261

    Judgment, Criticism & Mom-Shaming In The Time Of COVID-19: Episode 261

    As the country begins to open up–slowly, differently, uncertainly–one family’s decisions about how to re-enter the world will look different from the next. Can we have confidence in our own decisions while holding space for others to interpret guidelines differently? Are criticism and judgment online a symptom of quarantine fatigue, or the beginning of a toxic new norm? And can the experience of new motherhood provide lessons about empathy that apply in these unprecedented times? Meagan and Sarah dive deep into big questions about shame, guilt, criticism, and judgment in Episode 261 of The Mom Hour. Join us!



    This episode was recorded on May 18, 2020.



    A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities. We’re also working hard to bring you timely, relevant podcast episodes in a world that’s changing very quickly.



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    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 261:

    Our Pandemic Perspectives series

    Send us an email! hello@themomhour.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Pandemic Perspectives: Warehouse Worker + Child Welfare Attorney + 4th Grade Teacher

    Pandemic Perspectives: Warehouse Worker + Child Welfare Attorney + 4th Grade Teacher

    Maddi works full-time in a warehouse picking product to be shipped for GAP while her three little boys try to make sense of the changes in their lives; Sarah is pregnant with her second child and working to meet the needs of vulnerable children in her community; Robyn is a 20-year elementary school teaching veteran learning the new ways of distance learning with her fourth grade class. All three are also moms whose home lives, work lives, and futures have been upended by COVID-19. Find out what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Maddi, Sarah, and Robyn in Episode 06 of Pandemic Perspectives.



    This episode was recorded on April 30, 2020.



    A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities.



    AND ALSO: Our Pandemic Perspective guests are moms just like you, doing their best with the resources they have. Their opinions do not necessarily represent those of the podcast, and the information they offer should not be taken as advice, medical or otherwise.



    One Way Moms Can Help

    Our friends at Crisis Text Line offer free, 24/7 support from trained crisis counselors – all delivered via text. And with a huge demand for extra mental health support right now, they’re working hard to build up an even larger base of volunteer crisis counselors.





    You don’t have to have any particular education or work background to apply to be a volunteer – just a desire to help out, and empathy, which we know our listeners have so much of. Crisis Text Line provides all the training you’ll need to turn your desire to help into the skills and knowledge you need to make a difference.



    Visit themomhour.com/ctl to submit your application and get started. And if you’re having a hard time right now and need some help, you can also get support right now! Text GO to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor.



    Mentioned In This Episode:

    Child welfare attorney Sarah recommends reaching out to the following agencies if you’re interested in helping support at-risk families during this time:



    Your local child welfare agency

    Your local juvenile or family court

    Your local foster parent association

    Your local CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) program

    Share Your Pandemic Perspective

    If you’d like to be interviewed for this project tell us your perspective here.



    Send A Note To Another Mom

    If you’d like to share a note of encouragement with one of the moms you heard on the podcast, send an email to hello@themomhour.com with Pandemic Perspectives in the subject line and we’ll make sure to pass along your note.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
950 Ratings

950 Ratings

abyard16 ,

This Podcast is Doing Great Things

I adore this podcast. Meagan and Sarah are so helpful, supportive, open-minded, and down to Earth. They are very intentional about everything they do and I truly believe they are making the world a better place for families. Their information is relevant, non-judgey, inspirational, and FUN! Listening to them is like chatting with girlfriends and helps me feel uplifted, hopeful, and not alone. I love the pandemic perspectives and it really helps me understand the significance of getting through this situation together. I am so grateful for this podcast and the work they are doing 💗💗💗

andoria4 ,

Friends I’ve Never Met

I found this podcast around the time I had my first baby (4 years ago) and since then it has been a constant source of comfort and entertainment. I truly feel like Sarah and Meagan are my friends (and I wish they were!). Thank you for your work!

Joelle Hurst ,

New to the podcast

I started listening to the podcast at the beginning of the pandemic and I am loving it!! I like the lighthearted episodes like the last one on baby names that’s mixed with more serious ones like the mom shaming one we had before.
Their website is also good with a lot of information. I especially like the lists of past episodes that are categorized based on where you are in your motherhood journey.

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