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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.

The Mom Hour Life, Listened

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 1.2K 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.

    Why Mother’s Day Is Hard (And How To Make It What You Want This Year): Episode 311

    Why Mother’s Day Is Hard (And How To Make It What You Want This Year): Episode 311

    If you have mixed feelings about Mother’s Day, you’re not alone. For some, it’s a reminder of loss or grief, unmet expectations or missing people we love. For others, the social media buildup and commercialized clichés create expectations that can lead to disappointment. And even for those who don’t completely dread Mother’s Day, it can be hard to articulate what we really want to the ones who want to spoil us. In short: it’s a lot. In this week’s Episode 311, Meagan and Sarah validate why Mother’s Day can be complicated, reflect on our own celebrations during different seasons of life, and offer ideas for how to celebrate in a way that feels right to you this year. Join us!



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    Sponsor Spotlight: Vionic



    Vionic has the most supportive shoes…ever. Their arch support technology is designed for all-day wear, so that your feet can be comfortable no matter where you are going. To celebrate moms everywhere this Mother’s Day, Vionic is offering our listeners 50% of the fan-favorite Ashten flip-flop! Visit vionicshoes.com, add the Ashten flip-flop to you cart and use the code TMH50 for 50% off before April 30th.



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

    Celebrate sisterhood in motherhood with the Coffee + Crumbs Mother’s Day Brunch

    • 50 min
    More Than Mom: Car Talk (Then, Now, Someday)

    More Than Mom: Car Talk (Then, Now, Someday)

    Are we “car people”? Turns out, yes and no. After 25+ years of driving, Meagan and Sarah have many stories and a few opinions on what we want in our four-wheeled rides. From first cars to true lemons, minivans to post-divorce pre-mid-life-crisis splurges, this More Than Mom episode is an ode to our vehicles. We also chat about the process of procuring a new car, how much haggling at the dealer is a sport we do NOT enjoy, and what we hope for in our future cars. Join us!



    Sponsor Spotlight: Tonies



    The Toniebox is an imagination-building, screen-free digital listening experience that plays stories, songs, and more. Designed for little listeners ages 3+, it’s the perfect storytime companion for tiny hands and active imaginations. For 20% OFF go to tonies.com and use promo code MOM20 at checkout.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Hiya Health



    Hiya is a daily children’s vitamin that’s stronger, cleaner, and tastier — made from a blend of 12 farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and 15 essential vitamins. For 50% OFF your first order go to hiyahealth.com/MOMHOUR or enter code MOMHOUR at checkout



    Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish



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    Sponsor Spotlight: Bev



    Bev is a female-first canned wine brand. They have 5 varietals – rosé, sauv blanc, pinot gris, pinot noir, and a sparkling white. Go to DrinkBev.com/MOMHOUR or use code MOMHOUR at checkout to get 20% off your first purchase plus free shipping.



    Links we mentioned in this episode:

    We last talked about our cars way back in Episode 97 from 2017 (reminder: old episodes may no longer show up in your podcast apps because they limit archives to 300 episodes, but you can always listen from our website!)

    Meagan learned so much from this episode of This American Life, all about car dealership sales

    Meagan is very happy with this after-market Bluetooth adapter for her pre-Bluetooth car

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Meagan Schools Sarah on Parenting Teens: Episode 310

    Meagan Schools Sarah on Parenting Teens: Episode 310

    Big news: Sarah is joining the Parents Of Teenagers club! In honor of Sarah’s oldest turning 13, Meagan taps into wisdom gained from over a decade of parenting teens and gives Sarah the real story. We unpack some stereotypes about teens (they’re moody! they’re smelly! they’re obsessed with their phones!) and find out what’s totally true, what’s sometimes true, and what might very much depend on the kid. We also explore some of the best and sweetest parts of parenting teens, validate that these are often very lonely years for moms, and compare teenage milestones to those reached earlier in childhood. Whether you’re a new mom or a mom of teens, we think you’ll enjoy this one!



    Sponsor Spotlight: Ana Luisa



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    Sponsor Spotlight: Vionic



    Vionic has the most supportive shoes…ever. Their arch support technology is designed for all-day wear, so that your feet can be comfortable no matter where you are going. To celebrate moms everywhere this Mother’s Day, Vionic is offering our listeners 50% of the fan-favorite Ashten flip-flop! Visit vionicshoes.com, add the Ashten flip-flop to you cart and use the code TMH50 for 50% off before April 30th.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Tonies



    The Toniebox is an imagination-building, screen-free digital listening experience that plays stories, songs, and more. Designed for little listeners ages 3+, it’s the perfect storytime companion for tiny hands and active imaginations. For 20% OFF go to tonies.com and use promo code MOM20 at checkout.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Jenzy



    Frustrated by how hard it is to keep track of your kids’ shoe sizes–and how they seem to wear a different size in every brand? Jenzy makes it easy to figure out your kids’ shoe size across multiple brands AND order top-brand shoes right from their free app. Download the free Jenzy app and use the code MOMHOUR for $15 off your purchase of $50 or more.



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

    Meagan wrote an essay for our newsletter about a conversation with her son Will, and then also wrote this Insta-essay about a different moment with Will

    Check out our episode Toddlers vs. Teenagers: Episode 192

    Take our listener survey – It will be up until Friday, April 30!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    BONUS: Meagan & Sarah Chat About Reinvention

    BONUS: Meagan & Sarah Chat About Reinvention

    Whether it’s a career pivot, a creative passion, a relationship change, or just one of life’s unexpected twists, most women find themselves in a season of reinvention at least once. Today Meagan and Sarah are here with a surprise bonus episode, chatting about the idea of reinvention, how it intersects with motherhood and raising young kids, and how Meagan’s new podcast celebrates women reinventing themselves in a variety of wonderful ways. Join us for a fun conversation, followed by an extended excerpt from Season 1 of the Mother of Reinvention show. Happy Friday!





