12 episodes

The Motherbird Podcast is a podcast for parents that's not about parenting! We dig into all the rest of the things that come up when you find yourself navigating life in the city of Los Angeles and beyond - with kids. Each season we will help parents discover local resources, master new "adulting skills", and find inspiration and clarity through interviews with the people who can help us keep it together til bedtime.

Season 1 features interviews with experts, founders, and admissions directors from the competitive world of preschool and primary school in Los Angeles. These episodes will help you learn more about individual schools and overall strategies to navigate your family through the school selection process.

Come discuss with us in our private group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherbirdLA

Find notes from the episodes at https://www.motherbirdLA.com/shownotes

Follow us on IG and Twitter @motherbirdLA

The Motherbird Podcas‪t‬ Mia Sable Hays

    • Parenting
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

The Motherbird Podcast is a podcast for parents that's not about parenting! We dig into all the rest of the things that come up when you find yourself navigating life in the city of Los Angeles and beyond - with kids. Each season we will help parents discover local resources, master new "adulting skills", and find inspiration and clarity through interviews with the people who can help us keep it together til bedtime.

Season 1 features interviews with experts, founders, and admissions directors from the competitive world of preschool and primary school in Los Angeles. These episodes will help you learn more about individual schools and overall strategies to navigate your family through the school selection process.

Come discuss with us in our private group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherbirdLA

Find notes from the episodes at https://www.motherbirdLA.com/shownotes

Follow us on IG and Twitter @motherbirdLA

    The Growing Place Preschool - Pauline McPeake & Losmeiya Huang (Santa Monica)

    The Growing Place Preschool - Pauline McPeake & Losmeiya Huang (Santa Monica)

    Today our guests are Pauline McPeake and Losmeiya Huang, from Growing Place preschools in Santa Monica. Originally founded with working moms in mind, Growing Place is a full day program with campuses at Ocean Park, Marine Park, and a 3rd campus on the way for the fall of 2021. Coming up, you’ll find out the differences between the 3, and more about how their community keeps learning and growing together .
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    *All episodes are lightly edited for time and flow with prior understanding from the participants. Music is fully licensed from Premium Beat. The Motherbird Podcast is written and produced by Motherbird, LLC in Los Angeles, California.

    • 55 min
    Citizens of the World Charter School East Valley - Cecilia Wong (Valley)

    Citizens of the World Charter School East Valley - Cecilia Wong (Valley)

    Today my guest is Cecilia Wong, founding principal of the Citizens of the World Charter school’s brand new East Valley location coming soon to the Van Nuys area. Their TK-1st grade will be opening in the fall of 2021 with plans to grow with their founding class all the way up to middle school. Coming up, you’ll find out how the CWC approach sets them apart, and get a glimpse into the way a new charter school is finding its roots with the help of some founding families.
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    *All episodes are lightly edited for time and flow with prior understanding from the participants. Music is fully licensed from Premium Beat. The Motherbird Podcast is written and produced by Motherbird, LLC in Los Angeles, California.

    • 42 min
    Brella - Melanie Wolff & Darien Williams (Playa Vista)

    Brella - Melanie Wolff & Darien Williams (Playa Vista)

    Today our guests are Melanie Wolff and Darien Williams, co-founders of Brella, a new kind of flexible childcare set to disrupt the industry with its first location open in Playa Vista. These ladies are using their corporate expertise and real life mom experiences to redesign childcare for the modern parent. Coming up, you’ll find out how Brella does things differently, and why they believe flexible yet reliable care - can and should, go hand in hand.
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    *All episodes are lightly edited for time and flow with prior understanding from the participants. Music is fully licensed from Premium Beat. The Motherbird Podcast is written and produced by Motherbird, LLC in Los Angeles, California.

    • 44 min
    Tutorial: Looking & Sounding Good for Zoom Interviews

    Tutorial: Looking & Sounding Good for Zoom Interviews

    This is a bonus episode with some quick tips on how to look and sound your best during Zoom tours and interviews (or any type of video call). I troubleshoot common issues parents have with lighting, sound, clothing, framing, and making a connection - using no fancy equipment or setup, just a few smart adjustments at home. Let us know in the reviews if this was helpful for you, and check out the show notes on our website for a transcript of this episode you can reference.

    • 20 min
    Branches Atelier Preschool - Patricia Hunter McGrath (Culver City)

    Branches Atelier Preschool - Patricia Hunter McGrath (Culver City)

    Today our guest is Patricia Hunter McGrath, owner of Branches Atelier preschool in west Culver City. This quaint Reggio Emilia inspired preschool has massive dreams, and an impressive track record of rallying their community to make them real. Coming up, you’ll find out how Patricia challenges her staff and families to fully engage, beyond the Reggio aesthetics, and unite with a passion to make the world a better place through education.
    https://www.motherbirdla.com/shownotes
    *All episodes are lightly edited for time and flow with prior understanding from the participants. Music is fully licensed from Premium Beat. The Motherbird Podcast is written and produced by Motherbird, LLC.

    • 46 min
    Piper Preschool - Crystal Free, Helen, & Nicole (Santa Monica & Los Angeles)

    Piper Preschool - Crystal Free, Helen, & Nicole (Santa Monica & Los Angeles)

    Today our guest is Crystal Free, owner of Piper Preschool in Santa Monica, and in LA (Pico-Robertson). We’re also joined by the admissions directors for both campuses, Helen and Nicole. They’re a little fancy, a little cheeky, and also deeply intentional. Coming up, you’ll get to hear how a passionate visionary with the right connections is pioneering an LA preschool vibe.
    https://www.motherbirdla.com/shownotes
    *All episodes are lightly edited for time and flow with prior understanding from the participants. Music is fully licensed from Premium Beat. The Motherbird Podcast is written and produced by Motherbird, LLC.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

-ESPL ,

So helpful!

Mia asks the questions you didn’t even know you had. A must listen for LA parents!

notinterestedandannoyed ,

Thank you Mia!

Informative, helpful, and exactly what I needed. Mia’s voice is smooth as butter and her interviews are spot on, direct, and gracefully conducted. Great production quality. I can’t wait to hear more. Subscribed!

Edit: I just realized that my name is “not interested and annoyed” this was from my last podcast review for another podcast many years ago and it was obviously one star. And I have no idea how to change that... if I could it would be “very interested, totally not annoyed.” Ugh.

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