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I'm Rachel, Mom to three awesome kids and I created this podcast to share information, stories and in efforts to support one another as parents. We are celebrating the sweet moments and deep diving into the tough issues together as I chat with subject matter experts and other parents. I hope you'll join me and take a tidbit or two away that helps support you on your parenting journey.

The Sweetest (and Toughest) Job Rachel Olson

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 43 Ratings

I'm Rachel, Mom to three awesome kids and I created this podcast to share information, stories and in efforts to support one another as parents. We are celebrating the sweet moments and deep diving into the tough issues together as I chat with subject matter experts and other parents. I hope you'll join me and take a tidbit or two away that helps support you on your parenting journey.

    Hitting the Pause Button and Why That's Okay

    Hitting the Pause Button and Why That's Okay

    I think we can all agree that the past year has been a wild ride.  Friends, I feel I need to take a break from releasing new content and I’m not sure what that will look like.  What I’m realizing is that it’s okay to take that pause and step back to reevaluate what I want the show to look like, what I want to produce and put my energy in to.

    On this episode I'm opening up on why I'm taking a pause with the podcast.  If you're feeling like you need a reset, pause or to reevaluate, I hope you find support and encouragement that that's okay! We all need to take a step back at times and give ourself space so we can grow into what's next.

    Wherever you are on your parenting journey, thank you for  exploring all the topics alongside me - I truly believe parenting is the toughest job but oh it can be so incredibly sweet.  
    If you haven’t already, don’t forget to hit subscribe so you know when we are back - see you soon friend thank you so much for listening to this podcast, it has been my true passion project!

    As always, we would love to connect with you to continue the conversation on Instagram @sweetestandtoughestjob or on Facebook The Sweetest and Toughest Job

    I would love to hear any comments, feedback or ideas on episodes and topics you'd like to hear - please reach out at any time!

    Visit our website www.sweetestandtoughestjob.com for additional episodes, resources, guest contact info and blog posts.

    Thank you for listening!

    • 9 min
    Living Alcohol Free with Sober Mom Coach Alyson Premo

    Living Alcohol Free with Sober Mom Coach Alyson Premo

    Alyson Premo is a 37-year-old mother to her 10-year-old son, and she’s currently creeping up on 4.5 years of sobriety. Before becoming a Certified Professional Recovery/Life Coach, aka “The Sober Mom Coach,” she was in the Business Development field as a Senior Sales Specialist for a corporate wellness company called Preventure. Virgin Pulse has since acquired that company. She wanted to pursue her purpose in life which is to help mothers ditch the drink to become a more present parent and get out of the mom guilt cycle. Alyson is also the Founder of Sober Mom Tribe. Through her struggles and lack of connection with other sober moms, she created Sober Mom Tribe in July 2018. It’s one thing to be sober, but it’s a whole other level being a sober mom in a culture where wine and motherhood seem to go hand and hand. When she isn’t helping others or being a taxi driver to her son’s soccer practices and games, she enjoys reading, walks on the beach, and sunsets. You can learn more about her at www.sobermomcoach.com

    On this episode Alyson very openly takes us through her journey to sobriety.  Alyson knows firsthand the challenges that can accompany living alcohol free in social settings and created a community and coaching business to help support Moms who want to live a sober life or are even just curious about what it means.  I truly believe this is an important conversation and is in no way meant to come with any judgement or nudging anyone to live a sober lifestyle (please note, I do not live my life alcohol free).  Instead, I hope this episode brings forth topics that are not often discussed and perhaps helps a Mama along the way.
    Highlights from the show include:
    Alyson’s personal story of her journey to becoming now 4 1/2 years soberBreaking free from the “Mommy needs a drink” cultureReducing the stigma and judgement that comes with choosing to be sober in social situationsMaking changes doesn’t have to be all or nothing - self checking your relationship with alcoholConnect with Alyson:
    IG: @sobermomcoach - 
    Facebook: 
    Sober as a Mother Podcast - 
    Sober Mom Tribe Website

    As always, we would love to connect with you to continue the conversation on Instagram @sweetestandtoughestjob or on Facebook The Sweetest and Toughest Job

    I would love to hear any comments, feedback or ideas on episodes and topics you'd like to hear - please reach out at any time!

    Visit our website www.sweetestandtoughestjob.com for additional episodes, resources, guest contact info and blog posts.

    Thank you for listening!

    • 29 min
    Encouraging Responsibility in Young Children with Somer Loomis

    Encouraging Responsibility in Young Children with Somer Loomis

    Somer is the Chief Content Officer and living proof of the results for Raising Families, an organization co-founded by her mother and step-father dedicated to transforming parents from exhausted managers of their to-do lists to inspired leaders of their family teams. Raising Families has helped hundreds of parents with children of all ages to engage more deeply and intentionally, identify and implement their values into daily life, and create a specific plan of action to raise children with the skills and confidence to be successful adults.
    Highlights from the episode include:
    The importance of defining what you want responsibility to look like in your householdHow to introduce responsibility actions to toddler ages 1-3 and ages 4+The mindset and framework to encourage responsibilityWhy rewards systems in association with responsibility is problematic In her downtime, Somer can be found laughing a little too loudly watching episodes of Schitt's Creek or occasionally designing homes for friends and family as she is a licensed architect (her career before joining Raising Families.) Somer lives in Southern California with her husband and 4-year-old son.

