300 episodes

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

    • Parenting
    • 4.8 • 1.1K 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.

    Making The Best Of The Rest Of The School Year: Episode 302

    Making The Best Of The Rest Of The School Year: Episode 302

    Whether schools in your area are open in-person, on a hybrid model, or fully remote, chances are that March is looking different than September did. And believe it or not, we’re already looking toward the end of the year. In Episode 302 Meagan and Sarah share how our own kids are doing at this point in the year, what’s changed and how school has evolved in our respective communities. We also offer validation for those who worry about kids’ academic progress this year, and our hopes for finishing out the year on a positive trajectory. Join us!



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    Sponsor Spotlight: March of Dimes



    January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and our sponsor March of Dimes is leading the way to ensure all moms have the support they need to get the best possible chance at a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Find out more at marchofdimes.org/themomhour.



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

    We talked about our two recent episodes Advocating For Your Kids During A Crisis: Episode 297, and School Decisions Feel Like a LOT (Here’s What To Keep In Mind): Episode 298

    Our friend Christine Koh wrote this article, Parents Can Care About Education and Still Be Ok Writing This School Year Off

    Please take our listener survey!

    • 57 min
    This Is Solo Parenthood: Survival Tips For Solo Parenting’s Tough Moments

    This Is Solo Parenthood: Survival Tips For Solo Parenting’s Tough Moments

    Whether it’s for a weekend, a season, or a decade, parenting on your own introduces challenges and complications at every turn. Expanding on the conversation we began last week, today’s episode--part two in our this is solo parenthood. series--dives into practical tips from seasoned moms on how to survive solo parenting’s tougher moments. From bedtimes to me-time, routine changes to feelings of loneliness, Meagan and Sarah share some been-there-done-that tips from our own seasons of parenting solo, as well as tap into the wisdom of The Mom Hour community.

    • 46 min
    Will I Ever Sleep Again?: Episode 301

    Will I Ever Sleep Again?: Episode 301

    One of us co-slept throughout the baby and toddler stage, and let naps happen whenever and wherever. The other sleep trained and held tight to nap schedules even through the preschool years. While our differences in the realm of sleep are worth digging into, just as interesting are the shared feelings we experienced, even at opposite ends of the spectrum. We both felt judged at times; we both made choices around our social lives because of how our babies slept (or didn’t sleep). Among our combined eight kids we experienced good sleepers, terrible sleepers, and several in the middle–plus a host of “sleep surprises” that cropped up later on. Join Meagan and Sarah for Episode 301, a look at infant, toddler, and kid sleep through the comforting lens of hindsight with a healthy dose of “It’s all gonna be OK.” Enjoy!



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    Sponsor Spotlight: Amaze.org



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    Sponsor Spotlight: March of Dimes



    January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and our sponsor March of Dimes is leading the way to ensure all moms have the support they need to get the best possible chance at a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Find out more at marchofdimes.org/themomhour.



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    This Is Solo Parenthood



    This Is Solo Parenthood is a two-part podcast series, celebrating the joys and challenges of doing it alone. Head to themomhour.com/solo to meet the moms featured in Episode 01 of the series, hear solo parenting stories from our community, and learn more about WaterWipes, a dad-founded company leading the way in telling honest stories about what it means to be a parent today.



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

    We did a listener episode question on baby and toddler sleep, Listener Questions (Vol. 21): Episode 224 (listen around the 30 minute mark)

    Meagan liked The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley, and Sarah liked Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Without Leaving Them to Cry it Out by Kim West (both links are Amazon affiliates), but we BOTH offer the huge caveat that it wasn’t about any one individual book for us; it was about finding what worked for our families

    • 1 hr 1 min
    More Than Mom: The State Of Our Style, One Year Into COVID

    More Than Mom: The State Of Our Style, One Year Into COVID

    Sarah is wearing children’s sweatpants and leaving the house in her slippers. Meagan has cracked the code on being Zoom-face-ready AND workout-available with a single outfit. It may not look like the mom-style we aspired to you a few years ago, but it’s working for February 2021. Today’s More Than Mom episode is a (very) honest, semi-pantsless look at the state of our style situation right now. We share what we’re wearing, what’s working well, items we’re in search of, and where we need serious help as we look ahead to spring. Join us!





    This Is Solo Parenthood is a two-part podcast series, celebrating the joys and challenges of doing it alone. Head to themomhour.com/solo to meet the moms featured in Episode 01 of the series, hear solo parenting stories from our community, and learn more about WaterWipes, a dad-founded company leading the way in telling honest stories about what it means to be a parent today.



