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.
A Week Of Real-Life Housework (Part Two): Episode 371
Not feeling like an expert in the housework realm? Turns out, very few of feel like we know what we are doing. Last week Meagan and Sarah talked about WHAT we do to keep our households in a state of "good enough," and this week's Part Two is all about the feelings that came up as we tracked a week of real-life housework. We dive into some of our insecurities as home managers, the difference between housework and mothering, and some of the really sticky aspects of finding your identity as a mom and homemaker in the 21st century. We have LOTs of thoughts - and we hope you'll join us!
More Than Mom: Meagan & Sarah As Kids & Teens
What we remember from childhood helps build our narrative of who we were - even if those memories are fuzzy or slightly flawed. Today Meagan and Sarah get in the way-WAY-back machine and reflect on what we were like as kids and teens. As a child, Meagan was dreamy, imaginative, chatty, and obsessed with balloons (!!), while Sarah was studious, quiet-but-sociable, responsible, and circumstantially prone to tears. We touch on how our personalities developed as we grew up, whether we were “popular” or not, and if we felt clueless or confident come high school. Join us for this fun More Than Mom to get a glimpse into our growing up years (at least the way we remember it!).
A Week Of Real-Life Housework (Part One): Episode 370
Most of us enjoy having a clean and tidy home, but have you ever kept track of how much you do throughout the week to keep it that way? In today’s episode, Meagan and Sarah share what seven days of real-life housework looks like in our homes. We reflect on the tasks we knew went into running a home, and some surprising ones we thought of as housework before (like picking plums and chasing chickens!). Whether you prioritize deep-cleaning on a regular schedule or tend to tidy as you go and hope for the best, it’s eye-opening and gratifying to acknowledge the work that goes into managing a home full of kids.
Family Travel Mishaps & Why We Go Anyway: Voices 76
If you travel with kids, it’s just a matter of time before a trip goes off the rails in spectacular fashion. Maybe it’s a flat tire in the middle of nowhere, or an expensive vacation spent sick in a pricey hotel room. Today Sarah is joined by Catie, Stacy, Emily and Lisa – regular contributors to the show and seasoned travelers with a combined 13 kids – who share their most memorable travel mishap stories. (Full disclaimer: there will be puke-talk.) In sharing these stories, we hope to normalize that travel with kids doesn’t have to go perfectly to be “worth it” and remind you that you’re not alone if this summer’s adventures go awry. Plus, one of the only perks to surviving stories like these is that we get to laugh about them later.
8 Truths Every Mom Needs To Hear: Episode 369
As moms, we can be hard on ourselves…and sometimes we just need to hear the simplest, oft-repeated pieces of advice and encouragement to remind us that it is all going to be OK. Join Meagan and Sarah for a reflection on eight pieces of wisdom that have carried us through motherhood struggles at every age and stage. We are offering them to you, to ourselves, and to all of our future selves in Episode 369.
More Than Mom: Fantasy Summer Camps For Moms
Have you ever fantasized about attending a camp-like environment for grown-ups? Much about the classic summer camp experience is appealing to us (though not EVERYTHING--we could certainly do without the bugs), and the idea of simply showing up for a perfectly curated experience without any responsibility, or planning, sounds AMAZING. Listen to this fun More Than Mom to hear all of our must-have activities (like food and wine tastings, yoga, personal style consults and more!), things that would be a hard no (like swimming in the gross, murky lake or participating in corny, guided crafts) and our daydreams about creating a Mom Hour Retreat (maybe someday?)!
Feels like spending time with my friends!
I’ve been listening to this podcast for years…maybe 5 or so? This is my favorite podcast and after listening I always come away refueled and feeling like I’ve just spent an hour hanging out with my girlfriends.
It doesn’t matter the topic… I have mid-age range kids and just love listening to whatever they have to say. Megan and Sarah are so funny, real and thoughtful without being too hard on themselves and help me to be more of those things as a Mom just from listening to the podcast.
Their range of topics is great and I particularly enjoy when they discuss “real life” applications of meals or cleaning and how it works in their day to day. I also love hearing how they are deciding where to be involved in kids school as volunteers, travel tips and stories and how to manage different ages and stages. Lastly, I love the seasonal episodes that drop right as I can use some guidance or ideas around summer schedules or the holidays.
Thanks Megan and Sarah for being a guiding light in my glorious, wild and sometimes lonely mothering journey!
Best Mom/Life podcast!
I’ve have been listening to this podcast for a couple of years now and it has consistently been a favorite from the very beginning. Doesn’t seem to matter the topic, I can relate and am interested. I love their banter and each of their individual perspectives. I can relate with each of them on different topics. And I love how opposite their parenting styles are. You can always find common ground with them. I am still in the beginning years of motherhood with a two year old and I look to their advice as my holy grail. I hope this podcast never ends! I will age with it. And if it does, I love knowing there is such a large archive to fall back on. Thank you ladies for putting out genuine, good content!
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I have loved listening to you both. Thanks for all your heartfelt honesty and encouragement.
I’m a mom of adult kids and grandkids.
I appreciate how you’ve shared your ups and downs. Please know how much you are appreciated.