    Links we mentioned in this episode:

    Listen to Mother of Reinvention on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you like to listen

    Find out more, and see all the episodes at motherofreinventionshow.com

    Follow @meaganfrancis on Instagram, and check out her blog at meaganfrancis.com to stay connected to Meagan’s personal reinvention

    • 38 min
    Our Most Heroic “Mom To The Rescue!” Moments: Episode 309

    Our Most Heroic “Mom To The Rescue!” Moments: Episode 309

    Whether it’s pulling out the puke bucket juuuuuussst in the nick of time, or speeding across the room while pregnant to save a toddler from a toppling accident, we all know that feeling of doing what needs to be done in the moment without so much as a conscious thought. Call it quick-thinking, mom-heroics, or just another day in the life of parenting young kids, but these are moments that deserve to be celebrated. In Episode 309 Meagan and Sarah share stories from our own in-the-trenches days — some truly life-or-death and others just, well, messy — as a reminder that sometimes you have no idea just how strong, quick, clever, or brave you are until you’re called into action. Enjoy!



    Have you taken our 2021 Listener Survey? Please do, and thank you!



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    Sponsor Spotlight: Tonies



    The Toniebox is an imagination-building, screen-free digital listening experience that plays stories, songs, and more. Designed for little listeners ages 3+, it’s the perfect storytime companion for tiny hands and active imaginations. For 20% OFF go to tonies.com and use promo code MOM20 at checkout.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Bev



    Bev is a female-first canned wine brand. They have 5 varietals – rosé, sauv blanc, pinot gris, pinot noir, and a sparkling white. Go to DrinkBev.com/MOMHOUR or use code MOMHOUR at checkout to get 20% off your first purchase plus free shipping.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Jenzy



    Frustrated by how hard it is to keep track of your kids’ shoe sizes–and how they seem to wear a different size in every brand? Jenzy makes it easy to figure out your kids’ shoe size across multiple brands AND order top-brand shoes right from their free app. Download the free Jenzy app and use the code MOMHOUR for $15 off your purchase of $50 or more.



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

    Listen to Meagan’s new interview show Mother of Reinvention wherever you get your podcasts

    We mentioned related episodes Our Worst #MomFail Moments: Episode 157 and Mom Milestones (By Popular Request!): Episode 257

    • 59 min
    More Than Mom: Creative Hobbies (Now … Soonish … Maybe Someday)

    More Than Mom: Creative Hobbies (Now … Soonish … Maybe Someday)

    Hobbies outside of everyday work, life, and parenting ebb and flow as your season of life changes, but it’s fun to think about what creative pursuits you’ll add back in as time opens up. In today’s More Than Mom episode Meagan and Sarah speak from the perspective of moms whose kids are getting older, and who are pursuing hobbies in our own (often very different) ways. We talk about what hobbies we’re enjoying now, which ones we could imagine trying, in theory, without needing a total life overhaul, and then some “maybe someday” hobbies we can see ourselves enjoying much later on. It’s a fun one – enjoy!



    Sponsor Spotlight: Vionic



    Vionic has the most supportive shoes…ever. Their arch support technology is designed for all-day wear, so that your feet can be comfortable no matter where you are going. To celebrate moms everywhere this Mother’s Day, Vionic is offering our listeners 50% of the fan-favorite Ashten flip-flop! Visit vionicshoes.com, add the Ashten flip-flop to you cart and use the code TMH50 for 50% off before April 30th.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Hiya Health



    Hiya is a daily children’s vitamin that’s stronger, cleaner, and tastier — made from a blend of 12 farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and 15 essential vitamins. For 50% OFF your first order go to hiyahealth.com/MOMHOUR or enter code MOMHOUR at checkout



    Sponsor Spotlight: Tonies



    The Toniebox is an imagination-building, screen-free digital listening experience that plays stories, songs, and more. Designed for little listeners ages 3+, it’s the perfect storytime companion for tiny hands and active imaginations. For 20% OFF go to tonies.com and use promo code MOM20 at checkout.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Sunday



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

    Love hobby talk? Here are some older episodes from our archives you might enjoy.

    Take our 2021 Listener Survey

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

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1.2K Ratings

Kate1984314 ,

This is the only parenting podcast I listen to

This is hands down my favorite podcast. There is a lot of content but it’s always of a high quality, the conversations are helpful and flow well and don’t ever feel forced. When I listen, I definitely feel like a part of a community, and I get helpful advice even from episodes that aren’t directed to my exact stage or experience

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Mom hour

Awesome

DanTRUO259 ,

Working Moms and the childcare crisis

Very insightful episode. There’s a crisis on both ends; the daycare suppliers with not enough demand and the working families who often can’t fill the supply because they can’t afford it.

So what we have is an oversupply of childcare providers with too high of a cost. This is a situation where government needs to step up and subsidize childcare so families can utilize it, feed on this so-called “pent up demand”, and support the childcare industry which really is an essential service.

The way I see it, the problem here is the wealth gap issue in America- most cannot afford the cost and those who can would rather spend on individual childcare like hiring a nanny. Where’s the 99%? Once again, Main Street is being left out on the street.

*Update - The Biden administration is looking to pass legislation to subsidize childcare. Tweet at Senator Patrick Toomey to voice your opinion!!!! @sentoomey

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