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

    We mentioned Meagan’s Voices interview with Dacy How To Create A Mindful Closet (And Discover Clothes You Truly Love): Voices 53

    Sarah loves shopping Jane for inexpensive basics and has had some great luck, including (all links are affiliates):

    soft, everyday leggings

    3/4-sleeve doman tops

    cute stud earrings

    extra-long layering camis

    Sarah mentioned these basic briefs from Amazon (affiliate link)

    Sarah’s favorite lululemon joggers

    Meagan likes her Beta Brand dress pant yoga pants

    Both Meagan and Sarah still love their base bra from Harper Wilde

    Sarah mentioned liking these Girl’s Cozy Jogger Pants from the Target kids’ section (affiliate link)

    The Vionic boots that Meagan has are the Brynn, Bethany, and Lois

    The Vionic shoes Sarah is loving are the Malibu slip on shoes

    Sarah’s new favorite robe from a local shop Riviera Towel

    We talked about this sweater blazer from J Crew factory that our friend Christine Koh recommended

    • 1 hr 6 min
    This Is Solo Parenthood: Four Moms Get Real About Parenting On Their Own

    This Is Solo Parenthood: Four Moms Get Real About Parenting On Their Own

    From divorce to deployment, from single parenthood by choice to splitting shifts and making it work, every solo parenting experience comes with its own challenges. In today’s episode--Part One in our #ThisIsSoloParenthood series--you’ll hear from four moms who do the majority (or all) of the work of parenting on their own. Each shares honestly about both loneliness and joy, feeling alone and finding support, and what they’ve learned about themselves by parenting solo.

    • 54 min
    Celebrating Episode 300!

    Celebrating Episode 300!

    Today’s episode is a party and YOU’re invited! Yes you, whether you’re a brand-new listener or have been with us from the very beginning. Ever the planner, Sarah surprises Meagan with a some fun facts and a pop quiz; ever the fun one, Meagan shows up ready for anything. We share some memories, behind-the-scenes thoughts, and reflections on the community that has grown around this podcast over the last 300 Tuesdays. Come on in, and enjoy!



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    Sponsor Spotlight: Amaze.org



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

    Join our special Facebook Group for The Mom Hour Listeners, where we have twice as many Sarahs as Meagans (make sure to answer the questions to be approved)!

    Our most popular episode by downloads is What’s One More? The Practical Realities of 3+ Kid Families: Episode 230

    Other episodes we mentioned in this episode:

    Mom Meltdowns, Oh No! Episode 01

    We Hate Fun: Episode 109

    Mom Myths & Mom Truths: Episode 234

    10 Things We Love About Toddlers: Episode 243

    Home Management Systems That Work (For Now): Episode 220

    Self-Care As Self-Preservation: Episode 104

    The Life-Changing Magic of Opting Out: Episode 161

    Are You “Done” Having Babies? Episode 07

    Staying Organized & Motivated As A Full-Time Working Mom: Voices 44

    Home & Life Products We’re Loving: Episode 246

    More Than Mom: The Search For The Perfect Thing

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

dana_nyc ,

🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

The episode “Will I ever sleep again?” Had me laughing so hard and made me feel so seen! I have a 9-month old who was a great sleeper and is regressing and I’m so sleep deprived and my sweet husband really wants to help but it does take him a full 10 minutes to wake up, and by that time I would’ve already put the baby back down to sleep 😂 thank you Meagan and Sarah, as timely and useful as usual!!

hokiewilson2 ,

Awesome podcast for moms in all stages

As a mom of four kids, I’ve been listening to these ladies for years. They are consistently coming up with interesting things to talk about, and I love to listen while I’m out for a walk or doing things around the house. They have become a go-to podcast for me over the years, and I recommend them to anyone I know! Keep up the great work ladies!

Tawny526 ,

The absolute best!

As someone who has given many different motherhood podcasts a try, I can honestly say The Mom Hour is the best! Meagan and Sarah have the best energy together and their personalities compliment each other well. They do a great job being open and honest without bringing in strong opinions on controversial or political topics. I love hearing their opinions and how they’ve approached things personally without taking a judgmental tone.

It’s amazing how much virtual camaraderie can really make you feel understood and validated in the both the challenges and highlights of motherhood - this podcast truly accomplishes that. I love getting a glimpse into life with older children and I have taken away so many practical tips from the show. Thank you to Meagan and Sarah for all of the hard work and dedication you’ve put into this show and I look forward to continue listening along!

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