    Connect with Somer:

    IG: @family.life.coach

    Pintrest: Raising Families

    Website: Raising Families

    As always, we would love to connect with you to continue the conversation on Instagram @sweetestandtoughestjob or on Facebook The Sweetest and Toughest Job

    I would love to hear any comments, feedback or ideas on episodes and topics you'd like to hear - please reach out at any time!

    Visit our website www.sweetestandtoughestjob.com for additional episodes, resources, guest contact info and blog posts.

    Thank you for listening!

    • 35 min
    Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health with Kelly Rodriguez LMFT

    Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health with Kelly Rodriguez LMFT

    Kelly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in CA and also a Perinatal Mental Health Certified professional. She knows firsthand how valuable the right support and resources can be and entered the mental health field to help others find healing too. Kelly offers support to expectant mothers from the moment they want to start a family and throughout the journey that lies ahead after birth. Kelly is a wife and a mom of two who enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts and having a good coffee.
    Highlights from the episode include:
    Checking in on your own mental health during pregnancy and postpartumPerinatal mental health diagnoses explained including postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCDDifferent ways postpartum mental health disorders may manifest themselvesPostpartum mental health in your spouse or partnerDifference between baby blues and mental health disordersOn this episode Kelly provides a wealth of information around perinatal mental health.  We discuss how you can self check in with yourself and the different ways that a mental disorder may present itself.  We talk about the shame and stigma around mental health, overcoming this and knowing it’s okay and critically important to ask for help if you need it.

    Connect with Kelly:

    IG: @allthefeels.therapy

    Facebook: Kelly Rodriguez Therapy

    Kelly Rodriguez Therapy

    • 32 min
    Postpartum Education and Support with Ali Glinsky

    Postpartum Education and Support with Ali Glinsky

    Ali Glinsky is a CAPPA Certified New Parent Educator. She's worked with Moms on Maternity, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other organizations to create standalone and multi week physical and virtual events all with the goal of supporting mothers in a new way. She has seen first hand how a supported mother can thrive, which led her to launch virtual pandemic mom groups in March 2021 that educate and empower mothers and most importantly connect them, all virtually. She has two girls ages 2 and 4 and lives in the Bay Area with her family.
    Highlights from this episode include:
    Talking about postpartum care, real talk on what you need (and don’t)The importance of postpartum supportConsiderations around how you can prepare and set up help postpartumAli’s experience using postpartum doula careWhat postpartum Moms are experiencing right now - you are not aloneConnect with Ali:
    Instagram: @parentsirl 
    Facebook

    As always, we would love to connect with you to continue the conversation on Instagram @sweetestandtoughestjob or on Facebook The Sweetest and Toughest Job

    I would love to hear any comments, feedback or ideas on episodes and topics you'd like to hear - please reach out at any time!

    Visit our website www.sweetestandtoughestjob.com for additional episodes, resources, guest contact info and blog posts.

    Thank you for listening!

    • 31 min
    Healing After Trauma, A Family's Story of Recovery, Resilience and Advocacy with Rosalie Mastaler

    Healing After Trauma, A Family's Story of Recovery, Resilience and Advocacy with Rosalie Mastaler

    When Rosalie’s son was four years old, he was attacked by the family dog which resulted in a below knee leg amputation.  This changed her son and the families life and now Rosalie is on a mission to advocate and educate.  Whether it's in person, at events across the country or social media, she consistently connects with other families and amputees.

    On this episode she is sharing her son Hunter’s journey and what their family has been through over the years since the incident happened.  We talk about the meaning of resilience, how to help your child cope through trauma, going through a traumatic event as a parent and finding the positive and joy amidst huge life challenges.
    Highlights from the episode include:
    Helping a child cope with a traumatic eventNavigating emotions surrounding a traumatic experience as a parentHer son’s experience getting his prosthetic and helping him adjust and cope through the processA discussion around resilience and how we think about the meaningThe need for parents to expose our kids more to people who may look different or act different or have disabilities to foster more understanding and inclusion
    To learn more about the Mastaler family and connect with Rosalie:

    Rosalie Mastaler Website 
    IG: @mastalerpartyof5 -
    Facebook: @MeetHunter211
    Email: Rosalie.Mastaler@gmail.com

    As always, we would love to connect with you to continue the conversation on Instagram @sweetestandtoughestjob or on Facebook The Sweetest and Toughest Job

    I would love to hear any comments, feedback or ideas on episodes and topics you'd like to hear - please reach out at any time!

    Visit our website www.sweetestandtoughestjob.com for additional episodes, resources, guest contact info and blog posts.

    Thank you for listening!

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

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Needed Info! ☺️

Rachel is so sweet and welcoming. Her content is needed for moms and future moms. I love it!

meob123 ,

A wonderful listen!

Rachel provides great content and delivery that is relative to any mom with little ones. She is kind and has the most calming voice.

kksarna ,

A Must Listen to for Expecting and New Moms!

Rachel is a breathe of fresh air! I love listening to her podcast for relevant and fascinating information regarding all things parenting. Her perspective as a mother to 3 is so welcomed. Rachel is compassionate, inquisitive, genuine and creates a strong bond with her listeners and guests. As a Mom to a preschooler and infant, I found her podcasts to relevant through my pregnancy journey as well as supportive in my postpartum journey. Always excited to see who she brings on next!

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